Transfers ‘Rooney would be a great player for MLS’ – D.C. United remain hopeful on deal for Man Utd legend Chris Burton 20:10 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers DC United MLS Premier League Everton Ben Olsen is optimistic regarding the chances of his side doing a deal for an iconic figure considering a summer switch away from Everton Wayne Rooney would be a “great player” for MLS, says Ben Olsen, as D.C. United close on a deal to bring the Manchester United and England legend to America from Everton.Goal revealed in early May that the 32-year-old had opened talks regarding a possible switch to the United States.At that time, Rooney was said to be frustrated with life at Goodison Park under Sam Allardyce. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Allardyce has since been relieved of his managerial duties with the Toffees, but Rooney is still holding transfer discussions and D.C. United boss Olsen remains optimistic regarding his chances of landing a high-profile signing.He told reporters after a 1-1 draw with LAFA in Los Angeles on Saturday: “There is interest in Wayne Rooney from our end and I think there is interest from his end too.”I hope it can get over the line because he’s a very good player who can help us. He would be a great player for this league.”It has been suggested that personal terms have already been thrashed out with Rooney, with all parties now waiting on the green light from talks between Everton and D.C. United.Olsen insists no agreement is done as yet, but the ex-England captain and his representatives have been in America of late and a switch does appear to be close.Olsen, who spent 11 years with D.C. United as a player – with that spell only broken up by a short loan stint at Nottingham Forest – added: “Nothing is done, so I don’t want to get into talk of arrival until he actually arrives.”Nothing is ever done in this world and when you’re looking at a deal of this scope and size. We’ll see, but hopefully we can get it done.”Rooney only returned to boyhood club Everton in the summer of 2017 following a record-breaking 13-year spell at Manchester United.He managed 11 goals in 40 appearances for the Toffees, but ended the season with a niggling knock and out of favour under Allardyce.
The cohort, aged 17 to 35 years of age are participating in the $9 million Alternative Livelihoods and Skills Development Animation Project. Seventeen young people from several inner-city communities island-wide are being given an opportunity to gain skills in animation as part of efforts to capitalise on the lucrative US$200 billion industry.The cohort, aged 17 to 35 years of age are participating in the $9 million Alternative Livelihoods and Skills Development Animation Project, which is being funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).Currently, 15 participants study at the Girls’ Town Professional Development Institute (PDI) located at Maxfield Park, while the others are honing their skills at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) CARIMAC Western Campus in Montego Bay.Speaking at the launch of the programme on September 26 at the Girls’ Town facility, General Manager at JSIF, Andrew Neita, said the training will allow participants to be qualified for a spectrum of animation services such as character design, background, and other illustrations to storyboarding, digital paint, compositing and post-production work.“Animation is an innovative and exciting area for JSIF. We support skills sets that are in demand and will give young persons a chance to improve their lives. JSIF is impressed with the fact that the training will equip these students with skills in a short time that will make them immediately employable in the animation industry,” he said.He urged the participants to make the best use of the opportunity being presented to them. “Continue to work hard so that you can make a change not only in your lives but also in your communities and subsequently in your country,” he said.GSW Reel Rock Animations is a partner in the training project, and the company’s Executive Director, Wayne Sinclair, said the undertaking will increase Jamaicans’ prospects of filling the gaps in the industry, while positioning them to take advantage of the opportunities, which exist in the sector.Coordinator/Principal Professional Development Institute, Percival Palmer, said the programme offers tremendous prospects for the youth of the country, urging them to not only prepare for jobs, but also to establish their own successful animation businesses.Expressing gratitude on behalf of the participants, Reginald Henclewood said they are appreciative of the training. He pledged that they will use the materials provided to develop their skills and surpass the expectations of all.The project is being funded by the Japanese Social Development Fund, which is administered by the World Bank through JSIF.It targets communities in the Inner City Basic Services Project such as Passmore Town, Jones Town, Federal Gardens, Whitfield Town, Lauriston, Central Village and Flankers. Story Highlights Seventeen young people from several inner-city communities island-wide are being given an opportunity to gain skills in animation. The training will allow participants to be qualified for a spectrum of animation services.