The Chicago Fire have announced the sale of the franchise, as well as a relocation back to the Windy City after spending 13 years in nearby Bridgeview, Illinois.Fire Chairman and owner Andrew Hauptman, who had held a controlling stake in the team for 12 years, has sold Joe Mansueto, who is the executive chairman of Chicago-based investment research firm Morningstar.In addition, Hauptman announced he sealed an agreement which continues a process to allow the Fire to return to Chicago, having moved to nearby Bridgeview in 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The Fire continue toward an agreement which will permit them to play their 2020 season at Soldier Field, which is also home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.Chicago had played at Soldier Field from its inception in 1997 through their move to Bridgeview.The stadium has played host to big matches since the Fire’s departure, including the 2017 MLS All-Star game against Real Madrid and 2019 Gold Cup final, which saw Mexico defeat the United States 1-0 to claim the Concacaf crown.Mansueto will be looking to help guide the Fire forward as the organization have struggled to achieve results in recent years.While the Fire were very successful for the first 12 years of their existence, winning the MLS Cup in their debut season and making two other MLS Cup finals while missing the playoffs just once and capturing the U.S. Open Cup four times, they have rarely been seen in the post-season since.Chicago has made the playoffs just twice in the last nine seasons – in 2012 and 2017.They made waves on the transfer market bringing in World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger in 2017, leading to their best finish in a half-decade, but were unable to follow up on that success last season, missing the playoffs once more.This year has been another struggle for the Fire, general manager Nelson Rodriguez and head coach Veljko Paunovic, as they sit 10th in the Eastern Conference on 34 points, leaving them five back of the final playoff spot in the East with only four games remaining in the MLS regular season.
WHAT: Crystal will celebrate the next important milestone in the construction of Crystal Endeavor, as the keel will be laid for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ first expedition yacht at MV WERFTEN’s Stralsund shipyard on Tuesday, August 21 at Noon, CEST (Central European Summer Time). Crystal will livestream the ceremony via Facebook Live on the Crystal Cruises Facebook page, inviting travelers from around the world to celebrate alongside VIP guests in attendance. Those guests will include Crystal President and CEO Tom Wolber, Genting Hong Kong’s Executive Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will attend the event in her capacity as a member of the German Bundestag. Also attending will be MV WERFTEN President & CEO Peter Fetten, Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig and 500 MV WERFTEN team members. The complete FB Live video will also be available for viewing on the Crystal Cruises Facebook page following the live broadcast, for viewers who are not able to watch it live. At 20,000 GRT, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest, most spacious purpose-built polar class expedition yacht, accommodating just 200 guests and boasting all the luxurious amenities and special touches for which Crystal is known. The yacht will feature generous public spaces, a full-service spa & salon, six restaurants including Nobu Matsuhisa’s Umi Uma, expedition rooms and elegant suites that contrast beautifully with the rugged adventures beyond the vessel. Crystal Endeavor’s accommodations will offer private butler service for every suite with luxurious touches including king-sized beds, walk-in closets; heated storage for drying parkas; spa-like bathrooms with adjustable heated floors, dual vanities, anti-fog mirrors and rain-showerheads. Crystal unveiled the itineraries for Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season on July 31, spanning from August of 2020 through January 2021, offering voyages of 12 to 22 days far off the beaten path of traditional cruise routes. Voyages rich with discovery will explore the cultural and bio-diversity of Japan and the Russian Far East; Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines; New Zealand and Tasmania; Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; and Antarctica via the Ross Sea. Bookings for the general public will open on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. WHERE: Facebook LIVE – Crystal Cruises Facebook Pagewww.facebook.com/crystalcruises WHEN: Tuesday, August 21, 2018Noon, CEST (Central European Summer Time)
The United States has sought funding for Sri Lanka in the 2020 budget.The Trump administration has sought funds for Sri Lanka through the US Department of State’s FY 2020 budget request. The funds have been sought to support Sri Lanka’s economic development, demining and border control programs. The President’s FY 2020 budget request proposes $40 billion for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The FY 2020 budget request provides the necessary resources to protect United States citizens, increase American prosperity by utilizing foreign assistance to create the conditions that will expand opportunities for U.S. businesses, support our allies while asking other nations to do more, and advance a secure, prosperous world by assisting countries to become self-reliant economic and security partners.This budget request focuses resources on providing better results for the American people. It supports effective American diplomacy, prioritizes embassy security and the protection of diplomats and staff, and provides support for strategic partners and diplomatic progress. It also makes programs more effective while increasing burden sharing in order to lessen the burden on American taxpayers and maximize global outcomes. (Colombo Gazette)