Fiorentina have beaten AC Milan to the loan signing of Sevilla striker Luis Muriel.Colombia international Muriel became Sevilla’s record signing when he joined from Sampdoria for a reported €22 million in July 2017, but he has failed to live up to expectations.The 27-year-old scored only seven goals in 29 La Liga appearances last season, frustrating fans with a lack of killer instinct in front of goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Under new coach Pablo Machin, Muriel played just six times in La Liga this term, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva the preferred options in attack.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel as they look to bolster their attacking options, but Fiorentina ultimately managed to get the deal over the line.Muriel joins the club initially on loan, but they retain the right to purchase him – reportedly for €13m – at the end of the season.Fiorentina will be his fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.
zoom International classification society Bureau Veritas has completed a series of consequence assessments with all the major shipyards in Korea, China and Japan to help them speed up the implementation of the IACS Harmonised Common Structural Rules.The assessments of current yard designs were made using BV’s fully adapted suites of user-friendly software for structural analysis, MARS2000 and VeriSTAR Hull. Christophe Chauviere, head of the development department for Bureau Veritas’ Marine and Offshore division, says, “Because BV played a leading role in the harmonisation of the IACS Common Structural Rules we were able to rapidly update our software for the new standards. As our software tools are not class-specific and many yards already use our tools we were able to help them check out their designs and adjust them to be ready for the entry into force on July 1, 2015.”MARS2000 is BV’s tool for 2D prescriptive requirements assessment. It is free of charge and free access and its fast and user-friendly input process allow quick assessments of designs against the new harmonised rules.MARS 2000 delivers assessment of global yielding, ultimate and residual strength criteria, local scantling minimums including yielding and buckling of strakes, longitudinal and transverse stiffeners for cross sections and bulkheads, fatigue calculations of connections between longitudinal stiffeners and primary structure, assessment of the side frames and grab loads for bulk carriers and assessment of the primary supporting members ring for oil tankers.“We made it easy for the yards by simplifying conversion of databases for the separate CSR rules for tankers and bulkers into a CSR-H database with the necessary extra data,” explains Chauviere.VeriSTAR Hull is the BV rule tool for performing analysis of three dimensional models by finite element calculation. VeriSTAR Hull is already available and compliant with the last version of CSR-H including new requirements concerning buckling, aft most – foremost cargo hold assessment and fatigue check. “During the CSR-H implementation in VeriSTAR Hull, based on our experience of CSRs, a lot of attention has been given to adapting the tools to reduce the time needed for pre and post processing,” says Chauviere. “Yards need to react quickly to new design requirements and these tools deliver rapid and thorough assessment fully compliant with CSR-H. It is the attention to ease of use and speed which makes them stand out.”BV, May 7, 2014
Updated 7.40pmTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have urged all parties in Northern Ireland to keeping working to reach an agreement after the failure of the Richard Haass chaired talks.The full text of the Haass agreement has been published online.Haass is returing to the US this afternoon and, upon leaving, asked all parties to focus on the common ground achieved, something reiterated by Kenny this afternoon.“I am disappointed that the talks chaired by Dr. Richard Haass have concluded without reaching agreement. I believe this will also come as a disappointment to the people of Northern Ireland,” he said.I urge all the political parties in Northern Ireland to reflect on the progress that had been achieved. The Irish Government stands ready to work with the Northern Ireland Executive, and with the British Government, to support further efforts to achieve greater peace and build a united community in Northern Ireland. Kenny said he spoke with his UK counterpart this morning following the break-up of the negotiations, with Cameron later issuing a statement in which he echoed Kenny’s disappointment:Although it is disappointing the parties have not been able to reach full agreement at this stage, these talks have achieved much common ground, providing a basis for continuing discussions. There is a shared commitment to making progress on these very difficult issues that continue to be a focus for tension and division across the community.DUP members arrive for the final day of political talks at the Stormont Hotel. (Pic: PA Wire/ Peter Morrison)The talks concluded earlier this morning with no form of words acceptable to all sides agreed, despite seven different drafts put forward by Haass and his colleague Professor Meaghan O’Sullivan.Sinn Féin said that they endorsed the final document despite being unhappy with some aspects of it. A similar verdict was put forward by the SDLP.The DUP, however, said that there were some parts of the draft to which they “profoundly disapprove” and as a result could not support it without further consultation with their party base.Both Kenny and Cameron thanked Haass and his colleagues who have been working on the negotiations for months which followed a request from the First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland.Year of positive changeMeanwhile, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams called for a “change of political and economic direction to break the cycle of austerity, inequality, unemployment and emigration” in his New Year message for 2014.He called on the Irish and British Governments and all parties to make a collective effort to find a way forward based on the proposals issued by Haass.“What is needed is a fundamental realignment of Irish politics. The Irish people deserve better than the politics of two conservative blocs or parties of the left propping up right-wing governments,” said Adams.He also said that the future is about building the Peace Process, and that Sinn Féin “is committed to ensuring the full implementation of the Good Friday and all other Agreements”.- Additional reporting Aoife BarryRead: Haass talks in Belfast end without agreement >Read: ‘Today is the last day in Belfast. Hope leaders seize it’ – Haass urges progress as deadline looms >