Rabat – Manchester United’s manager Van Gaal wants to bring the club glamour and impetus by signing the most expensive soccer players in history, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.While a war of words is taking place between Real Madrid and Manchester United over the collapse of De Gea’s move to the Spanish capital, the British side is convinced that future business will not be affected.A report by The Mirror said Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been long-term targets for Manchester United, placing higher priority on the Welsh athlete. The Red Devils are reportedly plotting a 12-month charm offensive to coax the Spaniards into selling Bale.Manchester United already inquired about Bale’s potential availability at the start of the summer and were told that he will be staying with Real Madrid and be given more of a central role by their new coach, Rafael Benítez.Meanwhile, United are committed to keep testing Madrid’s resolve over 26-year-old Bale staying at the Bernabeu.According to the same report, there is a possibility at Old Trafford that Ronaldo could follow the Welshman, if tensions with manager Rafa Benítez escalate.The two clubs have regularly dealt with each other over transfers in recent years, with David Beckham, Gabriel Heinze, Ronaldo and Javier Hernandez moving to Madrid, as well as Angel di Maria arriving in the opposite direction.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
The National Mining Association notes the critical role of rare earth minerals and other materials used in clean energy technologies is examined in a recently released report by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Critical Minerals Strategy addresses the challenge of ensuring future reliable access to the essential minerals used in wind turbines, electric vehicles, solar cells and energy efficient lighting. According to Steven Chu, DOE’s secretary of energy, “The availability of a number of these materials is at risk due to their location, vulnerability to supply disruptions and lack of stable substitutes.” In a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, DOE’s assistant secretary for policy and international affairs, David Sandalow, commented that: “With the mines that are projected to come on line by 2015, there is a pretty big gap between where supply will be and demand.”The report identifies 14 elements and related materials for their level of criticality based on factors contributing to risk of supply disruption, including a small global market, lack of supply diversity, market complexities caused by coproduction and geopolitical risks. In its analysis of these critical materials, DOE assesses the risks and opportunities, informs the public dialog and identifies possible program and policy directions.The approach recommended in the report for achieving the combined objectives of mitigating supply risk while promoting a clean energy economy included achieving globally diverse supplies, identifying appropriate substitutes and improving capacity for recycling, reuse and efficiency of use.In related news, Molycorp has received the last of its required environmental permits and can now begin construction on its new rare earth production facility located near the Nevada border in Mountain Pass, California (see International Mining Project News). Mark Smith, CEO of Molycorp, said, “Securing these permits means that construction of our new rare earth manufacturing facility at Mountain Pass will proceed on schedule, with project groundbreaking occurring on January 2, 2011. Additionally, we have begun pre-stripping operations of the mine, which is preparing the way for active mining of fresh ore to commence in 2011.”The project is expected to support roughly 700 jobs per day over the 18-month construction period, with an additional 200-300 permanent jobs when the new facility runs at full capacity, which is scheduled to occur by the end of 2012. The NMA says “this is welcome news with China producing 97% of global rare earth supplies and its recent Ministry of Finance announcement of an increase in export duties on some rare earth products beginning in January.