Shock midfielder exit at Arsenal, Chelsea target Valencia starlet, and more transfer rumours…

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 26, will receive a “serious” offer from Turkish side Fenerbahce, according to the player’s agent. (Takvim via Independent) Everton could make a move for 23-year-old Empoli forward Riccardo Saponara in January. (Daily Star) Porto are closing in on a move for 27-year-old Argentina midfielder Ricky Alvarez, who is on loan at Sunderland from Inter Milan. (Sunderland Echo) Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya, 20, and are considering paying his release clause. (Metro)And here’s the latest headlines…Liverpool:Liverpool boost! Mamadou Sakho signs new long-term contract with clubOn-loan Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli will be a ‘hero’ at AC Milan, claims team-mate Ignazio AbateManchester United:Ander Herrera tells talkSPORT he is ‘proud’ of Manchester United teammate Luke Shaw – but admits he could not bear to look at his injuryReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas to be handed new contract after Man United move collapsed Others:Zlatan Ibrahimovic books Malmo city square for fans to watch PSG Champions League matchCrystal Palace received no summer offers from Spurs for Yannick Bolasie, reveals Alan PardewSlaven Bilic: ‘Really class’ players like Dimitri Payet don’t need time to adapt to the Premier LeagueMarseille make move for Emmanuel Adebayor after Tottenham exit Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal player ratings: Which Gunners struggled to make an impact against the Blues?

first_img 11 Theo Walcott – 5 – His pace should have caused Chelsea problems. Instead his game was littered with heavy touches and was barely seen. 11 Gabriel – 3 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Foolishly walked into Diego Costa’s trap and got sent off before half-time. 11 Santi Cazorla – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Two bookings saw the diminutive Spaniard sent off with 11 minutes to go. Alexis Sanchez – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Nowhere near his best again. Fluffed chances and seems off the pace, as he did in the Champions League on Wednesday. 11 11 Arsenal’s week went from bad to worse on Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 by London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.The Gunners had Gabriel and Santi Cazorla sent off in a fiery clash but even with all 11 on the field looked ponderous and wasteful.Defeat leaves Arsene Wenger’s men just three points ahead of the Blues, who have been struggling this season.So how did the Frenchman’s starting XI do against Chelsea? talkSPORT takes a look. Nacho Monreal – 4 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – The Spain star was poor at Stamford Bridge. 11 Francis Coquelin – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Lasted just 45 minutes after an injury curtailed his afternoon. Had looked decent. 11 11 Petr Cech – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Some good saves but possibly could have done better with Kurt Zouma’s header. 11 Aaron Ramsey – 4 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Another poor showing from the Welshman who, in truth, offered barely anything. Laurent Koscielny – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Handled Diego Costa OK, and did well to keep his cool in tough circumstances. Hector Bellerin – 5 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – His attacking forays were limited, especially after Gabriel’s red card – did OK defensively. 11 11 Mesut Ozil – 6 – Click the right arrow for more ratings – Showed he does possess a good work ethic as he tracked back well, couldn’t do much in the attacking third, though. last_img read more

BVB boss on Spurs draw: I’m looking forward to facing ‘special coach’ Pochettino

first_img Thomas Tuchel calls Mauricio Pochettino a ‘special coach’ 1 Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is looking forward to facing Tottenham’s “special manager” Mauricio Pochettino after the two clubs were drawn against each other in the Europa League.Dortmund are among the favourites to win the competition this season after disposing of Porto 3-0 on aggregate in the last 32, but their director of sport Michael Zorc feels they have been given the hardest possible draw in the next round.Tottenham will travel to Dortmund for the first leg on Thursday, March 10 with the return match a week later in London.Tuchel said: “I think it’s a super draw. It’s super tough, but also super attractive.“We’ve got two exciting games to look forward to and I’m personally really looking forward to meeting a special coach and also the special atmosphere in the second leg at White Hart Lane.”Spurs eased past Fiorentina in the last round and will also fancy their chances of going all the way to the Basle final.Zorc added: “They are the toughest team we could have got, but of course it is also an extremely attractive tie.”last_img read more

A college solution lacks a problem

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySome would-be college students, though, apparently think college too expensive to afford. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, for example, speaks recklessly of “two Americas” – one for the connected, and one for everybody else. Rhetoric like that makes many people, especially those in lower socio-economic levels, think the cost of college places it out of reach. In a survey released by the American Council on Education in 1998, most Americans overestimated the cost of tuition. But blacks and Latinos were more likely to doubt the availability of financial aid than whites. Blacks were 83 percent more likely than whites – and Latinos 79 percent more likely – to think college was “not affordable.” Besides, government-provided funds for college actually cause an increase in tuition. Economist Thomas Sowell, in Inside American Education, writes, “The specific terms under which the government provides student financial aid virtually guarantees tuition escalation to unaffordable levels. ? The federal formula ? first determines the `expected family contribution,’ based upon family income, assets, number of children, and other measures of ability to pay. Federal aid begins where tuition and other charges exceed this `expected family contribution.’ A private college or university which kept its tuition affordable … could forfeit millions of dollars annually in federal money. For example, if college X can provide a good education at $8,000 a year, while its average student’s family can afford $9,000, then it loses opportunities to receive federal money. By raising its tuition to $12,000, it not only gets an additional $1,000 per student from their families but also an additional $3,000 per student from the government.” So Clinton’s plan to help finance college becomes yet another solution in search of a problem. Clinton’s plan also creates unintended consequences. If people cannot feed, clothe, house and educate their children, should government provide incentives to have babies? Programs like school lunches, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), public housing, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, food stamps, transportation vouchers, day-care vouchers – all make this statement: Have a child even if you lack the resources to do so. Breed irresponsibly and the government will compel taxpayers to step in. Have they learned nothing from the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, signed into law by President Clinton? Welfare rolls declined 50 percent without an increase in abortion. Able-bodied and able-minded people – faced with time limits and denied increased monies for each new child – got off the couch and went to work. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., wants to reward you for having a baby. The plan goes like this. Every baby born receives $5,000 placed in an account. As the money accrues interest, the child can later use the proceeds for a college education or to help finance a home. The cost? Sen. Clinton doesn’t know. Will U.S.-born children of illegal aliens be eligible? No word on that yet. Who pays? Don’t know. Assuming the money is placed in a government security, one can expect this to earn far more money than one earns through Social Security. Yet some of the very same people who support a $5,000 interest-bearing account for children opposed President Bush’s plan for partial privatization of Social Security. Under Bush’s plan, a worker can place some of his or her Social Security payroll taxes in stocks or bonds, allowing an interest rate that exceeds the rate one now gets under Social Security. Today the money mostly vanishes upon the death of the worker. But Bush’s plan allows the worker to bequeath the money to his or her children, allowing funds to be used for things like financing college or purchasing a home or starting a business. Sen. Clinton specifically talks about using the “baby bond” account for college. This assumes that people fail to go for lack of funds. Nonsense. Financing for college remains readily available. More than three out of four college students receive financial aid, at an average annual amount of $9,899 for 2003-04. And 62 percent of students received grants averaging $5,565 in 2003-04. Average annual tuition for a public two-year college is $2,191, and $5,491 for four-year colleges and universities in the 2005-06 academic year. In 1972, George McGovern, arguably the most far-left candidate ever nominated, proposed giving $1,000 to every man, woman and child. Adjusted for inflation, that comes to almost $5,000 today. If at first you don’t succeed ? Larry Elder is an attorney, syndicated columnist and national radio talk-show host. He can be heard from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on KABC-AM 790. His e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Discounted Valley summer power rates are only fair

first_imgDiscounted Valley summer power rates are only fair THE Los Angeles City Council is considering an idea that would actually extend some fair treatment to the San Fernando Valley for a change – and wouldn’t you know, various city leaders and insiders are already griping about it. The idea is that when the Department of Water and Power raises electricity rates, the Valley will get a modest break a few months of the year. After all, the Valley can get beastly hot in the summer – remember the 119 degrees last year? – and it wouldn’t be fair to make Vals pay a fortune just to achieve the same level of comfort (and safety) as the rest of Los Angeles. But fairness has never meant much to those over the hill who are doing all the complaining. They say it’s wrong to make the rest of L.A. “subsidize” the Valley. Yet they’ve rarely complained about the countless instances of the Valley being forced to subsidize the rest of L.A. – literally for decades. For example, the Valley pays about 10percent more in taxes than it gets back in city services. Developers who want to build downtown or in Hollywood or elsewhere in the city get huge tax breaks, subsidies and taxpayer-provided upgrades to infrastructure while the Valley gets almost no help. And police response times in the Valley are much worse than in the rest of L.A. because city officials have consistently deprived the Valley of an adequate number of cops. The reason for these and numerous other examples of unfairness, city officials say, is because most of the city’s middle class lives in the Valley, so it has less crime and less need. Valley residents have fought for years with little success to get a fair deal from City Hall, a fair share of city services. But if we accept this logic, then why shouldn’t it apply to cheaper electricity? The Valley is hotter than the rest of Los Angeles. It needs more air conditioning in the summer, thus it also needs a cut in electricity prices. If Los Angeles is the great experiment in misguided municipal socialism that city leaders envision it to be – from each according to his ability, to each according to his need – why shouldn’t the Valley get discounted power, just as South L.A. gets disproportionate police representation? Or downtown gets subsidies for developers? Or the Westside will likely get a colossally expensive subway to the sea? What about our needs? City leaders can’t have it both ways. If the Valley is going to continue to pay the city’s bills, it ought to be entitled to some of the breaks, too.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Central Bank has this evening published stress tests on the Irish banks showing that an astonishing €24bn will be needed to be put into the banks to help them cope with potential losses.The main points of the report in the past few minutes gives a break down of how much each bank will need with AIB at the top of the credit list.The breakdown is as follows: A total of €24bn needed for Irish banking systemAIB will need €13.3bnBank of Ireland will need €5.2bnEBS will need €1.5bnIrish Life & Permanent will need €4bnAnd there’s even more bad news as the Central Bank assessment found that the banks could face losses of €37.7 billion over the next three years under the worst-case, or ‘stressed’ scenario.The tests found that banks would need €18.7 billion in new capital to meet new Central Bank targets, but the bank also added another €5.3 billion to bring what it called ‘a layer of resilience’ in case of possible further losse after 2013.Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan also set targets for how far the banks must reduce in size, through a combination of run-downs of assets and sales of assets.Professor Honohan said the aim was to create a sustainable Irish banking system through a combination of recapitalisation, deleveraging and reorganisation. Prof Honohan said smaller, but sounder, Irish banks should be in a better position to provide loans and other financial services to households and businesses to support the Irish economy.In the worst-case scenario, the four banks could lose €9.5bn from home mortgage loans over the next three years.Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told shocked TDs in Dail Eireann his proposals for restructuring the banks.He said there will be two universal, full-service banks and a restructured Irish Life & Permanent.What he called the ‘first pillar’ bank will be based on Bank of Ireland, with the second one a combination of AIB and the EBS building society. BANKS CRISIS: BREAKING NEWS…BANKS NEED ASTONISHING €24 BILLION was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA popular fast-food outlet in Letterkenny has closed its door with the loss of six jobs.The Abrakebabra restaurant in Letterkenny.Abrakebabra, which was located on the town’s Main Street, did not open for business yesterday.Staff at the store, which was recently taken over by new management, were told the restaurant would not be opening yesterday. It is understood that the volume of trading was not enough to sustain the business.The closure of the restaurant comes as Letterkenny’s town centre continues to struggle to attract business although there is speculation that at least two new businesses are to soon open on the Main Street.And local traders have vowed to rebuild the town centre’s once-thriving economic life.A consortium of local businesses recently appointed former Mayor of Letterkenny and county councillor Dessie Larkin as the new town manager. His new remit has been to breath new life back onto the town’s Main Street which has struggled to compete with the larger retail parks on the edge of the town.However, the issue of rates has been mooted as one of the main reasons why some businesses will not set up in the centre of the town.  POPULAR FAST-FOOD OUTLET CLOSES WITH LOSS OF SIX JOBS was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AbrakebabraBusinesscloseddonegalletterkennylast_img read more

TRANSFER BATTLE! Tottenham and Fiorentina go head-to-head to sign Barca defender

first_imgTottenham and Fiorentina could enter a bidding war for Barcelona defender Marc Bartra, according to reports in Italy.Bartra is almost certainly going to leave the Nou Camp this summer after making just four La Liga starts for Luis Enrique’s side last term.According to Tuttosport, Fiorentina are planning major changes to their back-line this summer and have placed the Spain defender at the top of their shopping list.The 25-year-old’s release-clause currently stands at £6.1million and Barcelona could receive multiple offers with Spurs and Fiorentina willing to table bids.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is chasing another centre-half as he prepares the club for Champions League football next season and has identified Bartra as the ideal man to provide competition for Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld next season. Bartra made just four league starts for Barca last season 1last_img read more

La Serna doesn’t foul up

first_imgBut while they struggled at the line, the Lancers shone brightly in other aspects of the game. They held Pioneer’s leading scorer, Ruben Orozco, who was averaging 15.4 points, to one field goal and three points – 12.4 points under his season average. When point guard Nick Giraud fouled out with 5 minutes, 26 seconds left in the third quarter, most of the Titans’ floor game and offensive creativity went with him. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaLa Serna point guard David Hayashi picked up two quick fouls, but when he went to the sideline, Derek Mundt picked up the slack and scored eight first-quarter points to lead the Lancers to a 17-10 advantage. Hayashi returned to scored six in the second quarter as La Serna increased its lead to 37-18 at halftime. “The second quarter, when they outscored us 20-8, that was the key to the game, that and shutting down my big guy,” Titans coach Joey Mata said. “David’s quick fouls were a real concern, but other guys stepped up,” Lowe said. “Our inside defense was very good also. It was a physical game and a lot of fouls were called, but I thought our kids did a good job of adjusting to the officiating.” Hayashi finished with 16 points and Mundt had 15. Kelsey Thompson, with 11 fourth quarter points, led Pioneer with 13 and Giraud had 11. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img WHITTIER – La Serna High School used some stout defense and 60 percent shooting to offset a frigid night at the free-throw line in defeating visiting Pioneer 71-49 in a Del Rio League boys basketball game on Wednesday night. Two minutes into the fourth quarter, La Serna had made just 3 of 17 free throws (18 percent) in an uncommon performance for a Mike Lowe-coached team. last_img read more

Cops set for protest at Home Depot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We’re giving away this country and nobody seems to understand it,” said Jacquelyn Wilson, 58, a retired office worker from Burbank. “Is there going to be an INS agent there?” she asked the council, drawing applause from the audience. But Burbank officials say the center will cut loitering and littering problems attributed to day laborers throughout the city by setting up a single site for them to congregate. “The day laborers – whether they’re legal or illegal – will need to be managed in some fashion in an effort to keep our streets in the immediate vicinity of Home Depot as safe as possible, as clean as possible and as reasonably operational as possible,” Mayor Jef Vander Borght said just before the vote. In 2004, the council voted 4-1 to approve the project, for which Home Depot will pay $94,000 annually for maintenance and operation, officials said. In Glendale, there have been problems with some laborers standing at the entrance to the Home Depot parking lot, instead of at the centers set up for them. When Glendale city officials tried to enforce an ordinance that barred laborers from soliciting work from city streets, the workers sued, and a judge ruled the ordinance violated First Amendment rights to free speech. The city has appealed the decision and doesn’t expect to get a ruling for at least six months, said Ann Maurer, a Glendale senior assistant city attorney handling the case. Meanwhile, tensions have been brewing over the centers. Saturday, anti-illegal-immigrant groups held a national day of protest called “Stop the Invasion.” One of the more rowdy protests and counterprotests occurred in Glendale, said Chris Newman, the legal programs coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. There were no injuries or arrests. “It signifies an escalation on the part of anti-immigration groups,” Newman said. “It represents a repugnant form of demagoguery where anti-immigration groups are picking on one of most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our community.” Newman said the centers help keep day laborers out of harm’s way and offer shade, sanitary conditions and an orderly hiring process. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Fearing unruly protests against a controversial day-laborer center at Home Depot, police plan to be out in force today when the home improvement store opens. Officials expect the Burbank City Council’s approval of the center late Tuesday to result in protests like those in neighboring Glendale. “We’ll be prepared to make sure that peace is kept,” said police Sgt. Jay Jette. “And that, if there are any demonstrations, that they stay within the guidelines of the law.” The council gave the OK for nonprofit Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Inc. to operate and manage the center at 1190 S. Flower St. Residents lambasted city officials at the packed and sometimes raucous council meeting, saying the facility would help illegal immigrants. last_img read more