Transfer report: Arsenal and Liverpool set to be shunned by La Liga starlet

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool are set to miss out on Real Betis starlet Dani Ceballos, claim reports in Spain.The 19-year-old is expected to sign a new contract with the La Liga club in the coming days after playing a significant role in helping Pepe Mel’s side to the Segunda Division title last term.According to AS, Arsenal and Liverpool were keen on getting the midfielder on the cheap but a move to England in January now appears unlikely.A buyout clause of around £11m is expected to be included in Ceballos’ new deal and he is also expected to receive a hefty pay rise.Ceballos has featured in six games this season for Real Betis, registering one assist. 1 Dani Ceballos last_img read more

Video: Who is Mohamed Elneny? Watch the £5m Arsenal target in action

first_imgJust who is Mohamed Elneny?The 23-year-old Egypt international has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, with reports claiming the versatile midfielder has agreed a January move to the Emirates Stadium.Last week various newspapers suggested the Basel star has already completed his medical with the north London club, with a fee of just £5million also widely reported.A competent midfeidler, capable of playing the holding role as well as in a more advanced position, yet Elneny is seen as more of a short-term fix to provide cover for injured pair Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla.But just who is he?Check out the video above to see for yourself, and leave a comment below whether you think he’d be a good buy for the Gunners!ALSO READ: Transfer Spotlight on defensive midfielder on the brink of joining Arsenallast_img read more

Guus Hiddink reveals Chelsea may turn to youngsters to help revive season

first_img1 Guus Hiddink (left) Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says he may turn to the Blues’ youngsters to help shift them up the Premier League table.The Dutchman says the uncertainty – including over who will replace Jose Mourinho on a permanent basis this summer, plus the likely lack of Champions League football – makes transfer business difficult this month.Asked if everything is on hold in terms of recruitment, the 69-year-old said: “I think so. That’s the reality of Chelsea nowadays.”Striker has been a position of focus in transfer speculation regarding Chelsea, with back-up for Diego Costa lacking.Radamel Falcao (thigh) remains out, but when Loic Remy is fit, Hiddink says Chelsea have no concerns up front. And he admits his preference is to promote youth, rather than make signings.Bertrand Traore and Christian Atsu, who had an unsuccessful loan at Bournemouth and a prior spell at Everton, but is now impressing in training, can also play at striker“If you have this academy, the investment in the academy and the facilities and the training programme one day it must produce,” Hiddink said.“If not it is not worth having an academy. If the management and board are having this policy you are unanimously in favour to do so.“It is a risk, a bit, but you must give young British players or from abroad a chance.“I’d prefer to do that in the winter period than bringing in an uncertain name.”SEE HERE – Guus Hiddink fears defeats to Everton and Arsenal could see Chelsea plunged into relegation scraplast_img read more

Residents: Why didn’t city warn of landslide?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityCity geologists say the collapse has apparently stabilized now that the stress has been relieved on the weak earth, which caved beneath a 50-yard stretch of road. Four houses sank into the 20-foot-deep fissure, while tons of dirt carrying fully grown pines and eucalyptus shoved a wall of road asphalt and broken curb into two houses on the next street below. Seven houses were so severely damaged residents can’t even get inside, and 22 more are off-limits except with safety escorts. Residents who live near the slide zone criticized the city for not warning that a slide was possible after concerns about water main leaks, sinking curbside meters and creeping gaps in the sidewalk first cropped up in July. “We are helpless,” said Joseph Tsai, a retired engineer who moved to Mount Soledad 12 years ago. “It depends on the city to address the problems.” City officials have said they were considering new vehicle weight limits and other stopgap measures early in the week but didn’t realize a collapse was imminent until shortly before it happened around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Residents of the four houses directly atop the collapse were advised late Tuesday not to sleep in their houses, but they weren’t forcibly evacuated that night; homeowners whose properties were buried said they had no warning that the mountain was crumbling. “There was no indication they were at risk,” said Bill Harris, a city spokesman. Harris said the city is conducting a comprehensive investigation of the events leading up to the collapse. But he said no decision has been made about how to make sure the hillside remains in place, and the city currently has no plan to broaden testing beyond the immediate slip zone to determine whether other parts of the neighborhood are threatened. Experts said the likelihood of a second collapse on a similar scale is low, but smaller slides may be possible as the earth settles in its new, lower, resting place. Meanwhile, pavement has been cracking on streets in another nearby Mount Soledad neighborhoods, and residents have hired geologists in an attempt to determine whether a similar slide is imminent there. “I’m worried that this hill is going to collapse,” Cindy Goodman, who lives in a $2 million home in the area, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Jeanne Plante didn’t pay much attention this summer as city engineers worked to figure out why the busy road up the hill from her house was ominously cracking apart. When the ground below the road suddenly collapsed this week, taking four houses with it and burying two others, Plante was caught off guard. Now, she and her neighbors want to know why it took so long for the city to recognize a major landslide risk was imminent, and what officials plan to do to prevent similar failures in the neighborhood. “If it happened to them, what’s to stop it from happening to us?” she said shortly after she was allowed to return to the $1.7 million gray-stone property, which sits about 100 feet downslope from the toe of Wednesday’s landslide. “And if they don’t cover what happened up there, could we get hit twice?” last_img read more

Georgia governor assails Army Corps over reservoir draining

first_imgCarol Couch, environmental commissioner, warned Wednesday that the Corps would be “abandoning the people of the state of Georgia” and setting the stage for a “potential disaster” if it refused the deadline of the end of the business day. But environmentalists contend the state should have been better prepared for a water shortage, which they say is an inevitable result of decades of pro-growth policy that led to metro Atlanta’s sprawl. “Whether you’ve lived in Georgia for five months or 50 years, it’s easy to see the huge numbers of people moving to the state was going to put the squeeze on our water resources,” said Jill Johnson, the interim director of Georgia Conservation Voters. “The Corps has become a scapegoat for a lack of political leadership over the issue of water,” she said. “It’s been massive unchecked development that’s put further strain on our water supply.” More than a quarter of the Southeast is covered by an “exceptional” drought – the National Weather Service’s worst drought category – and Georgia is taking extreme measures to conserve water. Officials last month banned virtually all outdoor watering across the northern half of the state, restaurants are being asked to serve water only at customer request and the governor has called on Georgians to take shorter showers. The state is considering more restrictions regardless of the Corps’ decision.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – The Army Corps of Engineers sidestepped the governor’s demand to stop draining reservoirs Wednesday, setting up a legal showdown between the federal government and state officials who blame the policy for intensifying a record drought. The Corps said in a letter to the state’s environmental commissioner that it was abiding by federal guidelines, but that officials were now “exploring possible drought contingency options.” Corps officials say state and federal regulations require them to send water downstream. Gov. Sonny Perdue said he will sue. “The Corps’ nonsensical action to further release vital water from Georgia’s already depleted federal reservoirs must not stand,” he said. “There is simply no scientific justification to operate these reservoirs in this manner during a historic drought like the one we are experiencing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Millions of gallons of water are sent downstream to Florida and Alabama. The drought has heightened tensions among the three states, which already disagree on how to manage the region’s limited water supply. Florida has complained the state is not sending enough water downstream to protect mussels, and the state’s environmental chief sent a letter to the Corps on Wednesday that warned reducing the water flow “would severely impact Florida’s natural resources.” Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has urged the Corps to release more water from Georgia’s lakes to help his state cope with the dry conditions. “We are not unilaterally opposed to changing the flows,” said Maj. Daren Payne, the deputy commander of the Corps’ office in Mobile, Ala. “But we’d be in violation of the law if we did now. “People in Georgia have been hurting. They’ve lost businesses, jobs and income. And we don’t want to see any more harm come to anyone, but we have obligations to manage this basin.” State officials have said they were unprepared for the severity of the drought, compounded by scorching heat and a drier-than-normal hurricane season. As the drought worsened, Georgia politicians claimed the Corps’ stubborn agenda intensified the water shortage. last_img read more

Congressional dawdling could delay tax refunds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe board, an independent advisory group, said in a report to lawmakers last week that it is “gravely concerned about the serious risks” to the filing season if Congress does not make timely changes to the tax. They include more mistakes by both taxpayers and the IRS and more people failing to pay taxes because of uncertainty about what they owe. The alternative minimum tax was passed in 1969 and was aimed at about 155 very wealthy families who used deductions to avoid paying any federal income tax. The AMT disallows certain deductions and credits. It was not adjusted for inflation; as a result, over the years it has hit a growing number of middle-income taxpayers. More than 4 million were subject to it in the 2006 tax year, and that could soar to 25 million this year without congressional action. Congress in recent years has approved one-year fixes to stop the tax from expanding. Legislation this year has stalled in a dispute between majority Democrats and the White House. The stumbling block is whether some taxes should rise to offset the cost of correcting the AMT. Richard Spires, the deputy IRS commissioner for operations support, said in an interview that the agency is considering not processing all early returns if the AMT issue is not resolved soon. WASHINGTON – Silena Davis had counted on an early tax refund to pay for getting her teeth fixed. Now, because Congress has dawdled all year on a tax bill, she and millions of other early filers could have to wait extra weeks for refunds that last year averaged $2,291. The Internal Revenue Service is looking hard at delaying the start of its filing season, set to kick off on Jan. 14, if Congress fails to pass legislation in the next two weeks. At issue is how to handle what could be a dramatic increase in the number of people facing a higher alternative minimum tax. If there is a delay and it extends into mid-February, it would slow nearly 32 million refunds worth a total of about $87 billion, the IRS Oversight Board predicts. “It would definitely make a big difference with me,” said Davis, a George Washington University Law School administrator. “I’m going to have to get a crown and it’s going to be really expensive.” “We are worried that if we allow certain filers to file that it does not cause a lot of confusion and delay the whole filing system for everyone,” he said. While most people are not hit by the tax, the IRS lacks a way to distinguish what returns are affected by possible changes in tax law. The AMT, he said, involves “some of the most complex code that we deal with, right at the heart of our tax compilations.” People who file returns under the current AMT law would have to file an amended return if the law were changed. Spires also stressed that there would not be any advantage to filing by paper if the IRS is not accepting electronic returns. “We’re not going to process paper returns any faster,” he said. The dispute would give the millions of people who wait until the last minute to file their returns yet one more reason to procrastinate. “If it was only two or three weeks, it wouldn’t bother me at all,” said Toni Mistretta, a health-care worker from Jamesport, N.Y. Some disruption already is taking place. As Congress was leaving for its Thanksgiving break with no deal in sight, the IRS was going to press with the forms for the 2007 tax year. Spires said the agency has postponed printing the AMT form and 11 others affecting smaller tax issues that Congress has promised to deal with but has not. The IRS has done the design work on the new forms after receiving assurances from Democratic and Republican leaders that Congress will enact an AMT fix this year similar to legislation passed last year. Congress returns this week. But it will take about seven weeks after a bill is passed and signed into law to do the necessary programming and testing before those forms could be presented to the public, Spires said. H&R Block said 60 percent of its clients who claim credits using forms affected by pending legislation normally file by the end of February. A delayed refund could cause hardship for those people in paying holiday bills or addressing other immediate financial problems, according to the company. Aides on the tax-writing committees said they were unaware, at this point, of any suggestions to extend the April 15 filing deadline if the filing season is contracted because of the AMT dilemma. The IRS oversight board, using past agency data, said that if the start of the filing season is pushed back two weeks to Jan. 28, it would delay some 5.6 million refunds totaling $17 billion. A Feb. 18 starting date would delay 32 million refunds totaling $87 billion. The report came after weeks of warnings – from President George W. Bush, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the IRS – about the consequences of failing to enact a temporary fix. Paulson said the 25 million returns that could be affected in 2007 would pay on average an additional $2,000 in federal income tax.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_imgHaulage contractor Mary McKinney, from Riverside, Cockhill Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment on 15 counts of delivering incorrect VAT returns.The sentence for 15 offences was suspended on condition she complete 240 hours of community service.In other cases Danny Doherty, a mechanic in Gulladuff, Moville was fined more than €400,000 in tax and penalties. Colm Harvey, a company director on the Clar Road, Donegal Town was ordered to pay €391,000, Edward Rodgers of Aughalatty, Carrigart paid back revenue of €196k and building contractor Columba Doherty, Dundrain, Burnfoot paid back €102.Company Director William McNutt Jnr from Downings paid back €40k  and Kenneth Carson of New Begginings at the Court Yard Shopping Centre, Letterkenny paid back €50k.In the period covered there were 20 cases taken against people in Donegal for failure to lodge income tax returns with fines totalling more than €30k issued.TAX DEFAULTERS LIST: BUNCRANA CONTRACTOR GIVEN SUSPENDED JAIL TERM FOR DODGY VAT RETURNS was last modified: March 9th, 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_imgThe Government needs to support the Irish haulage industry according to Finn Valley county councillor Patrick McGowan.The Fianna Fail councillor said the haulage industry is a vital link to mainland Europe for the whole island of Ireland for industries such as agriculture sector.Recent news that a large National haulage company is to cease trading with the loss of almost 400 jobs, is very working and is in keeping with what the Haulage Trade has been saying for some time now, he said. “The Government cannot sit idly by and watch the Irish haulage industry disintegrate. They need to immediately bring forward legislative measures to safeguard the industry,” said Cllr Mc Gowan .“The collapse of Target Express is a clear signal that Irish haulage sector has been in a state of crisis for some time now , and nearly 20% of haulage companies have gone out of business since 2012 representing 5,000 jobs losses.“The spiraling cost of fuel has hugely impacted on haulers, fuel now accounts for 50% of these companies’ cost based compared to 30% previously. International haulers also have an advantage over Irish companies as they can benefit from a fuel rebate. Law abiding haulers are also placed at an unfair disadvantage as unscrupulous operators are using laundered green diesel. This reduces the competitiveness of legitimate companies and we know the slightest advantage can be the difference between a company surviving and not.”The road haulage industry contributes over €1 billion to the general exchequer but receives no financial assistance from the Government. The Donegal councillor says if it is to survive something must be done by the Government to ease the pressure.“The industry is under attack, its collapse would severely impact on our competitiveness internationally. It would also be hugely problematic transporting goods within Ireland and between Ireland and our important overseas markets, especially during the winter months due to the adverse weather condition.Higher transport Cost’s will mean consumers in Ireland paying more for their goods.Cllr Mc Gowan said the Government needs to consider proposals to implement a fuel rebate scheme for haulage companies together with a mechanism to address the impact of laundered fuel.“Recent Proposal’s from the Haulage could benefit the overall tax take if Haulage firms bought more fuel in Ireland instead of filling on the continent before returning home . GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SUPPORT HAULAGE INDUSTRY – CLLR MCGOWAN was last modified: August 29th, 2012 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)last_img read more

‘Can’t believe Liverpool might sign this player!’ Reds fans react to reports

first_imgLiverpool are reportedly in the hunt for Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze’s signature.CLICK HERE TO READ THE LATEST GOTZE TO LIVERPOOL NEWSReds boss Jurgen Klopp is sure to strengthen his team this summer, as he looks to mould a side in his tactical image.Signing World Cup winner Gotze would be a major coup and is certainly a name to excite fans.Here is a selection of reaction from Liverpool supporters to the Gotze reports… Mario Gotze celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final 1last_img read more

Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United: Red Devils keep top four hopes alive

first_img Juan Mata celebrates scoring for Manchester United 1 Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top four were given another boost as they beat Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road.Juan Mata was the hero as he struck with 72 minutes on the clock and has put the Red Devils just one point behind fourth-placed rivals Man City, who play Arsenal on Sunday.Meanwhile, the Canaries will be bemoaning a toothless performance against a Man United side who were lacking in quality, which leaves them just two more games to get themselves out of the relegation zone.Hit by an injury to Anthony Martial in the warm up, Louis van Gaal was forced to start Ander Herrera instead and his charges, still adjusting, had to scramble clear twice in a row just minutes into the match.Nathan Redmond and then Cameron Jerome were both unable to score, with the latter’s header particularly poor, highlighting the Canaries’ woeful fortunes in front of goal this season.Man United nearly got themselves ahead in the eighth minute but Juan Mata was unable to control Wayne Rooney’s pass properly and collided with an opponent.A new injury worry developed for the Red Devils moments later as Matteo Darmian fouled Ivo Pinto but was caught on his left leg, leaving him writhing on the turf.Eventually Cameron Borthwick-Jackson took to the field to replace the Italy international, who will now be worried about his chances of making Antonio Conte’s Euro 2016 squad.With plenty on the line for both sides, there was tension in the East Anglian air, and this affected the quality of match with the two outfits looking disjointed on the ball and prone to fouls when off it.Memphis Depay, given a rare chance to start, failed to liven things up and curled a decently positioned free-kick straight into the wall, much to his own annoyance.The second half barely saw things improve as both sides looked to be winding down the campaign rather than battling for safety and a place in the top four.But just when it looked like the two sides were settling in, Wayne Rooney made the most of a Sebastien Bassong mistake and smartly set up Mata, who fired past John Ruddy with ease.The Norwich supporters looked disconsolate as their team failed to rally against the Red Devils, who suddenly looked relaxed and able to pass the ball around with ease.It nearly got worse in added time as Depay’s whipped free-kick had Ruddy scrambling but, thankfully for the goalkeeper, it went a whisker wide of his post.The Canaries now sit two points adrift of safety with two games to play against Watford and Everton, while Manchester United must play West Ham and Bournemouth.last_img read more