Month: December 2019

  • De Bruyne will be a Man City player ‘by the weekend’, talkSPORT told

    first_imgManchester City will complete the big-money signing of Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg ‘by the weekend’, talkSPORT have been told.Having chased the Bundesliga star – crowned Germany’s Player of the Year last season – all summer, City have finally agreed a deal to bring the former Chelsea man back to the Premier League.Reports on Thursday suggested the two-time English champions have met the German club’s £58million valuation – an initial £54m fee plus add ons – and German football expert Olly Knaack reveals the midfielder is set to pen an ‘insane’ contract at the Etihad Stadium.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He’s coming. He will be a Manchester City player by the weekend.“The deal is pretty much done, the only thing that’s missing is his signature, but sources say it’s really close now.“We’re looking at a five-year deal and the numbers are insane, it’s like Ronaldo or Bale dimensions.“I’m not sure he can actually live up to that. He was THE star at Wolfburg, but he’s just one of many stars at Manchester City.“But if you’re got all the money in the world, why not sign him?”last_img read more

  • Huge West Ham boost as star man ‘very, very close’ to penning new deal

    first_img1 Dimitri Payet Dimitri Payet is on the verge of signing a new West Ham contract, according to boss Slaven Bilic.The French midfielder has been a revelation for the Hammers since arriving from Marseille last summer in a £10.7million deal.His performances have reportedly sparked interest from Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City.But West Ham have moved quickly to ensure Payet, 28, snubs any overtures by offering him improved terms on the five-year contract he penned on his arrival.And the 28-year-old now looks set to sign the new deal in a huge boost to the London club.Bilic told reporters on Thursday: “We are very, very close to signing a contract and I hope it’s going to be done.“Both parties have the intention to stay at West Ham. When you are playing like he is playing many clubs are showing interest, but we are going to do everything we can to keep him with us.“Every player has a price but the good thing is he is happy at West Ham, we are more than happy with him and I hope – and I really think – that he will play with us for a long, long time.”last_img read more

  • Arsenal boost! Cazorla and Wilshere to return ‘in a matter of weeks’

    first_imgArsenal midfielders Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla will return “in a matter of weeks”, according to Arsene Wenger.Wilshere has yet to feature for the Gunners this season after undergoing ankle surgery, while Cazorla has been sidelined for three months with a knee problem.But Wenger has revealed both players are back running and could be back in action soon, while he also gave an update on when the fit-again Danny Welbeck will be reintegrated into the squad.“Welbeck is doing well, it is a bit early for him maybe but he is now back to full power in training,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.“It is a big possibility [he could be involved against Hull next week]. We gave him one or two days recovery after the under-21 game, but now he is back in full training. He has worked very hard and he is fit.“They [Wilshere and Cazorla] are back running, they are on a fitness programme now so it means it is not a question of months anymore, it is a question of weeks for them to be back.” Arsenal duo Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere 1last_img read more

  • Leicester feeling refreshed and ready for title charge, says Ranieri

    first_imgLeicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists his squad are ready for the title run-in. The Italian gave his players last week off after a demanding schedule to prepare them for the final push.The Foxes host Norwich on Saturday two points clear at the top of the Premier League with 12 games left.The players were given a training programme during their time off last week and Ranieri believes they have reaped the rewards from the break.He said: “The benefit was they came back how they left, the same, and that is good because they enjoy, they recharged the batteries.“Never have I given players one week off – maximum three days when I was crazy.”And Ranieri believes the players have been receptive to his management style after he replaced Nigel Pearson last summer.“I didn’t see the team a little bit down and then grow up. From the first day they were very, very focused,” he said.“I think my strength is to adapt in every situation, my character, my strategy, my point of view, my vision about football. Of course here at Leicester I felt from the beginning something special.”Daniel Amartey could make his debut at right-back after his January move from FC Copenhagen, with Danny Simpson suspendedRanieri could also throw a lifeline to Liam Moore with the defender having played just once for the Foxes this season.The 23-year-old returned from a loan spell at Bristol City last month and is in Ranieri’s thoughts with Simpson banned.He added: “He’s working very well, better than at the beginning of season. There is a future – I have an open mind. I want to win. If he shows me he’s the best over another, he plays.“I want to win. Now I watch him and he’s desperate – remember Simpson at the beginning didn’t play. I said to him, ‘You have a chance, show me’.” 1 Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester City manager last_img read more

  • Recent steps hint at Korean peace

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe papers said it all: The warring armies would cease fire that night “in the interest of stopping the Korean conflict, with its great toil of suffering and bloodshed.” The armistice agreement signed in 1953 at Panmunjom, Korea, did stop the fighting, but it didn’t start the peace. Now the last generations to remember the “great toil” may see their war truly come to an end, if the two Koreas achieve the peace settlement proposed last week by their leaders. The vision of two nations at peace – with normal trade, comings and goings, diplomatic ties – falls short of reunification, Koreans’ vision of two nations made one. And ending a 54-year-old war-on-hold will mean negotiating through a diplomatic and political thicket grown denser by the decade, and remaking the face of a fortress peninsula. But a peace treaty is a necessary step toward finally moving beyond the all-devouring 1950-53 war, a conflict that left the two Koreas a wasteland of bombed-out towns and cities, downed bridges, severed rail lines, flattened factories and schools, with millions of homeless, destitute people. Possibly 4 million people died in the war, scholars estimate. The U.S. military suffered more than 33,000 battle deaths. In subsequent decades of dictatorship, and then 20 years of democracy, capitalist South Korea rebuilt itself as an economic powerhouse. The North, meanwhile, became an ever more tightly controlled, impoverished, at times famine-afflicted one-party state. Through it all, the armistice has largely held, and held within it the seeds of diplomatic trouble, of unanswered questions. Does peace demand a separate treaty between North and South Korea, along with a broader agreement incorporating their two main wartime allies, China and the United States? What about the 15 other belligerents, nations from Belgium to the Philippines that sent small fighting units to Korea at U.S. behest? Add this complication: South Korea never signed the armistice, since its then-President Syngman Rhee had hoped to fight on. The northerners consequently maintained they would make peace only with America. Washington, for its part, long contended it, too, hadn’t signed the cease-fire – that its generals represented the U.N. command of 17 fighting nations, not the U.S. government. Korea scholar Selig S. Harrison said such tricky issues were “kicked down the road for later diplomacy” in last week’s vague statements at the Pyong- yang meeting between South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The prospect of peace talks raises other, ground-level questions, on a peninsula weighed down by 2 million troops facing each other across a hair-trigger front line, the 2.5-mile-wide demilitarized zone. A major reduction and redeployment of armed forces would be expected to accompany a peace treaty, and that would be a costly operation. “With huge armies confronting each other, the logistics of actually ending the armistice are very difficult,” said Korean War historian Bruce Cumings, a University of Chicago Asian specialist. And what about the remaining front-line U.S. force in South Korea, 28,000 troops? The bitter legacy of hot and cold wars suggests the North Koreans would demand a U.S. withdrawal as part of any peace. But Cumings cautions against such assumptions. “The North Koreans told (former South Korean President) Kim Dae-jung and Noh privately they would live with a situation where U.S. troops remain south of the DMZ,” Cumings said. The reason: The U.S. would offer a “balance” to the historic Chinese and Japanese influence over Korea. What’s more certain is that peace won’t be possible unless North Korea dismantles its nuclear weapons program. That goal looked closer last week with announcement of a major agreement in six-nation disarmament talks. Much less certain is when Korea, divided by U.S.-Soviet fiat in 1945, might become one nation. Pyongyang’s Communist leaders resist relinquishing their repressive power, and China is assumed to prefer keeping the communist buffer on its northeast. Veteran analysts Cumings and Harrison focused on what Cumings called the “unanticipated” substance of North-South economic deals announced last week: a joint fishing zone; a new joint industrial park in the north; joint shipbuilding; and an agreement to ship southern rail freight through North Korea to China. Those are the deals that build trust and may help change Korea after a half-century of no war, no peace. “North Korea and South Korea are rapidly moving toward reconciliation,” Harrison said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANALYSIS: Armistice has held since 1953, but war never officially ended. By Charles J. Hanley THE ASSOCIATED PRESS On a July morning a lifetime ago, two generals, one in American khaki, the other in North Korean drab, strode into a makeshift building in a no-man’s-land, took their seats at separate tables and signed the papers put before them. They left after just 12 minutes, without a handshake, without a word. last_img read more

  • Story Clarification

    first_imgCLARIFICATION: “Zippo,” the headline of an Oct. 4 story about Rosemead police shutting down a neighborhood after they mistook an exploding cigarette lighter for gunfire, was not meant to infer that the lighter in question was made by the Zippo Manufacturing Company of Bradford, Pa. Police said it was a Bic lighter. The Zippo general counsel said “it is technically impossible for a Zippo windproof pocket lighter to explode” when heat is applied to the tank because the fuel chamber is not a sealed plastic tank. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

  • Day-labor plan moves forward in L.A. council

    first_imgBy Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER A plan to require large home-improvement stores to set aside space for day laborers moved ahead Friday as the Los Angeles City Council asked for a final ordinance. “This is a citywide problem and rather than try to go back and retroactively fix the issue, we should deal with the stores before they open,” Councilman Bernard Parks said. “This will help us recognize in the beginning a potential problem,” Alarcon said. “It is a problem we have at every home improvement store and this will let us deal with it up front before the stores open.” The council action calls for the City Attorney’s Office to return with a final measure within 45days. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Under the measure, all home-improvement stores in Los Angeles with more than 100,000 square feet will be required to set aside space for day laborers that includes plumbing facilities. Parks said that while he appreciates the economic development that comes with the stores, he has had a problem with a Home Depot in his district that has said the city must deal with the day workers who gather at the site. Home Depot officials have said they are willing to work with the city on developing a program to accommodate the workers and reduce the negative effects in neighboring communities. But they say they also want flexibility in any ordinance. City officials said they believe that can be accommodated through a conditional-use permit procedure. Councilman Richard Alarcon said it has been a longstanding problem since the city established the first day-worker site in the San Fernando Valley. last_img read more

  • UCLA forecast predicts recession not likely

    first_img Ratcliff noted that the downward real estate cycle began in the early part of this year as subprime lenders began going out of business and the trouble mushroomed in the summer. “In August everyone freaked out at once. There were more defaults than we were expecting and it seemed like everything hit the fan at once in late October and November,” he said. UCLA’s forecast calls for job growth to finally hit 1 percent annually for California in the first quarter of 2009, six months after the nation does. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that it could take a while longer for the real estate sector to bounce back. “Some people have been really gloomy saying it’s going to be 2010 before housing starts to recover,” he said. And he agrees with Ratcliff’s concern that when housing related sectors recover, government employment will start to fall in response to budget woes. Still, that financial damage should be contained. “While we expect to see a major slowdown in government’s contribution to the economy starting in the second half of 2008, we do not think this is the second half of a recession double-whammy,” Ratcliff said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings California’s forecast calls for five consecutive quarters of job growth under 1 percent starting with this year’s fourth quarter. The nation should experience this tepid trend for three consecutive quarters. For California, four of those quarters include declines in construction employment ranging from 6.6 percent this quarter to 4.1 percent in next year’s third quarter. The financial sector’s employment began falling in this year’s second quarter with the job loss expected to peak at 3 percent in the July through September period. The sector probably won’t turn positive until next year’s fourth quarter. And manufacturing will be flat until the end of next year. “This slower job growth is still not enough to create a recession and that’s been an element of our forecast for two years now,” Ratcliff said. Improbable as it sounds, a recession is not likely because of the housing and mortgage market meltdowns, according to a UCLA forecast that will be released Thursday. That scenario holds true for Southern California, the state and the nation, said the widely-watch UCLA Anderson Forecast issued each quarter. Still, for anyone in a real estate related business, the next year or so will probably feel like a recession. “We’ve read this story for most of 2007 and the economy has pretty much lived up to our expectations, as bad as they were,” said Ryan Ratcliff, an Anderson economist who wrote the California report.last_img read more


    first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM BUSINESS PROFILE: GARETH BRITTON, ALL SPORTS, QUAY STREET, DONEGAL What is your career and what do you do?Gareth: Sports Shop Proprietor, retail sports shop Tell us about your first job and how much were you paid?Gareth: First job would have been in a bag factory earning £5.00 an was your first success in business?Gareth: Moving from our first location on Main St. to a bigger shop on Quay St. and increasing our stock levels and a better product offering for our customers. What has been your biggest mistake in business?Gareth: When a competitor opened up in town I panicked and over-bought and ended up clearing the stock off at a loss! What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?Gareth: Start off small and gradually move up the scale and grow the business What item can you not do without? Gareth: What item would you prefer to do without?Gareth: What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)? Gareth: When will you retire?Gareth: 55 What’s your tip to surviving the recession?Gareth: Keep costs to a minimum, diversify, and keep the head down and work What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?Gareth: Do whatever is possible to try and get more money into the Irish economy as people cannot spend much at the moment due to wages/budget cuts. This is going to affect businesses, and in the circle its going to affect the revenue that the government will generate.BUSINESS PROFILE: GARETH BRITTON, ALL SPORTS, DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: January 10th, 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_imgResponding to the comments from the head of the OECD on Ireland’s corporation tax today Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said he welcomes the establishment of a sub-committee of the Oireachtas Finance Committee to look at the issues of multinational companies and the tax they pay in Ireland.Deputy Doherty said: “Ireland is in firing line on business tax from America, Europe, Australia and OECD. It is now seven months since I asked the Finance Committee to examine this issue. I welcome the fact that that is now being done through the establishment of a sub-committee.“There is no excuse for big companies like Apple to not pay a fair share of tax. International cooperation is important but there is no reason why the government cannot act to ensure the agreed rate is being paid. “Sinn Féin is looking at all of the loopholes used to avoid paying tax in Ireland and we will be publishing a bill to close one of these loopholes shortly.” TIME FOR BIG COMPANIES TO PAY FAIR SHARE OF TAX, SAYS TD was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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