Daniel Sturridge scores the first of two goals for Liverpool in their 3-2 win against Aston Villa Alexis Sanchez hit a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 5-2 victory over Leicester City 7 7 7 7 Alexis Sanchez, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney were without a Premier League goal this season prior to Saturday’s games.But they ended their droughts as Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United all claimed victories on a dramatic day of action.See some of the best pictures of the quartet in the gallery above… 7 Daniel Sturridge’s two goals against Aston Villa were his first since March Wayne Rooney had not scored in 11 games in the Premier League before netting against Sunderland Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for Manchester United in their 3-0 win over Sunderland 7 Harry Kane celebrates scoring for Tottenham in their 4-1 victory over Manchester City 7 Alexis Sanchez’s trio of goals were his first in eight games this season
Napoli and Sampdoria are hoping to lure Liverpool target Ciro Immobile back to Italy once the transfer window opens.Immobile joined Sevilla on a season-long loan back in the summer but has struggled to find his best form, scoring only once in seven La Liga outings for his new club.Liverpool were among the sides vying to sign the striker before he headed to Spain.The Merseyside club’s interest even extends back to when he was a Torino player but he snubbed interest from England to join Borussia Dortmund.That move did not turn out how he had hoped as he scored just three Bundesliga goals in 24 appearances last term, which led to the German club sending him out on loan.But the switch to Sevilla could be cut short next month, according to reports in Italy, and Serie A duo Sampdoria and Napoli are ready to battle it out to land the 25-year-old 1 Ciro Immobile
7 2. Diego Costa to PSG? ‘Of course he would be welcome’ – Former Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed in the Mirror that Costa would be welcome in Paris where he now plays. If Diego decides he has had enough of England and wants a new challenge, of course he would be welcome here, he said, adding PSG only buy the best players. 4. Alexandre Pato: Transfer nearing completion? – Some members of the Chelsea squad believe the transfer of Pato from Corinthians to Chelsea could be completed this week, say the London Evening Standard. 6. Adrian Semper: Chelsea fail with move for Croatia U-17 goalkeeper – Dinamo Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic has revealed the club rejected a great offer from Chelsea for Semper when club representatives visited the city to discuss a deal. However, Mamic was keen for his young goalkeeper, who turned 18 earlier in the month, to develop at the club. “It is never easy to reject such a big offer for a young player, but we are convinced Adrian has a fantastic future ahead of him and we want him to spend at least some of that future with Dinamo.” 7 It’s all hotting up at Stamford Bridge.Some rumours claim key men are leaving Chelsea but there are still players who WANT to don that blue shirt.They waltzed to the Premier League title last season and with a new manager to come in the summer, the club are expected to get back on track in the 2016/17 season.Here, talkSPORT has rounded up the latest rumours so click the arrow above, right, to see the latest.For Chelsea news, click here. 5. Alex Teixeira ‘may need to move’ to break into Brazil team – Shakhtar forward Teixeira has plans to break into the Brazil squad in 2016 and feels a move away from the Ukraine side will help, he revealed to Brazil newspaper O Globo. “Chelsea? I’m very happy that they’re interested. On my part, I do everything to continue improving.” On his plans for the national team he said: Shakhtar Donetsk are not very big in Brazil, and I think I may need to move on to stand out and earn a place in the squad. That’s my goal for 2016. 3. Courtois, Oscar, Hazard AND Costa to leave? – According to The Sun, Chelsea may lose FOUR key players in the summer as a result of dressing room harmony, a possible lack of Champions League football next season and uncertainty over the manager. Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Diego Costa are the players and the likes of PSG, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus all circling. 1. Saido Berahino: Chelsea now favourite to sign West Brom man – Tottenham and Newcastle are keen on the 22-year-old forward, but Chelsea are the latest club linked with Berahino. The London Evening Standard report the bookies have the Blues down as strong favourites to sign him. 7 7 7 7 7 7. Baba Rahman: Left back to move away on loan? – Reports in Ghana say Augsburg are keen on a short term loan deal for Rahman, who they sold to Chelsea for £21m in the summer. The left back has not played under Guus Hiddink so far.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp bemoaned his side’s poor decision making in attack as the Reds failed to take their chances in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester.It was an open game at the King Power Stadium, with the visitors creating a number of dangerous chances with neat build-up play, until Jamie Vardy stuck twice in 11 minutes to seal another three points for the Premier League leaders.Leicester remain three points clear at the summit, while defeat left Liverpool floundering in eighth – six points from fifth-placed rivals Manchester United.Despite carving out a number of goalscoring opportunities though, the Reds struggled to pose that much of a threat up front, with Christian Benteke enduring another anonymous outing from the bench to further cast doubt over his suitability in Klopp’s team.The German felt his players could have taken something from the game but ultimately their hesitance in the final third cost them.“We had opportunities in the box but we didn’t find the right decision often enough,” Klopp said following the game.“The longer the game was we didn’t get cooler, the decisions didn’t get better. We had the ball in their box and didn’t shoot“One second later Vardy shoots from 30 yards and the ball was in. This says most about the game. I don’t feel too good.”Klopp took time to acknowledge Vardy’s wonderful opener, where he latched onto Mahrez’s long ball over the top to volley first time over Mignolet and score one of the goals of the season so far.He added: “It’s nice to be in a stadium when Jamie Vardy makes the goal of the month but, in an ideal world, not when you’re the manager of the other team. It made the difference.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Abu Arrar, 58, is a member of Israel’s impoverished Bedouin Arab community. But even in a traditional nomadic society where men commonly have several wives and many children, Abu Arrar is exceptional. “I’m thinking about a new wife, No. 9,” he told the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot in a recent interview. “There are many women who wish to marry me, and there is no lack of women. I never had a problem with such things.” During a visit to his multistory home in central Israel, The Associated Press spotted 17 of the children milling about, dressed in bright red, blue and green-embroidered Palestinian dresses and headscarves. Four veiled women, including two who said they were his wives, sat on the porch peeling vegetables. While Islam allows Muslim men to have four co-wives, it is a custom in Bedouin society to flout the already-generous ruling – and an Israeli ban on polygamy – by marrying women one at a time, divorcing them and marrying others, experts on Bedouin culture said. Culturally, it’s understood that the renounced wives are still married to Abu Arrar, they said. CULTURE: One man, who has 67 children, is twisting religious and secular polygamy rules. By Diaa Hadid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS EMEK HEFER, Israel – With eight wives and 67 children, Shahadeh Abu Arrar has given new meaning to the term “family man.” It’s unclear how Abu Arrar supports his massive family. Camels, goats and a cow were grazing on his property. Yediot said he also receives about $1,700 in government handouts each month. According to the Israeli Interior Ministry, Abu Arrar has 53 children registered as Israeli citizens. He has 14 other children born to Palestinian wives in the West Bank and who are not eligible for Israeli citizenship, his other wives said. “My first wife is my age, and today I hardly spend any time with her. Her children are big, and I leave her alone. I have younger wives to spend time with. Every night I decide which wife to be with,” Abu Arrar told the newspaper.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Canoga Park It’s a tax Your article “More cops? Maybe not!” (Nov. 6) raises some tax issues with this taxpayer. I recently read that the phone fee/tax, etc. must go away. I think the issue was new taxes have to be approved by taxpayers/voters. The phone tax we all pay is now illegal and therefore must be so declared and stopped. Is not the trash fee/tax the same type of program? Now, instead of going to hire new cops, it is suggested using it all to balance a shaky city budget. I say if it looks like a tax, sounds like a tax, and is used like a tax, then it must be a tax and therefore is illegal unless approved by the taxpayers/voters! – William Conroy Northridge Who pays? Re “Tipoff” (Nov. 5): I have just two questions about former Mayor James Hahn’s new portrait: How much did it cost and who paid for it? – David Hall Winnetka Good exercise Re “Ghetto service” (Your Opinions, Nov. 5): We on the other side of the Valley, after trash day, take a broom and pick up the leftover debris left on the street. It’s good exercise and she may even get to meet a neighbor or two. – Leonard Drayton North Hills Fair share Re “L.A. deserves its fair share of bond money for transportation” (Our Opinions, Nov. 5): Thank you for your editorial about Los Angeles County not receiving its fair share of state transportation bond money – even though 85percent of the state’s port activity occurs in our county, and 43percent of the nation’s cargo arrives in local ports. Part of the challenge is that our county – far and away the state’s most populated and congested – only has one representative on the nine-member California Transportation Commission, which allocates Proposition 1B funds. Meanwhile, Alameda County – the seventh-most-populated county – has two representatives on the CTC including the chairman. Yes, transportation dollars are scarce everywhere, but relieving congestion in L.A. County benefits a much larger group of people and has a more positive impact on the local national economies than anywhere else in America. – Brendan L. Huffman President & CEO Valley Industry & Commerce Association Learning CNN aired a program called “The Noose,” which followed the history of lynchings in the South. The program began with the recent hanging of a noose on a tree at Jena High School, Ga., and the ensuing controversy. The photographs graphically depicted hangings and the white crowds standing around enjoying the spectacle. Among the crowds were children being indoctrinated to be the next generation of racists. That’s the way it works; children learn racism from their parents. Today we have the anti-immigration movement and the persecution and targeting of brown-skinned Hispanics, Mexicans and Latinos. Viewing newspaper and TV pictures of anti-immigration protests, we see that it is another white thing. There are no blacks, Hispanics or Asians in attendance. If this isn’t racism, what is? – Ron Lowe Grass Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “L.A. draws up a new gang plan” (Oct. 26): “Children must pay to play” (Nov. 5): This is the ultimate disconnect. Where is the city’s gang czar, Jeff Carr? The first place to reach current and potential gang members is in the schools. So rather than develop after-school programs, the LAUSD wants to charge every nonschool program a fee to use school facilities. The neighborhood councils ought to be working together in each area to start anti-gang programs and Jeff Carr should be directly involved. – Don Evans
Charlie McConalogue TDDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has raised alarm about the threat to the future of more than 550 community post offices. It comes amid warnings that more than half of the country’s post office could face closure over the next three years if the Department of Social Protection moves to electronic issuing of social welfare payments.Deputy McConalogue said widespread post of closures in Co Donegal would be devastating for the communities affected. “We are talking about the threat to the very existence of our post office network. This is extremely serious. The local post office is a focal point for many Donegal communities and its loss would have an enormous impact on community life,” the Fianna Fáil Deputy said.“Donegal communities have lost too many local services over the past three years. Bank branches have shut down, garda stations have been closed, local schools are under threat, State funding for local services has been cut and many small local business have been forced to close or cut jobs because they cannot get the support they need. The loss of the post office on top of all of this would be yet another blow to community life.“We need clarity on what exactly is going on here. The Department of Social Protection has made it clear that it’s moving toward e-commerce and electronic transfers of money. A new study carried out for the Irish Postmasters Union now says that if this move takes place and social welfare payments are issued electronically, some 557 post offices will go out of business and will be forced to shut down. Donegal is sure to suffer in this cull.“Such a move could cause chaos for regular users of the local post office. If social welfare payments are issued directly to bank accounts, older people and people with disabilities will be expected to travel and join already lengthening queues at bank branches with any queries about their social welfare payments. It’s unacceptable. “In addition to the serious impact on customers and the effect on the local community, thousands of jobs are also at risk if these closures go ahead. I am calling on the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte to explain what is going on here and provide some assurances to communities about the future of their local press office.” ‘POST OFFICE CLOSURE THREAT ANOTHER ATTACK ON RURAL IRELAND’ – McCONALOGUE was last modified: February 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:An PostCharlie McConaloguecutbacks
The Letterkenny Festive markets have been a wonderful success.Many visitors and locals alike have commented on the “real Christmas feel” in the town centre with the new Christmas lights and the craft market.There is a real buzz in Letterkenny due in no small part to the Christmas marketsBut alas, all good things must come to an end, and the Christmas market is no exception as it enters its final weekend. The good news is that this weekend promises to be the best yet with additional stalls adding to the fantastic offerings experienced so far in the courtyard shopping centre.So if you still haven’t managed to get that someone special in your life that perfect gift, don’t fear the Letterkenny Christmas market is here! May it be arts, crafts, hampers or the many other goodies on offer, you name it, we will have it.To get you in the spirit of Christmas as you peruse from stall to stall, will be the wonderful classic Christmas sounds over the two days.Performing today at the market will be Mullroy college choir, Mind your Quaver and the Errigal singers. Saturday 13th promises to be a real cracker of entertainment with the Groove orchestra, Andrew Monk, Letterkenny junior choir, and with the market being brought to a close by the Donegal chamber orchestra. Town Manager Dessie Larkin said “The Letterkenny town team would like to thank everyone for their encouragement over the three weekends, we would also like to recognise the wonderful local talent who performed so magically adding real spirit to the market, and also the many very talented stall owners who helped make the market such a special event.“A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the traders and everybody at Letterkenny Town Team. See you all at the weekend and remember shop local this Christmas and support your own.”LETTERKENNY CHRISTMAS MARKET HAILED A HUGE SUCCESS AS IT COMES TO A CLOSE was last modified: December 11th, 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:Christmas Marketsdonegalletterkenny
The global oil markets remain very tight, and with spare capacity still limited, supply shocks or heightened geopolitical concerns could lead to oil price spikes that could trigger higher inflation, economists said. There is room for some cheering, though. “The good news is that emerging and developing countries weathered the recent financial storm and are providing the basis for strong global growth in 2008,” IMF chief economist Simon Johnson said. “For the first time, China and India are making the largest country-level contributions to world growth,” he said. Emerging Asia is forecast to expand 9.2percent this year and 8.3percent in 2008; Africa is to grow 5.7percent this year and 6.5percent next year; and the Middle East, supported by high oil prices and robust domestic demand, is projected to expand 5.9percent in both 2007 and 2008. NEW YORK – The world economy, buffeted by the credit crisis gripping financial markets, is expected to keep expanding in 2008, albeit at a slower pace, with little fear of recession. But unlike past economic upswings – driven by the U.S., Japan and Western Europe – the main engines of growth this time are predicted to be China, India and other emerging economies. In its latest World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund projected that 2006’s global-economy growth rate of 5.4percent would moderate to 5.2percent this year and 4.8percent in 2008. The 2008 forecast was downgraded by nearly one-half percentage point from the summer outlook, reflecting the turbulent conditions in financial markets. “Risks to the outlook, however, are firmly on the downside, centered on the concern that financial market strains could deepen and trigger a more pronounced global slowdown,” the IMF warned. Inflation pressures, volatile oil markets and the strong flows of foreign currency into emerging markets are also threats, it said. The IMF said the ongoing turbulence in financial markets and a new rise in oil prices have dampened the outlook since its October update. In particular, the U.S. growth outlook has become riskier, IMF First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky said in an interview posted on the Fund’s Web site Dec. 11. The IMF raised its growth forecast for China’s sizzling economy this year to 11.5percent, from 11.2percent, and said Beijing’s efforts to cool the boom would be more effective if currency controls were eased. However, it said that easing may not materialize unless the authorities act more decisively and let the yuan’s exchange rate rise faster. Economic growth in the 30 industrialized economies of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – which include the U.S., Britain, Germany and France – will slow to 2.3percent in 2008 from 2.7percent in 2007, the Paris-based think tank predicted in early December. “Although near-term growth has been revised down virtually everywhere in the OECD area, the baseline scenario … is actually not that bad in view of the recent shocks,” said Joergen Elmeskov, the acting economic chief of the think tank. Corporate profits, high employment that boosts income and consumption, and increased global trade have supported the world economy, while it has been hit by financial turmoil, cooling housing markets and rising energy and commodity prices, the OECD said. The gradual slowing currently envisioned comes as the world economy’s biggest player – the United States – is facing a considerable loss of speed. The IMF lowered its forecast for U.S. growth, predicting the economy would expand by just 1.9percent this year and next, reflecting the impact of the worst housing slump in more than two decades and the effects of the credit crisis. If the IMF’s forecast for 2007 proves correct, it would be the weakest growth the United States has logged in six years. The housing slump would cost the U.S. economy a full percentage point of growth this year or one-third of the typical 3percent annual rate of increase, economists said. Although risks of a recession have risen in the United States, the IMF said the likelier outcome would be a more prolonged period of sub-par growth. A November survey by 50 professional forecasters of the Washington-based National Association for Business Economics trimmed the estimates for all the major U.S. economic sectors next year, with the exception of net exports and government spending, without predicting a recession. The panelists didn’t see recession as likely, although the economy faces risks from the credit markets, housing and energy prices, said Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, NABE president and chief economist at Ford Motor Company. Other U.S. economists are less upbeat. “Slow jobs growth along with the shortage of business credit, declining home prices, and falling industrial production indicate the risk of a recession is clearly above 50percent. Either the economy has already entered a recession or the risk that a recession will begin soon exceeds 50percent,” said Peter Morici, a business professor and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. While overall U.S. economic growth as measured by the gross domestic product moved ahead at a 4.9percent rate in the third quarter, the fastest pace in four years, GDP is expected to slow to a barely discernible 1.5percent or even less in the quarter that will end Monday. Growth at such a slow pace would increase the risks that the world’s largest economy could dip into a recession. To cushion the blow, the Federal Reserve has slashed a key interest rate three times – most recently on Dec.11 – to 4.25percent, a nearly two-year low. Fed officials signaled that further cuts are possible if housing and mortgage lending get worse. On the positive side, the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate stayed at a relatively low 4.7percent for the third straight month in November – better than economists were expecting – and wages grew briskly, encouraging signs that America’s employment climate is still holding up in the face of credit and housing problems. Job and wage growth have been shock absorbers, helping Americans to cope with all the negative forces in the economy. “This should provide reassurance to those who worry that a recession is imminent,” said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at LaSalle Bank. Still, a lingering fear among economists is that consumers will cut back on their spending throwing the economy into a tailspin. Consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. In other economic predictions: The Middle East economies, supported by high oil prices that hit a trading record of $99.29 a barrel on Nov. 21, are projected to expand by 5.9 percent in both 2007 and 2008, with growth accelerating in Iran and Egypt. After years of stop-and-start results, many African economies appear to be growing at the fast and steady rates needed to put a dent in the region’s poverty and attract global investment, the World Bank said. Overall growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to rise from 5.7 percent in 2006 to 6.1 percent in 2007 and further to 6.8 percent in 2008. The growth acceleration reflects largely the coming onstream of new production facilities in oil-exporting countries such as Angola and Nigeria, according to the IMF. In Russia, GDP growth is set to accelerate in 2007 to 7.3 percent before moderating to 6.5 percent in 2008 as oil and metals prices stabilize at their current levels, OECD economists said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!