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‘When I watch Joao Teixeira, I see another Philippe Coutinho’ – Liverpool fans rave over Portuguese youngster

Posted in kvziqmgj on December 30th, 2019

first_img1 Brendan Rodgers has left, Jurgen Klopp has arrived and things are looking a lot brighter for Liverpool fans.And it is looking even brighter after Klopp introduced three Reds youngsters to the Anfield faithful during Wednesday’s League Cup game against Bournemouth.Cameron Brannagan and Connor Randall both started but it is Portuguese starlet Joao Teixeira who has left Liverpool fans purring the most.See below for the reactions to the 22-year-old’s performance on social media … Joao Teixeira last_img read more


Posted in tivdvyll on December 30th, 2019

first_imgCROOK FRANCOIS de Dietrich told Donegal investors to ‘shoot’ him – in a desperate confrontation in Estonia, donegaldaily can reveal.We have learned that a number of men from the county who are owed millions of euro by the conman tracked him down to the Baltic nation.And when one of the investors lost his temper and threatened to have the French father-of-two shot, de Dietrich screamed: “Shoot me, shoot me, because I don’t have your money.” The brass-necked swindler has taken more than 200 Donegal investors to the cleaners.They didn’t know that he was a criminal fraudster with more than a dozen previous convictions in France for theft and dishonesty.The confidence trickster is wanted in the North for ignoring a High Court injunction. He faces an automatic 18 month prison sentence.The Donegal investors however managed to trace him to Estonia. One source said: “He (Francois) was terrified. He told the investors that the British authorities had all the money and that if they wanted it they should ring them.“It was the first time he had dropped his arrogance. One of the lads lost his temper and told de Dietrich he’d be shot if he didn’t return the cash and he shouted back that they should shoot him because he didn’t have the money.”Earlier this week we reported how investigators who brought the roly-poly crook to justice are appealing for conned victims to come forward.The Financial Services Authority in the UK has issued a public statement requesting investors to come forward.Donegaldaily understands that this is now the only way people who did give him cash will get their money back. In the statement, the FSA said: “We would like investors who had dealings with Francois de Dietrich or ETIC Solutions Ltd to contact us to provide details of their transactions.“This comes after we obtained a court order freezing their assets and requiring de Dietrich to provide certain information, which he has failed to comply with.“We obtained an order from the High Court in Northern Ireland against de Dietrich and ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC) on 27 October 2010, restraining any potential unauthorised activity and freezing ETIC’s and de Dietrich’s assets up to the value of £20.2m.“On 28 January 2011, de Dietrich was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for contempt of court after he failed to disclose the whereabouts of his overseas assets as required by the terms of the High Court order, or respond to our requests for further information.” The statement went on: “Both de Dietrich and ETIC are believed to have been behind an unauthorised investment scheme.“The court order was taken out to preserve the funds and other assets held by de Dietrich and/or ETIC until the court decides whether he has broken the law. The court will also decide how much money, if any, should be returned to investors and other creditors.“Meanwhile, we are continuing our investigation into the activities of de Dietrich and ETIC.”The FSA also provided some answers to investors on whether or not they will get their money backOn this issue, the organisation said: “With the court orders in place, de Dietrich and ETIC may not accept money from, or pay money to, any person as part of the ETIC business. This includes a restriction on paying out funds to investors.“If you paid money to de Dietrich and/or ETIC and they did not have our authorisation to offer financial services, you will not be able to take a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service or have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.”The statement went on: “We need to identify all investors, so if you have not had contact with us about this matter you should call our Contact Centre on 00 44 845 606 1234 or email It will help us with this case if you provide your full name, a phone number, postal and email addresses.“Be aware that we are subject to strict statutory obligations of confidentiality, which mean we can only provide certain information to third parties. However, we will provide further updates on this case as soon as possible.”De Dietrich ran a dodgy get-rich-quick scheme – taking millions of euro from 200 investors in Donegal.The scheme was a fraud, designed to con people out of their cash.The Ballybofey businessman has fled Ireland and is now on-the-run from cops throughout Europe.FRANCOIS SENSATION: ‘SHOOT ME BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE YOUR MONEY’ was last modified: March 7th, 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


Posted in kvziqmgj on December 30th, 2019

first_imgFollowing the launch of business lobby IBEC’s local campaign for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum, independent socialist republican activist Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on the people of Donegal to reject the pro-austerity agenda of big business and vote No.Responding to IBEC’s pro-austerity launch, Mac Giolla Easbuig said, “It comes as no surprise that leaders and supporters of big business are calling on people to vote Yes, as it is in the interests of big business that this treaty is passed”.‘If passed, this Treaty will lock us into a permanent cycle of austerity, low wages and privatisation. It will not, as the pro-austerity side falsely claims, bring either recovery or stability. We only need look back to the Lisbon 2 referendum campaign to understand how the big business lobby is willing to make entirely bogus promises to influence the vote. Lisbon 2 was, we were told, all about job creation. Well IBEC, where are all the jobs that you promised? There are well in excess of 400,000 people unemployed in the Twenty Six Counties and Donegal has the highest rate of unemployment in the state.” Speaking to the small indigenous business on the ground, who are not supporting IBEC’s pro-austerity campaign, Mac Giolla Easbuig said, ‘We all know that more austerity measures will mean that ordinary people will have less money in their pockets, and therefore less money to spend in local businesses. The knock-on effect of this is more closures, more job losses and more hardship.’‘I very much understand the concerns of small indigenous business as I can see the effect on the ground of the damage that is being done to our local communities. These small companies and businesses are the backbone of our local economy and their concerns must be listened to. IBEC does not represent the views of small local indigenous companies here in Donegal who witness the devastation that has already been caused by the austerity measures’.In conclusion, Mac Giolla Easbuig, called on the people of Donegal to reject austerity and vote No, ‘austerity measures are not only causing untold hardship in our communities, but economically make no sense.“The cuts are reducing growth and killing off the local economy. This Treaty will place pro-austerity measures directly into the Constitution. They will force us to adhere to restrictive budgetary measures, which will see the government impose a further €6 billion in cuts this year, to bring the debt to GDP ratio into line with the right wing strictures of this Treaty. “It is an extremely dangerous proposal that will force our people into a future of continuing austerity. It must be resisted and rejected. By voting No to the Austerity Treaty, we will send a powerful message to the Dublin and European elitesthat the ordinary people have had enough of cuts and austerity’.‘IBEC – WHERE ARE ALL THE JOBS?” – MACGIOLLA EASBUIG CHALLENGES PRO-AUSTERITY BIG BUSINESS LOBBY was last modified: May 8th, 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

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic left ‘fuming’ at late Leicester penalty decision

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first_imgWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic was left ‘fuming’ after the 94th minute penalty decision against his side but was sympathetic with referee Jon Moss after the draw to Leicester.Jamie Vardy was controversially sent off for diving while both teams were given highly contentious penalty decisions, including the one that led to Leonardo Ulloa scoring with the final kick of the game.And while Bilic was adamant Andy Carroll’s challenge on Jeffrey Schlupp was not a penalty, he conceded it is difficult when you have thousands of fans screaming at you to point to the spot.“It’s not a penalty, let’s be honest,” said Bilic.“To be fair, it’s hard for referees and it was hard for him because you have thousands of people screaming for every long ball in the box.“They shout ‘penalty’ or ‘handball’ or scream ‘cheat’ or ‘dive’ so it is hard. Of course it’s not a penalty but it was very hard for him.“I’m trying to be nice to him. I’m fuming. All I’m saying is it is hard to not get under the influence of everybody [in the stadium].”last_img read more

Diego Costa set for China move? Liverpool in hunt for PSG star? – GOSSIP

Posted in bacbbpks on December 29th, 2019

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be on his way to the Chinese Super League. Incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte is confident of beating Manchester United to the signing of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, which would pave the way for the Spaniard’s exit. (Daily Mirror)Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois insists says he is not looking to leave the club this summer, despite reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain. (Le Parisien)Liverpool face competition from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach in the hunt for PSG starlet Mamadou Doucoure. (Kicker)Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has offered Udinese £12million for midfielder Piotr Zielinski, currently on loan at Empoli. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)The Merseyside club will reportedly will listen to offers for young forward Jordon Ibe in the summer, with the likes of Watford, Arsenal and Tottenham interested. (Squawka)Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen on signing £25million-rated Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi this summer. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele faces a TEN-GAME ban for his attempt to eye-gouge Chelsea’s Diego Costa. (The Sun)Southampton fear manager Ronald Koeman won’t extend his current contract. The Dutchman has a year to run on his current deal and is a target for Arsenal and Everton. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…??‘Tottenham have been superb this season and deserve runners-up spot behind champions Leicester’ – Harry Redknapp‘Leicester’s Premier League triumph gives hope to every other club in world football’, believes Foxes goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer‘Arsene Wenger has been offered a new contract, but I’d take Claudio Ranieri at Arsenal!’ – Piers Morgan on talkSPORTLiverpool set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain star Javier Pastore AC Milan to beat Arsenal and West Ham to signature of Celta Vigo star NolitoJurgen Klopp targets German as competition for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon MignoletParis Saint-Germain target Leicester City star N’Golo Kante following Premier League triumphArsenal could offload Oliver Giroud to Wolfsburg in the summerlast_img read more

Gareth Bale tells talkSPORT: I came to Real Madrid to win trophies

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first_imgGareth Bale has praised a ‘very professional performance’ by Real Madrid to book their place in the Champions League final. Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Bernabeu to set up a meeting with city rivals Atletico at the San Siro on May 28. Bale, who moved from Tottenham to the Spanish capital in 2013, played a key role in getting them closer to their 11th European title, as his shot deflected off Fernando past Joe Hart. The Welsh star will play in his second Champions League final for the club in under three years – he scored against Atletico in the 2014 final. Bale told talkSPORT: “It’s massively important. “Whoever got the goal tonight, whatever it was – the most important thing is we got to the final.“It was a very professional performance, we kept it tight at the back and did well to get the goal to take us to the final.“Obviously we needed a bit of luck with the goal, but I felt like we controlled both games. Maybe they lacked a bit of ambition going forward but that’s down to us. We kept it tight and limited their chances and ultimately got the goal.”On the final against Diego Simeone’s side, who beat Bayern Munich in the other semi, Bale added: “We know it’s going to be another difficult game,  it always is against them.“They make it very difficult to play against but it’s one we’re looking forward to – hopefully another trophy.  We’re looking forward to it.“It’s the main reason I came to Real Madrid – to win Champions League trophies. We’ve obviously won the most in the history of the tournament.“To have another chance to win another trophy is amazing for us and hopefully we can take that opportunity.”Gareth Bale was talking to talkSPORT after the Champions League win over Manchester City, listen in full above.last_img read more

Man City defender Pablo Zabaleta to join Roma after agreeing personal terms

Posted in bacbbpks on December 29th, 2019

first_img1 Pablo Zabaleta is expected to leave Man City this summer Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has agreed personal terms with Roma, according to reports in Italy.The 31-year-old is expected to leave the Etihad this summer as he moves into the final 12 months of his contract.Several sides in Italy have shown an interest, including Inter Milan and Roma, while Zabaleta has also been offered the chance to return to Argentina.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, the right-back is closing in on a move to Roma after agreeing personal terms with the Italian club.The Argentina international has provisionally agreed to sign a three-year deal worth around £40,000-a-week.Roma will now hold talks with Manchester City on Tuesday to try and agree a fee of around £2million for the defender.last_img read more

Striking writers say they want a revolution

Posted in jnroxoco on December 29th, 2019
first_imgEight months ago, in a contemplative moment, Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America, west, sketched out what could have been a script for the collision that wrecked talks between Hollywood’s producers and striking writers on Friday. During an interview in his office here, Verrone described the looming negotiations with employers as a confrontation much grander than a simple fight over pay formulas. This battle would be about respect. Writers, he said, were looking to restore a sense of leverage and status that had been lost as ever-larger corporations took control of the entertainment business. He described Hollywood as teetering on the brink of a dark age, as far as creative types were concerned. “I think if they could do this business without us, they would, and so making our task as mechanical and simple and low-paying and unartistic as possible,” Verrone said. The solution, he added, was to squeeze the corporations that own the studios, in an effort to represent the legion of writers on reality and animated shows that the guild had not organized through sign-up drives. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“There are things we can ask for in bargaining that will allow you to reach up to the mother ship and then back down into the nonunion company,” he said. On Friday night, five weeks into a strike that now promises to drag on well into the new year, seriously complicating plans for this television season and the next and opening the door to a tube filled with reality shows and other substitutes, it suddenly became clear to all involved that Verrone and the other guild leaders were serious about their writers’ revolution. After days of haggling over complicated formulas for Internet pay, the latest round of talks blew up over the deeper issues that had been buried inside the writers’ contract proposals. Accusing guild leaders of pursuing “an ideological mission far removed from the interests of their members,” representatives of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expressed outrage over continuing demands of the writers that were not strictly related to pay. These include requests for jurisdiction over those who write for reality TV shows and animated movies; for oversight of the fair-market value of intracompany transactions that might affect writer pay; and the elimination of a no-strike clause that prevents guild members from honoring the picket lines of other unions once a contract is reached. The tone of shock in the producers’ statement seemed a bit artificial, as Verrone has for months laid out his plan to elevate the writers’ industry status. Yet their anger is genuine. Executives know that to concede the writers’ noneconomic demands would lead to a radical shift in industry power. Only a death wish, for instance, would prod companies to let one union walk out in support of another, particularly on the eve of negotiations with both the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, whose contracts expire in June. “It’s kind of like saying `Oh, while we’re in the middle of this knife fight, I demand the right to have a gun next time,’ a comment on a screenwriters’ blog, The Artful Writer, said. Similarly, company negotiators know that to grant jurisdiction over workers not currently represented by the guild would bring them up against legal questions – can they impose union membership on a unit whose members have not signed up? And it would lead to a collision with other unions. That matter provoked a blast on Friday night. Thomas C. Short, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which already represents some reality and animation writers, compared the Writers Guild leadership to “a huge clown car that’s only missing the hats and horns.” As the strike drags on, it appears increasingly likely that the television business, which is more sensitive than the movie industry to short-term dislocations, may be in for some deep changes. One possibility is that networks will use the walkout as an opportunity to end their costly practice of presenting new programs to prospective advertisers in an elaborate spring road show known as the upfronts. Instead, they might opt for simple visits to the main advertising agencies. Networks could also use the strike to end a television development cycle that has them all chasing the same stars at the same time for fall programs that make their debuts en masse. Instead, they might develop new offerings throughout the year. More narrowly, Friday night’s breakdown marked the failure of an effort by the companies to reboot the talks as a more tightly focused negotiation, despite earlier bad blood. The companies’ strategy, more or less, had tried to close a gap on issues related to electronic delivery of movies and television shows, holding back a sweetened offer for Internet downloads as a closer that would be added at the last minute, giving Verrone something on which to claim victory. For that to work, however, Verrone and his colleagues would have had to abandon the quest for not just a bigger share, but a bigger place in the business. In a Sunday interview, Verrone said nothing was nonnegotiable. Union leaders, he said, were thinking “we were in a negotiation, where they would talk about these things.” And anyone who thought that they would simply surrender just was not listening.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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School lunch system found open to fraud

Posted in tivdvyll on December 29th, 2019

first_imgLast year, LAUSD sent verification letters to about 8,000 households. Of those, 1,700 didn’t respond, 176 went from the free to the reduced-price category, and only 36 were changed to full-pay status, said Dennis Barrett, director of food services at LAUSD. Those who didn’t respond – nearly 25percent of those sent verification letters – were removed from the program. But Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said the program should have more safeguards to limit potential fraud. “We all know that there’s going to be some level of fraud,” Coupal said. “There should be more significant consequences for defrauding a program like that, and we rarely see that kind of consequences flow from fraud. “The ultimate goal is to make sure that taxpayers aren’t being ripped off while at the same time trying the achieve the objective of the program.” The last time Congress examined how the government verifies the income of families applying for free and reduced-price lunches was in 2004 as lawmakers prepared to reauthorize the program. A number of federal audits found vast discrepancies between the census counts of low-income households and the number of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches. A study five years ago in New York City’s school district, only one larger than the LAUSD, found about $100 million in potential losses. While the Bush administration proposed strict new verification measures, advocates for the poor questioned the veracity of the studies and accused the administration of swiping tater tots out of the fingers of poor children. “The kinds of steps that were being considered were the types of things that would drive a lot of eligible families away,” said Zoe Neuberger, a senior policy analyst at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities think tank in Washington, D.C. Those intent on eliminating government waste, however, argued – and still do – that maintaining a program’s fiscal integrity is critical. “Showing a pay stub shouldn’t be too much to ask,” said Brian Reidl, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank who in 2003 estimated tighter income verification measures could save the program and the country $12 billion over 10 years. He and other conservatives argued that schools either boosted free-lunch participation or turned a blind eye to likely inaccuracies because the numbers act as a measure for poverty rates – which in many cases determines how much a school gets in funding for everything from books to teachers. Neuberger said she doesn’t expect Congress to take another big crack at income verification until the next reauthorization of the program in 2009. But she and others said they don’t expect a severe crackdown. “There are fairness concerns; there are budgetary concerns,” Neuberger said. But, she added, “There is almost agreement across the board that it is important to make the free and reduced-lunch program accessible to kids.” For the latest school news, go to 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLos Angeles Unified School District officials, who sought verification for 8,000 applications last year, said they are in full compliance with the law. “Is there a potential to falsify income in any system in which you gather individual data and don’t review 100 percent of the applications? Yes, that risk exists,” said Michael Eugene, LAUSD’s business manager. “(But) since we’re in full compliance, our major focal point is to get meals to those students who need it.” The federal government requires school districts to audit 3percent of applicants from families whose income falls within $100 of the cutoff – those believed to be the most prone to reporting errors. A child from a family of four making $26,845 or less qualifies for the free-lunch program, while $38,203 is the limit for reduced-price lunches. While the $8.2 billion national school lunch program is designed to provide meals to needy students, the system is fraught with loopholes that leave it open to rampant fraud. A recent government report said verification remains a problem in the program that provides about 6.6 billion meals to kids each year at a cost of about $10.2 billion. To participate in the program, parents complete applications listing their income. Random verification checks are performed, but from 2005 to 2006, the study found slightly more than one student in five students who applied and got served was actually ineligible – at a cost of $935 million. “Several data sources suggest that a significant number of ineligible children are receiving free or reduced-price meals,” the auditors wrote. last_img read more