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Month: December 2019
1 Joe Gomez Joe Gomez has made quite a start to his Premier League career.The 18-year-old full back has been the surprise star of Liverpool’s season so far after a move from Charlton in the summer.Gomez, traditionally a centre-back, has excelled in an unorthodox left back role and his consistent performances have kept Spanish international Alberto Moreno out of the side.His displays have been a key factor in a third clean sheet in succession as Liverpool remain unbeaten, and he was brilliant again in the lively 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Monday night.Liverpool supporters appear to have identified a new fan favourite, and some of them took to Twitter to laud the England youngster:
Jose Angel Crespo Aston Villa have shipped out flop defender Jose Angel Crespo on loan.The rarely-seen Spaniard has joined La Liga side Rayo Vallecano until the end of the season.The 28-year-old joined from Spanish team Cordoba last summer when the Villa squad underwent another overhaul but he’s rarely been asked to contribute, even with Villa in turmoil.The former Sevilla, Racing Santander and Verona man represented Spain at numerous youth levels earlier in his career.But he’s started just one Premier League match this season – the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City in October. 1
1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Liverpool are about to hit the biggest four days of their season with a Europa League clash against Augsburg on Thursday and a League Cup final versus Manchester City on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp is finally getting his squad fit after a topsy-turvy first few months in English football but faces a tough task to juggle two key matches so close to each other.The ex-Borussia Dortmund boss is taking the Europa League very seriously given it represents their best hope of qualifying for next year’s Champions League.But Klopp also can’t turn his nose up at the prospect of leading his team to glory in the League Cup and winning their first trophy since they won the same competition in 2012.Injuries and knocks to Martin Skrtel, Adam Lallana and Joe Allen make the German’s task a lot tougher, while Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Tiago Ilori, Jose Enrique, Kevin Stewart and Danny Ings are either ineligible or long-term absentees.So, to spread the load, it’s likely Klopp will make a couple of changes to his team to face Bundesliga side Augsburg on Thursday evening, which could see Kolo Toure, Lucas Leiva and Jordon Ibe take to the field.Christian Benteke could be offered a reprieve as the Reds wrap returning striker Daniel Sturridge in cotton wool and Philippe Coutinho could be kept fresh for Sunday’s final.Below is how Liverpool’s XI could look against Augsburg…Whatever the result at Anfield on Thursday, Klopp will immediately be turning his attention to defeating Manchester City.The German has been a little hit and miss since replacing Brendan Rodgers last year but his biggest success to date was leading his team to a 4-1 victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s side back in November.It was a game in which Roberto Firmino fully announced himself to the Premier League, causing havoc amongst the City defence along with compatriot Coutinho.Given the duo’s success alongside Daniel Sturridge in a front three against Aston Villa, it’s highly likely this triumvirate will start the League Cup final, but Klopp will tinker his line up from Thursday’s to incorporate rested stars, including Dejan Lovren, if he’s recovered from illness, and Emre Can.See below how we think Liverpool will line up against Manchester City…
Market research firm Geostat Advisory’s analysis of the Los Angeles and Orange County residential real estate markets suggest lenders that repossessed homes and condominiums are slashing sale prices similar to the discount offered on Smallson’s listing. “Lenders have to offload the nonperforming assets from their portfolios as soon as possible,” Nima Nattagh, a principal in Geostat, said. Not big bargain, yet Not everyone believes that foreclosures are a big bargain. Yet. “There is a discount, but it’s probably in the 7 (percent) to 8 percent range and in most areas there is not much of a discount at all,” John Karevoll, an analyst at market tracker DataQuick Information Systems, said of Geostat’s assumption. These deals won’t be easy to root out, though, because foreclosures, while on a record pace, currently account for just 6 percent of home sales in the region, the company said. There will be a one-stop shopping opportunity, though. The Real Estate Disposition Corp. will auction more than 131 area homes that have been foreclosed on. It will be Oct. 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall B, 1201 S. Figueroa St. The company did not return a call for comment on Tuesday. Geostat’s study analyzed a sample of foreclosures that sold between this January and September in the two counties. Calculating discount To calculate the discount, the company estimated the market value of the homes and compared that with the actual foreclosure sales price. The sample consisted of properties sold by lenders most affected by the collapse of the subprime mortgage market: Countrywide Home Loans, New Century, Fremont Investment and Loan, Encore Credit Corp., a unit of Bear Stearns, Long Beach Mortgage and Option One Mortgage. Discounts varied by lender. For example, Calabasas-based Countrywide’s discount averaged 18.5 percent. Encore offered the smallest at 15.1 percent and Option One the biggest at 26.5 percent. Geostat conducted the research on behalf of a lender that it would not identify. Findings include: On average, a foreclosed property sells 20.3 percent below its market value. The median discount level is slightly lower in Orange County at 19.6 percent compared with 21 percent in Los Angeles County. 70 percent of homeowners who are foreclosed on bought their homes between 2003 and 2005. Homeowners who bought during this period and at the peak of the housing market are likely to be in a negative equity position now. A typical home that goes into foreclosure was originally purchased for $465,000 in Los Angeles County and $532,000 in Orange County. The average sales price of a foreclosed property is $447,000 in Los Angeles County and $479,000 in Orange County. Some agreement However, Karevoll said he bases his opinion on all foreclosure sales across Southern California and not a market sample. He agrees with Geostat’s finding that buyers in the 2003 to 2005 time frame face the most trouble. He also agrees that foreclosure sales activity is probably not strong enough yet to drive down resale prices by a significant amount. However, neighborhoods that experience high levels of foreclosure are likely to see bigger price declines. For example, Geostat said that foreclosures in Lancaster sell at a much higher discount compared with cities in south Orange County. That’s a reflection of the concentration of subprime loans as well as the local housing market conditions. Nattagh believes better deals are ahead. “If the inventory of foreclosures continues to rise and if prices remain soft there is a good probability that the discount rate could get bigger than this,” he said. email@example.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Looking to bottom feed in this depressed real estate market? Try finding a foreclosure because you might snap it up for about 20 percent or more under its recent market value. Take a foreclosed home in Winnekta on the market for $404,900. The asking price is 24 percent lower than what the former owner paid in June of 2006, according to Realtor Steve Smallson. It’s an example of some of the deep discounts that are now popping up in this down market that is reeling from the subprime mortgage crisis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The home, owned by Countrywide Financial Corp. at 6650 Winnetka Ave., now features a homemade sign with “Hurry” and “Wow!!” written on it to entice potential buyers. “We’re just trying to stimulate buyers, stimulate the market,” Smallson said. The three-bedroom house has been on the market for about two months and despite new carpet, it has received no written offers. “It’s a great time to buy,” Smallson said. “This is a fabulous deal.” Well, maybe it’s getting a bit better, at the least.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Naturally, it won’t work, can’t work. That’s because there might be 50 James Grants, 40 John Grants and 70 Elizabeth Grants. I saw at least 10 women named Morag Grant, several Seonaid Grants and dozens of Mhairi Grants. It all comes down to why we invented names to begin with. I’m only guessing here, of course, but it probably had something to do with the following question: “So who did you say you are?” That’s why all those Grants also have a nickname printed in the phone book after their given name. Another example of this involves my friend, David Cameron, a Scot from Campbeltown, Argyle – a west coast village so close to Ireland you could probably swim there if you were drunk enough. In that Cameron-rich area, Dave’s first name is almost meaningless, which is why he is often asked, “Well, who be you for a Cameron?” Which is the same as asking, “I know that you’re a Cameron, stupid, but which one?” Dave, who moved away from Campbeltown and became a successful public administrator, still has to identify himself on return trips as Martha’s son. That’s because his mother, Martha, ran the local post office for decades and is known to one and all. And so it goes in Ireland, Scotland and probably in many other places where last names are few and a need for some distinguishing first name is badly needed. While nicknaming goes on unabated elsewhere, we Americans seem to be losing our knack, our creativity, especially in sports departments, where the nicknaming of athletes was once high art. The Iron Horse, Babe, the Gipper, the Yankee Clipper, the Splendid Splinter, and how many guys named Moose and Hacksaw and Crusher all originated with legend-creating sportswriters. And what of the names hung on guys I grew up with? Little Sal, Mookie, Tommy Face, Sammy The Priest, Fat George and Eddie The Butcher (who wasn’t a butcher at all) and Vito Cheese. Not to be confused with a guy named Dominic who was just called Cheese or, sometimes, Prov for provolone. Bobby Gio, whose name may have meant earth, was known as Bobby Dirt. Anyway, I haven’t heard a good nickname since a sportswriter friend of mine retired. He gave everybody new names. Me he called Coyote for no reason at all. Others were Steamboat, Flash, Dog, Marker and Pinkie. Trouble was, none of us could ever figure out who he was talking about. But lately I was surprised to find that nicknaming is still very much alive, especially with my son and his 13-year-old pals. I discovered this last week when I heard him talking to another kid about someone named Straight-From- The-Street Nicky. Straight-From-The-Street turned out to be an angelic boy the size and weight of a Jack Russell terrier, a kid with freckles and a crew-cut like a cartoon character who got this name because of an apparent inability to take abuse from anyone without payback. Then I discovered that all the boys in his class were, if they didn’t already have one, trying to invent a cool nickname to have printed on their new eighth-grade sweat shirts. There were, of course, objections from parents on some of these names. For instance, Jack’s mom wasn’t going to let her son call himself Prince of Darkness. For starters, he looks like a Prince of Light. For finishers, this is a Catholic school. My son decided on Wedge because he likes it. Ian is apparently not good enough. Paul wants to be known as P Dizzle. John is called Mentos after the candy. Adam, who is of Japanese ancestry, is Sushi. Kevin is Bambi because he’s fast like Bambi. Nutty Kevin is Squall but I would have called him Hurricane. Chad is Bloonloonman. Alex is Three Fitty. Connor, meanwhile, is C Vizzle, while my award for the best of show goes to a boy called Two-Cents-Short. Not one Joe Bag of Doughnuts among them. Not one Scooter, Biff or Buddy. But still, ain’t it like music to your ears? I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nicknames are such fun. In fact, there are places in this world where a shortage of last names and a paucity of given names lead directly to the mass fabrication of nicknames. There is, for example, a village in Scotland where nearly all the inhabitants – nearly all of them in the malt whiskey trade – have the last name of Grant. Grant is a clan name and an almost regal name to American ears. But what can you do to differentiate yourself when the phone book has the name Grant printed at the top of each page with everyone listed below by their first name?
Hopes that the Bay View Hotel in Killybegs will re-open have received a huge setback after a receiver was appointed to the company behind the hotel.Bank of Scotland (Ireland) appointed the receiver to the company behind the hotel, which closed suddenly last month. According to a notice on the hotel’s website, the Bay View Hotel has been closed ‘‘until further notice’’.The hotel on Killybegs’ Main Street has 40 bedrooms and a leisure centre and employed 45 people when it was opened.But it now appears that hopes of saving those jobs have been dashed.Jim Hamilton of accountancy firm BDO has been appointed receiver to Wagala, which operated the hotel.According to its latest accounts, the firm wrote down the value of the hotel from €4.1 million to €2.6 million in 2008, reflecting the ‘‘substantial deterioration in property prices’’. Turnover at the company fell to €1.5 million in 2008 from €1.7 million the previous year.After the property writedown, Wagala made a loss of €1.7 million for the year. The company paid wages of €670,000 for the year.The directors of Wagala are Pascal Power, Bernie O’Callaghan, Mary Kearns and Philip McBride.The four are also directors of a holding company called Bayview Hotel Killybegs. At the end of 2008, that company owed €3.2 million in bank loans and also owed €1.1 million to its directors.EndsHOPES OF RE-OPENING BAYVIEW HOTEL IN KILLYBEGS DASHED AS RECEIVER APPOINTED was last modified: March 22nd, 2011 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)
The European Parliament in Strasbourg today voted (564 in favour, 61 against) to approve the key amendments proposed by Ireland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher.Mr Gallagher told Donegal Daily: “First and foremost, I am extremely pleased that my amendments have received the overwhelming support of the European Parliament. This means that the European Parliament has endorsed the agreement, which I negotiated with the Council Presidency.“The European Parliament has temporally refused to adopt the final vote approving the legislative resolution. However, as a Parliament we have no alternative but to stand up to the unacceptable behaviour of the Fisheries Council as they have completely ignored the role of the European Parliament as a co-legislator for the last 3 years. “I urge the Council to wake up to their responsibilities and respect the Treaty of Lisbon and the citizens of the European Union. The incoming Irish Presidency and Minister Coveney, in particular will have to show leadership and undertake every effort to resolve the dispute.“While the final vote on my Report has been delayed temporarily, this may be the first of many reports in which the Parliament may have to take a firm stance until the Council is willing to enter into meaningful talks with the Parliament.“I have worked extremely hard over the last 2 years in conjunction with the stakeholders to gain widespread support for my amendments aimed at alleviating the burdens imposed on the inshore and island fishermen in the North West. I want to assure everyone involved in the sector that I will not allow this matter to jeopardise the implementation of these important changes for the North West. I have no doubt that these measures will come into effect early in the New Year.“In my report, I have successfully removed the outdated technical conservation measures which have been in place since 2009 with the introduction of a Cod Recovery Plan. Regrettably, the measures for Cod Recovery have caused major difficulties for fishermen from the North West by stopping traditional fisheries, which do not target cod”. The Agreement with the Council of Ministers includes the following provisions:1. The agreement permits the use of gill nets and tangle nets, south of 59 degrees North within the defined area for Cod Recovery. This gear type is both eco-friendly, sustainable and will not target cod in the defined area and is used by the small inshore and island vessels. This means that small inshore and island fishermen from the North West will no longer have to steam out 50 miles into dangerous waters to make a living. In effect, North West fishermen will be able to target haddock and other species with gill and tangle nets.2. North West fishermen will also be able to target lesser spotted dogfish with gill and tangle nets, within 3 miles of the coastline and for 10 days per month. Lesser spotted dogfish can be used for bait to catch lobster and crab.3. The agreement removes the by-catch provision of 30% for haddock, whiting and cod.4. The agreement also ensures that non-Irish boats will be prevented from fishing in the “Greencastle Box” which is closed from October to March each year to protect juvenile cod. 5. Finally, the Agreement also provides for a review of the defined area for Cod Recovery by the 01 January 2015. This means that the line may be removed in its entirety following scientific assessment. The mesh sizes used within the defined area will also be reviewed.MEP GALLAGHER SECURES PARLIAMENT BACKING ON FISH STOCKS was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 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)Tags:MEP GALLAGHER SECURES PARLIAMENT BACKING ON FISH STOCKS
Transfer rumours and paper review Thursday, April 14 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain are all lining up bids for Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante. The Foxes star, shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award, reportedly has a £20million release clause. (Daily Mail)Chelsea have made a British record £63.5m bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. (Don Balon)Christian Benteke apparently wants to stay at Liverpool, despite his lack of playing time under manager Jurgen Klopp. (The Independent)But reports in Italy claim Juventus have made a £20m bid for the Belgium striker. (talkSPORT)PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he has received lots of offers from the Premier League but is only interested in joining a club with trophy-winning potential. (Daily Express)Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will NOT be sold by Pep Guardiola this summer, according to the defender’s agent. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United could face competition from PSG for former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Telegraph)Arsenal stars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs are reluctant to leave the Gunners this summer despite their lack of first-team football. (Evening Standard)The Gunners have begun talks with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach over the signing of £35m-rated midfielder Granit Xhaka. (Daily Mail)Leicester and Arsenal are both interested in signing 18-year-old AC Milan defender Manuel Locatelli. (Daily Mirror)West Brom manager Tony Pulis is lining up a bid for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho to replace Saido Berahino at the Hawthorns. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??West Ham transfer report: Barcelona plotting sensational £50million move for Hammers sensation Dimitri PayetDidi Hamann on Sergio Aguero’s performance against PSG: ‘The perfect example of how strikers can shine without scoring’Mario Gomez not allowed to join Manchester United, Besiktas board member claimsMalaga star denies claims he visited Liverpool’s training ground to discuss moveFormer Manchester United star Patrice Evra to be offered new Juventus contractMiguel Layun expected to return to Watford this summer 1
Laurent Depoitre in action for Gent Middlesbrough have joined Aston Villa and West Brom in the race for Gent star Laurent Depoitre.The striker has scored 15 goals in Belgium this season and is expected to be on the move this summer.Aston Villa and West Brom are interested in the 27-year-old, while Tottenham are also monitoring the situation.However, according to Belgian news outlet HLN, Middlesbrough are the latest side to join the race for the Belgium international.The Championship club are determined to bolster their attacking options in the summer, providing they gain promotion to the Premier League.And they are admirers of Depoitre, who has compared to Jamie Vardy in his homeland having risen from the lower leagues to international football. 1