Liverpool and Southampton miss out Real Madrid star arrives for Real Sociedad medical

first_img1 Asier Illarramendi Asier Illarramendi is set to undergo a medical ahead of a return to Real Sociedad despite late interest from Southampton.The Real Madrid midfielder is available this summer and had been linked with Liverpool until former club Sociedad became the clear favourites to sign him.Yet there were suggestions on Tuesday that Southampton were interested in making a move for the Spaniard as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen his side for their Premier League and Europa League campaigns.But that now looks unlikely with Illarramendi back in Sociedad for a medical, with Marca claiming he told reporters he is ‘happy’ to complete the move.Reports in Spain suggest the fee agreed for the 25-year-old is around £11.7million, which represents a huge loss for La Liga giants Real, who paid Sociedad €32.2million [£23.5] for Illarramendi’s services just over two years ago.last_img read more

Swiss, Dutch delight in A1GP SA

first_img23 February 2009Jeroen Bleekemolen of the Netherlands and Neel Jani of Switzerland secured victories in the sprint and feature races of the South African A1GP at Kyalami on Sunday. Unfortunately for the home fans, luck was not with Adrian Zaugg and Team South Africa.Bleekemolen, with a sharp start, jumped into the lead by the first corner of the Sprint, with Switzerland’s Jani on his tail after he too enjoyed a good start. Portugal’s Felipe Albuquerque dropped a place, while Narain Karthikeyan moved up to fourth from fifth at the start.India, however, surrendered her place quickly when Monaco’s Clivio Piccione exerted some pressure and made a clean pass. Shortly after that, championship leader Ireland, with Adam Carroll at the wheel, also overtook India.Mandatory pit stopAfter a mandatory pit stop Zaugg was next after India in the standings in the South African car, “Vulindela”, followed by New Zealand, Malaysia, and France.Portugal’s Albuquerque was pushing hard and on lap nine recorded the fastest lap of the race with a time of one minute 29.072 seconds.Bleekemolen went on to victory as the Netherlands scored its first win in 45 races. Previously, it had won the South African A1GP in Durban in the first season of competition.Portugal’s Albuquerque, in second, and Switzerland’s Jani joined the Dutch driver on the podium, with Ireland’s Carroll passing Monaco’s Piccione on the last lap to take fourth place.‘It all just went amazingly’“It all just went amazingly,” Bleekemolen said after his win. “It was a very hard race for me though, because in the beginning I could feel there was some kind of pull with the fuel pick up. It didn’t cost me any time but I could just feel it coming.“And then after the pit stop the car just stopped and I feared the race would be over, but it started working again,” Bleekemolen said. “I lost about one-and-a-half or two seconds, but luckily we were still able to win.“In the beginning we were really quick, I don’t know why we were so much faster, but everything worked. The car worked really well until the problem came, but then it still was exciting for me.”‘I’m really happy’Portugal’s Albuquerque said: “The team did a very good job and I managed to pass Switzerland. I’m really happy with the fastest lap and second place.”In the main race, Neel Jani raced to victory. It was his ninth win, which lifted him equal with Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg for the most wins by a driver in the history of A1GP racing.Despite starting from fifth on the grid, the Swiss ace comfortably knifed through the field to take a convincing victory by 13 seconds over second placed Felipe Guimaraes, the 17-year-old Brazilian. Clivio Piccione, who had earned Monaco its first ever pole position, completed the podium finishers.Jani enjoyed an incredible start to the Feature race, rocketing from fifth to second by the first corner. Ireland’s Adam Carroll, meanwhile, made contact with Fairuz Fauzy of Malaysia and ended up in the gravel and out of the race.Second contactAs the race took shape, Malaysia and New Zealand, with Earl Bamber at the wheel, battled it out for third place. Fauzy was once again involved in some contact and this time Bamber was sent spinning off the track.Fauzy paid the price when he needed to pit with a suspected slow puncture. By the time he returned to the track, he was in sixteenth position. A few laps later, he made a mandatory stop and changed all four tyres.Fast work by Team Switzerland enabled Jani to leap-frog Piccione and take the lead. Team Australia, however, suffered some misfortune. John Martin had entered the pits in third, but Martin stalled when another car crossed in front of him. The result was that he dropped from third to fifteenth in the standings.South Africa’s Adrian Zaugg had been going well, rising six places from 15th to ninth, but on lap 17 his race was done due to gearbox problems and he coasted quietly into the pits.Daniel Morad of Lebanon passed Germany’s Michael Ammermuller to take over seventh position. The top three, in order, were Switzerland, Monaco, and Brazil.Up to secondBrazil’s Guimaraes then began to haul in Monaco’s Piccione. When Monaco made a mistake on lap 24, he pounced and took over second place.By the time the cars started coming in for a second round of pit stops, Jani had Switzerland in a 10-second lead and another clean stop saw him exit pit lane with a comfortable advantage.Malaysia, realising that Fauzy was out of the running to score a point by finishing in the top 10, sent him out to try to record the fastest lap, for which he could earn a point. Utilising PowerBoost, he clocked one minute 28.306 to claim the point on offer.Jani took the chequered flag for Switzerland, ahead of a delighted Guimares, who recorded Brazil’s best result of the season and become the youngest ever A1GP medal winner. Clivio Piccione finished third, getting Monaco’s its first ever podium place in its debut season.Switzerland’s win and Ireland’s failure to finish the race lifted the Swiss to the top of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport standings.‘A replay start from Taupo’Afterwards, Jani commented: “It was a little bit of a replay start from Taupo, from fifth to second. I was a bit worried starting from fifth, because I knew the first two turns would be very close and you could get knocked off easily, so my strategy was to just try the outside and it really worked and was a fantastic start.“I then tried to follow Clivio (Piccione) and I struggled a bit. But then we had a great pit stop and I had good pace. I think Monaco had a bit of bad luck in the pit stop so that helped us too. But after it I could really keep up my pace.”Brazil’s Felipe Guimares said: “I am so happy as it’s the first time I have been on the podium. Yesterday I had the big crash in qualifying and I didn’t think that today I would finish on the podium! But I had a great start then during the race the car was good.“It was a bit worrying at the end because the engine was losing power, but we managed to keep going to the finish thankfully. I was pushing hard but not taking any risks and we brought it home in second. I really wanted to do a good job today and I have.”Strange noisesA1 Team South Africa’s Zaugg, who endured a difficult home event, said: “The first laps were not bad at all and we were able to actually get past France as well. But already from lap six onwards I started to hear strange noises in the engine, especially in second gear. And I also then started to feel like a drop in power accelerating in second gear. But I just carried on.“I informed the team but they just told me to carry on. And that’s what I did and eventually I started to get misfires. Eventually on the breaking and changing down to second gear, the engine just went off. I kept rolling and the engine went back on and eventually I tried to continue, but it carried on misfiring, so in the end I just had to give it up.”Taking about racing in front of his home crowds, Zaugg continued: “That really boosted me, especially this morning when I saw the people there and after the drivers’ parade – all the people cheering for me. So I feel really sorry for all of them.“They all came here to see us race and do well and unfortunately we couldn’t finish the race. But I want to just say thanks to all the supporters. We have had a really difficult season so far. But I think we really improved with lots of things this weekend and I hope we can carry on positive from here.”SPRINT RACE RESULTS1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands)2. Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal)3. Neel Jani (Switzerland)4. Adam Carroll (Ireland)5. Clivio Piccione (Monaco)6. Narain Karthikayen (India)7. Adrian Zaugg (South Africa)8. Earl Bamber (New Zealand)9. Fairuz Fauzy (Malaysia)10. Nicolas Prost (France)11. Edoardo Piscopo (Italy)12. John Martin (Australia)13. Ho Pin Tung (China)14. Michael Ammermuller (Germany)15. Felipe Guimaraes (Brazil)16. Salvador Duran (Mexico)17. Marco Andretti (USA)18. Zahir Ali (Indonesia)19. Danny Watts (Great Britain)20. Daniel Morad (Lebanon)FEATURE RACE RESULTS1. Neel Jani (Switzerland)2. Felipe Guimaraes (Brazil)3. Clivio Piccione (Monaco)4. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands)5. Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal)6. Daniel Morad (Lebanon)7. Danny Watts (Great Britain)8. Marco Andretti (USA)9. Zahir Ali (Indonesia)10. Edoardo Piscopo (Italy)11. Michael Ammermuller (Germany)12. Narain Karthikayen (India)13. John Martin (Australia)14. Ho Pin Tung (China)15. Fairuz Fauzy (Malaysia)16. Adrian Zaugg (South Africa)17. Earl Bamber (New Zealand)18. Nicolas Prost (France)19. Salvador Duran (Mexico)20. Adam Carroll (Ireland)POINTS STANDINGS1. Switzerland 732. Ireland 703. Portugal 644. Netherlands 565. France 416. New Zealand 367. Malaysia 328. Australia 309. Monaco 2310. Great Britain 2011 USA 1912 South Africa 19SAinfo reporter and A1GP.comlast_img read more

Ohio Explains 2017 Form Changes, Amnesty Program

first_imgOhio issued the 2017 forms for personal income tax and School District income tax. Ohio also reminds taxpayers of changes to the individual income tax for 2017 and its upcoming tax amnesty program.2017 Individual Income Tax FormsThe Ohio Department of Taxation has revised the individual income tax form for 2017.Low Income CreditThe Low Income Credit line is no longer needed, so it has been removed.Direct Deposit ChangesA direct deposit refund can no longer be split into multiple accounts. Taxpayers can still direct deposit refunds into an IRA, checking/savings account or an Ohio 529.Business Income DeductionThe business income deduction will remain at 100% of the first $250,000 of net business income for single or married filing jointly returns. The deduction is $125,000 for married filing separate returns.Ohio IT K-1The Ohio IT K-1 is used to report each investor’s or beneficiary’s share of the partnership’s, corporation’s, estate’s or trust’s Ohio income and credits. An entity with Ohio income should prepare a separate Ohio K-1 for each investor or qualifying beneficiary. The investor or beneficiary should include the K-1 with their IT 1040.Refund InformationMost taxpayers filing electronically and requesting direct deposit will receive a refund in about 15 business days. Paper returns take approximately 8 to 10 weeks to process.2018 Tax Amnesty ProgramOhio is running a tax amnesty program from January 1, 2018, through February 15, 2018. Taxpayers may get rid of a tax debt at lower cost than usual and avoid further legal consequences. Taxpayers that pay their tax debts in full will pay:no penalty; andonly half of the normal interest.Taxes falling under the amnesty program are:Individual Income;School District Income;Commercial Activity;Employer Withholding;Employer Withholding School District Income;Financial Institutions;Pass-Through Entity;Sales & Use (state & local); andAlcoholic Beverage, Cigarette or Other Tobacco Products (state & local).To qualify for the program, the taxes must be due and payable before May 1, 2017.Whats New in 2017, Ohio Department of Taxation, December 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Tata Consultancy Services to open Rs 1,200 crore IT campus in Nagpur

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), the information technology (IT) services arm of the Tata Group, is setting up a large software development campus in Nagpur that will have a capacity to accommodate over 16,000 IT professionals.This new campus is being set up at an investment of more than Rs 1,200 crore. In the first phase, TCS is investing Rs 600 crore, the company said.The state-of-the-art campus will be located on a 54-acre land in the Mihan SEZ on the outskirts of Nagpur near the airport. All the facilities in this campus would be built with a strong environment-friendly design, TCS said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday laid the foundation stone for Phase-I of the campus.The campus will be built in two phases with Phase-I containing 8,200 seats for IT services and BPO services. Phase-II will be of the similar size.Built with locally sourced materials and an eye on sustainability, the campus will encompass water conservation and energy saving features and will be a zero-discharge facility.”Nagpur has the potential to become the next big hub for knowledge-based industries like IT and engineering with its strong ecosystem of universities, talented people and infrastructure,” said N. Chandrasekaran, chief executive officer (CEO) & managing director (MD), TCS. “After Mumbai and Pune where we employ over 40,000 people, we are delighted to be part of the IT revolution in Nagpur,” he said.Chandrasekaran said the growing presence of TCS in Maharashtra is of strategic importance and is part of the firm’s overall business growth plan. TCS would remain committed to working in close collaboration with all stakeholders in Maharashtra to help develop local talent and provide customers with world-class IT solutions from Nagpur, he said.advertisementApart from world-class offices, the campus will have customer collaboration centres, cafeterias, gymnasiums and outdoor sports facilities.last_img read more