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

34 percent believe in ghosts

first_img“I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a white ghost in my closet,” he said. “I discovered I’d put a hole in my brand new white shirt. My mother and father were not amused.” Three in 10 have awakened sensing a strange presence in the room. For whatever it says about matrimony, singles are more likely than married people to say so. Fourteen percent – mostly men and lower-income people – say they have seen a UFO. Among them is Danny Eskanos, 44, an attorney in Palm Harbor, Fla., who says as a Colorado teenager he watched a bright light dart across the sky, making abrupt stops and turns. “I knew a little about airplanes and helicopters, and it was not that,” he said. “It’s one of those things that sticks in your mind.” Spells and witchcraft are more readily believed by urban dwellers, minorities and lower-earning people. Those who find credibility in ESP are more likely to be better educated and white – 51 percent of college graduates compared with 37 percent with a high school diploma or less, about the same proportion by which white believers outnumber minorities. Overall, the 48 percent who accept ESP is less than the 66 percent who gave that answer to a similar 1996 Newsweek question. One in five say they are at least somewhat superstitious, with young men, minorities, and the less educated more likely to go out of their way to seek luck. Twenty-six percent of urban residents – twice the rate of those from rural areas – said they are superstitious, while single men were more superstitious than unmarried women, 31 percent to 17 percent.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.“It kind of creeped you out,” she recalled this week. “I needed to get us out.” To put the roughly one-third who believe in ghosts and UFOs in perspective, it’s about the same as, in recent AP-Ipsos polls, the 36 percent who said they are baseball fans; the 37 percent who said the U.S. made the right decision to invade Iraq; and the 31 percent who approve of the job President George W. Bush is doing. A smaller but still substantial 23 percent say they have actually seen a ghost or believe they have been in one’s presence, with the most likely candidates for such visits including single people, Catholics and those who never attend religious services. By 31 percent to 18 percent, more liberals than conservatives report seeing a specter. Those who dismissed the existence of ghosts include Morris Swadener, 66, a Navy retiree from Kingston, Wash. He says he shot one with his rifle when he was a child. WASHINGTON – It was bad enough when the TV and lights inexplicably flicked on at night, Misty Conrad says. When her daughter began talking to an unseen girl named Nicole and neighbors said children had been murdered in the house, it was time to move. Put Conrad, a homemaker from Hampton, Va., firmly in the camp of the 34 percent of people who say they believe in ghosts, according to a pre-Halloween poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos. That’s the same proportion who believe in unidentified flying objects – exceeding the 19 percent who accept the existence of spells or witchcraft. Forty-eight percent believe in extrasensory perception, or ESP. But nearly half of you knew we were about to tell you that, right? Conrad, now 40, lived in Syracuse, Ind., when her family was scared from the house they rented. last_img read more

Supervisors call for inquiry into integrity of power lines

first_img [email protected] (213) 974-8985 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.But beyond the sheer expense of putting power lines underground, funding for such efforts is heavily restricted. Certain sources of funding, for example, may not be combined with other funds to pay for putting lines underground. Yaroslavsky said such restrictions should be lifted in areas deemed high fire-hazard zones. Supervisors also directed officials to assess the county’s response to the recent fires and whether it offers any new lessons. “The fire and sheriff’s departments worked extremely collaboratively to evacuate and save thousands of lives and property,” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said. “A large part of their success in managing this disaster is the result of lessons learned from prior disasters and ongoing emergency preparedness exercises.” Concerned about the role power lines may have had in last week’s wildfires, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed officials Tuesday to investigate strengthening lines most susceptible to collapsing during high winds. “It’s not officially confirmed, but widely suspected, that in the case of the Malibu fire power lines were blown down (and ignited the fire),” Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said. “We can’t underground all the power lines. It’s exceedingly expensive. But beyond that, what can we do to better secure those lines? This isn’t the first time this has happened, or the second time, but the 18th time fires have been started because of downed power lines.” The supervisors directed fire department and other officials to examine why power lines may have failed and determine what measures can be taken to strengthen them. last_img read more


first_imgEdel MacBrideAcclaimed Donegal designer Edel MacBride looks set to wow audiences at this month’s Fashion Fest in Derry with a special silver showcase of her new designs – celebrating 25 years in city’s Craft Village!The knitwear maestro is just one of four top designers lined up for an exclusive Fashion Show on Saturday, 22 November, alongside Northern Ireland Designer of the Year, Una Rodden, Oliver Doherty and Tamsin Blackbourn – all of whom will be visiting the city for this prestigious event.The Fashion Show is just one of many events lined up for the city’s first ever Fashion Fest, which is organised by Derry City Council’s Business Opportunities team, with support from Invest N. Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund. Edel, from Convoy, has become an integral part of the city’s fashion fabric and she is thrilled to be a part of its first dedicated fashion festival.“It’s something of a silver celebration for us, having opened my first door to the world in 1989 at the Craft Village on Shipquay street, 25 years ago,” Edel said.“We’ve never stopped creating and making fashion since, it’s been up and down, but there’s an incredible buzz now and it’s great to be part of it.”Renowned for her stunning, signature designs using traditional craft methods, the modest designer is looking forward to unveiling her latest collection here in the city. “As a designer I feel at a strong stage of brand evolution and hope I can make it dance on the catwalk on November 22nd,” Edel said. “Nothing beats a challenge!”SILVER CELEBRATIONS FOR CONVOY DESIGNER EDEL was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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

‘Leicester can win the league with three games to spare’ – Steve Walsh EXCLUSIVE

first_img 1 Fans around the world have been captivated by Leicester’s stunning success story this season, with recent reports claiming football supporters are struggling to find Foxes shirts available in shops, with their strips largely sold out.But Walsh said nowhere has been as uplifted by the team’s run than the city of Leicester itself.“It’s taken over the whole city, I can see that and feel it,” he added.“That stadium is electric. You’ve got to come down to the ground to feel that atmosphere, there’s nothing like it in the Premier League. They’re creating something really exciting.“It has changed and it’s because of what’s happening at Leicester City football club.”Listen to Steve Walsh’s visit to the talkSPORT studios IN FULL above! Leicester City can avoid any last-minute hiccups and wrap up the Premier League title with three games to spare, according to the club’s former captain, Steve Walsh.The Foxes sit five points clear at the top flight summit and have just seven games to go to bring their remarkable campaign to a trophy-winning end.Claudio Ranieri’s men have a tricky run-in, with the team hosting in-form Everton and travelling to face Manchester United and Chelsea away in their final three games.But Walsh believes a decent run of results in April could see the Foxes deservedly lift the trophy ahead of time.Speaking exclusively to the Sports Bar, Walsh said: “We are the best team in the league there’s no doubt about it.“We’ve won the most games and lost the least, and we’ve done it by playing some very exciting football and with some very talented players we’ve unearthed.“The players are enjoying it. We’ve got a team spirit and a togetherness that could take them to the title, and I think it will.“I think the season will be over with three games to go. That’s a big statement, but I really think they could do that.“If you look at the fixtures, we’ve got some very winnable games coming up. We’ve got three home games April and then we’ve got Sunderland away, all in April. So, potentially, this is the month where we’re going to do it.“We’ve conceded ten goals in five months. We’re rock solid. We’re not giving anything away and we’re not making those silly mistakes. We’re a well drilled, well organised unit, and we’re probably one of the best and fastest counter-attacking teams I’ve seen.“This is an opportunity Leicester might not ever get again. And even if they don’t win the title in the end, that wouldn’t be a failure. What we’ve done this season is incredible.”last_img read more

Gundogan: Guardiola has made Manchester City the most exciting club in the world

first_imgIlkay Gundogan believes there isn’t a club on earth more exciting to be involved with than Manchester City right now.Gundogan has joined Pep Guardiola’s revolution after making a £24million switch from Borussia Dortmund this summer and clearly has no regrets.The club limped into fourth place last season, but have much higher hopes for the forthcoming term and the 25-year-old is thrilled at the prospect of working with Guardiola and his new team-mates.Gundogan said: “Right now, maybe I am in the most exciting place on earth for football.“For me there is no better coach to work with than Pep Guardiola. Even the players who don’t like him say it and the best example is Ibrahimovic,” says Gundogan.“I read in his book that he doesn’t like him, but he says he is the best coach he ever worked with. This is really special to read, but he is being honest.“It is the same thing I heard from the players at Bayern Munich. They told me he can improve everyone. That is what is possible.”He added: “He (Guardiola) didn’t work for any club, but the best clubs in Europe. He he has a lot of experience and knows exactly what he has to do and which player has to play where. I think I will enjoy it.“I saw the way his teams played at Barcelona and at Bayern Munich. I played against them quite a few times. I know the kind of football he wants to see.“We spoke two or three times on the phone and we met once to talk about football and how he wants to play, and about me of course. It was really nice to meet him – a big honour.” Gundogan is thrilled to have joined Manchester City 1last_img read more

Controversial liquor back after a 95-year absinthe

first_imgALAMEDA – Absinthe can make the heart grow fonder – at least that’s the hope at St. George Spirits Inc., which has released 3,600 bottles of St. George Absinthe Verte for sale. The Alameda distillery is the first in the U.S. to sell absinthe since it was banned in 1912. Its first production run officially went on sale Friday at its tasting room and other Bay Area locations. Of the 1,800 bottles sent to distributors, 2,300 have been claimed, master distiller Lance Winters said with a slight smile. That means 500 bottles already are back-ordered. Absinthe, – which was reputed to have inspired Oscar Wilde, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway – has been legal in the United States since March, but St. George Spirits Inc. is the first American distillery making a foray into the absinthe arena. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe Alameda distillery in a former U.S. Navy airplane hangar sold a token bottle Dec. 3 so it would be the first American distillery to make absinthe in almost a century. “We wanted to legally record it in case someone else snuck in there,” said Winters, 42. Served straight, absinthe tastes like an anise explosion that gains heat and momentum as it heads to the gullet. With added water that “makes it more approachable,” Winters said, the green liquid turns milky, and the drink is smoother, the anise softer, all with a hint of sweetness and a finish of mint. The warehouse is empty except for stills and a small bottling operation. Gothic music reverberates to the high ceilings, making it an appropriate score while labeling the 120-proof green liquor. The label, featuring a monkey holding a cowbell and a femur, was a compromise. Seven designs were rejected by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for various reasons, including suggesting hallucinogenic use, Winters said. It was the drink of poets and artists, but not because of any psychoactive effects, Winters said. “It had to do with the distillers creating this drink as an art form,” he said. “That drink served as inspiration.” T.A. Breaux, creator of the Lucid Absinthe Superieure, an absinthe developed and distilled in France, was the first distiller to break into the American market, in March. “There has been a real resurgence of interest since the 1990s,” said Breaux, also an absinthe historian. “It started in Europe, but it did spread in the United States in the subculture. Now it’s popular because it’s the most controversial drink ever made.” According to a report by Richard Olsen from UCLA’s School of Medicine Department in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, absinthe was “widely regarded” as stimulating the imagination, as an aphrodisiac and as producing hallucinations. [email protected] 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

Rocca remains perfect in slalom

first_imgGiorgio Rocca of Italy remained unbeaten in the slalom this season, capturing a World Cup race in Adelboden, Switzerland, on Sunday in which Ted Ligety of the United States finished a career-best second despite a costly mistake on a treacherous and icy slope. Slalom world champion Benjamin Raich of Austria, winner of the previous day’s giant slalom, was third. Overall champion Bode Miller veered off course in the first run. Randall rally: Alaskan Kikkan Randall rallied from 10 seconds down in the final kilometer to tie Vermont’s Liz Stephen for first place in the women’s 5-kilometer race at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Midway, Utah. In the men’s race, defending champion James Southam of Anchorage made it two straight titles. Canadian sweep: Kyle Nissen led Canada to a sweep of the top four spots at a World Cup aerials event in Ste-Adele, Quebec, while Swiss skiers Evelyne Leu and Manuela Mueller finished 1-2 among the women. Sprint away: Bjorn Lind and Lina Andersson of Sweden won sprint events in a World Cup cross country ski meet at Otepaa, Estonia. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Schild won a crash-filled race in 1 minute, 48.34 seconds for her seventh career victory and a share of the slalom standings lead with Janica Kostelic of Croatia. Ten skiers crashed or slid out on the second run alone, a day after the soft snow was ruled too dangerous for a giant slalom. Nardiello pleas: Suspended U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello’s plea for immediate reinstatement will go before a New York judge today in Elizabethtown, less than a week before his team competes at a key World Cup race in Germany. Essex County Supreme Court Judge James Dawson could order the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation to allow Nardiello the chance to rejoin his team, or say the sport’s governing body was justified in placing him on paid administrative leave. The USBSF suspended Nardiello on Dec. 31, shortly after two claims of sexual harassment – one from an athlete, the other from the mother of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Tristan Gale – were filed against him. Nardiello has denied the accusations. center_img Rocca, winner of all four slaloms, completed the two runs on the Chuenisbaergli course in 1 minute, 39.14 seconds, with Ligety 0.60 seconds behind. Schild wins crash-filled event: Austria’s Marlies Schild won her third straight World Cup slalom, with Kristina Koznick fourth and Lindsey Kildow ninth in Maribor, Slovenia. last_img read more

City OKs appeal of Cemex ruling

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Despite a pummeling in federal court, Santa Clarita is picking itself up, dusting off and appealing a federal court ruling rejecting the city’s claims that federal agencies failed to conduct a satisfactory environmental analysis before approving Cemex’s plan to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel in Soledad Canyon. The Santa Clarita City Council authorized the appeal during a closed-door meeting Tuesday. On Jan. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian sided with the federal Bureau of Land Management and the Interior Department’s Board of Land Appeals in a ruling favoring the mining company. The action raised claims under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and several federal mining laws. “The city’s reviewing its options, given the verdict, and will most likely be filing an appeal in the future,” said Geralyn Skapik of the firm Burke, Williams and Sorensen LLP. In a related matter, Skapik’s firm filed an appeal Dec. 21 for a case lodged under the Endangered Species Act. In that case, the court had sided with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Cemex in its November ruling. On Nov. 29, the city filed an annexation application with the Local Agency Formation Commission, the agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in Los Angeles County, to annex 1,885 acres in Soledad Canyon where the mine is proposed and where the city owns 906 acres. City officials acknowledge that gaining jurisdiction over the land would not grant them authority over the mining operations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Cemex filed a lawsuit in state court Dec. 14 challenging the environmental review in the annexation application. The review says the annexation will have no impact on the underground mineral and energy resources., 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

IMF warning on commercial property must be heeded – Doherty

first_imgPearse Doherty TD has said an IMF report which warns that “close surveillance is needed to evaluate the early signals of a build-up of new imbalances in the commercial real estate markets” backs up Sinn Féin’s position on the taxation of funds involved in property deals and must be heeded.He pointed out that the last property crash was mainly a commercial property crash even more than it was a residential property crash.He has now called on government to increase stamp duty on commercial property and to remove the withholding of tax exemption for non-resident investors in funds. He said “I have been raising the issue of tax free fund structures, such as the ICAV and QIAIF, for foreign investors for some time now and am glad the minister is listening. He informed me yesterday that he is ‘aware that concerns have been raised about the use of funds in the Irish property market by international investors which may be eroding the Irish tax base’.“Minister Noonan also stated that officials from the Department and the Revenue Commissioners are examining the use of certain structures in the Irish property market and are preparing measures to ensure that the Irish tax base is protected. This IMF report should act as a shot in the arm to Michael Noonan and his officials.“The foreign money inflows through tax free fund structures, such as QIAIFs and ICAVs, are a cause for concern, given the risk from how intertwined they have become with our commercial property market and their potential to cash in on their investments and head elsewhere.“There is no doubt that the foreign money which has been buying up commercial property through tax free fund structures, has been pumping up the price of commercial property in recent years. “These speculators are presently intertwined with the commercial property market, in 2006 the proportion of foreign money as a proportion of office spend was 2%. This figure was over 67.8% for Dublin office spend in the first quarter of 2016. The risk is that if these tax free speculators who are chasing profits were to suddenly pull out the market could unravel.“The scale of turnover in commercial property due to these tax free foreign investors has been unbelievable. According to a report from property group Savills this year almost one million square metres of office space, was traded in Dublin between the start of 2013 and the end of the first quarter of 2016. This is equivalent to just over 25% of the entire office stock in Dublin.“The proportion of space traded in the central business district was even higher at 38%. Minister Noonan needs to immediately act so as to avoid a bubble in commercial property with history repeating itself to the detriment of the Irish public.“He should ensure that the withholding tax exemption for non-resident investors in funds is removed when dividends from the funds related to Irish source activities. Furthermore, he should increase the commercial stamp duty from 2% to 3%.”IMF warning on commercial property must be heeded – Doherty was last modified: October 1st, 2016 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