‘If LVG does this I’m done with life!’ – Transfer rumour STUNS United fans

first_img Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj could swap places with Marco Reus 1 It is being reported Manchester United are plotting a swap deal with Marco Reus joining the club and Adnan Januzaj completing a permanent switch to Borussia Dortmund.If Januzaj, who is currently on loan in the Bundesliga with Thomas Tuchel’s team, impresses this season then the deal could be pushed through, but the Red Devils will still face competition from the likes of Real Madrid.Man United fans, though, don’t seem entirely keen on the idea, with many preferring to hang onto their Belgian starlet, despite the talents of Germany attacker Reus.You can see how the Old Trafford faithful have reacted to the rumours below…last_img

Former Leeds and Burnley striker on current events at Elland Road

first_imgFormer Leeds United striker Robbie Blake has described the West Yorkshire outfit as a ‘circus’, but a ‘fantastic club’ that needs stability.After Massimo Cellino’s U-turn to sell his majority stake to supporters’ group Leeds Fans United, the Italian still wants out after the Whites’ following turned against him.Supporter and local businessman Steve Parkin is one name believed to be close to a potential takeover of United and Blake hopes the new owner will finally bring stability to the club.“It has been a bit of a circus and one that shouldn’t really be happening,” Blake told Ian Danter on Extra Time.  “It’s not good for the stability of the football club.“It needs to be sorted out because they need the foundations to build again.“Why it’s going on…it’s really not good for the football club and the people suffering – they have been for a lot of years – are the supporters.“They are a fantastic football club with great supporters and hopefully – we’ve been saying this for a while – it can get sorted off the field because on the field, with the youth they have coming through the system at the moment, Leeds are in a good place.”Reports suggest that if Parkin does complete a deal for the club, his number one managerial target is David Moyes, who was sacked by Real Sociedad this week.That is despite only recently changing manager – their sixth in 18 months at Elland Road under Cellino – Steve Evans has won back-to-back games. He looks to be instilling confidence back into Leeds’s young players, such as Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, who has scored twice from 25-yards in as many games.But Blake would not blame the new owner for bringing in a new boss.He said: “If you put that amount of money in, you will want a say in terms of the manager and whether Steve Parkin’s had a say on Evans getting the job, I very much doubt so.“If he’s going to spend a lot of money, I am pretty sure he will want to bring his own man in.“Leeds will attract the bigger names if they get a takeover done in the right manner, it’s such a huge club.“There’s so many big names out of a job that will want the opportunity to manage a great club.”After years of turmoil and uncertainty, the club’s fans – who are among the top five away supporters in the country according to talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham – continue to turn up in their numbers, home and away. Blake added: “They have been absolutely fantastic and been a credit to themselves.“They turn up in their thousands, despite everything that’s been going on, and it’s not something that’s happening once, it’s happening nearly every week.“The problems they’ve had to deal with, great credit to them because they keep coming back.” SEE HERE – Leeds make loan enquiry about out-of-favour Norwich striker Kyle Laffertylast_img read more

Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal will make first January signing this week

first_img Mohamed Elneny Arsene Wenger expects Mohamed Elneny’s transfer from Basel to Arsenal to be completed this week.The midfielder has reportedly agreed to move to the Emirates on a four-and-a-half year deal after the Gunners lodged a £7m bid.However, the switch has been held up by work permit issues and there were even fears the transfer could collapse.Wenger is, though, confident the deal is almost over the line and it could be announced this week.“I expect movement, yes. I think this week we are positive it could happen,” said Wenger.“The situation should be sorted this week. There are a lot of work permit problems as well and special paper work.“We hope we can finalise it this week.” 1last_img

The High-End Holiday With dues that can hit $35,000, luxury travel club thrives despite industry woes

first_imgAt Exclusive Resorts, a deposit of $239,000 plus annual dues of $14,000 gets you 15 vacation days. A $459,000 deposit plus annual dues of $35,000 gets you 45 days. Members who quit the club are refunded 80 percent of their initiation fee. Case’s company operates with a different business model than that of the defunct Tanner and Haley. While Tanner and Haley leased properties, Exclusive Resorts owns the majority of its homes, which it says gives the company sufficient assets to back members’ deposits. In addition, Exclusive Resorts members never own a piece of the properties, as they would in the vacation time-share model. Instead, they are buying into what more closely resembles a country club, Davis said. Jan de Roos, a tourism and real estate professor at Cornell University’s School of Hotel management, said the comparison is valid. “I like the business model,” de Roos said. “You don’t own the real estate. You own the right to use the company’s real estate. Trust is a huge piece of how the business model works ? and I think people trust Steve Case.” Davis said the club’s biggest challenge is managing peak demand, particularly among its ski properties. The sales team is upfront about the club’s limitations. “If you say `I want to go to Vail for Christmas every year,’ we tell you that’s not how it works,” Davis said. To pull demand away from peak times, Exclusive Resorts offers similar properties – such as Deer Valley, Utah – and works hard at offering unique vacation opportunities throughout the year. In the offseason, it offers popular family cooking classes with personal chefs in Tuscany. The club also has a rotating menu of “once-in-a-lifetime” options, like members-only Mediterranean cruises or tours of Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan. The club is expanding its offerings by establishing partnerships with five-star resorts, in which Exclusive Resorts builds its own luxury housing next to a high-end resort hotel. These arrangements give members access to the resort’s spas and other amenities. At Sea Island, Ga., Exclusive Resorts is currently building 24 homes next to The Cloister, a historic resort. On a recent trip, Davis looked over blueprints for the location – now just a dusty construction site – while discussing plans to seamlessly blend the homes in with the existing resort by emulating the Spanish Mediterranean architecture. “Each home is going to look like a little mini Cloister,” Davis said. Catherine Klein, a spokeswoman for Sea Island Resorts, said the partnership makes sense because it brings in a new set of wealthy travelers who otherwise might never have set foot on Sea Island. “It’s a way to bring in their members and expose them to The Cloister,” she said. Every Exclusive Resorts home is outfitted with the same home entertainment systems and the same remote control, so members always know how it works. The homes’ architectural features are tweaked to fit with local flavor. And resort locations are almost always four-bedroom homes with open floor plans to facilitate large family gatherings. Dale Sorensen, 67, of Vero Beach, Fla., joined the club two years ago and said it is ideal for people who like to travel with extended families and travel to new places. “Virtually all of the destinations, except the ones in the big cities, are four- and five-bedroom homes, which makes for a nice family vacation,” said Sorensen, who owns his own real estate business and looked closely at the club’s financial statements before joining. He said travel at peak times like Christmas can require some advance planning, but since he owns his own business he has more flexibility in when he travels. The dues, he said, are a relative bargain compared with what he had been spending on vacation home rentals or multiple rooms at luxury hotels. Jamie Cheng, editor of the Helium Report, which provides research and analysis on destination clubs and other luxury products, said the bankruptcy of industry player Tanner and Haley does not appear to have slowed the luxury travel club business. But he said consumers are asking thorough questions and doing research before choosing a club. “People are looking for the clubs that are fiscally responsible,” he said. Many of Tanner and Haley’s old customers are now members of Ultimate Resort, the second largest destination club, said Ultimate Resort CEO Jim Tousignant. Ultimate Resort, based in Orlando, Fla., purchased Tanner and Haley’s real estate portfolio in bankruptcy, and allowed members to join Ultimate Resort without paying a membership deposit. Tousignant said the majority of former Tanner and Haley customers are now dues-paying Ultimate Resort members, including many who have upgraded their memberships. Last month, Ultimate Resort announced plans to merge with another club, Private Escapes, giving the combined entity 1,200 members. Both Exclusive Resorts and Ultimate Resort say the opportunities for growth are tremendous. Three million Americans are worth $5 million or more, the target demographic for Exclusive Resorts. And with 10 million Americans worth more than $2 million, Davis said he can envision a scaled-down version of the club that would cater to that demographic. For now, Exclusive Resorts focuses near the high end, while Ultimate Resort offers a variety of options. The average home in Exclusive Resorts’ portfolio is worth about $3 million, compared with the $1 million or $2 million homes that might be offered by lower-end clubs. “I really think this concept will change the way we take vacations,” said Davis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Matthew Barakat THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI – Why are thousands of millionaires queueing up for the right to plunk down up to $459,000, plus annual dues of up to $35,000, just for a few weeks of access to vacation homes? The answers might be found in the 6,000-square-foot villas in Tuscany with infinity pools overlooking the countryside, the Miami Beach oceanfront condos with balconies overlooking the Atlantic and Intracoastal Waterway, and the private chefs whipping up gourmet dinners. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Exclusive Resorts, a venture led by AOL co-founder Steve Case, is the largest player in a growing segment of the travel industry that a few years ago was essentially nonexistent – the luxury destination club. The clubs have not been without problems: The first, Tanner and Haley, filed for bankruptcy last year, leaving hundreds of members fighting in bankruptcy court to try to reclaim some portion of their membership deposits. Despite the recent tumult, Denver-based Exclusive Resorts has grown 50 percent in the past 12 months, from 2,000 to 3,000 members, said company Chairman Donn Davis, a longtime associate of Case from their days at AOL. The club has a waiting list of more than 100. “Our members are some of the wealthiest, most discerning consumers out there,” Davis said. “They’ve done their homework on us” and decided the investment is worth it, he said. It works like this: A member pays an initiation fee of several hundred thousand dollars, plus annual dues in a range of $15,000 to $35,000 a year. In return, the member gets access to the club’s roster of more than 300 properties in 34 destinations around the world. last_img

Kevin Smith plans to shoot ‘Porno’ in Pittsburgh

first_imgThis year, he and partner Marty Stuart released the CD “Wagonmaster,” earning Wagoner some of the best reviews of his career.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. Porter Wagoner has lung cancer and remains hospitalized in serious condition, a publicist for the country singer said Saturday. His Nashville publicist, Darlene Bieber, said she had no further information about his condition. The 80-year-old singer in May celebrated his 50th year at the Grand Ole Opry, the long-running live country music show. Wagoner, known for his rhinestone stage outfits, helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967. Parton visited Wagoner in the hospital last week and pledged to sing with him again, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt had said Friday. Kevin Smith, who has written, directed and acted in several films, including the comedies “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy,” said he plans to shoot another comedy in Pittsburgh starting in January. Smith wrote on the blog viewaskew.com that he would film “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday. Smith filmed “Dogma” in the city in 1998. Smith said that he may announce the film’s cast in the next two weeks, and that he expected filming to take about 40 days. Wagoner treated for lung cancer last_img read more

Terror bill lacks funds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Among the six “no” votes were liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and South Bay Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, who called the bill “posturing.” “Is spending $20 million so people can talk more and pay for their hotel rooms and expenses really going to solve anything?” Rohrabacher asked. “I don’t think so.” Harman, a Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, argued that the commission is essential to preparing for a domestic attack. “We need to centralize the best ideas out there for understanding this phenomenon,” Harman said. “When we are attacked again it will be by a homegrown terror cell. So we’d better understand how a homegrown cell is formed, and how does a radical change into a violent killer.” Harman became interested in the subject after Torrance police arrested suspects in a string of gas station robberies in 2005 and subsequently uncovered a prison-based Islamic cell with plans to attack synagogues during Jewish holidays. She held a hearing at Torrance City Hall on the issue, and invited Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and others to testify. When the bill was introduced, it included a grant program to fund local law enforcement initiatives to address the issue. That provision was later removed. As it stands, all the bill would do is create a commission to study the issue. After 18 months, the commission would cede its duties to a “Center for Excellence,” based at a research university. The bill, as passed, did not include any funding for the program. If the Senate approves the idea, some money will have to be allocated to make it a reality. Under the House’s “pay as you go” rules, Harman and her co-sponsors will have to find an offsetting funding cut before the program can be approved. Writing in CQ.com, National Security Editor Jeff Stein argued that the project is “redundant” because homegrown terrorism has been thoroughly studied both inside and outside of government. Harman and her allies, Stein argued, “could save taxpayers money by sponsoring a field trip to the local Barnes & Noble, whose shelves are groaning with tomes on terrorism.” In response, Harman said, “I take strong issue with that. ? The nub of this bill is to try to prevent radicals from becoming terrorists. I don’t think you can put a price tag on that.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Gene Maddaus Staff Writer A stripped-down bill by South Bay Rep. Jane Harman to create a commission to study “homegrown terror” has drawn criticism for its cost and purpose. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives on a vote of 404-6 last week, would cost $22 million over five years, estimates the Congressional Budget Office. last_img read more

Apartment explodes during fumigation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The entire apartment building has been condemned until inspectors can determine the level of damage to the structure’s integrity, Middleton said. All the displaced residents found places to stay with friends or family, he added, so assistance from the Red Cross was not required. Robber hits video rental store NORWALK – A masked robber used a handgun to steal an unknown amount of cash and electronic equipment from a video rental store Friday, officials said. The crime was reported just before 5:30 p.m. at Hollywood Video, 10965 Firestone Blvd., said Norwalk sheriff’s Lt. Tommy Garcia. AZUSA – An explosion occurred in an apartment building Thursday when residents tried to fumigate their unit while still inside, officials said. Two adults and five children were inside the apartment at the time of the explosion, which was believed to have been sparked when the chemicals from several pesticide “foggers” reached a pilot light in a gas or stove, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. David Middleton. The incident was reported about 5:45 p.m. in a 4-unit apartment complex at 618 Glenfinnan Ave., Middleton said. The force of the blast blew out most of the apartment’s windows and lifted the ceiling from the walls, but no one was injured inside or outside of the affected apartment, said Middleton. A description of the suspect was not available, he said. In addition to money, the robber made off with merchandise, said Garcia. Before fleeing, Garcia added, the suspect reportedly told the employees of the store, “thank you.” No getaway vehicle was seen by witnesses, he said. San Dimas offers E-waste collection The city of San Dimas and its Chamber of Commerce are hosting an E-waste collection event. Residents and businesses from local cities can dispose of electronic waste for free. The event is today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of San Dimas High School, 800 W. Covina Blvd. National forests to reopen Thursday LOS ANGELES – Three national forests closed for the past two weeks because of wildfires will reopen Thursday, officials said. Authorities warn that extreme fire risk remains, but much of the Angeles, Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests will be open once again to the public. Officials looked at the forest land as well as the current fire activity and determined they were safe to open again. In the Angeles National Forest, areas burned during the Ranch and Buckweed fires will remain closed so vegetation can grow. Tree trimmer pulled into chipper TUSTIN – An Orange County tree trimmer feeding branches into a wood chipper was pulled into the shredding machine and killed. The name of the worker is being withheld until relatives can be located. The Wednesday afternoon accident in Tustin is being investigated by the California Occupation and Safety Health Administration. Police called to the residential area just after 4 p.m. found the landscape worker’s body inside the wood chipper. It isn’t clear if the victim was a man or a woman. Thirty-one people were killed in wood chipper accidents between 1992 and 2002, according to a 2005 Journal of the American Medical Association report. Two pit bulls shot, killed by police LONG BEACH – Two pit bulls roaming an east Long Beach neighborhood were shot to death by Long Beach police officers responding to calls of a woman and her dog being attacked. The woman wasn’t hurt but her leashed dog was mauled by the pit bulls and taken to a veterinarian hospital for surgery. Sgt. Dina Zapalski says officers found the dogs in the front yard of a home midmorning Wednesday and they tried to corral the animals. But one of the pit bulls turned aggressively on one of the officers and both pit bulls were shot to death. Before officers arrived, several residents tried to stop the attack, including an elderly woman who beat one of the pit bulls with her cane. Parolee arrested, linked to ramming PICO RIVERA – Deputies arrested a parolee Thursday suspected of ramming a sheriff’s deputy with his car late last month at a motel parking lot in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. The suspect, a 21-year-old Norwalk man whose name was not immediately released, was captured shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Durfee Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, said Norwalk sheriff’s Detective Jerry Saba. Deputies had been surveilling the man while he was driving with two women in a green Mazda 626 when they decided to pull the car over, Saba said. The suspect jumped out of the car and ran, but was caught nearby, said Saba. The man was hospitalized with minor injuries, he added, and will soon be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. The two women in the car were also arrested on unrelated charges, Saba said. The original incident occurred on Oct. 30 in the parking lot of a Santa Fe Springs Motel 6, located in the 13400 block of Exelsior Drive, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies approached the suspect’s vehicle as the man allegedly backed up his car, striking a deputy and a squad car, officials said. The deputies were not injured, but fearing for their safety, one of them fired at the suspect’s car, said sheriff’s spokesman Hugo Macias. The suspect was not believed to have been struck by the gunfire, he added. Investigators found the vehicle used in the attack abandoned in the 12600 block of Zeus Avenue in Norwalk with bullet holes in it later that day, officials said. Since the suspect is a parolee, he will be held without bail, Saba said. – From staff and wire reports160Want 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


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A CON ARTIST who tricked dozens of Donegal investors out of their cash has referred to them as ‘turkeys’ and boasted: “They’ll never see a cent.”The brazen foreign national crook has bagged millions of euro in a get-rich-quick scam which is being investigated by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.Detectives have already raided rented premises in a number of towns in Donegal as part of extensive international investigations into the swindler. Donegaldaily.com has been talking to a number of sources about how the fraudster operated his scam.He told cash investors they could get returns of up to 40% in a matter of months – and that he bought liquidated stock and companies and re-sold them at huge profit.The fact is that he just kept the cash. And now he is telling investors that if they want their money back, they should sue him.And he is also boasting: “They should have read the small print – the investment can go down as well as up.” But it is his brass-necked boasts – details of which have been passed to us – which will infuriate up to 90 out-of-pocket investors right across the county this morning.We are told that when he was asked if people would get their money back, he said: “There are no guarantees in this life. If they (the investors) think they can have their money back, then they are a bunch of turkeys.”One source told us: “He is wrapping himself up in legals. He is basically saying the investments didn’t work and that’s the end of it. If people want to sue him, they can go ahead. He doesn’t care.”Detectives however believe the balding roly-poly swindler has tried to pull off the ‘perfect crime’ – persuading people with hidden cash to invest and hoping they won’t report it to the authorities for fear of being investigated by the Revenue Commissioners.One investor who has lost a huge six figure sum told us last night: “My money was legitimate and all declared. In fact I took it out of the bank to give to that fat bastard. “If he thinks he can come here and pull the wool over my eyes, he had better think again. I can’t begin to tell you how angry people are.”We have been told that four cars loaded with investors has been looking for both the swindler and his sales people in recent days.The crook ran a so-called Ponzi scheme, similar to the one run in the USA by conman Bernard Madoff. He is serving 150 years behind bars for conning investors out of billions of dollars.The Donegal con is believed to have involved up to €10M. The crook is currently winding up all his business concerns both here and in Belfast.More to follow later….EXCLUSIVE: SHOCK CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM INVESTMENT SWINDLER – YOU’RE A BUNCH OF TURKEYS! was last modified: December 20th, 2010 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


first_imgBio-marine Ingredients Ireland Ltd (BII) has been notified by Donegal County Council of its intent to grant planning permission for its new facility.KillybegsThe move paves the way for the creation of 70 new jobs in the Killybegs, with an additional 50 jobs to be created during construction phase.This is a significant step forward for the ground-breaking €40 million project. The planning application for the new facility was initially submitted to Donegal County Council last July. Pending the approval of full planning permission, construction work could begin on the seven acre site at Stoney Hill Industrial Park, adjacent to the new pier in Killybegs by the end of the summer.“The Taoiseach recently launched the ‘Action Plan for Jobs 2015’ which places particular emphasis on balanced regional development and creating employment in the regions. This project fits very comfortably into that plan. We are very excited at the prospect of creating marine ingredients and high value human nutritional products from species such as blue whiting and boarfish.“We look forward to receiving formal confirmation of planning permission in the near future and delivering this enormous opportunity, which can take the Irish seafood sector to a completely different level,” said Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland CEO, Jason Whooley.The Chairman of Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland, Martin Howley added, “This innovative project can certainly be a massive boost for Killybegs and its hinterland. This town and County Donegal as a whole, is crying out for new employment opportunities so we are delighted at the announcement from Donegal County Council. As an area, we have suffered terribly during the economic collapse and our project can play its part, in helping the North West turn the corner. The prospect of construction jobs by the late summer is very exciting for everyone concerned.” MAJOR BOOST AS 70 JOBS MOVE A STEP CLOSER FOR KILLYBEGS was last modified: March 2nd, 2015 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:donegaljobs boostKillybegslast_img read more

Stiliyan Petrov will NOT be offered playing contract with Aston Villa

first_img Stiliyan Petrov 1 Stiliyan Petrov will not be offered a playing contract at Aston Villa despite attempting to make his comeback.The Bulgarian midfielder has been training with Villa this summer after battling back from leukaemia, following his diagnosis in 2012. Petrov initially retired from playing three years ago but was invited on Villa’s pre-season trip to Austria with a view to impressing first-team coaches, although the club have now confirmed he will not make a return to on-field action.Boss Roberto Di Matteo has, however, offered him an opportunity to remain at the club in a different, as yet unspecified, role.Di Matteo told the club’s official website: “Stiliyan is an inspiration to all of us.“I have spoken to him and explained my thoughts and offered him the chance to remain at the club.“Stiliyan is going to discuss this with his family before coming back to us.”Petrov, who made 219 appearances for Villa’s senior team after joining from Celtic in 2006, trained with Villa’s Under-21s last season.last_img read more