Sunderland star could leave Stadium of Light this summer, reveals agent

first_img Emanuele Giaccherini 1 Sunderland forward Emanuele Giaccherini ‘could decide his future within two days’, according to the player’s agent.The Italian has fallen down the pecking order under Dick Advocaat and speculation has grown that he could be set to leave the Stadium of Light.Several sides have shown an interest in the 30-year-old and his agent, Furio Valcareggi, has now revealed his client could be off.“We had a rethink on the situation that has been created in England,” Valcareggi told SportItalia.“Time is limited and we’ll see what happens, but he is a top level figure who needs to play consistently after a season characterised by injuries.“He lost all of last year and now cannot afford to lose another chance. This is the year leading up to Euro 2016 and he really wants to be there.“Could he return to Italy? We’ll see, as anything could happen. He is certainly not lacking for offers.“Taking part in the European Championship would be a triumph for Giaccherini, who still has a lot of respect within the Azzurri camp.“He could decide his future within two days.”last_img read more

Berahino signing would ‘disrupt’ Tottenham’s team spirit, Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has urged Spurs NOT to sign Saido Berahino, claiming the West Brom youngster’s attitude could ‘disrupt’ the dressing room unity at White Hart Lane.The 22-year-old forward was at the centre of a bitter fallout between the clubs as Spurs attempted to sign him in a drawn out saga last summer.There are suggestions the north London club could come in for him again in the January transfer window, with reports claiming out-of-favour winger Andros Townsend could be included in a potential switch.But Redknapp believes the forward would be too much of a gamble.Spurs were prepared to pay £23million for Berahino in August but the England Under-21 international has since been far from his best, scoring just three goals in 14 Baggies appearances.Tony Pulis has been critical of Berahino’s conduct on and off the pitch, with the West Brom manager issuing a warning over his persistent lateness to training and team meetings in recent months, while reports have claimed he was only included on bench against Newcastle on Monday due to lack of alternatives.Tottenham have been one of the in-form teams of 2015 and Monday’s victory over Watford left them just four points adrift of the Premier League top spot and ex-boss Redknapp believes Berahino’s arrival could unbalance the young squad’s spirit.“They’re talking about the boy at West Brom, but I’m not sure about him,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It would be a bit of a gamble. His attitude does seem the greatest and you don’t need that.“There’s a great spirit at Tottenham, a great group of young players all pulling for each other and the manager has done a fantastic job. You don’t want to take any chances and disrupt that really.”last_img read more

Guus Hiddink still eyeing top-four finish

first_imgGuus Hiddink believes Chelsea can still finish fourth this season, and he will continue to do so ‘as long as it is mathematically possible’.The Blues looked back to their best on Sunday as they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park – their first away Premier League win since August – and it continues Chelsea’s unbeaten run since Jose Mourinho’s departure in December.The three points takes them up to 14th in the table, 12 points off fourth-placed Tottenham with 18 games to play.The Chelsea manager said: “It’s rather difficult, normally Chelsea should always be competing for the top positions.“But coming from that far [behind Spurs], it’s mathematically possible to go in fourth position but with the strength of this league it’s difficult.“But if we play like today with our discipline and using the quality of the players, we don’t know.“As long as it’s possible, we will go on.”Chelsea’s overall performance was arguably one of their best of the season, showing unity and glimpses of quality which saw them ease to last year’s Premier League title.Stars who were not performing under Mourinho looked sharp and interested and the Dutch boss says that is down to taking things back to ‘basics’.  “When a player enjoys what he is doing then his quality will [improve].“But it demands some giving, not just taking. And they were willing.“Not just now, but in the previous games. The team is willing and the players who are not normally willing to do that, they do so and that is what I ask of the team. Basic things.“When they do that they start enjoying the game and perform very well.”Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel returned to Chelsea’s starting XI last week in the draw with Manchester United after impressing Hiddink and he caught the eye of Chelsea fans in his deep-lying midfield position.Hiddink said of the 28-year-old: “When I took the first training session around the Sunderland game, I saw him in small games playing and smiling and I know he can be of big value to bring balance to the team.”SEE HERE – ‘Chelsea are back, Diego Costa is back! Thanks, Guus Hiddink!’ Blues fans optimistic after Crystal Palace victorylast_img read more

Sponsoring local teams good for business, fosters good will

first_imgNEW YORK – The signs posted on the fences at Little League and football fields advertising local mechanics and dry cleaners are some of the best marketing tools that a small business can use. With millions of children playing baseball, softball, football and other sports year-round, small businesses have a great opportunity to boost their name recognition and perhaps bring in some revenue. There can also be a side benefit to supporting a local team or league – employee morale can get a lift when the boss does something that benefits the community. Fred Dumas, who owns a Beef O’Brady’s franchise restaurant in the Tampa, Fla., suburb of Riverview, has sponsored several teams including boys’ T-ball and girls’ softball. He also sponsors player of the week and player of the month awards at the local high school. Dumas says sponsorships help him advertise his restaurant in the absence of a big marketing campaign. While Beef O’Brady’s has 230 franchises in the Southeast and Midwest, it doesn’t have the advertising budget of bigger corporations such as Applebee’s, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That’s where an entrepreneur’s innovativeness will serve him or her well. “I was in the schools before we ever opened up the door” a year and a half ago, Dumas said. “I presented a trophy the first Monday I was in business.” Dumas says his sponsorships have brought in business. When the local paper takes a picture of his players of the week and month, they’re posted in the restaurant and of course the kids and their families and friends come in. The restaurant also draws a crowd after school games, Dumas said. He also works with elementary schools. At school fundraisers, students get coupons they can bring in to Beef O’Brady’s; when they do, Dumas will donate 20percent of their restaurant checks back to the schools. Sponsoring teams and awards isn’t likely to break a small company’s budget. Often, for just a few hundred dollars, a company can get its name on a sign on a ballfield fence, or a mention in a program. And the smaller companies have an advantage – as Dumas noted, “the big corporations don’t believe in putting signs up in the Little League fields as much as we do.” Now, while he’s competing against chains such as Applebee’s, “the people who come in here, they know me and I know them,” he said. But if a small business wants to spend more, there are certainly plenty of opportunities. If school or local recreation officials agree, it’s possible to take cues from the businesses that give products and services away at minor league parks (fans love the T-shirt toss between innings). And you’re not limited to kids’ events – there are plenty of adult softball and basketball leagues and teams sponsored by local businesses. The accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Co. in Livingston, N.J., doesn’t expect to bring in revenue from its sponsorships of two Little League teams, but there are other, intangible benefits to be had, co-managing partner Michael Karu said. Karu said the firm’s sponsorships help its name recognition and also create a sense of good will. It also helps boost the morale of employees who can feel good about the contribution that their employer is making to the community. “They know that whether we’re sponsoring a Little League team or participating in a charitable event that something greater is happening” than just making money, he said. “We’ve been in Livingston for over 50 years, and a large number of our clients live or work in the community,” Karu said. “It is necessary for every small business to give back to the community, and one of the best ways is through the children.” As Karu noted, sponsoring teams is akin to helping sponsor charitable events, or just donating to charities. And small businesses often choose local charities. “If I can benefit people in the community where my business is located and benefit my business at the same time, it’s a perfect match,” he said.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

Fast-track policy makes sense

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This type of quick action works well for emergencies but could be applied to other less dramatic but no less emergency situations. To many, the clogging of the 101 and 405 every day are just as upsetting as the closure of the Newhall Pass tunnel. GOVERNMENT innovation is a phrase that might typically be used during a humorous discussion of oxymorons. Like jumbo shrimp and civil war, it seems to contradict itself. And while in too many cases there is little innovation coming from government agencies, sometimes those bureaucrats surprise us. This is the case with the Newhall Pass tunnel, which was closed after a fiery fatal crash earlier this month. To get the tunnel opened before Thanksgiving, Caltrans offered an incentive to the contractor – get it done early and get a bonus of up to $2.9 million. Better still, it coupled the incentive with a punishment if the work was done late – a fine of a $150,000 each day the project runs behind schedule. Caltrans used similar fast-track tactics to get the burned overpass in the Bay Area repaired after just a month, a credit to the state’s top transportation officials. 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

Going lean on SoCal projects

first_imgStill, every Southland Republican has backed Bush’s veto of the bills, despite the possibility of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own districts. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is among them. The congressman’s vote against the bills may mean forfeiting about $750,000 he secured for museum and hospital transportation programs, but McKeon said he can’t support rampant overspending. The Labor/HHS measure alone busts Bush’s budget by nearly $10 billion. “A billion dollars is a lot of money, and I think it’s about time we start thinking about it here,” McKeon said. But when Republicans were in the majority, McKeon and his GOP colleagues routinely voted for bloated spending bills, and Bush signed every one of them. For example, the 2005 Labor/HHS measure – the last time the House passed that appropriation – was $3.7 billion over Bush’s request. Asked what makes him more fiscally steadfast this year, McKeon smiled and noted that Democrats made unchecked spending a winning issue in the 2006 campaigns. “We finally learned our lesson,” he said. “I think the president learned, too. I thought the Democrats learned, but it looks like they didn’t.” Not that Republicans are getting the kind of cash they used to reap for pet projects. In previous years, GOP lawmakers like Dreier and Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, would issue press releases announcing $14 million worth of funding in a single bill. Now – according to a compilation of funded earmarks created by the Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense – the average Southland Republican brought home a total of $1.5 million from the 10 House-passed spending bills. But things are very different for Democrats, who for the first time in years are funding with ease projects that they had to fight for under GOP control. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, for example, secured a total of $14 million – including $3 million for Cedars Sinai Medical Center. For his part, Berman obtained $10.4 million, including money for the San Fernando Valley Family Center; and Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, brought in $9 million, including money for gang prevention in Van Nuys and the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. And few have discovered the privileges of membership in the House Appropriations Committee as much as Schiff. In his first year on the funding panel, the Pasadena congressman brought home $9.7 million for projects in his district and helped secure another $1.9 million with other lawmakers for regional programs. They range from $1 million for California’s gang-reduction program to $350,000 for Glendale Adventist Medical Center for facilities and equipment. Some, he said, are projects that for years he was unable to fund while the House was under GOP control. “It’s nice to be able to help them,” he said. Not every Democrat is awash in funding, however. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, brought in about $1.6 million from solo requests for funding and another $2.4 million from joint requests with other lawmakers. Similarly, Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, secured $1.6 million for her district and another $5.7 million in joint projects. Steven Ellis, vice president of the taxpayer group, said that’s because – despite GOP contentions of vastly overstuffed spending bills – Democrats actually are funding slightly fewer pet projects. “There are fewer earmarks,” Ellis said. “I’m not na ve enough to think that everything was going to change overnight. “It’s really easy to pack on the pounds, but now it’s time to work out and cut some calories and cut some fat.” The Southland lawmaker who most breaks the mold is Lewis, who secured about $126 million for local projects – more than even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who secured a total of $81 million for California. “That’s not right. You had better check your information,” Lewis said, when asked how he, now in the minority party and no longer chairman of the powerful spending committee, managed to secure so much. Yet a close examination of the earmarks – which for the first time now under House rules must be made public along with the lawmaker requesting the money – shows that Lewis is indeed the Southland’s big moneymaker. Not only did he bring in more than Pelosi, he is among the top three pork-bearers in the entire House. Only Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., and Bill Young, R-Fla., brought home more money. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“He’s trying to overcome a six-year legacy of borrowing money, and I think he’s finding it difficult to have credibility on the issue.” While Bush signed off on a $460 billion defense bill, he vetoed a $150 billion bill funding the Labor and Health and Human Services departments. And he also has set the stage for rejecting a $105.6 billion transportation bill that exceeds his budget by $2.3 billion. But the two measures alone include more than $36 million for pet projects in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Chief among them: $2.3 million that Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, obtained for Needles Highway improvements; $1 million that Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, secured for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority; and more than $500,000 that Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, got for the Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia. President George W. Bush has placed himself squarely between the Southland and millions of dollars for transportation and social services, blocking two appropriations bills in an attempt to rein in spending. Congress is gearing up for a battle, with House Republicans upholding presidential vetoes and Democrats accusing their GOP counterparts of ignoring the poor while suddenly rediscovering fiscal conservatism. But caught in the middle are dozens of Southern California legislators’ pet projects – known as earmarks – for everything from roads and hospitals to job-training programs, museums and after-school groups. “I think the president has decided that politically, it’s better digging his heels in,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who is on the House Appropriations Committee. last_img read more

SHOCK AS WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY CAR DEALERSHIP CLOSES ITS DOORS

first_imgONE of Donegal’s best-known car dealerships has closed its doors.Despite an apparent upturn in car sales, the closure yesterday of Mulroy Letterkenny has shocked many in the industry.The dealership, which was run by Andrew and Hazel Stewart, dealt in the sales and services of leading car brands including BMW, Seat and Saab. A statement from the owners who have operated out of their premises on Canal Road said they were sad to close the business.“Due to a change in direction Andrew and Hazel Stewart, the owners of Mulroy Letterkenny, have decided to resign as service partners with effect from Thursday 21st April 2011.“The company will no longer operate the motor business thereafter,” it said.The statement also added “Andrew and Hazel and all the team would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the customers and suppliers who have done business with the company over the years.” It is still unclear if the BMW, Seat and Saab franchise will continue locally.EndsSHOCK AS WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY CAR DEALERSHIP CLOSES ITS DOORS was last modified: April 21st, 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) Tags:closesMulroy Letterkennylast_img read more

SILVER TASSIE HOTEL NAMED AS THE ULSTER WEDDING VENUE OF THE YEAR

first_imgThe Silver Tassie Hotel has won the coveted “Ulster Wedding Venue Of The Year” at the 2015 RSVP Awards. This highly coveted award is a reflection of the quality and commitment that the hotel and its professional team provide to ensure that all brides and grooms achieve their dream wedding day. Set just outside Letterkenny along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the beautiful Lough Swilly, the Silver Tassie Hotel is the perfect wedding venue.With landscaped gardens, traditional décor and stunning architecture this truly majestic venue creates a spectacular backdrop for all weddings.Weddings are the hotel’s speciality, with over 20 years of experience, weather you wish for an intimate or large celebration.The hotel’s magnificent Woodlands Suite has opulent surroundings with dazzling chandeliers and for intimate weddings the hotels offers a range of additional banqueting suites not to mention the stunning landscaped garden. The Silver Tassie Hotel is also a licensed venue for Civil Ceremonies allowing you to host your full day within the beautiful award winning surroundings.Guests can enjoy pampering treatments at the hotels stunning Seascape Spa or relax with a visit to the on-site Atomic Hair Design.As Ulster’s top Wedding Venue, allow their accomplished management team to make your wedding dreams really come true.Choose from our wide range of all inclusive wedding packages or create your own personalised menu from the extensive range of options which can be tailored to each specific requirement and budget, allowing a truly unique wedding for each couple.The Blaney family has been hosting weddings for over 20 years, and have seen many changes in that time to both the industry and the Hotel but responding to those changes and the every changing need of their customer is what makes them go from strength to strength.Proprietors Ciaran & Rose Blaney were delighted to receive recognition both for the Hotel & their team on their recent win. For more information or to visit the hotel for a show-around, telephone John or Ciaran + 353 (0) 7 4 912 5619 or email weddings@silvertassiehotel.ie.The Silver Tassie Hotel & SpaRamelton Road, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalTel: 074 91 256 19 Email: info@silvertassiehotel.ie Web: www.silvertassiehotel.ieSILVER TASSIE HOTEL NAMED AS THE ULSTER WEDDING VENUE OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Report: Kane, Vardy and Dier complete stunning comeback for England v Germany

first_img1 Eric Dier scored the winner in the 91st minute against world champions Germany England fought back from two goals down to seal a 3-2 victory over Germany at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier all scored in the second half as the Three Lions stunned the world champions in their own backyard.England were comfortable in possession for the opening 10 minutes, with Adam Lallana finding himself in space, looking to orchestrate proceedings from deep.The Three Lions’ play was bright in the final third, as Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck and Dele Alli looked to link in the final third – only the final ball was lacking.Alli, notably, was causing problems for the opposition; leading England’s deep pressing, proving almost impossible to mark.The opening 25 minutes was a lacklustre performance from the hosts, allowing England to grow in confidence and put pressure on the world champions’ back line.Such a perception, though, seemed to have been relayed to the Germans, as in the 27th minute Mario Gomez sent the ball into the back of the net. His celebrations were cut short, however, by the offside flag. Replays showed this to be the incorrect call by the linesman.This incident gave Joachim Löw’s troops a much needed boost and England suddenly found possession difficult to sustain.Danny Welbeck, nevertheless, had a sublime chance to try his luck on goal, but the Arsenal striker was culpable of taking too long, letting the ball roll to him and consequently allowing the German defence to clear the danger.And, shortly before half-time, Marco Reus delivered a blow to Roy Hodgson’s men, firing in a low, powerful drive from 25 yards to beat Jack Butland at his near post.The England bench will have been left frustrated, as seconds before the goal Butland had pulled up, but rather than go down, opted to stay on his feet. The Stoke City stopper couldn’t continue and was replaced by Fraser Forster.It was more of the same after the break, with England creating chances, yet failing to take advantage.Fitting with the end to the first period, Gomez, who should already have had his name on the scoresheet, headed home Khedira’s sublime delivery in the 57th minute to double his side’s lead.Kane, however, was on hand to instantly respond – paying tribute to the late Johan Cruyff with his finish. The Tottenham Hotspur centre forward, with his back to goal, expertly performed the Cruyff turn and sent the ball through Emre Can’s legs, into the far post.The strike hugely lifted the Three Lions, and it wasn’t long before a certain Jamie Vardy had the visitors on equal terms.Clyne delivered a ball into the box and Vardy, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, evaded the challenge from Antonio Rüdiger and deliciously flicked his finish past Manuel Neuer to make it 2-2 in the 75th minute.  It was the Leicester City man’s first international goal.England were the far superior after drawing level, and should have taken the lead with five minutes of the 90 remaining.Goalscorer Vardy squared the ball to Alli but, with an almost open goal on offer, the former Milton Keynes Dons midfielder fired over, leaving many believing a draw would be the final result.This missed chance was soon history, though, as Eric Dier, who had struggled at times against Germany’s midfield, headed in at the near post from a corner in the 91st minute to complete a stunning comeback.last_img read more

Leicester backed to beat Southampton and continue title charge – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England will be bidding for World Twenty20 glory on Sunday against West Indies and Clare is tipping Eoin Morgan’s exciting side to take the trophy.Premier League football also returns after the international break and leaders Leicester are 23/20 to beat Southampton [5/2] at home on Sunday and keep up their stunning title charge.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img