Four stars the Gunners could ‘gamble’ on in the transfer market

first_imgArsenal are getting into the habit of signing at least one superstar every summer.Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez joined in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but so far only Petr Cech has moved to the Emirates this time.This means Arsene Wenger has some money burning a hole in his pocket and he’s openly admitted he could splash the cash on one more star as the end of the transfer window approaches.“There is always time to take a gamble and we are not against taking a gamble but what you want is to take a gamble in a market where the opportunity is there,” he said.But who will the Frenchman put all his chips on? talkSPORT takes a look at the possibilities.Click the right arrow above to see who Arsenal could gamble on… 4 As Arsenal look to make another signing before the transfer window shuts, could Arsene Wenger make a move for Sevilla star Grzegorz Krychowiak? Click right for more players the Gunners could gamble on… – Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly set to beat the Gunners to the Pole’s signature as both sides look to give their defence some extra protection. Krychowiak wasn’t at his best in an unfamiliar centre-back role against Barcelona in Sevilla’s UEFA Super Cup defeat but interest is still high in the talented defensive midfielder, 25. His release clause is €30m (£22m), which should be manageable, especially if they ditch Mathieu Flamini and free up some money for wages. 4 4 Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Find out which Bundesliga captain could move to the Emirate by clicking the right arrow above… – Reports in Spain reckon Edinson Cavani could be the answer to Arsene Wenger’s prayers and give them a world class striker to pick ahead of the competent but not prolific Olivier Giroud. Any deal would be a club record. He’s scored 57 goals in 100 games over in France, but could he maintain that record in the Premier League? Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) – See which Spanish international could complete Arsenal’s summer spending, next… – Being made captain of the Bundesliga side hasn’t stopped Arsenal stepping up their interest in the defensive midfielder as they look to give his side some more steel. Wenger appears reluctant to bring in this type of player given Francis Coquelin’s rise to prominence but his below par start to the campaign saw the Gunners send scouts to watch Bender in the Champions League against Lazio. He could be signed for around £18m but it could hamper a move for a striker. 4 Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) – The Spaniard appears to have no future at the Bernabeu creating a scramble for his signature and Arsenal may want to get in before the rest of the pack ahead of deadline day. Illarramendi was left out of the Real squad, which drew 0-0 with Sporting Gijon at the weekend, and could be available for just £15m. The Gunners will face competition from his former club Real Sociedad and Liverpool.last_img read more

Ray Parlour tells funny story about Keown ‘doing’ Sherwood

first_imgtalkSPORT presenter and former Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Ray Parlour is renowned for his telling of legendary stories on the station, and this one about Martin Keown has a great punchline.In the video above, Parlour recounts a hilarious tale of how Keown clashed with Tim Sherwood before an England training session had even started, after Sherwood nutmegged Keown in the warm-up!For more funny videos and talkSPORT content, subscribe for FREE at listen to Parlour’s incredible Kolo Toure story below.last_img

South Bay’s Cheer for Children reaffirms belief in the Santa in all of us

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This is all accomplished by volunteers (they always need more volunteers) young and old who get aid to where it’s needed like a smart bomb, only smarter. When Pam died, the operation was taken over by Kathryn Hansen, Donna Dawick and Denise Shiroma, truly beautiful women who also have children and real jobs and who devote all their free time to Cheer. They are fun people, great, gregarious women who thrive on the work. And once a year we sit down and talk about the coming holiday season and about what they know to be true – that people want to help, especially down here where they can see the good being done. So we meet and we talk about needs, and this year it broke my heart to hear that Kathryn’s 27-year-old son, Blaise, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Kathryn is a tall bundle of blond energy, and the mother of an 11-year-old daughter who skipped past the grief of losing her boy and her mother only weeks apart by saying that Cheer for Children saved her. The work is constant and demanding, and, somehow, in the middle of all this, Kathryn and Donna celebrated life by getting tattoos. Donna’s includes the initials of everyone she loves while Kathryn’s carries the name of her son. This is the column you need to cut out and save because the holidays are coming, and these holidays bring a natural upwelling of our desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves. That’s why Pam Edwards started Cheer For Children two decades ago. She saw a desperate need and decided to fill it with a charity that she ran out of her Redondo Beach home until her death five years ago. Pam, thousands will attest, was a saint who – unable to have children of her own – dedicated her life to helping others with her homegrown, all-volunteer, all-South Bay, no-salaries-to-nobody Cheer For Children. The holidays are, of course, Cheer’s biggest season. But the grass-roots organization runs year-round, staging Halloween, Fourth of July and fishing parties for children with disabilities while gathering new school clothing and supplies for disadvantaged kids. They also raise college scholarship money in Pam’s name for deserving students and collect toiletries, food and shoe coupons for our invisible poor. Now back to the issue at hand because that’s what they came to talk about and because this column is their main publicity for the entire year. Most everything – the special needs school parties, the Christmas party in the intensive care unit at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the fishing excursion for kids with disabilities, the clothes, toys, school outfits and the holiday adoption of 150 families – happens because readers of this column make it so. When the three women took over the nonprofit charity, they decided to make one big change. From that moment on, everyone who came to them looking for help got it. “We accept everyone,” Kathryn said. And this year they accepted a record number of needy families, all of them South Bay people desperately trying to put a Christmas together for their children. It’s not easy to read the notes pasted into scrapbooks by Denise, notes from single parents, ill parents, laid-off and down-sized parents asking for help because our vast American wealth isn’t spread out evenly. And helping is so simple. For more information, go to Send e-mail to [email protected] To speak to a human, call 310-540-2494. Or, if you like, send a tax-deductible donation to PMB 280, P.O. Box 7000, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Grocery store scrip, fuel cards, shoe certificates for Payless, Big 5 and Foot Locker, Target, Mervyns, Wal-Mart and Kmart and gift cards of all descriptions can be sent as well. We have billions of dollars worth of these things going unused by people who don’t actually need them. So why not regift? Right now they urgently need people to adopt an entire family or one individual in a family. All this information, including where to drop the presents, is available through the above channels. We’re talking nonperishable food and food cards for the holidays, new clothing, full-size toiletries and toys. Families list what they need while you – take my word on this – get to have a fantastic time recalling why this season of giving came into existence to begin with. I wish that I could show you the many notes folded into the Cheer scrapbook, notes of thanks from parents with nowhere else to turn and notes in little-kid handwriting giving thanks from the bottom of bottomless hearts. “My children believe in Santa now!” wrote one single mom to the Santa in all of us. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at [email protected], call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at 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

Legislator calls black activist ‘Buckwheat’

first_imgBut Hazel Boykin said Dartez still has not personally apologized. Dartez has represented parts of Terrebonne, St. Mary and Assumption parishes since 1999. She has said she does not intend to drop out of the race.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’ve never had no one talk to me that way, and I considered it a racial slur,” Hazel Boykin said. “I know the meaning of it; it’s just like the n-word.” On Monday, Jerome Boykin held a news conference asking voters to cast ballots against Dartez, who faces Republican Joe Harrison in Saturday’s runoff. “The NAACP is going to do all it can to see that she is not re-elected,” he said. “At this point, the NAACP is not concerned about the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. If a Republican is elected because of her racist remarks, that’s her responsibility.” Dartez did not immediately return a call Monday. “I made an insensitive comment, and I regret my choice of words,” she said Friday. “I have apologized to both Hazel and Jerome Boykin. The Boykin family has been a huge help in my campaign for re-election, and I did not mean to offend them.” HOUMA, La. – A white state lawmaker in a runoff election called a black civil-rights veteran who had helped her campaign “Buckwheat,” angering the NAACP, which urged voters to kick her out of office. Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, a Democrat, acknowledged that she ended a Thursday night conversation with Hazel Boykin by saying, “Talk to you later, Buckwheat.” Dartez had been thanking Boykin for driving voters to the polls. Buckwheat, a black child character in the “Little Rascals” comedies of the 1930s and ’40s, is viewed as a racial stereotype. Boykin, 75, helped desegregate restaurants and the parish school system in the 1960s. Her son, Jerome, is president of the Terrebonne Parish chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. last_img read more

Vanessa, Zac shun limelight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre When Kenny launched the franchise last year, Zac and Vanessa and the rest of the cast were unknowns. Now, they have surpassed the likes of the Olsen twins and Nicole Richie as bigger gets for paparazzi. I wondered if the director ever worries that it might be too much attention, too soon, for his young cast. “Yeah, I do,” he admitted. “Not that they can’t handle it or that they can’t be responsible. It’s just that they’re chased around a lot. I’m discovering that it’s hard for them to have personal lives – just to step outside of an apartment and go down the street and grab a sandwich is a thing of their past. That bothers me.” He said all they are trying to do is live their lives. “They love new adventure, they love being kids, they love going to the movies, they love hanging out with friends and going to parties and that part of being young has kind of been taken away from them,” Kenny said. “Their interests are what makes them interesting people. You start to pull them back and not allow them to have that sort of full experience.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens did very few red-carpet interviews Monday night at a splashy party in Hollywood celebrating the Dec. 11 DVD release of “High School Musical 2.” They also skipped the press junket. So, are they becoming a couple of prima donnas? Not a chance, sources confided. But because these two young stars are so hounded by paparazzi everywhere they go, there is a fear of overexposure when there is still another “High School Musical” movie to make. “We’re doing `High School Musical 3′ for the big screen,” director Kenny Ortega told me this week. “We’re back at East High, final year, and we’re gonna bring in some new characters and have some fun. Mix it up a bit.” last_img

Man found dead after shooting himself in Balboa Park bathroom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsInvestigators found a suicide note at another location, Moore said. About 75 officers responded to the scene. Balboa Boulevard has been shut down between Burbank and Victory boulevards, and Burbank is closed between Balboa and Lindley Avenue. LAKE BALBOA — A man who told police he was going to kill himself at Balboa Park has been found dead inside a park bathroom, police said. The man, who was either 19 or 20, called police about 3:15 p.m. from the southeast portion of the the large park at 6300 Balboa Blvd. “He told the dispatcher that he’s going to commit suicide,” said LAPD Capt. James Miller, head of the Van Nuys Division. “We were concerned that he was going to kill himself. It looked like he was trying to do suicide-by-cop.” When officers responded, they saw him running around a corner near the bathroom, said Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the San Fernando Valley’s highest-ranking officer. The man fired one shot. Nobody else was injured, police 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

Planning Commission approves car wash

first_imgWHITTIER – A small lot on Painter Avenue in south Whittier, which has been vacant as long as anybody can remember, is expected to be redeveloped into a car wash. The Whittier Planning Commission Monday, by a 3-1 vote, approved plans for Princess Globe Enterprise of Westlake Village to build a full-service car wash and oil and lube center on the vacant 23,000-square-foot lot at 8820 Painter Ave. “This site has been empty for a long time,” Commissioner Fernando Dutra said. “This is clearly an upgrade of the area.” Jeff Collier, director of community development, said the new business figures to help surrounding ones, such as the McDonald’s restaurant to the south and the mini-mart to the north. Planning commissioners raised concerns about the layout, saying the property might be too small. There might be problems with too many cars waiting in line to get vacuumed and taking up parking spots. “I have concerns,” said Commissioner Marcia Scully, who was the lone no vote. “If we’re going to approve (the plan), it should be for a site that’s workable.” Darkhor said there should be no problems because his employees will be driving the cars. Other commissioners, who voted for the plan, said they agreed with Scully but that on-site traffic was Darkhor’s problem to handle. “It’s a proper land use, and there’s adequate parking,” Commissioner Harry Stone said. “I have questions. But they’re big boys. It will be their people driving the cars. It’s their insurance company that will pay.” Commissioner Tomas Duran said he, too, understood Scully’s concerns. “(But) it’s the market that will determine the expansion of the shop,” Duran said. “If at some point it doesn’t work, they won’t be able to operate.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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“It will create a synergistic environment,” Collier said. “Someone goes to get their car washed and then decides to grab something at McDonald’s.” It also will take away an “attractive nuisance,” said Collier, referring to the empty field on the site. “You have a vacant lot, and it’s not maintained well,” he said. Construction could start within six months, depending on how soon city permits can be obtained, said Mike Darkhor, owner of the car wash. “We’re going to build a beautiful building with a Mediterranean finish with cultured stones covering a clay tile,” Darkhor said. last_img read more


first_imgLandowners who reaped bonanza payments from compulsory purchase orders (CPO) in the Celtic Tiger years can expect a call from the Revenue, a local tax consultant has warned.“Considerable 6 and 7 figure sums were paid out to landowners in recent years when their land was bought under CPOs to build roads and other infrastructure projects. The tax authorities have now started auditing people who received CPO payments to see if they have paid the full amount of capital gains tax due,” said Niall Doherty.Doherty said that whilst some taxpayers may have paid the Capital Gains Tax due in full, others may have returned less than the full amount of Capital Gains Tax due. Additionally, not all taxpayers will have settled the Capital Gains Tax liability on time, and will be exposed to interest on late payment of tax. This interest can mount quite rapidly.Said Mr Doherty: “Nationally, it is believed that 50 audits have already been conducted, with only seven having resulted in a zero tax liability. The investigations have begun in Carlow, Kilkenny, Kildare, Laois, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.“The Revenue has written to the roads managers in all of these counties looking for details of all CPO payments made in recent years. It is likely that given the large number of cases that have resulted in settlements that all Revenue Districts will be reviewing CPOs in the near future.”Niall Doherty Tax Consultants have significant experience in planning for CGT on CPO’s and they are available to meet with anyone who would like to discuss their Capital Gains Tax transactions. Niall Doherty Tax Consultants are located at McKendrick Place Pearse Road Letterkenny. © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on REVENUE AUDIT CASH FROM COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDERS was last modified: December 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CPOinvestigationRevenuelast_img read more

Premier League strikers ranked: Top five marksmen revealed

first_img 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – Vardy set a Premier League record for scoring goals in 11 consecutive games earlier in the season and has kept Leicester at the top of the table. 5 Sergio Aguero’s 23 Premier League goals have kept Man City in the hunt for a top four finish, while Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have ensured the battle for the title remains lively.Kane, who missed out on the Players’ Player of the Year gong, has top scored so far with 24 goals and Vardy is on 22, but what about Marcus Rashford’s contribution to Man United since his breakthrough after his debut in February?Click the arrow above, right, to see which striker ranks at no.1 and let us know if you agree or think someone else deserves to be there.All stats are correct as of 25/04/16.BEST GOALKEEPERS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE THIS SEASON 3. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – Aguero’s 23 goals are keeping City in with a chance of finishing in the Premier League top four, while he could yet help them reach the Champions League final. 4. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – Rashford’s impact at United cannot be underestimated. The teenager has scored seven goals in 14 games and four in eight Premier League matches to keep the club in the hunt for a top four place. 5 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Kane is on course to win the Golden Boot award having scored 24 times in the Premier League. He could also be leading the line for England at Euro 2016 5. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – click the arrow above, right, to see which striker ranks at no.1 – In a tough season for Everton, 22-year-old Lukaku has done what he can, scoring 18 Premier League goals and firing them to an FA Cup semi-final place. Only four players have scored more club goals before the age of 23: Ronaldo, Raul, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. 5 5 5last_img read more

West Ham to ban fans involved in shameful Manchester United bus attack for life

first_img1 Manchester United’s team coach comes under attack from West Ham fans West Ham have promised to ban for life any supporters who were responsible for attacking the Manchester United team coach at Upton Park on Tuesday evening.There were shameful scenes ahead of the Hammers’ final game at Upton Park as United’s coach was pelted with missiles as it made its way to the ground.There was significant damage to the bus and one police officer and a member of the public were left with minor injuries, while the incident resulted in the kick-off being delayed until 8.30pm.West Ham co-chairman David Sulivan initially refused to criticise home supporters and claimed United were to blame for turning up late to the ground.Sullivan said: “I don’t understand why United couldn’t get here at 4pm. They could have got here early. They knew it would be busy. It’s crazy.”There was congestion in the street and they couldn’t get the coach in. There were people around the coach, but there was no attack on the coach.”If you check the coach there won’t be any damage to it. If we arrived late at Old Trafford they wouldn’t put the kick-off back.”But the east London club have now condemned fans involved and vowed to exclude them for life.A West Ham statement read: “It was an extraordinary night full of extraordinary moments in front of extraordinary fans. 99 percent of whom behaved impeccably and were a credit to the club.“We have already had thousands of Tweets and emails from fans to say how proud they were to be a part of such a special evening in West Ham’s history.“However, we are aware that there were some supporters outside the Boleyn Ground who didn’t act in an appropriate way when the Manchester United team bus was damaged.“That was not acceptable and we will work with the police to identify those responsible and ban them for life.”West Ham, who went on win a thrilling game 3-2, are facing a Football Association investigation over the bus attack.The FA will also probe incidents during the match, with objects thrown from a section of the home support.An FA statement read: “We will work closely with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to fully investigate these matters.”last_img read more