Transfers Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE: Hazard ready for Madrid move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:52 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane considers his January transfer window options Hazard agrees Real Madrid moveEden Hazard is ready to join Real Madrid after rejecting the chance to extend his contract at Chelsea, according to RMC (via the Express ).Hazard has reportedly already held talks with the Spanish giants, and is keen to seal a transfer that will take place over the summer.Real & Atletico target’s release clause increased Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Racing Club have committed Lautaro Martinez to a new contract with an increased release clause following interest from Real and Atletico Madrid.The 20-year-old forward has been heavily coveted by both Liga giants, but he will see out the season with Superliga side, having been given a wage rise and a bigger exit clause.Read more on GoalLevy insists Kane and Alli won’t leaveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has laid down a marker to Real Madrid, insisting that neither Harry Kane nor Dele Alli will be leaving the club if Spurs wish that they stay.Kane and Alli have both been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Kane especially targeted by Madrid. But Levy says Tottenham are under no pressure to sell as they move into their new stadium for the start of 2018-19.Check out the full story on Goal!Liverpool close to Dani CeballosLiverpool are close to the signing of Dani Ceballos after a hotel meeting, according to Diario Gol . The Reds want to bring in the Madrid midfielder as one of multiple replacements for Philippe Coutinho. Coach Zinedine Zidane could hinder the move, however, as he is keen to keep his playing staff intact throughout the season. Donnarumma never wanted Milan exitGianluigi Donnarumma “always expressed his desire to stay” at AC Milan despite controversy relating to his contract extension, according to the club’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli.The teenage goalkeeper has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Juventus, but is committed to a long-term contract at the San Siro despite criticism of his actions.Read the full story on Goal.Spurs open talks with Alli amid Real linksTottenham have opened talks with Dele Alli over a new contract amid links with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, reports the Mirror .Alli, 21, is alongside fellow Spur Harry Kane as one of the hottest prospects in world football. And Spurs are keen to tie him down with a new deal worth an estimated £100,000-a-week to stave off suitors.Madrid step up Salah interestReal Madrid are set to step up their efforts to sign Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .Egypt international Salah has been a revelation for the Reds since moving to Anfield in the summer, scoring 23 goals in all competitions in the opening months of the campaign.But his stay on Merseyside could be short lived, with Madrid keen to bring in a big name to counter Barcelona’s signing of Philippe Coutinho.Kane in, Modric out at Madrid? Harry Kane is set to join Real Madrid this summer and Luka Modric could be on his way out, according to Diario Gol. Negotiations with the Tottenham star are reportedly so advanced that Kane has already requested the No.10 for the 2018-19 season. That number, of course, currently belongs to Modric, but the Croatian is said to be considering a Madrid exit this summer, with a move to Italy or England mooted. Juve monitor Madrid’s CeballosJuventus are considering a summer bid for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, according to Tuttosport .Ceballos has struggled for first-team action at the Bernabeu since completing a move from Betis. And Juve are reportedly interested in adding him to their ranks, as they closely monitor the fringe player’s development.Madrid put Kepa deal on holdReal Madrid have put plans to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in January on hold, according to Onda Cero, via AS .Kepa reportedly has a problem with the second metatarsal in his right foot and surgery would rule the keeper out of action until March.The 23-year-old would prefer to have treatment on the injury, rather than surgery, to ensure he is in the frame for Spain’s World Cup squad and that has prompted Madrid to delay finalising a deal.CL final key to Madrid’s Hazard hopes Real Madrid must reach the Champions League final before Florentino Perez will push through a move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard for manager Zinedine Zidane, reports Spanish outlet Mi Otra Liga .Both Perez and Zidane admire Hazard, but Madrid are holding off on making a bid until the current season is over.
Tim TebowThis video is incredibly heartwarming, but you may need to view it with some tissues handy. Former Florida legend and Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow visited Nathaniel, a patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville. Clearly, judging by his blanket, pillow and t-shirt, Nathaniel is a huge Gators fan. When Tebow walks in the room, the young boy’s reaction is immediate, and priceless. Watch for yourself. So AWESOME to watch Tim Tebow surprise our new friend Nathaniel at Wolfson Children’s Hospital! What an incredible young man!Posted by Tim Tebow Foundation on Tuesday, September 29, 2015That’s just awesome stuff, and not a surprise coming from Tebow. [ USA Today ]
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Piraeus-based shipping group Okeanis Eco Tankers has secured another USD 45 million as it continues collecting funds to finance its newbuildings.Namely, the company said it received subscriptions in an amount that will ensure that the combination of new equity and the revolving credit facility (RCF) from its biggest shareholder, the Alafouzos family, will meet its requirement of USD 45 million, within the subscription price range.Okeanis Eco Tankers, which targeted gross proceeds of USD 20-45 million with its private placement, previously received commitments from an affiliate of its largest shareholder of up to USD 25 million.The company earlier informed that the net proceeds would be used for part financing of existing vessel newbuilding orders, working capital, and general corporate purposes.The development comes on the back of a USD 59 million loan facility which Okeanis Eco Tankers agreed with the Dutch ABN Amro bank. The loan would also be used to finance one of the company’s VLCC newbuildings at Hyundai Heavy Industries.
New Delhi: India still continues to be the fastest growing economy and demonetisation has had no effect on the Indian economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The minister, while responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour, said the manufacturing sector has had a certain fall, but it is not attributable to demonetisation. She said economic growth is high on the agenda of the Government and various reforms are being undertaken in many spheres to improve GDP growth. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Sitharaman said the moderation in growth momentum in 2018-19 is primarily on account of lower growth in ‘Agriculture and allied’, ‘trade, hotel, transport, storage, communication and services related to broadcasting’ and ‘public administration and defence’ sectors,” she said. “If the impact of low growth in certain sectors has impacted growth rate, particularly in agriculture and allied activities as also in financial and real estate and professional services, there has been a fall, particularly in agriculture based on third advance estimates, it is believed that there has been a 0.6 per cent decline in the output. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “If the impact on the low growth is because of outcomes from these sectors, the manufacturing sector has had a certain fall but which is not attributable to demonetisation,” the minister said. She said in the last quarter, there could have been a fall and steps have been taken to improve the economy. “But, we are still the fastest growing economy,” she said. Sitharaman said if the United States’ growth has grown between 1.6, 2.2, 2.9 and 2.3 per cent in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and China’s growth has also decelerated from 6.7, 6.8, 6.6 and 6.3 per cent, India is still well above 7 per cent at 7.3 per cent growth. “While the concern of member is well taken about the last quarter’s growth having come down, it is still India which is growing at the fastest rate and the figures are before us,” she stressed in response to a query from a member. The minister said as regards steps taken, the government has taken several steps in order that more money goes to people and that is why the PM’s Kisan Samman Yojna, the Pension Yojna, where money goes directly through DBT into the people’s hands, are activities through which people are getting the benefit. “Over and above that, in order that institutions will have to extend more credit facilities for industry and for those entrepreneurs in the ground, the credit situation and also taking care of resolutional stressed assets through banks is also happening,” she said. In her written reply, the finance minister said, as per estimates available from Central Statistics Office, Growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant prices was 6.8 percent in 2018-19, as compared to 7.2 percent in 2017-18 and 8.2 percent in 2016-17. “Economic growth is high on the agenda of the Government. Various reforms are being undertaken by the Government in many spheres to improve GDP growth. The key reforms in Governments new term include expansion to all farmers the cash transfer scheme ‘PM-Kisan’ providing an income support of Rs 6000 per year, which was earlier limited to farmers with a land holding of less than 2 hectares,” she said. Along with this, the Government has launched voluntary pension scheme for small and marginal farmers and small shopkeepers or retail traders, she claimed. To give focused attention to issues of growth, Government has constituted a five-member cabinet committee on investment and growth chaired by Prime Minister.
New Delhi: BJP leaders greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday on Tuesday and hailed him as a visionary leader and statesman. Many recalled Modi’s modest roots and praised his achievements as a world leader. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Modi’s hardwork to make the lives of the countrymen easier was an inspiration. “Your efforts and determination to make life easier for every India is an inspiration for us. It is a privilege as a people’s representative, fellow countryman and as a party worker to be your partner in nation rebuilding. I wish God your healthy life and longevity,” Shah tweeted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He added Modi has brought development and worked as a reformist, giving a new direction to politics, and also found permanent solutions to the problems going on for decades along with economic reforms. JP Nadda, the national working president of the BJP, called the PM a “Karmayogi” and said his dedication towards the “service of the nation” was an inspiration. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hailed Modi’s “visionary leadership” and said it has helped India scale new heights of glory. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Motivational journey from small town to world capitals, grass-root party worker to tallest national leader, party organiser to best administrator, booth worker to most popular world leader, man with Mission to better lives of all @PMOIndia @narendramodi best birthday wishes, long life,” tweeted former Union minister Suresh Prabhu. Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal hailed Modi as a statesman, decisive leader and an inspiration for all. “Today, I join 130 crore fellow citizens in wishing PM Narendra Modi ji on his birthday. He is a statesman, decisive leader, and an inspiration for all of us. We are committed to achieving his vision of building a ‘New India’. I pray for his long and healthy life. Happy Birthday PM Modi,” Goyal tweeted. Modi has a packed schedule and will spend most part of the day in Gujarat. He visited the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, whose water level has reached its highest mark for the first time, to kickoff the “Namami Narmade” festival. “My greetings to our popular Prime Minister and a respected world leader PM Narendra Modi on his birthday. I pray for his long and healthy life. May you continue to inspire us and guide our country on the path of progress and prosperity,” tweeted Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also wished the PM on his birthday and hailed his dedication and commitment of building a “New India with the mantra of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas”.
MONTREAL – The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says area home sales increased by 10 per cent in June, driven by a hot condo market.There were 3,952 properties sold last month, the highest level for June in eight years.The data comes amid concerns that a 15 per cent foreign buyers’ tax in the Greater Toronto Area could have a spillover effect on Canada’s second-largest city.Quebec’s finance minister has said he has no plans in the near term to introduce such a tax since foreigners accounted for only about 1.5 per cent of all Montreal-area sales in the first nine months of 2016, according to the Canada Mortgage Housing Corp.Housing sales in June were aided by a 17 per cent increase in sales on the Island of Montreal.Condominium sales were up 20 per cent, marking a steady increase for a second consecutive month, while sales of single family homes rose four per cent.The average price of Montreal area homes was $362,207 for June, up six per cent from a year ago. The average price for single family homes rose nine per cent to $396,367.
A high level Government delegation will head to Geneva to gather support for the resolution on Sri Lanka to be co-sponsored by the United States at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa will be part of the delegation which will be in Geneva in time for the 30th session of the UNHRC, sources said. The delegation is expected to hold talks with foreign envoys based in Geneva ahead of the vote on the resolution which will be taken on the final day of the session at the end of this month. Sri Lanka will also be seeking support to counter any negative impact a report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will have when it is released during the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. The report is expected to be critical towards the LTTE and the former Government who have been accused of widespread human rights violations in the final stages of the war between the military and the LTTE.The report will also make several recommendations on steps which need to be taken to hold those responsible for alleged human rights abuses during the war. The UN Human Rights Council will discuss the report on the war in Sri Lanka on September 30, during the 30th session of the UNHRC.The draft agenda of the 30th session of the UNHRC notes that the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights will be submitted by him on September 30, followed by a discussion.A delegation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is also expected to leave for Geneva this month to hold discussions with UN Human Rights officials and the international community to gather their support for an international war crimes probe. (Colombo Gazette)
However Northern fishermen’s associations had said they have no faith in reaching a solution by having talks with Indian fishermen so they have rejected the proposal.Vinayagamoorthi Sahathevan, Consultant Fishermen Society Kilinochchi said that over 40 associations had met in the north last weekend and discussed the fishermen issue. Northern fishermen staged a protest in Jaffna today against Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters.The fishermen staged a protest walk in the Jaffna town and later handed over a petition to the Deputy Indian High Commission in Jaffna. The Indian Government had called for talks between Sri Lankan and Tamil Nadu fishermen to discuss the fishermen issue. Fishermen in the North last weekend rejected a proposal to meet Indian fishermen to discuss a solution to the fishing issue and decided to stage a protest today. He said that Northern fishermen had decided to stage a protest against a proposal by India to allow Indian fishermen to legally catch fish in Sri Lankan waters.Sahathevan noted that following recent talks held in New Delhi between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, a large number of Indian fishermen have been seen poaching in Sri Lankan waters. (Colombo Gazette)
The Appeal Court had earlier this month issued notice and an interim order against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government, preventing them from acting as Prime Minister, Cabinet and Deputy Ministers.The order was issued in a Quo Warranto case filed by 122 Parliamentarians against Rajapaksa and his new Government. The Supreme Court today decided that a Court of Appeal order issued against the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and against his cabinet from holding office, will stand.The Supreme Court also decided that the case will be heard further next month. The United National Front (UNF) said that the order means Rajapaksa cannot be Prime Minister and so the former cabinet must be reinstated. An appeal was later filed in the Supreme Court against the court order issued on Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet.However today the Supreme Court refused to stay the stay order and instead granted leave to proceed with the case next month.The case will be heard on January 16, 17 and 18. (Colombo Gazette) UNF Parliamentarian Ajith Perera said that the President must now appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.
Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell scores a touchdown against Indiana on Oct. 5 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State defeated Indiana 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter coming through with a big win on the road against then-No. 9 Penn State a week ago, Ohio State came back home to take on Indiana.Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions by a point, then came out the following week and lost to the then-unranked Iowa Hawkeyes 55-24, ruining their chances at the College Football Playoff.This year, Ohio State came out ready to prove that last year’s stunning defeat to Iowa was a one-time event.Despite looking vulnerable at times against Indiana on Saturday, No. 3 Ohio State eventually was able to hold on and pull away, earning the 49-26 victory to stay undefeated on the season.“At times we played outstanding,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “We just have to keep working at it. I trust our staff. I trust our players. We’re banged up a little bit. And we’ve got to fight through it. But gotta play better.”Indiana came out firing, thoroughly outplaying the Buckeyes’ secondary for much of the first half, taking a 17-14 lead with seven minutes to go in the second quarter.But Ohio State’s offense continued to counter, as redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins put on another impressive performance to keep the Buckeyes from their first loss of the season.Haskins threw for a career high 455 passing yards, completing 33-of-44 passes and earning six passing touchdowns and two interceptions on the day.Haskins’ six touchdowns tied the program record for most passing touchdowns in a game. His 455 yards through the air was also three shy of the Ohio State record set by Art Schlichter in 1981.“Every game you want to light it up, but definitely it was a good statistical game,” Haskins said. “I’m glad we got the win most importantly.”After going down by a field goal halfway through the second quarter, Haskins found redshirt senior wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin on back-to-back drives to put Ohio State up 28-17 late in the first half.Indiana drove late to make a 37-yard field goal to bring the score to 28-20 by halftime.The Hoosiers remained close for much of the game, staying within single digits by the end of the third quarter.Eventually, Haskins closed the door on Indiana’s upset hopes, finding McLaurin on a 17-yard touchdown, his second of the game, putting Ohio State up 42-26.Sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey picked apart the Ohio State secondary in the first half, ending it with 239 yards and two touchdowns, including three completions of 30 yards or more.Meyer said the team’s defensive effort will continue to be the main focus.“At the end of the day you have to play great defense to get where you gotta get. And I’m confident that we will,” Meyer said.”At times we’ve played great defense and we have to get everybody healthy and get back to that.”It looked like the Buckeyes were starting to pull away, starting the third quarter with a 71-yard touchdown from Haskins to Campbell. Campbell was left wide open, and used his speed to easily beat the Hoosiers defenders down the field, putting Ohio State up 35-20.Campbell finished the day with nine receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns.But Indiana kept fighting its way back, bringing the game within nine when Ramsey found redshirt junior wide receiver Donovan Hale wide open in the endzone with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter.The Hoosiers had opportunities to cut the deficit further, as redshirt freshman safety Bryant Fitzgerald intercepted Haskins, the second interception for Indiana on the day.Haskins was hit hard as he threw, and the ball fluttered into Fitzgerald’s hands for the easy interception. But Indiana didn’t capitalize on the turnover, leaving the score at 35-26 after three quarters.Ohio State will attempt to continue its winning streak against Minnesota in Ohio Stadium at 12 p.m. on Oct. 13. Meyer said the pass defense is going to be the key for success as the season progresses.“A combination of poor pass rush and not blocking on your guys,” Meyer said. “We’ve been fine against the run, but the pass has been killing us and that’s going to bite us, something we’ve got to get fixed.”Story updated at 9:24 p.m. with quotes from Meyer and Haskins
As was widely expected, the Australian Labor Party, at its National Conference, voted to drop the ban on new uranium mines. The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) welcomed the decision but noted that its “enthusiasm will be severely tempered if this shift in policy is not complemented by key enabling reforms from State governments. MCA Chief Executive, Mitchell H Hooke, said: “this is a logical first step in establishing a nationally consistent, modern policy governing the production and export of uranium for peaceful purposes. We strongly endorse Australia’s strict regulatory regime governing the production and export of uranium and Australia’s stringent export safeguard arrangements to ensure that Australia’s uranium is only used for peaceful purposes.”He cautioned “this historic shift in Labor’s national policy position, while it represents a move from an ideology of an era past, will be little more than a token gesture if there are not fundamental changes made to State legislation permitting the expansion of the industry within the strictures of Australia’s current regulatory system.“Opposition to uranium mining by some Labor State governments is a significant impediment to the efficient development, regulation and expansion of the uranium industry and is anachronistic and inconsistent with a modern, national approach. Lifting Labor’s ban on new uranium mines will only contribute to improved certainty for investment and expansion of the uranium industry to the benefit of all Australians – especially those in remote and regional areas – if it is matched by further reforms by State Labor governments.“Increasing world energy demand as well as concerns over climate change and energy security has stimulated global demand for mined uranium as reflected in a significant increase in its price. With 38% of the world’s Economic Demonstrated Resources (EDR) and over 60 companies currently exploring for uranium, Australia is well positioned to meet this demand from both the developed and developing world.“However, Australia could be even better placed to meet the strongly increasing demand for uranium. Even though Australia currently has the largest and lowest-cost recoverable resources, it produces only 23% of global uranium production and trails Canada, which produces around 30%.”The MCA supports the bipartisan recommendation in the Report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry and Resources’ inquiry into the Australian mining industry, in November 2006, that the State governments be encouraged “to reconsider their opposition to uranium mining and abolish legislative restrictions on uranium (and thorium) mining and exploration, where these exist.”Hooke said “to ensure a logical, consistent policy on uranium mining, Labor should ensure its State governments overturn artificial restrictions on the transport of products containing uranium products which affect the cost, scheduling and availability of road, rail and sea transport operations. As well, governments – both Federal and State – should act speedily to redress the legacy of under investment in technical expertise and address shortages of skilled technicians, institutional capacity in research and development as well as education and training, to ensure the industry has the technical expertise to expand.”
THE RUHAMA AGENCY provided support services to a record number of women affected by sex trafficking and prostitution last year. 258 people accessed its service’s last year, according to the NGO‘s 2012 annual report — an increase by 17 on the previous year.The report, launched this morning, highlights the globalised nature of the Irish sex trade: women from 32 different nationalities accessed the organisation’s services.In total, 908 face-to-face meetings were conducted with 170 women. Ruhama’s outreach van, which engages with women in street prostitution, went out on 108 nights for over 413 hours and engaged with 62 women exclusively on the streets.The agency also gave assistance to a further 26 women who did not engage in full casework.88 women accessed Ruhama’s Education and Development services — an increase of 14 per cent on the previous year.According to CEO Sarah Benson: “Ruhama continues to work with significant numbers of Irish women, but the majority of those in the indoor sex trade are migrant women and this is reflected in this report, by the fact that Ruhama worked with women from 32 different nationalities.”“This small island remains a destination for traffickers, pimps and procurers from all corners of the globe. The bulk of the prostitution in Ireland is connected with organised criminality.“For the women and girls we work with – far from home, isolated and often highly controlled or literally coerced through trafficking, it is a dangerous and damaging experience. It is also beyond doubt that prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation are inextricably linked.”Read: Pilot scheme trains airline and airport crew to better spot human traffickingRead: Laws against sex buyers need to be introduced now, says Immigrant Council
LATE PAYMENT PENALTY charges for people that paid the household tax late has accumulated €9.3 million.In a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath, Minister for the the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan said that approximately €9.3 million has been collected by the local government sector in the form of late payment penalties.He added that approximately 355,000 properties we charged for late payments.Penalty chargesHogan said that as of 3 December 2013 the total number of registrations for the Household Charge is 1, 304,934. He added that payments have been registered in respect of 1,280,482 liable properties and waivers have been registered in respect of a further 2 4,452 liable properties. The number of estimated liable properties for the Household Charge is 1,620,814, and therefore the compliance rate stands in excess of 80.5 per cent.Hogan said that as of 1 July 2013, liabilities were increased to €200 and became a Local Property Tax liability collectable by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.Read: Calls to delay 2014 property tax payments due next month>Read: Property tax hunger striker: ‘I’d say I won’t last too long’ EXCLUSIVE
IRISH MIXED MARTIAL arts (MMA) fighter Cathal Pendred was forced to defend the sport after Ray D’Arcy called it “violent and disturbing”.The 26-year-old made an incredible comeback to claim victory against Mike King on his UFC debut at Dublin’s O2 Arena on Saturday night and was invited on to Today FM for an interview this morning.Instead of celebrating his win, however, D’Arcy was critical of MMA and revealed that he found it difficult to watch Conor McGregor’s headline fight.“How do you feel about people paying money and rich people sponsoring the sport to watch you and another man fight?” asked D’Arcy.“You’ve not had injuries but you’re wearing dark glasses, you’ve a big black eye, your nose looks like you’ve fallen off a bike at speed.”Pendred responded: “How do I feel about 22 guys running after a ball on a pitch? It’s the same sort of thing. It’s a sport. People pay and go to see a sport.“With skiing and snowboarding, did you know that there are 40 deaths annually. Now I know that, in the hypothetical sense as it obviously will never happen, if the Winter Olympics were ever to be held here there would not be one negative thing spoken in the media about skiing or snowboarding because 40 people die annually. Listen to the full interview on the Today FM website here 600,000 viewers tune in to UFC Fight Night Dublin on 3eUFC chief Dana White hails Cathal Pendred victory ‘one of the greatest comebacks I’ve ever seen’ Looking forward to doing an interview where I celebrate the biggest win of my career 2 days ago, not defend myself and my sport.— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) July 21, 2014 In the 20-year history of the UFC, not one person has died. Not only has no one ever died in the UFC, not one person has been ever seriously hurt. The most serious injury that has ever occurred in the UFC is a leg break and that has only ever happened two or three times.“You watch rugby every weekend and you will see a game where someone breaks a leg and unfortunately as well sometimes there are spinal injuries and neck injuries where people are paralysed. That has never happened in the history of the UFC.“I’ve had no serious injuries through my MMA career,” the former Leinster Schools Senior Cup winner added. “I played rugby all through my teenage years and I had more serious injuries playing rugby than I have had competing in MMA.“I know there is a big of stigma about MMA. It is a relatively new sport and people are just getting to understand what the sport is. Some of the misconceptions are that it is a brutal and dangerous sport but it’s actually not as bad as people realise.“The number one thing you’re told before a fight and the aim of the game is to keep yourself safe at all times. As soon as you don’t keep yourself safe, the referee will stop the fight and that’s what he tells every fighter before the fight.” Pendred and King went for drinks after their fight. Source: TwitterPendred, who earned a $50,000 bonus for Fight of the Night over the weekend, admitted that the win has changed his life.“I made more money on Saturday night than I have in my whole life put together,” he said. “It was the fruition of six or seven years hard work. It got to the biggest stage in the sport and came out with a big victory and a bonus as well.I’ve been struggling for a long time to get to here. You don’t make any money in this game outside the UFC. Making this has changed my life. I owed two months rent coming up to this fight and my landlord was chasing me for that.“I owed nearly €2,000 to Airtricity. They kept calling me everyday telling me they were going to cut me off. Everyday I was driving home wondering if I was going to be able to turn my lights on.“But I believed I was going to get to this point. I knew I would get to the top and I would be successful.”After the interview, he tweeted: Source: Cathal Pendred/Twitter Anyway, all said and done, I’m a big fan of Ray D’Arcy. I’m a 90’s kid, so to me he will always be the guy off ‘The Den’.— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) July 21, 2014 Source: Cathal Pendred/Twitter
‘They are angry because the Jungle is finished and they cannot go to England’ Fires have blazed in Calais since last night. By AFP Short URL Source: PA WireA Syrian man was taken to hospital with injured eardrums after a gas canister exploded in the flames.‘It’s very scary’French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said yesterday that all minors “with proven family links in Britain” would eventually be transferred there. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe said London had committed to reviewing all other cases where it was “in the child’s interest” to settle across the Channel.Earlier this week, British interior minister Amber Rudd pledged to bring eligible children from France to Britain “as quickly and as safely as possible”, without specifying numbers.The head of Save the Children then called for a smooth process to ensure their safety.“It’s very scary, I think, for kids particularly… This is where children have been living for weeks and months in some cases,” Carolyn Miles told AFP in New York.‘There’ll be another Jungle’Britain took in around 200 teenagers in the week before the clearance began, with the transfers resuming yesterday after a pause on Monday.Dozens of mainly Eritrean and Ethiopian women, who make up a tiny minority at the Jungle, staged a protest today to demand attention to their own needs.“Underage, overage, we are the same!” they shouted. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesLocated next to the port of Calais, the Jungle has for years been a launchpad for migrants attempting to make it to Britain by sneaking onto lorries or jumping onto trains heading across the Channel.Calais police have battled near-nightly attempts by migrants to reach Britain over the past year.The authorities have said those who agree to be moved can seek asylum in France. Those who refuse risk deportation.Many locals fear more settlements will sprout up in the area once the Jungle is razed.Aid worker Christian Salome said migrants still bent on reaching Britain were looking for places to stay in and around the city of Calais.“I’m staying here,” said Kanami, a Pakistani. “There will be another Jungle.”© – AFP 2016Mistrust, language barriers and mist: An Irish volunteer’s account of the Calais evacuation 55 Comments Share20 Tweet Email 20,974 Views You have these gas cylinders in your caravan, get them out!Scores of people escaped to an area just outside the camp. Police barred them from going back in and they were seen on the road, some carrying backpacks and suitcases.Around half of the camp’s estimated population of 6,000 to 8,000 migrants have been transferred out since Monday, boarding buses to centres around France.Nearly 800 unaccompanied minors – whose fate has been a key cause of concern on both sides of the Channel – have been moved to shipping containers converted into temporary shelters in the Jungle, according to the interior ministry.Meanwhile, workers in orange overalls ramped up demolition operations, tearing down tents and makeshift shelters at the lawless camp that has become a symbol of Europe’s migrant crisis.Fires broke out on Tuesday within hours of the start of the demolition. https://jrnl.ie/3047221 Oct 26th 2016, 4:30 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: FRESH FIRES BROKE out in the ‘Jungle’ on the second day of operations to dismantle the squalid migrant camp in northern France, sending people fleeing with their few belongings.Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling settlement near the port city of Calais, which the French authorities said they expect to finish clearing by the evening. Source: PA WireScores of riot police were massed on the outskirts of the Jungle, where the flames destroyed many of the tents and makeshift shelters that had housed the thousands of migrants and refugees including children.“We have it within our means to close the waiting lines by this evening. After the last migrants are taken in hand, the lines will close,” senior local official Fabienne Bucco told AFP.Migrants and officials alike said the fires that blazed through the camp overnight and early today were set deliberately, while exploding gas cylinders caused them to spread.Police said four migrants had been arrested on suspicion of arson. Source: Emilio Morenatti/PA WireAn Eritrean teenager named Yones said Afghans had started the fires.“They are angry because the Jungle is finished and they cannot go to England,” Yones said.Many migrants could be seen taking selfies with the flames in the background.“You have to leave,” an aid worker shouted at some migrants. Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 4:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
https://jrnl.ie/3229191 Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 3 Comments Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieHowever, companies also need a higher level of agreement from their creditors. In examinership, 51% of creditors must agree to the process – in a scheme of arrangement, 75% of the creditors must agree.Never usedDespite the fact that the scheme could potentially be used to prevent companies going out of business, it has never been used.Deloitte compiles statistics on the number of insolvencies that take place every quarter, and Van Dessel said that he has never seen the scheme successfully implemented.Fora also checked with the Courts Service of Ireland, which said that a scheme of arrangement has not been used since its introduction in the 2014 act.“I have yet to meet anyone who has even attempted it and I doubt there is much activity in this area,” Van Dessel said, adding that a lack of awareness from non-specialist practitioners may be a factor.ProblemsA central issue with the small number of businesses going through insolvency processes is the lack of people willing to invest in struggling companies – a key requirement for many firms to exit the process.Another problem is that many entrepreneurs have a ‘do-it-yourself’ mindset, where they try to fix problems with the business by trading out of them and leave it too late to call in outside help.“I often see nearly three years of consistent losses (from insolvent companies),” Van Dessel said.“When they run out of money, as they nearly always do, that is when they call in outsiders.”Van Dessel said that companies should seek help earlier and make sure they get their advice from specialists who are aware of all insolvency options.He also said that the scheme of arrangement could be improved by lowering the level of creditor agreement needed to proceed with the process.“Given that the scheme is validated by an independent judge in the same way as examinership, I would say, why does it need to be at a higher level? I think that is questionable.”Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie 19,917 Views Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie He added: “Now you can strike a deal with Revenue within this insolvency process.“Outside of this process the only thing open to you is renegotiate when you pay your tax. In this, you could make payment proposals that could involve a write-off.”The practice has some other major differences with examinership. Crucially, the company only has to make one court appearance to get the agreement signed off by a judge.This cuts down on expensive court dates that can often see the cost of examinership spiral. By Fora Staff There’s a scheme to save struggling Irish companies from going under, but it’s never been used. Here’s why The insolvency process was to help smaller firms struggling under unsustainable debts. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: A SCHEME TO help struggling companies get back on their feet has not been used once despite being in place for more than a year and a half, Fora has learned.A process called a ‘scheme of arrangement’ was introduced when the Companies Act 2014 came into force in June 2015.This process was meant to work similarly to examinership, but with a few key differences that were billed as making it more attractive for struggling SMEs.As previously explained by Fora, examinership is a practice that is used by insolvent businesses that cannot pay their debts.Firms that prove they have a realistic chance of overcoming insolvency and getting back on track can get permission from the High Court to enter examinership and get 100 days’ protection from creditors.The move temporarily stops assets being seized and protects the company from being wound up. A scheme of arrangement works in a similar way, but with some important distinctions.David Van Dessel, a partner restructuring services at Deloitte and an insolvency expert, said the scheme was an insolvency procedure that was part of the Companies Act since 1963 – but it “never really got used”.“The government tweaked it in the hope of making it more appealing, but it hasn’t worked,” he said.The taxmanThe major change to the scheme was that the state, as a creditor, was allowed to engage in the process. In most insolvency cases, the taxman is owed significant sums for unpaid VAT and corporate taxes, for example.“For most company sales made on 1 January, the accounting doesn’t happen until March, so even the most compliant businesses will likely have a tax liability,” Van Dessel said. Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 3:00 PM Feb 12th 2017, 3:00 PM Read: As Hewlett-Packard closes its Leixlip plant, we look back at its 20 years in KildareRead: One of Ireland’s top craft brewers has snapped up a rival cider brand Short URL Take me to Fora Share38 Tweet Email5
Around $25 billion was wiped off the Australian share market last week. Uncertainty over the outlook for the US economy and the escalating sovereign debt crisis in Greece sent Aussie shares to their lowest point since August 2010. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index dropped nearly 88 points last week, and the All Ordinaries sank a similar amount. Mining stocks were particularly hard hit, with commodity prices tumbling. Australia’s major banks were also heavily sold as concerns over the global financial impact if Greece defaults on its debt repayments, played on investors’ minds. Market analyst Peter Esho from City Index told The Australian that traders across the globe are worried about debt problems in Europe.“We’re starting to see some signs of contagion across Europe with the situation in Greece,” he said. Debt markets are reportedly factoring in a 74 per cent chance that Greece will not meet its debts and three major banks in France have had their ratings put on review because of exposure to Greece. The European Central Bank has said that contagion from the debt crisis is the top risk to the euro zone, and re-affirmed its opposition to the restructuring of Greek debt. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The 11th International Conference on Greek Research will be taking place once again at South Australia’s Flinders University. Hosted by LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture, and the Department of Language Studies, this year’s conference will be housed at the newly erected state-of-the-art Tonsley building.Initiated 20 years ago by conference convenor Professor Michael Tsianikas, the motivation was to bring people together from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to discuss issues related to anything Greek. With the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, coupled with the crisis being faced by Modern Greek departments nation-wide, Professor Tsianikas says conferences like this are more important now than ever.“We are trying our best in order to make sure that Modern Greek will survive in this country. It’s quite a challenging time and if the communities don’t really understand what Greek programs are and what they’re representing, we’ll disappear,” Professor Tsianikas told Neos Kosmos. “The reality is that Modern Greek programs are closing down around the globe. Nowadays, all these academics from Europe and Greece are not coming any more due to the financial crisis. So it is important to engage anybody within Australia that is engaging with anything to do with Greece.” South Australian premier Jay Weatherill will again be the patron of the event, accompanied by a number of guest speakers involved in related disciplines, including Sydney University’s Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor of Modern Greek Vrasidas Karalis and Professor in Philosophy Rick Benitez.Continuing in the tradition of the previous conferences, the inter-disciplinary event will explore a number of themes including Ancient Greek Philosophy, Classical Studies, Cyprus: History and Culture, Education, Society and Culture, History and Migration, Literature and Language and Online Learning.Cost of attendance for all presenters and attendees is $255 for one day, or $335 for both. Concession card holders pay a discounted fee of $110 for one day and $210 to attend both. Along with academics, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, anyone interested in the subject matters being explored is encouraged to attend. The 11th International Conference on Greek Research will be taking place on June 26-27, 2015. For further information and to register, visit www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/conferences/greek/research2015/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A collage of Sindhubaadh and ENPT.PR HandoutThe release of Dhanush’s upcoming movie Enai Noki Paayum Thota (ENPT) and Vijay Sethupathi’s Sindhubaadh have landed in trouble over the financial issues between the producers of the said movies and Arka Media Works that funded SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali series.The makers of Baahubali 2 had moved the Telangana High Court to bring a stay on the release of two films till SN Rajarajan (Sindhubaadh producer) of K Productions and P Madan (ENPT producer)of Escape Artistes Motion settle the dues.The petition claims that SN Rajarajan had bagged the Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of Baahubali 2 for Rs 28 crore and paid Rs 12.5 crore. He went to a loan agreement with Shobu Yarlagadda to pay the remaining amount, but failed to clear the dues, forcing the Baahubali producer to seek the court’s intervention in the issue.Although the issue is between SN Rajarajan and Shobu Yarlagadda, K Madan was a made co-obligant in the issue, which has affected the release of ENPT.On Wednesday, May 8, the Telangana High Court passed an interim order against the release of two films. As a result, both the Tamil flicks have landed in trouble. Sindhubaadh was scheduled for release on May 16, while ENPT was to hit the screens by now.Sindhubaadh Sindhubaadh unites Vijay Sethupathi with SU Arun Kumar, who had earlier worked with the actor in two films like Pannaiyarum Padminiyum and Sethupathi, for the third time. The action thriller has Anjali playing the female lead.Enai Noki Paayum Thota Dhanush and Gautham Menon have collaborated for the first time. It is a romantic action thriller which has Megha Akash is the female lead.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina gestures while speaking at a press conference in Dhaka on 31 December, 2018. Photo: AFPPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday rejected opposition complaints of vote rigging and said people had gone to the polls enthusiastically in a largely peaceful general election that her ruling alliance swept with a landslide.Hasina won a third straight term in Sunday’s election, with alliance led by her Awami League winning 287 of the 298 seats for which results had been declared, the election commission said.But the opposition rejected the result and called for a fresh vote, complaining of what it said was widespread rigging.Hasina dismissed complaints of cheating and the chief election commissioner rejected the opposition demand for a re-run of the vote. She said voting had been held in a peaceful manner.At least 17 people were killed during the vote, police said, after a violent campaign in which the opposition alleged the government denied it a level playing field.The election commission said earlier it was investigating allegations of vote rigging from “across the country”, and Hasina told reporters the commission had every right to do so.Hasina’s win follows a decade in power in which she has been credited with improving the economy and promoting development, while being accused of rights abuses, a crackdown on media and suppressing dissent.The government rejects those accusations.The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which had boycotted the last general election in 2014 saying it would not be fair, won just six seats in the 300-seat assembly this time.BNP leader Khaleda Zia – Hasina’s arch rival and a former prime minister – was jailed in February on corruption charges she says were politically motivated. This was the first election in which the BNP campaigned without her.Hasina told reporters the opposition had done badly in the election as it lacked leadership. She also said she was surprised the opposition had not campaigned more actively.The rivalry between the two women – both related to former leaders – has largely defined Bangladeshi politics for decades.Raising minimum wages for workers in Bangladesh’s robust garments industry, the world’s second-biggest after China’s, could be one of Hasina’s first tasks, party leaders have said.Opposition leader Kamal Hossain earlier said their alliance, the National Unity Front, led by the BNP, had called on the election commission to order a fresh vote under a neutral administration “as soon as possible”, saying the vote was flawed.”We’ve had bad elections in the past but I must say that it is unprecedented how bad this particular election was,” 82-year-old Hossain told Reuters late on Sunday.Candidates reported witnessing ballot-stuffing and vote-rigging by ruling party activists, who also barred opposition polling agents from voting centres, Hossain said.