EPL clubs put cap on away tickets

first_imgLONDON (AP):Fans of away teams at Premier League matches will pay no more than 30 pounds (US$43) for tickets for the next three seasons.The decision was taken at a specially-convened meeting of topflight teams on Wednesday following mounting criticism from fan groups about the cost of attending matches as revenue from the 2016-19 television rights is rises to 8.3 billion pounds (US$12 billion).The biggest winners will be fans seeing their team play at Arsenal, which had been charging up to 64 pounds (US$91) in the away end. Now tickets for visiting fans will be more than halved.Additionally, Arsenal will partially subsidise tickets for its fans watching Arsene Wenger’s team on the road. The north London club will ensure no Arsenal fan pays more than 26 pounds for an away ticket the cost of the cheapest home ticket at the Emirates Stadium.”We know that following the club is a commitment and are always seeking to strike the right balance in our pricing,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.The Premier League price cap comes as the competition thrives, with surprise leader Leicester shaking up the title race, the television rights revenue being un-matched in global domestic football and attendances averaging 96.2 per cent of stadium capacities this season.”Most clubs have recognised for some time that we need to do something for the travelling supporter,” Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said. “It is absolutely right that football, as a family, looks after that group of fans.”Our away fans are among the most dedicated and committed throughout the Premier League and that loyalty is deserving of this commitment by the clubs.”last_img read more

LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for NBA All-Star game

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers FILE – LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up to shoot and get fouled by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James opted for Golden State star Kevin Durant with the first pick of the All-Star draft on Thursday.James, who will lead a team against fellow All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo’s line-up in Charlotte on February 17, assembled a formidable looking starting line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers edge Celtics on Rajon Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer In a surprise move, the two captains then agreed to a trade, with James swapping Oklahoma City Thunder star Westbrook for Ben Simmons after the draft.James proposed the move in order to get Westbrook and Embiid on the same side.“I know Ben Simmons is your guy so I’ll do it,” Antetokounmpo said.All Star Squads:Team Lebron:Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden; Reserves: Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley BealSpecial pick: Dwyane WadeTeam Giannis:Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker; Reserves: Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle LowrySpecial pick: Dirk Nowitzki James then added close friend Dwyane Wade with the NBA’s “special selection” in the draft, which was televised this year for the first time.Rival captain Antetokounmpo meanwhile selected Durant’s Golden State team-mate Stephen Curry with the second overall pick.The Milwaukee Bucks star then selected Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid before adding Paul George and Kemba Walker.Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry made up the reserves.Antetokounmpo added Dirk Nowitzki as his special selection.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img After choosing Durant first, James then added former Cleveland team-mate Kyrie Irving to his team.In-form Toronto star Kawhi Leonard was picked third by James before he selected reigning MVP James Harden with his fourth pick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNew Orleans Pelicans ace Anthony Davis — linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline closed Thursday — headed James’ reserves.Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bradley Beal completed the squad. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Housing affordability at record low

first_imgLos Angeles County was one of California’s two least affordable regions for first-time homebuyers in the fourth quarter, according to a report released Thursday. Nineteen percent of county households – a record low for the county in this 4-year-old survey – earned enough money to afford an entry-level home in California in the last three months of 2006, the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors said. That’s down from 21 percent in the same period in 2005. But the county’s most recent affordability figure held steady compared to the third quarter of 2006. In the fourth quarter, a Los Angeles area household would need to have earned $101,040 in annual income to purchase a $498,510 home. The monthly payment, including taxes and insurance, would be $3,370. The Santa Barbara area was the only California region tracked by CAR that matched Los Angeles’ low affordability in the fourth quarter. Statewide, the affordability figure was 25 percent, down from 27 percent a year earlier. CAR’s First-time Buyer Housing Affordability Index based its findings on an adjustable interest rate of 6.36 percent and assumed a 10 percent down payment and a home price equal to 85 percent of the median price for an existing single-family, detached home. Affordability fell year over year despite a continuing cooling of the housing market. An increase in the interest rate, from about 5.9 percent to about 6.36 percent, was the main reason for the annual drop in affordability statewide, said Robert Kleinhenz, CAR’s deputy chief economist. “That increase alone would be enough to decrease affordability by 2 percentage points in just about any market in California,” Kleinhenz said. Another reason for affordability’s decline in Los Angeles County is that home prices keep rising, Kleinhenz said. The county’s median price for an entry-level home in the fourth quarter of last year was about $15,000 higher than for the same period in 2005. Except for Los Angeles County, home prices in virtually all California regions “pretty much leveled out” in the third or fourth quarters of 2005, Kleinhenz said. Los Angeles County’s home prices began to flatten about six or seven months ago, he said. “The bottom line is the urban coastal areas like Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area, that have not seen a lot of home building in the boom years, have seen their existing home prices hold up better than other areas that saw a lot of building activity in those boom years,” Kleinhenz said. At the other end of the industry spectrum, the High Desert and Sacramento regions were the most affordable at 41 percent. A High Desert household would have needed to earn $56,650 a year to have purchased an entry-level home costing $279,480 in the fourth quarter. The most obvious indicator of the state’s slowing housing market has been the decline in sales. That could change as the traditionally busy spring season ushers in a larger inventory of homes, said Robert Bailey, a past president of CAR. “(As) we move into a more natural home buying season, I think you’ll see the pace of sales start to climb up there,” said Bailey, owner of Bailey Properties in Santa Cruz. “You’ll have more buyer choice with the increasing inventory of homes.” muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Italian giants lining up January raid on Arsenal

first_img1 Mathieu Debuchy Juventus are lining up a move for Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy in January, claim reports in Italy.The French defender has lost his place to Hector Bellerin this season and is considering a move away from the Gunners to protect his place in France’s squad ahead of the European Championships next summer.According to Calcio Mercato, Juventus are aware of Debuchy’s dilemma at Arsenal and are keen to snap up the 30-year-old in the mid-season transfer window.Debuchy recently admitted he considered his future in the summer having been demoted to the bench by Bellerin and looks set to leave if his he doesn’t regain his starting berth in the coming months.last_img read more

One more goal for Man United against Spurs will bring up a landmark

first_img Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card David Beckham celebrates his goal at White Hart Lane in 2001 which saw United fightback from 3-0 down at half-time Premier League news Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Christian Eriksen needed just 11 seconds to score against United in 2018 OVERALL HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDGames: 189First meeting: Tottenham 1-1 Man United (FA Cup match at Asplins Farm, London) in 1899.Man United wins: 89Draws: 49Tottenham wins: 51 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday REVEALED possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade shining Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener silverware smart causal REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow 2 no dice 2 Premier League rivals Manchester United meet Tottenham Hotspur on Bank Holiday Monday in what will be the 53rd meeting between the two since the league’s inception in 1992.However, as people are are always quick to point out, football existed before then and here, talkSPORT.com looks at their head-to-head record.United need just one more goal to make it 300 scored against Tottenham in all competitions, with Spurs on 243 goals. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

DONEGAL HEALTH WORKER EARNED EXTRA €128,000 – REPORT

first_imgA HSE worker in Co Donegal earned an extra €128,000 from a separate delivery and repair service, a Freedom of Information Act release to a newspaper reveals.The audit of aids and appliances, such as wheelchairs, in community services in Killybegs found the home’s work had never been properly put out to tender, the Irish Independent’s health correspondent Eilis O’Regan found during an investigation.She reports the money was earned over five years and was in breach of HSE rules which ban employees from seeking contracts for the supply of goods and services for their own benefit. The report also alleged “the bulk” of the employee’s work took place on a Friday when the employee was also allowed to start and finish work early to accommodate the separate business.The report is here: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/health-worker-was-paid-128k-for-work-never-put-out-to-tender-30413211.html#sthash.RwKKw3yH.dpuf DONEGAL HEALTH WORKER EARNED EXTRA €128,000 – REPORT was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Community HospitalHSE REPORTinternal auditKillybegslast_img read more

Dale Steyn helps kids to aim high

first_imgBowler Dale Steyn has held the top spot intest rankings for several years. Steyn will mentor one cricket-mad childfor a day.(Image: Taryn Fritz PR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jared StokesSenior account manager, Taryn Fritz PR+27 11 888 8548 or +27 379 2998Emily van RijswijckProteas cricketer and world number one test bowler Dale Steyn is the latest South African star to put his name to the Disney XD Aim High campaign.Steyn will spearhead the third phase of the campaign by spending a day with a lucky South African youngster, acting as mentor and sharing some of his cricketing skills.Aim High is an international campaign that motivates young people around the world by putting them in touch with their heroes in the fields of sport, music, media and entertainment and, in so doing, inspiring them to realise their own potential.Youngsters who have a dream to succeed in any of these fields stand to win the chance to spend time with their mentor and two so-called mini mentors, learning about the attitude that helped them to get to the top. Disney XD plans to offer this unique prize every three months.The programme kicked off in South Africa in July 2011, with Idols 6 winner Elvis Blue as the role model, and the second phase, launched towards the end of the same year, saw popular rugby prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira giving a glimpse into his life as a professional sports star.In the UK stars such as music sensation Jay Sean, Chelsea football ace Daniel Sturridge, England bowler Stuart Broad, and England and Leicester Tigers flyhalf Toby Flood were mentors in 2011.Right-arm fast bowler Steyn, who bowls at speeds in excess of 150 km an hour, was chosen by the Walt Disney Company as he is currently at the height of his career and a perfect role model for youngsters who aspire to enter the international cricket arena.Joining Elvis Blue and the BeastPhase one winner, 12-year-old Khethelo Hlongwa from Durban, spent his day writing and playing music with Elvis Blue.Young Khethelo flew to Johannesburg to be with his hero, and also won a front-row seat to see Blue open for UK superstar James Blunt, who was performing in South Africa at the time.The two mini mentors were award winning music video producer Kyle Lewis and drummer Justin Badenhorst of the jazz ensemble Prisoners of Strange.In phase two, 14-year-old rugby fanatic Ruben van Heerden travelled from Johannesburg to the Shark Tank in Durban to spend his mentorship day playing rugby with Tendai Mtawarira, former Springbok and prop for the Natal Sharks rugby franchise.Also taking part in the second phase of the campaign were photographer Herman Verwey and sports journalist Carlos­ Amato.According to Disney, the object of the campaign is to use world-class performers in various fields to inspire young people to do what they love and love what they do and to aim high in whatever field of endeavour they choose.Steyn says mentors played a huge role in his career. “I had many idols when I was growing up and through hard work and passion I managed to be able to play with them. Hopefully I can inspire someone to get to the dreams that they have set for themselves.”The bowler adds that he’s thrilled to be part of an initiative which inspires children to try new things and think about the numerous opportunities available to them.“You too can do it,” he promises youngsters.To enter, fans simply need to visit the Disney XD Aim High microsite or go to MXit > Tradepost > Entertainment > Disney > Disney XD before 28 April, answer a multiple choice question and then say why they should be selected for this life-changing opportunity.The Steyn RemoverSteyn started his cricket career in the small mining town of Phalaborwa in Mpumalanga, at the edge of the Kruger National Park, the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s wildlife reserves.He made his national debut in 2004 and today Cricket South Africa describes him as having the complete package – pace, speed and swing – that makes him a lethal force as leader of the Proteas’ attack.In 2008, after he had taken 80 wickets between October 2007 and August 2008, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named him Test Cricketer of the Year.This achievement also earned him the world number one ranking, a position he has held since then. He has also been selected as a member of the ICC Test Team of the Year for the past four years.With a wicket tally of more than 200, Steyn has the highest strike rate of any test bowler with similar figures.One of his best all-round performances to date was in the 2008 test match in Melbourne, Australia, where he showed his mettle not only with the ball but also with the bat. His match-winning score of 76 and partnership of 180 for the ninth wicket with JP Duminy was the cherry on the top of the 10 wickets he took during the match.When not playing for the Proteas he can be seen on the field for the Cape Cobras, based in Cape Town.last_img read more

IRCTC hotels case: Tejashwi seeks time to appear before CBI

first_imgFormer Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday sought 15 days from the CBI to appear for questioning in a case related to alleged corruption in giving the contract for running two IRCTC hotels to a private firm in 2006, sources said.Mr. Yadav, who was summoned to appear on Tuesday, sent his counsel who submitted the request seeking time to appear before the investigation team, sources in the agency said. The contracts were given in 2006 when his father Lalu Prasad was the Union railway minister.The case pertains to allegations that Mr. Lalu Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two hotels run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company.The FIR alleged that the RJD leader, as the railway minister, abused his official position for extending undue favours to the Mr. Kochhar and acquired a “high value premium land” through a benami firm Delight Marketing Company. As a quid pro quo, he “dishonestly and fraudulently” managed award of leasing of the two hotels.After the tender was awarded to Sujata Hotel, the ownership of Delight Marketing also changed hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Mr. Yadav between 2010 and 2014. By this time, Mr. Lalu Prasad had resigned as railway minister.The CBI has registered the case against Mr. Lalu Prasad, his wife Ms. Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, son Mr. Yadav, who was deputy CM until a few months ago, and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former union minister.Others named as accused in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Chanakya Hotel, Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.last_img read more

4 Indian-origin Men Charged in $3.5 Million Fraud Case

first_imgFour men of Indian descent have been charged in a $3.5 million fraud in which they pretended to be tax officials and collected money by allegedly threatening over 7,300 people, a federal prosecutor has announced.Gregory J. Haanstad, the Wisconsin Eastern District prosecutor, on Nov. 30 said the scheme was “likely originating from India.”Moin Gohil, 22, was picked up by law enforcement authorities in Georgia on Nov. 24, and Pratik Patel, 26, Parvez Jiwani, 39, and Nakul Chetiwal, 27, were arrested on Nov. 28 by federal authorities, Haanstad said.According to the prosecutor, their fraud is known as an “IRS impersonation scheme.”Participants in the scheme based “likely in India” call victims in the United States pretending to be officials of the federal tax agency, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and typically claim they owe taxes.They then threaten and intimidate the victims saying they would face arrest or legal action if they did not send money through services like MoneyGram and Western Union or provide gift cards with cash value.Members based in the United States, who are known as “runners,” use fake identification to pick up the money or the cards.Haanstad said that Gohil, Chetiwal and Jiwani, who were allegedly “runners” picked up $666,537 sent from 784 victims between January 25, 2016 and August 8, 2017.In addition, the false IDs used by them are linked to 6,530 other fraudulent transactions totaling $2.83 million, he added.Patel “aided and abetted” at least one of the runners, he said.They have been charged with three offences — wire fraud (which is using electronic communication to commit fraud), conspiracy and aiding and abetting crimes.They could face a maximum prison term of 20 years and $250,000 fine for each of the crimes if found guilty.Frauds like these are widely prevalent and have tarnished the reputation of India and Indians through their calls.In November, U.S. authorities busted an Ahmedabad-based operation, which defrauded residents of at least $25 million.Five men, who were arrested in the United States, admitted their guilt in federal courts in Texas and Arizona and were awaiting sentencing.In that case, 53 people in India were also charged. The alleged mastermind of the call center used in the operation, Sagar “Shaggy” Thakkar, had been arrested in Mumbai in April. — (IANS) Related ItemsFraudUnited StatesWisconsinlast_img read more