Video: Real Madrid star back to his best?

first_imgCyprus v Wales is live on talkSPORT from 7pm.Gareth Bale joins the Wales squad in goal scoring form having put two away for Real Madrid in their 5-0 win against Real Betis where he also created one.And he demonstrated his ability to find the back of the net from anywhere on the pitch during a training session by scoring from behind the goal.Chris Coleman’s side are now ninth in FIFA’s rankings and after their trip to Cyprus, host Israel on Sunday.‘BITTER’ ENGLAND FANS MAKING WALES FANS SMILE – TWEETSlast_img read more

West Ham goalkeeper signs a new two-year contract

first_img1 Adrian West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has signed a new two-year contract with the club.Adrian has committed to remaining in east London until 2017 while the Hammers have the option to extend the Spaniard’s stay by a further two years.The 28-year-old moved to West Ham from Real Betis in June 2013 and has since cemented his place as the club’s first-choice stopper.“This is a proud moment for myself, my family and friends and I am really happy to have signed my second contract with the club,” Adrian said.“I feel really happy for the club and the fans. I never imagined this kind of relationship with the fans. I spent 16 years at Real Betis and it was difficult to leave your home. But from the moment I arrived in London the West Ham fans had a special relationship with me.“For me this is a really good moment and I just want to enjoy it. This is my third season here and I want to stay here for a long time.”West Ham have enjoyed a strong start to the season and currently sit third in the Barclays Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s visit to Sunderland.The club are also set to move into the Olympic Stadium for the start of the 2016/17 campaign and Adrian admits their new home was a factor in his decision.“Next season is really important for the club,” Adrian said.“I have enjoyed playing at Upton Park and I want to enjoy playing in the new stadium.“It is a big step for the club and I am really excited about this moment.”last_img read more

Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham: Christian Eriksen strike stuns Citizens

first_img Tottenham Hotspur stars Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane 1 Tottenham Hotspur were big winners on a thrilling day of action at the top of the Premier League as they beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.Christian Eriksen was the hero for Spurs as he struck seven minutes from time, when it had looked like the hosts were going to get a draw after substitute Kelechi Iheanacho cancelled out Harry Kane’s penalty.But despite intense pressure at the death, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were able to hold onto the win and move themselves to within two points of leaders Leicester City.Both teams started brightly with Heung-Min Son showing threat for Spurs, while Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero had chances for the hosts.The odd clumsy nudge and tackle littered the opening minutes with Yaya Toure being spoken to by Mark Clattenburg and Dele Alli spoiling an opportunity to counter with a handball.Spurs briefly thought they had taken a lead when Son rattled a shot past Joe Hart from a tight angle but the South Korean was offside when Kyle Walker had played the pass.Manchester City tried hard to thread teasing passes in behind their opponents’ backline but they could not quite squeeze the ball through Tottenham’s tightly packed and well organised defence.Meanwhile, Danny Rose proved his commitment to the cause by blocking a point-blank Sterling strike with his chest following a half-cleared City free-kick.As the half-hour mark neared, a succession of quick passes ended in a rifled effort from Eriksen, which Hart could only parry before a blue shirt cleared the danger.The natural fast pace saw the clash stretched at times but both teams held their nerves defensively, leading to long shots from Eric Dier and Rose, with the latter impressing during the opening period as he rampaged down the left flank.In an attempt to halt the English left-back, Pellegrini made Silva and Sterling swap sides at the interval. But the first result was a penalty for the visitors as Rose’s cross was adjudged to have struck his compatriot on the arm in the box.Kane, who had barely had a sniff all game, stepped up and smashed the ball down the middle from 12 yards and into the back of the net with Hart diving to his right.Yaya Toure almost hit back immediately when his free-kick clattered the bar with his team-mates failing to force home the rebound but Spurs eventually cleared their lines.Pochettino’s side produce excellent attacking football but are also capable of defending doggedly and, as Manchester City pushed to equalise, they were made to work hard to deny Aguero and Silva with blocks and intercept several threatening passes in the final third.Mousa Dembele and Toure enjoyed a titanic tussle in the centre of the park as the game wore on and Pellegrini threw Iheanacho into the fray as City battled on.Sloppiness threatened to be Spurs’ undoing with Kyle Walker, Dier and Son guilty of misplaced passes, with the latter replaced by Tom Carroll as Pochettino attempted to protect his side’s lead.It was young striker Iheanacho who made the impact though as Gael Clichy slipped a cross past Walker and found the Nigerian, who powered a shot high into the goal with 16 minutes remaining.Tottenham looked nervous and found it hard to regain the control they had in the first half as Toure thundered a shot at Hugo Lloris, while Rose again put his body on the line.It proved to be vital too as, following a melee in the middle of the pitch, substitute Erik Lamela slipped Eriksen through on goal and the Dane slid the ball past Hart before wheeling away to the travelling supporters in celebration.Manchester City were not about to lie down and take the defeat though and Aguero continued to look dangerous with his nimble feet, while Silva slashed a strike over, but Tottenham held out and their celebrations were jubilant at the Etihad.last_img read more

Lawmakers feel pressure to act on mortgage woes

first_imgFORECLOSURES: California and especially Los Angeles County are being hit hard, RealtyTrac Inc. says. By Lisa Friedman STAFF WRITER WASHINGTON – As hundreds of thousands of homeowners nationwide face potential foreclosure, a heated battle is brewing in Congress over how to address the subprime mortgage meltdown. Many of the homeowners facing foreclosure were initially able to take out mortgages with small or no down payments by obtaining an adjustable rate – sometimes called a “teaser” rate. But the percentage points on those rates are climbing, catching homeowners in the bind of being unable to refinance. As many as 2.5 million adjustable-rate mortgages – worth about $600 billion – are expected to jump from “teaser” rates to higher rates this year and next. Last week, the House of Representative approved some relief for homeowners, changing tax law so that debt forgiven to those unable to repay a mortgage would no longer be treated as taxable income. Meanwhile, Democrats are pressing President Bush to appoint a special adviser to coordinate a federal response to the crisis. Sanchez’s bill – supported by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, and George Miller, D-Martinez – would revise the bankruptcy law to help homeowners facing foreclosure by repealing a provision that forbids judges from modifying a home mortgage. Calling the proposal “a measured response to the mortgage crisis,” Sanchez said current law – which allows judges to restructure loans for a vacation home or an investment property but not a primary residence – is “fundamentally unfair.” She said her measure could save up to 600,000 homeowners from foreclosure. While the bill passed a subcommittee on a 5-4 party-line vote, the mortgage industry has vowed to continue fighting it. That’s because industry officials maintain that letting judges rewrite loan terms would destabilize mortgage-backed securities, dry up capital and push up interest rates. “We want to help you, but I do not want to help you to hurt you,” Utah Republican Rep. Chris Cannon said in opposing the measure. Cannon said the measure would hurt would-be homeowners’ ability to buy property in the future – and may even trigger a recession. He called it an “overreaction” to the crisis, adding, “Who stands to benefit from this law? Bankruptcy lawyers.” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, who is on the House Financial Services Committee, said he is still studying the legislation, but cautioned that Congress can’t turn home mortgages into unsecured loans. “Lenders have got to be pushed to work with the borrower,” he said. He also pushed for Senate passage of a measure the House approved earlier this year that raises the limit on the size of loans that Fannie May and Freddie Mac can buy in high-cost areas such as the South Bay. The current limit is $417,000 – too low to help local residents trying to refinance or sell to avoid foreclosure, he said. [email protected] 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe mortgage woes are hitting California particularly hard, with 57,875 of the nation’s 243,947 foreclosures in August filed in the Golden State, according to the Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc. Los Angeles County accounted for nearly 12,000 of the month’s foreclosures. But while legislation moved forward last week to allow judges to modify the terms of a home’s first mortgage in a bankruptcy proceeding, it faced fierce objections from Republicans, who said it would drive up interest rates. Still, with the peak problems linked to rising adjustable rates that are expected to move even higher, pressure is mounting on lawmakers and the Bush administration to take quick action. “I hear from families a lot, families that were stretched to get into their first home,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, who sponsored last week’s measure. “They’re worried.” last_img read more

Protecting you from ID thieves

first_imgConsumers also reported being asked to provide their Social Security number in the past year to a wide variety of other entities, including employers or potential employers (44 percent); insurance companies (36 percent); government agencies other than the IRS or a state tax body (32 percent); a college or another school (28 percent); a service provider such as cable TV or cell phone carrier (26 percent); utilities (17 percent); and a merchant or retailer (16 percent). More than four in 10 Americans (42 percent) have been asked to provide their full or partial Social Security number on the phone or Internet to access goods or services or to verify their identity to customer-service representatives. Fifty-two percent of Americans carry a card in their wallets that displays their number. The poll also found that Americans worry about the widespread availability of Social Security numbers and how businesses are using them. Some 78 percent would prefer not to provide their number, but are concerned about the consequences of refusing to do so, and 91 percent agreed they are more vulnerable to identity theft when a business has their number. Since January 2005, data security breaches have occurred at companies, schools and government agencies involving an estimated 159 million records of sensitive consumer information, often including Social Security numbers. Ninety-eight percent agreed that companies and government agencies should always be required to notify them if a database containing their number has been compromised. Consumers Union has called on legislators to restrict the availability of Social Security numbers to prevent this sensitive information from falling into the hands of identity thieves. The organization recommends that the sale and purchase of the numbers be tightly restricted and that solicitation be prohibited except where required by law or where needed for credit, employment, tax compliance or investment purposes. Go to the Consumer Reports Web site at www.consumerreports.org.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySocial Security numbers are particularly sensitive information because they can provide the key to unlocking a consumer’s financial identity. According to experts from Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, the widespread use of Social Security numbers has made it easier for crooks to commit fraud and contributes to the 10 million cases of identity theft every year. Poll results were based on a telephone survey using a nationally representative sample of 1,016 households of adults ages 18 and older. The poll revealed that 87 percent of consumers have been asked in the past year to provide their Social Security number in whole or in part by a business or government agency. Requests come from a wide variety of businesses for purposes beyond credit, employment or tax compliance. Many requests come from businesses that have no clear need to collect these numbers. Collection and use of Social Security numbers is common. The poll also revealed the following: In the past year, 60 percent of consumers have been asked by a financial institution or retailer issuing credit to provide their Social Security number; 49 percent have been asked to disclose their number to health-care providers. By the Editors of Consumer Reports As Congress and the states consider proposals aimed at reducing identity theft, a poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center reveals that most Americans want lawmakers to restrict the use and availability of Social Security numbers by businesses and government agencies. According to the recent poll, some 89 percent of Americans agree that state and federal lawmakers should pass laws restricting the use of Social Security numbers. Americans routinely are asked for Social Security numbers by businesses and government agencies, a practice that fuels concerns about identity theft. last_img read more

Thousands set to gobble up free Thanksgiving dinners

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Limousine service owner E.J. Jackson told Channel 4 he wanted to show that if he can pull such an event together, “we call can get together to help everybody.” City Councilman Bernard Parks, county Supervisor Yvonne Burke, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson, D-Los Angeles, were among those on hand to help distribute the dinners. “This is a time when all of us who have been able to prosper and do well to give back, and that’s what Thanksgiving’s all about,” Villaraigosa said. “This is our community,” Richardson told NBC4. “We care for our community. And when we work together and really take care of each other, we can have peace in this community. And that’s what you see right now. You don’t see the things we normally see every day that’s going on. So people just deserve a chance to make it.” The Jackson Limousine event was just one of the turkey giveaways held in the Southland today as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Thousands of people in South Los Angeles got their gobblers ready today to receive free Thanksgiving dinner fixings as part of Jackson Limousine Service’s 21st annual turkey giveaway. The food will “help me feed my family,” Jacques Henry told NBC4. “I’ve been living with brain cancer for 12 years now. I can’t work because I have seizures. I’ve been having seizures almost every other day now.” An estimated 3,000 people were lined up along Slauson Avenue before 8 a.m., when the giveaway began. When the event got under way, people who just need a little extra help for the holiday received a package including turkey, potatoes, vegetables and more. More than 8,000 people were expected to receive turkeys by the end of the daylong event. In San Pedro, volunteers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union handed out 80-pound food baskets to more than 1,500 needy families. It was the 10th year the union has held the food giveaway. Later today, Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, is scheduled to give away 200 turkeys at the East L.A. Community Corporation in Boyle Heights. At the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, meanwhile, Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese Cardinal Roger Mahony will serve meals to more than 600 children from Para Los Ninos. 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

JACKSONS’ HOTEL SET FOR WEDDING FAYRE EXTRAVAGANZA

first_imgThe hugely popular Jackson’s Hotel are preparing for their one-day Wedding Fayre Extravaganza which will be held this Sunday.From 1pm – 5pm, you can come along to the Donegal wedding venue and experience its wedding offerings in their full glory.There will be two floors of wedding suppliers ready to help you come a little bit closer to planning your wedding day along with competitions and spot prizes. There will also be a live wedding band showcase and dance demonstrations for your entertainment.Meet Donegal’s leading wedding venue’s experienced team who will guide you through the hotel’s facilities where you can view the exceptional room décor and request a tour of their truly remarkable facilities.Entry to the wedding fayre at Jackson’s Hotel is free and there is ample car parking outside. There will also be complimentary refreshments as well as a warm welcome on the day.Overlooking the River Finn and Drumboe Woods, Jackson’s Hotel is superbly located as Donegal’s best wedding venue. For your special day, Jackson’s Hotel will offer you an unrivalled service, the idyllic wedding venue hosts in excess of 100 weddings a year and is a popular wedding destination for couples both home and abroad.The 70 Year history of Jackson’s Hotel is well known and it is why today the hotel is known as Donegal’s premier wedding venue.The warmth of its Irish welcome, fine wholesome food and their attention to detail will be the focus on your wedding day giving you peace of mind to enjoy a day filled with joy, laughter and many happy memories.SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OFFERJackson’s Hotel have a special offer for newly engaged couples –  stay the Sunday night for only €50 B&B plus a complimentary drink each, subject to availability on 22nd February 2015. Tel +353 (0) 74 9131021 or email [email protected] to make a reservation.. Complete Wedding packages from €39. Civil ceremonies. Caters for guests from 50 -550 people . Reduced accommodation rates for guests. Personal wedding co-ordinatorwww.jacksonshotel.ieJACKSONS’ HOTEL SET FOR WEDDING FAYRE EXTRAVAGANZA was last modified: February 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesJackson’s Hotelnewslast_img read more

Guus Hiddink reveals when Radamel Falcao could return for Chelsea

first_img Falcao has not featured for the Blues since the end of October 1 Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has revealed that Radamel Falcao could return to action after the international break.The Colombian’s season has been plagued by a thigh injury and he has not featured for the Blues since the end of October.However, after an extensive rehabilitation period, Falcao is now closing in on a return and Hiddink thinks he could be involved for Chelsea at the start of April.“As everyone knows Falcao has had a very difficult time with his injuries,” said Hiddink.“He has recovered physically from the injury and now he has to regain his substance and physical fitness.“He’s been training with the first team for 10 days and we’ll see after the international break whether he is fully competitive. We have to wait to see how he reacts to the more intensive training he is undergoing.”last_img read more

Juventus to beat Arsenal with £39million bid for Real Madrid star

first_imgJuventus are readying a £39m summer bid for Arsenal target Isco, according to reports in Italy.The Turin outfit tried to sign the Spanish playmaker last summer and in January but Real Madrid were unwilling to enter negotiations.But now, according to Tuttosport, Real would consider selling the 23-year-old if Juve stump up an offer in the region of £40m.The Italian champions are preparing to splash the cash if they sell Paul Pogba this summer and have put Isco at the top of their priority list.Arsenal’s interest in Isco has dwindled in recent months, with the player struggling to produce his best form for Los Blancos this season. 1 Real Madrid playmaker Isco last_img read more

Exclusive – Alan Smith urges Jamie Vardy to LEAVE Leicester for Arsenal

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Alan Smith has urged Jamie Vardy to follow in his footsteps and quit Leicester for the Gunners.Vardy is currently torn over whether to join the Gunners or stay with the Premier League champions after Arsene Wenger’s side activated the £20m release clause in his contract.Smith was presented with the same dilemma in 1987 when the north London club made their move after five successful years with Leicester.He opted to make the switch and has now told Vardy he should do the same – warning the 29-year-old he may not get another opportunity to play for a club of Arsenal’s standing.Smith, who went to score 115 goals in 264 appearances for Arsenal in an eight-year period, told talkSPORT:  “I know Leicester are in the Champions League but Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the country. “I will probably upset Leicester fans, but my advice is I think he should grab it [the chance to join Arsenal].“The chances are this this kind of opportunity won’t come again and you have got to make the very most of your opportunities during the course of your career.”last_img read more