Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers to make in gameweek 14

first_img Out: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – £8.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Much is being made of United’s current style of football and it certainly doesn’t seem to be suiting Juan Mata. The Spaniard has just one goal (a penalty) and no assists in his last six league appearances. In: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Much is also being made of Liverpool’s current style of football and it certainly does seem to be suiting Philippe Coutinho. Jurgen Klopp’s arrival as manager has revitalised the Brazilian who has now scored four times in his last three matches. In: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £13.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Think we’ve already covered this below… GET HIM BACK! Out: Graziano Pelle (Southampton) – £8.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Graziano Pelle is actually suspended for the Saints’ trip to City this week after accumulating one yellow card too many so far this season. If you need another excuse to get rid of the Italian he’s scored just one goal and recorded no assists in his last five league appearances. It’s probably time to opt for someone in better form… Out: Joe Hart (Manchester City) – £5.7m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, for more advice – Hart was substituted with a hamstring injury after 81 minutes of Manchester City’s Champions League defeat in Turin on Wednesday and looks certain to miss this weekend’s match against Southampton. If you don’t already have suitable backup, you should probably change him. 12 Out: Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City) – £6.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Ten per cent of Fantasy Premier League teams still have Bafetimbi Gomis in them – that’s BAFEling (sorry). You’d assume most of these are people who’ve stopped playing by now, but, if not, then heads need testing! Gomis hasn’t scored since August, get rid of him! 12 In: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – £5.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – It may be controversial, but, based on current form, we have to recommend this Tottenham defender as a replacement for the injured Chelsea captain. (Who’d have thought we’d be saying that six months ago!) Alderweireld scored against West Ham last week and, if Spurs play intelligently this Sunday, he could pick up a clean sheet this weekend. 12 In: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £8.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Talking of players in good form, Romelu Lukaku has scored four in his last three and has every chance of continuing this impressive run given Everton’s nice set of upcoming fixtures. 12 In: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £9.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Harry Kane’s record in London derbies is impressive, his record against Chelsea’s defence at White Hart Lane last year was impressive and pretty much everything else about him is also impressive at the moment. Can the Blues, probably without their captain, keep him quiet? We’ll see. 12 12 12 12 12 Out: John Terry (Chelsea) – £6.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Also injured in midweek was Chelsea’s captain, John Terry. He seems likely to miss the Blues’ showdown with Spurs on Sunday and, even if he does play, is far from guaranteed a clean sheet! 12 In: Tim Howard (Everton) – £5.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – A fitting replacement for Hart would be Everton’s Tim Howard. The Toffees’ upcoming run of fixtures is far from sticky and should allow for some strong defensive performances and clean sheets on Merseyside in the next few weeks. 12 12 Last week we told you to hold off on Sergio Aguero… that didn’t work out too well!The Argentine was forced into an unexpected, early return against Liverpool after Wilfried Bony was ruled out with an injury and, of course, he scored. City were thumped 4-1, as we all know, but Aguero curled in a cracking goal anyway and notched up a few fantasy points following his long-term injury layoff.Now, though, we will not be making the same mistake. We know Manchester City are on the comeback trail following consecutive defeats by Liverpool and Juventus this week, and, as they face Southampton and Swansea in their next two home matches, we can expect Sergio Aguero to be on fire.Also, if Aguero’s £13.1m price tag stretches your budget just that little bit too far we have two other, slightly cheaper, strikers who might take your fancy in this week’s recommendations.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… Out: Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) – £8.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Sergio Aguero is back in the City team and so Wilfried Bony is almost certainly going to be back on the City bench… If he’s fit, that is! last_img read more

Danny Murphy: Liverpool must make these signings this month…

first_imgDanny Murphy has told Jurgen Klopp he must be active in the January transfer window to get Liverpool’s top four challenge back on track.Klopp revealed in December that he is reluctant to make any major signings mid-season as he wants to give the current squad the chance to make their mark.But after seeing his former club start the New Year with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Ham, Murphy says the German must alter his stance and bring in reinforcements.“I am looking at Liverpool to bring in a few because they really need to finish in the top four,” said the ex-England international, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think they need a goalkeeper, a centre-half and maybe if you could get someone in on loan with a bit of pace. Someone you could nick who is not playing in one of the big teams, maybe.“Most importantly, though, they need a centre-half because I think they look vulnerable.”Klopp is expected to make his first signing at Anfield this week, with Marko Grujic on the verge of a £5m move to Merseyside.But the 19-year-old is expected to be loaned back to Red Star Belgrade until the summer before linking up with the Liverpool squad next season.last_img read more

Oil prices soar past $97 a barrel

first_imgNEW YORK – Oil futures jumped to a new record above $97 a barrel Tuesday after bombings in Afghanistan and an attack on a Yemeni oil pipeline compounded the supply concerns that have driven crude prices higher in recent weeks. Those concerns also were fed by a government prediction on Tuesday that domestic oil inventories will fall further this year while consumption rises. At the pump, meanwhile, gas prices keep rising, following oil’s 39percent price rally since August. The national average price of a gallon of gas jumped 2 cents overnight to $3.024 a gallon, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. Separately, the federal Energy Information Administration reported that diesel fuel prices reached a national average of $3.303 a gallon, a new record. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Light, sweet crude for December delivery rose $2.72 to settle at a record $96.70 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday after earlier rising as high as $97.10, a new trading record. Oil’s seemingly relentless climb raises the question of how high energy prices will go. If crude does keep going up, it might be some time until consumers see relief at the pump. Some analysts predict prices could rise as high as $3.50 to $4 a gallon next summer. The Energy Information Administration predicts gas prices will remain above $2.90 a gallon for the rest of the year, and will set a new record national average of $3.235 a gallon by May. In May 2007, prices peaked at $3.227 a gallon as refiners, faced with a series of unexpected outages, struggled to produce enough gas to meet demand. Meanwhile, estimates of where oil is headed from here range from $50 a barrel to $120. Some analysts believe supplies will get tighter as the year wears on, supporting prices. Others argue that prices have been driven artificially higher by speculative investing. The EIA expects crude oil prices to rise from an average of $71.36 a barrel this year to $79.92 a barrel next year. On Tuesday, oil was already up before news of the blasts in northern Afghanistan that killed 28 people and the attack in Yemen. Severe weather forecasts for the North Sea, expectations that domestic crude supplies fell last week and the weak dollar all contributed to the latest move upward.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

Reagan library suffers from shoddy accounting system, auditors say

first_img“By law, the historic artifacts at the Presidential Libraries are property of the American people. The National Archives is entrusted with the responsibility of preserving these important objects for future generations,” Frederick Ryan, chairman of the board of trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, said in a statement. Ryan noted he had contacted Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and urged him to “move swiftly in addressing all of the shortcomings identified in the report.” Historians, meanwhile, said they found the situation troubling but were thankful that reams of historical documents at the library remained safe. “We focus totally on papers, and my experience has been that they (the museum staffers) are very careful about those,” said Martin Anderson, an economist and former Reagan policy adviser who has since written several books about the 40th president. “They do a tremendous job of keeping track of documents,” Anderson said. “In terms of belt buckles, I don’t know.” Museum artifacts include an extensive collection of belt buckles given to Reagan over the years that are feared to be among the missing items. Ron Robinson, president of the Young America’s Foundation that oversees Reagan’s ranch in Santa Barbara, called the investigation’s findings “very serious,” but said he is optimistic the items have simply been misplaced. Taking a Reagan-esque swipe at big government, Robinson joked, “Conservatives have always felt that private owners take better care of their property.” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach and a former Reagan speechwriter, said if the items have been stolen, he can understand the thief’s urge to pilfer a piece of the era. He noted that one of his own mementos – a picture of Reagan on Air Force One demonstrating how punches were performed in the movies – disappeared from his office one day. “I think there’s some people out there that Reagan is such a monumental figure that when they see something that is attached to him they feel like they’re getting a piece of history,” Rohrabacher said. “Missing memorabilia adds to the mystique of the Reagan years.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com 202-662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, whose home is just a few hundred yards from the library, said he spent the day making calls about the items. While he acknowledged that the library must improve its system of controls, Gallegly said he is waiting for a more complete account of the situation. “This is a very serious issue, and I don’t think any of us is taking it lightly. At the same time, we have to be careful not to make assumptions,” he said. “We’ve got to find out whether the numbers are real, or whether there is clear evidence that something has been stolen.” Museum officials said they were concerned and disappointed by the audit results. WASHINGTON – Federal auditors on Thursday downplayed a recently concluded investigation that found that thousands of mementos belonging to former President Ronald Reagan may be missing. The investigation found that the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley suffers from a shoddy accounting system and said officials were able to locate only 20,000 of about 100,000 Reagan items. “This does not automatically mean the approximately 80,000 remaining items are missing,” Paul Brachfeld, inspector general of the National Archives and Record Administration, said in a statement. “The vast majority may very well be safely located within the library’s storage facilities. Some of these items may be missing or stolen, or none of these items may be missing or stolen.” last_img read more

$52-a-parcel tax proposed for transportation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I want to see us not only build a subway to the sea, but subways from the Valley to downtown, down to San Pedro, everywhere in the city,” LaBonge said. LaBonge said he does not yet have a specific plan and has not prepared a proposal to submit the parcel tax to other jurisdictions in the county and to place it on a ballot for voter approval. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who introduced a proposal for a transportation mission statement, said it is designed to broaden transportation improvements. “We will continue to do the left-turn lanes and the traffic signals and all the other short-term solutions, but we need to also look at what we can do long-term, so we have a plan in place that we can tell state and federal officials how we will use the money,” Greuel said. LaBonge also called for a regional summit to include representatives from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties to cooperate on transportation planning. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge said Wednesday that he will call for a countywide parcel tax, designed to raise $1.7 billion, to help make long-term improvements to the region’s transportation system. The proposal came as the council’s Transportation Committee recommended approval of an 18-month process to develop a 20-year transportation plan. But officials said the tax proposal would need support from all cities within Los Angeles County, as well as from county supervisors. Holding up a $1 bill, LaBonge said he will propose the countywide parcel tax of $52 to fund solutions to traffic congestion. Coupled with that, he said, officials would seek to lift a ban on heavy-rail construction that has constrained transit planners. Councilman Richard Alarc n said the city has been hampered by not having a strategic plan to present to state and federal officials when they determine transit funding. “We need to be city-centric in our planning, but we also need to develop support around the region,” Alarc n said. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want 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

American Airlines’ plan to sell Eagle lifts shares

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DALLAS – The parent of American Airlines said Wednesday it plans to sell or spin off its American Eagle regional carrier next year. Its shares rose 6.9 percent. Investors have been pressing AMR Corp. to sell the regional airline and other assets, moves they say could raise money and lift AMR’s stock price. American Airlines is the nation’s biggest airline. The industry has been under pressure from record fuel prices. But AMR has posted six straight profitable quarters as planes were more full and passengers paid higher average fares. Analysts said it was too early to put a price on American Eagle, but that high fuel costs could make it hard to get top dollar. American Eagle operates planes that connect American Airlines hubs such as Dallas-Fort Worth with smaller cities. It has about 300 planes and operates about 1,700 daily flights to more than 150 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It generates annual revenue of about $2.3 billion. Fort Worth-based AMR said in a statement that it is still studying whether to spin off Eagle to AMR shareholders, sell to a third party or divest the carrier in some other way. Although planned for 2008, the timing of the divestiture could be affected by economic, industry and financial-market conditions, the company said. AMR said divesting Eagle “is in the best interests of AMR and its shareholders.”last_img read more

Zine responds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLos Angeles City Council A new kind of jail Sheriff Lee Baca wants $400 million to $800 million to build a new “state-of-the-art” jail to replace the aging Men’s Central Jail. Maybe the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors could just order Baca to get plans from Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix on how to build a new jail. Contact the military, order some “state-of-the-art” tents and chain-link fence, along with some pink jail outfits and plenty of peanut butter and bologna for “state-of-the-art” meals. So far this has worked fine for Arizona, with even the American Civil Liberties Union remaining quiet. Sheriff Arpaio said, “If the tents are good enough for our troops, they are good enough for the inmates.” There is plenty of vacant land in L.A. County to build this new jail at a savings of millions. How about that, Sheriff Baca? – Kevin Eliason Santa Clarita Higher standard Government workers are paid a higher wage and given more benefits because, we are told, they are the best of the best. These workers are so in demand that we have to pony up extra bucks to attract them. When some of these same employees break the law by using their position for financial gain, they are treated with kid gloves. Time and again we hear the a government employee is on “paid administrative leave” until the charges are sorted out against that person. Government employees are paid to a higher standard and should be held to a higher standard as well. Stealing from the government is stealing from the public. When government employees are found to have broken the law, they should immediately be taken off the payroll and prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law. They should also forfeit all pension and health-care benefits. The best of the best should suffer the best of the best of our laws. – Bill Merriman Tujunga School tragedy What is wrong with our school system these days? Recently one of Saugus High’s honor students was kicked out for not living in the area. She was a cheerleader and a straight-A student. Does the school board have nothing else to do than to listen to a very jealous cheerleader who wanted that girl out? The student spent all her savings on the uniforms and is so upset that the family is thinking of therapy. The girl lives in Aqua Dulce and now will have to go to Aqua Dulce High, which is a school that nobody should have to go to. Another great kid wasted by stupid rules. – Terese Manzano Santa Clarita An NFL slap The National Football League will allow a moment of silence for slain football player Sean Taylor this weekend, but can’t take a moment to play the national anthem to honor our brave men and women in the military during the Pittsburgh Steelers/Miami Dolphins football game because of corporate greed. This will not go unnoticed by our troops. This is just another slap at the brave men and women who are fighting and dying. – Jerry Pennington Van Nuys Believer replies Re “He’s changed” (Letters, Nov. 27): Maybe Morris Schorr believes God is untrustworthy because Schorr doesn’t believe in him. I have no problem with God. I’ll take him over anything else any day. Also, the motto “In God We Trust” is on the other side of the presidential coins. -Luella Noonan Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “…and phony charity” (Our opinions, Nov. 20): What the Daily News failed to report is that if I “reject” this raise (which I did not ask for), the money will not be disbursed into the city’s general fund, where it is sorely needed, but to my general office account. I redirected the money toward charitable organizations that could make good use of my contribution for their worthy causes. Yes, I benefit from the increase by a tax deduction and goodwill with my community. The charity will also benefit financially. There’s nothing “phony” about it. – Councilman Dennis P. Zine last_img read more

TWO MORE SHOPS CLOSE DOWN IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgLetterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterTWO more shops have closed in Letterkenny – but it’s not all bad news.Classic Casuals and Unique have pulled down the shutters for the last time at Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Classic Casuals’ well-known outlet on the town’s Main Street is still open and trading well. Toni Forrester, chief executive of Letterkenny Chamber, said there was mixed news in the town.She said it was sad that more jobs had been lost, but insisted the Chamber is working around the clock to promote Letterkenny.Ms Forrester also revealed that the Shop LK inititive had been a huge success – with €500,000 worth of vouchers sold since its launch just over four years ago.“It is always sad when a business closes because of the impact on those who own the business and their employees,” she said. “There is definitely mixed news in retail with footfall down and spend per customer down but there is also excellent value for money and we are promoting the town wherever and whenever we can.“The Shop LK vouchers scheme has been a massive success because that shows people are shopping locally and when people do shop locally, they are supporting and creating local jobs.”TWO MORE SHOPS CLOSE DOWN IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

18 JOBS LOST AS ATLANTIC HOMECARE ANNOUNCES LETTERKENNY CLOSURE

first_imgAtlantic Homecare in Letterkenny  is to close with the loss of 18 jobs, donegaldaily.com was told this morning.Following a staff meeting, the company issued a statement to us revealing that the outlet has not been viable for some time.The company said it couldn’t offer a profitable future for the business as sales projections are not adequate to make the Letterkenny store sustainable. The statement from the company by saying it had decided to close the Letterkenny store from this June.Later this morning a company source: “The DIY trade is, like everything else, in dire straits.“Footfall is way down and spend her customer was non-existent.”There had been a hope that the DIY trade would benefit in some small way from the downturn as people decided to improve their existing homes instead of moving. But the futher deteriorating of the market has made trading worse.In Letterkenny Atlantic had to compete with a number of locally-owned DIY businesses as well as the British chain Homebase. The latter company has recently pegged its Irish prices to its sterling prices, making it more competitive.18 JOBS LOST AS ATLANTIC HOMECARE ANNOUNCES LETTERKENNY CLOSURE was last modified: March 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

FAMOUS DONEGAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW MAY BE CANCELLED AFTER PERMISSION STALLS

first_imgSome of the many crowds who attended last year’s Ardara Show.The 2015 Ardara Show, scheduled for August 8th, one of the key agricultural events in the county is in doubt, as permission to use the existing Sandfield Show area site has not been received.The area in question is controlled by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and is a designated special area of conservation. The Ardara show has been held within the scenic area for the past three years.However, due to an independent 150 page Natura Impact Study, commissioned by the NPWS, it is recommending that the Show does not take place in the conservation area of Sheskinmore nature reserve.The Ardara show, which has taken place over three centuries, moved to Sandfield after the longstanding site near the town centre was becoming a Health and Safety issue due to the growth of the Show itself. Show Chairman, Cathal Mooney, said: “Sandfield has provided a much larger and drier area, together with separate car parking, making the area a safer place to run the show for all concerned. It has also allowed the show to expand events during the past three years making it one of the largest Shows in the county bringing in much needed revenue to the town of Ardara and the surrounding area.”The decision has been appealed to the Department of Arts, Heritage and Wildlife and the Ardara Show is awaiting a favourable outcome. “We are indebted to Minister Joe McHugh and Deputy Dinny McGinley who are working tirelessly on the Show committee’s behalf,” said secretary Tracey McGill.FAMOUS DONEGAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW MAY BE CANCELLED AFTER PERMISSION STALLS was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalpermissionRadar Showlast_img read more