1 It was all going so well for Fantasy Premier League managers.This season Riyad Mahrez, the Leicester City midfielder has scored five goals, rewarding teams with countless points in the process.So it was a surprise when Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri named him on the substitute’s bench for the match against Norwich, with many opting for him as captain (double points are awarded to the skipper).Below is some of the funniest reaction. Riyad Mahrez has won fantasy Premier League managers countless points
Arsene Wenger has heralded Mesut Ozil as “absolutely unbelievable” as Arsenal’s record signing continues to impress this season.The 27-year-old has himself said he is currently playing the best football since his big-money move to the Emirates Stadium in 2013, having already laid on 13 assists for the Gunners.Ozil, a 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, has picked up the club’s player of the month award for both October and November and Wenger will be hoping his purple patch can continue over the festive period.And while Wenger praised his ability to open up opponents, he was also keen to point out how Ozil has improved at the less attractive things in his game.“I think he has become an absolutely unbelievable player,” he said of the playmaker.“Ozil is the main provider in our team and in the league. He has 13 assists in the league.“Players who can make you score are very difficult to find and have something special on the vision front and on the technical quality.“That is what Mesut is about. But he is also about, and people forget this many times, in his way an exceptional fighter.“He runs much more and covers the distances during the game.“He has added runs into the box now.“You watch how many times he’s in the box compared to what he did before.” 1 Mesut Ozil
Abdoul Camara Derby are closing in on a deal to sign Angers playmaker Abdoul Camara, according to reports in France.The 25-year-old has caught the eye of the Championship side having impressed in 17 Ligue 1 outings this term.Le10Sport claim that the terms on a £1.25m deal are close to being agreed with Camara set to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal.The Guinean midfielder has spent most of his career in the French leagues and has racked up 91 top-flight appearances.He also played 13 times for PAOK in the Greek Super League and six times for Real Mallorca in the Spanish second-tier.And promotion-chasing Derby will be hoping that his wealth of experience can boost their chances of making it back to the Premier League. 1
Yaya Toure’s agent has claimed Pep Guardiola is over-rated as a manager and admitted his concern he would look to get rid of the 32-year-old should he take over at Manchester City.The Bayern Munich boss, who is favourite to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season after revealing he wants to work in the Premier League, sold Toure when the pair were at Barcelona.Dimitri Seluk told the Sunday Mirror: “Pep is a great coach. But he has won the title at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players.“I’d like to see Pep take a club that is eighth or ninth and make them champions.Guardiola sold Toure to City in 2010, the Ivorian not fitting into his plans for Barcelona.Seluk added: “I don’t know what Guardiola’s plans are, but – after what happened at Barcelona – of course it is a worry that when he comes Yaya will be out.“I hope not and Yaya hopes not.” Pep Guardiola takes Bayern Munich training 1
1 Arsene Wenger believes it is Luis Suarez who is making Barcelona tick as he prepares his Arsenal team to face the reigning European champions on Tuesday night.The Uruguay forward scored his 41st goal of the season in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Las Palmas on Saturday and is part of a formidable attacking trio at the Nou Camp, alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.But, if things had worked out differently, the 29-year-old could have been running out for the Gunners on Tuesday after the club failed in a bid to sign Suarez from Premier League rivals Liverpool in 2013 before he moved to Spain 12 months later.While Messi, the world player of the year, and Neymar will again command attention at the Emirates Stadium – arguably more eyes will be on Suarez following his stint in England and the history of the failed £40million plus £1 bid lodged by Arsenal.And Wenger, too, feels Suarez has brought something new to Barcelona which has helped them to reach new heights under Luis Enrique.Asked if he ever thinks ‘what if’ he had signed Suarez, Wenger replied: “Not now. It happened to me before but not now.“He’s a player there and we have to keep him quiet on Tuesday night. We have to analyse what we do and do it well and together. Individually all their players are difficult to stop. We have to find a way to do it collectively.“Camaraderie. I believe Suarez gives that to a team. He did it at Liverpool, he did it playing with Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan (for Uruguay) and did it well.“Suarez is the kind of guy who manages to create that spirit in teams. I believe that apart from the individual talent the three have, they have a good understanding and cohesion.“They have a great solidarity. I have seen that Messi gave the ball to Suarez (from a penalty) because he wanted him to be the best goalscorer.“When you see someone like Messi, who could score his 300th goal, give the ball to Suarez when he had the opportunity to score goal 300, that means there’s really something in there.”While Suarez slipped through Wenger’s grasp, the Arsenal boss did manage to get his man from Barcelona as he signed Alexis Sanchez in 2014.The Chile international has been one of Wenger’s key men since his arrival but has struggled to rediscover his form of late after missing the festive schedule with a hamstring injury.Wenger admits the 27-year-old is still feeling his way back but insists he will be ready to show his former club what they are missing over the upcoming tie after another lacklustre display off the bench in Saturday’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at home to Hull.“Don’t worry about Tuesday, he’ll be tuned in,” he said.“I think it’s more focus. Sanchez – I don’t think he was completely ready to come on. It looked like that but he grows with the game.“He has a game based on risk and so when he’s not completely, completely highly tuned in it becomes dangerous.”Sanchez is likely to start the game on Tuesday while the likes of Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are also set to return having been rested completely at the weekend. Luis Suarez
Borussia Dortmund host Tottenham Hotspur at Signal Iduna Park in the Europa League, kick off 18:00 GMT, and it’s live on talkSPORT.It’s perhaps the toughest draw of the competition, with both sides competing for the title in their respective top flights and eager to go all the way in Europe.BVB manager Thomas Tuchel’s squad is almost at full strength – Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the only notable casualty – and a strong starting line up is therefore expected.Could Shinji Kagawa return having missed the goalless draw with Bayern Munich at the weekend? Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Dortmund XI v Tottenham by viewing the slideshow above. 11. Marco Reus (left wing) 26. Lukasz Piszczek (right back) 11 29. Marcel Schemlzer (left back) 33. Julian Weigl (centre midfield) 11 10. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right wing) 11 1. Roman Weidenfeller (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 17. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (striker) 11 11 11 23. Shinji Kagawa (attacking midfield) 11 8. Ilkay Gundogan (centre midfield) 11 6. Sven Bender (centre back) 15. Mats Hummels (centre back) 11
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But arriving here already rich and in love with the landscape, he said, also means his profit motive is different. “A lot of it is more for fun than for making money,” said Foley, who estimates he has invested about $125 million in Montana in the past few years, mostly in real estate. The rise of a new landed gentry in the West is partly another expression of gilded age economics in America; the superwealthy elite wades ashore where it will. With the timber industry in steep decline, recreation is pushing aside logging as the biggest undertaking in the national forests and grasslands, making nearby private tracts more desirable and valuable to people who enjoy outdoor activities and ample elbow room and who have the means to take title to what they want. Some old-line logging companies, including Plum Creek Timber, the country’s largest private landowner, are cashing in, putting tens of thousands of wooded acres on the market from Montana to Oregon. Plum Creek, which owns about 1.2 million acres here in Montana alone, is getting up to $29,000 an acre for land that was worth perhaps $500 an acre for timber-cutting. WHITEFISH, Mont. – William P. Foley II pointed to the mountain. Owns it, mostly. A timber company began logging in view of his front yard a few years back. He thought they were cutting too much, so he bought the land. Foley belongs to a new wave of investors and landowners across the American West who are snapping up open spaces as private playgrounds on the borders of national parks and national forests. In style and temperament, this new money differs greatly from the Western land barons of old – the timber magnates, copper kings and cattlemen who created the extraction-based economy that dominated the region for a century. Foley, 62, standing by his private pond, his horses grazing in the distance, proudly calls himself a conservationist who wants Montana to stay as wild as possible. That does not mean no development and no profit. Foley, the chairman of a major title insurance company, Fidelity National Financial, also owns a chain of Montana restaurants, a ski resort and a huge cattle ranch on which he is building homes. “Everybody wants to buy a 640-acre section of forest that’s next to the U.S. Forest Service or one of the wilderness areas,” said Plum Creek’s president and chief executive, Rick Holley. As a result, population is surging in areas surrounding national forests and national parks, with open spaces being carved up into sprawling wooded plots, enough for a house and no nosy neighbors. Here in Flathead County, on the western edge of Glacier National Park, the number of real estate transactions, mostly for open land, rose by 30 percent from 2003 to 2006, according to state figures. The county’s population is up 44 percent since 1990.The U.S. Forest Service projects that over the next 25 years, an area the size of Maine – all of it bordering the national forests and grasslands – will face development pressure and increased housing density. But the equally important force is the change in ownership. According to a Forest Service study, not yet published, more than 1.1 million new families became owners of an acre or more of private forest from 1993 to 2006 in the lower 48 states, a 12 percent increase. And almost all the net growth, about 7 million acres, was in the Rocky Mountain region. Institutions, pension funds and real estate investment trusts have been particularly aggressive buyers. Over the last 10 years, at least 40 million acres of private forest land have changed hands nationwide, according to Bob Izlar, the director of the Center for Forest Business at the University of Georgia. It is a turnover that Izlar said was unmatched at least since the Great Depression. In ways that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago, environmentalists and representatives of the timber industry are reaching across the table, drafting plans that would get loggers back into the national forests in exchange for agreements that would set aside certain areas for protection.
Mitt Romney is an intelligent man who sometimes seems eager to find bushel baskets under which to hide his light. Romney faults Rudy Giuliani for opposing the presidential line-item veto. But Giuliani doesn’t, unfortunately. The facts – not that they loom large in this skirmish – are: When in 1997 Bill Clinton used the line-item veto, with which Congress had just armed him, to cancel $200 million for New York state, Giuliani harried Clinton all the way to the Supreme Court. It agreed with Giuliani that the line-item veto was an unconstitutional violation of the “presentment” clause. Today, Giuliani says, in defense of what does not need defending (his defense of the Constitution), that he favors amending the Constitution to give presidents such a veto, thereby substantially augmenting what should not be further augmented – presidential power. In 1996, when a Republican-controlled Congress tried by statute to give Clinton and subsequent presidents a line-item veto, Pat Moynihan’s intervention in the Senate debate began: “I rise in the serene confidence that this measure is constitutionally doomed.” He was vindicated because the Constitution says “every bill” passed by Congress shall be “presented” to the president, who shall sign “it” or return “it” with his objections. The antecedent of the pronoun is the bill, not bits of it. Forty-three governors have, and most presidents have coveted, the power to have something other than an all-or-nothing choice when presented with appropriations bills. This did not matter in 1789, when the only appropriations bill passed by the First Congress could have been typed double-space on a single sheet of paper. But 199 years later, President Reagan displayed a 43-pound, 3,296-page bill as an argument for a line-item veto. Today’s gargantuan government, its 10 thumbs into everything, routinely generates elephantine appropriations bills. After a century of the growth of presidential power, and after eight years of especially aggressive assertions of presidential prerogatives, it would be unseemly to intensify this tendency with a line-item veto. Conservatives used to be the designated worriers about the evolution of the presidency into the engine of grandiose government. They should visit the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives building on Constitution Avenue. There the Constitution is displayed under four large glass plates. Almost half of the glass is required to cover just Article One. That concerns the legislative branch, which is the government’s “first branch” for a reason. A polite assessment of Romney’s – and Giuliani’s – enthusiasm for a line-item veto would resemble a 19th-century scholar’s assessment of a rival’s translation of Plato: “The best translation of a Greek philosopher which has ever been executed by a person who understood neither philosophy nor Greek.” George Will’s e-mail address is [email protected] 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But were a president empowered to cancel provisions of legislation, what he would be doing would be indistinguishable from legislating. He would be making, rather than executing, laws and the separation of powers would be violated. Furthermore, when presidents truncated bills by removing items, they often would vitiate the will of Congress. Frequently, congressional majorities could not have been cobbled together for bills if they had not included some provisions that presidents later removed. The line-item veto expresses liberalism’s faith in top-down government and the watery Caesarism that has produced today’s inflated presidency. Liberalism assumes that executive branch experts, free from parochial constituencies, know, as Congress does not, what is good for the nation “as a whole.” This is contrary to the public philosophy of James Madison’s “extensive” republic with its many regions and myriad interests. If Romney thinks a line-item veto would be a major force for federal frugality, he is mistaken. Gov. Reagan used his line-item veto to trim, on average, only about 2percent from California’s budgets. And much larger proportions of state budgets than of the federal budget are susceptible to such vetoes. Sixty-one percent of the federal budget goes to entitlements and to interest payments on government borrowing, neither of which can be vetoed. Another 21 percent goes to defense and homeland security. Realistically, the line-item veto probably would be pertinent to less than 20 percent of the budget. And the line-item veto might result in increased spending. Legislators would have even less conscience about packing the budget with pork, because they could get credit for putting in what presidents would be responsible for taking out. Presidents, however, might use the pork for bargaining, saying to individual legislators: If you support me on this and that, I will not veto the bike path you named for your Aunt Emma.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re in the midst of a real dogfight to save as many structures as we can,” Steve Seltzner, U.S. Forest Service battalion chief, said around 12:30 p.m. in Running Springs. “We’re losing structures even as we speak.” Some hardy souls stayed behind, though. Kishore Ramlagan, owner of the 5 Point General Store in Twin Peaks, has kept the store open for emergency service workers and remaining residents. He has a Subway sandwich shop in the store and let emergency workers come in and make sandwiches as well as drink coffee, all for free. “It’s not the money, it’s more of a community service,” Ramlagan said. Emergency responders evacuated patients from Mountains Community Hospital, which is located off Highway 173 on the northeast side of Lake Arrowhead. Heavy smoke from the Grass Valley Fire enveloped the hospital as the evacuation began, but the emergency room stayed open. “The sheriff says it’s time to go,” said Ed Pallette, the hospital’s chief of staff. “We’ve been watching this for quite some time.” Pallette said he was waiting for ambulances to take four acutely ill patients to Loma Linda University Medical Center. About a dozen more patients were going to be transported to a skilled nursing facility in Redlands. SOME SUCCESS With a mobile phone pressed firmly to his ear, Steve Hauer stood on a wooden deck as the Slide Fire burned all around his family’s beloved mountain cabin. Once more, firefighters struggled to hold back the relentless blaze that threatened the 5,200-square-foot home built on eight acres of steep terrain. “They’re saving it again!” Hauer, a retired law-enforcement officer who lives in Highland, shouted into the phone around 2:45 p.m. “I don’t believe it.” It was a rare moment of good news for the homes in Running Springs, where firefighters lost battle after battle to the blaze. “It just keeps eating up the structures,” said David Johnson, who was with a fire crew from Oak Glen in the Fredalba neighborhood. “We’re trying to corral it to save as many as we can.” Officials feared the erratic wind could propel the Slide Fire down the mountain and into the East Highlands Ranch. Residents east of Highway 330, north of Highland Avenue and west of Weaver Street were told to make preparations in case the roaring Santa Ana winds changed direction and flames rushed down the mountain toward their homes. “We’re going to watch what the winds do,” said Mary Stock, battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Highland station. “If the winds don’t pick up and we get the marine layer coming in, that will change things so we don’t need to have mandatory evacuations,” Stock said. “As long as the winds aren’t pushing from Running Springs into Highland, we’re feeling pretty good.” Homeowners received calls Tuesday from an emergency message system advising them to prepare to leave the area. One woman arrived at the fire station and asked what she should do. “As soon as it comes over that ridge, it will probably become a mandatory evacuation,” a firefighter said, pointing to a smoke-choked hill in the distance. “Now’s the time to get your stuff together and get ready.” Homeowners experienced a similar concern four years ago when the Old Fire came close to East Highlands Ranch, a master-planned community of two-story homes selling for $500,000 and up. “We went through this in the Old Fire,” said Valerie Parmenter, a 56-year-old Evans Lane resident who lived in another part of the community four years ago. “We were evacuated. It was an emotional trauma and it was nerve-racking. We stood there and waited to see if our house was going to survive.” PAINFUL REMINDER It was memories of another arson fire that made it hard on some members of the U.S. Forest Service. The one-year anniversary of the deadly Esperanza Fire is Friday, and it haunted firefighters as they struggled to control an unpredictable blaze. “There’s a certain personal aspect of it while we are out here fighting a fire, but we muscle up and do what needs to be done,” said Seltzner, the Forest Service battalion chief, as he fought back tears. The Esperanza Fire ignited on Oct. 26, 2006, near Cabazon. It killed five firefighters who were overwhelmed by flames as they tried to defend a rural home. It burned more than 40,000 acres and destroyed 34 homes. As darkness arrived, the winds were calm on Fairway Drive near Twin Peaks where a nine-man hand crew of firefighters battled hot spots on the eastern edge of the Grass Valley Fire in a canyon about 200 yards below. Eric Petterson, division supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service, stood behind a white house stained pink with fire retardant that was spared the flames. Patches of scorched vegetation, however, were visible at the rear of the home. “The winds have held off so the (fire) behavior is significantly moderated today,” Petterson said. “We’re still short on resources so it still has a lot of open line and it still has a lot of potential.” Petterson also said the firefighters still need more bulldozers or hand crews to cut line. However, he was confident in the line between the fire and Grass Valley and Lake Arrowhead areas but if the wind picks up the fire could blow downwind, which was at the time blowing lightly toward the Crestline area. Staff writers Matt Wrye, Jason Pesick, Stephen Wall, Robert Rogers and Selicia Kennedy-Ross, contributed to this report. RUNNING SPRINGS – Firefighters struggled Wednesday to stop twin blazes that have turned the San Bernardino Mountains into a chaotic, smoldering mess of fire, smoke and ash. Residents have fled their homes, schools have closed, a mountain hospital was evacuated and the air quality has become dangerous from the dry, acrid smoke. Together, the Slide Fire and the Grass Valley Fire have destroyed at least 300 homes in the San Bernardino Mountains and left fire officials concerned of a repeat performance of the Old Fire of 2003 that burned down the hillside into the city of San Bernardino. This time, the concern is for Highland, where voluntary evacuations were called early Tuesday afternoon. EVACUATIONS GROW Locally, mandatory evacuations were called from Crestline to Snow Valley – a 19-mile stretch of two-lane road that runs along the rim of the San Bernardinos. The reason was simple. The fires just ran through communities like Running Springs.
DD EXCLUSIVE: One of Donegal’s best-known furniture stores is to go into liguidation this evening (Saturday) with the loss of 50 jobs, Donegaldaily.com can reveal.Flanagan’s Furniture will cease trading at 6pm and a receiver has been appointed to the store.Queues of people were calling to the company’s Buncrana outlet all day as news of the closure spread. The store’s car park was closed put people could still enter the store where discounts on much of the furniture were being offered.Flanagans, which is 65 years old, was one of the most well-known and respected businesses across the country and was operated by owner Brian Flanagan.A spokesman for the store told Donegaldaily.com that as of 6pm today all the company’s assets would be frozen.Anybody with vouchers for the store have been advised to contact the store next week where the phones will still be manned. The employee added “This is a bit of a disaster. Brian has been working so hard to keep the store open but in the end he couldn’t.“People have been coming here all day saying they were sorry to Brian and the rest of the staff.“Many people have been up really good relationships with the store over the years and now it ends like this.“It couldn’t come at a worse time for the 50 or so staff just before Christmas,” she added.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved. This story will probably be nicked at some stage. But you get all the BIG stories FIRST right here on donegaldaily.com. The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySHOCK AS FAMOUS DONEGAL FURNITURE STORE GOES INTO LIQUIDATION was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 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:Flanagan’s Furnitureliquidation