Walcott wants to replace Rooney as England’s leading man

first_img1 Theo Walcott Theo Walcott is ready to step into Wayne Rooney’s shoes and lead the line for England against Estonia.Rooney is a doubt for Friday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley after the Manchester United striker picked up ankle injury.That could open the door to Walcott playing as a centre-forward for the Three Lions – something he would relish.The 26-year-old has impressed for Arsenal in his favoured position but has only ever featured out wide for his country.“Being Wayne he always wants to represent his country,” Walcott told a press conference.“If he can’t – and he’s obviously got a little knock, we’ll know tomorrow if he’s able to train – the manager will make the decision.“Playing there (up front) for England, that’s what I want to do.“You want to represent your country and I know everyone would like to see me up front, but whether it’s on the left or right… there’s an opportunity there definitely.”last_img read more

Wales to take on the Netherlands in Cardiff friendly ahead of Euro 2016 finals

first_img Chris Ramsey 1 Wales will play the Netherlands in a Cardiff friendly next month as part of their build-up towards Euro 2016.There had been talk that the game would be played at the 74,500-capacity Millennium Stadium but the Football Association of Wales has announced it will be staged at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, November 13.Manager Chris Coleman had wanted to play strong opposition after qualifying for next summer’s European Championship in France and revealed earlier this month that Italy were among the countries to turn down the offer of a friendly against Wales.The Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup finals but failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their group behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.The two countries last met in June 2014 when the Netherlands won 2-0 at the Amsterdam Arena in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.“We produced an excellent display when we last met the Netherlands,” Wales manager Chris Coleman told the official FAW website.“We look forward to welcoming the Dutch to Cardiff for what I’m sure will prove to be a valuable and entertaining match as we begin preparations for Euro 2016 in France.”Wales ended their 58-wait to play at a major tournament when they qualified for Euro 2016 earlier this month.last_img read more

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits he still doesn’t know Anthony Martial’s best position

first_img Louis van Gaal has confessed his concern over the current form of Manchester United, and has admitted that he is still unsure over Anthony Martial’s best position. 1 Louis van Gaal has confessed his concern over the current form of Manchester United, and has admitted that he is still unsure over Anthony Martial’s best position.It’s now three games that the Red Devils have failed to score after they drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.And frustration very much remains over van Gaal’s attacking choices.Martial, signed for a potential £58million in the summer transfer window, again started on the left wing to allow Wayne Rooney to start up front – a decision that has predictably been met with criticism, as United failed to impress in the final third.“Of course (I’m concerned),” van Gaal said. “But when you are not creating so many chances I cannot complain.“After Middlesbrough (on Wednesday) we had created a lot of chances to finish, and then it is more concerning, but nevertheless today we had chances we could finish and then you win this game. That is our history until now, we have to improve that.“It was obvious that Crystal Palace started very well, they won every second or third ball and kept the pressure on us. The chance Ander Herrera had in the first half, you have to finish. We didn’t finish that.“In the second half, Palace were maybe more aggressive than the first half. We don’t develop our positional game and then you cannot create chances, you keep always the pressure on our goal. “(But) I cannot see that (United’s players) are lacking confidence. When I see their characters I don’t think they doubt their quality. It can change in one match.“We don’t know (Martial’s best position) yet because he played always in Monaco as a left winger; as manager I have to see what is the best balance in the team.“That’s not so simple, so I have to decide every week dependable on the game plan and qualities of opponent, and so on. In Monaco he played more or less always on the left wing.”last_img read more

Liverpool youngster convinced he can ‘push through’ and make it at Anfield

first_img1 Liverpool youngster Samed Yesil is convinced he has the ability to make an impact at Anfield.The 21-year-old German is currently on loan at Swiss side FC Luzern, who are managed by former Red Marcus Babbel.Yesil has made just two senior appearances for the Kop club since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 but believes the experience he is gaining in Switzerland will help him catch Jurgen Klopp’s eye.“I know my quality and trust myself, I’ll push through there [Liverpool]. But for now, it is about collecting match practice with Luzern,” Yesil told Bild. Liverpool youngster Samed Yesil last_img read more

Ins, outs of Roth IRA withdrawal

first_imgA: You can put the money back but you can’t wait that long. Provided you follow the rules, money withdrawn from an IRA generally can be put back or “rolled over” into the same or another IRA, preserving its tax-favored status. But you must put the money back within 60 days. Also, you cannot do such an out-and-back-in rollover more than once every 12 months per IRA account. And you can’t put back money you withdraw as part of an IRA required minimum distribution. By taking advantage of the 60-day rule, however, it is possible to tap money in your IRA for short-term emergencies and still keep your retirement account fully funded. After 60 days, however, the withdrawal is considered permanent and the money can’t be put back. At least with a Roth IRA, withdrawals of direct contributions “are always tax-free and penalty free at any time and for any reason,” emphasized Ed Slott, a certified public accountant in Rockville Centre, N.Y. who publishes a newsletter on IRAs. Even so, if you don’t put the Roth IRA money back in time you will no longer have it growing potentially tax-free for your retirement. With a traditional deductible IRA, the consequences of blowing the 60-day deadline are more severe. All the money withdrawn would be subject to tax plus a possible 10 percent penalty for those under 59 and a half. The 60-day deadline also applies if your intent is simply to move your IRA from one custodian to another (for example, if switching brokers) and in doing so you come in possession of the money at any time. “Doing a 60-day rollover is like playing Russian roulette with your retirement savings,” Slott said. You can avoid this risk by doing a so-called direct trustee-to-trustee IRA transfer without you ever getting your hands on any of the money. Q: I have found that traditional IRA withdrawals add to my income, raising my tax bracket and causing some of my Social Security benefits to be taxed. Is this true also of supposedly tax-free Roth IRA withdrawals? A: Tax-free distributions from Roth IRAs are truly tax-free. They do not count as income and do not cause any of your other income to become taxable. Q: I work and my husband stays home. Can I make the maximum IRA contribution for him? He says he can contribute only what he would earn from work. A: For single people, what your husband says is true. But in the case of married couples who file a joint tax return, both husband and wife can make IRA contributions up to the personal maximum each even if one spouse has little or no earned income. The two IRA contributions added together cannot exceed the couple’s combined earned income. Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto@aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A column on having a Roth IRA serve as an emergency fund has prompted questions about the idea and IRAs in general. A Roth IRA is a type of individual retirement account created by Congress 10 years ago. Unlike contributions to traditional IRAs, contributions to Roth IRAs are never tax deductible. But while withdrawals from traditional deductible IRAs are fully taxed, withdrawals from Roth IRAs are tax-free once you are 59 and a half and have had a Roth IRA five years. In addition – this is the how the emergency fund idea came about – you can always withdraw your direct Roth IRA contributions without taxes or penalties. Q: I had a temporary emergency and had to withdraw my 2007 Roth IRA contribution. Can I put the money back if I do it before April 15, 2008? last_img read more

Neighborhood Council meetings

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sherman Oaks Hospital, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of 912 Neighborhood Council Review Commission, is the scheduled speaker. Call (818) 990-4002. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Thursday in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 892-2457. Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Sherman Oaks Elementary School, 14755 Greenleaf St., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 503-2399 or see www.shermanoaksnc.org. Mission Hills Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at San Jose Street Elementary School, 14928 Clymer St., Mission Hills. Call (818) 892-2414 or see www.mhnc.org. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Winnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see www.winnetkanc.com. Studio City Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, CBS Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., annex one, Studio City. Call (818) 655-5400 or see www.scnc.info. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 17, in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. Northridge East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Andasol Elementary School, 10126 Encino Ave., Northridge. Call (800) 772-9132 or www.northridgeeast.org. Encino Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040 or see www.encinocouncil.org. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. Sylmar Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the auditorium at Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard St., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-8737. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 29, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 831-0578. North Hills West Neighborhood Council will hold elections, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 30 at L.A. Baptist High School, 9825 Woodley Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511. Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Call (800) 680-2986, Ext. 100.160Want 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

Cable operator Comcast finally rolls out TiVo box

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – After more than two years of promises and delays, Comcast Corp. has finally begun rolling out its first set-top boxes that run TiVo’s digital video recording technology. As expected, New England is the first market to get the long-awaited Comcast-TiVo offering. The rollout started in the past few days with test customers only, TiVo spokesman Whit Clay said in a statement Thursday. The boxes will be commercially available “in coming weeks,” a Comcast spokeswoman said. Pricing has not yet been disclosed. The Comcast-TiVo deal was first announced in 2005 and is considered a key part of TiVo’s future as it works to attract more customers and become profitable. TiVo pioneered the DVR and is the best-known brand name but has struggled amid cheaper offerings by rivals, including Comcast. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable TV provider, has said it will continue to offer its basic DVR service; the TiVo-based offering will be a premium service. Shares of TiVo gained 3 cents to close at $7 Thursday.last_img read more

RPV burglary suspects get a ride to jail

first_imgEarly Saturday, they allegedly committed crimes on Doverridge and Seabryn drives, hiding their stolen property in the bushes. When no one came to pick them up, they walked to the Ralphs supermarket at 30019 Hawthorne Blvd. “They were hoping to get a ride,” the detective said. “Unfortunately for them, their friends knew less about Rancho Palos Verdes than they did.” While waiting, they tried to buy alcohol, but did not have identification and became involved in an argument with a clerk. Deputies were called and realizing what the teens were up to arrested them and located the property hidden on nearby streets. Joshua Williams, 19, and a 17-year-old boy, both of San Pedro, were arrested. A 16-year-old boy remains at large. Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Williams with two counts of burglary, a probation violation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is in county jail. The 17-year-old is being held at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey. “It does definitely solve a problem,” Peterson said. “It was really unusual. We don’t see too many residential burglaries at that hour.” larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 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.“They went up there and they didn’t have a way back home,” sheriff’s Detective Dave Peterson said Tuesday. “They’d been dropped off, and they had stolen property stashed all over the place.” The teens have been linked to three break-ins but possibly committed more in the area and nearby Torrance, deputies said. During the past few weeks, burglaries were reported at homes in neighborhoods off Hawthorne Boulevard and Doverridge Drive, Peterson said. Deputies believe thieves randomly picked houses from 9 to 11 p.m., knocking on doors to see if anyone was home. If nobody answered, they broke in through unlocked windows or doors. Once inside, they took televisions, laptop computers, small electronic devices, cellular telephones, cash and “a whole lot of jewelry,” Peterson said. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Two burglary suspects who were dropped off to commit crimes in Rancho Palos Verdes stashed about $60,000 worth of stolen loot in the bushes along residential streets, deputies said Tuesday. Unfortunately for the criminals, their ride never returned to pick them up. The thieves quickly found themselves in jail. last_img read more

Expensive computer system down for a month; nobody knew

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. spent at least $38 million to give Iraq’s government a computerized accounting system – and no one noticed when it was not working for a month, a report said Wednesday. It was the latest in a series of reports from the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Stuart W. Bowen Jr., that detailed slow progress on some projects and waste and chaos in the management of another. In the new report, Bowen recommended that no more money be spent on the system until someone figures out exactly what Iraq’s ministries can use and sets out plans for developing such a program. At issue are several contracts awarded in 2003, 2004 and 2006 for a broad range of work related to economic and financial reforms in Iraq. One of the tasks was to develop and implement a computerized Iraq Financial Management System, or IFMIS, to replace a Saddam-era computerized system. The new program was undertaken only months after the invasion of Iraq “without the fundamental planning and analysis that should properly precede the whole change” of a country’s system and to ensure that it would be “based on Iraqi” ministry requirements, Bowen’s report said. Thus, it has turned out that Iraq’s government has a distinctive accounting system that is “not easily adapted” into the new system. In a report last week, Bowen partly blamed security for limited progress by provincial reconstruction teams, groups sent to mentor Iraqis in towns and provinces to help them learn how to govern and provide citizens with services.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.Although some progress has been reported on it, “it is difficult to tell specifically what has been developed and implemented” and how much has been spent for it, the report said, estimating costs at more than $38 million. “According to U.S. Embassy officials, the Ministry of Finance continues to use its legacy system for overall budget and accounting, `nobody noticed’ when IFMIS was down for a month and no one relies on IFMIS to produce reports,” Bowen said. Other ministries, such as interior and defense, have developed their own financial management information systems, and they are not compatible with the new one and cannot transfer financial data from one system to another. In addition to other issues, work on two of the contracts – one for a module for budgeting and another for purchasing – was halted after the May kidnapping of a contractor working on it from the Ministry of Finance building. The project leader and four of his security guards have not been found. A report Monday found that the State Department so badly managed a $1.2 billion contract for Iraqi police training that it can’t tell what it got for the money spent. last_img

SANTA TO THE RESCUE…MAN GETS TO KEEP HOME UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS

first_imgA FATHER of five from Co Donegal had a home repossession case adjourned to the New Year – after telling a judge he was worried about Santa.The dad – who we are not naming – has been fighting to keep his Letterkenny home from the clutches of the Educational Building Society for the past two years.A High Court case against him was extended from December to the New Year after the borrower told the judge he had five children and was worried about Santa. The EBS are demanding the repayment of two loans taken out five years ago and the homeowner says he only took the case…on the advice of the building society.He argued (and some would agree) that the EBS advised him to take the commercial loans and that the company should be treated as a failed investor and take its own losses.The property involved was “not just a folio number on a piece of paper”, he told Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, and he wanted a hearing to look at the loans“This is my life we’re dealing with,” he said. Counsel for the EBS said the case had been ongoing for two years and urged the judge to finish the case.The judge adjourned the case to December 19, but the Letterkenny dad asked if she would hold off until the New Year. He said he had five children and was worried about Santa. The judge agreed to adjourn the case to the New Year.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe 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/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comhttp://www.derryjournal.com/news/local/rivermedia_in_oceangate_probe_1_2120821SANTA TO THE RESCUE…MAN GETS TO KEEP HOME UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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