Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes Celtic’s Champions League exit has boosted the Saints’ late pursuit of defender Virgil van Dijk.Having missed out on signing Toby Alderweireld in a permanent deal this summer, manager Ronald Koeman is on the hunt for a new partner for Jose Fonte at the back.The south coast club reportedly offered £9million for the 24-year-old Netherlands international earlier in the transfer window, but Celtic delayed the decision over Van Dijk’s future until their place in Europe this season was decided.And, with the Scottish giants failing to qualify for the Champions League group stages with a play-off defeat to Swedish side Malmo, Koeman is in a good place to land his top target, according to the St Mary’s hero.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Le Tissier said: “I don’t think it’s any secret that Southampton have been interested in him [Van Dijk] for a while.“With Celtic [who will now play in the Europa League this term] going out of the Champions League, it makes it a touch more likely that we might be able to get him.“We’re probably a centre-back short in our squad at the moment and I think he’d be a great addition.”
Are there many managers under more pressure than Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers as the Premier League returns from international break?That’s the question Tom Rennie is putting the former Reds midfielder David Thompson ahead of Manchester United vs. Liverpool from Old Trafford on Saturday.The former QPR, Fulham and West Ham full back Rufus Brevett looks ahead to the Hammers taking on Newcastle on Monday Night Football, the former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour gives us his ‘three to watch’ and Emma Dodds from Dubai Eye (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom against the World’.
4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 11 11 11 11 20. Dele Alli (midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will make a late decision on Mousa Dembele’s fitness ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Watford on Monday.Dembele took a knock to his ankle in the 3-0 win over Norwich on Boxing Day, while Ryan Mason is regaining fitness following an ankle problem and could be involved.Ben Davies is likely to keep his place after impressing at left-back and Tom Carroll is pushing for a start after scoring in Saturday’s victory.Meanwhile, Clinton Njie (knee) is a long-term absence.Watford have been an exciting addition to the Premier League this season, with Quique Sánchez Flores’ side playing some good football and adjusting well to the top flight.They held current champions Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and next they face Pochettino’s in-form men.Who will the Argentinean select? Click the arrow above, right, to see who could line up as Spurs look to boost their chances of a top-four finish in an ever-changing Premier League campaign.Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Walker, Rose, Trippier, Davies, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Carter-Vickers, Fazio, Winks, Dier, Alli, Mason, Carroll, Bentaleb, Dembele, Townsend, Eriksen, Onomah, Chadli, Lamela, Son, Kane.SEE HERE – Manchester United news: Wayne Rooney to return for Chelsea clash – Predicted Red Devils XI 10. Harry Kane (forward) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 19. Mousa Dembele (midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 33. Ben Davies (left-back) 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 11 11 11 11 11. Erik Lamela (attacking midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 11 23. Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 2. Kyle Walker (right-back) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 15. Eric Dier (midfield) – click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to face Watford, in squad number order 11 11
1 Is Rafa Benitez set for a Premier League return? Former Chelsea and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has agreed to become the new manager of Newcastle, according to reports in Spain.Current Magpies boss Steve McClaren is under huge pressure at St James’ Park as the club battle to stay in the Premier League.Media speculation has been rife that the former England manager is set to be sacked as Newcastle try to save their season.And, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, Benitez has agreed in principal to take over from McClaren once he is shown the door.The 55-year-old, who was sacked by Real Madrid earlier this season, will reportedly sign a three-year deal with the Tyneside outfit.Benitez has not managed in England since being the interim boss at Chelsea in 2013 and is eager to return to the Premier League.
NEW YORK – James Watson, the 79-year-old scientific icon made famous by his work in DNA, has set off an international furor with comments to a London newspaper about intelligence levels among blacks. Watson, who’s chancellor of the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, has a history of provocative statements about social implications of science. But several friends said Thursday he’s no racist. And Watson, who won a Nobel Prize in 1962 for co-discovering the structure of DNA, apologized and says he’s “mortified.” A profile of Watson in the Sunday Times Magazine of London quoted him as saying that he’s “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really.” The Sunday Times said that the interview with Watson was recorded and that the newspaper stood by the story.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.While he hopes everyone is equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true,” Watson is quoted as saying. He also said people should not be discriminated against on the basis of color, because “there are many people of color who are very talented.” The comments, reprinted Wednesday in a front-page article in another British newspaper, The Independent, provoked a sharp reaction. London’s Science Museum canceled a sold-out lecture he was to give there today. The mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said his comments “represent racist propaganda masquerading as scientific fact.” In the United States, the Federation of American Scientists said it was outraged that Watson “chose to use his unique stature to promote personal prejudices that are racist, vicious and unsupported by science.” Watson’s publicist, Kate Farquhar-Thomson, would not address whether Watson was suggesting he was misquoted. “You have the statement. That’s it, I’m afraid.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She is among a small but growing number of parents around the country who are claiming religious exemptions to avoid vaccinating their children when the real reason may be skepticism of the shots or concern they can cause other illnesses. Some of these parents say they are being forced to lie because of the way the vaccination laws are written in their states. “It’s misleading,” Rahim admitted, but she said she fears that earlier vaccinations may be to blame for her son’s autism. “I find it very troubling, but for my son’s safety, I feel this is the only option we have.” An Associated Press examination of states’ vaccination records and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that many states are seeing increases in the rate of religious exemptions claimed for kindergartners. “Do I think that religious exemptions have become the default? Absolutely,” said Dr. Paul Offit, head of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and one of the harshest critics of the anti-vaccine movement. He said the resistance to vaccines is “an irrational, fear-based decision.” The number of exemptions is extremely small in percentage terms and represents just a few thousand of the 3.7 million children entering kindergarten in 2005, the most recent figure available. But public health officials say it takes only a few people to cause an outbreak that can put large numbers of lives at risk. “When you choose not to get a vaccine, you’re not just making a choice for yourself, you’re making a choice for the person sitting next to you,” said Dr. Lance Rodewald, director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division. All states have some requirement that youngsters be immunized against such childhood diseases as measles, chickenpox, diphtheria and whooping cough. Twenty-eight states, including Florida, Massachusetts and New York, allow parents to opt out for medical or religious reasons only. Twenty other states, among them California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio, also allow parents to cite personal or philosophical reasons. Mississippi and West Virginia allow exemptions for medical reasons only. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HEALTH: Skeptical families are using fake religions to keep kids from getting shots. By Steve LeBlanc THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON – Sabrina Rahim doesn’t practice any particular faith, but she had no problem signing a letter declaring that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her 4-year-old son should be exempt from the vaccinations required to enter preschool.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Today the library is hosting a reception for its SunWorks Art Exhibit, which displays paintings that all have one thing in common – they feature that giant ball of flaming gas the world revolves around. Sponsored by NASA and the United Nations, the art exhibit features more than 20 creative interpretations of the sun. The works are in a variety of mediums, including paper mache, chalk and Legos, as well as the more traditional paint and photography. Three of the featured artists will be at the reception, and guests will be able to try out special telescopes and 3-D glasses that allow them to look directly at the sun without risking eye damage. “With the solar-equipped telescope, you can actually see the sun and maybe even get a glimpse of sunspots or some solar prominence, which is super-heated, plasma-type gas that looks like red hair blowing around the sun,” said Jeff Snyder, spokesman for the SunWorks project. “It’s basically looking at pure energy.” Weather permitting, visitors will also get a chance to peek at Earth’s 11,000-degree light bulb with the 3-D glasses. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER Looking out at the gloomy skies Monday, the library director sounded a bit anxious as she talked about the upcoming sun celebration at Peninsula Center Library in Rolling Hills Estates. “We’re hoping it will be sunnier than it is today. We have our fingers crossed,” said Kathy Gould, director of the three-branch Palos Verdes Library District. “When you put on these glasses and look at the sun, it looks like a big tennis ball popping out right in front of you,” Snyder said. “It’s quite impressive to see.” More than 500 artists from around the globe submitted works that demonstrate the significance of the sun in celebration of the International Heliophysical Year, a U.N.-sponsored science program to advance the understanding of solar influence on the universe. “With global warming and pollution being the big issues right now, we’ll be watching the sun pretty closely in the coming years,” Snyder said. The library director said she expects the exhibit will be popular considering the South Bay’s aerospace roots. “This community, especially, has a lot of people who work for or have been involved in various aerospace corporations,” Gould said. The SunWorks Art Exhibit will be on display at the Peninsula Center Library through October. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
POMONA – Jury selection began Monday in the trial of two people charged in the 2001 slaying of a Cal Poly Pomona student. Opening statements will likely be held next week for Henry Singer and Markeisha Dixon. Both are charged with murder in the death of Christina Burmeister, the 20-year-old Cerritos sorority member who was kidnapped and slashed to death on her way to a fraternity party in Pomona. The pair’s trial appeared threatened last week after it was announced Singer attempted suicide in his jail cell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Judge George Genesta appointed a psychiatrist to examine Singer and report the findings to the man’s lawyer. On Monday, attorney Charles Uhalley told the judge Singer is mentally stable enough to face a jury. Uhalley said he reached the conclusion after he spoke to the doctor Friday. “Based on that interview and his exam of Mr. Singer, we’re ready to proceed,” the defense attorney said. Singer looked exhausted and haggard as a bailiff led him into court Monday morning. He wore yellow and blue jail clothing, and had puffy, red bags under his eyes. He said almost nothing during his brief appearance. Singer, 29, and Dixon, 26, are being tried together, but they will have separate juries. Some 200 prospective jurors have been summoned to Pomona Superior Court this week for the case. Attorneys and the judge began screening for Dixon’s jury Monday. Jury selection for Singer is set to start today. Burmeister’s body was found inside her pickup truck on a turnout along Highway 39 above Azusa. Prosecutors say Singer and Dixon helped kidnap the woman and take her into the mountains. They also say Dixon is the woman caught on a bank surveillance video using Burmeister’s ATM card to withdraw cash around the time of the kidnapping. Dixon’s husband, James Dixon, is also charged in the case. [email protected] (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Serenity Hair & Beauty, Gaoth Dobhair are proud to announce that they will launch their new Day Spa with a ‘Girl’s Day Out’ on Wednesday the 15th of July from 12.00pm-8.00pm!‘Serenity’ will also launch their new Elemis BIOTEC facial at the ‘Girls Day Out’ on the 15th of July. BIOTEC Facial, exclusive to ‘Serenity Hair & Beauty’ in Donegal, is a unique fusion of active formulas, hands on touch and state of the art technology.100% of women who experienced the Elemis BIOTEC Facial agreed that they saw dramatic instant result, including, the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, acne and dryness.With 7 stunning facials to choose from you will leave Serenity with the skin of your dreams.Experience the BIOTEC Facial on our open day for a special price of only €30, this €30 can then be redeemed against future Elemis BIOTEC Facials, Elemis Treatments and Elemis Products in the salon. All clients who avail of the BIOTEC Facial special on our Girl’s pamper day will be treated to a mini make over by serenity’s professional team in the Hair and Make up studio.Call Serenity Hair & Beauty on 0749560700 to book your slot for the Girl’s Pamper Day!SERENITY HAIR AND BEAUTY LAUNCH NEW SPA WITH ‘GIRL’S PAMPER DAY’ was last modified: July 13th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
BUSINESS: One of Donegal’s leading accountancy firms have made a brilliant video to celebrate their rebranding.Formerly named Vision Accountancy the company has now rebranded itself as Excel Partners. Sean Carr.Seán Carr is the firms founding Partner, with over TEN years’ experience working in the provision of advisory services having previously worked in two other leading Irish accounting firms.Seán has a reputation for straight talking, problem solving and expert professional advice based on considerable expertise which he has built up over a long period of time.He has extensive accountancy, tax, corporate finance and corporate turnaround experience.In some cases, he takes on the role of examiner or liquidator and has acted as liquidator to a number of PLCs. Seán brings a unique and different philosophy and mind set to problem solving.Finian is a highly experienced tax and recovery expert.Finian is a former head of Collector General’s Insolvency Unit which dealt with all insolvency matters in the state and headed up Revenue Audit teams in the audit of large and Multinational companies.Finian Loftus.He also has extensive experience in private practice in other leading Irish accounting firms. His experience with the Irish Revenue Commissioners is invaluable in ensuring that clients meet the necessary regulatory taxation compliance standardsExcel Partners- PhilosophyThe philosophy at Excel Partners is meticulous attention to detail, quality personal service and total professionalism which we regard as essential requirements for a modern approach to Accountancy. Excel Microsoft Excel changed the world of Accountancy in 1985 and Excel Partners are aiming to do the same. We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence is not an act but a habit.Partners- Client Partnerships. We view our client as our partners and we measure our success by yours. For us, clients are at the heart of our business and we involve clients at every stage as partners.We partner with our customers to deliver high calibre quality projects on time and on budget in a diligent, reliable, efficient and collaborative manner When Failure is an option, Partner with us.Delivered. We don’t promise, we deliver Solutions for your business problems. We are not just ordinary accountants, we are problem solvers and where others see problems, we see opportunities. We have a reputation for creating powerful innovative solutions to complex problems. Your problems get us out of bed every morning. Walk in with a problem, walk out with a solution.Differently- Excel Partners are different. Our approach is different, but proven. We get results, it is a difference that matters.Accounting has changed and not all accountants are the same. We make accounting simple for clients and to make your life easier-is our top priority.ContactTelephone: 074- 98 90 120Email: [email protected]: WATCH DONEGAL COMPANY’S BRILLIANT REBRAND LAUNCH was last modified: October 1st, 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:BusinessDDTVFeaturesnews