Southampton have swooped on deadline day to sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic.The Dutch defender cost the Saints £11.5m as they look to improve their backline but if you’re not up on your Scottish football you might not know too much about him.Check out the video above to see how Van Dijk looks in action.
1 A 90th-minute winner from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho maintained Manchester City’s 100 per cent start to the season as they beat Crystal Palace to go 11 points clear of champions Chelsea.Jesus Navas was guilty of missing a golden opportunity early in the second half after hitting the side-netting having rounded goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Dwight Gayle could have snatched a late winner for Palace but he could only poke Wilfried Zaha’s cross wide before Iheanacho was quickest to the rebound from Samir Nasri’s shot to snatch victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Elsewhere, Arsenal claimed their first home win of the season courtesy of goals from Theo Walcott and substitute Olivier Giroud. The Gunners had further opportunities to increase their lead but were denied by combination of fine saves by Jack Butland and wasteful finishing. Goals from Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and Matt Jarvis secured a comfortable 3-1 victory for Norwich City over Bournemouth at Carrow Road. Steve Cook headed a consolation for the Cherries. New boys Watford secured their first three points of the season at home to Swansea City – despite having Valon Behrami sent off midway through the second half. Odion Ighalo tucked home the winner from close range just before the hour-mark to end the Swans’ unbeaten start to the campaign.Saido Berahino was a second-half substitute but he couldn’t fire West Brom to victory as drew 0-0 at home to Southampton. Premier League results:Arsenal 2-0 StokeCrystal Palace 0-1 Manchester CityNorwich 3-1 BournemouthWatford 1-0 Swansea CityWest Brom 0-0 Southampton Kelechi Iheanacho
Gokhan Tore Arsenal and Newcastle are both chasing ex-Chelsea winger Gokhan Tore, according to reports in Turkey.The 23-year-old, a former Manchester City target, is being eyed by a number of elite European clubs and Besiktas are bracing themselves for January interest.And now it has been claimed that both Arsenal and Newcastle have been keeping close tabs on his progress this season and the duo are in the running to bring him back to England.Tore knows all about England having played for Chelsea’s youth team between 2009 and 2011. However, having failed to make a first-team debut at Stamford Bridge, he left for Hamburg in 2011.His reputation has risen rapidly ever since and now the race is on to sign him following an impressive start to the new season.Besiktas currently value him at £15m but, according to Turkish news outlet Bugun, the club are desperate to keep hold of him until the summer, when they will listen to offers. 1
Arsenal are poised to make a January approach for Dynamo Moscow forward Aleksandr Kokorin, according to reports in Russia.Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a striker in the January transfer market and it now appears he has reignited his interest having tried to sign him two years ago.According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Dynamo and Arsenal are currently locked in talks over a fee for Kokorin – but the report suggests an agreement could be reached by the end of the month.With Kokorin’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, Dynamo are keen to cash in on the 24-year-old now and are set to agree a cut-price fee of around £4.3m with the Gunners.Aston Villa are also understood to have registered an interest in Kokorin but the Midlands club will struggle to compete with Arsenal’s financial muscle. Aleksandr Kokorin 1
2 2 Martin Skrtel limps off with hamstring tear Although Liverpool’s defensive record is one of the worst in the top half of the Barclays Premier League, the loss of the influential centre-half is a bit of unwelcome news for manager Jurgen Klopp, who is without a win in his last four matches.Skrtel has been an ever-present for the Reds in the league this season, but now he is expected to miss the upcoming fixtures against Leicester, Sunderland, West Ham, Stoke, Exeter, Arsenal, Manchester United, Norwich and Stoke again in the Capital One Cup.If Dejan Lovren does not recover from a knee injury in time for Liverpool’s Boxing Day clash against table-toppers Leicester, Kolo Toure is likely to be drafted in for his first league start of the season alongside Mamadou Sakho. Liverpool have been dealt a big blow with the news that defender Martin Skrtel will be out for six weeks because of a torn hamstring.Skrtel limped off in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Watford on Sunday and scans have revealed the centre-back will be out until February.Alongside a picture of a lion, the Slovakian 31-year-old wrote on Instagram: “After all rumours going around,i want to say the time i will spend on sideline wont be 3 months…after i suffered tear in my hamstring and tendon i will be out for 6 weeks…i will work hard on my recovery and will do everything to come back as soon as possible and even stronger than before!thanks for your support.”
Granit Xhaka Granit Xhaka has revealed he is dreaming of a move to the Premier League.The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has been heavily linked with a switch to England.Liverpool are understood to be favourites to land the 23-year-old but the Merseysiders are expected to face competition from Arsenal and Chelsea.“England is my dream. I have never hid that,” the Switzerland international told Blick.“For me money is not important. I do not come from a money-hungry family, but from one with firm character.“If I make a change it is important that I make a step forward in the sport.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She said HR 2095 “will make communities located near railroad lines much safer.” Napolitano’s office said it sees no hurdle in the Senate passing the companion bill. Napolitano’s bill contains provisions regarding training standards for inspectors, a public-safety program and the prevention of outsourcing train inspections to Mexico. In the 2004 incident, Union Pacific train cars smashed into a home in the 3800 block of Croton Avenue in unincorporated Whittier bordering Pico Rivera. People in the neighborhood at the time said the 380-car train sent a huge cloud of dust into the air and the train cars were folded like an accordion. They also described the sound of the train as if an airplane were rumbling through their neighborhood. Authorities said one person suffered minor injuries and about 200 people were evacuated. It also cut off electricity to 1,700 people and brought traffic on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to a halt. The bill’s major provisions include doubling the number of Federal Railroad Administration safety inspectors and the approval of $6 million for Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit public education program to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way. “This bill addressed deficiencies by improving track safety, grade-crossing safety and whistle-blower protections, railroad fatigue and ensuring enforcement,” said Napolitano, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. In June 2003, 31 runaway cars were intentionally derailed by Union Pacific in Commerce after the cars got loose in a switching yard in Montclair and began down the track toward Los Angeles. The freight cars carrying lumber and paper careened off the tracks and several of them slammed into houses on the street then called Davie Avenue. No one was killed, but 13 people were hospitalized with injuries. Three houses were destroyed and five others were damaged. About 150 people were evacuated because of broken gas and water lines. Authorities estimated the derailment caused $2.4 million in damages. Residents and officials from nearby Montebello demanded Union Pacific increase safety measures. Lawsuits from more than 40 people were resolved last June, but no monetary award was disclosed. The next step in the process is for the Senate to take up S 1889, which is the companion bill to HR 2095. After passage of the Senate version, both bills will be referred to a Conference Committee to resolve differences between the two. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives, by a vote of 377-38, passed the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2007. If the bill’s companion passes the Senate and is signed into law by President Bush, it will mark the first time since 1994 that a rail-safety program has been authorized by the federal government. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, D-Norwalk, authored HR 2095 in response to Union Pacific Railroad derailments in north Whittier in October 2004 and in Commerce on a track running through Montebello and the unincorporated area near Whittier in June 2003. “There were five derailments in or near my district that damaged homes and businesses, threatened public safety, and caused fear and anxiety along the Alameda Corridor East,” she said.
Jackson’s HotelSinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson, Deputy Pearse Doherty has this evening described as ‘deeply saddening’ today’s shock announcement that Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey has gone into receivership. “This announcement by the management at Jackson’s Hotel has come as a huge shock to everyone,” he said.“At this sad time, my sympathies go to all the staff and management at the hotel who I imagine are deeply upset and shocked following this news that a Receiver has been appointed to the hotel. “I would like also to extend my sympathies to the Jackson family, whom I am sure are particularly devastated; the family has been a major employer in the Finn Valley area for years and have worked very hard to build up their business during that time.“While this news is naturally very upsetting, I would hope that the hotel can be rescued and that the business can be retained in Ballybofey.”Also commenting on today’s announcement was Sinn Féin Councillor for the Stranorlar Electoral Area, Cllr Gary Doherty, who described the news as ‘a huge blow to the Finn Valley Area’, and extended his sympathies to the owners, Barry and Margaret Jackson.“The Jackson Family has employed hundreds of people over the years – myself included. I’d like to thank them for all the employment which they have provided over the years to myself and others, and I of course would like to wish them and all the staff well going forward in the wake of today’s announcement.” JACKSON’S HOTEL IN ADMINISTRATION: DONEGAL TD EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR FAMILY was last modified: January 8th, 2015 by John2Share 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:administrationJacksons
The upgrade works undertaken by Eircom Wholesale recently which provides substantially increased bandwidth capability to the exchanges in certain in areas in the Donegal Gaeltacht has ben welcomed by Udaras na Gaeltachta.The upgrade works to particular Gaeltacht-based exchanges ensures that an eVDSL service is now available in those areas and that speeds of between 30MB and 70MB can be supplied at a competitive price.It also ensures that the improved service will be available to businesses in Údarás na Gaeltachta enterprise parks in the areas listed below.This broadband service will be available from suppliers who provide broadband through the phone line, e.g. Eircom, Vodafone, BT and others. The Chief Executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Stiofán Ó Cúláin, said this was good news for businesses and the community in these areas.“This means that the broadband requirements of the majority of our client companies in these initial areas can now be met. I also welcome planned upgrades to other Gaeltacht-based exchanges in the coming months.“An tÚdarás will continue in its efforts to ensure that high-speed broadband services, at a competitive prices, are available in its enterprise parks and business units throughout the Gaeltacht.”The following is a list of exchanges in the Gaeltacht that have recently been upgraded: Co. DonegalGleann Cholm CilleAn CharraigPáirc Ghnó Ghaoth DobhairAn Fhál CharrachAnagaireAn Clochán LiathAilt an ChorráinBROADBAND UPGRADE A REAL BOOST FOR UDARAS IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT was last modified: August 26th, 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:bradbanddonegalÚdarás na Gaeltachta
Jack Butland is stretchered off during England’s victory over Germany 1 England boss Roy Hodgson says he is devastated by Jack Butland’s injury blow.The Stoke goalkeeper appears all but certain to miss this summer’s European Championship after fracturing an ankle during Saturday’s friendly victory over Germany.“I think it is very disturbing and very upsetting for us to see someone who has worked so hard this year (get injured),” said Hodgson.“He has had such a good season at Stoke, forced himself into a situation where many people said it was going to be a really good fight between him and Joe for the first-team shirt.“Suddenly you get your chance against Germany and to fracture your ankle in that way is a devastating blow and we all felt sympathy for him, empathy as well of course because a lot of players have suffered injuries in their career.“He was very strong about about it all, very stoic. He said to me he would come back stronger and said it would not affect his career in any way.“That was good to hear and our best wishes are with him and we are all going to miss him because we were hoping he would be a part of it.”With number one Joe Hart out injured, Fraser Forster will start for England against Holland on Tuesday.The Southampton shot-stopper will be one of a number of changes to the team which impressed against Germany.James Milner will lead the Three Lions out at Wembley, while his Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge will also start as he looks to prove his injury problems are in the past.Asked if Sturridge was looking sharp in training, Hodgson said: “He is.“He and Danny Welbeck have returned from such long-term injuries, the next six weeks or so are important times for them as well.“They have to build up their fitness in terms of endurance, both have come back sharp so that is very positive.“It is great that we are going to give Daniel a chance to show what he can do in an England shirt, he has always been keen to get back and show he deserves to be in the shirt and what better chance than against such opposition at Wembley?”