Champions League draw: Is this Tottenham Hotspur’s worst-case scenario?

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Pot 3 – Monaco After a lengthy absence from the Champions League, Internazionale are in Pot 4 so will be the team everyone wants to avoid. Milan Skriniar and Stefan De Vrij in defence, Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic in midfield, and Mauro Icardi in attack, they will be tough opponents – and then you have to try and beat Samir Handanovic between the sticks! Latest Football News Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights impact Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal Tottenham Hotspur fans chant at Wembley last season Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more RANKED 4 Pot 4 – Inter Milan gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MONEY center_img 4 REVEALED 4 BEST OF England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware Pot 1 – Barcelona 4 Tottenham Hotspur have been truly outstanding over the last four years and while they beat a down on their luck Real Madrid last-term, a full strength Barcelona could really give them some trouble. Lionel Messi at Wembley under the floodlights would be one helluva sight for supporters, though. Now a blend of youth and experience, Leonardo Jardim’s side have had to do more work in the transfer market this summer to build a competitive squad. They still have the likes of Radamel Falcao, Kamil Glik, and Danijel Subasic, but now they have got Pietro Pellegri in, along with World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin. In 2017/18, Spurs were given a tough draw for the first phase, facing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, as well as APOEL Nicosia.It didn’t end up being too difficult though as Mauricio Pochettino’s men not only beat all three sides on home soil, they topped their table.Eventually, Juventus ended their participation in the competition, although they will consider themselves unlucky to have been knocked out in the round of 16.For this year’s contest, the pots have now been decided but what would the worst-case scenario be for Tottenham? We’ve picked out the teams fans might want to avoid below. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions possible standings Tottenham Hotspur fans might be sweating ahead of the Champions League group stage draw, which takes place tonight.Spurs finished third in the Premier League last time out, ensuring they are in the competition for the third consecutive campaign.last_img read more

Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway

first_imgEmergency services are attending to the scene of a vehicle on fire on the N13 dual carriageway out of Letterkenny.The Fire Service along with ambulance personnel and Gardaí are at the scene, with the outbound lanes closed.Diversions are in place and there are lengthy tailbacks on the road out of Letterkenny. A jeep caught fire at around 1.45pm.There are no reports of any injuries.Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:DiversionsDual Carraigewayemergency servicesfireletterkennyN13last_img read more

Doherty TD criticises VAT on carbon tax as ‘a tax upon a tax’

first_imgNew revelations that carbon tax would be subject to VAT have come under strong criticism from Donegal TD Pearse Doherty.The Sinn Féin deputy said he has received confirmation that any future carbon tax increases would also attract VAT.This, Doherty said, means that the mooted carbon tax jumps will be even more regressive than anticipated. He said it amounted to “a tax upon a tax”. Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “Sinn Féin is opposed to the increase in carbon tax because it will disproportionately punish those on low and middle incomes while big business and corporate polluters will not be made to pay their fair share.“The government has failed to provide any meaningful alternatives to citizens to enable behavioural change. It now seeks to pass the buck to households, once again, for their policy failures. The fact that VAT must be applied to carbon tax means the tax will itself be taxed.”Deputy Doherty said that the “catastrophic reality of climate change” must be dealt with in a fair way.He added: “The bills faced by ordinary people are already too big from sky-high rents to inflated insurance premiums. “Government investment can help bring about change such as through free insulation and retrofits, making electric cars affordable and developing the charging infrastructure and through public transport expansion and fare reductions.“These programmes are not on the agenda for the Taoiseach or Minister for Finance as they fixate on increasing carbon taxes even though the evidence does not show that it is an effective way of changing behaviours especially without alternatives being put in place.”Doherty TD criticises VAT on carbon tax as ‘a tax upon a tax’ was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:carbon taxPearse Dohertylast_img read more

Absa trials ‘tap-and-go’ payment cards

first_img23 September 2011Absa and Integrated Fare Collection Services, a DigiCore subsidiary, are working on an integrated transit payment solution South Africa’s public transport sector, including the taxi industry, with a pilot project currently underway in the Western Cape.The new “tap-and-go” payment cards will provide transit owners and commuters with a simple and efficient way to manage payments for transport services. The two companies are already exploring opportunities with associations in other provinces.The cards will use global card standards, namely MasterCard Paypass and Visa Paywave, and are designed to work seamlessly across a number of modes of public transport as they are brought online.“The tap-and-go payment method will also allow commuters and other consumers to conveniently pay for low value purchases in retail outlets,” said Absa Card’s Simon Just in a statement this week. “So, a customer can move from a taxi to a bus to a grocer using the same card on the same day.“As of 2012, commuters will even be able to have this payment option on their normal bank cards.”National transport infrastructure upgradesAs part of national transport infrastructure upgrades, the Department of Transport and local transport authorities have been driving new card-based approaches to fare collection, with the aim of providing commuters with speed, simplicity and convenience when they travel.These will require commuters to tap a prepaid card against readers to pay their transport fares as they enter public vehicles.“Although adoption of this trendsetting service will be gradual, it is gaining momentum,” said Just. “A few major city bus operators and key retailers are starting to roll out tap-and-go payments, and the bank will make it possible for its customers to obtain Absa tap-and-go cards from selected Absa branches as from November 2011.”No PIN or signature requiredTap-and-Go transactions will be limited to R200 per day and users will be able to load a maximum of R1 500 on the card at any time, while the total monthly transaction limit is R3 000.“This is in line with the special exemption from the provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, which makes for ease of issuing of contactless cards to under-banked consumers,” Just explained.Commuters will be able to load funds onto their cards from a bank account or with cash at a transit or station kiosk, vending machines, ATMs or selected merchants.Customers can then make purchases with their contactless card until the pre-loaded balance is used up by simply agreeing to the amount and tapping the card against a reader. No PIN or signature is required.Secure alternative to cashFor public transport operators, the new fare collection system reduces pilferage, provides a more secure alternative to cash and paper tickets and significantly enhances overall efficiencies – while also making a difference in the everyday life of the commuter.DigiCore’s Integrated Fare Collection Services (IFCS) has developed a robust fare collection solution called Tap-i-Fare for transit operators, which uses advanced route planning, GPS and vehicle tracking technology, to calculate fares and ensure that commuters are charged correctly for their journey.IFCS managing director Pierre Bruwer said that even though the system was up and running, there was still much work to do with taxi associations and other stakeholders in order to finalise the operating model and roll-out plans.“We have engaged a number of taxi owners, operators and associations,” he said. “They appreciate the benefits of the new approach to rapid transit payments.“We are confident that it will be embraced in the way that government has intended.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress Report – May 4th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm, dry temperatures allowed farmers to spend a lot of time in the field in Ohio last week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 3rd. Late week warm temperatures and receding soil moisture surpluses yielded the largest planting opportunities of the season.  Fertilizer application and manure application occurred last week in preparation for planting where soil temperatures were still a little too cool. The ideal weather also favored planting of specialty crops. Apples and peaches are in bloom as well.View the complete reportlast_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: India hold edge over Maldives

first_imgA victory to start a tournament is always welcome, and if it comes against a higher-ranked opponent, the confidence will only be high. India began their title defence of Nehru Cup with a 2-1 win over Syria and the hosts would be looking to continue the good run against Maldives on Saturday.A familiar foe for the hosts and former SAFF champions, Maldives, too, began their campaign on a bright note, beating Nepal 2-1 in their opener at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.India, however, will hold the edge as they were impressive against the Syrians. Captain Sunil Chhetri has already put up his name on the goal scorers list and the midfield generals looked in good touch.Clifford Miranda, Lenny Rodrigues and Francis Fenandes fed Chhetri well with precise passes and pierced the Syrian defence line time and again.The newly propounded possession football was on display and the players tried hard to string along six-seven short passes, until rain forced them to tweak their style and rely on aerial shots.However, defence remains a concern for the defending champions.Raju Gaikewad will have to raise his level on the right. His under-performance against Syria put more load on the other three Gouramangi Singh, Nirmal Chhetri and Syed Rahim Nabi.With talented striker like Ali Ashfaq on the rivals ranks, the defenders need to tighten up.Against Nepal, the Maldives captain had tormented the defenders with his ability to single-handedly create openings in the front.Two rookies Abdulla Asadhulla and Umair Mohamed impressed on the flanks, and Koeverman’s need to keep a plan ready for the trio. Like India, Maldives also need to shore up its defence. The central defence manned by Abdul Ghani Akram and Mohamed Sifan had some jittery moments against Nepal.Maldives coach Istvan Urbanyi did not want to read too much into Indias win against Syria.Its impossible to comment on India at the moment. Rain played a major role in Indias match against Syria. I just cant draw any comparison between this Indian side and former ones,” he said.In their last meeting at the SAFF Championships here in December, last year, India had defeated Maldives 3-1 but even that record isnt giving Koevermans an absolute confidence.”We got three yellow cards in the first match and that remains a matter of concern. Maldives has some quality players who can create a difference,” he said.Ashfaq has already caught Koevermans attention, but the Indian coach was tight-lipped about whether he was going to mark the striker. He also refrained to comment on any change in India’s starting line-up.He might draw solace from the fact that the Maldives coach is concerned about his teams fitness.”Most of my players have just come after observing a month of Ramadan. Also we had little practice before coming here,” he said.But I am happy with the way the youngsters have played in the first match.advertisementlast_img read more