Barcelona news: Man Utd and Liverpool have emerged as Philippe Coutinho suitorsBarcelona star Coutinho left Liverpool back in January, signing for the Catalan giants in a massive £142million transfer that made him the second most-expensive player of all time. The Brazil international’s Nou Camp career, however, is yet to ignite. Tuesday’s Champions League showing against Tottenham was the latest in a long line of flat displays. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is reportedly struggling to find a place for the Samba star. And Coral have Manchester United above Liverpool in the race to sign the 26-year-old amid his current issues.
December 15, 2018 16:52 UTC
Real Madrid star Modric became the first player other than Ronaldo or Messi to win the award since Kaka in 2007. The Croatian helped Real to Champions League glory and led his national side to the World Cup final in Russia. However, both Ronaldo and Messi opted to stay away from the ceremony as his success was recognised with the coveted gong - despite Ronaldo finishing as runner-up to his former Real team-mate. Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or at the beginning of December“It is not fair to their playing colleagues, or to the voters who have nominated them for the past 10 years – nor for football or supporters. Cristiano Ronaldo did not attend the awards ceremonyLionel Messi also snubbed the ceremony
December 15, 2018 11:26 UTC
Man Utd news: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can deal another blow to Jose MourinhoManchester United boss Mourinho goes into Sunday’s match against Liverpool aiming to stop Klopp’s men from taking another three points on their quest for Premier League title glory. The Red Devils are underdogs given their erratic form with the club currently a huge 16 points behind their Merseyside rivals. As a result of the gulf in class between the two teams, many are expecting Liverpool to ease to victory. And history suggests a win for Klopp over Mourinho could spell the end of his time as Manchester United manager.
December 15, 2018 11:26 UTC
He knows that superstition says it's an unlucky number but the No.1 was already taken by Loris Karius. "It's an unlucky number in Brazil as well but I'm not superstitious," he told The Times. Alisson kept Liverpool in the Champions League with a stoppage-time wonder-save from Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik in midweek. When Alisson joined Liverpool from Roma the No1 shirt was occupied"But I only managed to make that save with the help of my team-mates' contribution and thank God we got the victory." Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher hailed Alisson this week and said he could be as good as Peter Schmeichel was for Manchester United.
December 15, 2018 08:48 UTC
Plastic traces in animal feed could pose a risk to human health and urgently need to be the subject of more research, experts have told the Guardian. Their comments came after British farmer Alex Rock contacted the Guardian, having noticed plastic shreds in his animal feed. Rock was told by the suppliers that this was a legal part of the recycling process that turns waste food, still packaged, into animal feed. The official EU level for plastic permitted in animal feed is zero although in reality many other countries operate within the same 0.15% limit. “I think the only people that are not shocked by this are the people involved in the animal feed manufacture.
December 15, 2018 07:52 UTC
Since it was privatised, Royal Mail has shut more than 50 delivery offices and more closures are threatened as the company seeks to reduce costs. In September, and despite a long campaign by the local MP backed by residents, Royal Mail closed its Silvester Road depot. Royal Mail needs to learn from this and think again.”A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “At Peckham, we do believe the situation in the customer services point has improved. Royal Mail has by far the largest delivery office network in the UK and that will continue to be the case. “Royal Mail has to relocate offices from time to time, and there are a number of reasons for this.
December 15, 2018 07:30 UTC
“Make enough mince pies, because Santa likes them,” you would tell me, so we would always make more. Many years later, the tradition continued and we’d bake the mince pies and cakes. A letter to… my brother, a special man with special needs Read moreOne afternoon while baking, we were making extra mince pies as usual when I casually commented that you really loved them. I said, “Those extra mince pies were never for Santa, were they? Only now am I starting to enjoy Christmas again, and while I don’t do the baking any more, I do have mince pies in the house.
December 15, 2018 06:45 UTC
As a child, I loved taking part in the church play my parents organised. The fact that he, a fiftysomething, has agreed to act in the nativity play again. Christmas morning is not about exchanging presents or making the stuffing or gleefully opening the extra-large window in the advent calendar you forgot the previous day. Well, several gulps of rejuvenating Swedish air led to an epiphany: I missed the play because it sums up my family Christmas. More, it sums up the strange pull of the frazzled family Christmas, full stop.
December 15, 2018 06:00 UTC
Just before I settle into one of the Datai’s four-hour spa experiences inspired by the Malaysian ramuan tradition of holistic potions sourced from rainforest ingredients, my therapist, Eny, asks what I would rather listen to: music or the jungle. I’m so used to somebody sticking on a CD of whale song or panpipes during a massage that I assume both would come out of a speaker, so opt for the latter — and am then baffled when my ceremonial flower bath begins in silence. But the more I relax, the more I begin to hear: the babbling of a brook that runs alongside; the strumming of cicadas; macaques calling to each other in the trees; humming dragonflies; and giant cretaceous-looking leaves falling from the canopy and…
December 15, 2018 00:01 UTC
Please don’t send Hera Lindsay Bird your erotic poetry. After the New Zealand poet was interviewed by the The Guardian she “got a lot of elderly men writing, sending me their erotic poems in the ‘contact me’ section of my website”. Eventually things got so out of hand she had to add a disclaimer saying: “Please don’t send me any erotic poems.” “That only made things worse,” she says ruefully. It’s fair to say those elderly men missed the point of Bird’s poetry. If you flick through the index of her self-titled debut collection, Hera Lindsay Bird,…
December 15, 2018 00:01 UTC
Dublin council has said that it will use alternatives to glyphosate in a move towards a “herbicide and pesticide-free city” ALAMYExposure to glyphosate, the weedkiller and pesticide that has been linked with cancer, is low among professional gardeners, an Irish study has found. Researchers at NUI Galway said the main method of exposure was through skin contact with glyphosate as opposed to inhaling fumes. They said this underpinned the need to wear protective clothing when handling the substance. The four-year study, which was one of the first in the world on glyphosate exposure among gardeners, analysed 200 urine samples and 350 wipes and gloves used by 30 horticulture workers. Glyphosate has been…
Kerry Group, which has its headquarters in Tralee announced yesterday that it had reached an agreement to buy Ariake USA and Southeastern Mills. Ariake USA is the American division of a Japanese company that makes and sells natural seasonings. Southeastern Mills makes and sells sauces and gravy, as well as seasonings. Kerry Group said that the two acquisitions, which are subject to customary closing conditions, would be financed using the Irish company’s existing facilities. The deals add to its ingredients and flavourings offering, which is one of the most important parts of the company’s business.
Doctors and other professionals are more likely to be offered large loans GETTY IMAGESLawyers, accountants and doctors who have small deposits but are hoping for big mortgages are in luck. The banks and building societies are falling over themselves to lend to people in these professions, wooing them with the chance to borrow up to six times their income with only a 10 per cent deposit. “People in these professions are viewed as less risky,” says Aaron Strutt, the product director at Trinity Financial, a mortgage broker. Darlington Building Society launched a five-year fixed-rate professional mortgage last month offering up to six times a borrower’s salary at a rate of 3.69 per cent at 90 per cent loan-to-value (LTV). This rate is 1.73 percentage points higher than the best ordinary five-year fix, which is Yorkshire Building Society’s 1.96…
Investors appear sceptical about the potential for an ECB rate hike in 2019 KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERSBorrowing costs in the eurozone fell as weak data raised fears for world economies, a day after the European Central Bank trimmed its growth forecasts and said that downside economic risks were becoming more prominent. Eurozone businesses have ended the year in a gloomy mood, growing at the slowest pace in over four years as new orders all but dried up, hurt by trade tensions and violent protests in France. IHS Markit’s flash composite purchasing managers’ index fell to 51.3, its weakest since November 2014, from a reading of 52.7 last month. That followed Thursday’s decision by the central bank to end its asset-buying programme but maintain protracted stimulus for an economy struggling with an unexpected slowdown. “The growth concerns are back,” Alexander Aldinger, a…
What lies ahead? The answer to this question should be found in the torrent of forecasts that claim to predict the direction of share prices in 2019. Political chaos, however, means that most of the crystalgazers are predicting continued uncertainty, although a year from now there will be ample scope for blaming Brexit, or trade wars, for any errors of foresight or false optimism in December 2018. The market faces an uncertain future ALAMYMost commentators are declining to be specific, talking instead of the need for resilience (in other words, grin and bear it). This stoicism is a useful attribute for small investors at the end of a year when 80 per cent of active fund managers have made a loss, with UK funds faring particularly badly.