Sanchez reaches deal to avoid prison time in tax fraud case

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez looks at his hand as Tottenham’s Harry Kane takes a free kick during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium, in London, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)MADRID — Alexis Sanchez has reached a deal with Spanish authorities to avoid prison time in a tax fraud case stemming from when he played for Barcelona.Sanchez was handed a 16-month prison sentence for defrauding tax authorities of nearly 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in 2012 and 2013, but he will not have to serve time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Knicks, Lakers most valuable NBA clubs – Forbes View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Sanchez played for Barcelona from 2011 until 2014, when he was signed by Arsenal.Several other players have been targeted by Spanish tax authorities in recent years, including Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who two years ago was found guilty — along with his father — for defrauding authorities of 4.1 million euros.Other players investigated in Spain include Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao.Sanchez’s coach at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, is being investigated for the time he worked at Real Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are often suspended in Spain.In addition paying back what he owed, Sanchez was also fined nearly 600,000 euros. The Manchester United forward also had to pay more than 100,000 euros in interests for the amount defrauded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAa part of the deal, Sanchez will be ineligible for requesting tax benefits for two years.The Chile international was accused of defrauding authorities for income related to his image rights. Authorities said he failed to pay nearly 600,000 euros in 2012 and about 400,000 euros in 2013. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

High-Level Disaster Response Meeting Convenes in Monrovia

first_imgThe Government of the United States of America, through its Embassy in Monrovia, has pledged its continued support in fighting the deadly Ebola disease that threatens post-war Liberia.U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, gave the assurance to delegates at the opening of the High-Level Disaster Preparedness and Response meeting hosted Tuesday, April 8, at a resort in Monrovia.Tuesday’s meeting was hosted by the Government of Liberian (GOL), and organized by the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) with support from the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM).The purpose of the meeting, Ambassador Malac said, was to enable stakeholders and decision makers to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that are likely to arise during a disaster, as well as to identify gaps and assess the need for modifying Liberia’s disaster management plans, policies, and procedures.She disclosed among other things that an innovative collaboration between the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) and AFRICOM helped lay the foundation for Tuesday’s event.  “As you have seen over the past weeks, the United States and other donors and international organizations are coming to the aid of Liberia and other West African countries to manage the serious Ebola outbreak.”According to the U.S. Envoy, United States and Liberia’s other partners are ready and willing to ensure that the country is prepared to meet any natural disaster or pandemic.In that connection, the U.S. diplomat encouraged all stakeholders at the meeting to take advantage of Tuesday’s gathering to build on the progress already made.s The information presented is expected to provide guidance for the structuring of a National Disaster Relief Commission (NDRC) and a Disaster Management Agency (DMA).urged consideration of how government ministries, agencies, and other stakeholders can work together to coordinate the government’s response to a major disaster, and then identify what further actions or steps could be taken to improve the ability of the GOL to effectively manage disasters.Ambassador Malac then urged stakeholders in attendance to continue using Tuesday’s meeting agenda to build closer regional ties within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), especially with their colleagues from Ghana and Nigeria.Tuesday’s disaster response meeting examined the issues associated with governance and organizational structures, as well as Liberia’s capacity to manage disasters.It also reviewed the GOL’s national disaster capacities and authority to respond to a major national, regional or global disaster event.Participants included an array of senior Liberian officials, among them, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., newly appointeAFL C the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) headed by Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr.  At the end of the meeting, a closed-door review and discussion session was conducted to summarize the recommendations and suggested improvements to enhance Liberia’s disaster management capacities.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lack of affordable housing a dilemma

first_imgAt the same time, city leaders express hope over a re-energized Planning Department under General Manager Gail Goldberg, who has pledged to create community plans that maintain L.A.’s traditional single-family neighborhoods while promoting more apartments and condos in other areas. Meanwhile, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has created a team headed by Housing Department General Manager Mercedes Marquez to develop a citywide housing strategy that would touch on homeownership, modernizing public housing and preserving affordable housing. “It’s so complicated,” Marquez said of the city’s housing crisis, “that only by breaking it down to its barest essentials can we fight it and win.” In addition, planners and the Mayor’s Office are creating a blueprint of high-density housing and businesses at transit stops along Metro’s Orange, Expo and Gold Lines. Councilman Reyes, who heads the council’s Planning and Land Use Committee, hinted during last week’s hearing that he might resurrect the idea of inclusionary zoning – in which developers are required to set aside some new units for low-income renters or buyers. Pressure from developers, neighborhood councils and homeowner groups killed the proposal in 2005. But after thinking it over, Reyes said inclusionary zoning is probably still too controversial. Instead, he wants to focus on developing more housing along transit lines and rewriting community plans to spell out where new housing can be built. “We as decision makers need to get with our constituents and say, where won’t you fight it? Where do you want it? What infrastructure needs to go along with?” Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the West Valley, has mixed feelings about the future of city development. He doesn’t agree with affordable housing requirements like inclusionary zoning. But after his suburban constituents raised concern about an apartment and condo building boom in Warner Center, he agreed to temporarily require 25 percent “work-force housing” in new residential projects, which would slow development and provide units for middle-income workers in the area. “The bottom line is, do we just go with everything market rate? Then you end up like Beverly Hills and Newport Beach where everyone is wealthy and nobody else can live there,” Zine said. “The future is going to be tall buildings and condos. The factor is going to be the affordability.” (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last week, for example, the City Council debated six hours before voting 9-5 for a two-tiered plan to increase relocation allocations to tenants evicted because of condo conversions. “This is an incremental step,” Councilman Ed Reyes said after the vote. “This incremental patchwork is getting very little return for the money and work we’re spending on it.” There are also questions about where the developments will go and about the trend toward building mixed-use projects, which combine residential and commercial space but also raise concerns about traffic and noise. Greuel said it’s important for the residents to be involved in the decision-making process. “I believe people in the Valley and the rest of the city can tell us where should the housing go and where shouldn’t it go. There are places where we want to protect single-family neighborhoods, and there are areas where density makes sense and there is the infrastructure to support multifamily housing.” Five years after experts voiced concerns about a looming housing crisis, Los Angeles officials have yet to develop a citywide policy that promotes construction of enough affordable units to meet the demand. But with home prices in the stratosphere, vacancy rates plummeting and developers accelerating plans for condo conversions, political leaders find themselves under increasing pressure to expand the housing stock in every area of the city. “The stars are aligned. There is a recognition of people really wanting to solve this problem,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, whose East San Fernando Valley district has been hit hard by condo conversions. However, it could be difficult to come up with a solution acceptable to everyone – landlords, tenants, homeowners, developers and politicians. last_img read more

Police identify boy shot and killed in Lancaster

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Authorities today identified a teenage boy shot to death in Lancaster. The shooting in the 45000 block of Rodin Avenue occurred at about 11:15 last night, said Deputy Denise Fuchs of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Eduardo Perez, 16, of Lancaster died at a hospital, said Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. The circumstances of the shooting were under investigation.last_img

Situation uncertain in Pakistan as former PM returns from exile

first_imgThe government has indicated that it plans to thwart their plans and has warned Sharif not to return. But it remained unclear whether the government planned either to deport him to Saudi Arabia, where he has spent much of his time in exile, or to arrest him. Sharif reached Heathrow Airport in London on Sunday evening along with a large group of reporters and supporters. The journalists accompanying Sharif were divided into two groups, one taking a Gulf Air flight and the other joining him on the Pakistan International Airlines flight. “I’m very excited to be returning after seven years,” he said, before boarding the direct flight from London to Islamabad. As for what kind of reception he expected in Pakistan, he said: “I have a mission that is much more important than any reception – to restore democracy in the country and restore the rule of law. So it is a very noble mission that I have.” Asked if he expected a safe landing, he said, “We hope so.” ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Uncertainty, anticipation and anxiety gripped Pakistan as Nawaz Sharif, an opposition leader and former prime minister, began his trip to return to the country after seven years in exile. Sharif, whose government was toppled by Pakistan’s current president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in a bloodless coup in 1999, was expected to land at Islamabad airport this morning. He announced that he would return after the country’s supreme court ruled in late August that he could. The ruling came after Musharraf unsuccessfully tried to oust the court’s chief justice. Sharif’s supporters said they were planning a rousing welcome. Before boarding the plane, Sharif told his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who faces arrest in Pakistan on murder charges, that it was not necessary for him to return to Pakistan. Shahbaz Sharif faces five counts of murder in cases the Pakistani government recently reopened, but he had been planning to return to Pakistan on Sunday on a separate plane from London. Nawaz Sharif served as prime minister twice in the 1990s, and he leads an opposition faction of the country’s governing party, the Pakistan Muslim League. He has consistently been one of the most vocal and defiant opponents of Musharraf, who is considered an important ally of the United States in its effort to curb terrorism. Pakistani officials remained tight-lipped about their strategy. “I can’t say,” Sheik Rashid Ahmed, the country’s minister of railways, told Dawn News, a television news channel, in regard to what the government planned to do about Sharif’s arrival. Ahsan Iqbal, the information secretary of Sharif’s political party, said Sunday that “Islamabad seems under siege.” Security was increased in Islamabad and an adjacent city, Rawalpindi, on Sunday. Police officers were stationed at intersections leading to the Islamabad airport and other entry points to the city. Barbed wire was strung and barricades were set up around the airport. By midnight, local reporters were told to vacate the airport premises.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

Former AG: Coroner was GOP `target’

first_imgCORRUPTION: The Pennsylvania Democrat is being prosecuted on theft and fraud charges. By Ben Evans THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A U.S. attorney general from President George H.W. Bush’s administration told a House panel Tuesday he thinks the Justice Department had political aims in prosecuting a high-profile Democratic coroner from Pennsylvania. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Dick Thornburgh, a Republican whose law firm is representing coroner Cyril Wecht in the pending trial and who acknowledged speaking as an advocate for Wecht, said the outspoken Democrat was “an ideal target for a Republican U.S. attorney trying to curry favor with a (Justice) Department which demonstrated that if you play by its rules, you will advance.” Politics should never play into a decision to prosecute, Thornburgh said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing examining “selective prosecution” by the Justice Department, but “sadly, that appears to have been so in the case against Dr. Wecht.” Republicans shot back that Thornburgh was simply trying to help his client in a public forum where he knows the Justice Department cannot discuss the case, which is still awaiting trial. “Your testimony, to be blunt, is the most pathetic example of ? hearsay and innuendo that I’ve heard in my seven years on this committee,” said Rep. Ric Keller, R-Fla. “It’s so far-fetched that I’m almost embarrassed being an attorney listening to it.” The Wecht prosecution on charges of theft, mail fraud and wire fraud was one of three corruption cases that Democrats spotlighted Tuesday as part of a broad investigation into White House interference with Justice Department activities. After months of questioning whether the Bush administration fired U.S. attorneys who were not “loyal Bushies,” Democrats said the cases provide strong evidence that some government lawyers may have done the White House’s bidding. The other cases discussed were the successful prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on bribery and other charges and the overturned conviction of Wisconsin state procurement official Georgia Thompson in a contracting case. Testifying about the Alabama case, former Siegelman lawyer Doug Jones disputed the Justice Department’s claim that career prosecutors initiated and handled the prosecution. Jones, a former U.S. attorney under President Clinton, said he was given strong hints by local prosecutors in 2004 that the case might be fading after several years of investigation. But in late 2004, Jones said, local prosecutor Steve Feaga told him that officials in Washington had ordered a “top to bottom” review. Shortly after that, he said, Washington seemed to take over. 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


first_imgO’DONNELLThe death has occurred at University College Hospital in Galway of Patrick ‘Pat’ O’Donnell, late of the Acres, Ballyshannon and formally of Dungloe. Funeral arrangement to be announced later.McCORKELL The death has taken place at his late residence of Archie McCorkell, late of Ballymcarthur, Greencastle. Funeral from his late residence tomorrow, Thursday, at 2pm for funeral service in Moville Presbyterian Church with burial afterwards to St Finnian’s Church, Church of Ireland, Greencastle.O’DONNELLThe death has taken place of Bob O’Donnell, Ruskey, Mannorcunningham. Remains are reposing at his nephew Liam and Margaret Doherty’s residence, The Glebe, Letterkenny. Funeral from there tomorrow, Thursday, at 11.15am going to St Columba’s Church, Dromoghill for 12 noon Funeral Mass. Interment afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.McKENNA The death has taken place at her residence, Cathhair O Doherty Avenue, Buncrana of Aideen McKenna. Remains reposing at her home. Funeral from her home tomorrow, Thursday, at 9.30am going to St Mary’s Oratory for 10am Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in Cockhill Cemetery.McCLEANThe death has taken place at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry of David McClean, 440 Victoria Road, Ballymagorry and formerly of Cooladerry, Raphoe. Funeral service in Raphoe Presbyterian Church tomorrow, Thursday, at 2pm with burial afterwards in the family plot. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Raphoe Presbyterian Church Funds c/o Gibson Funeral Directors, Convoy. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 was last modified: February 8th, 2012 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) Tags:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAYFEBRUARY 8last_img read more


first_imgRetailers in Letterkenny have reported a better than expected Christmas with sales much improved from last year.Letterkenny Chamber with the support of Letterkenny Town Council ran many shop local campaigns in 2012 under the Shop LK initiative and it seems to have caught the imagination of everyone.Higher numbers of people from across the County are seeing the benefits of staying local and have voted with their feet. The Chamber says that 2013 will just build on the reputation gained last year.Toni Forrester CEO of Letterkenny Chamber says “This year we are asking people to shop locally throughout 2013. We had an excellent Christmas and in general an improved 2012. We want to build on the optimism to make 2013 an even better year.“We have a wealth of business in Letterkenny from independent operators to the well known multiples and we will use our campaigns this year to remind locals and visitors of that.”Letterkenny Chamber’s ShopLK campaigns were organised to promote retail in Letterkenny but also to promote the sale of Shop LK vouchers. Last year’s ShopLK campaigns not only reminded local people what Letterkenny has to offer but also showcased this to nationwide audiences from national television and media to Northern Irish news papers and radio.Letterkenny Chamber campaigns have definitely affected the sale of Shop LK vouchers. They have exceeded expectations this year. For the Christmas period alone the sales of the vouchers has reached a new high of €220,000, the biggest volume of sales in any Christmas period since the initiative started.Shop LK vouchers can be spent on over 120 outlets in Letterkenny so this means that this money is contributed back into Letterkenny not just in money but also in terms of jobs. There is also the multiplier effect that means for each voucher spent at least twice the face value is spent at the same time.Shop LK vouchers can be bought in the Letterkenny Chamber and now online at so with even more accessible ways to buy the vouchers and with the range of businesses involved growing ever year, sales are expected to get better and better.Throughout the year the sterling-euro exchange rate also contributed to people shopping locally. Letterkenny retailers used this to their advantage and the majority offered 25% on the sterling attracting a lot of northern visitors to Letterkenny. John Watson Chamber President commented “It’s time to make hay while the sun shines. Retailers are right to take advantage of the exchange rate, its great to see local people staying local and visitors from the north spending money here too. We want people to re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer and we are here to make that happen and help businesses to reap the rewards.”The weather also had an effect on retailers business. We had a warm summer and a relatively mild winter with no snow this year and this allowed people to get out and about. The lead into Christmas also had an effect on the Christmas sales.There were four shopping weekends in December so there was plenty of time for people to shop. Of course none of this would make a difference if it wasn’t for Letterkenny’s keen prices, wide selection of shops and that personal service offered by so many businesses.Letterkenny Chamber thanked all those who have supported Letterkenny and Letterkenny businesses over the least year. LETTERKENNY CHAMBER REPORTS STRONG CHRISTMAS TRADING was last modified: January 16th, 2013 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:CHristmasLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more


first_imgMajella O’Donnell has revealed she has a cheeky side to her life too!Majella, who is married to singer Daniel O’Donnell, revealed she has had the her husband’s name tattooed on her bum.In fact, Majella has a stamp with the initials DSM on her backside. As well as Daniel, the other initials refer to her grown-up children Siobhan and Michael.Hopefully it’s the only bum note that is heard in the O’Donnell household! MAJELLA O’DONNELL REVEALS SHE HAS A CHEEKY SIDE! was last modified: November 6th, 2014 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalMajella O’Donnelltattoolast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Donegal adventurer Jason Black takes his life in his hands tomorrow morning when he starts a five day climb to reach the top of K2.Jason Black with the plaque on K2 honouring fallen climber and fellow Irishman Ger McDonnell. Tomorrow Jason begins the five day push to the top of K2.Black and his team have been frustrated in recent days by incoming snow.But the team have now decided to scale the mountain which claims the lives of one in every four people who attempt to conquer it. The Letterkenny mountaineer revealed “Tonight the decision has been made we can see window of opportunity so it’s a GO. We leave in the early hours of the morning on a solid five day push for the summit hoping to reach successfully the summit on 28th July.“The Abbruzzi route will see me return to….. Camp one – 24th – 6050mt Camp two – 25th – 6650mts Camp three – 26th – 7300mts Camp four – 27th – 8000mts Summit early hours 28th.”Jason has pleaded with family and friends and the people of Donegal to keep him in their prayers as he tackles the treacherous climb in the coming days.He also revealed how he has asked tragic fellow mountaineer Ger McDonnell, who perished on the same mountain, to be his guiding light. “Today I honoured Ger Mc Donnell, the Irish Irish climber on K2 who lost his life saving others on 02-08-2008. It was a sobering chapter in my expedition as the first Irish mountaineer to return to K2 since Ger’s passing.“I wrapped the Tri-Colour around his shoulders with the hope that a fellow Irish man stool shoulder to shoulder with him again. Asking Ger for a save passage I said my farewell with a promise to return on my decent.“Tonight Lord jesus be my guide & hold me in your heart ,and Ger shine your touch brightly showing me the way safely and to my family and friends across the world hold me close for the next few days…. Together stronger forever proud. Jason x”Donegal wishes you a safe return Jason.IT’S ON! MOUNTAINEER BLACK STARTS FIVE DAY CLIMB TO REACH TOP OF K2 was last modified: July 24th, 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:donegalJason BlackK2letterkennymountainlast_img read more