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Augsburg resigned to losing Baba Rahman to Chelsea

first_imgGerman Bundesliga club Augsburg have started shopping for a new left-back as English champions Chelsea move ever closer to capturing their Ghanaian star Baba Rahman.ESPN FC reports that the Londoners have virtually agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old Black Stars ace, but have yet to finalise terms with Augsburg. The German club are said to be insisting on 25m euros for the player, especially as they have to pay Rahman’s former club Greuther Furth 15% of the transfer fee.Rahman did not play in Augsburg’s 5:0 friendly win over Toulouse on Saturday, with the club citing “muscular problems” for his absence. However his coach Markus Weinzierl has demanded for closure in the matter, telling Kicker that the speculations have unsettled Rahman.”It’s clear that I and all of us here want the facts soon,” Weinzierl added in an interview with the magazine.Meanwhile Chelsea are desperate for another left-back after allowing Brazilian Filipe Luis return to Atletico Madrid. In Sunday’s Community Shield loss to city rivals Arsenal, manager Jose Mourinho turned to a centre-half to replace their one sure left-back Cesar Azpilicueta.”We cannot go to the Premier League with five defenders,” Mourinho said. “That’s our weakness. The quality is good, but the numbers are not enough.” Meanwhile Augsburg are close to signing German left-back Philipp Max from second-tier side Karlsruher SC for 3.6m euros. Max, 21, also missed his club\’s 2:1 home defeat to St Pauli at the weekend.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

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Sinn Fein announce plan to cut rates for small and medium sized Donegal businesses

first_imgSinn Féin Councilors on Donegal County Council have proposed an increase in the Council’s Small Business Grant which they say will reduce the rates bill for thousands of small and medium enterprises in the County. It comes as Donegal county councillors failed to agree a rate for businesses at yesterday’s annual budget meeting.Speaking on behalf of the Sinn Féin team on Donegal County Council, Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher said the council has found itself in a “perilous position.” “Donegal County Council finds itself in a perilous position as it attempts to balance the books and pass a budget for 2018. This is due, in no small part, to the systematic under-funding of our local Council by central Government.“Consequently, there are two options open to Councillors in order to find a way to balance the €140 million budget book, we either cut services or we raise business rates. As a party, we will not be supporting a cut to services as we believe increased services and more investment in our infrastructure is what’s needed for Donegal. Equally, we cannot countenance a universal increase in rates which would severely imact on our hard-pressed business owners.“However, Sinn Féin has put forward a proposal to the management and members of Donegal County Council to increase the Council’s Small Business Grant to 10%. This grant allows for a rebate of 10% of the total rates bill up to a maximum of €500 and would, in effect, see a decrease in rates for 90% of the businesses in Donegal.“We believe these proposals are fair and equitable, allowing for the continue growth of our County while easing the burden on our SME’s. “We will further engage with management and members of the Council over the coming weeks to progress these proposals.”Proposal belowSinn Fein proposal for Budget 2018Propose to increase the small business grant scheme in line with each percentage point increase in the global rate increase to a maximum of €500.On a practical level the impact of this proposal would mean 78% of businesses would see a decrease in their rate bill, 12% of businesses would pay less than their charged rates bill for 2018 and only 10% would see a practical increase.The cost to this scheme is €250,000. Working examplesA shop in Carndonagh charged €500 in rates for 2017 would pay €475 when the 5% grant was included. The same shop would be charged €525 in 2018 but would only be liable for €472.50 when the 10% grant is included.A Guesthouse in west Donegal charged €10,000 in rates for 2017 would pay €9,750 when the 5% grant was included. The same hotel would be charged €10,500 in 2018 but would only be liable for €10,000 when the 10% grant is included.A Hotel in Letterkenny charged €30,000 in 2017 would pay €29,750 when the 5% grant was included. The same hotel would be charged €31,500 in 2018 but would only be liable for €31,000 when the 10% grant is included.Sinn Fein announce plan to cut rates for small and medium sized Donegal businesses was last modified: November 21st, 2017 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:donegalSinn FeinSMEslast_img read more

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