Sane the hero as City close the gap on Liverpool

first_imgLeroy Sane’s 72nd-minute strike proved decisive as Manchester City reinvigorated their title defence and ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run with a crucial 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.Roberto Firmino looked to have sealed a potentially vital point for leaders Liverpool in the title race when he equalised just past the hour, but Sane struck soon after, confirming the Reds’ first league defeat of the season in their 21st game and moving City to second and within four points of the summit.Liverpool were mightily unlucky not to take an early lead when a defensive mix-up between John Stones and Ederson followed Sadio Mane hitting the post, but they survived and finished the first half well – Sergio Aguero netting in ruthless fashion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Firmino restored parity in the 64th minute and City initially looked rattled, as if they could see the Premier League trophy moving out of sight, until Sane found the bottom-right corner to breathe life into their challenge once again.A lively City start faded and they had a lucky escape in the 17th minute. Mohamed Salah released Mane into the box and the Senegal forward hit the post before Stones blasted his clearance against Ederson and hastily scrambled to clear off the line.Vincent Kompany was fortunate to avoid being sent off for a wild lunge on Salah 14 minutes later and City capitalised on that let-off just before the break.Bernardo Silva played a low cross from the left towards the near post, where Aguero nipped in front of Dejan Lovren and emphatically smashed past Alisson from a seemingly impossible angle.Liverpool hit back 26 minutes from time, however, as Andrew Robertson latched on to a lofted pass and played a volleyed cross for Firmino to bury with a stooping header.But City were not done.They caught Liverpool on the break and Sane found the net via the right post after being played into the box by Raheem Sterling.A Liverpool onslaught followed, with Ederson tipping a Salah effort wide, before Bernardo Silva and Sterling missed glorious chances to finish the Reds off – luckily for them, no fightback came and the champions held on.37 – Most goals in Premier League matches between ‘big six’ clubs since the start of the 2011-12 season:37 Sergio Aguero21 Harry Kane20 Wayne Rooney18 Robin van Persie17 Eden HazardPhenomenal. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2019 What does it mean? Aguero vital on the big occasion…again It is difficult to be surprised by Aguero these days, given how impressive he has been at this level for so many years, but his goal on Thursday was his 37th against the ‘big six’ in the Premier League since 2011-12. Harry Kane is closest to him with 21 goals. There really is no one else like him in England in terms of effectiveness in the big games. The win also gives City much-needed momentum and halts the relentless charge of Liverpool, who would have gone nine points clear of Tottenham and 10 ahead of City with a win.Sane the spark to reignite City’s hopes While his goal was undoubtedly a highlight, for its quality and importance, Sane also deserves praise for his general performance as he was a constant outlet on the left and caused Trent Alexander-Arnold plenty of issues.Lovren targeted It was plain to see for much of the match that Lovren was identified by City as Liverpool’s weak link. He picked up an early yellow card and was then caught on his heels by Aguero for his goal. In a game of this magnitude, there is not much coming back from that.Key Opta Facts:- Man City ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League start to the season in the 21st match – only Arsenal in 2003-04 (38 games), Man Utd in 2010-11 (24) and Man City in 2017-18 (22) have had longer unbeaten starts to a Premier League season.- This was only Man City’s second win in their last 12 matches against Liverpool in all competitions (D3 L7), winning at the Etihad in the Premier League in each of the last two seasons.- Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Sergio Aguero has scored 37 Premier League goals for Man City in meetings between ‘big six’ clubs – 16 more than any other player.- Liverpool have lost 10 of their 25 matches in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp in the month of January (W8 D7), making up 29 per cent of his total defeats as Reds boss (10 of 35).- Aguero has scored in all seven of his Premier League appearances for Manchester City against Liverpool at the Etihad, scoring one goal in each game.- Liverpool conceded more than once in a Premier League game for the first time since drawing 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion in April.- Man City won a Premier League match against a team starting the day top of the table for the first time since winning 2-1 against Liverpool in December 2013.What’s next? City have FA Cup and EFL Cup ties with Rotherham United and Burton Albion, respectively, coming up over the next six days, before returning to league action at home to Wolves on January 14. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are the Reds’ next opponents on Monday in the FA Cup, before travelling to Brighton and Hove Albion five days later. read morelast_img read more

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India and Lanka still sorting fishermen issue

“There are plus points for take off for short term and long term. There is an ideal platform,” he said.A team of investors will be visiting Kerala in August to hold talks with Chamber of Commerce and captains of industry.The Sri Lankan High Commissioner called on the Governor, P. Sathasivam; Chief Minister Oommen Chandy; and Ministers P.K. Kunhalikutty, A.P. Anil Kumar, Anoop Jacob, and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan; and held discussions. Seneviratne, who is on a four-day visit to Kerala to foster ties between Kerala and Sri Lanka on various sectors, including tourism, said the fishermen issue was a human, economic, and social problem and the two governments were sorting it. The poor fishermen would be affected if the ecosystem was destroyed by trawlers. Both the governments were aware of the security issues and chances of drugs and arms smuggling, he said. “India and Sri Lanka need to guard themselves. A mutual interest and understanding is needed. We have to support India for safeguarding us and India should do vice-versa,” the High Commissioner said. Seneviratne said “we do not want others to come and advice us. We are a historical society for 100 years. We can resolve issues through discussions.”Stating that Kerala has a high priority for Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner said they were working for new initiatives and there were “good vibrations.” India and Sri Lanka are still sorting the fishermen issue, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Sudharshan Seneviratne has said.He also said that countries making their presence in the Indian Ocean should respect the geographical reality, individuality, and security of the nations in the region, The Hindu newspaper reported. read more

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Canada Revenue Agency expects to track down 400M in tax crackdown

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 12:58 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada Revenue Agency expects to track down $400M in tax crackdown OTTAWA – Canadian tax authorities expect to track down $400 million this year they say are owed as part of a campaign to crack down on tax evasion by big international companies and wealthy individuals, particularly those using offshore tax havens, a top official says.The Liberal government provided extra cash to the Canada Revenue Agency in last year’s budget to pursue wealthy tax cheats. The agency is “ahead of plan” in terms of hitting its target, says Ted Gallivan, assistant commissioner at CRA’s compliance programs branch.“I don’t think raising the revenue is going to be a challenge for us because we have a strong record of generating tax revenue by identifying non-compliance,” Gallivan said.The $400 million is a small fraction of the $13 billion CRA is expected to recover from its audits in this fiscal year, but it is expected to grow.The 2016 federal budget included $444.4 million over five years to help the agency crack down on wealthy tax cheats. The program is expected to garner $2.6 billion in extra tax revenue over that period.CRA also said there will also be additional assessments above the $2.6 billion for provincial tax, interest and penalties.The extra money in the budget has been used to hire staff and start building the information technology infrastructure to review large international transfers of money in real time.Gallivan says CRA has been careful in spending the extra money, adding to the ranks of auditors for large multinational companies, targeting promoters of illegal tax schemes and beefing up the criminal investigation teams with lawyers at the earliest stages.“It allowed us to ramp up the pressure in many areas without decreasing the pressure in other areas,” he said.University of Ottawa tax law professor Vern Krishna called the $400 million remarkable, but expressed skepticism regarding the figure, noting that the appeal process at CRA can take a long time.CRA said there will be appeals, litigation and collections issues that will result in some of the funds not making their way into federal coffers, but noted that the budget in 2016 also included money to enhance the CRA’s collection capacity.Gallivan said the agency is also reviewing its voluntary disclosure rules with an aim to tighten that program. The program can reduce penalties for those who notify authorities when they have failed to pay their taxes.CRA estimates the program will help identify $1 billion in income that might otherwise have been hidden this year.Gallivan noted the changes being looked at include whether to continue allowing Canadians to use the program more than once.“Should you really kind of have a second kick at the can?” Gallivan asked.“Somebody who does it twice, deliberately and with a lot of legal advice and thinking around it, that’s not really what we want.”He said the payment requirements when someone makes a disclosure under the program are also being reviewed.Public consultations on the changes are expected to start in the spring with recommendations seen ready for the fall.National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier accepted Thursday the recommendations regarding tax evasion in a report by the House of Commons finance committee.Among the recommendations in the report is a comprehensive review of the voluntary disclosure program and a review of guidelines used to determine whether to pursue litigation or seek a settlement with tax evaders.The report also recommended the minister strengthen protections for informants.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Canadian tax authorities were on track to recover $400 million this year. read more

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