Month: December 2019

Chelsea suffer blow in pursuit for Paul Pogba

first_imgJuventus were never going to sell Paul Pogba to Chelsea this summer, Italian football expert James Horncastle has told talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho’s side have tracked Pogba for over a year and were linked with making a €100m offer for the former Manchester United midfielder after their poor start to the season.And while Horncastle confirms the Blues did make a formal bid for the Frenchman, he insists Juventus were never going to sell him.“I think that Chelsea believed the offer that they were putting on the table was a competitive offer and was better than any of the other offers that Juventus had received – and they had received some extraordinary ones this season,” Horncastle told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“Their general manager Massimiliano Allegri said that they actually entertained Barcelona coming to Milan for a talk about Pogba but they came out of those talks saying we are absolutely not selling this player, particularly not this summer after we have lost Carlos Tevez and (Arturo) Vidal.”Horncastle also said that Pogba himself had no intention of leaving this summer after requesting the no.10 shirt for the forthcoming season – a move which may have raised his value even higher.“They look at it and think that they want to build the future of the club around him – how realistic that is beyond this current season, I don’t know – but he asked for the no.10 shirt which was vacated by Carlos Tevez and they gave it to him,” he continued.“Not only is that a statement of intent from Pogba to stay at the club and to get that added responsibility to make that extra leap of development, but it raises his value even further as it is one of the most prestigious shirts in world football.“I don’t think they were ever going to sell but I can understand why Chelsea thought the offer that they were making might have wet their appetite.”last_img read more

San Marino 0-6 England: Wayne Rooney equals goalscoring record as Three Lions qualify for Euro 2016

first_img1 Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record as England clinched their place at Euro 2016 by hitting six past San Marino. The Manchester United forward drew level with Charlton’s tally of 49 international goals with a penalty in the 12th minute, but couldn’t find a second to clinch the record and was replaced by Harry Kane after an hour. Against a team of part-timers – including an accountant, a bank clerk and a barman – the result was never in doubt. As such, the spotlight was focused firmly on Rooney and whether he could make history in Serravalle. Roy Hodgson made nine changes from the team beat Slovenia in June. Jamie Vardy and Jonjo Shelvey made their first international starts, while Everton trio John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley were given the chance to impress. As expected, England dominated proceedings and Rooney got the ball rolling by converting from the spot on 12 minutes. The decision awarded for a shirt pull on Stones seemed harsh but Rooney wasn’t complaining, sending Aldo Simoncini the wrong way. The visitors doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when Cristian Brolli could only divert Luke Shaw’s left-wing cross into his own net. England’s third came just 18 seconds after the restart. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain raced down the right and his cross found Barkley, who nodded in his first senior goal for his country. Rooney was then replaced by Kane but the 29-year-old will surely be given another opportunity to make the record his own when England take on Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday. Just moments after replacing Arsenal team-mate Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott found himself unmarked at the back-post and had the simple task of tapping in Shaw’s low cross to make it four.Having failed to score for Tottenham so far this season, Kane then rediscovered his goalscoring touch with a deft chip over Simoncini from Shelvey’s slide-rule pass.And, from the kick-off, England immediately made it six as Barkley combined with Walcott and the Arsenal forward slotted his second into the far corner to round off a comfortable victory.The win saw England maintain their 100 per cent record in qualifying and become the first team to join hosts France in next summer’s finals. England captain Wayne Rooney equals Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record from the spot last_img read more

Agent backs Mario Balotelli to realise Real Madrid dreams

first_img Mario Balotelli 1 Mario Balotelli’s dream move from Liverpool to Real Madrid is completely logical, according to his agent.The Italian striker is dreaming of a move to the Bernabeu to link up with the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, even though he could not get in the Liverpool team under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.AC Milan currently have the former Manchester City man on loan until the end of the season. But he has a further year left on his Anfield contract after that.Liverpool will be hard pressed to recoup much of the £16m they laid on the man they trusted to replace Luis Suarez.But he and his agent Mino Raiola believe a move to the Spanish capital makes sense.“Every great player dreams of playing for Real, it is almost logical,” Raiola said.“Who would not? Let us hope that one day he can achieve his dream.”last_img read more

Derby miss chance to move into Championship top two

first_img Paul Clement 1 There was no splitting Sheffield Wednesday and Derby as the Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls fought out a cagey, goalless draw at Hillsborough.Paul Clement’s men made the short journey up the M1 to take on the play-off-chasing Owls in an encounter that failed to set alight.Wednesday failed to translate an impressive first-half display into a lead and had to ride their luck at times after the break, with Derby midfielder Bradley Johnson rattling the crossbar late on.It was a rare moment of excitement during a frustrating encounter, but things could have been so much different had Ross Wallace’s exceptional half-volley 15 minutes in not been met by an equally-impressive save from former Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant.Derby were a shadow of the side that so impressively won at Hull last time out but improved markedly after half-time, with Johnson their main threat on his return from suspension.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgThe incident happened at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday at Telegraph Road and Bramblebush Avenue in the unincorporated county area of Whittier. The Chevy was stopped at the intersection. At the same time, Werkovich was heading east on Telegraph, approaching the intersection at 30 to 40 mph. The Chevy began turning from Bramblebush onto westbound Telegraph. Zizi said it made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, which broadsided the SUV. Zizi said it hasn’t been determined who was at fault in the crash. Fundraiser nets $5,000 for reward COVINA – Relatives of a Covina motorcyclist killed in a hit-and-run said they raised $5,000 with a rummage sale held last weekend. Friends and family of Ralph Granado sold food and arts and crafts. Omar Granado, son of Ralph Granado, said his mother will match the $5,000 raised. The money will be added to an existing $10,000 reward offered by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Ralph Granado, who worked as a printer for the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office, was riding his motorcycle to work July 20 when he was killed on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway, west of Sunset Avenue in West Covina. He was ejected from the motorcycle after he was rear-ended by a Toyota Yaris. As the 55-year-old was trying to stand up, a dark-colored sport utility-type vehicle hit him and fled. Cleanup day Saturday canceled MONTEBELLO – A community cleanup day slated for Saturday has been canceled. If you are interested in participating in an Adopt-An-Area Program, contact the Montebello Street Division at (323) 887-4613. – From staff and wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Motorcyclist dies in collision WHITTIER – A Whittier man was killed Wednesday night after a Chevy Avalanche and a motorcycle collided. Thomas Werkovich, 38, was ejected from his motorcycle and suffered major chest trauma. He died at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Joe Zizi. The 67-year-old La Mirada man driving the sport utility vehicle suffered minor abrasions. WHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association in conjunction with the city of Whittier’s Cultural Arts Foundation will present the second annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Art and Music Festival from 4 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday in Uptown Whittier. The event, along Greenleaf Avenue between Hadley and Philadelphia, will feature artist vendors, a children’s arts and crafts area, special altar makers, food from local restaurants, live music and performance groups throughout the evening. Admission is free to this family friendly activity that celebrates cultural diversity. For information call (562) 693-2844 or (562) 696-2662. last_img read more

Northrop hopes for satellite bid

first_imgBoth teams are heavy-hitters in the industry. At Northrop’s Redondo Beach-based Space Technology sector, which used to be part of TRW Inc., executives said they expect their legacy of developing earlier military satellite communications systems will give them an advantage in the contract competition that could be worth more than $10 billion. “TRW was positioned, and we still are (as Northrop) a place the government went when they had a really hard problem,” Stuart Linsky, Northrop’s vice president and program manager of the TSAT program, said before a tour of the company’s TSAT lab. The Northrop tour came about a month after Boeing opened its TSAT lab in El Segundo to the media to promote what it sees as its competitive advantage. When Lockheed and then-TRW teamed to develop Milstar I, a predecessor of TSAT that also could withstand nuclear blasts in the atmosphere, the innovative hump that had to be overcome was “huge,” Linsky said. The first Milstar I satellite was launched in 1994. “That was a tough nut to crack, but eventually we cracked it,” Linsky said. “Milstar I was over schedule and over cost. ? This was a national imperative to be able to communicate through a nuclear conflict.” A few years later, TRW and Lockheed developed a more advanced satellite version known as Milstar II with 10 times the communications capacity of Milstar I. In addition to greater speed, Milstar II had the further innovation of a nulling antenna that nullifies enemy jamming attempts. Milstar II’s innovative nut cracked much easier. Milstar II was under budget and easier to develop because 55 percent of the new satellite was proven in Milstar I, Linsky said. “For Milstar II, a lot of stuff came from Milstar I,” Linsky said. In February 2007, Northrop delivered a military communications satellite payload to Lockheed that will communicate 100 times faster than Milstar I. The first launch of this satellite, part of a constellation known as Advanced Extremely High Frequency, or Advanced EHF, is scheduled for April 2008. The main innovation of Advanced EHF is a phased array, an antenna that can efficiently point its beam in different directions without mechanical movements. Northrop delivered the Advanced EHF payload ahead of schedule in part because the company was able to reuse 20 percent of Milstar II’s technologies, Linsky said. TSAT’s main innovation is a laser that sends signals between satellites and, in some cases, between satellites and such assets as reconnaissance aircraft. “With TSAT, we will be able to reuse 40 percent of Advanced EHF and will get 1,000 times Milstar I’s communications speed,” Linsky said. “We built the payload of Milstar. ? That leads to Advanced EHF and hopefully TSAT, if we’re selected.” The Air Force declined to comment for this article. But in an article in Air Force Print News from Sept. 21, Air Force spokesman Joe Davidson praised the potential of TSAT. “From the soldier on the ground to the commanders and planners of wartime operations at an operating headquarters, all will have the increased capabilities and real- time availability of information that provides for better situational awareness,” Davidson wrote. With respect to innovation, the hard part is over, said Len Kwiatkowski, vice president and general manager of military space programs at Lockheed’s Space Systems Co. in Sunnyvale. “Innovation as invention and new technologies, from my viewpoint, that’s behind us,” Kwiatkowski said. “We’ve already gone through a multiyear, $500 million development program to develop and prove the technologies.” If the Lockheed-Northrop team wins, the remaining innovations will involve final design, integration of the technologies and space qualification, Kwiatkowski said. Lockheed’s version of the TSAT is based on the Lockheed A2100 satellite, 33 of which already have been launched successfully into orbit. From Milstar I to Milstar II to Advanced EHF and now TSAT, Northrop has teamed with Lockheed. That close relationship is another plus for the team’s prospects of winning the TSAT contract, Kwiatkowski said. In fact, the former No. 2 executive at Northrop’s Redondo Beach facility, Joanne Maguire, now serves as executive vice president of Lockheed’s Space Systems Co. “We have been partnered together with Northrop Grumman since ’82,” Kwiatkowski said. “In the aerospace business, we have had a very unique and very close relationship with each other in this particular arena to the point where people are working in our building today, and we don’t know who’s working with which company. We’re all wearing the same clothes.” muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Northrop Grumman Corp. hopes the technological innovations in its lab will propel the nation’s military to a new level of satellite communications. The U.S. Air Force will possibly announce by December whether a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp., with Northrop as its main partner, or another group led by Boeing Co. will develop a new satellite constellation expected to transform military communications. Known as the Transformational Satellite Communications program, or TSAT, the constellation would make sending signals faster, more dynamic and less vulnerable to enemy-jamming or even nuclear explosions. If the Lockheed team wins, Northrop would develop the TSAT communications payload while Lockheed would build the satellite vehicle and integrate the entire project. MILITARY: The new system would make communication faster and less vulnerable. By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER In a Manhattan Beach lab, octagonal antennas, invisible lasers and racks of computers simulate data-rich signals bouncing between a hypothetical network of satellites in orbit, military commanders and troops in battle. last_img read more

FBI: Hate crimes down in Los Angeles

first_imgBucking the national trend, the number of reported hate crimes fell slightly last year in Los Angeles, according to FBI statistics released Monday. In Los Angeles, 211 hate crimes were reported in 2006, compared with 219 the year before. Most were based on race, mirroring national trends. “We are trying to do more education with the community to report more hate crimes,” said LAPD Capt. Ann Young, who oversees a three-person Hate Crime Unit. “I think in certain communities it’s under-reported for fear of retaliation. Many people are still very fearful. We can understand that.” The FBI defines hate crimes as those motivated by biases against a certain race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity origin or disability. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Nationally, they rose 8percent, but the FBI cautioned that the population also increased, as did the number of police agencies reporting hate crimes. In a report released earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission found that in the San Fernando Valley area, including Agoura Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Glendale, Hidden Hills, San Fernando and Westlake Village, there were 137 hate crimes reported to police and other agencies in 2006. But commission Executive Director Robin Toma said it is difficult to draw comparisons between the L.A. area and the rest of the nation since about 17,000 police agencies did not fully participate in the national survey this year. “The thing that stands out, that is clearly a factor, is that there are more agencies that are reporting hate crimes,” he said. “It could have played a role in the number.” There were 7,772 incidents reported nationally last year, about half of which targeted people because of their race. The report comes nearly a year after the city targeted the Canoga Park Alabama gang for its racially motivated attacks on blacks and after several black students in Louisiana, known as the Jena Six, garnered national headlines. The students were charged with attempted second-degree murder in Jena, after they beat a white student who hung a noose on a tree*. Civil-rights activists decried the punishment as overly harsh and the charges were eventually reduced. The Jena jurisdiction did not participate in the FBI survey. “These crimes are different than other crimes because they attack a community,” said Amanda Susskind, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, which publishes an annual report on anti-Semitic incidents. “Any number of hate crimes is too many. I suppose it not increasing is better than increasing, but it’s not a dramatic decrease.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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_imgThe McKenna Guide “Award Winning” Counter Deli in Letterkenny are celebrating the launch of their 2014 Christmas Hampers & Wine Gifts by giving away a hamper a week until Christmas to lucky Donegal Daily readers!The Counter have painstakingly sourced the best of local produce as well as further afield to create the most sought after hampers this Christmas.Boxed in beautiful contemporary natural recyclable branded packaging, they have become something of a cult gift. Central to their hampers are the themes of both supporting local and the ultimate in high quality produce.Thankfully there are more and more local artisan food producers, ensuring that the Donegal hampers are the best they’ve ever been.If you have a more personalised gift in mind, that’s no problem.Take your time to browse the selection of wine, local produce and artisan products and make your own. If you just can’t decide, let them know what you want to spend and they’ll do the hard work!For a chance to win this week’s hamper, just follow the link at the bottom of this article to The Counter’s Facebook page, and like and share their competition post! Simple!The winner will be announced next Friday! WIN A FANTASTIC FREE XMAS ARTISAN FOOD AND WINE HAMPER WITH THE COUNTER DELI was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesFree HampernewsThe Counter DeliXmaslast_img read more

Arsenal will NOT sack Wenger, Liverpool close in on Monaco starlet & MORE GOSSIP

first_imgHere are Monday morning’s rumours from the paper and online…Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink, whose team face Tottenham in a key Premier League encounter on Monday, has questioned whether Spurs have the fight to remain in the title race. (Daily Mirror)Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to lead the club into their new 61,000-capacity stadium in 2018-19 as champions. (The Sun)Despite recent protests from fans and disappointing results this term, Arsene Wenger will retain complete control of all player and football staff matters at Arsenal next season. (Telegraph)Liverpool have opened negotiations to sign Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, 20, this summer. (L’Equipe)Watford and Southampton are monitoring Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu, 26, who has postponed talks about a new deal with Reading. (Daily Mirror)Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, 22, has admitted he is flattered to be linked with a transfer to Tottenham, but says Spanish football is more suited to his style of play. (London Evening Standard)Manager Quique Sanchez Flores says Watford owner Gino Pozzo needs a five-year plan if the club are to thrive in the top flight. (Daily Telegraph)Ukraine winger and Liverpool target Andriy Yarmolenko, 26, will not be allowed to leave Dynamo Kiev for “clubs like Everton and Stoke City”, says club president Ihor Surkis. (UNIAN)Cristiano Ronaldo is rated 50-50 to play for Real Madrid against Manchester City in Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final. (The Sun)West Brom forward Jonathan Leko, the first player born in 1999 to start a Premier League game, will be sent out on loan next season by manager Tony Pulis. (The Times)Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, sent off at Manchester United on Sunday, could face an increased ban for his reaction to referee Michael Oliver’s decision. (The Times)And here are the latest headlines…Leicester star Jamie Vardy named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the YearClaudio Ranieri reveals he will NOT watch Tottenham versus Chelsea, and will take 96-year-old mother to lunch in Italy insteadLISTEN: Jurgen Klopp explains the benefit of Liverpool losing to SwanseaManchester United’s draw with Leicester was one of the best performances of the season says Louis van GaalWATCH: Villarreal’s two goals as they warm up for Liverpool clash with win v ValenciaMissed Didier Drogba’s free-kick for Montreal Impact? Watch it here!last_img read more

Dawdling on domestic energy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Politicians ignore the obvious The liberal Democrats, especially, have ignored the obvious impacts of increased demand combined with decreased domestic supply (clearly demonstrated by the interruptions of 1973, 1978 and 1980). By making domestic energy resources off limits, the politicians, including presidents, have been playing their political power games with the nation’s socioeconomic stability. The GOP takeover of the Congress in 1994 somewhat changed the situation. In 1996, the Republicans by a narrow margin approved a bill to open the Alaskan North Slope, which included the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to exploration and environmentally sound development. But then-President Clinton, influenced by liberal Democrats’ ties to environmental extremists, vetoed the bill. For the first four years of the George W. Bush presidency, the Democrats succeeded in filibustering the Bush energy bill that included opening ANWR and other coastal resources. In 2005, Bush failed to cancel Clinton’s presidential drilling bans on federal lands and offshore fields even though in March, the Senate narrowly voted to allow oil drilling within ANWR. ANWR proponents claimed it could deliver more than 1million barrels of oil per day for 15 to 20 years. By linking up with the existing Prudhoe Bay pipeline, the development would reduce dependence on imports, cut prices and create thousands of jobs. Opponents claimed it would disrupt the pristine Alaskan tundra, including a major caribou breeding ground, and enrich the greedy oil companies. But experience with the existing Alaska oil recovery operation and pipeline proves exactly the opposite. The Caribou herds thrive on the warmth delivered by the heated oil pipeline and have no trouble moving beneath its raised structure. Second of two parts. By Stan Katten Dependence on foreign oil makes the United States more vulnerable to world oil-price fluctuations due to increasing demand of developing nations, especially China and India. And while the Bush administration has made efforts to cut off funding to terrorists and their supporters, the United States continues to send hundreds of billions of dollars each year to Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other nations that directly or indirectly support terrorism. Natural gas and oil generates about 40 percent of our electricity. Hundreds of products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and synthetic rubber require oil derivatives. Our transportation systems run mostly on oil derivatives. These permeate the entire economy. Diesel, for example, runs equipment to plant crops and to extract raw materials. The rising cost of oil increases the prices of everything, and any serious disruption can have disastrous economic effects. Extremists keep winning Nonetheless, due to a number of Republican moderates who were either against or borderline on the ANWR issue, the situation remained undecided. In December 2005, the House narrowly passed an attachment to a “must-pass” defense bill, but the Senate succeeded in once again blocking the bill as Republicans could not muster the 60 votes needed. In late 2006, the Senate passed a bill opening much of the eastern Gulf of Mexico 125 miles off the Florida panhandle and 250 miles off Florida’s west coast, along with a 37.5 percent sharing of royalties with the states. This was to be reconciled with a much broader House bill, but the Senate Democrats refused to accept any part of the broader bill. California’s liberal Democrat Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein opposed the bill in any form even though the Senate version wouldn’t affect California’s coast. In 2007, additional attempts also failed to reach the president, even as oil approached $100 per barrel and gas prices neared $3.50 per gallon in California. Liberal Democrats and their environmental-extremist campaign contributors have opened the United States up to possibilities for rampant inflation and deep recession, widespread social unrest, weakened diplomatic strength and even oil blackmail (as was recently threatened by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez). More than a decade has been wasted during which prices could have been contained by the development of increased domestic oil and natural gas supplies. This would have provided ample time to develop alternative fuels, such as more nuclear, wind, solar and geothermal generation. The nation could have built more efficient refineries and encouraged greater industrial, commercial and residential efficiency in all energy uses. There is no longer any way to avoid the pain and danger of higher prices due to tighter supplies for several years. What should have been done earlier must now be accomplished on a crash basis. Americans need to contact their representatives and demand immediate action to increase domestic supplies. Stan Katten is a former RAND Corp. analyst and a San Pedro resident.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