Chelsea make double defender move, Man United chase Dutchman, plus more transfer news

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Chelsea are ready to back manager Jose Mourinho with a fresh move for Everton centre-back John Stones and Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos, both 21, in January. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United are prepared to sell defender Marcos Rojo, 25, in the January transfer window and replace him with 23-year-old Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi. (Manchester Evening News) Arsenal had a loan bid for Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin, 24, rejected during the summer transfer window.(Evening Standard) Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood wants a greater say in transfers after head of recruitment Paddy Reilly and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt recommended deals in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace hope to sign Ballymena striker Matthew Shevlin, 16, despite having a bid rejected. The Northern Ireland youngster has impressed manager Alan Pardew during training sessions with the club. (Surrey Mirror)And here’s the latest headlines…Barcelona preparing bid for Liverpool and Manchester United target Marco ReusExclusive – England manager Roy Hodgson on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool appointment: ‘It won’t be an easy job!’ 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Arsenal, Man United and Barcelona in battle to land ‘new Ozil’

first_img1 Hakan Calhanoglu Barcelona have joined the race for Arsenal and Manchester United target Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports in his native Turkey.The Bayer Leverkusen man, hailed as ‘the new Mesut Ozil’, has emerged as one of the biggest prospects in the Bundesliga since arriving from Hamburg in 2013.As well as some eye-catching performances at club level, Calhanoglu has also starred for his national team, who have secured their qualification to Euro 2016.Leverkusen are bracing themselves for offers for the 21-year-old midfielder with both Manchester United and Arsenal keen on bringing him to England.AC Milan have also been credited with an interest but now, according to sources in Turkey, Barcelona are keeping close tabs on his progress.Barca are expected to be busy in the January transfer window, when they will be allowed to sign players again, with reinforcements in attack said to be high on their wish list.And with set-piece specialist Calhanoglu on their radar, his Premier League admirers may have to move quickly to sign him.last_img read more

Quique Sanchez Flores reveals Premier League managerial role model. Surprise?

first_imgHow did you cope with Watford’s busy approach to the transfer market?“One of our main occupations was deciding who would stay or leave. It was absolutely crucial to make the right choices – and in fact we did, considering we made the decision to keep seven players of our current line-up. Some of them were really important last season. We have every sort of player now: some are young, some the ideal age and some others help us with their experience.”You’ve built a rather solid defence. How did you go about that?“[By] making sure we have a good defensive line and narrowing the distances between our players on the pitch. The 11 players on the pitch must move like a block. We move that block up or down depending on how we predict the game will be. Obviously, we want more than that. We want our players to be confident and daring on the ball. We also intend to have long possessions, which in fact is a reality as we have had 60 per cent possession in certain games.”The majority of your goals have been scored by two strikers, Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney. Are your training sessions focusing on enhancing your midfielders’ scoring records?“Yes, part of our work is focused on creating more scoring opportunities. When a team doesn’t score, everyone points at the strikers – but in most cases, not scoring is related to not being capable of creating goal chances. The fewer chances you create, the greater scoring ratio you will need from your strikers. It’s unacceptable for us to create few scoring opportunities. We are trying to provide our players with the right tools to threaten our opponents’ goal, such as populating the box with many players in certain moments. Rather than how many goals have we scored, we focus on how many shots did we take, how many of those were on target or on how many times we trespassed the last third of the pitch. These are the statistics that matter when you are willing to score. We must provide the right tools to our players so they can score.” What’s the most remarkable thing you have been told during your time in the Premier League?“Definitely a sentence by [Watford full-back] Allan Nyom. In the context of a one-to-one chat, he confessed that a player has to be at his peak of form [if] he wants to be competitive in this Premier League. Otherwise he must let the manager know straight away. ‘This league is merciless,’ he said. ‘Because every game has a high tempo.’ I had that perception too, but if a physical player like Nyom says that it must be really noticeable on the pitch. That defines what the Premier League is.”Would you have been that honest when you were a player?“Probably not, because times change. Nowadays there is more proximity between the players and the management, but back then [Sanchez Flores was a professional from 1984-1997] there was a bigger distance between them. It is very important to reflect on football issues with players. When players are relaxed, they share their thoughts with you. Nyom’s sentence is a simple but truthful way of defining what Premier League football is.”Is there any player who has particularly impressed you?“I managed David Silva [and] Sergio Aguero in the past. Both were fantastic back then, and they are still fantastic now. You can find excellent players all around in [the] Premier League, not just in the top teams’ squads. The likes of [Crystal Palace’s] Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha or [Everton’s] Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku are formidable.”Who is the kindest manager you have met in the Premier League?“I must say that Claudio Ranieri is a great guy. He takes things lightly and that is the kind of approach I tend to have as the time goes by. Obviously, tension and high demands are inherent to professional football, but you must keep calm and behave normally. Claudio is a very positive role model.”As a manager with experience in Spain and Portugal, how does football reporting in England compare?“Here in England, the media seem to be more calm. The Premier League is extraordinary in many other aspects, such as the loyalty from the crowds or the respect for the fair play. That is very inspiring for me. We all, players and managers, like the way local media plays down some issues. After all, football is just a game and anything can happen.” Quique Sanchez Flores This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmaguk“A newly arrived manager must respect the local culture of the game,” Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores tells Sport. “He must be up for a quick, high-intensity contact game. We had to adapt, we couldn’t just implement a philosophy that revolves just around keeping the ball. Here in the Premier League, it’s important to manage well the transitions during the game, as well as learning how and where to defend or to attack.”His inclusive use of “we” is telling. The 50-year-old former Spain international hadn’t played or managed in England before this season, but he and his coaching team weren’t the only ones starting anew. Watford hadn’t been in the Premier League for eight years and in the summer overhauled their first team squad with 14 new signings, the vast majority from overseas. Yet after gaining three points from their opening three league games, they have significantly improved.They are mid-table, and their points tally means they are closer to the top four than the relegation zone, where many expected them to be. And, as Sanchez Flores explains, he expects them to further improve as he gradually introduces his philosophy.You became Watford’s fifth manager in a year when you were appointed. What attracted you to the club?“During my talks with [owner] Gino Pozzo, I sensed I had a very intelligent person next to me. He had very clear ideas about how to run the club as he explained Watford’s project. He said there were diverse circumstances that led him to make certain decisions last season. Apart from last year, Watford had been quite a stable club during previous seasons. Therefore, last season’s events were not a reference point for me.” 3 3 3last_img read more

Whittier pioneer dies

first_imgWHITTIER – Carlos Santos Zuniga Hartnell, who traced his family roots back to the founding of the Los Nietos School District and to Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California, died Saturday of a heart attack. Rosary Mass will be held for Hartnell, 86, of Whittier, from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at White-Emerson Mortuary, 13304 Philadelphia St., Whittier. Viewing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. the same day and location. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 7215 Newlin Ave. “He had this incredible heritage behind him,” said Tim Miguel, his great nephew. “(His mother) was born in the mission district. He’s the one who remembered all the history.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Citylast_img read more

Youths’ STD rates are high, especially here

first_img“If you look at the overall numbers, the biggest impact are from two diseases,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “One is HIV and the other is HPV.” Fielding said the data also highlights the “hidden epidemic” of chlamydia and gonorrhea. “This disproportionately affects young people and has a lot of secondary effects,” Fielding said. “For some women, chlamydia leads to infertility.” From 2000 to 2005 in Los Angeles County, the number of reported cases of gonorrhea jumped from 7,199 to 10,494. Syphilis more than tripled from 336 to 1,213, and chlamydia increased from 30,546 to 38,862. “But HIV is really what we are most concerned about,” said Dr. Peter Kerndt, director of the county’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Program. “We know the rates of HIV in the younger age groups and among minorities are increasing. That’s where the epidemic is growing the fastest.” Kerndt noted several reasons for the increases, including better screening by youths covered under managed-care insurance plans. Also, today’s youths generally are more sexually active, sometimes have multiple sexual partners and simultaneously place themselves at higher risk by using drugs and alcohol, Kerndt said. Health officials are also concerned about recent increases in different types of reported STDs among youth, including HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Although HIV became a reportable disease last year, no statistics are currently available, and HPV is not a reportable disease. But health officials are especially concerned about HPV, noting that more than 90 percent of people who have the disease have no symptoms. Although research suggests that most immune systems will eliminate HPV infection within a year or two, about 10 percent of people remain infected for much longer, possibly for life. A vaccine that now protects against four HPV types – which cause about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital warts – is now approved for females ages 11 to 26. “If you have private insurance, you can be vaccinated by your private physician,” Kerndt said. “If they are eligible, they can receive vaccines in publicly funded clinics.” About half of hepatitis B cases are also sexually transmitted. Infected people often have no symptoms, but it can lead to fatal liver disease. A vaccine is also available for hepatitis B. “If youth are having sex, they should make sure they have protection,” Fielding said. “Condoms, for most of these diseases but not all, are the first line of protection.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe findings contrast sharply with previous data based on cases reported among youths ages 15 to 24 – with researchers saying their findings are nearly 10 times higher. Researchers used statistic estimation methods recently developed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the number of new cases and associated medical costs for eight major STDs. “This epidemic is like an iceberg – what you see is just a small part of what you have,” said Petra Jerman, a research scientist at the Oakland-based Public Health Institute’s Center for Research and Adolescent Health. “The estimated number of new cases and their associated costs illustrate that the STD epidemic among California youth remains largely hidden.” The report comes as health officials have expressed growing concerns about serious complications STDs can cause. The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is linked to cervical and anal cancer. Other STDs can increase the chance of contracting HIV by two to six times. By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER More than 1 million youths in California have sexually transmitted diseases that cost the state more than $1 billion a year in treatment, according to a study to be released today. And nearly one- third of all the cases – 361,876 – are in Los Angeles County at an annual cost of $390million, according to the study by the Public Health Institute. last_img read more

Who waters?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sherman Oaks Chatsworth umbrage The Thursday Daily News contains an insulting political ad paid for by a Jacky DeHaviland. In warning of seemingly dreadful consequences of a Santa Monica zoning change, it says “Your entire street could look just like Chatsworth” – as if a cesspool. I lived in Chatsworth for 15 years, and we still have (horse) property there. It’s the most beautiful part of Los Angeles, and if DeHaviland doesn’t like it, he can stay in Santa Monica with my blessings and keep his insults out of our Valley paper. Don’t tread on Chatsworth, DeHaviland! – Charles L. Murray Moorpark Who waters? Re “Greening is a shady deal” (Local View, Oct. 18): When my husband and I first moved into our home, we planted three shade trees which now protect us from the harsh summer sun. And, while the trees have flourished through the years, they still need water – whether by hose or rainfall. And, that is something that the mayor’s Local View piece fails to mention. Who is going to make sure all of the street trees he intends to plant will be watered? – Ellen Vukovich Now we know Am I the only one fuming about this corruption in L.A. city government? For the last few years I have considered Laura Chick and Dennis Zine as the only two honest people in L.A. government. Now I read that after a few minutes with the incompetent mayor, Zine folded like a wet noodle. He and his ilk should be joyful that they don’t have to return the billions they collected in what will soon will be deemed an illegal tax. Greig Smith and Zine should be ashamed. However, we the voters now know how all 15 of you clowns feel about said voters. When in doubt, screw them. – George Timko West Hills Takes three years? Re “Reversible lane OK’d for Mulholland Tunnel” (Oct. 19): If memory serves me right, in 1952, long before the 405 Freeway, the tunnel on Sepulveda was divided just as currently proposed. Every morning and night some county employee moved in the signs and cones to direct traffic – worked great and did not take three years to implement the change. – Ruth Jones Northridge Peace Prize vacuum Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in a vacuum. The sad truth is that no other person, in or out of our government, had the courage to step forward and acknowledge a problem. The current administration had the perfect opportunity to take its rightful place as the world leader on this most pressing issue, but declined. So the prize went to someone who had the fortitude to champion truth and stand up for the good of humanity, present and future. We are all to blame just by living in a world which is dependent on fossil fuels but we can all become part of the solution by demanding that our leaders find other forms of energy. – James Matthews Westlake Village Providence Holy Cross Re ” No reason to delay hospital expansion” (Their Opinions, Oct. 16): Thank goodness for Brendan Huffman’s voice of reason regarding the Providence Holy Cross hospital expansion. How long have we been hearing about Los Angeles County’s health care crisis? How many more hospitals and emergency rooms are going to close before we realize there really is a crisis? I think all this debate about the hospital expansion and providing more beds is just an attempt to complicate an otherwise simple issue: We need better access to health care facilities and services in the San Fernando Valley now, not five years from now. – Guity Pirnia North Hills Seems pointless Re “Turks blamed in mass killings” (Oct. 11): If we ask the Turks to apologize for the mass killing of Armenians during the first World War, what about our government apologizing to the remaining Native Americans in this country for what was surely a genocide of their people? At what point does it seem pointless to blame current generations for what happened decades or centuries ago? Are we becoming more like the Islamic world, where a grudge can last forever? – Alan Pollack, M.D. Woodland Hills Raising the bar Re “Bush vetoes children’s health bill” (Oct. 8): Having all but sewn up the “Worst President Ever” title, Bush now seems to be shooting for “Most Despised.” – Eddie Johnson Panorama City160Want 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

Wildfire risks come with the territory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Sunday, when the fires were dominating the news, The New York Times Magazine appeared with a cover story, illustrated by a boat stranded on a dried-up waterway, titled “The Perfect Drought.” Perfect timing. The drought, even apart from the exacerbations of global warming, hastens the reckoning for the western states, which are growing in population even as water supplies are shrinking, portending great legal fights for what remains, without promise of any new supplies of life’s most basic necessity. Only one thing is sure: There will be a price. If the ashen clouds that hang over Southern California this week seem depressing, they haven’t been dispiriting, at least insofar as the rest of the populace, those not directly threatened by fire, went on about their business. Those who lost their homes in Malibu already are telling reporters they intend to pay the price and rebuild, sometimes in the very places burned out in previous fires. It will be the same when drought and diminishing water supplies take their own toll. Southern Californians may have cactus instead of green grass in their yards, and we may no longer be flushing our toilets with drinking water, but about one thing there is no doubt. We will be ready to pay the price. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A great accumulation of smoke fed by wildfires hangs over the L.A. Basin, with just a narrowing patch of blue sky separating the disasters in L.A. County from those to the west in Orange County, while even worse fire storms take hold to the south in San Diego County. If only the skies could weep. Instead, the hot winds have made the hillsides ever drier and primed to explode into flames. These were not the balmy Santa Ana winds of detective novels, but stupendous forces turning narrow canyons into flame throwers aimed squarely at the rich homes of Malibu. Fifty miles eastward, the winds have turned hills outside the tightly planned city of Irvine into enticing tinder for demented arsonists. Beyond, in San Diego County, moistureless gusts at hurricane force hurled flames across an expanse even greater than the disasters of just four years ago. For Southern Californians, the winds and the fires are all too predictable. The homes in Malibu, the hills in Orange County and the expanses in San Diego County are much the same targets of very recent disasters. We are being reminded at great pain that we will pay the price for living in reclaimed desert, now or later. For now, we can partly attribute the extremes of these fires to a great drought extending across the Southwest. For later, we will have to confront the prospect of a cycle of global warming that promises to make matters worse. last_img read more

New Jersey cat turns up in Atlanta area after apparently hopping aboard moving van

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Heathcliff the cat somehow hitched a nearly 800-mile ride from New Jersey to Georgia – most likely on a moving van, authorities said. The orange and white shorthair was reported missing Oct. 24 from Sicklerville, N.J. The animal was identified Nov. 9 at an animal shelter in Lawrenceville where a resident took the cat after trapping him. D. Mosier, an animal control officer, scanned Heathcliff for a microchip, as she does with all animals that show up at the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center. The microchip led to information that the kitty was reported missing. A volunteer rescue group shuttled the cat back to its owner Wednesday. Last week, a Lawrenceville woman provided what might be the answer to how the cat ended up in the Atlanta suburb. The woman called Mosier and told her she helped her son move out of a New Jersey apartment shortly before the cat turned up in Georgia.last_img read more


first_imgWell known bank manager has denied rumours that he is to quit the bank and take up a position with the council.The Letterkenny-based AIB boss will swap his pinstripe for a boilersuit to collect litter along the roadside this Saturday for a good cause.Jim, along with colleague Garvan McCloskey and a number of like minded people will be clearing litter from the roadside between the Dry Arch and Drumkeen all in aid of “Relay for Life” supporting the Irish Cancer Society. “We have an AIB team involved in Relay for Life and we were looking at different fundraising ideas. We developled on the idea of a sponsored walk and decided to clean up as we go.”He said. ” We have plenty of beautiful countryside in Donegal, but we also have many with a careless attitude to litter.“My Mum, who died from cancer three years ago, loved getting out in the fresh air for a walk – but got very annoyed by the amount of litter along the roadsides. So in this way, I can help tidy up a little stretch of road, raise a few bob for the Irish Cancer Society and get a bit of fresh air while I’m at it!”People are asked to make a donation at the Parkside Service Station, Pattons Shop, Drumkeen, Jameson’s Bar Drumkeen or the Dry Arch Service Station. If anyone wants to join in, the crew will be meeting up at the Parkside Service Station, Drumkeen to start at 9am on Saturday 10th and will be finished by 12.30pm.Martin Roarty of Donegal County Council is providing us with gloves, sacks, high-vis vests, litter pickers and safety signage.The pupils of Lurgybrack NS have also done up a number of posters for us calling on people to “keep the N13 clean!” Bacon rolls and tea will also be provided – so it’s all good!! JIM ‘RUBBISHES’ RUMOUR OF LEAVING BANK FOR A START WITH THE COUNCIL! was last modified: March 8th, 2012 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:AIBJim McLaughlinRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Ranieri ‘proud and happy’ as Leicester seal remarkable Premier League triumph

first_imgLeicester’s heroic manager Claudio Ranieri hailed his side’s remarkable achievement as the 5000/1 Foxes were confirmed as Premier League champions on Monday night.Title rivals Tottenham’s failure to win at Chelsea – one of Ranieri’s former clubs – means Leicester cannot be caught with two games of the season to go.It meant the trophy went to the King Power Stadium and this Leicester team’s incredible ascent to sporting immortality was complete.Ranieri will now forever be a legend in the city of Leicester – and quite right too. The journeyman Italian has answered his critics by steering last season’s great escape artists to top flight glory.Ranieri’s appointment last summer was derided by many, but he quickly won over the hearts of the Foxes faithful, as well as the neutral, with his kind manner, pizza promises and press conference gems [dilly ding, dilly dong!]But the ever-humble boss typically passed on the personal plaudits.“I’m so proud. I’m happy for my players, for the chairman, for the staff at Leicester City, all our fans and the Leicester community. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone,” he said.“I never expected this when I arrived. I’m a pragmatic man, I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week. Never did I think too much about where it would take us.“The players have been fantastic. Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible. Every game they fight for each other and I love to see this in my players. They deserve to be champions.”When he returned back to England, the former Chelsea boss was greeted by reporters and admitted he got very emotional.“The emotion was at the maximum level,” Ranieri told Sky Sports News.“It means the job is good. I am very, very happy now because maybe if I won this title at the beginning of my career maybe I would forget.“Now I am an old man I can feel it much better.”Ranieri had been visiting his 96-year-old mother in Rome on Monday but landed at East Midlands airport in time to return home and watch Tottenham’s draw.Leicester’s astonishing achievement will also bring Champions League football next season and Ranieri believes his side can now get even better.“I said every time I am very happy for the fans, for the chairman and for all the Leicester community,” Ranieri said.“I don’t know the secret. The players, the heart, the soul and how they play.“My message to the fans is now to keep going, we want to improve a lot.” ‘Mr Nice Guy’ Claudio Ranieri is loved by Leicester and neutral fans alike 1last_img read more