Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, September 4

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro has still not returned to work since she was banned from the match-day bench after being criticised by manager Jose Mourinho, with reports suggesting she is unlikely to resume her role. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United spent £36million on 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial in a bid to beat off competition from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City. (Daily Mail)Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is ready to challenge summer signing Nicolas Otamendi for the first-team spot alongside club captain Vincent Kompany following the Argentine’s £32million arrival from Valencia. (Manchester Evening Post)After failing to seal a move away from Queen Park Rangers this summer, striker Charlie Austin wants a 100 per cent pay rise to sign a new deal at Loftus Road. He will also demand a buyout clause should Rangers fail to get promotion. (Get West London)Arsenal and England forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he has been playing in agony for the last two years, and claims ongoing injury troubles have stunted his progression as a footballer. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool will open dialogue with a prominent supporters group as they look to resolve a row about flags in the Kop. The club have reportedly requested for fans to sign a register and wear accreditation to bring and wave the famous flags in the build-up to games at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)Liverpool will not finish in the top four this season, according to former striker Craig Bellamy. (Daily Mail)Ashley Cole has no plans to cancel his Roma contract, despite being sidelined and left out of their Champions League squad. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…David De Gea transfer fiasco ‘a wake-up call for Man United’, John Barnes tells talkSPORTExpert view: Monaco have done ‘amazing business’ with the sale of Anthony Martial to Man UnitedExclusive – Liverpool legend John Barnes rejects Harry Redknapp’s ‘bang average’ claimsMoussa Sow reveals he snubbed West Ham and Sunderland approaches before Qatar moveChelsea failed with desperate last-ditch attempt to sign Benfica defender LuisaoAC Milan reject claims by Zlatan Ibrahimovic that they were ‘desperate’ to sign PSG starJonathan de Guzman’s agent responsible for collapse of Dutch star’s move to BournemouthAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal squad are ‘happy’ with club’s summer transfer businessBayern Munich pulled out of a deal to sign Kevin De Bruyne, according to Man City star’s agentlast_img read more

La Masia continues to produce great goals

first_imgThat Barcelona academy is not bad, is it?La Masia, has produced, among others, Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta and the future continues to look bright.Check out this Aleví A (ages 11-12) goal against Cornellà.last_img


first_imgDonegal Airport has been Accredited ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Certification and has done so with flying colours.This International Quality Management Standard compliments the Airports International Aviation Standards already in place and confirms Donegal Airport’s drive for Excellence.The project was supported by B. Murray Consultancy Services. The Accreditation Agency was QAS delivered though Dublin based IMSM. Pictured Left to Right are Pauline Sweeney, Marketing Manager, Anne Bonner, Managing Director, Breandán Ó Baoill, Head Air Traffic Controller and ISO Management Representative Brian Murray,  Accreditation Consultant, Eilis Barrett, Operations ManagerDONEGAL AIRPORT GIVEN QUALITY MANAGEMENT APPROVAL! was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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:carrickfinDonegal Airportlast_img read more

No prison for man in oil-for-food scandal

first_img 160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ “I’d like to apologize to the United Nations for my participation in the case,” said Dionissiev, who moved to the United States from Bulgaria 16 years ago. In all, 10 people and five companies have been charged in connection with schemes to cheat the oil-for-food program, which ran from 1996 to 2003. The program let the Iraqi government sell oil primarily to buy humanitarian goods. center_img NEW YORK – A Houston oil trader with a minor role in the United Nations’ oil-for-food scandal will not go to prison after admitting wrongdoing, a judge said Thursday. Ludmil Dionissiev, 61, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a smuggling charge for helping bring Iraqi oil into the United States in January 2001. In sentencing Dionissiev to two years of probation and ordering him to pay a $5,000 fine, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin called him the “least culpable” of those charged. Before he was sentenced, Dionissiev apologized, saying he knew what he was doing was wrong when he committed his crime. He said it was the “biggest mistake” of his life. last_img read more

Police seek help in `thrill’ slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – The metallic blue Chevrolet Blazer pulled up swiftly under the glow of a gas station’s fluorescent lights.A man in a beige shirt paced with his hands in his jacket pockets just feet away, and suddenly turned and walked to the car.As the man stood talking to the occupants of the Blazer, the sound of a gunshot burst through the station’s background music and the man – 24-year-old Andre Laurent – fell backward to the ground.The exchange took nine seconds.Police showed a videotape Friday of the fatal shooting of Laurent, a San Dimas man who was on his way to the movies with friends when he became the victim of a random shooting.“Somebody knows something, and we’re pretty sure these cowards are going to brag about what they did,” said Pomona police Detective Danny Kono.The shooters remained at large two days after the shooting, but police continued to pursue leads in the case. Meanwhile, am-pm Mini Mart, the business where the shooting occurred, posted a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunmen.Investigators also revealed they believe the shooters opened fire in the parking lot of the Strip Joint at 1405 E. Mission Blvd. 10 minutes before they came to the gas station.The men were escorted out of the business after they got into an argument with one of the dancers, Nelson said. They left and then returned, firing numerous shots, but not hitting anyone, police said.Nine members of Laurent’s family attended the news conference to plead for someone to help police find the shooters. A tearful Mary Laurent, the victim’s mother, dabbed her eyes with tissue as she stood before the microphones.“Please help us find these people so they don’t do what they did to my son to anybody else,” she said.Laurent and two friends were driving to the movies when they pulled off the Pomona (60) Freeway and stopped at the am/pm Mini Mart at 2488 S. Reservoir St.While he was putting gas in the car, two men in the Blazer drove up and one of the men inside said something.Because the area is frequented by truck drivers, it was difficult for Laurent to hear what the man said, so he approached the car.Laurent asked what the man said and the man answered, “Do you have a problem with me?” Kono explained.Laurent said no. The man then asked why Laurent was staring at him and asked Laurent if his friends had a problem with him. Laurent again said no.The man in the Blazer then fired one shot, striking Laurent. Laurent’s two friends were not wounded. The Blazer sped away and Laurent’s friends ran inside, asking the clerk in Spanish to “Call somebody.”Police say the video surveillance is important because it captured the Blazer, which has either a custom or a rare type of baby-blue paint job. It also has whitewall tires and chrome rims.“If that car passed you today and you looked over, you would say, `That’s the car.’ That’s how strongly we believe this car is recognizable,” said Detective Bobby Nelson.The shooting was apparently a random act because there was no evidence of a robbery, and the victim wasn’t tied to gangs, police said. Police are investigating whether the shooters might be gang members.Kono and Nelson, partners in the case, said they have investigated many homicides and this is one of the few that appears to have been done for no reason.“In this case, we have absolutely no motive,” Kono said. “As far as we know, it could have been a thrill kill.”Anyone with information about the shooting can call Pomona police detectives at (909) 620-2174 or (909) 620-2358. [email protected](909) 483-9378last_img


first_imgThe 41st Topaz Donegal International Rally kicks off today and there is a huge buzz across the county.It is expected that 70,000 people will come into the county and generate a whopping €25 million for the local economy.The three day event shows no signs of slowing down with both the number of visitors and participants remaining steady. Chairman of the Donegal International Rally, Damian Crawford, said the rally is as popular as ever.“We are the only three day rally event in Ireland and I’m delighted to be able to say it is as strong as ever.“We may be suffering economically but the rally is certainly showing no signs of letting up.“All the bed and breakfasts are sold out and the number of drivers taking part is also holding steady. “We’re looking forward to a great weekend with a huge emphasis on safety,” he said.A total of 141 cars will take part in the main rally while a further 20 cars will compete in the historic section and a further 15 in the junior category.Eamon Magee, who is the clerk of the course for the first time, admits he is a little bit nervous.“There’s a huge amount of planning has to go into the event and I am seeing that first hand now.“Without the hard work of so many people it simply could not go ahead,” he said. One famous rally name will not be behind the wheel this weekend but rather in front of the camera!Driver Toni Kelly is not competing but she will certainly be in the thick of the action as presenter for UTV’s RPM rally programme.“I am really looking forward to it. It will be different but I’ll still be in the middle of all the action.“I am hoping for a great rally and I’m looking forward to some great driving. “Most of all however I am hoping for a safe rally and I would encourage everyone to take things easy following the rally and to listen to the marshals,” she said.RALLY SET TO KEEP DONEGAL’S LOCAL ECONOMY ON THE RIGHT ROAD! was last modified: June 15th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL community campaigners have taken their case to politicians in the North, fearing a sewage plant will damage Lough FoyleA delegation of environmental campaigners led by Enda Craig, spokesperson for the Community For a Clean Estuary (CFCE) have met with the Northern Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’ Neill and with members of the Environment Committee in the Assembly to outline their concerns about the impact on the Foyle estuary from the proposed sewerage treatment plant at Carnagarve between Moville and Greencastle.Mr Craig was joined by renowned environmentalist, Dr Karin Dubsky, coordinator of Coastwatch Europe, Moville based zoologist, Dr Trish Murphy, and Dr Liam Campbell – a local academic whose specialises in river catchments. The campaigners were joined by local TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Enda Craig outlined the history of the Moville/ Greencastle sewerage scheme and the concerns of the community at Carnagarve and surrounding town-lands.Dr Dubsky and Dr Murphy outlined the unique potential of the wetland eco system in the Foyle estuary from natural oysters and other shellfish to recently discovered sea grass.They requested that the Northern Executive work with the Irish Government to develop the estuary into a international Ramsar special area of conservation and explained that the immense potential of all of this could be seriously undermined if Donegal County proceed with their plans for the plant at Carnagarve. Dr Campbell outlined his concerns that authorities on both sides of the Foyle are in a position to further damage the Foyle estuary because of the zoning of much of it as “coastal” back in 1990 and demonstrated that this zoning is erroneous and needs to be changed to protect the amenity of Lough FoyleSpeaking afterwards, Enda Craig said: “We brought the campaign to protect the Foyle estuary to politicians in Stormont today because they have a shared responsibility with the Irish government to protect this vital resource.“It was clear that the Minister and the other Assembly members we met were moved by our presentations and they have assured us that they will pursue these matters with their southern counterparts.“There is no doubt that the appropriate location for the outflow pipe of a future sewerage scheme for Moville and Greencastle is out into coastal waters and not into the Foyle estuary.“In recent months, we have taken our campaign to Europe supported by MEPs Marian Harkin and Martina Anderson and now to Stormont and we have had the Joint First Minister, Martin McGuinness out to see for himself the issues at Carnagarve beach. “We will keep fighting because the cost of defeat is too high for all of our communities that live beside Lough Foyle”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Minister O’ Neill was clearly impressed by the strength of the arguments from this eminent delegation of environmental campaigners. The history of the Moville and Greencastle sewerage scheme is one of shameful failure. Rather than develop the wonderful amenity of the Foyle estuary, Donegal County Council has given into political tomfoolery and failed everyone in the area.“I hope that in the absence of leadership at council level in Donegal or from the Irish government that both Europe and the Northern Assembly can now pursue this matter so that common sense is restored at last.”Pictured are Minister Michelle O’Neill and the environmental campaign team. Names left to right: Dr. Trish Murphy (Celebrate Water), Maeve McLaughlin (MLA for Derry), Dr. Liam Campbell (Specialist in river catchment), Dr. Karin Dubsky (Co-ordinator Coastwatch Europe), Padraig MacLochlainn (Sinn Fein TD), Michelle O’Neill (Northern Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development), Enda Craig (Spokesperson CFCE). DONEGAL ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGNERS TAKE THEIR CASE TO STORMONT was last modified: November 27th, 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:DONEGAL ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGNERS TAKE THEIR CASE TO STORMONTGreencastlemovillelast_img read more


first_imgThe coastal cancer challenge which takes place on the 20th July in Dunfanaghy is already attracting large interest.The event which was run for the first time last year involves a 12k run around McSynes gun loop, a 2 km kayak from Dunfanaghy to Portnablagh, a 24k cycle to Muckish via Ards Forest Park, a 3km Hike up Muckish mountain and a 18k cycle back to Dunfanaghy. Speaking during the week chairman Boyd Robinson said he was delighted with the interest so far.“Last year we had 130 individuals and 50 teams and we look like we are going to greatly exceed this year.“Entries are coming in from all over we have three entries from the Netherlands, entries from Germany and one entry from New York as well as several UK athletes competing,” he revealed.The race was a massive success last year raising over €12,000 for the nominated charities and hopefully this year we will exceed this. All the details can be got on the website ENTRIES GROWING FOR DONEGAL’S COASTAL CANCER CHALLENGE was last modified: July 4th, 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:COASTAL CANCER CHALLENGEDongegallast_img read more

Unique brand of golf lures competitors to local park

first_imgLA MIRADA – Roddy Flocken took one step back, then two steps forward. He twisted his body and let fly a plastic disc. Watching it soar hundreds of feet across a special course at La Mirada Regional County Park, he took off after it, walking fast across hilly terrain, lugging a bag filled with more discs. Flocken, 32, of Whittier is part of a growing number of disc golfers, a colorful bunch that – equipped with specialized saucers and limber throwing arms – is putting the “par” into parks around the country. As in regular golf, players of the disc version traverse grassy courses, aiming to complete a series of holes with the fewest number of strokes. Only here, balls and clubs are swapped for Frisbeelike plastic discs. Each throw – be it an arm-whipping, running-start launch for long drives, or a gentle toss for short putts – counts as a stroke. The “hole” is actually a metal basket positioned halfway up a planted pole; chains dangling from atop the pole into the basket snag flying discs from the air. “For me it’s the challenge of trying to get the disc inside the basket,” said Flocken. “You also get to be outside and play for free with your own Frisbees.” Officially created in Pasadena more than three decades ago, the sport has spread quietly around the globe. It even has its own ranking association, the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), which sanctions disc golf tournaments all over the world. The PDGA tallies nearly 2,000 disc golf courses worldwide, with more being added continually. The game has an especially devoted following here in Southern California, where optimal weather allows players to enjoy a wealth of courses year-round. There are now about 40 courses in Southern California, including two in the Whittier area – in La Mirada and at Whittier Narrows in South El Monte. The La Mirada park’s disc golf course, one of the bigger and better known courses, has 27 holes. It offers recreational disc golf 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing hard-core players to play at night under lights. Each year, PDGA holds two national and two regional disc golf competitions at the La Mirada park. “We get about 1,000 players a week and about 300 on a weekend day,” said Mike Williams, owner of Lifetime Sports, a store within the park that carries Frisbees and other flying discs. The PDGA estimates as many as 10 million people have tried the game, and that nearly 500,000 people play it on a regular basis. Part of the appeal is that it’s cheap. Most courses are on public land and don’t charge any fee Williams is a long-time disc golf player. “It’s just fantastic exercise for all ages,” he said. The course in La Mirada also has links with the sports’ roots. It was designed in 1976 by the late “Steady” Ed Headrick, who invented the modern Frisbee for Wham-O. Hendrick gets credit for giving the game more official status. In 1976, he designed the first disc golf basket and installed the world’s first permanent course at Pasadena’s Oak Grove Park. Today, La Mirada park is home to two major disc golf competitions – the U.S. Open in the spring, and the Coors La Mirada Open every August. Last year’s U.S. Open had a purse of $43,000, while the Coors event offered a purse of $10,000. “I see everyone from young kids to grandpas, lawyers, ex-convicts and an amazing amount of dentists playing this sport,” said Dan Mangone, who owns Discovering The World, a Buena Park company that sells flying discs and Frisbees. “It’s great to see the full gamut out there playing.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

ABC guru brings new spirit to TV

first_img “His genius has been promotion and scheduling,” said Bill Carroll, analyst for Katz Television. “Some of the pieces were in place, but if you don’t exploit those pieces and don’t schedule them correctly, you could have the best show on television and no one knows and no one sees.” McPherson was bold from the start, said Sweeney, recounting what she calls her “favorite Steve story.” It stems from his decision to bump “Alias,” then one of the network’s few reliable performers, from its time slot in favor of an untested newcomer. “There was conversation and discussion at the table, a lot of it heated,” Sweeney recalled. “But he held his ground. He had a strong belief that Sunday night at 9 belonged to ‘Desperate Housewives.”‘ Marc Cherry, the series’ creator, credits McPherson with more than assembling a solid prime-time grid. It was McPherson, then at Touchstone, who brought Cherry’s script to ABC’s attention after it was rejected by five other networks. Cherry’s then-flagging career was revived. “A lot of people had written me off. He was the first person in a position of power to say, ‘I love this show.’ He was supportive before it was a hit,” Cherry said. When McPherson is asked about role models, it’s telling that he doesn’t name one of the legendary network chiefs, such as the late Brandon Tartikoff. Instead, he voices admiration for writer-producer Larry Gelbart. “My favorite show of all time is ‘M*A*S*H,”‘ said McPherson, who grew up seeing Gelbart’s name attached to the acclaimed series and later had the chance to work with him on a pilot. “I think he is definitely someone who had a vision.” The way the network operates under McPherson reflects his attitude toward those who make the series, Cherry said. “I think he sets a tone of respect for show-runners and creative people in general. The people he brought with him from Touchstone do the same.” McPherson’s early TV watching came in Europe. His father was headmaster at the American School of Paris and McPherson lived abroad for more than six years, returning to the United States after graduating from high school. Among the shows he enjoyed: “Some old (Aaron) Spelling stuff, ‘Love Boat,’ ‘Fantasy Island’. And ‘Rockford Files.”‘ Good storytelling with “a fun to it” is his preference. “I’m not drawn as much to a completely dark take on the world, although I can admire those visions. I do respond to the mix. That’s kind of life.” Respect for artists doesn’t make him a softy. The Cornell University graduate said he tries to be honest in voicing his opinions and concedes that he might come off “looser and rougher than some.” In a competitive industry that often favors bluntness over finesse, that’s not remarkable. McPherson cites an example who was close at hand, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. “I always admired Eisner’s ability to always just say what he was thinking, and whether you liked Michael or didn’t like Michael, he was his own man and he was doing this thing the way he wanted to do it,” McPherson said. “I’ve tried to do whatever it was, Wall Street or this job, as my own person.” He can’t get complacent, even with new hits including “Grey’s Anatomy.” ABC, as with other networks, has had trouble launching sitcoms (McPherson is hoping the midseason comedy “Sons & Daughters” flies) and must navigate the loss of “Monday Night Football.” Whether McPherson has what it takes to be a great network head – a combination of business sense and showmanship – remains to be seen, according to analyst Carroll. “The only way you find out is the legacy. And a legacy is not a year or two; a legacy is 10 years,” Carroll said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson recalls his first job out of college, as a broker on Wall Street, it’s not happily. “The idea you would go a whole year and at the end they would say, ‘You made X and lost Y, and that’s what you did and thank you very much,’ it’s mind-boggling to me that I did that for five years and people do that for a career.” For McPherson, the bottom line now is shaped by “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and other hit series that have revived ABC’s fortunes and made him television’s latest golden boy in the executive ranks. “I think we’ve done a good job of zigging when others were zagging” is how McPherson, 41, puts it. With other network lineups dominated by crime procedurals, ABC fielded its dark suburban satire and the plane-crash drama that risked being eerie and tragic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant When McPherson moved from head of Walt Disney Co.’s TV-production arm, Touchstone Television, to the network in spring 2004, he became its fifth programming chief in eight years. The last ABC hits were “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in 1999, before it bled to death from overexposure, and “The Bachelor” in 2002. During McPherson’s tenure, the network’s viewership has increased by close to a third among all viewers as well as the young-adult audience sought by advertisers, moving ABC from fourth to second place in total viewers and from fourth to first in adults age 18 to 49 for the season to date. Asked to describe McPherson’s contributions to ABC, Disney-ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney takes a broad perspective. “What hasn’t he done for prime time is more the question,” Sweeney said. “I think he has brought a strong new creative spirit and the wonderful ability to take chances back to network prime-time television.” Lloyd Braun and Susan Lyne were the executives in charge when “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” got the go-ahead. But it fell to McPherson to fashion the schedule and market it. last_img read more