Month: December 2019

Chelsea blow! Defensive target reveals he could stay at Marseille

first_img Chelsea target Nicolas N’Koulou 1 Chelsea target Nicolas N’Koulou has revealed he could extend his stay at Marseille.The centre-back has been linked with a January move to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho searches for defensive reinforcements.The Blues are said to have scouted the Cameroon international, whose contract expires at the end of the current season and could be snapped up for around £7million.But now the 25-year-old has revealed he may in fact extend his deal and remain in France.“I cannot speak about the future, we have only played about ten matches,” said N’Koulou.“I cannot think about it whilst I am on the pitch, whilst I am wearing this shirt. It is not necessarily easy, but this situation has happened.“I cannot speak about it for the moment, due to the situation of my team. Extending? Everything is possible. The representatives have not spoken to me.”last_img read more

Everton team to play Liverpool today – formation and starting XI!

first_img 32.Brendan Galloway 16.James McCarthy 19.Gerard Deulofeu Stream Everton v Liverpool live on today Sunday 4 October 2015.Everton can move up to fourth place and go four points clear of their local rivals with a win in today’s Merseyside derby.Manager Roberto Martinez can pile the pressure on his counterpart from across Stanley Park by bucking recent derby trends and leading the home side to their first derby win in 10 attempts.So which line up will he select? Take a look at our predicted XI, above.Who do you think should start for Everton and who should be left out? Comment below. 18.Gareth Barry 20.Ross Barkley 11 11 14.Steven Naismith 11 11 11 11 23.Seamus Coleman 11 24.Tim Howard 11 6.Phil Jagielka 5. John Stones – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below 11 11 10.Romelu Lukaku 11last_img read more

Newcastle winger already considering future…despite only arriving in the summer

first_imgFlorian Thauvin is considering a move away from Newcastle – despite only joining the club in the summer.The Frenchman moved to St. James’ Park from Marseille in August after the Magpies shelled out £12m to secure his services.Since then though the attacking midfielder has struggled to make his mark, failing to score or register an assist this season.And now, according to Mercato 365, Thauvin is already considering leaving Newcastle.The 22-year-old is contracted to the club until 2020 and they are keen to allow him more time to settle. Florian Thauvin 1last_img read more

Shock admission: Chelsea stars play better when they’re scared, says Ivanovic

first_imgChelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has admitted they play better when they’re scared of defeat.The reigning Premier League champions have been poor all season, leaving themselves in 13th position, but have managed to defeat Arsenal twice.And the Blues’ Serbian star reckons the reason is because they feared being defeated and have been too relaxed against opponents who you would traditionally expect them to beat.Ivanovic said: “We are trying to be motivated for every game but this season we’ve played better when we’re afraid and when we scared to lose the game. With this pressure we are playing better games.“Every time we are relaxed and think we are going to win easily we have problems.“Today was great but I hope this is just a small step to changing our season.”last_img read more


first_imgAway games x-if necessary160Want 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 CityHOCKEY 4 p.m.Carolina at TorontoVersus Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: KCAL (Ch. 9); RADIO INDEX: KLAC (570 AM); KSPN (710 AM). ——— Home games ——— TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO PRO BASKETBALL 6 p.m.Exhibition: Clippers at Denver710 10 p.m.Exhibition: Lakers vs. Golden St., at HawaiiCh. 9570 last_img read more

Police station idea returns

first_imgWEST COVINA – A proposal to put a police satellite station near the southern part of the city – a proposal that has been batted around for years – is making a resurgence. Running for re-election, Councilman Steve Herfert revived the idea, suggesting that a police base should be built next to the nearly-completed Big League Dreams sports complex, on the site of the former BKK landfill. Fellow council members also expressed support. Herfert predicted it would cost about $1.5 million. “Would it be a true substation, responding to calls throughout the city?” he said. “Would it be staffed around the clock, or during business hours only? Would officers working the south side of town work out of there?” City Manager Andrew Pasmant noted that while there has been some discussions about the idea, it was still at the preliminary stages and could go in any one of several locations near Big League Dreams. “We are looking at a couple of different areas, and we were primarily looking for a helipad,” Pasmant said. “There’s a half a dozen ways this thing can be done.” The city has no helipad for the helicopter it shares with other cities, meaning West Covina surveillance officers must drive to another city to hop on. Medivac helicopters must also make due with whatever large space they can clear off, Pasmant said. Councilman Roger Hernandez, who is also running for re-election, agreed that it sounded like a good idea, although he criticized the council for eliminating a City Hall annex not far from Big League Dreams. The annex provided general information, but no police services, officials said. “I’m happy that my colleague is wanting to bring that back,” Hernandez said. “One of the biggest complaints that we get from the southern region of town is about the response time from police officers.” However, Mayor Mike Touhey said a satellite station would be unlikely to affect police response times. “It would be more of a presence, with signage out there and with officer coming and going,” Touhey said. “A place where they can go back and write reports, with access to restrooms and phones. I don’t know if we can man it full time.” Big League Dreams’ grand-opening is scheduled Oct.27. The complex includes six baseball fields surrounded by small-scale replicas of famous stadiums for youth baseball leagues, as well as volleyball courts, an indoor soccer pavilion, a playground and family restaurants. Herfert said he expected the satellite station would go before the council after the sports complex opened. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We could probably do it within a year,” he said. West Covina police Cmdr. Mark Dettor also supported the idea. “What we face is having the manpower to staff it,” he said. “That’s always been the challenge.” With 127 officers, the department is still down 13, Dettor said. A tough recruiting environment is affecting agencies nationwide, and even though the department was to get 70 applications in a recent effort, ultimately only one candidate qualified, Dettor said. Despite the shortage, Dettor emphasized, he was still interested, though he had questions. last_img read more

South Bay health care fares well

first_imgTorrance Hospital Independent Practice Association, HealthCare Partners Independent Practice Association and HealthCare Partners Medical Group all earned three stars – meaning “good” – in the categories of medical care and patient satisfaction. Lynda Carre, spokeswoman for Torrance-based HealthCare Partners Medical Group, said the report is an important tool for patients. “We take this very seriously,” she said. “It’s a way to demystify the health-care system for patients who have a greater ability now to make their own decisions about health coverage.” This is the seventh year the state has issued grades to HMOs and medical groups. The grading system did not include independent hospitals such as Torrance Memorial Medical Center or Little Company of Mary, or county hospitals such as County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Grades were given to nine HMOs that serve about 95 percent of patients who have this type of coverage in California: Aetna Health of California Inc.; Blue Cross HMO-CaliforniaCare; Blue Shield of California HMO; CIGNA HMO; Health Net of California Inc.; Kaiser Permanente-Northern California; Kaiser Permanente-Southern California; PacifiCare of California; and Western Health Advantage. Most of the HMOs received two or three stars in both categories; Aetna received one star in patient satisfaction. The health organizations were also graded on care for specific ailments such as asthma, cancer, heart care and sexually transmitted diseases. Patient advocates said there were some troubling findings in these areas. “There are certainly some areas where patients need to demand better,” Sandra Perez, director of the Office of the Patient Advocate, said during a morning news conference in Sacramento. One in every three HMO members rates his or her plan unfavorably, according to the report, and one-third were dissatisfied with their patient “experience,” such as ease in scheduling appointments. Only half of HMO patients with mental health problems received care that met national standards, according to the report. Blue Cross of California and CIGNA HMO received high marks for maternity care; Kaiser North and South were rated “excellent” for heart care; Health Net of California earned the highest marks for cancer screening; and Blue Shield received the best score for patient satisfaction. Mark Moser, chief operating officer of Torrance Hospital Independent Practice Association, said the group doesn’t have a lot of control over patient satisfaction. Patients deal only with doctors they contract with, not with the administrators, he said. People who receive insurance through their jobs also often don’t have a choice as to what HMO they will use. The grading system gives them power, though, in choosing medical groups, Perez said, just as they have power in demanding quality when buying homes and cars. Rancho Palos Verdes resident Marty Dodell, a volunteer who helps coordinate health education events for seniors, said he usually bases his provider decisions on the advice of professionals, not state reports. “You read stuff like this almost on a daily basis,” he said, referring to the grading report. “It’s hard to know which one to trust.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RATINGS: Kaiser Permanente scores best; La Vida struggles. But most HMOs and medical groups receive solid marks. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER Health maintenance organizations and the medical groups they contract with in the South Bay fared relatively well on a statewide grading report released Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 2007 Health Care Quality Report Card, compiled by the Office of the Patient Advocate in Sacramento, rates the health organizations, which serve about half of all Californians, based on national standards of quality care and patient satisfaction surveys conducted over the last year. Southern California Permanente Medical Group-South Bay, which serves about 190,000 patients, earned the highest marks of any local medical group. The subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente-Southern California received a perfect score of four stars, meaning “excellent,” in the category of medical care and three stars for patient satisfaction. “I think this reflects the high level of performance that we have shown in these areas,” said Dr. Douglas Killion, medical director of the group and chief of staff of the Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City. “This is a very important marker for us.” Other local groups received low marks. La Vida Independent Practice Association and La Vida Multi-Specialty Medical Center, which have medical offices in San Pedro, Marina del Rey and Hawthorne, earned just one star, meaning “poor,” for medical standards. La Vida medical groups were not rated for patient satisfaction. Officials with La Vida did not return calls Thursday seeking comment. last_img read more

Navy SEAL’s parents accept medal for Afghanistan valor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“What we were most touched by was that the president immediately put that on underneath his shirt, and when he made the presentation of the Medal of Honor, he wore that against his chest,” said the father. After the ceremony, Dan Murphy said, Bush told the family, “I was inspired by having Michael next to my chest.” The father, who fought back tears during the ceremony, said they were “deeply moved” by Bush’s gesture. “It was very emotional on everybody’s part,” said Maureen Murphy. Bush praised their son’s battlefield decision as typical of someone who, even as a boy, was devoted to others. “While their missions were often carried out in secrecy, their love of country and devotion to each other was always clear,” Bush said. “On June 28, 2005, Michael would give his life for these ideals.” Murphy’s parents both cried at points in the ceremony as they stood next to the president and listened to their son’s heroism recounted. Vice President Dick Cheney also attended, as did a handful of past Medal of Honor recipients. “There’s a lot of awards in the military, but when you see a Medal of Honor, you know whatever they went through is pretty horrible. You don’t congratulate anyone when you see it,” said Marcus Luttrell, the lone member of Murphy’s team to survive the firefight with the Taliban.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Shot in the back, making a desperate call for help for his men trapped on the side of an Afghanistan cliff, Lt. Michael Murphy heard help was on the way, and said simply: “Roger that, sir. Thank you.” The 29-year-old Navy SEAL from Patchogue, N.Y., gave his life in order to make that call, putting himself in a position exposed to enemy fire but the only one in which he could get a signal. That selfless act was honored Monday by President George W. Bush at the White House, where he presented Murphy’s parents with the Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest military award for valor, and the first given for combat in Afghanistan. Moments before the emotional ceremony, Murphy’s parents gave Bush a gold dog tag with their son’s name and image on it. last_img read more

`Homeless’ sex abusers are going off the radar

first_imgBy Don Thompson The Associated Press SACRAMENTO – Hundreds of California sex offenders who face tough new restrictions on where they can live are declaring themselves homeless, making it difficult for the state to track them. Jessica’s Law, approved by AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.70 percent of California voters a year ago, bars registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children gather. That leaves few places where offenders can live legally. Some who have had trouble finding a place to live are avoiding re-arrest by reporting that they are homeless – falsely, in some cases. Experts say it is hard to monitor sex offenders when they lie about their address or are living day-to-day in cheap hotels, homeless shelters or on the street. It also means they may not be getting the treatment they need. “We could potentially be making the world more dangerous rather than less dangerous,” said therapist Gerry Blasingame, past chairman of the California Coalition on Sexual Offending. Similar laws in Florida and Iowa have driven offenders underground or onto the streets. Sixteen homeless offenders are now living under a Miami bridge, while another took to sleeping on a bench outside a probation office. In Iowa, the state prosecutors’ association tried unsuccessfully in the past two years to persuade lawmakers to repeal the state’s residency restriction. “Most legislators know in their hearts that the law is no good and a waste of time, but they’re afraid of the politics of it,” said Corwin Ritchie, the association’s executive director. Twenty-two states have distance restrictions varying from 500 feet to 2,000 feet, according to California researchers. But most impose the offender-free zones only around schools, and several apply only to child molesters, not all sex offenders. California’s law requires parolees to live in the county of their last legal residence. But in San Francisco, for example, all homes are within 2,000 feet of a school or park. “The state is requiring parolees to find eligible housing in San Francisco, knowing full well there isn’t any,” said Mike Jimenez, president of the California parole officers union. “It will be impossible for parole agents to enforce Jessica’s Law in certain areas, and encouraging `transient’ living arrangements just allows sex offenders to avoid it altogether.” State figures show a 27 percent increase in homelessness among California’s 67,000 registered sex offenders since the law took effect in November 2006. Since August, the number of offenders with no permanent address rose by 560 to 2,622. “This is a huge surge,” said Deputy Attorney General Janet Neeley, whose office maintains the database. “Any law enforcement officer would tell you we would prefer to have offenders at addresses where we can locate them.” Offenders who declare themselves homeless must tell their parole officer each day where they spent the previous night. Those who declare themselves homeless are still legally bound by the 2,000-foot rule; they cannot stay under a bridge near where children gather, for example. But it is more difficult for parole officers to keep tabs on them. Parole officers said some offenders are registering as homeless, then sneaking back to homes that violate the law. That’s easy to do because fewer than 30 percent of transient offenders currently wear the Global Positioning System tracking devices required by Jessica’s Law. “If they tell you that they were under the American River bridge, we’re going to take that at face value,” said Corrections Department spokesman Bill Sessa, referring to a homeless hangout in Sacramento. R.L., a 42-year-old sex offender who lives near Disneyland, said he registered as homeless after his parole agent told him two potential homes were too close to schools or parks. “I finally asked, `Where do you want me to live?’ He said, `You have a car, don’t you?”‘ said R.L., who asked that his full name not be used because of the stigma of being a sex offender. Recent parolees such as R.L. appear to be driving the trend. Of the 3,311 sex offenders paroled since last November, 552 – or nearly 17 percent – were registered as having no permanent address on Oct. 21 of this year. The majority of those declared themselves transient this month, when the corrections department began arresting violators. Just 81 were listed as homeless before the department made its first Jessica’s Law sweeps in early October. Enforcement of the law had been delayed by a series of court challenges. Before sending officers out to make the arrests, the department issued a policy stating offenders could “declare themselves transient” on the spot as an alternative to being arrested for living too close to areas where children congregate. The law was named for 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was kidnapped, raped and buried alive by a convicted sex offender near her Florida home in 2005. “This is not what the people of California voted for,” her father, Mark Lunsford, said. “If there’s a loophole, then we must fix it because our children’s lives are at stake.” In addition, the state attorney general says the law includes no criminal penalties for offenders who live near schools and parks once they are off parole. So for now, most are not being tracked at all. “As they’re discharging (from parole) they’re moving anywhere they want. We know that as a fact,” supervising parole agent Guillermo Viera Rosa said while checking on parolees’ whereabouts in the Oakland area last week. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s advisory commission on sex offenders is preparing a report urging state lawmakers to fix these and other loopholes in the law. The state Supreme Court is also considering whether Jessica’s Law is too vague and therefore unenforceable, and whether it unfairly punishes offenders after they have completed their prison terms. The author of Jessica’s Law, state Sen. George Runner, said “90 percent” of it is working well. He expects most offenders will find legal housing somewhere, but conceded that some portions of the law should be fixed. “When the voters voted for this, they decided that they didn’t want a child molester to live across the street from a school,” said Runner, a Republican from Lancaster. “If that means that in some areas that needs to be 1,000 feet or 1,500 feet, then I think that we still accomplish what it is the voters wanted.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgSmall businesses in Donegal can benefit from a new initiative to improve their relationship with banks, according to local Senator Brian Ó’Domhnaill.The Department of Enterprise has published a guide to maximise the growth potential of local businesses.“The ‘Your Business, Your Bank’ guide provides simple advice to companies on how they can tackle the challenges they face at this difficult time. The aim is to show businesses how to grow again,” explained Senator Ó’Domhnaill. “This is a 17-page guide compiled by the Credit Supply Clearing Group, which is made up of business experts from both the public and private sectors. The group has looked at how firms in Donegal and across the country can rebuild relationships with their local banks and get the credit they need to develop.“The guide provides advice on how entrepreneurs can get funding to start a new business. It also shows existing small companies how they can apply for credit and secure the funding they need to stay on top and pave the way for growth.“This is great news for the many hard working small businesses here in Donegal, who are vital to our economy and our community as a whole. I recognise how difficult it has been for many to get the financial support they need during these challenging times but I am sure this guide will help cut through some of those difficulties.“This means banks and businesses can work together to free up credit, kick-start growth and create jobs. “Firms and entrepreneurs can contact their bank, the Department of Enterprise or my office to access the full guide,” concluded Senator Ó’Domhnaill.BUSINESS CAN BENEFIT FROM NEW GUIDE TO DEALING WITH BANKS, SAYS SENATOR was last modified: January 10th, 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)last_img read more