Month: December 2019

No bad blood with Norwich over Grabban pursuit, insists Bournemouth boss Howe

first_img1 Eddie Howe Eddie Howe has dismissed suggestions of a rift between Bournemouth and Norwich.Howe’s team travel to Norwich on Saturday for their first Premier League fixture since the conclusion of the summer transfer window, towards the end of which they attempted to sign Norwich’s Lewis Grabban.The Canaries rejected bids from Bournemouth for the striker, but Grabban later walked out of the team hotel before the Capital One Cup victory over Rotherham and was consequently suspended for a breach of discipline.The striker remained at Norwich, and the Cherries instead recruited Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace.Despite the potential disruption caused to one of their rivals, however, and the fact that Saturday’s fixture comes so soon after that particular episode, Howe sees no reason why there should be any antipathy between the two clubs.“I don’t see why we should, to be honest,” said Howe when asked if his team can expect a negative reception at Carrow Road.“Certainly not from our side, and of course we hope from their side. We’re competitors, we’re two teams that were in the same league last year and fought a really good battle to try and get out of the Championship, and both sides were successful. And now we’re going against each other in the Premier League it should be a good match.“They’ve made a decent start [to the season]. It’s always tough when you come up to a new league, to know how you’re going to update to the challenges that you’re faced with. But I think they proved, going to Sunderland and winning, and getting a good draw against Stoke, that they’re going to be competitive this year, I’ve got no doubt about that.“They’ve got a good squad of players and they’re very well managed, that’s obvious, so we’re expecting a tough challenge.“I don’t think it’s right to speculate or to talk about other people’s players.“This game gives us a good marker, to see how much we’ve improved during the summer to now.”last_img read more

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‘Willian and free kicks are a better love story than Twilight!’ Chelsea fans purr over Brazilian’s dead ball expertise

first_img1 Chelsea marched to the top of Group G with their 4-0 Champions League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv, but it was Willian who was claiming all the plaudits.The Brazilian has been Chelsea’s player of the season so far and has been lethal from set-pieces, scoring six in total following his effort on Tuesday night.That has led to Blues fans crowning him the ‘Free Kick King’, having contributed four of the five free kick goals scored in the whole of the Champions League this season (that’s 80%).See the best reaction to King Willian’s performance from social media below! Willian center_img [View the story “‘Willian and free kicks are a better love story than Twilight!’ Chelsea fans purr over Brazilian’s dead ball expertise ” on Storify]last_img read more

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Top 23 footballers in the world – voted for by fans worldwide!

first_img 23 23 23 23 15. Paul Pogba (Juventus) – 1.1% 23 20= Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) – 0.7% 23 5. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – 3.7% 20= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 0.7% 19. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 0.8% 22. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) – 0.5% 18. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 0.9% 23 23 23 23 16= Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – 1% 23 23 14. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 1.2% 10= Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 1.6% 6. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 3.5% 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 29.3% 9. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) – 1.7% 23 10= Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) – 1.6% Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal is ranked 23rd in the YouGov poll with 0.4% of the votes from fans across the globe 3. Neymar (Barcelona) – 7.4% 23 23 23 On January 11 we will find out which superstar has won the Ballon d’Or, in another glittering FIFA ceremony.There are 23 men up for the award, which has been won by Cristiano Ronaldo in the last two seasons, but, as per usual, there is plenty of conjecture about who the top dog of 2015 is.International team captains and managers, along with a journalist from each nation, will decided the victor, but who do football fans across the world want to win?YouGov polled supporters worldwide in 17 countries and they voted for both their top three and then the Ballon d’Or winner, with the scores being calculated by balancing out the two figures.Click the right arrow above to see who fans want to win and how they rate the top 23… 23 7. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) – 2.7% 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 22.4% 12= Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 1.4% 23 23 4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – 5.2% 23 23 8. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 2.4% 23 12= Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – 1.4% 16= James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – 1% 23last_img read more

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U.S. Navy steps up efforts to thwart pirate attacks

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates gave up control of two ships hijacked months earlier and U.S. Navy escorted the boats to safer waters Sunday as it stepped up efforts to bring security to the seas off the chaotic Horn of Africa nation. The pirates climbed into small skiffs and headed back to Somalia after speaking by radio to U.S. naval personnel. A Navy ship and helicopter guided the South Korean-owned boats Mavuno 1 and 2 further out to sea. It was the third time in a week the U.S. has intervened to help ships hijacked by Somali pirates. Sailors boarded a North Korean ship to give medical assistance to crew members who overpowered their hijackers, and a U.S. naval vessel fired on pirate skiffs tied to a Japanese-owned ship. Naval personnel boarded the South Korean-owned ships and gave medical checkups to the crew, said Cmdr. Lydia Robertson of the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. No injuries were reported. The two Tanzanian-flagged boats were seized May 15. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Navy was also urging pirates to leave the Japanese ship and two hijacked boats in the region and sail back to Somalia, she told The Associated Press. Robertson said the increase in U.S. military interventions was mostly due to the a surge in piracy. As the Navy moved ships into the area to respond to one incident, increased contact with other hijacked ships in the area was more likely, she said. South Korea said all 24 sailors on board the two ships freed Sunday were safe. The Foreign Ministry said the ships were being escorted to Aden port in Yemen at the request of the South Korean government.last_img read more

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Prayer group asks for devine help in ending writers’ strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “If it goes on for months it will shut down the income for families, and people need to start making tough decisions,” Covell said. “There is a lot of fear. There is a very current need for prayer. “Both sides think they are right. We are praying for it to be fast and fair and dealt with quickly.” The Writers Guild of America began striking at the beginning of this month after talks broke down over compensation for shows offered on the Internet. Negotiators for the guild and producers were scheduled to resume contract negotiations on Nov.26. The Hollywood Prayer Network is a group of more than 5,000 Christians who pray for celebrities and provides “mentors” for struggling actors. It’s an effort to reform what many Christian believers view as an unholy Hollywood culture. “Being a Christian in Hollywood is always going to be a taboo,” said Roderick Taylor, who wrote the Jodie Foster movie “The Brave One.” “Hollywood is the most exciting place to be but it’s also the most horrible place for an artist to be,” he said. “It is the absolute capital of human vice and malignant narcissism.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEVERLY HILLS – Christian believers prayed for divine intervention to end the two-week-old Hollywood writers strike that has shut down production on some shows and cost some their jobs. “We pray that both groups would feel your supernatural guidance to stop blaming and posturing and start peacefully listening and negotiating,” prayed Geriann McIntosh, senior vice president of administration for Warner Bros. Television. “We pray that you keep everyone that is affected by the strike in your loving care.” Nearly 700 people prayed on Friday during the National Media Prayer Breakfast at the Beverly Hilton. The breakfast was co-sponsored by the Hollywood Prayer Network and Mastermedia International, Inc. Prayer network founder Karen Covell said the strike cost her husband a job composing music for a television pilot. last_img read more

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PFA awards reaction: ‘No Martial or Bellerin but Coutinho? Utterly clueless!’

first_imgThe Professional Footballers’ Association announced the shortlist for Players’ Player of the season and Young Player of the Season on Wednesday.Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante have all been recognised for their role in Leicester’s Premier League title charge.The Foxes trio make up half of the six-man shortlist for the award, which is voted for by their fellow pros. Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet are the other names in the frame to succeed Eden Hazard, who has missed out on a nomination after a poor season with Chelsea.Kane is also in contention to retain the Young Player of the Year gong he won 12 months ago, along with Spurs team-mate Dele Alli, Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, Stoke’s Jack Butland and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.As per, football fans on Twitter had plenty to say about the shortlist, including Manchester United fans, who bemoaned Anthony Martial’s exclusion.See below! Philippe Coutinho (left) made the shortlist, while Anthony Martial (right) did not 1last_img read more

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Stones and Lukaku to Chelsea in £90m move? – Football headlines and gossip

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has sanctioned a £90m double swoop for Everton pair John Stones and Romelu Lukaku. (Daily Star)With Roy Hodgson admitting Marcus Rashford is unlikely to get a Euro 2016 call-up, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said the 18-year-oldstriker – scorer of seven goals this season – is not yet ready for the Reds Devils first-team. (Manchester Evening News)Fresh from netting his 50th Liverpool goal, striker Daniel Sturridge has rejected any talk of him leaving, saying he wants to stay at the club to get his league record up to 100 strikes for the Reds. (Daily Mail)Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be SACKED if the Toffees fail to beat Manchester United in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)Mauricio Pochettino will receive a £500,000 bonus if he can steer Tottenham to the Premier League title. (The Sun)Spurs are reportedly in talks to use Wembley Stadium for their European games next season. The second-place side are almost sure to qualify for the Champions League. (The Times)Crystal Palace are eyeing a cut-price summer move for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who is currently on loan at West Ham. (The Sun)Joleon Lescott is among the list of players set to leave relegated Aston Villa in a big end-of-season clear out. (Daily Mail)Leeds boss Steve Evans has played down reports he is in the frame for the Celtic job. (Yorkshire Post)Watford players are braced for manager Quique Sanchez Flores to be shown the door in the summer. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??‘Everton players should take responsibility for slump, NOT Roberto Martinez!’ – Alan Stubbs sends message to disgruntled Toffees fansFormer Aston Villa assistant tells talkSPORT: ‘I tried to help Gabriel Agbonlahor…but it fell on deaf ears’Southampton boss Ronald Koeman tipped for Arsenal job – ‘He could walk in there tomorrow,’ talkSPORT toldExclusive – John Carver says Rafa Benitez could combine Newcastle job with Spain role‘FA Cup could save Roberto Martinez from Everton chop’, says former Liverpool star Danny MurphyWe are jealous of Leicester City, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish tells talkSPORTReport: Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs on Celtic’s radar to replace Ronny DeilaMats Hummels’ father admits Bayern Munich move is an option for Borussia Dortmund starLiverpool transfer report: Former Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa emerges as shock target for Reds Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

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Drought Busters respond to 400-plus complaints in less than a month

first_imgThe new water guard was revived Nov. 14 to encourage residents to reduce usage voluntarily after the city’s driest year on record. And despite recent rains, a water predicament looms for Los Angeles. The city now buys nearly 70percent of its water – double its normal purchases – from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to make up for losses from mountain water supplies. The snowpack in the Sierras was recently only 4percent of the 10inches normal for this time of year. If voluntary cutbacks don’t work, city officials say, they may resort to water rationing. “Don’t think this mayor and this council won’t be prepared to use citations and require mandatory conservation efforts, if necessary,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has declared. Since the team’s revival, the Drought Busters have responded to more than 400 complaints, 95percent involving water cascading over sidewalks from daytime sprinkler use or people hosing off driveways. Both are banned under city ordinances. Busters wield no broken-sprinkler bazookas, leaky-faucet zappers or restaurant water-glass smashers. Instead, Crossley and fellow Drought Buster Lisa Gonzalez fan out across the Valley each to seek out the worst water waste at up to 50 homes and businesses. “It’s been very positive; we’re being positive,” Gonzalez said recently before her rounds. “We’re just raising awareness.” On a foray through Van Nuys that day, Crossley steers his white Prius in a search for wet gutters – sure signs of daytime watering or broken sprinkler heads. On Radford Avenue, he stops at an apartment building with leaking sprinklers, its yard turned to mush. On Burbank Boulevard, he spots standing water and stops by a school to investigate a storm-drain torrent. He’s nice. He’s presentable. And he aims to help, not to scold or wag his finger. At home, the 37-year-old father said, he practices what he preaches and has installed the latest “smart” sprinklers. Even his kids must conserve. “I’m constantly on them to turn the water off while they brush their teeth,” Crossley said with a smile. “That and I knock on the door while they’re taking their showers and say, `Are you washing or just standing?”‘ On Fulton, he stops his car in front of a yellow-and-green apartment building. The sprinklers soon erupt. And so does the broken pipe – with enough water to contain a salmon run. “It’s waste,” Crossley said. “This is what we’re looking for. … This’ll be another letter or phone call to the management company.” Although he has no jurisdiction about leaks inside the building, he said he would include them in his report. One resident complained of a broken heater. A former manager complained of slumlord conditions in which nothing is ever fixed. KRC Management, which manages the property, did not respond to a request for comment. Meanwhile, Crossley and his fellow Drought Busters said they’ll continue to educate residents. “I like to be the nice one,” Crossley said. “If there’s something going on, like sprinklers running in the afternoon, we’ll stop and say, `Hi, how are you doing?”‘ Not everyone, however, is happy with the Busters’ response to needlessly wasted H2O. Bertie Duffy has long been peeved about neighbors in an apartment building up the hill who overwater the yard and send water cascading into the street in front of her Studio City home. So on Nov. 15, she called the new Drought Buster hotline, with follow-up letters to the DWP, the mayor and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “So far, I’ve received no response,” said Duffy, who lives in the 11700 block of Laurelcrest Drive. “The water is still running … at least twice a day, down the middle of the street.” A DWP official said the agency has a policy of investigating the cause of complaints before following up with callers. While the apartment manager disputes the water waste, DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo said, the department has found there was inadequate drainage. A letter has been mailed. “We did look into it and are following up on it,” Ramallo said. “We are very seriously considering beginning to issue citations for prohibited (water) uses soon. “This kind of water waste has to stop.” REPORTING WASTE, SAVING WATER To report water waste, call 800-DIAL-DWP, or e-mail droughtbusters@ladwp.com. Here are some tips to save water: Retrofit indoor-plumbing fixtures with low-flow devices. Repair any leaks. Keep showers to less than five minutes. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Turn water faucets off tight. Run the dishwasher and washing machines only when full. Install pool and spa covers to minimize water loss. Do not hose down driveways, sidewalks and other paved surfaces, unless for health or sanitary reasons.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Shortly before noon, sprinklers shot skyward across an apartment lawn, followed by a whoosh of water discharged by a broken pipe. Within minutes, a flood of precious water had spilled across the sidewalk and into a neighboring yard. “It’s terrible,” said Sonia Ramos, 44, a resident of the complex in the 6300 block of Fulton Avenue. “A lot of water wasted. This building – we told the manager, but they don’t care. Where I live, the sink is leaking; the toilet is broken and leaks constantly for the past six months.” Enter the city’s Drought Busters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsRevived last month, the team’s six Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees already have responded to hundreds of complaints, hoping to stem the needless flow. But instead of issuing citations for prohibited water use – as they did during the previous dry spell – these water pinchers simply advise residents to waste less. Or, in the case of the profligate apartment complex, call and notify the owner to fix water problems. “This is sad,” said Rick Crossley, a San Fernando Valley Drought Buster standing before the gusher on Fulton. “It’s one thing to just see sprinklers spraying over, but this is gallons.” The Drought Busters of the 1990s were credited with causing a 30percent drop in water usage in Los Angeles during that dry stretch. last_img
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19,500 crack dealers get a second chance

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to let about 19,500 federal inmates, most of them black, seek reductions in their crack-cocaine sentences. The commission, which sets guidelines for federal prison sentences, made its recent easing of recommended sentences for crack offenses retroactive. Most of those eligible could receive no more than a two-year cut in their prison terms, but roughly 3,800 inmates could be released within a year after the March 3 effective date of Tuesday’s decision. Federal judges will have the final say whether to reduce sentences. The commissioners said the delay until March gives judges and prison officials time to deal with public safety and other issues. Relatives of prison inmates filled the meeting room and applauded loudly after the 7-0 vote. But several family members and commissioners called on Congress to overhaul cocaine-sentencing laws. “The debate needs to shift from the Sentencing Commission to Congress,” said Julie Stewart, president and founder of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. “That disparity between crack and powder – and all of its injustices – continues.” Several bills have been introduced to further reduce or eliminate the disparity. The Senate is expected to hold hearings on the legislation next year. Attorney General Michael Mukasey restated the administration’s opposition to retroactivity before the commission voted. “Our position is clear: We oppose it,” Mukasey, a former federal judge, said. He said convicted crack offenders were sentenced under an existing standard and to change that standard retroactively dismisses any mitigating factors the sentencing judge considered when deciding how long a prison term to set. In addition, the release of inmates would cause problems for communities whose probation and supervisory systems are not ready to receive crack offenders, he said. Several commissioners said they expect judges will use their power to deny sentence reductions in some cases. Tuesday’s vote came after two Supreme Court rulings Monday upheld judges who rejected federal sentencing guidelines as too harsh and imposed more lenient prison terms, including one for crack offenses. In the crack case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s majority opinion said Derrick Kimbrough’s 15-year sentence was acceptable, although guidelines called for 19 to 22 years. Kimbrough is black. So are 86percent of the inmates who might see their prison terms for crack offenses reduced after the commission approved retroactive easing. By contrast, just over one-quarter of those convicted of powder-cocaine crimes last year were black.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 champThe commission took note of objections raised by the Bush administration, but said there is no basis to treat convicts sentenced before the guidelines were changed differently from those sentenced after the changes. The commission recently changed guidelines to reduce a disparity. Crack-cocaine dealers typically face much longer sentences than powder-cocaine dealers for selling the same quantity of the drug. The new guidelines took effect Nov. 1. U.S. District Judge William Sessions of Vermont, a commission member, said the vote on retroactivity will have the “most dramatic impact on African-American families.” A failure to act “may be taken by some as particularly unjust,” Sessions said before the vote. Four of every five crack defendants are black. Most powder-cocaine convictions involve whites. Even after the change, prison terms for crack cocaine still are two to five times longer on average than sentences for powder cocaine, the result of a 20-year-old decision by Congress to treat crack more harshly. The commission first said in 1995 that there was no evidence to support such disparate treatment. last_img read more

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