Fabregas hits back at reports he is leading players’ revolt against Mourinho

first_img1 Jose Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has reacted to rumours of unrest by tweeting his support for manager Jose Mourinho.Reports in the media on Tuesday morning claimed the Spanish midfielder was leading a players’ revolt at Stamford Bridge.The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was also the subject of speculation at the weekend after a claim from a BBC reporter that one unnamed first-team player would rather lose than win a game for Mourinho.The Portuguese’s position is under scrutiny after nine losses in 17 games in all competitions this season, but Fabregas backed his boss, who has continually insisted his players are behind him.But Fabregas took to social media to strees he is “extremely happy” at the club and has an “excellent relationship with the manager”.He wrote on Twitter: “I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports from some online websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea and have an excellent relationship with the manager.“There may be certain individuals from the outside trying to destabilise this club, but I strongly believe that we will bounce back and come good again.”last_img read more

Poll: £800,000-a-week for Lionel Messi, is that money well spent or madness?

first_imgLionel Messi has been linked with an eye-watering £800,000-a-week deal at Manchester City, should he leave Barcelona.That would make him comfortably the highest paid player in the world, should the two clubs agree on a transfer fee, which you would expect to be equally as mind-boggling. So the Drivetime team want to know – £800,000-a-week for Messi, is that money well spent or madness?Vote below! Lionel Messi 1last_img

Kick Off: Managers Special, featuring Alan Curbishley

first_imgMark Saggers was joined by Richard Bevan – chief executive of the League Managers’ Association – and Alan Curbishley for a managers special. On a day where Jose Mourinho and Luton’s John Still were sacked, while Brian McDermott returned to Reading, there was plenty to discuss in this two-hour episode. They discussed the Chelsea manager’s exit, how player power has overtaken a manager in a club’s power hierarchy, the role of a manager, the short term culture and much more.last_img

Book recounts Novak-Carville feud

first_imgIn days (long) gone by, the tradition was that gentlemen engaged in media work did not disparage other gentlemen engaged in media work. The protocol was blatantly violated from time to time. How, in the age of Drew Pearson, could one have got through a year without squawking, reviling, protesting – perhaps dwelling on the case for the repeal of the First Amendment? Still, it came always as something of a surprise when professional antagonism was acted on. Most recently we have had the case of Dan Rather against CBS. But as far as the general public is concerned, this is not a quarrel in which personal feelings are heavily engaged. Rather says CBS deprived him of the opportunity to back his charge in the 2004 campaign that President Bush had faked his military record. There was nothing personal in that fight, and the protagonists no doubt consider themselves observant of the rules for corporate criticisms. But there isn’t any way to remove Robert Novak from the hot seat. In his widely read book The Prince of Darkness, he lets out some virulent stuff against one man who is as active as an orbiting planet in partisan politics. In the chapter in which Novak recounts his dissociation from CNN, he lets a great deal hang out. Novak is perhaps the premier journalistic figure in the land, an eminence he earned by decades of hard work digging up stories, analyzing news and urging perspectives that he found compelling. “Mark Shields in the past had twice used the same obscenity I employed ? without comment by management. (CNN boss Jon) Klein’s favorite TV critic, Jon Stewart, used much worse language in describing me. “Indeed, I received a lot of favorable comment from conservatives who commented how pleased they were that I had finally told Carville how obnoxious he was.” Now this last is not properly used as mitigative of the offense. A commentator will almost certainly bring pleasure to a great many people by lambasting his enemy. Granted, Novak was here attempting to draw attention to the special odium Carville lives, eats and sleeps with. What happened here is that CNN eased its most productive journalist off the airwaves, while it keeps Carville, soulmate and business partner of Democratic consultant Bob Shrum, a vigilante against the American right. What Novak’s book does not do is devise an acceptable means by which excesses can be curbed. Probably he has discovered what so many had done over the decades, that when rhetoric is heated, and the audience is permissive, you can’t succeed in eliminating foul play. But we all suffer when the exercise of it has such an effect as to eliminate a Novak, while retaining a Carville. William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of National Review magazine.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHe was of course a fixture on several CNN programs, primarily “Crossfire” and “Capital Gang,” and then, after their demise, “Strategy Session.” These programs were establishmentarian political jousts, Novak among the most prominent right-wingers. On the other side were sundry men and women of the left, but one of them has a way of coating his dissent with a bile that even a hardened antagonist finds difficult to come to terms with. One day in 2005, Novak was appearing on “Strategy Session” opposite James Carville, who accused Novak of trying to curry favor with The Wall Street Journal editorial page. Novak protested. “Just let me finish what I’m going to say, James,” Novak quotes the script. “Please, I know you hate to hear me, but you have -” The book recounts, “Before I could finish that, a shouting Carville overrode what I had to say. `He’s got to show these right-wingers that he’s got backbone,’ Carville yelled. `Show them you’re tough.’ Two and a half years of coping with Carville’s ad hominem attacks welled up in me. `Well, I think that’s (expletive),’ I said.” Novak rose from the desk. “I removed my microphone and stalked off the set.” The new gang running CNN had been looking for an excuse to dump Novak. Although he apologized immediately, CNN called his conduct “unacceptable” and let it be known that he was off CNN indefinitely. last_img

Google stock to finance upgrade at WHS library

first_imgAnd although Whittier High’s library building was recently renovated, Gordon said he wanted the money to be used to improve the library so more students would use it on a regular basis. “We are honored and delighted to accept Mr. Gordon’s very generous gift,” said Sandra Thorstenson, superintendent of the Whittier Union High School District. “We know the funds will go a long way toward providing an exceptional learning environment where students will be inspired through the written word, just as Mr. Gordon was during his days at Whittier High.” Davies said Gordon mentioned his plan to donate the Google stock about a year ago. But he wanted to wait until the price was right to cash it in – and that happened about a month ago. “I do have to confess I didn’t think it would happen as quickly as it did,” Davies said. “And once I saw the minutes of the school board meeting that showed his donation had been accepted – that was pretty exciting, too.” Two committees will be convened to come up with ideas on how to improve the library, Davies said. One committee will be made up of staff members and will visit other school libraries to come up with recommendations. The other committee will consist solely of students to gather their input on how to enhance the library, Davies said. “To get this amount of money at one time for improving our library is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Davies said. “We don’t want to make expenditures that are not wise and that are not going to have a significant impact.” Gordon, who lives in Northern California, could not be reached for comment. He is an attorney who also became a community activist for Spanish-speaking men and women injured on the job. He has written three novels, including “The Chinese Jars” and “The King of the Bottom.” “Both he and Isabel are tremendously kind and generous, both in terms of their time and money,” Davies said. “They were here recently, to talk to the kids and sign books, and they were very down to earth.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Aside from helping countless numbers of high schoolers find research for class assignments, students at Whittier High School now have another reason to be grateful for Google. Nearly 200 shares of Google stock, worth about $100,000, has been donated to the 2,500-student Whittier High to upgrade its campus library – a gift from former graduate and author William C. Gordon. Gordon, 70, graduated from Whittier High in 1955, and was most recently honored along with his wife, famed author Isabel Allende, with honorary doctorates of humane letters from Whittier College. But when he was a youngster, Gordon told Whittier High Principal Loring Davies that he often sought refuge in local libraries. last_img read more

Police help gang-infested community reclaim ground

first_imgSYLMAR – The rows of quaint town houses of the Dronfield Villas used to be a nice place to live. But now they’re covered in tags: Astoria Garden Locos, Langdon Street, San Fer. And, increasingly, “For Sale” signs. In the past few years, three street gangs have claimed the sprawling, 64-unit complex on Dronfield as their turf. They tag their slogans on every wall – even the trees get defaced. They sling drugs in its gardens and have sex next to its pool. Used crack pipes mar the lawns, next to soiled condoms and empty beer cans. “We have reports of an ex-gang member renting a garage to a current member who’s bringing in girls to run some sort of prostitution ring,” Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. John Artes said. “Kids are playing nearby. It’s bad. Really bad.” And so police plan to sweep through the area Saturday to put a stop to the gangsters’ shenanigans. But instead of batons and riot gear, they’ll advance with outstretched hands. Uniting cops with local churches, schools, parks and service groups, the San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs aims to deputize the community to fight the gangsters who oppress it. “The residents are afraid,” said Senior Lead Officer Charles Chacon, who’s responsible for the area. “They see the gang member activities, and they’re afraid that if they say anything, their families will be retaliated against. “This was broken a long time ago, and nobody did anything about it.” The problematic complex sits directly across the litter-strewn street from Sylmar High School. There’s a church around the corner and a retirement home not far away. Its broken gates allow gangs and taggers to pass freely from street to street. In the past three years, property and gang crimes have all trended up in the Dronfield Villas and surrounding area. Though there hasn’t been a homicide in the first 10 months of the year, Capt. Jorge Villegas grimly noted it’s on track to record 60 violent crimes in 2007, 10 more than the previous year. Spray paint appears on outside walls almost daily, only to get painted over by graffiti abatement crews, then hit again. The walls inside have become a running message board for the gangs, with faraway neighborhood rivalries re-enacted on brick. “People got worried – they’re trying to sell their houses, but no one wants to buy because there’s all those kids around there,” said Carlos Rodriguez, a nearby resident who works with service agency Communities in Schools and serves as a member of the Sylmar Youth Task Force. “Putting a little more emphasis on the people who live there will empower them.” Chacon was unable to estimate how many residents actually live in the complex – previous search warrants have sometimes turned up 15 people crammed into two-bedroom units. Garages serve as impromptu lodgings – and, in one case, an alleged brothel. The homeowners association, usually the first line of defense against neighbors who bring in blight, generally attracts no more than a handful of members to its meetings. When the complex’s water was shut off recently because of delinquent tenants, Chacon said the association had to divert its repair fund to an emergency payment to get the taps turned back on. “I’m afraid there could be a shooting, and my kids could be in the middle,” said Amanda Cruz, who’s active in the HOA with her husband, Alberto. “Every day, there’s guys out front drinking beer … but it could change if the parents step up and act like parents.” This weekend’s event aims to give them the tools to do that. At 8a.m., hundreds of volunteers with the San Fernando Valley Faith Coalition will meet nearby and clean up the entire area patrolled by the LAPD’s Mission Division. They’ll then circle back to Dronfield, which the city will shut down between Astoria and Raven streets. Organizers will host a street fair with 15 community-based groups. Volunteers will go door-to-door to ask residents what they need, then direct them to the appropriate agencies. The city’s Recreation and Parks Department will offer sports programs. Communities in Schools will bring gang interventionists and job-development workers. Police will try to address crime complaints. “This will be a crucial time. We could stem a tide here,” said the Rev. Bob Managbanag, pastor of Sylmar Light and Life Christian Fellowship. “If we don’t have enough schools and activities for them, this will be a run-down, inner-city battleground. We have no choice. We have to do this.” He’s gotten so worried about the area that he’s led his congregation in drive-by prayers, loading worshippers into cars and cruising the neighborhood to encourage divine intervention. The church is also trying to expand its educational programs to include preschool and after-school programs to attend to the needs of nearby working parents. As he prepped residents recently for the cleanup, Chacon toured through the complex with Officer Gonzalo Lara, a gang cop who tracks the rival cliques that have taken up residence within. The pair happened upon a group of young men camped out on the lawn, sipping beers and listening to music in the middle of the afternoon. “Hey, you guys aren’t drinking in public, are you?” Chacon asked one. “It’s just one beer,” complained a man in a “Girls Gone Wild” T-shirt. “You mind emptying that out for me?” Chacon said. “I wouldn’t want you to get a real expensive ticket for drinking in public.” As the men grumbled and deposited their drinks onto the lawn, Chacon and Lara thanked them and moved on. “Our job is to arrest people – take criminals and put them in jail,” Lara said. “But we want a different approach. “We want to open options for people. If we don’t clean this up, it goes to the next building, then the next. Soon, everything looks this way.” —————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

U.S. helps calm pirate-infested seas

first_imgMOMBASA, Kenya – With one slain crew mate in the ship’s freezer and Somali pirates threatening to kill his son, Capt. Xinshen Ling could think of only one thing to do: Threaten to throw himself into the shark-infested waters, calculating the pirates wouldn’t want to lose the captain. He was right. Four pirates immediately rushed to keep him from jumping off the Taiwanese fishing vessel. “It was a test. I wanted to see how much the pirates valued me … They know if the captain dies, they will get less ransom,” the 47-year-old told The Associated Press, safe in Kenya on Wednesday after the U.S. Navy stepped in to win the release of the Ching Fong Hwa 168 and its surviving crew, including Ling’s son. Ling’s tale of seven months of captivity is frighteningly common off the lawless coast of war-ravaged Somalia, where piracy is on the increase. After releasing the ship and its crew on Nov. 5, the pirates got away with an unspecified ransom paid by the ship’s owner. Somali pirates are often fighters linked to the clans that have carved the country into armed fiefdoms. They have heavy weapons and satellite navigation equipment, and have seized merchant ships, aid vessels and even a cruise ship. Ling’s ordeal began one sunny afternoon in April, when about 15 pirates stormed aboard his vessel armed with automatic rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. His crew was unarmed and one member was shot in the back. He survived, but when negotiations with the ship’s Taiwanese owners were going badly, the pirates killed another crew member, 32-year-old Chen Tao from China. “He was very unlucky because they just took him at random,” recalled Ling, who had worked with Tao for two years. He remembers the sailor being grabbed out of a lineup, then six shots that rang out on the other side of the boat. “We were in shock,” said Ling, raising a dragon-tattooed arm to smooth a sprinkling of white hair. “Just for money they took a life. … They are not human.” “After they shot that guy, I was really afraid,” said Linshangyi Ling, refilling his father’s sake glass. Four crew members were ordered to drag the man’s body into the ship’s freezers, where Ling insisted it stay. The pirates wanted to throw it to the sharks. Over the next months, the crew battled scurvy when their vegetables ran out, endured frequent mock executions and occasional beatings from guards when the Chinese, Taiwanese and Filipino sailors didn’t understand orders in Somali and broken English. The pirates also forced crew members to call home, in hopes their families would pressure the ship’s owners to pay the ransom. Ling listened to his wife weep for her son and husband. Eventually, Ling explained through a translator, the ship’s owners delivered a ransom in October – the pirates had demanded $1.5 million, but Ling refused to say how much was paid. The relieved crew thought they were going home, but the pirates held out for more money. That’s when the Americans got involved. The Navy said its personnel spoke to the pirates by radio, pressing them to leave the ship. They did on Nov. 5, aboard skiffs that took them to shore. Then a Navy vessel escorted Ling’s ship out of Somali waters and gave its crew food and medical assistance. Ling, who speaks no English, was unclear who helped, saying he believed U.N. forces as well as the U.S. military were in the area. U.S. officials would not say what was done to persuade the pirates to leave. But earlier, a U.S. naval vessel had fired on pirate skiffs tied to a Japanese-owned ship. At one point recently, at least seven ships were being held. Now, following U.S. intervention, only two remain in pirate hands. “We continue to talk with the pirates regularly, encouraging them to leave ships,” said Cmdr. Lydia Robertson, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman. “It’s not so much a change in focus as a change in activity. There is a spike in the number of pirated vessels. Since we were there when the ships were pirated it was an opportunity for us to stay there and help free the ships.”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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But Ling’s story has a twist. When the pirates demanded even more ransom, the Navy intervened, a development that will continue in response to the spike in piracy, a Navy spokeswoman said. “The worst time for me was the times they took my son … They used this boy,” said Ling, gesturing at 22-year-old Linshangyi Ling, sitting across from him at a Chinese restaurant in the port of Mombasa. “They threatened me, said if I didn’t call Taiwan they would shoot my son.” There have been 26 ships seized by pirates off Somalia this year, up from eight during the same period last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau. But deaths are rare, said Andrew Mwangura, head of the East Africa Seafarers’ Assistance Program. “Most of the time the pirates want money, not to kill people,” he said. Ransoms can reach millions of dollars. Somalia is deeply impoverished and flooded with weapons. Its government has little authority on land, let alone the means to police its long coast, especially now that it’s battling an Islamic insurgency. last_img read more

DONEGAL BUSINESSES LOSING A FORTUNE THROUGH FRAUD

first_imgBusinesses throughout Donegal are losing thousands of euro each week through crime, a business security awareness seminar will hear.Leading Gardai and business owners are to reveal how thousands of euro are being lost through fake notes and bogus credit cards.A specialist Garda Sgt from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation will address the seminar to outline the trends being used by fraudsters. The seminar is being held by Letterkenny Chamber in partnership the Letterkenny Joint Policing Committee and Donegal County Joint Policing Committee on Monday, March 12th.The Business Security Awareness Information night which will aim to advise local businesses as to how best to adopt practices and policies to protect themselves against the treat of crime. The event will be held at the Letterkenny Public Services at 7pm.The Letterkenny Joint Policing Committee, Donegal County Joint Policing Committee and Letterkenny Chamber through it’s Business Watch initiative have come together to raise awareness of crime against business and this event also acts as a refresher to business people on how to detect and avoid crime.Councillor Dessie Larkin, Chairman of the Joint Policing Committee believes awareness is the key to prevention. “I think its very important that we utilise the Gardai resources we have in terms of better informing businesses of the risks of crime in general and the particular trends at the moment. This event will allow the business community of Donegal to take on board simple security advice that will help them feel more secure as they carry out their business operations on a daily basis.”The speakers lined up for the event have many years experience in crime prevention.Paul Wallace the Divisional Crime Prevention Officer will be able to bring the participants right up to date with incidents happening around the county while Detective Sgt. Matt Sheridan from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation will give the national view and refresh information on forged notes, credit card fraud and other such potential crimes.The advice given will be practical and straightforward so that business owners will be immediately able to put in place measures that will help prevent criminals targeting their business.John Watson, President Letterkenny Chamber says “Crime against business is with us all year round and no-one can afford to become complacent. This event will act as a timely reminder that crime costs money that businesses can ill afford. Over the years through Business Watch in partnership with the Gardai we have briefed members on some very basic methods and procedures to avoid becoming a victim of crime and we are pleased to be able to work with our partners in the Joint Policing Committees in hosting this seminar.” Donegal County Joint Policing Committee Chairman Cllr Patrick McGowan welcomed the initiative and encouraged as many people as possible to attend.“We know that these seminars have proved of immediate value to people in the past. This is one of a series of themed workshops to be carried out by the JPC throughout the county over the coming year, working together to improve the quality of life for our citizens.”Creating awareness of the threats against businesses is half the battle so this event will offer advice such as ensuring back stores are locked at all times and accessible only with a pin number or key, that large amounts of cash are not held in the tills, that all notes are checked and that staff are trained to spot criminal activity.The evening will be interactive, highly informative and everyone will get an opportunity to ask about their own specific issues. The organisers of the event hope that it will also increase awareness into the workings of the Joint Policing Committees and the partnership approach that works well to deal with issues raised by the community locally.The seminar, that is open to all takes place at the Public Services Centre in Letterkenny on Monday 12th March at 7pm. All are welcome. To book a place email admin@letterkennychamber.com or call 074 9124866DONEGAL BUSINESSES LOSING A FORTUNE THROUGH FRAUD was last modified: February 29th, 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

NEW AVENSIS AND RE-STYLED AURIS LAUNCHES TONIGHT AT KELLYS TOYOTA

first_imgKellys Toyota, Mountcharles and Letterkenny welcome everyone to the launch of the new Toyota Avensis this evening from 6pm.New Avensis – Smart Thinking: The new Toyota Avensis is all about smart thinking. From the advanced safety systems and wide array of powerful yet efficient engines, to the sophisticated interior and dynamic styling – when no detail has been overlooked – there’s no better choice than the new Avensis. Innovative Technologies:The new Avensis is packed with clever and intuitive technologies. They are all designed to make your drive as effortless, enjoyable and as safe as possible.Welcoming & Spacious Interior: Business trip or family outing – new Avensis accommodates your life effortlessly. Cleverly composed, the interior feels exceptionally spacious with plenty of legroom and head space for everyone.The beautifully crafted cabin also feels instantly welcoming with its quality materials and meticulous finishes.Confident Looks:Whatever lies ahead, the new Avensis comes prepared with sharp, dynamic styling and uncompromising confidence.From the striking LED headlamps to the rear lights styling with eye-catching V-shaped LED light guides – the new Avensis design is full of agility.A Smart Decision: From its new standard Toyota Safety Sense and range of efficient engines, to the sophisticated interior, class-leading specification and dynamic new look there really is no brighter choice.The best now comes as standard…RESTYLED AURIS:On display will be the newly re-styled Auris which has some updated bold and dynamic styling changes which immediately catch the eye. Inside the new Auris you’ll find great design and rich materials of quality.A new Toyota Touch 2 screen is your window into a world of entertainment, while a new colour TFT screen in the instrument panel displays trip data, navigation commands and Toyota Safety Sense information.With the option of Toyota’s responsive Hybrid powertrain, plus advanced engine and diesel options, the perfect drive awaits you.Visit www.kellystoyota.com .Don’t forget THREE years free service on all orders placed by 19th June.NEW AVENSIS AND RE-STYLED AURIS LAUNCHES TONIGHT AT KELLYS TOYOTA was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessnewsNoticeslast_img read more

CONFIRMED: Manchester City sign Spain star Nolito on four-year deal

first_img1 Nolito in action for Spain at Euro 2016 Manchester City have completed the signing of Nolito from Celta Vigo.The Spain international forward has signed a four-year deal after City triggered the £13.8m release clause in his contract with the La Liga club.Nolito is the second signing made by new City boss Pep Guardiola after Ilkay Gundogan’s £20m arrival from from Borussia Dortmund in June.“I’ll try to bring as much as I possibly can,” he told the Premier League side’s official website.“I’ll do everything that the manager asks of me, try my absolute best and do everything I can to try to repeat the form I’ve shown throughout my career at various clubs.“It’s just about trying to play my normal game and let’s hope that I can help Manchester City to win games.“I think that Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. He knows a lot about the game and he’s going to help me progress as a player and I’m sure he’ll get the best out of me.”The 29-year-old played under Guardiola at Barcelona before leaving the Nou Camp for Benfica in 2011.After two years in Portugal, he returned to his homeland with Celta Vigo and has been a big success over the past three seasons.He netted 39 goals in 103 appearances for Celta and has become a key part of the Spain squad in recent years.He has scored five times in 13 appearances for his national side and played in all four of their games at Euro 2016.last_img read more