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Manchester United v Liverpool quiz: How well do you know recent matches between the great rivals?

first_imgManchester United v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT on Saturday from 5.30pm BST.It’s the biggest fixture in the English football league calendar.The two clubs’ intense rivalry runs deep and after respective defeats in their last Premier League matches, both will be looking to inflict a damaging psychological blow so early in the season.United won 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last season but that doesn’t tell the full story, with David De Gea having the game of his life and Raheem Sterling squandering a number of gilt-edged opportunities.Liverpool, up until their 3-0 defeat to West Ham, had shown encouraging signs and their new signings appear to have settled nicely.They will be without the suspended Philippe Coutinho at the weekend – a huge blow – but the rest of the squad have the credentials to down a far from convincing United side.But how well do you know recent history between the two rivals?Here’s ten questions to test your knowledge:About | Privacy | Terms Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers 1last_img read more

West Ham snap up Spanish starlet following impressive trial

first_imgWest Ham have reportedly snapped up teenage goalkeeper Pablo Vazquez following a successful trial period.The 17-year-old spent a month at the club’s training base and has done enough to earn himself a first professional contract.He has now returned to Spain to complete the season with local Seville club AD Nervion and will join up with the Hammers at the start of the 2016/17 campaign.According to Estadio Deportivo, the youngster made a big impression on West Ham’s coaches during his time in east London – where he sought the support of compatriot Adrian.The Hammers’ number one is expected to help Vazquez settle to life in London when he arrives next summer. Slaven Bilic 1last_img read more

Spot on Liverpool, Arsenal’s November blues and Norwich’s lucky charm – PL stats of the weekend

first_img 10 10 While Sunday’s fixtures didn’t quite live up to the hefty heights set by Saturday’s games, it was still another blockbuster weekend in the Premier League.Leicester, and Jamie Vardy in particular, are still flying while Manchester City are back to winning ways to move to the summit.Can we realistically regard Tottenham and Liverpool as title challengers? And have beleaguered Chelsea turned a corner?The 10 meetings produced some eye-catching statistics – here are some of the best…Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our selection… 8. Eden Hazard has now gone 17 games without scoring for Chelsea 7. Lewis Grabban hasn’t been on the losing side in any of the last 23 games he has scored in (19 wins, 4 draws) 10 10 10 6. Mesut Ozil has been involved in 13 goals in his last 12 league games (two goals, 11 assists) 10 10. James Milner’s penalty at the weekend means Liverpool have now been awarded a record 135 spot kicks in Premier League history 3. Jamie Vardy’s goal against Manchester United was the first the Red Devils had conceded from open play in 545 minutes 10 10 4. And Arsenal average just 1.59 points in the month of November under Arsene Wenger’s stewardship – statistically their worst month of the season 10 1. Aston Villa’s five points is the joint fewest tally in Premier League history at this stage of the season 10 2. Vardy’s 14 Premier League goals this season means he has already become Leicester’s top scoring player in a single Premier League season, surpassing Tony Cottee’s previous best of 13 5. Arsenal picked up just two league points in November, compared with the 12 points they earned in October 9. Tottenham’s current unbeaten sequence of 13 league games is now their longest in the Premier League era last_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: Flop star set to leave Blues

first_img Radamel Falcao in action for Colombia 1 Chelsea flop Radamel Falcao is a target for Mexican side Club America.The Colombian international, who is still owned by Monaco despite loan spells with Manchester United and now Chelsea, is understood to be keen on a move across the Atlantic.And, according to Medio Tiempo, Club America are very keen on establishing whether a deal can be done with the French club.However, one stumbling block could be Falcao’s extortionate wage demands, with the Mexicans unlikely to be able to match what Monaco and Chelsea currently pay him.Falcao is desperate to leave England in January, having struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League, and Chelsea are also keen on offloading him.He has scored just one goal in 11 appearances this season and managed to find the net just four times for United last year.last_img read more

John Terry says he is leaving Chelsea but club insist he could STAY

first_img John Terry John Terry could still be offered a new contract by Chelsea, the club have announced.The 35-year-old revealed on Sunday that he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after being informed he will not be offered an extension on his current deal, which expires in the summer.Terry told reporters following the FA Cup win over MK Dons: “It’s not going to be a fairytale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea, which it took me a couple of days to get over.“Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction.”But Chelsea have released a statement insisting that their captain, who has spent his entire career with the Blues, could yet stay on beyond this season.The club have yet to appoint a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, with Guus Hiddink in charge for the remainder of the campaign, and will let the new boss decide whether to offer Terry an extension.A club spokesman said: “John requested a meeting with the club the week before last.“In that meeting he asked about the possibility of an extension to his existing contract.“John was advised that while no new deal was currently on the table, that situation could change in the coming months.“The club has the utmost respect for John and everything he has helped us achieve to date.“He is a fantastic servant of Chelsea Football Club and a superb captain and, as such, the club will keep the channels of dialogue open.”Terry joined Chelsea at the age of 14 and has since made 696 appearances, scoring 66 goals, during 18 seasons as a first-team player.He has won every major club honour with the Blues, including the Champions League in 2012, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the 2013 Europa League.Terry insists he still has the desire to continue playing, but has ruled out playing for another English club if he does leave Chelsea in the summer. “I couldn’t play for another Premier League club,” said Terry. “It will be elsewhere for sure.“I feel as though I’m in great nick, I’m playing great and I’ve got a couple of years to go.” 1last_img read more

“Please save my house”

first_imgFern Lea Peter, Latigo CanyonEven as flames scorched the area just days after Thanksgiving, Latigo Canyon resident Fern Lea Peter found much to be thankful for. Peter’s Latigo Canyon home, with a sweeping view of the Pacific, was saved by firefighters’ quick action. The 76-year-old said she awoke at 3 a.m. to find her wooden deck engulfed in flames, but firefighters were soon on the scene. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I have been here 48 years and have never seen a fire like this,” she said. “I grabbed my purse and my pillow – it’s what I like to sleep with. At that point, you’re not thinking. You’re absolutely out of it. “The Fire Department came and I said, `Please save my house.”‘ After the fire had passed, Peter acknowledged the loss of a portion of her home but was optimistic. “But I had Thanksgiving before and I have my home – and that’s a nice thing.” Cynthia, Malibu mobile home park At a Malibu mobile home park on Pacific Coast Highway, a woman who gave her name only as Cynthia mourned the loss of her greenery, but praised firefighters for saving her mobile home, three dogs and six cats. “I lost my back yard, my beautiful English garden. … but I’ve got my house,” she said. When she went back inside, after watching the home next door burn, she found a note that read: “Saved.” It was signed “Long Beach Fire Department.” She sought out the firefighters to thank them and opened her arms to the crew’s chief. “He said, `You don’t want to hug me.’ I said, `You bet your butt I want to hug you.’ And I hugged every one of them.” Rick Hernandez, Agoura HillsIn Latigo Canyon, fire crews and water trucks waited patiently for Southern California Edison crews to clear downed power lines from the narrow roads. Rick Hernandez, 50, of Agoura Hills, had come to help rescue two horses on his friend’s property in the canyon. At midday, Hernandez waited his turn to move his horse trailer up to his friend’s home. “They told me, `If you’re going to evacuate horses, I’ll let you go up, but you may not get very far.”‘ Jon Pfeiffer, Corral Canyon The Pfeiffer family awoke at 4 a.m. Saturday to the stifling smell of smoke. Sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door of their Corral Canyon home shortly before 5 a.m., telling them to evacuate. “This will be the fifth time we have been evacuated,” said Jon Pfeiffer, a 20-year Malibu resident. “The second time in a month.” Pfeiffer stood on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway on Saturday morning, taking pictures of the firefighting effort. His sons, Michael, 19, and Jack, 16, were with him. Before the family left their home, they took their computer hard drive, passports, financial records, a change of clothes, and family photos. Michael Pfeiffer, a freshman at Georgetown University, still had his belongings in his suitcase. The family dog, Duke, a golden retriever, is also safe. About 9:30 a.m., six hours after the fire started, Pfeiffer said he still didn’t know whether his house was still standing. But if it is destroyed, the 49-year-old attorney vowed to rebuild on the same spot. “It’s a beautiful place to live.” Ken Kearsley, MalibuMalibu City Councilman Ken Kearsley, who had weathered earlier firestorms, said he refused to evacuate because he had cleared a wide area around his home, which is along a creek. “You figure what your life is worth,” Kearsley said. “It’s not worth a house. I got the car out and was ready to go. I figured if it got to my trees, I was outta here. But it never did.” Kearsley said he beat back embers flying through the air from the main fire. “You fight it,” he said. “You’re out with buckets and you’re out with hoses and you’re out with burlap bags and you fight it.” Wendy Kappas, Tantalus DriveAs she stood on the beach side of Pacific Coast Highway, Wendy Kappas knew her home was gone because she could see the retaining wall built behind it. She and her husband, Michael, had been building their Tantalus Drive home for three years. “We just put the roof on this week,” she said. The doors and windows were slated to be installed in two weeks. The couple planned to move in in February or March. Now they will start all over again. “You have to do it,” Kappas said. “It is an absolutely gorgeous property.” She heard from a neighbor that her guest house, also under construction, survived. The couple will stay at their Malibu condo until they rebuild. The condo itself burned in a 1998 electrical fire and the couple rebuilt. “Maybe we aren’t supposed to be here,” Kappas said halfheartedly. “Maybe someone is trying to tell us something.” Deborah Congdon-Abrams, Sycamore Meadows Drive Deborah Congdon-Abrams, a 53-year-old mortgage broker, lives next to Kappas and said she woke about 4 a.m. in her Sycamore Meadows Drive home to the smell of smoke. She told her husband, Harold Abrams, to pack a suitcase while she grabbed financial records and photos. Congdon-Abrams is no stranger to wildfires. She lost everything – including her children’s scrapbooks, her great-grandmother’s rag doll, and her grandmother’s jewelry box – in a 1993 Laguna Beach fire. “You have your life,” she said. “Everything else is replaceable.” The important thing is that her husband, and their two Briard dogs, Dudley and Nikki, are fine, she said. At first, she was anxious about her home after a neighbor who stayed at his home told her that her garage had been damaged. But from where she stood on Pacific Coast Highway, once the smoke cleared, she could see her home’s red tile roof and it had survived. “Wow, look at that!” she exclaimed, watching helicopters dump water in the neighborhood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Bratton to receive Executive Leadership award

first_imgUtilizing COMPSTAT, Bratton and his officers have achieved a significant reduction in crime, improved the quality of life in many public areas, and increased accountability and teamwork within the department, Greenwood said. In an anti-terrorism measure, Bratton also initiated Operation Archangel, a state-of-the-art system designed to manage critical asset information with city, county, state and federal partners. “With the right technology, police officers can spend less time shuffling papers and more time in the streets, and in the neighborhoods,” Bratton said in a statement. “If we can enhance productivity and make police operations more efficient, our cities will be safer.” Bratton has also integrated technology in implementing the 2001 Federal Consent Decree, a federal mandate to reform the LAPD following the Rampart corruption scandal, Greenwood said. Under Bratton, a new computer system designed to promote professionalism and identify at-risk officers was implemented, providing supervisors the ability to prevent unsafe activities before they occur, Greenwood said. Investigations of officer-involved shootings have also been improved through groundbreaking technology that combines images and data in one package for enhanced scene reconstruction, Greenwood said. For more news and observations about 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe Executive Leadership award, given annually, recognizes CEO-level business leaders in Southern California who do an extraordinary job of driving information technology within their organization, Greenwood said. The award will be presented to Bratton at the IS Associates 19th annual Executive Leadership Dinner tomorrow on the UCLA campus. “Chief Bratton understands how to exploit technology to transform the quality of service delivery of an organization as critical as the LAPD,” said UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Judy Olian, who will present the award. Bratton was instrumental in installing the internationally acclaimed COMPSTAT System at LAPD, a system he initiated while serving as New York’s police commissioner in the 1990s, Greenwood said. The system captures crime data that police can use to identify emerging crime patterns or areas and assists them in devising a comprehensive response. Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton will receive the Executive Leadership award from a group associated with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, it was announced today. Bratton will receive the award from “UCLA Anderson IS Associates,” a professional partnership between the Anderson School of Management and corporate and governmental enterprises. The organization is dedicated to the more effective management and understanding of information systems, and the more effective leadership of the IS function, said Diana Greenwood of UCLA Anderson School of Management. Bratton is being honored “for his groundbreaking use of information technology designed to improve the LAPD’s infrastructure and its crime-fighting abilities,” Greenwood said in a statement. last_img read more

Home Depot decks aisles

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsRetailers generally expect this holiday season to be a nail-biter, with most expecting only small gains in sales volumes compared with last year. It’s even worse for the home retailers – consumers nationwide are forecast to spend only around $94 on home and holiday furnishings this season, down from last year’s $115, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday survey. “With the rise of gas and home heating prices and the mortgage rate concerns, shoppers anticipate cutting back on many categories, including home,” said Wendy Liebmann, president of marketing consulting firm WSL Strategic Retail. “It’s a season of mind-set over matter, as shoppers feel very unsettled about what the year-end will look like for them financially and emotionally.” To compensate, home retailers – including Macy’s Inc., Crate & Barrel, Home Depot and others – are offering both new and unique merchandise, plus running special online promotions, along with the traditional in store trim-a-tree wares. At Pottery Barn, stores are offering holiday decorating classes and special shopping hours, and customers who attend receive a complimentary Pottery Barn design book. At Macy Inc., a new product launch from Martha Stewart is designed to drive traffic to home departments that didn’t exist last holiday season. Other home retailers started the holiday push early, including The Container Store and Design Within Reach, with direct mail and e-mail offers for affordable small items and unique larger ones. “I went in there for these and clear garbage bags and left with ribbon and some votives,” said Katie Varrassi, of Charlotte, as she loaded two rosemary bushes from Home Depot into the back of her sport utility vehicle. “I left with more than I came for. They were definitely impulse purchases.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Amid the paint, power tools and 99-piece wrench and ratchet sets, the aisles at Home Depot are filled this holiday season with wrapping paper, snow villages and artificial Christmas trees. “I was a little surprised when I walked in,” said Alice Yoder, of Charlotte, Home Depot circular in hand, as she scanned the holiday section for a pre-lit Christmas wreath advertised for $59.99. “I knew Home Depot had a huge selection of lights and trees, but the Santas, and other home decor, that I didn’t expect.” The nation’s beleaguered home retailers – stung by declining consumer confidence, slumping home sales, tighter credit standards and rising fuel prices – are fighting hard to attract Yoder and others in a last-minute rush of customers to help make up for what’s been a tough year. “Customers still want to feel good about their homes,” said Craig Menear, executive vice president of merchandising for Home Depot. “We took a bigger swing in holiday items this year, because we know that when times are more difficult, consumers want to take care of their homes.” last_img read more


first_imgHairdresser Patrick Gildea is one of Donegal’s most colourful businessmen and now he gives a few pointers as to why he’s a cut above the rest. What is your career and what do you do?I am a hairdresser and involved in a business that is to the forefront of fashion. Tell us about your first job and how much were you paid?My first job at eleven years of age was a paper boy and earned £2.00 a week. I was a milk boy deliverer to doors. I then worked in the building sites as a labourer, then to trainee hairdresser were I thumbed from the ’big city’ of Drumkeen to Killybegs everyday for €24.00 a week.What was your first success in business?My first success was to open my first salon in Letterkenny at 18 years of age. Name the one local or international business person you look up to?The people I most admire in business is an uncle Brendan Gildea who was a developer who gave me great advice and made sure I stayed grounded and it has to be Marco Pierre the chef for his dynamic approach in self belief and the many small business people that you never hear about that are so important to every community.What has been your biggest mistake in business?I have never had any major mistakes in business but plenty of small ones that you learn from and continue to do so. These are an education in there own right and will continue to be. By recognizing them you address and move on stronger.What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given? Education. Education. Education.What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?To ask as many questions of other business people. To set yourself monthly achievements and never think you can sit back. And don’t become over arrogant because you’re self employed. Be prepared to commit yourself as it is hard work but very rewarding in many ways and don’t be scared to give yourself a pat on the back! Quietly though!!!!What one item would you take with you to a desert island and why? My wife and family and a scissors and comb.What item would you prefer to do without?The Taxman!What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?In my spare time I love traditional music and I teach members of the Tirconnail Martyrs flute band.When will you retire?I will retire when the man above sends me my P 45.What’s your tip to surviving the recession?Ah the horrid recession….we have to reinvent ourselves to suit the climate – the 100% commitment we had has to be 300% now. Get up earlier and bed later. And most importantly if the recession is putting you under pressure in business get out! What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?Firstly get people that know what they’re doing , get rid of there Landlord mentality. Run it as a business and get people with business backgrounds. If run efficiently, the stupid money being wasted would be sorted. It would be mind blowing what could be saved!And get behind the small business sector as this is the proven sector to get us out if this hole!!EndsBUSINESS PROFILE was last modified: February 3rd, 2011 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_imgA SUCCESSFUL Co Donegal businessman has been asked to head up a task force to save the remaining jobs in the Quinn Group, the businesses taken off the former billionaire Sean Quinn.David Mackey is a former Chief Executive at Quinns and addressed a meeting in Co Cavan last night set up to try to save the remaining positions in the businesses along the Border.The former Cavan and South Tipperary county manager, originally from Letterkenny, rose up through the ranks of the Quinn Group over many years. The Letterkenny man spoke at a meeting set up by Concerned Irish Citizens – a group which campaigns for the Quinn family.However the meeting, which was attended by several TDs, was aimed at saving further job losses in the numerous companies in Derrylin and Ballyconnell which are now run by administrators.A former colleague of Mr Mackey, Denis Doogan – also a former Quinn Group Director – had planned to be at last night’s meeting but had to withdraw because of illness.But a statement read out on his behalf he accused the company’s new bosses of clearing local people out of senior positions and replacing them with people from outside the industries. “When the decision was taken to remove Quinn Insurance and Quinn Group from the control of Sean Quinn, the dawn of one of the greatest cover ups in the history of the Irish Republic had arrived,” said Mr Doogan.“This cover up has seen the persecution of Sean Quinn and his family over the last two to three years in an attempt to deflect the focus away from a failed banking system.”Mr Mackey then spoke, saying he agreed with what Mr Doogan had said.“What Denis Doogan said was fair and balanced,” he said, urging local TDs to read his letter.He said people needed now however to be positive and look forward. The Letterkenny man was asked if he would consider heading up a task force with local politicians and others to monitor the Quinn jobs that are left.He agreed he would go into talks about it.DONEGAL MAN ASKED TO HEAD UP TASK FORCE TO SAVE QUINN GROUP JOBS was last modified: December 3rd, 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 MAN ASKED TO HEAD UP TASK FORCE TO SAVE QUINN GROUP JOBSlast_img read more