Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United on alert as midfielder nears Dortmund exit

first_img Jakub Blaszczykowski Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been put on alert after reports suggest Jakub Blaszczykowski may leave Borussia Dortmund.The Pole has not featured in any of Dortmund’s opening three games of the season, sparking rumours he may be on his way out of the club.According to Bild, Real Betis are considering a move for the midfielder but may struggle to match his wage demands.Blaszczykowski is apparently after an increase on his £1.8m yearly salary, which could price out Betis and bring Premier League heavyweights into the equation. 1last_img read more

TRANSFER SHOCK! Chelsea eye January move for Manchester United outcast

first_imgChelsea are lining up a shock move for Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes in January, according to reports in Italy.Jose Mourinho’s goalkeeping resources have been stretched so far this season with new signing Asmir Begovic having to deputise for Thibaut Courtois due to suspension and injury.The Belgian No.1 is out for three months with a knee injury which has left former Stoke star Begovic as the club’s only fit experienced shot stopper in the ranks.It has led to speculation that the defending Premier League champions could plot a surprise swoop for ex-Barcelona star Valdes – who is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.The Spaniard tried desperately to secure a last-minute move to Besiktas on the eve of the transfer window but the switch fell through and he is unlikely to feature for Louis van Gaal’s men again given David De Gea’s new contract. Victor Valdes 1last_img read more

Liverpool fans tell Jurgen Klopp to ‘get Sturridge into a soft, padded room. NOW’ after Danny Ings’ season-ending injury

first_img1 Less than 24 hours after Liverpool announced that Joe Gomez would be out for the remainder of the season having suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, it has been confirmed that Danny Ings has joined the 18-year-old in the recovery room.Ings, who made his first senior appearance for England against Lithuania on Monday night, has too ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will spend the next six to eight months on the sidelines.As can be imagined, Liverpool supporters are almost overcome with worry. While the club have been on high following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp, their injury-filled week has left a few anxious with their attacking options. What is particularly worrying Reds fans is the knowledge that Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are now the only strikers available for selection. Such is the extent of their concern that Liverpool have been urged to go to extreme measures to take care of Sturridge. Take a look at the best reactions, on Twitter, below. Daniel Sturridge will have to step up after Danny Ings suffered a serious knee injury in training last_img read more

California campaign cha-ching: Fundraising outpaces previous elections

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“By the end of this, there will have been more money put into this race than ever before,” said Massie Rich, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C., watchdog group that tracks campaign contributions. Rich estimated that when all is said and done in the 2008 race, the candidates will have raised at least $1billion, the first time that mark will have been passed. And if previous years are an indication, between 10percent and 15percent of that money will come from California. “They’re raising more, the stakes are higher and they’ve got to raise it faster. California is one of the pots of gold,” said University of Southern California political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe. Democratic front-runners Sens.Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have already raised a combined $25million from California. Four years ago, Sen. John Kerry raised about $36million from the state throughout his entire campaign. There’s a similar trend among Republicans. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have raised $11million from the Golden State – more than half of everything George W. Bush took from California in 2004. Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has raised $3.7million from the state – about 16percent of his total contributions. “McCain jokes that he spends a lot of time in San Diego to visit his constituents,” Jeffe said, noting that even with his overall fundraising lag the Arizona senator remains deeply popular in California. Rich said the spike in contributions isn’t coming only from California. The average top-giving industry already has forked over 46percent more than the equivalent period in 2004. The securities and investment industry, for example, has donated more than $21million to Republican and Democrat front-runners – 91percent more than they had given by this time in the previous election. The entertainment industry, meanwhile, is up a full 68percent. Candidates for the 2008 presidential election also are assembling formidable campaign operations in California, with Giuliani and Clinton wielding what many call the most aggressive in the state. Each also has built up a prominent list of California endorsements, with Clinton scooping up Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and three Los Angeles City Council members. Obama has Los Angeles state Assemblywoman Karen Bass and state Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero. Among Republicans, Romney has former state Assemblyman Tony Strickland in his corner, while Giuliani picked up Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, and has the backing of a number of other California Congress members including Rep. Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs. But some argue that despite California’s insistence that an earlier primary would help it become more than an ATM machine for candidates, it still remains primarily a lucrative funding base for candidates. An analysis of the records earlier this year found that close to $1million was donated in the first quarter by donors who identified themselves as living in San Fernando Valley area communities. And contributors who identified themselves as being from Los Angeles – which could include Valley residents – gave more than $3million in the first quarter alone. Jeffe noted that the record giving comes in the wake of new campaign laws limiting donations to $2,300 per candidate, per campaign – for a total of $4,600 in the primary and general elections. “They’re raising that much even with a new ceiling on campaign contributions,” she said. “That is really significant.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Presidential contenders are digging deeper into Californians’ pockets than ever before, already raising more than $50million in the Golden State even before campaigns get aggressively under way. The tally so far amounts to nearly 70percent of the $76million raised in California during the entire 2004 campaign cycle and virtually assures that contributions this election year will surpass previous fundraising, according to campaign records. The massive donations come as the state’s early Feb. 5 primary has added new clout to California and spurred a renewed candidate focus on the region. And with no heir apparent for either party yet – and states leapfrogging one another to get the jump on early primaries – candidates have put a premium on raising big money. last_img read more


first_imgThe CoLab facility at Letterkenny Institute of Technology is to be doubled in size.The CoLab building in LetterkennyThe centre, which encourages the development of small businesses, is to be extended by 20,000 sq ft.The expansion is part of plans drawn up for a partnership between the North West Cross Border Region Group, the Northern Ireland Science Park, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Ilex in Derry. The aim is to set up a regional Science Park campus, modeled on the development in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast which would provide a significant boost to the northwest economyManager of the CoLab Patsy Donaghy said he was delighted by the planned extension.The extension is part of the European Unuion’s INTERREG IVA programme.  COLAB IN LETTERKENNY TO DOUBLE IN SIZE! was last modified: November 30th, 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

Top U.S. and World News 2007: Campus shootings shook U.S.

first_imgNEW YORK – The massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech by a mentally disturbed student gunman was chosen the top story of 2007 by U.S. editors and news directors in The Associated Press’ annual vote. The rampage, which prompted colleges nationwide to reassess their emergency response systems, received 82 first-place votes out of 271 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The mortgage crisis, which roiled the U.S. housing market, was the No. 2 story, and the war in Iraq placed third. Iraq was the No. 1 story in 2006, and has finished in the top three since 2002 – the year of the prewar buildup. Here are 2007’s top 10 stories, as voted by AP members: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson1. VIRGINIA TECH KILLINGS: Seung-Hui Cho, 23, who had avoided court-ordered mental health treatment despite a history of psychiatric problems, killed two fellow students in a dormitory on April 16, detoured to mail a hate-filled video of himself to NBC News, then shot dead 30 students and professors in a classroom building before killing himself. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 2. MORTGAGE CRISIS: A record-setting wave of mortgage foreclosures, coupled with a steep slump in the housing market, buffeted financial markets, caused multibillion-dollar losses at major banks and investment firms, and became an issue in the presidential campaign. 3. IRAQ WAR: The “surge” that sent more U.S. troops to Iraq was credited with helping reduce the overall level of violence. But thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of U.S. personnel were killed nonetheless during the year, and Iraqi political leaders struggled to make meaningful progress toward national reconciliation. 4. OIL PRICES: Oil prices soared to record highs, at one point reaching nearly $100 a barrel. The high prices, which burdened motorists and owners of oil-heated homes, nudged Congress to pass an energy bill that ordered an increase in motor vehicles’ fuel efficiency. 5. CHINESE EXPORTS: An array of Chinese exports were recalled, ranging from toys with lead paint to defective tires to tainted toothpaste and food. Despite the high-profile problems, America’s trade deficit with China was running at record-high levels. 6. GLOBAL WARMING: Warnings about the consequences of global warming gained intensity with new reports from scientific panels and a Nobel Prize to Al Gore for his environmental crusading that included the film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Across the U.S., many state governments sought to cap emissions blamed for global warming. 7. BRIDGE COLLAPSE: An Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during the evening rush hour on Aug. 1, killing 13 people and injuring about 100. The disaster fueled concern about possible structural flaws in other bridges nationwide. 8. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN: In a yearlong drama with shifting subplots, large fields in both major parties battled for support ahead of the caucuses and primaries that will decide the 2008 presidential nominees. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama led among the Democrats; some polls showed five Republicans with double-digit support. 9. IMMIGRATION DEBATE: A compromise immigration plan, backed by President Bush and Democratic leaders, collapsed in Congress due to Republican opposition. The plan would have enabled millions of illegal immigrants to move toward citizenship, while also bolstering border security. The issues remained alive in the presidential campaign. 10. IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Worried that the ultimate goal is a nuclear arsenal, the United States and other countries pressed Iran to halt uranium enrichment. Iran said it never had a weapons program. A U.S. intelligence report concluded there was such an effort, but it stopped in 2003. Just missing the Top 10 were the Southern California wildfires and the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general. The balloting reflected a diverse news year, with 27 different stories receiving at least one first-place vote. The mortgage crisis got 48 first-place votes, Iraq 40 and oil prices 25. Write-in votes were cast for two events that occurred after AP’s ballot was distributed – the shooting at an Omaha mall that left nine people dead, and the Mitchell Report on use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Another write-in vote was for “cheaters and liars” – collectively addressing the many athletes and other public figures entangled in scandals. Among stories about pop culture celebrities, the saga surrounding the death of Anna Nicole Smith got the most votes, finishing in 32nd place ahead of such stories as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the departure of Tony Blair as British prime minister, and the military crackdown in Myanmar. “Anyone who picks the Anna Nicole Smith story in the Top Ten should be beaten with sticks,” commented Mike Bailey, managing editor of The Courier News in Elgin, Ill. John Moeur, managing editor of the Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., suggested that 2007’s top development was broader than those on the ballot – and distinctly bleak. “In our opinion, the top story must reflect the nation’s stifling problems and the inability of either the Bush administration or the Democrat-led Congress to find solutions other than bickering,” he wrote on his ballot.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Area soldier killed in Iraq

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Corniel, whose family members called him Ronnie, served four years as a Marine, went to Iraq and was sent back a second time in September with the Army National Guard. Lopez said she didn’t want her son, a Bassett High School graduate, to re-enlist, but he told her he wouldn’t be sent back to Iraq. Family members have agonized over the details of not knowing exactly how Corniel died; they said he always wore full-body protection. His grandmother, Geraldine Vigil, described her grandson as confident and a born leader who loved guns, protected the women in the family and was a role model. She said he was set to get a bronze star with a “V” for valor for an incident earlier in Iraq, where his actions saved other troops. Vigil said Corniel loved music. He started a band last year called Crash Ride, which recorded a CD titled “Never Forget,” before reenlisting. Corniel’s biological father died when he was young. LA PUENTE – Army Spc. Marcelino R. Corniel had just five days left in Baghdad, 13 days before he would arrive stateside and 23 days before saying, “I do.” But the life of the 23-year-old National Guard member from La Puente was cut short Saturday when he was killed in a mortar attack, authorities said. The death of Corniel, a former Marine assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment in Fullerton, has left a huge whole in their life. “I don’t know what I’m going to do without him,” said his mother, Elaine Lopez, 43. His sisters, Kristen Lopez, 16, a junior at Bassett High School and Kimberly Lopez, 14, a freshman at Bassett, said Corniel was the best brother who always included them in everything he did. The last one to speak with him was his fiancee, Claudia Calderon, 24, of Bellflower. Calderon said they had set their wedding date. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want 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

What a relief for Sutter

first_img “I was planning a hunting trip next year if I didn’t get in this year,” Sutter said. Andre Dawson was fourth with 317 votes, followed by Bert Blyleven (277), Lee Smith (234), Jack Morris (214), Tommy John (154) and Steve Garvey (135). Pete Rose, baseball’s banned career hits leader, received 10 write-in votes in what would have been his final year of eligibility. Stricken from the ballot after going on the banned list for betting on Cincinnati while managing the team, Rose was written in on 249 of 7,207 ballots over 15 years. The other players in the Hall who primarily were relievers are Hoyt Wilhelm (elected in 1985), Rollie Fingers (1992) and Dennis Eckersley (2004). Sutter said Gossage and Smith also should be in. “I just think sometimes that the voters try to compare us with the starting pitchers,” he said. “We can’t compete with their statistics, their innings or their strikeouts. I think if you compare us against each other, I think you’ll see we’re all pretty equal. … Without us, it’s tough to win.” Sutter was a six-time All-Star and the 1979 NL Cy Young Award winner, compiling 300 saves during a 12-season major league career with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis and Atlanta that ended in 1988. He had a 68-71 record with a 2.83 ERA and was third on the saves list when his career was cut short by a torn rotator cuff now he’s 19th in saves. He credited Fred Martin, a Cubs minor league pitching coach, with teaching him the splitter late in the 1973 season, and Mike Roarke, another Cubs coach, with helping him refine it. “It just tickles me still when you see Roger Clemens, as great as he is, throw a split-finger and the hitter just swings and misses. They don’t see that ball that well,” Sutter said. “Jack Morris threw an awful good one and Mike Scott there’s a lot of great pitchers over the years that I think that pitch definitely helped their career.” Sutter turned to the splitter following elbow surgery. “I was a little reluctant to throw sliders or breaking balls anymore,” he said. “I was short with the fastball and short with the breaking ball. I needed another pitch or I would never have pitched in the big leagues.” When he first went on the ballot in 1994, Sutter received 109 votes (23.9 percent). His percentage rose to 66.7 last year, when Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were elected and Sutter fell 43 votes short. “Were my stats good enough? I didn’t know,” Sutter said. “You just kind of keep hoping.” Rice’s percentage increased to 64.8 from 59.5 last year, and Gossage’s rose to 64.6 from 55.2, which bodes well for the pair. The highest percentage of votes gained by a player who wasn’t elected in a later year was 63.4 by Gil Hodges in 1983, his final time on the ballot. Orel Hershiser (58 votes) and Albert Belle (40) were the only players among the 14 first-time candidates to receive 5 percent, meaning they will remain on the ballot next year. Among those dropped were Will Clark (23 votes), Dwight Gooden (17), Willie McGee (12) and Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (5). Sutter will be inducted into the Hall during ceremonies on July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Veterans Committee doesn’t vote this year, but a special Negro leagues and pre-Negro leagues selection committee meets Feb. 27. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Becoming the first pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame with no career starts, the split-finger pioneer was listed on 76.9 percent of the ballots, collecting 400 of a record 520 votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America who have been in the organization for 10 consecutive years or more. “It was a call that you always hope for, but you never really expect it to happen,” Sutter said. “I didn’t think it would affect me or hit me as hard as it did.” Players needed 390 votes (75 percent) to gain election. Boston Red Sox slugger Jim Rice fell 53 short, finishing second with 337 votes (64.8 percent), one ahead of reliever Goose Gossage. Sutter was the first player elected on the 13th try or later since Ralph Kiner in 1975. Rice was appearing for the 12th time and has three years remaining on the writers’ ballot. Gossage was on the ballot for the seventh time. It might be difficult for Rice and Gossage to gain votes next year, when Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn and Mark McGwire appear on the ballot for the first time. Each voter may select up to 10 players. And when he found out he had made it, Sutter flashed a signal, giving a “thumbs-up” to his wife, sons and daughters-in-law. “They started screaming,” he recalled, “and, actually, I started crying.” center_img NEW YORK — After falling short a dozen times, Bruce Sutter was relieved. He became only the fourth reliever given baseball’s highest honor, gaining election to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. “When the phone call came and the caller ID said ‘New York,” I thought, oh, maybe this is it,” he said. last_img read more

Man who shot pope freed from prison

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ISTANBUL, Turkey – Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II, walked out of Kartal prison in Istanbul a free man early Thursday, stepping from a tight security cordon at the gate into a waiting car that was showered with flowers by his supporters as it drove away. Wearing a blue sweater and jeans, Agca looked tense at his first stop, the local military office, where he was obliged to report for the mandatory military service he missed over many years on the run and in jail. Another crowd awaited him as he stepped out of the building, whistling, clapping and displaying a large Turkish flag as the car moved slowly through the crowd. A 48-year-old native of Malatya, a town in eastern Turkey, Agca has long been associated with an ultranationalist group called the Gray Wolves and also with members of the Turkish criminal underworld. He has never admitted any association with such groups, and over the course of more than 120 interrogations has constantly frustrated investigators with contradictory statements about his motivations for shooting the pope. In addition to the assassination attempt in 1981, he was convicted in the 1979 killing of Abdi Ipekci, a prominent liberal journalist, and of escaping from prison soon afterward, as well as two lesser offenses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita He was sentenced to 36 years in prison for the five crimes. Turkish courts, however, counted the 19 years that he spent in Italian custody before being pardoned and applied a 10-year reduction based on a general amnesty law passed in 2000. So they decided that he should be released after having spent five years, six months and 27 days in Turkish jails. last_img read more


first_imgTwo Donegal schools are celebrating this week after winning prizes at this year’s Student Enterprise Awards. Sean Óg Harrigan and Oisín McLaughlin, (both aged 14), from Scoil Mhuire Buncrana won the overall Intermediate Category for their business ‘Inish Woodworking,’ which makes bespoke wooden crafts for export, including bowls, lamps, candlesticks and cheese-boards.The second Donegal winner was ‘Kitchen Kouture’ from Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, who won ‘Best Display Category’ for their unique handcrafted aprons. Having won through from the county finals in Donegal, the winning schools worked very closely with Local Enterprise Office Donegal in preparation for the awards, which took place on Wednesday, 20th April in Croke Park, Dublin. Guests in attendance included Tómas Hayes from the Network of Local Enterprise Offices and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr. Damien English T.D.Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office is celebrating this week after two Donegal schools won prizes at this year’s Student Enterprise Awards. Pictured are Sean Óg Harrigan and Oisín McLaughlin, (both aged 14), from Scoil Mhuire Buncrana, who won the overall Intermediate Category for their business ‘Inish Woodworking,’ which makes bespoke wooden crafts for export, including bowls, lamps, candlesticks and cheese-boards.The Student Enterprise Awards is an initiative of 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the Local Authorities Network aimed at promoting entrepreneurship at an early age. This year saw a record number of 22,000 students and 620 schools taking part in the programme, with strong entry across Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories.Congratulating the winners, Head of Enterprise with Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney, said: “It’s a tremendous achievement for both schools and I would like to congratulate the students and their families on their success. I would also like to pay tribute to the teachers and principals of both schools for their support of the Student Enterprise Programme.”“The judges were very impressed by the ability of the Scoil Mhuire Buncrana students to spot a gap in the market and develop a hand-crafted solution that has real commercial potential at home and abroad. Likewise, the innovative display from Kitchen Kouture set them apart in the minds’ of judges and brought home a second award for Donegal.” He added: “The Student Enterprise Programme was set up to encourage more young people to start a business and to foster a more enterprising culture for start-ups. A record number of students and schools took part in this year’s programme, showing a growing interest in enterprise in the classroom.”The second Donegal winner was ‘Kitchen Kouture’ from Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe, who won ‘Best Display Category’ for their unique handcrafted aprons.Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr.  Damien English T.D presented the students with their award on stage, saying: “It is extremely encouraging to see the level of ingenuity and entrepreneurship in action throughout classrooms in Ireland today.Through the Student Enterprise Awards, the Local Enterprise Offices are supporting more young people in developing practical business experience, providing students with the opportunity to learn first-hand skills that are vital for securing future growth within the Irish economy.”The 2016/2017 Student Enterprise Awards’ programme will commence in September and full details are available at For more information on the SEAs contact Gordon Burke, Local Enterprise Office Donegal on [email protected] or call 074 91 60735.TWO DONEGAL SCHOOLS SHINE AT STUDENT ENTERPRISE AWARDS was last modified: April 24th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalschool enterpriselast_img read more