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January 6, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea’s Premier League rivals they have an almost impossible task on their hands trying to overhaul his side.The Blues have started the season in formidable form and travel to Sunderland on Saturday looking to extend their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.Their last league loss actually at the hands of the Black Cats in April, but Mourinho has full confidence in his side and claims it would take something special for his team to be dethroned.“It would take some other clubs winning every match,” he said.“With my team, I don’t believe in bad periods. I believe in a defeat. I believe that there are many, many difficult matches ahead of us, so many points to lose. I believe in that.“But I don’t believe in bad moments. The team is a good team, a solid team. The players know what they want and how to reach it.”Mourinho is so happy with Chelsea this season that he has permitted a Christmas party.A miserly Mourinho cancelled last year’s festive shindig, with then-Blues defender Ashley Cole attending Arsenal’s party instead.The Portuguese has given the go-ahead for a family party despite a hectic schedule of nine matches in a month, beginning at the Stadium of Light.He said: “There are Christmas parties and ‘Christmas parties’. This one I think the families deserve and the boys are very happy to be with their families.”The established perception is that Mourinho’s teams are defensive, but the current Chelsea side are apparently breaking the mould.Mourinho insists he merely works with the players at his disposal.He said: “I’m not a philosopher. I’m not somebody who sells smoke. I try to be objective, I try to be a coach, which is what I am.“Lots of people (sell smoke). Not just managers. Lots of people in the world: politicians. They are experts.“In this moment in my country we have the former prime minister (Jose Socrates) in jail. Imagine how much smoke he sold.”Mourinho does not expect perceptions of his teams to alter.“At Real Madrid we scored 126 goals and we were a defensive team, so I don’t think I have a chance to change the perception,” he added.“Every ingredient has a space when you are cooking a team. You need a bit of flair, yes. But you cannot lose the work-rate, the objectivity.“You have to be defensively solid and strategic in some matches. In some matches, the percentage of strategy has to be higher than the other ingredients.“At this moment I have a group of players who have these natural qualities, this natural talent and creativity.“I adapt to it and I try to build a team where their qualities can flourish.” 1last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgManchester United and West Ham will have to splash out £12m if they want to sign Saint-Etienne star Kevin Malcuit in the summer.The Ligue 1 side reportedly knocked back two offers from West Ham for the full-back in the winter transfer window, with the Hammers maintaining their interest in the 25-year-old.However, they have been joined by Manchester United in the battle for Malcuit.He is said to have caught Jose Mourinho’s eye during Saint-Etienne’s Europa League clashes with the Red Devils.The French giants are mpw bracing themselves for a huge battle over the defender, who can also operate further up the pitch as winger.And, according to reports in Francer, the board are clear that they will not allow Malcuit to move on unless an offer of £12m is put on the table.Saint-Etienne are aware that Malcuit is being watched by a number of foreign clubs and expect they will be able to drive a hard bargain.Malcuit, who is under contract until the summer of 2019, has made 29 appearances for the club this season. Kevin Malcuit in action for Saint Etienne 1last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“We’ve been trying to get it,” Aguilar said. “There’s no problem if we get it. But we’re not sure what’s going to happen. Everybody’s uncertain on federal money, what with the government having such a deficit.” Calls placed Tuesday afternoon to Whittier-area congressional Rep. Grace Napolitano’s office were not returned. If no additional federal money is secured to continue, the district’s Board of Directors must decide whether to use its own money or seek a partner to help pay the $900,000 to $1 million annual operating costs, Aguilar said. The cleanup project was launched 21/2 years ago to catch and treat contaminated water that had flowed past an Environmental Protection Agency treatment plant in the Whittier Narrows Nature Center to the north. The industrial waste-contaminated water is pumped from the two wells to the treatment plant, where it is treated and cleaned and then pumped to Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier for use. So far nearly 2.4 billion gallons of water has been pumped since the project began, officials said. Van Jew, manager of engineering and operations for the Central Basin district, said pollutants in the ground water are still being detected, but the amounts appear to be going down since the project went on line. But Jew said he’s not certain how much of the contaminated plume has been eliminated. PICO RIVERA – A more than two-year-old project that cleans polluted groundwater headed toward Pico Rivera from the San Gabriel Valley could be forced to shut down when money to operate it runs out next June, officials said Tuesday. The project, including two wells in Pico Rivera, a 6,000-foot-long water pipeline and a treatment plant, was originally funded with $10 million in federal money that also covered operating costs for seven years. But in March 2003, officials of Central Basin Municipal District, which operates the project, found that an additional $5 million will be needed to operate the site beyond June 2007. The $5 million will allow the treatment project to operate for an additional five years – the estimated time needed to completely clean the contaminated plume of ground water flowing from the San Gabriel Valley. The increased expense above the original $10 million was caused by rising electricity prices and a more expensive treatment plant, officials said. Central Basin’s General Manager Art Aguilar said the district has been trying since March 2003 to secure additional money to complete the cleanup project. But so far Congress has not come through. “At some point somebody needs to do a study,” said Jew, referring to the EPA. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system NORWALK – A Norwalk auto dealer agreed to an injunction and more than $650,000 in monetary payments to settle a deceptive practices lawsuit, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. The payments to be made by McKenna BMW consist of nearly $407,000 in restitution to consumers and almost $250,000 to cover investigative costs and civil penalties, according to prosecutors. A judgment in the case was signed Monday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Judith Chirlin. Prosecutors alleged that misrepresentations by the dealership of charges for such “after-market” products as key chains, BMW-logo pens, theft-etch services and warranty programs allowed McKenna to build undisclosed charges into transactions.last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Turkish ace Cenk Tosun is glad his summer move to Crystal Palace failed 1 Besiktas star Cenk Tosun has admitted his relief at not joining Crystal Palace during the summer.The Turkey international has been in blistering form for the Turkish giants so far this season, netting ten goals in all competitions.This has led to speculation linking him with a big-money move to England, with Tottenham and Liverpool reportedly keeping close tabs on him.However, after coming close to joining Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace in the summer, Tosun told Turkish-Football that was relieved to have stayed put.“Crazy numbers are being quoted for my transfer fee right now,” Tosun said.“Of course it makes me proud especially after my near escape with Crystal Palace.“I wanted to join them at the time but in retrospect staying here turned out to be the right move.”last_img read more

December 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTWO DONEGAL boxers sealed their places in the semi-finals of the 2019 National Senior Championships.Welterweight Matthew McCole and middleweight Oran Shields (pictured) both won quarter-final bouts last night to reach the last four of their weight divisions.Dungloe man McCole – who is fighting under the Illies banner for these Championships – overcame Keady’s Conor Reneghan from Keady. McCole took the unanimous decision of the judges at ringside in the National Stadium. McCole’s win come a week after he defeated Christian Preston from Docklands in his preliminary bout and he now takes on Riverstown’s Sean Butler in a semi-final next Friday.Shields had to dig deep for the second week in a row.The Illies Golden Gloves middleweight edged a fine fight with Clane’s Rokas Balrukoni.Shields claimed a 3-2 split decision win to move into the semi-finals. It was a similar tale for Shields last week, when he defeated Adam Farrell. Shields will now be up against Lucan’s Daniel O’Sullivan in a semi-final.Next week will also see Illies welter Caroline Gallagher take on Celtic Eagles puncher Karolina Jaglowska in a semi-final.Shields and McCole seal semi-final spots at National Seniors was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 National Senior ChampionshipsCaroline GallagherdungloeIllies Golden GlovesletterkennyMatthew McColeNational StadiumOran Shieldslast_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’A Nasdaq-LSE combination would create the world’s largest exchange by number of listings, with more than 6,400 companies carrying a market value of $11.8 trillion. Monday’s bid was the second Nasdaq has made since March, and follows offers made by Deutsche Boerse AG, Sweden’s OM Gruppen AB and Australia’s Macquaire Bank Ltd. since 2000. All have been turned down. The swift rejection from LSE Chief Executive Clara Furse was expected; she said Nasdaq’s offer undervalues the British exchange and “fails to recognize the outstanding growth record and prospects of our group on a stand-alone basis.” Greifeld, who calls the current offer “fair and full,” is strengthening Nasdaq’s position by making his company the LSE’s biggest shareholder. His company has accumulated a stake in the LSE since its first bid was rejected, and increased its holdings Monday to 28.75 percent, having obtained 7.1 million shares from what he described as a “long-term shareholder.” Though the intention is to get London’s board to sit down for talks, the Nasdaq can turn its bid hostile and lobby other LSE shareholders. Obtaining a 50 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange – which the Nasdaq will be able to pursue after a 30-day waiting period imposed by the UK Takeover Panel – would give the Nasdaq control of the board and allow it to virtually approve its own offer. During the conference call, Greifeld stated, “we are not selling our shares,” an indication he has no intention of backing down, even if there is another bidder for the LSE. The comment seemed directed at Furse, who still could seek out a white knight offering from one of the LSE’s previous suitors or a new one. NEW YORK – Nasdaq Chief Executive Robert Greifeld was undeterred Monday by the London Stock Exchange’s rejection of a $5.1 billion unsolicited bid to buy Europe’s biggest equity market. He has to be. The second-largest U.S. stock market has fewer options now that NYSE Group Inc. is poised to become the first trans-Atlantic equities exchange through its proposed combination with Euronext NV. Greifeld became Nasdaq CEO three years ago with a mandate to revitalize an enterprise pummeled by an ugly bear market and to expand its reputation beyond being a home for technology issues like Microsoft Corp. He needs this deal to persuade investors that Nasdaq won’t fall behind as financial markets consolidate. “They are the crown jewel of the European market places,” Greifeld said of the LSE in a conference call with reporters. “We believe this is a powerful asset that is a natural partner with the Nasdaq. There is an increasingly clear path to the end game.” Both Deutsche Boerse and OM Gruppen declined to comment about their interest in the LSE. “He’s made a really smart move, and it’s a different competitive landscape than it was when they first bid on them,” said Niamh Alexander, an analyst with CIBC World Markets. “This is clearly a bid that’s appealing directly to the shareholders, and that might bring the board and management to the table. They’ve made it known there is more interest out there.” The Nasdaq has not negotiated with the LSE since the summer, and those discussions were only as a shareholder and not a potential acquirer. Nasdaq Chairman H. Furlong Baldwin informed his LSE counterpart that another offer was being made just before it was disclosed publicly Monday. Investors have been given few specifics about the deal, mostly because the Nasdaq hasn’t been able to yet look at the London Stock Exchange’s books. Nasdaq executives estimate that the deal would increase its per-share earnings in a year to 18 months, and that the two exchanges’ similar trading platforms would create synergies to cut costs. 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

December 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHe said: “I still think Rangers, just by the sheer nature of what they can do in January as well, will be favourites to finish second. “But we certainly feel second spot is something we can aim for and if we win our games in hand we would go second. “Any time you beat teams round and about you it helps because you are inflicting damage on them.” James Maddison’s injury-time free-kick gave the Dons a 2-1 triumph at Pittodrie earlier this season and McInnes has prepared his players to face a hostile atmosphere in Glasgow. Derek McInnes believes Rangers remain favourites to finish second in the Scottish Premiership this season.Hearts leapfrogged the Ibrox side into the runners-up spot behind league leaders Celtic after a 2-0 win on Wednesday night.Aberdeen remain fourth in the table but could go second if they win their two games in hand.Ahead of their trip to Govan, McInnes says Rangers will be viewed as most likely to finish the campaign as best of the rest. “I think it’s something we have to mention,” he said. “The game up here was much anticipated, certainly from our supporters, a full house. “But it passed without real incident. The talking point was James Maddison’s magnificent free-kick.” He added: “Hopefully we are talking about the football at the end of it and hopefully another three points for Aberdeen. That’s what we are aiming to do.“The players should expect and will expect a tough game, and going into an intimidating atmosphere like that is part of growing up and dealing with what we need to deal with. I still want us to go there and be brave and play our game.”last_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPlans to roll out SIRO’s fibre optic broadband across Donegal are to be unveiled next Monday.Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh is to unveil expanded rollout of SIRO’s Gigabit broadband network.A briefing on SIRO’s plans to expand the rollout of its 100% fibre-optic broadband network in Donegal will take place at The Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Railway Rd, Buncrana at 1.00pm. As well as Minister for Education and Skills McHugh, Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Stephen O’Connor, SIRO’s Director of Corporate Affairs will be in attendance.Plans for roll-out of fibre optic broadband in Donegal to be unveiled was last modified: February 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:broadbandfibre opticMinister Joe McHughroll-outlast_img read more

November 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEngland skipper Eoin Morgan has rued that his side allowed India to wriggle out of a difficult situation early in their run chase in the first ODI but conceded that the visitors’ plans were punctured by a superlative innings from Kedar Jadhav.Jadhav played an aggressive innings of 76-ball 120 and along with his skipper Virat Kohli (122 off 105 balls), helped India chased down a stiff target of 351 for a three-wicket win on Sunday. (Also read: Kedar Jadhav played better than Virat Kohli in Pune: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”What hurts the most is we had India at 60 (63) for four. We were right in till the middle order, but went in to bowl at worst. Certainly we did not expect Jadhav to come out and play like that, credit to his 76-ball hundred. We take our hat off to him. He was striking it from ball one and gave us no chance,” said Morgan about the pint-sized Pune-born batsman Jadhav’s whirlwind knock.Jadhav hit cleanly and notched up his hundred by striking 11 fours and two sixes before finishing with a brilliant 120 after joining forces with captain Kohli, who made a dazzling 122 in 105 balls, studded with five sixes and eight fours.At times, the local boy overshadowed his famous captain with the range of his shots and the duo’s 200-run partnership in 24.3 overs after India were down in the dumps lifted the hosts to 263/5. (Also read: Couldn’t believe some of the shots Kedar Jadhav played: Virat Kohli)Although both he and Kohli got out before finishing the job, Hardik Pandya (40 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (15 not out) guided India past the finish line.advertisementMorgan, however, said that his side had done their homework on Jadhav before the game.”We’ve watched the footage of the international matches that he’s played in. We were not necessarily caught off guard. We did as much as we could homework-wise,” Morgan explained.On Kohli, who has been England’s scourge from the Test series onwards, Morgan said they had their plans for him but those did not work out.”There is always something we can do. All the plans went far off and the balls went over head, maybe those two yards on another day, and that would have been out. And they would have been five down and you are right into them. He’s a fantastic player. Kohli has proven that over a long period of time,” said Morgan, who was not a part of England team for the five-match Test series which India won 4-0. (Also read: Kedar Jadhav sends man-of-the-match trophy home for family to savour)England made 350/7 after being put into bat but Morgan said his side should have batted better than what they did, as the conditions were very good for batting.”Yes, our batting effort was good, but it still was not our best. When you score 350 you expect to play well. That summarises the conditions here, the pitch was really good and the boundaries were pretty small. If anything, it proves that chasing 350, even at 60/4, you are never out of the game.”Creating those chances early on was a great effort. India came back at us hard, kept up with the rate and still kept coming. The wicket allowed them to do that. you don’t know what a good score at this ground is. The ground is so small. All the feedback we have had from the games we have played here, particularly IPL, is that the wicket is inconsistent. It certainly wasn’t the case. The wicket did get better as the game went on,” he added.He also looked at the positive aspects for his side even in defeat.”There are some positives for us. We took four early wickets, which is tough in sub-continent. Taking early wickets is something we’ve always struggled to do in the past. David Willey has done well for us particularly at home, and from there you look at different options. From the batting point of view, we did not play brilliantly but still got ourselves 350.”last_img read more