Everton are favourites for Sunday’s Merseyside derby, claims ex-Liverpool defender

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz believes Everton are favourites ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby with the Reds at Goodison Park.Brendan Rodgers’ side have made a disappointing start to the season, despite clinching a confidence-boosting win against Aston Villa last weekend, while their city rivals mounted a stirring comeback to beat West Brom from 2-0 down on Monday night.The Toffees sit four places but just a point above their neighbours in the Premier League table, and Henchoz claims Roberto Martinez’s side can increase the pressure on the under-fire Rodgers with a win on Sunday.“It’s a massive game, especially after the start to the season that Liverpool had,” Henchoz told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Obviously, as a [Liverpool] player you have two games that the fans really want to win. They lost the first one [3-1 to Manchester United], so Rodgers is under pressure.“He needs a result and he needs them quickly.“I think Everton are favourites at the moment after their great comeback against West Brom on Monday night and I think Liverpool will really have to perform if they are to get something out of the match.”You can listen to the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool exclusively live on talkSPORT on Sunday from 1.30pm BST.last_img read more

David Dunn appointed permanent Oldham manager

first_imgFormer Blackburn and England midfielder David Dunn has been appointed as the new manager of Oldham Athletic.The 35-year-old joined the League One side as a player in the summer and signed a one-year contract.However, following the sacking of Darren Kelly in September, Dunn was placed in temporary charge and he has now been given the job on a full-time basis.“Everyone at the club has been very impressed with the way David has gone about his business since taking over the reins on an interim basis,” chairman Simon Corney told Oldham’s official website.“His dedication, hard work and exacting standards have already had a positive effect on the club and the way he has approached the role has made it impossible for us not to give him his chance. “We believe his ambition, skills and positive influence will be pivotal to the club’s progression.” 1 New Oldham manager David Dunn last_img read more

Aston Villa transfer target rules out move to Premier League no-hopers

first_imgParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has snubbed a January move to Aston Villa.Sirigu is expected to depart the French champions next month after being demoted to the bench by manager Laurent Blanc this season.The Italian has made just two appearances for PSG this season and has featured only once in Ligue 1.And, according to RMC, Remi Garde was keen to bring Sirigu to Villa Park to replace out-of-form goalkeeper Brad Guzan.However, the report also claims Sirigu has several offers on his plate and is not considering a move to the Premier League’s bottom club. Salvatore Sirigu 1last_img read more

Tips put Interpol on trail of man sought as pedophile

first_imgPARIS – First Interpol unmasked his face. Now it knows his name. The international police organization, working off tips from people who responded to a global appeal for help, said Monday that it has identified a pedophile suspect shown in Internet photos abusing young boys. The man, whose face initially was disguised behind a digitalized swirl, is now thought to be on the run in Thailand, Interpol said. He is said to be an English teacher at a school in South Korea. The man was allegedly shown sexually abusing 12 young Vietnamese and Cambodian boys, apparently ranging in age from 6 to early teens, in about 200 photographs posted on the Internet. Using techniques that neither they nor Interpol would discuss, German police re-created an image of the man’s face and released four reconstructed photos of him last week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Interpol said more than 350 people then supplied tips to authorities worldwide. Officials are still collecting and analyzing evidence to bring charges against the man if he is arrested, it said. Interpol went public after efforts to track down the man through its network ran dry. Ronald K. Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, credited “remarkable progress” following the public response to its appeal for help Oct. 8. Interpol said it now knows the suspect’s name, nationality, date of birth and passport number, but it did not release that information. It said the man flew from Seoul, South Korea, to Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, with security cameras documenting his arrival at Thai immigration. “Thailand is at the center of an international manhunt, and authorities in the country, in cooperation with Interpol and police around the world, are hunting him down,” Noble said. Interpol provided two new photos of the suspect Monday. Interpol’s decision to release the reconstructed photos was seen as being somewhat risky because it could have tipped off criminals to techniques police have at their disposal and prompted them to better hide their identities.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

Boy admits playing with matches, setting off Buckweed Fire

first_imgA boy who said he was playing with matches has confessed to starting last week’s Buckweed Fire, which scorched some 38,300 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley and destroyed 15 homes, authorities said Tuesday. The boy, whose identity was withheld, was questioned by investigators and released to his parents a day after the fire started Oct. 21, sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao said. Sheriff’s officials waited a week to release the information about the boy, citing the need to conclude their investigation. The case has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for formal charges. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The fire began in Agua Dulce near Sierra Highway and Mint Canyon Road. The ensuing firestorm devoured 38,300 acres, destroyed 15 homes and injured three people before it was fully contained Wednesday. The blaze cost $7.4 million to suppress. —————————————————– 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


first_imgThe Arena7 Entertainment Complex Letterkenny will be celebrating their 7th birthday this week!The company has gone from strength to strength to become one of the top entertainment complexes in the Northwest of Ireland and there ain’t no stopping them now.Opened in 2005 by Enda Nicholls with his wife Claire the complex is now one of the most popular spots in Letterkenny and also built up a fine reputation with customers from beyond. What makes the venue the success story it is, is the fact that it can cater for people of all ages, so no matter if granny and granddad are entertaining their grand kids or a group girls and guys are on the town for a night, Arena7 will ensure that everyone will have a good time.The name Arena7 comes from the seven different great choices that can be had at the complex including Bowling World, Strikes Bar & Restaurant, Arcade & Go Karts, Function Rooms with Private Bar, Waynes World Adventure Centre, Bite & Bowl Fast Food Diner and its Championship Style Pool Tables.What makes Arena7 in a league of its own is fact the entertainment venue can host a kids party in Waynes World Adventure Centre, entertain a work night out in Bowling World and also allow a couple to enjoy a delicious meal in the relaxing Strikes Bar & Restaurant all under the one roof.Mr Nicholls went on to say “It’s hard to believe we have gone 7 years since we opened the doors first. It’s been great and although the environment in which we operate today is a lot different from we first opened up, we’ve adapted and we continue to work hard. I want to thank my staff and all our customers for their continued support and we look forward to the next 7”. To celebrate another great year in business Arena7 are inviting everyone to join them on Friday, September 2nd for a glass of champagne, finger food and birthday cake followed by party time music. If you haven’t yet made a trip to Arena7 then get there today and you’ll be glad you did.EndsJOIN LETTERKENNY’S ARENA 7 FOR THEIR 7TH BIRTHDAY BASH THIS FRIDAY!! was last modified: September 1st, 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) Tags:7th birthdayArena 7letterkennylast_img read more

England 2-1 Wales REPORT: Sturridge scores dramatic late winner for Three Lions

first_img3 England are now in command of Group B, with four points on the board and Slovakia to play in their remaining game.Wales are sitting second and, despite the defeat, will be confident they can seal qualification with winless Russia their final opponents. Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring for England against Wales Daniel Sturridge scored a dramatic late winner as England beat Wales in Lens to move top of Group B.Gareth Bale had given the Welsh a half-time lead at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis with a long-range free-kick.But the introduction of Sturridge and Jamie Vardy at the break changed the game.Sturridge assisted Vardy for the equaliser ten minutes into the second half and then prodded home in stoppage time to win it for the Three Lions and break Welsh hearts.Roy Hodgson had opted to name the same team which drew 1-1 against Russia in the opening game, with Harry Kane again leading the attack as a lone striker and captain Wayne Rooney operating in the centre of midfield.Wales boss Chris Coleman, meanwhile, made three changes to the side which defeated Slovakia 2-1.Hal Robson-Kanu was rewarded for scoring the winner with a start up front, and Joe Ledley capped his remarkable return from a fractured leg just five weeks ago to take his place in midfield, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was passed fit to return.Wales had been in confident mood in the build-up to this game, with Bale claiming no England player would make it into their XI.But the Dragons looked cagey early on and should have been behind inside seven minutes. Kane did well to play Adam Lallana in down the right and he crossed to Raheem Sterling who was six yards out and unmarked but could only divert the ball over Hennessey’s bar.England enjoyed the majority of possession early on, with Rooney sitting deep and constantly changing play. However, they were wasteful on the ball – with Sterling the worst culprit – and were struggling to breach a tight and organised Welsh defence.England thought they should have had a penalty when Kane’s header hit the arm of Ben Davies in the Wales box but the Tottenham striker’s furious protests were waved away by German referee Felix Brych.Wales, content to sit back and try to hit England on the counter-attack, were offering little attacking threat.But, with Bale in their ranks, they knew they had the quality to produce a moment of magic – and the Real Madrid superstar duly delivered three minutes before half-time to give his side a shock lead.After firing home a long-range free-kick against Slovakia, Bale repeated the trick again as his swerving 35-yard effort proved too hot to handle for Joe Hart.Hart really should have done better but Bale cared little as he celebrated wildy with the Welsh fans in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. 3 England were booed off by their supporters at half-time and Hodgson hauled off Sterling and Kane at half-time, with Vardy and Sturridge introduced.England immediately looked brighter and they were level ten minutes into the second half through Vardy.Williams got a defensive clearance badly wrong, heading Sturridge’s cross towards his own goal, and Vardy made him – and Wales – pay by poking the ball home.England were energised by the goal and Sturridge mis-kicked Rooney’s cross as they searched for a winner.It looked as though they would have to settle for a point as the seconds ticked down.But there was to be a final twist as Sturridge found space in the box in added time and prodded past Hennessey to win it for the Three Lions. 3last_img read more

Runyon parking plan at center of dispute

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAfter reviewing Dodge’s appeal Wednesday, the city’s Bureau of Engineering said that only construction noise for the project could impact wildlife in the park. The department will rework its plans to build and will return before the City Council for approval. Plans to build a parking lot on the parcel inside the park – which stretches up to Mulholland Drive – have been in the works since 1986, when a master plan was created. Although the entrance off Mulholland Drive has 25 parking spots, no parking was ever built on the Hollywood side where most visitors start the trails through entrances on Vista Street and Fuller Avenue. And that has left visitors circling adjacent neighborhoods – many with restrictive parking rules – in search of scarce parking. With 134 acres to hike, room for dogs to roam and a grassy patch of land set aside for outdoor yoga, Runyon Canyon seems a peaceful break for thousands of city dwellers. But behind its “Kumbaya” exterior, a storm is brewing among residents and outdoor enthusiasts over plans to build an 80-space parking lot on a 0.6-acre parcel inside the popular park off Fuller and Franklin avenues that weekly sees more than 7,000 visitors. Opponents argue parking in the park will destroy its natural beauty, upset wildlife and bring unwanted noise to a place that provides quiet respite from Hollywood’s bustling streets. “It’s our only last spot where the car hasn’t been able to take over, invade and dominate the area,” said Randy Dodge, who with his group New Friends of Runyon Canyon, has hired an attorney and filed appeals with the city of Los Angeles to stop the construction. Some have terrorized homeowners who say park visitors have vandalized their cars and acted belligerently on the streets. Residents also talk of dogs – and dog owners – using their yards as bathrooms. Homeowners say that a parking lot inside the park is desperately needed to give visitors and residents much needed space and that the city must do more to secure the area by locking gates at dusk and providing a park ranger. Resident Vincent Brocato said one day a woman with two pit bulls on leashes lost control of her dogs, which then leaped over Brocato’s bushes and killed his small dog. “This has gone on way too long,” said Brocato, who lives near Runyon Canyon. “We have a right to some comfort. Hikers look at us like we’re selfish. We are not. This is happening 24/7.” Armed with $950,000 to widen the park’s entrance at 2000 Fuller Ave., build the lot on decomposed granite and construct a 24-hour park ranger station, city officials are eager to start the projects. Construction could start in April 2009. The best thing for the park is accessibility, said City Councilman Tom LaBonge. He said the city will not back down from plans to build a parking lot despite opposition from neighborhood groups. “Runyon Canyon is the great Los Angeles Stairmaster,” said LaBonge. “It’s so popular it has overwhelmed the neighborhoods, and there is no parking for the park.” [email protected] 818-713-3746160Want 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

Refuse future hinges on bill

first_imgThe future of Los Angeles’ trash policy could be decided in Sacramento, where legislators are set this month to consider a bill that could make it easier to build trash-to-energy plants. Los Angeles city and county officials are studying so-called conversion technologies that lessen dependence on landfills by turning trash into gas or electricity. City Councilman Greig Smith has proposed building plants in Los Angeles by 2010 to alleviate the need for Sunshine Canyon Landfill – the Granada Hills dump that currently takes the city’s residential trash – but said he needs a change in state law to allow it. Under current law, these technologies cannot generate any pollution, which makes it virtually impossible to build trash-to-gas plants in California. In recycling, bottles are converted into glass for new bottles, and the process can be repeated over and over again. “We are concerned that demand, that hunger for feedstock, is going to pull materials from other traditional recycling uses,” Smithline said. “Let’s make sure you’re not diverting material that was going to compost. Let’s make sure you’re not diverting paper that was going to the pulper for recycled paper.” Conversion proponents say their plants would take only the trash left over after recyclables are removed. In the city of Los Angeles, that material currently goes to the Sunshine Canyon or Bradley landfills or one of the dumps in a neighboring city. There are also concerns among environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, that the bill will encourage unproven technologies that could produce hazardous air contaminants. Supporters hope AB 1090 will clear the Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee this month. If signed by the governor this year, the bill could make it easier for conversion technologies to be built in California in 2007. The plants would still have to meet local government land-use restrictions and Southern California’s strict air quality regulations. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Right now, they simply can’t get permitted or sited,” said David Roberti, a former state senator and current president of the BioEnergy Producers Association. His group is pushing AB 1090, sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews, D-Stockton, which would define conversion technologies in state law and equate conversion with recycling because both processes turn trash into usable products. The proposed law also would encourage the development of conversion facilities because trash sent to trash-to-energy plants would be counted toward the state mandate that 50 percent of all trash be diverted from landfills. But some environmental groups oppose the bill, saying it would undermine recycling efforts. In conversion, food scraps, tree branches and paper are broken down into fuel that’s burned and used one time, said Scott Smithline, policy analyst for Californians Against Waste. last_img read more

InterLiga races toward HDC

first_img Group A, with Apertura runner-up Monterrey, Pachuca, Morelia and Veracruz, begins Thursday night in La Joya, Texas. Games will be played Saturday and Sunday in Frisco, Texas, with Home Depot Center in Carson staging the final group doubleheaders next Tuesday (Cruz Azul vs. Tigres, Guadalajara vs. Necaxa) and Wednesday (Morelia vs. Veracruz, Monterrey vs. Pachuca) at 6 p.m. and the Jan. 15 finals at 3 and 5:30 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Monterrey, stunned by Toluca after losing three players to red cards in the second leg of the Apertura final, is favored to claim one of the Libertadores berths. Guadalajara, Mexico’s most popular club, arrives following a disappointing campaign in which it failed to reach the playoffs. – Scott French Mexico’s annual winter liguilla makes its return to the U.S., with eight teams battling to join Primera Division Apertura titlist Toluca and Club America, winner of last spring’s Clausura, in the South American club championship. The InterLiga, which will determine Mexico’s final two berths in the Copa Libertadores, kicks off tonight in Houston with a Group B doubleheader matching Cruz Azul against Necaxa and Guadalajara against UANL Tigres. center_img 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