Chelsea hunt for Costa replacement, Man City reject Nasri approach and Wenger enquires about Pato – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea will spend the next few weeks determining whether to target a striker to replace out-of-form Diego Costa. (The Guardian)Blues centre-back Gary Cahill’s future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt, with the club only willing to give him a one-year contract extension after his 30th birthday next month. (The Times) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has met with Corinthians director of football – and former Arsenal midfielder – Edu to enquire about Brazil striker Alexandre Pato. (Metro)Reports from Italy strengthen rumours the Gunners are also eying up a move for 26-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender in January. (Calciomercato) Manchester City have rejected a £10million approach by Juventus for French forward Samir Nasri. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle are confident of completing a January deal for out-of-favour Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, with the club also set to table a speculative bid for Swansea and England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. (Daily Mail)Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who currently manages Shanghai SPIG, has told Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney that China would be a “great place” to finish his career. (Evening Standard)Gerard Deulofeu has said he wants to stay at Everton “for a lot of years”, after speculation Barcelona could take the winger back to the Nou Camp. (Liverpool Echo)Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is considering a move for £14million Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani to solve his attacking problems. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest football headlines on…Man City should be winning a trophy every single season with their squad, insists Dietmar HamannSpeaking on talkSPORT’s Drivetime show, Dion Dublin urged Aston Villa players to apologise to the fans for their dire formJuventus line up January move for unsettled Arsenal target IscoMats Hummels back on Manchester United’s radar as Dortmund star prepares to quit clubLiverpool and Tottenham chasing Lille midfielderlast_img read more

Stoke star Ibrahim Afellay wanted by Roma

first_img1 Stoke midfielder Ibrahim Afellay Roma have set their sights on a January deal for Stoke City attacker Ibrahim Afellay.The playmaker was one of the most exciting talents emerging from Dutch football before he moved to Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven in 2011.Despite four-and-a-half years at the Nou Camp, the 29-year-old started just eight league matches – after enduring a nightmare with injuries – and spent time on loan at Schalke and Olympiacos.Stoke boss Mark Hughes took the plunge and snapped the playmaker up in the summer and he has already featured in 11 Premier League matches this season.However, the rejuvenated talent has only started in four top-flight games and that may have alerted the Serie A side who could offer him first-team guarantees.According to reports in Italy, Roma chief Walter Sabatini has been in contact with super-agent Mino Raiola – who represents Afellay – about recruiting a playmaker and the new Britannia favourite could fit the bill.last_img read more

Echoes of Black Monday

first_img“I was not surprised there was some correction, given our expectation that earnings growth was going to fall short of expectations,” said Alan Gayle, senior investment strategist, director of asset allocation for Trusco Capital Management. “I think stock analysts were slow to incorporate the impact of the subprime crisis on third-quarter earnings,” he added. The Dow fell 366.94 points, or 2.64 percent, to 13,522.02. The Dow was down for the fifth straight session and for the week was off 4.05 percent. For the year, the blue chip index is up 8.5 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 39.45, or 2.56 percent, to 1,500.63. The Nasdaq composite index dropped 74.15, or 2.65 percent, to 2,725.16. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 26.24, or 3.18 percent, to 798.79. Friday’s pullback pales compared with what investors had to contend with 20 years ago. On Oct. 19, 1987 – Black Monday – the Dow plunged 23 percent amid concerns about interest rates and slowing economic growth. A decline of similar proportions given the market’s current levels would mean a drop of some 3,100 points. Friday’s decline – the third biggest point and percentage drop this year – was the 9th biggest point drop in the Dow since Black Monday. A drop Friday in the NYSE composite index proved steep enough to trigger trading curbs, which restricts certain kinds of sell orders and helps stabilize the market. These type of protections were put in place as part of the response to Black Monday. Bonds prices rose again Friday, extending a rally to an unusual five sessions. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to the price, fell to 4.4 percent from 4.5 percent late Thursday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices fell. Illustrating investors’ unease, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s volatility index, known as the VIX, and often referred to as the “fear index,” spiked Friday, jumping 24 percent. “Investors are starting to get concerned about both the pace of the U.S. economy and the pace of earnings growth,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Jefferies & Co. Hogan noted that for much of the week, investors focused on results from banks, which saw profits drop on souring mortgage loans and tight credit markets. But seeing weakness Friday in industrial company earnings reports increased their nervousness. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The major stock market indexes turned in their worst week since July after Caterpillar Inc., one of the world’s largest construction equipment makers, soured investors’ moods Friday with a discouraging assessment of the U.S. economy. In a week dominated by mostly negative results from banks facing difficult credit markets and rising mortgage delinquencies, investors appeared surprised that an industrial name was feeling an economic pinch, too. Reports from Honeywell International Inc. and 3M Co., themselves big industrial names, gave investors little incentive to take chances on the market. In one bright spot, Google Inc. rose after reporting stronger-than-expected profits. Investor sentiment took another hit when Standard & Poor’s downgraded another batch of residential mortgage-backed securities, adding to investor unease about credit quality. The latest reduction follows a similar move earlier in the week and affects more than 1,400 classes. And oil prices appeared on some investors’ list of worries after briefly moving above the psychological barrier of $90 a barrel for the first time. INVESTING: Indexes drop sharply on 20th anniversary of a 1987 stock market crash. By Tim Paradis THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 360 points Friday – the 20th anniversary of the Black Monday crash – as lackluster corporate earnings, renewed credit concerns and rising oil prices spooked investors. last_img read more

First the fires, now 4.3 magnitude quake hits Kern County

first_img 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. RIDGECREST- A minor earthquake swayed Kern County early Wednesday. No injuries were reported. The magnitude-4.3 quake struck at 5:22 a.m. and was centered 15 miles north of Ridgecrest, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. Ridgecrest is about 110 miles northeast of Bakersfield. “It was a jolt and then a smooth roll,” said Kammy Rana, a dispatcher for the Ridgecrest Police Department. “It made the office sway slightly.” Rana said the quake lasted less than a minute. She had received no calls about it.last_img read more

Web site can help ID risky symptoms

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A new Web site, with materials written by scientists at LA BioMed, includes thousands of pictures of various skin conditions to help clinicians and patients recognize everything from suspicious moles to staph bumps. “Using the right antibiotics at the right time is very important,” said Dr. Noah Craft, who helped develop the Web content along with Dr. Loren Miller, both at LA BioMed. The Web site, created by Logical Images Inc., is at Diagnosing staphylococcus correctly is important because if antibiotics are overused, they will lose their effectiveness, scientists say. The bacteria that cause certain skin conditions evolve very quickly and are able to eventually outsmart antibiotics. By Melissa Evans Staff Writer What may look like a spider bite – itchy, bumpy, reddish skin – may actually be a dangerous form of staphylococcus that is being found more frequently outside of hospitals. Diagnosing this condition can be difficult both for doctors and people who don’t know what to look for, health officials say. Staph, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can cause abscesses, boils, fluid-filled vesicles, plaque and erosions on the skin. Patients don’t necessarily have to have been to a hospital recently to contract the disease. People should contact their physician or go to the emergency room if they suspect infection, health officials say. [email protected] 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

Foundation for a family

first_imgWHITTIER – One Whittier couple will spend this holiday season housed in their own handiwork, where they raised a family and made a home more than 50 years ago. John and Jane Healis moved to unincorporated Whittier in 1948 from New Jersey to start a new life in a friendlier job market. They spent their first years in California in a tiny trailer while they built their dream home from pumice blocks. “Neither of us had ever done block work before,” Jane Healis said. “It was weekends, holidays and vacations.” Jane Healis, 82, and her husband John, 86, spent three years and $15,000 acquiring a lot on Burgess Avenue and building their house, block by block. “We wanted to keep out the termites,” John Healis said. Jane Healis said the house always felt homey, however. The large back yard was filled with old cars that John worked on with their sons, along with a coop that held 300 parakeets, a pen for pheasants, peacocks and quail, a rabbit hutch and an aboveground pool in the summer. The family also harvested avocados from the remaining trees on the lot, and one year brought in more than 1,000 pounds of the fruit to sell around the neighborhood. The couple has made few changes over the years. The 1,500-square-foot house was built with three bedrooms and just one bathroom (last painted in the 1970s in bright blue) and it stands with the same floor plan today. The kitchen is also all original, and the metal cabinets, stainless steel sink and old stove are more than 50 years old. Only the refrigerator and dishwasher have been updated. All three of the Healis children were raised from birth in the house, and the couple’s two sons and one daughter often invited friends over to the unusual abode to play. “This was the house that everyone in the neighborhood hung out at,” oldest son David Healis, now 49, said. “It was a cool place to grow up because there was so much room.” The Healis’ daughter, Susan Costa, said she will remember her parents as pioneers, both for their unique house and for the strength they provided for their children. “We had a great childhood,” Costa said. “One of the accomplishments that our parents are proud of is that all of us kids have been married 15, 20, and 25 years.” Like the house itself, Costa attributes the family’s success to their strong foundation. “I think the best lesson is that you can be whatever you want to be, you can do whatever you want to do, but you have to work for it,” Costa said. “That’s what our parents taught us.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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 KingsConstruction began in February 1953, on a quarter-acre lot covered in orange and avocado trees. Six trees were removed for construction, but Jane Healis said the hardest part was digging trenches. “I think I spent half my time digging, digging, digging,” Jane Healis said. The house is built in the California ranch style, but has a distinct aesthetic because of the unique building materials used in construction. The blocks, with a similar look and feel to cinderblock, are exposed throughout the house, just painted over. Each brick weighed about half as much as a cinderblock, making construction a little easier, John Healis said. The fireplace in the living room, made of the same material, is painted dark brown. The windows are framed with steel, and the front door is painted metal, not a traditional wood door. last_img read more

‘Like getting measured for a suit!’ – Liverpool star reacts to Manics experience

first_img Wales midfielder Joe Allen Joe Allen has revealed how singing with the Manic Street Preachers has brought home how close Wales actually are to Euro 2016.Chris Coleman’s squad linked up with the Manics this week to produce an official song for Euro 2016 – Wales’ first major tournament for 58 years.‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’ will be released close to the tournament on May 20, and Allen admits it was exciting to sing alongside the award-winning Welsh rock band who have sold 10 million albums over the last three decades.“In some ways I suppose it was a bit like getting measured for your suits before a cup final,” said Liverpool midfielder Allen.“We’ve had four months where everybody has been fully focused on their club football, and coming away now together reminds you what is ahead.“I’m a big Manics fan anyway, so to work with them and be part of the song was incredible.“It’s a sign of how much all this means, not just to the players but to everybody.“It’s something that only happens if you go to a tournament, isn’t it?“So it does make you realise how we have all been working for this.“Now we just can’t wait to get out to France and get started.”Wales build towards Euro 2016 this week with two friendlies in the space of four days.They welcome Northern Ireland to Cardiff on Thursday before playing Ukraine in Kiev on Monday.Star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey head up a lengthy absentee list but Allen said there was a buzz around the camp.“We have to make the most of the time we have got because there won’t be another chance before we meet up in the summer,” said Allen.“It is disappointing to lose players like Aaron and Gareth.“But the flip-side is it is a chance for other players to step in and stake a claim for the squad in France.“Preparations are under way for the tournament, it is getting nearer now and we cannot wait to get in as many games as we can.”Allen has had an injury-hit campaign and has struggled to make an impression since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield last October.The 26-year-old has started only three Premier League games all season, and has just over a year left on his Liverpool contract.“The season has been okay on a personal level, but then it has been incredible from a Wales point of view,” said Allen.“I’ve figured in the Euro 2016 campaign and I’ve felt really proud and privileged to be part of it.“I’m not somebody who needs an extra incentive to go and work hard in training every day, but it has been great to have the knowledge that France was coming up in the back of my mind.“I think for every player in the squad they have known what is waiting at the end of the season, and that’s been amazing for everyone.“It has made sure everyone has pushed themselves, and sub-consciously or not worked a little bit harder.“Everyone has their eye on making sure they have a good season going into the tournament.” 1last_img read more

Video: Watch Anthony Martial’s individual highlights against Scotland

first_img1 Manchester United fans will be keenly watching their players in France this summer as Euro 2016 takes over from Premier League action.They will want their superstars to show some good form so they can hit the ground running under new boss Jose Mourinho.And it looks like Anthony Martial is ready to play a big role for his nation at the tournament.He came off the bench at half-time in Les Bleus’ 3-0 victory over Scotland and, while he didn’t get on the score sheet, he was a real menace for 45 minutes.You can see individual highlights of his performance below… Anthony Martial in action for France last_img read more

‘We’re like their bogey team’ – Gareth Bale claims Wales have edge over Belgium

first_img1 Gareth Bale feels Wales could have a psychological advantage over Euro 2016 quarter-final opponents Belgium after beating them in qualifying.Wales are unbeaten in their last three games against the star-studded Red Devils, and won their last meeting 12 months ago when Bale scored the winner in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Cardiff.“We’re like their bogey team, aren’t we?” said Bale, referring to that 1-0 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium and two previous draws in Brussels.“Hopefully that edge gets into their heads – you never know.“We will definitely draw on those qualifiers, it gives us more knowledge on them.“We know how to play against them and how they play.“We know it will be a different game from the qualifiers and it is a more pressurised situation.“But we understand what they are about, how they work, and we will hone our game plan to try and stop them but help our attack.”Wales are the last home nation left in the tournament after beating Northern Ireland in the last 16 and witnessing England’s elimination to Iceland on Monday night.But Bale insists that Wales are determined to extend an adventure which has already seen them emulate the 1958 side, which reached the quarter-final of the World Cup before losing to Brazil.“We have done well and the country is proud of us even if we do get knocked out,” said Bale.“But we want to keep going, we want to keep riding this wave.“We want to go as far as we can and try to win the tournament.“We understand the position we are in and everything else goes to the back of our mind.“It is all about trying to beat Belgium and getting to the semis.”Both sides have had injury concerns in the build-up to the Lille clash on Friday night.Wales skipper Ashley Williams damaged a shoulder in the victory over Northern Ireland, while Belgium captain Eden Hazard complained of a leg problem after the 4-0 win against Hungary and has not trained since.But both players are expected to play in Lille and the presence of Chelsea forward Hazard will provide a fascinating head-to-head clash with Bale.But Bale said: “A lot of people will speak about things like that, but I am sure he would think the same as me – this is about Wales versus Belgium, not me up against him.“There are 11 players on the field and it does not matter if he or I score, it is about which team wins.“One player does not make a team, it will be 11 v 11 and we will be going out to win the game.“I don’t think everyone is looking to us, we just work hard for the team. If the team players well then the players are playing well.“It is a tale of two teams who are very good teams, because you don’t get to the quarter-finals by accident.” Wales star Gareth Bale last_img read more

Full disclosure: bad idea whose time hasn’t come

first_imgThere’s a telling scene in “American Gangster” in which a New York undercover cop turns in $1million found in the trunk of a numbers-runner’s car. In the film, the honest cop would have gotten a warmer reception from his fellow vice had he been a convicted pedophile. He had obliterated the encased-in-stone, unwritten rule among dirty cops that it’s OK to scam, steal or outright snatch dirty money from crooks, and other cops won’t squeal. As it turned out, this was mostly screen stuff. It was later revealed that the cop who refused to grab the filthy cash turned out to be the norm, not the exception among his undercover peers. Most New York cops played it straight as an arrow when it came to dealing with dirty money. They did it without having to publicly tell how they spent every cent they made. I’m not sure if any of the five Los Angeles Police Commission members checked out this film, but they are plowing ahead to adopt a very tentative and even shakier plan that requires LAPD gang and narcotics officers to disclose every nit and jot of their personal finances. The rationale is twofold. Full disclosure is supposedly the final part of the tormenting ordeal to get the LAPD out from under the federal consent decree, and full disclosure apparently is the only thing that supposedly will satisfy the federal judge who’s overseeing implementation of the decree. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonFederal judge or no, in this case the full-disclosure rule is a classic example of a well-intentioned police reform that will do far more harm than good. No other big-city police department imposes this heavy-handed requirement on its officers. That includes the cities that have been under consent decrees like L.A.’s, and eventually got them lifted. There is absolutely no fail-safe guarantee that the public disclosure of an officer’s bank accounts, mortgage payments and tax returns can be protected from the prying eyes of anyone who seeks access to their financial transactions. Nor is there reason to think it would uncover and weed out dirty cops. The cops who took bribes, payoffs and snatched the cash of dealers and bookies in New York didn’t sprint to their bank and dutifully fill out a deposit slip and deposit their dirty cash in their equally very easily subpoenaed bank account. The best example that the commission’s overly broad full-disclosure rule would do nothing to nail bad cops is the case of Rafael Perez, the LAPD poster boy for dirt and abuse in the department’s undercover ranks. There is no evidence that Perez took his dirty stash and became a respected investor in stocks, bonds, CDs and REITs. He’d have been crazy to do that anyway. That would have instantly set off loud bells and whistles in Internal Affairs, in the D.A.’s Office, and among federal prosecutors. The Police Protective League predictably hit the ceiling when the commission announced that it might enact the disclosure rule. The league warned that the move could trigger a mass police stampede out of the gang and narcotics units. More than 500 officers would transfer, retire or try to get on with other police departments, they claim, wrecking the morale of the officers left behind. The league’s bluster will and should go nowhere. It makes a potential bad situation even worse. This is the kind of rhetoric that’s made me a fierce critic at times of the league for its much too often reflexive blind eye to police misconduct, and its loud defense of officers who commit abusive acts. But on the full disclosure rule, the league is certainly right to wage a political fight against it. The loss of dozens, let alone hundreds, of good officers who have played a big role in the plummeting of crime in Los Angeles to the lowest level in the past decade would be a disaster. Graft and corruption are anathema to police departments that rely on their reputation for integrity and honesty. That means zero tolerance toward corruption. The way to ensure that is the same way the department combats police misconduct – through rigorous screening of new officer candidates, tough performance evaluations, tight supervision and management, and strict and prompt discipline for officers who break the department rules and the law. The rules and the law in this case are crystal clear. Graft is a crime that must be vigorously punished. In fact, police officers who are tempted to tap the illicit till should be even more vigorously punished. After all, they’ve taken a public oath to serve. A full financial-disclosure law that, in effect, discloses nothing won’t make any officer who forgets that oath any less amnesiac. The Police Commission should think hard about what a full disclosure rule will but mostly won’t do. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst and a frequent contributor to the Daily News.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