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Liverpool fans compare striker to Mario Balotelli after dreadful performance in Newcastle defeat

first_img1 It certainly wasn’t Christian Benteke’s day.Liverpool, flying high under Jurgen Klopp, were brought back down to earth with a bump as Newcastle earned a richly deserved 2-0 win at St James’ Park.It was a dreadful performance entirely not in keeping with recent displays under Klopp, whose team selection raised a few eyebrows with many of the stars of the midweek mauling of Southampton left on the bench.And Benteke’s inclusion took the brunt of the criticism after a particularly insipid display by the big Belgian striker.Some of the best reactions on social media are below: [View the story “Liverpool fans blast Christian Benteke after Newcastle defeat” on Storify]center_img Christian Benteke last_img read more

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Small-business owners need a helping hand

first_imgA year or so ago, Jan told me about deciding to start Port Gelato. I thought, “why not?” Jan rented a store on Seventh Street and went to work. He poured money into the venture and spent countless hours getting the place ready. Whenever I saw Jan, he’d talk about the frustration of dealing with government. He didn’t talk about his landlord or contractors or suppliers or even the city’s complicated and onerous business tax system. He talked about the inspectors, especially the health inspectors and their never-ending demands. Anyone in San Pedro who has opened or tried to open a business selling food has a story about health inspectors. They’ll talk about how long they’ve had to wait for inspections. They’ll tell you about having one inspector order them to do things a certain way and then have another inspector tell them that’s wrong. In one case, a business owner quoted an inspector who said, “you have to have me do your inspections because the other inspectors don’t know what they’re doing.” There are individuals in San Pedro with many years of experience in the restaurant industry in other cities. They can’t believe how bad the health department is when dealing with business here. One of the ironies is that regulators’ concerns don’t seem to extend to those who operate outside the law. All of us see the street corner fruit peddlers and sidewalk purveyors of food prepared God knows where and sold from carts. I’m not aware of any of who have permits or pay tax on the goods they sell. Where and how often do you think they wash their hands? Do you suppose the bureaucrats on their way to inspect the local caf ever notice these people? Or do anything about them? The health department is operated by the county, not the city. You would think our county board member, Don Knabe, who is a good Republican capitalist, would be doing all he can to help business. Apparently, he’s unaware or just too busy to notice. Everyone from City Councilwoman Janice Hahn to the Chamber of Commerce and Central neighborhood council and Community Redevelopment Agency talk about downtown San Pedro’s “renaissance.” There’s endless discussion about new businesses coming in and the need to encourage them. The chamber had adopted a policy to favor “mom-and-pop” stores that maintain the character of our town and not turn it into a pale imitation of everywhere else. But, these policies don’t just happen. It’s not good enough to pay lip service to these ideals and expect the burden to fall only on the shoulders of people who give everything they have for the chance to realize a dream, people like Jan Cooper. Anyone who has ever had the courage to invest in a business understands it’s not about the money. Nobody with an ounce of sense expects to get rich selling coffee and croissants or pizzas or ice cream. They do it to be their own boss. They do it because they don’t want to punch a time clock or ask permission to go to the bathroom. They do it because it’s better to be captain of the good ship Nosh Cafe than a deckhand on the S.S. Starbucks. Los Angeles is known far and wide as a place unfriendly to business. It has a ridiculously punitive tax structure. Its centralized and “one-size-fits-all” regulations require too many trips to distance places to deal with bureaucrats who often have no clue why San Pedro is different from Van Nuys. Here’s one suggestion for Councilwoman Hahn: assign a staff person full time to help small business people navigate the maze of bureaucracy. What’s really needed is a “hand holder and butt kicker.” In other places, these people are called “ombudsmen.” The concept started decades ago in Scandinavia and spread as government got bigger and more complicated. Providing guidance to people who want to start businesses in L.A. is the most powerful economic development tool available. If someone at City Hall had figured this out by now, Jan Cooper might have had the chance to sell gelato. Doug Epperhart is a member of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council board. He writes a biweekly column for More San Pedro. He can be reached at dougepperhart@cox.net. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jan Cooper died two weeks ago. His dream was to open a shop in downtown San Pedro and sell gelato. He would have done well because he was the kind of person other people liked. I met Jan some years ago at The Corner Store and, like everyone there, we talked about neighborhood concerns. He occasionally came to Coastal council meetings and was a real advocate for youth. When the YMCA was pursuing a plan to take over the Boy Scout camp at Cabrillo Beach, Jan joined the fray on the side of those who supported opening the facility to the public. As a teacher and parent, he understood the potential the camp had to provide recreational and educational opportunities for our kids. last_img read more

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COUNCIL PLANNING TO BUILD 610 HOUSES BY 2020

first_imgDonegal County Council is planning to construct as many as 610 new houses between now and the end of 2020.That is in contrast to claims they constructed only three houses in the past three years.The new surge in social housing construction is due to the Govt’s Social Housing Strategy launched late last year at an estimated cost of €3.8 billion over six years. The waiting list for housing at Donegal County Council is in the region of 3,000 according to councillors.The new plan will see 45 start-ups in Donegal this year along with a number of finished units across the six electoral areas.Letterkenny with the county’s biggest housing demand will get 220 new starts with Inishowen being granted 150 new houses. There will be 100 new starts in the Finn Valley with 70 each in Donegal and Glenties.The Government has committed to spending €3.8 billion nationally to build and refurbish 35,000 social housing units over the next six years. The funding will come from central exchequer funds, off-balance-sheet funds and some public-private partnership programmes. COUNCIL PLANNING TO BUILD 610 HOUSES BY 2020 was last modified: March 5th, 2015 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:Donegal County Councilhousinglast_img read more

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Dortmund brace themselves for improved Sky Blues offer for key playmaker

first_imgBorussia Dortmund are expected to reject a second Manchester City bid for playmaker Ilkay Gundogan.It is understood that City tabled an £18m offer for the Germany international last month but that was immediately rebuffed by the Bundesliga side, who are determined to keep hold of one of their prize assets.With defender Mats Hummels on the verge of signing for Bayern Munich, Dortmund are desperate to keep one of there other big names and only mega offers will tempt them into selling the likes of Gundogan and Marco Reus.According to Bild, City are readying an increased offer of around £21m for Gundogan but Dortmund have made it clear that any club who offers below £30m will be wasting their time.Liverpool and Arsenal have also registered an interest in Gundogan, but Pep Guardiola has reportedly told City’s owners he wants to have the player’s signature sealed by the time he takes over at the Etihad in July. 1 Ilkay Gundogan (centre): Dortmund reportedly rejected an £18m bid for last month last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp reveals new setback for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho

first_img Mamadou Sakho with Jurgen Klopp 1 Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho could miss the start of the season due to an Achilles injury.The Frenchman discovered last week that he is free to play for the club again after UEFA dropped a doping charge against him.Sakho missed out on the Europa League final and selection for his country at Euro 2016 due to the case, caused by his use of a fat-burning substance.The 26-year-old is now eager to get his career back on track, but it could be a while before he returns to action with Jurgen Klopp revealing the centre-back is still struggling with a long-standing problem.“Mama had a little issue with his Achilles when he was playing, one day on, one off, this kind of thing,” Reds boss Klopp said.“When he had his little ‘break’ he used the time to have a little bit of treatment and that now means another three or four weeks before he can train again.“There was no surgery, he is just not about to train at the moment. He has got some rehab of course and it’s not too good a situation for him, for us, everybody.“It’s not important what I could say because everyone thinks the same. He’s here, he’s not available at the moment but he is doing rehab. We will see how he reacts to that and then when he can play again.”Sakho has been out of action since the Merseyside derby on April 20 after a sample he gave following the Europa League tie with Manchester United was found to have a fat-burning substance in it.It is believed the France international may be considering his legal options having been cleared to return to the game.“I cannot say too much as a manager. I don’t know exactly what will happen now from Mama’s side or UEFA’s side,” Klopp added.“But as a human being I can say it’s a sad story. He didn’t play now for three and a half months. That’s obviously not really cool but we all know that doping is a very serious thing and we cannot have that.“But I am sure they tried to do the right thing. Others have to talk about this because I don’t know what I am allowed or able to say. That’s one thing and the other is that Mama is currently injured.”Klopp’s central defensive options are set to be depleted further after Martin Skrtel flew to Turkey on Tuesday night to put the finishing touches to his £5million move to Fenerbahce following an eight-year stint at Anfield.The 31-year-old was pictured holding a Fenerbahce scarf at Istanbul Airport and he told reporters he expects to finalise his switch on Wednesday.With Skrtel nearing a departure, Sakho currently injured and Kolo Toure having recently been released, Klopp is light in that area even after acquiring Joel Matip from Schalke already this summer.last_img read more

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Tribune Co. taken over by Zell

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHe added five directors to the board and named two longtime associates to key posts. Randy Michaels, who helped him turn around radio company Jacor Communications with the help of significant cost cuts, will head the broadcast and Internet operations; Gerry Spector, who has been chief operating officer at Zell’s Equity Residential Properties, will be Tribune’s chief administrative officer. The closing came after Tribune received the final cash installment from the four banks financing the deal. The lenders had given the deal last-minute scrutiny because of declining conditions at Tribune and in the public markets that will cause them to take a hit on the loan, but the company cleared all the benchmarks needed to guarantee financing. The other obstacle to approval was removed Nov. 30 when the Federal Communications Commission cleared the way for the deal. Tribune’s stock was to cease trading at the market’s close Thursday, and it rose 91 cents to close at $33.98. No one knows exactly what cutbacks, asset sales or other moves to expect from the blunt-spoken billionaire – known as a brilliant investor and bargain-hunter in industries other than media. But even a man who long ago dubbed himself “The Grave Dancer” for his ability to revive moribund properties faces a tough task in trying to turn around the nation’s second-largest newspaper publisher, its revenues still in free fall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Real estate magnate Sam Zell took control of newly private Tribune Co. on Thursday and began shaking up the newspaper and TV company the moment the $8.2billion buyout he led closed, reshuffling the board, naming two top executives and promising more action ahead. He signaled he has no immediate asset sales in mind at the company that owns 23 TV stations and nine daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, although the Chicago Cubs baseball team and Wrigley Field are to be auctioned off by July. However, he made clear that other changes are coming. “There’s a new sheriff in town, and the name of the game is excellence, relevance tied to revenue. I’m sick and tired of listening to everyone talk about and commiserate over the end of newspapers. They ain’t ended, and they’re not going to end. I think they have a great future.” Zell has had more than eight months to ponder changes since agreeing to head the debt-heavy buyout, which takes the company private under an employee stock ownership plan, and he wasted no time putting them into effect. last_img read more

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Bin Laden ex-driver faces war tribunal

first_imgHamdan, who U.S. military records show is about 37, faces up to life in prison if the tribunal convicts him of conspiracy and supporting terrorism. He was captured in a car with two surface-to-air missiles by Afghan troops in November 2001 and turned over to U.S. forces. His military defense lawyer, Navy Lt. Brian Mizer, said he is disappointed and may make the ruling part of an eventual appeal if Hamdan is convicted. “I think the evidence was that he was a prisoner of war,” Mizer said. “He was caught taking conventional weapons to a conventional force and … it’s not a crime to be a soldier.” His civilian attorneys, Joseph McMillan and Harry Schneider, noted that the judge’s ruling was not a complete loss because he allowed them to raise the issue of Hamdan’s combat status again as a defense at trial – when the prosecution must meet a higher burden of proof. The judge’s decision was based on two days of testimony earlier this month at a hearing at Guantanamo. Hartmann said the U.S. plans to charge 80 to 90 of the Guantanamo detainees, including 15 of the so-called “high value” ones, a group that includes the admitted architect of the Sept. 11 attacks. So far, no one has actually been tried at Guantanamo. Detainee David Hicks of Australia earlier avoided trial with a plea bargain that returned him to his homeland to serve his sentence.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A U.S. military judge has denied prisoner-of-war status to a Guantanamo detainee, putting the former driver for Osama bin Laden in line to be one of the first to face a war crimes tribunal at the base. The judge, Navy Capt. Keith Allred, rejected defense arguments that Salim Ahmed Hamdan was a POW and thus beyond the jurisdiction of the Guantanamo tribunals under international law. Allred said there is credible evidence the Yemeni prisoner was bin Laden’s personal driver from 1997-2001, occasionally served as a bodyguard for the al-Qaida leader, and sometimes picked up and delivered weapons. “The government has carried its burden of showing … that the accused is an alien unlawful enemy combatant,” Allred wrote in a ruling released Thursday by military authorities. The ruling is a victory for the Pentagon, which has struggled to prosecute suspected terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo amid repeated legal challenges. The decision clears the way for a trial that could start by spring or early summer. “This is a sign that we will move forward,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann, the legal adviser to the military tribunal system. To underscore that point, Hartmann noted the military prepared charges Thursday against Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, a Saudi prisoner at Guantanamo accused of helping to organize an al-Qaida plot to attack a ship in the Strait of Hormuz off Yemen. The military has charged three of about 290 detainees now held at Guantanamo on suspicion of terrorism or links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. It has charges pending against two, including al-Darbi. The cases against Hamdan and Canadian Omar Khadr are the farthest along, and lawyers say they do not yet know who will face the first U.S. military tribunals since the World War II era. last_img read more

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Repairs start, but progress is slow

first_img “A project like this is not something that can be done right away,” he explained. “They (park owners) are making a conscious effort to fix it.” “They don’t tell us anything that’s going on,” said park resident Thomas Foster, who was surprised to hear that crews were working in the culvert. “The park owners don’t talk with the managers, according to what they tell us. They just stonewall everyone.” Because of the critical situation at the park after the flood, the city executed a no-bid contract with Jimmie D. Foster Grading in February to clear the lower creek of fire debris and silt. The state Office of Emergency Services contributed $270,000 toward the project, with $104,400 coming from city funds, $135,000 from federal National Resources Conservation Service and $30,600 from the property owner. According to Hunt Braly, a local attorney representing 50 park residents in a suit against park owners, many residents suffered significant damages for which there has been no relief. “The owner says the state wouldn’t approve the permits and we’re not really sure what the state’s position is. Our position is that both answers are unacceptable,” Braly said. “Everyone wants to point fingers, but our understanding is that the permanent solution will be constructed sometime in the first quarter of 2006. We’re crossing our fingers that we don’t have rains like we did last year.” Braly said that park owners made some attempt at helping residents immediately after the flood with rent abatement for tenants with no gas or utilities, but that relief was limited. “We hoped they would offer to help pay for damages to some coaches or personal property that was destroyed,” Braly said. “Some people lost everything.” Attempts to reach park owners were unsuccessful; calls to the management were met with the statement that the office was closed until after the new year begins. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 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 Plans were submitted some time ago to install a new precast concrete arch bridge, Poidomani said. The bridge will replace the temporary “Arizona” crossing that has been placed there temporarily. “We were hoping to get it installed as soon as possible, but might have to wait until after the rainy season,” he said. Although several state, county and city agencies came to the park’s aid after a state of emergency was declared during last winter’s floods, mobile home parks fall under the jurisdiction of Poidomani’s department, which is working with the park’s owners for repairs. Complicating matters further is the environmental impact on Newhall Creek, bringing in the state Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Despite the multi-level involvement, repairs have been slow in coming and relief even slower. Park owners have repaired a perimeter wall that gave way during January’s storms, replacing it with heavy cement blocks that are less likely to tumble into the creek. The configuration of the park and the adjoining creek presented additional challenges to engineers, according to Poidomani, contributing to the delay in getting permits from Fish and Game officials. NEWHALL – State officials said the slow process of repairing the Polynesian Mobile Home Park, where 29 homes were destroyed or damaged in early 2005 when Newhall Creek crested its banks after heavy rains, has begun. Workers toiled Friday morning, clearing debris from culverts that run beneath the entrance bridge just ahead of storms that were expected to hit the area. Debris and charred wood from a 2004 fire in Placerita Canyon is still washing downstream, clogging the narrow streams near San Fernando Road, a condition that is expected to continue for a few more years. “The debris is a major cause of the water overflowing the bridge. If the culverts are cleared, the water can flow freely,” said Sal Poidomani, spokesman for the state Department of Housing and Community Development, which oversees mobile home parks. “There are also plans to put in a temporary steel structure bridge downstream of the existing entrance until permanent repairs can be made.” last_img read more

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Chaffey rallies to beat Antelope Valley

first_img It was three-pointers that made the difference, with Chaffey (19-4, 4-0) nailing 15 and AVC scoring one. VICTOR VALLEY MEN T.J. Smith scored 24 points and Chris Brown added 21 as the visiting Panthers rallied from an 11-point, second-half deficit to defeat Antelope Valley 95-85 in Foothill Conference basketball Saturday night. Deonte Huff scored a career-high 43 points, with nine rebounds and seven assists for the Marauders (9-12, 2-2), but he fouled out with 2:47 left in the game. Huff scored 41 points against Chaffey last year in Marauder Gym. LIFE PACIFIC MEN Junior Isreal Miller returned from a sprained ankle to score 15 points with 11 rebounds to lead visiting Life Pacific to a 75-66 victory over Southwestern of Arizona in a Pacific Christian Athletic Conference game. Junior Nate Hiner, who was also sidelined by a sprained ankle, returned to add 13 points for the Warriors (12-9, 4-0). J.J. Ward (A.B. Miller) scored 15 points, as the Warriors have won six of their past seven games. Five of those games were played with only six healthy players on the roster and the return of Miller and Hiner moved the number up to eight. UC RIVERSIDE WOMEN Sophomore center Kemie Nkele scored 25 points, with five rebounds and four assists in her first appearance in six games due to a broken finger, but it wasn’t enough, as Cal State Fullerton (5-10, 3-2) edged UC Riverside (4-10, 1-4), 68-62, in a Big West Conference game. Amber Cox added 16 points with seven rebounds for the Highlanders , who led 31-29 at halftime. Toni Thomas scored 13 points with 10 rebounds and Tamaiya Smith added 13 points with six rebounds to lead the Titans. CITRUS MEN Tron Smith scored 38 points and Chad Allan added 15 points as host Citrus held off a late rally by Glendale in a 91-85 victory in a Western State Conference game. Glendale (7-14, 1-2) rallied from a seven-point deficit to start the second half and shot 63 percent from the field in the second half. The Vaqueros tied the game at 83-83 with 3:15 left to play, but the Owls (15-8, 3-1) went on an 8-2 run to close it out. CITRUS WOMEN Citrus College rallied from a seven-point deficit early in the second half and held on for a 73-72 victory over visiting Glendale in a Western State Conference game. Alexis Pope scored 21 points with 15 rebounds and Jenny Sirk added 12 points. The Owls (12-11, 3-1) erased the deficit by going on a 19-6 run, that included an 11-0 streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Marcus Edwards hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to lead host College of the Desert to a 79-76 victory over Victory Valley (8-13, 2-2)in a Foothill Conference game. Andrew Ellis scored 20 points with four assists and Eli Thornton added 13 points to lead Victor Valley. CHAFFEY WOMEN Juliet Masei scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead host Antelope Valley (13-7, 3-0) to a 63-38 victory over Chaffey (4-15, 1-3)in a Foothill Conference game. Tynisha Uta led the Panthers with 13 points. last_img read more

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BRAVE GARDA RESCUES WOMAN FROM DONEGAL HOUSEFIRE

first_imgA Garda bravely rescued a woman from a blazing housefire in Donegal Town.The Garda is being hailed a hero after coming to the unconscious woman’s aid in the early hours of this morning.Gardai were alerted to the fire at a house in The Mullins area this morning at 4.45am. They arrived on scene minutes later to find the house had been completed engulfed by flames.The Garda bravely entered the building and rescued the woman who is in her 30s. It is understood she had been overcome by smoke.Ambulance crews and the Fire Service arrived at the scene a short time later and the woman was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment.No one else was in the house at the time of the fire – the scene has been preserved pending an investigation but it is believed the fire started accidentally. BRAVE GARDA RESCUES WOMAN FROM DONEGAL HOUSEFIRE was last modified: October 24th, 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) Tags:Donegal TownGardahousefirelast_img read more

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