Arsenal fans on the ‘joke’ team selection for ‘crucial’ UCL clash

first_img Petr Cech may be rested against Olympiakos Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may gamble on David Ospina and select him in goal against Olympiakos at the expense of Petr Cech.Man United visit the Emirates on Sunday, so the boss is reportedly also ready to bench Aaron Ramsey for the Champions League clash, which they need to win considering Bayern Munich are their next opponents in Group F.WENGER: WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DROP ANY POINTS AT HOMEArsenal lost their opening match against Dinamo Zagreb and here, some fans can’t quite believe Wenger is considering playing Ospina instead of Cech.The manager has claimed he needs to give the 27-year-old Colombian some games, though.‘OSPINA HAS NOT LET ARSENAL DOWN THIS SEASON’“It’s not that I’ve decided Ospina plays in the Champions League. It will be game by game and there can be a different decision,” he said, adding he was fortunate to have “two keepers of this quality.” 1last_img read more

Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORT: ‘For Chelsea to sack Mourinho would be farcical – who would replace him?’

first_imgHarry Redknapp has told talkSPORT it would be ‘farcical’ if Chelsea decided to sack Jose Mourinho following the Blues’ shocking start to the season, insisting there is no one who could replace him.Mourinho is feeling the heat at the Stamford Bridge helm after overseeing the worst start to a title defence in Premier League history.Chelsea are currently languishing 15th in the table following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham – their FIFTH loss from their opening ten games.The boss’ recent erratic behaviour has only intensified the spotlight on the club, with the boss refusing to speak to media following the reverse at Upton Park and then being slapped with a second FA charge of the season after he was sent to the stands against the Hammers.Reports in the media suggest Mourinho is on the brink of the boot and a defeat to Liverpool in their next Premier League fixture could be the final straw for Chelsea chiefs.But Redknapp believes the club would be crazy to part with the manager ‘who has won everything there is to win’.“You don’t go from being probably the best manager in the world to not being good enough and getting the sack in a matter of ten games,” the former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers boss told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It’s incredible, really. If that did happen it would show you just how fickle this game is. What chance have you got as a manager if you’ve won everything these is to win and you still get the sack?“It doesn’t make sense to me,” he continued when asked about talk of Mourinho losing the dressing room. “I’ve spoken to Frank Lampard about Jose in the past and the players loved him, absolutely idolised him.“How do you replace him, who with? Where do you go? The only other name in the frame who is out of work at the moment is Ancelotti, but Carlo has been there before. He did a fantastic job there, but they let him go because they always wanted to bring back Jose.“Now Jose is back at Chelsea and I can’t see any way they can get rid of him, I think it would be farcical.”Mourinho looks a different man to the manager who walked into his first press conference upon his Chelsea return last summer and declared himself, ‘the Happy One’.Even the club’s own fans have started taking issue with his worsening mood, but Redknapp has backed the boss, insisting the former World Coach of the Year is simply ‘not used to losing’.He added: “Jose’s had praise heaped on him week after week, year after year, he keeps winning and it’s an easy game when you’re winning.“But suddenly now he’s getting beat and people are doubting him and it’s something he’s just not been used to. For the first time Jose has got to deal with that, and it’s not been easy for him.”last_img read more

‘Has Xavi ever done it on a wet night in Stoke?’ – Liverpool fans praise the League Cup performance of Joe Allen

first_img Joe Allen [View the story “‘Has Xavi ever done it on a wet night in Stoke?’ – Liverpool fans praise the performance of Joe Allen” on Storify] 1center_img Liverpool beat Stoke in poor conditions on Tuesday night thanks to a first-half goal from Jordon Ibe to take control of the League Cup semi-final.However, it was Joe Allen who received most of the plaudits on social media after a sublime displace in the middle of the park.Allen, who is beginning to look (facially) more and more like Italy legend Andrea Pirlo, adjusted well after two injuries caused Jurgen Klopp to reshuffle his pack and move Lucas back into centre back.See below for the best reactions to Allen’s performance at the Britannia! last_img read more

Luis Suarez open to a Liverpool return and admits he ‘misses’ the fans at Anfield

first_img Luis Suarez 1 Barcelona forward Luis Suarez says he would only play for Liverpool if he were ever to return to the Barclays Premier League.The 29-year-old left Anfield in a £75million move during July 2014, having scored 84 goals and come close to helping Liverpool win the title.Uruguay international Suarez told ESPN if he was to one day look to move back to England, it would only be for the Reds, having originally signed from Ajax in January 2011.“You never know what will happen in the future,” he said to ESPN.“If I was to return to England, it would be to play for Liverpool – not for any other team.”Suarez enjoyed a great relationship with Liverpool supporters, despite an often testing spell under the media spotlight.He added: “I have missed the fans. The (Anfield) atmosphere is incredible, it’s incredible.“Everyone that has played for Liverpool knows how important the supporters are. They know that they are in my heart.”last_img read more

VIDEO: Look out Arsenal – Watch Neymar and Luis Suarez score for Barcelona

first_img1 Neymar and Luis Suarez Luis Suarez and Neymar both scored during Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Las Palmas in La Liga ahead of their Champions League clash with Arsenal on Tuesday.The Gunners welcome Barca to the Emirates for the first leg having laboured to a goalless draw with Championship Hull City in the FA Cup on Saturday.Meanwhile, two thirds of the most formidable strike-force on the planet were warming up for the tie in perfect fashion, something that will likely dishearten even the most optimistic Gunner considering the result at the Emirates.See below to see what awaits Arsene Wenger’s men next week!last_img read more

Agua Dulce, Canyon Country, Ventura County hit hard by blazes

first_imgMandatory evacuations were ordered in Vasquez, Bouquet and parts of San Francisquito, White’s and Soledad canyons, officials said. Evacuation centers were set up at Golden Valley and Saugus high schools. And authorities were working on evacuation plans for the Ventura County towns of Piru and Fillmore, which were in the path of the fire. At least one home in the Santa Rosa Valley had been damaged by one of several fires burning in that area. “It’s very, very dynamic,” said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Henry Rodriguez. “Today has been very, very devastating for us. “We have had a lot of acreage burn, a lot of firefighters working. It’s been keeping us very busy.” As fire crews mounted their initial attack in Aqua Dulce, water-dropping Super Scoopers were diverted from the Malibu fire 60 miles away. However, high winds in northern Los Angeles County grounded the fixed-wing aircraft, and officials turned to the heli-tankers to continue fighting the blaze into the night. Geoff Giammarco was at a restaurant when he heard about the fires and immediately drove home to his rental home in Sierra Bonita Ranch. “The Fire Department was already there,” he said. “They turned me around.” He said neighbors had a fire plan in place and had already rescued his dog, Darla, a pug-dachshund mix. “I have no idea if my house is there or not,” he said. “The only thing I really wanted were photos. The thing you can’t replace.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want 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.“We can throw all the water at it we want, but we need that wind to go away.” Two homes and two outbuildings were destroyed in Agua Dulce, an equestrian community northeast of Santa Clarita. The fire was reported about 1 p.m. and exploded to 500 acres within the first hour, blackening 10,000 acres by nightfall. With sustained winds of 30 mph and gusts to 60 mph, blowing embers touched off a fire in a neighborhood near Canyon High School where as many as 10 homes were engulfed in flames. Nearly 3,800 homes were threatened as flames gobbled up dry brush along a ridgeline from the Agua Dulce fire, sending clouds of thick smoke billowing into the sky. Some residents could be seen hosing down their roofs with garden hoses, while others complied with evacuation orders, creating a traffic jam of cars trying to leave neighborhoods. AGUA DULCE – At least a dozen structures in the Santa Clarita Valley area were destroyed and thousands of others were threatened Sunday as wind-whipped wildfires swept across Agua Dulce, Canyon Country and into neighboring Ventura County. Three people were burned, one seriously, as residents fled ahead of the fast-moving flames. Wicked Santa Ana winds blew embers into tinder-dry brush that hadn’t burned for decades, prompting officials to issue ever-expanding evacuation orders. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency throughout all seven Southern California counties late Sunday night, enabling greater deployment of state resources to the fire-afflicted areas. “The smoke is all over the Santa Clarita Valley,” said John Hicks, an off-duty firefighter who lives 10 miles from the Canyon Country blaze. “It’s pretty ominous, like a repeat of the ’93 fires. We have more to come if things don’t calm down with this wind. last_img read more

Ghosts, UFOs have believers

first_imgWASHINGTON – It was bad enough when the TV and lights inexplicably flicked on at night, Misty Conrad says. When her daughter began talking to an unseen girl named Nicole and neighbors said children had been murdered in the house, it was time to move. Put Conrad, a homemaker from Hampton, Va., firmly in the camp of the 34 percent of people who say they believe in ghosts, according to a pre-Halloween poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos. That’s the same proportion who believe in unidentified flying objects – exceeding the 19 percent who accept the existence of spells or witchcraft. Forty-eight percent believe in extrasensory perception, or ESP. But nearly half of you knew we were about to tell you that, right? Conrad, now 40, lived in Syracuse, Ind., when her family was scared from the house they rented. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It kind of creeped you out,” she recalled this week. “I needed to get us out.” To put the roughly one-third who believe in ghosts and UFOs in perspective, it’s about the same as, in recent AP-Ipsos polls, the 36 percent who said they are baseball fans; the 37 percent who said the U.S. made the right decision to invade Iraq; and the 31 percent who approve of the job President Bush is doing. A smaller but still substantial 23 percent say they have actually seen a ghost or believe they have been in one’s presence, with the most likely candidates for such visits including single people, Catholics and those who never attend religious services. By 31 percent to 18 percent, more liberals than conservatives report seeing a specter. Those who dismissed the existence of ghosts include Morris Swadener, 66, a Navy retiree from Kingston, Wash. He says he shot one with his rifle when he was a child. “I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a white ghost in my closet,” he said. “I discovered I’d put a hole in my brand new white shirt. My mother and father were not amused.” Three in 10 have awakened sensing a strange presence in the room. For whatever it says about matrimony, singles are more likely than married people to say so. Fourteen percent – mostly men and lower-income people – say they have seen a UFO. Among them is Danny Eskanos, 44, an attorney in Palm Harbor, Fla., who says as a Colorado teenager he watched a bright light dart across the sky, making abrupt stops and turns. “I knew a little about airplanes and helicopters, and it was not that,” he said. “It’s one of those things that sticks in your mind.” Spells and witchcraft are more readily believed by urban dwellers, minorities and lower-earning people. Those who find credibility in ESP are more likely to be better educated and white – 51 percent of college graduates compared to 37 percent with a high school diploma or less, about the same proportion by which white believers outnumber minorities. Overall, the 48 percent who accept ESP is less than the 66 percent who gave that answer to a similar 1996 Newsweek question. One in five say they are at least somewhat superstitious, with young men, minorities, and the less educated more likely to go out of their way to seek luck. Twenty-six percent of urban residents – twice the rate of those from rural areas – said they are superstitious, while single men were more superstitious than unmarried women, 31 percent to 17 percent. The most admitted-to superstition, by 17 percent, was finding a four-leaf clover. Thirteen percent dread walking under a ladder or the groom seeing his bride before their wedding, while slightly smaller numbers named black cats, breaking mirrors, opening umbrellas indoors, Friday the 13th or the number 13. Generally, women were more superstitious than men about four-leaf clovers, breaking mirrors or grooms prematurely seeing brides. Democrats were more superstitious than Republicans over opening umbrellas indoors, while liberals were more superstitious than conservatives over four-leaf clovers, grooms seeing brides and umbrellas. Then there’s Jack Van Geldern, a computer programmer from Riverside, Conn. Now 51, Van Geldern is among the five percent who say they have seen a monster in the closet – or in his case, a monster’s face he spotted on the wall of his room as a child. “It was so terrifying I couldn’t move,” he said. “Needless to say I survived the event and never saw it again.” The poll, conducted Oct. 16-18, involved telephone interviews with 1,013 adults and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 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

State schools bad, L.A. worse

first_imgFor every 100 ninth-graders in non-San Fernando Valley schools, 44 had graduated four years later and 24 had passed courses required for admission to CSU and UC schools. In Valley schools, 48 had graduated and 25 had passed those courses. The statewide averages are 66 and 25. In its report, the institute studied the Class of 2006 at every California high school, detailing the rates of completion, enrollment in the state’s four-year colleges and universities and assignment of well-qualified teachers. The study also incorporated results of the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress, which showed that California’s fourth-graders rank 48th in reading and 46th in math. Meanwhile, eighth-graders ranked 47th in reading and 45th in math. Researchers also included reports on the percentage of 12th-graders enrolling in four-year colleges, which found that the rate of enrollment put California ahead of only Mississippi and Arizona. California’s high school graduation rate of 66percent also is well below the national average, and researchers found an unequal distribution of qualified teachers and classroom sizes – particularly in intensely minority schools. Problems also included secondary schools that are generally larger than in any state except Florida. In California, more than 25 percent of students attend schools acknowledged as overcrowded, said John Rogers, co-director of the UCLA institute. California’s math, science and social studies classrooms have more students, on average, than similar classrooms in any other state, Rogers said. Middle and high school students across the state also have poor access to counselors, Rogers said. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, the problems are magnified. A staggering 62 percent of schools are overcrowded, according to the state Department of Education definition – compared with 16 percent in the state. In addition, 13 percent of the LAUSD’s schools are experiencing severe shortages of qualified teachers, compared with 6percent statewide. At half of the LAUSD’s schools, more than one-fifth of the college prep math classes are taught by teachers without credentials to teach math – compared with a 32 percent statewide average. And at Valley schools – which historically have performed better than the rest of the LAUSD – researchers found students are not performing significantly above the districtwide averages in key areas. The Valley boasts more fully credentialed teachers, teachers with appropriate credentials in college prep courses and math teachers with appropriate credentials to teach college prep math. But both Valley and non-Valley schools had about 9percent of their Class of 2006 enrolled in Advanced Placement math in the 12th grade – just under the state average of 11 percent. And the LAUSD fell far below the state average of 80 percent of the class of 2006 passing the math section on the California High School Exit Exam by grade 12. About 74 percent in Valley schools passed; 64percent in non-Valley schools. Meanwhile, 77percent of students in Valley schools passed the English portion of the test by grade 12, while just 69percent in non-Valley schools did. Still, both of those are lower than the state average of 82 percent. LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III said he’s been aggressively lobbying the state for more funds – and more flexibility in how to spend the money. “You not only need more money, but we need some of the restrictions on the money relaxed so we can use it in more innovative ways and tailor it because all schools don’t have the same needs,” he said. In the meantime, the district is pursuing other avenues to reduce class and school sizes through its facilities program and personalizing school environments. The district is also working on strengthening its standards-based curriculum – and particularly targeting its more than 250,000 English-learners – and creating more robust professional development programs. “What we have determined is when you have super-large schools, you lose the personalized learning environment,” Brewer said. “So we’ve implemented a small learning community strategy, particularly at secondary schools.” And officials are working on creating a culture of high expectations, stepping up recruitment of qualified math and science teachers, as well as providing the services to meet the special social needs of their student population. Ultimately, Rogers said, to close the gaps dividing California’s students will require directing more resources and investment to key areas. “The statistics shown in this report suggest that solving educational inequity requires a two-pronged strategy,” he said. “One that improves California’s education infrastructure overall and, at the same time, targets resources and support to students concentrated in the much smaller proportion of middle and high schools that suffer from an even greater lack of essential educational resources.” LAUSD school board member Julie Korenstein said California’s standards are higher than most states’ but there has to be adequate funding to give enough resources to schools, particularly those in high-poverty areas, to be able to meet those standards. “If you don’t have the funding to pull up English-learners, children of poverty and learning-disabled students by the bootstraps, then you can’t do it. You’re hitting your head against the wall,” she said. “A lot of people will say you don’t need the money, but if you want to hire the best teachers and reduce class size, it costs money.” [email protected] 818-713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California students are among the nation’s worst academic achievers, and those in the Los Angeles Unified School District are faring even worse than the statewide average, according to a UCLA study released Thursday. In one of the broadest looks at California’s education system, the state’s high school students ranked near the bottom nationwide on key markers including achievement, graduation and college-enrollment rates. If current trends continue, every high school in California will fail to achieve proficiency in math by the 2014 goal set by the federal No Child Left Behind law, the report’s researchers found. And while obstacles in California are greatest for African-American and Latino students, the study indicates that the state’s education system has problems that go far beyond a persistent racial gap in achievement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “This cultural argument suggests that the problem of low test scores resides within the African-American and Latino communities,” said Jeannie Oakes, associate director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education & Access. “It fails to account for the fact that California students generally have lower test scores than students across the nation.” State Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell’s representatives had not read the report, but he had released a statement on the recent findings on the California High School Exit Exam, which he said underscored “how critically important it is that we mount a statewide effort to close the achievement gap.” O’Connell noted that even though the reporting of dropouts is still imprecise until they implement a statewide student tracking system, the issue remains a serious concern. And the study further affirms that the LAUSD’s graduation rate is even more troubling. last_img read more

1986 Aeromexico crash rained horror from the sky in Cerritos

first_imgThe National Transportation Safety Board later determined that the air traffic controller was too busy to see the radar blip of the small plane as it blundered into commercial airspace. Moreover, Kramer’s plane lacked a transponder that would have alerted the control tower that it was at 6,500 feet, the same altitude as the Aeromexico jet making its final descent into LAX.“The planes just went straight into each other,” witness Cindy Gillespiecq testified during a 1989 trial to determine liability for the crash. “No one seemed to swerve or anything.”Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabecq, then mayor of Cerritos, recalled seeing thick plumes of black smoke wafting into the sky as he left church services that day. He presumed the new post office was on fire.He walked into his house to the sound of the phone ringing, a sheriff’s deputy calling to say he was on his way to pick up the mayor. Two planes had crashed into a middle-class neighborhood less than a quarter-mile from Knabe’s home, and his help was needed.At the same time, Knabe’s wife turned on the television and started screaming.“In Cerritos, we had plenty of money, 26 parks,” Knabe recalled recently. “Things like this aren’t supposed to happen.”Authorities established command centers as firefighters extinguished fires on Holmes Avenue, Ashworth Place and Reva Circle. Aided by residents, coroners’ officials began the grim task of recovering bodies from the smashed homes and twisted fuselage.“Bodies were everywhere,” Richard Santanacq said at the time. “There’s debris everywhere, pieces of people everywhere. There was nothing I could do but help cover up the bodies.”John O’Neillcq ran out of his Reva Circle home after he heard an explosion.“It was absolute total destruction,” he said then. “There are pieces of the engine all over. My backyard is a mess. My house is covered with pieces of you name it.”For Knabe and other city officials, the days, weeks and months following the accident were spent orchestrating cleanups, reaching out to victims, resolving to rebuild.Mental health officials went door to door, searching for people still cowering inside their homes in fear or in survivor’s guilt, Knabe recalled.The city loosened construction codes to facilitate rebuilding. The incident highlighted the necessity of disaster preparedness and mutual-aid agreements, Knabe said.In the aftermath, 70 lawsuits were filed over the accident. They were consolidated into a single federal suit that led to a $56.5 million payout to plaintiffs in 1989.A jury absolved Aeromexico of wrongdoing, finding the FAA and Kramer equally to blame for the tragedy.Two years later, the FAA began requiring equipment called Mode C transponders on small planes near busy airports. The equipment broadcasts a plane’s position and altitude, giving controllers data instead of just blips.The FAA also required commercial aircraft to be equipped with traffic alert and collision avoidance systems. And it consolidated radar centers and reconfigured LAX flight paths to keep small planes away from jetliners.The Cerritos neighborhood eschewed a memorial near the crash site, but the city’s sculpture garden now features a monument – a marble-and-granite piece symbolizing the 64 people who died aboard the jet, the three on the small plane and 15 on the ground.The abstract, free-form shapes evoke wings, flying, weightlessness and release, the city’s Web site stated.But while much of that neighborhood has changed, the people who lived through the day when fire and shrapnel rained from the sky haven’t forgotten.“It’ll never be normal – never,” Cerritos resident Randy Economycq said days after the crash. “The emotional scars are there too badly. When I take a walk here at night, that’s all I think about: the horror of seeing bodies flying, the screaming, and myself, helpless to do anything.”[email protected] 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A single-engine plane piloted by a Rancho Palos Verdes man had clipped the tail of an Aeromexico jet about to land at Los Angeles International Airport. In a recent interview, Tom Doty recalled how he and his family watched in shock as the jet turned belly-up, then streaked past the left wing of their Piper Comanche in its nose dive to Earth.Seconds later, an inferno erupted as the DC-9 jetliner crashed into homes where residents had been enjoying a lazy Labor Day weekend. The badly damaged Piper Cherokee fell onto the vacant playground at Cerritos Elementary School, where classes were set to start just a few days later.The disaster destroyed nearly a dozen homes and killed 82 people – including 15 on the ground, the most ground fatalities of any U.S. aviation disaster.It also prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to impose stricter safety requirements for both commercial and private aircraft to avoid a recurrence of the tragedy.With his wife and daughter aboard, 52-year-old William Kramercq was flying the four-seater Piper Cherokee from Torrance to Big Bear when he cross paths with the Aeromexico jet piloted by Arturo Valdez-Promcq. Johnny Dotycq leaned forward from the back of the four-seater plane soaring 5,500 feet over the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles.“Dad, is that airplane going to crash?” he asked.“Yes,” Tom Doty, then a Redondo Beach police lieutenant, calmly answered from the pilot’s seat. “They don’t fly so good without tails.”It was just before noon on Aug. 31, 1986, and the Doty family – 11-year-old Johnny and his parents, Tom and Janet – had just witnessed what would become one of the nation’s worst aviation disasters.last_img read more


first_imgMEMBERS of a top Letterkenny gym have threatened to quit after instructors lost their jobs today.In a statement Energie Fitness Clubs did not refer to the job losses but said changes at the club were necessary to ensure its viability.The statement to members, the club said: “As a result of the current economic climate we at Energie Fitness Clubs are restructuring the club in order to provide you with a more cost effective service. “With our current membership set at €45 per month and set to increase at the beginning of the next business quarter, we don’t believe that this is what the public are looking for.“By restructuring the club and cutting out the extras that are rarely used we are now in a position to offer membership fees from as little as €25 per month.”However some club members aren’t happy with the decision.“This has to be a joke,” said one, “I’ll be looking go elsewhere. I joined gym three years and its the instructors that have got me where I am…. There’s no gym without them.”  MEMBERS IN SHOCK AS STAFF LET GO AT DONEGAL GYM was last modified: April 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:energieletterkennyMEMBERS IN SHOCK AS STAFF LET GO AT DONEGAL GYMlast_img read more