Ex-Premier League star claims Klopp will be the new Liverpool boss

first_imgJurgen Klopp is set to replace Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager, according to former Premier League footballer Jan Aage Fjortoft.The Borussia Dortmund is a favourite with supporters to take over from the Northern Irishman who was sacked just hours after a 1-1 draw with Everton.And it now appears they could be about to get their man, with the former Middlesbrough striker, who is currently a television pundit in Norway and Germany, believing, through a German source, Klopp will take the job.Fjortoft tweeted: “Am told, by my Germann source, that Klopp will be the next manager of Liverpool Footbal Club.” [sic] 1 Jurgen Klopp last_img

Mousa Dembele signs new three-year Tottenham contact

first_img1 Mousa Dembele has signed a new contract with Tottenham which ties him to the club until 2019.The 28-year-old attacking midfielder joined Spurs from Fulham in 2012 and has started 16 Premier League games for the north London club this season, scoring three league goals.The Belgium international told the club’s official website: “I am very happy I’ve signed and I’m happy to be part of our future.“The way we’re playing, the way the club is developing, everything is very good and everyone wants to be part of this team and this club.“That’s why I’m proud to extend my contract.” Mousa Dembele last_img

VIDEO: See this stunning 35-yard free-kick by Orlando Pirates player

first_imgTake a look at this awesome free-kick taken in South Africa on Wednesday. As the Orlando Pirates trailed 2-0 against leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, Mpho Makola stepped up to net a fine set piece. It made no difference as they still lost 2-1 but it was definitely the talking point from this meeting. What was he thinking going for goal from there?! Watch the free-kick above!last_img

New strategy

first_imgRe “Punishing kids” (Our Opinions, Nov. 6): Chatsworth Park Elementary has been at Devonshire Street and Topanga Canyon Boulevard since 1888. One would assume that its mortgage would have been paid off long ago. Obviously not; its antique buildings, outdated fixtures, taped-together bungalows and inadequate parking just have not served the LAUSD bureaucrats to the fullest quite yet. Apply a new strategy to steal, charge the children and the public to use the playing fields. This is not an innovative idea; it’s a criminal conspiracy. – Dan L. Huffman AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Chatsworth The smell test Re “Company pulls LAX bid, wary of conflict; Airport: Consultant joined URS board one day after leaving post” (Nov. 5): You can argue over whether there was a conflict of interest here, but the obvious truth is that it didn’t pass the smell test. – Joy Picus Woodland Hills Alarcon responds Re “Goliath vs. Goliath” (Our Opinions, Nov. 7): If the expansion of Providence Holy Cross is a Goliath vs. Goliath struggle, as the Daily News suggests, then pushing for an EIR is a fight to protect the grass that is being trampled. This fight is about the community, not big corporations or big labor. For too long the northeast San Fernando Valley has suffered from City Hall’s poor or rushed planning decisions. The community wants Holy Cross to expand, but we want it done right, with a full environmental impact report that looks at all the potential substantive impacts of traffic, parking and having only one access road. City Hall insiders may not like us raising our voices, but we in the Valley want to be heard. It is our neighborhood and the decisions we make now will affect us for decades to come. – Richard Alarcon Los Angeles city councilman Just as clean Re “Ghetto service” (Your Opinions, Nov. 5): Regarding Kim Garrett from Pacoima who asked residents in non-ghetto Northridge if they would tolerate sanitation trucks leaving debris in the street: Like her, we rarely have street sweepers in our neighborhood (after all, we are not the Westside). However, for the most part our streets our clean. We don’t wait for the government to “clean up their mess.” Our family and neighbors simply bend down and pick it up. Afterwards, it looks just as clean as when other people do it for you. – Ron Mossler Northridge A nightmare Re “Birth of L.A.’s water lifeline in the flow” (Nov. 7): If my grandfather was responsible for the demise of Owens Lake, you wouldn’t catch me looking giddy standing next to the California Aqueduct on its 75th anniversary. What is the liability of destroying an 800,000-year-old, 110 mile-long lake, which since the 1920s has become the single-largest source of wind-blown dust air pollution in the United States? William Mulholland might have been responsible for building a great waterway for Los Angeles, but he also created an environmental biohazard nightmare of airborne arsenic and other carcinogens. – Christine Pollock Palmdale Daylight savings What time are we saving by imposing daylight savings time? When we get up, it’s dark; when we drive home at 4:30 p.m., it’s dusk. Our lights go on an hour earlier than they did on standard time and stay on later. What kind of brainlessness is this? Ask Con Agra or ADM if they need extra light to milk the cows. Enough already with this arcane and useless appendage. It belongs in the dustbin of history. – Jerome V. Posell Calabasas160Want 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 Government is furious tonight after the credit agency Moody’s downgraded Ireland’s debt rating to the junk status of Ba1.Moody’s said it reduced the rating by one notch because there was a ‘growing likelihood’ that Ireland will require a second bailout in two years’ time.The Department of Finance said the move was a ‘disappointing development’ saying Ireland had done all it can can ‘to put our house in order’. In simple terms, it means the rating agency believes Ireland will need more cash despite the massive austerity measures.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of sleepwalking Ireland into a second bailout because of its failure to deal with the banks and the debt crisis.Deputy Doherty said: “Today’s downgrade by Moody’s of Ireland’s credit rating to junk status is another wake up call to the government and our European partners.“The key driver in Moody’s decision is the growing possibility that Ireland will require a second bailout and sovereign bondholders will have to absorb losses. “The government’s failure to acknowledge that Ireland’s debt levels are unsustainable and its inaction in reducing those levels have placed us in this position.“Sinn Féin has consistently said that Ireland will have to shed some of its debt burden if we are to regain entry into the bond markets.“However rather than impose losses on sovereign bondholders as part of a second bailout we have argued that the losses must be imposed now and only on the private banking debt.”The Donegal South West TD said Fine Gael & Labour were sleepwalking the country into a second bailout.He added: “Far more significant than the actual downgrade is the fact that Moody’s has stated that a second bailout is likely and Ireland is likely to default post 2013. “The government’s inaction is leading us to a second bailout, ensuring a default on sovereign debt, prolonging the loss or our financial sovereignty and imposing a decade of severe austerity.“While the government can rightly blame Fianna Fáil for the first bailout the second one will clearly be their responsibility.  This can all be avoided if the correct decisions are taken now.”IRELAND GIVEN ‘JUNK’ STATUS ON MARKETS – DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT was last modified: July 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:country feckedIreland EU/IMF debtsMoodys rating agencylast_img read more

AC Milan’s first European Cup-winning captain, Cesare Maldini, has died aged 84

first_imgFormer Italy coach and AC Milan defender Cesare Maldini, who was the first captain to lift the European Cup for the seven-times winners, has died aged 84.In a statement the club expressed condolences to Maldini’s family. Paolo, Maldini’s son, played more than 600 times for Milan and followed his father in lifting the European Cup as captain of the Rossoneri.The statement read: “All of Milan, all the people and the Milan figures express condolences to Mrs Maldini, their children and grandchildren.”A tweet posted on the club’s official account read: “Goodbye dear Cesare. Today the world loses a great man and we lose a page of our history. You will be missed.”Maldini won the European Cup in 1963 and four Serie A titles with Milan and played more than 400 games during a club career which ended with Torino.He worked as assistant manager and then manager for Milan, winning a Cup Winners’ Cup and Coppa Italia double, before moving to the Italian national team, where he was assistant manager when the Azzuri won the 1982 World Cup. Maldini also claimed three European Championships during his spell in charge of the under-21 team.With 25 caps to his name as a player, Maldini took over as manager of the national team in 1996 following the departure of Arrigo Sacchi.He led Italy to the 1998 World Cup finals in France, where they reached the quarter-finals, and also guided Paraguay to the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea. Cesare Maldini lifts the original European Cup trophy at Wembley in 1963 1last_img read more

Photos spark memories for old flyboys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTomich, in fact, was in the first group of B-24 Liberators to arrive at Horsham. The Iowa native was living in Santa Monica when he was drafted by the Army in 1943. He was inducted in San Pedro, where, because he had been working at the Douglas aircraft plant, he was assigned to the Air Corps. Training took him to St. Petersburg, Fla., Denver, Texas and Boise, Idaho. Assigned to a flight crew in September, they finally flew overseas in January, taking the “Southern route” that got them to England via South America, Africa and Wales. The 458th flew its first mission March 2, 1944, and the next day participated in the war’s first daylight raid on Berlin. Tomich’s crew completed its 30-mission tour three months later on another memorable day, June 6, D-Day. They returned to the States by ship, and he finished the war as an instructor. “I was the youngest of the crew by a year and a half,” Tomich, who was a staff sergeant, said. “I flew my missions when I was 19 and 20.” That’s one of the reasons the 83-year-old is the only one of his 10-man crew still alive. That his plane and crew survived 30 missions was a feat in itself. The 458th lost 304 men killed in action or accidents. Forty-seven aircraft were shot down or otherwise lost to enemy action, resulting in 179 fatalities. Tomich says that of the squadron’s original 48 planes, only about seven survived the war. Tomich recalls several close calls for Paddlefoot, the nickname of his Liberator. On the daylight run to Berlin, “We made it to the outskirts of Berlin but were hit so bad we had to turn around and come back by ourselves on two engines. We sort of lucked out. One of the reasons we did that was our pilot was smart enough to keep the rest of the crew vigilant. We kept watching the flashes of the guns below, and we’d tell him when we saw them. Then he’d move the plane. They finally got together after Tomich read the story about Fast last month in More San Pedro. Fast, a photographer with the 458th Bombardment Group, was overwhelmed by the response he received when he mentioned that he was looking for a home for his vast collection of wartime photos. “That article really stirred things up,” Fast said. “I heard from more people than in the 60 previous years. I’ve had articles in the \ before, but no response like this.” Among the nearly dozen phone calls Fast received was one from Tomich, who took a particular interest in the story because he, too, had been based at Horsham air field as a right waist gunner with the 458th, part of the storied 8th Air Force. “I’d not say that was the closest call. Some of the closest calls were midair collisions. That took a lot of planes out of the air. The area we were flying out of was an area the size of the Peninsula, the whole hill. There were something like 800 bombers in that area, at different air fields. They’d get up in the air at the same time before daybreak. We’d mill around looking for our own group. “The thing that sort of amazes me is when you go out to the airports today and watch those 747s, they get up to 30,000 feet in a few minutes. We had to corkscrew our way up we were so heavy-laden with bombs and fuel. We didn’t have the power. We had a lot of close calls.” He remembers when the Paddlefoot, returning with some 30 holes in it from fighter attacks, made a crash landing. Fearing it would explode, Tomich jumped out of the moving plane 150 yards before it stopped off the runway. His parachute opened, and he sheepishly rejoined his crew as they exited the plane, exclaiming, “The hell with that plane.” Paddlefoot gunners were credited with shooting down three enemy fighters, but Tomich doesn’t claim any of them personally. “I wouldn’t want to admit to it – I wouldn’t sleep well if I did.” After the war, Tomich became a general contractor. He met Marian Katnic, from a San Pedro fishing family, and they’re going on 55 years of marriage. Looking over Fast’s photos brought back a lot of memories for Tomich, who recognized several of the planes. One in particular was Wabbit Twacks, which had Bugs Bunny nose art. “That was the plane that had the crew that lived beneath us in Norwich,” Tomich said. Wabbit Twacks was shot down over Brunswick in April 1944. “That was the end of 10 men,” Tomich said. “They were personal friends of mine.” Well, it may be 63 years late, but I have some good news for Tomich. It turns out the crew of Wabbit Twacks all bailed out and survived the war as POWs. If, like Tomich and Fast, their luck held, they too lived to be old men swapping wars stories around photos of fresh-faced youths. Steve Marconi, a lifetime resident of San Pedro, is a freelance journalist. He can be reached at [email protected] 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 considers ending tax credits to raise money

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWhile those tax credits, as well as others on the list, undoubtedly affect rich people and corporations, eliminating them would disproportionately affect lower- and middle-class Californians who struggle to pay a mortgage and live on a fixed income. And it could do far more damage than a new tax. But closing “loopholes” is much more politically palatable than a tax increase – even if the net result is the same. Once again government is looking in all the wrong places to solve the problems that have resulted in freewheeling spending. The cost of living has increased, and that means people have to be more prudent in their spending. But though the cost of running government has grown faster than the revenue stream, officials never think about cutting back the size of government, just asking the public for more. Democratic lawmakers say they will consider the recommendations, but they and the governor ought to resist the loophole lie and not try to pull it over on the populace. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALIFORNIA Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill is suggesting that the state close up some tax “loopholes” to help Sacramento cope with its looming $14 billion deficit. For most people who think “cheating” when they hear “loophole,” that probably sounds like a reasonable plan. Loopholes are typically what rich people, who want to hide their wealth, use to trick the government from getting its hands on it. But Hill’s got a funny idea of what constitutes a “loophole.” She has proposed ending 11 tax credits that bring in more than $1 billion each, saying they mostly affect the rich and corporations. That blanket pronouncement is misleading. Some of the so-called “loopholes” are what middle- and lower-income people think of as “tax credits.” And getting rid of these credits could seriously crimp their family finances. On Hill’s list are the deductions for mortgage interest and charitable items, and exclusions for capital gains and Social Security. last_img read more

Tiger’s attack caused bedlam

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe attacks killed 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. and seriously hurt two of his friends. Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, were released from the hospital Saturday, according to a San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman. The pair had been under care at the hospital with severe bite and claw wounds since the attacks. About 100 people gathered outside the home of Souza Jr.’s grandmother on Saturday evening in San Jose for a vigil. Many held candles in cups and were silent as Souza’s father stood on the doorstep in front of two enlarged photos of him and his son together. Many of the dour-faced teenagers hugged each other while more than a dozen reporters looked on and news vans pulled up near the house. Many held photographs of Souza Jr. “I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for coming here and honoring my son Carlos. My son Carlos was a very good boy,” said Souza Sr., choking back tears. “I can see that he had a lot of friends here. I want you all to remember the good things that he did and carry this with you in your hearts for as long as you can.” Police said Sousa Jr.’s neck was slashed while trying to scare the tiger away after it attacked Kulbir Dhaliwal. Sousa died at the scene. SAN FRANCISCO – Police radio transcripts from the night of a deadly tiger attack revealed a chaotic scene at the San Francisco Zoo as zookeepers struggled to sedate the animal and medics refused to enter until they knew they would be safe. Zoo employees also initially questioned whether early reports of the Dec. 25 attack were coming from a mentally unstable person, according to an 18-page log of communications from police dispatchers to officers and emergency responders at the scene. Police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens declined to comment beyond the transcript released late Friday. Authorities have never indicated their response was hindered by any delays, and Police Chief Heather Fong has praised officers for their quick action and collaborative work with the zoo staff. Zoo officials on Saturday did not immediately return messages seeking comment. The first report of an attack – a male bleeding from the head – came in at 5:08 p.m. According to the logs, zoo personnel initially told police that two men reporting the escaped tiger might be mentally disturbed and “making something up,” though one was bleeding from the back of the head. But by 5:10 p.m., zoo employees reported that a tiger was loose. By 5:13 p.m., the zoo was being evacuated and locked down as fire department responders arrived at a zoo entrance. No one was allowed to go inside the zoo. For several minutes, the medics refused to enter the zoo until it had been secured. Meanwhile, zookeepers were trying to round up what they initially believed to be multiple tigers on the loose and hit them with tranquilizers. “Zoo personnel have the tiger in sight and are dealing with it,” reads a 5:17 p.m. note on the transcript. The transcript does not indicate when police or emergency responders entered, but by 5:20p.m. medics had located one victim with a large puncture hole to his neck. The tiger was still loose. As medics attended to the victim, an officer spotted the tiger sitting down before it fled and began attacking another victim, according to the logs. At 5:27 p.m., less than 20 minutes after the initial reports were made, the officers began firing, killing the 350-pound Siberian tiger. It was unclear whether letting police and medics into the zoo sooner would have altered the outcome of the attacks or subjected emergency responders to greater danger with a tiger on the loose. Police said Friday that they had completed their investigation on zoo grounds and that investigators “found absolutely no evidence of an intentional release.” It has become increasingly clear that the tiger climbed over the wall of its enclosure, which at just under 12 high was about 4feet below the recommended minimum for U.S. zoos. Zoo officials said the zoo, which has been closed since the attacks, would reopen Jan. 3. The zoo could face heavy fines from regulators and lose its license. It also could be hit with a huge lawsuit by the victims or their families. Meanwhile, at the Oakland Zoo, officials have said they plan to raise the height of the walls surrounding their tiger enclosure to avoid any escapes like the one in San Francisco. The current walls range from 13 to 16 feet. 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

17 face fraud charges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Downey woman, her boyfriend and 15 family members and friends have been charged with a total of 94 felony counts for allegedly joining in an auto insurance scheme that netted $100,000, officials said. Sheryl Bobbitt, 34, of Downey, a former claims adjuster for Western United Insurance Co., and Stanley Walker, 43, of Inglewood are accused of soliciting the others to submit claims as passengers in vehicles legitimately involved in accidents, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Bobbitt would receive paperwork for the accidents on behalf of insurance clients, who did not know any of the people who later claimed they were involved in the accidents as passengers, Schroeder said. Bobbitt and Walker, the alleged masterminds of the scheme, were each charged with 47 counts of insurance fraud and 47 counts of grand theft, Schroeder said. If convicted of all 94 charges, they face up to 82 years in prison and fines of more than $200,000. Bobbitt made an initial court appearance Wednesday, along with Courtney Smith, 20, Mark Smith, 44, Verna Henderson, 46, Ricardo Lara, 23, and Deici Alvarado, 24, all of Inglewood. Also appearing in court were Rachel Smith, 28, and Barbara Okonkwo, 59, both of Los Angeles; Diane Taylor, 48, of Cerritos; Rosemary Lopez, 36, of La Habra; and Jennifer Yearwood, 39, of Compton. The others were charged with between two and eight counts of insurance fraud and grand theft, Schroeder said. Rhonda Jones, 38, of Carson, Eric Bell, 36, of Moreno Valley and Douglas Madison, 63, of Playa del Rey are scheduled to be arraigned today, while Susan Gordon, 48, of Hawthorne is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 30, Schroeder said. The friends and family members allegedly received between $200 and $800 for cashing checks issued by Bobbitt, who gave the remainder of the 47 fraudulent settlement checks to Walker, who would share the money with Bobbitt, Schroeder said. Fraud raises costs for consumers, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said. “The more fraud by the bad guys means higher premiums for the good guys,” Rackauckas said. “These crooked types of `Friends and family’ plans raise the cost of insurance and hurt people’s pocketbooks.” – From staff and wire reportslast_img