Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal refuses to comment on Neymar rumours

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has refused to comment on speculation the club are in about a bid for Barcelona star Neymar.Rumours surfaced on Friday night about the Red Devils’ interest in the player and after a 0-0 draw, where they lacked firepower, the Dutchman was questioned about his interest in the play.Van Gaal though was adamant he would not talk about any transfer talk.“I don’t enter into this discussion,” he said.“You can ask about all the players in the world and you are doing it in every press conference and in everyone I have to say the same.“I have to protect the interest of Manchester United. I have to protect the players in my selection. I have to protect the people in my organisation and you can say anything, you can mention any player but I can’t answer these questions.“I know your problem because the media wants to know but I cannot say anything.”And then when asked if he would be looking at signing any forwards at all, he replied: “No, because three times we were the better team.”last_img read more

West Ham waiting for news on Diafra Sakho injury

first_img West Ham striker Diafra Sakho West Ham are waiting to hear the extent of the injury suffered by Diafra Sakho against West Brom on Sunday.Sakho limped off with a thigh problem after stretching to shoot into the side-netting during the second half of the 1-1 draw at Upton Park.It’s another blow to the Hammers’ attacking options, after playmaker Dimitri Payet and winger Enner Valencia were hurt against Everton earlier this month.Senegal forward Sakho is now set to see a specialist to determine how long he will be on the sidelines, with manager Slaven Bilic admitting it “doesn’t look good”.“You can see injuries in every club and to be fair the number who are missing is not a lot, but the ones missing are key players who play in the same position,” added the boss.“Valencia, Payet, and now Sakho. It is very hard to replace them.” 1last_img read more

CIA nothing compared to raising twins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre I just loved reading this because that is exactly how I felt after my daughters were born. I have moved to foreign countries without speaking a word of the language and walked dark alleys in scary places to cover stories. But I never had the feeling that I was truly in over my head – until I had twins. Commenting on Plame’s book, one mom writes: “Before I had kids, I thought childbirth and nursing could be compared to basic training – you know, like `war lite.’ After I went through childbirth and the first three months, I came to the conclusion that child birth is the female equivalent of real war.” Sleeping it off A new study by the University of Michigan finds that every additional hour a third-grader spends sleeping each night reduces by 40percent the child’s chances of being obese by sixth grade. About 12percent of third-graders who slept 10 to 12 hours a night were obese by sixth grade, compared with 22percent among those who slept less than nine hours. How much the child weighed in third grade had no effect on the outcome. You would think that motherhood would be a piece of cake compared with working as a spy for the CIA. But as outed operative Valerie Plame Wilson reveals in her new book, giving birth to twins was what brought on the real panic attacks. Plame is the covert agent whose identity was revealed in a Washington Post op-ed piece after her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, publicly challenged the Bush administration’s justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “Fair Game; My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House,” recounts the ordeal, but it also includes a chapter on the depression Plame suffered following the births of Trevor and Samantha. “With the birth of my twins in 2000, I experienced serious postpartum depression and initially had absolutely no idea what was happening,” she writes. “I think it’s fair to say that up to that point in my life, I had demonstrated a high degree of coping abilities under significant stress and had always come through just fine.” In the study, published in the November issue of Pediatrics, Dr. Julie Lumeng noted a connection between sleep disruption and the hormones that regulate fat storage, appetite and metabolism. Plus, kids who are better rested are likely have more energy to exercise instead of being couch potatoes. And tired, cranky kids also might use food to make themselves feel better. There, now you’ve got several more reasons to get the kids to bed early. Shopping smart With Halloween over and holiday-shopping season upon us, it’s a good time to take stock of the latest toy recalls. Having already recalled more than 21million China-made toys, Mattel this week pulled 172,000 Fisher-Price kitchen sets made in Mexico. What are parents going to do about playing Santa this holiday season? I know my shopping habits have changed dramatically since last year. Instead of heaping my shopping cart with what I can find on sale at discount stores, I’ve been spending a little more for nicer stuff on Web sites such as I would love to know what other parents are doing this year. Go to momspace/ and shoot me an e-mail. Got milk? Some nursing mothers are as attached to the breast milk they produce as they are to their own babies. This week, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, mother placed an ad in The Gazette offering 100ounces of her breast milk for $200 – or best offer. She claims she’s making too much for her 4-month-old to consume, and hubby is threatening to throw out the frozen supplies. I jumped on Craigslist to see if there’s an overabundance of breast milk here in L.A. Sure enough, Amber in the San Fernando Valley is offering to donate it for the exact same reason as the Iowa mom: Her husband wants to dump the frozen liquid gold because it’s taking up too much space in the freezer. Well, it turns out there are breast milk banks that will take the milk off mothers’ hands and usually sell it to hospitals for sick babies. See local resources. I want to hear from you about whatever is going on in your life as a mom. Check out www.insidesocal/com/momspace, then e-mail [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

Fuel efficiency put on fast track

first_imgWASHINGTON – The groundbreaking deal in Congress to raise mile-per-gallon standards will compel the auto industry to churn out more fuel-efficient vehicles on a faster timeline than the companies wanted, though with flexibility to get the job done. The auto industry’s fleet of new cars, sport-utility vehicles, pickup trucks and vans will have to average 35 mpg by 2020, according to the agreement that congressional negotiators announced late Friday. That compares with the 2008 requirement of 27.5 mpg average for cars and 22.5 mpg for light trucks. It would be the first increase ordered by Congress in three decades. Majority Democrats plan to include the requirement in broader energy legislation to be debated in the context of $90-per-barrel oil, $3-plus pump prices and growing concerns about climate change. The House plans to begin debate this week. “It is a major milestone and the first concrete legislation to address global warming,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhile Senate Democrats were quick to embrace the compromise, the energy bill may face problems over requirements for nonpublic electric utilities to produce 15 percent of their power from renewable energy sources such as wind or power. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Saturday said that idea “will make this bill untenable for many in the Senate.” Environmentalists have sought stricter mileage standards for years, saying that is the most effective way to curb greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. The energy bill will help accelerate plans by automakers to bring more fuel-efficient technologies to conventional engines and alternatives such as gas-electric hybrids and vehicles running on ethanol blends. For the first time, for example, manufacturers will receive credits for building vehicles running on biodiesel fuel. Domestic automakers and Toyota Motor Corp. vehemently opposed a Senate bill passed in June that contained the same mileage requirements and timeline. They warned the measure would limit the choice of vehicles, threaten jobs and drive up costs. The companies backed an alternative of 32 mpg to 35 mpg by 2022. At the time, Chrysler LLC executive Tom LaSorda told employees the Senate bill would “add up to a staggering $6,700 – almost a 40 percent increase – to the cost of every Chrysler vehicle.” But the compromise worked out by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Senate leaders maintains a significant boost in mileage standards while giving the industry more flexibility and certainty as they plan new vehicles. The proposal would continue separate standards for cars and trucks, extend credits for producing vehicles that run on ethanol blends, and allow automakers to receive separate credits for exceeding the standards and then apply those credits to other model years. Michigan lawmakers secured an extension of the current 1.2 mpg credit for the production of each “flexible fuel” vehicle, capable of running on ethanol blends of 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol. Without the extension, the credits may have run out by 2010, but under the deal, they will be phased out by 2020. The United Auto Workers union also won a provision intended to prevent companies from shifting production of less profitable small cars to overseas plants. At stake are an estimated 17,000 jobs. The House’s energy bill, approved in August, did not include mileage standards, and lawmakers had worked since then to include them. Rick Wagoner, General Motors Corp.’s chairman and chief executive, said the new rules would “pose a significant technical and economic challenge to the industry.” He said GM would tackle the changes “with an array of engineering, research and development resources.” GM, Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. have announced plans to double their flex-fuel vehicle production by 2010. Toyota has said it will bring the option to the Tundra pickup. Among hybrids, Toyota has dominated the market with the Prius, but several automakers are beginning to bring the technology to large SUVs and pickups. Environmental groups estimate the deal would save the country 1.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2020 while helping motorists save at the pump. “Cars are going to be more attractive to consumers because they won’t cost as much to own and operate,” said David Doniger, director of the climate center for the Natural Resources Defense Council.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

Antonio Conte wants this midfielder as his first signing as Chelsea manager

first_imgAntonio Conte wants to make Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan his first signing when he takes over at Chelsea, claim reports in Italy.Conte is expected to be announced as the new Chelsea boss before the end of the season and is in line to take over at Stamford Bridge when his contract with Italian national team expires after Euro 2016.The 46-year-old is known to be a big admirer of the Nainggolan, having watched him regularly in Serie A, and is keen for him to link up with compatriot Eden Hazard at Chelsea.According to Sky Italia, Chelsea have already made contact with Roma about Nainggolan’s availability this summer but may face competition from Juventus.Chelsea remain confident of landing the 27-year-old but Juventus will be prepared to enter a bidding war with the Blues should Paul Pogba depart in the summer. 1 Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan last_img read more

Residents can dump unwanted e-waste

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In with the new, out with the old.After getting new gadgets for Christmas, residents might be looking for a place to dump the old ones.Enter the Los Angeles County of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County’s Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup Program.Next month, residents can dispose of old VCRs, stereos, fax machines, computer keyboards and monitors, cell phone and other electronic equipment, along with paint, paint remover, used motor oil and other hazardous products, officials announced.The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Rio Hondo College Fire Training Academy, 11400 Greenstone Ave., Santa Fe Springs.“Electronic waste is a growing problem,” county Supervisor Gloria Molina said in a statement. “The roundup offers county residents a convenient way to discard common household products that are hazardous to people and pets.”Although a roundup is held every Saturday somewhere in the county, the one coming up in February will be the first of the year for residents in Santa Springs and surrounding neighborhoods, said Julie Watt of BBPR Inc., a public relations firm hired to get the word out about the program.Since the first roundup in 1988, more than 700,000 households have participated in the program. Residents have dropped off more than 3.6 million gallons of old paint, 870,000 gallons of used motor oil, 147 tons of old batteries, 60 tons of used oil filters and thousands of pounds of miscellaneous household waste.“The improper disposal of household hazardous waste and e-waste poses a public health threat,” Santa Fe Springs Mayor Louie Gonzales said.last_img read more

A’s Washington in a real clean-up role

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – Ron Washington left the Oakland Athletics for the offseason anxious to return to his flood-ravaged New Orleans home and survey the damage with his own eyes. Even he wasn’t prepared for what he saw: mold everywhere, ruined furniture and belongings, all evidence from the 7 feet of water that invaded his house during Hurricane Katrina nearly five months ago. “There’s lots of work to do, but I’m hanging in there,” the A’s third-base coach said in a recent phone interview. “It’s not easy to describe, but it was nasty. I lost everything. Everything that was in that house is gone. We’re still going through that process. Water can do some serious damage.” For now, Washington, his wife and his mother-in-law are living in a modest apartment in the suburbs, about 15 minutes outside the Big Easy. “There’s not a big market out here for housing,” Washington said. “You don’t find what you need, but you find what you can handle and be comfortable in.” Washington and other family members spend most days working to gut the house and rebuild it from scratch. The brick frame of the home is about all that can be salvaged. He makes daily trips to the store to search for everything from new hot water heaters, washer and dryers to refrigerators and electrical and plumbing supplies. Washington, who interviewed for several managerial openings after the season ended, figures it will take until just before the start of spring training in 2007 for his house to be done and fully livable again. Next month, Washington will report to Oakland’s spring training complex in Phoenix for the beginning of workouts, to begin grooming another wave of young A’s infielders just as he has in past years with Miguel Tejada, Bobby Crosby, Mark Ellis and Eric Chavez. He considers himself a teacher, and Washington is regularly at the ballpark early during the season doing fielding drills with boys aspiring to reach the big leagues one day. This winter, he has channeled all that energy into rebuilding. “From that point on, we’ve been trying to get comfortable and get our house together,” he said. “We’ve been gutting, and took everything out of the house and took the walls down to the studs. We pulled up all the carpet and flooring. The house is totally stripped.” After Katrina hit in late August, Washington’s wife, Gerry, and 25 other family members got out and landed safely in an Alabama shelter. They then moved into three temporary houses together, where they tried to establish some semblance of normalcy amid the chaos in the Gulf Coast. Washington briefly left the A’s and spent three days in Alabama to get his family settled and learn more about the damage. For a while, he was the only one bringing in a steady paycheck to support the entire family. The A’s organization and its players reached out to him with financial assistance, a gesture he greatly appreciated. In addition, New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi, a former member of the A’s who worked with Washington in the Oakland farm system, gave $20,000 to Washington to help his family recover. Washington cried when Giambi gave him the money. From the beginning, Washington vowed to return to New Orleans and rebuild – and help clean up his city if possible, too. Washington is also working on the home where his mother-in-law lives, which he also owns. “By the end of 2006 and before I leave again, I should finally get it up to par,” Washington said. “Even after you get it all cleaned up, you have to find stuff to replace. I was hoping it wasn’t very bad, but I got shocked once I got home. Everyone was in the same boat. Those who don’t want to start over in New Orleans lost everything and have nothing to come back to.” For him, that was never an option. New Orleans has always been his home, and that won’t change. “I love my house. I love the area I’m in,” he said. “A lot of my neighbors are doing the same thing. I’m going to go for it and see what happens.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anitalast_img read more

Third U.S. chopper goes down in 10 days in Iraq

first_img The other group that claimed in an Internet posting that it shot down the helicopter was the Salahudin al-Ayoubi Brigade. Both groups have carried out previous attacks. The number of fatal U.S. military helicopter crashes in Iraq has spiked in recent weeks, fitting a wartime pattern of more frequent accidental and combat crashes during winter months. An OH-58 Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopter crashed near the northern city of Mosul on Friday, killing two pilots. On Jan. 7, a Black Hawk with 12 aboard crashed in bad weather near the northern city of Tal Afar. All eight soldiers and four civilians aboard were killed. The causes of those crashes have yet to be announced. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Rashid Khalifa, 27, who has a food and drink stand in the area, said he saw the attack. “I saw the smoke trail left by the missile,” he said. “I heard a hissing sound, looked around and saw the helicopter losing control before crashing down.” The U.S. command questioned the credibility of a video purportedly showing an attack on a helicopter that was posted on the Internet by one of the militant groups, the Mujahedeen Army. The wobbly video showed a militant firing a shoulder-launched missile toward what appeared to be a helicopter in the distance. The aircraft in the video was hit, burst into flames and crashed to the ground. “A review of the footage on television of a missile being fired does not appear to show this incident today, which remains under investigation,” said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. spokesman. “This appears to be another case of terrorists attempting to manipulate a tragic incident in the international media and getting the most news value out of it by using footage of something else to gain greater attention,” he added. BAGHDAD, Iraq – A U.S. military helicopter crashed north of the Iraqi capital Monday – the third American chopper to go down in 10 days – killing the two crew members. A resident said he saw the smoke trail of a missile before the aircraft plunged to the ground. The military said the AH-64 Apache was conducting a combat air patrol when it went down in an area “known for terrorist activity.” Officials said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash, and the names of the dead soldiers were not released. Apaches hold only a pilot and a co-pilot. Video footage shot by AP Television News in Mishahda, north of Baghdad, showed smoke billowing from what was reported to be the crash site. Helicopters circled nearby. Two militant groups claimed they shot down the helicopter. Neither claim could be verified. last_img read more

Local relief as Glencolmcille Post Office to remain open

first_imgBUSINESS: Locals in Glencolumbkille have expressed relief after An Post officials confirmed that the Post Office will remain open. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher moved to allays fears regarding the future of Glencolumbkille Post Office and the prospect of its closure.He told Donegal Daily, “Having been contacted by numerous residents from the Glencolumbkille area regarding the future of their local Post Office. “I have been in direct contact with An Post officials, who in turn have given me a guarantee that the post office in Glencolumbkille will remain open.”An Post have confirmed that they are currently seeking a new Postmaster/ Postmistress to operate the Glencolumbkille post office and that they are currently publically recruiting for same.When the new appointment is made, the Post Office in Glencolumbkille will operate with the full support of An Post and it’s future will be secure.Any service disruptions or temporary closure during the appointment of the new postmaster/postmistress will be kept to a minimum to avoid any inconvenience to An Post customers in the Glencolmbkille area. Pat the Cope concluded by saying, “It is essential that An Post commit fully to areas such as Glencolumbkille, as the local post office is an integral and important part of any rural community’s life.”He added that he hoped there would be no delay in filling the vacancy at the Post office in Glencolumbkille. Local relief as Glencolmcille Post Office to remain open was last modified: July 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessGlencolumbkillenewsPoliticspost officelast_img read more

Passage of Doherty’s Bill scraps six year time limit for financial complaints

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the passing of his Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Bill 2014. The Bill ends the blanket six year rule preventing consumers from making a complaint against financial institutions if six years have elapsed.Thousands of people will now be free to re-apply to the Financial Services Ombudsman to have their case heard if they suspect any wrongdoing on the part of financial institutions. Deputy Doherty said: “I am delighted this Bill has now passed. It is the first opposition Bill to pass this Dáil that was initiated by a member of the opposition.“Thousands of people each year who are prevented from pursuing allegations of wrongdoing against financial institutions will now be allowed access to justice through the Financial Services Ombudsman.“Figures from the Ombudsman’s office show up to a thousand people every year are barred from the process because of the 6 year rule. We know that thousands more have not applied because they had been advised that the 6 year rule would apply.“This rule only operated to the benefit of the banks and other financial institutions who were shielded from investigation by it if the complaint related to something that happened more than 6 years ago.“My legislation will now redress that imbalance with consumers empowered to make a complaint within three years of becoming aware of possible wrongdoing. “Critically, thousands of people previously refused access to the process will now be allowed resubmit their complaint because the legislation is retrospective in nature. As soon as the Bill is signed into law those thousands of people can re-apply.“This will come as very welcome news and a massive relief to the many consumers who have contacted me looking for an opportunity to have their complaint heard.“I wish to particularly commend the work of the Free Legal Advice Centre and their Senior Policy Analyst Paul Joyce whose work in drafting the report – “Redressing the Imbalance” forms the basis of this new law.“This Bill brings new hope to thousands who feel aggrieved by the actions of banks, insurers and other financial institutions. I urge those people previously refused access because of the 6 year rule to re-apply and the countless others who didn’t apply because of their awareness of the to re-submit their case.“I will be monitoring the resources available to the Ombudsman and will push for further resourcing if necessary to deal with these new cases.” Glad to be reappointed as Finance spokesperson and now also appointed spokesperson on public expenditure and reform.— Pearse Doherty (@PearseDoherty) July 14, 2017Passage of Doherty’s Bill scraps six year time limit for financial complaints was last modified: July 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:central bank and financial services authority of ireland amendment bill 2014Financefinancial services ombudsmanPearse Dohertylast_img read more