‘This could end miserably!’ – Arsenal fans lament as key duo miss Liverpool game

first_img Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny What a terrible time to lose your first choice centre-back partnership.Both Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker were ruled out of Arsenal’s game with Liverpool through injury and illness respectively.The news meant Calum Chambers and Gabriel came in for the beleaguered duo – the first time neither the Frenchman or German have featured since a 2-1 home defeat to Wigan in April 2012.Can Liverpool exploit a lack of experience at the heart of the Gunners’ defence?The Arsenal fans certainly think so, with many voicing some trepidation about the game… 1last_img read more

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Tottenham transfer rumours – Spurs to miss out on Bayern Munich starlet

first_imgTottenham target Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is set for a move to Bayer Leverkusen.Spurs were linked with a loan swoop for the Bayern Munich midfielder, who became the German side’s youngest ever Bundesliga player aged just 17 in 2012.Hojbjerg spent the second half of last season on loan at Augsburg and Bayern are keen for him to test himself on loan at a high level, with a move to the Premier League thought to be an option.But Bild are reporting that Leverkusen are likely to win the race for his signature on a season-long loan deal, with the offer of Champions League football tempting both Bayern and Hojbjerg as they look to continue his development.And that means Spurs will have to look elsewhere if they want to beef up their midfield before the transfer window shuts. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 1last_img read more

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Man United are pragmatic, not boring under Louis Van Gaal – opinion

first_img3 Louis van Gaal 3 Teams not winning in the ‘correct’ way is not an uncommon thing in football.‘One-nil to the Arsenal’ was sang around Highbury during the George Graham era of the 1990s, while Jose Mourinho didn’t earn rave reviews for his brand of football when he won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.And now the same thing is being said of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.Fans and ex-players alike are calling for the Dutchman’s head, saying he has killed the club’s tradition of attacking, free-flowing football established under Sir Alex Ferguson.But the same fans need to adapt to Van Gaal’s style themselves by being a little more pragmatic and realising the days of ‘if you score four then we’ll score five’ are over. 3 This United side is about not losing and is built around a defence which has conceded nine goals in 13 games, a league best and two fewer than any other team, with more than 10 hours played without conceding a goal.And it is a tactic that could see them finish the weekend on top of the Premier League mountain with over a third of the season’s fixtures played. They are also only one win away from topping their Champions League group. So what are Van Gaal’s critics moaning about?As it stands there are 18 other sets of Premier League fans who wished their club were in the Red Devils’ position. Two years ago, when David Moyes was at the helm, to be challenging for the title again was unthinkable.Van Gaal is rebuilding and reshaping the poor squad he inherited and is starting from the back, first ensuring United do not lose before he focuses on rejuvenating the attack.It is exactly what Ferguson did, ensuring he had a strong base at the back so he could afford to take chances and build at the front.It is very difficult to be perfect in both attack and defence, and Van Gaal has chosen the more rational option and consequently sacrificed the traditional ‘Manchester United way’. Ferguson spoilt United fans and gave them a sense of entitlement by coupling playing exciting football and winning trophies. But his feat is rare.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has always been praised for the aesthetically pleasing way his side plays – but how many trophies has this philosophy returned in the last ten years?Mourinho, despite winning trophies wherever he managed, was criticised for his negative mentality. In fact, Real Madrid sacked him for it.Manchester United fans should embrace what Van Gaal has done. He has stabilised the club in its most uncertain period for 28 years. He has taken them back to the Champions League and put them firmly in this season’s title race.It is an arrogance to think United must win in a particular and idealistic way. It is pragmatic, though, to think United must win in any way they can, even if it is dull and that is what Van Gaal is doing.last_img read more

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Confirmed Man City team to start League Cup final

first_img 11 11 11 11 11 25. Fernandinho 11 10. Sergio Aguero 6. Fernando 4. Vincent Kompany 42. Yaya Toure 11 11 30. Nicolas Otamendi 11 22. Gael Clichy 11 13. Willy Caballero 7. Raheem Sterling 11 21. David Silva 3. Bacary Sagna – click the arrow above, right, to see the confirmed Liverpool line up against Man City Stream Liverpool v Manchester City live on talkSPORT this Sunday, February 28 2016.City are aiming for their second League Cup in three seasons as Manuel Pellegrini prepares to wave farewell to the Etihad Stadium this summer.Take a look at City’s confirmed line up, above.last_img read more

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Job market inspires environmental interest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe event brought together about 100 students, teachers, board members and experts in environment-related fields to revamp Rio Hondo’s courses to cater to job openings today, bringing what Castaneda-Calleros called an outdated program up to speed. The college chose to host the event to draw in community members rather than a simple focus group because of the fast pace of change in environmentally based professions. “The number of people retiring in these fields is growing, and the number of people replacing them is diminishing,” Rio Hondo College board President Maria Elena Martinez said. The event was sponsored by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, the Central Basin Municipal Water District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. “ABC Eyewitness News” weatherman Danny Romero, a Rio Hondo alumnus, was master of ceremonies. Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and Rio Hondo College President Ted Martinez Jr. each delivered an address to the symposium. But most development for the new environmental science program at Rio Hondo occurred in five break-out sessions, where participants chose between five categories, including waste management and environmental health and safety. These programs were led by students and professors and included experts in each field. Castaneda-Calleros said each session included a note taker who will write a “white paper” describing the discussion from that group, to be included in a pamphlet that will be handed out to participants by February. The sessions focused not only on professional jobs where students would go on to a four-year university, but on vocational training as well. Groups discussed how training for mechanics must change for hybrid cars and how other careers will change because of environmental consciousness. Rich Brito, a first-semester student and an energy company specialist, said he is returning to school to finish a four-year degree in environmental science. Brito, 43, said the symposium could boost programs and awareness around the Los Angeles area. “There’s a lack of environmental programs throughout the junior colleges in Southern California,” Brito said. Ted Martinez said the program was a way to hear from employers about how to better prepare students for the work force. Martinez also said students would be listened to, through papers published on symposium discussions and in other ways as curriculum is reformed to concentrate on preparing students for developing industries. “Right now, they’re here, they’re listening to a discussion,” Martinez said of students. “Their awareness is increasing. We will look for ways to seek input from them as well.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Green-thinking professionals and students from a local college are looking toward the future in environmentally focused jobs. The Rio Hondo College Symposium, “Education Pathways to Green Jobs,” took place at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort in Industry on Friday morning. The symposium, the product of more than a year of planning, aimed to improve the junior college’s program for environmental education. “This is to help us identify what types of skills and training are needed for green-collar jobs,” said Russell Castaneda-Calleros, director of community relations for the college. last_img read more

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2 board choices for Hawthorne

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.We don’t have a strong opinion about who should fill the second board seat. Monteiro has a record of working to help needy families and creating health centers at school sites. Krank, who has served as a chess and basketball coach within the district, sees himself as a communicator with the diplomatic skills needed to work constructively with parents. He also advocates strengthening adult literacy as a way to help students. As a doctor, businessman and parent, Krank may bring some valuable perspectives to the board. On Election Day, we recommend that Hawthorne voters choose Cristina Chiappe and Eugene Krank. With only one incumbent in the Nov. 6 Hawthorne school board election, voters have a chance to elect a board that may rise above the personal disputes of the past and get down to business. The candidates running for two board seats are Cristina Chiappe, who is seeking her third term; Eugene Krank, a businessman and physician with three children attending district schools; Alexandre Monteiro, a counselor and executive director of Moneta Gardens Improvement Inc., a nonprofit group that deals with health and human service needs; and parent Albert Sanchez. We feel voters should re-elect Chiappe, an adult school teacher who has the backing of the local teachers union. She authored the board’s “code of conduct” policy, which provides trustees with guidance on acceptable conduct during public meetings. Chiappe’s priorities include continuing the steady rise in standardized test scores, maintaining efforts to keep class sizes low and confronting the problem of soaring employee health-care costs in the district. last_img read more

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No slow gear for young tech tycoons

first_img“Otherwise,” he asked rhetorically, “what have I learned?” During his PayPal days, Levchin was so committed to seeing the company succeed that he often sacked out at the office in a sleeping bag he kept under his desk. Considering that he described his apartment during some of this time as “scary,” that had a certain logic. Cardboard boxes served as his living room furniture; a discarded computer desk was his dining room table. These days, despite the phenomenal success of PayPal, which gave him the bulk of a fortune worth around $100 million, Levchin continues to work an average of 15 to 18 hours a day. “We occasionally go out to eat, he sleeps a few hours, he works out,” Minkova said. “But other than that, Max works.” Minkova half-joked that she might appreciate her occasional evenings out with Levchin more, if only he were not on his BlackBerry, answering e-mail messages and checking his Web site. One friend, Dennis Fong, who sold a company to MTV Networks last year for $102 million (and is already at work on a new startup), talks about the “weird growling sound” that Levchin tends to make when someone even mentions the name of his chief rival, RockYou. And so committed is Levchin to seeing Slide.com succeed that he keeps a blood-pressure monitor on his desk. “I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t start companies,” he said. “I’d probably think about slitting my wrists.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Levchin, who is now 32, is typical of a new generation of junior titans in Silicon Valley who might be called the prematurely rich – techies worth tens of millions of dollars, sometimes more, at an age when many others are just starting to figure out what to do with their lives. The Internet, a low-overhead medium with a global reach, has greatly accelerated the wealth creation phenomenon, producing a larger breed of multimillionaires even younger and richer than in the past. They are happy to be wealthy, of course, but many of these baby-faced technology tycoons often seem indifferent to the buying power of their money, at least at this stage of their lives. Instead, nearly all of them have chosen to throw themselves back into a startup, not so much because they want a spectacular new home or a personal jet – though many of them do – but because they are in a competition with themselves and one another. “For most of us, doing it again means surpassing what we’ve done previously,” said Peter A. Thiel, Levchin’s partner at PayPal, who also has started a new business, a hedge fund called Clarium Capital. “And that can be a really high bar.” Even among this jittery group of overachievers, Levchin stands out. In part that is because outdoing PayPal may be an all-but-impossible goal. Levchin acknowledges that he has already earned more money than he could ever spend. But he said he would not consider Slide.com, the photo and video sharing site he founded in 2005 that is still in its startup phase, a success unless it is ultimately worth, in real dollars, “at least $1.54 billion” – the price eBay paid for PayPal. SAN FRANCISCO – Max Levchin is not easily distracted from his work. A few years ago, Levchin, one of the young princes of Silicon Valley, bought his first home, a 12-room Edwardian high atop a hill here, for $3.4 million. But Levchin, who made a fortune at age 27 selling PayPal, the online payment service he helped start in 1998, never moved in. He sold it two years later without having slept there for even one night. Since then, Levchin has moved into his second home, a more expensive one found for him by Nellie Minkova, his girlfriend of eight years who has become his fiancee. But so consumed is he by work on his second company, an Internet startup focused on sharing photos and videos, that the cartons that contain what Levchin described as “85 percent of my worldly possessions” are still stacked in his living room, five months after moving day. last_img read more

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NAACP to sit out march against hate crimes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Rev. Audie Murphy, NAACP branch president for Logan and Boone counties, said his group will continue supporting Williams, “but not within this march.” “The NAACP is not against hate crimes being charged; we’re just saying we respect the decision of the prosecutor to later on have the freedom to do so. We do believe that some of what the perpetrators (had) against Megan, it was hate crime, but we want them to be prosecuted under the laws.” Malik Shabazz, co-founder of Black Lawyers for Justice and legal adviser to the Williams family, said the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been slow to respond to the black community and Williams’ needs. “I make a last-ditch appeal to (the NAACP) to catch up with the tide of the people. We can still work with them to alleviate injustice against blacks in the state,” said Shabazz. The Southern Poverty Law Center is critical of Shabazz for his association with figures like the late Khalid Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam member famous for incendiary remarks about whites and Jews. CHARLESTON – The NAACP said Tuesday it does not support a hate crime awareness march that will raise money for a black woman who says she was tortured by six whites. Local and national NAACP officials said they disapprove of Saturday’s march organizers, a group based in Washington, D.C., called Black Lawyers for Justice that wants hate crime charges brought against the defendants. Six whites are charged with raping and torturing 20-year-old Megan Williams for days until her Sept. 8 rescue. All could get life prison sentences if convicted, but the prosecutor has not filed hate crime charges, saying they could be difficult to prove. Williams, her family and black leaders such as the Rev. Al Sharpton plan to participate in the march, which has been endorsed by groups including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Conference of Black Mayors. Murphy and some other black leaders have accused Shabazz of using Williams’ case to showboat. Shabazz bristled at the characterization, saying “with God as my witness, I got nothing but praise and thanks from West Virginia residents, from 10-year-olds to 80-year-olds, most overwhelmingly in churches, who thank us for coming to defend Williams.” The NAACP’s branch in Charleston issued a statement Tuesday saying it would continue to monitor Williams’ case but won’t support the march to the Capitol. Richard McIntyre, a spokesman for the NAACP’s national offices in Baltimore, said that the organization does not approve of Shabazz’s involvement and that local chapters never requested approval from the national body to participate in the march. Last week, the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance – including some who had supported the idea of a march in the past – said they wouldn’t participate and would urge their congregations not to join.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

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Five people killed in SoCal shooting believed to be related

first_imgTEMECULA – Five people shot to death in a possible murder-suicide during the weekend were believed to be related, Riverside County authorities said Monday. Investigators “know that they are related in some way,” though not members of a single nuclear family, sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said. Coroner’s officials on Monday were at the house in a Temecula cul-de-sac where the shootings occurred. Autopsies were planned later in the week. Deputies responding to a shots-fired call Sunday evening found two men and two women shot dead at the home, officials said. A fifth victim, a woman, was taken to a local hospital where she later died. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The victims have not been identified. Two were found inside the house, the other three on a patio outside, officials said. The shooting brought temporary chaos to the usually quiet street next to a golf course in a neighborhood with a number of retirees 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

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