first_img1 Danish winger Pione Sisto battles Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can West Ham have failed in a last-minute bid to sign FC Midtjylland winger Pione Sisto.Hammers boss Slaven Bilic had been keen to bring the 20-year-old to Upton Park but the young Dane has elected to stay with the Superliga outfit.The Denmark under-21 star impressed West Ham scouts last week as he helped knock Southampton out of the Europa League qualifying round.However, according to news outlet Ekstra Bladet, FC Midtjylland boss Jess Thorup knocked back a £5million offer for the attacker who is contracted to the Danish side until 2018.last_img

first_img1 Wayne Rooney Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes does not believe his old club have the quality up front to be a force in Europe this season.Scholes drew criticism from United manager Louis van Gaal in October when he described United as boring but the former Red Devils player did not see enough in the 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven to change his mind.The draw left United second in Group B with a tricky final game away to leaders Wolfsburg.Scholes told BT Sport Europe: “We keep saying defensively they’re sound and I think they are but their forward play just wasn’t good enough tonight.“You look at these teams across Europe, your Bayern Munichs, your Barcelonas it’s the players up front who make the difference.”Scholes even suggested the United players looked tired in the final half an hour at Old Trafford.“PSV were the better team in the last 30 minutes. I think they struggled for fitness, United, they looked really tired.”Scholes also repeated his boring jibe.“I keep saying it’s boring, I know, but he has sorted the defence out. Attacking wise they don’t look a threat, they don’t look good enough, they don’t look like they’re going to go and score goals.“I think maybe he’s set up his team to be very good defensively because he thinks, maybe, he hasn’t got the quality up front.”last_img read more

first_imgDietmar Hamann has tipped former club Manchester City to quell the surprise threat of Leicester and says they could win the Premier League title ‘by five or six points’ this season as a perfect send-off for Manuel Pellegrini.It was confirmed on Monday that the club had reached an agreement with long-term target Pep Guardiola to become their new head coach in the summer, with Chilean Pellegrini to remain in the role until the end of the season.And with City still competing on all four fronts – in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup – Hamann believes the City squad will ‘run through walls’ to win trophies for the outgoing boss.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former Germany international said: “A similar scenario happened three years ago at Bayern Munich. Around about the same time of the year it was announced that Jupp Heynckes would leave the club and Pep was going to replace him in the summer.“Jupp Heynckes was loved by the players, he gave them freedom, he treated them like adults and they paid him back. What happened then is Bayern didn’t lose a game in the second half of the season.“They won the Bundesliga title, the German Cup and the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley – they won the treble.“I think a similar thing can happen with Manchester City now. These players will send Pellegrini off with as many trophies as possible because they will go through a brick wall for him. He’s treated them so well over the last three years.“I’ve always said this season that Arsenal is my tip to win the league, but I’ve changed my mind now, I think City will win the title and I think they could win it by five or six points.“The City players will try their upmost now to make sure they give Pellegrini the perfect send-off, and I also think they’re a runner in the Champions League.“If they hadn’t announced Pellegrini’s exit I’m not sure they would be, but after the news I think they’re very much in the running.”last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve McClaren reflected on a “self-inflicted” defeat at Chelsea which saw the Magpies drop into the relegation zone.They have just 12 games remaining to climb clear to Premier League safety, but having spent over £80million in the last two transfer windows, McClaren insists ‘there is enough quality’ in the squad.The Blues were 3-0 up inside 17 minutes and looked like champions, but that was mainly down to Newcastle’s calamitous defending as McClaren’s men lost for the sixth straight away game to fall back into the relegation zone.The Magpies have more than two weeks to dwell on the defeat as the FA Cup takes place next week.They next play at Stoke on March 2 and will go to Spain for a training camp in the meantime.McClaren reflected: “The majority of the goals and opportunities were self-inflicted.”He defended the trip to La Manga, insisting the 18-day gap between games was an opportunity to regroup and the only way to play a game, against Norwegians Lillestrom.He added: “During the game and at half-time all the anger and disappointment and frustration has already been expelled.“Now in the cold light of day we have to be reflective, calm and we have to know that there are 12 games to go.“It’s a good opportunity to regroup, get organised, stay calm, be stable, don’t let this derail us.“The 18 days are good. We have to stick together in that dressing room.“There’s enough quality in there. We have to show character and fight.” ‘There’s enough quality in there – we have to show character and fight’ – Newcastle boss Steve McClaren remains defiant 1last_img read more

first_imgThe value for the equipment sale was not given. “(Raytheon) is projecting the layoffs to be completed by the end of the year, but it may or may not end up that way,” said Kevin Dodd, president of Electronics and Space Technicians Local 1553 in Hawthorne, which represented the affected employees. “It depends on how successfully the new company that bought these operations will be able to complete the work.” While the agreement between Raytheon and the union calls for a maximum of 60 employees to be affected by the reorganization, Steele and Dodd both said the final figure could be closer to 50. By Dodd’s last count, layoffs will include about 21 technicians and 16 assemblers, with about a dozen voluntary buyouts. Such outsourcing agreements and other types of shifting of resources are common in the industry, Dodd said. A Natel official did not return a call seeking comment. However, a Natel release in July said: “The transaction is a positive development for both parties, with (Raytheon) divesting a non-core product and Natel strengthening its position as a RF/Microwave manufacturer.” Another part of the agreement between Raytheon and the union is that laid-off employees would have opportunities to return to the El Segundo firm under different job classifications. Laid-off employees often can return to Raytheon if a position that fits their job classification opens. However, the affected employees in the reorganization have such specialized job classifications that finding an equivalent job is unlikely, Dodd said. “This was a specialized operation in Raytheon,” Dodd said. “A lot of people have never held job classifications outside of that area. So through our negotiations, we were able to give both assemblers and technicians the opportunity to be re-employed in other areas that are similar to the work they used to do.” [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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAs many as 60 employees will be impacted by the defense giant’s outsourcing of some operations to a Chatsworth company called Natel Engineering Co., Raytheon said Thursday. Raytheon did not give the number of employees affected by the first wave of layoffs. “We adjust how we do business over time,” Raytheon spokeswoman Sabrina Steele said. “Sometimes we make decisions based on our suppliers’ ability to assume discreet tasks. Other times, we shift the work our employees do to meet our customer requirements.” The affected workers are a small fraction of the 8,000 Raytheon employs in El Segundo. In July, Raytheon sold Natel equipment to manufacture microwave integrated circuits used in tactical radar and electronic warfare products. As a result, Natel is expected to manufacture those products for Raytheon as part of a long-term supplier agreement. EL SEGUNDO: Adjustments are made after outsourcing cut into defense company’s needs. By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER The first group of employees to be laid off because of a restructured business area at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo saw their last day Wednesday, the company said. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And on Friday morning, a replacement driver was attacked with a baseball bat while collecting garbage in Long Beach. He was not seriously injured and declined medical attention. Neither side seems optimistic about an early resolution to the strike, which began Oct. 19 after Teamsters Local 396 rejected Waste Management’s final contract offer. Waste Management began running ads Friday seeking to hire replacement drivers on a permanent basis – an implicit threat to striking workers that they may not find their jobs waiting for them when the strike is over. The walkout affects three yards in Compton, Carson and Sun Valley, and some 225,000 residential customers in Manhattan Beach, Carson, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Long Beach, Inglewood and elsewhere. Residents and officials in the affected cities reported this week that collection service is running about a day behind. Most commercial accounts are being handled on time. At the yard in Carson, strikers have taken to blocking garbage trucks as they leave in the morning and as they return at night. Strike organizers say the traffic backup limits the hours the replacement drivers are able to work. “I make each one sit for a minute-and-a-half before he can come through my line,” said Bill Huff, executive coordinator of Local 396. “I’m knocking out about five hours every day. They keep trying to throw me in jail, but I’m still here.” Waste Management employees have called the Sheriff’s Department several times to complain about obstruction and harassment. But when deputies arrive, the strikers are generally on good behavior, Sgt. Bruce Cantley said. “We don’t have the ability, unless they’re paying for it, to sit there all day long,” Cantley said. As trucks returned to the yard Friday afternoon and evening, a striker playfully taunted the drivers with a bullhorn while security guards kept track of the allotted 90 seconds. The conflict was more serious Friday morning in Long Beach, where a replacement driver reported that he was attacked with a baseball bat. The driver was collecting trash in the 3700 block of Atlantic Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. when the attacker approached and hit him in the head, Sgt. David Marander said. The man also struck the garbage truck and fled. He was not apprehended. Waste Management did not comment on the incident. Jay Phillips, president of Local 396, said “We don’t condone violence of any sort.” Phillips said he was not surprised that Waste Management was seeking to hire permanent replacements but doubted that the tactic would be successful. “This is a perfect example of the threatening, intimidating and heavy-handed tactics they use with their workers,” Phillips said. “That’s one of the reasons they’re on strike. This company treats their workers like a commodity that’s easily replaceable.” Kit Cole, a spokeswoman for Waste Management, said that striking drivers whose jobs were permanently filled would be placed on a list from which the company would hire workers as new jobs become available. Huff said he doubted the tactic would work because the labor market is tight. “They can’t find drivers normally,” he said. “They’re trying to train a bunch of idiots now.” Phillips said the union’s negotiating position is that once an agreement is reached, all striking drivers will be allowed to return to work. But as the drivers’ last paycheck arrived Friday, no negotiations were under way. “I got three people – my son, my daughter and my wife,” said Luis Brise o, 42, who has been a driver for the past 11 years. “We gotta pay all expenses. We gotta pay insurance. We gotta pay car. But everybody disagrees with the contract they’re giving us right now. It’s no good.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER Tensions are rising on the picket lines as the Waste Management strike enters its second week. Sheriff’s deputies have been called repeatedly to the company’s Carson yard to mediate between company security guards and striking workers. last_img read more

first_imgHABBANIYA, Iraq – The U.S. military’s push to organize Sunni Arabs into local Neighborhood Watch-style groups has been one of the United States’ most important initiatives in Iraq – so much so that President George W. Bush flew to Anbar province in September to highlight growing alliances with Sunni tribal leaders. But now that the Americans are trying to institutionalize the arrangement by training the Sunnis to become police officers, the effort has been hampered by halfhearted support and occasionally outright resistance from a Shiite-dominated national government that is still inclined to see the Sunnis as a threat. It was the U.S. military that pressed to open the new Habbaniya Police Training Center where Sunni tribesmen and former insurgents are to be trained to serve as police officers in Anbar. And it was the Americans who provided the uniforms, food, new classrooms and equipment for the police recruits. Scaled back plans AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. While the Iraqi government has agreed to basic police instruction at the academy, it has balked at training more senior officers there. The government has also scaled back plans by Anbar officials to expand the provincial police force by almost 50percent. “The Ministry of Interior deals with the Sunni provinces different than they deal with the other provinces,” said Brig. Gen. David D. Phillips, a U.S. Army officer who oversees the training of the Iraq police. “The only reason the Anbar academy opened is because we built it, paid for it and staffed it.” He said the Interior Ministry “was very hesitant about it.” The ministry says that it pays the salaries of the Iraqi personnel here, and that more money will come as soon as proper administrative procedures are established between the government and the academy. Anbar is not the only source of contention. In Diyala province, north of Baghdad, U.S. military officers have pushed the Iraqi government to hire more than 6,000 local Iraqis, many of them Sunnis, as police. Despite promises of action by Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki, none has been hired by the Interior Ministry. Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, who is winding up a tour as the senior U.S. commander for northern Iraq, said in an interview at his headquarters at Camp Speicher that the “foot-dragging” stems from “highly sectarian” hiring in Baghdad. “They want to make sure that not too many Sunnis are hired,” he said. “The situation is unsatisfactory in terms of hiring Iraqi police.” The growing tensions over efforts to hire more Sunni police officers comes at a critical moment in the U.S. military deployment in Iraq. With the number of U.S. combat brigades set to decline by a quarter by mid-July, U.S. commanders are eager to build up the Iraqis’ capability to secure their neighborhoods. One way has been to organize local Sunnis into neighborhood groups, what the U.S. military calls “Concerned Local Citizens.” The benefits of this have been evident near Yusufiya and Mahmudiya, in an area south of Baghdad that was once so violent it had been known as the “triangle of death” and has been overseen by the 2nd Brigade of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. Just the first step Before neighborhood groups were organized in this region in June, more than 12 U.S. and Iraqi soldiers were killed each month in the area, according to an analysis circulating within the U.S. military command. After June, the casualties declined to one soldier killed each month. The number of vehicles destroyed from roadside bombs was running at 11 per month before June, but is averaging fewer than one per month now. But organizing local Iraqis into watch groups is just the first step. The Americans’ ultimate goal is to codify the arrangement by training these groups as police. The Americans also hope that by persuading the Iraqi government to hire Sunnis as police they will encourage a new, ground-up form of political accommodation. Shiite-dominated ministries in Baghdad will develop new working relations with largely Sunni police forces in the field, easing the sectarian divide and laying the basis for a more representative national government, or so the theory goes. At its best, the process of hiring new Sunni Arab police is a bureaucratic one. Prospective recruits have their fingerprints taken and undergo retina scans that are included in an intelligence database. The list of potential recruits is submitted to the Interior Ministry, which in turn generally submits them to a committee of national reconciliation overseen by close aides to al-Maliki. With persistent American pressure, the process has led to some new hires. In the town of Abu Ghraib, just west of Baghdad, 1,738 of the 2,400 Sunnis who had been put forward to serve as policemen in the town were hired. Plans have been made to add 12,000 new policemen in Baghdad over the next six months, and it is estimated that about half would be drawn from the ranks of local Concerned Local Citizens. But as Diyala indicates, the process does not always run smoothly. U.S. forces pushed through western Baqouba, the capital of the province, in June in an effort to sweep the city clear of militants from al-Qaida in Iraq, a mainly Iraqi insurgent group with foreign leadership. More than 4,600 Concerned Local Citizens have since been organized in Diyala province. But hiring them as police has proved difficult. Al-Maliki ordered that the Diyala police force be increased by more than 6,000, and provincial officials submitted a list of names in July that included many Sunnis to the Interior Ministry in Baghdad. But some Interior Ministry officials have questioned whether such a large increase is needed, and some members of the reconciliation committee have argued that the original decree by al-Maliki might no longer be valid, putting the plan to hire them as police in limbo. While no action has been taken on the list, the Iraqi government surprised the Americans by hiring 548 Iraqis who were not on the roster. When U.S. officials analyzed the new hires, they determined that the list was predominantly made up of Shiites. It was not the only time that the Interior Ministry hired Shiite police despite the concerns of local officials. The ministry sent 663 Shiite police in recent months to the city of Tal Afar in the northern Nineveh province. Wathiq al-Hamdani, the police chief in Nineveh, said in an interview at his Mosul headquarters that the decision was taken over his objections and would undermine efforts to establish a force that was more balanced on sectarian lines. “We are trying to have some Sunni police officers in Tal Afar, but we have a lot of problems in doing that,” he said. Diyala and Tal Afar are mixed areas where both Sunnis and Shiites live, so they have drawn the attention of the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government. But even Anbar, an overwhelmingly Sunni Arab region in western Iraq, has been of concern to wary Iraqi officials in Baghdad. 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

first_imgDonegal TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is to again raise investment and the funding of a Public Service Centre at Malin Head with the Minister for Tourism, Paschal Donohue.Stunning Malin Head form the ocean.The Sinn Féin Deputy said such a centre would benefit the whole of the Inishowen Peninsula.“The issue of capital funding and real investment at Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point, to develop the immense tourism potential of the location, not just for the local community but for Inishowen and the region has been raised for many years now.” He commended the work of many organisations which have contributed to the current investment project including Malin Head Community Association, the Malin Head working group under the Inishowen Development Partnership and Donegal County Council”.But he added “Failte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way initiative is to be welcomed and I am already getting positive feedback from the local tourism industry. Malin Head is one of three key signature discovery points in Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way along with Sliabh League and Fanad Head and Lighthouse.“Investment has been made to Sliabh League and Fanad and now it is imperative that Malin Head and Inishowen receive good news with further investment in phase two and then the final phase three.“One of the key contributors to the economic regeneration of Inishowen and Donegal will be tourism and Malin Head is one of the most important visitor attractions in our region. We need to maximise that potential and invest in this immense amenity”.  INVESTMENT FOR MALIN HEAD VISITOR CENTRE TO BE RAISED AGAIN was last modified: January 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainndonegalinvestmentMalin Headlast_img read more

first_imgRoman Abramovich will have to remain patient when Chelsea change their whole philosophy under Antonio Conte, according to Jason Cundy.The Premier League club appointed the Italian as permanent successor to Jose Mourinho and the 46-year-old will take the reins at Stamford Bridge in the summer, after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign.The Serie A-winning boss has signed a three-year deal in west London, ending months of speculation.“He was top of the list,” former Blues player Cundy told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“I’m glad it happened, the club can now begin to plan and prepare [for next season]. Obviously he’s still got to go to France [to manage Italy at the Euros] – it wouldn’t bother me if they got knocked out so he can get back and start planning for next season.”After Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend, interim boss Guus Hiddink talked of the need to give youngsters the chance to prove themselves at Stamford Bridge, ahead of a new era.The Blues have a number of exciting prospects emerging from their academy, with over 30 players out on loan, and Conte will be spoilt for choice when he takes his first session at Cobham in around three months’ time.“Chelsea over the last decade, one of the big failures at that football club is not producing players for our first team,” Cundy continued.  “There have been some excellent players that have come through. We win almost every youth tournament/league we enter.“IF there is a philosophy change, I would be all for that, BUT the players have got to be good enough and ready.“We saw at the weekend that players like [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek have got the ability to go in and play at that level. It’s about opportunities and they have been few and far between.“Jake Clarke-Salter came off the bench for his debut, Charly Musonda who is out on loan, Nathan Ake – I think there are players here that are good enough.“Of course, managers come into Chelsea Football Club and the pressure to win things is intense. Therefore you can understand why there hasn’t been enough players. But if there is a philosophy change, you have to have patience and that is key.”Jason Cundy co-presents the Sports Bar, weekday nights from 10pm.last_img read more

first_img Jurgen Klopp watches Liverpool’s draw with Newcastle 1 Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have acted in the correct manner with their handling of Mamadou Sakho after his failed drugs test.The France international did not play against Newcastle at the weekend and did not travel to Villarreal for their Europa League semi-final second leg after the club were alerted by UEFA to an alleged doping violation.Klopp, the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group and the player himself all decided it was best he did not feature for the team while the issue is still ongoing – which has effectively ended his season.It is believed Sakho has accepted the breach, with no plans to have his B sample tested, and although the club have refused to comment on his current situation as his response and subsequent course of action is confidential as it pertains to the individual himself and not the club, Klopp said he believes they have acted appropriately.“At this moment there is really nothing else to say,” he said.“I think what they are all doing now is collecting information to clear the situation as much as possible.“Then we have to wait for the next steps. It is not that we could do anything or we could not force anything, we have to wait.“Until now we did what we thought was right, there is nothing else to say.”Klopp also shared his view on the Hillsborough inquest verdicts, praising the victims’ families for their unbelievable work in discovering the truth and bringing justice to the victims.“What I could see it was a very, very big moment for all the families. I’m really pleased for them, I am really happy for them,” he said.“They finally got the justice they wanted. I’m really happy.“Twenty seven years is an unbelievable long time but it shows all of us if you’re ready if you fight for the truth, and patient enough to wait for the moment, then it can happen.“I’m really pleased for all the fans, it was a great moment.”last_img read more

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