first_imgAlan Brazil and Dominic Cork were joined on today’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast by a host of top guests, including Ray Wilkins and Chris Hughton.Wilkins, the Aston Villa number two, looked ahead to Saturday’s trip to Chelsea and urged the the club to remain patient with manager Tim Sherwood.Brighton boss Hughton, meanwhile, discussed his side’s Championship promotion bid and backed Steve McClaren to turn things around at his former club Newcastle.last_img

first_img Sunday’s newspaper stories 1 Here’s a selection of stories from Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester United are pursuing a £12million deal for Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto, who has been dubbed the ‘Japanese Messi’. (The People)Barcelona want to sign Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Everton’s John Stones. (Express) Arsenal are prepared to splash £52m on Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka and Paris St-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, to boost their midfield. (Star) Robert Lewandowski is considering his future with Bayern Munich, following Pep Guardiola’s announcement that he will be leaving the German club for the Premier League. News that the Pole is unsettled will alert Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. (Independent) Liverpool’s interest in defender Neven Subotic has been knocked back by Borussia Dortmund. (Mirror)Jurgen Klopp is so frustrated with Daniel Sturridge’s continued injury problems that he is considering selling the England striker. (Mirror)  Tottenham are considering a bid worth £20m for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, which would include Andros Townsend moving to the Hawthorns. (Star) Romelu Lukaku wants to leave Everton and wants to snub interest from Manchester United in favour of a move to either Paris St-Germain or Real Madrid in the summer. (Sun) Everton are prepared to pay £21m for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko. (Mail) Man United have rejected an offer from AC Milan to take Marouane Fellaini on loan. (Mirror) Pep Guardiola wants Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte… to sign for Manchester City! In expectation of joining the blue half of Manchester himself, this summer. (Express) Mauricio Pochettino is being considered as a replacement for under fire Man United boss Louis van Gaal. (Mirror) Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak is aware of interest from Arsenal. (Telegraph) Wilfried Bony will be given the chance to return to Swansea, and the Welsh club also considering signing ageing Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong, 31, from AC Milan. (Sun) Gareth Bale is set to turn down the chance to sign for Man United to stay at Real Madrid under new manager Zinedine Zidane. (The People)last_img read more

first_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has told Arsenal and any other interested clubs to forget about signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The striker has 27 goals in 27 games so far this season and was recently named African Footballer of the Year for 2015.It has led to the Gabon international being linked with a £40m move to Arsenal, while other Premier League clubs are also interested.However, Watzke has now hit out at such talk and insisted Dortmund will not be selling any of their star players.“I can rule out transfer of any of our top performers now. That’s definitely not on our agenda,” said Watzke.“Every week there is some nonsense [in the press]. Gundogan and Hummels, they were supposed to be gone last season. This will start all over again.” 1last_img read more

first_img Lazio playmaker Felipe Anderson Felipe Anderson to Man United for £47m?That was the story circulating, with Lazio president Claudio Lotito reportedly claiming the 22-year-old playmaker is off to Old Trafford in the summer for the huge fee.Anderson has been at the club since leaving Santos in his native Brazil in 2013.However, Lazio were quick to release a statement explaining there is nothing in the quotes attributed to Lotito. 2 2 Below, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from United fans reacting to the initial rumour…last_img

first_imgLouis van Gaal praised his team’s fighting spirit in their 3-2 win against an Arsenal side he described as the Premier League’s “best”, and welcomed the improved Old Trafford atmosphere.“When the players are fighting for every ball, that inspires the crowd,” explained the Dutchman after the game.“We scored three fantastic goals, from fantastic attacks and then we were defending the result in a fighting way.”The victory for Van Gaal’s side left Arsenal trailing league leaders Leicester by five points, and the travelling fans despondent over the Gunners’ title hopes.But United’s manager rates Arsenal as the Premier League’s top team and welcomed a change in his own reception from the Old Trafford faithful after beating the Gunners.“Against the best team of the Premier League, that [performance] inspires fans and they were very enthusiastic even for me, so it’s nice to hear again.”last_img read more

first_imgTo protect trees, citrus nurseries now grow in greenhouses, and many are relocating away from commercial citrus territory. The changes have sent tree prices soaring. As a result, Bournique said, some farmers are leaving land unplanted. “A lot of growers are sitting there with fallow land, but you don’t want to plant new trees. You’re looking at your friends and neighbors to see if there’s infected land next door,” Bournique said. “Tree costs have doubled. You’ve got to spray more and do a lot of different things to protect them. The gamble is bigger, the expense is bigger.”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.Florida lost 127,182 acres (17 percent of its total) in the 2006 crop census – the second worst drop in history behind only a January 1986 freeze. The net loss was higher than the previous eight years combined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture does not tie specific reasons to any acre lost, but growers and other industry officials say the problems are plain. Canker and greening forced the destruction of tens of thousands of acres of trees in the past decade, and bad hurricane seasons in 2004 and 2005 raked groves. Some farmers sold to developers when land prices skyrocketed the past few years, though recent slowing in the housing market probably stymied that trend. The fundamental problem is that it keeps costing more to grow. Canker and greening bacteria have forced farmers into tedious and expensive procedures to decontaminate workers and find infected trees. Canker, which makes fruit unusable, is spread by the wind and contaminated clothes and equipment. The disease has made three waves in Florida, the most recent starting in 1995. It quickly infected not only groves, but also nurseries, leaving replacement trees in scarce supply. Greening kills trees and is spread by an Asian insect accidentally brought to Florida. Neither disease harms humans. FORT PIERCE, Fla. – There seem to be more tractors tearing up St. Lucie County’s old citrus groves than tending them these days. This county once had more orange and grapefruit trees than almost any other place in Florida, the nation’s largest citrus producer. Now it’s one of the fastest-growing counties in one of America’s fastest-growing states, and that land is fast giving way to housing tracts. The same is happening in varying degrees across Florida’s citrus belt. It has been for years, but the slow slide has suddenly quickened. Farmers are replanting fewer trees than any point since the 1970s, and crop land is rapidly disappearing. Previously high land prices, diseases like citrus canker and greening and even the rising cost of trees are hurting farmers and driving orange juice prices to record levels, up more than a third since 2002. “It’s a very, very expensive process to get back into the business, even though you have land sitting there fallow,” said Doug Bournique, head of the Indian River Citrus League. “It’s not a dollar a tree like it was 20 years ago, just to pop them into the ground.” It can now cost $10 a tree. last_img read more

first_imgIRAQ: Marine major was recognized for setting a trap that snared enemy combatants. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER He knew it was risky keeping company headquarters in the same vacant building two days in a row, enticing the Sunni insurgents to attack it – which they did. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But if Maj. Kevin Hutchinson’s plan worked, the mortar team trailing them for weeks throughout the Anbar province of Iraq would be destroyed – which it was. “It’s a thinking man’s game and both sides are very sneaky and resourceful,” said the 36-year-old Rolling Hills native. The Marine Corps major’s actions on Jan30, 2005, facilitated the death of four enemy combatants, the capture of six others and, on Friday, earned the one-time California surfer a Bronze Star Medal, the fourth-highest combat award in the U.S. armed forces. Hutchinson’s mission in Iraq was to command a company of about 80 men and search out, detain, capture or kill the enemy. In the villages south of Fallujah, Bravo Company Second Reconnaissance Battalion occupied buildings – some vacant, others not – or took over people’s houses to set up command centers for directing patrols of the area. “We would talk to a lot of people. The most important thing is gathering information,” Hutchinson said about the first thing his troops did when arriving at a new location. “We listen to their desires and complaints. Find out who’s loyal to who and begin peeling the onion. We tried to understand the problem before trying to solve it.” Hutchinson said while they tried to get a grasp on the culture, people, terrain and language barriers, insurgents attacked daily. “It was nerve-racking, but fortunately they’re not very competent fighters,” he said. “But there was this one mortar team chasing us who were military trained. We’d been hunting them just as they’d been hunting us for quite some time.” To evade the steady attacks, Hutchinson would wake his company at 2 a.m. and stealthily move 500 meters to another part of a building or park their Hummers at another location. But the mortar bombs kept coming. “For months, everywhere we went they would harass us with their mortar,” Hutchinson said. “They bombed us all the time, everywhere we went. If we stopped for more than 24 hours, they would start launching mortar.” After weeks of waking up to streets littered with craters and exploded vehicles, Hutchinson began to get a feel for his enemy to the point where he felt confident he could anticipate their next move. So he set a trap. “It’s like a complicated chess game,” Hutchinson said. Studying clues from the craters left by mortar blasts and knowing his enemy was too lazy to carry the launching equipment far from the road, Hutchinson predicted where they would strike from next, planted a covert team inside an occupied house with a clear shot of the target, and waited. “The same time the next day four Iraqis pulled up in a black BMW sedan – it’s weird, they always have really nice cars – and pulled out a mortar tube and set it up and launched one bomb,” Hutchinson said. The Marines fired and instantly killed one Iraqi. The other three insurgents ran into an irrigation canal. Hutchinson ordered his quick-response force into the canal as helicopters and more American troops closed in. The first Marine to enter the canal was shot and killed at point-blank range. The three Iraqis didn’t make it out of the canal alive either. “When a Marine dies, it’s very heavy. We were satisfied we killed that team, but it was by no means a joyous day,” Hutchinson said. On Thursday night, Hutchinson flew from Virgina, where he studies advanced war fighting at a Marine Corps college, to San Diego for the medal ceremony. Family and friends gathered Friday to see the one-time surfer boy from the Palos Verdes Peninsula get his recognition for leading men in war. “I’m overwhelmed with pride,” said his mother, Nancy Black of Rolling Hills. “He was just this casual surfer boy. I’m in awe of what he accomplished.” With tears in her eyes, Hutchinson’s mother talked about living in constant fear while her son was at war. “I always had family support, but does anyone really know what a mother goes through?” she said. “Whenever I’d drive home I wondered whether there’d be a Marine waiting at the front door. In the middle of the night I worried about a phone call – not from Kevin – but from the Marine detail. I was scared all the time.” Receiving the medal, Hutchinson said it was like his whole company was being honored. “I’ve been a Marine for 12 years. I never thought I would stay in this long, but it’s the quality of men I serve with and the brotherhood that makes me stay in the Marine Corps and serve my country,” he said. “I know it sounds sappy but that’s who I am.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want 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_imgpositions open SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Public Library is recruiting to fill two positions for AmeriCorps, the national version of the Peace Corps. Individuals will work exclusively in the literacy program serving adults and children. Applications must be submitted to the library, 11700 Telegraph Road, by Saturday. For information on the available positions or to obtain an application, call (562) 868-7738, Ext. 7819. Sign up for child, infant CPR SANTA FE SPRINGS – Sign up today for a Child and Infant CPR public-safety class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov.28 at the Police Services Center, 11576 E. Telegraph Road. The course is designed to teach you to recognize an emergency and overcome the reluctance to act. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate. For information call (562)409-1850. Comedy night planned by VFW SANTA FE SPRINGS – A VFW comedy night will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at 11912 Rivera Road. The event, hosted by Sebastian Cetina, will feature Brad Williams from Mind of Mencia. For information and tickets, call (562) 500-6842 or (562)698-9059. Senior talent show planned WHITTIER – A talent show will be held from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Uptown Senior Center, 1325 Walnut St. For information call (562)464-3370. Hear the sounds of Christmas WHITTIER – “The Joyful Sounds of Christmas,” sang by the Southern California Mormon Choir, will entertain at 7p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Whittier stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15265 Mulberry Drive. Community service awards will also be given to Ed and Ruth B. Shannon, Pat Ruiz from the city of La Mirada and Mike Blackmore with the Whittier YMCA at the free event. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation is presenting the 2007 Holiday Home Tour over two days, featuring three unique historic Whittier homes decorated for the holidays. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 patrons will be able to view the homes, indulge in holiday shopping, view art for sale and savor hot chocolate, coffee and spiced cider. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door from the first home on the tour. They can be purchased at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.; Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, 8158 Painter Ave.; and from any chamber board member. For information, call (562)464-3360. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Race exhibit to open at museum WHITTIER – Race to the Whittier Museum Sunday for its unveiling of an exhibit honoring George Salih, builder of the winning race car at the 1957 and 1958 Indianapolis 500. The exhibit dedication will be at 2:30 p.m. at the museum, 6755 Newlin Ave. For information call (562)945-3871. AmeriCorps last_img read more

first_imgThe Build and Renovate Show which was hosted by the North West Renewable Energy Business Network, Ren Net, proved to be a great success last weekend at the Clanree Hotel.Sustainable energy industry experts, academics, and business people came together to host a two day trade show on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February that gave almost 1,500 visitors the benefit of their collective knowledge at this free exhibition.The Ren Net project has been delivered through Cross Border partnership, led by the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG). The partnership works together to develop the North West Region and is comprised of Donegal County Council , Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Magherafelt District Council, and Strabane District Council. Donegal County Council has been the Lead implementing Council for this particular project. The project is part funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IVA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Ren Net project has gone from strength to strength over the past two years culminating in a show that provided passionate and knowledgeable information through seminars, speeches, and one to one advice at the many exhibition stands that covers all aspects of sustainable technology designed for the construction industry.The show started with a conference on Friday morning which was officially opened by Donegal Chief Executive, Seamus Neely, and Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, John Campbell. Guest speakers at this event included Dr. John Doran, LYIT; Lis O’Brien, Limerick Institute of Technology; and John Flynn, SEAI, among others who were all warmly received by the sizeable audience. Project Officer, Joanne Holmes, talked about the success of Ren Net since its inception, providing supports to small businesses through various avenues of tailored mentoring, training and field trips to Britain and across Europe.After lunch, the Build and Renovate Show commenced and from the very outset it was apparent that there was considerable interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the North West.Almost 1,500 people visited the show over the two days. Many talks were delivered each day in the designated seminar area with great attendances at each. The supervised children’s play area also proved very popular with colouring, face-painting, balloons and complimentary goody bags being supplied to keep little minds busy while parents explored the vibrant surroundings.Exhibitors reported great interest in their products and services, with many follow-up calls arranged in the coming weeks, which will hopefully see continued growth in the sector of renewable energy and energy efficiency for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.For anyone who may be interested in joining the Ren Net group, a meeting will be held on the 11th March at 6.30pm in the Clanree Hotel to explore how the group will proceed going forward.All are welcome as the Ren Net believes that everyone has a part to play in developing a greener, cleaner way of living and doing business. OVER 1500 ATTEND BRILLIANT REN-NET BUILD AND RENOVATE EVENT was last modified: March 4th, 2015 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:BusinessFeatureslast_img read more

first_img1 Dennis Praet on the ball for Anderlecht Sevilla have joined Liverpool in the battle for Anderlecht star Dennis Praet, according to reports in Spain.The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Europe and is tipped for a big future.Liverpool are keen on bringing the midfielder to Anfield, while AC Milan and Fiorentina have made enquiries too.But, according to Estadio Deportivo, Sevilla have now joined the summer scramble for Praet.The Spanish side are in need of new central midfielder and have earmarked the Belgium international as an ideal addition.Anderlecht would like to keep Praet for one more season, but are aware of the growing interest in him.last_img