How Manchester United reacted to Gary Neville’s surprise appointment

first_img Gary Neville 1 Valencia’s shock announcement that Gary Neville will take over as their new manager has taken everyone by surprise.He will join his brother Phil, who is currently in joint-charge of the club following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo.Valencia is part-owned by Singaporian businessman Peter Lim, who co-owns Salford City with the Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.Ex-professionals have reacted to the news on Twitter, with all seeing it as an encouraging appointment for the future of English coaching.See the best responses to the appointment below!last_img

A £100million offer would not tempt Southampton boss Ronald Koeman into selling star man

first_img Sadio Mane 1 Ronald Koeman claims not even £100million would be enough to tempt Southampton to sell Sadio Mane – or any of their other stars – this January.The 23-year-old has shone in the 15 months since swapping Red Bull Salzburg for Saints in a £10million deal.It led to strong interest from Manchester United in the summer and the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are amongst the high-profile clubs monitoring Mane.However, Saints boss Koeman says there is no chance that the Senegal winger, or anyone else, will be leaving when the transfer window re-opens.“No, no, not in January,” he said.“Already we spoke about that situation and we sell nobody in January.“Nobody, even when they pay £100million.”last_img

Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool has left Sir Alex Ferguson ‘worried’

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool has left Sir Alex Ferguson “worried” the German will elevate the Reds above Manchester United.Ferguson famously stated his biggest challenge upon arriving at Old Trafford in 1986 was to “knock Liverpool right off their perch” and by the time he retired in 2013, he had guided United past the Reds’ record 18 domestic titles.The last of Liverpool’s championship victories came prior to the Premier League’s formation but, after hiring Klopp in October and losing just two of their 12 games since, Ferguson is confident the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss will transform the Merseysiders’ fortunes.Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt London event, Ferguson said: “I’m worried about him because one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to be above us, that’s for sure.“He’s a fantastic personality, he’s got that great confidence in himself.“I noticed in yesterday’s game when they lost the second goal he went across to (Newcastle boss) Steve McClaren and was smiling and congratulated him – it was class, that.“He’s got a great personality – his big white teeth are always showing he’s enjoying it. I know him quite well from the coaching seminars we have and I got a text from him the other day.“He’s going to make a difference to that club, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. He’s got the personality, he’s got the drive, he’s got the knowledge and a great presence about him so I think things are looking up there.” Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

Newcastle United 0-1 Everton: Tom Cleverley heads Toffees to win in injury time

first_img1 Everton players celebrate Tom Cleverley’s goal Tom Cleverley was the hero for Everton on Boxing Day as his header in the final minute of stoppage time gave them a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.The Toffees looked likely to be heading to stalemate on Tyneside with Magpies goalkeeper Rob Elliott in magnificent form once again, but his clumsy punch at the death allowed ex-Manchester United man Cleverley to loop a header home from near the edge of the box.Steve McClaren will be rueing a string of wasted chances in the second half which could have seen his side victorious but now see his side slip back into the relegation zone.It was an exciting affair on Tyneside and the Toffees looked bright from the off with Kevin Mirallas, making a rare start, going close twice and Romelu Lukaku forcing saves from Rob Elliot, who was the Magpies’ man of the match last week against Spurs.There was also a certain amount of festive feistiness on show as Daryl Janmaat and Gareth Barry were both booked and the former was lucky to remain on the pitch as he also shoved a rampaging Ross Barkley to the deck in a rather obvious foul.The game was seriously lacking in the final third after the restart, Lukaku was denied again by Elliot before the goalkeeper pawed away a snapshot from Aaron Lennon.Attempting to inject something special into the game, Roberto Martinez replaced Ross Barkley with Gerard Deulofeu after 69 minutes but it was Newcastle who nearly opened the scoring as Ayoze Perez dragged a shot just wide.And two minutes later his strike partner Aleksandar Mitrovic should have found the back of the net with a powerful header but he directed it just wide of the post with Tim Howard rooted to the spot, although the American did then save well from Georginio Wijnaldum.But it was Everton who were to have the final say as Cleverley, who has come back from injury in recent weeks, won them the match late on, moving them up to ninth in the Premier League table.last_img read more

Benfica want rid of Adel Taarabt just SEVEN months after signing five-year deal

first_img1 Adel Taarabt Benfica have offered former Tottenham and QPR flop Adel Taarabt to MLS clubs.The Morocco international only signed a five-year contract with the Portuguese giants last summer after leaving Loftus Road.?But since joining Benfica the 26-year-old has struggled for action and he is currently training with the reserves.A return to AC Milan looked on the cards for Taarabt during the January transfer window, but the move broke down over wage demands.Benfica remain desperate to shift the attacking midfielder, though, and are helping him find a new club.The Lisbon side have, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, contacted clubs in the MLS over a move as their transfer window does not shut until February 18.Taarabt is now expected to consider his options before informing Benfica of his plans.last_img read more

Wilmington refinery closes after outage

first_imgBy Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER A Wilmington oil refinery has been shut down since Wednesday because of complications resulting from a power outage that the Department of Water and Power has been unable to explain. On Thursday, a cloud of yellow, metallic dust burst from a stack at the ConocoPhillips facility as workers tried to restart equipment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRefinery officials said the plume posed no health threat. ConocoPhillips spokesman Andy Perez said he did not know when the facility would resume operation. It can take days for the complicated refining process to be restarted after such a long electrical disruption, he said. Power to the refinery was lost at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday and the outage lasted for 19 minutes, Perez said. The Wilmington Valero facility also lost power. Valero officials did not immediately return calls. Perez speculated Thursday that the power outage was caused by human error at the DWP rather than an equipment malfunction. “How could you pull power on two major refineries?” Perez said. “We have a co-generation (backup) unit. They pulled our power on that, too. Why? ? This is a major setback for us.” DWP spokeswoman Kimberley Hughes on Thursday did not say whether the city utility knows the reason for the outage. “We have to do many checks on parts of the equipment,” Hughes said. “They are looking at the whole scope. Everything is under investigation right now.” The dust cloud released Thursday was visible but not harmful to workers or residents,Perez said. The dust was a mixture of iron, copper, nickel, aluminum, carbon and other elements. No one was evacuated, and work continued at the plant after the 2 p.m. incident. “It is something we don’t take lightly. That rarely happens,” Perez said. “Fortunately for us, it dissipated quickly. Nothing fell down on us. Nobody was choking. There was no acute health risk. It was a very visible, very large cloud. Everybody’s safe.” The facility will remain closed until investigators determine if it is safe to resume operations, he said. Tina Cherry, a spokeswoman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, said four inspectors went to the plant Thursday after the agency received 10 complaints from residents about the dust cloud and odor. “The problem occurred when they were attempting to restart a unit,” Cherry said. “It caused visible emissions; odor complaints.” Cherry said the agency has not decided whether a public-nuisance violation will be issued to the company. The metal combination released into the air is used to break down crude oil into gasoline. Perez said the outage left catalyst dust inside the fluid cracking catalyst unit. There was no way for workers to know it was inside the vent until they turned it on. The units are rarely shut off, he said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Heart risks from chemo under scrutiny in breast cancer patients

first_imgBut much of the debate centers on who should use anthracyclines, including the best-known Adriamycin, that can damage heart muscle, sapping its pumping strength. Dr. Dennis Slamon of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center cites nine studies, here and abroad, that conclude that only the 20percent of patients whose tumors have an overactive gene called Her2 are specifically sensitive to anthracyclines. Then Slamon’s closer inspection found that not all Her2 patients are alike – and only those who have a second overactive gene, called TopoII, derive special benefit from anthracyclines. That’s about 8 percent of breast cancer patients. The powerful Her2-targeting drug Herceptin – key for women with Her2-positive tumors – also comes with a heart-damage warning. But adding it to anthracyclines increases the heart risk fivefold, with no extra benefit, Slamon found. Outright heart failure during chemo is rare, around 2 percent of patients. But Douglas cites research that anywhere from 10 percent to half of anthracycline users experience more subtle heart weakening, making them more vulnerable to aging’s usual rigors, like high blood pressure and cholesterol. And in this month’s Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers tracked breast cancer survivors ages 66 to 70 who had undergone chemo 10 years earlier. Those who had received an anthracycline were 26 percent more likely to have developed heart failure in the following decade than those on different chemo. 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt’s a controversy born of success: Treatment advances are enabling more women than ever before to beat breast cancer, and some 2.4 million survivors are alive today. Now a move is under way to determine just how many women are vulnerable to heart disease because of their cancer battle, and how to help them. Chemo is only one cardiac culprit. Other factors play a role, too: Chest radiation, the weight gain that plagues many survivors, physical inactivity during treatment and stress. “In the process of curing their breast cancer, we’ve exposed them to some pretty nasty things. And it’s not just one nasty thing; it’s a sequence of nasty things,” explains Dr. Pamela Douglas, a Duke University cardiologist who is planning research into how to protect these women’s hearts. “This is really coming at you from all sides,” says Douglas, who outlined the “multiple hits” in this month’s Journal of the American College of Cardiology. By Lauran Neergaard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Breast cancer survivors may face increased risk of heart disease – and doctors are debating if it’s time to largely abandon a chemotherapy mainstay that is one reason for the problem. Drugs called anthracyclines are a breast chemo staple despite a well-known risk: They weaken some women’s hearts. What’s new is research suggesting the drugs work no better than safer alternatives for most women. last_img read more

Oklahoma bombing conspiracy theories dispelled

first_img“If there in fact was another conspirator, I am absolutely convinced that we would have been able to identify him through the telephone (records) and through other investigation that we did which was exhaustive,” he said. Kennedy, 69, retired from the agency in 1997.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OKLAHOMA CITY – A team of FBI agents that re-examined the Oklahoma City bombing after a resurgence in conspiracy theories uncovered no new reliable leads, the man who initially supervised the bureau’s investigation told a newspaper. In his new memoir, “On-Scene Commander,” former FBI deputy director Weldon Kennedy criticizes those who believe federal authorities did not find all the people involved in the terrorist attack’s planning. He spoke to The Oklahoman newspaper for a story in Saturday’s editions. “There’s no possible way there were other conspirators,” Kennedy wrote. “I can say with total confidence that we identified all three conspirators in the case and arrested them.” The bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was executed in 2001. Of his friends linked to the case, Terry Nichols is serving life in federal prison for his role in the attack and Michael Fortier spent years in prison for his crimes before being released last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsKennedy oversaw the agency’s probe during the first couple of months after the April 19, 1995, attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building near downtown Oklahoma City. He also served as spokesman for the FBI at news conferences. He told the newspaper that he learned of the re-examination of the bombing, which killed 168, “through my continuing association with contemporaries in the FBI and so forth.” “I’ve not seen any of the documents … but I’m told that that review was very comprehensive and quite conclusive that there was … no lead, no avenue unexplored, in the entire case,” he said. In his book, Kennedy wrote that the mysterious “John Doe No. 2” turned out to be “someone’s memory playing tricks on him.” FBI sketches of “John Doe No. 2” were released worldwide after witnesses said that man was with McVeigh when the bomb truck was rented in Junction City, Kan. Kennedy said he is certain there are no others involved in the bombing because McVeigh and Nichols used a telephone calling card – purchased under a fake name – in their plot to find bombing materials and to keep in contact. The FBI was able to track where the two called. last_img read more

Dad goes shopping

first_imgMen and shopping don’t always mix. But for fearless fathers with a knack for browsing, the holidays present an opportunity to get the gift-buying done while spending some quality time with the kids. Randy Tat is a highly committed flea-market shopper. He’s been making the rounds for years, finding gifts at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, Long Beach Antique Market and Fairfax High School Trading Post. When Tat had children, he strollered them along to the marts, and they’ve grown up hunting for unique bargains with Dad. “I’m obsessed with the deal,” said Tat, an artist who runs a production company and does interior design on the side. “I’m obsessed with shopping. Every time we pass a market, my kids are like, `No Daddy, don’t stop.”‘ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Yet, years of tagging along with Dad have taught the kids how to spot a deal. “He gives me $5, and I buy toys,” said Ella, 9, who was shopping with her father at the biweekly flea market at Venice High School. After sifting through some gaudy vintage jewelry, she spotted some glass spheres engraved with Elvis and Disney characters. Then she hit up her Dad for a glazed doughnut and hot chocolate from the food vendor. Something old, something new Tat, who lives in L.A.’s Fairfax District, is always on the lookout for articles to create artistic pieces or enhance his home d cor. But his shopping addiction also means that he picks up Christmas and Hanukkah presents all year round, avoiding the stress of last-minute shopping. “I have a 2-year-old nephew I started buying vintage puppets for when he was born,” Tat said. “Now he has 50.” For adults, he combines used stuff with new. “I find great deals on vintage antiques at flea markets, and then there’s the whole Marshalls-TJ Maxx-Ross racket. So if were buying gifts for family, I might have a great vintage collectible piece combined with a set of candle holders that are new.” This year, he plans to give his brother some vintage posters. His sister-in-law loves vintage jewelry, and he’s already found a great charm bracelet for her. For nieces, nephews, and his own kids, he buys vintage curios, wind up toys and circus posters. “My boss has everything. I found her this great ’60s necklace and she loved it. I think I spent $25 on it.” Man on a mission Mothers still account for 85 percent of all household spending, says BSM Media, which focuses on marketing to moms. But men can still be great shoppers, especially given their ability to hone in on a target. Todd Feldman, father of a 3-month-old son, took over the holiday shopping this year at his wife’s suggestion. The real estate developer went online and quickly amassed outfits for a gaggle of young nieces and nephews. “Buying clothing, you don’t have to think as much,” said Feldman, who hit a Web site operated by a client of his wife’s public relations agency. Feldman said he may branch out and go to to buy personalized gifts for adults, like a welcome plaque engraved with the family name. The fewer stops he has to make, he said, the better. Guys are much more specific and goal-oriented in their shopping strategy, said Jonathan Baker, owner of Skin Spa in Encino. He said he shops for only one thing: clothing for his baby daughter. “I take some of it away from my wife so I can participate,” he said. “For me, I have a goal, and if I see something I buy.” Even Randy Tat, who loves to shop, says fathers and mothers have different styles. For instance, he always thinks about what he’s looking for before starting his tour of flea-market booths, while his wife looks at everything. “I have my strategy. I have a path and I’m quick,” he says. “She may be tagging behind me, and she’ll find something I’ve already walked by.” [email protected] 818-713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgTHE MAN exposed as a crook by was JAILED three times, it was revealed tonight.Conman Francois de Dietrich fleeced 220 Donegal people out of tens of millions of euros – and 200 others around Ireland.But his crimewave was brought to an end when donegaldaily lifted the lid on how he tricked unsuspecting victims into parting with their cash. The French crook ran a series of legitimate businesses from his base in Ballybofey.But behind the front was a sophisticated con job – where people handed over their money in return for promises of returns of up to 40%.Tonight donegaldaily can reveal that conman De Dietrich was jailed three times in his native France for previous frauds.He even ripped off his own brother – and was banned from being involved in business by the French authorities for 30 years! Living openly in France, de Dietrich was involved in money laundering for criminals.One criminal who put in £100,000 and got £1.7M back via foreign back accounts.Detectives believe criminals were the main beneficiaries of De Dietrich’s con tricks.Confronted by the BBC in northern France, the conman refused to answer any questions.His victims included Gardai, PSNI officers, accountants and property developers. And while Francois was rolling in other people’s cash, staff of Etic Solutions were treated shamefully.Former employee Jenny Byrne revealed that Francois refused to pay mileage or overnight accommodation when she was working for him.“You were lucky to get paid,” she said.And she says she asked herself: “How do we have these lovely offices without a client base; there was no pressure to get revenue in.” After the Spotlight programme on BBC1 tonight, one investor who has been talking to donegaldaily for six months told us: “I know donegaldaily reported he had a criminal record and seeing it now on TV has brought home just how evil Francois really is.“I can’t thank donegaldaily enough for exposing this man. I’ve lost my money, but thankfully no-one else will be conned now.”UPDATED: FRANCOIS JAILED THREE TIMES FOR FRAUD was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeyconmancrookFrancois de Dietrichthieflast_img read more