Can you believe Jose Mourinho has come out and said this?!

first_imgFormer Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has today released a statement to a number of news outlets via his agents.Here is the statement in full.“Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea Football Club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.“During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave.“Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.“He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward.“Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future.“Jose will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately.“Jose will not speak about his current situation for the foreseeable future. He asks the media to respect this decision.” 1 Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea ended in his sacking last_img read more

Leicester City keen on January deal for Roma striker Seydou Doumbia

first_imgLeicester City are tracking Roma striker Seydou Doumbia.Doumbia, 28, spent five years at CSKA Moscow before moving to Roma at the start of 2015.He struggled to make an impact in Italy, scoring just two goals in the second half of last season, and rejoined the Russian club on loan last summer.His return to CSKA has seen the striker’s stock rise sharply, with goals in the Champions League against Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven.With his loan deal now expired, CSKA are trying to seal a permanent return for the pacey striker before the Russian Premier League resumes in March. But Leicester are also keen on Doumbia and are hopeful of luring him to the King Power Stadium.Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri wants more support for top scorer Jamie Vardy as his side bid to keep up their unlikely title charge and is plotting a move this month. Seydou Doumbia 1last_img read more

Former Newcastle defender set for move to Norwich?

first_imgNorwich City are lining up a late January swoop for Inter Milan and former Newcastle defender Davide Santon.The right-back has made just nine appearances for the Serie A side since he completed a permanent move to the San Siro from the Toon in the summer.And now, according to Sky Italia, Norwich are keen to bring the Italian back to England as they bid to sure up their defence in their battle for Premier League survival.Santon hasn’t featured for Inter since October and it has been suggested the player is open to a return to England.The Canaries have the second worst defensive record in the league and shipped five at home to Liverpool at the weekend, prompting manager Alex Neil to reassess his transfer options.And the Scot has now identified Santon as a player who can bring experience to his back line and has ordered Norwich’s board to make contact with Inter before the transfer window shuts. 1 Davide Santon last_img read more

‘I was sad when we let this player go’

first_imgEach week, a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. And in the hot-seat this week, it’s Manchester City fan Jim Glennie from James…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?George Best. I had the honour of playing in a charity match with George and let’s say his pre match training included extensive hydration.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Celtic Park. After Manchester, Glasgow is James’ second home. Playing to a full Parkhead would be amazing.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?I’d go for Neymar. I can imagine him in a boy band or coming second in ‘Brazil’s Got Talent’.Brit award or Premier League trophy?Brit Award. City have won two titles and are possibly stumbling their way to a third and we’ve never won a Brit Award. My mantelpiece is empty. Now if you’d said the Champions League…When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Colin Bell and ‘The Clangers’. That’s the knitted, whistling ‘Clangers’ and not the Wiltshire, punk, four piece ‘Clangers’.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Edson Arantes do Nascimento. Better known as Pele.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Constant Manc anthems by the likes of Doves, Happy Mondays, Oasis, James, Inspiral Carpets, New Order, Elbow, etc etc. It would either inspire or drive them out on the pitch early.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Signing Robinho for a record £32.5 million just after the club was bought up by the Abu Dhabi royal family. A stunning start to the crazy journey to come. I was sad to see Micah Richards go. Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Roy Keane. His violent retribution aimed at Alf-Inge Haaland significantly contributed to the end of Haaland’s career. It seems crazy that a headbutt can put a player in prison yet a deliberate, cynical assault, aimed at causing injury and resulting in an end to that player’s career, gets a red card and that’s it. No Mr Keane, you aren’t welcome at a James gig.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Best, ‘Three Lions’. Worst, oooh so many to choose from. Most are so bad that they are funny and therefore somehow work. So I’d have to pick Del Amitri’s 1998, miserably plaintive plea to the Scottish football squad, ‘Don’t Come Home To Soon’. Which of course, they did.James’ new album, Girl At The End Of The World, will be released on 18 March 2016 – see wearejames.com 1last_img read more

Group flexes its muscles

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. When the Montebello Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee endorsed the two incumbents for the upcoming Nov. 6 City Council race, it reflects a new trend. In the past, many chambers of commerce have avoided getting involved in these kinds of races, but more and more are choosing to endorse, said Denise Davis, vice president for media relations for the California Chamber of Commerce. “The voice of business in a local community is an important one,” Davis said. “Chambers are realizing the power of their voice, and they want it heard.” However, Councilman Bill Molinari criticized the decision to endorse at all. “They’re basically choosing up sides and because of the variety of political views and relationships with different people, the chamber would be better off to stay impartial and not endorse,” Molinari said. “The people they’re endorsing may not win the election,” he said. “How do you then suggest that you have a productive relationship with people you didn’t give a chance to be considered.” Molinari said he especially resented the endorsements because no forum was held to get all of the candidates’ views. Reactions like Molinari’s are reasons that some chambers stay out of the endorsement business. And in fact no other Whittier-area chambers endorse in city council elections. “We represent 700 businesses and maybe some of them would be in favor of one candidate or another,” said Chris George, president of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce. “We always felt that is wasn’t in our best interest to have some kind of rift between the businesses,” George said. “So we just stayed out of that kind of stuff.” Stacy Cripe, executive director of the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce, said it’s usually the larger chambers which are more likely to endorse. “They usually have some kind of leadership program,” she said. From that, you can get good candidates, she said. In La Mirada, it just hasn’t been necessary to endorse, she said. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com160Want 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 CityAbout 30 percent of local chambers have created political action committees – a required step in order to give money – Davis said. The Montebello chamber began endorsing four years ago as a way of increasing its influence, said Albert Napoli, chairman of the chamber’s PAC. It endorsed Bob Bagwell and Norma Lopez-Reid in this year’s election. “They’ve made some pretty tough decisions for the betterment of the city,” Napoli said. For example, the city’s budget has gone from a $1 million deficit to a $1.5 million surplus without a tax increase, he said. last_img read more

RI officials regret teen prison law

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGeorge said he was strip-searched and spent the night in a cell with another teen. Though he didn’t have contact with older inmates, he wouldn’t shower because he was afraid of being near them. “They told me, `You’re going to spend some time with the big boys,”‘ George said, recounting a talk with police. “I was so stressed, I didn’t even know what was going to happen to me.” George is one of about 40 teenagers who have been jailed in the state prison under a new law that treats 17-year-olds as adults in the court system. Billed as a way to save money, youth advocates, judges and the attorney general sounded the alarm early that the proposal might actually be more expensive, and could hurt children. Now, four months after the measure passed the Legislature, state officials admit their mistake: It’s unlikely to cut costs, it has created confusion in the court system and it is imprisoning teenage offenders who might have been sent home with their parents instead. State officials say it happened because the chain of people responsible for the proposal – who drew it up, signed off on it, forwarded it to lawmakers and voted it into law – never thoroughly researched it and ignored warnings. Now, they’re pointing fingers, and grappling with how to fix it. “Never underestimate the incompetence of government,” said Steven Brown, executive director of the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, who wants 17-year-old offenders back in juvenile courts. “I think there’s a lot of blame to go around.” Rhode Island is one of 14 states that try people under 18 in adult courts. Several of those are considering moving the age up. Besides Rhode Island, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin try 17-year-olds as adults, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Connecticut, New York and North Carolina try 16-year-olds in adult courts, although Connecticut has raised the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 for most offenses starting in 2010. Rhode Island’s problems began last fall when Republican Gov. Don Carcieri’s administration realized the state faced what became a $450 million deficit. The Department of Children, Youth and Families was asked to cut 11 percent from its budget, or $20 million. DCYF Director Patricia Martinez suggested in a memo to Carcieri that the state could save $4million by sending 17-year-olds to prison instead of the State Training School, where DCYF oversees young offenders. The average annual cost of keeping someone at the Training School is $98,000, compared with $40,000 in the state prison. But DCYF Deputy Director Jorge Garcia said in an interview that his staff thought the proposal wouldn’t pass so never consulted with prison officials. If they had, they would have learned 17-year-olds are put in protective custody, away from older, hardened inmates. That costs about $104,000 per year – a lot more than $40,000. At best, Garcia said he had a quick conversation with Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall. Wall cannot remember that talk, his spokeswoman said. Carcieri’s office never consulted prison officials about the change, either, assuming DCYF had already checked, Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal said. Lawmakers on the powerful House Finance Committee are responsible for reviewing Carcieri’s budget. Rep. Carol Mumford, a Republican, said reviewing a $7 billion budget is an enormous undertaking. “Picture five telephone books, that’s how high it is,” Mumford said, referring to the budget documents. “We frankly do read the budget, but there are idiosyncrasies in there that we do miss.” Her committee received repeated warnings from child advocates and prosecutors who argued that teenagers are better served by rehabilitation than incarceration. A Family Court judge testified that Carcieri’s staff had not consulted with the judiciary. Attorney General Patrick Lynch said he doubted the governor had even spoken with prison officials. Wall, the corrections director, never testified about the DCYF proposal. He later said the governor had not consulted him and he didn’t realize the proposal might pass. It did. College-bound teenagers arrested under the new law risk losing federal financial aid if convicted of a drug crime. Those looking for work will have to disclose a criminal record. If the 17-year-olds had been in Family Court, their records would be hidden from public view. Carcieri’s staff admits the original proposal was flawed, but the governor wants to see how much the policy costs before tinkering further, Neal said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MISTAKE: Treating juveniles as adults in the system didn’t save money or rehabilitate. By Ray Henry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When 17-year-old Dennys George was arrested this summer, allegedly for carrying 10 grams of crack cocaine, he was taken handcuffed and shackled to the state prison’s high-security wing – not a juvenile facility. last_img

British explorer to measure thickness of Arctic ice cap

first_imgLONDON – A British explorer said Tuesday he is planning the most accurate survey of the thickness of the Arctic ice during a 1,240-mile trek to the North Pole to gauge the effects of global warming. The Vanco Arctic Survey will take millions of readings of the thickness and density of the ice and snow next year to try to provide the clearest picture of the polar ice cap and how long it will last. “The place I love and know the best is the Arctic Ocean and the North Pole ice cap and it’s in deep crisis,” said explorer Pen Hadow. Hadow’s three-member team will pull a sled-mounted, ground-penetrating radar from Point Barrow in Alaska to the North Pole between February and June. The radar will measure the depth of the ice every eight inches, producing some 10 million readings in all. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Arctic ice cap shrank to a record low this summer, opening up the Northwest Passage along Canada’s fringe for the first time. Scientists say the ice is melting quickly, and have raised the possibility that the Arctic Ocean will be completely ice-free in summer by 2050. Scientists point to the accelerating melting of the Arctic ice cap as a signal of global warming that is expected to change climate patterns worldwide. They warn that the disappearing Arctic sea ice, by altering the ecosystem, is endangering polar bears and probably other species. Submarines and satellites have already taken measurements of the polar ice using upward-facing sonars and infrared lasers fired from space. But submarine visits to the pole have been irregular and satellites cannot easily distinguish between ice and snow, said Joao Rodrigues, of Cambridge University’s Polar Oceans Physics group. Rodrigues said a ground-based survey remains the best way of gauging the exact thickness and density of the ice, which in turn could help scientists predict how the North Pole will look as global warming takes its toll. The data gathered by Hadow will be fed into supercomputers at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, which will use it to model the life span of the Arctic ice. NASA’s ICEsat satellite will also shadow the explorer at some point during his trip to see how its readings compare with his. Hadow’s survey follows in the footsteps of Arctic explorer Sir Wally Herbert, whose expedition took frequent ice core readings as it crossed the Arctic Ocean nearly four decades ago. Hadow said he hoped his new measurements could be compared with Herbert’s to show how the region has changed. The team will spend most of their time towing the sled across the ice on foot, and expect to take 100 to 120 days to reach the Pole. They will be resupplied by aircraft approximately every two weeks. They will also be equipped with special “LifeShirts,” which will transmit their vital statistics back to base via sensors.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

Ragins, Lee for Torrance school board

first_imgThe four candidates running for two seats on the Torrance school board voice many of the same goals, such as rebuilding Hull Middle School from the ground up, fiscal accountability if voters pass a new bond measure, a safe environment for students and revamping school maintenance. The candidates in the Nov. 6 election are para-educator and PTA veteran Irmi Lake; former City Councilman Don Lee, who co-chaired last year’s campaign to pass a school bond measure; incumbent Terry Ragins; and G. Rick Marshall, who has led campaigns against past bond measures and vows to be a taxpayer watchdog if elected. Marshall criticizes the school district over decisions that allowed a sex offender to volunteer at an elementary school. He’s also concerned about the district’s pre-kindergarten day care program, which drains the budget of $300,000 annually. Saying that Hull should be rebuilt at its former site within two years or less, Marshall contends spending priorities must change and the district should consider selling surplus property under certain conditions. He favors a “phased approach” to a school bond measure, starting with a $75 million measure to address only immediate needs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.While Marshall brings up some worthy concerns, we believe that the district has made strides in the past four years to strengthen its financial position and restore the reserve fund. The district has also revised procedures for handling visitors at school sites and plans to make changes in the training of security personnel. And board members made a point of hiring a superintendent and chief business officer with bond and school construction experience. We feel that electing Ragins and Lee, both of whom have long records of community service and the support of many community leaders, would continue to move the district in a positive direction. As a former councilman and parks and recreation commissioner, Lee favors pushing for city-school district partnerships that make better use of surplus land in the district. He also says the district and city could save money by working together in areas such as maintenance, buses, libraries and information technology. Lee says he would not take any money away from K-12 education to fund programs such as preschools or adult schools. Both he and Ragins are open to the idea of splitting a future bond measure into immediate needs, such as the rebuilding of Hull, and “desirable” items such as rebuilding gyms and athletic fields. This would give voters more options. Lee suggests having an exclusion in any future bond measure for property owners who are seniors. We also like Ragins’ proposal of building up a “preventative maintenance fund” by setting aside half of 1 percent of any cost-of-living increase the district gets from the state. That would provide a cash flow for the upkeep of campus improvements. Clearly, whoever is elected should push for revenue-producing uses of surplus land and keep the district focused on core K-12 programs. Such a show of fiscal responsibility would likely generate more voter support for the next bond measure. We think Ragins and Lee would work constructively with other district officials to accomplish these goals, and they have our endorsement on Election Day. 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

MEP SLAMS PROPOSALS FOR EU-WIDE CORPORATE TAX RATE

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher MEP today said that introducing common corporate tax rates in Europe is ‘simply not a runner ‘ and will not wash politically.Mr Gallagher commented: “The reason the Eurozone is facing real difficulties is not down to the different level of corporation tax charged in various member states, but because of the level of indebtedness of EU Governments. The majority of Eurozone countries are in breach of budget deficit rules laid down for the operation of the Eurozone.“Tax rates, including the level of corporation tax that a country charges cannot be changed unless there is the unanimous agreement of all 27 EU member states. This is the undisputed legal position under the EU treaties. “The bottom line is that Ireland is still a very positive location for direct foreign investment and this is helping to increase the level of our exports. Changing our corporation tax rate would negatively impact on what is a successful and functioning element of our economy and a key driver for recovery and future growth.“EU leaders should not seek to mess with this. It should also be pointed out that Ireland does not even have the lowest rate of corporation tax in Europe. While European Governments are forced to face up to dealing with high levels of debt, growth strategies must always be put in place. This was a point recently re-enforced by the new head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Le Garde.“Growth strategies must be in place in Ireland for a variety of different sectors, including in the areas of agriculture and food, the digital agenda, energy efficiencies and renewables, climate change, marine policy and research, innovation and science. These are the areas where we can create the new jobs of the future and become more competitive in the years ahead.”* YOU CAN LEAVE A COMMENT IN THE BOX BELOW MEP SLAMS PROPOSALS FOR EU-WIDE CORPORATE TAX RATE was last modified: August 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:EU rates corporation taxgallagherpat the cope gallagerlast_img read more

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink praises ‘beautiful’ Manchester City

first_imgGuus Hiddink has bemoaned Chelsea’s inability to turn their dominance against Manchester City into a lead, having conceded two goals on the counter-attack in a 3-0 loss to the Citizens.Sergio Aguero struck twice in open play, and then from the penalty spot, to hand City a routine victory as the Premier League draws to a close.In the grand scheme of things, the loss has little impact for the Blues, as they have nothing to play for this season.Still, it was a humbling defeat at the hands of a rival, and the game showed just how far City are ahead of the West London club.However, Hiddink’s men had chances to go ahead, and they actually controlled more of the possession than the Manchester club.City scored twice after Chelsea had attacked, and Hiddink has criticised his players for failing to take advantage of their dominance, allowing the visitors to capitalise with their ‘beautiful counter-attacks’.“Manchester City are proven to be a very strong team, not just this season but in the last weeks,” the Dutch boss said.“It is not for nothing that they are in the last four in Europe.“We were warned they could have a beautiful counter-attack to harm us and it happened from our corner and made a beautiful goal for them.“The second was similar and they had a counter as well. It means we were in control without having the ultimate bite to kill it off.”If there is one positive to come from this season at Stamford Bridge, it has been the rise of certain young players into the first-team.Hiddink has explained that he has been utilising the academy stars to give them the chance to show themselves off to incoming manager Antonio Conte.They must show themselves,” he said of the Chelsea squad in the closing weeks of the campaign.“That is why we have put some young players in. We might not win any silverware, but give them a chance against strong teams to get them experience and I must say to pick out Loftus-Cheek, he is starting his third game and is gathering the experience to be grown up.”last_img read more