Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, August 21


first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Chelsea are set to make a stunning £100m double swoop to get their title defence back on track. The Blues will sign midfield superstar Paul Pogba from Juventus if the Italians are prepared to let him go for £60m and will also splash out £40m in a third attempt to land Everton centre-back John Stones. (Daily Star)And John Stones is ready to slap in a transfer request at Everton to force through his dream move to Chelsea. (The Sun)Chelsea will listen to offers for Juan Cuadrado or Victor Moses having completed the signing of Pedro from Barcelona for a fee that could rise to £21.4?million. (Daily Telegraph)David De Dea’s agent is planning crunch talks with Manchester United to force a move to Real Madrid. United’s No 1, 24, has seen his Real switch stall but is hopeful of being allowed to make the move this month. (The Sun)Manchester United are expected to make a formal bid of more than £20?million to sign Southampton’s Sadio Mané. United made an inquiry for the 23-year-old Senegal international last week but Southampton insist he is not for sale and that they will reject any attempt to sign him. (Daily Telegraph)Tottenham Hotspur are ready to table a second bid, in excess of £20m, for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, as they try to bring in more support for Harry Kane in the final days of the transfer window. (Independent)Liverpool have offered Mamadou Sakho a new long-term contract despite the France international being omitted from Brendan Rodgers’ plans for the first two games of the Premier League season. (Guardian)Lucas is set to leave Liverpool and join Besiktas in a season-long loan move. (Daily Mirror)Everton are willing to meet Andriy Yarmolenko’s 20m Euros release clause as they step up their pursuit of the Ukrainian star. (Daily Mirror)West Ham hope to complete the signing of Robert Green in time for the QPR keeper to go straight into the side on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)Norwich are trying to set up an ambitious swap deal for Leigh Griffiths – with Gary Hooper going back to Celtic. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest headlines…Inter Milan defender snubs interest from West Brom and Norwich CityArsenal transfer rumours: Five players the Gunners could sign before the window closes Tottenham transfer report: Mauricio Pochettino plotting deal for £40m-rated Monaco sensationWatford transfer news: Quique Flores rubbishes link with Liverpool outcast Mario BalotelliPalermo chief frustrated in attempts to land Arsenal forward Joel CampbellEmanuele Giaccherini’s move to Bologna stalls over Sunderland’s £5m asking priceNaploli put £14.5m price tag on forward eyed by Liverpool and ArsenalReports – Manchester United and Tottenham both keen on Dynamo Moscow hitmanLiverpool outcast Mario Balotelli linked with Sevilla switch as Sampdoria turn to Dimitar BerbatovJuventus target Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado as alternative to Julian DraxlerTransfer news: 14 HUGE deals rumoured to be on the cards, including Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool targetsDerby ready to raid Championship rivals Brighton for midfielder Dale StephensArsenal transfer latest: Gunners hold talks over PSG duo as Karim Benzema deal ruled outlast_img read more

Poll: Who are Manchester United’s biggest rivals? Vote and see the results


first_imgThe Premier League behemoths clash with Liverpool on Saturday, in a game which you can hear live on talkSPORT.The match pits two rivals against each other as they both look to kick-start their seasons in a game that excites neutrals fans as well as supporters involved.But who do Manchester United fans view as their biggest rivals in this modern age?Let us know by voting in our poll below… 1 David De Gea and Martin Skrtel argue last_img

SHOCK REPORT! Manchester United made £88MILLION move for German star


first_img Thomas Muller 1 Manchester United were willing to pay around £88m for Bayer Munich’s Thomas Muller, claim reports in Germany.Having already signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from the Bavarians, Louis van Gaal planned a sensational swoop for the forward.According to German magazine Kicker, the Red Devils had set aside an annual salary of just under £10m for the 26-year-old as they attempted to land a big-name to partner Wayne Rooney up front.It is understood United made contact with Bayern but the Bundesliga champions were reluctant to negotiate, despite the astronomical offer.Van Gaal then opted to sign untried teenager Anthony Martial, who made a sensational start to this Old Trafford career at the weekend by scoring against arch-rivals Liverpool.last_img read more

Ex-Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement eager to see Carlo Ancelotti return to Premier League


first_imgFormer Real Madrid coach Paul Clement has told talkSPORT his former boss Carlo Ancelotti will soon be ‘itching’ to get back into management, and hopes the Italian will return to the Premier League.Clement worked as assistant coach at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid during Ancelotti’s spells in charge, and – following their departure from the Bernabeu last season – was appointment manager of Derby County in the summer.Ancelotti, meanwhile, is yet to return to the hotseat after enjoying a sabbatical in Canada, but it has not stopped reports linking the 56-year-old to a number of top clubs throughout Europe.His name was mentioned as a possible replacement for under-fire Jose Mourinho at former club Chelsea, while it emerged he was targetted by Liverpool before the Reds eventually appointed German coach Jurgen Klopp.And Clement believes it will only be a matter of time before Ancelotti decides to return to the dugout.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breafast, the Derby boss said: “We’re in regular contact and I think he’s enjoying some time out at the moment.“But knowing him and his enthusiasm for the game it won’t be long before he’s itching to get back involved again.“With his quality and experience he can afford to wait for the right club, a big club, one where he’s going to have the chance to be successful and win titles.“I’m really hoping it’s going to be back in England, he does love English football, though I’m not saying it will be.“There are a lot of other big clubs in other good leagues in Europe, but I’m personally hoping he does come back here. To have someone of his quality in our country is a big plus.”last_img read more

Wenger: Arsenal ‘not in a hurry’ to begin Ozil and Sanchez contract talks


first_img Arsenal’s star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the club are ‘not in a hurry’ to extend his star players’ contracts – and talks will not begin until the New Year.Reports have emerged that forward Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of penning a new five-year deal worth £39million amid interest from Real Madrid.Mesut Ozil, meanwhile, is reportedly in discussions over a new deal despite being under contract until 2018.But Wenger says talks will not start until 2016. He said: “We have not started talking about that with Mesut Ozil.“It is the same situation with all these players who have two and a half years left on their contract at the end of this year.“We have some time, we are not in a hurry. We of course want them to stay at the club and we will start the negotiations at some stage.“From the New Year to summer we will start it with all the players who have two years at the end of the season.” 1last_img read more

Governor signs bill to establish first umbilical cord blood bank


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are transplanted much like bone marrow to cure cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia, or diseases such as aplastic anemia, in which the bone marrow stops producing enough blood cells. Research has suggested that as many as 70 diseases could be treated with the stem cells extracted from umbilical cord blood, said Joseph Rosenthal, director of pediatric hematopoietic cell transplantation at City of Hope in Duarte. Rosenthal testified on behalf of the bill in Sacramento. Though the law does not fund the entire cord blood bank network, at an estimated cost of $3million to $5 million, it does position the state to tap into federal and private funding sources, Portantino said. “We’ve already got some folks interested in funding it,” he said. Under the new law, the statewide cord blood program will go into effect July 1, 2010. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A local assemblyman’s bill that lays the foundation for the state’s first public umbilical cord blood bank was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. AB 34, authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena, would facilitate the collection of cord blood throughout the state, with a focus on ethnically diverse regions where donations are most needed for hard-to- match minority patients. “I’m ecstatic, I’m completely ecstatic,” Portantino said. “I think there’s such positive support for what we’re doing.” The bill received nearly unanimous backing in the state Senate and Assembly. last_img read more

Officers looking for sign vandals


first_imgWHITTIER – The person who defaced a billboard featuring a man wanted by the FBI remains unknown as authorities recently replaced the sign and the county renewed a $50,000 reward. The FBI has placed a $100,000 reward on the suspect. Emigdio Preciado Jr., a reputed member of the Southside Whittier gang, is the only local suspect on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives list. He allegedly shot at two deputies with an AK-47 assault rifle during a traffic stop Sept. 5, 2000, on Gunn Avenue, north of Mulberry Drive. One of the deputies, Michael Schaap, was shot in the head. The billboard was replaced Tuesday. It’s supposed to be there for two months. “We had somewhat of a setback with the billboard,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. She said they will offer a reward for information on the vandalism but didn’t say how much. “It’s a priority to capture him. He shot at deputies, injured one of them,” she said. The billboard was placed there because it’s in the community where the shooting happened and authorities believe Preciado’s friends and associates with information are in the area. “We are conducting a fugitive investigation. Part of that is seeking the public’s help. We’re hoping the billboard will inspire people to come forward and claim the money,” Eimiller said. Also on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to renew a $50,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Preciado. The FBI is currently offering a $100,000 reward for Preciado. Preciado is Latino, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds and may have tattoos of “Susana” and “Alexa” on the left side of his chest. Anyone with information can call (562) 863-8711. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 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.The deputies had tried to stop the van carrying Preciado and three other men for a burned-out headlight. The FBI believes Preciado fled to Mexico. As part of its efforts to get information on his whereabouts, the agency paid to have a billboard with their quarry’s photos at Imperial Highway and Leffingwell Boulevard in Whittier. The billboard went up Oct. 19 but a deputy noticed someone spray painted over Preciado’s names and faces on Oct. 23. Sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Mills said the vandalism occurred between noon on Oct. 22 and 9:15 a.m. Oct. 23 and caused $700 worth of damages. “We have no workable information on that but it is an active open case,” he said. “One would assume whoever did that did not want (Preciado’s photos) publicized.” last_img read more

LAX panel asks for terminal bids

first_imgThe increased costs came as construction crews either moved or built around the infrastructure, Shuter said. However, the Bradley terminal project remains on schedule for completion in February 2010, he said. “This really is very exciting, as you can imagine,” Airport Commissioner Valeria Velasco said of the airport projects. “We haven’t seen changes like this since 1984.” In other action, the airport commission signed off on a $7.2 million contract on Monday to purchase a house and two apartment buildings containing 33 units as part of an acquisition and relocation program for those who no longer want to live near LAX. The program allows homeowners living east and northeast of the airport to sell their property to LAWA. In turn, the airport agency provides relocation to more than 2,500 affected homeowners and tenants. So far, 463 houses and apartment buildings in Manchester Square and in neighborhoods between Airport Boulevard and Bedford Avenue have been acquired since the relocation program began in 2000, according to an airport report. About 106 more homes are scheduled to be acquired. Separately, the airport commission awarded a $515,900 contract to Orange- based AMD Construction Group to install triple-paned windows, thicker doors and other soundproofing measures to 50 condominium units near LAX. Soundproofing modifications were approved for 36 condo units at Manitoba West, three units at Manitoba Manor, 11 units at Villas Del Rey and one unit at Cross Creek Village, according to an airport report. art.marroquin@dailybreeze.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre An underground walkway equipped with a so-called people mover would connect the new facility to the Bradley terminal. “The tunnel and the design of the midfield terminal must be done in a way that is not just visually appealing but that lets the traveler ? feel like they have `made it’ once they get off the plane and won’t have to go through another onerous journey just to get to the Bradley terminal,” Airport Commissioner Fernando Torres-Gil said. About $11 million worth of environmental and engineering studies are pending for the Midfield Concourse. Next door, though, a series of problems has caused the Bradley terminal modernization project to run nearly $94 million over budget, according to Dave Shuter, deputy executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that oversees LAX. The discovery of fuel-contaminated soil, along with underground storm drains and utility lines, has caused costs to soar from the original $629.7 million price tag to more than $723.6 million, Shuter said. By Art Marroquin Staff Writer Saying they hope to build a facility that tourists find welcoming, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners called for bids Monday to find an architect to design the new Midfield Concourse and an expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal. Set for completion in January 2012, the $1.2 billion Midfield Concourse would hold eight to 10 new gates capable of handling mega-size aircraft, such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787. last_img

Newcomers give Antelope Valley economic boost


first_img“You are adding local jobs at a faster rate than you are adding workers,” Pedrin said. The figures were part of a $55,000 labor market study done by Anaheim-based Alfred Gobar Associates for the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance, or GAVEA, a nonprofit economic development organization supported by local cities and businesses and other government agencies. The study, one of two released last week, was based on telephone interviews with 900 people and is part of an effort to recruit new employers, get commuters off the Antelope Valley Freeway, boost local wages and improve the local economy. The Gobar study estimated the population of the Antelope Valley, a 2,800-square-mile region stretching from Acton to Ridgecrest, at about 506,400, up from about 418,000 in 2000. The Antelope Valley has a good mix of local jobs at all earning levels but more needs to be done to reduce the number of commuters, the study said. PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley’s population growth is driving the region’s economic engine, adding more households with spending power and fueling local job growth. Nearly 2,150 additional households a year have moved to the Antelope Valley since 2005, and the average household income of those living in the region less than four years is $67,900 – 3.5 percent higher than the overall area’s average household income, a study has found. “It’s household economic stimulus to the economy and the job market,” said Alonzo Pedrin, who led the study. “Every dollar spent by new households generates $1.28 in economic activity in the Antelope Valley.” Since 2000, the number of residents joining the work force has grown 1.56 percent annually; job growth has gone up 1.78 percent annually in the same period. The study estimated that 61,600 of region’s residents, one-third of the work force, commute an hour or more to jobs outside the valley, the study said. On average, commuters reported 17percent higher earnings than people who work locally, but one-third reported earning less than the average annual Antelope Valley salary of $44,630. Average household income in the Antelope Valley was estimated at $65,600, which is about 6percent below the Los Angeles County average of $69,800. Paralleling growth in population is development of new space for industry, according to a second study presented by GAVEA. Since 2004, the Antelope Valley has constructed more than 1.7million square feet of new industrial buildings – 1.03 million in Lancaster and 737,886 in Palmdale, the report said. The report showed that 761,376 square feet of the region’s 9.6 million square feet of industrial space is vacant, a vacancy rate of 7.87 percent, up from 1.05 percent in 2004 but lower than 14.6 percent in 1991. The current vacancy rate in Lancaster is 3.67 percent; in Palmdale, more than 19 percent. “The buildings are not all full yet. There is a real opportunity here,” GAVEA president Mel Layne said. “7.87 is not a bad place to be for promoting the Antelope Valley.” The 9.6 million square feet figures does not include “special use” industrial space at Air Force Plant 42, Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10, or Site 9, the former B-1B bomber complex now owned by Los Angeles World Airports. The industrial space of those areas totals more than 7 million square feet and has a vacancy rate of nearly 9 percent, the report said.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_imgStudents meet Minister Brendan Howlin on their trip to China.A ground-breaking new diploma programme at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) educating participants in how to work, live, and do business in China has been hailed as a major success.A total of 13 mature students were the first to take part in LYITs Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing (China) (DPSIM) which has just reached its conclusion. Students came from a number of different sectors, including finance, design, hospitality and sales.LYIT students get down to work with their Chinese counterparts.And although their hopes for future careers were all very diverse, they were strongly supported through this unique programme.Returning from Shanghai in recent weeks the group have been fortunate to have been part of a programme which is helping to forge some very important business and trade links between Ireland and one of the world’s leading economic powers.This innovative course is the first of its kind in Ireland to provide participants with intensive exposure to businesses and potential employers in Shanghai. The programme is fully funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through its Springboard initiative and supported by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).Springboard provides free higher education opportunities to people who lost their jobs in recent years as a result of the economic crash. Springboard provides people with the opportunity to reskill and get back to work, thus contributing to building Ireland’s future.The main focus of the Diploma was to enable students to make connections and develop networking opportunities with Chinese companies and the ex-pat business community so they can continue to develop, not only their own careers, but also strengthen ties between Ireland and China.The course programme was delivered in two parts; firstly, a semester on campus at LYIT before the group travelled to Shanghai for six weeks.During the first semester at LYIT the students studied professional selling and international marketing. It was during this time that the group were also given an all-important grounding in what doing business in China is all about.Having completed the first semester at LYIT, the group left for China on February 15th. The first six weeks were spent on site in Shanghai working on case studies for Chinese companies who are looking to enter the Irish and European Market. During their first week in Shanghai the group got to put some of their skills learned back in Letterkenny into practice. The induction week also taught the basic survival skills of how to get a mobile phone sim card, how to use the public transport system and how to order food. And with the basics mastered, the group were quickly back on track to begin the second part of their course. They met with government officials and visited two of the major industrial zones in Shanghai, at Jiading and Pudong.SUCCESSA significant portion of the course was devoted to learning the language, culture and business etiquette of China. It is a well-known fact that even the most successful of western businesspeople have not and will not succeed in China without understanding the Chinese way of doing business.As the Head of LYIT’s School of Business, Mr Michael Margey explained: “This has been such an opportunity for these students. For anyone who is interested in working in China or for Chinese companies, this first-hand experience cannot be underestimated. Having visited China for work, I would never have known how important simple things like sending a thank-you e-mail after a meeting can be. The Chinese culture has been in existence for such a long time, compared with the culture we have here in the west. It is a fascinating and very different culture to the one we are used to and for that reason, being offered an insight like these students have been given is an invaluable contribution to their future prospects” He continued: “I am delighted that LYIT have been so pro-active in offering this Diploma programme. I think there is no doubt that it will be of enormous benefit to those who have taken part, and indeed to the county as a whole.”Essential to the success of this Springboard programme has been the input of LYIT’s Chinese Partners and facilitators, Dublin-based Zhida International ( involvement, coupled with the excellent links already forged between LYIT and China enabled Springboard course participants to gain access to some of the most eminent experts on doing business in china.One of the programme highlights was a meeting with Mr Tom Doctoroff, one of Asia’s most respected advertising professionals and a leading expert in Chinese consumer psychology.IMPORTANCEThe importance of this unique course at LYIT cannot be under-estimated and its value has already been recognised by government and business sectors alike.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, TD, travelled to Shanghai this year as part of the government’s programme to promote Ireland across the world on St Patrick’s Day. While there, Minister Howlin met with the LYIT students where he recognised the important role they would play in fostering inward investment to Ireland.Since his return, Minister Howlin has spoken publicly of the significance of having a programme like this available in Ireland.“I was delighted to meet with students of Letterkenny IT’s Diploma in Professional Selling and International Marketing while in Shanghai over the St. Patrick’s Day period as part of the Government’s Promote Ireland programme.“The students, of all ages, showed real enthusiasm for and knowledge of China’s culture, language and economy. China is a key market for Ireland. It is encouraging to see our Educational Institutions pro-actively preparing their students for emerging markets like China.”RECOGNITIONThe programme has also been given great recognition and support by Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Consulate in Shanghai. Speaking following a recent meeting with the group in Shanghai, Mr Gormley the Consular General stated: “The group is really a credit to Donegal and to LYIT and we look forward to hearing of progress with the programme and to seeing more groups visit in future.”Course participant, Robert Nuttall made some observations on how he felt he was benefitting from the cultural immersion of his stay in Shanghai.“The Enterprise Ireland event in the evening allowed us to mingle with some of the consulate staff, ex pats and locals. It was great to hear some real insight into life as an expat in china, we got some sound advice and I also managed to make a contact within the design industry.”“I’m learning that China does not do things by halves and am blown away by the sheer scale of what has been done here in such a short space of time”The students and the Diploma course also generated considerable interest in China. They were invited to a press conference and featured in more than 20 newspapers. They also appeared on Shanghai Morning News and were the feature of a documentary being made by CCTV, China’s national broadcaster.LYIT HAILED FOR ‘DOING THE BUSINESS’ ON CHINESE COURSE was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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:BusinessChinadonegalLYITlast_img read more