Poll: What matters more – Wayne Rooney breaking goal record OR England maintaining 100% record?

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Why Arsenal need to take note of Liverpool’s failings from 2013/14

first_img Liverpool or Arsenal Arsenal’s impressive victory against Manchester City on Monday night had implications on and off the immaculate Emirates pitch.This was the evidence both the players and fans required to conclude that a first Premier League crown in more than a decade is within their grasp, while bookmakers slashed odds on such a scenario unfolding.ARSENAL ‘HAVE TO START BELIEVING’ THEY CAN WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE – SEAMANWeek by week, it feels like it’s Arsenal’s title to lose – something we’ve said about Arsene Wenger and co. before. The Gunners typically finish the calendar year strongly but fall short in February when the weight of multiple competitions causes irreparable damage.But this time feels different, purely because of the state of the opposition. Chelsea are in such disarray they’ve called again on the services of Guus Hiddink to steady the ship, while it’s looking increasingly likely Louis van Gaal may suffer the same fate as Jose Mourinho if Manchester United’s results don’t improve over Christmas. Manchester City, everyone’s pre-season favourites after an extraordinary summer outlay, seem incoherent without Vincent Kompany and Liverpool look way short of a top-four challenge, let alone a title tilt. It’s a season of uncertainty, turmoil and transition, with Leicester’s astonishing rise to the league’s summit only serving to underline its wacky nature.Arsenal, aside from north London rivals Tottenham, have been the one elite constant so far. They’ve suffered setbacks, namely a home defeat to West Ham on the opening weekend, but given their rivals’ struggles they have been mere blips rather than sizeable stumbling blocks.Wenger and his troops have endured a barren domestic run which has cultivated just three FA Cup triumphs in a decade, but that drought could extend if they don’t grasp their one glaring opportunity for league glory this season. This term feels synonymous with Liverpool in the 2013/14 campaign, so eye-catching under Brendan Rodgers and Luis Suarez’s guidance, who spurned their significant opening to capitalize on other sides’ deficiencies and claim the title. Since then, those sides have caught up and usurped the Reds to leave them starting from square one again with Jurgen Klopp. Arsenal cannot afford to succumb the same way.Conventional title rivals United and Chelsea can’t be any worse next season, while the potential arrivals of the likes of Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone will undoubtedly restore and develop prestige wherever they end up. A title challenge may be beyond Tottenham this season but they are only going in one direction under Mauricio Pochettino and Klopp will have his own players at Liverpool to start shaping his Anfield philosophy. Moreover, the top flight is set to become even more competitive once the lucrative TV deal comes into fruition.While Liverpool choked and imploded (Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip against Chelsea, pictured above) so dramatically two years ago, Arsenal are better equipped to withstand the burden of expectation. Not only do they boast World Cup winners in their squad, they also have possibly the most crucial component in any title charge – a manager who has been there and done it before. Wenger may require a time machine to recollect the last occasion they turned potential into glory in the league, but that experience could prove priceless come May.Drawing Barcelona in the Champions League is also a blessing in disguise as it’s essentially a win-win situation for the Gunners. Prevail and they will have produced one of the most momentous aggregate performances in European Cup history; fail and they can concentrate solely on the league.The stars are aligning as the circumstances seem more conducive than ever to deliver Arsenal’s long overdue top-flight crown It’s all set up for them to blow it – and it would be so typical if they did.‘PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE IS ARSENAL’S TO LOSE THIS SEASON’ – PEARCE 2 2last_img read more

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic retires from football age 34

first_img Nemanja Vidic Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement.The news comes after the 34-year-old defender formally rescinded his contract with Inter Milan earlier this month.Vidic said on www.manutd.com: “The time has come for me to hang up my boots.“The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.“I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big ‘thank you’ to the fans for their support over the years.”The Serbian – who made 56 appearances for his country – joined United in the 2005-06 season from Spartak Moscow and went on to form a fine centre-back partnership with Rio Ferdinand.Vidic’s time with the Red Devils saw him win the 2007-08 Champions League, plus five Barclays Premier League titles.He left Old Trafford to join Inter in July 2014 and played 28 times for the San Siro side, scoring one goal.But hernia and back injuries meant he failed to feature for the Nerazzurri this season.Prior to Friday’s news, he had been linked with Aston Villa this month. 1last_img read more

Police seek those responsible for BB gun attacks on sea gulls

first_img 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The birds suffered shattered wings, twisted wings with bone showing, and one had BBs lodged in its beak, Rachel Newman of the center told the Daily Breeze. Three of the birds were euthanized, according to the humane society. Anyone with information on the bird attacks was asked to call California Department of Fish and Game investigators at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP, or Julie King at the International Bird Rescue and Research Center at (310) 5124-2573. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. MANHATTAN BEACH – The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever wounded four sea gulls in BB gun attacks in the Manhattan Beach and Playa del Rey areas earlier this month. The wounded birds — three were later euthanized — were found between Nov. 11 and Nov. 14. “All birds are worthy of our protection and the perpetrator(s) of these crimes needs to be brought to justice,” Paul Bruce of the Humane Society’s West Coast Regional Office said in a statement. At least four wounded sea gulls were taken to the International Bird Rescue and Research Center in San Pedro, according to the Humane Society. last_img read more

Organic peroxide likely cause of small explosion at cosmetics business

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHATSWORTH – An organic peroxide likely caused a small explosion at a cosmetics firm, sickening at least four and causing a hazardous materials crews to be called out to try and figure out what might have happened. Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion in the 9100 block of Oso Avenue in Chatsworth, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters said smoke was coming from a commercial building, but there were no signs of an explosion, said Humphrey. The organize peroxide is used in beauty products. No other details were immediately available. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kingslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to end the uncertainty over damaging proposals on employers’ liability for staff sick pay.Deputy McConalogue said the threat alone of having to bear the cost of employee sick pay is already affecting employment with many businesses holding off on recruitment until they know whether the Government will press ahead with plans to force the cost of staff sick pay onto employers.Last week in the Dáil, Fine Gael and Labour voted down a Fianna Fáil motion tabled calling on the Government to scrap foolish plans on statutory sick pay. Deputy McConalogue said: “The biggest issue facing business at the moment is the complete lack of certainty in the economy.  When a Government decides to play poker with SMEs, as Fine Gael and Labour are currently doing, it just adds to this uncertainty and hinders businesses.“A statutory sick pay scheme can only lead to higher employment costs for the 200,000 small businesses in this country that employ more than 655,000 people.  To impose higher costs on SMEs at a time of an escalating credit crisis in the sector can only mean one thing: job losses,” the Fianna Fáil TD said.A survey published last week by ISME showed that 96% of SMEs anticipate job losses if Minister Burton proceeds with her mandatory sick pay scheme. A Chambers Ireland survey this week echoed these fears, with nearly 90% of employers saying an increase in employers’ share of PRSI would have a negative impact on their business.Deputy McConalogue continued: “Viable small businesses across Donegal are already being strangled by a deepening credit crisis in the sector. They simply do not have the flexibility to absorb the kind of changes that Minister Joan Burton wants to impose. “It became clear during the debate on this issue in the Dáil that there is considerable unease, particularly within Fine Gael, about Minister Burton’s proposal. The Finance Minister Michael Noonan himself admitted that Minister Burton is fully aware of employers’ concerns about her proposal, of the cost to SMEs and the impact on employment levels.“The bottom line is that the SME sector, which is the backbone of the Irish economy, remains in crisis.  If Minister Burton gets away with putting an additional €89 million burden on business, she will destroy the growth potential of small businesses in Donegal and across the North West.  And there is no doubt that jobs in this region will be lost.“We heard some reasonable comments on the issue from Minister Noonan this week and I hope he will go back to Cabinet and put an end to this madness.  This is not the time to leave small businesses in a perpetual state of uncertainty; the Government must stand up for SMEs and put this matter to bed once and for all,” said Deputy McConalogue. SMALL DONEGAL BUSINESSES IN FEAR OVER SICK PAY PLANS – TD was last modified: October 29th, 2012 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:Charlie McConalogueDonegal DailySMALL DONEGAL BUSINESSES IN FEAR OVER SICK PAY PLANS – TDlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Donegal based doll manufacturing company ARKLU have created a clever and innovative new video which is aimed directly at smashing down gender stereotypes.The video, (embedded above) is called ‘Every Girl’s A Superhero’ and has went viral since its release. The two-minute video clip and has impressed a whole host of top toy retailers in the US with its powerful message.ARKLU decided to create this video based on the recurring issue of ‘toxic beauty’, where they aim to prove ‘Every Girl Can Be A Superhero.’The ARKLU/LOTTIE message communicates choice and balance in children’s toys, which, in view of the recent discussions about ‘normal Barbie –Lammily’ and the Australian campaign against gender marketing #nogenderdecemeber, is significant.”ARKLU are an Irish innovative start up toyco, developed by Donegal born Ian Harkin (Managing Director). They’ve made remarkable progress in the USA where there LOTTIE products are on sale in over 1400 independent toy retailers as well as Toys R US, Hallmark and Barnes and Noble.So far this year, they’ve sold an astonishing 300k dolls and 200k accessories.In Ireland, last month locally they were awarded the Chamber of Commerce Growth in Export Award.Nationally they’ve been awarded with The Ulster Bank (Ulster) Business Start Up Award and LOTTIE has featured on The RTÉ Late Late Toy Show.The video is fun, cute – but has a wider, powerful message about smashing stereotypes and burying toxic messages about beauty.It features dolls with collaborations including the European Space Agency and TrowelBlazers. In the past week, representatives of ARKLU have been on BBC Radio4 (discussion about realistic dolls) and AlJazeera USA TV programme ‘The Stream’ (discussing gendered toy marketing).LOTTIE dolls are ethnically diverse, have a ‘childlike’ body based on the dimensions of a 9 year old child, and do a balanced range of activities that real kids do.The Super LOTTIE superhero outfit has been designed by a child (6 year old Lily), the result of a global crowd sourced design competition.About the video: Girls (..and boys) deserve a wider variety of toys.Let’s move beyond unrealistic beauty ideals, take a hammer to limiting stereotypes, and instead lead with confidence, and celebrate the uniqueness of EVERY girl.As you can see in the video above the LOTTIE dolls stopmotion animation video, “Every Girl’s a Superhero!,” opens with three hard-hitting messages that inspire girls to #BeBold, #BeBrave, #BeYou, before launching into a series of girls taking part in adventurous escapades under the watchful aegis of Super LOTTIE.Each scene depicts how girls don’t require super-powers to be a superhero, but how acts of kindness, bravery, overcoming challenges, breaking boundaries, and remaining true to oneself are all superhero qualities.Lucie Follett, Co-Founder and Creative Director of ARKLU, told Donegal Daily, “We wanted to create something really inspiring, upbeat, fun and positive, targeted towards children.“But also to demonstrate in a light-hearted manner how we’re working to ‘bury’ the toxic beauty standards that pervade society and have such negative implications for girls.“We want girls to see the full range of possibilities open to them, and girls being supportive of one another in their interests and activities, however diverse those choices might be.Lucie concluded by saying, “Every girl is unique and that uniqueness should be celebrated.“We hope this video inspires girls to express their adventurous spirit and originality.The stop-motion features forthcoming science-themed LOTTIE dolls: ‘Stargazer LOTTIE’ doll which is collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), and ‘Fossil Hunter’ LOTTIE doll which is collaboration with TrowelBlazers, an international team of scientists dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women to archaeology, geology, and palaeontology.Stargazer and Fossil Hunter Lottie dolls will launch in 2015.For more info go to www.lottie.comDDTV: DONEGAL TOYCO ‘ARKLU’ SMASH GENDER STEREOTYPES WITH POWERFUL EVERY GIRL’S A SUPERHERO VIDEO was last modified: December 12th, 2014 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:ARKLUBusinessDDTVEvery Girl’s a SuperheroFeaturesLottie dollsnewsvideolast_img read more


first_imgKILLEEN’S GUESTHOUSE ON ARRANMOREThe well-known Killeen’s guesthouse on Arranmore Island has been put on the market with an asking price of almost €700,000.The 24 bedroom guesthouse off the Donegal coast comes with its own bar and restaurant.It is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike and underwent considerable renovations in recent years.The Killeen family bought the guesthouse in 2010 after it had ben closed for some time and set about breathing new life into the premises.According to selling agent Colliers, the sale offers investors the “opportunity to acquire a fully restored 24 bedroom guest house with lounge and bar, function and dining rooms, commercial kitchen, extensive decking and large car park all in a dramatic setting overlooking Aphort beach, bay and harbour on the island of Arranmore off the Donegal coast.”The property, which has an asking price of €690,000, has a full seven day publicans licence.Auctioneers say it is a prime investment opportunity and is now positioned to take full advantage of the extensive growth potential in the current improving market.WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL ISLAND GUESTHOUSE PUT ON MARKET FOR €700K was last modified: July 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arranger IslanddonegalKilleen’s Guesthouselast_img read more

‘He’s got very interesting qualities’ – Rashford praised ahead of England debut

first_img Marcus Rashford in England training 1 Roy Hodgson knows “the whole of the English football world” will be watching Marcus Rashford’s international debut with bated breath.The England boss will hand the precocious striker his bow against Australia at the Stadium of Light on Friday, at the tender age of 18 and just 92 days after he first appeared for Manchester United.Daniel Sturridge’s calf strain means Rashford is in line for a starting spot and although Hodgson did his best to downplay early hype around the teenager, he now accepts that the spotlight cannot be avoided.He needs to see Rashford in action to decide whether he should make the final 23-man squad for Euro 2016 and accepts the baggage that comes with it.“I worked hard in the beginning when, after one or two games, people were saying ‘a new genius is born’ and ‘Hodgson must take him to France’ to try and play down those expectations and demands,” said Hodgson.“(I wanted) at least to give him the time to keep it up over two or three months and that’s what he’s done.“I think he’s got very interesting qualities. Whether he can produce them at international level at such a young age we’ll find out.“It is a big game for him because I, my coaching staff, the rest of the players, he himself, the whole of the English football world will be looking to say ‘we all think this lad’s got something special…can he show it to us once again?’.“We’ll be giving him every chance to do so and he’ll get so much help, so much support and so much encouragement from the rest of the team.”That the Socceroos provide the opposition for Rashford’s big audition is a rare coincidence.They last played England in 2003, at Upton Park, where a 17-year-old striker by the name of Wayne Rooney wore the Three Lions shirt for the first time.Now captain, Rooney is mentor rather than rookie, and an increasingly important lieutenant for Hodgson when he introduces young talent.“I wasn’t in the country when Wayne was making his rise to fame. I don’t really have that detailed knowledge of him being a young player and how he burst on the scene,” said Hodgson.“But we are fortunate that in Wayne Rooney we have someone who, not only with Rashford, happens to be from Manchester United, but with all the players we’ve brought in, is very generous with his time, with giving them his experience.”Rashford may have been an unexpected pick for the original squad, but his chances of being involved in France seemingly improved with the news that fellow striker Sturridge is struggling with a calf problem.The Liverpool forward has suffered a litany of injuries in the past two seasons and must be considered a gamble in a tournament setting, particularly if he is unable to take part in Sunderland.“I certainly can’t deny the fact that we are talking about a player who’s had a really unfortunate record over the past couple of years, but he’s worked very hard,” said Hodgson of Sturridge.“It’s particularly unfortunate he’s picked up this calf strain.“It’s not just as simple as physical fitness either, there’s a lot of other factors to take into consideration: you need a certain mentality to get through tournaments and a certain ability to be a member of the team.“I think he (Sturridge) has that, yes, or I wouldn’t have picked him in the first place.”last_img read more

Jury in Torrance killing may get case today

first_imgJurors were asked Wednesday to overlook the conflicting stories Ashton Hurst has told since he killed his stepfather three years ago and instead focus on the two things he’s been consistent about: that Robert Gauci sexually assaulted him and then tried to kill him. A five-hour closing argument by defense attorney Henry Salcido analyzed the confusing and often contradicting evidence that was presented during Hurst’s monthlong murder trial in Torrance Superior Court. But despite the myriad details presented to the jury of five women and seven men, the case basically boils down to two issues. First, the jury will have to consider if Hurst, 36, killed Gauci because Gauci sexually assaulted Hurst or because the beloved Harbor College baseball coach wanted his stepson out of his Torrance home. Second, jurors must determine whether Hurst bludgeoned and stabbed his 44-year-old stepfather because he was angry and intended to kill or was acting in self-defense. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champWhat is not in dispute is that Hurst and Gauci had a violent encounter on Feb. 8, 2005, during which Hurst struck Gauci in the head with a hand weight, kicked and hit him. He then stabbed Gauci six times in the back of the neck. Since then, Hurst has given conflicting accounts of what happened that night. For instance, he told his family that he picked up the knife after Gauci was already wounded on the ground. But he also testified that it was Gauci who got the knife from the kitchen. Salcido said he can’t say for sure if Hurst’s conflicting explanations were related to his mental illness, which includes delusional episodes, or if his client lied – or a combination of both. “That’s just how confusing this situation is,” Salcido said. “But I’m going to find it fascinating to know how 12 minds are going to be able to possibly piece everything together out of this very ambiguous – very ambiguous – situation.” The jury is expected to begin deliberating today. Hurst is charged with first-degree murder in for the homicide at Gauci’s home in the 2200 block of on 232nd Street, but the jury can also consider second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter. Deputy District Attorney Jeff Stodel argued that Hurst committed first-degree murder, based on his decision to go get the knife and stab Gauci. “He didn’t need to do what he did,” Stodel said, adding that nearly decapitating someone is the “ultimate form of human violent depravity.” Under the law, Stodel said, he does not have to prove a motive to prove murder. A motivation provides a framework for the crime, but whether Hurst killed Gauci because he was having a delusion or because he was angry at being thrown-out doesn’t change the fact that he murdered Gauci, Stodel said. “The defendant killed Gauci once. He is not going to kill him again,” Stodel told the jury. “And you are going to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Salcido argued that the evidence points to a not-guilty verdict because Hurst was acting in self defense against a man who had drugged and raped him, and was trying to sexually assault him the night of the incident. The jury has to adopt what is reasonable in viewing the evidence, Salcido said. What’s reasonable in this situation, Salcido added, is that Hurst was provoked, was acting in the heat of passion and lacked the intent a murder conviction requires due to his mental impairment. Everyone, including three psychologists who testified, agrees Hurst suffers from mental illness. Hurst’s bizarre behavior during and after the slaying shows he was in the midst of some kind of mental episode, Salcido said. “So you have a young man who has a verifiable, legitimate mental illness that played a part in this incident,”Salcido said. It’s unreasonable, Salcido continued, that a man withno history of violence would pick-up a knife and kill over something as simple as an eviction. “Ashton is not the type to ever do anything like this.” denise.nix@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