I trust him! LVG backs Woodward and suggests Man United SNUBBED Pedro


first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal has leapt to the defence of Ed Woodward, insisting he has complete confidence in the abilities of Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman.Woodward has come under-fire from fans over United’s work in the transfer market in the wake of the club’s failure to sign Pedro ahead of Premier League rivals Chelsea.But Van Gaal says Woodward deserves respect for the job he is doing at Old Trafford and suggested that Pedro joined Chelsea only AFTER United had decided not to pay his £21m release clause.“I think when we want Pedro it was not any problem because there was a clause in his contract. It was the easiest transfer. I have said before what we are doing is guiding a process and in that process we make decisions,” said the Dutchman.“I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never. Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him.“I don’t think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot.”Van Gaal appeared to talk up United’s interest in Pedro last week, when he said the World Cup winner fitted the profile he was looking for, and Woodward reportedly flew into Barcelona on Monday for talks with the Spanish club over a deal for the forward.Pedro subsquently joined Chelsea on Thursday after the Premier League champions made their move and that was seen as a big blow to United’s transfer window plans.Van Gaal was in no mood to field questions about the 28-year-old, but hinted that he was the one who pulled the plug on the club’s pursuit of the player.“I cannot answer these questions,” Van Gaal said in a spiky press conference ahead of Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.“When you ask me, ‘Is Pedro fitting the profile?’, I cannot lie, I said ‘Yes’. But I do not say that I’m interested in the player. That is the difference. But you say I’m interested. No, I answered the question. It’s different.“What is written in the newspapers is not true, you cannot know it. Only the players know it and the clubs know it.”last_img read more

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was fined as he may questioned an official’s integrity, talkSPORT told


first_imgJose Mourinho was fined and threatened with a one-match stadium ban because his comments may have suggested implications of bias, talkSPORT has been told.Darren Bailey, the FA’s director of football governance and regulation spoke to Drivetime to clarify the rules regarding the commenting on match officials after a game.The Chelsea manager has appealed the decision to fine him and consequently Bailey was unable to speak on the situation as the case is active.However, he did clarify the position of the FA and said they are not trying to stifle a manager’s freedom of expression.“We get the passion, we get the emotion, we get that managers want to blow off some steam – we’re not for blocking their comment,” he said.“What we do is lay some parameters around it so people can understand what is expected of them.“If in a post-match interview, or indeed any stage, you want to make a comment on the performance of a match official, we don’t have a problem with that.“Where we do have a problem is when people start to stray into implications of bias, if they start to attack their integrity or if they are particularly personally offending.“English football needs to be seen to be clean and straight. If there are any suggestions that anyone involved in the game has problems with their integrity or are making decisions, for the wrong reasons then we’ve got a problem.“All we are trying to do is protect the wider fabric of the game and be clear that we are not stopping reasonable comment of a performance.”last_img read more

Neighborhood divided on mural painted to honor slain tattoo artist

first_imgRESEDA – To friends, Anthony Sena was a street legend revered for a magic hand that could do artistic wonders with spray paint or tattoo ink. So after he was shot to death last year in front of the San Fernando Valley tattoo parlor where he worked, his friends decided to honor him with a sprawling mural on the wall of a Reseda liquor store. But since it went up Oct. 12 on the side of Rainbow Liquor at Saticoy Street and Hesperia Avenue, the mural has embroiled the neighborhood in a controversy about graffiti versus art. On one side are residents who find the mural offensive, saying it will attract taggers and gangbangers. On the other are people such as Jeff Measles, a friend of Sena’s who organized the mural. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“He was a good guy,” said Measles, who enlisted the help of five artists for the painting. “That’s why people wanted to come out and support him.” Measles said hundreds of people have visited the site since the mural was completed. But dozens of people also have called the Los Angeles Police Department, City Councilman Dennis Zine and store owner Samih Hraira to complain. One woman even threatened to shoot Hraira if he didn’t remove the mural. “It’s made waves in our community, and people, as a general mood, are against it,” said Garth Carlson, chairman of the Reseda Neighborhood Council. Carlson said he’s seen photos of the mural and has received complaints and e-mails from residents. “It exemplifies somebody who was a graffiti artist and what they did,” he said. Reseda resident and community activist Nancy Sweeney said she doesn’t dispute that the mural might have some artistic merit, but she says it’s in the wrong place. “It would be fine in an art enclave where they have a bunch of artists displaying their stuff, but it’s not something Reseda wants their image to be,” she said. The mural features a portrait of Sena, 25, and two hands reaching out – one with a spray can, the other with a tattoo gun. About 10feet tall and 30feet long, it takes up the store’s entire side wall along Hesperia. Sena – known to friends as Ohjae (pronounced OJ) – was shot to death May 11, 2006, while displaying his art outside the Needle Pushers tattoo shop in the 17300 block of Saticoy, about a mile from the liquor store. Early police reports said a group of rival taggers approached Sena and his friends outside the shop. An argument broke out, and at least two taggers opened fire, hitting Sena in the head. One of the alleged shooters, Gabriel Singer, 26, of North Hollywood surrendered to police in February. Another, Candy Srichandre, 28, of Van Nuys and at least one other unidentified white or Latino man remain at large, Los Angeles police detectives said. Sena, who was not a gang member but was a tagger, left behind a 2-year-old daughter, Natalia. Measles said Sena worked hard to support her and her mother, providing them with enough money from his tattoo skills to provide them with an apartment. After the birth of his daughter, Sena became more focused and went out of his way to avoid trouble. His talents landed him a job painting a skate park in the state of Washington, Measles said. As a tattoo artist, Sena’s services were so in demand that he had a two-month waiting list. Measles, a wireless-phone-company salesman who is not a tagger, said he can understand why some people initially might not like the mural. He’s heard the complaints from some of the residents and said he’s willing to compromise by removing parts of the mural – including a smiling skull that he said was only going to stay up through Halloween – and possibly the initials of some of the graffiti crews. On a recent afternoon, a woman visiting the liquor store complained that a “gang member” was sitting in a truck admiring the mural and said the painting created a safety issue. Others have echoed that complaint, but organizers counter that the wall where the mural appears already had been a regular target for taggers and gang members. And they say the mural actually serves as a deterrent to graffiti: Better for a gangster to admire the mural than tag it, they say. Meanwhile, some support for the mural comes from an unlikely source: graffiti experts, including LAPD Officer Ed Moreno, who works with the West Valley Division’s gang impact graffiti detail section. “I’ve done some research on this guy, Anthony Sena, and from what I’ve seen in the neighborhood … this is a piece of art,” Moreno said. “I’d rather see a piece of beautiful art like that than a bunch of tagging where these kids come and cross each other out.” Moreno said Sena’s life also sends a message to other taggers that they can change. “This guy pretty much transferred from being a tagger to a tattoo artist who was pretty well-respected,” he said. “If you look at the mural, it’s a peace mural and dedicated to somebody that was killed.” Despite criticism that it glorifies gang culture, Moreno said, “Nothing on that wall says gangs.” Another ally for keeping the mural is Cheryl Onaitis, program manager for West Valley Alliance, a nonprofit organization contracted by the city to remove graffiti. Onaitis said she received a call from an older woman complaining about the mural and asking her to remove it. “We don’t paint over murals,” Onaitis told the woman. “That’s an eyesore,” the woman replied. “I don’t like that. Can I call police?” “No, you can’t,” Onaitis responded. “Unless it says `kill children’ or something derogatory or racist.” Despite the caller’s complaints, Onaitis thinks the mural is a good idea and often encourages property owners to have them painted. She said she’s familiar with the liquor store because she usually gets a call from Hraira once a week to paint over graffiti at his site. “And oddly enough, I haven’t received a call from the owners” since the mural went up, she said. “So it is a deterrent.” Meanwhile, Hraira is stuck in the middle. He agreed to the mural with the hope of lessening the nearly daily attacks of graffiti on his business. He covers vandalism on his store countertop with stickers, but can’t do anything about the scrawls scratched into the glass storefront, or the tagged public telephone and “megamillions lotto” sign outside. He says he spends about $160 a month on paint to do his own repairs. It’s been a trying few weeks for him as he’s heard both praise and complaints from customers, including one woman who voiced her opinion by honking her car horn and flipping him off. “I don’t know if it’s right or wrong,” Hraira said about the mural. “But I had to do something.” For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Grayja-vu: Arnold as Davis II


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 So whereas Davis had the dot-com boom, Schwarzenegger had the real-estate bubble. Like Gray, Arnold signed on to spending patterns that presupposed permanent prosperity – a foolish and foreseeable error, especially last summer, when the housing market was already in trouble. Now, only four months after assuring us that the budget was balanced and had a $4 billion reserve, state number-crunchers predict a $10 billion shortfall over the next two years. The state’s financial situation is dark – Gray, actually. IN hindsight, it’s only fitting that Arnold Schwarzenegger swept into office by recalling Gray Davis. Because the way things are going these days, we find ourselves recalling Davis all the time. Davis, you might, er, recall, was given the boot for allowing California to run up a massive budget deficit. Under his watch, Sacramento locked itself into outrageous spending patterns based on the assumption that the dot-com boom would last forever. It didn’t, Gray got dumped, and along came Arnold, who has proved to be little more than a Davis sequel. Although Schwarzenegger proposed strong spending restraints in 2005, they were crushed at the polls thanks to heavy opposition from the labor unions and other special interests. At that point, Arnold seemed to lose all interest in fiscal responsibility. last_img read more

Council to consider nomination of Nahai to DWP chief


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHe has practiced law in Los Angeles since 1979 and holds graduate and post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and UC Berkeley, where he was a visiting scholar. He also serves on the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and has served on the Environmental Task Force for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Department of Water and Power is the country’s largest public utility, with 8,375 employees and a service area of 465 square miles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The nomination of H. David Nahai to lead the Department of Water and Power will be considered today by members of the Los Angeles City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee. Two months ago, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nominated Nahai to succeed Ron Deaton, who announced his retirement Oct. 26. The Water and Power Commission voted last month to set Nahai’s annual salary at $310,000 — $34,000 less than Deaton’s salary. Nahai resigned from that commission in early October. Nahai, 53, was president of Nahai Law Corp., a Century City law firm specializing in real estate, transactional matters and litigation. He divested himself of his interest in the firm Oct. 31. last_img read more



first_imgTHE Chief Executive of the company which owns the Donegal Democrat is to stand down from his position in March 2012, the company has announced.John Fry is boss of newspaper publisher Johnston Press which has endured a worse start to 2011 than expected with Irish revenues dipping 19 per cent.The group, whose titles also include the Derry Journal and Yorkshire Post said total advertising for the first nine weeks of 2011 for its dozens of British and Irish titles fell 11.4 per cent compared with a drop of 6.4 per cent for the whole of 2010. In Ireland, revenues fell to Stg£11 million from Stg£13.6 million a year earlier.“We also saw an improvement in the rate of decline in the Republic of Ireland but this is a result of the comparatives in 2009 being lower rather than any improvement in the economic conditions in that market,” the group said in a statement.The weak trading, together with chief executive John Fry’s decision to stand down by March 2012 and a forecast that the economic outlook for 2011 would remain uncertain, sent Johnston shares down more than 20 per cent.Johnston shares were down 21 per cent to just 9.7 pence yesterday, valuing the company at around £62 million. Reuters reported analysts at brokerage Numis who said they had placed their target price for Johnston shares and their recommendation on the stock under review. “Given the lower base, (the) weak start to 2011 and mindful of inflationary cost pressure in newsprint we are downgrading our full-year 2011 pretax profit (forecast) from £40 million to £30 million,” they said in a note.The negative factors overshadowed the fact the group posted its first underlying operating profit increase since 2004, due to cost cuts and stronger digital advertising revenue, the news agency reported.Operating profit rose 3.9 per cent to £72 million, after the group cut total operating costs by £30.1 million, on revenue down 6 per cent to £398 million.“The board’s short-term priority remains debt reduction,” it said. “No final dividend is proposed.”The group said it would start looking for a new chief executive after Mr Fry said he would step down from his role by March 2012. further reading here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2011/mar/09/johnston-press-downturn#start-of-commentsDONEGAL DEMOCRAT CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO STAND DOWN was last modified: March 10th, 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)last_img read more



first_imgA group of businesses says it will stop paying rates if there is not a rates reduction.The Donegal Business Rates Reduction Campaign says it needs a reduction in rates if businesses are to survive.Spokesman Charlie Ferry says they have received massive support for their campaign with more than 600 signatures who pay rates signing up to their campaign. The campaign is being backed by TD Charlie McConalogue.Donegal County Council is due to hold its budgetary meeting this Wednesday with County Manager Seamus Neely suggesting a rates freeze.But many businesses say that is not enough and a reduction will allow many businesses some breathing space to survive tough economic conditions.The following is a letter from Charlie Ferry outlining the situation for many businesses across the county which was sent to county councillors. Donegal Business Rates Reduction CampaignMain Street,Ballybofey,Co. Donegal10.12.2013. Dear Sir,I am writing to you in my capacity as Chairman of the Donegal Business Rates Reduction Campaign to actively seek your support with our campaign to seek a substantial decrease in commercial rates in Donegal for 2014.As a business network we have now met on several occasions since early June with representations from the four corners of the County, culminating in us meeting the county manager and two of his colleagues in Lifford on the 28th of November. Mr Neely welcomed the interaction and took on board the widespread concerns that we conveyed to him on behalf of the businesses right across Donegal. He is reverting back to us when he gets concrete details of his local government figures for the forthcoming year.We fully realise that you our locally elected councillor hold the key to a lot of the decisions that will be made at the budget meeting in Lifford on December 18th so we are asking that you and your party to come out and support us the business community in advance of this meeting. To date we are very disappointed by the level of support we have received from you our local councillors and ask that you take the time to read the attached document which we presented to Mr Neely on the day of our meeting.. Ultimately we are all business people and fully realise that the books have to be balanced in Lifford but looking at some of the stats around our County we are being dealt an unfair hand which if it continues will undoubtedly force more businesses to shut.To date we have over 600 signatures on our County wide petition to drive rates down and at our most recent meeting we passed unanimously a motion to forgo all rate payments across the County for 2014.I trust you will take our concerns on board and revert back to us with your support as at this stage I genuinely believe that the County councillors don’t fully realise the extent of the concerns the 3000 rate payers face on a day to day basis in the County.I look forward to your responseRegards_____________Charlie Ferry.DONEGAL BUSINESSES THREATEN TO BOYCOTT PAYING RATES was last modified: December 16th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Villa must replace Garde NOW and start planning for Championship – Andy Gray


first_imgAndy Gray is urging Aston Villa to start their rebuilding job NOW by replacing Remi Garde.Rock-bottom of the Premier League, the Midlands club are sitting 12 points adrift of safety with just seven games to play.Gray insists there is zero chance of them pulling off a great escape, and says the Villa board need to act decisively and appoint a manager to prepare for the Championship.The former Holte End favourite, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, said: “The Villa board now have got to make a massive decision.“It’s nothing against Remi but if I was sitting in there, I would have to say, ‘listen, we need to start planning for next year now’.“They’re going down. They need to get someone in to have a look at this group of players, sift through it, decide who to keep and who they don’t and then start in August when the Championship starts right on the front foot.“They must not appoint a manager two weeks before the start of the season and play catch-up all season. It has got to start now for Villa.”last_img read more

Neymar and Malik? Suarez and Hathaway – 18 brilliant footballer lookalikes


first_img 18 18 18 13. IVICA OLIC LOOKS LIKE DANIEL CRAIG 18 3. KARIM BENZEMA LOOKS LIKE SHIA LABEOUF 18 18 6. STEVEN GERRARD LOOKS LIKE ROBIN THICKE 12. NEYMAR LOOKS LIKE ZAYN MALIK 7. EDEN HAZARD LOOKS LIKE NICK JONAS 2. DAVID ALABA LOOKS LIKE TYLER, THE CREATOR 18 18 18 18 18 18 16. ROBIN VAN PERSIE LOOKS LIKE BEN AFFLECK 11. LUKA MODRIC LOOKS LIKE DAVID GUETTA 18 1. FERNANDO TORRES LOOKS LIKE SACHA BARON COHEN AS BRUNO – CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE, RIGHT TO SEE MORE FOOTBALLER LOOKALIKES 4. FERNANDO LOOKS LIKE BARACK OBAMA 8. CHRIS KAMARA LOOKS LIKE LIONEL RICHIE 18 15. LUIS SUAREZ LOOKS LIKE ANNE HATHAWAY 10. LIONEL MESSI LOOKS LIKE LIAM NEESON 18 5. BRAD FRIEDEL LOOKS LIKE BRUCE WILLIS 18 It’s a silly debate we’ve all had with our mates from time to time.Whether we’ve just spotted a 65-year-old chubby bloke in the street who is “the spitting image” of Wayne Rooney, or the latest useless bloke to walk onto the stage of a TV talent show who looks “just like” Cristiano Ronaldo, there’s no doubt football lookalikes will always be a talking point and source of comedy.So here is our compiled list of 18 football players who we think look like celebrities and feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments.This list first appeared on the talkSPORT YouTube channel where there are loads of brilliant videos available to watch for free. 17. THOMAS VERMAELEN LOOKS LIKE JUDE LAW 9. HARRY KANE LOOKS LIKE RYAN GOSLING 18 14. ARJEN ROBBEN LOOKS LIKE PATRICK STEWART 18 18. XABI ALONSO LOOKS LIKE JASON BATEMANlast_img read more

FORGET ABOUT IT! Arsenal and Chelsea warned over Serie A star


first_img1 Kalidou Koulibaly in action for Napoli Arsenal and Chelsea have been told to forget about signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The centre-back shone in Serie A last season and a number of clubs would love to snap him up this summer.Both Arsenal and Chelsea are tracking the 24-year-old and it was thought he could be on the move if someone forked out over £23m.But, according to Il Mattino, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told interested clubs that Koulibaly is not for sale.The Senegal international still has three years to run on his contract in Naples and the club believe there is no need to sell.last_img