Liverpool pile pressure Villas-Boas

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, NOvember 30 – Liverpool piled more pressure on Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas with a 2-0 victory over the spluttering Blues in the League Cup quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Villas-Boas has found his position under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks following a poor run that included three defeats in four Premier League matches and Liverpool’s second win at Chelsea in the last nine days will inevitably bring renewed speculation about the young Portuguese coach’s future. “I thought Liverpool were superior all the way through. They had a strong desire to kill the game off and we couldn’t match it,” Villas-Boas said.“We have to be critical of ourselves and shouldn’t accept this result.”Elsewhere, Manchester City moved into the semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Arsenal as Sergio Aguero hit a late winner for the Premier League leaders.“It was a difficult win and Arsenal played very well,” said City manager Roberto Mancini. “It was a great goal and counter attack is the perfect goal.“It’s important we won and we want to try and go to the final.”Chelsea had an early penalty appeal turned down when Sebastian Coates appeared to foul David Luiz, but referee Phil Dowd did point to the spot in the 20th minute when Blues defender Alex handled a Jose Enrique cross.However Andy Carroll’s troubled spell with Liverpool took a turn for the worse as his penalty was saved by Ross Turnbull. Florent Malouda went close for Chelsea when his second half effort hit the bar, but Liverpool took the lead through Maxi Rodriguez in the 58th minute.Rodriguez also scored in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League nine days ago and the Argentina midfielder couldn’t miss this time after Craig Bellamy set him up for a simple tap-in.Chelsea striker Fernando Torres drew a blank against his old club and it was Liverpool who scored again through Martin Kelly, the young defender heading in his first senior goal from Bellamy’s free-kick in the 63rd minute.At the Emirates Stadium, Mancini made 10 changes after bemoaning the fixture schedule but it was hardly an under-strength team since it included the likes of former Arsenal stars Samir Nasri and Kolo Toure, as well as Edin Dzeko and Owen Hargreaves.Inevitably Nasri was jeered on his first return to the Emirates since his acrimonious move to City in August, but he had the last laugh as City went through.City’s understudies dominated possession and they looked even more formidable when Mancini sent on Argentina forward Aguero before half-time.And it was Aguero who got the decisive goal in the 83rd minute as his excellent strike completed a sweeping move involving Dzeko and Adam Johnson.Championship side Cardiff enjoyed a 2-0 win over struggling Blackburn that left under-fire Rovers boss Steve Kean facing a fight to avoid the sack.With Rovers sitting bottom of the Premier League with just one win this season and Blackburn fans calling for his dismissal, Kean could ill afford an embarrassing exit at the Cardiff City Stadium even though the club’s Indian owners have remained publicly supportive.So Kean must have been shifting uncomfortably in his seat when Scotland striker Kenny Miller put Cardiff ahead in the 19th minute with a cool finish after Morten Gamst Pedersen squandered possession in midfield.Kean sent his players out early before the start of the second half. But Anthony Gerrard piled on more misery for the Rovers boss in the 50th minute when he headed home to clinch Cardiff’s first win over a top-flight club in the League Cup since 1986.“We’re disappointed. We’ve got a big game in Wales at the weekend against Swansea so we made a few changes,” Kean said.“We thought that team would be enough but full credit to Cardiff. I felt the second goal was a handball and we were expecting a foul.”Manchester United host Championship club Crystal Palace in the last quarter-final tie on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

City play down talk of new Balotelli row

first_imgBut the game was overshadowed somewhat by the behaviour of Balotelli who sauntered off the field and stormed directly down the tunnel to the City dressing room after being substituted.City coach David Platt refused to be drawn on a subject over which the club has become increasingly sensitive.“I don’t know,” said Platt when asked why Balotelli had walked down the tunnel instead of taking his place on the City bench.Platt responded in identical fashion when asked if it was normal procedure for a player to walk down the tunnel rather than watch the rest of the match.And Platt confirmed that Balotelli’s removal from the game was a purely tactical decision and not one enforced by injury to the Italian, who has yet to score in the league this season.City manager Roberto Mancini unconvincingly claimed that he was happy with Balotelli’s performance.“Mario worked a lot, he had a chance,” Mancini said. “I am happy with Mario. Mario played a good game, I think he can do better.”But the player’s behaviour has undoubtedly attracted unwanted attention, following on from his last league appearance at Eastlands when Mancini pushed the player down the tunnel after the pair were seen exchanging angry words on the final whistle.Despite the tantrum, City were in clinical form against Sunderland, looking convincing after a slow start to the season had raised question marks about their ability to retain the title.“It was important to get this victory before the international break,” said Mancini.“If we didn’t play very well in the first five games in the league, the last two we have played really well. I think we have improved.“I think it was a very good performance. It wasn’t easy because Sunderland are a good team. Everybody plays well against us so this was a difficult game.”Platt confirmed his manager’s assessment that City are finally starting to rediscover the form and style that made them such memorable champions in May.“I don’t think we’ve been stuttering as much people want to make out,” said Platt.“We’ve set ourselves in a decent position. Chelsea have flown away as we did last season.”Victory against the only team to collect a league point at Eastlands last season also extended City’s unbeaten home Premier League record to 33 games, a sequence dating back almost two years.Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill had no complaints about the result and acknowledged City’s vast superiority.“We were well beaten by a superior team and I have very little complaint,” he said.“My complaint is with us. When we had the ball, we gave it away too easily and could have been further behind at half-time.“We were always in with a chance, but attacked too infrequently. The second goal was a big moment because it allowed them to show their ability.“They were much better than us, but we should have been able to do better and deal with the ball more easily.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, October 7 – Manchester City attempted to downplay talk of another rift with their controversial forward Mario Balotelli after the Premier League champions produced their best form of the season in a 3-0 victory over Sunderland.Goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero, who replaced Balotelli after 55 minutes, and James Milner were accompanied by City’s first clean sheet of the campaign.last_img read more

Bayern chokehold ‘boring’ Bundesliga

first_imgThey set more records in Friday’s 2-1 comeback win at Mainz having conceded just four goals since August and their points lead at the season’s halfway stage is also a league best.They have dropped only six points from a possible 51 so far and post heavy wins in Germany’s top tier with monotonous regularity.None of the chasing pack of Wolfsburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen or Schalke look realistically capable of closing the gap while last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund are languishing in the relegation places.Ex-Germany coach Berti Vogts sparked debate about how to loosen Bayern’s iron grip on the German title by suggesting they should receive less of the league’s television revenue.Sky currently pay 628 million euros ($768m) to televise Bundesliga games in Germany and the cash is divided up on a percentage basis with the most going to the league winner.“We have to get to the point where we subsidise the smaller clubs, by a redistribution of the television money, for example,” suggested Vogts.But the mere suggestion left ex-Bayern midfielder and Germany international Paul Breitner fuming.“We (Bayern) can’t do anything about the inability of the other clubs. And if we have to bleed now, so the money is redistributed, that’s just nonsense!” he snapped.Bayern are one of the world’s richest clubs.They recently paid off the loan on their Allianz Arena stadium decades ahead of schedule and posted a record 528.7 million-euro turnover for the 2013/14 season, with a profit of 16.5 million euros.– ‘Bayern in a different league’ –German teams seem to play Bayern in more hope than expectation of claiming league points.“Bayern Munich are in a different league, I think we can all agree on that,” said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl after Bayern thrashed his team 4-0 at home.And Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol reached the same conclusion before his side were duly dispatched 4-0 in Munich.“Bayern will lose at home sooner or later, but when you lose four, five or six-nil in Munich, that’s normal,” he mused.Having won the 2011 and 2012 German league titles, then finished runners-up to Bayern in the last two seasons, Dortmund now peer up at Guardiola’s Munich from near the foot of the table.Having seen his top players playmaker Mario Goetze and striker Robert Lewandowski join Bayern in the last two seasons, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said any German football fan looking for a consistently successful team has only one choice.“Anyone who just wants to be successful has only one avenue to go down: you have to be a Bayern fan,” said Klopp, tongue-in-cheek.Klopp predicted the current league situation back in April 2013, two months before Guardiola’s arrival.Just before Bayern beat Dortmund 2-1 in the 2013 Champions League final, the German media questioned whether the Bundesliga was following the Spanish league, where two clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, traditionally dominate.But Klopp accurately predicted the Bundesliga would mirror Scotland, where Celtic have won the last three league titles after rivals Rangers dropped out of the top flight after the club’s liquidation in 2012.“It’s nice that people put us in the same boat as Bayern,” said Klopp in April 2013, with Dortmund second in the table, but trailing Bayern by 20 points.“But I think from the start of next season, we’ll see that the comparison to Spain doesn’t fit, it’s more like Scotland.”Even the league’s top scorer, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier, expects the trophy for the most goals this season to eventually end up in Munich.“I don’t look at the top-scorer table and I honestly think the trophy will go to someone from Bayern,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BERLIN, December 21- Bayern Munich will start 2015 with a record 11-point lead in the Bundesliga, sparking debate over how to stop Germany’s top flight becoming boring.Pep Guardiola’s Bayern have brushed off their domestic rivals with ease and are poised to become the first team to go through a Bundesliga campaign unbeaten on their way to what would be a third consecutive title.last_img read more

Lawmakers should ban `spouse skimming’

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – The San Diego Union-Tribune ? Sooner or later, (state) lawmakers should heed the urging of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, and end the scandalous practice of allowing spouses to skim 10 percent or 15 percent off the top of campaign donations for their alleged work as fundraising consultants. Schiff, a former state senator, recently worked with Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., to get the House of Representatives to ban such skimming by congressional spouses. The reform was adopted after reports that over the past six years, 64 House members ? paid relatives out of campaign accounts. ? Defenders of the practice say they use family members because they are cheap and trustworthy, not because it helps their checkbooks. How naive do they think we are? Defenders also assert that so long as the payments are disclosed, that will prevent abuses. But given that legislative seats are so gerrymandered that it is nearly impossible for incumbents to lose, little short of incarceration will drive someone from office. Disclosure alone is worthless. This is why we hope to hear about the introduction of a bill banning spouse skimming early in the 2008 legislative session. ? Is a local lawmaker interested in rocking the boat? We shall see. last_img read more


first_imgA young Donegal woman has been given a massive boost to her career.Ciara receives a gesture in recognition of her award.Ciara Monagle-Wilson, from Newtowncunnigham, recently won the Northern Ireland Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year award for 2014.Popular Ciara has worked at the St Elmo Veterinary Clinic in Derry for the past 6 years. Ciara believes in practicing what she preaches and has two dogs and two horses or her own and is even married to a farmer!She is pictured with Emma Jane, the proprietor of St Elmo Vet Clinic and Susie from Hill’s Pet Foods. NO NEED TO ‘VET’ CIARA FOR HER FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS! was last modified: June 10th, 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:Ciara Monagle-WilsonDerrydonegalNewtowncunninghamSt Elmo’s Vetlast_img read more

Auto Club offers scholarships to students

first_imgHigh school students are invited to enter the fourth annual AAA Travel High School Challenge and compete for $100,000 in college scholarships and prizes, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced Monday.The contest is open to students in grades nine-12 (public, private or home-schooled), with winners from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., traveling to Universal Studios Orlando in May to compete for the national title.“The AAA Travel High School Challenge is more than just a geography contest – it tests students’ travel literacy by focusing on travel and tourism destinations,” said Diana Meinhold, vice president of Travel Products and Services for the Automobile Club of Southern California.“The Auto Club depends on travel-savvy employees to serve our members; the Travel Challenge encourages students to study travel geography and to consider careers in travel and tourism,” she added.The contest begins with a 40-question online quiz available until Jan. 17 at top five scorers in each state will take a proctored, written exam March 7-9. The top scorer in each state will participate in the national competition, where they will complete as individuals and on teams with other contestants.Team semi-finalists will each receive a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. The second-place team winners will each receive a $5,000 U.S. savings bond and the first-place team winners will each receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond.The third-place individual winner will receive a college scholarship award of $10,000. The second-place individual winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship award and the first-place individual winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.The AAA Travel High School Challenge heightens travel knowledge and geographic literacy, while creating awareness of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry. – From staff and wire reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

Paltrow to play mommy again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Paltrow’s publicist, Stephen Huvane, would not comment. A spokesman for the Screen Actors Guild, which sponsored the screening, referred callers to Huvane. Paltrow and Martin already have a 20-month-old daughter named Apple. They tied the knot in December 2003. Paltrow won an Academy Award for her role in 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love.” She plays the daughter of a mentally unstable math genius in “Proof,” an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After months of rumors about a pregnancy, Gwyneth Paltrow has confirmed she’s expecting her second child with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. In an interview following an L.A. screening of her movie “Proof” late Thursday, the 33-year-old actress was introduced as a pregnant woman, according to the syndicated entertainment television show “The Insider.” Moderator Lou Diamond Phillips asked Paltrow, “How far along are you?” “Far enough along to feel very cumbersome,” she answered. last_img read more

Group fueled by HOT issues

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Sixteen years later, Romero’s workshops have snowballed into the Hispanic Outreach Taskforce, or HOT. The group has about 100 members, including a 12-member board of directors and 16 advisers. The group’s mission also has changed, branching out into education. Recently, HOT held one of its premier events, the Parent Education Conference, at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, which drew about 350 parents. The conference provided them with information on how to help their children get into college. “This conference is critical to improve our retention and our transfer rates, and to give parents a chance to empower themselves,” said Russell Casta eda-Calleros, Rio Hondo’s director of government and community relations. Education is a now crucial issue for HOT, said Romero. Although Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, they remain the most under-represented on college and university campuses, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics. WHITTIER – It began when former Whittier resident Mary Romero began holding meetings at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital with four friends to discuss health care access for Latino families. The small group was surprised by the lack of information Latinos were receiving about available resources. So they decided to hold health care workshops. The gatherings were a success, drawing first dozens, then hundreds of people. Romero, now 65, and her small group realized they needed to think bigger. “We didn’t intend to formalize,” said Romero, who now lives in Seal Beach. “But as we got into the programs, we realized that in order to present and fund professional workshops, we needed to incorporate.” The group found that only 44 percent of Latinos who started at four-year colleges in 1995 had graduated six years later. Just getting into a college is more difficult for Latinos, Romero said. “The rate of Latino high school dropouts is still exceedingly high,” she said. “We have our work cut out for us. Parents don’t have the tools to assist them in inspiring their children to go on to college. The earlier we can get this message to them, the better prepared they will be to assist their children.” Romero, a retired clinical manager and administrative director, said HOT targets its educational outreach efforts specifically at Latinos for a good reason. “People who come here, their priority is to put food on the table. They’ve had such a a hard life that education is not a priority, and it’s not emphasized in their countries,” she said. To help more local students get into college, HOT annually provides scholarships to 13 Latino high school graduates. In past years, the scholarships were worth $1,000 each, but this year HOT hopes to raise the awards to $5,000, Romero said. “We’re trying to recognize that these children need a lot of support and help to get better grades and to do better in school,” said Victor Ledesma, HOT’s community liaison. “We just try to keep growing and growing, because we know it’s good for the community. That’s what we do. We try to help.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want 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

Listen: Ciaran Dowds says Burt must push on from U21 success

first_imgCIARAN DOWDS hopes yesterday’s U21 ‘C’ final win over Naomh Colmcille can act as a spur for Burt.The Hibernian men had a 3-10 to 0-9 win over the neighbours at O’Donnell Park to win the silverware.“It’s good to get over the line and get the hands on a bit of silverware,” Dowds told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub. “Finals don’t come around too often. We earmarked a final when we started off. We just asked the boys for four or five weeks of commitment.“We got two soft goals, but you take them on days like this.”It had been Naomh Colmcille who began the brighter and led 0-4 to 0-3 before a fortuitous Mark McElhinney goal swung the tie in Burt’s favour.Dowds said: “After 15 or 20 minutes, they put it up to us and there was a bit of head-scratching on the sideline.” Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Ciaran Dowds says Burt must push on from U21 success was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Under-21 ChampionshipBURTCiaran DowdsMark McElhinneylast_img read more


first_imgTHE Language Commissioner Sean O’ Cuirreann has revealed that his office dealt with 28 complaints from people in Donegal last year against government organisations which failed to deal with them in Irish.Mr O’Cuirreann also reported yesterday that be believed Irish could be taught as two separate subjects in the future.He said a huge investment was being made in the teaching of the language, with children receiving a total of 1,500 hours of tuition over 13 years of primary and secondary schooling. “But they are not getting that basic ability in Irish,” he said.Speaking at the launch of his annual report in Galway yesterday said Irish as two subjects could work, adding: “One would be a communications course, where the emphasis would be on writing, reading and speaking Irish — and only on that.“A second course would be for people with a natural interest in the language — literature, poetry, drama and so on.“The two courses would run the same way as we have maths and applied maths — as two separate courses. “So we could have a similar system where everybody would leave school with a basic command of the language, enough where they could watch TG4 or read a newspaper or order a pizza in Irish,” he said.His report revealed that more than a quarter of government departments and state agencies had been consistently failing to provide even the most basic level of service in the Irish language to people contacting them by phone.The level of service provided by a further 29pc of state bodies was deemed to be inadequate to meet their statutory obligations.Topping the list of public bodies which failed to comply with the specific requirements of language legislation over the last year was the Department of Education and Skills, while the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural resources, Dublin City Council, Clare County Council, Iarnrod Eireann and Kildare VEC were also negligent.“This level of failure is all the more significant as the audit we carried out covered only those public bodies which had statutory language plans in place for more than four years”, Mr O Cuirreain said. Throughout 2010, a total of 700 complaints were made to the office of the Irish Language Commissioner about problems experienced by members of the public accessing state services through Irish.Twenty-eight were from Donegal.The vast majority of cases were resolved informally by the commissioner’s office or by providing advice to the complainants.Most of the complaints (41pc) came from Dublin, with significant numbers also coming from Clare (9.5pc), Galway (9pc), Kerry (6pc), Donegal (4pc). Almost one in five of the complaints came from Gaeltacht areas. GAEILGE: 28 COMPLAINTS FROM DONEGAL TO LANGUAGE COMMISSIONER, NEW TEACHING BACKED was last modified: March 16th, 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