One goalkeeper in, one out as Manchester United name Champions League squad

first_imgDavid De Gea has been named in Manchester United’s Champions League squad after his failed move to Real Madrid.The goalkeeper, who is currently on international duty with the Spanish national side, saw his transfer fall through after the correct documents were not received by La Liga officials before the deadline.Keylor Navas was due to move in the opposite direction and Manchester United and Real Madrid have been blaming each other for the failure to make the move happen.While David De Gea is included in the squad, there is no room for Victor Valdes, with the other two goalkeeping spaces taken by Sergio Romero and Sam Johnstone.Here is the squad in full:Goalkeepers: De Gea, Romero, JohnstoneDefenders: Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Shaw, Varela, McNair, DarmianMidfielders: Carrick, Blind, Young, Herrera, Powell, Valencia, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Pereira, Mata,Forwards: Depay, Martial, Rooney, Wilson 1 David De Gea last_img read more

Neymar Sr dampens Man United and Real Madrid transfer talk – ‘I’m sure he will renew with Barcelona’

first_img Barcelona star Neymar Neymar’s father says he is certain his son will renew his contract at the Nou Camp – despite interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid in the Brazilian.The Brazil superstar has enjoyed a sensational 2015 alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in Barcelona’s treble-winning side.But despite that there has been speculation that both United and Real were confident they could sign the forward.But Neymar’s father, who also acts as his agent, has dampened speculation around his son’s future when speaking at the LFP Awards where Neymar was named the division’s best South American player.“Stay calm, I’m sure Neymar will renew,” said Neymar Sr in comments reported by Marca. “There is no hurry. He still has three years on his contract.” 1last_img read more

Tottenham could welcome back key man for Southampton clash

first_imgMousa Dembele could return for Tottenham’s clash with Southampton on Saturday.The Belgian midfielder has missed Spurs’ last two games with a foot injury but manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Friday that he’s line to face the Saints.Pochettino will, however, be without Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard, who both have ankle injuries, while Clinton Njie is expected to be out for more than a month with a knee problem.“Dembele is close, we need to assess him now in training,” said Pochettino.“Clinton picked up a ligament injury in his knee and maybe we will miss him for a while. Mason and Pritchard are still out.”Pochettino was given a mixed reception last season at Southampton, after leading the club to an eighth-place finish in 2014 before leaving to take over at Spurs.“It wasn’t the whole stadium (cheering me) – only a few people,” Pochettino said.“I feel it’s not an issue because for me it was a big move coming from Spain and it is not easy to explain why we split our way but I feel very good things from Southampton.“I have a lot of people that love me and people I love there. It will always be an important club in my career.” 1 Mousa Dembele last_img read more

Brentford 1-3 Burnley: Three first-half goals helps Clarets to comfortable victory

first_img George Boyd 1 Burnley moved within two points of second-placed Derby in the Championship as they were 3-1 winners over Brentford. The Bees were dealt with a blow beforehand, as defender James Tarkowski, who was set to start for Dean Smith’s side, made himself unavailable for selection after transfer speculation. The outcome was never in doubt after a one-sided first 45 minutes which saw the Clarets boss the game in every area of the field.It took them just 11 minutes to break the deadlock when former Bees striker Andre Gray teed-up Scott Arfield to curl a stunning shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.It was two on the half hour when Barton’s exquisite dipping free-kick cleared the wall and goalkeeper David Button’s outstretched arm to find the net.The first-half footballing lesson continued eight minutes later when a half-hearted headed clearance from Jack O’Connell was returned with interest on the volley by George Boyd to nestle in the bottom corner.The only surprise was that Gray, who left Griffin Park for £9million in the summer, failed to find the net in the opening 45 minutes.He was at the heart of everything positive in the first 15 minutes, firing narrowly wide and setting up Arfield for an early effort which flashed just wide.Brentford fans, who had to wait until the 37th minute for Alan Judge’s first bobbling effort on goal, booed off their men at the break.It was a different story after the break as Brentford emerged the brighter as Burnley sat deep and tried to kill the game off.Judge, also a Burnley target, flashed a shot wide of the upright to signal his side’s intent as the hosts pressed higher up the field.But all too often the final ball lacked quality and when it did reach the danger area Brentford looked toothless in front of goal.Half-time substitutes Sam Saunders and Lasse Vibe sharpened things up and it was no surprise when Judge cut in from the left to fire a low drive under Tom Heaton – a shot the goalkeeper should really have stopped.In the end it was a comfortable win for the Clarets, who closed the gap on leaders Middlesbrough to four pointslast_img read more

Buying meaningful gifts is goal of business owners

first_imgNEW YORK – The boutique owners around the country who are Kristen Amato’s customers will be getting fluffy, monogrammed terry bathrobes for the holidays – there will be no mugs with her company’s name on them.“I hate that – I will never do that,” Amato said of the gift that so many small businesses give at the holidays. In the past, she’s given gift certificates for cooking classes and personalized stationery to customers.“Just putting that extra effort in shows the client or customer that you took the time out to appreciate them, not just sending something very simple,” said Amato, owner of K. Amato, a jewelry-manufacturing company based in Chicago.Amato’s approach to gift-giving is one that small-business owners take when they want a gift to be a meaningful part of a business relationship – not just some cookie-cutter knickknack that smacks of an owner just going through the motions. And one longtime client called to ask if the tower of cookies was going to arrive, since her employees were looking forward to getting it.And that’s the beauty of food gifts, McLaughlin said. It’s not just the owner or CEO of a company that will enjoy the gift; many employees will get to share in the gift, and that contributes to an even better relationship with a client or vendor.And the ubiquitous mug? “So many of these tchotchkes go to their kids, they go into the toy box, or they drop them off at Goodwill,” McLaughlin said.Still, many business owners like the idea of mugs because they are marketing tools, serving as reminders of a company. Or, they like T-shirts that become mobile ads when they’re worn (although so many are automatically turned out in size XL that they often end up as pajamas for a spouse or child).Ron Park, managing partner of Park Fowler & Co., a Corpus Christi, Texas-based accounting firm, recognizes the value of putting his company’s name on a gift. But he also is looking for something unique. So this year, he’ll be sending his 50 biggest clients flash drives, which are small computer-data-storage devices.Park got the idea because clients were sending in their tax information to his office not on paper, but on flash drives. Most said, “don’t lose it now, I have to have this back,” Park recalled.So this gift will be useful, memorable, help build his firm’s client relationships and help accomplish a little marketing as well.At Uproar, a Seattle-based public relations and marketing firm, the philosophy is that gifts should complement, but never supplant, the most important part of customer and client relations.“The best thing we can do for our clients is to be responsive, do great work, go the extra mile,” said Anita Lavine, a media-relations specialist at Uproar. Gifts are “for times when we want to just show our appreciation.”Like Amato, at Uproar “we try to select things that hit a personal note,” Lavine said.So gifts in the past have included flowering bonsai trees and flowering teapots. Or, if Uproar executives are aware that a particular client has been having a hard time, the gift could be a spa certificate.Many company owners hope that a gift will result in more business in the future – probably all the more reason to make a gift unique.But Lavine said her company isn’t counting on revenue growth from gifts. “I don’t think that we give gifts with that sort of intention; the purpose is to show appreciation,” she said.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTo put in the extra effort Amato speaks of does mean thinking and shopping early – as in, right now.“I don’t want to worry about the company I’m ordering from running out of anything,” Amato said.Kevin McLaughlin has relied on feedback from gift recipients to come up with what he believes to be the most appreciated gift: food.Not only do clients and vendors express their thanks, when staffers from his company visit the other firms, “we see our food in the break room and people going after it,” he said.McLaughlin, a principal of Princeton, N.J.-based Resound Marketing, recalled that one year, his firm was late getting the gifts out.last_img read more

Bradley’s goal against Swiss gives U.S. rare win in Europe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The coach’s son knocked in a loose ball from close range after Clint Dempsey deflected a cross into the air from Danny Szetela, who entered two minutes earlier in his national team debut. “That’s soccer sometimes,” said Bradley, who made his 13th international appearance. “It’s not always beautiful. It’s not always that you can play pretty all over the field.” Following a 10-0-1 start under Bob Bradley, the United States had lost to Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Sweden and Brazil, its first five-game skid since 1994. The Americans are just 3-14-3 in Europe since a victory at Austria in April 1998, beating Poland twice and now Switzerland. U.S. women cruise to victory Kristine Lilly scored at the end of the first half and the U.S. women’s team went on to beat Mexico, 4-0, in a chilly and damp exhibition game in Portland, Ore. Abby Wambach, honored before the game for her 100th cap, added a goal in the 76th minute off an assist from Lindsay Tarpley. Not long after, Natasha Kai added a goal, and Carli Lloyd scored in the final minutes. Nicole Barnhart was in goal for the United States, which was upset as the favorite in the World Cup amid a goalkeeper controversy. It was her first start this year. International results England wasted a second-half lead in a 2-1 loss at Russia, jeopardizing its chances of making next year’s European Championship. Defending champion Greece, the Czech Republic and Romania clinched berths with victories, while Scotland’s bid was damaged with a 2-0 loss at Georgia. Germany secured a spot last weekend, becoming the first nation to join co-hosts Austria and Switzerland. Thierry Henry scored twice to break Michel Platini’s French national team scoring record in a 2-0 qualifying victory over Lithuania. Wayne Rooney put England ahead in the 29th minute off a pass from Michael Owen on the artificial turf of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Roman Pavlyuchenko tied the score with a disputed penalty kick in the 69th after Rooney brought down Konstantin Zyryanov; England claimed the foul was outside the penalty area. Pavlyuchenko scored the go-ahead goal 4 minutes later. Croatia (8-0-2) leads Group E with 26 points and England (7-2-2) is second with 23. Russia (6-1-3) is third with 21 but has two games left to one for the English. Russia would advance if it wins at Israel on Nov. 17 and at Andorra on Nov. 21. The top two teams in each group advance, and Croatia also has two games remaining. In World Cup qualifying, host Brazil beat Ecuador, 5-0, in its first home game in two years. Kaka scored twice, and Vagner Love, Ronaldinho and Elano added goals for Brazil.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Michael Bradley stopped the United States’ longest losing streak in 13 years and gave the Americans a rare victory in Europe. Bradley scored his first international goal in the 86th minute and the United States beat Switzerland, 1-0, on Wednesday in a sloppy game played in the rain at Basel. “We need these kind of games,” said his father, U.S. coach Bob Bradley. “The credit goes to the team for sticking together, being organized and not giving too much away and finding a way to win the game.” last_img read more

MUFF BUSINESSES START CAMPAIGN TO BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS

first_imgA total of 19 businesses in the small Inishowen village of Muff have come together to boycott Israeli goods.Cllr Jack MurraySinn Fein Councillor Jack Murray has commended the business community in the area.Councillor Murray said “I want to commend the business people in Muff who have made a principled stand against the recent Israeli assault on Gaza. People here were horrified by the images of Israeli air strikes and troops killing thousands of Palestinian civilians – hundreds of whom were children. “As such a group of local residents came together to lobby local businesses and ask theme to stand with Palestinian and boycott Israeli goods.“The feedback was fantastic and some 19 businesses agreed to sign up and refuse to sell Israeli products. This stand is reminiscent of the Irish boycott of South African goods during the apartheid era there.“I hope that this stand can be repeated throughout Ireland again and pressure can be put on Israel to recognise the human rights of the Palestinian people and finally lift the blockade.’MUFF BUSINESSES START CAMPAIGN TO BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS was last modified: September 3rd, 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:boycottCllr Jack MurrayInishowenIsraelmufflast_img read more

‘He’s better injured than Fellaini is fit!’ Man Utd fans on major injury news

first_img1 Bastian Schweinsteiger has returned to the recovery room.Reports have claimed the Germany international has suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee while on duty for his country.The midfielder had only just recovered from a knee injury having been out of action since mid-January before returning in the 2-0 Europa League defeat to Liverpool on 10 March.With the Red Devils closing in on the top four, the loss of Schweinsteiger will be a major blow to Louis van Gaal.And fans are concerned by his absence… Bastian Schweinsteiger could be sidelined for the remainder of the season and is in danger of missing out on the 2016 European Championship finals last_img read more

Bus line extension

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Just shelve it” (Your Opinions, Dec. 27): Responding to Dana Gabbard, regarding the Orange Line extension to Burbank Airport, Burbank Airport operates seven days a week, 16 hours a day as would the Orange Line extension. The Burbank bus uses a different route and runs only on weekday peak hours. An extended Orange Line will use city streets just like the Woodland Hills end of the Orange Line and the MTA Rapid buses all over the region. NIMBYs? So far the only objection to the project has come from Gabbard. This project would link an airport, a Metrolink and Amtrak station and the Red Line subway with the south and southwestern San Fernando Valley. It’s one low-cost solution to our mobility problems. It joins up existing systems. It’s the sort of solution we need. Paul Dyson Member Burbank Transportation Commission 14th Amendment test Re “The birthright fight” (Editorial, Dec. 29): It seems the Daily News and a growing number of nail-biters don’t want the 14th Amendment tested. The time is now. The issue of citizenship of children born of freed slaves has come and gone. We do not need to make citizens of babies born to illegal mothers (and fathers). Why do you think there is such a turnover of farmworkers who discover that with just one welfare baby they can leave the fields and go into drywalling, cement pouring, and various aspects of the restaurant business, no questions asked? These babies open the magic door to all kinds of goodies. Why else do you think taxpayer-funded immigration outreach offices exist? Barbara Mark Valencia Disposable workers Re “Pension cuts ruin dreams, change lives” (Business, Dec. 26): I always thought that a pension plan was a contract between employee and employer. The employee usually has to sign up to take part in the plan. Doesn’t this constitute a contract? Let these companies treat their contracts with other companies the same way and see how long they are in business. It’s also strange to me that companies are treating their most important assets, employees, as so much disposable paper. Use until no longer needed, then throw away. It’s no wonder that there is no longer any pride in workmanship or satisfaction in a job well done. It doesn’t pay. Irving Leemon Northridge Necessary testing Re “U.S. tested for radiation at domestic Muslim sites” (Dec. 24): Muslims need not be angry or annoyed about this matter. This necessary testing is done for the good of all Americans including Muslims. After all, the threat of dirty bombs comes only from Muslim extremists – not from Buddhists, Hindus or Jews. Hence, Muslims are targeted not simply for being Muslims, as the spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hooper claims, but because of al-Qaida sympathizers that may be living among Muslims. Aprim K. Abraham North Hills We are accused Re “What lost rights?” (Your Opinions, Dec. 29): I will answer the last words of Frank Arenson’s last sentence, “disagree with my government.” This administration has accused anyone of being anti-American if we do not agree with its policies and the War on Terror and with that mind-set on their part, we are losing our freedom and right to express our opinion. Nina Trotta-Sutton Simi Valley Keep donkeys at bay Re “Portfolio” Cartoon, Dec. 29): You know that the poor do not pay income taxes. Wealthiest people such as Sen. Ted Kennedy and Bill Gates do not live off their income as they have supporting trust funds so income taxes are of no concern to them. In California, the Democrats tax us to the full. Your cartoon therefore lies to us. Thank goodness for the elephant. We need protection from donkeys. E. Larry Henen Valencialast_img read more

Viacom split toasts ’06

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. rang in 2006 as two separate companies, completing a breakup of a major media conglomerate in the hopes of winning back friends on Wall Street. The breakup was officially completed over the weekend, and shares of the two companies began trading separately for the first time Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. CBS Corp., which is being led by former CBS chief Leslie Moonves, will include the television network, a group of affiliated stations and a major radio broadcasting group that was recently renamed CBS Radio from Infinity Broadcasting. The other company, which will keep the Viacom name, is led by former MTV chief Tom Freston and will house a large array of cable networks including VH1 and Nickelodeon as well as the Paramount movie studio. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson On their first day of trading, shares of CBS Corp. rose 70 cents, or 2.8 percent, to $26.20, while shares in the “new” Viacom rose 44 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $41.59. Shares of both companies had been trading on a preliminary basis on the NYSE in early December. Sumner Redstone, the founder and controlling shareholder of Viacom, has declared the age of the diversified media conglomerate over, saying the breakup of the empire he created was necessary to respond to a changing industry landscape. However, other large media conglomerates such as Time Warner Inc., The Walt Disney Co. and News Corp. have given no indication that they plan similarly radical steps to reorganize their companies. Time Warner, however, did sell off its music division and intends to float shares in its cable TV subsidiary. Viacom’s breakup did clear up questions over who would succeed Redstone, who is 82 years old, as the company’s chief executive. Redstone will remain chairman as well as controlling shareholder of both the new Viacom and CBS. last_img read more