Neymar ‘discusses’ Man United move, swapping Messi and Suarez for Young and Rooney

first_img*DISCLAIMER: Like a picture of Liverpool celebrating with the Premier League trophy, the subtitles on the video above are pure fiction.Shock! It appears Neymar will not join Man United before the transfer window closes.And now we’ve found footage of a press conference featuring the Brazilian, helpfully translated by someone with no knowledge of Portuguese, but a firm grasp of humour.Take a look at the clip, above, of the Barcelona superstar ‘discussing’ the idea of swapping Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young.Check out youtube.com/talksport for more sports entertainment, like this…VIDEO: 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT NEYMARAnd this…last_img read more

Video: Man United’s Januzaj claims fine assist as Aubameyang nets Dortmund brace

first_img1 Manchester United outcast Adnan Januzaj proved his worth for on-loan club Borussia Dortmund as the 20-year-old Belgian popped up with an assist, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in a thrilling clash with SV Darmstadt 98.Januzaj joined the Bundesliga outfit in a season-long loan deal late in the summer transfer window, and his clever reverse pass freed Aubameyang to slot in his 10th goal of the season in all competitions.However, the Gabon international star’s brace wasn’t enough for Dortmund to claim all three points, as a wonderful volley plus a scrappy last-minute goal saw Darmstadt come away from Westfalenstadion with a share of the spoils in a tense 2-2 draw.Nevertheless, it was a special moment for Aubameyang – who has set a new Bundesliga record having now scored in all seven of Dortmund’s opening league games of the campaign.Check out Aubameyang’s goals and how the thrilling tie unfolded below:Amazing Marcel Heller volley hands SV Darmstadt 98 shock lead: Adnan Januzaj celebrates with his new Borussia Dortmund team-mates Aubameyang equalises with fine close-range finish:center_img Januzaj the creator as Aubameyang fires Dortmund in front: SV Darmstadt 98 claim late draw with scrappy equaliser:last_img read more

‘Get him back and make him coach when he retires!’ Chelsea fans want ex-star to return

first_img Chelsea legend Didier Drogba Chelsea players want to see legendary striker Didier Drogba return for a third time, according to reports.The Ivorian has had two spells with the Blues, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League, and many players now believe they lack his morale boosting qualities.Drogba, 37, is currently on the books at MLS side Montreal Impact, where he scored 12 goals in 12 games.And it’s believed, despite the player insisting he won’t move anywhere during the off-season, he could, at the very least, train with Chelsea until the new campaign kicks off.But what do the Stamford Bridge faithful think about a possible Drogba return? Check out the Twitter reaction below… 1last_img read more

Forget it Man United! Barca chief has ‘no doubt’ Neymar will sign new deal

first_img1 Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has ‘no doubt’ Neymar will renew his contract and snub interest from Manchester United.The Brazilian has been in stunning form this season and leads the La Liga goalscoring charts with 11.Manchester United were linked with a world-record bid in the summer as Louis van Gaal searched for a marquee signing to strengthen his attack and are said to remain keen to lure the Brazilian to Old Trafford.However, Barca’s sporting director, Fernandez, is now convinced Neymar will end all speculation over his future and extend his contact beyond 2018.“He [Neymar] is the second best player in the world,” Fernandez told RAC1.“He’s a player of extraordinary ability, who possesses magic and special talent, scores goals and is very important for the club.“I have no doubt that he’ll renew. The time will come in which we sit, talk and find a solution. He’s happy here and performing well.“The club will provide all that is necessary for Neymar to be calm and at ease. I’m very comfortable with the situation. We haven’t spoken yet, but we don’t need to because I know he’ll sign.” Neymar last_img read more

Ronaldo on Fergie: He’s the best coach EVER but I still don’t understand him!

first_img1 Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he still cannot understand what his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is saying.The Real Madrid star, the subject of a film documentary about his life which is now on general release, spoke of his respect for the legendary Scot in an interview with Jonathan Ross, describing Ferguson as ‘the best coach I ever had’.But he confessed that he still finds the Glaswegian’s accent impenetrable, stating: “I still don’t understand him. In the beginning, I had a translator, a Brazilian man, of course, basically only for him.”Ronaldo has described Ferguson as a ‘father figure’ and he told Ross that has has never forgotten his old manager’s compassion in allowing him to visit his late father – who suffered from alcoholism – when he was ill.“I just have to say thank you for what (Ferguson) did for me,” he said.“We had an important game in the Champions League and I said, ‘Coach I need to go to see my daddy’ and I was a key player, I was a very important player and he said, ‘Listen, your personal life, your family is the important thing that you have in your life. If you want to go three days, four days, five days you can go’.“This moment is what I keep for me because it was the most important time in my life and he shared it with me. This is why I respect him and for me he’s the best coach I ever had.”Ronaldo, who spent six years at United before moving to Real, also spoke of his affection for his time in England.“I respect English people a lot because they are very polite and they respect (you),” he added.“But it’s true, the time I spent here, people treated me unbelievably. I’m never going to forget that.”last_img read more

Firefighters set to jump on fires

first_imgRED FLAG: As rising winds renew wildfire threats, crews and equipment go on alert. By Elliot Spagat The Associated Press SAN DIEGO – Applying lessons learned just a week ago, Southern California is lining up fire crews and aircraft to get a jump on wildfires if the hot, dry Santa Ana winds expected to return this weekend cause major flare-ups. The forecast this weekend called for Santa Ana winds gusting to 50 mph near the cities of San Bernardino and Fontana, east of Los Angeles, and in the mountains near hard-hit Santa Clarita, in Los Angeles County. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Riverside County on Friday because of harsh winds, which in addition to heightening the wildfire threat have damaged power lines, trees, homes and buildings. Similar gusts were expected in the hamlet of Campo, about 60 miles east of San Diego on the Mexican border, and in the sparsely populated mountains of Orange County. The winds, which blow east to west from the deserts and through mountain canyons this time of year, are hot and dry, sending humidity plunging and turning wooded areas into tinderboxes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.None of more than two dozen air tankers and military helicopters that arrived from around the country to fight last month’s blazes are returning to their home bases, said Francis Solich, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The state also has 75 “strike teams” of five engines spread throughout Southern California. Also Friday, Marines began training with state firefighters at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and will be available to join firefighting efforts this weekend if needed. When more than 15 fires began breaking out across Southern California two weeks ago, it took more than 24 hours for nearly two dozen firefighting helicopters to get into the air. As firefighters prepared for this weekend’s winds, several small fires continued to burn in sparsely populated areas. Also, two large ones had yet to be fully contained. last_img read more

Van Nuys agency embracing seniors afflicted by mental illness

first_imgFunding for the program comes from Proposition 63, approved by voters in 2004, that taxes California residents who earn more than $1 million a year at 1 percent. The program currently has a $550,000 budget. For more information, call Mark Lamers or Michele Shepherd at the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center at 818-374-6901. connie.llanos@dailynews.com 818-713-3634 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Six months after starting a search for 40 seniors suffering from mental illness and at risk of becoming homeless, suicidal or isolated, a Van Nuys-based agency has filled about half its slots and is looking for more clients. With its full-service program for older adults, the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center has been trying to reach out to a severely underserved population, said Michele Shepherd, assistant for older adult services. Shepherd said one in three older adults in 2003 was estimated to be living at or below 200 percent of the poverty level in Los Angeles County. In the San Fernando Valley, that equals 94,370 people, and a large number of those are likely to suffer some form of mental illness. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The people we are trying hardest to serve are not personally motivated to get services and aren’t linked up with other agencies,” said Mark Lamers, clinical psychologist and the program’s coordinator. Lamers said it has been challenging to find, and keep, 40 clients. “When we find them, we have to take the time to get to know them,” Lamers said. “These people don’t necessarily look at someone from the mental health field as an ally.” But Lamers said the program’s ability to bring together all elements of care has been successful. “People are not waiting months or weeks to spend 15 minutes with someone,” Lamers said. “Just knowing that they have someone there 24/7 if they have a crisis helps to reduce the intensity of that crisis.” last_img read more

Patriotic couple given VFW awards

first_imgIt was 1992, and Walter Lawetzki of unincorporated South Whittier had just retired from his job of 25 years. Looking for something to do, he just happened to be at the Pep Boys store in La Mirada and saw the sign for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148. He went inside and his life – and that of his wife, Robin – have never been the same since. Lawetzki eventually became post commander twice. his wife would serve twice as president of the VFW post auxiliary. It is believed they are the first husband and wife to have received awards in separate categories in the same year. “They’re very devoted people,” said Diana Grant, principal of Orchard Dale Elementary School, where the Lawetzkis have gone into the classroom to instruct youngsters on the pledge of allegiance and the flag. “We really appreciate their support,” Grant said. “They’re bringing patriotism back to the classroom. We love that.” Robin Lawetzki, who was nominated by her husband, said she was shocked to receive the award. “I’m not one who likes to go up there and get stuff like that,” she said. “I do the work because I believe in the organization and what it stands for, not for the pat on the back.” The Lawetzkis, who each previously had been divorced, were married in 1990. Walter Lawetzki was born in Chicago and served from 1945 to 1947 in the Army. He was drafted the week before the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. He went to France and crossed into Germany, where he spent a year. Lawetzki moved to California in 1966, buying his current home a year later. Robin Lawetzki grew up in Whittier. The two began dating in 1988, marrying two years later. They both retired, deciding to stay home and raise their two children, Walter, now 15, and Michelle, now 12, together. Each also has two children from a previous marriage. Robin Lawetzki said she joined the auxiliary because it was something she could do with her husband. Walter Lawetzki’s first activity with the VFW was joining the color guard. He soon became its commander. “I thought there was a need,” he said. “All these veterans are passing away. There was a need for somebody to do the respectful military honors for them.” Lawetzki has participated in 252 funerals. He was post commander from 1997 to 1999 and is the current commander. Robin Lawetzki became president of the auxiliary in 1999, serving again in 2004. As president, she helped start programs in schools. “My kids went to Ceres School, and they never said the pledge of allegiance,” she said. “That really bothered me. I went and talked to the principal, and she said, `Go for it if you want to do it.’ ” So VFW members began teaching youngsters how to say the pledge of allegiance, doing flag programs, and bringing veterans into classrooms. Eventually they were presenting their Symbols of America program, in which VFW members dress up as American icons such as George and Martha Washington, Betsy Ross, and even the Liberty Bell and Uncle Sam. They go into schools and talk about their characters as a way of teaching history and patriotism. “If we don’t teach our kids about our veterans and what our flag stands for, who’s going to teach them?” she said. “Teachers don’t have time.” Robin Lawetzki said there’s no problem getting VFW members to volunteer for the different programs. “I find if we show enthusiasm, I never had anybody turn me down,” she said. The Lawetzkis say they plan to continue their involvement with the VFW. “I will continue to be involved,” said Robin Lawetzki, who now is junior vice president for District 4, which includes all of the VFW chapters in southern Los Angeles County. “It’s a great organization. My goal is to see the auxiliaries in the district work together (with the VFWs) like we do.” Lawetzki mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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 two would start several programs for the schools and become part of one of the largest chapters in Southern California. It has more than 600 members. “I was looking for something to do,” said. “I went inside and they gave me plenty to do ever since then.” Two years later, his wife joined the auxiliary. Now, the couple have received separate Volunteers in Action awards in La Mirada for their service. Walter, 80, received the lifetime achievement award, while Robin, 52, received the award in the senior category. last_img

VIEWPOINT: WHY POLITICIANS NEED TO LISTEN TO DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE

first_imgDonegal businessman James Arnold cares about the future of the county where he lives. He may be successful in his own right but the road ahead keeps him awake at night. In an article specially written for Donegal Daily, the recruitment specialist offers his thoughts on how Donegal and the north-west can emerge from the recession a much stronger and vibrant place.Donegal businessman James Arnold.Happiness is a North West called Hamlet!This year two important people in Ireland said two very important things which should wake up and resound a voice all over the North West of Ireland. Pearse Doherty the Sinn Fein TD said “Donegal has the highest rate of unemployment in Ireland at twice the state average, the lowest disposable income and youth unemployment is almost at 50%.”. This is true!SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood said concerning Derry and Strabane, that the latest claimant levels were bleak and needed addressing. “These figures illustrate once again that Derry and its surrounds are facing serious economic difficulties and the Executive, Invest NI seem ambivalent to this. They constantly tell us they are working very hard to deliver for Derry and the North West on the economic promise since the Peace Process, but every time these figures are released Derry and its proximity is at the wrong end of the league table.”Now! How do we fix this?Politicians need business people to fix it! An economic accord!A new initiative!An exciting new North West accord by collectivism!If Peter Robinson MP – the First Minister… Or if Martin McGuiness – the deputy First minister and co equal in the Northern Ireland Assembly care about the North West, let them listen to a businessman talking sense. If the President of America – President Obama considers what I have to say important enough about the politics of whole world and writes a personal letter to me within 30 days – won’t the elected representatives of my own beautiful country also extend a small invitation and reply to hear what I have to say too? Because what I have to say is important. So listen please!Elected politicians are not the only ones which care about the people in all of our society. Business people matter too! They care as well. They watch, they flinch, they move on. They seek for opportunities to grow – to invest – to employ, to make our country ( both regions of our country) – to make them great! If we make a profit – it is taxed – so we cannot be blamed for being successful. Our relationship with Great Britain has outgrown the gruesome past of 600 years. Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland some time ago lifted the entire island. These things matter.Ireland’s love for Queen Elizabeth ( expressed in the words of a child – ‘She is the real Queen – she is here’) and the relationship of Great Britain and Ireland has been restored by words, kind words. Her bow – at our memorial of our own dead shook the chairs of the hurted. I am convinced of that. We all live with the past, we remember the past, we have a legacy of the past, but Ireland and Britain’s love for each other in our very own generation has been restored. Many great and brave people wept and sacrificed so much for this achievement. It’s all over. And what teenager and what young adult does not love William and Kate and their kids? None!So what do I propose?Donegal, Derry and Strabane. I want to talk about us. All these regions have the highest unemployment rate in Europe – 50% .It is bigger than Spain or Greece!Donegal as an economic region has never worked successfully or economically within the E.U. Indeed the county voted twice to exit from the E.U. altogether because of its failure to address the economic issues concerning the region and its people within Ireland and its proximity to Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.It is the only region in all of Europe to say No to the E.U. and not without good reason. There are reasonable grounds for this. Its geography and its demographics and its failure to compete fairly. Donegal, Derry and Strabane are all bordered together beside two competing states and all feel the pinch – so too is Tyrone and Fermanagh.But there is a circle of discontent within Donegal, Derry and Strabane. This is the circle of discontent. Mass unemployment exists inside the circle. The problem has not been addressed. Its location is situated in the farthest extremities of Western Europe. It’s out there on its own with conflicting economics, tax rates and VAT – and due to the mistakes of the past is not connected. The is a perpetual source of economic discomfort due to its political demography.Proposal for happinessI propose an economic circle – a dedicated zone for Donegal, Derry and Strabane – A tri-fold development recovery zone – ‘A North West of Ireland accord’ if you will. There are many stake holders and the rewards are wonderful. It will involve the government of the Republic of Ireland, The Government of Northern Ireland, The two governments of Ireland and Great Britain and negotiations with all relevant parties with the European Union. In a nutshell, negotiations are needed to declare the North West region of Ireland and its U.K. border regions an ‘Economic development zone’ with the E.U.How many jobs for the region?25,000! and with the services sector plugging in – 15,000– total 40,000 new jobs!Corporation tax rate negotiated for the region for 25 years?A corporation tax rate for the region of 5%Who?Asia!Europe imports billions of products from Asia, billions upon billions every year.If the IDA and the NI development authority between them select about 75 – 100 good clean manufacturing – clean energy jobs – suitable companies – already and consistently supplying to the E.U. to locate within the dedicated zone – a small part of their operation then it can work. A paltry 5 -10% is all that is needed – and they will jump to take it. It will have no economic threat to the E.U’s existing manufacturers as they are already importing the goods and indeed the new zone will make it easier and less expensive. All the details can be worked out with both governments. We need to work together more than ever before.Gains!All parties will gain. It’s a win win win!All governments will see a substantial benefits saving, an income tax take up, a reduction in unemployment dole outs. The E.U. will see a fall in unemployment.Losers?None, because the zone is limited. The agreement reached between the parties is focused to achieve a goal and nothing beyond.I call on all parties to debate it and bring the region to full employment and social welll being and prosperity.James ArnoldProprietorProspects Recruitment in Ireland.VIEWPOINT: WHY POLITICIANS NEED TO LISTEN TO DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE was last modified: September 4th, 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:BusinessdonegalJames Arnoldlast_img read more

Revealed: Who could form Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at United next season

first_img 4 4 It’s done. Jose Mourinho is the new manager of Manchester United.At last this season’s best kept secret is out in the open, with the former Chelsea boss given the job of helping return the club to the top of the Premier League and the Champions League.Now that the Portuguese’s position is confirmed, attention can move onto planning for the new season.SPOOF: JOSE MOURINHO FIRST INTERVIEW AS MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER: ‘WE’RE A TINPOT EUROPA LEAGUE CLUB!’And one area sparking interest is who might join Mourinho’s backroom staff.Assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg, goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and performance analyst Max Reckers are understood to have left with Louis van Gaal, while the future of current assistant manager Ryan Giggs remains unclear.So, we’ve taken a look at who could take a place in the Old Trafford dugout alongside Mourinho.Take a look at the contenders by viewing the slideshow above. 3. Silvino Louro (former Chelsea assistant first team coach) – Known for his fiery attitude, Louro was Mourinho’s assistant first team coach in the latter’s second spell, having been goalkeeping coach between 2004 and 2007. His promotion speaks volumes over how highly he is thought of by Mourinho and he could be in contention for a role at Manchester United. 2. Rui Faria (long-time assistant to Mourinho) – Faria is renowned for his long association with Mourinho, dating back to 2001 when the latter hired his compatriot as assistant and fitness coach at União de Leiria. They have continued to work together since, at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and again at Chelsea. The pair have been snapped together prior to his Manchester United appointment, where they are set to continue their work together. 4 1. Ryan Giggs (has been Van Gaal’s assistant manager) – read all about it below, then click the arrow above to take a look at those who could join Mourinho’s backroom staff – With Van Gaal gone, Giggs’ future at Old Trafford is uncertain. The Welshman, a legend for the club, is currently assistant manager but has no guarantees of keeping this position under Mourinho. Reports claim the Portuguese is keen for the 42-year-old to stay; however, the man himself is said to be ‘very unhappy’ at the prospect of a lesser role. 4 4. Christophe Lollichon (currently Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach) – Lollichon is currently plying his trade at Chelsea, but there have been reports of a rift between himself and Thibaut Courtois. He could therefore be tempted by a lucrative offer away from Cobham. Frans Hoek, goalkeeping coach under Van Gaal, has confirmed his exit after the Dutchman’s sacking, and Mourinho will require a trusted man to continue the development of the world-class David De Gea.last_img read more