Manchester City target Leroy Sane could be sold in the summer, admit Schalke

first_img Leroy Sane Manchester City target Leroy Sane will not be poached by Barcelona – but he could be sold in the summer.The Schalke starlet is the Bundesliga’s brightest star and is wanted by most of the Champions League’s top clubs.City were initially told he would cost at least £40m but that figure is inflated and, due to a clause in his contract, he could move for £26m in the summer.Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt was asked if the 20-year-old could discreetly agree terms with Barca ahead of a summer move and instantly dismissed the speculation.“Of course not, because the player has a contract until 2019,” Heldt said.“But one can assume that teams are already positioning themselves.“It will certainly be a topic in the summer and the club will then deal with it.” 1last_img read more

The nightmare begins: Commuters urged to avoid I-5 gridlock

first_imgStill, Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said extra cars will be hitched to some trains and service is expected to be added into the midday hours between Via Princessa and Union stations. Overflow parking will be available at Hart Park, Saugus Speedway, Magic Mountain – at lots A1, A2, and A3 – and at 6th Street and San Fernando Road. Shuttle service will be available. “We’re telling everyone to wear comfortable shoes because commuters may have to stand and be prepared to wait,” Tyrrell said. “We’re asking people to be patient.” But Metrolink will be challenged to accommodate the influx of new riders. “They say there are 250,000 trips made through the Golden State Freeway, and that’s many more people than we can handle,” Tyrrell said. “We’re going to do our best. “We’re going to throw everything we can at it. But the best advice is for people to stay home.” The Antelope Valley Transit Authority also will be adjusting its bus routes. Route 785 will run earlier, departing from the Lancaster City Park at 3:15 a.m. and the Palmdale Transportation Center at 3:35 a.m. The buses that depart Lancaster at 5:55 a.m. and Palmdale at 6:15 a.m. will not run. Metrolink will honor Antelope Valley Transit Authority commuter passes on all of its Antelope Valley runs. Officials with Caltrans asked commuters heading to Santa Clarita from the Golden State Freeway to transition to the Antelope Valley Freeway, then continue onto State Route 138 to connect back to the Golden State. Those heading southbound on the Golden State should exit at Calgrove Boulevard and continue south onto The Old Road, which becomes San Fernando Road. Commuters can then continue south onto Sepulveda Boulevard to connect to the Golden State Freeway. Meanwhile, commuters on Sunday were trying to figure out ways to report to work today. Software engineer Phil Berlioz said he carpools from Valencia to work in Woodland Hills. “It’s looking pretty bad,” Berlioz said. “I wish we had a telecommute policy, but I guess I’m going to try my best to come to work. “I’m not so much worried about the next couple of days,” he said. “I’m worried they may close the tunnel for a couple of weeks.” Others from the San Fernando Valley say they may have to use creative ways to report for work in the Santa Clarita Valley. “I live in Canoga Park. Today was easy,” said Honorio Ortega, who works at Lily’s Cafe on Lyons Avenue in Newhall. His Sunday commute to work involved the San Diego Freeway, the Antelope Valley route, and The Old Road. “On Monday, it’s going to be much harder,” he said. (818) 713-3664160Want 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.Late Sunday afternoon, Caltrans officials opened the two-lane northbound I-5 truck route. The two-lane bypass is the only part of the freeway to escape damage in the Friday-night chain-reaction crash that shut down the Newhall Pass tunnel on the Golden State Freeway. But southbound I-5 truck lanes are expected to remain closed for a month, and traffic has clogged the region with many commutes that have taken twice as long as usual – or more. On Sunday, traffic crawled southbound on The Old Road, paralleling I-5. “There’s going to be no easy way to get to work,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. T.W. Lackey said. “Commuters have to find other routes and look at alternate modes of transportation. Metrolink’s a good bet.” But officials with Metrolink couldn’t promise a smooth commute, noting that parking at the three train stations in the Santa Clarita Valley – Newhall, Via Princessa and Santa Clarita stations – is limited and long waits can be expected for boarding. SANTA CLARITA – More than a quarter-million commuters will face their worst nightmare this morning: gridlock in the Newhall Pass. Traffic on streets and highways is expected to be bumper to bumper as a key section of the Golden State Freeway, also known as the I-5, will remain closed after the fiery chain reaction big-rig crash that claimed three lives over the weekend. California Department of Transportation crews worked through the weekend to be able to open southbound lanes for today, though officials cautioned commuters that they will be sharing the road with big rigs. Officials also encouraged drivers to consider alternative routes or public transportation. Bracing for back-to-work traffic, Metrolink officials said Sunday they would add additional train cars and routes to handle thousands of motorists who opt for public transit rather than face the congested roadways. last_img read more

Families’ memories gobbled up by fire

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – Jerry McLinn had just returned from vacation when it hit him: Time. To. Go. The electrician was pulling into his driveway Sunday afternoon with his wife, Shelli, and 3-year-old daughter, Delaney. McLinn is an electrician now, but had worked as a hotshot forest firefighter in his youth. And the flames were coming. Within 30 minutes, the family had grabbed what it could and fled as smoke encircled the house. Delaney cried and cried. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I wasn’t concerned when we left,” Jerry McLinn said Tuesday. “Then, when we came back, I was like, `Daaaaamn.” Thousands of Southern Californians weren’t so lucky. The Insurance Information Network of California issued a preliminary estimate of damage Tuesday – a sobering half a billion bucks. With more than 20 fires burning from Santa Barbara County to the Mexican border, state and federal officials declaring emergencies and hundreds of thousands of residents evacuating, the process of rebuilding will be slow and challenging. Insurers dispatched adjusters and catastrophe teams by the dozen to each fire area, but the sheer size of the disaster proved daunting. “Oh, my Lord, you can’t even keep up with it,” said Candysse Miller, an IINC spokeswoman. “It literally looks like Southern California has a ring of fire around it. I’m not sure such a vast area in Southern California has ever been on fire simultaneously.” For the McLinns, the fire left a hole in their roof above the master bedroom and blackened the garage. The entire place reeked of smoke as they began packing their lives into storage containers for an eight-month relocation. McLinn carried an armful of papers and photographs to his truck. On top of the pile sat a book from his firefighting days, “Young Men and Fire.” He was thankful he hadn’t lost more – his family would be OK, he said, just inconvenienced. To speed the recovery for them and hundreds of others, Los Angeles County supervisors directed the county assessor to extend deadlines for upcoming property-tax payments. The supervisors will also send letters to major banks and lenders asking them to reschedule mortgage payments, giving homeowners up to six months without a bill. “These actions would assist county residents whose homes have been lost or damaged to re-establish their lives,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. County Assessor Rick Auerbach said he has implemented a process to provide property-tax relief to homeowners and businesses. State law allows reassessment of property that sustains at least $10,000 in damage, which can result in a corrected tax bill or a refund. Any adjustment or proration of taxes will be based on the reduction in value from the date of damage through the fiscal year ending June 30. “This is our top priority and we are moving quickly to make tax relief as simple as possible and help those affected by these devastating fires,” Auerbach said. The departments of Regional Planning and Public Works will also establish one-stop permitting centers in areas affected by the fires and will expedite issuance of building permits. At what used to be his home in Canyon Country, 45-year-old Richard Libby used a pickax to plow through the charred remnants of his daughter’s bed. The flames ignored his neighbors’ homes, but reduced his house to a few pillars, the front-door frame and his mailbox with the label “Home Sweet Home.” His pool was black with ooze. A picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi floated in the middle. The remains of Libby’s daughter’s chemistry textbook were mixed with burned-up Reggie Jackson and Garry Maddox baseball cards, an antique typewriter and a melted doll. “I found part of the PlayStation!” called his 10-year-old nephew, Justin Casillas. “Woo-hoo!” Casillas tossed the ruined, electronic chunk back on the pile. The family has a temporary home at its church for shelter, but won’t be able to return to the house for a year. “We’re just trying to find pieces. Little pieces,” Richard Libby said. “Closure, you know.” (818) 713-3738 Finding help If you need to make an insurance claim, follow these steps: Who to call Call your insurer to get the process started (see phone numbers below). Leave as much contact information as possible; records might only list your home phone. Make an inventory of affected possessions and, if possible, photograph or record the damage; make a copy for yourself and your insurer. Keep receipts for short-term expenses so you can be reimbursed. Photograph damage before making temporary repairs or clearing away debris. More information, including misfortune/calamity forms, can be downloaded through a special fire link at The following are phone numbers for Southern California wildfire insurance claims: Allied, (800) 282-1446 Allstate, (800) 547-8676 American International Insurance Co. of California, (888) 760-9195 Amica Mutual Insurance Co., (800) 242-6422 Automobile Club of Southern California (800) 672-5246 Balboa Insurance Group, Balboa Insurance Co., Newport Insurance Co., Meritplan Insurance Co., (888) 768-2096 California Casualty, (800) 800-9410 Century-National Insurance Co., (800) 733-1980 CNA (877) 262-2727 Electric Insurance Co., (800) 227-2757 Farmers, (800) 435-7764 GeoVera and GeoVera Specialty Insurance Co., (800) 631-6478 IDS Property Casualty Insurance Co. (Ameriprise), (800) 872-5246 MetLife Auto & Home, (800) 854-6011 Nationwide/Allied, (800) 282-1446 Oregon Mutual, (800) 888-2141 Pacific Select, (800) 828-3003 Safeco, (800) 332-3226 State Farm, (800) 732-5246 USAA, (800) 531-8222 Source: Insurance Information Network of Southern California, local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Career Costumes

first_imgacres pupils – came on campus to discuss their various careers. Nurses, real estate agents, entrepreneurs, police officers and more – the kids were treated to a smorgasbord of career possibilities awaiting them. They heard from Goodyear blimp crewman Phillip Welch, Bernie Mac’s makeup artist, Vonda Morris, and noted musician Del Atkins. “There are two ways we play this instrument, and one is with a bow,” Atkins explained as he showed a stand-up bass to a group of kindergartners. “Can you say bow?” “Booowwwww!” they all exclaimed. “It’s fantastic,” Welch, whose daughter, Haley, came as an interior designer, said of the program after his presentation. “It really makes them aware of the opportunities available to them and shows them that there are so many avenues, so many things that you can do – and that you can do it.” Strolling across the quad in a tweed skirt and matching suit jacket, fourth-grader Michaela Ryan, 9, said, “I’m an attorney this year. That’s my dream. I think I’d like it a lot because I could do special things like get innocent people out of jail.” “Last year I was a fashion designer,” she added. As Sparks, the principal, showed a guest around campus, she greeted the costumed students by name – the doctors and the ballerinas, the aspiring veterinarian and the teeny tiny astronaut in the wee white space suit. “Egypt! Where’s your costume?” she asked a boy dressed in jeans, a T-shirt, a plaid button-up and sneakers. “Uh, well, I was gonna be a detective, but ?” Egypt’s voice trailed off as he attempted to explain the wardrobe mishap that resulted in his coming on campus in street clothes. The school on all other days requires uniforms. “Well,” Sparks replied, “we’ll just call you an undercover detective, and that’ll be just fine.” 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 “Oh, her outfit is so cute, you should see it,” explained a nearby adult. “We just had some of them change for lunch so their costumes don’t get dirty.” The kids were kindergartners at Carson’s Broadacres Elementary School, which every year combines Halloween with Career Day and asks students to dress in their chosen profession. “We want to focus not on spooks and goblins, but really focus on careers and have them start thinking about what they want to do,” said Principal Barbara Sparks, who estimated the school has been doing Halloween this way more than a dozen years. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in fourth grade, so it’s never too young to start thinking about it.” The entire 500-student school was thinking about it last week, when some 20 adults – mostly parents of Broad- They paraded single-file, proud and bouncy, declaring their temporary identities as they passed by en route to lunch. “I’m a lawyer!” shouted a sharply dressed small fry, sporting a dark pinstriped suit and sleek black, silver-buckled loafers. “I’m a firefighter!” chimed in a little man in the tiny, shiny helmet. “I’m a Home Depot girl!” said a youngster in jeans and a pale-colored T-shirt. last_img read more

Euro 2016: Portugal 1-1 Iceland: Bjarnason strikes to secure valuable point

first_img1 Birkir Bjarnason scored Iceland’s first ever European Championship goal Birkir Bjarnason scored Iceland’s first ever tournament goal as Heimir Hallgrimsson and Lars Lagerback’s men fought back to a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Saint-Etienne.Luis Nani had opened the scoring in a dominating performance from the favourites, but a defensive mishap allowed Iceland back into the game, and they held on valiantly to claim a point from the hardest game in Group F.It took over half-an-hour for Nani to grab the opener, but Portugal will rightfully feel they should have been much further ahead by that point – although it was Gylfi Sigurdsson who came closest to breaking the deadlock.Finding space in the inside-left channel, he hit a powerful drive towards the near post, although Rui Patricio dealt with the shot, before claiming the rebound which Sigurdsson failed to direct into the back of the net.Following that chance for the tournament debutants, Portugal dominated the half; Andre Gomes and Joao Mario were heavily involved in much of the attacking play.Vieirinha had their first real attempt, smashing a strong shot at goal from 25 yards which goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson did well to punch away.Halldorsson was Iceland’s most involved player in the half, following up that punch with a series of impressive catches from Portugal crosses.He then made one of the saves of the tournament, to keep the score level.Cristiano Ronaldo showed his first real glimpse, making space for himself on the left wing and sending the ball into the box. It was perfectly weighted for Nani to head home, but Halldorsson came flying across his goal to deflect the ball with his foot.However, the keeper could not hold his own for much longer, and Nani soon beat him with a sidefooted finish from Gomes’ well worked cross.Portugal continued to apply the pressure, Ronaldo going closest to grab the second, but Iceland’s back-line held firm, entering the dressing room at half-time in need of some severe changes.And although Iceland started the second half in the same manner they ended the first, it was they who got the all-important next goal.A counter attack saw Birkir Bjarnason lashing home a Savarsson cross from close range, having been given all the time in the world to set himself up thanks to some woefully poor defending from Vieirinha.The goal brought a renewed vigour to Portugal, although they struggled to break through a sold defence.Ronaldo and Nani each had two opportunites to retake the lead, although Iceland looked dangerous on the counter without ever really threatening the goal.Portugal pushed for the next goal, introducing Renato Sanches and Ricardo Quaresma from the bench, whilst Alfred Finnbogason came on as Iceland themselves continued to attack when presented the opportunity.And Finnbogason was so close to bagging a winner, forcing a fine stop from Patricio with a powerful left footed shot from inside the area.Ronaldo had the last opportunities for Portugal, but two successive free-kicks hit the wall, and following the latter the referee blew the whistle to great cheers from the Iceland players.last_img read more

Former Bolton midfielder Aaron Mooy joins Manchester City

first_img Aaron Mooy in action for Melbourne City 1 Manchester City have signed former Bolton midfielder Aaron Mooy from their sister club Melbourne City.The 25-year-old, who started his career as a scholar at Bolton back in 2009, has spent the past four seasons at Melbourne after his move from St Mirren in 2012.He has racked up 102 A-League appearances, scoring 22 goals, and has now earned himself a switch to the Premier League, signing a three-year deal at the Etihad.However, it has been suggested that Mooy will not figure in Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans straight away with a loan to a fellow European club on the cards.Managing director of City Football Services told the club’s official website: “Aaron is an extremely talented player who possesses the attributes we hope to foster and encourage within the City Football Group.“Aaron’s move to Manchester allows us to further expose him to a high standard of opportunities to ensure his professional growth.”last_img read more

THAT horror collision between Battiston and Schumacher at World Cup 82 – VIDEO

first_imgAhead of Thursday’s Euro 2016 semi-final between France and Germany, check out this horror tackle from a meeting at the 1982 World Cup. It was West Germany v France at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with the former winning 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw. It is nearly 34 years to the day since goalkeeper Harald Schumacher clattered into France’s Patrick Battiston. As he made a late run from midfield into the box, the Frenchman hit the ball past the on-running shot-stopper, his effort going just wide of the post, but he was sent crashing to the ground. As he lay still on the ground, the goalkeeper was bemused, unaware of the seriousness of the challenge, as he stood ready to take the goal-kick – see above!Battiston was stretchered off in a neck brace and he lost three teeth and is said to still be struggling with back problems as a result of the collision.Goalkeeper Schumacher escaped without punishment, going on to be the shootout hero as he saved two penalties.The nations met two years later and the pair reportedly exchanged shirts in private after the game.last_img read more

Friends, colleagues honor former Senator

first_img 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! WASHINGTON – Former President Clinton eulogized the late Minnesota Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy on Saturday for helping to shift momentum against the Vietnam War with his 1968 presidential campaign. “It all started when Gene McCarthy was willing to stand alone and turn the tide of history,” Clinton said at a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral. McCarthy, who died last month at 89, mounted an anti-war challenge to President Johnson for the 1968 Democratic nomination, leading to Johnson’s withdrawal from the race after the New Hampshire presidential primary. About 800 people, some wearing McCarthy campaign buttons, attended the memorial. A bagpipe procession started the service, and Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary sang “This Land Is Your Land” and other songs. The audience was filled with friends, family members and lawmakers, including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. Kennedy’s brother, the late New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, rankled McCarthy by jumping in the ’68 race after McCarthy’s strong showing in New Hampshire. Vice President Hubert Humphrey won the nomination that year and then lost to Republican Richard Nixon. Clinton recalled meeting McCarthy as a young man in the early 1970s. The future president was having trouble locating a pair of large shoes to wear to a black-tie Washington dinner, and a friend said he knew someone with even bigger shoes. A couple of days later, Clinton said, McCarthy came by with a pair of shoes to lend. “That night, I stood in Gene McCarthy’s shoes,” Clinton said to laughter. At the dinner, he decided to pass up a receiving line for President Nixon. “It just didn’t seem the right thing to do wearing McCarthy’s shoes,” Clinton said to more laughter and applause. Decades later, Clinton found himself at a 1992 Democratic presidential debate with McCarthy. Even though McCarthy was not a serious candidate, Clinton said, “It was seriously uncomfortable to be on the wrong end of his wit.” Clinton was willing to overlook a far more serious challenge by speaking at the memorial service. In 1998, at the height of Clinton’s impeachment scandal, McCarthy called for the president to resign or be impeached. “He’s been running a pretty messy presidency in terms of constitutionality and tradition,” McCarthy said. It was that contrarian streak that won McCarthy both admirers and detractors. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., said that McCarthy’s critique of the Vietnam War has echoes in the debate today over Iraq. “Gene McCarthy showed us the moral force of politics without preaching,” Oberstar said. Two of McCarthy’s children, Michael McCarthy and Ellen McCarthy, also gave tributes at the service, as did journalist Mary Alice Williams, a family friend.last_img read more


first_imgExclusive: Gardai launched a manhunt after a suspect fled from the scene of a drugs factory in Ballyshannon last night.It is understood that detectives had the area under surveillance for some time following an undercover operation.When they pounced on the premises at Higginstown, they found almost €300,000 worth of cannabis plants. Up to 350 plants as well as various equipment used to grow the cannabis was also seized.However a man at the scene managed to flee on foot.A massive Garda manhunt was launched and the coastguard helicopter was also summoned to join in the search for the suspect.The PSNI in Fermanagh were also alerted. The area has been preserved and Garda forensics are due at the scene to process it.No arrests were made but Gardai have appealed for information in helping to find the suspect. GARDAI LAUNCH MANHUNT AFTER SUSPECT FLEES FROM DRUGS FACTORY was last modified: July 25th, 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) Tags:Ballyshannoncannabislast_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the budget’s cut to the Single Parent Tax Credit is unfair and out-of tune with modern Ireland. Deputy Doherty said Sinn Fein is opposed to the unfair cutting of the Single Parent Tax Credit.“This is an unfair move and is out-of-tune with the needs of modern Ireland. Pearse Doherty“This move will ultimately affect the children of separated parents as one of their parents will now have less to provide for their children’s needs.“This move sends out a message to separated fathers in particular that their care- giving is not equally respected by the State. That is an unacceptable message for a government to send out and could be viewed as favouring one parent over another.“Sinn Féin will oppose this cut in the Finance Bill and I call upon Minister Noonan to look again at this proposal and to exam its impact on equality and on the children of separated parents.”    TAX CUTS UNFAIR FOR SINGLE PARENTS – DOHERTY was last modified: October 21st, 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) Tags:Pearse Dohertysingle parent familiestax cutslast_img read more