Mauricio Pochettino: I understand why Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong

first_img The teams play at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night. Poch said that Ajax had many quality players though. “Of course Ajax are not just De Jong. There are various players with a lot of quality and capacity there.”  Upd. on 30/04/2019 at 16:40 CEST Tottenham and Ajax face each other in the Champions League semi-final with one of them to play Barcelona or Liverpool in the final. Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, has already agreed to sign for Barcelona next season. Lluís Bou Pochettino: “Entiendo por qué el Barça ha fichado a De Jong” 29/04/2019 “I can understand why Barcelona have paid that much for De Jong,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “He’s a fantastic player, he’s the one who’s impressed me most in Ajax’s squad.” IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — LVR Bombers

first_imgThe team includes, back row, L-R, Aroha Taiatini-Senechal, Bekka Schrader, Erica Augsten, Maddy Murphy, Morag Paterson, Laurel Sherriff, Jena Wheeldon and Taylor Stewart.Front, Keegan Paterson, Andrea Stinson, Paige Mansveld, Abbie Bourchier-Willans, Chloe Kuch, Brittany Wheeler, Calena Marchand and Hailee Gerun.Goalkeeper is Kat Gabula.The Bombers are scheduled to return to the pitch Wednesday against J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks. Field location to be announced. The L.V. Rogers Bombers girl’s soccer team is cutting through the zone like a hot knife through butter as the squad continues to enjoy success in the Kootenays.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the success with Team of the Week honours.last_img

Salah wins English PFA Player of the Year award

first_imgLiverpool forward Mohamed Salah was named Player of the Year by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) on Sunday, becoming the first Egyptian to receive the award.Salah was rewarded for his performances which have yielded 41 goals in all competitions since joining from AS Roma last year, helping Liverpool reach the Champions League semi-finals and secure a likely top-four finish in the Premier League.The 25-year-old came out on top of a six-man shortlist, voted for by PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League teams, that also included league title winners in Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva.Sane did, however, win the Young Player of the Year award while Fran Kirby of Chelsea Ladies was named women’s Player of the Year at London’s Grosvenor House hotel.last_img read more

‘Timely Intervention’

first_imgThe leadership of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU) said it welcomes the move by the president of the Liberian Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility, pledging his support to the development of the Union.“For years the Union has been without a permanent place to call a home before Musa Bility made a timely intervention that got us our new home,” Martha E. Akorsah, President of the Union, said.“When the Union wrote his office for assistance, we were not let down. His pledge to continue assisting the Union is more than a rescue.“The Union will forever remain grateful to the LFA boss for giving us US$5,000, which helped us to rent our office space.” The Union’s leadership portrays Musa Bility as an upright man who keeps his promises.For his part, Musa Bility said, “If Liberia intends to be counted with other nations, the film industry should not be rooted out. I feel this is the right time to help the movie industry to realize its full potential.“It’s time we help the movie industry to extend its activities far beyond the borders of Liberia.” Mr Bility urged filmmakers to invest more time in producing quality films that will attract more investments in the industry, adding that any failure on their part has the possibility to scale back the Union’s progress.Mr. Bility, who is also the CEO of Srimex Oil and Gas Company, added: “I sincerely think that such a task is not difficult to be achieved, depending on the level of commitment that the individual is willing to exercise. “What I have done for the industry is something that I have been doing for other sectors. I feel happy with the way things are improving.” Mr. Bility also reaffirmed his support to help the industry extend and expand beyond the borders of Liberia “only if the leadership can brave the storm and apply effort.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miss Japan named ’07 Miss Universe

first_img“I learned how to always be happy, be patient and to be positive, and this is what I want to teach to the next generation,” she said during the interview competition. Also finishing in the top five were second runner-up Ly Jonaitis of Venezuela and third runner-up Honey Lee of Korea. The winner travels the world for a year on behalf of charities and pageant sponsors. Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza of Puerto Rico crowned her successor with the headpiece valued at $250,000. – Associated Press Riyo Mori, a 20-year-old dancer from Japan who hopes to someday open an international dance school, was crowned Miss Universe 2007 on Monday night in Mexico City. Miss USA Rachel Smith, who slipped and fell to the floor during the evening gown competition, was the contest’s fourth runner-up. Mori nervously grabbed the hands of first runner-up Natalia Guimaraes of Brazil just before the winner was announced. Then she trembled as the diamond- and pearl-studded crown was placed on her head. Mori, from the small town of Shizuoka at the base of Mount Fuji, won the cheers of the audience when she opened her interview, saying “Hola, Mexico!” 160Want 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

Video: Chelsea and Arsenal target nets thunderbolt against Real Madrid

first_img1 Celta Vigo striker Nolito continued his hot goalscoring streak over the weekend with this absolute thunderbolt against Real Madrid.The 29-year-old took his tally to seven goals in nine La Liga games so far this season, form which has attracted the likes of Premier League duo Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona – where he came through the ranks as a youngster.Cutting on from the right, the Spain international gave Keylor Navas no chance as he drilled a shot into the top corner, but unfortunately his wonder strike wasn’t enough to prevent his side slipping to a 3-1 defeat against Rafa Benitez’s men.Nolito has been strongly linked with an exit in the January transfer window, with nine other Premier League clubs reportedly sending scouts to monitor him already this term.But with Celta currently just three points off La Liga leaders Real in the table, they will surely want to keep hold their star asset to keep their European challenge on track.Check out the strike below! Celta Vigo striker Nolito last_img read more

Five years after thwarted secession drive, is the Valley better off?

first_img Other secession leaders, however, think the battle was worth it and the Valley is no longer the neglected stepchild of the city – an outpost used to finance city services for the rest of Los Angeles while getting little in return. “We may have lost the battle, but I think we won the war,” said David Fleming, an attorney who was a prominent backer of the cityhood drive and is now chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “Clearly, there’s been several changes politically. Namely, the mayor that fought us is no longer in office. That was, I think, a direct result of declaring war on the Valley. “I think City Hall has now learned their lesson: You don’t ignore the Valley and get away with it.” Fleming, who donated $400,000 from his own pocket for the secession effort, now is the first Valley resident at the helm of the chamber and speaks regularly with the mayor. That relationship is a picture starkly different from when former Mayor James Hahn ousted Fleming from the city Fire Commission and mobilized most of L.A.’s civic and political leadership against the movement while vastly outspending cityhood supporters. But it was that fight that many – including Hahn himself – think led angry Valley voters to hit the polls in 2005 and hand the city’s reins to then-Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa said he recognizes the role the Valley played in his election, and it is a debt he seeks to constantly repay. “When I put together the budget, uppermost in my mind is the idea the San Fernando Valley needs to get its fair share,” he said. “That’s why I’m focused on their needs.” The mayor also played a key role in getting the Valley’s secession measure on the ballot. When he served as Assembly speaker, Villaraigosa was able to provide $1 million that was needed for studies to determine Valley service levels. After the cityhood bid, Hahn said he tried to mend fences with secessionists – putting together the system of neighborhood councils and finding the funds to give $50,000 a year to each group. “I thought creating the neighborhood councils would help give people a voice,” Hahn said. “And that it would increase understanding of what the city does. “I thought it was a good idea even though most City Council members don’t want to give up any powers. I still think it’s a good idea.” Hahn said secession was a problem he inherited from Mayor Richard Riordan, but he did his best to deal with it. “A lot of the anger against City Hall was fanned by my predecessor, and we had an uphill battle to keep the city together,” Hahn said. “There was this sense that City Hall wasn’t listening and didn’t care.” Riordan, who served two terms after former Mayor Tom Bradley, said he was well aware of the anger among voters and he tried to head off secession with charter-reform proposals. “We thought we could address a lot of the concerns with a new charter,” Riordan said. “I was against secession because I thought it would be bad for the Valley and bad for the city as a whole.” Today, one of the biggest changes might be with the neighborhood councils – nearly 100 of which have sprouted across Los Angeles. The Valley has more of the grass-roots groups than any other part of the city, and they played a pivotal role in pushing the Department of Water and Power to give them a first look at proposed rate changes before they are approved. And noting their strong community voice, Villaraigosa has called on neighborhood councils for support in his current effort to retain a telephone users’ tax. Meanwhile, city officials note that the largest agencies – police, fire and public works – have increased staffing and services in the Valley since 2002. The Los Angeles Fire Department has doubled the number of ambulances stationed in the Valley since 2002 and increased the number of paramedics by 78 percent. Thanks to a bond city voters approved in 2000, the Valley now has nine new fire stations – built or scheduled – out of 22 new stations citywide. Business leaders also say the city is looking at providing more money for the San Fernando Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau. A fifth City Council seat entirely in the Valley also has been added. And former Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, who opposed the secession effort, noted there has been more focus on how the city determines its service levels. “It was a wake-up call for the city that it could no longer take the Valley for granted,” Miscikowski said. She noted that since the election, some prominent Valley leaders involved in the secession drive also have now emerged as leaders in prominent citywide organizations. In addition to Fleming heading the chamber, Bill Allen, who helped launch the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, now heads the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But despite city promises to focus on the Valley after the secession vote, critics still say little has significantly changed. While the City Council holds one meeting a month in Van Nuys, much of that meeting is spent doling out ceremonial presentations, resolutions and plaques – with little substantive debate on city issues. And former Assemblyman Keith Richman, who won the election for Valley mayor in the secession bid, thinks political representation for Valley residents has not improved. City government, he said, is still focused on downtown and special interests such as unions and developers, rather than the concerns of local communities. “I don’t think the issue at that time was just the Valley,” Richman said. “The issue was always the issue of better governance and better government. “And five years later, I don’t think we’ve made any progress.” Still, he remains skeptical about whether the Valley should try another secession effort. After the 2002 vote, he asked the state’s legislative counsel about the legality of changing state law to allow only Valley residents to vote on cityhood – rather than all of Los Angeles. But the counsel’s office determined it would be unconstitutional. But some still hold out hope, such as Don Schultz of the Van Nuys Homeowners Association, a longtime Valley activist who wound up opposing secession because the new city’s council districts would have split Van Nuys into several pieces. “I would jump at the chance to do it again,” Schultz said. “We got a little bit of attention for a short time, but now it’s back to where it was. Everything is going downtown, and nothing positive is coming to the Valley.” “I don’t think things are going to change unless we form our own city.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was a bitter and divisive battle that threatened to tear Los Angeles in half, pitting the city’s political powerbrokers against a long-simmering backlash of discontent in the San Fernando Valley. In the end, the Valley’s bid for greater recognition and its fair share of city resources led to the polls Nov. 5, 2002. And the result was predictable given disparity in campaign resources and the requirement that both the Valley and the city overall had to approve secession. Los Angeles voters refused to let the Valley form its own city – even as a majority in the Valley said they wanted to chart their own course. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Now, five years after the Valley challenged City Hall, debate rages about whether L.A.’s powerbrokers have lived up to promises to provide a fairer share of city resources to the Valley or whether the region has again taken a back seat to downtown interests. “I think there have been no significant advancements,” said Richard Close, who served as chairman of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment, the lead organization that fought for secession. “Promises that were made five years ago turned out to be the typical politicians’ promises. Which are, in general, promises that have no substance.” Close says neighborhood councils – created under the 1999 charter reform as a way for communities to have a greater say in city government – have little power and are ineffective. And he thinks the Valley is still shortchanged in resources including transit spending. last_img read more

Deputies catch unlicensed drivers

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A fleet of tow trucks and a dozen patrol cars worked what looked at first glance to be a major traffic accident, but actually was preventive work, aimed at getting society’s most dangerous drivers off the road. The sheriff’s deputies, tow jockeys and volunteers were gunning for unlicensed drivers, often wanted for leaving the scenes of accidents. “The number of hit-and-run collisions increases dramatically when there are a high number of unlicensed drivers on the road,” traffic Deputy Anthony Arnold said. “People are afraid to stop when they hit someone or something because they’re afraid they’ll get in more trouble for not having a license.” Deputies from the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station set up a roadblock midday Thursday on San Fernando Road near Oak Ridge Drive, funneling 1,294 cars through and checking the licenses of 1,112 drivers. The majority made it through with just the inconvenience of a slowdown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Eighteen of them went to jail. Thirteen got citations. Nearly a dozen cars were impounded. The problem is nationwide. According to a study done by the AAA Foundation, 20 percent of all fatal crashes have involved at least one unlicensed driver or one who is driving with a license that has been suspended or revoked. The foundation’s report also found that up to 70 percent of drivers whose license privileges were suspended or revoked continued to drive. Also, many unlicensed drivers are also uninsured, compounding the problem when they are involved in accidents. Part of law enforcement’s job is getting the public to take license suspensions seriously. “They think it’s a joke,” said Deputy George Guevara, who has worked traffic in the Santa Clarita Valley for several years. “They think that they can just continue to drive even though the court has taken their license away. Some of them get mad at us for stopping them.” “Traditionally, when you stop someone and their licenses are suspended or revoked, they don’t care, no matter what,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Wendy Hahn. “A lot of times we find people with revoked licenses that were revoked 10 years ago. The licensing laws tend to just keep the honest people honest.” The proportion of unlicensed drivers varies widely state-by-state, with 6 percent in Maine and 23 percent in New Mexico. According to reports issued by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the Pew Hispanic Center, the states that hold the largest population of illegal immigrants are also the states with the highest hit-and-run fatalities. California ranks at the top with 24.1 percent of the known 11.1 million unauthorized residents. “Unfortunately, the undocumented drivers here do that (drive unlicensed) more than the natives,” Hahn said. “If they’ve been involved in an incident, they flee because they don’t want to deal with immigration.” This was the third year for the license checkpoint; a 2005 effort was closed down early because of its impact on afternoon commuter traffic, yielding just two arrests and one citation. A 2004 checkpoint resulted in 21 arrests and 15 citations. Hold those statistics up to the number of hit-and-run accidents and you can see a connection: There were 506 hit-and-run accidents in 2004 and 588 in 2005. This year, there have been 104 hit-and-run crashes to date. “We’re impounding cars of those drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked or have never had a license,” Arnold said. “We have the right to impound them for 30 days. If they have a license and it’s just expired, they’re cited at the scene and their car is not taken.” The checkpoint operation involved 20 deputies, one sergeant, 15 volunteers and sheriff’s Explorers and three trucks from Wolf’s Towing, which took 11 cars to its impound lot in Canyon Country. Their trucks were loaded with vehicles that ran the gamut from a bright yellow Triumph Daytona speed bike to utilitarian family cars. Those drivers who keep their licenses current are affected by the unlicensed driver conundrum when they pay their insurance premiums. “Unlicensed drivers affect the collision as well as the uninsured motorist coverage on policies,” said Hillary Whitcomb, public affairs specialist for State Farm Insurance. “The rates for those two categories take into consideration our costs of claims and repairs.” The tow company operators didn’t seem to mind being busy. To them, 30-day impounds are money in the bank, whether or not the owner redeems the vehicle. “They have to pay the storage rate of $22 per day. Then they have the $97 impound fee and a $93 release fee,” said Wolf’s driver Bobby Huggins as he paused to complete paperwork. “We auction them off all the time; every Tuesday morning there’s a lien sale of vehicles that we’ve towed away and people either don’t want them or they can’t pay the fees.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 160Want 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

Everton face one of the biggest decisions in the club’s history – former striker

first_imgEx-Everton striker Kevin Campbell says the club face one of the biggest decisions in their history when they choose a new manager.Caretaker manager David Unsworth has lost all three games in charge, including a 3-0 defeat to Lyon on Thursday which sent them crashing out of the Europa League.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, the 47-year-old described the current situation as appalling.He said: “I think it could get worse. Everton are in a serious situation.“It’s a mess at the moment. The next manager who’s going to take the reigns – it’s probably one of the biggest decisions in the club’s history.”The Englishman believes the decision needs to be made sooner rather than later.He added: “You could say – bring Sam Allardyce in, bring Sean Dyche in. They’d both do admirable jobs.“But the club are going in a bigger direction now.“Do you bring a Thomas Tuchel in who the fans probably want or Ancelotti who the fans will want?“I don’t know but they’d better make the decision very quickly.”last_img read more

IIoT Deployments to Double: Manufacturers Reinvent Themselves with New Technologies

first_imgIn the US, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) hasn’t taken hold yet.  67 percent of manufacturers aren’t using the technology.  But a survey by ABI Research found that 74 percent of companies are investigating and planning to deploy IoT within the next 12 months.  Over that period, IIoT deployments are expected to double.Ed Abbo, president and CTO of C3 IoT, said that “most manufacturers have no shortage of data… CEO-led mandates for digital transformation initiatives are driving the large and growing market opportunity for a new generation of enterprise software that leverages big data, AI, and IoT at industrial scale. If companies can’t get this right, they will be at a competitive disadvantage.”Ryan Martin, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, said that “companies with industrial and manufacturing operations are looking to connect their HMI, SCADA, and control networks to higher level enterprise systems as well as the cloud. Exposing data to enterprise-level systems provides better support for analytics and the management of people, processes, and systems. The value of leaner systems, processes, and procedures is greater than the sum of its parts for players in industrial end markets. These are generally large organizations with a set of well-understood needs and slim margins, though the ability for IIoT technologies to serve as an infrastructure amplification engine is unbounded.”last_img read more