Month: December 2019

Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool: Mourinho on the brink as two-goal Coutinho earns Klopp first Premier League win

first_imgLiverpool ramped up the pressure on Jose Mourinho as they inflicted a SIXTH Premier League defeat of the season on Chelsea.The visitors fell behind to Ramires’ early header but fought back to claim a deserved three points, with Philippe Coutinho scoring twice and Christian Benteke adding a late third.Jurgen Klopp celebrated the win wildly, no surprise given it was his first in the Premier League since replacing Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hotseat, but his managerial counterpart Mourinho wore the look of a man who knows his time could be up.Chelsea have won just three of their 11 league games this season and are 15th in the table following their latest defeat.Owner Roman Abramovich had given Mourinho a vote of confidence earlier this month, but with the club’s woeful form continuing, he may be forced to reconsider his stance.It had started so well for Mourinho’s men against Liverpool as they made the breakthrough inside four minutes.Ramires had not scored at Stamford Bridge since December 2013, but the midfielder showed a striker’s instinct to hold off Alberto Moreno and head home Cesar Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross.Chelsea failed to build on their early breakthrough, however, and Liverpool enjoyed the majority of possession as they grew into the game.Coutinho, operating behind frontman Roberto Firmino, had looked their biggest threat throughout the first-half and it was the tricky Brazilian who pulled the visitors level two minutes into injury time.Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, Coutinho cut inside Ramires and curled a delightful left-footed shot past the despairing dive of Asmir Begovic.It was a deserved leveller for Liverpool and they continued to dominate possession when play resumed.Chelsea struggled to show any attacking edge and the anonymous Eden Hazard was replaced with Kenedy as Mourinho desperately attempted to spark his side into life, but it failed to have an effect.Liverpool, who were fortunate not to have Lucas sent off for a second bookable offence, continued to pile on the pressure and finally made their dominance pay on 74 minutes.Coutinho was the man to find the net again – the playmaker’s shot from the edge of the area deflecting off John Terry and past Begovic.With Chelsea looking bereft of confidence, a fightback never looked on the cards and the home side’s misery was compounded when Benteke, on as a substitute, struck a third for Liverpool late on. Coutinho celebrates 1last_img read more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp labels Reds star ‘a big talent’ after Europa League win

first_img Jordon Ibe and Jurgen Klopp Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes youngster Jordon Ibe can have a bright future if he is prepared to work hard.The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club as the Reds beat Rubin Kazan 1-0 to record their first European away victory in almost three years.After an encouraging start to his Anfield career, Ibe has been something of a peripheral figure this season, even under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who promoted him to the first team.And in the week photographs of the team training showed Klopp offering Ibe his glasses after failing to pull off a simple pass, the teenager showed in Russia he can make an impression.“He is a good lad and a big talent, a very skilled player,” said Klopp.“He has a really good base and he feels good at this moment but he has to work on things and he has a lot to learn.“If he is prepared for this then everything will be good.”Klopp was satisfied with the performance, their third successive victory, but admits they can still do better after dominating for most of the game – despite not putting away the chances they created.“The first 80 minutes was really good. It was not easy to play because it was a fantastic atmosphere but the pitch is not in the same shape as the rest of the stadium,” he added.“It was not easy with possession, we could have had more and we deserved our goal and then we have to learn to win.“We had 1-0 and lost rhythm and opened the door for Rubin Kazan.“They fought for their lives and it was great to see how much they want to win and now everything is fine.” 1last_img read more

‘Crash’ Blechman makes final landing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Stubborn and faithful to the end, he refused surgery earlier in the week after doctors told him the aneurysm ticking inside him could take his life at any moment. Crash thanked them for their concern, but said he was going home to the house he had shared with the love of his life, his wife Ev, who died six months ago. Life without her seemed kind of pointless, Crash said. If his time was up, it was up. He’d go see Ev again. “Two nights later, he was gone,” said Lee Auger, who drove Crash around town because the man who cheated death a hundred times in the air didn’t like his chances on the ground. “Crash thought driving was too dangerous,” Auger said. “He had 26 aircraft carrier landings before he ever had a driver’s license.” His mother called him Fred, but none of his buddies ever did. He was “Crash” – the affable, funny ex-Navy pilot who earned his nickname by crashing five U.S. Corsair fighter planes on landing during training missions at the end of World War II. “The joke was, Crash got rid of more of our planes than the whole Japanese air force,” says Gene “Bomber” Koscinski. “He was their ace.” No one laughed harder at the backhanded compliment than Fred “Crash” Blechman, who died at 80 on Wednesday night in his West Hills home. Crash walked away uninjured from each one of those landing mishaps, but he couldn’t walk away from this last one. About 9:30 a.m. Monday, more than 70 of Crash’s buddies in the Wings Over Wendy’s group will gather at the West Hills fast-food restaurant to eulogize the man who brought them all together eight years ago. They’re all former service pilots, bombardiers, aircraft engineers and mechanics from World War II and the Korean War, living in the Valley, who didn’t know each other until Crash invited them over to Wendy’s to share a 99-cent burger lunch and their stories. When I met them in 2002, there were 10 members. After the story ran, membership jumped to 25 by the next week, then 40 a week later. Last Monday, 72 aviation veterans sat around the tables, having coffee and trading stories with Crash. The group had grown so large that Wendy’s owner Ron Ross asked if the veterans could maybe meet a little earlier so he’d have more tables available for the lunch crowd. Crash said sure, no problem. They were just grateful to Ross for allowing them to use his restaurant as a meeting place every Monday morning. “These men were part of America’s greatest generation,” Ross said Friday. “It’s an honor to have them in my restaurant. I’m going to miss Crash. He was the glue.” Crash didn’t play favorites if you wanted to join Wings Over Wendy’s. If you were a flyboy or crew member, you were in – even if you fought for the other side. Mike Karatsonyi of Studio City, who died last year, walked into Wendy’s one day in 2003 to see if he could join the group. Mike told the guys he flew Messerschmitt Me-109’s during the war. Yeah, for the Germans. The guys told him to grab a cup of coffee and sit down. “When his native Hungary was taken over by Hitler, Mike was given two choices: fly for the Luftwaffe or go to a concentration camp, ” Auger said. “He defended his country, did what he had to do. We all respected that.” Crash didn’t want any fuss made over his death. He didn’t want a funeral or flowers. He certainly didn’t want any tears. All he wanted were for his ashes to be scattered over the hills near Santa Paula Airport where his buddy Mickey Epstein’s ashes were scattered a few years ago. Mickey was a flight engineer in B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II and started Wings Over Wendy’s with Crash. He’s credited with coming up with the “Crash” nickname. Fred said he thought about it for a few seconds, put down his 99-cent burger and started to laugh. “Crash” Blechman. Perfect.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

Boy dies after collapsing during gym run

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A sixth-grade student at John Muir Middle School collapsed during a run with his gym class Thursday morning and later died at a hospital, apparently of heart trouble, officials said. Austin Cook, 11, was taking a morning run with his gym class when he fell, said Joel Shapiro, deputy superintendent with the Burbank Unified School District. The boy was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he later died. “It’s a tragedy for anyone, and it’s particularly a tragedy at a school community when someone of this age passes away,” Shapiro said. “And our deepest condolences are with the family.” Austin was initially conscious and complaining of chest pain, Shapiro said. The boy underwent surgery at the hospital before being pronounced dead about 2 p.m., Shapiro said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsPolice and school officials said the child appears to have died of heart trouble, but a coroner’s examination is pending to determine the exact cause of death. Austin did not complain of any pain before collapsing, and John Muir Middle School had nothing in the student’s health record showing that he had any problem with his heart, Shapiro said. [email protected] 818-546-3304last_img read more


first_imgMartin McGuinnessFINE Gael deputy Joe McHugh has launched a scathing attack on Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness over the HGV levy on Donegal truckers.Deputy McHugh said the northern administration hadn’t done enough to help southern HGV drivers.“In response to a Parliamentary Question I submitted in relation to the UK HGV Levy to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister confirmed that the urgent matter was discussed at the recent North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) and he has established a working group to examine the feasibility of introducing a similar pay-as-you-go road tax scheme for HGVs in Ireland,” said deputy McHugh. “Similar to the Eurovignette system which is in place in Europe, a common road charging regime would be established where only one charge is applied to a number of different countries’ roads.“This legislation has been in place since 1 April 2014 and is causing daily concern for hauliers driving on Northern roads and who have received no clarity from the Northern Assembly around how the Levy will be enforced or regulated as the secondary legislation has yet to be agreed.“This is why I have been calling on Martin McGuinness and Sinn Fein in Government to leave aside other motives they may have and focus on what is best for people trying to run their businesses. I commend the Minister on raising the same point this morning in the Chamber.“We need to address this issue head on and drive a solution forward as currently there is very little movement and it is the hard working hauliers and businesses that are being affected. I am calling on Sinn Fein in Government as a party to work with their colleagues in the Assembly, as well as in the South and in Westminster, in pushing forward a viable policy. “It has been recognised that this legislation, which is a UK Levy, is within their rights to introduce under EU law, however concessions could be considered around either a derogation of certain key roads in the North, or a common road charge between Britain and Ireland which would allow hauliers North and South of the border to travel without charges.“Before the secondary legislation is introduced in the North, I would urge all sides involved to engage genuinely and constructively so we can come up with a resolution which won’t have a negative impact on the Hauliers industry. And not to ignore the urgency of the matter as the legislation has taken effect and drivers are now left in a constant state of uncertainty.” McHUGH ATTACKS MARTIN McGUINNESS OVER HGV CHARGES IN THE NORTH was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:deputy joe mchughHGV driversmartin mcguinnessTDlast_img read more


first_imgEaragail Arts Festival has a host of events for all the family from The Global Village Gathering to The Banyan Theatre Company’s productions, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Little Red Riding Hood.All tickets can be booked at An Grianan Theatre on 00353 74 9120777 or online at Banyan Theatre Company presents Little Red Riding Hood – Wednesday 16 July, 11am – Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Dunfanaghy and Thursday 17 July, 11am – An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. €5‘Oh Grandma, what big eyes you have!’ Little Red Riding Hood is a journey full of surprises, as a curious young girl weaves her way through the woods to Grandma’s house.The Banyan Theatre Company presents a playful and imaginative re-telling of a timeless story through the art of puppetry and original music.This children’s puppet show will inspire young minds and remind the adults of the fascination they once had for the puppet shows of their childhood. 45 mins. 3-11 years. Banyan Theatre Company presents The Emperor’s New Clothes – Wednesday 16 July, 3pm – Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Dunfanaghy and Thursday 17 July, 3pm – An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. €5Two swindlers come into town pretending to be master tailors.The vain Emperor summons them to fashion him a set of clothes the like of which has never been seen before.This charming and humorous adaptation of a classic children’s tale, directed by Karen Torley of the acclaimed International Purves Puppets, is told through puppetry, original music and storytelling by the delightful Banyan Theatre Company. 45 mins. 3-11 years.Earagail Arts Festival in association with Balor DCA present Cartoon Capers –Monday 14 July – Friday 18 July, 11am. €7.50 per child.Corrina Askin trained at the Royal College of Art and is an animator who works in children’s media. She creates ideas for children’s animation and has two shows currently on air, “Castle Farm” on Milkshake, Channel Five and “Joe and Jack” on RTEjr.She creates, designs, writes and co executive produces on both shows.She is currently working with one of Ireland’s top animation companies developing her third concept for children’s media.Over the duration of this 90 minute workshop, Corrina and her team will guide young people towards animating their very own own characters, whilst exploring a number of animation techniques from drawing to stop frame animation – 90 mins. 5-12 years. Branar in association with Roscommon Arts Centre & Limerick City of Culture presents: Bláth / The Flower – Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 July, 3pm, Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dobhar, Co. Donegal. €5.Bláth/The Flower is set in a world that has decided colour and plants are no longer needed.A boy finds a magical book and sees flowers for the first time.He then discovers a packet of flower seeds in a junk shop and must learn how to bring the flower to life.Bláth is based on the children’s book The Flower by John Light & Lisa Evans.Designed by the artist Maeve Clancy with original music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames), Bláth is a non verbal show that will enchant audiences as they enter a world made entirely of paper.Combining, puppetry, object theatre and original score, Bláth promises to be a show that will be unforgettable.Non-verbal show, 40 mins. 7+ years.Makin Projects presents Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids – Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 July, 3pm, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Admission €5.Little Howard is the world’s only live interactive animation.Life is tough in showbiz; Little Howard’s big new act keeps going wrong, Roger the Pigeon has spent all their money on cookie cutters, his comedy counterpart Big Howard has been diagnosed with being clinically unfunny and there’s a slug in the backstage toilet.And it’s about to get worse: a sinister figure arrives and Big Howard and Little Howard have to put on the best show of their lives to keep themselves out of jail!Following the success of their TV show ‘Little Howard’s Big Question’ (CBBC) real human Big Howard and animated six-year-old Little Howard are bringing their unique family comedy show to An Grianan Theatre.With interactive stand-up, live animation on stage and lots of jokes and songs this really is a show for the whole family to enjoy.The Global Village Gathering – Sunday, 20th July from 12pm – 6pm, Letterkenny Town Park, Co. Donegal.The Global Village Gathering is a feast of food, music, comedy, theatre and crafts. Capturing the essence of summer and suitable for all ages, the Global Village Gathering is free entry for all the family and takes place on Sunday, 20th July from 12pm – 6pm in Letterkenny Town Park, Co. Donegal.This wonderful day out is an experience the whole family will never forget.With face painting, swing boats and a carnival atmosphere, The Global Village Gathering is a must-attend event and includes an amazing live sound track by Gay McIntyre and The Jazz Ultimatum.Ease into the day with Tai Chi on the lawn, while kids are entertained with vintage games by ‘Ladder 13’ or a creative workshop with ‘Inside Art’, building cardboard masterpieces and decorative sun catchers.Take in a show in the festival marquee, including ‘The Irish National Clown Orchestra’, part musical concert, part hilarious clown catastrophe.Strolling through the craft fair and lawns you’ll meet Potato Paddy, a modern day Houdini who comically twists and turns his way out of near impossible situations and Mr Majestic, who’ll be there waving his wand on the day.Now in its 26th year, Earagail Arts Festival takes place from Saturday, 12th – 26th July and is one of the flagship Donegal events along the Wild Atlantic Way.This year’s festival has something for everyone, from family and outdoor events to theatre, comedy, art, workshops and music from all corners of the world.Hosting a vibrant and varied programme throughout Inishowen, Letterkenny and west Donegal, Earagail Arts Festival features the best of local and international performances.Volunteering is one of the best ways to experience all that the festival has to offer, so come along to the volunteers’ information sessions and start planning your summer of festival fun.For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ieEaragail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.PLENTY FOR THE FAMILY TO DO AT THE 2014 EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessEaragail Arts FestivalEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has accused the Agriculture Minister of failing hundreds of farm families across the county by delaying essential payments.Minister Simon Coveney has presided over a substantial drop in expenditure in the past year and is almost €100m behind gross expenditure targets for 2015, according to McConalogue.“Farmers across Donegal have been left without essential supports as a result of these delayed payments leaving them financially exposed,” said the Inishowen politician. “The latest figures from the Department of Finance reveal that gross expenditure in the Department of Agriculture is nearly €100m behind target for the first 10 months of the year. This is mostly due to the substantial delays in CAP payments which are due under the basic payment scheme.“Minister Coveney has failed to ensure a speedy application process and as a result farmers are tens of millions of euro out of pocket. Not only are the CAP payments delayed, the Capital Allocation is running €20 million behind target and there are more than 15,000 payments under the Areas of Natural Constraints scheme still outstanding.“This Minister fails to understand the importance of agriculture programmes to average farmers. He has presided over a disastrous Beef Genomics Scheme, imposed further restrictions on GLAS and now data from the Government confirms that CAP and other payments are severely delayed. Farmers in Donegal are extremely frustrated with the situation. They feel as if they are not being listened to and are being unfairly penalised by new lower payments. Many farmers are already under severe financial pressure and the combination of lower and delayed payments is adding to an already stressful situation.“These delays must be urgently addressed and I am calling on Minister Coveney to ensure that all his Department’s resources are used to ensure that these lengthy delays are tackled. Farmers have already come through a very difficult period and the least they can expect is for their payments to be made on time”.  DONEGAL FARM PAYMENTS BEING HELD UP BY COVENEY, SAYS TD was last modified: November 9th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalfarmerspaymentslast_img read more

Man United XI v Leicester – Can this XI halt the Foxes’ title challenge?

first_img 9. Anthony Martial (left attack) 11 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 39. Marcus Rashford (striker) 11 Leicester City could clinch the Premier League title with victory over Manchester United on Sunday 1 May, kick off 14:05 BST, and you can follow the action live on talkSPORT.While the Foxes have one hand on the trophy, with the Red Devils still in with a slim chance of making the top four, Louis van Gaal’s side will be no push-overs.And the Dutchman should feel optimistic over a strong end to the campaign after beating Everton to a place in the FA Cup final.So, who could United start at Old Trafford against top of the table Leicester?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United XI by viewing the slideshow above. 11 35. Jesse Lingard (right attack) 11 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – check out the full, predicted Man United line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 27. Marouane Fellaini (attacking midfield) 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (holding midfield) 11 10. Wayne Rooney (attacking midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 51. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (right back)last_img read more

LISTEN: Pochettino urges Tottenham players to learn from ‘tough game’ v Chelsea

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has urged his players to learn from the experience of playing against Chelsea, having collapsed to hand the Premier League trophy to Leicester City.The Lilywhites were leading 2-0 at half-time, a result which would have kept the title race ongoing for at least another week.However, Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard netted second half goals, drawing the tie level, and sending silverware to the King Power Stadium.Pochettino’s team, who have looked so good for much of the season, seemed to let the occasion get to them, and the head coach wants his players to learn from this sort of game.He said: “It was difficult because we were very emotional and they were emotional. It was a tough game. This was the feeling that was important for us to learn. We are the youngest squad in the Premier League, and it’s important for the future. We can only learn from that.”Despite losing out on the title, Pochettino insists the North London outfit should still be proud of what they have achieved this year, having exceeded all pre-season expectations.The Argentine added: “We still need to feel proud for our season, as we still fight for second place. We need to prepare for the next game.”The head coach also had words of praise for his Leicester counterpart Claudio Ranieri, who has led the Foxes to their first ever top flight trophy.“First off I want to congratulate Claudio Ranieri and Leicester on their title. They deserve it, but we do feel disappointed.”last_img read more

Serie A starlet urged to SNUB Tottenham and make Juventus switch

first_img1 Sassuolo manager Eusebio Di Francesco has told Domenico Berardi he should join Juventus instead of Tottenham.The 21-year-old is expected to be on the move this summer after catching the eye in Serie A this season.Tottenham want to bring the striker to White Hart Lane, but Juventus have a buy-back option which can be activated next month.And Berardi’s manager, Di Francesco, believes the youngster would be better off joining than Italian champions.“Juve are the club most suited to a player like Berardi,” Di Francesco told Gazzetta dello Sport.“He is a talent who can endure a change of team and environment. Juve would help him settle in and would wait for him.” Domenico Berardi in action for Sassuolo last_img read more