Watford rule out shock swoop on Liverpool

first_img1 Mario Balotelli Quique Sanchez Flores has dismissed speculation linking Watford with a move for Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli.The Italian striker is looking for a way out of Anfield, just one year on after joining the club for £16m from AC Milan.Sides in Italy have shown an interest, while Europa League champions Sevilla have also made an enquiry.But Flores has now ruled Watford out of the running after the Hornets were linked with an audacious move earlier this week.“When a player is only in the plan of the media I prefer to not talk about it,” said Flores.“Inside the club we haven’t talked about Mario Balotelli. So at the moment this is a possibility more in the media than the club.”last_img

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Turkish teen sensation reveals why he chose Manchester City over Chelsea

first_img1 Turkish teen ace Enes Unal has revealed he snubbed Chelsea in favour of a summer move to Manchester City because of their differing youth policies.City won the race to land the 18-year-old wonderkid in July, shelling out £2m to sign him from Bursaspor. He has since been sent on loan to Genk for the next two seasons.And now the precocious striker, who scored four goals in the Turkish top flight before the move to City, has revealed he turned down an offer from Chelsea because of their current loan policy.Speaking to the official Turkish Football Federation website, he said: “One of the other teams that wanted me was Chelsea but I decided to join Manchester City because they had shown more interest and were really keen in bringing me in.“Chelsea have around 50 players out on loan whereas City have about 15 and these are players like [Edin] Dzeko and [Stevan] Jovetic.“City are investing a lot in young players and have plans to use them in the future.” Enes Unal last_img read more

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Arsenal ‘can take on anybody’ in the Champions League, insists former manager

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager George Graham believes the Gunners ‘can take on anybody’ in the Champions League if they maintain the form which saw them beat Olympiakos to qualify for the last 16 on Wednesday.Following a disappointing start to their European campaign, the Gunners travelled to Greece knowing they had to win by two clear goals to progress from the group stages.And the north London side did what they needed to do, and in emphatic fashion, as Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick ensured Arsenal finished runners-up in Group F to join Bayern Munich in going through to the knockout stages.It was a brilliant performance from the visitors, who crucially maintained their composure at the back while stunning Olympiakos on the attack.And, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former boss Graham believes the performance could inspire the side to march all the way to the final this year.“It was a wonderful team performance, both offensively and defensively, and I haven’t said that many times about Arsenal this season,” he said.“It was a very difficult game but they were fantastic and if Arsenal can reproduce that form they can take on anybody.“Arsene Wenger’s optimism is fantastic really, he never loses the confidence that the team are going to improve.“If they keep on improve like last night, then why not? There’s a great chance to go on a great run right through to the final.”last_img read more

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‘My time machine works!’ – Fans laugh at Abramovich’s transfer business

first_img1 Alexandre Pato Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with former AC Milan star Alexandre Pato that will see him join the Blues, according to reports in Brazil. Pato left the Italian club in 2012 to return to his native country and signed with Corinthians. However, Corinthians are so desperate for the Brazilan to leave the club, he spent last season on loan at rivals Sao Paulo, where he has scored 19 goals in 59 games.The forward’s representatives have been eager to secure him a move to a Premier League club for the past few transfer windows and it appears they have finally done it with Chelsea.However, the 25-year-old has faded from the football map since exploding onto the scene when he signed for Milan in 2007.As a result, the Blues’ move for Pato has been greeted with disbelief on social media.See below for the best reactions!last_img read more

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TRANSFER NEWS: Arsenal to beat Chelsea and Liverpool to Monaco teen sensation

first_img Kylian Mbappe 1 Arsenal are leading the race for teen sensation Kylian Mbappe.The Monaco forward is wanted by all of Europe’s big clubs and is tipped for a big future by many in French football.Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have all scouted the 17-year-old – as have Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool.However, according to L’Equipe, it is Arsenal who are winning the race for Mbappe’s signature.The Frenchman’s contract with Monaco expires at the end of the season and he would be able to leave on a free, although compensation will be due to the Ligue 1 club.Arsenal have held talks with Mbappe and negotiations are said to be progressing well.last_img

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Boat family finds benefactors years later

first_img“The government finally set up a refugee camp for us, and that’s where we lived for nine months until the Red Cross came and told us we had sponsors in America.” Their sponsors were families in a Havurah – friendship group – from Temple Judea in Tarzana. Jerry and Melba Nedler, Barbara and Jack Turk, Caroline and Arthur Lieber, and others. They watched the evening TV news and read newspaper stories about the poor boat people trying to escape a certain death. They knew they had to do more than just shake their heads and say, what a shame. “They stayed with us for about two months,” Jerry Nedler said Friday. “With the other families in our Havurah, we helped them adjust to their new country and become acclimated to a life of freedom and hope. “My wife, Melba, found Phuong a job, and Barrie, my oldest daughter, took the boys to see their first swimming pool on the CSUN campus, where she was a student. “Lee, our son, took them to the mall to show them what that was like, and Beth, my youngest daughter, helped them learn English watching TV with them. “After about two months, they decided they wanted to move closer to other Vietnamese families living in the North Hills area. Melba and Carolyn Lieber helped them find a new place to live, and we went back to a normal existence.” Until two weeks ago. After failing to find the Nedler home on Shoup – it was actually on Bessemer Street, just off Shoup – Peter thought his search had come to a dead end. He had already hired an immigration attorney to help find the family, but that had failed. So had requests to the U.S. State Department to get information under the new Patriot Act about their sponsorship to America. Then something that has kept the Khai family in good stead since they escaped their homeland on that crowded, small boat 28 years ago stepped in again. Luck. “About two weeks ago, I was at a party with some friends who were also boat people, and had been sponsored by a family to come to this country,” Peter said. “One of them had brought their sponsor with them, and I was talking to her about trying to find the people who had sponsored my family so I could thank them personally. “She told me it had been a special program sponsored by two temples in the Valley – Temple Judea and Valley Beth Shalom. That was a Saturday. On Monday, I was on the phone calling them.” Leslie Zimmer didn’t have a clue who Peter Khai was or anything about a woman named Melba. But the secretary to the rabbi at Temple Judea knew a heart-wrenching story when she heard one. She promised the man calling that she would look into the matter. Peter hung up the phone, thinking she didn’t sound too convincing, but 15 minutes later his phone rang. It was Leslie. “I did some research and found out that the only Melba it could have been was Melba Nedler, who passed away three years ago,” Leslie said Friday. “I called Jerry to let him know about Peter’s call and to see if I had the right Melba. He said Melba only helped a woman and her two boys so many years ago, and it couldn’t have been the gentleman who called me. “I called up Peter, a little deflated, and explained what Jerry had said. He became emotional as he said, `Yes, that was my mom and I am one of the two children. I was 9 years old at the time.”‘ When Peter called him a few minutes later, Jerry Nedler said he started to cry. “I’ve missed my wife terribly. She had done most of the work to give this family a chance at a new life. That she wasn’t here to see how they had succeeded broke my heart.” Last Sunday, in an emotional reunion, Peter, his wife, Linda, and their four children, along with his brother, Jerry – an LAUSD teacher – returned to the home on Bessemer Street that had welcomed them to America 28 years ago. Their mother was in San Jose visiting family and could not make it. But she will reunite with the sponsor families at the temple later this month. The Turks and the Liebers were there last Sunday, and so was Leslie Zimmer, the rabbi’s secretary who knew a great story when she heard one. “You know you always hear the stories of people helping others through terrible times, but you never hear the follow-up,” she said. Now you have. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHis name was Tuan Khai back then, and he was 9. His brother, Trung, was 6. Like Peter, he would also take an American first name, Jerry, when he became a U.S. citizen in 1989. It made it easier going through school and assimilating in their new country now that their old country was gone for them. They were Vietnamese boat people. For two weeks, the boys and their mother survived choppy seas with 200 refugees in a boat built for 50 to escape the wrath of the victorious Viet Cong. “We eluded pirates and all sorts of dangerous circumstances before we found land in Malaysia,” says Peter, now a successful Canoga Park business executive. “Malaysian officials didn’t want to take in any more refugees from Vietnam, so they used force to keep us out. But the adults on the boat, beaten and hurt, knew the terror of the open seas, and forced their way onto land. Peter Khai drove up and down Shoup Avenue in Woodland Hills trying to find the home of the family who had taken him in 28 years ago when no one else would. All he had was a first name, Melba, and a street name his Vietnamese mother, Phuong, remembered as Soup Street. It had to be Shoup, Peter knew, hoping one of the homes along the busy street would jog his memory, and he could finally say thank you after all these years. “They opened their family and hearts to a widowed mother and two little boys in 1979,” Peter says. “They didn’t have to do that. That memory always stuck with me.” last_img
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Gunmen kidnap 10 sheiks from cars in Iraq

first_imgA relative of one of the abducted Shiite sheiks blamed Sunni extremists and said the attackers picked a Shiite neighborhood to “create strife between Shiite and Sunni tribes that have united against al-Qaida in the area.” But, Jassim Zeidan al-Anbaqi said, “this will not happen.” The well-planned attack was the latest to target anti-al-Qaida tribal leaders and other officials in an apparent bid to intimidate them from joining the U.S.-sponsored grass- roots strategy that the military says has contributed to a recent drop in violence. Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Sunday that the threat from al-Qaida in several former strongholds in Baghdad has been “significantly reduced” but the group remains “a very dangerous and very lethal enemy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Kim Gamel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – Gunmen in Baghdad snatched 10 Sunni and Shiite tribal sheiks from their cars Sunday as they were heading home to Diyala province after talks with the government on fighting al-Qaida, and at least one was later found shot to death. The bold daylight kidnapping came as the top U.S. commander in Iraq said the threat from the terror network has been “significantly reduced” in the capital. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A suicide car bomber, meanwhile, struck a busy commercial area in the oil-rich, northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least eight people and wounding 26, police said. A new general assumed control of the region north of Baghdad, acknowledging that violence remains high but expressing confidence that the military has al-Qaida on the run there as well. The two cars carrying the sheiks – seven Sunnis and three Shiites – were ambushed in Baghdad’s predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Shaab at about 3:30 p.m., police officials said. The sheiks were returning to Diyala province after attending a meeting with the Shiite-dominated government’s adviser for tribal affairs to discuss coordinating efforts against al-Qaida in Iraq, police and a relative said. Police found the bullet-riddled body of one of the Sunni sheiks, Mishaan Hilan, about 50 yards away from where the ambush took place, an officer said, adding that the victim was identified after his cell phone was found on him. last_img read more

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School shows the real side of `CSI’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Starting Monday, Lertyaovarit, a former emergency medical technician, will begin working in the blood-alcohol unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s forensic lab. “I’ve always liked science,” he said. “It’s a way you can help the community without actually physically being a police officer.” His only regret, he said, is that he wasn’t able to spend more time in the state-of-the-art criminal laboratory and education center, which was formally dedicated in May and is where students and sheriff’s investigators toil to find answers to murder, rape and molestation cases, to name just a few. The building is home to those seeking master’s degrees in both criminalistics and criminal justice. The latter is the “social” side of criminal studies, explained Joe Peterson, director of Cal State L.A.’s School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. But both fields are key to solving crimes, he said. “Forensic science serves the legal system,” he explained. “It is the process in which proper utilization of forensic evidence” is conducted. “It is important that the two fields are integrated.” Peterson admits to being a little frustrated with television shows like CBS’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” which have “glamorized” or given a “science-fiction treatment” to scientific evidence for “maximum media effect,” he said. Fortunately, though, the faculty members at the brand-new center are professionals at bringing students back to the realities of forensic science. The center, which also serves as the sheriff’s and the Los Angeles Police Department’s crime laboratory for the Los Angeles region, is chock-full of classrooms and teaching laboratories – as well as opportunities for research and student internship, employment networks and public education programs, according to a university fact sheet. Peterson said the school provides a unique opportunity for students, who receive lectures from crime lab instructors and can intern in the labs, as well. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see how you can incorporate research and education with operating labs,” he said. Jos Solorzano, 25, of Pasadena, who hopes to be a probation officer one day, said the facility affords him and other students the chance to work in concert with law-enforcement officers. “It’s like having the professionals teaching the rookies,” he said. One of the more intriguing parts of the facility is the “CSI” studio, where graduate students use all sorts of props to re-create crime scenes and pick them apart, said Don Johnson, assistant professor of criminalistics. He pointed out pieces of cardboard covered in spots of pigs’ blood, which students use to determine what type of weapon killed a victim and from which direction they were shot or bludgeoned. “In this case, we struck a bloody sponge with a mallet,” he said. “We were trying to determine where the victim was positioned at the time the gun was fired.” The studio is home to two mannequins donated by Elizabeth Devine, co-executive producer of “CSI: Miami” and an alumnus of the criminalistics master’s program at Cal State L.A. Amber McIntire, 30, of La Verne, an undergraduate in biology at the school, is taking classes at the new forensic center and considering becoming a medical examiner for the coroner’s office. Watching “Court TV” and cold-case file television shows is what piqued her interest in the field of criminalistics. “It’s really nice,” she said of the building. “It’s away from the main campus, it’s quiet and it’s conducive to learning.” molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Video: Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center Photo Gallery: Hertzberg-Davis Science Center LOS ANGELES – Darrick Lertyaovarit has mastered the art of finding signs of life after death. The 28-year-old, who graduated from Schurr High School in Montebello in 1997, is slowly clearing out his office at the recently opened, $102 million Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center at Cal State Los Angeles. For two years, he served as a research assistant while working toward a master’s degree in criminalistics, the scientific study and evaluation of physical evidence in the commission of crimes. last_img read more

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FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ETIC SOLUTIONS GOES INTO LIQUIDATION

first_imgCROOK FRANCOIS DE Dietrich’s company has officially gone bust.Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is now asking anyone who had dealings with ETIC Solutions, which had offices Ballybofey in Donegal and in Derry, or Mr de Dietrich, to contact them after appointing liquidators to the firm.Last month the Financial Services Authority (FSA) was granted permission to appoint provisional receivers in the High Court in a bid to protect investors. The FSA earlier obtained court orders to stop any unauthorised activity, freeze £20m and prevent ETIC from making payments. An application to have ETIC Solutions wound up is due to be heard on April 14. In January, de Dietrich was ordered to serve an 18-month prison sentence after he failed to comply with a court order insisting he reveal where his assets were held.He dodged court and police were unable to trace him since, although he released a statement claiming the firm was above board and he would repay all cash owed.The FSA said: “ETIC and Francois de Dietrich were performing activity without our authorisation. If the court finds they were offering financial services without our authorisation, people that invested money with ETIC and/or de Dietrich will not be able to take a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service or have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.”MORE TO FOLLOW FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ETIC SOLUTIONS GOES INTO LIQUIDATION was last modified: April 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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