Tottenham news: Mauricio Pochettino hints star man may be rested in Europa League

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Kane may be rested for Tottenham’s Europa League match against Monaco on Thursday while Mousa Dembele is definitely out as he is sick.Dembele missed training on Wednesday after coming down with a stomach bug and key players like Kane could also sit out the clash given Spurs are already through to the knock-out stages.A draw against Monaco will ensure Pochettino’s side finish first in the group, which would also guarantee them a seeding going into the last 32.Kane, however, has played in all of Tottenham’s 21 fixtures so far this season and endured a hectic summer, after going to Australia on the club’s post-season tour and then playing for England’s under-21s.“Is it a chance to rest him? Maybe yes,” Pochettino said.“He is in the squad for tomorrow but it is true we need to assess him this afternoon and we have to decide the starting 11 for tomorrow.”Pochettino has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes in the Europa League so far and suggested he will retain a number of core players again.“There may be one or two more changes but not much,” Pochettino said.“I think the squad we have is strong enough to compete in different competitions but maybe if you compare (the team) to the game against Qarabag there will be some changes, but not too much.”Pochettino added: “Always it is tough, it was a tough decision when we played against Qarabag and now it’s tough again.“Always we share the information with the sports science and medical department. We make the best decision for every game.“Tomorrow is a good opportunity to finish first and win the group – this is our objective.”Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli will both be in the squad after recovering from foot and ankle injuries respectively. Harry Kane last_img read more

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‘I’ve shed a tear…’ Liverpool fans get emotional as hero returns to Melwood

first_img1 Luis Suarez returned to Liverpool today and the Anfield faithful are struggling to deal with it.The Uruguayan striker has got some time off from goalscoring duties at Barcelona but rather than hit the beach he decided to go and see his former team-mates at their Melwood training ground.And, when Reds defender Mamadou Sakho posted a clip of his reunion with Suarez, fans couldn’t help but get nostalgic and emotional.You can see what Liverpool fans said on Twitter below… Luis Suarez and Mamadou Sakho last_img

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Pacquiao is too much for Barrera

first_imgBOXING: Phillipino star again whips Mexican legend, but this time by decision. By Greg Beacham THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao sure didn’t look distracted while he pounded Marco Antonio Barrera into retirement. Though Barrera again said he’ll retire after consecutive losses this year, the result was a moral victory that could be heard in the voices of the Mexican fans who stood and cheered the 33-year-old as he left the ring. “I definitely lost my head in some of those rounds,” Barrera said. “I got too caught up in the action. I probably shouldn’t have stayed in those exchanges as long as I did. We boxed well. I feel like I dominated the fight with my left hand.” Pacquiao was responsible for the only TKO loss of the Mexican champion’s career in their first meeting in late 2003, but Barrera refused to go down this time against one of the sport’s knockout artists. “I was sad because I lost the fight, but he never really hurt me,” Barrera said. “I didn’t even think he landed that many punches.” Both fighters raised their arms in celebration at the end, but Barrera’s excitement seemed artificial. Judge Tom Schreck scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao, while Jerry Roth and Glenn Trowbridge both favored Pacquiao 118-109. The Associated Press also gave it to Pacquiao, 116-111. Pacquiao predictably dominated the punch stats, landing 256 punches to Barrera’s 120. Pacquiao also had more than twice as many power shots, hitting on 54 percent. “I was surprised (Barrera) lasted the way he did,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer. “He has a lot of heart and guts. He fought a great fight.” In another major bout … Samuel Peter survived three early knockdowns to pull away from Jameel McCline and keep the WBC heavyweight championship at Madison Square Garden. Peter, nicknamed the “Nigerian Nightmare,” was living through his own bad dream in the second and third rounds. But he held on, then dominated the latter rounds for a unanimous decision that was heartily booed by the crowd. McCline, embroiled in controversy as a reported target in a steroids investigation, seemed to be one solid punch away from the championship in the third round. He decked Peter twice, but couldn’t finish him and didn’t have much left the rest of the way. Peter (29-1) was handed the belt by the WBC after champion Oleg Maskaev dropped out because of a back injury. Peter said he would show he was deserving of the title in the ring, and after the first three rounds the 27-year-old did just that. McCline, who was supposed to fight on the undercard before being moved up to the big bout, dropped to 38-8-3.160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBarrera was sharp as well, and he kept his feet in this entertaining rematch – but Pacquiao kept his supremacy. Pacquiao beat Barrera for the second time Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision nearly four years after the Philippines’ favorite son became a boxing superstar with a dominant upset victory over Barrera. Pacquiao’s trainers and fans worried about the distractions of Manny’s many interests outside boxing in the weeks leading up to the fight. Pacquiao’s dalliances with movies, music and politics didn’t matter, because the sport’s most inspired brawler was his usual ruthless self in dispatching yet another great Mexican champion in a 130-pound bout at Mandalay Bay. “It was a good fight, and it was different from the first fight,” Pacquiao said. “He’s a good, smart boxer. I’m satisfied with the result. I knew he would have to box me this time around.” Not even an illegal 11th-round blow by Barrera could stop the lightning-quick Pacquiao (45-3-2, 34 KOs), who earned his sixth straight victory. Barrera (63-6) lost a point for a head shot that discombobulated Pacquiao after the referee moved in to separate them in the 11th, but Pacquiao recovered in time to reach the final bell. last_img read more

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Stars strike fast for once, top Ducks

first_imgMorrow notched his fourth of the season at 2:04 of the opening period, striking from the slot off a centering pass by Ribeiro, and Dallas maintained that advantage the rest of the way. “It’s important to stay disciplined and have good starts,” Ribeiro said. “It was probably our best game. It’s important to get out of the gate quick and take the lead. The last two games it’s been a bad start.” Marty Turco made 20 saves as Dallas improved to 3-0-1 at home. “He was very solid, very good,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said of his goaltender. “That’s got to be a staple of our team, our goaltenders have got to play very well. We expect that from them every night.” Chris Pronger scored a power-play goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks, who remain winless on the road (0-4-1). NHL: Giguere is lifted and the Ducks fizzle in their search for more offense in road games. By The Associated Press DALLAS – The Dallas Stars reversed their recent habit of slow starts and were rewarded with a home win over a Pacific Division rival. Brenden Morrow scored a power-play goal just over two minutes after the opening faceoff, Mike Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen each had a goal and an assist, and the Stars went on to a 3-1 victory over the Ducks on Saturday night. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle faulted his team’s poor coverage in the slot on Morrow’s momentum-building goal. “We were out of position and left Morrow alone in front of the net,” Carlyle said. “He didn’t get a good shot at it but it trickled through and went in the net.” Ribeiro made it 2-0 at 7:48 of the second period, jamming a loose puck past goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere while the Stars had an extra attacker because of a delayed penalty on the Ducks. Lehtinen extended the lead to 3-0 at 10:01 of the second period with his first goal of the season, and at that point, Carlyle replaced Giguere with Ilya Bryzgalov. Dallas’ Philippe Boucher dumped the puck into the Ducks’ zone and it bounced hard off the end boards and onto the stick of Lehtinen, who fired a shot past Giguere from the inner part of the right circle. “They had three goals in 11 shots,” Carlyle said of the goalie change. “We hung our goalie out to dry. We were looking for some kind of spark.” Lehtinen was Dallas’ top goal-scorer last season with 26, but he was having trouble finding the net and was a minus-five entering Saturday night. “It’s nice to get on the board,” Lehtinen said. “I was in the right place at the right time. We knew we had to play hard against the champs.” Pronger got the Ducks’ only goalwith his first of the season at 18:24 of the second period while the Ducks held a two-man advantage. The Ducks have managed two goals or less in four of their road losses, and Pronger knows that must change if they are to be a Cup contender again this season. “You’ve got to keep working to get out of your funk and your lack of goal-scoring,” Pronger said. “We’ve got to keep working hard in those high-traffic areas.(Turco) played well and we didn’t execute very well and do the little things you need to do to win.” Notes: The Ducks were without injured right wing Todd Bertuzzi (concussion) and defenseman Mathieu Schneider (ankle). Center Todd Marchant was back in the lineup after missing two games due to an ankle injury. … The Ducks assigned center Petteri Wirtanen to Portland of the AHL. Wirtanen made his NHL debut on Oct. 17, scoring his first career goal against Nashville.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

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RB man guilty of role in $80 million fraud case

first_imgObtaining loans to buy American-produced goods for export, the defendants instead shared the money and shipped nearly worthless items overseas to the brokers, who worked in collusion with them, Cogan said. They falsified loan- and export-shipping documents to make it look like they had shipped the goods being financed and then defaulted on the loans in the Philippines, Cogan said. “That triggered the Export-Import Bank to pay claims by the banks whose loans we had guaranteed,” Cogan said. “The buyers, the exporters and the broker shared the proceeds of their fraud.” Ex-Im Bank staff uncovered the fraud plot and handed it over to the Department of Justice to prosecute. The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service also investigated. Of the five U.S. citizens who have pleaded guilty, four were exporters and one was a freight-forwarder. Each has agreed to a prison sentence of up to 40 years and to forfeit cash or property, authorities said. Pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and mail fraud were Daniel Curran, 52, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; Edward Chua, 55, of Montebello; and David Villongco, 51, of San Mateo. Fremont resident Robert Delgado, 46, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and mail fraud charges. Also charged are Marilyn G. Ong, 51, and her nephew Ildefonso Ong Jr., 43, of Manila. “It’s possible more people will be charged in addition to the two that are being sought in the Philippines,” Cogan said. “We are not through with this investigation.” larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A Redondo Beach man has pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to defraud the Export-Import Bank of the United States of $80 million, authorities said Friday. Jaime Galvez, 51, was among eight people charged in the plot that involved the fraudulent sale and shipment of U.S. exports to the Philippines. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The maximum penalty for the charges that have been made is 40 years,” bank spokesman Phil Cogan said. “It’s not a career-enhancing move for any of these people that were charged.” During proceedings Oct. 5 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Galvez pleaded guilty to destroying or concealing records in a criminal investigation and committing perjury. Christina Song, 49, of Whittier was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and mail fraud that same day. The scheme involved obtaining loans from the Ex-Im Bank, an independent U.S. government agency that helps finance the export of American products to foreign countries. It offers export credit insurance, loan guarantees and direct loans. “Our mission is to help create U.S. jobs by supporting sales to developing countries,” Cogan said. “We use the taxpayers’ backing. We don’t like losing the taxpayers’ money.” last_img read more

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ICE raids hard on children of those arrested

first_imgGRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Children whose parents are arrested in immigration raids face mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, separation anxiety and depression, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers visited three cities where officials arrested 900 suspected illegal immigrants in workplace raids during the past year, causing 500 children to abruptly lose contact with their mother, father or both parents. That left them with a combination of unstable supervision, stress, emotional trauma and material needs that can lead to mental health disorders, according to the study. “Those children were born in America, and we forgot about their rights during the raids, because they were left parentless,” said Steve Joel, superintendent of Grand Island Public Schools, which worked to get parents to keep their children in school after a December raid at the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant. “This report takes the bizarre position that ICE is somehow responsible for family disruption caused by parents who make poor decisions,” Counts said. “Law enforcement agencies across the nation arrest people who have children every day. Everyone understands that parents are responsible for their actions and the resulting impact on their families.” Researchers in the study talked with about 30 parents and dozens of caregivers, religious leaders, school officials, lawyers, advocates and others at each site. Many teachers and mental- health professionals who talked with children and parents said they showed signs of various mental health problems. Alma Rollins, an interpreter in Grand Island who works in local courts, said children became very clingy after last year’s raid. “The kids are still here, but they are still suffering,” Rollins said. “(Parents) don’t know what they’re going to do with those kids.” The study found most children did have one parent to care for them, but that parent was often less accustomed to making decisions and, in many cases, couldn’t access the spouse’s money. According to ICE, agents arrested more than 4,000 people in workplace raids from October 2006 through September 2007 and 3,700 during the previous year. That’s up from fewer than 500 arrests in 2002 and 2003. “There are 5 million children with at least one undocumented parent,” said Randy Capps, one of the study’s co-authors. “There are a lot more children … at risk of consequences in the future if these work-site raids are ongoing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The study was commissioned by The National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil-rights organization, and conducted by the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank. Besides Grand Island, the researchers visited Greeley, Colo., where another Swift & Co. meatpacking plant was raided in December, and New Bedford, Mass., where more than 360 workers were arrested in February at the Michael Bianco leather factory. The researchers said Congress should take more control over how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials handle workplace raids, and ICE should have a consistent policy about releasing arrested parents to minimize harm to their children. According to 2006 Pew Hispanic Center estimates, there are 3.1 million children who are U.S. citizens living with at least one illegal-immigrant parent. ICE spokesman Tim Counts said the agency goes above and beyond others in law enforcement to help parents ensure their children are cared for. last_img read more

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New billboard protests `Beijing float of shame’

first_imgAbout 100 journalists and Internet users deemed dangerous by the Communist Party are known to be jailed in China “for nothing more than trying to report what is going on independently,” Morillon said. Former Pasadena City Councilman Bill Paparian, who also served as mayor, called on parade attendees to turn their backs on the float as it rolls down Colorado Boulevard. “We must not turn our backs on our sisters and brothers in China who suffer for basic human rights and religious freedom,” Paparian said. “To show our support for them, we must turn our backs on the Rose Parade’s Beijing float of shame.” The billboard is the latest move by a disparate union of groups from the human rights, religious freedom, labor, Falun Gong, Burmese and Tibetan communities united as the Pasadena Coalition for Human Rights. The billboard was paid for by the Visual Artists Guild, a Los Angeles-based group promoting human rights in China. Organizer Ann Lau and others said Mayor Bill Bogaard, who has been criticized for leading efforts to bring Beijing into the Rose Parade, stopped his car Monday afternoon to watch a portion of the news conference before driving off. Bogaard could not be reached for comment. In October, the City Council rejected recommendations from its Human Relations Commission to send a strong statement to the Beijing district that helped organize the Rose Parade float and is Pasadena’s sister city. Instead, a council majority voted to “endorse” sending a generic statement in support of human rights to all of Pasadena’s sister cities. todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 www.insidesocal.com/pasadenapolitics 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Interlocked manacles and chains evoked the five Olympic rings on an eye-catching billboard unveiled Monday above Arroyo Parkway. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders erected the provocative sign blocks from where a Beijing Olympic float will participate in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1 as part of an international campaign calling attention to the jailing of journalists and human-rights abuses by the Chinese government. Pasadena has become a flashpoint in the global debate about whether China’s worsening human rights record signifies it has broken the promises made to secure its Olympic bid. “Today, China is the biggest prison of journalists and cyber-dissidents,” said Lucie Morillon, director of Reporters Without Borders’ operations in the U.S. last_img read more

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COUNCIL HEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO GET LETTERKENNY AIRPORT OFF THE GROUND

first_imgThe plan for Letterkenny to get its own airport is about to take to the skies again.Letterkenny Town Council has heard how Stevenson’s Airfield on the outskirts of the town has the capacity to bring in hunderds of flights and thousands of euro in revenue each year.But for that to happen, the airstrip needs an Irish Aviation Authority license, and that will not be achieved without council support. Since October of last year, the Stevenson Family and Operations Manager Charmaine Hughes have been working towards improving the facility.Council members were told runway improvements have been made and drainage work is being done, with €70,000 already spent and plans to invest further within the airstrip.However, Ms Hughes said there is work needed outside the airstrip, particularly in terms of the access road which is in a very poor condition.She also wants the public water extended to the perimeter of the facility, which would then allow for a cafe and new toilet facilities to be developed. Councillors were also told that the Stevenson family are seeking to retain an unauthorised hanger which was erected by previous users of the airstrip, and they are asking the council to waive planning and development charges.Having made her case to the town council this week, Ms Hughes must now go to Lifford to address councillors there.EndsCOUNCIL HEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO GET LETTERKENNY AIRPORT OFF THE GROUND was last modified: June 16th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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SURVEY FINDS DONEGAL COMPANIES FAILURE TO EMBRACE CLOUD TECHNOLOGY PROVING COSTLY

first_imgMark Kellet, CEO of Magnet.A survey conducted by Amarach on six-hundred Donegal SMEs has found that their collective failure to embrace cloud technology is putting them at a competitive disadvantage.Research by Amarach of 600 SMEs conducted on behalf of telecoms provider Magnet shows that just 14pc of small firms in Donegal and the Border counties say they have implemented a cloud solution of some kind for their business, compared to 45pc in Dublin.Over 90pc of SMEs in Donegal are still using and paying for a conventional phone system, which according to Amarach Research could be costing small business in Ireland over €266 million per year, much of which could be taken out of the sector’s cost base. By contrast, a quarter of Dublin SMEs have moved to VoIP (voice over internet telephony) or a cloud phone system.43pc of employees of small firms in the Capital have access to company data via their smartphone, while this falls to just 14pc in the case of firms in the Border counties, despite the fact that more staff there regularly work outside the office.Mark Kellet CEO of Magnet said, “Staff in companies outside Dublin tend to work from home more and spend more time in their cars, so they are missing an obvious opportunity to work smarter.“The very companies that need the technology aren’t availing of it. Kellett was addressing over 250 local business people as part of a Magnet roadshow across the country.Only 3pc of eligible SMEs have accessed the technology and business grants available, such as the Enterprise Ireland voucher and the Government’s Online Trading Voucher, according to the research.The latter subsidises 50pc of the cost of going online up to a maximum of €2,500 for firms of up to 10 people and €2m turnover.“Our research shows that 90pc of SMEs are unaware of or misunderstand the Online Trading Voucher Scheme as a support to engaging in e-commerce,” says Kellett.“We are encouraging more firms to take advantage of it and improve their competitiveness in the process. “Used with our own package offering for SMEs it can equate to six months of totally free telecoms.”Magnet’s Office-in-a-Box solution for SMEs provides unlimited broadband; hosting; web domain, phone calls and even a promotional video from €149.99 per month.In conjunction with the Online Trading Voucher through Local Enterprise Offices, eligible SMEs can reduce this cost to just €75.Magnet’s innovative cloud phone system is low bandwidth intensive, meaning it is suitable even for areas where basic wired or wireless connectivity is available and can be delivered over any broadband connection, not just Magnet’s. SURVEY FINDS DONEGAL COMPANIES FAILURE TO EMBRACE CLOUD TECHNOLOGY PROVING COSTLY was last modified: April 8th, 2015 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:BusinessCloud TechnologyFeaturesMagnetnewslast_img read more

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A lot of football fans saw the funny side in the Diego Costa news (tweets)

first_img1 Diego Costa has been left out of Spain’s Euro 2016 squad and a lot of football fans saw the funny side.Having been born in Brazil and making two appearances in friendlies for the South Americans, Costa opted to represent Spain who he has played for 10 times including at the 2014 World Cup. However, there was no room in this team as manager Vicente Del Bosque opted for Pedro, Alvaro Morata, Aduriz, Nolito and Lucas Vazquez as his forwards.This season, the Chelsea striker scored 12 Premier League goals, but was plagued by injury in a struggling Chelsea team who finished tenth.And on Twitter there was some pretty funny reaction to Costa’s omission, which you can see below.Five Diego Costa stories Diego Costa was not included in the Spain squad for Euro 2016 and a lot of people found it funny last_img read more

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