Month: December 2019

Newcastle transfer target has no interest in Toon move

first_imgSaint-Etienne star Stephane Ruffier has rejected the chance to join Newcastle in January.Magpies boss Steve McClaren is on the hunt for a goalkeeper when the transfer window opens after Tim Krul was ruled out for the season with a knee injury.Newcastle have already scouted Paris Saint-Germain stopper Salvatore Sirigu and other targets are being assessed.However, according to Foot Mercato, McClaren can cross Ruffier off his wish list as the goalkeeper does not want to move to St. James’ Park.The 29-year-old is reportedly very settled at Saint-Etienne and wants to at least remain with the club until the end of the season. Stephane Ruffier 1last_img read more

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Chelsea fans ask ‘did I hit my head and wake up in 2010?!’ after surprise latest transfer rumour

first_img Chelsea striker Robin van Persie Chelsea could make a move for Robin van Persie before the January transfer window closes.Alexandre Pato is nearing a move to Stamford Bridge having arrived in London to finalise his deal, but Roman Abramoich could make a move for the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker, if reports are to be believed.So, what’s the thinking among Chelsea supporters over this unexpected rumour?Take a look at what some have had to say below… 1last_img

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Man says he didn’t see toddler

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAt Hernandez’s Wednesday preliminary hearing, Whittier Superior Court Commissioner Loren DiFrank found sufficient evidence to charge him with kidnapping with the special allegation the victim was under 14, child abuse and car theft. Hernandez is scheduled for an Oct. 24 court appearance at Norwalk Superior Court. Detective David Yoshitake testified that Hernandez was coming from his grandmother’s house in Whittier when he saw the Dodge, which had been left running in the 7000 block of Pierce Avenue. Angel Irizarry had parked in front of his mother’s apartment that morning. His mother’s caretaker didn’t have her keys so he unlocked the door to let her in. He left the van’s keys in the ignition. WHITTIER – A Culver City man told detectives he saw a parked van with the engine running, jumped in the driver’s seat and took off. He only realized there was a child in the back when he heard noises. He later left the 1993 Dodge Caravan on a Los Angeles street and called 9-1-1 to report a child left unattended in a vehicle. LAPD officers found 20-month- old Angel Irizarry Jr., whose Sept. 21 disappearance from Whittier triggered an AMBER Alert. Fingerprints in the van led Whittier police to Moises Humberto Hernandez, 29, who was arrested Sept. 26. “I was briefly in there to open the door and get a bottle. I heard someone accelerate the van,” he testified. Irizarry ran out. The Dodge, which belongs to his brother, was gone along with his only child. He called 9-1-1. Hernandez told detectives he was on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway when he heard noises and noticed the young boy sitting in a car seat in the back. He allegedly abandoned the van on a Los Angeles street and went to the nearest pay phone a block away. “He called 9-1-1. He told the dispatcher there was a baby left on Globe Avenue and Regent Street. That it was unattended,” Yoshitake said. Hernandez then allegedly headed to a friend’s house several blocks away. He didn’t tell anyone else about the child, Yoshitake added. A Los Angeles Police Department officer told Yoshitake they found the driver’s side window open and the boy not in his car seat. Lynn Storing, who represents Hernandez, asked Yoshitake, “didn’t (my) client tell him he was scared when he saw the child in the van? And that he bottle-fed the younger Irizarry?” Storing pointed out that Hernandez didn’t harm the boy and wanted authorities to respond immediately so he called 9-1-1. The defense also asked the court to dismiss the charges of child abuse and car theft. Storing said they didn’t hear from the Caravan’s owner and the prosecution didn’t prove Hernandez created conditions likely to cause great bodily harm or death to the child. Deputy District Attorney Georgia Huerta said the baby was left by himself 15 minutes or longer and that testimony showed he was loose in the car seat and the driver’s window was down. Someone could have stolen the car or the child could have gotten out, she said. “The baby was placed in a situation he could have suffered great bodily harm,” Huerta said. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 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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People’s Choice Awards nominees announced

first_imgWest Hollywood — A diverse slate of stars spanning Bruce Willis to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson received nominations today for the 34th annual People’s Choice Awards. The public can vote in categories spanning from “favorite movie” to “favorite scene stealing star” at PCAvote.com. Winners will be announced Jan. 8 award ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium, Tuesday. The award show es in television, movies and music. — The 34th Annual People’s Choice Awards nominees: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 1.Favorite Movie The Bourne UltimatumPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndTransformers 2. Favorite Family Movie Evan AlmightyRatatouilleShrek the Third 3. Favorite Action Movie 300The Bourne UltimatumTransformers 4. Favorite Movie Comedy Knocked UpThe Simpsons MovieWild Hogs 5. Favorite Movie Drama DisturbiaHarry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixPremonition 6. Favorite Threequel The Bourne UltimatumPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndSpider-Man 3 7. Favorite Independent Movie Becoming JaneA Mighty HeartSicko 8. Favorite Female Movie Star Halle BerrySandra BullockReese Witherspoon 9. Favorite Leading Lady Jessica AlbaDrew BarrymoreQueen Latifah 10. Favorite Female Action Star Jessica AlbaJodie FosterKeira Knightley 11. Favorite Male Movie Star Johnny DeppDenzel WashingtonBruce Willis 12. Favorite Leading Man Jamie FoxxDwayne “The Rock” JohnsonJoaquin Phoenix 13. Favorite Male Action Star Matt DamonJohnny DeppBruce Willis 14. Favorite On Screen Match Up Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 3George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean’s ThirteenKirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 3 15. Favorite TV Drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”“House”“Law and Order: SVU” 16. Favorite TV Comedy “The King of Queens”“My Name is Earl”“Two and a Half Men” 17. Favorite Animated TV Comedy “Family Guy”“King of the Hill”“The Simpsons” 18. Favorite Sci-Fi Show “Battlestar Galactica”“Doctor Who”“Stargate Atlantis” 19. Favorite Competition/Reality Show “American Idol”“Dancing with the Stars”“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 20. Favorite Game Show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”“Deal or No Deal”“Jeopardy” 21. Favorite Female TV Star Sally FieldKatherine HeiglJennifer Love Hewitt 22. Favorite Male TV Star Patrick DempseyCharlie SheenKiefer Sutherland 23. Favorite Scene Stealing Star Richard Belzer from “Law & Order: SVU”Neil Patrick Harris from “How I Met Your Mother”Chandra Wilson from “Grey’s Anatomy”24. Favorite Funny Female Star Ellen DeGeneresWhoopi GoldbergWanda Sykes 25. Favorite Funny Male Star Will FerrellAdam SandlerRobin Williams 26. Favorite Talk Show Host Ellen DeGeneresJay LenoOprah Winfrey 27. Favorite Female Singer Beyonc?FergieGwen Stefani 28. Favorite Male Singer John MayerTim McGrawJustin Timberlake 29. Favorite Group DaughtryMaroon 5Rascal Flatts 30. Favorite Rock Song “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s“Home” by Daughtry“Makes Me Wonder” by Maroon 5 31. Favorite R&B Song “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonc? with Shakira“Because of You” by Ne-Yo“Shut up and Drive” by Rihanna 32. Favorite Country Song “I Need You” by Tim McGraw with Faith Hill“Never Wanted Nothing More” by Kenny Chesney“Stand” by Rascal Flatts 33. Favorite Hip-Hop Song “Give It to Me” by Timbaland, featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado“Party Like a Rock Star” by Shop Boyz“Stronger” by Kanye West 34. Favorite Pop Song “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie“Irreplaceable” by Beyonce“What Goes Around…Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake 35. Favorite Song from a Soundtrack “Read My Mind” by The Killers from “Friday Night Lights”“What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park from Transformers“You Can’t Stop the Beat” by the Cast of Hairspray from Hairspray 36. Favorite Reunion Tour GenesisThe PoliceVan Halen 37. Favorite New TV Comedy Aliens in AmericaBack to YouThe Big Bang TheoryCarpoolersCavemenChuckReaperSamantha Who? 38. Favorite New TV Drama Big ShotsBionic WomanCaneDirty Sexy MoneyGossip GirlJourneymanK-VilleLifeLife Is WildMoonlightPrivate PracticePushing DaisiesWomen’s Murder Club160Want 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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Education better than government regulation

first_imgTHE food police are at it again. This time the subject is salt. The American Medical Association has joined the nanny chorus calling on the federal Food and Drug Administration to limit how much salt manufacturers use in their prepared meals. The FDA staged hearings last week asking researchers to explain sodium’s well-documented links to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and obesity. We have a better, cheaper and easier suggestion: How about haranguing shoppers into reading labels already on the package and making healthier choices. Sodium content is printed clearly on existing labels that are simple and easy to understand – for those who bother to scan them. Americans know salt is unhealthy in great quantities, and go right ahead and choose taste and convenience over what they know is good for them. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEducation and public awareness are better solutions than the government messing with manufacturers’ recipes. President Bush already plans to soon launch a nationwide campaign to reduce obesity, particularly among children. The food industry would rightly prefer a voluntary effort and letting market demand dictate ingredients, as it did when trans fats began making headlines. Just as New York City and the state of California began attempting to ban trans fats, many foodmakers voluntarily removed them. We would like nothing more than to see this overweight nation slim down and eat healthier, but not at the expense of businesses and consumers being able to make their own choices.last_img read more

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FAMILY’S 278 CALLS TO IRISH WATER LEAVES THEM WITH ANOTHER HEFTY BILL!

first_imgA family who spent three days trying to register with Irish Water has now been handed a handsome bill by their phone company… for an astonishing 278 calls.Jon and Breid Champney Warrener, from Kerrykeel, discovered to their cost that they were charged handsomely for the 278 phone calls on an itemised bill that runs into three full pages of detail.And what is more outrageous is that Irish Water has charged the family for the privilege of talking to an automated answering machine!The Tirconail Tribune reports that during their three day battle they failed to make one single contact with a human being at Irish Water.The ironic contradiction is that the family was attempting, in vain to register for payment of their water charges and nobody answered their calls.However Irish Water says their contact centre was open to customer queries at all times.But the company failed to explain why, after three days and 278 attempts by the Champney Warreners, no contact could be made with Irish Water.Attempts so far by the family to get any explanation for the cockup has failed and they say that trying to contact this company is a nightmare.Last night the family said they’ve been treated in the most shocking offhand manner by Irish Water. 
“Irish Water’s handling of customer queries is a total disaster,” said the couple.The family had assumed that since they were not able to contact an operator, the calls would not have been registered or charged. Now they’ve discovered otherwise and Irish Water is refusing to foot the bill. The company flatly rejected reimbursing the family for costs saying they do not refund telephone expenses incurred by customers.As the February 2nd deadline for registration approached the couple tried in vain over three days to connect with some human being in Irish Water… but to no avail.The family tried to register for water charges after being told by their landlord that the meter bill was their responsibility as tenants of the house.Breid Champney Warrener wrote to Irish Water after getting a vastly increased phone bill.She explained they wanted to pay their water charges and in principle had no objections to about paying a reasonable amount for water.She also said that she was not prepared to pay twice for water given that on top of their quarterly bill they’d now found themselves with an even bigger demand from the phone company.In response to queries from the Tribune this week the water company said: “Irish Water received a high volume of calls from customers in and around the February 2nd 2015 registration deadline, and some customers may have experienced a waiting time. The Contact Centre was however open to customer queries at all times. Irish Water does not refund telephone expenses incurred by customers.While we cannot comment on individual cases for reasons of personal data protection, we would be happy to discuss this customer’s concerns with them to ensure that they have all the information that they require.”When we rejected this reply as inadequate, the company then said they would contact the family to deal directly with their complaints.Reacting to the response from the water company, the Champney Warrener’s said the response does not come anywhere near answering our concerns of
this couple. We made 278 phone calls over the three days leading up to the original deadline and we have been treated in the most shocking offhand manner by Irish Water. And to say that Irish Water
does not refund expenses for not being able to get in contact with you is outrageous.
 Jon Champney Warrener said “Irish Water appears to have conveniently missed the real point of the complaint in that we made many attempts before and since to comply with the regulations. We have been in touch with Irish Water seeking to have this
problem resolved and to no avail. I believe the lack of competency in Irish Water’s handling of customer queries is a total disaster,” he added.Then after further queries from the Tribune a spokesman for the company said in a single sentence reply: “Irish Water will contact this customer directly to deal with this complaint.”FAMILY’S 278 CALLS TO IRISH WATER LEAVES THEM WITH ANOTHER HEFTY BILL! was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BilldonegalIrish WaterKERRYKEELphonecallslast_img read more

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Missing kids, babysitter located

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson According to the arrangement, Castillo would pick the kids up in the morning. When she arrived at Galvan’s home about 7 a.m., though, nobody was home. Police still do not know what happened during the two-and-half days that Galvan and the children were missing. This morning, they were at a McDonalds in Buttonwillow, 115 miles away. They were hungry and out of gas, Escoto said. A good Samaritan bought them breakfast at McDonalds and bought them gas, and then led them to the local California Highway Patrol station. “CHP immediately recognized them from everything that we’ve given them and everything that’s been on the news,” Escoto said. Just an hour earlier, Castillo spoke to reporters, pleading in Spanish for help finding her children. She broke down in tears and was helped out of the room at the LAPD’s Foothill station. “She’s very depressed,” said Jose Garcia, a family friend. “She needs her kids to come home.” Two children missing since Sunday walked into a California Highway Patrol station in Buttonwillow about 11 a.m. this morning with their 60-year-old babysitter, ending a 52-hour search, officials said. Elaine Hack, 8, and her brother Ameer Hack, 4, were in good condition with no visible injuries, LAPD Detective David Escoto said. “All three of them, according to the CHP, were in good health,” Escoto said. Elaine and Ameer were last seen about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when their babysitter, Bertha Galvan, picked them up in the Florence area of unincorporated Los Angeles. Their mother, Lucrecia Castillo, was visiting friends there, and asked Galvan to take the kids to Galvan’s Tujunga home, driving Castillo’s car. Police do not know if they will charge Galvan with a crime, Escoto said. This morning, they said they weren’t sure if this was a kidnapping or a simple miscommunication. — Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com160Want 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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3rd bird flu death suspected

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Authorities are closely monitoring H5N1, for fear it could mutate into a form easily passed between humans and spark a pandemic. Hulya Kocyigit, 11, died in a hospital in Van a day after her 15-year-old sister, Fatma Kocyigit, succumbed to the disease, Sahin said. Their brother Mehmet Ali Kocyigit, 14, died on Sunday. The doctor said the youngsters most likely contracted the virus while playing with the heads of dead chickens infected with the disease, which explains why the parents were not affected. The Turkish newspaper Sabah said the children had tossed the chicken heads like balls inside their house in Dogubayazit, near the Iranian border. Another 25 to 30 people had come in to the hospital for blood tests, received medical care and left, a hospital official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media. Other doctors in contact with the patients were not reachable early this morning. Officials tried to calm the rising fears. VAN, Turkey – An 11-year-old girl died today of suspected bird flu in eastern Turkey – days after her brother and sister also succumbed. Their doctor said they probably contracted the illness by playing with dead chickens. A fourth sibling from the same family was also seriously ill and breathing with the help of respirators, said Huseyin Avni Sahin, head physician at the hospital in the eastern city of Van where the children were treated. A hospital official said up to 30 other people were being treated for possible bird flu symptoms early today, as Turkey sent medicines to the affected area in an effort to mobilize against a virus that appeared to be moving westward from eastern Asia. Preliminary tests in Turkey indicated two of the siblings died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu. If confirmed by further testing, it would be the first human deaths from the strain outside eastern Asian areas where more than 70 people have died. Samples were being sent to a British lab for confirmation. “We don’t expect the disease to contaminate a large number of people,” Health Minister Recep Akdag said. “We don’t expect a pandemic or anything like that in Turkey, but there is a real risk for people who are in close contact with fowl.” Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker traveled to Van to discuss the situation with local officials Thursday. “We’re facing an important problem,” Eker told reporters. “We should calmly take all measures required by science and medicine and implement them without panicking.” Eker said the problem of containing bird flu in eastern Turkey is aggravated by the fact that almost every house has fowl and they allow them to go inside their homes at night when temperatures drop. 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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Radar sensor flies on drone

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Global Hawk pilots itself by computer at an altitude of at least 60,000 feet, well above storms, for more than 35 hours. During a single mission, it can travel more than 11,500 nautical miles and scan an area and it provides detailed image-based intelligence on 40,000 square miles, an area bigger than Indiana. Global Hawks have flown more than 5,000 combat hours in more than 230 missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems and Mission Systems sectors developed and integrated the new sensor with the Global Hawk plane, which is produced in Palmdale. The development effort, which will include additional flight tests, will be completed by the end of the year. “Flying the high-band sensor system completes a critical technology development and demonstration milestone, advancing Northrop Grumman’s integrated effort to field the next-generation ASIP system,” said Dan Allen, vice president and general manager of the Mission System sector’s Intelligence Systems division. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – The U.S. Air Force’s Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance plane made its first flight carrying a new sensor that can detect and identify radar and other types of electronic devices. Global Hawk and the new sensor, known as the High Band System Production Configuration Unit, are designed and produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The sensor is part of the Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload that is expected to be ready for use in 2008. It will be integrated with the Air Force’s Distributed Common Ground Stations, which are used to analyze electronic intelligence gathered by various airborne systems. Global Hawk pilots itself by computer at an altitude of at least 60,000 feet, well above storms, for more than 35 hours. During a single mission, it can travel more than 11,500 nautical miles and scan an area and it provides detailed image-based intelligence on 40,000 square miles, an area bigger than Indiana. Global Hawks have flown more than 5,000 combat hours in more than 230 missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.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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Home prices jump 18%

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Look for resale prices to continue rising, but not quite as fast as over the last several years,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. “Even the slightest increase in inventory, which hit rock bottom last year, will slow the increase in resale prices while giving buyers a little leverage to negotiate.” There were 1,059 active listings at the end of December, a 16.8 percent increase from a year ago. The number represents about a three-month supply at the current rate of sales, but short of the five-month supply or 1,525 listings that would favor neither buyer or seller. “Supply and demand is the major thing,” said Peggy Mueller, president of the association’s Santa Clarita Valley Division. “There is just not that many properties, and Santa Clarita is so close the the San Fernando Valley. It’s the nicest area that have new homes still, and we are just not making any more land.” Real estate sales generated in excess of $2.9 billion for the Santa Clarita Valley economy in 2005, the association said. The figure does not include related services such as escrow, title, inspection or home improvement. A total 3,726 single-family homes closed escrow in 2005, down 3.7 percent from the record 3,869 homes sold in 2004. Condominium sales tallied 1,771, a 4.9 percent increase from the 1,689 sold the year before and the second highest sale on record. SANTA CLARITA – The median price of a Santa Clarita Valley home hit the $600,000 mark in December, capping a year that marked an 18 percent surge in prices in an area that remains one of the county’s “affordable” communities, a monthly real estate survey said Tuesday. The December single-family home median price represented a $5,000 or 0.8 percent increase from the month before and a 15.6 percent jump from the same period a year ago, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. The median condominium price was $389,000 – a 1 percent increase from November and 17.9 percent higher from December 2004. The 2005 median price for both houses and condos held on for a fifth year of double-digit percentage gains. For single-family homes, the median was $564,600 – a 18 percent jump from 2004. The median price for condominiums was $356,242 – a 16.6 percent increase. Just don’t expect this trend to continue into 2006, experts say. Record-high prices and rising interest rates are expected to slow sales in the coming year, though experts believe resale prices will likely continue to rise between 5 percent to 10 percent, slightly ahead of inflation. Mueller, who has sold real estate for 30 years – the last 12 in the Santa Clarita Valley – said the region remains a good value for buyers looking to relocate from the San Fernando Valley. “For what you get, it’s much more reasonable in the valley because you’re getting newer,” she said. “The only big obstacle we have is the traffic.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 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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