Manchester United warning! They must sign striker AND Blind replacement

first_imgEd Woodward has been warned he must deliver quality signings for Louis van Gaal before the transfer window closes.Manchester United are unbeaten so far this season and blew away Club Brugge on Wednesday night to secure a place in the Champions League group stages, with Wayne Rooney hitting a hat-trick to end his goal drought in impressive fashion.But, according to expert analyst and former Premier League star Craig Burley, United are still short of quality in attack AND defence and he claims the wheels could fall off if chief negotiator Woodward does not tie up some big-money deals in the next week.Speaking on The Sports Bar, Burley said: “It was very impressive [against Brugge] and it was good to see Rooney scoring again but it doesn’t change anything from Manchester United’s perspective.“They still need to do something in the striking department and they still need to do something in the back four because Daley Blind will get caught out defensively against better players.“Watch this space to see what Ed Woodward is going to deliver for Louis van Gaal and Man United fans between now and next Tuesday because that is the interesting story.”last_img read more

Liverpool and Manchester United-linked PSG star speaks out on transfer talk

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester United target Lucas Moura has hinted he would be open to a move to the Premier League.The Brazilian winger is a key player for Paris Saint-Germain and has found the net six times in 22 appearances this season.But PSG may be tempted to offload Moura next summer to help fund an ambitious bid for Cristiano Ronaldo.Moura admits he is aware of the interest from leading clubs in England and is refusing to rule out a move in the not-too-distant future.“It is clear that the Premier League is very strong,” he told SporTV.“If an opportunity comes later and I no longer have the desire to play here, I would take the decision and I would play for another club.“I’m happy to generate interest from major European clubs, if the interest exists it shows that people trust me and would count on me.” 1 Lucas Moura last_img read more

Funny man Colbert announces candidacy for president

first_imgNEW YORK – Stephen Colbert has announced his candidacy for president on “The Colbert Report,” tossing his satirical hat into the ring of an already crowded race. “I shall seek the office of the president of the United States,” Colbert said Tuesday on his Comedy Central show as red, white and blue balloons fell around him. Colbert, 43, had recently satirized the coyness of would-be presidential candidates by refusing to disclose whether he would seek the country’s highest office – a refusal that often came without any prompting. Shortly before making the announcement, Colbert appeared on “The Daily Show” (the show that spawned Colbert’s spin-off) and played cagey, claiming he was only ready to consider a White House bid. He entered the studio set pulled by a bicycle pedaled by Uncle Sam and quickly pulled out a bale of hay and a bottle of beer to show that he was “an Average Joe.” Colbert said his final decision would be announced on a “more prestigious show,” which turned out to be his own. “After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call,” said Colbert. His recent best-seller, “I Am America (And So Can You!),” allowed him to mock the now-standard approach to a White House run, complete with a high-profile book tour. Colbert said he planned to run in South Carolina, “and South Carolina alone.” The state, one of the key early primaries, is also Colbert’s native state. Earlier this week, South Carolina public television station ETV invited Colbert to announce his candidacy on its air. Exactly how far the mock conservative pundit planned to stretch his impression of a presidential candidate wasn’t clear. Colbert rarely breaks character on camera, including at his memorable speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner last year. The Comedy Central host has often mobilized his fans (“Colbert Nation”), encouraging them to vote to have a Hungarian bridge named after him, for example, or to vandalize Web site Wikipedia.com with his version of “truthiness” and “wikiality.” Colbert said he would run as both a Democrat and Republican. He earlier explained the strategy: “I can lose twice.” He claimed three running mate possibilities: Colbert-Huckabee, Colbert-Putin or Colbert-Colbert. Minutes after announcing his presidential pursuit, Colbert welcomed CBS political analyst Jeff Greenfield to ask how he had changed the race. “This is going to be one for the books,” said Greenfield. A spokesman for Colbert said he would be unavailable for further comment Tuesday evening. In a guest column for Maureen Dowd in Sunday’s New York Times, Colbert wrote: “I am not ready to announce yet – even though it’s clear that the voters are desperate for a white, male, middle-aged, Jesus-trumpeting alternative.” 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

Phony lottery e-mails don’t fool transplanted Scot

first_imgThe Internet is now being called a “mature media.” Mature and rife with offers for erectile dysfunction cures, magical weight loss pills and clots of spam written in Mandarin, Cyrillic and Hebrew. These and a forest of marvelously entertaining lottery-winner announcements from abroad. Again and again, I am a winner in many lands, in many national lotteries, with every announcement seemingly written by the same moron who hasn’t figured out that an offer – especially those from British lotteries – should sound like it was written by someone who speaks English. Improper capitalization and misspellings are only part of the fun that included these incomprehensible words from J.D. Integrations Ltd. of Somerset, England: “We making an offer for 1 million British pownds ? but in view of our not having an office presently in that Continent ? .” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Who knows. Anyway, I tried e-mailing these would-be scammers to collect my winnings but my e-mails kept bouncing back. Still, I wasn’t worried because I also won the Dutch Lottery! They’re talking 1 million Euros, as certified – so you know it’s on the level – by “Mrs. Eava Van Boer,” who needs me to send along bank account and Social Security numbers, home address, phone number, date of birth and mother’s maiden name. I also took the Spanish Lottery, good for 2 million Euros! That and the Staatsloteri of Holland for yet another cool mil. Even more insidious than these moron attempts to shuck me silly is an actual lottery-winning paper letter sent recently to George Garven of Manhattan Beach. The Australian Lottery (mysteriously headquartered in London) somehow had his name and address. On top of that, it didn’t sound like the usual garbage that originates, U.S. postal authorities claim, in Nigeria. Garven, who is nearly 80 and a native of Glasgow, Scotland, is what might be called a canny Scot. Which is to say that the fit, bespectacled widower with a still righteous accent isn’t someone who might get the wool easily pulled over his eyes. When he received the letter telling him that he won $3,700,000, all the warning bells exploded. “I knew something was wrong,” he said with a smile, “because I never bought a ticket.” But what came immediately to the mind of this man raised near Glasgow’s closed shipyards during the Great Depression were his fellow seniors. “When people get older they can become awfully gullible,” said Garven, father of twin daughters, grandfather to five and great-grandfather to one. He is correct. Or correct from the point of view of someone (me) who gets a stream of e-mails from older readers wanting to know if the lottery winnings announced to them online or in the mail are real. They aren’t, of course. That’s because there aren’t any free lotteries, just like there aren’t any free lunches. That goes for generous offers from foreign corporations that want you to deposit checks for them, English artists who want you to cash their U.S. mail orders for a 15percent cut, people offering you a fortune to help them get a dead dictator’s money out of West Africa and anyone else hitting you up for cash because they are hoping you are gullible. Garven actually called the (since disconnected) number in London and spoke to someone claiming to be Kelly Royce. “I was just having a bit of fun,” said the retired aircraft machinist and former club soccer coach who started working at age 14. “The Englishman (Royce) on the other end congratulated me and even asked what I was going to do with all the money. Then he told me that they were going to send a woman from London who was going to take me to a bank to cash the check.” But there was a small catch. “They wanted me to cover this woman’s airfare by placing $1,200 in a special bank account. I said, `I live month to month, but I tell you what, once we deposit the check, I’ll give this woman $100,000 for her trouble.’ He left the line then came back and said that they’d do it for $300.” Actually, I bet they would have done nothing at all for much less. But that’s not the point, Garven said. “Some people, when you mention money to them, their minds go blank. But I figure if we save one person from falling for this, then we’ve done a good job.” Here’s a quote for you from Scottish writer John Galt’s The Provost, “In deed and truth, it’s ill (difficult) getting the breeks (trousers) off a highlandman.” Garven isn’t a highlander exactly, but you won’t fool the trousers off him. Nor should anyone fool you. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at john.bogert@dailybreeze.com, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.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

Signs to tell of amoeba dangers

first_imgThe Associated Press LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Signs warning of the dangers of a rare amoeba will be posted at Lake Havasu, telling swimmers to take precautions such as plugging their noses when they dive. The City Council voted on Tuesday to take the action after last month’s death of 14-year-old Aaron Evans, who doctors believe was infected with the microscopic amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, while swimming at the Colorado River reservoir. “I’m happy with it,” said Keith Evans, Aaron’s grandfather. “It shows they’re stepping up.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The city will post the signs along the roughly one mile of waterfront it owns. Arizona and California share jurisdiction on the remaining lake frontage, along with county and state agencies and Indian tribes. Mohave County also is considering posting signs and the Board of Health will take up the matter next month, said Patty Mead, director of the county health department. The signs Lake Havasu City plans to post will warn against dangers including “drowning, physical injuries, and illnesses caused by amoebae and bacteria which exist naturally,” according to city staff. The signs directs bathers not to inhale water through their mouth and nose, and to avoid diving into murky or shallow water. The city also may run public service announcements during periods of high water temperatures, when the amoeba becomes active, city spokesman Charlie Cassens said. 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

This day in history

first_imgTODAY IS THE 327th DAY OF 2007 There are 38 days left in the year. Highlights in history AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings In 1765, Frederick County, Md., became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act. In 1903, singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in “Rigoletto.” In 1936, Life, the photojournalism magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published. In 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In 1980, some 2,600 people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy. In 1996, a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the waves off Comoros Islands, killing about two-thirds of the 175 people on board. Ten years ago: Iowa septuplet mom Bobbi McCaughey left the hospital and returned home while her seven babies stayed behind in intensive care. Five years ago: President Bush visited Vilnius, Lithuania, and Bucharest, Romania, where he vowed to defend hard-won freedoms behind the former Iron Curtain. Miss World organizers moved the beauty pageant from Abuja, Nigeria, to London after about 100 people died in violence triggered by a newspaper’s suggestion that the Islamic prophet Muhammad would have liked the event. One year ago: Former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko died in London from radiation poisoning after making a deathbed statement blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin. Car bombs and mortar rounds struck a Shiite slum in Baghdad, killing 215 people. Death claimed Broadway librettist Betty Comden at age 89; jazz vocalist Anita O’Day at age 87; and French actor Philippe Noiret at age 76. Today’s birthdays Actor Franco Nero is 66. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas is 63. Actor Steve Landesberg is 62. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 53. Actor Maxwell Caulfield is 48. Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield is 40. Actor Oded Fehr is 37. Actor Page Kennedy is 31. Actress Kelly Brook is 28. Actor Lucas Grabee is 23. Actress-singer Miley Cyrus (TV: “Hannah Montana”) is 15. Actor Austin Majors is 12. Thought for today “It is better to debate an important matter without settling it than to settle it without debating it.” – Anonymous. – From The Associated Press 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

DANIEL HELPING TO BOOST DONEGAL TOURISM

first_imgIRISH tourist chiefs have recruited singer Daniel O’Donnell in a bid to bring tourists from Britain to Donegal this summer.The online campaign is aimed at re-branding the county as ‘Daniel O’Donnell Country’.The move is being pioneered by DiscoverIreland which promotes the country as a tourist destination to the British. The advertising blitz has Daneil at the centre of it.One advert reads: “Daniel O’Donnell is one of Donegal’s most famous natives. An Irish singer and television presenter, Daniel has become a household name in Ireland and across the world.“With over 10 million records sold, Daniel’s charismatic and engaging stage presence has made him a huge success and a beloved favourite of his native County Donegal.Daniel considers the North West of Ireland and in particular, Co. Donegal a must-visit for any tourist. The county’s exceptional landscape includes Europe’s highest sea-cliffs, mesmerising scenery and dozens of deserted white sandy beaches. “County Donegal prides itself with a strong sense of traditional culture and heritage that has influenced Daniel O’Donnell and his music.”Daniel is currently touring England to rave reviews.DANIEL HELPING TO BOOST DONEGAL TOURISM was last modified: March 28th, 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) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegaltourismlast_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN MARKET ROW: COUNCIL CONFIRMS COMPLAINT INVESTIGATED

first_imgDonegal County Council has confirmed that it is investigating a complaint made about Donegal Town’s Saturday market.Donegaldaily.com understands the council may issue a warning to the Food and Craft Market if the complaint is upheld.We understand a business owner in the town has made a formal complaint, arguing that some goods being sold on some stalls are in breach of council guidelines. The council will only say that it has received a complaint contrary to the provisions of the Casual Trading Act 1995 and that the complaint is being investigated.DONEGAL TOWN MARKET ROW: COUNCIL CONFIRMS COMPLAINT INVESTIGATED was last modified: July 19th, 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) Tags:casual trading actdonegal town market controversylast_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic score four as Paris Saint-Germain seal title

first_img1 Ibrahimovic has scored 37 goals for club and country this season Paris Saint-Germain sealed the Ligue 1 title on Sunday in style with an emphatic 9-0 victory over bottom side Troyes.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, fresh from knocking Chelsea out of the Champions League, bagged a four while Edinson Cavani scored twice. The win sent them 25 points clear at the top, meaning second-placed Monaco cannot mathematically catch them with only 30 games of the season played.If ever a result summed up a title-winning season, it was this one as the Paris club secured their fourth straight Ligue 1 title.See below for the video of Ibrahimovic’s goals!last_img

Mourinho wants Benzema at Man United, Chelsea tell Everton to lower Lukaku fee

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Jose Mourinho has identified Karim Benzema as a priority target for Manchester United ahead of his impending appointment as successor to the sacked Louis van Gaal as manager at Old Trafford. Benzema could be joined at United by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a free transfer target. (Independent)But Mourinho but is likely to suffer disappointment over two of his other transfer targets. Chelsea will not sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, while Manchester City and Barcelona are ahead of the Red Devils in the race to sign John Stones. (Daily Telegraph)David de Gea is happy to continue at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho next season despite concerns over Juan Mata ‘s future. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea have told Everton they will not be held to ransom over striker Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku has made it clear he wants to leave Goodison Park and is keen on a return to Stamford Bridge, telling friends he has “unfinished business” at Chelsea. But the Blues will not pay the £65m fee Everton are demanding and will turn elsewhere if the Toffees will not negotiate. (Daily Express)Long-term Chelsea target Koke insists he has no intention of leaving Atletico Madrid. (London Evening Standard)Newcastle winger Andros Townsend appears to be on the brink of signing for Sporting Lisbon after being spotted on a flight to Portugal. (Daily Express)Sergi Canos could be heading for a surprise Liverpool exit this summer after reaching stalemate over a new contract. (Liverpool Echo)Middlesbrough are in talks over a £3.8million deal for Ajax winger Viktor Fischer. The 21-year-old was once coveted by Manchester United and Arsenal but had a troublesome hamstring injury which ruled him out for 15 months. (Daily Mail)Ronald Koeman is set to sign a new two-year contract at Southampton. The former Holland defender is Everton’s No1 choice to replace sacked Roberto Martinez and, more long term, is also on Arsenal’s radar as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger. But he is ready to commit to the Saints. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Stunning Manchester United news: Zlatan Ibrahimovic agrees to deal to become Jose Mourinho’s first signingManchester City eyeing Jamie Vardy amid reports he can leave Leicester for just £20millionLassana Diarra hints at possible Manchester United move after declaring himself a ‘free agent’Chelsea transfer latest: Goalkeeper reveals he wants to STAY at Stamford BridgeNewcastle transfer news: Daryl Janmaat set for St James’ Park exit as Juventus eye £3m deal for defenderTottenham target Sandro Ramirez to leave Barcelona for free this summer, confirms Catalan clubMassimiliano Allegri urges Alvaro Morata to shun Arsenal interest and stay at Juventus for a ‘few more years’DONE DEAL! Liverpool complete the signing of Mainz goalkeeper Loris KariusArsenal, Chelsea and Man United blow! Attacking target Edinson Cavani to STAY at Paris Saint-Germain, reveals agentEverton transfer news: Toffees eye move for Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda amid Villarreal interestAFC Bournemouth prepare to lodge £1million bid for Besiktas defender Alexander Miloseviclast_img read more