‘Don’t judge England until the 2018 World Cup,’ – ex-Liverpool winger tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Liverpool and England winger John Barnes believes England fans should not judge the national side until the 2018 World Cup.Barnes came to the defence of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Harry Kane, saying people expect too much of them too soon.He said it was the reason England failed during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and believes anything Roy Hodgson’s side achieve in France 2016 will be a bonus.“The problem we have with a lot of the young players is that they’re going to be judged at that level despite having no experience whatsoever,” Barnes told Drivetime.“They’ve only been in the game for two years. That’s why I would like to think that when Raheem Sterling gets to 23 or 24, we can then start to look to him to be consistent.“We need to say with this England team ‘I am not going to put any pressure on them to do well in the Euros’. If they do well it is a bonus, if they don’t then fine they’re growing, they’re young, and they’re inexperienced.“Then at the World Cup in three years, they will have had five years of experience and be 25 years old and that is when we have to start putting pressure on them.“We did it (put pressure on them) in the last World Cup and went out in the first round. I would like the public now, with this young team, to say if we don’t do well in the Euros we won’t give them stick.“Leave them alone, if they go out in the first round it will be disappointing but let them grow, let them develop and then put them under pressure for the World Cup in 2018.”last_img read more

Silva, Aguero, Zabaleta OUT, so this starting XI for Man City against Norwich?

first_img 11 11 11 11 14. Wilfried Bony (striker) 6. Fernando (centre midfield) 17. Kevin De Bruyne (right wing) 11 11 11 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 4. Vincent Kompany (centre back) 11. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) 11 42. Yaya Toure (attacking midfield) 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 11 11 After the humdrum that was last weekend’s Manchester derby, Manchester City are expected to return to their ruthless ways against Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that David Silva and Sergio Aguero are still in the recovery process, while Pablo Zabaleta will also miss out having suffered knee ligament damage in the midweek League Cup win against Crystal Palace.The Chilean manager could therefore again make some changes to his side.Will Wilfried Bony start up front or will promising youngster Kelechi Iheanacho recevie his chance to shine from the off?Will Yaya Toure play further forward?Find out talkSPORT’s predicted Citizens line up against the Canaries by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 3. Bacary Sagna (right back) 7. Raheem Sterling (left wing) 11 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – to see our full line up, in squad number order, click the yellow arrow above last_img read more

Watch: A timely reminder to Liverpool? Forgotten man scores stunner

first_img Lazar Markovic is on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce from Liverpool 1 Lazar Markovic sent a timely reminder to Liverpool last night with a scorching winner for Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup.The Serbian winger played for the Reds under Brenden Rodgers last season, but he failed to impress and was sent out on loan this year.However, he showed new boss Jurgen Klopp what he is capable with this goal in the dying moments against Tuzlaspor, which gave his side a 1-0 win.They are now through to the knockout stage of the competition.last_img

Chelsea starting line up v MK Dons – £53m duo return to the starting XI?

first_img 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (attacking midfield) 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 MK Dons v Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Cup, kick off at 4pm on Sunday 31 January, is live on talkSPORT.Karl Robinson’s men, who secured promotion to the Championship for the first time in the club’s history last May, are looking to seal a major upset.Having dispatched four with no reply against Manchester United in the League Cup last season, Chelsea will be wary of their opponents, despite their poor form since moving up a division.So, with this in mind, will Guus Hiddink opt for a strong XI or will he place his trust in some of the Blues’ youngsters?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up v MK Dons by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 6. Abdul Baba Rahman (left back) 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 17. Pedro (right wing) 11 12. John Obi Mikel (centre midfield) 11 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) 11 11 11 11 10. Eden Hazard (left wing) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back)last_img read more

Fire at eatery forces closure

first_imgPASADENA – An early morning fire Friday that damaged the front portion of Burger Continental will keep the more-than-40-year-old restaurant closed at least through this weekend, its owner said. A passer-by noticed smoke coming from the building at 535 S. Lake St. and called 9-1-1, Pasadena Fire Department about 12:50 a.m., spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. Firefighters arrived within minutes and had the fire out by 1:20 a.m. However, the restaurant sustained significant damage to the walls, attic and roof in its front section, Derderian said. No injuries were reported, and the fire was contained to the restaurant. Six fire engines, three firetrucks, one ambulance, and one air utility were dispatched to the scene, she said. Owner Harry Hindoyan said, while the fire caused quite extensive damage, he plans to reopen as soon as possible. “Everything’s fine. We hope to be open by Monday,” he said. robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 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.Firefighters used newly acquired technology to help douse the flames, she said. “We used our thermal-imaging cameras and found an extension of the fire inside the wall and were able mitigate it from spreading more,” she said. Adjacent buildings made of brick and concrete also helped keep the fire from spreading, she added. Pasadena police evacuated a grocery store behind the restaurant as a precaution during the fire, Derderian said. Officials preliminarily believe the fire began in the stove area in the kitchen, she said. last_img read more

Forces sweep Shiite militia areas

first_imgIRAQ: In pre-dawn raid, troops capture 30 suspected fighters linked to Muqtada al-Sadr. By Steven R. Hurst THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi forces, backed by Polish army helicopters, swept through Shiite militia strongholds south of Baghdad on Saturday, rounding up dozens of militants and killing two. The prime minister met the provincial governor, who called for reinforcements to root out “the criminals.” Coalition forces reported no casualties but said two militants were killed in the sweep.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.Iraqi police said 30 suspected fighters linked to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army were grabbed in a pre-dawn house-to-house search by U.S. and Iraqi raiders in two eastern neighborhoods in Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad. Rival Shiite militias are engaged in grabs for power in the oil-rich south of the country, as British forces are drawing down. But U.S. commanders have reported significant inroads against both Shiite militias and al-Qaida in Iraq fighters across the fertile agriculture belt nearer to the capital. They credit local residents, emboldened against the terror tactics of both al-Qaida and Shiite militants, with much of the success. The residents have bought into a trend that started in Iraq’s western Anbar province, where Sunni tribesmen rose up against al-Qaida and have methodically hunted them down in conjunction with U.S. forces. South of the capital, Shiite militiamen are facing the same onslaught in communities where they have terrorized co-religionists. On Diwaniyah’s east side, U.S.-led ground forces backed by two Polish army helicopters came under fire from machine guns and an anti-tank grenade launcher, the military said. last_img read more

LAPD, sheriff look at off-duty gun policies

first_imgLast year, an off-duty Los Angeles cop was at the Pavilions market in Sherman Oaks when Jonathan F. Reyes walked in and pointed a gun at a clerk. Reyes took cash from one clerk and then moved to another. But that’s when the officer – armed with a concealed gun – shot Reyes. Reyes, 24, of North Hollywood, pleaded no contest last month to two counts of second-degree robbery and was sentenced to 14 years in state prison, District Attorney’s Office spokesman Sandi Gibbons said. The case highlights how off-duty officers carrying weapons can help thwart crimes, but it also is one of a growing number of off-duty shootings involving the Los Angeles Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Since 2000, LAPD officers have been involved in 68 off-duty shootings. Last year, there were 14 off-duty shootings – up from just six the previous year. Nine of the cases involved injuries. In the same period, sheriff’s deputies have been involved in 41 off-duty shootings. Last year, there were seven – up from just four the previous year. Two of the cases involved injuries. The increase comes as law- enforcement officers nationwide have come under increased scrutiny for off-duty shootings and officials try to determine whether it reflects a larger trend. “We’re not sure what the increase is due to,” LAPD Officer April Harding said. “It’s possibly related to the fact there is more violence out there and more robbery incidences. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the number of off-duty shootings has fluctuated in recent years, with the department recording eight in 2001. “Obviously, the Sheriff’s Department takes these cases very seriously, and there is always a shooting review,” Whitmore said. “These shootings are looked at from top to bottom. “But it’s not a spike. And don’t forget that the sheriff’s policy says if you have your badge, you can have your gun.” Most of the recent shootings have been similar to the Pavilions incident, with armed off-duty officers foiling everything from car burglars and bank robbers to drive-by shootings. But in the last decade, several off-duty shootings – including ones involving intoxicated officers – have resulted in discipline and legal payouts. Last year, the city of Los Angeles paid $1.4 million to the son of a Woodland Hills man, Christopher Oliver, who was shot and killed in July 2000 by off-duty LAPD Sgt. Steven Ulrich, according to court records. Oliver had struck several parked vehicles near his home, Woodland Hills attorney Larry Grassini wrote in court records. Ulrich, a neighbor, called 9-1-1 and then ran to the scene, Grassini wrote. According to a 9-1-1 tape, Ulrich shot through the front windshield six times, missing Oliver, Grassini wrote. He then went to the passenger side and fired three more rounds through the window, killing Oliver, Grassini wrote. Before settling the case, the city argued Oliver tried to flee the scene and attempted to evade arrest by putting his vehicle in reverse, Miller wrote. But Grassini said the car was inoperable and that Oliver was trapped inside. Ulrich was not disciplined, Grassini said. Today, Grassini said officers need better training in the use of off-duty weapons. “The policy should be that you don’t take your gun out unless it’s a very, very unusual circumstances and you are actually protecting yourself and others,” Grassini said. LAPD officers and sheriff’s deputies officers are allowed to carry weapons off-duty, but they are required to undergo periodic training courses. Police officers are expected to follow the same policies and procedures off duty as they do while on duty. “A crime can occur anywhere, anytime and any place,” LAPD Lt. Roger Mora said. “And we know that when crimes occur that suspects are often armed with knives and other deadly weapons.” Michael Gennaco, chief attorney of the Office of Independent Review, which oversees internal investigations at the Sheriff’s Department and makes disciplinary recommendations, said a “significant proportion” of officers carry concealed guns at least for some portion of their off-duty hours. Special Counsel Merrick Bobb, who provides semiannual reports to the Board of Supervisors about the Sheriff’s Department, said officers carrying concealed weapons off-duty is fine as long as they are capable of fully performing their duties. “My concerns relate to situations where officers are inebriated and have their guns,” Bobb said. “If they are inebriated, or even had a bit too much to drink, those are the situations where having a gun is dangerous and the risks outweigh the benefits.” In 1996, a federal jury awarded $750,000 to the family of a Rowland Heights man who was killed by an intoxicated, off-duty sheriff’s deputy. In Bobb’s 1997 report, he analyzed 28 off-duty shootings from 1993 to 1996 and found six involved deputies who had been drinking. But Whitmore and Bobb said they are unaware of any similar cases in recent years. The first off-duty sheriff’s case last year involving someone who was shot occurred in October when an intruder broke into the deputy’s home and threatened him. The deputy pulled his gun and shot twice, hitting the suspect once. The suspect fled to a nearby hospital where he was arrested, Whitmore 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

Holiday travelers get ready for takeoff

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre With thousands of travelers jamming Southland airports, airline officials are bracing for the heaviest traffic Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – with many flights operating virtually full at 95 percent capacity. Worldwide, 27 million passengers are expected to flock to U.S. airlines over the Thanksgiving holidays, a record number that has air experts warning of looming delays and congestion. But with 3 million Southern California residents expected to leave town for Thanksgiving, roadways are also expected to bear a heavy load. Nearly 2.4 million travelers are expected to put on their seat belts and motor to their holiday destinations – up 1.2 percent from last year, according to a study from the Automobile Club of Southern California. Kevin Kertes of Woodland Hills is one of those making the traditional holiday trip. BURBANK – Thousands of travelers revving up to hit the skies and roadways this week for traditional Thanksgiving holiday pilgrimages will face more than a few challenges, including heavy fog expected to continue to snarl flights today. The murky conditions affected dozens of departures and arrivals at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport on Monday, and weather experts said it could continue to cloak the region this morning. “Burbank has a possibility of getting dense fog again,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “So they might have to be concerned about visibility at the airport that could affect flights.” By Wednesday, however, much of the fog is expected to disappear – marking good news for the more than 1.85 million passengers expected to descend on the region’s airports through Sunday. But to avoid the hassles of crowds and traffic jams, Kertes said, he will fly out a bit earlier to see his family in Detroit. He expects to leave midday today and return around the same time Saturday. Traveling ahead of the crowds bodes well for the 42-year-old, who figured out the technique after twice getting snagged in bottlenecks around Los Angeles International Airport at Thanksgiving. “I finally found a little sweet spot,” he said. “Doing it this way three times before has worked well for me.” But for those trying to dodge lengthy airport security delays, disrupted flights or other air woes, California’s roadways pose their own challenges. Families traveling north up the Golden State Freeway could encounter bad weather and treacherous fog in the Central Valley, Sweet said. Earlier this month, two people were killed and 41 injured in a massive 86-vehicle pileup on Highway 99 in Fresno because of similar conditions. Miguel Sanchez of Van Nuys has learned his own secrets for coping with traveling by car for Thanksgiving – leaving early and reserving plenty of time for the drive. Extraordinary traffic on the way to Big Bear for a previous Thanksgiving Day put the 22-year-old nearly two hours late for his turkey dinner. This year, he’s sticking closer to home. “I had planned for the traffic,” Sanchez said. “It was more than I ever thought it would be.” Motorists also face stinging prices at the pump, as gasoline costs have soared 13 cents over the past two weeks, bringing the nationwide average for self-serve regular to $3.09, according to a Lundberg Survey. The average price for regular unleaded gasoline in California is $3.42 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.com, a Web site that tracks gas prices nationwide with the help of 1.3million volunteers. Still, despite the price to fill up, travel by car remains more popular than flying because it still costs less, said Elaine Beno, spokeswoman for the Automobile Club. “It’s the most economical way to travel,” she said. “So travel plans will still happen, regardless of the high gas prices.” IF YOU’RE FLYING Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal when traveling through airport security checkpoints. Take metal items such as keys, loose change and mobile phones out of your pockets. Pack all coats and jackets in luggage or carry-on bags when possible, since they must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. Keep airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID available until exiting security. You are required to remove your shoes before you enter the walk-through metal detector. Keep carry-on bags uncluttered to allow a clear, uncomplicated X-ray image of items inside. When possible, keep packed liquids in your checked baggage to make getting through security faster. Remember the rule for liquids and gels in carry-on bags: 3-ounce containers in quart-size zip-top bag with only one zip-top bag per passenger. Arrive early for your flight to allow plenty of time to get through security. Confirm all flights well before departure. Make sure all checked bags have tags on the outside and inside with your name, address, home and cell-phone numbers, and flight information. ——— IF YOU’RE DRIVING Leave early to allow plenty of time to account for traffic and still get to your destination on time. Avoid distractions such as cell phones, onboard DVD players and other items. Avoid fatigue if driving long distances by pulling over to stretch your legs and resting. Find out about any road closures or weather problems by checking www.dot.ca.gov160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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FAMILY IS THE NAME OF GAME FOR NEW LETTERKENNY BUSINESS OWNER

first_imgThe Kellys’ Centra Store located on the N56 at Mountain Top, Letterkenny opposite Highland Radio is now under the new ownership of local man Mairtin Kelly.Mairtin is married to Angie who hails from Glenswilly and is the daughter of Grace and Charlie Jack Mc Daid. Mairtin and Angie have three kids, Oisin aged 3 and twins Aine and Seanan, aged 17 months – so this really is a family run business. They know how difficult it is at present trying to stretch a family budget and get good quality and value whether it’s your weekly shop or your weekly treat to eat out with the Kids. You will get all this at Kelly’s Centra & Mountain Top Restaurant.Mairtin has a very successful retail career behind him having worked locally for a number of years in various Centra retail outlets.Such was his success with the local stores that Mairtin moved rapidly through the ranks to senior management positions and was quickly promoted by Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland to the post of Regional Manager for Centra in the North west.He now intends to bring all those years of dedication and experience to his new store at Mountain Top for the benefit of all customers and for the local community. Mairtin expressed his huge appreciation to the many loyal customers who have stayed with the store during the last number of difficult trading years. He speaks highly of his forty staff who also have remained loyal and dedicated whilst delivering excellent customer service under the guidance of Manager Chris Toland , ably assisted by Restaurant Head Chef Leah McNulty.Customers will already notice a number of improvements in the design and layout of the store.These are to be followed by up by major redesigns in the near future including their new Web Site and more about these later.The restaurant has also undergone a significant makeover and in addition we have new menus and special offers to suit every customers Budget. Substantial renovations are also planned for the bar and restaurant area.A newly refurbished private function and meeting room is available and ideally suited for small parties such as Christmas Parties, 21st birthdays, Christening’s, retirement functions and all types of get togethers!As part of its commitment to the local community in Donegal and to Irish jobs and suppliers, 75% of goods sold in store is either produced or sourced in Ireland. The total purchases of Irish goods and services made by Musgrave on behalf of its retail partners in Centra and Supervalu are worth over €2.6bn to the Irish economy each year. Mairtin is also passionate in supporting local indigenous Donegal jobs and suppliers with direct purchasing and promotion locally and nationally.EndsFAMILY IS THE NAME OF GAME FOR NEW LETTERKENNY BUSINESS OWNER was last modified: October 31st, 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)Tags:Kelly’s Centra Storeletterkennylast_img read more

AND THE WINNERS OF GONGS FOR BEST BUSINESS ARE…

first_imgINISHOWEN COUNTRY Kitchen has picked up the top gong at the Donegal County Enterprise awards tonight.The family-run business based in Malin was named Donegal Business of the Year 2012.Passionate businessman Joseph Doherty was delighted with the award. The special award for contribution to the local community went to the brilliant Castlefin Partnership.Moll Industries, the manufacturing company based in Donegal Town, were the winners of the Business Development Award.Claire Doherty Gallagher, owner of Claire’s the Bakers, won the emerging business award.One of her wonderful creations is pictured left. The Business Innovation Award went to Stephen McGinley of Farm Feeder.© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily AND THE WINNERS OF GONGS FOR BEST BUSINESS ARE… was last modified: March 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:AND THE WINNERS OF GONGS FOR BEST BUSINESS ARE…last_img read more