Odegaard and his return to Madrid: “The plan has not changed”

first_imgMartin Ødegaard is once again in the eye of the hurricane. It does not fail. Real Sociedad plays against Real Madrid, and all the lights point to the Norwegian. This time on the occasion of the quarterfinal match of Santiago Bernabéu. It is the future of the white team and can be its executioner in the Copa del Rey. -It is inevitable to start by asking about his future at Real Madrid. Everyone sees the next course in white …I do not know. I don’t know what people will say. What I can say is that the plan has not changed, it is to stay here what we talked about (two years) because I cannot be happier. I am focused on day to day and nothing has changed the way we face the future.-Play for a long time touched, how are you?I have had knee problems, it is true, but I feel good, getting better every day and I feel that the match came well.-How do you see the tie in the Bernabéu?Well, it is clear that it will be a complicated and difficult game, because we play against a great rival, although we are clear that we can harm any team because we have a lot of level in the team.– Do you think that the defeat in the league can serve you in the Cup? Can be. I remember that we played very well there, especially the first 40 minutes before they marked us. I think we have to leave the same, but then the challenge will be to maintain the same level throughout the game. Because if we do so, I am convinced we have a chance of winning.-Is it a more special tie for you?Nerd. It’s a big tie for everyone, it’s a quarter cup and we’re looking forward to it. It is an important game for me, but especially for the club.-The Real has only eliminated once (1988) Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, can that be repeated?I think so. It is a special game for me and what I want is to pass the tie above all, because for us it is a dream to do something big in the Cup. We face the game with that illusion.-Which Real Del Madrid player worries you most?Luka modric. Because despite being my idol, it’s very good.– What do you think of Zidane’s work?Very good. We have a very good relationship, he trained me in Castilla and then in the first team. He knows a lot about football.– Are you worried that they will charge two games a week?Not at all. At least I love playing two games a week because if it doesn’t get long.-They just suffered a rude error from the VAR, what do you expect from arbitration at the Bernabéu?Let him do it well. Nothing else. You know that I do not like VAR much, the images say that the penalty to Januzaj is clear. But you don’t have to turn it over. The defeat in Leganés very hard, but it wasn’t just for that. Now we can’t think about the past, the good thing is that with so much game we can look forward very quickly.last_img read more

Welterweights to battle for Contender payday

first_img (SUB DECK) Popular series gets under way on March 9 Welterweight boxers will be in the spotlight this year when the very popular Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender boxing series kicks off on Wednesday, March 9, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Hope Road in St Andrew. The series, which started in 2011 and alternates between middleweight and welterweight boxers each year, is a made-for-television production that is sanctioned by the Jamaica Boxing Board.  It will be broadcast live each week on Television Jamaica (TVJ) at 9 p.m. and will see 16 boxers drawn from the Caribbean and the United States vying for top honours. The first prize is one million dollars. The team concept will again be used this year, with one team of eight boxers being designated Green and the other eight-man team Yellow. One boxer from each team will go up against a boxer from the opposing team every week in the preliminary rounds. At the quarter final stage, the eight boxers left in the competition will be seeded and a draw will take place to decide on the matchup each week. There will be eight preliminary bouts, four quarter-final fights, the two semi-finals and then the finals. There will also be two amateur bouts each night. There will be an official launch on Thursday this week, at which the promoters will give the details of the format that will be followed this year, the names of the boxers on the two teams and the total prize money that will be paid out to the boxers. The Caribbean team will have boxers from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Barbados and will be a mixture of new talent and tried and proven crowd favourites. Previous winners were in 2011, middleweight boxer Ricardo Smith; 2012, welterweight Donovan “Police” Campbell; 2013 middleweight Devon Moncriffe; 2014 welterweight Sakima Mullings; and 2015 middleweight Kemahl Russell. BOXING: Wray & Nephewlast_img read more

Comedy club yet to get an address

first_imgThe Santa Clarita Valley does not have any clubs exclusively dedicated to comedy, and some residents had been looking forward to Comedy Blvd’s opening. Marie Callender’s in Valencia hosts a weekly comedy show, and Larry Mankin, president and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the area could use more local comedy. “Certainly it provides an outlet for entertainment for, I think, a cross-generational group of people,” Mankin said. “Comedy clubs are available to young and old, to rich and poor.” The club had been scheduled to open in September of last year at the Town Center, but that was pushed back, said mall spokeswoman Jalina Warner. A January opening date also was scrapped, she said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 VALENCIA – The proposed comedy club has a nifty slogan: “Where Funny Lives.” But where exactly Comedy Blvd will “live” remains to be seen. After delays in its planned opening date, Comedy Blvd is not coming to the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Walter Gause, a comedy writer and entrepreneur from a small city near the Bronx, is behind Comedy Blvd. He hopes to pattern Comedy Blvd after the popular Improv comedy clubs, and Gause might have the last laugh if he succeeds in bringing his club to another location in Santa Clarita. “We tried something at Westfield with the mall,” Gause said. “But we will be back, bigger and stronger.” 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

Garcetti’s letter

first_img– Frank G. Carlisi Calabasas Hit the road, Jack Re: “Cautionary tale: Weiss recall attempt ought to be a warning to all” (Our Opinions, March 15): I applaud the Daily News for bringing to the forefront what so many residents have been thinking: Jack Weiss is an absentee councilman when it comes to working with homeowners and residents. He may show up at a few street fairs, but has a hard time showing respect to homeowners and residents who confront him with serious problems of traffic, overdevelopment and public safety. Since Jack Weiss has publicly said he is now focusing on the 2009 election for city attorney, there are many in the district who think he should resign his council seat so someone can devote 100 percent of his or her energy to serving the homeowners and residents of Council District 5. It’s time to hit the road, Jack. – Marcia Selz Los Angeles Hijacking the event Re: “Mount Mel erupts again” (March 24): In the tradition of the cinematheque program of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Northridge, a filmmaker came to discuss his craft as a writer, director and producer. Two activists came to the event with the purpose of reading a political statement – in Spanish about the abominations committed by the Europeans against the Mayans. They were given the microphone and enjoyed the use of this amplification device, unhindered, for several minutes. They accused the filmmaker of intellectual dishonesty and character assassination. They did not mince words and purposefully offended the university guest. It was a classic use of agitprop, with the objective of derailing the event. When this strategy became clear to those responsible for the evening, steps were taken by the university organizers to ask them to leave. The activists were there to hijack the evening. And they do not seem to be done: Through the media megaphone, they demand an apology from Gibson. Why don’t they make their own movie? – Mar a Elena de las Carreras, Ph.D. CSUN Department of Cinema and Television Arts She was out of line Re: “Mount Mel erupts again” (March 24): It is Alicia Estrada who needs to apologize to Mel Gibson. She was out of line from the gate. His purpose there was to answer questions on filmmaking. Anyone can lose his temper, depending on the situation. And don’t give me this: “A celebrity should be able to handle it.” What nonsense. – Carolyn Carmichael Valley Village Good ol’ days Re: “LAPD red” (Our Opinions, March 21): The Daily News complained that Chief William H. Parker ran Los Angeles back in the ’50s. I didn’t grow up in the ’50s, but rather the mid 1960s and ’70s. From what I gather from people who did, L.A. in the ’50s was a much better place to raise a family. Chief Parker did what was needed and expected of him by providing support to his officers and a tough stance on the criminals of that time. The criminals of that time feared the Los Angeles Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the citizens respected and expected them to handle the trash of that era. Today, the criminals know that law enforcement has been substantially weakened and the courts clogged with repeat offenders. Those who are convicted spend only a fraction of their sentence behind bars. – Joseph Dillon Chatsworth Simple first step Re: “Our so-called life” (March 22): The report completely ignored critical issues related to the impact of the illegal aliens. The mayor attributed the situation to the “large immigrant population.” He did not, however, differentiate between legal and illegal immigrants. Los Angeles is one of many “sanctuary cities” that encourage and attract a great number of illegal aliens at a substantial cost for the taxpayers. A simple first step toward improvement in Los Angeles is to cease being a sanctuary for the illegal invaders and eliminate special order 40, which inhibits the police from detaining the illegal criminals. – Mort Arditti Los Angeles Nurse shortage Re: “Nurse shortage grows acute: Classes lacking” (March 18): Mary Cox of Valley College is quoted: “Nurses who are qualified to teach say they can make better money elsewhere.” Unfortunately, this dollar component seems to have no solution. For example, the certificated nursing-assistant program at Canoga Park High School was dropped last year because of that exact reason, lack of teacher interest. Fifty highly motivated students and potential nursing assistants were set adrift. In this case, the union and the Los Angeles Unified School District board agreed years ago that all Regional Occupation Program teachers would be reimbursed the same. This means teachers of agriculture and animal husbandry are to be on the same salary schedule as a registered nurse/instructor. Give me a break. Something needs to change. – Earl Roth Oak Park High gas prices On Monday the Lundberg Letter announced the “reasons” for the high gas prices: a lot of refineries down for maintenance, driving up, kidnapped British sailors in Iran and this year’s early daylight-saving time. (People have more daylight to drive in.) I think next week the reasons will be: passports needed to go to Mexico and Canada, the Punxsutawney groundhog did or didn’t see his shadow, Anna Nicole Smith’s baby’s paternity still in question, Britney Spears’ hair still too short – and my dog ate my homework – Bill Tracy Glendale Undermining parents An increasing number of states want to mandate that school-age girls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted disease, human papillomavirus or HPV, by a new drug – on the market less than a year – that reportedly provides women immunity against two strains of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases in the U.S. While proponents downplay legitimate concerns about the drug’s long-term safety and side effects, the greatest criticism about this vaccine has to do with the government’s push to make it mandatory, which all but takes parents out of the equation. Parents have a fundamental right to be the final authority on what happens to their children. And our government certainly should not be undermining this fundamental right. – Gary Curtis Van Nuys Re: “Garcetti’s folly” (Our Opinions, March 25): Wow! What a letter he sent to the hotels regarding the boycott because they are fighting hotel workers union wage demands. I just wonder how much money he received from the union backing this thing. I just wonder why he thinks he has this much power. These council people meet three days a week (sometimes). The rest of the time they spend dreaming up ideas of how to tax the homeowners. – Joe McMillin West Hills More baloney Re: “Alarc n back as City Council member” (March 21): Being a small businessman in his district, I know the baloney of receiving no courtesy calls from his office after trying to reach him for eight straight weeks. He’s so interested in economic development in the San Fernando Valley that it makes me so comfortable. He’s said the same thing the first two terms, and now he has six more years of eating at the taxpayers’ feeding trough. All he cares about are raises for the City Council. Maybe in the next six years, the cat will change his stripes and pay attention to some of us in the business community. center_img 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

One idea

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONE IDEA: Besbeck bought 100 shares of Home Depot, Inc. in 1999 for around $35 each. Home Depot has been as high as $70 and as low as $20 since, but Besbeck predicts a good future for the stock. QUOTE: “You can’t go wrong with Home Depot. People need home-improvement stuff all the time, and the building industry is always going up when everything else is going down.” TICKER: HD FRIDAY’S CLOSE: $36.74 NAME: Alan Besbeck HOME: Woodland Hills AGE: 38 OCCUPATION: Movie grip last_img

France on brink of World Cup, Dutch hopes all but over

first_img0Shares0000Bulgaria’s Simeon Slavchev (L) fights for the ball with France’s Blaise Matuidi during their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match between Bulgaria and France in Sofia on October 7, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Oct 8 – Blaise Matuidi’s early goal saw off Bulgaria 1-0 on Saturday and kept France top of European World Cup qualifying Group A, while the Netherlands’ hopes are hanging by a thread despite a 3-1 win in Belarus.France took the lead in only the third minute as midfielder Matuidi curled home a fantastic shot from a tight angle into the far top corner. Bulgaria more than held their own in Sofia, though, as they looked to repeat the famous win over France that sent them to the 1994 World Cup, and Hugo Lloris was forced into a point-blank save to deny Georgi Kostadinov.But Didier Deschamps’s side closed out the vital win, and three points at home to Belarus on Tuesday would book their ticket to Russia.“It was a difficult match with lots of mistakes, commitment,” said coach Deschamps.“We’re still first — that’s important — we’ve got one match left and (qualification) remains in our hands, so we have to win on Tuesday.”The Netherlands’ Karim Rekik (L) and Belarus’ Stanislav Dragun vie for the ball during their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match in Borisov, outside Minsk, on October 7, 2017 © AFP / Yuri KADOBNOVThe Dutch needed a victory in Barysaw to keep alive any hopes of a top-two finish, but despite a third goal in two games from Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper, Belarus equalised through Maksim Volodjko.Captain Arjen Robben came to his side’s rescue by netting a penalty with only six minutes remaining, before Memphis Depay added some gloss in injury-time.The Netherlands are looking to avoid failing to qualify for successive major tournaments for the first time since 1986, having also missed out on Euro 2016.But they now face a near impossible task, as Sweden thrashed Luxembourg 8-0 earlier on Saturday, with forward Marcus Berg scoring four goals, to extend their advantage over Dick Advocaat’s men on goal difference to 12.Trailing the Scandinavians by three points, only a massive victory over Sweden in Amsterdam next week will save the three-time World Cup runners-up.– Ronaldo spares Portugal’s blushes –Portugal struggled for long periods in Andorra, needing the rested Cristiano Ronaldo to come on as a half-time substitute and help them stumble to a 2-0 win and set up a winner-takes-all showdown with Switzerland in Lisbon on Tuesday.The European champions had to wait until the 63rd minute for Ronaldo to break the deadlock on the artificial pitch, before Andre Silva finally put their nerves to bed.Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who started on the bench to help avoid collecting a yellow card that would have seen him suspended for Tuesday’s game, is now level on 15 goals for the campaign with Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, a record for European World Cup qualifying.“Thank God that he scored,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.“Cristiano Ronaldo was decisive for us in this match, but that’s why he’s the best player in the world.“On that type of pitch, we were not able to really play our game, but we took advantage of the best player in the world.”Steven Zuber scored twice in Basel as Switzerland made it nine wins from nine by thrashing Hungary 5-2.Switzerland lead Portugal by three points but have an inferior goal difference.In Group H, Greece moved into second place with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in Cyprus after Bosnia and Herzegovina had suffered a stunning 4-3 home defeat by already-qualified Belgium.FC Copenhagen striker Pieros Sotiriou put Cyprus ahead early on as they looked for a win to maintain hopes of a play-off place, but two goals in three first-half minutes from Kostas Mitroglou and Alexandros Tziolis sent Greece two points clear of Bosnia.Michael Skibbe’s side are almost certain to finish second as they host pointless Gibraltar in their last game on Tuesday, although they could still miss out on the play-offs as the worst second-placed team.Goals from Haris Medunjanin and Edin Visca put the Bosnians ahead in Sarajevo after Belgium full-back Thomas Muenier’s early strike, but Michy Batshuayi and Jan Vertonghen turned things around.Dario Dumic’s 82nd-minute equaliser gave Bosnia hope, but Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco struck to break the hosts’ hearts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Twitter agree to meet with United over Pogba abuse

first_imgHis team-mate Harry Maguire demanded that Twitter and Instagram be more proactive in stopping “pathetic trolls”. England women’s football manager Phil Neville said football players should boycott social media.Pogba was the third footballer to suffer racial abuse in a week for missing a penalty — the others being Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and second tier side Reading’s Yakou Meite.“Over the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out (anti-discrimination organisation within football) and any other civil society stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK,” Twitter said in a statement.“We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it.“To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions together. In the meantime, for Twitter’s part, we will continue to proactively monitor the conversation, and take aggressive enforcement action when content violates our Rules.”Twitter rules prohibit users from promoting violence against, threatening or harassing people on the basis of race, ethnicity or other protected groups.Since 2018, it has increased the number of accounts suspended for evading a previous ban on the service by 45% and tripled the number of accounts suspended within 24 hours after receiving a report.0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Social media giants Twitter have agreed to meet with Manchester United executives over the racial abuse of Paul Pogba after he missed a penalty and what can be done about preventing it © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 21 – Twitter have reacted to calls for more to be done in preventing racist abuse of footballers on social media platforms by agreeing to meet with representatives of Manchester United they announced on Wednesday.United executives were keen for a meeting with Twitter after their French World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba was the victim of abuse following his penalty miss in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.last_img read more

Serie A chief responds to Manchester United rumours

first_img Massimiliano Allegri 1 Massimiliano Allegri has rubbished reports he could take over at Manchester United.The Juventus head coach won the Serie A title at the end of his first season in Turin, also guiding the Bianconeri to the Champions League final where they were beaten by Barcelona.Recent reports in Italy have suggested the 48-year-old might be approached to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, but Allegri has insisted he is committed to Juve for at least one more campaign.“I have a contract running until 2017,” he told the Corriere dello Sport during his preview press conference for Friday’s game at Lazio. “I’m happy here and I’m focused on Juventus’ objectives.“They are much more important than these rumours which come from elsewhere.“In a month the transfer window will be open, so that’ll please you and you’ll be able to move on!“It’ll be a difficult match at Lazio and our mission there will be to move up another place in the table.”last_img read more

COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR LETTERKENNY DRUG DEALER

first_imgA DRUG dealer nabbed by Gardai operating in Letterkenny has been given community service in lieu of a nine-month prison sentence.Ciaran McCormack, 27, from Lurgy, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty before the District Court in the town.He was arrested by gardai on the Port Road in Letterkenny on August 22 last. Judge Paul Kelly said he had been concerned that McCormack had been “attempting to minimise your role in the offences” during a meeting with probation officers.“This is of some concern; you were supplying drugs and they are serious offences. There was a substantial amount of money involved in this case.”However the judge said McCormack had belatedly acknowledged his actions and the probation service said he was suitable for community service.He imposed a nine month prison sentence but substituted 180 hours community service. He was also fined €150.COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR LETTERKENNY DRUG DEALER was last modified: February 5th, 2015 by John2Share 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:courtdrug dealerletterkennylast_img read more

HSE DO U-TURN FOR ILL DONEGAL MAN

first_imgA Donegal man who survived cancer three times in the last decade has been told he can now receive specialist pain treatment at a major hospital after a u-turn by the HSE and the Department of HealthThomas Keaveney, 40, from Lifford today thanked local people and politicians for helping to force the u-turn.He said senators Jimmy Harte and Brian O Domhnaill as well as TD Thomas Pringle had been ‘fantastic’ in their support. “It was like winning the lottery,” said Thomas today.“I can’t thank people for supporting me enough. Thanks to those supporters I am now getting this treatment again.”The father-of-two was first diagnosed with seminoma/testicular cancer at Letterkenny General Hospital in 2001 before being referred to St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin for specialist care.Just two years later he was again diagnosed with cancer, this time of the stomach glands and chest glands, and returned to St Vincent’s for chemotherapy. Despite the high-quality care he received, in 2005 the stomach and chest cancer relapsed and were joined by a cancerous tumour in the base of Mr Keaveney’s neck, meaning he had to return to St Vincent’s for aggressive chemotherapy.After this treatment ended on Dec 27, 2005, Mr Keaveney suffered related pains in his neck and back and began specialist pain treatment at St Vincent’s from 2006 until this week.However, despite the delicate nature of the support — which involves inserting needles which burn off the damaged areas’ nerve endings to provide short-term pain relief — last week he was told he could no longer receive this support.Explaining the sudden change, a member of pain specialist consultant Dr Declan O’Keeffe’s team told Mr Keaveney this was because of HSE and Department of Health budget cut-related changes which mean hospitals cannot provide the care to patients outside their catchment area.“I am delighted with this decision,” said Thomas, “I want to thank my family and the people at the hospital.” HSE DO U-TURN FOR ILL DONEGAL MAN was last modified: April 13th, 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)last_img read more