Jack Butland eyeing England starting berth – ‘I don’t want to be here to just make up the numbers’

first_img Jack Butland 1 Jack Butland is determined to put pressure on incumbent England goalkeeper Joe Hart.The Stoke stopper made his Three Lions debut against Italy in August 2012 and is back in Roy Hodgson’s plans ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifying double-header against San Marino and Switzerland.Hart has collected 52 caps and his recent performances for Manchester City suggest he will get the nod against Switzerland next Tuesday, but there may be an opportunity for Butland before then.The 22-year-old is not prepared to be Hart’s understudy forever and will state his case for the gloves if he is picked against San Marino on Saturday evening.He told a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports News: “I feel in great form and am really happy to be back in the squad and I don’t want to be here to just make up the numbers.“Joe’s an incredible keeper who’s established himself for a long time now. He’s reached his 50 caps, which is brilliant, but for me I want to put pressure on him and hopefully get some game time.“I’m going to enjoy the week but ultimately put some pressure on and show people what I’m about.”last_img read more

He has never let Arsenal down – Gunners legend backs David Ospina Champions League call

first_imgArsene Wenger will NOT be taking a Champions League gamble by starting David Ospina against Olympiacos on Tuesday night, according to Nigel Winterburn.The Gunners boss revealed in his pre-match press conference that the back-up goalkeeper could get the nod to play ahead of Petr Cech.For many, bringing in Ospina would represent a big risk for Arsenal given Wenger has admitted that his side cannot afford to drop any more points at home in the Champions League after their opening group stage defeat.But Winterburn insists the 31-year-old, like Cech, is a safe pair of hands and will not let his manager down if he does play.He told talkSPORT: “I’m not so sure it is a huge risk. “Cech is the number one goalkeeper now at Arsenal but since Ospina came to the football club, I can’t remember on many occasions, if any, that he has been fault for any goals.“He had a strong season when he came into the team last season. He has not let the team down this season.“He is not a big goalkeeper but he tries to command his area. I’m sure he can do a fantastic job if that switch is made this evening.”last_img read more

Tranfer news: Everton and Stoke target back on Barcelona’s radar

first_img1 Andriy Yarmolenko Barcelona are ready to rekindle their interest in Everton and Stoke target Andriy Yarmolenko as they bid to find a replacement for Pedro, who joined Chelsea in the summer.Yarmolenko has been on Everton’s radar for some time and they reportedly held talks with Dynamo Kyiv about a potential transfer in August.Meanwhile, Stoke were also heavily linked with a £13.5m summer swoop for the 25-year-old but neither deal materialised and he remains in Ukraine for the time being.However, according to Spanish newspaper Sport, Barcelona are now considering an offer in January, when their transfer embargo will be lifted.The Catalan club sold fellow forward Pedro to Chelsea in the summer and are now on the lookout for somebody to fill his boots. And they reckon Yarmolenko, the Ukraine international who has scored three goals in nine league outings already this season, could be their man.last_img read more

‘A major mistake if Man United did this’ – fans don’t want club to let midfielder leave

first_img Michael Carrick is yet to be offered a new Man United contract, according to reports Michael Carrick is said to be in the dark about his Man United future.?The midfielder’s current deal expires in the summer, but reports claim he does not know what his future holds.Carrick will have been at the club for 10 years by the time his contract ends, but there are still some fans who think the 34-year-old should be asked to stay.To remain up to date on all Man United news, click here. 1last_img

Seller of Vick’s pit bull pleads guilty to dogfighting charge

first_imgAllen didn’t help kill the six to eight dogs that failed to perform well, prosecutors said. The details outlined in the indictment against Vick and related court filings fueled a public backlash against the Atlanta Falcons star and cost him several lucrative endorsement deals, even before he agreed to plead guilty to the dogfighting conspiracy charge. In his plea, Vick admitted to helping kill the underperforming pit bulls and supplying money for gambling on the fights. He said he didn’t personally place any bets or share in any winnings. The NFL suspended him indefinitely and without pay. Vick and his co-defendants still face state felony dogfighting charges.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.U.S. Attorney Michael Gill recommended that Allen spend no time in prison if he complies with conditions of the plea agreement because Allen cooperated with the investigation, had no prior criminal record and had limited involvement with Bad Newz Kennels. But U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson said he isn’t bound by that recommendation, and must take into account federal sentencing guidelines in the case. As part of his plea, Allen admitted in a statement that he sold a female pit bull named Jane in 2001 to Bad Newz Kennels in rural Surry County, and traveled with Vick’s dogfighting associates to Jane’s fights. In 2003, Bad Newz Kennels entered Jane in a “champion dog fight” – meaning she was fighting for her third consecutive win. Jane won the “champion” purse in a fight over another female pit bull. The winning purse is not known, according to documents filed by prosecutors. Allen also is accused of advising Vick and his co-defendants on managing and caring for pit bulls used in the rural Surry County dogfighting operation, and helping Vick and his associates pit their dogs against each other to determine which ones were good fighters, according to the document, filed by the U.S. attorney’s office. RICHMOND, Va. – A man who sold a champion pit bull to suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal dogfighting charge. Oscar Allen entered the plea to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce to aid in illegal gambling and to sponsor a dog in animal fighting – the same charge to which Vick and his three co-defendants in the Bad Newz Kennels operation pleaded guilty. Vick is expected to be sentenced in December. The 67-year-old Allen, who lives in the Williamsburg area, is to be sentenced Jan. 25, 2008. He faces a maximum punishment of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release. He was released with conditions, including a prohibition on buying or selling any dogs. last_img read more

HAMMERING FOR HUMANITY

first_imgBy Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER The spotlights of optimism and media attention begin shining on San Pedro today as more than a thousand Habit for Humanity volunteers join a former president to work on 16 homes for the poor. As volunteers from across the nation began to arrive over the weekend, business owners said they were pleased with the attention that Jimmy Carter and the project would bring to the port town. Carter, who spearheads the nonrofit, will be staying at the Crowne Plaza in San Pedro, which along with Doubletree Hotel in the Cabrillo Marina is hosting the visitors. He and former first lady Rosalynn Carter also are expected to have dinner tonight at the Whale & Ale. “I’m thrilled,” Silber said. But not everyone in town is equally pleased with the Habitat project, which actually started months ago. “The dust has been horrible all summer, they never watered it down. My poor wife has been constantly cleaning,” said Salvador Llamas, who lives across from the build site on Palos Verdes Street. “And in the morning at 6 a.m. come the big trucks – beep, beep, beep.” Llamas said he had to purchase a new sofa because his old one got so filthy from the dust. Others complain that they’ve had to wash their cars every three days because of the dirt kicked up from the project. Johnny Torres, who also lives across from the site, said he’s most offended by Habitat’s lack of sensitivity to people in the neighborhood. “There was no communication about what was going on, no informational meetings. They sent out a flier saying they were going to start construction, but it was in English, and everyone here speaks Spanish,” Torres said. “They must have just thought because we are poor and don’t speak English that we wouldn’t mind.” Other residents, while they acknowledge the good cause, bemoan the traffic and worry the new homes will bring more congestion into an area where it’s already difficult to find a parking spot. Then, of course, there’s the view for some of the neighbors – it’s gone. “I used to be able to see all the ships and the water and the (Vincent Thomas) bridge,” said Fidel Dominguez. “It was very good. Now it’s terrible.” “We don’t own much, but the value of our homes is now going to go down,” said Llamas, who received an information packet on the build last spring that contained glossy Jimmy Carter Work Project fliers and a Starbucks gift card. “When Jimmy Carter comes, I’ll give him some coffee,” he said. Another neighbor, however, said she’s happy about the Habitat project, primarily because the homes are being built on a former vacant lot where drugs were peddled under a tree and people dumped old mattresses and garbage and set fire to old cars. “The people who move in have already said they want to get involved in the neighborhood,” said Maria, a resident who would not give her last name. “They will be an improvement.” Plans for the project began in late 2005, when the nonprofit bought the 1.1-acre hillside lot overlooking the Port of Los Angeles. In the summer, construction crews completed the foundations and started constructing the frames for the duplexes. Habitat for Humanity is best known for completing large projects in short time periods – in India last year, Habitat built 100 homes in a mere five days – but things have been different in Los Angeles. Because of the city’s stringent building codes and permit processes, the houses have already been partially completed, leaving only superficial work for the volunteers. So instead of putting in insulation or connecting electrical lines, volunteers will mostly paint, landscape, finish roofs and sidings, and put other final touches on the homes. Habitat has more than enough volunteers to finish the job. Those who wanted to pitch in began applying more than a year ago, so locals wanting to help at the last minute are dissuaded from showing up at the sites with work gloves. “A lot of people use their vacation time to go on Habitat builds – every year they’ll follow the project,” said Habitat spokeswoman Sara Shiffman. Volunteering comes at a cost. Shiffman said participants pay $800, which includes room and board for the week. However, Hollywood stars hoping to pose with the hammer of good will are not likely to be turned away. Celebrity supporters in the past have included Snoop Dog, Ashton Kutcher, Sharon Stone, William Shatner, Jon Bon Jovi and the Beastie Boys. For those who travel thousands of miles just to be a part of an altruistic cause, no task is too menial. “This is a gathering of people who have figured out why we’re here, and I don’t mean Los Angeles. I mean here on Earth,” said Tom Gerdy, a contractor who lives in Virginia. “And that is to look out after each other. We’re here because our hearts have told us to be here.” The 16 families chosen to receive homes will also be doing some hard laboring this week. As part of their agreement, they must put in 500 hours of “sweat equity” to receive the homes at zero percent interest on a mortgage that’s only as much as the homes cost to build. “Habitat figured out what the government is still struggling to realize – that unless people invest their blood, sweat and tears into building their home, they won’t be invested in it,” Gerdy said. “These homes aren’t handouts, they’re hand-ups.” 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.“This is a huge event that will put San Pedro on the map nationally and regionally,” said Whale & Ale restaurant owner Andrew Silber. Habitat for Humanity estimates more than 1,200 volunteers will participate in the San Pedro event. Another project site in South Los Angeles, as well as 70 smaller projects around the city, are expected to draw thousandsmegan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com more. With the influx of benevolent visitors wielding dinner vouchers for local restaurants, business owners expect many will stick around to spend money in town. “My hope is that they will want to have a martini or a house beer and have a little fun once they’re done working,” said San Pedro Brewing Co. restaurant owner James Brown. “I just hope they don’t drink too much and miss hammering the nails the next day.” last_img read more

Gusty winds coming to area

first_imgWith Santa Ana winds expected to return late Friday and continuing today, firefighters are on alert across the Southland. Red Flag warnings for strong, gusting winds and critical fire weather have been issued by the National Weather Service for mountains and passes in six Southern California counties. The warnings are in effect until 6 tonight. Winds were expected to possibly begin gusting in vulnerable areas Friday, said Don Whitlow, an NWS meteorologist based in San Diego. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The warnings are for the public and for firefighters,” said NWS meteorologist Dave Bruno, based in Oxnard. “Especially for firefighters, so they can anticipate potential problems in specific areas. It’s been so dry, a small spark can ignite a fire in these conditions,” Bruno said. The winds were expected to be strongest and most widespread by late Friday and through this morning, with moderate to locally strong Santa Ana winds at times, according to an NWS statement issued Friday. Winds are expected to be strongest below the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County and in the Santa Ana mountains and foothills. Fire crews and extra equipment from across the West are in Southern California on standby. In addition to county and state resources, federal assets assigned to be ready for strong winds include 11 air tankers, 18 helicopters, four military C-130s equipped for retardant drops, five lead planes, 170 fire engines, 21 hand crews and three incident management teams, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Los Angeles Fire Department was enforcing parking restrictions for the Hollywood Hills and other fire-prone areas with narrow winding roads, officials said. A Red Flag warning means that critical fire weather – a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures – conditions are either occurring or will shortly. 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

FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: REGULATORS APPEAL FOR VICTIMS TO CONTACT THEM

first_imgTHE BRITISH investigators who brought crooked criminal Francois de Dietrich to justice are appealing for conned victims to come forward.The Financial Services Authority in the UK has issued a public statement requesting investors to come forward. Donegaldaily understands that this is now the only way people who did give him cash will get their money back.In the statement, the FSA said: “We would like investors who had dealings with Francois de Dietrich or ETIC Solutions Ltd to contact us to provide details of their transactions.“This comes after we obtained a court order freezing their assets and requiring de Dietrich to provide certain information, which he has failed to comply with.“We obtained an order from the High Court in Northern Ireland against de Dietrich and ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC) on 27 October 2010, restraining any potential unauthorised activity and freezing ETIC’s and de Dietrich’s assets up to the value of £20.2m. “On 28 January 2011, de Dietrich was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for contempt of court after he failed to disclose the whereabouts of his overseas assets as required by the terms of the High Court order, or respond to our requests for further information.”The statement went on: “Both de Dietrich and ETIC are believed to have been behind an unauthorised investment scheme.“The court order was taken out to preserve the funds and other assets held by de Dietrich and/or ETIC until the court decides whether he has broken the law. The court will also decide how much money, if any, should be returned to investors and other creditors.“Meanwhile, we are continuing our investigation into the activities of de Dietrich and ETIC.”The FSA also provided some answers to investors on whether or not they will get their money backOn this issue, the organisation said: “With the court orders in place, de Dietrich and ETIC may not accept money from, or pay money to, any person as part of the ETIC business. This includes a restriction on paying out funds to investors. “If you paid money to de Dietrich and/or ETIC and they did not have our authorisation to offer financial services, you will not be able to take a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service or have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.”The statement went on: “We need to identify all investors, so if you have not had contact with us about this matter you should call our Contact Centre on 00 44 845 606 1234 or email consumer.queries@fsa.gov.uk. It will help us with this case if you provide your full name, a phone number, postal and email addresses.“Be aware that we are subject to strict statutory obligations of confidentiality, which mean we can only provide certain information to third parties. However, we will provide further updates on this case as soon as possible.”De Dietrich ran a dodgy get-rich-quick scheme – taking millions of euro from 200 investors in Donegal. The scheme was a fraud, designed to con people out of their cash.The Ballybofey businessman has fled Ireland and is now on-the-run from cops throughout Europe.He is believed to be in hiding in Estonia.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: REGULATORS APPEAL FOR VICTIMS TO CONTACT THEM was last modified: March 2nd, 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)last_img read more

WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY BUSINESSWOMAN GRADUATES

first_imgGrace Ann Downey, Kilmacrennan and Sharp Design who recently graduated in Business in Managing & Mentoring, from Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Donegal County Enterprise through the Enhancing Women’s Entrepreneurship (EWE) programme.WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY BUSINESSWOMAN GRADUATES was last modified: November 24th, 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:Grace Ann Downeylast_img read more

WATCH: West Ham goalkeeper Adrian’s amazing solo goal in Noble’s testimonial

first_imgWest Ham goalkeeper Adrian scored a great solo goal on Monday – something we never thought we would write! The Spaniard’s strike came in an 11-goal thriller at Upton Park, a charity fixture marking Mark Noble’s testimonial at the east London club. The move starts with the ball in the hands of the 29-year-old – in his own box, of course. He then throws the ball over an opponent’s head before starting a mazy run up field. Shielded by a couple of team-mates, Adrian makes his way past the halfway line before breaking into the box, turning inside and wrong-footing the defender. His low strike is clearly too powerful for ex-England goalkeeper David James, who can only divert the ball into the back of the net – see below!VIDEO: DEAN ASHTON AND OTHER GOALS IN THE TESTIMONIAL The charity match finished with West Ham 6-5 winners over a West Ham All-Stars team. That did not stop it going to penalties though. Among the scorers in 90 minutes was Noble, Diafra Sakho (twice), Dean Ashton (twice), Paolo Di Canio, Teddy Sheringham and more! West Ham were 6-5 winners over a West Ham All-Stars team center_img 1last_img read more