Month: December 2019

Berahino latest – Tottenham deal collapsed when they offered just £6m up front

first_imgTottenham’s bid to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino collpased because they were prepared to pay only £6million up front.The England Under-21 international was desperate to seal a move to White Hart Lane and submitted a transfer request last week to try to push through the deal.But the Baggies stood firm on their £25m valuation and turned down a total of four bids from Spurs, including two on Tuesday.There were reports Tottenham had tabled a ‘take it or leave it’ offer of £25m in a final attempt to land their man, who they saw as the ideal strike partner for Harry Kane, but talkSPORT has been told that is not the case.Instead, talkSPORT understands Spurs were offering a total of £22.5m in a deal including payment instalments and performance related targets, and were prepared to pay the Baggies just £6m as a down payment.West Brom were clearly unhappy with Tottenham’s attempts to prise away one of their star assets, with club owner Jeremy Peace publicly shaming their ‘antics’ to land Berahino in a cut-price deal.“We have a key player who has been very unsettled by antics which were designed to get him out of our club cheaply,” Peace said in a statement released shortly after the 6pm deadline on Tuesday.“Those tactics have continued despite me making our position clear in my first conversation with Daniel Levy on this subject in mid-August. “I said selling Saido so late in the window was not on our agenda.“Tottenham’s offers failed substantially to reflect Saido’s true value while the timing made no allowance for our own recruitment of a suitable replacement for a proven Premier League goalscorer.“Saido has been unsettled to the point where our Head Coach has not felt able to select him for our last three games.“We are now left with the task of repairing the damage created by this unfortunate episode.”In the wake of the transfer window furore surrounding him, Berahino has been given extra time off and is not expected back for training until Monday, September 9. West Brom starlet Saido Berahino 1last_img read more

Bayern Munich star insists: I NEVER thought about joining Arsenal or Man United

first_img1 Mario Gotze Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Gotze never thought about leaving the club.The Germany international, who netted 15 goals in 48 appearances last season, was linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena in the summer.Both Arsenal and Manchester United were tipped to make bids for the World Cup winner amid reports he was ready for a fresh challenge.However, the 23-year-old claims he has never had any intention of leaving Bayern having helped his side to win eight Bundesliga games in a row.“I never thought about moving,” Gotze told Suddeutsche Zeitung.“There may well have been other clubs interested in me but I had no interest in leaving Bayern.“I feel very, very good here and I’m glad to be a Bayern player.”last_img read more

Manchester United confirm goalkeeper transfer

first_img1 Victor Valdes Manchester United have confirmed Victor Valdes’ has joined Belgian side Standard Liege on loan.The 34-year-old is moving to the Belgian club until the end of the season and will become a free agent in the summer.A statement on the Red Devils’ website said: “Manchester United and Standard Liege have reached agreement for the temporary transfer of goalkeeper Victor Valdes, effective until the end of the current season.”The former Barcelona goalkeeper has only made two appearances since joining United 12 months ago and has reportedly experienced a strained relationship with manager Louis van Gaal.Valdes on Thursday sent a farewell message to his supporters, posting a message on Twitter above a picture of United’s training ground saying: ”Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me. I will never forget! See you soon!”last_img read more

Lyon star admits he could consider exit as Newcastle eye summer swoop

first_img Samuel Umtiti [right] in action for Lyon 1 Newcastle target Samuel Umtiti has admitted that he may have second thoughts about becoming a one-club man at Lyon.The 22-year-old started his career with the French club and has already racked up 122 Ligue 1 appearances.However, the defender has emerged as a target for Newcastle, as well as other sides across Europe, which has raised questions over his long-term future in the south of France.And, while he says the prospect of spending his entire career with Lyon may be appealing, Umtiti has conceded that he may need to move away to further his development.Talking to France Football, he said: “At Lyon I went through all the stages from youth team to first team. I am proud to have done all that.“Playing an entire career at the same club has become very rare. I rule out nothing.“But if, after a while, I see the need to do something different, I will ask myself the question.”last_img read more

Soldiers take up sick boy’s cause

first_imgBy Katarina Kratovac THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – An Iraqi boy born with a rare congenital defect captured the hearts of a group of U.S. soldiers who stumbled upon him in a farming village southeast of Baghdad. The 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment decided to help. Six months and two intricate surgeries later, Ihaab Najim Mohammed, 5, has a chance at a full, healthy life. The U.S. soldiers got in touch with a hospital in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, where a team of Iraqi doctors agreed to perform the surgeries on Ihaab at no charge. The next hurdle was to get Ihaab to Najaf. Driving was impossible; the roads through the volatile area south of the Iraqi capital were too dangerous. Hathaway’s soldiers appealed to the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, who offered to lend them his own aircraft. Iraq’s Ministry of Health also helped with hospital logistics. By early June, two Black Hawks, two Apaches and a Medevac team were ready. But Ihaab wasn’t. He was crying, afraid to leave his mother behind. “He was scared at first,” Hathaway said, describing how Ihaab sat in his father’s lap in the helicopter. “We had to stop and refuel, and he seemed to relax after that. He seemed to be having a good time near the end.” The first surgery, on June 17, went well, Hathaway said, but Ihaab still had to carry the colostomy bag. He returned to Najaf for a second surgery that completed the reconstruction, and on Oct. 8, the stoma was permanently closed. Ihaab has been recovering in Najaf and is expected to come home soon. 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.Born with an obstructed bowel condition, Ihaab was taken to a Baghdad pediatric hospital when he was 3 days old. At the time, surgeons created an opening, a stoma, on the abdomen, so Ihaab could pass stool. But as he grew, the stoma could not keep up. Ihaab’s health worsened and he increasingly faced severe infections. Unemployed and with seven children to care for, Ihaab’s father, Najim Mohammed, 40, could not afford the $3,200-reconstructive surgeries he was told his son needed. He was plagued by anemia, stunted growth and the discomfort of having a bag attached to his abdomen to hold his intestines. “No one knew exactly what, but we had to do something,” said squadron commander, Capt. Jimmy Hathaway of Fort Benning, Ga. last_img read more

Soviet leader gave Nixon a pep talk

first_imgSaying he wanted to share thoughts with Nixon “mainly on a human level,” Brezhnev told Nixon “we do not really understand much of what is happening,” but it was clear to the Politburo in Moscow not only domestic factors were at work. “There are those who would like to nullify or completely undermine everything valuable and important” in understandings being reached by the two superpowers, Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin said he told the president on Brezhnev’s behalf. The message, delivered to Nixon by Dobrynin, proposed “self-control and fortitude” in conducting foreign policy, Dobrynin wrote in a foreword to the documents. At first, Moscow paid little attention to Watergate, but as the scandal of the break-in at Democratic offices focused on the president, Dobrynin wrote, concern grew in the Politburo that it could damage improvement in U.S.-Soviet relations. “One began to sense his growing bewilderment, lack of confidence and withdrawal from other matters,” Dobrynin wrote. The ambassador was instructed to meet immediately and secretly with Nixon to deliver the message of support from General Secretary Brezhnev. “No doubt, there are some people – and not only in the U.S. – who anticipate that Richard Nixon won’t be able to take it and will crack under the pressure,” Dobrynin said he told the president on Brezhnev’s behalf. “But, we are pleased to note, you have no intention of giving them that satisfaction.” In response, and speaking slowly, Nixon said he wished to thank Brezhnev “for the fact that he, perhaps alone among the leaders of other nations, including the allies, had found simple human words to lift his spirits,” Dobrynin wrote in the documents released this week. Nixon went ahead in the summer of 1974 to hold a summit with Brezhnev in Moscow, but his days in the White House were numbered. He resigned in August. The relationship between Washington and Moscow went on hold until the new administration of President Ford gathered momentum. While Nixon was a firm adherent of U.S. strength he was opposed to brinkmanship in dealing with the Soviet Union, Dobrynin reported to Moscow in 1969.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DOCUMENTS: Leonid Brezhnev offered support to the president during the Watergate scandal. By Barry Schweid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – As the Watergate scandal enveloped President Nixon, he was buoyed by a secret “for his eyes only” message of moral support and encouragement from Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, according to newly released State Department documents. last_img read more

Lending a little help

first_img“I think it’s really cool,” third-grade student Jacob Schauerman said. He believes the extra reading has helped improve his skills in Open Court Reading, the school’s language arts program where students read literature from various genres. He also appreciates the library’s selection of reading material. “I like that they have a lot of good books,” he said. The Wonder of Reading program provides the initial funds for restocking the library with new books, but after that the school is responsible for fundraising and book purchases, librarian Laurie Pisano said. The Wonder of Reading was established in 1994 and helps schools build new libraries through its 3R Program to “Renovate, Restock and Read.” By the end of this year, the group will have renovated 187 libraries in the Los Angeles Unified School District and seven other districts, provided more than $2million worth of new books, trained 5,000 volunteers and assisted 300,000 students. The volunteers, who are also called reading partners, are required to attend a three-hour training session, where they learn about comprehension, vocabulary and other strategies before they work with students. Volunteers then read with students once a week or once every other week during school hours for a six-month period. In most of San Pedro’s elementary schools, the student-volunteer ratio is one-to-one. However, many students are stuck on a waiting list and can’t participate in the program because of the lack of volunteers. At Fifteenth Street Elementary, librarian Suzanne Diaz has 14 volunteers and 16 participants enrolled in the program, but needs readers for 20 students currently on the waiting list. Librarian Ashley Bose is faced with a similar situation at Barton Hill Elementary, where she has 16 volunteers and 20 students. “We have a lot of loyal volunteers who return year after year,” she said. But she still needs more reading partners to work with the 50 students on her waiting list. To fill the gap in reading partners, Saaty tried to recruit local high school students, but found that they weren’t available during regular school hours. She said that most of the current volunteers are adults from the local community and that more are desperately needed. Evelyn Packer, the librarian at Seventh Street Elementary, believes that people need to see the program for themselves to understand the benefits students gain from it. “If people would dabble in it a little, they would see that they would like it,” she said. Justina.Ly@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Justina Ly STAFF WRITER The library at Taper Avenue Elementary School rarely gets a quiet moment. Students in Miss Cornell’s second-grade class bustle in eager to read, and their excitement permeates the room. Some students grab their books and settle on the three-step staircase that dominates a corner of the room, while others slowly browse the book-filled shelves that line the walls. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The school’s spacious and student-friendly library was created in 2002 with the Wonder of Reading, a nonprofit organization that renovates libraries, provides new books and recruits volunteers to read with struggling students in grades 2 to 5. Taper Avenue is just one of eight San Pedro elementary schools that have successfully created new libraries under the program. But parents and teachers say many students at area elementary schools are still waiting to take advantage of the reading program because they are short on volunteers. “Most volunteers take on more than one student,” said Christine Saaty, a parent and coordinator of the program at Taper Avenue. “It’s not an ideal situation, but sometimes we double up.” Taper Avenue currently has 15 volunteers and 50 students enrolled in its Wonder of Reading program, and 25 students on the waiting list. Students are selected for the program based on such factors as teacher recommendations, low test scores, a need to improve their speech and phonics skills or a low interest in reading. last_img read more

Wolf Pack roar past Aggies in wild game

first_imgBy The Associated Press LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Redshirt freshman Colin Kaepernick threw a 31-yard touchdown strike to Mike McCoy with a minute remaining, lifting Nevada to a stirring 40-38 victory over New Mexico State on Friday night. The Wolf Pack (5-4, 3-2 WAC) won their third straight and held on after Brett Jaekle missed the extra kick after McCoy’s touchdown. The Aggies (4-6, 1-4) drove to Nevada’s 27 on their final possession, but Paul Young’s 44-yard field-goal attempt sailed low and wide left. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Kaepernick was 15-for-28 for 237 yards with three TDs and one interception. 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

Yahoo settles lawsuit over jailed Chinese journalists

first_imgNeither side disclosed terms of the settlement other than to agree that Yahoo would pay the attorneys fees of the two journalists and the family member who sued. The three were represented by The World Organization for Human Rights in Washington D.C. Shi Tao, a former writer for the financial publication Contemporary Business News, was jailed under state secrecy laws for allegedly providing state secrets to foreigners. According to the suit, the other journalist, Wang Xiaoning, was arrested in 2002 after Yahoo HK gave police information linking him to his anonymous e-mails and other political writings he posted online. SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday settled a lawsuit with two Chinese journalists who were jailed after the company provided Chinese authorities with information about their online activities. The two journalists and a family member sued the Sunnyvale-based company earlier this year after Yahoo HK, Yahoo’s wholly owned subsidiary based in Hong Kong, gave Chinese authorities e-mails containing pro-democracy literature. The jailed journalists alleged in the lawsuit that jailers have tortured them and that Yahoo was responsible. The company has denied any responsibility and maintained it was complying with Chinese law when it turned over the e-mails. The case has raised questions about whether Internet companies should cooperate with governments that deny freedom of speech and frequently crack down on journalists. It also has been the subject of congressional hearings, where lawmakers accused the company of collaborating with an oppressive communist regime. 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

Throw out the mayor

first_imgRe “Green light for more cops” (Nov. 10): Our beloved promise-whatever-you-want mayor, Tony V., says he will put 1,000 cops on the street by the end of 2007. Oops! No money available, so we bring out the trash-fee tax to insure the promise. Now Bernard Parks wants to abscond with this money for other budgetary deficits. Where is the accountability in office? I want my trash-fee tax returned and Tony V. thrown out with the remaining trash. Outenzee! – Thomas Wierzbicki – Gary Lowe Toluca Lake The myth Re “Learning” (Your Opinions, Nov. 9): Ron Lowe perpetuates the myth of “anti-immigration” protests and calls them racist, when he knows damn well the protests are about “illegal immigration.” If we can’t get our government to enforce our laws against all illegal immigration, regardless of the color of the perpetrator, we will cease to exist as a sovereign nation. Reporting false situations just to make the movement look bad is a “Lowe” attempt to obscure the real issue. – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills Wrong term Re “Learning” (Your Opinions, Nov. 9): Ron Lowe used incorrect terminology when he said we have the “anti-immigration movement,” but that is not correct. We have the anti-illegal-immigration movement. I believe completely in immigration, which has made our country great; however, I do not believe in allowing immigrants to enter the United States illegally and giving them rights that belong only to citizens of our great country. Let them come in legally and become Americans. – Arline George Reseda Two evils Regarding Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Rudy Giuliani, Robertson is pro-life and pro-traditional-family and, I believe, a true social conservative in every sense of the word. However, by endorsing Giuliani for the presidency, Robertson is most likely choosing the lesser of two evils. After all, the thought of having Hillary in the White House is an anathema to any sound-minded, thinking person. – Brita Donovan Canyon Country Married priests Re “Praying for help” (Faith, Nov. 10): The sad tragedy of the critical shortage of priests is that while the pope and bishops ask Catholics to pray for vocations, they themselves obstinately refuse to recognize all the males to whom the Holy Spirit gives “the call,” i.e., married men – many of them already married deacons who would readily be ordained priests if the hierarchy permitted. Many, many others, are “proven males” (in Latin, viri probati), parishioners well educated, committed to faith and family, and deeply involved in the life of their parish and the wider Church. In the Eastern Catholic Church, such vocations are welcomed as the norm in parish life. Are we to believe that the Holy Spirit who inspired married priestly vocations in both the eastern and western “lungs” of the Catholic Church through the early 12th century, then stopped calling married men in the West to priesthood? – John P. Doyle Montgomery Village, Md.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Van Nuys Documentary Re “Film documents sex-slave trade” (LA.COM, Nov. 8): My hat is off, off, off to Michael Cory Davis and his documentary “Cargo, Innocence Lost” and the Daily News for carrying this article about a Hollywood actor and his documentary on the plight of children around the world being traded as sex slaves. I dropped everything I was doing and went to the screening. More of this type of journalism is needed as this is an issue we can all do something about. This article was worth the price of my yearly subscription. Keep up the great journalism. last_img read more