James Tomkins backs West Ham new boy to prove ‘nightmare’ to rivals

first_img1 Victor Moses West Ham defender James Tomkins says the club has made a ‘nightmare’ signing.The centre-back knows summer addition Victor Moses inside out having played with him for various England youth sides.And he knows he the on-loan Chelsea man will keep Hammers rivals up all night with his trickery down the wing“I know Victor Moses fairly well from our time playing together for England,” Tomkins said.“He was brilliant for Stoke last season and is a nightmare to mark. The lads have already seen that in training. He can be a match-winner on his day and I will try and help him settle in as I know him well.“He is a similar age to me and he wants to play games. He is playing for a massive club like Chelsea and they have offered him a new deal which shows what they think of him.“But for him to come here and play first-team football is something he is seeking to do.“I think it is good business for the club and we have strengthened areas of the squad that we needed to and it was great recruitment.”last_img read more

Arsenal fans slam Ospina and decision to leave out Cech for Champions League clash

first_imgArsenal fans were left dismayed Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave out Petr Cech following David Ospina’s howler against Olympiacos on Tuesday.The Colombian goalkeeper, picked ahead of Cech, dropped the ball into his own goal from an Olympiacos corner to leave the Gunners trailing at half-time at the Emirates.And Arsenal fans on Twitter were yet again left bemused by their manager’s selection. David Ospina 1last_img

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri admits ‘it’s difficult to say’ when England star was last fully fit

first_img1 Jamie Vardy Claudio Ranieri insisted Jamie Vardy will be ready for Euro 2016 – despite not knowing when the Leicester striker was last fully fit.The boss has revealed England forward Vardy had not trained for the last month as he battled a groin injury – which eventually needed surgery earlier in January.He has also played with an ankle injury and broken wrist this season but is the Barclays Premier League’s 15-goal joint top scorer.Vardy returned to play after 71 minutes of Leicester’s 1-0 win at Tottenham on Wednesday and Ranieri expects him to be fine for England’s European Championship campaign in the summer.He said: “He should be fit when he arrives there, slowly he will get better.“That doesn’t mean getting better means he will score more goals but he will feel better.“It difficult to say [when he was last fit], it’s important he continues to play. If he doesn’t train very well it’s important he keeps going to play. The match is like a training session for him.“Jamie will start to make training sessions with us, he’s getting better. It’s important, it’ll [be] ‘yes or no’ as to how I manage him.“It’ll depend on the match and if I see he’s a little tired. I prefer to manage him during the training session. The important players must play every time and get some rest during the week.”England face Russia, Wales and Slovakia in France with Vardy having forced his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad last year.He is expected to face Aston Villa when the Foxes go to the basement boys on Saturday with Jeff Schlupp still out with a hamstring injury. Leicester are second, behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference following Robert Huth’s winner at White Hart Lane, and Ranieri knows he must protect all of his squad from fatigue.He added: “In this moment it’s much better to recover than the training sessions. It will be the problem of the teams who stay in the Champions League. In June it will be the national teams’ problems.”last_img read more

Mustangs defend title in Durango

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNewport Harbor 2, Redondo 0: Megan Saraceno had eight kills and seven digs in Redondo’s 26-24, 28-26 fifth-place match loss. Taylor Moore added seven kills and three blocks for Redondo (12-3); Lauren Allen had 23 assists. Moore and Saraceno were named to the all-tournament team. South Torrance 2, Clovis 1: South beat Clovis, 25-14, 18-25, 25-11, in the Bronze Division final. Shannon Roberts finished with 29 kills and 14 digs. Kiley Tamblyn had 52 digs and six aces for South (17-7). Football Tony Greer rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries for Rolling Hills Prep in a 37-6 nonleague win at Santa Clarita Christian. Andrew Frisina had five catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score. Jacob Sereno completed 8 of 12 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns as Rolling Hills Prep (5-0-1) scored all of its points in the first half. Boys cross country From staff reports Even with a different coach and without Alix Klineman, Mira Costa’s girls volleyball team gets the same results. The Mustangs defended their Durango Tournament title, beating Assumption of Kentucky, 25-18, 25-19, Saturday in Las Vegas. The Mustangs are 14-0. Mira Costa setter Kendall Bateman was named tournament MVP. Outside hitters Lane Carico and Falyn Fanoimoana received all-tournament honors. Also in the Durango Tournament … Cody Schmidt took second place overall in the three-mile race in 15 minutes, 44 seconds to lead Redondo to a third-place finish in Division II at the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park. Simon Schmidt took third at 15:57. In the Central Park Invitational … North Torrance’s David Archila took second overall in the three-mile race in 15 minutes, 57 seconds in at Huntington Beach. San Pedro’s Pablo Rosales won the three-mile sophomore-division race in 15 minutes, 57 seconds. Pablo’s brother, David, won the freshman division race in 15:57. Girls cross country Chloe Curtis’ seventh-place finish in 19 minutes, 35 seconds helped Redondo to seventh place in Division II of the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park. Shadeh Tabatabai took 11th place in 18 minutes, 38 seconds to lead Mira Costa to a fourth-place finish in Championship Division. Boys water polo JL Kiss scored three goals for Mira Costa in a 10-7 nonleague loss to visiting La Ca ada. Mike Fish recorded eight saves while splitting time in goal. David Olson had five saves for Mira Costa, which fell to 7-7.160Want 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

70 punished in nuke mistake

first_imgAIR FORCE: Probe of flight of armed weapons finds “erosion of adherence to ? standards.” By Pauline Jelinek THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The Air Force said Friday it has punished 70 airmen involved in the accidental, cross-country flight of a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber following an investigation that found widespread disregard for the rules on handling such munitions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“There has been an erosion of adherence to weapons-handling standards at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base,” said Maj. Gen. Richard Newton, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations. Newton was announcing the results of a six-week probe into the Aug. 29 and 30 incident in which the B-52 was inadvertently armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown from Minot in North Dakota to Barksdale in Louisiana without anyone noticing the mistake for more than a day. The missiles were supposed to be taken to Louisiana, but the warheads were supposed to have been removed beforehand. A main reason for the error was that crews had decided not to follow a complex schedule under which the status of the missiles is tracked while they are disarmed, loaded, moved and so on, one official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. The airmen replaced the schedule with their own “informal” system, he said, though he didn’t say why they did that nor how long they had been doing it their own way. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, said she believed the Air Force had done a thorough investigation, but the findings were “a warning sign that there has been degradation” of attitudes toward the handling of the weapons. “These are not just rules that people dreamed up … just so they could check off the boxes,” she said. “This is fundamentally important to the security of the country and the world.” Highest ranked among those punished were four officers who were relieved this week of their commands, including the 5th Bomb Wing commander at Minot, Col. Bruce Emig, who also has been the base commander since June. In addition, the wing has been “decertified from its wartime mission,” Newton said. Some 65 airmen have been decertified from handling nuclear weapons. The certification process looks at a person’s psychological profile, any medications they are taking and other factors. 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

ROMER’S REPORT CARD

first_imgRoy Romer possesses an almost evangelical fervor to rejuvenate the Los Angeles Unified School District – along with unwavering conviction that in his first year as superintendent he put the district on the path toward redemption. But in the past year a good many of Romer’s decisions confounded his critics and, on occasion, his supporters. As he enters the second year of a three-year contract, the deepest belief held by district observers is this: The former Colorado governor must cultivate genuine change – and not merely the rhetoric of reform – to justify his $250,000 annual base salary. “The first year, you can plan,” said Yvonne Chan, principal of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center charter school in San Fernando, and a respected national voice on education reform. “The second year, let’s see it. This coming year is crucial (for Romer).” For all of the expectations, Romer maintains a sense of humor about his mission – impossible as it may be. “I never had a doubt that this was going to be a very difficult job,” he said, laughing. “I got more criticism in (12) months here than I got in (12) years as governor.” Romer intends no disrespect to skeptics who doubted his decisions on teacher contracts, building new schools, the Belmont Learning Center, his strategic plan for the LAUSD – the list goes on. It’s simply that the struggle to save the nation’s second-largest school district from itself invigorates Romer, who at age 72, with his shock of silver hair, sturdy build and gift for gab, could pass for two decades younger. “If you can do it here,” he said with preacher-tinged optimism, “you can do it anywhere.” A portent of the intensified scrutiny Romer can expect to face in the next year came earlier this month. The Los Angeles County Alliance for Student Achievement released results of a citywide survey that showed 70 percent of parents with children in LAUSD schools think the district puts politics before education. The study rankled the sometimes short-fused Romer, who confronted alliance officials. Bill Ouchi, co-chairman of the alliance, gives Romer “pretty good marks” for his first year on the job, yet added that broader support will have to wait “until we see results.” “(That’s) not because Romer doesn’t deserve our confidence, but because we have seen several previous administrations institute new efforts, only to be disappointed by the results.” Romer, the first superintendent in a decade to come from outside the district, spent his first year playing catch-up, learning as he went the ins, outs and pitfalls of the dense LAUSD bureaucracy. He approached the task with the same brio that once enabled him to build up a chain of John Deere dealerships – an endeavor that made him a millionaire – and that propelled him to three terms as governor. Meeting frequently with district leaders, teachers and parents groups – and often working 16-hour days, putting to rest any questions about his stamina – Romer won over many of his earliest detractors. “I wasn’t a Romer supporter to start with, but he’s climbed a very steep learning curve,” said school board member Caprice Young, who represents a district that bridges the Santa Monica Mountains to the east San Fernando Valley. The two still tend to talk “at a higher decibel level than most people,” she added, “but we’re communicating.” Deft political touch Romer, onetime head of the Democratic National Committee, also won plaudits for his deft political touch. He secured additional state and federal funding for the district, thanks in part to his cozy familiarity with legislators both in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Moreover, he helped beat back an attempt by the California Legislature to appoint a state monitor to oversee the LAUSD. Perhaps most critically, Romer defused tensions between the district and the Latino community, which was still simmering over the ouster of former Superintendent Ruben Zacarias when Romer joined the LAUSD. “When he came in, people saw an elderly white guy from Colorado,” said school board President Genethia Hayes, who has gone from Romer skeptic to supporter. “They thought he would never get the African-American and Latino communities and legislators to believe in him. But he’s done exactly that.” Hayes and Young, however, agreed that Romer overreached by assuming control of contract negotiations with the United Teachers Los Angeles union earlier this year. Both said he failed to realize that pushing for what amounted to an average 15.3 percent pay hike for teachers created a ripple effect, with other district labor unions later seeking – and receiving – raises nearly as large. Placating them, in turn, has forced the district to consider funding cutbacks of school nurses, counselors and technology, Hayes and Young said. “He probably shouldn’t have been leading the negotiating team,” Hayes said. Romer makes no apologies for commandeering the UTLA talks, nor for a hard-driving leadership style that can irritate allies and adversaries alike. “If you have a labor dispute that lasts a year, the bad feelings last for a lot longer,” he said. “I wanted to get the teachers being part of the process of change, and I also wanted to get some power back in managing the district. It was a calculated risk.” Not surprisingly, UTLA President Day Higuchi heaped praise on Romer. “You can’t turn the district around until people are paid decently, and we got the first decent pay raise we’ve seen in a while,” Higuchi said. “And that’s due to him.” Nailed down school sites Education observers also credit Romer for the district’s success in nailing down 82 of 85 sites for new schools that the LAUSD plans to build in the next seven years to ease its space crunch. But Romer’s self-described “full-court press” for more schools again carried a price: Allen Solomon, the district’s chief operating officer, quit in early June after only two months on the job, unhappy with his boss’s insistence on handling facilities issues. Romer’s gung-ho attitude on facilities emerged less than a month into his tenure, when he revived the contentious idea of opening Belmont, the district’s $175 million albatross. In an interview last week he defended his ongoing effort as a reasonable attempt to find space for 4,000 students. His stance drew fire from school board member David Tokofsky. “He’s turned (Belmont) into a warehousing issue, not an education issue. Stuffing kids in a building is not as difficult as educating them,” said Tokofsky, who represents a district that stretches from the Northeast Valley to East Los Angeles. Education reform advocates take a similar view of Romer’s rush to build new schools. While the need for more classrooms is obvious, jamming kids into mammoth schools might hurt more than help, according to David Abel, chairman of the New Schools, Better Neighborhoods civic advocacy project. “We’re building schools to get enough chairs for kids to sit down, but not schools that are going to be attractive to families,” he said. Romer insisted that he prefers smaller schools, but said few options exist in a landlocked district. When asked whether splitting up the district – a prickly issue that he rarely touched during his first year – might solve the dilemma, he demurred. “I’m not here to keep the district from being split,” he said. “I’m here to make sure it runs right.” Romer’s reluctance to define his position could hamper his 13-point strategic plan for the LAUSD, which calls for improving students’ literacy and math skills, better teacher training and more classroom space, among other goals. Reform advocates contend that weighing whether to split the district should rank among the superintendent’s top priorities, yet his five-year plan doesn’t mention the prospect. “You could answer a lot of these other questions by addressing that main question first,” said Stephanie Carter, co-chairwoman of Finally Restoring Excellence in Education, which favors forming two separate San Fernando Valley school districts. Romer knows the doubts will persist as he soldiers on into his second year. That could be why, on a recent tour of Fair Avenue Elementary School in North Hollywood, he took such delight in chatting with students. For an hour, anyway, he could escape the constant shelling. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

Body in car trunk ID’d as parolee

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Authorities identified the body found in a car trunk over the weekend as a Pico Rivera man and ruled the death a homicide. Miguel Luis Vasquez Jr., 33, died of a gunshot wound to the head, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The autopsy was conducted Wednesday. Corral didn’t know how long Vasquez had been dead. It’s still a mystery why Vasquez ended up in the locked trunk of a relative’s Toyota Camry that was then left in the 4400 block of Paramount Boulevard. The motive and the suspects are still unknown. Sheriff’s Homicide Sgt. Chris Brackpool said Vasquez was a parolee who was last seen a couple of weeks ago. He didn’t know what Vasquez was on parole for. The California Department of Corrections didn’t return a phone call. He said Vasquez’s mother didn’t report him missing because she didn’t want to alarm the authorities. The car belonged to her, Brackpool said. He thinks the car had been parked there a couple of weeks. A resident reported an abandoned vehicle to the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Lt. William Cicchillo. Cicchillo said the resident complained that the car had been there an extended period of time. The deputy who responded noticed a foul odor and flies by the trunk, he said. Brackpool said some people thought the smell came from a cat while others suspected it was trash. Vasquez’s family couldn’t be reached for comment on Thursday. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detectives Gary Sica or Todd Anderson at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323)890-5500. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 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

Canoga Park collision claims one life, second man listed as critical

first_imgA 19-year-old Woodland Hills man died this afternoon after his car collided with a utility pole in Canoga Park, fire officials said. His passenger, also a 19-year-old from Woodland Hills, was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center and was listed in critical condition, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Another vehicle, an SUV, was involved in the collision at 3:31 p.m. at Shoup Avenue and Vanowen Street, Humphrey said. The driver of the SUV, a woman, was uninjured as was the child who was with her, Humphrey said. Details of the crash are still under investigation, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic division. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings-Daily News For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT CASE ADJOURNED AS FRAUDSTER SAYS ‘I’M BROKE’!

first_imgA judge in the North has warned that fraudster Francois de Dietrich must be ready to go to jail if he is found – but his case has been put back because the conman claims he can’t afford a legal defence.The conman faces an 18-month sentence for failing to disclose assets but his appeal was put back yesterday when the court was told the crook doesn’t have any money – despite stealing millions!Donegaldaily unmasked the fraudster six months ago, exposing how he bagged €20M from people in Donegal. Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more cash from victomsThe regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing more than £20m in assets linked to the businessman.De Dietrich was then held to be in contempt of an order to disclose his financial affairs in full to the FSA.Yesterday the North’s most senior judge Sir Declan Morgan was told that a solicitor for the businessman has been able to receive ‘indirect’ instructions from him. Sir Declan described the information given to him as “very opaque”.However, he agreed to take the case out and have it mentioned again in September.“It seems to us that the liberty of Mr de Dietrich is, at least in theory, at issue in this case,” he said.“Therefore where an issue of funding for legal representation to enable points to be made on his behalf arises we should afford a reasonable opportunity to enable an application for such funding to be obtained.”The judge added: “It remains the position that Mr de Dietrich is subject to the contempt order made by Mr Justice Deeny. “In the event he is discovered it must be expected he will be required to serve the term imposed on him.”CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT CASE ADJOURNED AS FRAUDSTER SAYS ‘I’M BROKE’! was last modified: June 17th, 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

Sakho follows Aguero example by making a great gesture to fans

first_img Mamadou Sakho will wear number three on his back this season Mamadou Sakho’s popularity will only increase among Liverpool fans after the club announced the Frenchman will make a goodwill gesture to supporters inconvenienced by his shirt number change.Having switched from no.17 to no.3, Liverpool have revealed the defender will autograph jerseys bought by fans bearing his name and old shirt number.Since arriving at Anfield in 2013, he has acquired cult status, so if any fans have bought the official 2016/17 kit with ‘Sakho 17’ on the back, then the club are encouraging them to send a stamped self-addressed envelope to:Mamadou Sakho Shirt SigningLiverpool Football ClubAnfield RoadLiverpoolL4 0THMan City striker Sergio Aguero performed a similar gesture when he switched from no.16 to no.10 in 2015.On that occasion, the Argentine striker offered to either sign any 2015/16 shirt bearing his previous number, or the club offered to swap it for his new no.10 kit. 1last_img read more

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