League Cup more important for Liverpool than top four, Istanbul hero tells talkSPORT

first_imgDietmar Hamann claims Liverpool should target League Cup glory over a top four finish in the Premier League.The priority for many supporters this season would be Champions League qualification but Hamann believes winning silverware in Jurgen Klopp’s debut campaign is more important for the club.Liverpool already have one foot in the League Cup final having beaten Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium in the first leg of their last four clash.And, speaking on the Colin Murray show, former Anfield hero Hamann said: “Winning the League Cup is more important than finishing in the top four.“I know it is a lot of money and if you want to attract the best players you have got to be in the Champions League, but winning the League Cup will get that monkey off Klopp’s back in the first season.“If they win the League Cup, this could start something big.”last_img read more

Chelsea fans tell Abramovich he needs to hand this man a long-term contract

first_img1 Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is a popular figure at Stamford Bridge Should Roman Abramovich look a little closer to home to find his next permanent Chelsea manager?Since replacing Jose Mourinho at the end of last year, Guus Hiddink, employed for a second time on an interim basis until the end of the season, has reinvigorated what was a miserable dressing room and restored faith among the Stamford Bridge faithful.In his two spells with Chelsea, he has a success rate of 64 per cent out of 22 Premier League matches – winning 14, drawing seven and losing only once.And the club’s latest victory, a 5-1 demolition of an inexperienced Manchester City side in the fifth round of the FA Cup, has even lifted many a Blues supporter into believing that silverware could still be delivered, despite a seemingly woeful campaign.While Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte have persistently been linked with the permanent position in the summer, is Hiddink therefore the man most deserving of the job?Read what a section of Chelsea supporters have to say on the subject and cast your vote on whether the Dutchman would be the right man to lead the defending English champions forward below.last_img read more

Scientists: Appendix reboots ‘good’ germs

first_imgIn less developed countries, where the appendix may be still useful, the rate of appendicitis is lower than in the U.S., other studies have shown, Parker said. He said the appendix may be another case of an overly hygienic society triggering an overreaction by the body’s immune system. Even though the appendix seems to have a function, people should still have them removed when they are inflamed because the situation could turn deadly, Parker said. About 300 to 400 Americans die of appendicitis each year, according to the CDC. Five scientists not connected with the research said the Duke theory makes sense and raises interesting questions. The idea “seems by far the most likely” explanation for the function of the appendix, said Brandeis University biochemistry professor Douglas Theobald. “It makes evolutionary sense.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Some scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That’s the theory from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific journal this week. For generations the appendix has been dismissed as superfluous. Doctors figured it had no function. Surgeons removed them routinely. People live fine without them. And when infected, the appendix can turn deadly. It gets inflamed quickly and some people die if it isn’t removed in time. Two years ago, 321,000 Americans were hospitalized with appendicitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe function of the appendix seems related to the massive amount of bacteria populating the human digestive system, according to the study in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. There are more bacteria than human cells in the typical body. Most of it is good and helps digest food. But sometimes the flora of bacteria in the intestines die or are purged. Diseases such as cholera or amoebic dysentery would clear the gut of useful bacteria. The appendix’s job is to reboot the digestive system in that case. The appendix “acts as a good safe house for bacteria,” said Duke surgery professor Bill Parker, a study co-author. Its location – just below the normal one-way flow of food and germs in the large intestine in a sort of gut cul-de-sac – helps support the theory, he said. Also, the worm-shaped organ outgrowth acts like a bacteria factory, cultivating the good germs, Parker said. That use is not needed in a modern industrialized society, Parker said. If a person’s gut flora dies, they can usually repopulate it easily with germs they pick up from other people, he said. But before dense populations in modern times and during epidemics of cholera that affected a whole region, it wasn’t as easy to grow back that bacteria and the appendix came in handy. last_img read more

Hate crimes doubled in Pasadena

first_img• Search: Look up hate crime statistics in your city PASADENA – Hate crimes here nearly doubled in 2006 from the previous year, new FBI statistics show. The bureau’s annual report, which breaks hate crimes into several categories, lists 14 such crimes in Pasadena last year, compared with eight in 2005. Of those, five were racially motivated; two involved people targeted because of their religion; one involved a crime based on the victim’s sexual orientation; and six hate crimes involved people attacked because of their ethnicity. “The increase could be attributable to the crimes where we were able to get the hate crimes enhancement,” Pope Givens said. Since 2006, the number of “youth street crimes” have plummeted, Givens said. While 59 occurred last year, 20 have been reported so far this year, she said. “This is not a phenomenon that’s exclusive to Pasadena,” Pope Givens added. Indeed, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, MALDEF, said the FBI report shows that hate crimes against Latinos reached record levels across the nation in 2006. “It’s a serious problem,” said John Trasvi a, MALDEF’s president and general counsel, who attributed the rise to anti-immigrant feelings. He noted that Latino immigrants, particularly the undocumented, often have been targeted because robbers know that many undocumented immigrants typically cannot open bank accounts and usually carry cash. That would suggest that such robberies were more like crimes of opportunity. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said for a crime to be classified as a hate crime, the perpetrator or perpetrators must have targeted their victim or victims specifically because of their ethnicity, race, sexual orientation or religion. “The added element is bias. If evidence indicates there’s a bias that motivated the crime, then it may be considered a hate crime,” she said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The “race” category included crimes against African American, whites, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Alaskan Natives and those of mixed racial backgrounds. The category of “ethnicity” involved crimes against Latinos and other ethnic groups, FBI officials said. In Pasadena, ethnic-based hate crimes increased the most – from two in 2005 to six last year. The five hate crimes involving race-based attacks mirrored 2005’s total. Pasadena Police Department spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said the increase in ethnicity based hate crimes might be due to a surge in what local police have termed “youth street crimes” in 2006. But many of those assaults, which often involved African Americans targeting Latinos, were not always hate crimes, Givens said. Some were robberies in which the victim or victims were Latinos and the robber or robbers were African American. In order to classify such robberies and assaults as true hate crimes, investigators must determine that an assault was indeed motivated by ethnic or racial bias, she said. In several such cases, authorities have been successful in adding hate crime counts to the charges filed against defendants in court, she said. last_img read more

Probe of war fraud leads to Kuwait base

first_imgThe U.S. has publicly identified only some of the companies and individuals linked to the alleged bribery and fraud. The Army cited the need to protect “the integrity of the ongoing investigation” in refusing a request by The Associated Press for an interview at Camp Arifjan. The biggest bribery case brought so far involves Maj. John Cockerham, a former Army contracting officer, his wife and sister. They have been charged in U.S. federal court with receiving $9.6million in bribes from companies seeking contracts to provide bottled water and other supplies. The apparent suicide last year in Baghdad of Army Maj. Gloria D. Davis set in motion a chain of events that has shed light on the Lee case and others in the web. Before her death on Dec. 12, Davis told Army investigators she had received $225,000 in bribes from Lee in return for granting his company $14 million in contracts to provide warehouses and management services in Iraq. She took the bribes while a contracting officer at Camp Arifjan in 2003 and 2004, according to a July memorandum by the Army’s Legal Services Agency. Davis also told investigators that Lee and his son Justin W. Lee paid other American officers in return for getting U.S. contracts, according to the memo. A copy of the memo was obtained by AP. The memo included allegations that another, unidentified former Army contracting official said he received $50,000 for helping Lee win contracts worth $11 million. The officer was identified in the memo as a “cooperating witness in the investigation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KUWAIT CITY – The flashy Laila Tower office building in this wealthy oil capital is a world away from the mean streets of Baghdad. But the U.S. government says they are linked by a web of fraud and bribery that stole millions of dollars provided by American taxpayers to support U.S. combat troops in Iraq. The U.S. military and prosecutors have launched 83 criminal investigations into alleged contract fraud, including a total of $15million in bribes. It was the apparent suicide of an Army major in Baghdad a year ago that brought them to the 15th floor of the Laila Tower. There, overlooking the Persian Gulf, is the firm run by American George H. Lee and his family, a small part of that huge web. None of the Lees has been charged with any crime. But the Army suspended them from doing business with the U.S. government, and a federal judge in Huntsville, Ala., upheld the order in August, as a military investigation into their case continues. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe case of Lee, a 64-year-old former Army supply clerk from Pennsylvania, provides possible rare insight into how fraud was able to occur, in part by exploiting the chaos in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also shows the flaws in the U.S. system of bids between private contractors and the U.S. military officers who doled out billions of dollars in contracts since 2003, often with little oversight. Kuwait’s close-knit expatriate community also played a role, in a place where business is traditionally done away from the glare of public scrutiny. “Bribery and kickbacks are common with big projects,” said Ali al-Nemash of the Kuwait Transparency Society, a private organization that seeks to combat graft and corruption. “They call it `gifts,’ but it is bribery.” Teams of U.S. investigators are reviewing a sample of about 6,000 U.S. military contracts worth $2.8billion that were awarded by a single Army office at Camp Arifjan, a huge logistics and supply base about 40 miles south of the Laila Tower. last_img

Santa, others offer cheer, comfort to victims of blaze

first_img“Thank you, everybody that is here,” 13-year-old Crisna Sanchez said, tears streaming down her face. “It feels great being helped by the community and our school and the Fire Department,” Mario Sanchez said, watching his children tear open wrapping paper. Eleven-year-old Moses Sanchez ripped into a square-shaped gift, revealing a red and white basketball. Smiling, he said he appreciated that firefighters had first rushed to his home to put out the blaze and now had presented him with gifts. “I’m thankful for them,” he said. Early Saturday morning, the Sanchez family fled as fire rapidly spread through their wood-framed house on Yale Street. Two people, Rogelio Hernandez, 39, and his mother Teresa Alvarez Rodriguez, 62, who lived in an apartment on the two-story house’s second floor, could not escape and died. • Photo Gallery: Passing out gifts PASADENA – Christmas came early Wednesday for members of a Pasadena family displaced by a recent fire that killed two people at their subdivided home. Pasadena Fire Department and Pasadena Unified School District officials met Mario and Angelina Sanchez, their four children and niece outside McKinley Elementary School, where a crew of fire vehicles and Santa Claus waited. Fire Capt. Daniel Serna and Santa handed out presents. Among the gifts were three bicycles, a toy truck, a basketball and the board game “Battleship.” The two were the first people to die in a house fire in Pasadena in about two years, officials said. Officials were still investigating the cause Wednesday and had not determined how the fire started, Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. The Sanchez family lost nearly everything they owned. “The only thing they really got out with was their pajamas,” said fire Chief Dennis Downs. “Hopefully, this will help them out, emotionally.” The family now is staying at a hotel while looking for a permanent home, Mario Sanchez said. Councilman Chris Holden said the city could step in and help fund temporary housing until the family finds a permanent place to live. “It’s obviously a tragedy,” Holden said. “But it’s also a good opportunity for them as a family to know that their community cares about them, and we want to do whatever we can to make the transition as comfortable as possible.” McKinley Elementary Principal Marisa Sarian said school employees and students felt they simply had to get involved after hearing of the family’s plight. “When the family came to us in tears after watching their neighbors die, I knew we had to help,” said Sarian. “This is a shining example of community support.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL is reaping the double benefits of the weak euro thanks to an advertising campaign, a leading businessman said today.The ShopLK campaign on UTV, on billboards in Derry and online at donegaldaily.com is pushing sterling business up by more than 300 per cent, says one businessman.It is also keeping Donegal shoppers in the county as northern prices become too expensive. John Watson, the owner of WatsonHire and president of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce even managed to get that story across….on UTV!“These last three months the town has opened six or seven new businesses,” he explained.“We’re reaping the benefits now of the exchange rate.”Leonard Watson told the station: “Letterkenny at the moment is doing a €1.25 for the pound and they have found a great difference. I was chatting to a businessman yesterday and he said his sterling business is up 300%. “For a couple of years there was a lot of people crossing the border but they’re staying at home now.”The weak euro is good news for the many people here who work in the North, seeing their take-home pay rise by up to 15% over the past year.It’s not so good news however for exports – making them more expensive in the sterling area. DONEGAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF AS SHOPPERS FLOCK HERE FROM NORTH was last modified: July 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF AS SHOPPERS FLOCK HERE FROM NORTHlast_img read more


first_imgAbove are a selection of snaps from the fantastic ‘CELTIC FEAST’ at the An Grianan Hotel in Burt. The show has earned rave reviews and plaudits from those that have attended the CELTIC FEAST.They’ve announced a whole host of new CELTIC FEAST shows over the festive period, so get booking your table now for a wonderful night of entertainment.  PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE ‘CELTIC FEAST’ AT THE AN GRIANAN HOTEL was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessCeltic FeastEntertainmentFeaturespicture speciallast_img read more


first_imgPictured with Bobby Patterson collecting his new trailer are Davy Keith, IFA Development Officer, PJ McMonigle, IFA County Chairman, Sgt Paul Wallace and Stephen Temple, Temple Trailers. Photo Clive WassonA local company is helping farmers to beat the scourge of trailer thefts on their farms.Raphoe based firm Temple Trailers has teamed up with the Donegal IFA and An Garda Siochana in a crime prevention initiative to better protect farmers and their property.The joint scheme, which has been running successfully for 2 years in Donegal involves farmers marking their equipment such as trailers, tractors, quads and tools, etc, with a unique identifier number. This number is stencilled onto the equipment to warn thieves that their property is marked as well as being marked indelibly into the metal and also marked secretly in other ways.Temple Trailers will now be offering a service for IFA members that means if they buy a trailer from them they will mark the trailer with their IFA identifier code before the farmer collects it.Local Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. Paul Wallace praised the firm for their assistance.He said “It is important that local communities take an active part in reducing the vulnerability of local people in any way they can and I applaud Temple Trailers for their foresight. This will be a valuable service for local famers and is another tool in the prevention of theft.” Local IFA County Chairman PJ McMonagle welcomed the service.He said “Temple Trailers are a very important local business for the farming community and it is great to see them take the lead in protecting their customers. Stephen and Austin have always provided a great service for farmers and this is another example of how we can all work together and try to deter thieves who are always very active on farmyards.”DONEGAL COMPANY IS HELPING FARMERS TO LEAVE THIEVES ‘TRAILING’ was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 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:donegalGardaiRaphoeTEMPLE TRAILERSthieveslast_img read more

WATCH: All the goals from England’s last encounter with Iceland… in 2004

first_imgIt has been confirmed that England will play Iceland in the Euro 2016 Round of 16, following the latter’s victory over Austria on Wednesday.Arnor Traustason scored an injury time winner for Our Boys to ensure they finished second place in Group F, ahead of Portugal, and set up the clash against the Three Lions.That will take place on Monday at 8pm, with both teams taking to the field in Nice looking to reach the quarter-finals.On paper, England will be heavy favourites, and the previous record between the two countries favours Roy Hodgson’s men.The first clash between the two sides was in 1982, which ended in a 1-1 draw in Reykyavik – Eidur Gudjohnsen’s father Arnor scoring for the hosts.The second game did not occcur until 22 years later, when England hosted the 2004 FA Summer Tournament.Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men ran riot that day, hitting their opponents for six – with current Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney bagging a brace.Heidar Helguson – then of Watford – scored Iceland’s consolation goal in a 6-1 victory for the hosts.With the third clash between the two countries on the horizon, you can watch all the highlights from that rousing victory above…last_img read more