Chelsea stalwart doubtful for London derby

first_img Gary Cahill Chelsea are hoping Gary Cahill recovers from injury in time for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.Cahill has an ankle problem and is a minor doubt for the London derby, but interim-manager Guus Hiddink expects him to be given the all clear to face the fifth-place Eagles.“Gary Cahill didn’t train on Wednesday, which means he has a little problem,” Hiddink said.“He has an ankle injury – some ligaments are a bit tight – but we have several days to go, so I’m not negative about him.”Aston Villa striker Loic Remy is a doubt for the clash because of a calf problem, but there is no concern over Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard who sustained minor knocks in the goalless draw with Manchester United.“We had two tough games against Watford and Man Utd. The physical intensity was high in both games, but we didn’t have big damage,” Hiddink said.“Oscar was a bit hurt after a challenge. Willian got some tackles, so did Eden.“There was intensity in these games, but they have been recovering so they are okay.”Radamel Falcao has been ruled out until mid-January at the earliest because of a thigh problem, but his fellow striker Diego Costa returns from suspension against Alan Pardew’s men.Meanwhile, Chelsea declined to comment when contacted for a response to reports that none of their players had a relegation clause written into their contract.SEE HERE – Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao suffers injury setback 1last_img read more

Chelsea manager latest: PL boss wants Hiddink to recommend him for Blues job

first_img Southampton manager Ronald Koeman 1 Southampton’s Ronald Koeman wants Guus Hiddink to recommend him as the next manager of Chelsea.The Blues sacked Jose Mourinho in December and shortly after confirmed Hiddink’s arrival on an interim basis until the end of the season.Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Massimiliano Allegri are all said to be on Roman Abramovich’s managerial wish list, but Koeman has now openly spoken of his desire to be considered for the permanent position at Stamford Bridge.Speaking to Dutch radio station 538, the Saints boss said, “If Guus puts a good word in for me, that would be a big influence.”The Dutchman, having previously coached Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, is keen on a return to management at the highest level.“It is certainly something that I always have at the back of my mind,” the 52-year-old added.“I always want to achieve the highest possible level. That has happened in Holland and that’s what I’d really like to achieve abroad.”last_img read more

West Ham blow as key man ruled out FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United

first_img West Ham manager Slaven Bilic gives orders to defender James Collins West Ham defender James Collins is set to miss the club’s next three games, Slaven Bilic has confirmed.Collins was forced off during the second half of West Ham’s 1-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday with a hamstring complaint.Now Hammers manager Bilic has confirmed the 32-year-old will be on the sidelines for a few weeks, ruling him out of next weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United.“James got injured on Wednesday and that is a big blow because he has been marvellous,” said Bilic.“It’s not one week or a few days, but it looks like he will miss three games.” 1last_img

Torrance law firm awaiting $430,000 from pop king

first_imgThe firm’s work for Jackson included obtaining court orders to delay discovery in civil cases and keeping information from being publicly released while the singer’s child-molestation trial was in progress in Santa Maria in 2005. In July, Chalfant entered a judgment in Ayscough & Marar’s favor for $256,000, representing the money Jackson agreed to hand over. Tuesday’s award compensates Ayscough & Marar for having to hire a lawyer to sue Jackson. “That’s quite a lot of money for not paying his bills,” said Brent Ayscough, a partner in Ayscough & Marar. Asked whether Jackson has paid any of the money due under the July judgment, Ayscough replied, “Not a cent.” The sum total of the judgment and the attorneys’ fee award will continue to increase at an interest rate of 10 percent until Jackson pays up, Ayscough said. Jackson countersued Ayscough & Marar in August 2006. The singer’s allegations included a claim that one of the firm’s lawyers threatened to release confidential information about him. Chalfant dismissed the Jackson countersuit, finding it lacked merit. Ayscough & Marar also helped defend Jackson against a lawsuit brought by former associate Marc Schaffel, alleging the singer owed him $1.4 millio. A Santa Monica jury in July 2006 awarded Schaffel $900,000, but directed him to pay Jackson $200,000 to satisfy a countersuit alleging Schaffel misappropriated funds.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Bill Hetherman CITY NEWS SERVICE Pop legend Michael Jackson was ordered Tuesday to pay $175,000 in overdue attorneys’ fees to a Torrance law firm that sued the entertainer. The order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant brings to more than $430,000 the amount the entertainer owes Ayscough & Marar, which sued him in February 2006, claiming he did not pay for services the firm performed on his behalf. last_img read more

President continues offensive to get Mukasey confirmed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Leaders in both parties expect Mukasey to get at least 70 votes when the entire Senate votes on whether to confirm him to succeed former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Torture is considered a war crime by the international community and waterboarding has already been banned by the U.S. military. But CIA interrogators are believed to have used the technique on terror detainees as recently as a few years ago. Schumer, who met privately with Mukasey on Friday to discuss waterboarding, said he was confident the nominee would enforce any law passed that bans the interrogation practice. Schumer said Mukasey told him that if Congress passes a law banning waterboarding, “the president would have absolutely no legal authority to ignore such a law.” Mukasey has called waterboarding personally offensive, but in response to questions from senators, he said he didn’t know enough about it to legally define it as torture. Bush said Mukasey could not give such a legal opinion because the program is classified and the nominee has not been briefed on it. Mukasey also did not want to telegraph information about interrogation methods to dangerous detainees, Bush said. WASHINGTON – After two Democratic senators agreed to back his attorney general designate, President George W. Bush on Saturday worked to seal the confirmation of Michael Mukasey. “He is a man of character, and he had been praised by Republicans and Democrats alike for his honesty, intellect, fairness and independence,” Bush said following a week of ups and downs in getting Mukasey confirmed amid a debate over waterboarding, which simulates drowning and is widely viewed as torture. The retired judge has refused to say whether he considers the practice an illegal interrogation technique. Bush used his weekly radio address to nudge Mukasey’s nomination to the finish line, a day after Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., gave him a nod. Their backing virtually assured that the Senate Judiciary Committee would recommend his confirmation to the full Senate when it votes next Tuesday. The president also said Mukasey did not want to issue an “uninformed legal opinion” because interrogators in the field would wonder whether any of their conduct places them in legal jeopardy. “Congressional leaders should not make Judge Mukasey’s confirmation dependent on his willingness to make a public judgment about a classified program he has not been briefed on,” Bush said. Nominated in September, Mukasey was initially considered a sure bet for confirmation until he repeatedly refused to say in Senate hearings whether he defines waterboarding as torture. Democrats denounced the dodge, and the chairman of the committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Friday he would vote against Mukasey. “As an American, I believe we stand for certain high values,” Leahy told reporters in Burlington, Vt. “One of them is that we don’t torture, that it is illegal. And the attorney general should be willing to say that.” During waterboarding, a prisoner is placed on his back, with his legs slightly elevated and thin cloths or cellophane over his face, before being doused with water. The technique prompts asphyxiation and panic that can lead to heart attacks as the prisoner fights against the feeling of drowning. The Pentagon has explicitly banned military personnel from using the technique while interrogating suspected terrorists. In a letter Friday to the judiciary committee, four retired military attorneys joined a host of top brass who have condemned the technique, writing, “Waterboarding is inhumane, it is torture, and it is illegal.”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_imgOne of the country’s biggest petrol station and convenience store chains is to open a large outlet in Letterkenny.Applegreen are one of the best-known garages in the country with more than 30 branches nationwide including two super-stations on the outskirts of Dublin on the M1 motorway.Now the chain is to open an outlet at the Dry Arch next door to the Clanree Hotel which is currently the Spar Clanree Service station. The official announcement on the take-over is not to be made official until tomorrow.However Donegaldaily understands the deal on the takeover has already been completed.The new complex is expected to create a number of jobs.Traditionally Applegreen are well-known for creating a large retail environment around their petrol stations. There is also speculation that the new garage will include a BurgerKing Drivethru at its renovated store.The garage, which offers fuel at competitive prices, is expected to compete keenly with other petrol stations around Letterkenny. APPLEGREEN GARAGE CHAIN TO OPEN LARGE OUTLET IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 29th, 2012 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:ApplegreenDry ArchletterkennySpar Clanree Service Stationlast_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: Mavericks Traditional Barbershop had now been opened 3 months, so I decided to call in to see how they were getting on!When I went in there was a warm atmosphere, with 4 barbers hard at work. They certainly looked like they were well on their way of achieving their goals of becoming a successful business.Within their first 3 months in business Mavericks had to recruit another 2 barbers to double their work force to meet the footfall their service is attracting.Since opening Mavericks Traditional has both captured the imagination and more importantly, met the demands of the gentlemen of Donegal.What I found impressive was, everything Mavericks promised at the start, they are now delivering consistently to every customer. Top quality customer service, enjoyable environment, free beverages and above all a well finished hair cut and shave to the customer’s specifications.When asked about the business to date, John said: “We really hit the ground running, everyone loves the style of the shop, they love the location and the availability of parking.“I have been very fortunate not only to have a fantastic barber in Darwyn, but also to get two great barbers to come on board Noel and Ronan.“All three of them truly understand the quality of cut and the experience that I want to deliver to the client and they deliver each time without fail. And fortunate for me they are great guys to work with as well.“Already I’m very proud of the team. It was important to get the two lads on board as we were happy with the service we were providing but at times we were not comfortable about the length of the queues.“Thankfully now we are always on top of the queues and the wait time is never long. “All barbers were busy at the time so I asked a customer what brings him to Mavericks.Michael Boyle from Old Town said, “This is my fourth time in Mavericks, I just love it!“I now look forward to getting my haircut, but above all it’s great to finally have a barbers in Letterkenny where you can get your hair cut the way you want it cut, not the way the barber decides to cut it and all of the barbers here are capable of delivering that.“It’s refreshing to say the least and for what you get with your standard haircut its really good value too! I’d definitely recommend this place to anyone. Mavericks barbershop is located at Lower Main street at the junction of Larkins Lane, there is always parking available and they are opened Monday to Saturday.These guys really are the only show in town…..COMMENT: MAVERICKS TRADITIONAL BARBERSHOP – ‘THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN’ was last modified: September 28th, 2015 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Rooney back? Manchester United line up v West Ham predicted

first_imgWednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay between West Ham and Manchester United, kicks off 7pm BST, and is live on talkSPORT.Dimitri Payet looked to have booked the Hammers’ place in the semi-final with a sublime free kick from 30 yards at Old Trafford in the first game, before a late equaliser from Anthony Martial ensured the two would meet again, at Upton Park.It remains a tough clash to call, but the Red Devils are set to welcome back captain Wayne Rooney after the striker played an hour for the club’s U21 side.But will he start? Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United line up by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11 11 10. Wayne Rooney (striker) 11 11 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 35. Jesse Lingard (right attack) 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 11 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 9. Anthony Martial (left attack) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 11 11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 36. Matteo Darmian (right back)last_img read more

Storm raises fears of mudslides

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsRainfall amounts were expected to range between a half-inch and an inch across coastal and valley locations, and between one and three inches at the foothills and in the mountains, NWS forecasters said. The denser rainfall is expected on the south-facing slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains. At higher elevations, the snow level will start out above 6,500 feet, dropping to around 5,000 feet by late today. The heaviest snowfall accumulations will occur above 7,000 feet, where more than a foot of new snow can be expected, according to the NWS. Mountain resorts between 6,000 and 7,000 feet can expect 3-6 inches. A flash flood watch was in effect through this afternoon in the region’s burn areas, and a high wind warning was declared for the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles County mountain areas, where NWS forecasters said gusts of 75 miles per hour are expected. As of 5 a.m., the strongest winds recorded in Los Angeles County blew through Lake Palmdale at 52 mph. Before the rain arrived, residents of about 1,000 homes in fire-denuded Modjeska, Williams and Silverado canyons in Orange County were under mandatory orders to evacuate their homes no later than 8 last night in case the storm produces flash flooding and mud slides. A cold, fast-moving storm that was generating high winds doused the Southland today, raising fears of mudslides and flash flooding in denuded areas, especially the Malibu and Orange County canyons stricken by wildfires since October. Beginning last night and into the pre-dawn hours of today, mostly light rain fell on the region, but heavier rainfall was expected later in the day. The National Weather Service predicted the storm would create a period of between four and six hours of moderate to heavy rainfall before it clears out later today. As of 5 a.m. today, no major rain-related problems were reported. An evacuation center was set up at El Modena High School, 3920 E. Spring St. in Orange. Any residents who were refusing to leave were “staying at their own risk,” said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino. There was no immediate indication when the evacuation order would be lifted. Orange County’s Emergency Operations also ordered residents of the three canyons to move large animals to the Orange County Fairgrounds, which has a capacity of 100 head of livestock, officials said. Livestock other than horses can be sheltered at Orange High School, 525 N. Shaffer St., in Orange. Anticipating the possibility of storm-related incidents, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Fire Authority and the county’s Resources Development and Management Department yesterday set up a unified command center at Irvine Regional Park. The Oct. 21 Santiago arson wildfire charred some 28,000 acres in Orange County and burned two dozen homes. Hardest hit were the county’s canyon areas. In Los Angeles County, the five major fires that broke out October — two in Malibu and three in Santa Clarita — consumed more than a total 100,000 acres. 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.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

Rain can’t stop ‘Magic’

first_img Braving the rain, judges scrutinized the parade’s 48 floats early Monday before bestowing awards on half the entries. The Sweepstakes award – the parade’s top honor for the float with the “most beautiful entry with outstanding floral presentation and design” – went, fittingly, to the float sponsored by the FTD flower delivery company. The Farmers Insurance Group’s Protecting Your Family float that depicted a massive Tyrannosaurus rex shielding her baby from a pair of predatory dinosaurs was one of the crowd favorites. The crowd also applauded American Honda’s The Power of Dreams float that featured a 50-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty and a 100-foot long U.S. flag that unfurled behind her. The college marching bands from Southern California and Texas, which will face each other Wednesday in the football championship game, also drew loud applause. The last soggy Rose Parade was in 1955. The Tournament of Roses is traditionally held on New Year’s morning, but a never-on-Sunday rule pushed the 117th parade to Monday. Up to 4 inches of rain was expected in Pasadena and the forecast predicted wind gusts up to 45 mph, said Jamie Smith, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Oxnard. Ted Pettyjohn, 43, of Houston, and his wife and young son wore rain slickers to the parade. “We came all this way, rain or shine, we can’t go back now,” Pettyjohn said. “This is something that we’ve always wanted to see, so we have to stay.” Computer software designer Mohit Burohiti, of San Ramon, was at his first Rose Parade and debated leaving it. “I’m waiting for this to get done, but at the same time, I don’t want it to end because it’s so beautiful.” This year’s parade, titled “It’s Magical,” had retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as grand marshal. (Another Supreme Court Justice – Earl Warren – served as grand marshal the last time rain fell on the parade.) One of the floats included a mermaid on a sea shell chariot pulled by a pair of giant fish, and Disney’s float depicted five castles from its theme parks. For the first time in its history, the festivities included performances by artists such as Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes, who performed at the start of the parade, and singer Toni Braxton, who sang aboard the Magical Music Machine float. Magician Lance Burton also appeared on the Your Wish Is My Command float. The float featuring a genie and his magic carpet prompted some in the crowd to shout, “Stop the rain! Stop the rain!” Organizers did not take any chances with the weather. Hundreds of plastic ponchos for band musicians and parade volunteers were ordered, horses were fitted with skid-resistant shoes, and float-builders rolled out sheets of plastic to protect orchids and other delicate flowers. The glue that holds decorations to the floats is waterproof and the floats are designed to withstand 50 mph winds. But a major concern was the electronic equipment inside the floats, used for music and as loud speakers, said Larry Palmer, spokesman for Phoenix Decoration Company, which has 22 floats in the parade. Equipment was being covered with plastic, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – It rained on the Rose Parade for the first time in more than a half century, forcing hundreds to leave the floral spectacle before it finished. The heavy rain and strong winds prompted Susan Johnson, 43, of Phoenix, to leave her spot on the parade route. “I’m already so wet that if I stay, I’ll end up in the emergency room,” Johnson said. Ken Allan, 59, of Diamond Park, braved the weather, but felt sorry for some of the parade participants. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I feel bad for all those marching band girls. They stay out here like this, they’re going to get sick,” Allan said. The stormy weather prompted the Rose Queen, band members and horse riders to don ponchos, but the event started as planned shortly after 8 a.m. Rose Queen Camille Clark, who turned 18 on Monday, was draped in a clear poncho so spectators and viewers could see her white gown. “They are going to be a little wet on the bottom,” Clark said just before the parade. “It’s still magical. It’s my birthday. It’s a wonderful day for me.” Soon after she spoke, the rain intensified and the wind kicked up, bending umbrellas and whipping rain slickers. Several hundred die-hard fans camped out overnight along the Rose Parade route, but crowds were thin and front row spots remained open a half-hour before start time as many people remained pinned to building walls to escape the rain. last_img read more