Month: December 2019

  • Sam Allardyce admits he faces ‘mammoth’ task to save ‘relegation favourites’ Sunderland

    first_img Sam Allardyce getty 1center_img Sam Allardyce has admitted he has got a “mammoth” task on his hands to prevent “relegation favourites” Sunderland from slipping out of the Barclays Premier League.The 61-year-old, who has built his reputation on stabilising and rebuilding struggling clubs, saw the Black Cats slip to a third defeat of his four-game reign to date when they went down 1-0 to Southampton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.They remain entrenched in the bottom three with just six points from their opening 12 games, and Allardyce does not accept that he has plenty of time to turn things around.He said: “No, I haven’t, no. We are relegation favourites because we are in the bottom three and getting out of the bottom three is a long haul now.“When you have got fewer points than games, as many fewer points than games as we have got, then we have got a mammoth task just to get out of the trouble we are in at the moment.“There’s no point in trying to bulls**t anybody: it’s going to be a long haul to get where we need to get.“What I want to try to do is not have one of those end-of-the-season desperations that this club has become used to over the last four years where if you don’t win four out of the last six, you are going to get relegated.“That’s the last thing that these players should have on their minds. Now is the time to start winning and drawing, not the last six games of the season, right now starting next game.”last_img read more

  • Transfer spotlight: The £5m defensive midfielder on the brink of joining Arsenal

    first_imgArsenal are on the brink of finalising a deal to sign defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basel, according to widespread reports in the Sunday newspapers.The Egyptian international is expected to complete a £5m move in January and will be the sole Gunners’ acquisition in the upcoming transfer window.Despite Elneny’s imminent arrival, Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama still remains very much part of Arsenal’s summer plans.Elneny is viewed as more than just a short-term fix for the sidelined Francis Coquelin, with the Egyptian far more adept going forward than his French counterpart.But who is Elneny? Here are some facts you might not know about the midfielder:Age: 23Height: 1.8mClub: BaselInternational appearances: 39International goals: 3Did you know?– He played at the 2012 Olympics in London with Egypt Under-23s– His 2011/12 season was cut short in February after the Port Said riots. 74 people lost their lives and over 500 were injured in the clashes, leading to the rest of the Egyptian League season to be cancelled.– He was part of the Basel team that beat Tottenham but lost to Chelsea on their way to the Europa League semi-finals in 2013.Video evidence: 1 Mohamed Elneny last_img read more

  • Refugee influx strains U.S. aid groups

    first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The modest apartment where Van Tin Lian Zathang, his wife, Biak, and their two daughters live sits in a tidy, sprawling complex of brick town houses that other refugees from Myanmar also call home. Zathang gets a lift to his job at a pharmaceutical warehouse because he doesn’t speak enough English to pass a driver’s license exam. His ethnic Chin family picks through donated clothes in the basement of a Catholic church. “It is not easy,” Zathang said through an interpreter. “Although we get some support, it’s not enough.” The number of Myanmar refugees settling in the U.S. has grown exponentially this year, threatening to overwhelm local aid groups and government services. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The deluge has inundated local health departments who screen the thousands of arrivals for the growing problem of tuberculosis and other ailments. It also has flooded schools that must overcome language barriers, and public and private aid agencies that house, feed and clothe the newcomers. Resettlement agency Exodus Refugee has doubled its Indianapolis staff to eight people over the past 11 months but still can’t keep up, job specialist Zach Tennant said recently while handing out envelopes with $25 spending money to each adult refugee arriving at Indianapolis International Airport. “We’re still way behind. It’s a hurricane,” he said. The Rev. Thlaawr Bawihrin of Zophei Christian Church says his Chin congregation – one of four clustered on the south side of Indianapolis – has doubled to more than 200 members in five months. Since many refugees speak little English and lack driver’s licenses, Bawihrin – who has been in the U.S. since 1996 – shuttles them to jobs, doctors’ appointments, welfare offices and other errands. “I love my people. I love my community, so I must be available whenever they need me,” Bawihrin said earlier this month. The Zathangs’ living room is furnished with second-hand items. On a wall, there are four single-spaced, typed pages of Chin contacts they can call for help. Their daughters, ages 8 and 6, attend Perry Township schools, where the number of students who need English lessons has risen by 150 this school year to more than 1,000, program coordinator Marsha Manning said. The district has hired five Chin to ease the transition and help teachers. Two hours northeast of Indianapolis along Interstate 69, Fort Wayne is home to some 3,000 expatriate Myanmar, one of the largest communities in the U.S. The arrival of 70 refugees in one week, and 559 over the first nine months of this year, prompted the head of the local Catholic Charities agency to turn to Congress for help. “We are receiving complaints on many levels within the community,” Debbie Schmidt wrote Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., on Sept. 13. “… Health has become a serious issue in this community because a large percentage of the arriving refugees are testing positive for tuberculosis.” Souder, in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, warned of a backlash from host communities toward the legal refugees at a time when the nation already is hotly debating illegal immigration. The State Department admitted 13,896 Myanmar refugees during the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a more than sevenfold increase from 1,612 in 2006. Nearly 5,000 arrived in September alone, sometimes with as little as 10 days notice. State Department spokesman Curtis Cooper said Myanmar expatriates resettling in the U.S. spiked this year at the request of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. The Department has waived provisions of the Patriot Act that barred 9,300 ethnic Karen from entering the U.S. because of their association with Myanmar rebels. It also lifted material support restrictions for certain ethnic groups such as the Karen and Chin. Also, this is the first full year for a refugee processing center in Thailand run by the International Rescue Committee under contract with the State Department, said Christine Petrie, the committee’s U.S. resettlement director. The refugees were not among those in Myanmar who joined Buddhist monks in pro-democracy demonstrations last month, prompting a crackdown by the ruling junta. Those arriving in the U.S., many of whom are Christians, fled their southeast Asian homeland years ago and resettled in camps along the Thai border and elsewhere. Besides Indiana, the pressure also is felt in St. Paul, Minn., and Utica, N.Y., both home to large Karen populations. The Rev. William Englund, pastor of St. Paul’s First Baptist Church, said he has been welcoming six to eight families into his congregation each month. Their welcome baskets used to include rice cookers, but the parish no longer can afford them. In Utica, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has received 300 people over the past 11 weeks, including 109 one week, before the end of the federal fiscal year brought a respite. Director Peter Vogelaar said the biggest challenge is finding them safe, clean homes and jobs. He’s finding work for 30 to 40 refugees per month. “Refugees are survivors and they are incredibly resilient,” Vogelaar said.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

  • 5% are riding the MTA rails for free

    first_img“This gives us a base of knowledge in making these decisions,” said Roger Snoble, MTA CEO. Each month, there are about 272,000 boardings on MTA’s five rail lines. The report’s estimates are slightly higher than Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which previously estimated about 3 percent of riders were evading fares. Fare evasion has created a persistent struggle among MTA board members who are divided about installing gates to prevent it. Right now, MTA runs on an honor system, with deputies and security doing random checks for tickets. An analysis on gates and fencing and their costs for all MTA rail lines is also expected at the November meeting. Opponents have long argued that the costs of gates and the staff to maintain them would exceed money lost from fare evasion. “It’s a huge waste of money to gate,” said Richard Katz, MTA board member. “People still evade with gates.” Katz said that, instead, more deputies should staff stations at night and on weekends to catch passengers looking for free rides. The transit agency is also using the report as it prepares to shift to a new system called Tap, in which riders tap special cards on fare boxes to pay rather than dole out cash. The program may start by the end of 2008. sue.doyle@dailynews.com160Want 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.About 8.9 percent of Saturday-night revelers and 10 percent of Sunday-night riders do not have valid tickets to ride, according to officials from Transportation Management and Design Inc., the Carlsbad-based group commissioned by MTA to review ridership. Overall, 5 percent of riders during the week, 6 percent on Saturdays and 7percent on Sundays do not have proper tickets to ride, according to a nine-day sampling of passengers during the past two weeks. MTA officials are expected to report in November on how much fare- skippers are costing the mass transit system. The report comes as the board is considering gates and barriers for its rail lines to prevent fare evaders. It’s also reviewing its security contract and could reduce the number of sworn officers patrolling lines to 100 and add about 250 security officers to check fares. MASS TRANSIT: Study comes as officials consider ways to prevent passengers from evading buying tickets. By Sue Doyle STAFF WRITER An average of 5 percent of riders on MTA’s rail lines aren’t paying for tickets during the week – and as much as 10 percent of Sunday riders are riding for free, according to a study released Thursday. last_img read more

  • Foreclosures, housing slump hurting California economy

    first_img“Programs (like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) have the same limits for North Dakota as (they do) for Los Angeles. And no one here can buy a house with what they are offering.” But state Treasurer Bill Lockyer said he does not believe that the problems will push the overall economy into a recession. “This is the eighth-largest economy in the world and it is resilient enough to absorb this,” Lockyer said. “I don’t believe we will have a recession. “But, with saying that, I do believe there is not much the state can do to help the housing market. If any solutions are to come, it will have to be from the federal government.” Mozilo said the problems stem from the loosened lending and credit rules in the late 1990s through 2004. “It was an easy market,” Mozilo said. “People subscribed to the belief they couldn’t lose – and for a while they didn’t. Prices continued to go up. What created the problem we have now is that prices began to fall and panic set in.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California faces a potentially grim economic outlook as the effects of growing foreclosures amid a faltering housing market ripple statewide, experts warned Monday. “We are on the verge of recession,” economist Ross DeVol of the Milken Institute said at the institute’s annual State of the State Conference in Beverly Hills. And DeVol, part of a panel examining the impact of problems in the subprime-mortgage industry, said a drop in home sales affects everything from employment and consumer confidence to retail sales and tax revenue. The problems also come as oil prices reach record levels and lenders move to tighten consumer-credit regulations, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And he warned that if reduced consumer spending leads to a recession in California, the programs could spread nationwide. DeVol said it likely will require government action to ease strains in the financial market and prevent a recession. Angelo Mozilo, chairman of Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp., echoed that view. Countrywide, the nation’s largest lender, announced plans last week to restructure $16 billion in consumer loans. Mozilo, whose company has become a symbol for the problems in the housing market, said his firm has received no help from the government and is bearing the brunt of criticism for the current problems. “The problem we are seeing now is that first-time homebuyers can’t get into the market,” Mozilo said. “This is the most expensive housing market in the country and the federal government has not done anything to help ease lending. last_img read more

  • Toilet house is flush with features

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The toilet theme is central to the house named Haewoojae, or a “place to solve one’s worries,” shaped like a 24 -foot-tall toilet bowl. A showpiece bathroom at the center of the 4,520-square-foot house is on display through a floor-to-ceiling window made of glass that turns opaque at the touch of a button. When guests enter to do their business, a motion sensor activates classical music. SUWON, South Korea – Sim Jae-duck has made his political career as South Korea’s Mr. Toilet by beautifying public restrooms. Now he’s got a home befitting his title: a toilet-shaped domicile complete with the latest in lavatory luxury. Sim is building the $1.1 million two-story house set to be finished Sunday to commemorate the inaugural meeting later this month of the World Toilet Association. The group, supported by the South Korean government, aims no less than to launch a “toilet revolution” by getting people to open their bathroom doors for the sake of improving worldwide hygiene. Organizers argue the issue deserves greater attention and cite U.N. figures that some 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation or water supplies. Sim, a lawmaker in the National Assembly, hopes his house will help bring attention to the cause and is seeking a guest to pay $50,000 to stay one night with the proceeds to benefit the association. 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_imgHealthwise are reporting a massive response to the recent launch of their Online Photo Printing and gift service. Director Liam Grimley says the new online service was launched with a view to making it easier for customers to order prints and gifts from home, and have been blown away by the response.“From our point of view the most pleasing aspect of the feedback received is how easy the service is to use, even for anyone not very comfortable with new technology. “We are delighted with the many compliments on the quality of the photos and our prices which we worked hard to keep competitive.”He added that perhaps the most surprising result has been the huge uptake in photo gifts with personalised mugs , iphone covers and T-shirts proving especially popular for Fathers Day Gifts.The new Healthwise Venture offers photo printing , personalised photographic gifts and a range of Banners , Posters and Canvas printing from the comfort of home.It can be ordered online on or by linking from their facebook page. The real advantage to customers is that any work ordered online can be collected from any Healthwise Pharmacy allowing them avoid any delivery charges ( Home delivery is still available if preferred ). In appreciation of all of the new custom , Healthwise are continuing their offer of 24 free prints or a free enlargement for each new customer for at least another week – no gimmicks or catch.( see website for details )As an added bonus all customers placing any order online (including intital free order) will be entered into a free draw for a Canon Digital SLR 550D pack worth €1,000 . PHENOMENAL RESPONSE TO HEALTHWISE ONLINE PHOTO SERVICE was last modified: June 21st, 2014 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:buncranaHealthwiseonline photo servicelast_img read more


    first_imgDDTV: Management at Tinneys Toys Letterkenny have created the perfect video for young farming enthusiasts in Donegal with their clever video. Tinneys Toys have specialized in providing toy tractors for years and their latest range of toy tractors are attracting massive interest. Their vast range of products will make the perfect gift this Christmas.With so many fantastic products to choose from make sure you stop in and avail of some of their stunning offers.To watch the video above simply click play and enjoy.For more info on Tinneys Toys check out their website or Facebook page for details. DDTV: TINNEYS TOYS SET THE WHEELS IN MOTION WITH CLEVER VIDEO was last modified: December 14th, 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:BusinessDDTVFeaturesnewsTinney’s Toyslast_img read more

  • How did you miss that? WATCH Hibs striker produced absolute howler

    first_imgJason Cummings produced one of the misses of the season during Hibernian’s Scottish Championship clash with Raith Rovers.With his side trailing 2-1, the striker was gifted the easiest of chances to draw his side level by teammate David Gray.But Cummings, despite being just a yard out and with the whole goal to aim for, somehow conspired to turn the ball onto the crossbar.last_img

  • Premier League clubs in the Champions League: all nine reps ranked by points won

    first_img 9 9 4. Liverpool – 145 points – P:87 W:40 L:22 D:25 Win Percentage: 45.9%. Best result: 2004/05 winners 9 9 9 5. Manchester City – 53 points – P:37 W:15 L:14 D:8 Win Percentage: 40.5%. Best result: 2015/16 quarter-finals (still in the competition at time of writing) 9 9 9 6. Leeds United – 23 points – P:16 W:6 L:5 D:5 Win Percentage: 37.5%. Best result: 2000/01 semi-finals 7. Newcastle United – 23 points – P:18 W:7 L:9 D:2 Win Percentage: 38.8%. Best result: 2002/03 second group stage 9. Blackburn Rovers have won four Champions League points* (click the arrow, right, to see who is at number one!) – P:6 W:1 L:4 D:1 Win Percentage: 16.6%. Best result: 1994/95 Group stage. *Three points awarded for a win, one for a draw, in all Champions League games (group stage and knockout matches in the tournament from 1992; NB. neither qualifying rounds, nor pre-Champions League rounds from 1992 and 1993, included). 3. Chelsea – 264 points – P:148 W:74 L:32 D:42 Win Percentage: 50%. Best result: 2011/12 winners 1. Manchester United – 381 points – P:206 W:109 L:43 D:54 Win Percentage: 52.9%. Best result: 1998/99 and 2007/08 winners 9 8. Tottenham Hotspur – 15 points – P:10 W:4 L:3 D:3 Win Percentage: 40%. Best result: 2010/11 quarter-finals Leicester City became the first English team to confirm their qualification for next season’s Champions League following the results last weekend.Should the Foxes carry on their form and lift the Premier League title, they will be among the top seeds for next year’s competition, so will expect to do better by avoiding some of the bigger sides.They will be England’s tenth representatives in the competition since the European Cup was revamped and rebranded as the Champions League in 1993.But how do the previous nine participants from England rank with their performances in the tournament?talkSPORT worked out the points total for each side if every win (including knockout games) counted as three points and every draw as a point.Only games from the Champions League group stages and further were counted, so that rules out Everton’s involvement as they crashed out in the qualifying and thus didn’t make the actual tournament.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is at number one and each team’s win percentage!All statistics correct up to and including Manchester City’s 2-2 away draw v Paris Saint-Germain in the 2015/16 quarter-finals. 2. Arsenal – 276 points – P:169 W:79 L:51 D:39 Win Percentage: 46.7%. Best result: 2005/06 runners up last_img read more