Derby to launch £2.5m bid for Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens

first_img Dale Stephens 1 Derby are set to launch a £2.5million move for Brighton’s Dale Stephens.Rams boss Paul Clement is desperate to land a new central midfielder after seeing Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick, Jamie Hanson and Craig Bryson struck down by injury.Huddersfield Town’s Jacob Butterfield had been on his radar but his £5m price tag is believed to have scared County off.And Derby are now understood to have turned their attention to Stephens.The 25-year-old moved to the Amex Stadium in 2014 from Charlton, after helping the Addicks win promotion from League One.He missed a large chunk of last season through injury but has impressed since his return and has played in all three of Brighton’s Championship games this season.Stephens has helped the Seagulls enjoy an unbeaten start to the campaign and is seen as a key part of Chris Hughton’s squad.But the Bolton-born midfielder is understood to be eager to be closer to his family up north and could be tempted by a switch to Derby.last_img read more

The lift Man United need after Guardiola’s appointment?

first_imgJose Mourinho could be the shot in the arm Man United need given Pep Guardiola’s impending arrival at Man City.That’s the view of former City manager Stuart Pearce, who was asked if Mourinho was the type of personality needed at Old Trafford considering the stature of their rivals’ new boss. “United fans need a lift at this moment in time,” he said following the news Guardiola will take over from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.“Manchester United as a football club for the style of play, for where they are in the league and for what’s gone on in the past 20 years previous to that with Ferguson – they need a lift of some description.”And Pearce believes the former Chelsea manager will be keen to succeed Louis van Gaal in the hotseat.“I think Jose wants to stay and manage in the Premier League and there are few jobs out there,” he said.“He can’t go back to Chelsea, Liverpool have got a new manager, Man City have got a new manager, Arsenal have got a manager they’re not going to change, so all of a sudden there’s one job.“It’s him for Man United and he’ll be critically chasing the job if [United] change managers in the summer, of course.“And from United’s point of view, who is the best manager out there? There’s only one now.”Pearce was also asked if having Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Guardiola in the Premier League would persuade Diego Simeone to leave Atletico Madrid and take over at Chelsea where he is one of many managers on their shortlist.“I can’t see a revered world class manager not going through his career without arriving on these shores and testing themselves in this country,” Pearce explained.“The pressure is on managers so much [in the Premier League], I believe, and the media exposure here is probably tougher than anywhere in the world at present.”last_img read more

Tottenham fan shows Pochettino how much he loves him

first_img1 @TheReal_Milo kisses the Tottenham manager’s hand Tottenham fans are in love with club manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has turned the club into serious title contenders for the first time in decades.Just two points behind Premier League leaders Leicester with 11 games of the season remaining, the Lilywhites are undoubtedly in the title mix.And after Tottenham came back from 1-0 down against Swansea to win 2-1, as Arsenal lost at Man United, one supporter took the chance to thank Pochettino personally… by kissing the Argentine’s hand.center_img

Defying belief, Galaxy control their own fate

first_imgBy Billy Witz STAFF WRITER After a draw with Chivas USA last week, Chicago forward Chris Rolfe sat at his locker and admitted that he and his Fire teammates – fighting to maintain their hold on the final MLS playoff berth – did their share of scoreboard watching as the regular season was winding down. Asked if he kept an eye on the Galaxy scores, Rolfe couldn’t keep a straight face. The Galaxy (8-13-6, 30 points) trail Chicago by six points, Colorado by two and Columbus by one, but the teams they’re chasing have one less game and the Galaxy’s regular-season finale is at Chicago on Oct. 21, giving them a chance to catch the Fire. A victory in all three games would do no worse than draw the Galaxy even with Chicago, but by virtue of a victory then and a 2-0 win over the Fire on July 4, the Galaxy would win the first tiebreaker, head-to-head competition. Also providing them with a boost could be the return of David Beckham as well as another European veteran, Abel Xavier, who returned from injuries to practice last week and could be available Saturday against Toronto. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, six of the eight playoffs berths have been clinched by Chivas USA, Houston and FC Dallas in the Western Conference and D.C. United, New England and New York in the Eastern Conference. (The top two finishers in each conference are guaranteed berths with the remaining four going to teams with the next-highest point totals.) New York, with 39 points, needs only a point in its two games (Kansas City, Galaxy) or a Chicago loss and a tie, or a Galaxy tie. Kansas City, in seventh place with 37 points, can clinch with a win over New York or FC Dallas, or two of the following: two Chicago losses, a Galaxy loss, and a Colorado tie. The Galaxy’s unlikely run – until two weeks ago they hadn’t won a road game in more than a year – has even bought them a margin for error. Given the other contenders’ schedules, two wins could get the Galaxy in. Columbus must play at D.C. United; Colorado still has a trip to Chivas – teams that are a combined 20-1-5 at home this season. Chicago also has a trip to D.C. on Saturday. About an hour after the Fire finish, the Galaxy kick off at home against Toronto, which didn’t look like much of a game a couple weeks ago. Now interest is rapidly increasingly, perhaps even in Chicago. [email protected] 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“No,” he said, chuckling. “They’re not the team we’re looking at right now.” That’s surely changed now after the Galaxy’s fourth consecutive win – and third in a row on the road – a 2-1 come-from-behind victory Sunday over defending MLS champion Houston. After five months of injuries, poor play and unfulfilled expectations, the Galaxy’s late surge has put them in a position that only weeks ago seemed preposterous: They are masters of their own fate. If the Galaxy win their final three games – home to Toronto and New York, and at Chicago – they’ll be in the playoffs, regardless of what else happens. While the Galaxy’s prospects improved with each victory, it wasn’t until Saturday, when Columbus lost to FC Dallas, 3-1, that the Galaxy had their hopes in their own hands. last_img read more

Valley woman plans huge garage sale

first_imgNelson’s challenge is to cram everything into the hall – about the size of a small church – while still displaying the goods neatly. She groups items by category and marks each with laminated orange signs. Swings in one corner, potty seats in another, diaper pails in between. Detail-oriented As per Nelson’s detailed instructions, each piece of clothing has a bar-code tag pinned to the upper right corner with the item’s description, price and size. Even the spot where consignors are supposed to secure the tag to the clothing is marked, PIN HERE. For the first time, the entire sale is electronic. Consignors enter each item they are selling into Nelson’s tagging system, then print bar-code tags. Cashiers scan the tags as they sell, allowing Nelson to track exactly what has sold. She uploads the information at night so consignors can see how they are doing. Consignors price their own merchandise and can volunteer for three hours to get a slightly bigger share of the profits. They have the option to automatically mark down their unsold items by 50 percent Sunday or donate their unsold goods to charity. Nelson’s 275 consignors started dropping off their pre-tagged items Tuesday, with three appointments scheduled every 15 minutes. Veterans know to leave stained clothes and broken toys at home – they won’t be accepted by volunteers who look at each item being dropped off. This year, Nelson sent seven pages of instructions to her consignors, including a recommendation to print price tags on stiff 60-pound paper. Regular paper tears too easily. Clearly, participating as a consignor is a lot of work. Lisa Bethe of Burbank has sold items at every sale since the first. This year, Bethe estimates she spent 15 hours to 20 hours preparing a few dozen items, which, if they all sell, will reap her a grand total of $300. While poring over her items that she had stashed in her garage this week, her husband asked her why she does it. The same reasons popped into her head as they did the last time she prepared for a sale. “I like recouping some money for the short-lived items I buy for my children,” she said. Plus, the money goes to Christmas presents or a college fund for her twin girls. Most of the consignors also volunteer for three hours over the course of the sale. Lisa Tobey, a mom from Glendale, volunteers mostly because it earned her a pass into a pre-sale on Thursday afternoon that only consignors, volunteers and a small group of new moms are invited to. Tobey likes the affordable kids clothing she finds at the sale. “Typically, the things that I sell pay for what I buy,” Tobey said as she inspected an incoming rack of clothes. In the past year, she has sold “Baby Einstein” tapes, CDs of music her son and daughter used to fall asleep to and clothes that no longer fit. Family affair After every sale, Nelson fine-tunes the process because the key to running a smooth sale is being organized, she said. From the neat rows of toys to the stacks of bouncy seats, it’s clear that Nelson takes the sale very seriously. In fact, her entire family pitches in. Nelson’s husband, Shawn, built racks to hold hundreds of pieces of tiny clothing. Her parents flew in from Atlanta, as they do for every sale, to help out. Her mother, Linda Hancock, baby-sits her sons while she is working. And her father, Glenn Hancock, sweeps the floor or finds a way to hang dozens of strollers on the wall. All in preparation for “thousands” of shoppers who drive from as far as 40 miles away for the sale, Nelson said. The endeavor is becoming nearly full time. After taking a few weeks off, Nelson will restart the process of buying insurance, advertising and tracking down an affordable space. She also wants to add a second sale in Valencia, where there is a “huge mecca of moms,” she said. Each sale, Nelson makes a few thousand dollars. What kind of hourly rate does that translate into? The thought makes her cringe. Money is not her motivation. But meeting other moms and creating a community among her consignors is rewarding, Nelson said. Plus, “it’s nice to get away from the kids and to use your brain.” [email protected] (818) 713-3735 — If you go: WHAT: LA Kids Consignment Sale WHERE: 7963 Van Nuys Blvd. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday ADMISSION: Free VALET PARKING: Free ONLINE: lakidsconsignment.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.Nelson started the sale two years ago in her driveway after her sister told her about fantastic bargains she had found at a consignment sale across the country. Nelson looked for one in Los Angeles but came up empty, so she started her own. The sale outgrew her driveway the very first time, and nearly doubles in size every six months. She started out with 43 consignors, then jumped to 75. The next year was “120-something,” she said. For the sale this weekend, Nelson rented Seville Hall in Panorama City, which has 6,100 square feet of space. She would have preferred 10,000 square feet. Still, that’s a lot of baby stuff. Finding a huge warehouse that is available for just six days is one of her biggest hurdles for expanding. She found this year’s space, Seville Hall in Panorama City, on PANORAMA CITY — Imagine a garage sale on steroids. That’s what Kristin Nelson has built her twice-yearly kids consignment sale into. Starting today, thousands will flock to her packed warehouse looking for a deal. Nelson, a mother of two from Sherman Oaks, sells more than 17,000 strollers, toys and baby clothes during the LA Kids Consignment Sale, which will end Sunday. “It used to be manicure money, but now it’s vacation money,” said Nelson, 36. last_img read more

Pursuit ends in crash, suspect arrested

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A vehicle being pursued by LAPD officers crashed today in South Los Angeles, and one person was arrested, police said. The brief chase ended shortly before 7 a.m. in the area of Florence Avenue and Flower Street, said Lt. Roger Mora of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations office. Officers had tried to stop the vehicle, possibly for a traffic violation, Mora said. One or two other people in the vehicle got out and ran off, he said. It was not immediately clear if anyone was hurt. 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


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first_imgDONEGAL County Council has had to write off well over €3.4M in unpaid rates.And the council is still owed €11.4M in unpaid revenues, a council report shows.The astonishing debts to the county council does include business ratepayers who have since closed down or are struggling to meet the demands. But just €2.4M in the current outstanding debt is being paid off through agreed payment plans.“Donegal County Council recognises the financial constraints currently being experienced by businesses in the county, including reduced overdraft capacity and cash and liquidity issues, with this being reflected in businesses’ capacity to pay in a timely fashion,” said Finance Director Garry Martin in his report.He continued: “However the council remains committed working in a proactive and positive manner with each individual business to ensure that payment is being made commensurate with each business’s capacity to pay during any given period.”He also showed figures to councillors which showed that rates collected in 2011 was just over €15M – €1M less than in 2010. However rate collection to date in 2012 was up on last year, he said.Rate collection until the end of May this year was more than €7M – up 10 per cent on last year…an extra €700k.“This is positive and reaffirms the council’s objective in its endeavours to increase collection, reduce arrears and increase buoyancy during 2012,” Mr Martin added. €3,432,462 – HOW MUCH COUNCIL HAS HAD TO WRITE OFF IN UNPAID RATES was last modified: June 27th, 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:432462 – HOW MUCH COUNCIL HAS HAD TO WRITE OFF IN UNPAID RATES€3last_img read more


first_imgAt an Údarás na Gaeltachta Board meeting in Na Forbacha today a number of projects, leading to the creation of 110 new jobs and a total investment of circa €5 million when up and running, were approved. The organisation would not give any further details.However it said €1.56 million was approved for organisations involved in various language planning initiatives and activities: An administration grant of €580,000 was approved for Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta as joint funding for the company’s 2013 work programme. The company currently operates 62 playgroup sessions which cater for approximately 850 children in addition to providing other services such as crèche and after-school childcare, breakfast club and parent groups, catering for a total of 450 children.An administration grant of €250,000 was approved for Óige na Gaeltachta Teo to assist in the implementation of its programme of activities for 2013. Óige na Gaeltachta Teo provides a youth service through Irish for young people between the ages of seven and eighteen throughout the Gaeltacht. The company administers 45 youth clubs which have 1,600 members in addition to running 4 drop-in centres catering for 200 young people.An administration grant of €400,000 was approved for Muintearas Teo for the operation of its 2013 programme of activities. Muintearas Teo is a subsidiary of Údarás na Gaeltachta and is funded for specific education, language, and personal development purposes and in particular projects focused on early education, youth work, training services, language development services, community and local services.A capital provision of €335,000 was approved for Ealaín na Gaeltachta Teo to jointly fund the implementation of its programme of activities and arts development schemes.  ÚDARÁS RELEASES €1.56M IN FUNDING TO GROUPS AND BUSINESSES was last modified: March 1st, 2013 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:ÚDARÁS RELEASES €1.56M IN FUNDING TO GROUPS AND BUSINESSESlast_img read more