ARSENAL VS WEST HAM

first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECH, BELLERIN, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, MONREAL, COQUELIN, CAZORLA, RAMSEY, OZIL, WALCOTT, GIROUDWEST HAM (4-2-3-1)SAKHO, JARVIS, PAYET, ZARATE, NOBLE, KOUYATE, CRESSWELL, REID, TOMKINS, BURKE, ADRIANArsenal approach the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season with confidence, after a hugely impressive pre-season that earned them three trophies. The Gunners, who retained the FA Cup last May, won the Asia Cup in Singapore, the Emirates Cup at home and then the Community Shield, when manager Arsene Wenger beat Chelsea rival Jose Mourinho for the first time in 14 encounters with his rival.The Gunners are at home on the opening day for the fourth year in a row. But they do not boast an impressive recent opening-day record; last season’s 2-1 win at home to Crystal Palace was their first victory in the first game of the season since 2009, when they won 6-1 at Everton.West Ham, meanwhile, have already been busy under new boss Slaven Bilic, who replaced Sam Allardyce during the summer. On Thursday, the Hammers were in Europa League action, their sixth game of the competition.Bilic, who spent three years at West Ham as a player, is a popular choice amongst Hammers fans but he is without the injured Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia while Carl Jenkinson, signed on a second season’s loan from Arsenal, is ineligible to face his parent club.Arsenal will continue with Petr Cech, signed from Champions Chelsea at the age of 33. The keeper will wear the number 33 and has already impressed as the Gunners’ custodian.The Gunners hold the upper hand over their London rivals; they have won their last nine games in the league against West Ham and are unbeaten in their last 14 (winning 14 and drawing two). Indeed, West Ham last beat Arsenal in April 2007 at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

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8-year-old raped in Berbice

first_imgAn East Bank Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) joiner is now in custody after he was caught in a compromising position with an eight-year-old child.Reports are that the 49-year-old man lured the girl and her brother to his home where he committed the act. According to a Police source, the child lives with her 27-year-old mother, who is a domestic worker and has two other children.It was reported that on Friday, while the victim and her brother were on their way home from school, the joiner called the child and asked her to make a purchase at a nearby shop for him. She reportedly complied and then went into the house while her brother waited outside.After a while, the child’s brother went into the house in search of her and saw the self-employed joiner lying on his sister.He ran out of the house and raised an alarm. The matter was reported to the Police and the joiner was arrested.The victim reportedly told Police that on several occasions she and her brother would visit the suspect’s home and he would give them food and sometimes money.Following the report to the Police, the victim was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where she was examined by a doctor who gave a certificate on his findings.According to a source close to the investigation, the girl’s hymen was ruptured. Police have since prepared a file on the matter as they seek to prosecute the accused.The file will be sent today to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP) for advice.last_img read more

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Karmazin tunes into pay radio price issue

first_imgKarmazin said if a customer today subscribes to both XM and Sirius (an admittedly small number), it would cost him $25.90 a month, in addition to the cost of the two different satellite radio receivers. If the merger were allowed to go through, customers would be able to get programming from both services on their existing radios for less. How much less? Somewhere between $2 and $10 less, he said, but probably closer to the $10 figure. The hearing was largely an academic exercise, as was a similar session at the House Judiciary Committee last week. The panels have little authority over the transaction at this stage. It requires approval by the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Sirius hopes to complete the process within six months to nine months. Among witnesses opposing the merger were Peter Smyth, president and CEO of Greater Media Inc., and Gene Kimmelman of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Smyth, appearing on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters, said the merger would amount to a “government-sanctioned monopoly.” WASHINGTON – Among the chief selling points for consumers if the nation’s only two satellite radio companies are permitted to merge has been that the combined company would offer a much larger selection of programming without increasing prices. Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin dashed those hopes, however, in testimony Wednesday before a House subcommittee. Admitting “there was some confusion” over pricing following his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee the week before, Karmazin said if customers want to get programming from both Sirius and competitor XM Satellite Radio, they will pay more than the usual monthly fee of $12.95. Exactly how much more, he did not say. Karmazin, who would run both companies, was making his second appearance on Capitol Hill in an attempt to rally congressional support for the proposed merger. It will be a tough sell; when the Federal Communications Commission created the satellite radio industry in 1997, it did so on the condition that the two licensees would not merge. 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

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New Animal Health Act Legislation

first_imgThe act, which hasn’t seen changes since 1948, would raise the number of reportable diseases from nine to almost one hundred.Right now, it doesn’t include such diseases as rabies or foot and mouth disease.The legislation would also require ranchers and farmers to provide better training for their employees, as it relates to diseases.- Advertisement -The current maximum penalty for an offense is two-thousand dollars.The revised act would increase that to 75-thousand dollars.last_img

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West Brom 4-0 Burnley: Berahino at the double to sink sorry Clarets

first_img West Brom striker Saido Berahino scores his second goal against Burnley 1 West Brom continued their winning ways as England youngster Saido Berahino’s brace helped secure a commanding 4-0 win over Burnley at the Hawthorns.The Baggies endured a tough start to the new season with only two points from their opening four games, but Alan Irvine’s side followed up last weekend’s surprise 1-0 victory at Tottenham with a brilliant home performance.Thing are less rosy for Sean Dyche’s Burnley, however, who are still yet to record three points on their return to the Premier League.In that sense this was a key game for the Clarets, who are desperate to get off the mark to give themselves any chance of avoiding the drop this season.But from the off it seemed West Brom were the team in gear, though neither side exhibited any killer touch in the final third in a drab opening.Burnley are still searching for a first goal since their 3-1 loss to Chelsea on the opening day of the season, and they were the first to get a clear sight of goal with Michael Kightly blazing an effort over the bar.The Baggies were then close to making the visitors pay for their recklessness in possession, with a quick breakaway seeing Chris Brunt send a wicked left-footed shot towards goal which was deflected wide.Both teams were disciplined at the back but eventually Burnley’s resistance was broken when Craig Dawson, a transfer target for the Clarets last season, put the hosts in front on 30 minutes, the defender’s downward header from a corner bouncing over the bundle of bodies and into the net.The goal gave West Brom an added zip and they would have doubled the deficit with a wonderful goal if it weren’t for a brilliant Tom Heaton save, the goalkeeper tipping a sensational 35-yard Graham Dorrans strike over his crossbar.Not long after, the Baggies increased their lead in almost exactly the same fashion as their opener, with Berahino nodding home from a corner.Dyche attempted to shake things up at the break with the introductions of Ashley Barnes and Clarets debutant Nathaniel Chalobah, on loan from Chelsea, but it took just ten minutes after the restart for Irvine’s side to add another.Berahino, the 21-year-old playing on his own up front, was played through by a brilliant Dorrans pass, with the England Under-21s star finishing in style from just inside the box to complete his double.There was no way back for Burnley, though they did land their first shot on target when Ben Foster was called into action to save Lukas Jutkiewicz’s header.And the result was put well and truly out of doubt when Dorrans capped off a shining performance with a goal of his own late on, the Scotland international drilling home a low shot to leave Burnley rock-bottom of the top flight table.last_img read more

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Di Maria cost more than this Premier League manager’s club have spent in their ENTIRE history

first_img 4 “You can only advise,” he says. “They’re young men, they’re not kids. So we don’t take away Twitter or Facebook from them. They have a choice whether they want to read what’s on social media or in the papers. Some people use it as fuel, some don’t, some people it hurts, some aren’t bothered – they’re the hardest things to define, because when they leave our building we can’t hold their hands.Horse whisperingBut Dyche does, he says, have ways of monitoring his players. “You look at their body language and at the way they’re training,” he explains. “You get the feel of a group, too. From years of playing, you can tell if it’s a lower day or a higher day, if everyone’s buzzing or not – and then you try to twist it accordingly.“Sometimes you leave players alone, because you think they’re in a good place. Other times you need to say something. The hardest thing as a manager can actually be not doing anything, because sometimes players need to be left alone and given that mental freedom. You’re always tempted to go in, though, because your desire is to instigate change in them.”The term ‘man management’, is used a lot in football. Too much, says Dyche: “[The phrase:] ‘He’s a good man manager’ gets thrown around like there’s some mystical reason for it, but often it’s more thought-out than that – and some of it is just common sense. I build on common sense values of respect, pride, passion and honesty. I respect the players and speak to them in an honest and positive manner. Even if it’s not such good news, I try to deliver the positive side of it – I think all those things define man management.“And sometimes it is just the old fashioned arm around the shoulder and saying: ‘You’re doing great, we value you, keep going.’ It can be as simple as that. Other times it’s very complex. I call it horse whispering. You can walk past a player in training and you might say, ‘Fantastic performance on Saturday, just keep enjoying it.’ And that can be enough to really stimulate his growth, because he thinks, ‘I’m in a good place.’ They just need a nudge sometimes.”Dyche says his ideas of coaching were largely formed during his time as Watford’s youth team coach, when he worked with all age groups right down to the under- 12s: “I massively enjoyed my two years there. It helped me define what I thought would work and what wouldn’t.”But it’s these most trying of times that Dyche feels are really shaping him as a manager: “I’m arguably in my biggest growth phase now, because you learn more when things are challenging, and they’re certainly challenging in the Premier League.”Back in the habitAfter suffering a sixth league defeat of the season at the Emirates last weekend, Dyche fell back on his narrative about the “realism” of the Clarets’ challenge, saying of their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal: “There is a reality to our challenge and that is not our reality, that is the top end of the market.”Is Saturday’s home tie against Hull City a more realistic opportunity for three points? “I’d never be disrespectful enough to think you can define it like that,” he replies. “Jose Mourinho said last season that, out of all the leagues he’s managed in, the Premier League is still the most likely to disregard the form book. But, in addition to that, if you’re away at Chelsea with their current form and squad, it’s fair to say the odds go against you more than if you’re at home against whoever. If you look at the league, home form is often a bigger marker for any team. We’ll be looking to enhance our own this weekend; we enjoy playing there.”A major reason for that is the home fans. Having enjoyed the best start to a season in the club’s history last term, Burnley’s supporters are desperate for a victory. “I said we would need them to be positive this season,” says Dyche. “We have needed it, and they have been. I’m not naïve though, despite some real snorts. I know that can only last so long. Fans question things because they want the team to do so well. 4 Sean Dyche 4 With every 90-minute window that passes Burnley by, the potential for panic increases. But Dyche continues to exude a comforting sense of ‘been there, done that’: “I know the realities of what we’re trying to achieve, and I’ve been down this road before. I’ve had a spell here when we didn’t win games; I’ve been at Watford when we didn’t win games. It’s all part and parcel of it.“It’s rare that managers have it comfortable and are winning week after week, year after year. Everyone gets questioned. It’s part of what we know as managers. Does it affect me? Only in the way that my instinct is to win. It has been since I was a kid. It’s what we thrive on – developing others to win. That’s part of your job as a manager, so that’s the part that dents you. But it doesn’t break you. It’s just another knock. And it’s a knock we all wanted. ‘Burnley Football Club in the Premier League’ has still got a nice ring to it. Now it’s about moving it forward.”Getting realThe question is: how? After spending his entire playing career and early days in management fighting for promotion to the next level, how is Dyche now adapting his mentality and that of his players to the challenge of fighting for survival?“Well, we don’t do blind faith,” he states. “We never thought, ‘Oh, we’ll just roll into these places, say hello – we’ve arrived – and roll out with three points and a win. In pre-season, we spoke a lot about what we thought was going to happen – not in terms of results, but in terms of the challenges ahead. But, instinctively, players are designed to win games. They want to win games, so it’s about finding the best way you’ve got of doing that – tactically, technically, mentally and physically.”Dyche talks a lot about the “realities” of life in the Premier League for Burnley – the club with the smallest budget in the division that, according to Dyche, has spent less money on players in their entire history than Manchester United spent on Angel Di Maria this summer (£59.7m).“When I talk about over-thinking, it’s about the journey that myself, the team and the club are on,” says Dyche. “Where it has come from to where it is now. Outside of that you can’t make some big drama because you haven’t won a game. That’s the reality. It’s not like the world’s going to end; it’s just what it is to be in the Premier League. You can get involved in a whole load of opinions and conjecture, but I think it’s more wise to look at the facts, to look at performances and to know what our end product is.”Dyche might be single-minded enough to let the weekly torrent of fan and media opinions wash over him, but can he trust that his players are similarly unaffected? 4 “The secret lies in how long we can allow the players the freedom to go and play – that’s the important thing. The fans have been terrific home and away in doing that, even with the tough times we’ve had in trying to get that first win. They know they’ve got a manager who’s motivated and a group of players giving their lot to win games. They know that, they can see it. But they are thirsty for it, and so are we.“They are used to winning. I’m used to winning, and this group is used to winning. So that’s something we’ve had to get our heads around. We have to get over the first hurdle, not because of our reasons but the outside reasons. As I said, you get one win and all it does is get a story out the way because guess what? You need to get another. I want to win for us, not for some story. I want to win for myself, the staff, the players and the fans – not for the press to have a story to throw around.“It’s true to say there have been massive strides over the last two years at this club, so we can’t start over-thinking every game because there’s been a lot more done than just what’s happening now. But that’s also history. It’s done. And being the greedy manager that I am, I want to win games.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche reflects on the realities of Premier League life at a club punching above its financial weight. This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukOverthinking, says Sean Dyche, is not something anyone at Burnley Football Club can afford to do.“The obvious story is that we haven’t won in however many matches [11 in all competitions],” he says. “But guess what? If you win a game, you have to win another. A lot is made of the first one. But it’s irrelevant in the sense that, if you win one, that doesn’t define the season. You’ve got to win another, then another.”Dyche has just finished his pre-match press conference, where the number of cameras assembled – five, accompanied by a similar number of reporters – is keenly noted by the club’s media manager, who recalls the days not so long ago when only the local news channel would show up to hear the Burnley boss speak.Dyche has plenty to say, calling on his experiences as a player (winning promotion with four of his six clubs, although never to the top-flight), and his coaching education to persuade a roomful of cynical reporters that Burnley can yet make a full recovery.“Everyone knows it’s a huge challenge for any club that gets promoted,” he says. “We haven’t got a massive squad of deep experience in the Premier League. But then everyone thought last year we couldn’t do it with just two strikers; that we couldn’t do it with a squad of 18; that we couldn’t do it because we played at too high a tempo; that we couldn’t do it because the club wasn’t big enough to compete; that we couldn’t do it because in January there’d be trouble with injuries. And we still did it. It’s about finding a way.”last_img read more

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Roger Federer crashes out of US Open

first_img0Shares0000Giant killer: Australia’s John Millman on his way to an upset victory over Roger Federer in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday. © AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZNEW YORK, United States, Sep 3 – Five-time champion Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open on Monday, stunned by 55th-ranked Australian John Millman who booked a quarter-final clash with Serbian star Novak Djokovic.Millman’s 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) triumph scuppered a blockbuster last-four meeting between Federer and two-time US Open champion Djokovic, who had advanced with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Joao Sousa. But Federer suffered his earliest US Open exit since he fell in straight sets to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round in 2013.It was also 20-time major winner Federer’s first loss against a player outside the top 50 in 41 meetings at the US Open.“I’m probably in a little bit of disbelief,” Millman, 29, said after three hours and 35 minutes in the cauldron of Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine.”Federer had set points in both the second and third sets, but troubles with his serve infected his entire game and 77 unforced errors doomed the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the face of a determined attack from Millman.“It was very hot,” said Federer, whose shirt and shorts were wringing wet with sweat most of the night.“I felt I couldn’t get any air and I was sweating more and more and became more and more uncomfortable.“John dealt with it better,” Federer added. “He’s from Brisbane, one of the most humid places in the world!”Millman said he was feeling the nerves of his first Grand Slam fourth round match as he surrendered the first set with a single break of serve.“I felt like a bit of a deer in the headlights to begin with,” said Millman, whose career has been slowed by a string of injuries and three surgeries.“The feet weren’t moving. Roger had it on a string, he was manipulating me around the court.”Although Federer broke first on the way to a 5-3 lead in the second, Millman won the last four games, breaking Federer twice as Federer wasted two set points in the 10th game.Survivor: Novak Djokovic cools off during his win over Joao Sousa in the fourth round of the US Open on Monday. © AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARYFederer upped his game in a tight third set, and had the first chance to claim the set at 6-5 in the tiebreaker. He netted a service return, and Millman converted his second set point to seize a two sets to one lead.When the Swiss great broke for a 4-2 lead in the fourth the Ashe fans were on their feet.But he gave the break back in the next game after slamming an overhead into the bottom of the net on game point.They went to the tiebreaker, where two of Federer’s 10 double faults, followed by a backhand into the net and a wayward forehand gave Millman a 6-1 lead.Federer, looking all of his 37 years, clawed his way through two match points before slapping yet another forehand wide as Millman celebrated.“Today he was definitely not at his best,” Millman said. “But I’ll take it.”And he’ll face another hero in Djokovic for a place in the semi-finals, trying to become the first Australian man to win a Grand Slam since Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon in 2002.“Last time I played him I got three games at Queens,” Millman said. “Let’s hope I get a few more.”– Try to survive –Djokovic, who ended a 54-week title drought with his 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, said he was relieved to get past 68th-ranked Sousa in straight sets, the searing afternoon heat seeming more of a problem than his Portuguese opponent.“You can’t do anything but try to be tough and survive, find a way to win,” Djokovic said.Kei Nishikori, runner-up in 2014, was also pleased to get through in three sets in blazing sunshine on Louis Armstrong Stadium.After racing through the first two sets against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber he dropped his serve while serving for the match at 5-4 in the third, but managed to prevail 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.Nishikori will fight for a semi-final berth against Croatian Marin Cilic, who beat him in the 2014 final.Seventh-seeded Cilic, who needed eight match points in a five-set marathon against Australian teenager Alex de Minaur spilled into Sunday morning survived some tense moments to get past 10th-ranked Belgian David Goffin 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-4.Goffin served for the first set at 5-4 before Cilic went on to win the tiebreaker, sealing it on his third match point.“I was thinking one match point, second match point — I hope it’s not going to the eighth one,” Cilic said,0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Area scientists work on cure for boils

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Roughly 1,300 troops have been bitten by the bug and infected with a disease called leishmaniasis, nicknamed the “Baghdad boil” because it causes large, ugly sores. Another form of the disease isn’t as painful to look at, but it is lethal. A team of scientists from LA BioMed at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is working to find a cure for the disease, which has become a priority of the Department of Defense, government officials say. Cynthia Smith, spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said four of the troops have so far been diagnosed with the deadly visceral form of the parasitic disease, which causes anemia and swelling of the spleen and liver. The majority of cases in the United States are of the milder variety but still vexing – victims develop fleshy sores that usually heal on their own in six months to two years. “We still don’t know a lot about it,” said Dr. Noah Craft, who is leading the team of researchers at the research institute near Torrance. “There are no easy tests to discover (the visceral form) and no great treatments.” Craft first encountered the parasite as a medical student working in Brazil seven years ago. The disease is prevalent in tropical and desert regions of the world, including South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. An estimated 12 million people in 88 countries have been diagnosed with the disease, and about 2 million new cases are diagnosed annually, according to the World Health Organization. It is second only to malaria as the leading cause of death from parasitic disease. With the exception of troops and foreign travelers, the parasite is rare in the United States, but there have been reports of the fly migrating to southern parts of Texas; scientists say it could become more common as global temperatures rise. Still, it is not enough of a concern here to attract mass amounts of research money from the government, and finding a vaccination wouldn’t be a lucrative investment for private pharmaceutical companies, said Dr. Brad Spellberg, also an LA BioMed researcher and leading member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Craft is still waiting for grant funding; for now, the team is working on a cure using grant money from other sources. Researchers are exploring both a vaccine that may prevent the disease and a treatment for those already infected. One of remedies being developed would act similar to a flu shot – people would be given a form of the disease so that they become immune. Another possible treatment involves altering the chemistry of the actual parasite, so that when ingested it immunizes the person but is unable to multiply and destroy organs. Researchers are still about two years away from clinical trials, Craft said. Those now diagnosed with the disease are given poisonous drugs with nasty, sometimes life-threatening side effects. Those with liver or immune system deficiencies often can’t tolerate the current remedy. The treatment is worse in places like the Middle East, scientists say. Because facial scarring that develops when the boils heal is so socially paralyzing, babies are often purposely infected with the parasite so that they develop immunity early with less visible scarring. Victims can develop boils in the mucus membranes and all over the skin where the bug bites them. There are no immediate symptoms with the more deadly form of the disease – when they do arise, it’s usually too late, Craft said. It could be months or years before infected troops are diagnosed. All of the troops so far have been treated successfully, Smith, the defense spokeswoman, said in a written statement. Since becoming more aware of the danger, military officials have urged troops to use bug repellent, wear specially treated uniforms and sleep in enclosures or in bed nets, Smith said. Troops, however, aren’t routinely tested for leishmaniasis when they return. For those who are infected, a cure is still elusive. The fact remains that in times of war, “we suddenly have to understand and deal with the problems of that country,” Craft said. melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEDICINE: As more U.S. troops are infected, LA BioMed team is also focusing on a vaccine to prevent the disease. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER In addition to dodging bullets and fighting insurgents, U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East have another enemy to worry about: the sand fly. last_img read more

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Transportation needs require a real solution

first_imgBut are they? Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, said the five-county region shouldn’t settle for a deal with so many holes in it, and demand something better. He’s right. That’s the best way to do business with the state.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHEN a north-south dispute over bond money for trade-driven transportation erupted earlier this month, state officials found an easy solution: They pretended to find $1 billion to make everyone happy. But like some other state “solutions,” the billion may never materialize. The reason for the generosity was an argument that has been brewing among competing regions over which would get the bulk of money from bonds approved by voters as part of Proposition 1B. Since five Southern California counties handle 85 percent of the state’s trade, officials here thought the region should get 85 percent of the money, which would amount to $1.7 billion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut three other regions, San Diego, the Bay Area and the Central Valley, lined up with their hands out. The problem, as usual, is that there are too many needs and too few resources. But the California Trade Commission’s solution did not offer a real fix. It merely put fictitious money in the pot to shut up the arguing. The trouble is that half of that extra billion is supposed to come from revenue sources that are less than certain, and the other half probably would have gone to the five-county region anyway. The five counties, L.A., Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino, aren’t happy. A spokesman for the unified counties, Roger Snoble, CEO of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, complained that the rest of California doesn’t understand the region’s dire circumstances. Still, Snoble said, at least the five counties are getting about what they wanted. last_img read more

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Liverpool target Croatian starlet – but face battle with AC Milan and Juventus

first_img1 Liverpool face competition from AC Milan and Juventus for Croatian forward Marko Pjaca.Jurgen Klopp has been keeping a close watch on the Dinamo Zagreb man since he took over at Anfield in October and wants Liverpool to make a bid this summer.The 21-year-old hit six goals in the final two months of last season for his club to cement his place in the Croatia national team for the Euro 2016 and attract further interest from Liverpool.An offer of around £14m is set to be enough to persuade Dinamo into selling their young star, but Liverpool have yet to meet that asking price and now have to beat two other clubs to his signature.According to Sky Italia, AC Milan and Juventus both sent scouts to Croatia’s 2-1 win over Spain last week and were impressed by Pjaca’s display.The two Italian heavyweights are now ready to make contact with Dinamo in the coming weeks, with a bidding war against Liverpool becoming increasingly likely. Marko Pjaca last_img read more

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