Poll: Is this the most underwhelming England squad you can remember?

first_imgThe likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin and Ryan Mason were called up to the Three Lions squad for upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers – are they good enough?The Drive lads want your thoughts!Cast you votes now… 1 England internationals Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin last_img

Birmingham set to ward off interest by extending manager’s contract

first_img1 Manager Gary Rowett has revealed he is in contract talks with Birmingham to extend his deal.The 41-year-old is currently on a 12-month rolling contract at St Andrew’s but the club are looking to tie him down. QPR and Fulham both wanted Rowett as their new manager after he has taken Blues from the Championship relegation zone to the play-offs in just over a year after joining from Burton.“We have been talking to the club for five or six weeks about potentially solidifying that relationship going forward for me and my staff,” Rowett told the club’s official website.“The club have recognised where we were 12 months ago and we have kind of shown our value.“Two or three weeks ago it was a case of having lost Cotts (David Cotterill) and Clayton (Donaldson). One of my big concerns then was how are we going to kick on now?“What the club have actually done is show me that we’re going to at least try and be competitive moving forward and I think that’s important and I’m thankful for them for trying to do that.“That certainly hasn’t been done because of the speculation.” The 41-year-old is currently on a 12-month rolling contract at St Andrew’s last_img read more

‘What is the point?!’ Tottenham fans baffled by new signing reports

first_img1 Tottenham, it has been reported, are on the verge of signing Moussa Dembele from Fulham.The French striker is likely to move in a switch worth £6million, while the player will also return to the Cottagers on loan until the end of the season.But Spurs fans aren’t so happy about a deal for the 19-year-old hotshot who has scored nine goals in the Championship, and you can find out why in our round up of the Twitter reaction below… Moussa Dembele in action for Fulham last_img

£29m man to continue up front for Liverpool? – Predicted XI v Sunderland

first_img 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 7. James Milner (left wing) 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 11 11 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (striker) Liverpool take on Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.With the Reds hoping to put pressure on the Premier League’s top six and the Black Cats looking to escape the drop zone, the clash has all the ingredients to be one of the most exciting of the weekend’s schedule.Jurgen Klopp’s men did suffer a dreary 2-0 defeat to title-leaders Leicester City at the beginning of the week, though, so could the German manager opt for some changes or will he remain loyal to his previous XI?Will Christian Benteke, who scored the winner in the reverse fixture at the end of last year, be thrown back into action?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool starting line up v Sunderland by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 14. Jordan Henderson (right wing) 11 20. Adam Lallana (attacking midfield) 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 21. Lucas Leiva (centre midfield) 11 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) last_img read more

Clinton builds national lead, but Iowa race is close

first_imgShe still has obstacles to surmount before winning her party’s nomination. She must convince skeptical Democrats eager to reclaim the White House that she can win a general election. She must walk a fine line between embracing her husband’s legacy and projecting independence and an ability to bring change to Washington. Most important, she must win or come in a close second in Iowa; otherwise, her sense of inevitability will vanish. Obama Despite his charisma, crowd appeal and early opposition to the Iraq war, the Illinois senator’s support has remained essentially flat for months and has begun to drop in some key areas. He is popular among upscale, educated voters, but the poll indicates Clinton still holds a 12-point lead in that group. While he hopes to be the first black president, and his strategy relies in part on blacks coming out for him, his support among black voters has dropped by 5 percentage points since the last survey. Obama still has strengths to draw on as the race enters its final stretch. He has significant financial resources to invest heavily in the early states. His message of hope and change resonates among voters eager to move on from the hyper-partisan Bush and Clinton years. His strong field operation in Iowa makes him highly competitive there. But the freshman senator has liabilities, especially the lingering concern among many voters that he lacks the experience necessary to govern in a dangerous world. He can be somewhat remote and chilly as a campaigner, making an intellectual connection with voters rather than an emotional one. He has been known to cut off voters when their questions go on too long and can appear weary of the endless glad-handing and other rituals of retail politics. Edwards While his national numbers show him badly trailing Clinton and Obama, Edwards remains strong in Iowa and is counting on a good showing there to fuel momentum in other states. The multimillionaire lawyer has adopted a tough, populist tone, pledging to fight poverty and challenging members of Congress to refuse health insurance until they pass a law to bring coverage to everyone. He has railed against lobbyists and other Beltway power brokers, and has gone further than other candidates in depicting Clinton as a charter member of the Washington establishment. Edwards has deployed his popular wife, Elizabeth, to take on Clinton more directly than he can. Among other things, Elizabeth Edwards has said Clinton is too polarizing to be elected and would not be a strong champion for women in the White House. But Edwards faces formidable challenges. He has had to compete with Obama to position himself as the strongest “anti-Clinton” candidate in the field; that is a difficult task given Obama’s celebrity and record fundraising success. Edwards’ own fundraising has lagged, and he recently announced he would accept federal matching funds, which will limit what he can spend in each state. He has little campaign infrastructure outside Iowa and his candidacy probably cannot survive a defeat there. The rest The other Democratic contenders have struggled in a race so dominated by the top tier. Richardson has built a relatively strong organization in Iowa and is counting on his long resume in Washington and as a Western state governor to win over voters. Biden and Dodd have recently directed their limited campaign resources almost entirely to Iowa, where they are hoping for one of the front-runners to slip and allow an opening.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe rest of the candidates are redoubling their efforts in Iowa, hoping a good showing there will give them a “bounce” into the later states. The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for Jan. 14; they are all but certain to move up. A closer look at the AP-Ipsos poll: Clinton The New York senator draws support from women, blacks and voters without a college degree. She has neutralized what was expected to be a major liability – her vote in favor of the Iraq war. She no longer is heckled on the campaign trail for that vote and has managed to persuade many anti-war Democrats that she would move quickly to end the conflict as president. Clinton has worked hard to convince voters that she is not the brittle, calculating figure she long has been portrayed. While she does not have the intuitive campaign skills of her husband, voters say she has impressed them with her warmth, ready smile and willingness to spend hours taking questions, chatting and shaking hands. A bona fide celebrity, Clinton never tires of posing for cell-phone photos with starry-eyed fans. NEW YORK – Hillary Rodham Clinton has strengthened her position as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. But her strong showing nationally belies a much closer race in Iowa, where she is in a tight three-way contest with Barack Obama and John Edwards. A new AP-Ipsos poll shows Clinton ahead of Obama, her closest rival, by more than 20 points – 46 percent to 25 percent. The rest of the field is in single digits: Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, pulled in 9 percent. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden each had 2 percent and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd 1 percent. Only Clinton and Obama have the deep financial resources to compete in the early contests and in the crush of big states holding primaries Feb. 5. last_img read more

Failure to educate today creates health dangers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And if they do make it through to graduation, will they merely collect a meaningless diploma, or will they actually be suitably prepared for college and the work force of their day? According to the Kaiser-Wellness report, too many of today’s students aren’t passing the basic math and science courses necessary for a career in medicine. And a high proportion of graduates who enter the field quit when they find themselves unprepared for the demands of the job. As a result, some allied health professions are seeing shortages of students as high as 85 percent. We’ve long known that in failing to reform our schools, we were cheating our children. But as we produce graduates unqualified to care for their seniors, we are also cheating ourselves. Left unchecked, today’s education crisis will be tomorrow’s crisis in health care. THE vast, widely documented failings of public education in California ought to make us uneasy. And in due time, they’ll make us sick, too – literally. A study funded by Kaiser Permanente and the California Wellness Association found that due to various causes – most notably a lack of education – California is not producing enough well-trained students today to be the medical professionals of tomorrow. The results could be disastrous in a state whose senior-citizen population is expected to grow by 3.2 million by 2020 – a mere 13 years away. That year, incidentally, is the same one in which California’s current crop of kindergartners is slated to graduate from high school. Will they? Or, like their peers before them, will they continue to drop out at horrific rates? 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

City trims $347,600 fine for pruning

first_imgGLENDALE – City government has rescinded a $347,600 fine it levied on a local couple for pruning 13 trees around their home and is looking to change the city’s indigenous tree law on which the costly fine was based, officials said. Homeowners Michael and Ann Collard of Whiting Woods Road broke the law when they pruned the 13 trees, city officials had said. Pricey fines against the Collards and a half-dozen other homeowners were arrived at through a formula in an ordinance the City Council is scheduled to discuss on Dec. 18 with a view toward change. The ordinance protects oaks, sycamores and bay laurels that are native to the region. Fines under the ordinance were increased earlier this year because developers had been cutting down trees and paying the fine routinely as just another business cost, officials said. City officials had asked John Oppenheim, another homeowner, to pay $170,000 for destroying trees on his property, said Bob McFall, assistant city manager. But the Oppenheim case and others have been put on hold while the city re-examines its indigenous tree ordinance, Howard said. Unlike the trees that the Collards pruned, the trees on Oppenheim’s property were destroyed, McFall said. “It seems unlikely that he would end up paying $170,000,” McFall said. “But again, the facts in that case seem to be significantly different from the facts in the Collards’ case.” [email protected] 818-546-3304160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn the case of the Collards, the city attorney says he will not pursue either a civil penalty or a criminal action. “We are not seeking any civil penalty,” said City Attorney Scott Howard. “That means not only no $347,000. That means no $100,000. That means no $20,000, no $10,000.” What it means, Howard said, is that he plans to have a meeting with the Collards and their attorney before the end of the year to talk about how and why the trees were pruned. Howard said he does not know what to expect from the meeting. In the past, similar meetings have resulted in anything from a case being closed to a fine of $250. “We are cautiously optimistic. We still have to have a sit-down with the city attorney, and so I think once we do that, we will throw the (celebration) party,” said Ann Collard, 35. “This is definitely good news, and it feels like things are moving in the right direction.” last_img read more

San Francisco gift exchange gets guns off street

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A man carrying a semiautomatic handgun approached a group of San Francisco police officers Saturday afternoon and, with a smile, handed over the pistol in exchange for $150 in gift cards. “I used to fire it at bottles or do some plinking in the woods,” said the gun’s owner, 48-year-old Bruce Bourne. “But I have a 6-year-old daughter now and my wife was uncomfortable with it being in the house.” For a few hours on a sunny yet brisk Saturday, San Francisco police officers accepted 100 guns from about 80 people in the city’s second “Gifts for Guns” event. The first event in July brought in 117 handguns and two shotguns. The idea is to make the streets seem a little safer when the city’s murder rate has risen in recent years – San Francisco has had at least 89 homicides so far this year. Participants received $100 gift cards for rifles or shotguns, $150 cards for revolvers or semiautomatic pistols and $200 cards for assault-type weapons like AK-47s. But not everyone participating in the gun program Saturday believed it was helpful. Peter Buxtun, a 70-year-old gun advocate, turned in two pistols Saturday that he said were worthless. He collected $300 in gift cards. “You can buy junk guns for $10 and then use the gift cards to buy new guns,” he said. “I saw a half-dozen uniformed SF police officers taken off the street to sit for hours in a City Hall photo-op, instead of patrolling certain drug-ridden and gang-infested neighborhoods.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAmong the 100 guns collected Saturday were four assault rifles and two sawed-off shotguns, said Mikail Ali, director of the mayor’s office of criminal justice. As Ali discussed the city’s efforts to curb violence another man walked up with a large, black gun case. He took out a black assault rifle with a folding stock and pistol grip and turned it in. “Twenty years ago you could buy a gun like that legally in California. Some were registered properly, some weren’t,” Ali said. California law makes owning an assault weapon illegal, but Gifts for Guns allows people to turn in their firearms without showing identification, and officials promise not to ask any questions about the guns’ origins. Once in police custody the guns are checked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to see if they were stolen. Ali said 99 percent of the guns recovered are destroyed and, if the guns were stolen, they are returned to their owners if possible. last_img read more


first_imgKnock Airport.Thousands of Donegal residents regularly frequent Knock Airport every year because of its brilliant cheap offers on exotic destinations.Well now management at Knock Airport are set to reward you even further by offering passengers a whopping 30% off parking when you book online.Ireland West Airport Knock have launched a special car parking promotion for Donegal residents who book their car parking online on www.irelandwestairport.com. For a one week period from 25th February to March 4th 2015 – all online car park bookings made during this period using the promo code ‘DONEGAL’ will automatically save 30% on the normal gate rate price for parking at the airport.In 2015 Ireland West Airport Knock will have services to over 20 International destinations.The airport offers the largest choice of UK destinations from any airport along the Western seaboard, with over 100 weekly flights to and from key UK markets such as London Luton and Stansted with Ryanair, London Gatwick with Aer Lingus, Manchester and Birmingham with Flybe and Bristol, East Midlands and Liverpool with Ryanair.The airport has become a popular gateway for sun breaks with the addition of a number of new services to European hotspots including weekly services in 2015, starting in April, to the likes of Alicante (twice weekly), Barcelona (twice weekly) Croatia (weekly) Faro-Algarve (three times weekly) Lanzarote, (weekly) Malaga (weekly) Milan (twice weekly) and Tenerife (weekly). Which have proved hugely popular with holidaymakers from all over Ireland, with increasing numbers opting for Ireland West Airport due to the convenience, value for money and hassle free nature of travelling from the airport.Commenting on this new initiative for Donegal residents, Donal Healy, Marketing Manager, said, “With savings of 30% on your airport car parking theres never been a better time for Donegal people to fly from Ireland West Airport Knock.“We are now attracting more and more passengers from the Donegal region as they recognise the value for money, convenience and most importantly the increasing range of low fares flights to attractive European destinations now available from the airport’.“Further advantages of booking your online parking at the airport means you can also benefit from parking your car onsite, within minutes walk of the terminal.“Whilst all car park spaces are available at the online price – with no price difference between short term and long term parking. To avail of this special car parking promotion at Ireland West Airport Knock book online at www.irelandwestairport.com using the promo code ‘DONEGAL’. Offer ends March 4th 2015.DONEGAL PASSENGERS CAN SAVE UP TO 30% BY BOOKING ONLINE AT KNOCK AIRPORT was last modified: February 25th, 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:BusinessFeaturesKnock AirportnewsParkinglast_img read more

Klopp: Balotelli has been world class in training but he has NO Liverpool future

first_img Mario Balotelli 1 Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mario Balotelli is not part of his plans at Liverpool.The Italian striker has made just 16 Premier League appearances, scoring one goal, since joining the Merseyside club in August 2014 for a fee of £16m.He was shipped out on loan to AC Milan last season but struggled to make an impact at the San Siro and has now returned to England.The 25-year-old has joined Klopp’s first-team squad for pre-season training, but did not feature in the first warm-up game of the summer against Tranmere on Friday.And, while Klopp has been impressed by Balotelli’s application and talent in training, he has told the forward it is best for him to move on.Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the German said: “Since he has been back here, he’s been a good guy and I can’t say anything different than that. It’s not that he’s come back and said: ‘who’s the boss, I’m the boss, no sorry it’s you’. It’s not been that at all.“Everything’s been good, it’s all OK, and now he’s here we will do everything we can to get him fit.“When we have done the crossing, heading and stuff (in training), he’s been world class. But this is not a situation where he should be battling with other players like this for one position so it’s clear we need a solution.“There will be a club around who would be happy to have a new Mario Balotelli if you like.“I have spoken clearly to the player about that. I know we can’t talk about a lot of things because one agent says ‘we want to stay’, and another says ‘we have had 10 offers so we have to leave’.“But in this case it’s obvious. It’s now time to make decisions and I try to help Mario to get in the best shape he can be in and we will see what happens.”last_img read more