Month: December 2019

Manchester United need a ‘special’ striker alongside Wayne Rooney, says former Red Devils star

first_imgRaimond van der Gouw believes Manchester United are missing a ‘special’ striker.Louis van Gaal has put his faith in Wayne Rooney to lead the attack this season having allowed Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao to leave Old Trafford.Rooney has struggled to make an impact in the main striking role in United’s opening two games of the season and van der Gouw feels his old club may need to enter the transfer market to land a top-class forward.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former goalkeeper said: “You need a good striker but you also need something special, something extra and maybe they need one [of those type of players].“I thought they had very good strikers but most of them are gone. I think they need an extra striker.”Van der Gouw also believes a new goalkeeper may NOT be needed if David de Gea departs for Real Madrid.With the Spaniard sidelined by Van Gaal amid the ongoing speculation over his future, Sergio Romero has been between the sticks and the Argentine has impressed Van der Gouw.“I know him from Holland and he gave me a good impression,” the Dutchman said.“He has played two games and has got two clean sheets. He is playing very well at the moment. “last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – West Ham set for top ten, Newcastle heading for relegation?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman was impressed by West Ham’s performance in their 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night and reveals the Hammers are now 5/2 to finish in the Premier League’s top ten.Newcastle, meanwhile, are 9/4 to be relegated from the top-flight after the loss at Upton Park saw them slump to the bottom of the table.Clare also looks ahead to the Champions League action on Tuesday night, with Manchester City hosting Juventus and Manchester United travelling to PSV Eindhoven.City are 3/4 to kick off their campaign with a win, while United are priced at 5/4 to see off their Dutch opponents.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Watford 0-3 Arsenal: Gunners see off Hornets with a clinical second-half performance

first_img1 Alexis Sanchez A deadly 12 minutes helped Arsenal to make it five wins out of their last six Premier League games when they won 3-0 at Watford.Arsene Wenger’s side followed up the 3-0 victory over Manchester United with the same scoreline at Vicarage Road, but it did not reflect Watford’s performance.The visitors started brighter, but Quique Sánchez Flores’ men grew into the game and they were unlucky not to be leading at the break. They came out buoyed in the second half, but once Arsenal broke the deadlock, the flow of the game changed.The Gunners, who netted in quick succession in the win over Louis van Gaal’s men before the international break, took the lead through Alexis Sanchez, who has been with the Chile squad.Substitute Olivier Giroud soon doubled their tally, before Aaron Ramsey added another for Arsenal’s third goal in just 12 minutes.Arsenal nearly took the lead after a promising start. Ramsey crossed from deep, but Theo Walcott’s header was tame, allowing Heurelho Gomes to get down well to make the save.Gomes was on hand again minutes later, this time denying Sanchez, who arrowed a dipping shot from 20 yards.Watford attacked at pace, with Petr Cech making a good stop at the other end to prevent the lively Troy Deeney from getting onto the scoresheet. The Hornets captain had started well, displaying a tireless work-rate by closing down Arsenal players.The striker had another chance to open the scoring as the ball fell to him in the box after 17 minutes, following good wing play by Ikechi Anya, and Deeney hesitated before Laurent Koscielny closed him down.As Watford grew into the game, another fast attack saw their front two through on goal, with only Koscielny to beat en route to goal. Deeney tried to play it across the box and the French defender made a vital interception to deny Ighalo.  Ighalo could have netted soon after, as he dragged a shot wide when he was virtually through on goal. He tried to make amends by sliding a pass across the box, but Hector Bellerin cleared.Arsenal pressed for an early second-half goal, with Mesut Ozil bursting down the left of the box, squaring across the six-yard box but Sebastian Prödl was well placed.Vicarage Road started to sense the game was there for the taking and they got behind the Hornets as the tempo of the game increased.Arsenal broke the deadlock shortly after the hour mark, when Ozil looked to be through before he was blocked and the ball fell fortuitously to Chilean Sanchez, who coolly dinked the ball over Gomes.The Gunners soon doubled their lead, Giroud converting moments after replacing Walcott, after Ozil crossed, with the Frenchman coolly volleying into the roof of the net with his right foot.  It took just six minutes for Arsenal to net a third, when Bellerin made a dangerous run inside from the right, laying off the Welshman in the box, who coolly slotted past Gomes, albeit with a slight deflection.Stopper Gomes was on hand to stop a dangerous header by Giroud late on, but Arsenal’s three strikes took the sting out of the match, as they now turn their attention to Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini reveals Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is ‘very concerned’

first_img1 Vincent Kompany Vincent Kompany is very worried by his latest injury lay-off, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.The City captain has struggled with persistent calf problems this season and is expected to be out until at least the end of February.Kompany returned to action as a substitute against Sunderland on Boxing Day only to have to leave the pitch nine minutes later.The defender has started just eight Premier League games this season, and the fact City have conceded one goal in those matches indicates his importance to the team.The cause of Kompany’s breakdowns is as yet a mystery, with the 29-year-old consulting different specialists in an effort to find an answer.Pellegrini said: “He is very concerned, which is why he’s trying to recover as soon as he can. He’s doing all different examinations to try and understand the reasons why he is having so many injuries.“Of course he wants to play. He is a very professional player. He is the first one who is very worried about his situation, which is why he is going everywhere to ask different specialists what is the reason.“I think that is the professional way to work when you have problems that don’t allow you to play in your normal way. I think you must find every way to see if you can find a solution.“Maybe there’s not a solution or maybe this can be his last injury but I think he has a very good attitude and he is doing everything he can to return as soon as he can.”Pellegrini accepts it is not ideal to have a captain that is unable to influence matches but he is not thinking of replacing Kompany.The City boss said: “I think if he is the captain it is because he deserves to be the captain. Of course, it’s better to have a captain that is always (playing).“But I think he deserves to have a lot of support at this time and not try to criticise by taking the captaincy away.“I think that as a captain it’s better to be in front of your team every game but you can also work a lot during the week as a captain when you are injured.”last_img read more

2nd man guilty in 1999 death

first_imgThe ex-Pacoima resident was accused of helping kidnap clothing store owner Christopher Rawlings, who wore a diamond-encrusted Rolex watch. Authorities said two masked men followed Rawlings to his Woodland Hills home on Feb. 8, 1999, and forced him into the trunk of his Bentley. The pair also stole jewelry and other items from the home and fled in the Bentley. Police officers arrived as the Bentley was leaving and pursued it. During the chase, the Bentley hit another vehicle in Tarzana, crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Rawlings was thrown from the trunk and hit a brick wall. He died at a hospital two days later. Graham fled but was arrested in Florida in 2004. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERDICT: Attackers stole from man’s Woodland Hills home and then forced him into his car’s trunk. By The Associated Press A second man was convicted of murdering a San Fernando Valley businessman who was stuffed in the trunk of his Bentley and died as his kidnappers fled police eight years ago. Boris Graham, 37, was convicted Friday in Superior Court and could face life in prison without possibility of parole. During trial, jurors were told that DNA evidence linked him to a ski mask found in the exotic car. last_img read more

Modifying Whittier Blvd. plans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The council’s biggest disagreement was over how many of the businesses at the Colima Road intersection to include as commercial. The area – including a McDonald’s Restaurant and Ralphs Grocery Store – was included in the plan as residential, but Collier said it should be commercial. “The economist our consultant used wasn’t as bullish as I would have liked to see,” Collier said. But council members divided on how much of the area should be included as commercial. Councilman Greg Nordbak said he wanted to see the Whittier Hospital Medical Center included as residential. Should the hospital ever close, it would be a natural buffer area to the nearby homes, Nordbak said. Mayor Owen Newcomer said he thought the property could be used as offices. Councilman Joe Vinatieri said he was concerned that a residential designation would prevent the hospital from ever becoming a long-term care facility. Two other areas of Whittier Boulevard also need to be redesignated. The Arco AM-PM at Scott Avenue and the shopping center behind it weren’t even included in the Whittier Boulevard Specific Plan. “We think the consultant thought it was in Whittwood and it’s not,” Collier said. Another small shopping center, 13583-13601 Whittier Blvd., was included in the auto dealership area when it should have been in the shopping area, he said. In two other areas on the boulevard, changes are needed in order to attract tenants, Collier said. A vacant lot in front of the Stater Bros. at Sorensen Avenue has a requirement for a minimum 5,000-square-foot building. “Obviously our desire isn’t for smaller buildings on the street, but all you can fit on there is a 1,500-square-foot business,” Collier said. The owner wants to bring in a business, such as a Panda Express, he said. The plan requires parking to be in the back and side of the building on the vacant Stats property near Russell Street. But retailers say they want parking in front, Collier said. “On paper or in a new development area (the specific plan parking proposal) works out nice, but when you go onto an existing site, it makes it very difficult to redevelop a property,” he said. “If we really want to see retailers come in here, we have to make changes.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Two years after approving a plan to renovate Whittier Boulevard, city officials are finding it needs some cleanup work. Problems range from oversights to some proposals that are turning out to be impractical. “You do a plan like this and … you only start seeing issues after the plan has been in place for a year or two years,” said Jeff Collier, director of community development, who brought the issues to the City Council at a Tuesday study session. The changes the council reached consensus on won’t come back to them for official approval for several months, Collier said. last_img read more

No HMOs `excellent’ in state, but HealthNet, Kaiser ranked ‘good’ in study

first_imgNo groups based primarily in the San Fernando Valley were rated excellent – although eight in the Valley were rated “poor.” But several consumer and doctor organizations criticized the state’s methodology in the rating – and said the results actually should have been worse. “This report paints a picture of the for-profit HMOs that is far rosier than the reality that most patients and doctors who deal with and experience HMOs on a regular basis have seen,” said Dr. Anmol S. Mahal, president of the California Medical Association. Mahal said the survey is based primarily on data collected by the HMOs and medical groups themselves and should also have included input from doctors and nurses and more data from patients. Beth Abbott, a project director with Health Access California, said it is worrisome that no HMOs in California received the top rating – and have shown little improvement from last year’s survey. “It’s nice … but are we actually helping people make better health care choices?” Abbott asked. “It’s hard to say. It doesn’t look like it is.” “It’s not clear to what extent medical groups and HMOs are looking at this and saying `Oh, my God, we rank in the bottom quartile; we have to do something about this.”‘ The nine largest HMOs represent 95 percent of the state’s HMO enrollees. Ratings for the survey assessed how the HMOs met a series of national standards for care and were rated by their patients. Factors included preventive measures with diabetes patients, steps to control patients’ high blood pressure and cholesterol, and types of follow-up steps for patients with mental illness, heart attacks and other conditions. The patient survey looked at factors such as how members rated their HMO’s ability to communicate, provide customer service and provide quick appointments. The report card also evaluated more than 200 medical groups throughout California. In the San Fernando Valley, roughly 10 groups were evaluated, and most scored were rated either “good” or “fair.” Five medical groups in Los Angeles County received “excellent” ratings: Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Kaiser Permanente’s groups in South Bay, Bellflower, West Los Angeles and Baldwin Park. Dr. Michael Nelson, medical director for the Facey Medical Group, which has 10 locations in the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valley, said health organizations take the survey seriously. Facey Medical Group was rated “good” in meeting national standards, but was rated “fair” in the patient survey. Nelson said he believes the lower patient rating was due, in part, to a shortage of doctors that resulted in patients having to wait longer for appointments. “I look at that as a challenge and an opportunity,” Nelson said. “Our biggest problem has been accessibility – getting patients in as soon as they feel they need to see us. “Maybe to some degree, it’s a measure of success. It’s certainly something we are geared toward improving through physician recruitment.” Dr. Joel Hyatt, assistant regional medical director for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, said the organization was pleased to be among the top-ranked HMOs and medical groups. He said that one reason no HMOs received the top rating is that the categories sometimes change from year to year and organizations must adjust their practices. He said that a few years ago, after the state added blood-pressure control to its list of measures, Kaiser scored below 50 percent. Kaiser focused on the issue and was rated the highest among the nine HMOs in this year’s report card. “That’s the pressure of public reporting,” he said. “It focuses a spotlight on areas that should be of interest to consumers.” harrison.sheppard (916) 446-6723160Want 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.“If I’m a health plan, if I’m a medical group, that’s going to get my attention,” said S. Kimberly Belshe, the state’s Health and Human Services secretary. “Because you know what? I want business. And it’s going to create incentives for me to do a better job so that I can be the one plan or one of a handful of plans that has the four stars. “So this kind of information is absolutely indispensable to driving change in the health care system and improving performance.” The $500,000 study – funded by fees health providers pay to the state – also assessed individual medical groups. A handful of medical groups received top ratings, but several also received “poor” ratings. In Los Angeles County, five medical groups were rated “excellent” – but 21 were rated “poor.” SACRAMENTO – California’s nine largest health maintenance organizations are generally performing well on national standards for medical care but still are falling short of exceptional service, according to a state rating report released Thursday. Not a single HMO received the highest rating in the annual report by the state’s Office of the Patient Advocate, which reviewed everything from percentage of patients screened for various types of cancer to patient follow-up care. While no HMO received an “excellent” rating, Woodland Hills-based HealthNet and Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California and Southern California regions received “good” ratings. The remaining six HMOs received “fair” ratings. last_img

For these scientists, it isn’t easy being clean

first_img• Photo Gallery: Clean room • Video: Clean room LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – A constant war is under way to protect other planets from contamination. On one side are NASA engineers in hair nets, blue booties, gloves and polyester lab coats – all to protect the spacecraft they are building. Their foes are hordes of bacteria invaders. But even in the cleanest of clean rooms, the bacteria always win. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A team of scientists has shown that facilities at JPL, Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center harbor a rich bounty of bacterial life – despite frequent scouring, air filtration and dry, inhospitable conditions. Half of the bacteria the scientists discovered – including some tough species immune to normal cleaning techniques – had never been described before. The find, said scientists, will help NASA fine-tune its spacecraft scrubbing procedures and build a library of the stubborn bugs that might one day confuse scientists by contaminating samples from other worlds. “Are we identifying new risks? I don’t think we are,” said Andy Spry, head of JPL’s planetary protection group. “They’ve always been there. We just haven’t looked for them.” Ever since NASA began shipping spacecraft to other worlds, researchers have fretted that microscopic adventurers might sneak an interplanetary ride – and survive the trip. In the search for life on other planets, keeping the tiny tourists away would be crucial to avoid confusing them for natives. Most bacteria launched into space, toasted by the sun and zapped with solar radiation, would have “a very low risk for surviving the spacecraft journey,” Spry said. But with stakes so high, the international Committee on Space Research, or COSPAR, has established strict standards for spacecraft cleanliness. The severity of the restrictions depend upon how easy it would be for life to survive at the mission’s destination. “The moon is just dead – there’s no planetary protection concern,” Spry said. “Venus is a very chemically aggressive and thermally aggressive environment – we really don’t have to worry about terrestrial organisms getting there.” On Mars, however, with its relatively balmy temperatures and hints of the presence of liquid water, it’s a different story. Places on the Red Planet, such as stream gullies, that might be wet enough to support life are considered special – off-limits to all but exceedingly clean craft. The current pair of rovers, for instance, would not pass muster. That’s not to say that the rovers aren’t very clean, though. For them and the other robotic explorers visiting less hospitable places on the planet, NASA enforces a maximum level of contamination, measured in the number of spores of the common, rod-shaped bacteria bacillus on board. An entire spacecraft, such as the rovers or the Mars Science Laboratory, may contain only 300,000 bacillus spores – “something like the level of contamination of an apple you would pick off the tree,” Spry said. By contrast, the Mars Science Laboratory, a rover launching in 2009, will be about the size of a Mini Cooper. The number of wayward spores has been carefully calculated to make it very unlikely that any bacteria would reach the planet and survive there. It’s one JPL employee’s full-time job, Spry said, to tabulate how clean every piece of the spacecraft must be to ensure the spore limit is not exceeded. But as research showed, bacillus spores aren’t the only invaders in the NASA clean rooms where spacecraft are assembled. Among the microbial zoo were many that commonly reside on human skin, as well as blue-green aquatic bacteria, radiation-resistant bacteria, bacteria of the genus Acinetobacter (which cause wound infections, pneumonia and meningitis) and several species adept at making a living in barren environments. “A bacterial strain that was originally found at deep sea at 2,500 meters (1.6 miles), the second place we found it was in the JPL clean room,” said Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a JPL microbiologist and one of the studies’ authors. However, he added, “if you look for it, it may be in your kitchen, too.” It all goes to show, Spry said, that when it comes to bacteria – and despite efforts to the contrary – “everything is everywhere.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 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

Saving planet and celebrating holiday can go hand in hand

first_imgWes Novotny loves the environment. He also loves big, crazy Christmas-light displays. What to do? He drives a hybrid, recycles and religiously monitors his thermostat to keep his energy usage to a minimum. But then there’s Christmas – a time for joy, presents and, most of all, lights! He spends his entire year planning, designing and making his elaborate creations, done up in themes of Charlie Brown, the Simpsons and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Seventy-one percent of shoppers say it’s important to purchase products that won’t wreck the planet, according to, a comparison-shopping Web site. Seventeen percent are willing to pay more for environmentally sensitive gifts, according to Deloitte & Touche’s annual holiday survey. Perhaps it’s all the talk of global warming. Or the spreading scope of organic groceries. Or Leonardo DiCaprio rolling in a Prius and Madonna rocking out at Live Earth. “It’s probably the first year it’s been a big topic,” said Ron LaPierre, president of Westwood-based Pricegrabber. “We’ve been monitoring the interest for quite some time, but this is our first holiday where we’re really talking about it. “There’s been a lot of interest from people: Are there little steps I can take or is it a massive commitment?” To justify his fantastic setup, Novotny does both. In addition to his Light Emitting Diode bulbs – which use 90percent less power and can last 200 times as long as incandescent bulbs – he recycles pieces of wood and fake snow from previous displays. To conserve energy, he invested $15,000 in new windows to better insulate the two-story home at Ash Court and Deodar Place. He also mandates even stricter conservation methods when the outdoor display is turned on. “Yeah, we keep the house lights turned off, and we freeze at night,” said a grinning John Fosterling, who shares the house with Novotny and Novotny’s mom, Jean. As a result, even with a setup that dominates the entire front of the house, their December power bill is usually about $100. And that’s how it should be, said Richard Giss, a partner of retail in Deloitte & Touche’s Los Angeles office. The professional services firm’s annual holiday survey found that almost one in five consumers will purchase more eco-friendly products this season than in the past, while 17percent will shop at more green retailers. “First and foremost, people will indulge themselves at this time of year,” Giss said. “But there’s nothing that says you can’t do both.” When people feel that sense of luxury from a green product, then it’ll really be successful, he said. That’s borne out by Pricegrabber’s numbers – half of the 10 most popular flat-screen TVs its users seek out carry the EnergyStar efficiency rating. Demand for similar products swelled so much this year that the company started to handle searches for eco-gifts and donates 5percent of the site’s profits to environmentally friendly charities. Pick local organic goods Beyond just lights and presents, people can go green in their food choices, as well. The Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter recommends opting for locally grown and raised organic food to cut down on pesticides and shipping-related pollution. Spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson said the same goes for Christmas trees – or decorators could opt to hang their ornaments on bushes and plants around the house instead. As for the loot below those pine alternatives, 20percent of respondents in Deloitte’s survey will consider ditching wrapping presents altogether to save paper. “If it were just me, I’d have no gifts, but my stepmom likes to give gifts, so we do it,” said Zan Dubin Scott, organizer of Renewable L.A., a local conservation group. “We try to wrap our presents in newspaper or a grocery bag or scrapbooking material.” Not so long ago, that would have seemed a little odd, something reserved for Lisa Simpson or guys who wore a lot of hemp clothing. But when Al Gore wins an Oscar, the green message isn’t so hard to sell. “It’s exciting – I’ve worked on this issue for seven years,” said Kristi Chester Vance, director of communications for Forest Ethics, a San Francisco-based group that advocates for environmentally sensitive holiday catalogs. “I used to feel like the Grinch. I’m the one saying, `I don’t want so many presents; let’s worry about the environment.’ But since the Oscars this year, people have really started caring.” [email protected] 818-713-3738160Want 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 KingsSo he thinks carefully about how to display the Grinch without acting like one. “You can use the LED lights. You don’t leave them on too long,” he said. “It’s hard to balance the two, but I think about it, sure. … You cut back on certain things and go forward on others. We try to be as (eco-)friendly as possible.” The words “holidays” and “eco-friendly” didn’t always play terribly well together. The California Integrated Waste Management Board says there’s an additional million tons of waste generated nationally between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. But this year, holiday green isn’t just the Christmas tree and the stuff going into the cash register. Earth on shoppers’ minds last_img


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