Galaxy invites two from tryouts

first_img“Merlin and Fortes are raw, but they showed some potential and therefore their adventure will continue,” Galaxy President and General Manager Alexi Lalas said. “It remains to be seen if both can adapt to the MLS level.” Merlin, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound forward/midfielder, is a native of Marseille, France who came up through the youth system with Olympique de Marseille. Fortes is a 5-11, 180-pound midfielder who spent several years with the minor-league Rhode Island Stingrays. “They have a chance of being molded into professional players,” Galaxy head coach Frank Yallop said. The 800 players who assembled at Home Depot Center on Saturday were cut to 133 players who were invited back for a second day of trials on Sunday. Those players were divided into eight teams for 60-minute, full-field matches before being narrowed down to 30 players for a final match on Sunday afternoon. From staff, wire reports CARSON – Two players from the more than 800 who participated in open tryouts with the Galaxy over the weekend have been invited to a one-week trial starting today. Laurent Merlin, 22, and Rui Fortes, 24, played in three games and have been invited to continue with the Galaxy in preseason camp. center_img 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

Maxime Bernier to face off against Maxime Bernier in Quebec riding

first_imgMONTREAL — People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier will be facing a challenging opponent in his Quebec riding of Beauce — Maxime Bernier.The satirical Rhinoceros Party has found a candidate with the same name to run against the PPC founder in his longtime Quebec stronghold on Oct. 21.Rhinoceros Party Leader Sebastien “CoRhino” Corriveau was more than proud of his coup, hoping to make the most of his own Bernier’s candidacy.- Advertisement -“If there are people who are confused enough to mix up Maxime Bernier, we won’t refuse that,” Corriveau said in an interview. “Besides, stealing a couple of votes, we can get some media coverage with that.” The satirical political party’s platform includes such promises as making “sorry” the new official motto of Canada, privatizing the Senate and nationalizing bacon.The Rhino leader focused on coverage, noting the amount given to the founder and leader of the People’s Party for his controversial tweets.Advertisement “I thought with our own Maxime Bernier, we can say almost anything and it’ll be hard to look as ridiculous as him,” Corriveau quipped. According to Corriveau, voters in Beauce who fear confusion ahead of the election can fall back on his party’s slogan: “Take no chances, vote for both.”Corriveau is also running in the Quebec City area, pitted against Liberal incumbent Jean-Yves Duclos, and promises to advocate for car companies to build more cars in varying shades of green.The Quebec City area has been consumed by debate over a “third link,” a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River.Advertisement Corriveau said since experts don’t believe a third link will solve the problem of road congestion in the provincial capital, he calls for building a fourth, a fifth and a sixth link.“We’re here to have fun, the Rhinoceros Party,” he said with a laugh. “We’re having fun with Canadian politics.”Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

England rated and slated: Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal men star in Switzerland

first_img 12 Leighton Baines – 6 – Did well once again down the left but is yet to find his best form in an England shirt. He marshalled Xherdan Shaqiri well though and didn’t do much wrong. Phil Jones – 6 – Sloppy pass nearly let the Swiss in after 30 minutes but appeared to dovetail well with partner Cahill. Only a brilliant Yann Sommer save denied him his first international goal. 12 12 12 Jordan Henderson – 7 – Appears to be the key man in Roy Hodgson’s England midfield. Henderson keeps the ball moving well and when he found himself further forward played some good passes. Will have to make himself more of a goal threat in the future though. 12 John Stones – 6 – A Solid, if unspectacular, display from the youngster. Everton defender did the simple things perfectly in his second England start. The 20-year-old looks mature beyond his years. 12 Gary Cahill – 8 – Never seems to put a foot too far wrong in an England shirt and his block to deny Josip Drmic a goal was a brilliant never-say-die piece of defending which club colleague John Terry would have been proud of. Fabian Delph – 6 – An early booking following two poor challenges threatened to cost him but, after settling, the Aston Villa midfielder looked comfortable. Delph could have earned a penalty with a clever Cruyff turn too. 12 12 12 Raheem Sterling – 8 – The Liverpool starlet was bright, dangerous and always looked to get on the ball. He is still slightly naïve on the international stage but put in an excellent cross for Danny Welbeck’s opener and his pace strikes fear into opponents. Click the right arrow to see talkSPORT’s England ratings Joe Hart – 8 – Great save with his feet to deny Haris Seferovic in the first half kept the score at 0-0 and produced another just moments prior to England’s goal, which was incredibly key. England kicked off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a brilliant 2-0 win over Switzerland in Basel.Manager Roy Hodgson made two changes to the team which could only muster a 1-0 win over Norway, but Fabian Delph and Danny Welbeck certainly played their parts in the victory.But who was a hit on the pitch and who was a miss against the Swiss? talkSPORT presents its player ratings from Basel as Welbeck hit a double in the Group E clash to help the Three Lions restore some pride… 12 12 12 Danny Welbeck – 7 – Managed to squander England’s best chance of the first half but did well to guide home England’s opener and coolly finish his second of the game. Needs to get more involved and stop losing the ball while taking his man on. Jack Wilshere – 6 – The midfielder played some sloppy passes, but there were occasional moments of brilliance from the Arsenal star. Needed to get on the ball more but deserves time to settle into a slightly different role to the one he occupies at the Emirates. Wayne Rooney – 7 – Appeared to lack confidence to start with but grew into the game. He had a few good chances, but flitted in and out over the 90 minutes. The England captain also played a part in Danny Welbeck’s first goal.last_img read more

-Jose continues to have our full support’ – Chelsea give vote of confidence to under-fire Mourinho

first_imgChelsea have issued a statement insisting Jose Mourinho retains the club’s full backing.Mourinho has found himself under pressure after a disastrous start to the season, which has left the Blues sitting 16th in the Premier League.Saturday’s defeat to Southampton was their fourth in the league this season and there were claims of crisis talks between the manager and owner Roman Abramovich following the game.Following the 3-1 reverse, Mourinho said he would only quit if he lost the backing of the players, with club captain John Terry stating the dressing room remained firmly behind the Portuguese coach.And Chelsea have now offered Mourinho a public vote of confidence in a bid to quash speculation over his future.A Chelsea statement read: “The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.“As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve. However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it.” 1 Jose Mourinho last_img read more

President: U.S. `does not torture’

first_imgSECURITY: Bush defends questioning and detainment of terrorism supsects in brief meeting at the Oval Office. By Jennifer Loven THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – President Bush defended his administration’s methods of detaining and questioning terrorism suspects Friday, saying both are successful and lawful. The White House said Mukasey has not been cleared to read the classified documents Levin requested. The two Justice Department legal opinions from 2005 were disclosed in Thursday’s editions of The New York Times, which reported that the first opinion authorized the use of painful methods, such as head slaps, freezing temperatures and simulated drownings known as waterboarding, in combination.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 City“When we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we’re going to detain them, and you bet we’re going to question them,” he said during a hastily called Oval Office appearance. “The American people expect us to find out information, actionable intelligence so we can help protect them. That’s our job.” Bush volunteered his thoughts on a report on two secret 2005 memos that authorized extreme interrogation tactics against terror suspects. “This government does not torture people,” Bush said. Meanwhile, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., demanded a copy of a third Justice Department memo justifying military interrogations of terror suspects held outside the United States. In a letter to Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey, Levin wrote that two years ago he requested – and was denied – the March 14, 2003, legal opinion. Levin asked if Mukasey would agree to release the opinion if the Senate confirms him as attorney general, and cited what he described as a history of the Justice Department stonewalling Congress. “Such failures and the repeated refusal of (the Department of Justice) to provide Congress with such documents has prevented the Congress from fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities to conduct oversight,” Levin wrote. last_img read more

Health clinics for uninsured to expand

first_imgSOUTH BAY: School officials hope to improve treatment for children with respiratory illness. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER Los Angeles school officials agreed Tuesday to spend $1 million in bond money to boost mobile health clinics that provide medical services for uninsured children in the South Bay and Harbor Area. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The expansion of the health clinics will include 26 schools in Gardena, Carson and the Harbor Area, where respiratory illness and the lack of health insurance to treat problems associated with it has been a problem. “This project is going to have a sweeping impact on the district,” said Paul Escala, director of Joint Use Development for the Los Angeles Unified School District. The $1 million from Measure Y, a $3.98billion construction and modernization bond issue approved by voters in November 2005, will be used to pay for technology and other permanent infrastructure such as concrete pads where the clinics can park. Mobile clinics from the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America and Little Company of Mary-San Pedro Hospital will now be able to connect to electricity instead of having to use a generator, and will be able to use telephone and Internet connections to keep better databases on student health records. “This will really improve our efficiency,” said Jim Tehan, director of community health for Little Company of Mary, which provides immunization and basic health services to eight schools in the Harbor Area through its Healthy Start program. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation’s Breathmobiles rotate weekly to more than two dozen local schools in the Harbor Area and elsewhere to treat respiratory problems. Children in San Pedro and Wilmington have higher rates of asthma and allergies because of their proximity to industrial fumes from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, studies have shown. Asthma is the leading cause of absenteeism among L.A. Unified students, affecting about 63,000 children, according to the district. The foundation and the hospital have provided free health services to the schools for several years; they will each chip in another $500,000 for more clinics, nurses and other staff needed to run them. Tuesday’s unanimous Los Angeles school board decision to use bond money marked the first monetary investment on the part of the district to support the clinics. An estimated 5,000 more children will be served with the expansion of the program, officials say. “Until we pass universal health care, this is good for our community,” said board member Richard Vladovic, who represents the Harbor Area. “Anything we can do to make us healthier helps the economy, helps children and it helps our society.” In the past 10 years of serving these areas, schools have seen the absentee rate among students drop from 30 percent to 10percent, said Felita Jones, director of the Breathmobile program. The Healthy Start clinic at Barton Hill Elementary School in San Pedro, where 98 percent of students fall below the federal poverty line, helps keep kids in the classroom, Principal Lou Mardesich said. Students who are referred by the school nurse, along with their siblings or parents who don’t have insurance, can use the clinic every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon. No one is turned away, health officials say. “It’s a great service,” Mardesich said. “Students can’t even enroll without their vaccinations.” The new infrastructure will be completed on a schedule that has yet to be determined, but likely by spring of 2008, Escala said. Staff writer Paul Clinton contributed to this article. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFormer Finn Harps and Galway United goalkeeper Declan McIntyre is launching a six-week goalkeeping programme which kicks-off tonight at Bonagee United.Declan McIntyre, right, with former Harps boss Peter Hutton.McIntyre is one of the most experienced goalkeepers this county has ever produced.McIntyre enjoyed a distinguished playing career in the League of Ireland, and since he retired from playing has held a number of coaching positions with both Finn Harps FC and Derry City. McIntyre was part of the back-room team at Derry City under Roddy Collins last season before Peter Hutton took over as manager after Collins was sacked.McIntyre is expected to remain part of the set-up at the Brandywell for the forthcoming 2015 campaign.McIntyre has also been heavily involved over the last 15 years or more with various Irish representative sides at all levels right up from u15 to u21.His six-week ‘Goalkeeping Coaching Programme’ is specifically aimed at Schoolboy /Schoolgirl Goalkeepers over the coming weeks at two venues in Donegal. It starts tonight 19th November on the astro-turf at Bonagee United from 7.30 – 9 pm.Wednesday nights will be primarily aimed at the 12-16 year old keepers in the county.On Thursday evening 20th November from 6.30 – 8pm the younger keepers will be catered for, that is the 8, 9, 10 and 11 year-olds.Each session will last for 90 minutes so the GK’s will get plenty of work and coaching time.The Programme at Bonagee will run every Wednesday and Thursday night up until the 17 and 18th of December 2014. Similarly on Sunday 23th November The Goalkeeping Programme will start in The Hospital Field Donegal Town with a 10.15 am start for the 8, 9, 10 and 11 year-olds.The older group, 12-16 year olds will start at 11.45 am – 1.15.The programme is a great opportunity for young GK’s to get some much needed coaching from an experienced and qualified goalkeeping expert.The programme is open to everyone boys and girls and they’ve had a number of outstanding female keepers attend the courses over the last few years. If anyone needs more information you can contact Declan on 087 2499509.Or if you contact Declan via e-mail at declanmcintyre2000@eircom.netFORMER FINN HARPS LEGEND DECLAN MCINTYRE LAUNCHES SIX-WEEK GOALKEEPING PROGRAMME was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Declan McIntyrederry cityFAIGoalkeeping ProgrammenewsSix-WeekSportlast_img read more

Chelsea could sign Aleksandr Golovin… then loan him to Vitesse

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Chelsea may sign Aleksandr Golovin this summer only to loan him to Vitesse, according to reports.Golovin, the midfielder, has starred representing Russia at the World Cup, catching the eye of huge European clubs such as the Blues, as well as Juventus of Italy. Golovin has helped Russia into the World Cup quarter-finals 2 REVEALED crackers Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics possible xi shining smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Vitesse are Chelsea’s sister club in the Netherlands, and over the past years they have been a temporary home for a number of the Blues’ most promising players.Just last season, Charlie Colkett, Matt Miazga and Mason Mount joined Vitesse on loan, with Fankaty Dabo and Mukhtar Ali also completing permanent switches from Chelsea to the Arnhem club. Mount, the midfielder, was named the club’s Player of the Year, after scoring 14 goals in all competitions. Latest Chelsea news REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings And Golovin could be the next player to take the well-trodden path from London to Arnhem.VI say that Vitesse appear to be the ‘first option’ for Golovin should he complete his transfer to Chelsea, with Leonid Slutsky, the Dutch club’s manager, the man who handed Golovin his CSKA debut in 2015. 2 silverware Golovin currently plays for CSKA Moscow He currently represents CSKA Moscow, but the 22-year-old is in talks with Chelsea over a move to Stamford Bridge, and potentially signing Golovin has excited fans of the west London club.However, Golovin might sign for Chelsea… and then be loaned straight out to Vitesse. gameday cracker How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Thomas Pringle has said Minister Richard Bruton’s figures on IDA jobs in Donegal simply don’t add up. Deputy Thomas PringleMinister for Jobs, Mr Bruton stated in the Dáil that there has been a 40% increase in IDA jobs created since 2011.But Deputy Pringle said that while there has been a 40% increase in the past 4 years, it has done little to offset the continuously high rates of unemployment and emigration in Donegal. “Although I welcome the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, I do not agree that the Government has been investing in the region. Nearly 800 jobs over 4 years and one advanced facility in Letterkenny is not investment. It’s a token.’‘The Minister said he is aware that employment is not catching up with the rest of the country. This has always been obvious certainly to people in Donegal. So why are we only hearing of regional action plans now, conveniently during election year?’ says Pringle.‘People in Donegal are tired of the Government’s action plan rhetoric. When are these plans going to turn into actions?’ says Pringle.‘The Government needs to carry out specific, targeted actions like investing in high speed broadband to rural areas while reducing barriers for entrepreneurs and SMEs’ concludes Pringle.  MINISTER’S NUMBERS ON DONEGAL UNEMPLOYMENT DON’T ADD UP – PRINGLE was last modified: March 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Thomas PringleIDAjobsRichard Brutonlast_img read more

Trade Mitigation Payments and the government shutdown

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed Farm Service Agency county offices across the country.The county offices were among the last on the list to close. FSA was operating on funds they had stored up through Dec. 28, but those funds ran dry. The closure comes at a busy time with the recent announcement of Trade Mitigation Payments round two. Producers who have certified 2018 production are expected to still receive Market Facilitation Program payments. Those who haven’t certified 2018 acres will have to wait until the shutdown is over.Producers who have already certified their 2018 production acres with FSA will continue to get their payments. For those who weren’t able to get the certification completed, they will have to wait until the government shutdown is over. Official signup for the program was scheduled to end on Jan. 15. Farmers can certify their 2018 production until May 1.Not all USDA services are on shutdown. Several essential elements of USDA continue even without the government being fully operational. Continuing services include meat, processed egg, and poultry inspection services. Also SNAP benefits are still going out to eligible households in January.“There may be a lapse in funding for the federal government, but that will not relieve USDA of its responsibilities for safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “Our employees work hard every day to benefit our customers and the farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers who depend on our programs. During a shutdown, we will leverage our existing resources as best we can to continue to provide the top-notch service people expect.”Some USDA activities will be shut down or significantly reduced and some USDA employees will be furloughed. However, certain USDA activities would continue because they are related to law enforcement, the protection of life and property, or are financed through available funding (such as through mandatory appropriations, multi-year discretionary funding, or user fees). For the first week of a shutdown, 61% of employees would either be exempted or excepted from shutdown activities. If the shutdown continues, this percentage would decrease, and activities would be reduced as available funding decreases.For more information, please view a summary of USDA’s shutdown plans (PDF, 75.2 KB). In addition, here a list of shutdown plans by USDA agency and office. Note that the National Finance Center information can be found on pages 7 to 9 of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) document on that page.last_img read more