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John Hartson backs Arsenal’s lack of activity in the summer transfer market

first_imgFormer Arsenal forward John Hartson says he ‘totally understands’ why Arsene Wenger didn’t buy a striker in the transfer market. The Gunners boss was panned for the club’s lack of activity this summer, and supporters were left outraged on Thursday with news that Danny Welbeck had undergone knee surgery and will be out for a ‘period of months’.Arsenal have made an unconvincing start to the season, having scored just three goals in their opening four games, raising questions about their ability to challenge for the Premier League title. The club was linked with a move for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema all summer but a deal never materialised, leaving goalkeeper Petr Cech as their only summer signing. But Hartson has backed the Frenchman’s decision, telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Why would he buy just for the sake of buying?“Why would he just add numbers to give himself a problem and put players on the bench and pay them astronomical wages?“I totally understand why Wenger has not bought. The Danny Welbeck situation is unfortunate now he has to go in for a knee operation. You look at Liverpool, and how much did they need Danny Ings? They signed him for a free, but what’s the point, Danny Ings has hardly kicked a ball for Liverpool. “That’s not the way Wenger works. He protects the club’s money, he doesn’t just go out and buy bang-average players. If you’re going to get into his team, you’ve got to improve it and you’ve got to be better than what he’s got. “We’ve all criticised Arsenal and would like to see them be a bit more active in the transfer market – he hasn’t been. He’s won two FA Cups on the bounce and they keep finishing in the top four. They’re not as strong as Man City or Chelsea, but Arsene Wenger keeps producing and keeps building teams. “He’s not going to buy players just to add the group. You’ve got to bring in players that are going to enhance the team.”last_img read more

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Bournemouth’s worst fears confirmed as key man ruled out for six months

first_img Callum Wilson Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been ruled out for at least six months.Wilson injured his right knee during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke and Eddie Howe admitted after the game that ‘it did not look good’ for the 23-year-old.Now the club’s worst fears have been confirmed after scans showed he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.Wilson will have an operation next week before beginning rehabilitation and faces a battle to be fit before the end of the season.It is a huge blow for Cherries boss Howe and the hitman, who scored five goals in his first six Premier League matches and has been tipped for an England call-up.”It’s very disappointing for Callum, after what has been an exceptional start to the season, but I am sure he will come back fitter and stronger,” Howe told afcb.co.uk.“Callum is the type of character who won’t be fazed by such a setback, and I am sure he will turn this experience into a positive in the long run.“As I have said many times before though, this kind of setback offers others the opportunity to step up to the plate, show everybody what they can do and make a real impact at this level.” 1last_img read more

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Rooney must improve or his Man United career is FINISHED, warns Champions League winner

first_imgDietmar Hamann believes Wayne Rooney could soon be facing the end of his Manchester United career.Rooney has found the net just once in the Premier League this season and has been the subject of stinging criticism for his performances, with many United fans claiming he is ‘finished’ at the top level.The 29-year-old’s immediate future at Old Trafford does not appear to be under threat, with manager Louis van Gaal continually offering his backing, and with four years still to run on his contract.But Hamann claims Van Gaal will lose faith in his captain if he does not start firing again quickly.The Champions League-winning former German international, speaking on the Colin Murray show, said: “His form has to improve.“There will be a time, if his form doesn’t improve, where the club won’t be happy and he won’t be happy and you have to come to a decision because you can’t keep a Rooney at your club on vast amounts of money if he is a bit-part player.“Van Gaal has backed him, he has done everything he could, but there will come a time when the manager will say, ‘listen mate, you can’t be in the starting XI’.“They have got a player in [Juan] Mata who I think is best suited to that position Rooney plays [behind the striker]. So, they have a perfect replacement in their squad [for Rooney] and, if he doesn’t improve, the manager will say somebody else has to play in his position.“From now until the end of the season, it will be a critical eight months. If his form doesn’t improve there may be a time sooner or later when Rooney himself wants a fresh challenge in a league that isn’t as demanding as the Premier League.”David Beckham has suggested Rooney could prolong his United career by dropping back into midfield.But his former Liverpool rival Hamann insists that is not an option for England’s record goalscorer.He said: “They have got a set-up there now with the likes of Mata, [Memphis] Depay and [Anthony] Martial up top which should bring out the best in him, but so far he hasn’t done it.“He has got a quick player ahead of him now which should suit him because it should give him more space to bring other players into goalscoing positions and score himself but, so far, he hasn’t done it.“I can’t see him dropping further back. Rooney can’t go any further back. This is as far back as he can go playing off one front man.“He has to play better and if he doesn’t soon, he will have a problem getting in the Man United team. He is best suited playing off a front man. If he can’t play there, he can’t play.”last_img read more

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Leicester’s title chase NOT over after West Brom draw – Mark Schwarzer

first_imgLeicester City goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer insists the Foxes’ Premier League title chase is NOT over, despite dropping points against West Brom on Tuesday.Claudio Ranieri’s men missed the chance to open up a five point lead at the top as they drew 2-2 with the Baggies in a thrilling game at the King Power Stadium.Title rivals Tottenham  now have the chance to leapfrog them into top spot with a win at West Ham on WednesdayThe Foxes dominated at home but failed to take their chances in front of goal, with the result taking them down from the bookies’ first to third favourites for the top flight crown.However, with ten games left to play and everything still to play for at the top, Schwarzer is confident Leicester will have other chances to further stake their claim for silverware.“Between now and the end of the season there are going to be a lot of sways back and forth on who the favourite is  – it’s still not a foregone conclusion who will win,” the Aussie glovesman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“We’re learning very quickly that when you’re at the top, everybody is there to shoot you down.“Teams are coming to the King Power just to get a result, and they’re very satisfied with just taking a draw from us. You’ve got to learn to deal with that and try to find way of overcoming that.“Last night was very frustrating for us, we dominated the game, had a lot of possession, had a lot of chances and on any other night would have scored more goals.“But credit to West Brom, they came with a game plan and they executed it very well. They were threatening going forward, but they scored with their only two real chances on goal.“But you’ve got to take the good with the bad. We were very lucky to pick up three points against Norwich at the weekend.“The manager was very positive after the game, and rightly so because the boys played very well. He was extremely encouraging and said nobody should hang their heads.“There are a lot of games to go, so we’ve just got to keep plugging away.”last_img read more

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Hawthorne crime copter back in air

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Hawthorne Police Department celebrated the return of its Air 55 helicopter Friday with a barbecue luncheon outside City Hall. The helicopter was grounded for more than two years because the city couldn’t afford the cost, which was about $250,000 a year. The road to its return has been a bumpy one. Early last summer, city officials were saying the chopper was nearly ready to resume flights, but it needed more maintenance than anticipated because it had been out of service for so long. As the South Bay’s only full-time police helicopter, it will be in the air and on-call 10 hours a day, four days a week. Hawthorne police Lt. Keith Kauffman said the helicopter does the work of 15 to 20 officers. It has a forward-looking, heat-seeking infrared light that can home in on suspects hiding in dark places. “It’s almost always the first unit on scene to a call,” he said. “It’s very helpful for crimes in progress – robberies, burglaries, assaults, police pursuits.”last_img read more

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Incumbents defeated in Montebello City Council race

first_imgVerdugo, 39, never did get his campaign off the ground. He didn’t participate in a council forum, nor did he pass out campaign literature. In the city treasurer’s race, challenger Norma Lopez defeated incumbent Gerri Guzman by a 2,594 to 2,069 margin. In the city clerk’s race, incumbent Robert King was re-elected over challengers Larry Salazar and Annette Ramirez. King received 2,021 votes or 44 percent; Ramirez, 1,805 votes or 39 percent and Salazar, 784 votes or 17 percent. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 mike.sprague@sgvn.com (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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre They led Lopez-Reid, who had 1,254 votes or 14 percent, Bagwell, 1,180 votes or 13 percent; Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano, 764 votes or 8 percent; Leo Rodriguez, 385 votes or 4 percent; and Johnny Verdugo, 367 votes or 4 percent. “It was clear the community wanted a change,” Urteaga said. “They wanted a new direction. They think Kathy and I can move the city in a new positive direction.” The major issues of the campaign were graffiti, the development of open space, the city versus the county fire department and accountability of public officials. Lopez-Reid, 53, and Bagwell, 67, both said putting an initiative before the voters on whether fire services should be under city or county control has been distorted. The opponents, including Salazar, who has sued the city on getting the initiative on a ballot, said the issue should be decided by the public. All the candidates, Urteaga, Veneziano, 32, and Rodriguez, 50, said accountability to the public is key for any elected official. Special Section: Get the latest elections news and vote tallies NORWALK – Montebello voters opted for change, electing former Councilwoman Kathy Salazar and challenger Robert Urteaga, defeating incumbents Norma Lopez-Reid and Bob Bagwell in a seven-person race. Urteaga, 31, and Salazar, 68, won a sizable victory, getting twice as many votes as the two incumbents. Urteaga received 2,556 or 28 percent, while Salazar had 2,525 or 28 percent. last_img read more

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Hollywood film and TV writers going back to negotiations

first_imgHollywood film and TV writers who’ve been on a nearly two-week strike against studios will return to contract negotiations on Nov. 26, their union and producers said Friday. In a joint statement, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said both sides had agreed to return to formal negotiations. The statement said no other details would be released. Meanwhile, writers would continue on the picket lines, said Gregg Mitchell, a spokesman for the guild. Some writers applauded the return to talks. “That’s fabulous, that’s great,” said Sean Jablonski, a writer for the FX drama “Nip/Tuck.” “You can’t get a deal until two sides sit down and talk about it,” Jablonski said. “It’s a good message to hear around the holidays,” he said. John Aboud, a TV writer and a strike captain, said he hoped a return to talks would quickly lead to a contract. “I’m delighted to see they’re starting to move forward and I hope we can wrap this thing up soon,” said Aboud. It’s unclear what pushed both sides back to the table. The strike has been bruising and very public, with writers being joined by actors on picket lines and producers taking out full-page newspaper ads to tell their side of the story. Since the strike began Nov. 5, late night talk shows and several sitcoms have gone to reruns. Other shows are counting down the number of episodes they have left before running out of scripts. Industry analysts had previously thought there would be enough scripts to produce shows well into January. But many shows have gone off the air at a faster pace than expected, as cast members and show runners have refused to cross picket lines. Compensation for shows offered on the Internet is at the heart of the dispute. The producers have said it’s offering writers a share of licensing fees paid by Web sites to stream shows. The union has rejected the offer, saying the payments wouldn’t begin until six weeks after a show goes online and viewer interest is nearly exhausted. Writers also want a cut of revenue from non-skippable ads contained in many shows streamed free online. The alliance slammed the door on that demand. The last writers walkout in 1988 lasted 22 weeks and cost the industry $500 million. The entertainment industry contributes an estimated $30 billion a year to the Los Angeles economy, or about $80 million a day.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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Process streamlined for mixed-use developments

first_imgCounty officials said an ongoing housing crisis is forcing them to add 57,176 units to unincorporated areas. “It’s an affordability issue,” Chung said. “It affects everybody.” She added that adding diverse, affordable housing options is one way to combat the crisis. “You can already do commercial uses in these areas which are more intense than what you could do with this ordinance,” Chung said. “Having mixed-use developments along commercial corridors encourages people not to be so reliant on their cars, so theoretically there’s a potential to reduce traffic.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROWLAND HEIGHTS – The county this week streamlined the process to get permits for retail and residential developments in unincorporated areas. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance and said mixed-use developments – with commercial or retail on the floor level and living spaces above – are necessary to combat a nationwide housing crisis and growing traffic congestion. Residents said they are concerned because it takes away the public hearing process for developments that meet specific requirements, but they said county officials have expressed willingness to work with them. “The idea is that with certain projects, as long as they meet certain standards, they can do a vertical mixed-use development that wouldn’t require a public hearings or a (conditional use permit),” said Connie Chung of the county’s housing section. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsShe said requirements include limits on location, height, business type, hours of operation and other parameters. Such developments, she added, could only be built in certain commercial zones. Rowland Heights community representatives said they are concerned about the seeming one- size-fits-all approach. “Everything should be studied because everything has specific impacts,” said David Rodriguez, president of the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council. “What’s good somewhere else is not automatically good in our community.” He said with main thoroughfares like Nogales Street and Colima and Fullerton roads already clogged with traffic, infrastructure problems must be addressed before new residents are added to the mix. “We’re looking for Rowland Heights to be planned (as a whole),” he said. “What can we do to make the community better?” last_img read more

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Leicester midfielder not worried by potential Vardy exit

first_img1 Jamie Vardy is currently with England ahead of Euro 2016 Wales midfielder Andy King says the strong team bond at Leicester will not be damaged should Jamie Vardy decide to join Arsenal.England striker Vardy left for Euro 2016 in France on Monday with his club future still very much up in the air.The Football Writers’ Player of the Year is still considering a £20million move to Arsenal, with Premier League champions Leicester reportedly set to make Vardy a new contract offer to keep him at the King Power Stadium.Vardy scored 24 league goals last season as 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester won the title, and his departure would be a huge blow ahead of the club’s Champions League debut.“I wasn’t surprised when I heard about Vards because all of our players have had brilliant seasons and are going to be linked with big clubs,” said Foxes midfielder King, who is currently with the Wales squad at their Brittany base.“For Leicester it is going to be a summer of speculation of incomings and out-goings.“Nothing has happened yet and it will probably be a long transfer window.“But I don’t think it will affect the squad. It is 25 players in a squad and, if one or two decide they want to go and play their football elsewhere, we wish them all the best.“We want to keep our best players and hopefully add to that.”King said the entire Leicester squad wanted Vardy to stay following their historic campaign.But should Vardy leave it might increase speculation that other Leicester players, among them Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, could see their own futures elsewhere.“We want all our best players to stay and try and build from there,” said King.“But what he (Vardy) decides to do is up to him.“We have a tournament and I am really focused on Wales now. I will deal with Leicester when I get back, but for the next five or six weeks it is about Wales and what we can hopefully do in the tournament.”last_img read more

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Monks and nuns put on a fashion show to win young believers

first_imgThe Tsukiji Honganji offers theological seminars in English for foreign visitors, and has fitted its main hall with a pipe organ for Western-style weddings to attract young couples. Some other temples have also introduced cafes, art galleries and other innovations to reach out to young people who are interested in a different lifestyle. “Many of us priests share the sense of crisis and a need to do something to reach out to people,” said priest Kosuke Kikkawa, 37, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event. “We won’t change Buddha’s teachings, but perhaps we need a different presentation that can touch the feelings of the people today.”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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Their robes were gorgeous,” said Sayaka Anma, one of the audience in her 20s, after the monks’ show. “I was a bit surprised in the beginning, but it was very moving.” More than 1,200 years after it first arrived from mainland Asia, Buddhism in Japan is in crisis, priests say. Almost three-quarters of Japan’s population of 120 million are registered as Buddhist, but for many, the only time they enter a temple is to attend a funeral. That has sent many of the country’s 75,000 temples into financial trouble. Japan’s aging population has meant more funerals, but the declining population and birth rate mean fewer young people to share the bill to keep temples afloat. “We wanted to show the young people that Buddhism is cool, and temples are not a place just for funerals,” said Koji Matsubara, a chief monk at Tsukiji. TOKYO – Japanese monks and nuns hit the catwalk in Tokyo on Saturday in a bid to spread Buddhism among younger people in this rapidly aging society. The fashion show opened with a Buddhist prayer set to a hip-hop beat at the centuries-old Tsukiji Honganji temple, where nearly 40 monks and nuns from eight major Buddhist sects showed off elaborate robes in an effort to win back believers. Five monks from each school walked on the runway, then chanted prayers and wrapped up in a grand finale with confetti resembling lotus petals. Buddhist monks traditionally wear simple black robes. But to appeal to more fashion-conscious youth, the monks wore green and yellow clothes, some with gold embroidery. Others wore elaborate, multilayered robes. last_img read more

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