Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has warned the Blues’ title rivals that summer signing Pedro is hungry to cap his maiden Premier League season with silverware.The winger – one of five Spaniards in the Blues’ first team – was named man-of-the-match in Sunday’s 3-2 win over West Brom just days after arriving at the club from Barcelona for a reported £21milllion.Pedro marked his debut with a goal as well as an assist, as he set up international team-mate Diego Costa for his goal against the Baggies.And Azpilicueta, who scored Chelsea’s third and winning goal at the Hawthorns, believes there is even more to come from his fellow countryman.He said: “He has trained for one week, he played his first game, he is discovering the Premier League and I’m sure he will get better.“I know him very well and he fits into the team very well. I know his ambition, he is hungry to help the team, win trophies and I know the way he started the first game is amazing.“I know from the national team he is a top player. He played for Barcelona for so many years and he fits into our team and the Premier League.” Chelsea winger Pedro celebrates with his fellow Spaniards 1
1 Celtic have announced the signing of Tyler Blackett on a season long loan from Manchester United.The 21-year-old defender has previously had loan spells at Blackpool and Birmingham and could be a replacement for Virgil van Dijk, linked heavily with a move to Southampton.The announcement was made on the Parkhead club’s website during their Ladbrokes Premiership game with St Johnstone.The England Under-21 cap was introduced to the home support at the interval to a rousing cheer and was photographed in traditional style, holding a Celtic scarf aloft. Tyler Blackett
Arsene Wenger didn’t sign any outfield players in the transfer window Arsenal didn’t sign any outfield players during the transfer window and now find themselves a striker light.Danny Welbeck, injured in April, will now be out for “a period of months” following knee surgery.And fans were quick to point out the Gunners’ failure to sign many players – particularly another striker – laughing at Arsene Wenger and his lack of transfers before deadline day, rather than Welbeck’s injury.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from various football fans, including Man United supporters, who enjoyed reminding Gooners about their grand plans for Karim Benzema. 1
Hatem Ben Arfa seems to be enjoying life in Ligue 1 with Nice.Having scored a fine solo goal for the French club earlier in the season, the former Newcastle playmaker netted an even better one against Saint-Etienne at the weekend.It was a goal that Lionel Messi would have been proud of, as Ben Arfa bamboozled four defenders before firing home with his right foot.
Alex Iwobi in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger has revealed Alex Iwobi will be in Arsenal’s squad to face Hull City on Tuesday.The Gunners face travel to the Championship club on Tuesday in an FA Cup fifth round replay.Midfielder Francis Coquelin is suspended for the clash after being sent off against Tottenham last weekend.But Wenger has revealed that winger Iwobi, 19, will be in the squad as he continues to break into the first-team squad.“We should have the same squad that went to Tottenham plus Iwobi certainly will be added to the squad,” said Wenger. 1
Physician groups are appealing the decision, and Amgen said Wednesday that it was hopeful a compromise can be reached. Amgen has been struggling with the effects of that decision and a patent dispute with Swiss drug company Roche. A jury in Boston on Tuesday found that Roche violated 11 Amgen patents in formulating its own anemia drug, Mircera. Amgen said it would ask the court for an injunction to prevent Roche from selling Mircera in the United States, where it would challenge Aranesp, Amgen’s top-selling drug. Roche said it is considering an appeal. Amgen said Wednesday that its previously announced restructuring plan, which includes a 12percent to 14percent cut in staffing, will result in 2007 restructuring charges of $775million to $850million, up from earlier estimates of $600million to $700million. The company said the additional costs are the result of a decision to postpone the building of a manufacturing plant in Ireland and the closure of a manufacturing facility in Thousand Oaks. Still, the company said it was on track to deliver earnings in the range of $4.13 to $4.23 as previously announced.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Biotech company Amgen Inc. on Wednesday reported flat revenue and lower profit in the third quarter as the drug maker continued to deal with a blow to its business that had been dealt by federal regulators. The Thousand Oaks-based company reported net income of $201million, or 18 cents per share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down 82percent from $1.1billion, or 94cents per share, in the same period last year. This year’s profits were hit by write-offs of nearly $1billion stemming from an acquisition and restructuring costs. Revenue in the quarter was unchanged at $3.61billion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Excluding one-time charges and stock options expenses, the company said it would have reported earnings of $1.08 per share, a slight increase over the $1.04 per share in the same period last year. On that basis, analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected per share earnings of $1.03. Worldwide sales of its anemia-treating drug Aranesp decreased 23percent, to $818million, in the third quarter in reaction to the Food and Drug Administration finding the drug should carry a stronger warning label when used by cancer patients with anemia. The warning label addition called for doctors to use the lowest possible dose of the drug. U.S. sales dropped 36 percent, to $460 million.
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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita USC plays at UCLA on Wednesday. – Matthew Kredell USC point guard Ryan Francis bruised his knee while bumping into a teammate at practice Monday and will undergo an X-ray today as a precaution. Francis, a freshman, is fourth in the Pac-10 with 33 steals and second in assist-to-turnover ratio. Listed as day-to-day, he walked with a slight limp off the practice court.
National Geographic magazine has recognised Bundoran as one of the best places in the world to go surfing.The Donegal town was named in the top 20 surf hotspots on the planet. This is what the National Geographic says about Donegal’s surfing paradise.Ireland, known among surfers as “Europe’s cold-water Indonesia” should be on the bucket list of every surfer. And Bundoran should be the start of any surfing adventure on the Emerald Isle. This centuries-old fishing village catches just about any swell that steamrolls through the North Atlantic and onto a smattering of beaches and reefs that suit different levels of surfers. The water may be cold, but the pubs and locals are always warm, serving up national specialties such as Guinness and oysters to the tune of traditional Irish music. “Bundoran is a town with many sides and the real Bundoran can only be found with the help of the locals,” says Pete Craig, surfer and owner of the outfitter Bundoran Surf Co. The main surfing beach is Tullan Strand, but if you want to venture out, ask locals about the surrounding reefs and beaches, which work on a variety of swells.Best For: The salty surf traveler who doesn’t mind surfing in cold water or rainWhenGo September to November, when the water is warm(ish), the tourists have gone home, and the Atlantic is pumping.Eat/Drink“The Bridge Bar is a rite of passage for most surfers,” says Craig. Situated overlooking the Peak—Ireland’s most famous reef break—the Bridge is a unique mix of old-school Ireland and surf culture, always with a warm welcome and cold beer. “It’s a great place to meet locals, surfers, and musicians. If you feel like hearing a live band, go to the Chasing Bull.”StayA good budget option is to get a room with the Bundoran Surf Co., where you can meet other surfers and plan trips up and down the coast. For a higher-end stay, opt for an ocean-view room at Fitzgerald’s Hotel. Other AdventuresTake a day trip to Slieve League, an area of sea cliffs that are some of the most breathtaking in Ireland. Closer to Bundoran, Craig recommends the Donegal Craft Village “for arty folk” or even just rambling through Donegal County. “Just driving around Donegal, you get a feel for the old Ireland that hasn’t been packaged for tourists yet.”Local TipIf you buy a round for the locals, which you should, expect to be drinking for the rest of the night. BUNDORAN NAMED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S TOP 20 PLACES TO SURF was last modified: July 9th, 2012 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:bundoranNational Geographicsurfing
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The intelligence indicated there was going to be a riot and there was no effort to separate gang members and rival gang members,” Antonovich said. “The seriousness of this, along with the injuries, the death and the potential injuries to our sheriff’s deputies, is the multi-million lawsuits that will result from this mismanagement.” Baca did not respond to requests for an interview. But his spokesman, Steve Whitmore, said Baca is taking appropriate steps to quell the unrest. “Whatever these candidates say is nothing more and nothing less than political opportunism to get their name in the paper,” Whitmore said. “The sheriff of Los Angeles County is focused on real solutions for real problems.” But Ken Masse, a retired sheriff’s captain who is challenging Baca, said the sheriff’s decision to stop hiring deputies in 2002 because of tight fiscal times was a “mistake of disastrous proportions” that contributed to current staffing shortages. The department has about 8,200 deputies, 1,200 fewer than what Baca has funds to employ. Baca has partly blamed the continued rioting on the manpower shortage, which often requires deputies to work double shifts. A week of racially charged riots at Los Angeles County Jails has sparked criticism of Sheriff Lee Baca’s performance, with questions arising over the management of his department and whether he has done enough to recruit and deploy his deputies. One inmate died, about two dozen were hospitalized and at least 100 others were injured in fights that began last weekend at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic and spread to Men’s Central Jail downtown. Fighting broke out again at the Castaic complex at about 4 p.m. Saturday, and officials reported that four inmates were hurt in the renewed violence. The clashes follow the slaying of nine other inmates at Men’s Central Jail in the last two years and come as Baca faces four challengers in his bid for re-election in June. Even Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a staunch law enforcement supporter, has criticized Baca for not being aggressive enough in recruiting deputies and ignoring intelligence that riots were imminent. “I believe this was intended to put pressure on the Board of Supervisors to think he needed more money in order to hire more deputies and reopen the jails,” he said. From 1999 to 2001, the department hired 1,987 deputies – including 1,516 who graduated from the academy – and lost 1,201 to attrition. But after Baca shuttered his recruitment operation in 2002, the department hired only 1,171 deputies – 901 of whom graduated from the academy – and lost 1,849 to attrition. Last year, the department hired 582 deputies – including 370 who graduated from the academy – and lost 486 to attrition. Currently, the department is spending $1.5 million on its recruitment campaign – up from $450,000 a few years ago – and employs 16 deputies and three custody assistants to go to job fairs, colleges and military bases to recruit candidates. In addition to advertising on the Internet, the department also advertises on billboards, buses, in movie theaters, at health clubs, on the radio and on airplane banners at the beaches. Although the beginning salary range for a deputy trainee is $43,704-$49,392 a year, Personnel Administration Capt. Bruce Pollack noted that after a few years it jumps to about $73,000 annually. With overtime, it can reach $100,000 a year, he said. The department also tries to attract recruits by highlighting that it offers deputies $2,000 annually to attend local colleges and universities and offers longevity bonuses after 20, 25 and 30 years, which Pollack said is tantamount to the pension plans many police agencies now offer. By promoting these points, Pollack said the department expects to hire 1,000 deputies this year and achieve full staffing in a few years. “It’s formidable, but achievable,” Pollack said. “The reason it’s so formidable is because it’s a known fact that there is a smaller pool of qualified applicants nationally. And all law enforcement agencies are in competition with one another for this smaller pool.” But sheriff’s Capt. Ray Leyva, another challenger for Baca’s post, said that despite an additional $70 million the Board of Supervisors gave Baca last year to hire more deputies, the department had a net gain of only 17 deputies – to 8,194. “We have seriously hampered the ability of our people to do their jobs by continuing to understaff the jails,” said Leyva, who oversees the North Facility at the Pitchess Detention Center. “Most of our jails are running at 20-28 percent vacancy factors. The law says we have to do this job, yet we continue to understaff our jail system. We have to require them to work overtime. I believe our overtime budget this year will be more than $180 million and may approach $190 million.” Assistant Sheriff Paul Tanaka said the department expects to spend $159 million on overtime this year. The candidates – which also include Glendale Police Department Lt. Don Meredith and sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Jernigan Jr. – also accused Baca of dedicating too many deputies and their superiors to running various jail rehabilitative programs, draining the department’s already strained resources. Jernigan said Baca has lost track of the “basics in law enforcement” by closing jails and releasing inmates early. “Instead of focusing on the fat in the department, Baca went and cut the jails back and took the easy way out to meet his budget,” Jernigan said. “As a result, a lot of these units, such as the jails and even patrol, have been short-cutted.” Meredith criticized Baca for not redeploying deputies from administrative duties to the jails and patrol until the riots are quelled and the staffing shortages addressed. “It’s time to stop the social practices,” Meredith said. “The sheriff is not to be a social worker. He is to be the peacekeeper for our county. We see a lack of leadership. “If you look at the recent things that have happened and go to find the sheriff, the sheriff is in Jordan, Pakistan and Russia. He’s somewhere studying terrorism to prevent it from happening here. But we have daily street terrorists and gang members who daily terrorize, rob and steal all across the county. That’s where the focus needs to be.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] Salary comparisons for Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and some police departments surrounding sheriff’s service areas: Beverly Hills: $5,579-$6,565 monthly Glendale: $5,027-$6,567 monthly Burbank: $4,862-$5,923 monthly; $2,000 signing bonus; Lateral hire: $5,108-$5,923 monthly; $5,000 lateral bonus Torrance: Starting pay $4,863 monthly; Lateral hire: $5,103 monthly Manhattan Beach: $4,794-$5,827 monthly; $3,000 lateral bonus Santa Monica: $4,604-$5,684 monthly Pasadena: $4,539-$5,558 monthly Long Beach: $3,921 during training; $4,357 after academy graduation LAPD: $4,260-$5,718 monthly LA County Sheriff: $3,712-$6,137 monthly El Segundo: $3,198 during training; $3,998-$4,860 after academy graduation; Lateral hire: $3,998-$4,860 monthly; $3,000 lateral bonus Source: Daily News research. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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