Five talking points from the weekend’s Premier League

first_imgLiverpool made it six wins out of six and with Chelsea held to a draw at West Ham United, moved two points clear at the top. Manchester City, who romped to a 5-0 win at Cardiff, are level with Chelsea on 16 points. Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Wolves at Old Trafford.Here are talking points from the weekend’s Premier League action:Who is to blame for United’s attitude?Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho laid the blame for the draw with Wolves on his players’ attitude, suggesting that his side were only playing at 30 per cent of their potential. Midfielder Paul Pogba agreed and said the team needed to attack more when at home.If United’s attitude isn’t right then fans will rightly ask the question, why? Surely, it is the job of the manager to have the players in the right frame of mind for a match? Doesn’t Pogba, as a key player in the side, also have a role in making sure his team-mates approach the game in the right way?Perhaps United’s problem isn’t, however, a lack of desire. There was no obvious lack of effort against Wolves but what was missing was an effective shape and clear tactical structure. As soon as Wolves scored, United appeared to panic with players charging around the field in desperate a attempt to get back in front.Playing Marouane Fellaini as a shield in the deep midfield role has certainly helped to protect the fragile central defence but at the other end of the field things aren’t working as well. Alexis Sanchez was again ineffective on the left, Jesse Lingard’s role was unclear and Romelu Lukaku didn’t get enough support.There is talent in this United squad and the desire to perform is there – what is missing is a system of play that allows them to impose themselves on opponents in the way that Liverpool and Manchester City do.Wolves hardly look like a promoted sideSlightly lost in the inevitable focus on United dropping more points at home — and slipping to eight points behind Liverpool — was the outstanding performance of Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers.They played with such confidence and composure on the ball and with evident intelligence and togetherness that it was easy to forget they are a promoted team. They looked more like the kind of opponents United might face in the Champions League group stage.That is hardly surprising when you look at the team-sheet which features experienced international quality such as Portugal’s Joao Moutinho and Mexico’s Raul Jimenez as well as younger talent such as the Portuguese pair Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota.With nine points from six games, Wolves have made a solid start to the campaign, particularly when you consider those early games include draws against both Manchester clubs. It would be no surprise to see them finish comfortably in the top ten.Pellegrini’s method starts to become clearWest Ham and their new manager Manuel Pellegrini invested heavily during the close-season but promptly lost their opening four games, raising questions about the Chilean.But after last week’s impressive win at Everton, where the Hammers attacked with precision and clinical effectiveness, they showed another side of their game with a solid, well-organised defensive display against Chelsea in Sunday’s goalless draw.Indeed, had Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenko been as sharp in front of goal as he was at Goodison Park, West Ham might have taken all three points off Maurizio Sarri’s side.The early season fixture list has not been kind to the Londoners – they have had away trips to Arsenal and Liverpool and their next two home games are against Manchester United and Tottenham.But even if the points tally will still be modest in October at least Hammers fans will feel their team is taking shape and that Pellegrini has a plan for all the new faces.VAR surely a matter of timeEverton manager Marco Silva couldn’t resist making a call for VAR to be introduced for the Premier League after a clearly offside goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal 2-0 up.Video replays showed Aubameyang was in an obvious offside position but with no VAR system in place in the competition there was nothing that could be done.Trials of the system are continuing this season with a view to a possible introduction of VAR in next season’s campaign. After the technology was largely a success at the World Cup it is hard to see how it is not brought in to all the top leagues and the Champions League.Wingers help Burnley show signs of lifeAfter finishing seventh last season, Burnley’s poor start to the season, with one point from the opening five games, was unexpected but the 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth on Saturday was even more surprising.The scoreline was the best Burnley have produced in the Premier League era and a large part of the credit must go to the team’s two wingers.Former Spurs and Everton wide-man Aaron Lennon has struggled for form in recent weeks but his pace was allied with quality delivery as he ripped open Eddie Howe’s defence.On the other flank, Iceland international Johann Berg Gudmundsson was the perfect compliment with his left-foot deliveries.Belgian midfielder Steven Defour and Ireland winger Robbie Brady are both close to returns from long-term injuries and they should offer much-needed creativity but it is still hard to see the Clarets replicating last season’s form.last_img read more

Trans Mountain a frustrating, anger-inducing process for Alberta: Notley

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the challenges facing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion shows her province can do everything by the book and still get shortchanged.Notley says the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision quashing the expansion project has provoked frustration and anger in Alberta, but her government will continue to fight to get it built.She says without it, the ongoing pipeline bottlenecks will continue to cost Canada $40 million a day in a discounted price for oil.- Advertisement -“I know I speak for everyone here in this room and every Albertan in saying that we are frustrated and, let’s go with it, angry about the recent court decision on Trans Mountain,” Notley said at the official opening of Suncor’s new Fort Hills oilsands extraction site, north of Fort McMurray on Monday.“Alberta and Albertans have done everything right and so far it hasn’t worked, but you know what we are not going to let it rest. We are going to keep fighting.”The Appeal Court recently struck down the pipeline on the grounds the federal government did not consult properly with First Nations and did not take into account the impact of tanker traffic on marine life.Advertisement The Trans Mountain project would double the existing line from Alberta to B.C. to triple the amount of oil shipped to the coast, allowing producers to sell to Pacific Rim markets and fetch a better price.The Alberta government says lack of pipeline access is forcing its producers to sell exclusively to the U.S. market at a substantial price reduction.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is considering all options to get the project restarted. Notley met with Trudeau last week in Edmonton and said Trudeau promised her a new timeline within weeks.Ottawa now owns the existing Trans Mountain line, purchasing it along with other assets recently for $4.5 billion to ensure the expansion gets completed.Advertisement In the meantime, Notley has pulled Alberta out of the federal climate change program, which calls for escalating levies on carbon emissions.Notley has said getting Trans Mountain up and running was quid pro quo for Alberta signing on to the federal carbon program, and that Alberta will stay on the sidelines until the Trans Mountain problem is fixed.Alberta retains its own climate plan, which taxes carbon at $30 a tonne, but for now won’t increase it in 2021 to keep it in lockstep with the federal program.last_img read more

Northern Development Initiative Trust Administrates BC Hydro Fund

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) was appointed as the Financial Administrator of the Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund (PACF) by BC Hydro.The fund, launched earlier this year, with a transferred $20 million to NDIT, the final step in the creation of the fund. Inaugural grant applications are anticipated in fall 2019.The PACF supports agricultural priorities, such as production and economic activity, in the Peace Region. This is a recognition of the role agriculture plays in the Peace River Region and BC Hydro’s acknowledgement of the potential effects of the Site C Project on agriculture.- Advertisement -The NDIT was selected through a competitive procurement process, as an independent corporation that was established in 2005. They manage more than $80 million in funding for partner organizations, including administration of the $800,000 BC Hydro Generate Opportunities (GO) Fund shares BC Hydro.NDIT as the PACF Administrator will manage the fund and act as a secretariat to the regional decision-making board, according to BC Hydro who share they are responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund.A strategic five-year plan being developed by the NDIT and the board will fund application packages and evaluation criteria, as well as a financial management plan.Advertisementlast_img read more

Eyes on the road

first_imgAfter automatically capturing a license plate, the system checks it against a statewide crime database.Two key locations within the city will each be covered by two cameras, officials said.“The four cameras will capture approximately 95 percent of the vehicles and their license plates traveling in and out the city,” said Captain Mike Smith of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Industry Station.Officials unveiled the system at a news conference at Hacienda Boulevard and West Road, where two of the cameras have been installed. The second location is a secret, Smith said.Officials hope the system will allow deputies to obtain vital information on vehicles involved in criminal activity, such as car thefts, illegal dumping, missing persons and AMBER Alerts. Photo Gallery: Advanced Surveillance and Protection LA HABRA HEIGHTS — Officials Monday pulled the lens caps off a new surveillance camera system that photographs vehicles’ license plates from two fixed locations, making La Habra Heights the first city in the county to employ such a system.While automatic license plate recognition systems are used in other cities, including La Mirada and Whittier, La Habra Heights’ Advanced Surveillance and Protection system is the first to have cameras deployed at fixed spots in the city.Other cities use the system in police patrol cars. “We’re very excited about this new program,” La Habra Heights Mayor Brian Bergman said.Earlier this year, the City Council approved $45,970 to install the cameras, using California Law Enforcement Equipment Funds — a state grant program..The camera surveillance already is proving its mettle, officials said. On June 1, during a test of the system, the cameras captured the license plate number of a truck that had been stolen earlier that day in Orange County.Within two seconds, the system transmitted the license plate to the Industry Station, where a dispatcher deployed units to intercept the truck, Smith said.Deputies who stopped the truck found a sawed-off shotgun, live ammunition, burglary tools, stolen property and a controlled substance inside the vehicle, he said.The male driver, a parolee at large, and a female passenger, both of La Habra Heights, were arrested, he added.“The program has already shown to be a great success, and we are looking for more arrests,” Bergman said.Sheriff’s officials in La Mirada have installed a license-recognition camera in a patrol car there, while one patrol car used by the Whittier Police Department also is equipped with the system, officials 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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

Long arm of Trader Joe’s

first_imgTrader Joe’s will replace the Longs Drugs that closed on Ventura Boulevard near Canoga Avenue a few months ago. The new store will be on the north side of the street, and details on the opening are still being worked out. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgPeter CaseyA DONEGAL-based businessman has been buying homes and leasing them back to families so the banks don’t get them.Peter Casey, a successful businessman in the world of recruitment who argues for ethical ways of doing business, has saved several families from eviction.The executive chairman of recruitment company Claddagh Resources, has bought several homes just before they were reposessed by banks. And then he leased them back to the occupants so they weren’t left without a roof over their heads.“Before the banks foreclose, I buy the property and enter into a long-term lease [with the occupants], so they don’t put up the for sale sign,” said Casey.He says he works with an estate agent who identifies families in trouble and then helps out.It’s understood he bought around 14 such properties in last year alone. “I bought one last week, the banks were foreclosing on this lady and now the neighbours don’t know,” he said.“Don’t get me wrong, I make a decent return on them. I’m getting around 7.5% or 8% yield.“The banks could easily have been doing this themselves,” he insisted.But the way he works allows people to stay in their homes and pay affordable rent. It works for both sides.Casey’s recent book, The World’s Greatest Company – Tata, focuses on a company which employs 300,000 people and is chaired by Ireland’s richest man Cyrus Mistry. Mistry’s mother Patsy Perin Dubash is from Dublin and is married to Pallonji Mistry and they all hold Irish passports.The family owns 18.4% of Tata, while 66% is owned by philanthropic trusts. The company has businesses in seven sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. It also owns the Jaguar luxury car company. Tata became Claddagh’s biggest client in the last decade after a former Ernst & Young executive who Casey had worked with joined Tata.The book began as a 15-page information manual about the company. However, the project expanded and Casey gained extensive access to the very private company. Casey was impressed by its ethos of doing good deeds.“Every employee in Tata is required to sign the Tata code of conduct, it would blow your mind”. “If every director in Ireland had been forced to sign it, we would never have gotten into the mess we’re in,” said Casey. “And every politician should be forced to sign it.”Casey is also setting up a company which uses cloud-based video technology for the recruitment sector in Letterkenny.Casey, who divides his time between Atlanta in the US and Derry, also tries to invest in ethical stock.“I sold all my Apple shares when I realised they pay minimum wage in most countries where they could get away with it,” said Casey. “They could change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in China by paying $1 more an hour.His own company Claddagh Resources, is based in Lisfannon, although he mostly lives in Atlanta.DONEGAL-BASED BUSINESSMAN BUYS HOMES TO STOP BANKS RE-POSSESSING THEM was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:banksDonegal DailyPeter Caseylast_img read more

Don’t go, Zlatan! PSG star pleads with Ibrahimovic to snub Man United interest

first_img Thiago Silva greets Paris Saint-Germain teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1 Thiago Silva has told Zlatan Ibrahimovic to reject interest from Manchester United to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.The Swede has been in stunning form this season and has scored 38 goals in 41 games in all competitions.The 34-year-old’s contract with PSG expires in the summer, though, and he has attracted interest from Manchester United.But Ibrahimovic’s captain, Silva, wants the striker to snub a move to Old Trafford and stay in the French capital.“I’m not just saying this because I’m friends with him, but I can’t imagine PSG without Zlatan,” Silva told Sky Deutschland.“Ibra is invaluable for our team, opponents struggle to get him under control. He’s simply too clever and his moves are very intelligent.“Some argue that he’s getting old, I would rather say he’s experienced. At the moment I can’t imagine PSG without him very easily.”last_img read more


first_imgPromoted postEvolve Menswear’s massive summer sale is now on. With suits from just €99, footwear from €10, and up to 70% off jeans, there’s huge savings to be had right across their Letterkenny and Derry stores.Prices have been slashed on clothing from Farah, Adidas, Fred Perry, Jack & Jones and Lyle & Scott, while many more leading clothing brands have been reduced by up to 50%.There’s also huge discounts on suits from Magee, Lambretta, and Remus Uomo to name but a few.Evolve Menswear, the North West’s leading menswear retailer, has branches at the Letterkenny Retail Park, and in Foyle Street in Derry. You can Like them on Facebook here: SAVINGS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR’S SUMMER SALE! was last modified: July 1st, 2016 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:Derrydonegalevolve menswearSALElast_img read more

Get involved

first_imgThe Los Angeles Unified School District isn’t known for being all that parent-friendly. That’s why events such as the Parents Summit coming up Saturday are so important. The 10th annual summit will allow parents rare interaction with the bureaucracy through workshops, which will help parents gain insight into accessing the district and empowering themselves. We encourage parents to show up in force, even if just for an hour or two, to make their voices be heard, to agitate for things their classrooms and schools need, and generally get involved. The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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