Thierry Henry delighted to be back at Arsenal

first_imgThierry Henry hopes he can save Arsenal a fortune in the transfer market by helping to create a homegrown superstar striker.Arsenal’s record goalscorer has started coaching the club’s under-21 and under-18 forwards as he takes the first steps on a possible road into management.But his immediate target is to see if he can inspire some goalscoring Gunners for boss Arsene Wenger.Henry explained: “I want to try to give back what I’ve learned and pass on advice. It is also for me to learn and see how to prepare a training session, be a coach.“Hopefully what I say to the kids is going to help them. They respect what you have done [as a player] but you need to talk sense if what you say is going to have an impact on their career or [their performance] on the day.”Speaking to the club’s official website, he added: “Arsenal is a family and you never really leave. It will always be in me and it’s nice to be working with the younger players. I am very happy with that.” Thierry Henry 1last_img read more

No pressure! Which Premier League new boy will make the biggest impact on debut this weekend?

first_img 6 6 6 6. Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – City parted with another eye-watering fee to secure the services of the Argentine defender and Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping he has finally identified the long-term centre-back partner for Vincent Kompany. Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo received more than Otamendi’s seven Man of the Match awards in La Liga last season. He may, however, have to fill in at right-back for the league leaders at Palace if Bacary Sagna is sidelined through injury. 5. Michail Antonio (West Ham) – Widely regarded as the best player in the Championship, Antonio snubbed offers from other second tier sides to pursue his Premier League dream. Along with fellow new recruit Victor Moses, he will be expected to inject some pace into the West Ham attack. Can he help the Hammers transfer their stunning away form into a first home win of the season against Newcastle on Monday night? The Premier League returns this weekend after the first international break of the season and, with Manchester United v Liverpool live on talkSPORT on Saturday, it’s fair to say it’s back with a bang.A caveat to this weekend’s set of fixtures will be the prospected debuts of several new signings following the trials and tribulations of transfer deadline day.Premier League clubs splashed out nearly £900m between them during the summer window and a handful of the heftier purchases are in line for their top flight bows over the next few days.But which new signing are you most excited about and who will make the biggest impact? 1. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – No pressure, kid. The most expensive teenager in history could make his United debut this weekend in traditionally their biggest fixture of the season – Liverpool at home. Could Louis van Gaal be tempted to throw him into the mix straight away? Even the Dutchman admitted earlier this week that the astronomical fee Monaco received for his services was ‘ridiculous.’ Good luck to him. 6 4. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – The latest South East Asian import to the Premier League will be hoping to be more Ji-Sung Park than Shinji Kagawa. He was brilliant for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, with the physical demands of the German top flight perhaps a good indicator he should settle well in England. Spurs go to lowly Sunderland on Sunday still looking for their first win of the season. 6 3. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The most expensive Premier League import of the summer has gone from £18m Chelsea misfit to £54m world-beater in the space of 18 months. Quite a transformation for a man Jose Mourinho shunted for temperamental reasons. The Belgian has a point to prove to more than a few people, and he can make a start during a tricky away fixture at Crystal Palace. 6 2. Virgin van Dijk (Southampton) – This is an intriguing one. Long earmarked as the finest player in the SPL with Celtic, the Dutch centre-back must now make the sizeable step up to Premier League football. A trip to West Brom is a relatively low key introduction for the tall defender but if he can strike up an instant understanding with captain Jose Fonte, Saints might be onto a winning formula. last_img read more

We’ll be ready! Pochettino hails Tottenham fitness work ahead of trip to Arsenal

first_img Tottenham celebrate Mauricio Pochettino insists fitness won’t be a problem for Tottenham against Arsenal.The short trip to the Emirates on Sunday will be Spurs’ third game in less than a week, but Pochettino has no doubts that his squad can deal with the workload.They have certainly coped well so far, following up Monday’s 3-1 win over with Aston Villa in the Premier League by beating Anderlecht 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night.“It’s not because we have a young squad that we run a lot and we now win the games,” Pochettino said.“It’s about the way we’re training. This is our sports science and our medical staff who deserve to have their job recognised.“When you have to push the players every day, it is hard for the players and you can be proud of how they recovered for (the game against Anderlecht).“It is not a miracle. It is hard work from the beginning of the season.”The contest at White Hart Lane looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw when Harry Kane’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Imoh Ezekiel but Dembele came off the bench to score a stunning winner in the 87th minute.Dembele expressed disappointment earlier this year at his lack of game-time at White Hart Lane but the midfielder appears to have won over Pochettino, having started all of Tottenham’s last four matches and scored three times in the process.“If we analyse him last season, part of the season he was injured,” Pochettino said.“I think Dembele from the beginning of this season, every time he was available he had the possibility to play.“Always it’s up to the player. If the player shows he deserves to play, it’s easy for them.“I am very pleased with him. He got injured against Everton and had some problems with his foot but today he was very important for us.” 1last_img read more

A weekend of bliss for Tyler Perry as ‘Married’ wins box office

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Disney reported an $11.5 million haul for “The Game Plan,” Warner Bros. reported $11.01 million for “Michael Clayton” and Sony reported $11 million for “We Own the Night.” Universal’s “The Golden Age,” a follow-up to 1998’s “Elizabeth,” was No. 6 with $6.2 million. Despite the rush of movies featuring top stars, overall business continued to slide. Revenues were down for the fourth-straight weekend, with the top 12 films taking in $85.5 million, off 14 percent from the same weekend last year, when “The Grudge 2” and “The Departed” led the box office. Though “Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls” had a so-so opening earlier this year, “Why Did I Get Married?” joined his previous hits “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which also opened at No. 1. “Why Did I Get Married?” follows the domestic trials of couples re-evaluating their relationships during an annual reunion. Academy Awards heavyweights such as George Clooney and Cate Blanchett were no match for another of Tyler Perry’s populist tales. The Lionsgate release “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” a marital yarn whose ensemble cast includes Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott and writer-director Perry, debuted as the No. 1 weekend movie with $21.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Perry’s flick came in well ahead of Clooney’s legal drama “Michael Clayton,” Blanchett’s historical pageant “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” and Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg’s crime saga “We Own the Night,” which all pulled in modest crowds. “The Game Plan,” which had been No. 1 the previous two weekends, was neck-and-neck with “Michael Clayton” and “We Own the Night” for second-place. Exact rankings awaited final studio numbers today. “Tyler Perry is a mogul,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “There is a built-in audience base for Tyler Perry’s movies, no matter what time of year, no matter what the subject matter.” “Michael Clayton,” which went into nationwide release after opening in a handful of theaters a week earlier, stars Clooney as an attorney in moral crisis over a class-action lawsuit. “We Own the Night” features Phoenix and Wahlberg in the story of a black-sheep brother who makes amends with his family of cops to take on Russian drug dealers. In “The Golden Age,” Blanchett reprises her role as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth I as she faces a holy war with Spain. The studios are counting on Oscar buzz for Blanchett and Clooney to keep “The Golden Age” and “Michael Clayton.” “We think we really have a solid Oscar contender here, and we’re in for the long run,” said Dan Fellman, Warner’s head of distribution. Top movies Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” $21.5 million. 2. “The Game Plan,” $11.5 million. 3. “Michael Clayton,” $11.01 million. 4. “We Own the Night,” $11 million. 5. “The Heartbreak Kid,” $7.4 million. 6. “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” $6.2 million. 7. “The Kingdom,” $4.6 million. 8. “Across the Universe,” $4 million. 9. “Resident Evil: Extinction,” $2.65 million. 10. “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising,” $2.15 million.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

Man to start selling ultra-rare books

first_imgPASADENA – There’s a first-edition Ken Follett thriller lying on Michael Sharpe’s library table. First editions are what Sharpe collects. This particular potboiler, however, is surrounded by what experts call one of the most extraordinary private collections of rare books in the world. In just 20 years, Sharpe has amassed works of science, philosophy, medicine, exploration, religion, literature and mathematics, all classified as being in superb condition and worth about $25 million. Together, they record the growth of Western civilization through everything from a Dead Sea Scroll fragment to “Gone With the Wind.” Selling rare books, Sharpe said, is a way to keep dealing in a world he loves. “I’m obsessive compulsive, and I’ve found a great outlet that’s socially acceptable,” he joked. Sharpe didn’t come to the rarefied world of antiquarian books through academia. A fifth-generation Californian, he left home in Calaveras County at just 15. “It was too provincial,” he said. After taking a series of manual jobs – transporting chickens and digging ditches among them – he opened his first business, private mailboxes, at 17. “I worked very hard to make a living, and in the last six or seven years my business has given me enough free time to focus on collecting books,” said Sharpe, who moved on from ditch-digging to a career in financial services. Now he has the time to go after the books he wants “with a vengeance,” spending six or seven hours a day tracking them down. With the help of rare book expert Michael Des Marais, he has accumulated a starting inventory both men expect to draw bibliophiles worldwide. “We’ve already had people from London, the East Coast, New Zealand,” said Des Marais, who manages the book store and will build up the stock through “auctions, private sales, estates and savvy book scouts” worldwide. They expect to get local customers, too – possibly from another local rare book repository. “We do have most books of the books he has,” said Alan Jutzi, curator of rare books at the Huntington Library. “But the other thing is, he has books in spectacular condition, and these are hard to come by these days,” Jutzi said. He admitted to coveting Sharpe’s copy of Lewis and Clark’s voyage, in its original boards – early books were sold with cardboard covers so owners could choose their own binding. “The Huntington does not have it like that, ours has been rebound,” he said. “(Sharpe) has books that, for their condition alone, jump out at you as looking pretty much as they did when they were printed,” Jutzi said. “Despite his short time doing it, he’s considered a major collector among collectors.” Sharpe started out with Western Americana, partly, he said, because his great-great-grandfather led a wagon train to California, and growing up in Gold Rush country, he felt “an affinity” with the West. But he soon moved on to the Holy Grail of book collecting: “Printing and the Mind of Man,” a 1963 list of 424 of the most important books in Western civilization. He has 170 of them. Sharpe loves to handle his books and show them to groups or visitors. “He had book parties at Christmas, showing fabulous rare books, and a good time was had by all,” Des Marais said. But Sharpe “doesn’t read the literature,” which includes pristine first editions of everything from “Jane Eyre,” at $125,000, to Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” at a more modest $6,000. “I get a paperback!” he said. Sharpe admits to feeling “almost romantic” about his books, and he gets passionate about some favorites: a Shakespeare Folio, a copy of “Structure of the Human Body” printed in Basel in 1543, worth $750,000, that he describes as “without question the finest in the world.” “The prices the authors paid to write some of this,” he said, gesturing to the works lining his two-story library. “It’s hard not to realize you’re sitting in the midst of history. Much of what we are today is on the shelves right here.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want 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 But now Sharpe is ready to go from book collector to bookseller. Michael Sharpe Rare & Antiquarian Books has just opened in a historic Craftsman house at 569 S. Marengo Ave., with a catalogued inventory worth around $8 million, about 20 percent of it from the personal collection kept at his Pasadena home. “It was a little bit of a wrench,” Sharpe said of shipping some of his private library off to the store. “I decided to keep history and science over literature,” he said. “I love them all, but it can take six to eight years to build up an inventory … `Frankenstein’ was hard to let go.” It’s listed at $18,500. last_img

Carson deputy arrested in sting

first_imgCarlos, a deputy for seven years assigned to the Carson station, has a right to appeal. During his Internet chat, he arranged to meet the child “for the purposes of lewd or sexual acts,” Ishii said. Investigators did not know Carlos was a sheriff’s deputy until after his arrest, Ishii said. Carlos was arrested and released on bail. The Sheriff’s Department immediately placed him on paid administrative leave, Whitmore said. The District Attorney’s Office’s Justice System Integrity Division is reviewing the matter to determine whether charges will be filed. Whitmore said the Sheriff’s Department does not usually begin its own internal affairs investigations until the district attorney has filed criminal charges. Like any citizen, law enforcement officers are not required to talk with police investigators when suspected in a crime. They are, however, mandated to speak in internal investigations. Once Baca saw the video, however, he initiated the investigation, concluding it Thursday, Whitmore said. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Carson sheriff’s deputy was arrested during an Internet child predator sting in Hawthorne, police revealed Thursday. Joseph Carlos, 31, was taken into custody during the operation conducted in March and April, Hawthorne police Lt. Mike Ishii said. Sheriff Lee Baca moved Thursday night to fire Carlos, Baca’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Carlos allegedly arrived March 31 in Hawthorne to meet with a 13-year-old girl he met in an Internet chat room. But the child actually was an undercover law enforcement officer working with the South Bay Internet Predator Task Force, a conglomeration of officers from Hawthorne, Palos Verdes Estates, Gardena, Culver City, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo and Inglewood, Ishii said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre No information about the sting was revealed after the operation, apparently because it was filmed for a Court TV special set to air soon. Fifteen men were arrested during the operation conducted March 21 to April 7, Ishii said. Baca on Wednesday watched video of Carlos’ arrest and immediately opened his own department’s investigation, Whitmore said. The sheriff sent a letter Thursday to Carlos “that will indicate it is our intent to terminate him,” Whitmore said. “The sheriff wants this thing wrapped up,” he said. last_img read more

Magnitude-7.7 quake spreads panic in Chile

first_img“I was very frightened. It was very strong,” she said. “I’ve never felt one that strong.” Schools, hospitals and other buildings were evacuated in several cities. Television showed some patients holding their IV bags as they were wheeled from the hospital in Copiapo, 500 miles north of Santiago. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued, then canceled, a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru. It said the quake generated only a two-foot wave. Scientists in Chile and the United States were trying to determine why such an intense quake apparently did not cause more damage. “The ground in the region is very good, very firm, so the movement’s effect on buildings is limited,” said Sergio Barrientos, a seismologist at the University of Chile.”It comes down to the level of shaking in certain places,” added Paul Earle at the USGS. “It’s not immensely populated in the areas most affected.” The quake occurred in one of the most seismically active regions in the world, where the Nazca tectonic plate is shoving itself beneath the South American plate. A 1939 quake in Chile killed 28,000 people and in 1960, a magnitude-9.5 quake – the strongest recorded in the 20th century – killed 5,700 people. On June 13, 2005, a magnitude-7.8 quake near Tarapaca in northern Chile killed 11 people and left thousands homeless.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! About 10 road workers were trapped near Tocopilla when a section of a tunnel they were repairing collapsed, but all were in good condition and rescuers were working to free them, according to the government’s emergency bureau. In the port city of Antofagasta, 105 miles south of the epicenter, police Capt. Javier Carmona said at least 45 people were injured. The mayor of nearby Maria Elena, Eduardo Ahumada, said 20 others were injured there and most of the town’s 1,800 houses were damaged. But reports were incomplete as government ministers boarded flights to the area and President Michelle Bachelet’s spokesman said she would fly to northern Chile today. “It was horribly strong. It was very long and there was a lot of underground noise,” said Andrea Riveros, spokeswoman for the Park Hotel in nearby Calama, site of the Chuquicamata copper mine. The mine’s owner, Codelco, said power was cut for two hours, but there was no damage or injuries. At the Agua del Desierto Hotel, administrator Paola Barria said she felt like she was riding on “a floating island.” She reported downed power lines, cracked windows and fallen pieces of houses near the hotel. CALAMA, Chile – A major earthquake crushed cars, damaged thousands of houses and terrified people for hundreds of miles Wednesday. Authorities reported at least two deaths and more than 100 injuries. The quake, which struck at 12:40 p.m., shook the Chilean capital 780 miles to the south of the epicenter, and was felt as far away as the other side of the continent – in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1,400 miles to the east. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the magnitude at 7.7. It was followed by several aftershocks, including three larger than magnitude 5. The University of Chile’s Seismological Institute put the epicenter near Quillagua, a tiny desert village in the foothills of the Andes. No reports from Quillagua were available Wednesday. Two women were killed in the town of Tocopilla, 25 miles from the epicenter, when their houses collapsed, authorities said. Hospital director Juan Urrutia said at least 100 people were treated for injuries or panic. Tocopilla Mayor Luis Moyano said 1,200 houses were badly damaged there. last_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: There has been a huge upsurge in the number of landlords across Donegal being visited by the Revenue Commission, a leading tax consultant has revealed.Michael Coll of The Tax Clinic in Letterkenny said the Revenue are targeting people with second homes to see they are tax compliant.Mr Coll said he has been inundated with queries by worried homeowners. “These landlords have either been contacted by the Revenue directly regarding their rental properties and non-declared rental income or have decided to get their affairs in order before the inevitable letter from the Revenue arrives,” he said.Michael says “that during the boom years many people bought second properties in Ireland and abroad that are now generating a rental income which they are obliged to declare on an annual Tax Return.”But he said people with second homes should not be worried about contacting the Revenue.He said “On a positive note there are many allowable expenses that can help reduce any potential tax bill such as, mortgage interest, insurance, repairs & maintenance etc.” Those worried about becoming tax compliant on a second home or a rental property can log onto who also have offices at 40 Port Road in Letterkenny.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content and Ideas including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on HUGE UPSURGE IN LANDLORDS BEING VISITED BY REVENUE INSPECTORS – TAX EXPERT was last modified: November 12th, 2011 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:landlordsMichael CollRevenuewww.thetaxclinic.ielast_img read more


first_imgFour junior enterprises from Donegal will make their pitches at the national final of Junior Dragon’s Den today Saturday in a bid to secure a spot on the 2013 RTE programme.Donegal Pens brothers Rónán and Conor Mc Garvey from Loughanure, Niall Mc Closkey from Letterkenny, Niall Foody from Letterkenny and a group of five girl students from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair will face challenges from dozens of other enterprises from all over Ireland.Pen brothers Rónán and Conor Mc Garvey will showcase their range of wooden pens, while Letterkenny lad Niall Mc Closkey, from St Columba’s College, Stranorlar will show his ‘Easy Grower’ system for planting fruit and vegetables. Errigal College student Niall Foody will demonstrate his invention of a luminous keyhole assistant, a great little invention that makes it easier for you to see the keyhole or lock on your door in the dark.Students Caoimhe Nic Phaidin Ni Dhonaill, Neasa Bheaid, Maria Ni Fhearraigh, Emma Nic Uidhir and Laura Nic Lochlainn from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair have produced a set of ‘Cool Cards’, play cards featuring GAA players similar to the once famous ‘Match Attack’ soccer cards.The national final takes place in the Gibson Hotel at the Point Village all day and the successful participants who will feature on the TV show in 2013 will be revealed next week.  FOUR DONEGAL GROUPS TO ENTER THE JUNIOR DRAGON’S DEN TODAY! was last modified: December 8th, 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:Junior Dragon’s Denlast_img read more

Russian in Marina del Rey guilty in marriage fraud

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAdams’ arraignment was continued until Dec. 24. In late 2005 and early 2006, Kalinina allegedly posted eight advertisements on the Craigslist Web site saying she wanted to marry a U.S. citizen solely to obtain permanent resident status, according to federal prosecutors. Kalinina offered her would-be husbands up to $15,000, prosecutors said. The ads purportedly read: “Green Card Marriage — Will pay $300/month Total: $15,000” and “This is strictly platonic business offer, sex not involved. NOT required to live together.” Adams responded to Kalinina’s advertisements in January 2006 and agreed to enter into the sham marriage with her, prosecutors said. One month later, the pair were married in a ceremony performed by Kalinina’s live-in boyfriend, Dmitri Chavkerov, an Internet-ordained minister, prosecutors said. A 25-year-old Russian national living in Marina del Rey who allegedly paid to lease a new Ford Mustang to a U.S. citizen so he would pretend to be her husband pleaded not guilty today to charges of marriage fraud. Yuliya Mikhailovna Kalinina appeared for her arraignment in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles this morning. Kalinina and her co-defendant, 30-year-old U.S. citizen Benjamin Claude Adams, were arrested on Nov. 29 after they allegedly entered into a sham marriage so she could become a permanent resident. Adams, a West Los Angeles resident, and Kalinina were arrested at their respective homes by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Later, Kalinina allegedly leased a new Ford Mustang for Adams. If convicted of marriage fraud, both could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison.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