‘I want to make history’ – Man United target explains decision to stay at PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura has revealed why he decided to commit his long-term future to the French club during the summer amid interest from Manchester United.The Brazilian playmaker has been on United’s radar ever since his Sao Paulo days and he was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford earlier this year.Talks over a new contract in Paris had stalled but he finally put pen to paper on a contract until 2019 during June – drawing a line under speculation surrounding a United move.And now the 23-year-old Brazil international has spoken about why he decided to stay put at the Parc des Princes.“I love being in Paris,” Moura told France Football.“I want to make history. I feel that I can win the Champions League with PSG. But it is not only the club, but also life in Paris which is fantastic. That’s why I want to stay here long.“At first, my family and I missed our friends. The Brazilians are very close to their families, even in difficult times. We are always happy to be together.“Now everything is better because I live with my mother, my stepfather, my girlfriend. I can not complain about anything. I live in the most beautiful city in the world“Moreover, I am doing something that I love: playing football. “ Lucas Moura 1last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal reveals extent of injuries to Phil Jones and Ander Herrera

first_img Ander Herrera suffered the injury in the 25th minute 1 Louis van Gaal admitted the club were in a ‘lousy period’ after Manchester United picked up another two injuries during their 2-1 victory over Watford.Ander Herrera and Phil Jones both limped off in the win which saw Memphis Depay end his goal drought before a goal at either end by Watford’s Troy Deeney ensured the three points returned to Old Trafford.Herrera provided a superb cross for Depay’s opening goal at Vicarage Road but lasted only 25 minutes, as a hamstring strain meant he had to be replaced by Marcos Rojo, while Phil Jones was also substituted after the he twisted his ankle.Van Gaal confirmed the pair would miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven.United already have a lengthy list of absentees, including Wayne Rooney (illness), Anthony Martial (foot), Marouane Fellaini (calf), Michael Carrick (ankle), Antonio Valencia (foot) and Luke Shaw (leg). Van Gaal also said striker James Wilson has a swollen knee.“We are in a lousy period because there are a lot of injuries,” Van Gaal said.“Jones and Herrera are not available for Wednesday. The first impression is they are not heavy injuries but we have to play Wednesday.“Jones has a twisted ankle and Herrera maybe a hamstring injury. Rooney is ill and illness is a matter of days, not weeks.“I do expect that he shall play Wednesday. He is at home. Tomorrow he comes and then I can say more.“Martial has a foot problem. It is not so heavy as the media has written but you never know, we have to wait and see.”United’s shortage of forward options offered an opportunity for Depay against Watford, who made his first league start since the 3-0 loss to Arsenal on October 4.Depay’s United career has been one of fits and starts since his £25million move in the summer and Van Gaal admitted this week he had expected more of the 21-year-old this season.A lively display, however, was capped off by an excellent finish in the first half as Depay struck a sweet volley into the top corner to give United the lead.“The goal was superb,” Van Gaal said.“A fantastic pass from Ander Herrera. He finished it very well. I think also the first half he played a very good game.“The second half a little bit less, because he is six weeks out of the team and lacks some match rhythm so I can understand that.“I think he played a very good match, like Jesse Lingard. The way we played, it suits them. That was good.”last_img read more

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Alan Pardew laments injury crisis after Chelsea defeat but dismisses need to spend

first_imgAlan Pardew has lamented his side’s performance in Crystal Palace’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, bemoaning the number of key players missing for their below-par display at Selhurst Park.The Eagles were without Yohane Cabaye, through suspension, while Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham missed the clash through injury, and Pardew believes their absence was imperative in the Blues sealing their first away win since August, and their first victory under interim boss Guus Hiddink.The Palace manager said: “I think the first goal was essential today, to both sides. We hadn’t scored for two games, we had a couple of half chances, probably bossed that period, probably our best period of the game.“How are we going to get two goals? There lay the story of the next period of the game, sixty minutes or so.“They play like Chelsea can play; we play below par.“One of the reasons we played below par was because, I think, we had so many key players missing today, and I just think we forced the game, trying to do things, trying to put passes inside of full backs – which is not really our game.“Not playing our wide players to feet, trying to put them in behind – all sorts of things we did wrong today.”Pardew, however, dismissed the idea that his side’s current injury problems indicates a need to be active in the January transfer window in order to sustain their impressive start to the season.“I think that’s a little bit harsh, in terms to say that we need to invest,” the 54-year-old said.“I think if I had everyone available, or even half of my defensive team available, we’d be ok.”Pardew also stated that, even with a fully fit squad, this afternoon’s fixture would have been difficult, with Chelsea’s big-name players performing to the standard expected of their sizeable price-tags.“We had too many missing today, and even with all our players fit and well today, this still would have been a tough game.“Chelsea were at it today – their big players turned up and, therefore, it’s always going to be difficult.“You’re talking about players that have cost £30, £40million – there’s a reason for that (fee); they’re top, top quality players and they all turned up today.”last_img read more

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Bolton given more time to pay £2.2m tax bill amid sale plan ‘progress’

first_imgBolton Wanderers have been given more time to pay a £2.2 million tax bill after lawyers told a specialist judge in the High Court that “significant progress” had been made in plans to sell the club.Tax authority officials have asked for Bolton – who slipped to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday after losing 2-1 at Leeds – to be wound up after complaining that the club had not paid a £2.2 million bill.But Registrar Clive Jones refused to grant a winding-up application by HM Revenue and Customs at a High Court hearing in London on Monday.Mr Jones said the case would be reviewed in two weeks.Barrister Hilary Stonefrost told Mr Jones that “significant progress” had been made “towards getting to the end of this process”.“Significant progress has been made,” she said.“A lot of progress has been made over the last two weeks.”She said Football League bosses were monitoring developments, and added: “The Football League has had a very careful look at what is proposed and set out conditions on how this should proceed.”A club statement released after the latest adjournment confirmed the Football League had given “conditional approval” to complete the takeover with the Sports Shield consortium.The group, led by ex-Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth, agreed to buy the club off long-time owner Eddie Davies two weeks ago.The statement read: “Bolton Wanderers can announce that the club has been granted a third and final adjournment of 14 days by the High Court at today’s hearing in respect of the winding-up petition in order to allow the owner to complete a sale of the controlling interest in the club.“The club have received conditional approval to the transfer of ownership from the Football League.“The board would again like to thank all staff at the club for their loyalty and unfaltering commitment to the cause through this incredibly difficult period.” A group led by Dean Holdsworth agreed to buy the club from long-time owner Eddie Davies 1last_img read more

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State’s inconsistent on letting the public speak

first_imgBesides, recent history indicates Californians turn out in droves when they get enough advance notice of hearings. Many are happy to participate and not merely leave matters to elected officials beholden to special interest donors. One hearing conducted in June by Democratic state Sen. Joe Simitian of Palo Alto drew more than 300 pet owners distraught over a plan to require all dogs and cats over 4 months of age to be spayed or neutered unless the owner gets a permit exempting them. The 300 howled for five hours over this plan, which subsequently died in committee – in part because of their opposition. Citizens have turned out in increasing numbers for the last several years on city matters, too, often offering intelligent ideas that have sometimes been adopted by city councils engaged in land-use planning and other key local decision-making. So why do some state officials try to avoid public hearings on key, expensive items like the prison bonds? Could it be that Schwarzenegger, for one, is more comfortable taking his ideas to canned “town hall” meetings with pre-selected participants and to banquet rooms full of health insurance executives than meeting with the hoi polloi? While some agencies and lawmakers still hold public hearings on important issues, Schwarzenegger and much of the Legislature appear more comfortable deciding key issues among themselves and their big campaign donors. It’s a lot easier on the nerves to attend a “Big Five” meeting of Sacramento big shots in the Schwarzenegger smoking tent than going out to a totally unscripted event in an auditorium where everyone can come and have his or her say. But it doesn’t tell you what gets the people excited and involved, the way public hearings can. Tom Elias wrote The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, which is now in its third edition. His e-mail address is tdelias@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the state Lands Commission took up the question of whether to allow a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal to run pipelines across tidelands and beaches near Oxnard, more than 2,000 highly vocal citizens turned out to protest and each one got a chance to speak. But when the state Public Utilities Commission made the key decision without which no LNG firms would be pushing to enter the California market, no one heard from the public. No evidence was taken, either. Instead, the commission on its own ruled that California utilities can forgo as much as one-quarter of the domestic natural gas that now comes here and substitute foreign-source LNG for it. The commission’s justification for its decision was that California allegedly faces an impending natural gas shortage, which can be solved by LNG – gas supercooled to a liquid state and then shipped here. Of course, had there been a public hearing, someone might have popped the entire LNG balloon by pointing out that you don’t solve an impending shortage of anything by giving up one-fourth of your existing supply. A public hearing might also have avoided a major intra-government lawsuit now in progress, one which sees the South Coast Air Quality Management District – anti-smog arbiter for Los Angeles, Orange and much of Riverside and San Bernardino counties – suing to overturn that PUC ruling. The smog-control district argues LNG would cause increased air pollution because of its slightly different chemical composition from domestic supplies coming from Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Why, also, were there no public hearings when state legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last spring hustled through a $15 billion prison construction bond issue? It will cost taxpayers an average of $1 billion per year for 30 years to pay off those bonds, including interest, and they had absolutely no voice in the matter. Similarly, while legislators did hold hearings on a Democratic-inspired plan for a single-payer health insurance system, not even during the autumn special legislative session were there any on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan for universal health coverage or the Democratic alternative to it. Surely, there’s been plenty of time to hold hearings – Schwarzenegger first proposed his plan in his state of the state speech last January and he’s staged numerous dog-and-pony shows since then to promote it. Nor have there been public hearings on the key water policy issues lawmakers considered during the same special session. Politicians sometimes say public hearings are useless, that virtually no one turns out for them except parties with a direct financial interest in the outcome of an issue. But in the case of water and universal health care, that includes everyone. last_img read more

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2 Palmdale council winners credit their records

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Barcelona, who finished fourth in the balloting behind the two incumbents and Sandoval, said she didn’t know whether her campaign tactics backfired. “I think in the end, the voters saw the incumbents were doing a good job,” said Barcelona, a business owner and Antelope Valley Fair board member. “I’m going to give them a lot of credit for that.” Dispenza said he would work to address crime and public safety, water issues and creating more jobs so residents don’t have to commute. Hofbauer said he wants better analyses of crime to better deploy law enforcement resources and wants to see through to completion the new Palmdale hospital and a proposed city power plant. In the Antelope Valley Union High School District, a $240 million school construction bond measure failed in Tuesday’s polling, the second unsuccessful attempt in two years. PALMDALE – City Council incumbents Mike Dispenza and Steve Hofbauer attributed their re-election victories to their records in office. “I ran on my record and ran a very clean campaign, and I’m very gratified that our residents responded positively to that type of campaign,” said Dispenza, who runs an insurance agency and is back for a third four-year term. “My record was a key factor,” said Hofbauer, an inspector with the Los Angeles Fire Department, who won a second term. “I got in on strong public safety and a commitment to listen to my constituents, and I did that.” The campaign was marked by personal attacks, most notably challenger Shawny Barcelona calling candidate Edwin Sandoval unfit for public office. She alleged he pointed a gun at a woman’s head in 1993, an incident Sandoval said never happened. District officials pegged the measure’s defeat to a number of reasons, including the housing market slump, anti-illegal immigration sentiment and low voter turnout. Without the bond, school overcrowding will increase, leading to the prospect of cramming more portable classrooms onto campuses. Other options that might be reviewed include double sessions and year-round calendars, officials said. Measure E would have assessed property owners $30 a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation; the money raised would have helped pay for building two high schools, completing construction of Eastside High and paying for improvements at existing campuses. The measure got just over 50 percent of the vote, short of the 55 percent needed for passage. In 2006, the district’s $177.7 million bond measure got 52 percent of the vote. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 661-476-4586160Want 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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GALLERY: 12 images from a jubilant title-winning parade in Leicester

first_img Leicester City’s team bus parades through the town centre – click the arrow, above right, to see more amazing images 12 12 Leicester City’s team bus parades through the town centre – click the arrow, right, to see more great images from the day 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 Almost a quarter of a million fans packed Leicester’s streets to salute the Foxes’ Barclays Premier League triumph as captain Wes Morgan admitted he struggled to take it in.The team and boss Claudio Ranieri paraded the trophy on an open-top bus tour through the city with Leicester rock band Kasabian finishing the show at Victoria Park where thousands had gathered.The club’s official estimate was that around 240,000 watched the parade and flooded into Victoria Park, where the club’s title party ended to raucous scenes. Morgan and his team-mates set off from a packed Jubilee Square with the trophy – just two years after winning the Sky Bet Championship and only 12 months after beating relegation back to the second tier.The skipper helped lead the Foxes to the top – where they finished 10 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal – and conceded it still feels like a dream.“We shouldn’t be in this position but we are. We are trying to let it sink in still, we are champions and we are going to embrace it. I feel very proud,” he said.“I’m a bit tired so I do want the season to end, it’s been a long season but it’s been an unbelievable one.“Looking out you feel very proud, seeing all the people, flags, everyone enjoying themselves and it shows what we have achieved this season. I’m trying to let the moment sink in.”Leicester were 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season after Ranieri replaced Nigel Pearson in the summer.Austria international Christian Fuchs, a summer signing, echoed Morgan’s thoughts.He said: “It’s outstanding and just shows how much support we have. I cannot believe it yet. After the last game at Chelsea you kind of get a taste but I’m still not there that I can tell what happened. During the vacation and during the Euros I’ll be able to realise.“We have duties, the Euros are coming up. You can still be happy and have a little party but not extensive. We produced a lot of special moments.” 12 12last_img read more

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NHL roundup

first_imgat Colorado 3, Columbus 2 Martin Gerber made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout, and the Hurricanes scored three goals in a 6:14 span in the second period. Wade Dubielewicz stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, who have lost seven of their past eight games. Toronto 3, at Edmonton 2 Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist made 36 saves and Chad Kilger scored the winning goal early in the third period for the Maple Leafs, who have won seven of their past eight games and eight of 12 in Edmonton. New Jersey 3, at Buffalo 2 Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for the Devils, who have won three straight for the first time since November. Maxim Afinogenov and Thomas Vanek scored for the Sabres. at Boston 6, Tampa Bay 3 Defenseman Milan Jurcina scored the first two goals of his NHL career and Patrice Bergeron had the go-ahead goal to lead the Bruins, who are 16-0-5 in their past 21 home games against the Lightning following a a loss on April 9, 1994. at N.Y. Rangers 4, Florida 0 Henrik Lundqvist made a career-high 38 saves in his second shutout – both against the Panthers – and fellow Rangers rookie Petr Prucha scored his 20th goal. NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr boosted his goal total to 27 with two. Brendan Morrison scored a power-play goal at 2:53 of overtime as the Canucks won their first of the season against the Flames in five tries and pulled them within four points of Northwest Division-leader Calgary. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Atlanta 4, at Pittsburgh 3 Marc Savard broke a tie with a power-play goal with 3:25 to play, and Ilya Kovalchuk had two more goals to help the Thrashers beat the Penguins for the second straight night. Carolina 3, at N.Y. Islanders 0 center_img (SO) Alex Tanguay and Marek Svatos scored shootout goals, and the Avalanche won their fourth straight. Patrice Brisebois had two assists for the Avalanche, 16-0-1-1 overall against the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight. last_img read more

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Kelly’s Mountain Top to host fun-filled customer appreciation day

first_imgKelly’s at Mountain Top Letterkenny are celebrating their successes of the year by saying a big thank you to customers this Friday.Kelly’s Centra Customer Appreciation Day takes place on Friday 31st August. All are welcome to grab great offers and goodie bags, enter store giveaways and enjoy delicious tastings throughout the day. To mark the occasion, the store team have taken the opportunity to look back on how Kelly’s at the Mountain Top leads the way in convenience shopping and food on the go: Business owner Mairtin Kelly is the first to acknowledge that it’s the support and encouragement of his customers which has helped the business expand and become what it is today.Seven years on since they first took over at the Mountain Top they’ve continued to keep with consumer trends and they have shaped their product range to suit an ever changing demand for healthy meals.Tomorrow (Friday) Mairtin and his staff will show their thanks to the people who have put them on top of the convenience store pile with a customer appreciation day. This is the 5th time the team at Kelly’s has held these type of events and it has set a trend that others have followed across the county. “This is a great way to showcase our new ranges and also a great way to give back to our loyal customers” explains Susan Doherty, event co-ordinator and a senior member of the management team at Kelly’s.As a genuine thank you there will be loads given away to customers in vouchers and hampers and also customer goodie bags.There will be great offers to be had on the day like wine, and great offers in the deli and diner not to mention plenty of tastings!Kelly’s Centra Mountain TopKelly’s at the Mountain Top are really leading the way in terms of convenience retailing and fresh and healthy on-the-road dining.The high profile site has a multi award winning Centra store and an all new award-winning Diner. With Topaz-Circle K as a fuel partner you’re sure to get quality fuel at a very keen price.Kelly’s Centra has won the National Centra Convenience Store of the year and has been in the final every year for the past 7 years. Having won this award they feel it’s important to continue with the very high standards and this is why it was time again to see how they could improve their offering to the customer.They set about increasing the space at the front of store making it much easier to shop and added extra space to fresh fruit n veg, fresh homemade takeaway meals not to mention a whole new section given over to fresh world breads, from Polish to Romanian to Italian style bread all delivered fresh instore daily.Clare McGlynn deli manager said “We have been hard at work bringing new and interesting products to the store and with all the healthy breads, we felt that some tasty treats were needed too, so we’ve some new products from our Aine Brand that will tickle your taste buds.” Kelly’s Centra Mountain TopKellys has seen a lot of requests over the last 6 months or so from consumers to improve the range for vegetarians and vegans, with this in mind they’ve really increased the range to accommodate these requests. Mairtin Kelly said: “We are delighted with the range we now have in store and on top of the fresh products we make in store we carry THE HAPPY PEAR range exclusive to Kelly’s Centra here in Letterkenny. “We are currently in talks with the founders of the HAPPY PEAR brand to come and visit their fans here in Letterkenny so watch this space”.On top of this they added a new self service hot food unit with a range of tasty products including cooked chickens, chicken strips, bbq ribs and BBQ chicken wings to name just a few. This offering runs well into the evening and, with people working later, the team at Kelly’s felt it is a great way of helping busy families grab something for the tea on the way home. The Centra BEAT THE QUEUE app is another way to help the time strapped customer. This is an app for ordering your lunch in advance via your phone or from your computer and than simply collect at store – NO QUEUEING NO WAITING ….. SIMPLY GRAB & GO. Get the app here: Centra ‘Beat the Queue’ Kelly’s Diner has become famous over the last 7 years for quality food at affordable prices, portions are big and the service is the best around.Our diner has seen a facelift at the start of 2018 and customers are loving it.We are just delighted to serve what we see as the best burgers and breakfasts around and with FRANK & HONEST coffee selling in our diner it’s a great place to meet up and share a treat and cappuccino with friends.After a recent trip abroad to the UK, Mairtin Kelly was surprised to see how his diner was very similar to the best he has visited. “I believe we’ve captured perfectly what other high profile diners in the UK do really well and we’ve put our own stamp on it in our own restaurant,” said Mairtin.Kelly’s Diner2018 saw Kellys win a national award for Customer Service Excellence. Having been recognised as a leader in this department, the staff are only too aware that the customer is king and they really go the extra mile for them every day. Most recently the store won yet another award for Customer Service from Topaz for the best mystery shopper results for the region of Donegal and in the top 2% in Ireland. David Bonner manager at Kelly’s Centra says “This is further recognition of the hard work the team put in every day meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations, we just want customers to experience the very best service we can offer”.And they will prove that once again tomorrow with an unforgettable customer appreciation day.For all the details check out Kelly’s Centra of Mountain Top’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kellys.centramountaintopSponsored PostKelly’s Mountain Top to host fun-filled customer appreciation day was last modified: August 30th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:customer appreciation dayKelly’s Centra Mountain TopKelly’s Dinerretailshoppinglast_img read more

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MARY FROM DUNGLOE – IN PICTURES!

first_imgThe 2011 Mary From Dungloe Festival has been declared a huge success.Despite a shaky start earlier this year, the town of Dungloe has got behind the festival once again and hopefully secured its future.And what a way to acknowledge that local support that to crown a local girl the Mary From Dungloe. Debbie Rodgers from Burtonport but who was representing Dungloe was a hugely popular choice on the night.Here we have a few pictures capturing Debbie’s big night.We’re sure you’ll agree that she looked stunning and deserved the award despite the super competition form all the other Marys.ALL PHOTOS BY KIND PERMISSION OF www.emgphotos.comEnds MARY FROM DUNGLOE – IN PICTURES! was last modified: August 1st, 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:Debbie RodgersMary From Dungloe 2011last_img read more

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