Man City blow! Reported target pens Athletic Bilbao contract extension

first_img Frenchman Aymeric Laporte was ruled out of Euro 2016 after fracturing his ankle 1 Athletic Bilbao have announced defender Aymeric Laporte has extended his contract with the club through to the summer of 2020.The 22-year-old Frenchman had been strongly linked with Manchester City during the summer but a statement from Athletic on Monday evening said Laporte had committed his future to the Primera Division club for the next four years.It added the release clause would be 65 million euros (about £52million) for 2016-17 and 2017-18, with that then growing to 70 million euros (about £56million) for the two seasons after.Laporte made his senior Athletic debut in 2012 and has played 109 times in the Primera Division.He missed the end of last season after suffering a fractured ankle in March while on international duty with France Under-21s.last_img read more

Sheriffs battle spread of jailhouse hooch

first_imgIt’s the latest push to try to reduce violence in the 20,000-inmate system, where more than 5,000 assaults are reported each year. Nine homicides have occurred in the past seven years, including a case in 2003 in which two inmates were drunk on pruno before they fatally beat a cellmate. Pruno has triggered many fights through the years, documented in annual reports by the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review, which oversees internal investigations at the Sheriff’s Department and makes disciplinary recommendations. “We see pruno-related incidents all the time,” said Rob Miller, deputy chief attorney for the Office of Independent Review. “It has proven to be a very tenacious problem.” Recently, a group of inmates assaulted deputies with their fists, heads and feet. “It was over quickly, but it was clear that it was very much a pruno-fueled, liquid-courage thing,” Miller said. “It probably would not have happened if they were not liquored up.” In December 2003, two inmates had been drinking pruno before they attacked a fellow inmate who was acting strange and talking to himself. The inmate died from his wounds a day after being found by a deputy, according to the Office of Independent Review in a study of five jail homicides between October 2003 and April 2004. But pruno has been discussed and worried about by custody officials and celebrated by inmates for years. San Quentin Death Row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters calls for fruit cocktail, oranges, white sugar and ketchup in his 1992 poem “Recipe for Prison Pruno.” The poem, which interlaces details of his death sentence with the recipe, won an award from PEN, an international literary organization. Pruno is easy to make, requiring only a basic understanding of the fermentation process in which sugars are broken down into ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide in the presence of yeast. The jail-made concoction can come in various flavors. A prison wine or beer can be made from food that is given to inmates on a daily basis through one of their three meals. The key ingredient is fruit. Inmates will use rotten fruit such as oranges and apples and anything containing sugar. They use bread or donuts from the jail canteen to make a hoppy beer concoction. “Instead of drinking fruit punch for that day, they’ll stash it away,” said Deputy Robert W. Staggs, who searches cells with his dog Toby. “They’ll wait till they have 20, 30, 40 cartons of juice. “In a large trash bag, they try to brew it three to five gallons at a time. It’s extremely easy. You can brew a five-gallon batch in three days.” Those who are less savvy save the ingredients and send them to designated inmate brewmasters who have honed their talent by learning from other former masters. “It’s just like anything in custody,” said Dexter. “You have all different types. You have the guy who’s the artist who becomes the tattoo artist. Then there’s that one guy who’s been in and out of custody a few times and has that special gift and can put together a good batch of pruno.” The longer it is brewed, the stronger it gets. Deputies know the dangers and engage in a cat-and-mouse game with inmates to find the stuff. Inmates hide pruno in toilets, under bunks, under tables. On a recent morning, a canine unit with two deputies and two dogs swept through a dorm at Men’s Central Jail, trying to pick up the scent of pruno. Nothing was found that day. But it’s a daily ritual. The team searches the dorms, cellblocks, clothing-exchange rooms, trustee quarters, closets – anywhere contraband can be hidden. A search can take 15 minutes to a half-hour. “It’s a constant struggle,” said Deputy John Eidem, one of the two-man crew who searches with his dog Gunner. “Deploying these two dogs isn’t going to solve the problem.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It may smell rotten, burn your gut and give you a nasty hangover – but it’s easy to make and it gets you drunk. And hundreds – possibly thousands – of gallons of it are being brewed each year by Los Angeles County inmates. The ubiquitous jailhouse hooch known as pruno has been blamed for sparking lethal violence in the nation’s largest jail system. And now the homemade tipple has become such a problem that the Sheriff’s Department has formed a task force to combat it. As part of the aggressive efforts to eradicate the contraband, sheriff’s officials have doubled the number of cellblock sweeps and plan to enlist the help of college chemists, brewmasters and vintners to test its potency and effects. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Anywhere anyone is incarcerated, they’re probably brewing pruno,” said Jim Dexter, a Sheriff’s Department food services operations sergeant who is heading up the task force. “I don’t understand how someone could drink it. It’s been described as smelling like vomit. “It is our goal to eliminate it. It all boils down to the safety of all the inmates.” Taking its name from the prunes once used to make it, pruno can be made from any fruit or juice stashed away by inmates. Its alcohol content typically ranges between that of beer and wine, or about 4 percent to 14 percent. In some 1,100 searches conducted so far this year, deputies have uncovered more than 370 gallons of pruno. That’s up nearly 60 percent over the 232 gallons found in 2006, when a team made more than 500 searches. The task force met last month for the first time with medical staff, lawyers and others to talk about the problem, and Dexter said he is set to contact university officials, brewmasters and vintners to invite them to join the task force. last_img read more

Howland rethinks decisions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Given the chance to play armchair quarterback, UCLA coach Ben Howland said he would’ve rested guards Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar a bit more against Cal. Afflalo played 39 minutes in the 68-61 home loss and Farmar, who’s played on and off with a sprained right ankle this season, played 36. After watching game film four or five times, Howland blamed himself for not resting the talented backcourt duo more. “I thought I did a poor job of substituting with the changing of our team and guys getting hurt,” Howland said. “I should’ve played (Michael) Roll more minutes or Janou Rubin more minutes. I played both Arron and Jordan too many minutes in that game. It’s something I have to do a better job of, in terms of substituting to keep us fresh.” Roll, a freshman guard, played just one minute and Rubin, a sixth-year senior, didn’t play at all. Not only is Afflalo the team’s leading scorer with 18.5 points per game, he usually guards an opponent’s best defender, meaning he could probably benefit from a break or two. If Howland had a complete roster, it would be easy to criticize him for playing Afflalo so much. But UCLA has been riddled with injuries and it’s no surprise Afflalo leads the team in minutes played at 34.5 per game. It’s hard to imagine Afflalo getting much of a break Thursday as UCLA (11-2) plays at Arizona (9-3). Afflalo has the task of guarding Hassan Adams, who leads the Wildcats in scoring at 20.8 points per game. Afflalo wouldn’t mind a break. “Those other guys need a chance. Of course, I would love to be on the floor as long as I can give my all,” Afflalo said. “Sometimes, when you play 39 or 40 minutes, sometimes you tend to take plays off. Those one or two plays can be the difference in the game, as you saw last week. (Howland) said as long as I’m going hard, he’ll leave me in. He probably doesn’t want to see us out there being ineffective.” No contact: UCLA didn’t have a contact practice on Monday. Howland opted to rest Farmar, Ryan Wright (ankle) and Josh Shipp (hip surgery), who are all dealing with injuries. Shipp said he felt stiff after the Pac-10 openers but he expected to practice Tuesday. Shipp said there’s still a couple of moves he doesn’t feel he can make. The pain, he’ll have to deal with. He played 29 and 27 minutes against Stanford and Cal. “At first, I was so glad to be out there, I didn’t really notice (pain),” Shipp said. “I felt it in the second half of both games. It feels a lot better today. … I’m going to have to fight through this pain and stiffness all year.” Injury report: Center Michael Fey (sprained ankle) is not practicing and is not expected to play this week. … Center Ryan Hollins (groin) has begun strengthening exercises but Howland said he is probably a week away from playing. … Cedric Bozeman (torn shoulder cartilage) is not expected to play this week. Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 last_img read more

Parks and wrecks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita As distressing as the findings in the audit are, they are a cause for some hope. The audits were requested by the Department of Recreation and Parks’ then-incoming General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri about two years ago, and there’s every indication he’s seriously responding to the audit’s problem areas. Mukri will have to move soon. Otherwise, the city will have to rename it the Parks and Wrecks Department. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The latest of a trio of audits examining operations and finances of city’s parks and recreation facilities just confirms the complaints of many residents that years of bad management have hastened the deterioration of parks and other public recreation facilities – especially in the San Fernando Valley. This latest audit by City Controller Laura Chick notes that while the city is spending millions to create new parks, it’s allowing the older ones to fall into disrepair. For example, several of the city’s swimming pools have had to close because of poor maintenance, and several others are at risk of closing due to poor upkeep. “The way we are maintaining our assets now is we wait for them to break down, then we go in to fix them,” Chick said. That is no way for the city to treat its most valuable municipal assets. In very real terms, the city’s 390 parks, 176 recreation centers, 13 golf courses, 54 swimming pools and 30 senior centers represent hundreds of millions of dollars. last_img read more

White out; Bush next?

first_imgBut Wednesday was White’s day, as he announced from Denver that he would go pro, a decision that wasn’t surprising since he already hired agent Eugene Parker and never met with Carroll this week to discuss his future. “This is definitely a hard choice to come up with,” White said. “It definitely was a close decision. Ultimately, in my heart, it was the right decision to move on.” USC officially lost LenDale White on Wednesday and will lose Reggie Bush today, meaning two of the greatest tailbacks in school history will depart early for the NFL within 24 hours of each other. If that isn’t enough, junior safety Darnell Bing is now leaning toward applying for the NFL draft, worried he might risk injury if he plays another year in college, according to sources. That would make USC coach Pete Carroll 0 for 4 in his recruiting efforts, because junior offensive tackle Winston Justice will announce as soon as today that he is turning pro. Bush’s decision is a foregone conclusion and he hired agent Joel Segal to represent him. He is considered a possible No. 1 pick, as the Houston Texans are believed to be interested in him and Texas quarterback Vince Young. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaWhite said the fact he never liked attending classes did not influence his decision, even though he was under constant supervision to make sure he didn’t skip too many. “School didn’t have anything to do with it,” he said. “I felt I could help my family and my grandmother.” White announced his decision from Denver, where he said his grandmother was in the hospital. He said USC’s two biggest names, quarterback Matt Leinart and Bush, gave him their blessing to turn pro. Exactly where White gets drafted will be the next question. He leaves this weekend for Florida to begin training full-time with people hired by his cousin, Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups. Carroll believed White would be a first-round pick, he just thought he would be a top-five pick if he returned for one more season. White did not ask for an NFL evaluation, unlike Justice, Bing and wide receiver Steve Smith, who is returning for his senior season. center_img “The hardest part was to leave my family at USC,” White said. “Steve Smith, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush.” (818) 713-3607 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

Job Vacancy: Account Receivable Assistant sought at Radisson Blu

first_imgJob Vacancy: Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny are currently seeking a motivated Account Receivable Assistant to join their top-class team.Is BLU for you?If you say Yes I Can! here at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny we’re looking for passionate employees just like you! At Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, we stand out together as one team and make memorable moments for our guests. If you love a fast paced, inspirational environment, full of people who are powered by passion, then you are just what we need. Our Accounts Assistants are natural organisers and team players with finicky attention to detail.Key Responsibilities:Facilitates payment of all money due by promptly preparing invoices and processing incoming checks.Maintains all necessary income reports and journals by accurately auditing the daily revenues of the hotel. Requirements:Proven working experience in accounts receivableSolid understanding of basic accounting principlesClear thinker with excellent communication abilities, numerical accuracy and attention to detailHands-on experience in operating spreadsheets and accounting softwareDriven and ambitious to consistently deliver and exceed service standardsAccounts qualification desirableTo apply for the vacancy please email your CV to Radisson Blu is an Equal Opportunities EmployerJob Vacancy: Account Receivable Assistant sought at Radisson Blu was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgFROM CORK GAA: Today, on the Sunday before the All-Ireland Senior Football Final, Doheny’s GAA Club held their annual commemoration of the late Sam Maguire, native of Dunmanway.The event took the form of a service at the local Church of Ireland, St. Mary’s, followed by the laying of a wreath at Sam Maguire’s grave in the churchyard by County PRO Tracey Kennedy.Sam Maguire’s extensive work for the GAA in London, both as a player and as an administrator, led to his former colleagues collecting money to purchase the Sam Maguire Cup, which is presented each year to the winners of the All-Ireland Football Final. There is no doubt that for these roles alone, he deserves the huge honour of having the most important football trophy in the GAA world named in his memory. However, along with captaining London Hibernians to a number of All-Ireland Finals, and becoming Chairman of the London County Board, Sam Maguire also played an important role in the foundation of our state, which is detailed so well on the Doheny GAA website, He worked with Michael Collins, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-General of the I.R.B. and Director of Intelligence in Britain. His illness and death at the age of just 48 certainly robbed our state and our Association of a great man.Despite all his achievements, Sam Maguire died in poverty and obscurity at his farm outside Dunmanway, and if it wasn’t for the local people and his GAA colleagues in Dublin and London, his name might never have been heard again.  He is now commemorated not only by the beautiful cup that bears his name, but also by the Doheny GAA ground, Sam Maguire Park, and by the juvenile club in Dunmanway that plays under his name.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.  A WEEK BEFORE THE FINAL, SAM MAGUIRE IS REMEMBERED IN COUNTY CORK was last modified: September 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:A WEEK BEFORE THE FINALSAM MAGUIRE IS REMEMBERED IN COUNTY CORKlast_img read more


first_imgA research report commissioned by Donegal County Childcare will be the key focus of two important debates in the Dáil in the coming weeks.Avril McMonagleIt follows the innovative research work into childcare supports for working families and the implications for employment.The research entitled ‘Supporting Working Families – Releasing a brake on economic growth’ was carried out by Indecon International Economic Consultants for Donegal County Childcare and was launched by Minister Frances Fitzgerald in Dublin in December. Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager, who initiated the research project early in 2013, has been invited to provide a presentation on the findings of the report to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children on Thursday 20th February.Minister Fitzgerald has already expressed her intention to be present for the presentation.Ms. McMonagle said she is delighted the report has generated a huge amount of interest from various Government Departments.“We already know that the findings and recommendations will be used to inform a review of childcare funding schemes during 2014. We are grateful to Sinn Fein Spokesperson for Children Caoimhghíin ó Caoláin and local TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn for nominating us to present to the Joint Committee’. The Donegal Report will also provide the background information for the first Private Members Business debate in the term of the current Government specifically on childcare this week.This is being brought forward by Robert Troy, TD Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Children and local TD Charlie McConalogue.In order to address this issue, the Fianna Fáíl led debate will provide a platform for a range of childcare related issues including increased investment and will call for the implementation of many of the proposals put forward in the Indecon Report regarding the cost of childcare.The cost of childcare as a barrier to employment is an issue that has been debated for years without any tangible solutions being brought forward.The report shows that thousands of working parents, particularly mothers, face a stark choice of quitting work because of the high cost of childcare, or continuing their careers while losing money. The report puts forward key policy initiatives which could be undertaken to reduce barriers to employment which would have positive benefits for working parents in Donegal who are earning just above the threshold for family income supports.Avril said the DCCC is particularly delighted that a Donegal based organisation has been successful in taking this crucial national issue to central government.“For this reason we knew for the onset that not only did our report need to be evidence based and solutions focussed – most importantly it needed to be properly costed to ensure that it would be taken seriously. We are delighted that we have succeeded in doing this and that our report is now central to all future policy discussions in this area’.DONEGAL GROUP TO BRING COST OF CHILDCARE TO THE CORRIDORS OF POWER was last modified: February 9th, 2014 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:Avril McMonagledailDonegal Childcare Committeelast_img read more

Hoosiers too much for Illini to handle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardWilmont provided the spark in the first half after Indiana fell into an early 11-point hole. Killingsworth scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half and also had 12 rebounds, one assist and four blocks. But Wilmont was every bit as impressive. He tied a season high with 17 points, matched his career-high with nine rebounds and sparked an 18-0 first-half run that gave Indiana the momentum it needed. After the game, Hoosiers fans poured onto the court, setting off a celebration that even Killingsworth joined. “I jumped right in there because I ain’t used to seeing that,” said Killingsworth, a fifth-year senior who transferred to Indiana from Auburn. “So I jumped in there with them.” For Illinois, it was a rare bad night. The Illini entered Tuesday with 55 wins in their last 57 regular-season games. They’d beaten Indiana five straight times and have now lost to only four Big Ten teams since Jan. 24, 2004 – Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Indiana. Shaun Pruitt led the Illini with a career-high 17 points. Brian Randle had 15 and James Augustine 11. Dee Brown, Illinois’ top player, was limited to five points but had 11 assists before fouling out. Illinois has now lost two of its last three, while Indiana has won 11 straight conference games at home. “Marco’s a good player and sooner or later he’s going to get some things,” Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. “In the first half we did a good job fighting him, but it’s tough. He’s just good.” At No. 5 Texas 80, Texas Tech 46 LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Longhorns. Brad Buckman recovered from his latest leg injury to add 16 points and nine boards for Texas (15-2, 3-0 Big 12), which has won seven straight. Jarrius Jackson led the Red Raiders (10-8, 2-2) with 21 points. Tech coach Bob Knight is 2-8 against Texas in his five seasons with the Raiders. At No. 8 Villanova 73, Seton Hall 64 Randy Foye scored 19 points, Kyle Lowry had 14 and the Wildcats survived another tight one. Villanova (12-2, 3-1 Big East) got 12 points from Will Sheridan, the only true frontcourt player in its four-guard starting lineup. At No. 12 West Virginia 64, Providence 48 Kevin Pittsnogle scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Mountaineers win their 11th consecutive game. It is the school’s longest streak since winning 22 in a row during the 1988-89 season. West Virginia (13-3, 5-0 Big East) is also off to its best start in the league since joining 11 years ago. Mike Gansey added 18 points for West Virginia. At St. John’s 68, No. 17 Louisville 56 Eugene Lawrence matched his career high with 18 points and the Red Storm shook off a horrid first half to beat the Cardinals. Lawrence scored the Red Storm’s first 12 points of the game and he had 14 at halftime as the Cardinals took a 32-28 lead despite St. John’s shooting just 25 percent (5-for-20). No. 21 Boston College 63, at Holy Cross 53 Craig Smith scored 19 to surpass the 2,000-point milestone, and had a career-high 17 rebounds at the Eagles recovered from his slow start to beat the Crusaders. Smith, the school’s first preseason All-America selection, came into the game with 1,998 career points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I didn’t even think he could go,” Davis said. “But he fought through it and played a great second half.” The Fighting Illini (16-2, 2-2) had no answer for the Hoosiers’ tandem. center_img BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Mike Davis wasn’t even sure Marco Killingsworth could play Tuesday night. Fortunately for Indiana, Killingsworth’s back proved strong enough to carry the Hoosiers. Killingsworth overcame pregame back spasms to dominate the middle in the second half, and Roderick Wilmont scored 17 points as the 13th-ranked Hoosiers upset No. 7 Illinois 62-60. last_img read more

Wayne Rooney: Jose Mourinho has restored the ‘winning mentality’ to Man United

first_imgManchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes new manager Jose Mourinho has brought a winning mentality back to the club.The Portuguese, who has 17 major trophies on his CV including eight league titles in four countries and two Champions League triumphs with different clubs, replaced Louis van Gaal this summer.Although his predecessor won the FA Cup in his final match in charge the feeling at Old Trafford was the club was lacking the drive previously provided by Sir Alex Ferguson.Rooney said Mourinho’s arrival has corrected that.“It’s always great to get a new manager but when you get someone in the stature of Jose Mourinho he’s great to work under and he’s brought a winning mentality back to the club,” the England captain told Manchester radio station Key 103.“Manchester United as a football club we have to win and we have to deliver for him.“There’s pressure on the players but we’re ready and I think this season we’ll give a real challenge on all fronts.“He’s come in, he’s been great with the players. The training has been hard but enjoyable.“We’re ready, we’re working hard. We know it’s a big season for us.“He’s made, in my opinion, some great signings who have gelled in really well with the squad so it’s exciting times.”The 30-year-old starts the season needing just five goals to break United’s all-time scoring record held by Sir Bobby Charlton but he is already looking at life beyond his playing days.“I’ve started taking my coaching badges now so that will probably take about four or five years to complete,” he added.“Of course I’ve got a lot of experience playing football so I think it would be criminal If I didn’t try and pass that knowledge on so hopefully when I finish playing I can get some role as a manager or coach and try and use the experience I’ve built up over the years.” Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more