Footballing royalty take to Twitter to hail Rooney the record-breaker

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 It’s been quite a night for Wayne Rooney.The England captain became his nation’s all-time leading goalscorer after netting a penalty in the 2-0 win over Switzerland, duly surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s longstanding record.The strike was his 50th for his country – an incredible feat – and the 29-year-old appeared overwhelmed by emotion after dispatching the spotkick.Harry Kane also scored on a memorable night for the Three Lions as they maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2016 qualifying.But the night belonged to Rooney, and a host of current and ex-professionals took to Twitter to praise their record breaker.last_img read more

Arsenal and Manchester United target claims PSG exit was never likely

first_imgParis Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani claims he never tried to force through a move to Arsenal or Manchester United.The Uruguayan was linked with a move to either of the Premier League duo in the summer as both hunted for new forwards.However, the 28-year-old remained in Paris and has now claimed that was always his wish.“In football, there are a lot of things that depend not on the footballer but on the club,” Cavan told RMC.“Often when a player decides to change club it’s not solely his choice. It’s a decision made in agreement with the club, which seeks the best solution for both parties.“PSG have always shown me their desire to keep me, to make me a player for the future of the club. That’s important for me. It gives me a lot of energy to work.“For three years, people have talked far too much about things that didn’t exist. My desire was always to stay and to reach the goals set by the club. At the moment I feel very good in Paris.” Edinson Cavani 1last_img read more

Canoga Park burglar arrested moments after stealing car stereo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.They pulled the man over and determined the car was not stolen. They then recovered a stereo taken from a car in the alley, he said. The suspect, whose name was withheld, was arrested and expected to booked on suspicion of theft, Wronkowski said. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. CANOGA PARK – Police in Canoga Park arrested a man early today moments after he broke into a vehicle and stole a stereo, police said. Shortly before 1 a.m., a security guard spotted the 37-year-old man attempting to pry into a car in an alley near De Soto Avenue and Kittridge Street and phoned police to say the man was stealing the vehicle, said Los Angeles police Officer Robert Wronkowski of the West Valley Station. Police went to the alley and found a man fitting the description in a black Toyota Corolla, Wronkowski said. The officers, thinking the car was stolen, followed the man out of the alley and onto De Soto Street, where he threw an item out his window, Wronkowski said. 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

L.A. City Council supports pullout from Iraq

first_imgCalling it a message to Congress and President George W. Bush, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday adopted a long-debated resolution urging the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The 12-2 vote makes Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to adopt such a stance. The council said it approved the resolution because it wants the federal government to end the war, which is diverting money from local governments. “We want to let our congressional delegation know we are speaking for the people of this country who want to see an end to the war in Iraq,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a Vietnam-era veteran who has been pushing for the measure for months. “To me, this is an illegal and immoral war that never should have been started,” Rosendahl said. “And our Democratic-controlled Congress has not shown the guts to stand up to this president.” “When you look at this city and all its needs, this is money that can be better spent,” Councilman Ed Reyes said. “We have schools where the dropout rate is 50 percent and it becomes fertile ground for military recruiters. We should be asking why don’t we have college recruiters there instead.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Voting against the proposal were Councilmen Dennis Zine and Greig Smith. Zine said he did not believe it was appropriate for the council to adopt the resolution. “I agree that what we see now is a civil war,” Zine said. “I don’t want to see this country at war. But I am concerned what other people in the world will say when they see us take this action. “It’s unfortunate, but sometimes there is a heavy price to pay for democracy and independence.” The sentiment of most on the council, however, was strongly against American involvement in Iraq. last_img read more

California inferno sets off political firestorm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The rebuff outraged Republicans. Many attacked the vote as a scheme to take advantage of GOP absences. Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas accused Democrats of acting like “vultures circling above the burned-out homes of California families.” Republicans maneuvered three times to shut the House for the afternoon. Each attempt failed. Extension of the children’s health insurance bill ultimately passed, 265-142. The vitriol was the latest in a series of searing partisan bickering over global warming, federal funding and patriotism that have erupted since the fires broke out last weekend. As crews battled more than a dozen blazes from Ventura County to the Mexican border, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats linked the fires to global warming. Several Democrats used the issue to take swipes at the White House. WASHINGTON – The blazes in California this week sparked a political firestorm in Washington on Thursday as House Republicans tried to block a vote expanding children’s health insurance. With seven GOP lawmakers in the Southland touring fire damage and helping evacuated constituents, Republicans asked Democrats to delay until next week votes on a revised but still-controversial bill expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Democrats refused. The Californians’ absence would not affect the final outcome, they contended, while also noting that the House conducted critical votes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina even though Louisiana and Mississippi lawmakers rushed to their home states. “We all understand how important it is for members to be home with their constituents. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t continue with the work of government,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The threat of global warming is significantly the risk for wildfires. The Bush administration has ignored this,” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer and presidential hopeful Chris Dodd, D-Conn., accused Iraq of sucking away National Guard resources that might have gone to firefighting. The California National Guard’s equipment, she noted during a hearing, is down 50 percent, Boxer noted at a hearing, “because they’re all in Iraq.” Both accusations infuriated Republicans. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego, called the National Guard contention “nuts ” and noted in a television interview that only about 10 percent of the Guard is in Iraq or Afghanistan. And Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, said the global warming and Iraq war concerns are coming from “the `blame America first’ crowd in Washington.” The fires, Bilbray said, “are caused by winds that have been around for thousands of years.” Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, issued a statement excoriating Democrats for holding the vote on SCHIP. He and other California Republicans have objected to the $35 billion expansion that would cover 10 million additional kids. “The Democratic leadership is once again showing that they only care about scoring political points,” he said in a statement. “They are showing a blatant disregard for the people we are elected to represent and are trying to help.” Waxman, whose district includes Malibu, where an estimated 4,400 acres were scorched, said California Republicans could have flown home either after Thursday’s vote or earlier in the week. “The day they chose to go out was calculated,” Waxman said. “The fires have been going on for a week, and I think they just chose today to go out there because they wanted to complain.” Pelosi, meanwhile, suggested that California’s Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who supports expanding the health insurance bill – personally urged her to go forward with the vote. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Goulet’s big voice is stilled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The singer died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles hospital while awaiting a lung transplant, Goulet spokesman Norm Johnson said. He had been awaiting the transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after being found last month to have a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. Goulet had remained in good spirits even as he waited for the transplant, said Vera Goulet, his wife of 25 years. “Just watch my vocal cords,” she said he told doctors before they inserted a breathing tube. Goulet’s longtime friend Wayne Newton said his sense of humor “kept my spirits up in some of the lowest valleys in my life.” OBITUARY: Robert Goulet, 73, was awaiting a lung transplant in a Los Angeles Hospital. By Daisy Nguyen The Associated Press Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in “Camelot” launched an award-winning stage and recording career, has died. He was 73. “His incredible voice will live on in his music, and as Bob so brilliantly sang, `There will be another song for him and he will sing it,’ for God now has another singing angel by his side,” Newton said in a statement. The Massachusetts-born Goulet, who spent much of his youth in Canada, gained stardom in 1960 with “Camelot,” the Lerner and Loewe musical that starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as his Queen Guinevere. Goulet played Sir Lancelot, the arrogant French knight who falls in love with Guinevere. He became a hit with American TV viewers with appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other programs. Sullivan labeled him the “American baritone from Canada,” where he had already been a popular star in the 1950s, hosting his own TV show called “General Electric’s Showtime.” The Los Angeles Times wrote in 1963 that Goulet “is popping up in specials so often these days that you almost feel he has a weekly show. The handsome lad is about the hottest item in show business since his Broadway debut.” Goulet won a Grammy Award in 1962 as best new artist and made the singles chart in 1964 with “My Love Forgive Me.” “When I’m using a microphone or doing recordings I try to concentrate on the emotional content of the song and to forget about the voice itself,” he told The New York Times in 1962. “Sometimes I think that if you sing with a big voice, the people in the audience don’t listen to the words, as they should,” he told the paper. “They just listen to the sound.” In his last performance Sept. 20 in Syracuse, N.Y., the crooner was backed by a 15-piece orchestra as he performed the one-man show “A Man and his Music.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Employers look for ‘likeability factor’

first_imgNEW YORK – A resume and a brief job interview can’t answer the question that matters most to a new hire’s co-workers: Is this person an absolute pain? Despite a labor shortage in many sectors, some employers are pickier than ever about whom they hire. Businesses in fields where jobs are highly coveted – or just sound like fun – are stepping up efforts to weed out people who might have the right credentials but the wrong personality. Call it the “plays well with others” factor. Job candidates at investment banks have long endured dozens of interviews designed, in part, to see if new hires will get along with everyone they’ll work with. Whole Foods Market Inc. holds group interviews, in which people who will work under a manager are part of the team that grills candidates and collectively picks hires. “They’re here for nine or 10 hours,” Napier said. “We’re very cordial about it. We’re not aggressive, but we haven’t met a human being yet who has the stamina to BS us all day.” There’s a possible downside, however. In a Harvard Business Review article titled “Fool vs. Jerk: Whom Would You Hire?” Tiziana Casciaro of Harvard and Miguel Sousa Lobo of Duke University point out that people generally like people who are similar to them, so hiring for congeniality can limit diversity of opinions. One venture capitalist told the authors that a capable manager he worked with built a team that “had a great time going out for a beer, but the quality of their work was seriously compromised.” That’s not the worry at Lindblad Expeditions, a 500-employee adventure cruise company. Kris Thompson, vice president of human resources at Lindblad, said, “You can teach people any technical skill, but you can’t teach them how to be a kindhearted, generous-minded person with an open spirit.” In the mating dance of job interviews, employers traditionally put their best feet forward, too, trumpeting their wonderful benefits packages while leaving out the bit about working late, eating cold pizza. Not Lindblad. It sends job applicants a DVD showing not one, but two shots of a crew member cleaning toilets. A dishwasher talks about washing 5,000 dishes in one day. “Be prepared to work your butt off,” another says. “It’s meant to scare you off,” company founder Sven Lindblad said. It does. After watching the DVD and hearing an unvarnished description of life onboard a Lindblad ship, the majority of applicants drop out, Thompson said. She asks applicants to tell her about a job that wasn’t what they expected and how they dealt with it. One of the best answers came from Kendra Nelsen, who said that while she was working construction, her male co-workers would help themselves to her tools. Her solution: She painted all her tools hot pink. Nelsen, who started as a deck hand, went on to earn a U.S. Coast Guard license and was just named assistant expedition leader in Antarctica. At KaBoom, a nonprofit that builds playgrounds, the board was hammering co-founder and CEO Darell Hammond four years ago over the organization’s high employee turnover. “I rationalized that they were on the road too much, when in reality, it was the wrong fit in the wrong role,” he said. He started thinking about who left and why, then focused on the characteristics of workers who stayed. The list of traits: Can do, will do, team fit, damn quick and damn smart. His team kept a closer eye on job applicants in the reception area, which is set up as a playground, to see how they acted around playground equipment. “If you’re early, you may have to sit on a swing or the bottom of a slide,” Hammond said. People who stand with a tight grip on their briefcases instead of sitting on the playground equipment aren’t asked back. KaBoom sends prospective project managers to one of its four-day playground building trips, with the actual build on the last day involving 200 to 300 volunteers, many of whom have questions for KaBoom staff. “If they’re not easily approached, or they’re easily stressed – this is the way we find out and they find out if it’s not going to work,” he said. Hammond wouldn’t say what percentage of applicants drop out, but he did say project managers’ tenure has increased since they started sending them on the trips four years ago, from one year’s tenure to between 2 1/2 and three years.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Now other companies are setting up higher hurdles. “In this bloggable, cell-phone camera world, your brand on the inside is going to be your brand on the outside. If you have a bunch of jerks, your brand is going to be a jerk,” said Tim Sanders, former leadership coach at Yahoo Inc. and author of “The Likeability Factor.” With the national unemployment rate low, at 4.7 percent, and the baby boom generation heading into retirement, employers from Microsoft Corp. to rural hospitals are worrying about finding enough workers. But companies like Rackspace Managed Hosting are bucking that trend, working hard to find reasons to turn people away. Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier said, “We’d rather miss a good one than hire a bad one.” The 1,900-person company is divided into 18- to 20-person teams. One team is so close, the whole group shows up to help when one member moves house, Napier said. Job interviews at the San Antonio-based company last all day, as interviewers try to rub away fake pleasantness. last_img read more


first_imgA number of Donegal people have lost their jobs after leading employer Abbott Ireland announced 180 job losses at its Sligo plant.The jobs are to be lost at the company’s plant at Ballytivnan in Sligo Town over the next 12 months.Abbott is one of the major employers in Sligo Town with 300 employees at the plant which opened in 1974. It is hoped many of the losses will be through voluntary redundancies.Business leaders and locals were shocked by the announcement which came as a complete surprise.Management at the company announced it is to streamline its global nutrition business.Workers leaving the plant this afternoon declined to comment on the news. Abbott management say they have no comment to make, aside from a statement which has been issued to the mediaThe Chairperson of Sligo County Council, Cllr Veronica Cawley said he hoped the remaining 120 jobs at the plant are secure.“I hope there will be no more losses from the remaining positions at the plant.“Abbott has been a model employer in Sligo for many decades and I know decision could not have been taken easily,” he said.The IDA have also declined to comment on the matter. Reacting in the past few minutes, Sligo Fianna Fail Senator, Marc MacSharry, said it was devastating news for the locality, and the Taoiseach and Minister for Jobs need to speak out on the matter.Sinn Fein Deputy for Sligo and North Leitrim Michael Colreavy said he was very disappointed at the news.“It is a major blow not just to those working in Abbott but to the entire community who depend on these jobs.“I just hope that these people will get fair redundancy packages. I am also calling on the Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton to ensure he can do all he can to attract an alternative industry into this area. “These jobs will be missed and need to be replaced as soon as possible,” he saidAbbot says is remains committed to Ireland and currently employs around 4,000 people across 13 different sites across the country.DONEGAL WORKERS AMONG 180 TO LOSE THEIR JOBS AT ABBOTT IRELAND IN SLIGO was last modified: October 17th, 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:180ABBOTT IRELANDjob losses?sligolast_img read more

Leicester players gifted £32k Mercs as thanks for landing Premier League title

first_img1 Leicester owner Srivaddhanaprabha arrives at a restaurant in Leicester to celebrate the title Leicester City’s generous Thai owners will buy every member of the Premier League title-winning squad a £32,000 Mercedes as a thank you for their incredible efforts over the past nine months.Thrilled at the Foxes’ historic championship victory, the 30-man squad will each receive the car from generous owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – at a cost of £960,000. Tottenham’s draw with Chelsea on Monday night put the East Midlands club in an unassailable position at the top of the table and secured the most unlikely of titles. And the 30 B-Class Electric Drive Mercs will be rolling up the driveways of the players in the coming weeks. The near-£1million gesture is a drop in ocean for owner Srivaddhanaprabha, who is worth an estimated £2billion. The Srivaddhanaprabha family amassed their wealth through their travel retail operation – mainly duty free outlets in South East Asia. Leicester have won the league with two games remaining and they will lift the trophy after the match with Everton at the weekend.last_img read more

TRANSFER REPORT: West Ham weighing up swoop for Belgian starlet

first_img Slaven Bilic West Ham have enquired over the availability of Belgian prodigy Isaac Mbenza.The Valenciennes winger featured prominently for the Ligue 2 club last season, scoring seven goals and providing a further three assists.His displays caught the eye of scouts from the Premier League and, according to Foot Mercato, West Ham are ready to take a gamble on the 20-year-old.The only factor holding the Hammers back from making a bid is Mbenza’s lack of experience in a top-flight league but scouts are seeking to persuade Slaven Bilic to take a risk on the player.A Belgium youth international, Mbenza graduated from Valenciennes’ academy last year and was awarded with a three-year professional contract. 1last_img read more