Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to Crystal Palace v Sunderland on Monday night, revealing the Eagles are 4/7 for the win, with the struggling Black Cats big outsiders at 11/2.He also discusses Jamie Vardy’s stunning form and says the Leicester striker is 6/4 to score for an 11th successive game, and break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record in the process, against Manchester United this weekend.Clare also assesses the title race, and reveals Tottenham are 20/1 to top the table come the end of the campaign following their stunning run of form.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
1 Wayne Rooney has been named England Player of the Year for the second time in a row.The 30-year-old has struggled to hit top form for Manchester United in recent seasons, but 2015 was a year to remember on the international front.Rooney’s five goals in eight England appearances moved the forward onto 50 goals, seeing him usurp Sir Bobby Charlton as the country’s all-time top scorer.Furthermore, the forward captained Roy Hodgson’s men to European Championship qualification with a 100 per cent record – just the sixth side to ever do so.Such impact has seen Rooney voted England Player of the Year for the second successive campaign – and fourth time in his career.The Three Lions skipper received 37 per cent of votes from the England Supporters Club members, who chose Jack Butland as their Under-21s Player of the Year.The impressive Stoke goalkeeper received 54 per cent of the votes after captaining the Young Lions at what was an ultimately disappointing European Championship in the Czech Republic.Butland has stepped into the senior squad towards the end of the year and will be presented with the award alongside Rooney when England continue their Euro 2016 preparations in March.Roy Hodgson’s men will travel to Berlin for a mouth-watering friendly with Germany on March 26, before hosting Holland at Wembley on March 29. Wayne Rooney
Juventus have never considered selling Chelsea and Barcelona target Paulo Dybala, according to CEO Beppe Marotta.The Argentine has been in great form since joining from Palermo in the summer and has been linked with a move away from Italy when the transfer window reopens.But Marotta is adamant Dybala will stay in Turin.“Dybala was a conscious decision, but risky,” Marotta said when asked about signing Dybala on Gr Parlamento.“We knew we had chosen a very important talent, able to represent the future of the club. Moving from Palermo to Juve is a big jump.“The lad has taken that step in the best way. He can still give more, he’s one of the best players out there.“It’s never entered Juve’s head to sell him.” Paulo Dybala 1
Joao Carlos Teixeira [right] in action for Liverpool Joao Teixeira is set to leave Liverpool to join Fiorentina in the summer, claim reports in Italy.The Portuguese signed for the Merseyside club from Sporting Lisbon in 2012 but has grown frustrated by his lack of opportunities at Anfield.Having spent time on loan at Brentford and Brighton since his arrival at Liverpool, the 23-year-old was aiming to nail down a regular place in the club’s starting XI this term.But Teixeira has made just seven appearances under Jurgen Klopp and now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, contact has been made between his representatives and Fiorentina.Teixeira’s contract at Anfield expires in the summer and there has been no sign of any renewal offer from Liverpool, who are prepared to lose the playmaker on a free. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSo while polite society ignores this huge industry – and possibly even profits from it – it is occurring in our backyards. Sometimes almost literally. Depending on whom you talk to, adult entertainment business – porn – is anywhere from a $1 billion to $50 billion-a-year industry. Jack Kyser, the chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. and a member of the Wednesday’s panel, says it’s probably somewhere around $4 billion. It employs about 6,000 people directly, such as actors and production workers, and countless others indirectly, such as vendors who sell items for use in production to those employed in plastic surgery and other body-part enhancement. Some of these people are your neighbors, your acquaintances, the people standing in line with you at Ralphs or sharing the spinning class at the local gym. This year the Daily News decided to stop ignoring this enormous industry and start treating it like any other business community. To that end, reporters Brent Hopkins and Beth Barrett undertook a multipart series in June examining the industry, the players, the problems, the warts and all. Last week’s panel discussion was part of this effort to bring pornography out of the shadows and look at it through an economic filter. What if you held a panel on the city’s porn industry and no one showed up? The answer is: Don’t be silly. Of course people will show up. And they did Wednesday night, when I moderated a panel discussion on the local porn industry for the Zocalo public lecture series at the Armand Hammer Museum. The joint was jumping. Surely some of the people were there to get a glimpse of panelist Nina Hartley – one of the best-known adult-film actresses. But there was also a genuine interest in hearing about this multibillion-dollar industry centered in the San Fernando Valley that rarely gets talked about. For many of us, the film “Boogie Nights” constitutes our entire knowledge of this industry. City Hall falls all over itself to make sure Hollywood stays in the vicinity of Hollywood. But though porn productions pump an estimated $120 million directly into the local economy – and much more nondirectly – you never see the mayor doing press conferences about how his office is taking steps to keep this unique L.A. business in town with filming incentives. (Wouldn’t it be fun if he did, though?) Like many media-based businesses, porn has its share of the usual problems. The rising cost of doing business in Los Angeles, competition from Internet amateurs, pirating, viewers who don’t want to pay for content. (In the news business we know a little something about people not wanting to pay for content.) But porn has some pressures that the typical entertainment business doesn’t have. For one thing, the moral ambivalence of society that consumes porn in huge quantities but barely tolerates the industry’s existence. There are fears that more conservative courts might start re-examining what obscenity means. The FBI this year began increased scrutiny into record-keeping of pornographic productions to make sure no one under 18 is employed. Locally, county health officials are at odds with the the industry for trying to get condom-only sex in adult films and STD screening and reporting regulations. The pressure goes deeper than that. As a measure of how touchy the subject of adult entertainment is in tolerant L.A., just organizing the event meant negotiating some hot political land mines. The Armand Hammer Museum was happy to host the talk at its Westwood location. Lucky for us. Other regular Zocalo venues were skittish about hosting an event with such prurient content. You can’t blame them. An entire industry exists specifically to oppose pornography, or smut. Many people possess deeply held convictions about pornography and its social costs, and some express them in ways that are, shall we say, extremely passionate. Since there are so few forums to talk about porn, I wasn’t surprised to get interest from people not invited to participate. Most notably the Los Angeles County Health Department, which contacted me months after I had confirmed the panelists with a request to add a representative on the panel so it could discuss its big issue: condoms and sexually transmitted diseases among adult-film performers. Why not, I thought. I don’t like large panels, but one unassuming bureaucrat can’t hurt, and I hastily agreed. That was my mistake. After talking with other panelists, I worried this would devolve into a heated and possibly nasty debate about condom legislation and other STD esoterica, and derail the larger overview I was trying to sketch in just one hour. I rescinded the offer. It’s a worthy topic – but one for another day, with a crowd expecting such a discussion. I thought that was the end of it. But just hours before the event, a small circle of enthusiastic fans of the official made abusive calls to me, Zocalo officials and even my colleague at the Daily News demanding the guy be included in this panel. It was silly, but it showed that there are so few forums for discussing the sex-film trade and all its associated costs and benefits that people with something to say are desperate to be included. In the end, though, everyone got to have their say during the Q&A session, and the event went fine. Only one person was escorted from the auditorium after she started shouting questions out of turn, with abusive tone and obscenity. I don’t have strong feelings about porn one way or the other. I don’t consume it, and my notions of free speech are pretty broad. But as a journalist and an Angeleno, I just want to know more about this industry that’s so intricately intertwined with L.A. And maybe you won’t admit it, but I bet you do, too. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. She blogs at www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to her by e-mail at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“This is an early warning,” Baldassare said, “of widespread fallout from the housing market crisis. The economic worries are reflected in the top three issues residents listed: immigration, jobs and the economy, and health care. “This combination of concern about immigration and and escalating economic anxieties makes for a highly charged and unpredictable political atmosphere,” Baldassare said, “especially as we head into an election year.” Put another way, voters won’t be going to the Feb. 5 polls in a cheery mood, which could make for a hard sell for proponents of Proposition 93, the ballot initiative to loosen term limits. A plurality of 47 percent to 41 percent supports the measure, though its margin of support continues to shrink. In a Field Poll earlier this year, the initiative was supported by 59 percent of the voters. “I’d say there is a constant trend,” said Kevin Spillane, spokesman for the No on 93 campaign. “The more people know about 93, the less they like about it.” But, voters like the idea of shortening legislators’ potential stay from 14 years to 12, and allowing lawmakers to stay in a single chamber because, Baldassare said, they would be required to make “more efficient use of their time in office” rather than always focusing on the next election. “There is a significant appetite for reforming California’s term limits laws,” said Richard Stapler, spokesman for the Prop. 93 campaign. “We want to put an emphasis on experience to make the Legislature more effective. Voters will understand that.” By a 2-to-1 margin, voters support the concept of term limits. But, they are split – 42 percent support and 46 percent oppose – on whether current term-limited legislators should be able to stay in office until they reach 12 years in the chamber they’re now serving. The poll, which surveyed 2,002 residents, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent. The survey of 1,442 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 441-2101160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSchwarzenegger’s approval rating improved from 50 percent to 57 percent since the last PPIC poll was taken in September. In the same period, the Legislature saw its approval numbers rise from 34 percent to 41 percent. “They’re giving them an A for effort,” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of PPIC. “But, those numbers will be hard to sustain when the governor and Legislature get back in January and are dealing with the economy and the budget deficit.” The good will earned by calling a special session on health care and water storage could evaporate, Baldassare said, if the governor and Legislature fail to forge deals. The looming budget deficit – now estimated at $14 billion – would further sour the public’s mood, depending on how lawmakers approach it. Two-thirds agree with Schwarzenegger’s plan to require state agencies to cut 10 percent from their budgets. And 65 percent say they don’t want the deficit to be solved by tax increases alone. More Californians – 42 percent – prefer spending cuts alone to a mix of taxes and spending cuts – 36 percent. Amid growing concerns about the weakening housing market, 52 percent of California residents worry their own financial circumstances will be hurt. Renters (62 percent) are more likely than homeowners (46 percent) to be concerned. The subprime mortgage crisis and signs of a worsening economy are taking a toll on Californians, who, according to a statewide poll, have lost the optimism with which they began the year. The poll, released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, shows that 65 percent of residents expect bad economic times in the coming year – up from 39 percent in January. At the same time, Californians’ approval of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and the Democratic-controlled Legislature has improved, in part because they’re seen as trying to work on issues of importance to voters – such as health care. Nearly all residents – 92 percent – believe the issue of the uninsured is a problem in the state. And a ballot initiative to loosen term limits – whose success could hinge on whether lawmakers pass health-care reform – continues to get the support of voters, though that support is slipping.
In a letter to Musharraf, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the attack an “odious act” and said “terrorism and violence have no place in the democratic debate and the combat of ideas and programs.” Bhutto, a former two-time prime minister of Pakistan, was killed in a suicide attack in Rawalpindi just 10 weeks after she returned to her homeland from eight years in exile. A suicide attack on her homecoming parade killed more than 140 people. The articulate, poised 54-year-old had lashed out at the spread of Islamic extremism as she campaigned for next month’s parliamentary elections. The United States had been at the forefront of foreign powers trying to arrange reconciliation between Bhutto and Musharraf, who under heavy U.S. pressure resigned as army chief and earlier this month lifted a state of emergency, in the hope it would put Pakistan back on the road to democracy. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for “all Pakistanis to work together for peace and national unity.” The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Pope Benedict XVI was immediately informed of the “terrible news.” “One cannot see signs of peace in this tormented region,” Lombardi said. Sarkozy said Bhutto had paid “with her life her commitment to the service of her fellow citizens and to Pakistan’s political life” and urged Pakistan’s elections be held as scheduled on Jan. 8. In Britain, where Bhutto had attended Oxford University, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said she “risked everything in her attempt to win democracy in Pakistan and she has been assassinated by cowards who are afraid of democracy.” “The terrorists must not be allowed to kill democracy in Pakistan, and this atrocity strengthens our resolve that the terrorists will not win there, here, or anywhere in the world,” Brown said. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the attack “is clearly aimed at destabilizing the country.” He beseeched Pakistanis to refrain from violence. Italian Premier Romano Prodi said he was filled with grief and called Bhutto “a woman who chose to fight her battle until the end with a single weapon – the one of dialogue and political debate.” “The difficult path toward peace and democracy in that region must not be stopped, and Bhutto’s sacrifice will serve as the strongest example for those who do not surrender to terrorism,” Prodi said. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, during a speech south of Santiago, paid “sincere tribute to a woman … who fought her entire life for a better Pakistan.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the “cowardly terrorist attack … also targets the stability and democratic process of Pakistan.” In Moscow, Anatoly Safonov, Russian President Vladmir Putin’s envoy on international cooperation against terrorism, expressed fears the assassination would trigger violent repercussions. “The already unstable situation in Pakistan will be further exacerbated by this powerful factor,” Safonov said, according to the Interfax news agency. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin condemned the attack, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported. “We hope that the leadership of Pakistan will succeed in taking all measures for guaranteeing security in the country,” Kamynin said. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who personally knew Bhutto, said he hails her memory and called on the international community to support Pakistan and its democracy. Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said he had felt disgust when receiving the news of Bhutto’s murder, which he called “bestial.” “I feel a strong worry for the consequences this will have for Pakistan,” he said. Israeli President Shimon Peres said Bhutto “feared nothing and served her country with valor.” AP writers Fisnik Abrashi in Kabul, Afghanistan; Jenny Barchfield in Paris; Matthew Rosenberg in New Delhi; Jill Lawless in London; Marta Falconi in Rome; Matthew Lee in Washington; John Heilprin at the United Nations; Eduardo Gallardo in Santiago, Chile; and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.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 In Texas, a tense-looking President Bush demanded that those responsible be tracked down and brought to justice. “The United States strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan’s democracy,” Bush told reporters at his ranch in Crawford. “We stand with the people of Pakistan in their struggle against the forces of terror and extremism.” He later spoke briefly by phone with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf but White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said he had no details. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, who met Bhutto earlier on Thursday in Islamabad, said he was “deeply pained” by the assassination of “this brave sister of ours, a brave daughter of the Muslim world” “She sacrificed her life, for the sake of Pakistan and for the sake of this region,” he said. “I found in her this morning a lot of love and desire for peace in Afghanistan, for prosperity in Afghanistan and … Pakistan.” From Moscow to Washington to New Delhi and points in between, dismay and condemnation poured forth Thursday over the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, along with concern for the stability of the volatile region. World leaders lauded her bravery and commitment to democratic reform. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to condemn the killing. In India, which has fought three wars against Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Bhutto is irreplaceable, and noted she had striven to improve relations between the two nuclear-armed countries. “I was deeply shocked and horrified to hear of the heinous assassination,” Singh said. “In her death, the subcontinent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country.”
REV, among the league favorites, improved to 11-4 overall, 1-0 in conference. Yucaipa had its three-game winning streak stopped in dropping to 6-7, 0-1. “We did a good job with the press,” Berich said. “And we hit some threes, too.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Yucaipa turned the ball over 22 times, including 14 in the first half. Brandon Dowdy scored 27 points, making seven three-pointers, and Darnell Ferguson added 20 points despite being limited in the second half with foul trouble. “Darnell does a lot for us,” Berich said. “He’s got a cool head and does everything well. He might get in some foul trouble if we press a lot.” Plenty of teams will have trouble handling Yucaipa’s big man, 6-foot-10 senior Jared Anthony. Anthony finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, but he was limited to no points (on 0-of-4 shooting) in the first quarter and two points in the first quarter and a half. YUCAIPA – Redlands East Valley boys basketball coach Bill Berich didn’t hide his game plan against Yucaipa. He aimed to press the bigger Yucaipa team, and the plan was effective as the Wildcats got off to a quick start en route to a 71-45 rout of Yucaipa in the Citrus Belt League opener for both schools at Yucaipa High School. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?fk=bRolOyFR&cid=8121&sound=off&format=json&offsetx=0&offsety=0&floatwidth=400&floatposition=bottom-right&float=on “We knew what they were going to do,” Yucaipa coach Yon Okorodudu said. “It wasn’t a surprise. They’re so talented and so well-coached. We had to do a better job against the press. And we missed some open looks.” REV jumped out to a quick lead, and a 19-4 run late in the first quarter and early in the second gave the Wildcats a 32-12 lead. Yucaipa never got closer than 18 points thereafter. “We needed to shut down two of their big three players to have a chance in the game,” Okorodudu said of REV’s Ferguson, Dowdy and Lance Evbuomwan. Evbuomwan scored only two points but grabbed eight rebounds. Dowdy, who had four three-pointers and 16 points in the first half, and Ferguson, who added 10 rebounds, weren’t shut down at all. There’s no rest for CBL teams this week as there are also league contests Thursday and Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Motorists face a hike of at least 2 cents in the price of a litre of diesel every year until 2021 under plans to equalise excise duty paid on petrol and diesel.Minister for Transport Shane Ross wants an to increase excise paid on diesel, the rate for diesel currently is 11c lower than petrol. The change is set to yield the State €328m.The changes would likely take place over five years and add just over 2c per year to each litre.Ross wants the Government to introduce the measures in the upcoming Budget.According to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in August, 70% of the 119,952 new cars taxed between January and July had diesel engines. Diesel prices to equalise petrol excise duty over next 5 years was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:dieselexcise dutyprice hike
A unique research project off the coast of Inishowen into basking shark behaviour has started in earnest.An unusually early start to the shark season in April caught Donegal’s basking shark research team from Queens University in Belfast a little off guard.With sea surface summer temperatures starting to climb above 11 degree Celsius for prolonged periods a Malin head based research team are gearing up for what may prove to be one of the most memorable seasons in recent Irish marine research. To investigate shark movements and predator- prey associations the team plan to deploy numerous different types of tracking tags on the sharks including five satellite relaying tags.It is hoped these pioneering Fastloc GPS enabled tags will relay live positions and record fine scale movements of the huge sharks.Until now tracking marine based animals has proven to be extremely problematic for scientists because satellite signals can only be retrieved from a steady platform on the waters surface.Light Geo-location using recorded measurements of light levels and day and night have been used to roughly determine positions (with an approx. 75km radius of uncertainty). All sounds a bit complicated, well it is, add in a cocktail of unseasonal weather, unpredictable shark behaviour and some of the Atlantic oceans roughest waters and the possibilities of success are greatly reduced.This small chance of success hasn’t deterred the Inishowen based researchers who are working with the Marine Biological School in Queens University Belfast to pioneer this deployment a first for Ireland and the Atlantic.“Last year we pioneered the worlds first deployment of Timed Depth Recorders on the basking shark, this year we are taking it to another level with the deployment of five Fastloc enabled satellite tags.“If they work, the data recovered will provide an insight into the shark’s behaviour which has been an enigma to marine biologists for decades.” stated Emmett Johnston the project coordinator.The tag deployments are the final part of a five month long programme of marine based community awareness funded by the Inishowen Development Partnership entitled ‘The Monster Munch Project’. Five lucky Primary School classes from Inishowen have named the tags and will be following their progress over a google maps viewer in a newly developed section of the website.For more details log onto www.baskingshark.ieUNIQUE BASKING SHARK RESEARCH BEGINS OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: May 10th, 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:Basking SharksInishowen