Month: December 2019

‘A fine player, manager and a great character’ – Howard Kendall tributes

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first_img Howard Kendall was an extremely popular figure 1 The world of football is in mourning after the passing of Everton’s greatest ever manager, Howard Kendall.Aged 69, the ex Everton, Birmingham and Preston midfielder oversaw Everton’s most successful era as manager in the ’80s. Here, talkSPORT takes a look at a select few of many tributes on social media.last_img

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he is impressed by Mark Hughes’ new-look Stoke City

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first_img Mark Hughes' new-look Stoke City 1 Arsene Wenger is surprised by Stoke’s footballing revolution but feels the big names they have attracted proves Barclays Premier League still has pulling power.Wenger takes his table-topping Arsenal to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, with the Gunners having won only once in the league at Stoke in 34 years.The Arsenal players and management received a barrage of abuse from angry fans last year as they boarded their train back to London following a 3-2 defeat.But they go back this season with their best chance of taking the league title for the first time since 2004, sitting top on goal difference from Leicester after drawing 3-3 at Liverpool on Wednesday night.While Stoke have held a jinx over Arsenal in recent years with their robust and direct style of play at odds with that of Wenger’s teams, Mark Hughes has introduced an attractive approach in the last two years.He has tempted a host of European football’s most prestigious talents to the Potteries and Wenger has been impressed with their alterations.Asked if he was surprised at how Stoke have evolved, Wenger said: “Yes, I think they have gone a more technical and creative way.“They have proved their creative potential and it’s a symbol of Premier League power because Ibrahim Afellay has played at Barcelona, Xhedran Shaqiri at Bayern Munich, Bojan at Barcelona, Marko Arnautovic at Werder Bremen.“So they have players who have played at the top European clubs. They have not taken them because they were bad and today they play at Stoke so that shows you the financial power of the Premier League.”Despite the fans showing their displeasure following the loss at Stoke last December, Wenger has said he has no qualms travelling by train once again.The 66-year-old believes having a more experienced side, coupled with Stoke’s change in approach, could see his side banish those memories.“First of all, when we had a very young team we had a style that was maybe a little bit rough for us and we could not always cope with it,” he added.“Last year we went to Stoke with a very young defence – we had Bellerin, Chambers, Martinez – and at the start of the game we got caught.“Petr Cech is 34, (Per) Mertesacker 30, (Laurent) Koscielny 30, (Nacho) Monreal 30… Before we did not have that level of experience and that helps a little bit.“But over the years they had a very efficient, traditional English style which nobody liked to play against and at home it is as well a very windy stadium.“I think it feels stronger. It is always a test Stoke and I believe our record goes against us but it is interesting as well because it is also a mental test to show we have moved forward and that we can deal with what Stoke offer.”SEE HERE – Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal’s injured contingent are better than anything available in transfer marketlast_img

Newcastle flop returns to Marseille on loan

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first_imgNewcastle winger Florian Thauvin has returned to Marseille on loan until the end of the season. The 23-year-old joined the Magpies in a £12million deal in August 2015, and made 16 appearances, scoring once in the Capital One Cup win over Northampton.Newcastle confirmed the move was not expected to lead to a permanent switch back to the Stade Velodrome.A club statement read: “There is no option for purchase within the deal, so Thauvin will return to Newcastle at the end of the loan.” 1 Florian Thauvin last_img

Trash workers go on strike

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first_imgSUN VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. workers went on strike Friday, affecting hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses in Los Angeles County, but mostly just commercial customers in the San Fernando Valley. The strike began about 3 a.m. when union representatives for the sanitation workers turned down the latest contract offer made by Waste Management. “Frankly, I think it’s shocking and it’s disappointing that the workers chose to strike when their leadership was recommending ratifying this deal with Waste Management,” said Kit Cole, a company spokeswoman. About 450 Waste Management workers went on strike Friday at locations in Sun Valley, Long Beach and Compton, said Jay Phillips, president of Teamsters Local 396, the union representing the workers. Los Angeles is the most competitive trash market in the country, and Waste Management is worried businesses will use other trash haulers, Cole said. The company is bringing in workers from California and other parts of the country to replace the strikers. “It’s not acceptable to us that our customers should have to suffer service interruptions because of a strike,” Cole said. On a dust-caked industrial road in Sun Valley, more than 100 workers carried picket signs outside Waste Management’s Bradley Landfill. Picketers chanted and briefly blocked trucks pulling out of the facility before letting the trucks drive by. “We feel that we have proven our point, let’s put it that way, because I know pretty much that they’re hurting, and I hope we come to an agreement soon,” said striking trucker Adam Sanchez, 52, of North Hollywood. Waste Management serves about 12,000 customers in the city of Los Angeles, said Enrique C. Zaldivar, interim director of sanitation for the city. Most of those are businesses – everything from shopping centers to factories – but a few customers are large apartment complexes, he said. Waste Management competes with 140 private trash-hauling companies serving L.A. businesses, Zaldivar said. The city’s own sanitation workers pick up residential trash. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! The company made three offers since negotiations for a new contract began in July, Phillips said. The union decided not to recommend ratification of the first two offers, but after the latest offer, union officials told workers they should ratify it, he said. Despite that, the workers voted Wednesday to reject what Waste Management called its final offer. The truckers make up to $17.80 an hour, which is less than trash haulers make in other major metropolitan areas, Phillips said. “We’re not going after a company that doesn’t have the resources to compensate our workers,” Phillips said. “They’re a very profitable, publicly traded company.” last_img

Task force set to combat fraud

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first_imgFires are still raging in the San Bernardino Mountains, leaving survivors and evacuees preoccupied with the idea of having to rebuild their homes as well as their lives. While there are many issues facing these homeowners, when the smoke clears, they should add one more thing to their list – the possibility of fraud. “It is really unfortunate that every time there is a significant disaster in California, scam artists will come to the disaster area and try to rip victims off,” state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said. “It’s like clockwork.” There are fears that once the fires are out, fraudulent workers will make their way into evacuation areas and destroyed neighborhoods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But, in hopes of preparing people long before an unfortunate situation occurs, Poizner has started to build a task force to combat contractor fraud. The Southern California Insurance Fraud Task Force will focus on investigating insurance and contract fraud matters, as well as scam artists who pretend to be claims adjusters or contractors, Poizner said. “Here is a victim who has already lost everything, and there are those scam artists trying to victimize them again,” he said. Homeowners who need to rebuild or repair their property should look out for unlicensed contractors in a disaster area, specifically public adjusters and unaffiliated insurance consultants. Poizner said there are three phases in fighting this type of fraud: educating survivors about unlicensed contractors and claims adjusters, conducting a substantial amount of undercover work, and aggressive prosecution. Contracting without a license is a misdemeanor, but committing it in a disaster area elevates the crime to a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. The general public, as well as consumers, should be on the lookout for fraudulent behavior. To report suspicious behavior, a person should contact the Department of Insurance at (800) 927-HELP or www.insurance.ca.gov. There are simple and effective steps that a fire survivor can take to avoid getting ripped by an illegitimate contractor. “The best way a customer can protect themselves is to be aware before they get started,” said Peter DeMarco, Allstate California spokesman. He recommends applying some quick research with the Better Business Bureau and trusting instincts to help stop problems. “We tell (customers) to take your time in choosing a true professional to fix their home,” DeMarco said. “Get several estimates from licensed and bonded contractors, talk to your neighbors and ask what they are paying for their work.” It is actually easy to spot an unlicensed worker, since contractors are required to carry a license. “Professional contractors know to carry those with them,” DeMarco said. lori.consalvo@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9391160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!last_img

Mayor taps Nahai to head troubled DWP

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In announcing Nahai’s nomination, Villaraigosa said Nahai has special qualifications. “He possesses something rare that makes him uniquely qualified: He has the vision of an outsider and the knowledge of an insider,” Villaraigosa said during a press conference outside DWP headquarters. If approved by his former board and the City Council, as expected, Nahai would leave his real estate law firm and take on the nearly $350,000-a-year job heading the utility beginning Dec. 1. Nahai would take the helm as the DWP tries to convert 20 percent of its electrical supply from coal to more green sources, such as solar and wind power, by 2010. The utility also has suffered major problems with power reliability and is attempting to upgrade its aging electrical and water infrastructure. Nahai has argued that the utility must raise rates to pay for the needed upgrades. The City Council will begin considering a plan today to increase electricity rates by 9 percent over the next three years and water rates 6 percent over two years. On Monday, Nahai pledged unprecedented transparency on how the rate increases would be spent, including the formation of an oversight committee to track the money raised and how it’s used. “The people of Los Angeles deserve, and are entitled to, accountability,” Nahai said. “They have a right to know that the reliability dollars we’re seeking in the rate increase are going to be spent wisely.” That was good news to members of the Neighborhood Council Oversight Committee, which has pushed the utility to disclose its spending and justify the rate increases. “What I would like to see is an openness of communication between (the general manager’s) office and us,” said Soledad Garcia, who heads the oversight committee. “Hopefully it will be more open and that we won’t feel like we’re being stonewalled or that we’re in an obstacle course to get information.” Still, her committee has opposed the proposed rate increases because the DWP subsidizes political pet projects, transfers millions of dollars to the city’s general fund every year and pays wages that are often higher than workers in other departments or in the private sector. As for DWP salaries, Nahai said he believes the wages are fair and comparable to other utility workers. “We have a shortage of linemen and we’ve got a shortage of staff,” he said. “We have a looming retirement crisis where we are going to have to be offering incentives for people to stay. It isn’t as if we’re really in a position to tell people that we want them to cut their salaries.” Council President Eric Garcetti said Nahai will have a difficult job convincing ratepayers to trust DWP management after two consecutive summers when soaring temperatures triggered massive blackouts. “Right now there isn’t a culture of accountability within the department,” Garcetti said, recalling how utility managers promised at the beginning of the summer that the utility would not repeat the outages of the previous summer. “David has unquestionably been in the thick of running the utility for the last few years. Now the question is whether David can come in and turn around the culture that promises it will deliver but continues to degrade,” he said. Councilwoman Jan Perry, who heads the council’s energy and environment committee, said she intends to conduct a rigorous review of Nahai.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s pick to lead the Department of Water and Power pledged Monday to promote openness and transparency in the massive utility’s $3.9 billion budget and proposed rate increases. The naming of attorney and environmentalist H. David Nahai for the job came just three days after longtime chief Ron Deaton announced his retirement. Nahai, who served two years in a voluntary post on the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, vowed to push for reform at the nation’s largest public utility. “Irrespective of how engaged and how effective a commissioner is, he or she is, at the end of the day, still pushing from the outside,” Nahai said. “This nomination will give me the opportunity to lead from the inside.” last_img

May Day discipline coming, board told

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Deputy Chief Mike Perez, head of the department’s Professional Standards Bureau, did not say how many officers or supervisors have been targeted for discipline. But Perez said 48 officers have been interviewed regarding use of force. “We have a good idea of which officers used force,” he said. “Our problem is matching officers who used force with complaints.” More than 300 complaints were filed over officer behavior that day, including 27 from members of the media. “Since there was nothing distinctive about the officers that day – all the officers pretty much look the same to the public – citizens have only been able to aid in identification of a few officers,” Perez said. LAPD: Police commission expresses frustration at the pace of the investigation. By Rachel Uranga Staff Writer Six months after the May Day confrontation between Los Angeles police officers and hundreds of immigration protesters, the top internal affairs investigator told a skeptical Police Commission on Tuesday that most of the officers who used force that day have been identified and that discipline proceedings are expected to start by next year. But after more than 6,000 hours of investigations and several hearings, commissioners voiced frustration, saying there should be evidence to discipline officers involved in the high-profile beatings captured on tape. “It seems like the overall investigation is complex,” Commissioner Shelley Freeman said. But Freeman added that “some of them strike me as no-brainers frankly, and I am wondering why we wouldn’t prioritize some of the simple ones.” Perez defended the pace of the investigation, saying that looking at a single confrontation alone takes officers’ actions that day out of context. “We don’t prioritize just based on what looks easy to do,” he said. “You don’t set it aside and process it when it’s related to so many things.” The incident occurred May 1 at MacArthur Park. LAPD officers shot more than 100 rounds of rubber bullets into a crowd as they tried to disperse pro-immigration marchers. Images of riot-clad police officers shoving reporters and cameramen were broadcast around the world and forced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short an overseas trade trip. In its own report released earlier this month, the LAPD found poor planning, weak leadership and failed communication were to blame for the chaos. Attorneys for several protesters injured during the fracas have criticized internal affairs investigators for treating protesters like suspects. Perez said all officers identified as using force that day, regardless if there was a complaint against them, will face discipline. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!last_img

Restaurant creator, WWII pilot dies at 84

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first_imgThat eventually led to the opening of the Polynesian- themed Reef Restaurant in 1958, when the idea of a concept restaurant was still rather new and bold. Shortly after, Tallichet opened Ports O’ Call in San Pedro and a food dynasty was in the making. Under the banner of Specialty Restaurants Corp., Tallichet would go on to become a pioneer in the industry, opening more than 100 eateries nationwide with themes ranging from World War II combat aeronautics – often in locales with views of airports like the Proud Bird in Westchester and the former 94th Aero Squadron in Torrance – to South Seas islands like Shanghai Red’s in Marina del Rey. Tallichet’s accomplishments were outpaced only by his dreams, it seems. “I remember he wanted to create an aviation theme park,” John recalls. “As a kid growing up, I would see all these plans on the walls for shopping areas and villages that never got built.” “He was always excited about the next deal,” says son Bill Tallichet, who is now general manager of The Reef. In the 1960s, Tallichet envisioned a revolving restaurant atop the International Tower in Long Beach. At another time, he actually leased land in Florida for a park that was later scrapped. “My dad was a creative thinker,” John said. “He always saw things differently.” Many area residents still fondly recall the heyday of Ports O’ Call Village with its high-end niche shops. The village’s namesake restaurant is still a big draw on San Pedro’s waterfront, now the focus of redevelopment plans. The outdoor shopping village with a New England motif was built on a landfill, sweeping away all signs of the old Southern Pacific Railroad wharf that had been built on the waterfront during the previous century. John, who now runs Specialty Restaurants Corp., says he remembers his father always with a yellow legal pad in his hands either dreaming up a new ideas or reminding himself what needed to be done next. Tallichet’s success as a businessman allowed him to indulge his other passion, flying. Tallichet was the founder of Military Aircraft Restoration Co. By John’s estimation, at one time his father had about 40 working airplanes and another 100 or so in different stages of rehabilitation. Tallichet provided many of the Corsairs that were used in the television show, “Black Sheep Squadron.” Bill remembers his wheelchair-bound dad on the telephone with a friend making plans to fly his B-17 back to Cleveland just days before he died. While the flying was adventurous, both sons say it also allowed Tallichet to exercise his business talents as well as his passions. “He loved the art of negotiation,” John said. “So, while there was the adventure of flying, there’s also a lot of horse trading that goes on with these old planes and he loved that.” “His passion was doing business,” Bill remembers. “He’d get more passionate about saving $100 buying a car.” Tallichet is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter, Catherine of Wyoming; and three sons, William of San Pedro, John of Newport Beach and James of Wyoming. Funeral services were private, but a celebration of Tallichet’s life will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Orange Hill Restaurant, 6410 E. Chapman Ave., Orange. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or online at www.cancer.org. greg.mellen@presstelegram.com. Staff writer Donna Littlejohn contributed to this article.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 “He’d say he got a slow start, but once he got going he made up for it,” John Tallichet said of his father, who lived in Orange. After serving in World War II, where he flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on more than 20 combat missions in Europe, Tallichet began working for Hilton Hotels, eventually becoming general manager of the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Long Beach in 1955. It was there that Tallichet met Cecilia, who became his first wife and the mother of his four children. Several years before, he had visited a remote restaurant in the Midwest that drew large crowds because of its backwoods theme. That gave Tallichet the idea of creating restaurants that featured not only good food, but exotic or historic atmospheres. David Tallichet Jr.’s head was often in the clouds, literally and figuratively. As an aviator and former combat pilot, he flew World War II-era aircraft until the final months of his life. As a businessman, he was constantly dreaming up new concepts and schemes for themed restaurants nationwide, including his first, The Reef Restaurant in Long Beach in 1958. That was followed in 1963 by the Proud Bird, which sits under the final approach path to Los Angeles International Airport, and Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro, which opened in 1964. Tallichet, who was born in Texas, died Oct. 31 after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 84. last_img

Swiss bank’s losses in U.S. market climb

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAs recently as the middle of November, UBS had predicted a profit for the fourth quarter despite ongoing speculation about its subprime holdings. “Conditions in the U.S. mortgage and housing markets have continued to deteriorate, and we have updated our loss assumptions to the levels implied by the current distressed market for mortgage securities,” CEO Marcel Rohner said in a statement. In October the bank downgraded the value of some assets by nearly $3.5 billion because of exposure to bad U.S. mortgages. The writedown led to losses of $712 million in the period that ended Sept. 30. Western banks have lost billions on exposure to U.S. subprime loans. Cash- rich sovereign funds have been stepping in to help them boost capital and claim a chunk of company ownership. ZURICH, Switzerland – UBS AG will write off a further $10 billion in losses from the U.S. subprime lending market, the Swiss bank said Monday, and raise billions in capital through share sales to Singapore and an unidentified investor in the Middle East. UBS said it will post a loss for the fourth quarter and may record a loss for the full year as well. That follows the 4.2 billion francs written off in its third quarter, making 14.2 billion francs ($12.6 billion) in writedowns from the subprime crisis by UBS this year. The Government of Singapore Investment Corp., a sovereign-wealth fund, is investing $9.75 billion, while an undisclosed strategic investor in the Middle East is contributing about $1.8 billion. Last month the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the investment fund of the Gulf Arab state, acquired a 4.9 percent stake in Citigroup Inc., the largest U.S. bank, for $7.5 billion. Tony Tan, deputy chairman of GIC, said the 9 percent stake does not mean Singapore is seeking control of the Swiss bank. “GIC is now the single largest investor in UBS and this is the largest investment GIC has made in any company,” Tan said at a news conference in Singapore. “We did not make it a condition that our investment should have a representation (on UBS’s board.) We have no desire to control the business of the bank.” It was the first time that the publicity-shy GIC, which manages Singapore’s foreign reserves, has revealed a major investment. UBS said it brought in $26.6 billion in new money from clients in October and November. Ensuring a strong capital base will allow the bank to continue to make acquisitions to further expand its wealth management business, when such opportunities arise, UBS Chairman Marcel Ospel said during a conference call.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!last_img

`Legend’ of Will Smith bodes well

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHOLIDAY SPIRIT: The family comedy “The Perfect Holiday” opened Wednesday. With a cast that includes Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard, the film will likely appeal to black audiences who have made “This Christmas” such a solid hit. “Holiday” opened in just more than 1,300 theaters on Wednesday and could end up having a five-day gross of about $10 million. WILL IT FLY? Hoping to get some word-of-mouth buzz going, Paramount Vantage is opening “The Kite Runner” in 35 locations today. The movie – which is both in Dari and English – is based on the best-selling novel of the same title. It’s a movie that would seem like a hard sell to mainstream audiences. It tells the story of two young boys in Afghanistan whose lives go in different directions after a violent incident. “Kite” was nominated for the best foreign film Golden Globe award on Thursday. Director Marc Forster, calling from London where he is working on “Bond 22,” said he hopes the nod will result in a bigger box office. “I think it’s so important that people go and see the film, and maybe this will help get more people into the cinema,” Forster said. “It’s a film that humanizes that part of the world.” Can Will Smith stop the year-end box office malaise that has taken hold at the multiplex the past five weekends? His new film, “I Am Legend,” opens in more than 3,500 theaters today, and I think it could debut as high as $50 million. Smith is a safer bet than virtually any other star in Hollywood when it comes to filling the seats. Since 1996, he has had a $100 million-plus grossing hit in nine of the past 11 years including “I, Robot,” “Hitch,” “Bad Boys II,” “Independence Day” and the “Men in Black” franchise. A year ago, his drama “The Pursuit of Happyness” opened in first place on the same weekend and went on to gross more than $100 million. I AM ALVIN: Kids who have already seen “Enchanted” and “Bee Movie” should make up much of the audience for Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” which stars Jason Lee of TV’s “My Name is Earl.” Parents who remember the chipmunks from their youth might be happy to accompany the youngsters and give “Alvin” a second-place opening of $12 million to $15 million. HOLDOVERS AND EXPANSIONS: “The Golden Compass” has been a major disappointment with a $25.7 million bow last weekend and poor word-of-mouth. It would do well to retain even half of its debut audience to take in about $13 million, which would land it in third place in its second weekend. Critical darling “Atonement” expands from 32 theaters to 107 locations today. It had a healthy $24,901-per-screen average last weekend. The real movie to watch as it expands to 40 theaters is “Juno,” the critically acclaimed comedy-drama that took in more than $400,000 last weekend playing in just seven theaters. That gave it a staggering $60,000-per-theater average compared with the $7,038 average for “Compass.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 818-713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!last_img