Everton stars Stones, Lukaku and Barkley will STAY PUT in January, insists Roberto Martinez

first_img1 Everton stars John Stones and Romelu Lukaku Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists the Toffees’ biggest stars will NOT be sold in the January transfer window, while the boss stayed quiet on reports linking the club with free agent Ron Vlaar.The likes of John Stones, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley have emerged as some of the Premier League’s brightest young stars over the last 18 months, leading to interest from a host of top clubs over the summer. But the Merseyside outfit stood firm.Chelsea were frustrated in their pursuit of centre-back Stones, who stayed at Everton after having a late transfer request rejected, though there has been talk of the Premier League champions trying again in the New Year.Meanwhile, Belgian striker Lukaku has been linked with both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus after a strong start to the season – scoring seven goals in 12 games.But when asked on Thursday about whether Everton’s best players could be leaving when the window reopens, Martinez said: “Not at all, no.“We’re not in a position where we have to make financial decisions [like that].“The focus is clearly on trying to be strong together and having a real continuity.”Speaking ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Aston Villa, Martinez suggested Everton would not be involved in much business at all during January.“From our point of view, the window will be to try to see if there is anything we can do to help the squad we have,” he added.“If there are any opportunities, we will always look into it. But we don’t look at this window as one to be really involved, to bring players in or sell players.“For us, it’s more a matter of continuity.”One player Everton are reportedly considering recruiting is Vlaar, the Holland centre-half without a club since leaving Villa over the summer.When quizzed on that matter on Thursday, Martinez indicated no talks had taken place, and said: “You’re talking about a player that has very good experience in the Premier League and is not attached to other clubs.“But at the moment it is not for me to mention about any other players apart from those we have in the squad. I have nothing to comment.”last_img read more

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Liverpool to swoop for Joel Matip as defensive target turns down new Schalke deal

first_img1 Schalke defender Joel Matip Schalke are expected to make a decision over the future of Liverpool target Joel Matip by the end of this week.The defender was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in January and the Merseysiders are expected to step up their pursuit of the Cameroon international in the summer.Schalke have been trying to persuade Matip to sign a new contract with the club in recent weeks so they can cash in on him in the summer but reports suggest the 24-year-old is refusing to negotiate with his current employees.And now, according to Reviersport, Schalke will make an announcement on the player’s future in the coming days.It is suggested Matip has turned down a contract extension offer and will now make contact with Liverpool about the possibility of reaching a pre-contract agreement with them.last_img read more

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‘We should know about that, shouldn’t we?’ – Dortmund respond to Man City rumour

first_img3 Ilkay Gundogan (centre) has been linked with a move to Man City Sport responded by publishing the story again, but at least they let the club know this time… Borussia Dortmund have responded to reports Ilkay Gundogan is on his way out of the Westfalenstadion.In Spain it is said the player has opted against joining Barcelona and will instead join Man City when Pep Guardiola takes over as manager.But on Twitter Dortmund said they have heard nothing about the rumour surrounding the 25-year-old’s future.center_img 3 3last_img read more

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12-year-old boy is center of health care dispute

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBut what on the surface appears to be yet another partisan feud, all the nastier because a child is at the center of it, actually cuts to the most substantive debate around SCHIP. Democrats say it is crucially needed to help the working poor – Medicaid already helps the impoverished – but many Republicans say it now helps too many people with the means to help themselves. The feud also illustrates what can happen when politicians showcase real people to make a point, a popular but often perilous technique. And in this case, the discourse has been anything but polite. The critics accused Graeme’s father, Halsey, a self-employed woodworker, of choosing not to provide insurance for his family of six, even though he owned his own business. They pointed out that Graeme attended an expensive private school. And they asserted that the family’s home had undergone extensive remodeling, and asserted that its market value could exceed $400,000. One critic, in an e-mail message to Graeme’s mother, Bonnie, warned: “Lie down with dogs, and expect to get fleas.” As it turns out, the Frosts say, Graeme attends the private school on scholarship. The business that the critics said Halsey Frost owned was dissolved in 1999. The family’s home, in the modest Butchers Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, was purchased for $55,000 in 1990 and is now worth about $260,000, according to public records. And, for the record, the Frosts say, the kitchen counters are concrete. The Frosts also own a commercial property, valued at about $160,000 that provides some rental income. Halsey Frost now works intermittently in woodworking and as a welder, while Bonnie Frost has a part-time administrative job at a firm that provides services to publishers of medical journals. Her job does not provide health coverage. WASHINGTON – There have been moments when the fight between congressional Democrats and President George W. Bush over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program has seemed to devolve into a shouting match about who loves children more. So when Democrats enlisted 12-year-old Graeme Frost, who along with a younger sister relied on the program for treatment of severe brain injuries suffered in a car crash, to give the response to Bush’s weekly radio address earlier this month, Republican opponents quickly accused them of exploiting the boy to score political points. Then, they wasted little time in going after him to score their own. In recent days, Graeme and his family have been attacked by conservative bloggers and other critics of the Democrats’ plan to expand the insurance program, known as SCHIP. They scrutinized the family’s income and assets – even alleged the counters in their kitchen to be granite – and declared that they did not seem needy enough for government benefits. Under the Maryland child health program, a family of six must earn less than $55,220 a year for children to qualify. The program does not require applicants to list their assets, so the value of homes, cars and rental properties do not affect eligibility. In a telephone interview, the Frosts said they had recently been rejected by three private insurance companies because of pre-existing medical conditions. “We stood up in the first place because SCHIP really helped our family and we wanted to help other families,” Bonnie Frost said. “We work hard, we’re honest, we pay our taxes,” Halsey Frost said. “The American people, we have a huge dilemma that is increasing – there are hard-working families that really need affordable health insurance.” Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have risen to the Frosts’ defense, saying the family earns about $45,000 a year and are precisely the type of working-poor Americans that the program was intended to help. Pelosi on Tuesday said, “I think it’s really a sad statement about how bankrupt some of these people are in their arguments against SCHIP that they would attack a 12-year-old boy.” The House and Senate approved legislation that would expand the child health program by $35 billion over five years. Bush, who proposed a more modest increase, vetoed the bill last week. Bush said the Democrats’ plan was fiscally unsound; the Democrats say Bush is willing to spend billions on the Iraq war but not on health care for American children. Republicans on Capitol Hill, who were gearing up to use Graeme as evidence that Democrats have overexpanded the health program to include families wealthy enough to afford private insurance, have backed off, glad to let bloggers take the heat for attacking a family with injured children. An aide to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Republican leader, expressed relief that his office had not issued a press release criticizing the Frosts. But Michelle Malkin, one of the bloggers who has levied harsh criticism against the Frost family, insisted that Republicans should hold their ground and not pull punches. “The bottom line here is that this family has considerable assets,” Malkin wrote in an e-mail message. “Maryland’s SCHIP program does not means-test. The refusal to do assets tests on federal health insurance programs is why federal entitlements are exploding and government keeps expanding. If Republicans don’t have the guts to hold the line, they deserve to lose their seats.” But the Frosts said they were bothered by the assertion that they lacked health coverage by their own choice. “That we are choosing not to have health insurance for ourselves and our kids, that is not true at all,” Bonnie Frost said. “Basically all these naysayers need to lay the facts out on the page, and say `how could a family be able to do this?’ SCHIP is a stopgap.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Gas prices jump 9 cents

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The increase is the second-largest since the current string of increases began, one-tenth of a cent behind the 9.2 cent-increase from Sept. 7-14. The average rose 1.9 cents from Oct. 5-12; 1.4 cents from Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 2.9 cents from Sept. 21-28; 7.5 cents from Sept. 14-21; 9.2 cents from Sept. 7-14; and 3.2 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. The Orange County average surpassed $3 for the first time since July 27, rising 8.6 cents to $3.062. The weekly increase was also the seventh in a row in Orange County. The average price increased 2.8 cents from both Oct.5-12 and Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 1.1 cents from Sept. 21-28, 8.8 cents from Sept. 14-21; 10.6 cents from Sept. 7-14 and 2.7 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. The Auto Club provided this breakdown of gasoline prices in selected portions of California and Nevada as of today: One-week A 9.1-cent increase over the past week pushed the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in Los Angeles County past $3 for the first time since Aug. 3, the Automobile Club of Southern California reported today. The seventh consecutive weekly increase put the average price at $3.085, 18 cents more than last month and 55 cents more than at this time last year, but 40.2 cents below the record high of $3.487 registered on May 9. The increase is “but by far the most noticeable because the prices have been increasing much faster in recent days,” Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp said. “Oil industry analysts are attributing the increase to some reportedly minor West Coast refinery glitches that have caused investor concerns about California gasoline supply, driving up wholesale gasoline prices,” Thorp said. Area Regular Change Record Price Los Angeles – Long Beach $ 3.085 + 9.1 cents $ 3.487 (5/9/2007) Orange County $ 3.062 + 8.6 cents $ 3.479 (5/8/2007) San Diego $ 3.132 +10.3 cents $ 3.503 (5/8/2007) Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc $ 3.234 +10.3 cents $ 3.614 (5/15/2007) Riverside – San Bernardino $ 3.082 + 9.0 cents $ 3.486 (5/8/2007) Bakersfield $ 3.077 + 6.4 cents $ 3.489 (5/7/2007) Las Vegas $ 2.849 + 5.6 cents $ 3.209 (5/29/2007) 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

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DONEGAL DELEGATE ELECTED TO TOP TABLE OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY FORUM

first_imgThe Chairperson of the Donegal County Community Forum, Paula Leonard, has been elected to the Irish National Community and Voluntary Forum (INCVF) National Executive. Paula was one of 10 out of 23 candidates elected to the Executive at its AGM in Dublin on Saturday, April 2nd. Over a hundred delegates from throughout Ireland attended the event.The INCVF is the national representative body of County and City Fora which were established as part of the local government reform process. Established in November 2003, this national structure supports County Community and Voluntary Fora in their role in representing the community voice in local government structures. Two other delegates, Lawrence McManus from the South Forum and Seamus Rodgers from the Gaeltacht Forum also attended the meeting and were delighted to have a Donegal delegate elected on the day.Seamus Rodgers, who previously served on the INCVF, welcomed the election of the Donegal chairperson to the National Executive, emphasising that this is a critical time to have issues effecting communities in Donegal heard at the National level.Speaking after her election on Saturday, Paula highlighted her reasons for seeking to become involved in the national structure at this time. “There have been huge cutbacks to the community sector over the past eighteen months, and although the INCVF is only one way to lobby around these issues, it will give us an important voice nationally.“The INCVF will be meeting various Government Ministers over the coming weeks and I will be using this opportunity to let them know that the cuts to the poorest and most vulnerable in society cannot continue.“The Donegal County Community Forum will continue to lobby both locally and nationally to ensure retention of essential supports and services provided by community and voluntary groups,” she said.EndsDONEGAL DELEGATE ELECTED TO TOP TABLE OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY FORUM was last modified: April 5th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Benitez: ‘Not enough’ so far but Newcastle ‘will fight to the last minute’

first_imgRafael Benitez has warned his Newcastle players that the first two games under his charge have shown promise, but “not enough”.The Spaniard saw his side strike late at St James’ Park to avoid a seventh successive derby defeat by arch-rivals Sunderland and snatch a 1-1 draw.However, he remains confident that if the improvement he has seen in his first two games at the helm continues, they can drag themselves out of trouble.When it was suggested to him that the table – which shows the Magpies are three points adrift of safety with eight games remaining – looked scary, Benitez said: “It was scary before.“I am here because I have to give the team confidence and we have to improve things. Again I will say at Leicester, you could see a lot of good things; still not enough. Today in the second half, a lot of good things; not enough.“We have eight games to play and we know they will be incredibly difficult. We know it will be difficult, for sure. I knew before.“We are creating chances, we are attacking and we can be there, so we have to improve this part of the game and create more chances and [Aleksandar] Mitrovic or Papiss Cisse or the other strikers will score more goals and we will be fine.“But I can maybe say that we will have to fight until the last game and the last minute, so we have to do it.” Rafael Benitez is under no illusions about the task ahead at Newcastle 1last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger wants England to pick fit-again Arsenal star for Euro 2016

first_img Jack Wilshere in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger is backing Jack Wilshere to play for England in Euro 2016.The Arsenal midfielder has yet to make a single appearance this season having been sidelined for eight months with an ankle injury.But he is now back in full training with the Gunners and Wenger insists he will be ready for his country – if called upon – this summer.Roy Hodgson has suggested he will pick Wilshere in his squad if he proves his fitness in time and the 24-year-old’s inclusion would be welcomed by his club boss.Asked it taking Wilshere to France would be a gamble, Wenger replied: “If he’s completely fit, no.“When you’re a national team coach, you can take a gamble on one player but certainly not on five. He has to consider the whole situation. You can certainly take a chance on just one player.”When asked whether he would prefer to see Wilshere stay at home, the Arsenal manager added: “You want your players to compete.“When you’re a footballer you want to compete at the top level and what is important is that Jack, who is frustrated enough, regains confidence.“It’s very important for his confidence that he can go to the Euros and he can play. It’s also important to have a player of his quality available.”Wilshere could play in Arsenal’s Under-21 clash with Blackburn on Friday, and has been pencilled in for a return to the first-team squad in the next fortnight.But Wenger insists he will not rush his comeback and will keep a close eye on his developments.“I’m cautious with him now but, to be back fully competitive, it will take a few weeks,” he added.“Once he will be completely fit and competitive, he will be available for Arsenal and for the national team. Why not?” 1last_img read more

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England favourites to beat Wales in Home Nations showdown – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Today, we look ahead to Thursday’s British showdown between England and Wales in Lens.Ahead of the clash, the Three Lions are 8/15 favourites to claim victory.A win for Wales – who beat Slovakia in their tournament opener – is 11/2, while the draw is 3/1.And punters’ eyes will surely be on the danger men ahead of the tie, with Welsh talisman Gareth Bale 6/1 to score first, while England hotshot Harry Kane is 4/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Family histories on move

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“One of the primary aims of our organization is to maintain and expand a genealogical library,” said Hergesheimer, who graduated from Whittier College in 1954. “It is ideal for it to be located at the college … for the benefit of family history researchers in the Whittier area.” Wardman Library Director Katherine Gill said the WAGS collection complements the college library’s historical special collections, as well as the “values of heritage and diversity.” “In particular, I was impressed by the breadth of the collection, by the care that had clearly been exerted in curating it, and by the array of primary sources and tools it offers for historical research,” Gill said. For beginners, the collection has 63 “how-to” books to help get their search started, and there are more than 1,000 surname cards on file, WAGS officials said. There are also several histories of religious and cultural groups among American settlers, and works on Native Americans. “You never know what you’re going to get,” said WAGS member Miriam Benell, who spearheaded the volunteer effort to pack up the books. “We had a woman whose family came from Germany to America,” Benell said. “She found a book that had her whole family, after she’d been looking for years. She even found out what ship they came over on.” WAGS, which has about 250 members, held its first general meeting at Whittier College in 1981. It is one of the largest genealogical societies in Southern California, Benell said. The collection was moved Monday but it will take at least another day to get it organized at Whittier College, officials said. “I think this is a win-win situation,” said Hilary Keith, director of library and cultural services for the city of Santa Fe Springs. “It’s a great opportunity for the library and the genealogical society to better serve their constituents,” she said. “They get a new facility, and we get more space for books for residents.” For more information on the WAGS collection, call (562) 695-5431. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Moving Day • Video: Moving Day SANTA FE SPRINGS – The histories of thousands of families have packed up and moved to Whittier College, where an extensive collection of books and documents maintained by the Whittier Area Genealogical Society has found a new home. After spending 25 years in the Santa Fe Springs library, the special collection of research guides, biographies, family histories, atlases and other items was boxed up Monday and transported to the college’s Bonnie Bell Wardman Library. WAGS officials said they’ve known for years that the Santa Fe Springs library was running out of space – so moving the 3,000-item collection to Whittier College turned out to be “ideal,” said WAGS President John Hergesheimer. last_img read more

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