Crystal Palace complete signing of Belgian teenager

first_img1 Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Belgian youngster Jason Lokilo from Anderlecht.The 17-year-old winger has been training with Palace’s under-21 and under-18 squads since the summer and has now received international clearance to complete his switch to Selhurst Park.“I’m very happy to have signed with Crystal Palace,” Lokilo told the club’s website.“It’s a good club making progress. They bought Yohan Cabaye, who is a very good player. And with [Yannick] Bolasie, [Wilfried] Zaha and [Jason] Puncheon, it’s very good for wingers!“I’ve trained very well and I’m looking to continue that.” Crystal Palace complete signing of Belgian teenager last_img read more

Jose Mourinho: Star man NOT guaranteed Chelsea return in Tuesday’s clash at Dynamo Kiev

first_imgJose Mourinho refused to say whether Eden Hazard will return to Chelsea’s starting line-up for Tuesday night’s Champions League Group G clash at Dynamo Kiev.Mourinho was critical of Hazard, the stand-out performer in last season’s Barclays Premier League triumph, after leaving the Belgium playmaker on the substitutes’ bench for last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.And the Blues boss declined to reveal if Hazard, who has been told to up his work rate, will start at the NSK Olimpiysky as Chelsea seek to respond from defeat at Porto in their most recent Champions League game.“If he plays tomorrow I don’t tell you. The players don’t know,” Mourinho said.Mourinho has left forwards Pedro and Loic Remy behind due to minor injuries, increasing the likelihood Hazard will return to the starting XI.The Portuguese was critical of Hazard during his first season back at Stamford Bridge and the desired response followed, with the forward compared favourably with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when winning individual footballer of the year awards last season.“I didn’t say he had a better season than Ronaldo,” Mourinho said.“Last season he won one of the most important titles in football, which is the Premier League, and [he was] absolutely decisive for Chelsea. Last season he had a phenomenal season.”Asked about Hazard’s response to his comments, Mourinho said: “How did he train? He trained like Eden.”Mourinho also says Radamel Falcao has given no indication to him of his apparent desire to leave Chelsea following reports in Monday morning’s newspapers.“First of all I don’t know if it’s true. To me he said absolutely nothing in relation to that,” Mourinho said.“I speak with him every day. It’s quite strange the press know something I don’t know and my club doesn’t know. We don’t have one single bit of information about it.“What he has to do is play more? He has to give us more than Diego [Costa].“We normally play with one striker. I always go for the performance level.“It’s a direct competition between players for one position. The best one plays.” 1 Eden Hazard last_img read more

Carl Jenkinson says Arsenal team-mate is in same league as Ronaldo and Messi

first_imgCarl Jenkinson believes Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez is in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The West Ham defender is on loan from the Gunners and he described the Chilean forward as a ‘special’ player.Sanchez has scored ten goals in his last six games for club and country, including a goal in Arsenal’s win at Watford last weekend, just days after returning from international duty in South America.  “I think he’s up there with the best in the world, you can put him in the same sort of bracket as the Ronaldos and Messis,” Jenkinson told Drivetime.“Obviously I still watch Arsenal and I watch him play and he’s the sort of player that affects every single game.“There’s players out there that can produce magical moments, but it’s the best ones that do it game in, game out.“You always know with Sanchez that he’s going to affect the game in one way or another and he does it every single game to be honest.“His appetite for the game is phenomenal, he looks so hungry, he wants to play in every single game and it’s a special thing to have in a footballer. “Every Arsenal fan would say he is a joy to watch.”Carl Jenkinson also told Drivetime how he thinks West Ham are capable of a top-four finish, read more here.last_img read more

AMAZING! Watch ‘magic’ footballer make ball LEVITATE after scoring

first_imgCheck out this amazing goal celebration from the Venezuelan top-flight, which saw Zamora’s Cesar Martinez make the ball LEVITATE after scoring.last_img

Swansea BELIEVE in Garry Monk! – John Hartson dismisses sack rumours

first_imgFormer Wales striker John Hartson has told talkSPORT he would be ‘amazed’ if rumours that Swansea are close to sacking manager Garry Monk are true.Reports over the weekend suggested the club were poised to give the Englishman the boot after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Norwich left the Swans with just one win in eight games.It was also claimed Monk had fallen out with the Jacks board after turning down an offer of a more experienced coach to help him through the team’s difficult period.The 36-year-old, who stepped up from defender to first-team coach following the departure of Michael Laudrup in February 2014, was rewarded with a new three-year deal as manager after leading Swansea to their highest ever league finish of eighth place last season.And Hartson has urged the Welsh side to stick with the boss, insisting he WILL turn the Jacks’ season around.“I’d be amazed if anything would happen with Garry Monk on the sacking front,” the ex-Celtic, Arsenal and West Ham striker told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Swansea are on a little bit of a poor run, but football is a results business and I think Garry is wise enough to know that he would come under pressure if they weren’t getting results.“But I would be amazed if anything was to happen. Let’s not forget that Swansea gave Garry an opportunity and he’s done exceptionally well.“They just recently gave him a new three-year contract at the start of the season, so they believe in him.“He needs a couple of wins just to push the team further up the table.“Their next three games are against Bournemouth and Leicester at home, with Liverpool away in between, so – although Leicester are doing very well – they have an opportunity now to pick up some points.”last_img read more

WATCH! Outrageous goal from Crystal Palace star during training

first_imgFraizer Campbell has barely featured for Crystal Palace this season, making just four Premier League appearances for Alan Pardew’s side.But he may have just convinced Pardew to give him some more game time after demonstrating his quality with a sensational goal in training.Check it out above!last_img

Pilot dies in plane crash on freeway

first_imgSAN BERNARDINO – A small plane headed to Henderson, Nev., crashed on a freeway at the crest of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County early Friday, killing an Air Force officer and slowing the rush-hour commute. The pilot of the single-engine Piper PA-28 was talking to air traffic controllers in San Diego at 12:42 a.m. when they lost communication and the plane vanished from the radar, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The pilot, who was the only person on board, apparently did not issue a mayday, Gregor said. The pilot was identified by the county Coroner’s Office as Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond Roessler, 43, of Clinton, Utah. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRoessler was not on official Air Force business and was flying a private aircraft, Supervising Deputy Coroner Gabriel Morales said. The plane took off from Long Beach and was headed to Henderson, Gregor said. Shortly after 6 a.m., plane wreckage was reported on Interstate 15, said county Fire Department Supervisor Karen Humphreys. The plane crashed on the expansive, hilly median between the north and southbound lanes. Interstate 15, the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was not closed but traffic was slowed for hours and backed up for several miles. 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

Forbes announces Top 200 small companies in America

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Forbes has named the beverage company Hansen Natural the No. 1 small company in America. These days, Hansen’s coffee and energy drinks are beating expectations with fast-growing sales of Java Monster and Monster Energy beverages. Hansen is based in Corona, Calif. Forbes ranks companies according to return on equity, as well as sustained sales and net profit growth over 12-month and five-year periods. To be included, a company’s sales must fall between $5 million and $750 million, with a share price above $5. Here is where local companies ranked: 8. j2 Global Communications, Hollywood – Provides communications services to businesses and individuals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.37. Diodes, Westlake Village – Manufactures and distributes semiconductors. 58. K-Swiss, Westlake Village – Designs and markets athletic footwear and apparel. 130. Cherokee, Van Nuys – Markets apparel and footwear brands.last_img read more

Congress warned of tax hitch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In a letter to Congress, Paulson also again warned Congress that failure to pass an AMT fix would expose 21 million mostly unsuspecting taxpayers to the minimum tax – and an average tax increase of $2,000. The AMT originally was designed to make sure that the wealthiest couldn’t use tax breaks or deductions to eliminate their entire tax liability. But the tax doesn’t adjust for inflation, so more middle class taxpayers are ensnared by the AMT each year unless Congress acts. Democrats controlling Congress have promised to make sure the AMT doesn’t entrap more taxpayers during filing season next year. But House and Senate Democrats have yet to agree on specifics of an AMT fix or whether to raise revenues elsewhere in the tax code so that an AMT adjustment doesn’t add to the deficit. Republicans say that since the AMT was never intended to hit the middle class, legislation to reform it should not be subject to pay-as-you-go rules that require tax cuts to be “paid for” with loophole closures or rate increases. “This is not a new tax cut that should be paid for,” said Rep. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, top Republican on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. “This is preventing a tax increase.” The IRS is gearing up its computer programs and 2007 tax forms are going to press in November. Paulson warned that delays in enacting an AMT bill could expose up to 25 million taxpayers to delays in processing of their returns and payment of refunds. Paulson told lawmakers that delaying enactment of an AMT fix until mid-November or later would cause “significant compliance challenges and will result in confusion for taxpayers, tax return preparers and tax software developers.” Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Finance Committee, said he’s intent on getting the AMT changed but that Congress has had comparable delays on tax legislation without disastrous consequences. “We ran into this problem last year or the year before and it’s a little inconvenient but the world didn’t fall apart,” Baucus said. “But still obviously the goal is to get it done.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AMT: Treasurychief says failure to adjust system could result in refund hang-ups. By Andrew Taylor THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned lawmakers Tuesday that delays in enacting a temporary fix to the alternative minimum tax could cause millions of taxpayers to experience delays in receiving their refunds. last_img read more

Central inbox service is OK but has its kinks

first_imgSadly, all I got through MySpace were spam messages and ones from the universal friend “Tom” – as in Tom Anderson, the MySpace co-founder who is automatically added to new MySpace accounts. It wouldn’t be fair, though, to blame Fuser for my unpopularity. I do like that each account is color-coded. For instance, an orange dot next to a message means it’s from Yahoo; a green dot means Hotmail. The color scheme carries over to a feature for letting you easily switch among messages when you have several open at once. Each message appears as a color-coded box along the right side – just click to jump to the full e-mail. I can choose to turn individual accounts temporarily on and off, such that only Gmail and AOL messages show up, simply by clicking on the e-mail address. That’s handy if, say, I want to filter out all the junk from an account I use primarily for online shopping. But the service could be more user-friendly in that regard. To isolate one account, I’d need to turn all accounts off, then turn the one account on. There ought to be a way to pull messages from just that account instantly. I also had to put up with a number of annoyances, including ads appended to the bottom of outgoing messages. Although that’s common with many free Web-based services, Gmail doesn’t append ads, and I figure the Google-powered ads that appear while checking mail through Fuser ought to be enough to support the free service. But what frustrated me most was the performance. E-mails can take several seconds to open and in a few cases two minutes, reminding me of the dial-up days. Granted Gmail and others run into problems from time to time, but that’s more the exception rather than the rule. Furthermore, Fuser didn’t work at all on the major browsers available for Mac OS X 10.3.9 – not the latest operating system for Apple Inc.’s computers but still extremely functional. (It worked on version 10.4 and later, though no word on compatibility with the upcoming Leopard edition.) You could blame the browser or the version of the Java software that runs over it. You could blame my firewall, or even my computer. I prefer to blame the developers. With so many types of systems and configurations out there – I tested Fuser on four Windows and two Macintosh machines – a good Web service must be more tolerant and consistent. For starters, its error messages should be less cryptic. To me, a “beta” tag offers little excuse when services are promoted for general use. One notable feature to point out is the Leaderboard, which is supposed to rank the friends I communicate with most frequently. It’s a good concept, but all it does is underscore how lonely I’d be without messages from “Tom.” A more useful tool would be a ranking of my normal e-mail communications. Remember also that you’ll be trusting all your passwords to an outside service. Fuser says it uses encryption and other safeguards; many e-commerce companies have found their systems compromised despite such pledges. I see nothing to doubt Fuser’s intentions, but I’ve also been wary about adding some of my main personal accounts. I’m not ready to give up on Fuser entirely. But I plan to wait until it works out the kinks and adds more features. Until then, I’ll check my 48-odd e-mail and five social-networking accounts separately. Just don’t expect any quick replies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Anick Jesdanun THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – It sounded like a dream come true for someone with dozens of e-mail and social-networking accounts: A free Web service called Fuser that lets you check all of your messages from one central location. Alas, after giving Fuser a whirl, I’ll still be checking my accounts separately. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.I found Fuser still a bit clunky. Granted it’s officially in a “beta” test mode, but I expect a lot these days once services open to the public. Fuser shows some promise. I could easily add accounts from the major Web mail services – Google Inc.’s Gmail, Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp.’s Hotmail and Time Warner Inc.’s AOL – and check them all through one inbox. I eventually got my EarthLink and Road Runner accounts to work, after Fuser’s tech support helped identify my company’s own firewalls as the culprit. Besides the major Web mail services, Fuser supports any e-mail account using POP3 or IMAP mail technology, which is to say most of the rest. The Fuser inbox even incorporates messages from the two leading online hangouts, Facebook and News Corp.’s MySpace. They include messages sent to you privately as well as comments shared more publicly on your personal profile page. last_img read more