Liverpool and Southampton miss out Real Madrid star arrives for Real Sociedad medical

first_img1 Asier Illarramendi Asier Illarramendi is set to undergo a medical ahead of a return to Real Sociedad despite late interest from Southampton.The Real Madrid midfielder is available this summer and had been linked with Liverpool until former club Sociedad became the clear favourites to sign him.Yet there were suggestions on Tuesday that Southampton were interested in making a move for the Spaniard as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen his side for their Premier League and Europa League campaigns.But that now looks unlikely with Illarramendi back in Sociedad for a medical, with Marca claiming he told reporters he is ‘happy’ to complete the move.Reports in Spain suggest the fee agreed for the 25-year-old is around £11.7million, which represents a huge loss for La Liga giants Real, who paid Sociedad €32.2million [£23.5] for Illarramendi’s services just over two years ago.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgLA MIRADA – The City Council has approved a 4percent pay raise for city employees. The council action Tuesday night also maintains benefits and commits to adjusting salaries to about the median level in comparison to surrounding cities. As part of the action, the council also created a full-time aquatics center manager and community services coordinator to help run the proposed aquatics center. Dog vaccine clinic slated for Saturday AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2WHITTIER – A dog vaccination and licensing clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Adventure County Park, 10130 S. Gunn Ave. Rabies vaccinations will be available for $6 for dogs 4months and older. DHLPP vaccinations, including distemper and hepatitis, will be available for $14 for dogs 8weeks and older. Bordetella vaccinations will be available for $11 for dogs 8 weeks and older. Animal control officers will also be available to assist with pet licensing. For more information, call (562) 940-6898. Council approves attorney pay raise LA MIRADA – The City Council has given City Attorney James Markman a rate increase – the first in three years. The billing rate will be increased by $15 per hour for all services. Markman’s rate now will be $195 per hour. The city’s annual cost for legal services is expected to increase by about $24,000. Event to explore mental health WHITTIER – The Intercommunity Child Guidance Center will host a mental health symposium from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21. Dr. Daniel Siegel will be the keynote speaker discussing his research on interpersonal neurobiology, which explores the idea that the mind develops at the crossing point between human relationships and the unfolding structure and function of the brain. A private cocktail reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8a.m. The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel. Tickets are $115 per person and an additional $20 for the cocktail reception. To register or for more information visit www.intercommunity.org. Vision loss lecture offered today LA MIRADA – A free lecture on vision loss will be held at 10 a.m. today at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The lecture will be presented by the Intercommunity Blind Center of Whittier. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. Veterans to hold fundraiser Sunday SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752 will host a fundraising breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at 11912 Rivera Road. A donation of $4 per plate is suggested. All proceeds benefit VFW veterans. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. VFW post to host dinner fundraiser LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will hold a fundraiser fish dinner at 6 p.m. Friday. A donation of $8 per plate is suggested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. – From staff reports160Want 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

Fracking can prime faults for subsequent quakes

first_imgHydraulic fracturing in western Canada can prime faults for earthquakes that strike months after fracking ceases, reports a new study published this week in Science. Although it has long been known that the injection of wastewater into disposal wells can trigger earthquakes by increasing pore pressure and destabilizing fault lines, rarely has fracking itself been identified as the source of tremors. Typically, fracking involves injections into impermeable rock layers that inhibit the spread of fluid and increase pore pressure. Looking at seismic records near Fox Creek, in northwest Alberta, where there are six drilling sites, researchers found an intermittent set of induced earthquakes between December 2014 and March 2015, clustered around fracking operations. The majority of seismicity occurred during fracking as the elastic response of the rock caused mounting stress. However the largest quake, which had a magnitude of 3.9, struck on 23 January 2015—2 weeks after fracking had been completed. The researchers believe that a limited recovery of fracturing fluids—one well retrieved only 7% of its fluids—pressurized a fault that extended down to the crystalline basement, resulting in the series of quakes over several months. In the future, they say, drillers should take account of such risks, especially when they fail to recover fracking fluids.last_img read more

Michael Clarke retires: The game is cruel

first_imgThe Trent Bridge crowd were ecstatic and were applauding their boys. The England cricket team were acknowledging the applause and later did the victory lap after they had thrashed Australia in less than two and half days in the fourth Test to regain the Ashes urn.There were hugs, there were poses for photographs. The Englishmen on the field were living their dream. More than joy, England captain Alaistar Cook’s face was showcasing signs of relief.And amidst all this, two men, one dressed in suit, holding the microphone and the other dressed in training jersey were talking about their team’s poor showing. Shane Warne had asked Michael Clarke how it felt for him to give away the urn in such a horrendous manner.The viewers weren’t interested in hearing what the Australian captain replied, but were waiting for Warne to ask ‘that’ question, that obvious question. A lot of legends of the game have been on the receiving end of ‘that’ question.Warne didn’t wait.The legspinner doesn’t wait to ask, “What does this loss mean to Michael Clarke?””I will have one more Test in my career and then retire. I don’t want to jump ship now so I’ll have one last Test. You never want to walk away from the game but my performances have not been acceptable to me,” were Clarke’s words. Obvious, isn’t it!The cricket fraternity saw it coming, after all they have witnessed many such parting speeches.Things were brighter for ClarkeSix months back, on a Sunday afternoon, dressed in yellow, Michael Clarke was the focal point of everyone’s attention. Having led the Australian side to a World Cup victory at home, Clarke had every reason to sport a smile.advertisementThe Australians led by Clarke were clinical. The final was a match-up between two world class one-day international bowlers- Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult- who had been the nightmare for batsmen during the tournament.At one and the same time, a more subtle but crucial battle was being fought. The duel between the aggression of two captains, the attacking intent of two captains – Brendon McCullum and Clarke – proved to be the game changer. The latter outclassed the former with a brilliant display of positive intent. And that set the New South Wales man apart from rest of the modern day skippers.”Over the moon, what a tournament. Thanks to every Australian and cricket supporter out there who’ve been behind us. The team and support staff, the support I’ve had since coming back into the team, they deserve to stand there with the trophy”Time is right to walk away from one-day cricket, I’ll still be playing Test cricket,” were the words of a captain who was willing to go after leading his team to the pinnacle of one-day cricket.Unlike this time, he was not forced to make a decision.The game is indeed cruel.last_img read more

Courtois thinks Hazard should always play 90 mins

first_imgChelsea ‘Hazard should play 90 minutes’ – Courtois surprised at Conte’s Man Utd substitution Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 20:25 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Eden Hazard Chelsea Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Eden Hazard Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United The Chelsea goalkeeper wants to see his Belgian team-mate play the full match where possible after he was withdrawn in the second half at Old Trafford Thibaut Courtois admits he was surprised to see Eden Hazard substituted by Antonio Conte during the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.The Blues slipped out of the Premier League’s top four after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard earned United the points following Willian’s opener.Lingard’s winner came two minutes after Hazard had been substituted by Conte, with Pedro coming on for the Belgium international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Chelsea were then left without their most creative spark when chasing the game and Courtois has aired his surprise at his compatriot’s withdrawal. “I have no explanation for the substitution,” Courtois told Belgian outlet Play Sports. “I did not expect it, but it’s the manager’s choice. He’ll explain it. I can’t look into his head. “Of course, you want players like Eden 90 minutes on the pitch. He can always bring something extra.”Conte has been under pressure in recent weeks, with the Blues struggling domestically. Chelsea are currently fifth in the Premier League, two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and 19 behind leaders Manchester City.Speaking after the defeat at Old Trafford, Conte suggested that Hazard had failed to maintain his high standards in the second half and that his withdrawal was merely a tactical decision.”No Hazard [is not injured], no,” he told a news conference. “It was a tactical decision. “You have to keep the same performance for 90 minutes, we didn’t have a great balance, and every single player has to try to work with the ball, without the ball, otherwise we lose our balance.”I think he’d finished his energy because the first half he ran a lot. The second half he started the same way, but when I see a player is a bit tired, my task is to find a different solution.”Meanwhile, Courtois was left deflated by the defeat at United, which came on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Barcelona in the Champions League when Chelsea had also taken the lead.”After our goal, we conceded a counter-attacking goal just like last Tuesday but in the second half we had less of the ball, but even then we should never have lost this match,” he said.”If you do not do the small things well in top matches, you lose, which is what happened.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Why Mike Gundy Has New Life as a Coach and is Excited About the 2019 Season

first_imgDiscipline — or lack thereof — was a constant gripe among spectators last season. The team wasn’t very good as it was, but when it was, penalties and lapses in thinking often made them look worse.So Gundy’s solution? For him, it’s simple: get back to his coaching roots. That means more discipline, more physicality, and in turn, hopefully, a better team.“I feel like we need to be a more disciplined, physical, tough football team,” said Gundy. “So I’m going to make a point as I did in the spring and hopefully it carried on this summer when the players were working out and obviously we’re not out there with them, to be a more disciplined, physical football team, and I think that will help our team. So I’m excited about just seeing the results.” 20165.342 YearAvg. penalties per gameNational Rank 20175.133 ARLINGTON, Texas — The added density on the mullet and the favorable home schedule aren’t the only reasons Mike Gundy has a pep in his step as he looks ahead to the 2019 football season.At Big 12 media days on Monday, Gundy explained he is especially rejuvenated this summer for the upcoming season because of another reason: lack of success last season.“I’m more excited and looking forward to a season than I have in a long, long time,” he said. “We didn’t play as well last year as we should have, in my opinion, and it was the result of me not doing my job and holding coaches and players accountable. We weren’t a very disciplined football team. We weren’t a very tough football team. Those are two areas that we can control the outcome.”Gundy’s teams typically rate out above the national average (sometimes well above the national average, sometimes just averug) in terms of penalties per game, but 2018 was definitely a slip far below what has been the norm in the four years before it.As you can see below, from 2015-2017, the team ranked inside the top 50 each year in penalties committed. In 2018, however, OSU committed 6.8 penalties per game, ranking 95th in the country according to TeamRankings.com. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 20106.893 20136.9105 20115.551 20146.275 20186.895 20155.538 20126.684last_img read more

Big 12 Recruiting Update: Texas Making Surge in Rankings With Strong July

first_imgTexas has consistently been near the middle-of-the-pack in the Big 12 recruiting rankings for months, but quietly lurking as a threat to make a push with its high per-commitment average. The push is happening … now.The Longhorns have hurdled Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State in the last two weeks with a strong July that, thus far, has netted them four commitments (and counting). They’re currently No. 1 in the conference in per-player ranking, and No. 2 behind OU in the points race. Here’s an update on where that stands. 3TCU87.74 Oklahoma15236.96 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Iowa State17177.49 OSU isn’t slipping, per se, but the class fell from No. 5 to No. 6 because of Texas’ rise.Here’s three things you need to know that have happened recently.1. Texas-sized movesTexas does not mess around when it comes to recruiting rankings. It dominates the market. (It also may help that recruiting sites often seem to skew rankings in their favor.) Nonetheless, Texas is getting dudes. Just this week, the Horns added offensive tackle Andrej Karic, defensive end Van Fillinger, and defensive tackle Vernon Broughton (a top-100 recruit). Their 11-pledge class has been filled this month with four commitments in total, not the least of which being top-125 defensive end/linebacker Prince Dorbah out of Dallas.2. In-state star sticks with the SoonersBroken Arrow offensive lineman Andrew Raym committed to OU early in the process, then he decommitted to survey the lay of the land. On July 10, he re-committed to the Sooners as many expected, giving OU a top-100 caliber talent. He chose OU over OSU, Georgia, Michigan, and Alabama, among others.3. Bixby star picks the PokesBixby speedster Brennan Presley committed to Oklahoma State last week. Here’s more on him via Kyle Cox:Presley is currently ranked as the No. 10 player in the state of Oklahoma by 247Sports but has yet to receive a composite ranking by the service. 247 lists him as a three-star prospect.Presley is a 5-foot-7, 160-pound athlete who plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Bixby High. [PFB]And here’s something I wrote last week about the implications of landing Presley. Kansas State18169.96 West Virginia12151.48 Baylor12145.47 9Kansas State84.43 10Kansas83.43 TCU10152.55 Texas Tech12146.75 6Iowa State85.31center_img Kansas21170.87 Texas11211.18 2OU91.26 4Oklahoma State86.18 1Texas92.72 Oklahoma State13165.83 7Texas Tech85.15 8Baylor84.96 And here’s a look at the rankings, sorted on a per-commitment average, which should provide a more accurate forecast at how the Big 12 recruiting rankings will fall by signing day. 5West Virginia 85.47 TEAMTOTAL COMMITSTOTAL POINTS RankTeamPer-player avg.last_img read more

Two Things We Learned from Oklahoma State’s Win over TCU, One We Didn’t

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State moved to 6-3 on Saturday with its wild win over TCU and is now bowl eligible for the 14th-straight season. As the Cowboys head into a weird second bye week before their final three-game stretch of the regular season, let’s look back at their sixth win.Here are two things we learned from OSU-TCU and one thing we didn’t. First off, what we learned.Sanders is ImprovingIf not for the apparently obligatory interception in the fourth quarter, this conclusion would be more obvious.Sanders is an elite runner and has the ability to make just about any throw you need him to, those two things we’ve known for a while. But his decision-making has improved as the weeks have gone by, and you can tell that he’s made a concerted effort to keep two mitts on the ball when he scrambles.I was actually okay with the first-half game plan of running the wildcat with Spencer to loosen things up and then taking your shots down the field, especially since he was moving the chains.That will work for now. While it’s obvious that the coaching staff is still trying to protect him. (I get it. He’s thrown at least one pick in the last seven games). But at some point you have to take the training wheels off.If Spencer continues improving in his reads and cutting down on the turnovers, hopefully he’ll earn the keys to the offense by year’s end. Maybe just in time for Bedlam.This Defense Can Take It BackI was reticent to heap too much praise on OSU’s defense following its three-interception game against Brock Purdy — who barely throws a pick — just in case it was a fluke. But back-to-back weeks of watching this group make level-headed QBs look downright reckless, and I’m ready to start the movement. #TTIB (They takin’ it back).Purdy threw four in seven games, then three in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. Max Duggan threw the first one of his college career the week before and then threw three more to OSU.In just two weeks, the team that was tied for lowest interceptions in the league (three) is now fourth with nine. Add in the five recovered fumbles, and OSU is T-2nd in turnovers gained in the Big 12 with 14. Baylor is alone in the lead with 15 (thanks largely to certain homecoming game that shall not be mentioned).Now, the one thing we didn’t learn…How Badly Tylan Will Be MissedYou might be saying, But Kyle, Dillon Stoner was one early drop from having a very Tylan stat line on just four catches. And you’d be right. But when you rely so heavily on your ground game (for good reason) and attempt just 15 passes, it makes it hard to really know what you have in terms of talent and depth at receiver.Let me be clear. I think OSU has enough talent at wideout to win the next two games, but when it comes to Bedlam — when you need your stars — I think the lack of Tylan’s playmaking ability will be glaring.Maybe that point is moot. It is Bedlam. But there exists a reality, not too far removed from our own, where Oklahoma State continues this trend of improvement and is hitting on all cylinders on the last week of the season when the Sooners show up. If we did end up in that world and OSU makes a game out of Bedlam, it’s going to be shame that No. 2 is sitting on the sidelines.last_img read more

Third International TVET Conference Slated for November 29 to December 1

first_img The Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will host the third International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from November 29 to December 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay.The JCTE’s Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant and Conference Chair, Jacqueline Knight-Campbell, says the event will bring together individuals and organisations that are collaborating to develop the education sector.“It will explore the building of educational partnerships; strategic leadership for institutional growth development; and professional development in higher education”, she said.She was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston on Tuesday, October 24.The conference, which will also be supported by Delaware State University in the United States, will include concurrent sessions, workshops, exhibitions and panel discussions.Among the key events are a power breakfast, where heads of local and international companies will engage representatives from educational institutions in dialogue; and an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding educators, the Tertiary Student of the Year and outstanding corporate local and international individuals who have made indelible contributions to education.“It is a leadership conference that will provide the platform for building awareness on the readiness, activities and international exposure and exchange of what is happening in education,” Mrs. Knight-Campbell said.Additionally, she said persons are being invited to present research papers at the conference that should be submitted to the JCTE by Thursday, November 9.The focus areas include developing partnerships for an integrated approach to internationalising tertiary education; enhancing career through networking industry certification and professional organisations; and financing tertiary education for growth and sustainability, both locally and internationally. For further information on registration for the conference, persons may email theJCTE at: jctesecretariat@gmail.com, and for the submission of research papers: jctepr@gmail.com. Persons may also call 632-4136, 616-7620 or visit www.ucj.org.jm. The Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will host the third International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from November 29 to December 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. Among the key events are a power breakfast, where heads of local and international companies will engage representatives from educational institutions in dialogue; and an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding educators, the Tertiary Student of the Year and outstanding corporate local and international individuals who have made indelible contributions to education. Story Highlights The JCTE’s Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant and Conference Chair, Jacqueline Knight-Campbell, says the event will bring together individuals and organisations that are collaborating to develop the education sector. last_img read more

Notley unhappy no appeal on Trans Mountain willing to let process play

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s not happy with Ottawa’s decision to let stand a court decision that has stalled the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The federal government has instead appointed former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to oversee a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities.Notley says she understands Ottawa’s view that this is the best way to break the logjam over the multibillion-dollar project aimed at getting more Alberta oil to tankers on the B.C. coast.The Federal Court of Appeal put a hold on the expansion in August and said the government needed to assess the project’s impact on marine life and further consult with Indigenous groups.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the government does not intend to start the consultations over again, but will use them to address the weaknesses the court identified.Notley says the government should keep all options, including an appeal, open.“Our government does not agree with the decision of the federal government to not pursue an appeal of the original decision,” she said Wednesday.“We understand that pursuing an appeal is a longer-term path towards a solution, and we understand that the path that they are pursuing right now is one that is likely to be more effective and faster.“Nonetheless, until that path succeeds, as far as I’m concerned their job is to keep all options open.”Notley said she welcomes the renewed consultations, because they need to be done, and understands arbitrary timelines can’t be imposed on them — even if that means further delays on resuming construction on the pipeline expansion.“We expect that there may well be a delay past this summer coming up,” said Notley.“I’d like to see construction resume next year at some point, but at the end of the day we know that the constitutional obligation to consult with Indigenous people is such that it must be defined by the consultations.”last_img read more