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Everton star to captain England in final Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania

first_img Phil Jagielka Phil Jagielka will captain England against Lithuania on Monday night.With skipper Wayne Rooney and vice-captain Gary Cahill having been released from the squad following the 2-0 win over Estonia, the captain’s armband was left vacant for Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Vilnius.And manager Roy Hodgson announced on the eve of the game that Jagielka would lead the team out at the LFF Stadium.“I am very pleased to have Phil Jagielka here with me. He will be my captain tomorrow evening,” Hodgson said on Sunday.It will be the first time the Everton centre-back has captained his country.Jagielka, 33, will earn his 37th cap against the Baltic nation.Having already secured top spot in Group E, Hodgson decided to release Rooney, Cahill, Michael Carrick, James Milner and Joe Hart to their clubs after the win over Estonia at Wembley.If England win, they will qualify for next summer’s finals in France with a 100 per cent record. 1last_img read more

VIDEO: Peruvian referee’s backheel assist

first_imgA referee in the Peruvian league has inadvertently played a decisive part in the winning goal during a 3-2 thriller.As the goalkeeper bowled out the ball out to set up a counter attack, the referee backheeled the ball straight back into the danger zone.Watch the bit of ‘skill’ above!last_img

VIDEO: Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic score wonder-goal for Paris-Saint Germain

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1 Check out this incredible goal scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Paris-Saint Germain on Saturday.The 34-year-old Swede rocketed in an amazing 20-yard half volley during PSG’s 3-0 victory over Caen, where Angel Di Maria also scored twice.Watch the video below and let us know what you think!last_img

REVEALED! Mignolet on Klopp’s training methods and why Liverpool aren’t thinking about top four

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was a special guest on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.He looked ahead to February’s League Cup final meeting with Manchester City and discussed his fellow Belgian Kevin De Bruyne’s injury blow.He also spoke about Jurgen Klopp’s training methods and explained why the Reds are not thinking about a top four finish.Listen to the interview in full above.last_img

L.A. deserves its fair share of bond money for transportation

first_imgTHERE are many obvious differences between Southern and Northern California. The climate, the style, the state of mind and the amount of traffic – particularly trucks carrying goods to and from the nation’s busiest ports. While that last one is obvious to Southern California motorists, who often compete in tight traffic with phalanxes of cargo rigs, it doesn’t seem clear to the state’s top transportation officials. And this is a problem when it comes to allocating $2 billion in bond money for projects that improve trade corridors. A coalition of Southern California transportation officials from San Bernardino to Los Angeles is making what seems to be a fair request of the California Transportation Commission when it meets Tuesday: Divide up the money according to need. And the Los Angeles region’s need is pretty great. About 85 percent of the port activity of the state comes through the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports – and is projected to more than double in the next 25 years. California voters supported the infrastructure bonds to improve the state’s public facilities and, thus, its quality of life. And voters expect that money to be spent fairly, benefitting the entire state and not doled out on the basis of political pull. We join the coalition to request that Southern California’s heavy trade corridor get its fair share of the $2 billion bond. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre last_img read more

Single father sorts out the aftermath of Waste Management strike

first_imgSUN VALLEY – With a job hauling trash, Salvador Camey, a single father, supported two young children and bought medicine to treat his mom’s cancer. But in the aftermath of a bitter drivers’ strike against Waste Management Inc., Camey, 34, is one of 40 drivers fired and replaced with workers hired during the 13-day strike. He worked in the company’s Sun Valley facility for nearly eight years. “It’s very difficult to start from scratch and build what I’ve done,” Camey said. “It’s almost like you’re making a masterpiece of a castle built of cards, and someone just blew it away.” Camey could get a job with another trash-hauling company. But the Mission Hills man would lose his seniority and would have to work late-night shifts and Saturdays, which means missing his son’s soccer games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Camey blames the company for firing him. But he also blames an offshoot of the Teamsters Union for calling the strike Oct. 19 when the local’s leadership was recommending against it. Before the strike, Teamsters Local 396 asked its members to accept a contract proposal from Waste Management. But workers with a grass-roots group called Teamsters for a Democratic Union called for a strike, and the workers followed its lead. After watching the company hire permanent workers to replace them, the 470 striking workers voted Wednesday to accept the same contract the company proposed before the strike. But 40 of them ended up without a job. “You can’t budge a giant, but no one expected that they would treat us the way they did,” Camey said. “They basically forced us to go back.” Camey, who was a shop steward with the local and urged workers to accept the contract, said he was dismayed to watch workers with the TDU get their job back, even though they were the ones rushing to the picket lines. A representative from the Michigan-based TDU could not be reached for comment late Friday. Company officials say they had to hire permanent replacements during the strike. “What we did is, we focused on providing the service to our customers,” said Waste Management spokeswoman Jennifer Andrews. “So when we saw employees out on strike with no end to the strike in sight, we put an ad in the paper and said, we’ve got to get people in here. And no one’s going to take the job if they think it’s only for a few days.” For Camey, being without a job means hitting the unemployment line for the first time in his life. Camey’s ill mother lives with him, and because she suffers from cancer and has no insurance, he pays for her medicine. Now Camey is without medical coverage, and so is his family. Waste Management has promised to put Camey and the other 39 replaced workers at the top of its list for new hires, when work becomes available. And Teamsters Local 396 is working to find jobs for the 40 laid-off drivers, but so far fewer than a dozen have been hired by other companies, said Jay Phillips, president of the local. Camey wonders how the replacement workers will have enough experience to do his job. He drove a flatbed truck, delivering empty trash bins and picking up full ones. He learned how to roll a half-ton bin full of concrete onto a platform lift. The secret: Every bin has a light side, and that goes first. Camey said his goal as a trash hauler was to earn enough seniority to earn time off to spend with his children. But now, after losing his seniority, he is considering getting out of the trash-hauling business. “This industry is very hard,” Camey said. “My knees are not the same; I’m just not the same person. You come in healthy as an ox, and (then) you’ve got breathing problems. All of a sudden you’ve got allergies, sinus problems, and you’re just not the same person.”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

Holiday shopping is in the cards

first_imgQUESTION: OK, I surrender – this holiday season I’m going to get everyone gift cards. Should I be worried about limits, fees or expiration dates? ANSWER: People are increasingly turning to gift cards as spending hours in a crowded mall looking for that last Xbox, iPod or Elmo grows less appealing. But shoppers should do some research first. The gift cards that require the most diligence are issued by banks and credit-card companies. They can be used practically anywhere the issuer’s credit card is accepted, but are often off-limits for things such as recurring bills, car rentals, pay-at-the-pump gas stations and casinos. More importantly, they expire, and the issuers tend to tack on fees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAmerican Express gift cards charge a monthly service fee of $2 after a year and $5.95 to replace a lost or stolen card. The card has a “valid through” date – if it expires and you still have funds remaining, you can ask for a check for the amount but American Express will deduct $10. Discover doesn’t charge a shipping fee, but its gift cards deduct a $2.50 dormancy fee after a year of inactivity, and expire after two years. You can request a replacement card for up to 90 days after expiration, but it costs $5. For Visa and MasterCard gift cards, the individual banks that issue them can provide you with fee information. Be sure to ask specifically about upfront fees, dormancy fees, fees to check your balance and fees to get your balance back if the card expires. Gift cards issued by retailers are more restrictive in the obvious sense – the recipient can only spend them at the store – but they usually don’t have fees or expiration dates. So if you know where your friend likes to shop, a store gift card is probably a better choice than a bank gift card. If your friend is a big online shopper, ask if the gift card can be used for Web purchases. Home Depot Inc. gift cards, for example, only can be used for in-store purchases. The National Retail Federation said 92 percent of the leading retailers have no gift card fees. Of the 22 major retailers surveyed this year by online financial information service Bankrate.com, none charged fees for their gift cards, and only Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s had expiration dates. Gift-card laws do vary across states. Bankrate.com recommends checking your state’s consumer protection department for details. In some states, an unused gift card counts as unclaimed property, so after a couple of years, the state can claim it. Here’s some state-specific fine print: American Express does not ship gift cards to Connecticut, Hawaii, Rhode Island or Vermont. Discover does not sell gift cards in those four states, plus Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Tennessee. Macy’s gift cards expire in some states, but not in California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Bloomingdale’s gift cards also expire in some states, but not in California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada. Head spinning yet? Some might claim it’s tacky, but no one is going to turn down a wad of greenbacks wrapped in a big red bow. No limits, no fees, no expiration dates.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

Traffic focus of mission statement

first_imgThe problem with traffic in Los Angeles is everyone talks about it, but nothing seems to get done. Little fixes like left-turn lanes and synchronized signals provide some relief. But no long-term plan has emerged to solve the problem of too many cars going to the same places on too few lanes. “We are never going to solve our transportation crisis with a single project,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. “We need a comprehensive policy, with benchmarks, to hold the city accountable. Right now… if you ask anyone where the city is going, no one knows.” Greuel chairs the City Council’s Transportation Commission, scheduled today to approve a mission statement laying out the city’s goals and plan to reach them. The commission will then pass it on to the full City Council. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We need to get people out of their cars, but no one knows the best way to do that,” Greuel said. “And, when we go to Sacramento or Washington for money, they always ask us, `How will this be used?’ They want to see a seamless approach to how we deal with traffic.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has made transit one of his top issues, fully supports Greuel’s efforts, aides said. Developed by the city Department of Transportation, the mission statement lays the foundation for future studies to fill in the details over the next 18 months about how people can get around the city more quickly and in a more environmentally friendly way. “This strategic transportation plan, would be more like a road map and a blueprint to meet objectives and goals – hopefully in a very deliberate and systematic way to make sure we are making really good solid investments,” said Jay Kim, a planner in the city Department of Transportation. The statement has six main goals. They are to emphasize environmental issues by reducing emissions, protect neighborhoods, increase mobility and accessibility, ensure safety, promote the city as a center for international trade and develop a stable funding source. In the past, Kim said, the city and other agencies have been more concerned with pursuing transit dollars, without any plan in place on how to spend the money. “The process has been, we drop everything as we look for new projects or round up the old ones and everyone scampers at the last minute,” Kim said. “What we’re saying is it could have been more helpful if we had a citywide priorities list.” Also, he said, the goals often change as new politicians take office. “If you come up with solid principles and policies, they should endure those political landscape changes,” Kim said. Transportation planners believe the shift will demand changes by commuters and local businesses. “We need to get more people into mass transit,” Kim said. “We need to manage the demands of people driving to work with flexible hours, car pools and ride-sharing.” To start the process, Greuel has put up a survey on her City Council web page, www.lacity.org/council/cd2, that will be made available to other council members. The survey will be used to help guide a consultant who will develop the final plan over the course of the next several months. [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

DOZENS OF INVESTORS MEET AT ANGRY MONEY SCAM MEETING

first_imgDOZENS of investors in the dodgy ‘pyramid’ scheme sweeping Donegal met in a Letterkenny Hotel last night to vent their anger.Dozens of angry investors, some who invested more than €200,000 each in the scheme, are fuming that they have been left high and dry.The Mr.Big behind the scam, which supposedly bought cheap stock and sold it on as a profit, has now fled to Estonia. He has constantly told investors that they WILL get their money and named several dates for the money transfer.But each time the conman has come up with different excuses.Two of the agents who helped publicise and oversee the scheme met with investors at the Letterkenny Hotel and again assured them they will get their money.An email from the company which arranged the investment scheme told investors they will have an update on their money by this FRIDAY. However one investor told donegaldaily.com after the meeting that he will believe the promises from the company when he has his cash in his hand.“I have been told on four different occasions that I will be getting my money on four different dates.“But each time these people have come up with different excuses. I’m at my wits end but I have to keep believing I will get my cash or I will crack up.“I invested a six figure sum and I owe an absolute fortune. I don’t know what I will do if I don’t get my cash back.“Now we’ve been told that we will be hearing major news on Friday about our money. I’m hoping against hope but we’ll see,” he said. EndsDOZENS OF INVESTORS MEET AT ANGRY MONEY SCAM MEETING was last modified: January 11th, 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

Roy Hodgson confirms injury to midfielder which likely rules him out of Euros

first_imgEngland boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Fabian Delph is unlikely to feature at the European Championship after suffering a groin injury.Hodgson named a 26-man squad last week and will have to whittle that down to 23 ahead of the May 31 deadline.Manchester City midfielder Delph, who has nine caps to his name, is not set for a long lay-off but did not travel with the squad to Sunderland as the Three Lions prepare for Friday’s friendly with Australia at the Stadium of Light.And Hodgson, who also confirmed Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford is likely to start against the Socceroos, claims the 26-year-old is unlikely to play any part in France.“It means he (Delph) probably won’t be with us in the final 23, unless of course we have injuries,” Hodgson said at a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports.“I have put him on the standby list, which he understands and accepts. I don’t think it is going to be a long-term injury for him, so if I need him and want him to come along with us it is easy for me to call him and ask him to do so.“I have said to him, with the situation we have with the other 25 players, it is unlikely.” 1 Fabian Delph in action for England last_img read more

10 loan stars you may have forgotten will return this summer but will they play?

first_img 10 10 10 10 Those on loan often get forgotten. Last season saw the likes of Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado, Arsenal’s Wojciech Szcz?sny and Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli attempt to reignite their careers away from their parent club.No matter how well they may have performed at their temporary homes, the summer is an anxious period for those above – and more – whose loan contracts have expired.So, talkSPORT has assessed where next for 10 of the Premier League’s most noteworthy players who spent the 2015/16 campaign on loan.Take a look at our assessment by viewing the slideshow above. 10 1. Juan Cuadrado spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Juventus from Chelsea – read our assessment of the future of the Colombia international below, then click the arrow above, right, to do the same for nine more of the Premier League’s biggest loan stars – Cuadrado was tipped to leave permanently last summer, despite only joining in January earlier that year before agreeing a temporary move to Turin. It proved a wise decision, with the winger making 16 starts in Serie A, scoring four goals and registering five assists. Question marks over his suitability to the Premier League remain, but his reputation has improved. While Jose Mourinho didn’t seem interested in giving the Colombian a chance, Antonio Conte might feel differently. And if the current manager of Italy is going to deploy a 3-5-2 formation, Cuadrado could prove a valuable option. 5. Lazar Markovic spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Fenerbahce from Liverpool – Markovic opted for a move to the Turkish Super Lig in the hope of regular first-team football, but it turned out to be a challenging campaign, spoiled by injury. His playing time was far improved before his loan spell came to an abrupt end in February. Such disappointment, however, hasn’t deterred optimism of his potential to become a key player under Jurgen Klopp. The German manager has openly discussed his lack of options out wide and Markovic may therefore feature in his plans for next season. 10 4. Carl Jenkinson spent the 2015/16 season on loan at West Ham United from Arsenal – Jenkinson has spent the past two seasons at Upton Park, with his first team opportunities under Arsène Wenger becoming limited. His 2015/16 campaign was cut short at the end of January, damaging his cruciate ligament in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City. He is facing a battle to be fit for the start of the new season and it isn’t known where he’ll be playing, despite having signed a new five-year deal at the Emirates last July. Hector Bellerin is in commanding form for Arsenal at right back. 10 10 6. Nathan Ake spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Watford from Chelsea – Ake enjoyed somewhat of a breakthrough campaign at Vicarage Road, becoming a regular at left back under Quique Sanchez Flores. The defender was one of the Hornets’ most consistent performers and may have made an impression on the coaching staff at his parent club. With criticism continuing to fall the way of the Blues over their failure to promote their academy, Ake could be offered a first team role next season. But don’t expect him to be a regular in the Premier League. 7. Victor Moses spent the 2015/16 season on loan at West Ham United from Chelsea – It’s hard to believe Moses has been a Chelsea player since the summer of 2012, having made a total of 23 Premier League starts during this time. Last season saw his third loan spell, where he was used sporadically by Slaven Bilic. The winger made 13 league starts and eight appearances from the bench, scoring one goal and registering two assists. While his performances were far from poor, he’s done little to suggest he could become an important player at Stamford Bridge. A permanent exit is expected this summer. 2. Mario Balotelli spent the 2015/16 season on loan at AC Milan from Liverpool – It’s difficult to know where to start with Balotelli. In eight starts and 12 substitute appearances, the striker scored just one goal for AC Milan. It was therefore unsurprising when it was confirmed that he hadn’t made Italy’s 23-man squad for the Euro 2016 finals. With a similar static style to Christian Benteke – who has failed to make an impression on Jurgen Klopp – he isn’t expected to play a part in the German boss’ plans for 2016/17 season. An Anfield exit is anticipated. 10 3. Wojciech Szczesny spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Roma from Arsenal – Szczesny immediately took over the no.1 role at the Stadio Olimpico, going on to make 34 starts in Serie A, keeping eight clean sheets. The Poland international, though, is expected to return to the Emirates, with negotiations over a deal to see him return to Roma on a permanent deal having hit a wall. He is likely to be eyeing the exit, as Petr Cech is set to resume his role as first choice in between the posts. The problem could be agreeing a fee for his departure. 8. Patrick Bamford spent the first half of the 2015/16 on loan at Crystal Palace and the second at Norwich City from Chelsea – It was a season to forget for Bamford, who failed to impress Alan Pardew in the first half of the campaign, resulting in his season-long loan deal at Selhurst Park being cut short before enduring a similarly unforgettable following four months with Norwich. He played just 236 minutes in the Premier League last term, failing to score a goal. It sadly seems the striker isn’t ready for the top flight and it wouldn’t be surprising if he seals a move to a Championship club in the summer. 9. James Wilson joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan in November 2015 to the end of the season from Manchester United – With so few striking options for Louis van Gaal it came as a shock when Wilson agreed a loan deal to Brighton, but his playing time certainly improved. The 20-year-old made 12 starts and 15 substitute appearances in the Championship, getting his name on the scoresheet five times. He isn’t expected to have much of a role in Jose Mourinho’s first team, but the newly-appointed United manager will be aware of expectations over his development of youth players. 10 10. Alex Pritchard spent the second half of the 2015/16 season on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Tottenham Hotspur – Pritchard has come through Spurs’ youth setup, earning the respect of the White Hart Lane faithful for his performances in the Under-18 and reserve side. With the club’s midfield at his strongest under Mauricio Pochettino, playing time has proved hard to come by and ultimately led to a loan move to the Hawthorns. He made just three appearances for the Baggies, but despite his lack of playing time, his reputation remains high. Rumour has it Newcastle United and Napoli are interested in signing the 23-year-old. Tottenham might be reluctant to sell, but a deal could suit both parties.last_img read more

OPEC stands pat on production

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – OPEC hedged its bets Wednesday, opting to keep production steady but setting a new meeting for Feb. 1 to raise output if prices skyrocket. Benchmark crude prices rose on word of the decision, but the prospect of a review early next year – and its potential to raise production ceilings if warranted – checked the upward trend. After spiking by about $2 on news that present levels would be maintained, light sweet crude for January delivery reversed course and settled 83 cents lower at $87.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, oil’s lowest close since Oct. 24. Price levels were more than 10 percent off the record of almost $100 a barrel set last month, suggesting the choice by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries would not roil markets – at least in the short term. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsA final communique from OPEC’s oil ministers’ meeting in Abu Dhabi said the group would leave output unchanged “for the time being,” because the world was “well supplied” and crude reserves were at comfortable levels. “We have enough stocks in the market,” OPEC Secretary-General Abdalla Salem el-Badri said. “There is no reason for prices to go (to) $100 a barrel,” he added. Still, the statement expressed concern about market volatility driven by speculation – and suggested OPEC was ready to step in if needed by taking “every measure deemed necessary to keep market stability through the maintenance of supply and demand in balance.” Wednesday’s decision by oil ministers of the 13-nation group seemed to suggest that OPEC now views prices near or above $90 – an increase of about $40 since the start of the year – as acceptable. The U.S. and other energy-hungry nations had hoped for a decision to raise levels by at least 500,000 barrels a day. But Nobuo Tanaka, the head of the International Energy Agency, the oil and gas monitor for industrialized nations, noted that far more OPEC crude was already available than what estimated output figures of the 10 nations under production quotas reveal. Total OPEC output is estimated at about 31.5 million barrels a day – about 40percent of daily world demand estimated at about 85.5 million barrels, with the 10 OPEC members under quotas pumping more than 27 million barrels a day. “While the lack of a formal output increase by the OPEC 10 may do little to calm current market anxiety, the IEA recognizes that total OPEC output has been much higher,” he said from Paris. “And there are signs that more OPEC oil may be on its way in December.”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

L.A. must clear DNA case backlog

first_img 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat’s why Weiss is pushing for $10 million in city funding to hire 22 new criminalists and four lab technicians over the next two years. The goal is to clear up the city’s massive backlog within 30 months. “In a budget of $7 billion,” Weiss says, “a $10 million program isn’t that much.” Getting killers and rapists off the street is not only good for the health and safety of the city, it’s also good for the bottom line, saving millions by preventing crimes before they happen. It’s unconscionable that a rare instance of City Hall penny-pinching should put lives at risk. If city leaders are serious about making public safety L.A.’s top priority, they will waste no time clearing out the city’s DNA-case backlog. Los Angeles should have “no higher priority than getting rapists and murderers off the streets,” as City Councilman Jack Weiss recently said. And he’s right. But in actuality, there are many, many higher priorities at City Hall. That’s why the city has no problem lavishing hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies on downtown hotel developers and 23percent pay raises for bureaucrats, yet it can’t come up with the cash to adequately fund the DNA analysis that’s crucial to solving some of L.A.’s worst crimes – and putting away some of the city’s most heinous offenders. Currently, evidence from some 7,000 rapes and homicides – going back at least a decade – sits in a laboratory. Weiss, who wants to be city attorney, tells a chilling story of a rapist who was able to attack two additional victims – one of them a child – while authorities waited for the rape kit from his first victim to be processed. last_img read more

Tiger escapes cage at San Francisco Zoo, killing 1 and injuring 2

first_img The man was sitting on the ground, blood running from gashes in his head. Tatiana sat next to him. Suddenly, the cat attacked the man again, Mannina said. The officers started approaching the animal, bearing their handguns. Tatiana started moving in their direction. Several of the officers then fired, killing the animal. Only then did they see the third victim, who had also been mauled. The zoo is open 365 days a year. Although no new visitors were let in after 5:00 p.m., the grounds were not scheduled to close until an hour later, and there were between 20 and 25 people still on site when the attacks happened, zoo officials said. The two who were injured were in critical but stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital. The victims “are in the operating rooms, getting their wounds cleaned,” a nurse at the hospital said. Eric Isaacs, a doctor at San Francisco General, told KGO-TV that the tiger bites were being treated as any animal bite would be – the wounds were being cleaned, and the men were put on antibiotics. They’d be observed for infection over the next week. “This is a tragic event for San Francisco,” San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Lt. Ken Smith said. “We pride ourselves in our zoo, and we pride ourselves in tourists coming and looking at our city.” Employees and visitors were told to take shelter in zoo buildings when zoo officials became aware of the attacks. Authorities did not believe others were mauled, but because it was dark they could not be certain. After the attack, firefighters used ladders and flashlights to search through the zoo’s vegetation. Investigators remained on the scene and Smith said a thorough sweep of the grounds would be conducted Wednesday morning. There are five tigers at the zoo – three Sumatrans, and two Siberians. Officials initially worried that four tigers had escaped, but soon learned only one had escaped its pen, according to Mannina. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that he was deeply saddened by the incident and said a thorough investigation is underway. Last December, Tatiana reached through the cage’s iron bars and badly lacerated the zookeeper’s arm. The zoo’s Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation. Following last year’s attack, the zoo added customized steel mesh over the bars, built in a feeding shoot and increased the distance between the public and the cats. The Zoo will be closed on Wednesday, officials said. — Associated Press writer Daisy Nguyen contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A tiger that mauled a zookeeper last year escaped from its pen at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day, killing one man and injuring two others before police shot it dead, authorities said. The three men were all in their 20s, and were visiting the zoo, San Francisco Police spokesman Steve Mannina said. They were attacked just after 5 p.m., when ticket counters are shut down, on the east end of the 125-acre zoo grounds near Ocean Beach. They suffered “pretty aggressive bite marks,” Mannina said. It was unclear how the tiger escaped or how long it was loose. The Siberian tiger, named Tatiana, was the same big cat that attacked a zookeeper last December during a regular public feeding, according to Robert Jenkins, the zoo’s director of animal care and conservation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The approximately 300-pound female did not leave through an open door, Jenkins said. But he could not explain how it escaped – the tiger’s enclosure is surrounded by a 15-foot-wide moat, and 20-foot-high walls. “There was no way out through the door,” said Jenkins. “The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leapt out of the enclosure.” Investigators working to understand what happened have sketched a chilling picture. The first attack happened right outside the Siberian’s enclosure – the victim died at the scene. A group of four responding officers came across his body when they made their way into the dark zoo grounds, said Mannina. Then they saw the second victim. He was about 300 yards away, in front of the Terrace Cafe.last_img read more

Penn State outlasts Seminoles in 3 OTs

first_imgMIAMI — This really was one for the ages. For more than four hours, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden paced the Orange Bowl sidelines, searching for offense and enduring one missed kick after another. Finally, in the third overtime, at 1 a.m. (EST) today, Kevin Kelly made a 29-yard field goal, giving Paterno and Penn State a 26-23 victory over Bowden’s Florida State Seminoles. “I told him we’re too old for this,” the 79-year-old Paterno said afterward. “It’s almost past my bedtime.” Moments after the game ended, the two old friends came together and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a crush of cameras and microphones to exchange warm words. “No animosity. No animosity. I mean that,” Bowden said. “Both teams played so hard,” Paterno said. In a bowl season that has included plenty of lackluster affairs, this one really was worth staying up for. Florida State mostly contained Big Ten MVP Michael Robinson, who threw a TD pass with six seconds left in the first half but was limited to 253 yards passing and 21 rushing. One scrum knocked off his helmet. He hit two clutch completions to give Penn State a chance to win the game in regulation. But Kelly, hampered by a shaky hold, was wide left on a 29-yard field goal attempt with 35 seconds left. Cismesia kicked a 48-yard field goal with 4:08 left in regulation to tie the game at 16-all, but on the first series of overtime he was wide right on a 44-yard attempt. Then it was Kelly’s turn. He again pushed a try wide left, this time a 38-yarder with a perfect hold. Austin Scott’s 1-yard run put Penn State ahead. B.J. Dean pulled the Seminoles even with a 1-yard scoring run. After Cismesia’s 38-yard attempt hit the right upright, Kelly finally came through. The kick gave Paterno his 354th career win, second in Division I-A only to Bowden’s 359. Paterno improved to 7-1 against Bowden. The only loss came the last time they met, when Florida State beat Penn State in the 1990 Blockbuster Bowl. With his first win in the Orange Bowl since 1974, Paterno improved to 21-10-1 in bowl games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Paterno had said he didn’t want the game to be about him and 76-year-old Bowden, who rank 1-2 in career coaching victories. It turned out to be about missed opportunities, improbable twists — and epic length. Given two earlier chances to win the game, Kelly missed field goal attempts of 29 and 38 yards. Paterno calmly patted the freshman’s back after the second miss, then sent him onto the field on second down for the winning kick. Florida State counterpart Gary Cismesia missed an extra point in the first half and field goal tries of 44 and 38 yards in overtime. “Sometimes you miss at the wrong time,” Bowden said. “Joe was having that problem for a while.” The No. 3-ranked Nittany Lions finished 11-1, with the only loss coming when they gave up a touchdown to Michigan on the game’s final play. The season represented a big rebound for Paterno’s program, which went 7-16 in 2003-04. No. 22 Florida State fell to 8-5, Bowden’s worst season since 1981. last_img read more

Junk mail? This year, try recycling it

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Any of that type of information that can be used to perpetuate the crime of identity theft – we call it Dumpster diving,” said Renee Focht, a spokeswoman for the Postal Inspection Service, the federal law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service. “If you’re done with it, shred it before you throw it out.” Focht, a catalog shopper, shreds catalog labels and unused order pages, just to be safe. To encourage more participation in its free recycling program, Blue Barrel began increasing the size of the bins from 34 gallons to 96 gallons at the beginning of 2004. The move has prompted increased recycling, said Travis Lange, the city’s environmental services manager. Blue Barrel also offers free pickup of unwanted electronics, which are recycled when possible, and Christmas trees, which are chipped into mulch and compost. The Direct Marketing Association estimates that about 18 billion catalogs are sent to U.S. consumers each year, and the U.S. Forest Service estimates that millions of tons of trees’ worth of bulk mail lands on peoples’ doorsteps each year. Many companies that advertise by mail target prospective customers through computerized lists, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher. The targeted groups are often more interested in the products than the general public and the response rate goes up, he said. SANTA CLARITA – People who want to go greener in 2006 can divert a bunch of things they pitch in the trash into the recycling bin instead. Candidates for recycling include mail order catalogs, old phone books, credit solicitations, medical and insurance forms, checks and bank statements. “The key to recycling these types of materials starts in the kitchen, the nerve center of the house,” said Chris Fall, public sector services manager for Blue Barrel Disposal. “If you have a separate container in your kitchen for recycling materials, you’ll be much more cognizant of recycling catalogs and receipts.” As a precaution, papers with identifying information such as Social Security or account numbers should be shredded or torn up. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 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