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‘I am not a dictator’, insists Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal has mounted a staunch defence of his management style, insisting: “I am not a dictator – I am a communicator.”After accusations of rifts and a player mutiny in some quarters, Van Gaal came out fighting at his weekly press conference at Carrington on the eve of Manchester United’s home game against Liverpool.The 64-year-old admitted Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick came to him after the opening match of the season against Tottenham to air their concerns.The captain and vice-captain had become worried about morale within the squad and felt they had to transmit that to the manager.”Rooney and Michael Carrick came to me and said: ‘The dressing room is flat.’,” the Dutchman said.Van Gaal was irked by the fact that the story had leaked to the media.But there was no anger towards the players. In fact, the manager was happy his two most senior professionals approached him as he feels his working practices have now improved for the better.“It’s a positive thing that the players are coming to me and not only Carrick or Rooney, other players,” Van Gaal said.“But now it was Carrick and Rooney and that was alarming for me because they are the captains. That’s why I went to the dressing room.“But all the players are communicating with me. They are coming to my office. Believe me, it is like that. I am not a dictator – I am a communicator.“I have changed the way that I say the game-plan to them, for example. Now I ask in advance and they can say what they want. Most of the strategy is always the same because they like the way we have done it.“I went to the dressing room, analysed the situation for them to give it a place. After that the atmosphere was much better and after that we won again.”last_img read more

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Exclusive – Birmingham boss Gary Rowett dismisses Fulham and QPR links

first_imgGary Rowett has dismissed reports linking him to the managerial vacancies at Fulham and Queens Park Rangers and his reaffirmed his commitment to Birmingham City.The 41-year-old has been strongly linked to both jobs in London in recent weeks, following the dismissals of Kit Symons from Craven Cottage and Chris Ramey from Loftus Road earlier this month.But, with the Blues currently in fifth place and on course for a play-off place, Rowett insists he is focussed on the job in hand at St Andrew’s.Speaking to talkSPORT on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the manager said: “It’s just the usual thing, if your team is doing well you get linked to other clubs. That’s normal and it’s just a sign of success, really.“They’re two excellent jobs with ex-Premier League sides, but I’m extremely focussed on what we’re trying to do at Birmingham City.“I actually think we’ve underperformed a little bit over the last three or four weeks, so I’m just focussed on improving here.”last_img read more

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ANGELS-RED SOX NOTEBOOK Guerrero likely to be back in right

first_imgBy Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Vladimir Guerrero’s right arm is feeling better, a development that opens a variety of lineup options. A day after struggling for any kind of offense against a Boston Red Sox starter, the Angels are about to make a number of changes that could get things going. “I spent so much time in the National League playing right field that it feels like I’m home playing right field,” Guerrero said through broadcaster Jose Mota, who was serving as interpreter. “This situation in the American League as the DH had to happen, but it’s just a familiarity to play right field.” A likely lineup would be to bat Figgins first, followed by Orlando Cabrera, Guerrero, Garret Anderson, Rivera/Morales (depending on who gets the DH spot), Casey Kotchman, Howie Kendrick, Izturis and Jeff Mathis in the ninth spot. That lineup best alternates right-handed and left-handed hitters. Mathis is expected to take over at catcher for Mike Napoli. Anderson should play Anderson’s right eye still looked severely swollen Thursday because of conjunctivitis (pink eye), but he is expected to play tonight. Scioscia said he trusts Anderson’s judgment even though Anderson said after Wednesday’s game that his eye is “not where it should be.” Anderson went 0-for-4 against Beckett in Game 1, but did fly out to the warning track in center during his final at-bat. Anderson declined Thursday to talk about his eye. “Unless something unforeseen happens, he’s a guy who has been swinging the bat as well as anybody in baseball for the last 200-300 at-bats and we need him to contribute,” Scioscia said. “Obviously if his eye is not where it needs to be, it’s something to consider. But it’s not at that point.” Escobar as calm as ever Kelvim Escobar was busy downloading stories about Game 1 on his iPhone before Thursday’s workout and hardly gave the appearance of somebody under pressure. Escobar, who won a career-high 18 games this season, will take the mound tonight and try to give the Angels a split of the two games at Boston. A defeat would put the Angels in a 2-0 hole and force them to take the last three games in order to advance. “I feel like I have to go out there and bring my `A’ game,” Escobar said. “It’s not pressure or I feel like everything is on my shoulders. It’s a team effort and we all have to go out there and give our best.” Fans reward Remy Broadcaster and former Boston second baseman Jerry Remy beat a handful of “regular fans” in a landslide in voting for “President of Red Sox Nation.” Remy received 39,120 votes from the more than 70,000 that came in by Internet, text messaging and postcard over a four-day period that ended Tuesday. Remy, who also played for the Angels during his 10-year career, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday. After lobbing the ball to backup catcher Doug Mirabelli, Remy went over to the front row and shook hands with team chairman Tom Werner. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGuerrero, who hasn’t played right field since Sept.4 because of an inflamed right triceps, is expected to make his long-awaited return to the outfield tonight. Chone Figgins is expected to be moved to center field so that Maicer Izturis can stay in the lineup and play third base. Those moves will force rookie Reggie Willits to the bench. Willits played center field in the AL Division Series opener Wednesday. The only decision remaining will come at designated hitter. Kendry Morales would be able to bat left-handed against Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, but Juan Rivera is also an option. “We’ll look at a couple things,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Daisuke against lefties and righties, there’s not a huge variance. It’s not like there’s a 100-point swing and you go with one guy or another. We’ll take a look at a couple things.” Guerrero said he is not rushing himself back to right just to open more options for Scioscia. His only reason for returning is that his arm finally feels better. He prefers to play out there anyway, because that is what he is used to. last_img
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Thousands evacuate after volcano threat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Scientists raised the alert at Mount Kelud to the highest level earlier this week, pointing to sharply rising temperatures in the lake of its crater and violent rumbling beneath. There was an hour-long spike in the underground tremors and temperature on Friday when gas or magma tried to break through the crater lake, said Surono, a government volcanologist who goes by only one name. The activity then subsided. “Anything could happen anytime now,” he said, noting that a similar pattern emerged days before the last major eruption in 1990. He said he was “afraid pressure behind the magma will build up again and that next time it will explode.” The 1990 eruption of Mount Kelud on Indonesia’s densely populated island of Java, killed dozens. In 1919, a powerful explosion of the volcano destroyed dozens of villages and killed at least 5,160 people. Authorities ordered 116,000 people living along the volcano’s fertile slopes to leave their homes Friday, but many have refused, saying they needed to tend to their crops and animals and protect against possible looting. ALERT: People forced from their homes, some at gunpoint, after underground tremors. By Indra Harsaputra THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOUNT KELUD, Indonesia – Tens of thousands of people were ordered by police – some at gunpoint – to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia’s deadliest volcanoes Friday after a series of underground tremors heightened fears of an imminent eruption. Police forced many people to leave at gunpoint, calling the situation “critical.” “If we didn’t force them – in this case with a showing of firearms – the villagers would not budge,” said police chief Col. Tjuk Basuki, adding that residents have been repeatedly warned about the danger. “We had no choice but to do this for their safety.” Sugeng Walujo, a 37-year-old villager, said he does not plan to leave. He, like many others, believes he will be protected if he follows the guidelines of an ancient myth. “If I don’t scream for help or turn on any lights, the lava and ashes will not reach my home,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere.” Many people who left the mountain were staying in temporary shelters along its base. Some held Islamic prayers in a tent Friday, where a preacher told them to remain calm and follow the advice of authorities. The U.N. said Friday that the World Health Organization has activated 100 medics, put 200 health facilities on alert and established 41 outreach health posts because of the volcano. Emergency health kits, masks and other equipment were distributed. 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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Brezhnev secretly buoyed Nixon during Watergate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.At first, Moscow paid little attention to Watergate, but as the scandal of the break-in at Democratic offices focused on the president, Dobrynin wrote, concern grew in the Politburo that it could damage improvement in U.S.-Soviet relations. “One began to sense his growing bewilderment, lack of confidence and withdrawal from other matters,” Dobrynin wrote. The ambassador was instructed to meet immediately and secretly with Nixon to deliver the message of support from General Secretary Brezhnev. “No doubt, there are some people – and not only in the U.S. – who anticipate that Richard Nixon won’t be able to take it and will crack under the pressure,” Dobrynin said he told the president on Brezhnev’s behalf. “But, we are pleased to note, you have no intention of giving them that satisfaction.” In response, and speaking slowly, Nixon said he wished to thank Brezhnev “for the fact that he, perhaps alone among the leaders of other nations, including the allies, had found simple human words to lift his spirits,” Dobrynin wrote in the documents released this week. Nixon went ahead in the summer of 1974 to hold a summit with Brezhnev in Moscow, but his days in the White House were numbered and he resigned in August. While Nixon was a firm adherent of U.S. strength, he was opposed to brinksmanship in dealing with the Soviet Union, Dobrynin reported to Moscow in 1969, at the start of a unique personal relationship with Washington. The State Department historical documents portrayed Nixon as not counting on the use of force. Quoting from an urgent telegram Dobrynin sent to Moscow, sizing up the new president, differences were too deep to bridge completely. But Dobrynin told the Soviet Foreign Ministry in his cable that “the new president is opposed to methods of brinksmanship in relations with the USSR, since he believes that both our countries have at their disposal sufficient nuclear missiles to annihilate each other many times over.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – As the Watergate scandal enveloped President Nixon, he was buoyed by a secret “for his eyes only” message of moral support and encouragement from Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, according to newly released State Department documents. Saying he wanted to share thoughts with Nixon “mainly on a human level,” Brezhnev told Nixon “we do not really understand much of what is happening,” but it was clear to the Politburo in Moscow that not only domestic factors were at work. “There are those who would like to nullify or completely undermine everything valuable and important” in understandings being reached by the two superpowers, Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin said he told the president on Brezhnev’s behalf. The message, delivered to Nixon by Dobrynin, proposed “self-control and fortitude” in conducting foreign policy, Dobrynin wrote in a foreword to the documents. last_img read more

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DONEGAL RETAILER NAMED AS NATIONAL AWARDS FINALIST

first_imgMairtin KellyA DONEGAL retailer is celebrating being after being names as a finalist in Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards (IFCR) 2014.Mairtin Kelly from Kelly’s Centra at Mountain Top in Letterkenny will now battle it out at the 8th annual Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards to be held in Dublin.Set in the fabulous Ballsbridge Hotel on Friday September 12, and hosted by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan, the IFCR Awards will play host to the finest convenience retailers from across Ireland. With more than 400 individual award entries received from throughout Ireland, reaching the final of these awards signifies a major achievement for independent retailers, symbol groups and oil companies.The retail sector in Ireland employs more than 275,000 people – that’s almost 15 per cent of the total jobs in Ireland. The sector also accounts for more than 10 per cent of Ireland’s GDP – that’s €16 billion. This highlights why retail is such a crucial sector in our economy.Bill Penton, publisher, Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer, was delighted with the calibre of entries: “Now in their eighth year, the IFCR Awards continue to grow. They are a fantastic example of how Ireland’s forecourt and convenience retailers continue to play a vital role in their communities and set industry standards higher each year. Continuous investment in new forecourts has resulted in much needed jobs and support for Irish suppliers, growers and manufacturers.”He added: “This unique event helps to raise industry standards in the forecourt and convenience retailing industry throughout Ireland by recognising excellence and rewarding professionalism in the retail sector.” Innovation, new ideas and new developments are an essential part of successful retailing in today’s ultra-competitive, fast-moving retail environment. Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards are the country’s only specialist awards for the forecourt industry and provide an essential showcase for our very best retailers. This year they are also helping to raise much needed funds for the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund.This unique event helps to raise industry standards in the forecourt and convenience retailing industry throughout Ireland by recognising excellence and rewarding professionalism in the retail sector.Said Mairtin: “I want to pay tribute to our staff and customers. This is a tremendous achievement. We’re looking forward to the final.” DONEGAL RETAILER NAMED AS NATIONAL AWARDS FINALIST was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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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Rangers launch legal proceedings against Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

first_imgRangers have launched legal proceedings against Charles Green and Mike Ashley.The Ibrox outfit have also notified the Court of Session in Edinburgh they plan to take action against former Gers directors Imran Ahmad, Brian Stockbridge and Derek Llambias as well as Ashley’s SportsDirect.com Retail Ltd business.It is not yet clear what the action relates to or when it will call in court.The details of the six defendants are revealed in an advertisement placed in Monday’s edition of the Times.Former chief executive Green and commercial director Ahmad are among several men facing charges over the alleged fraudulent acquisition of Rangers.Newcastle United owner Ashley owns a 8.92 per cent stake in the club, while his SportsDirect firm also holds a 49 per cent shareholding in Rangers Retail, the company set up with the club to sell Rangers kits and merchandise.The Light Blues board announced last week they had served notice on RRL to terminate intellectual property agreements held with the company – meaning the joint venture would no longer have the right to sell goods bearing the club’s world-famous badge.Ahmad, currently believed to be overseas, and Stockbridge were appointed to Green’s board when the Yorkshire businessman took charge of the Ibrox club by purchasing Rangers’ assets and business after they went into administration and liquidation in summer 2012.Green stepped down as chief executive in 2013, while Ahmad served between June 2012 and April of the following year.Finance director Stockbridge resigned from his post in January 2014.Llambias, a close ally of Ashley, was appointed to the Rangers board in November of that year, but was removed from his position five months later when Dave King’s new regime took over the club.The advertisement in the Times adds: “If Imran Ahmad wishes to challenge the jurisdiction of the court or to defend the action, he should contact the Deputy Principal Clerk of Session, Edinburgh, EH1 1RQ immediately and in any event by not later than 21 days from the date of publication of this advertisement.” 1 Newcastle owner Mike Ashley last_img read more

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‘People underestimate him!’ Kevin Davies on why Allardyce is PERFECT for England

first_imgKevin Davies has told talkSPORT his former Bolton manager and friend Sam Allardyce is the PERFECT man to reorganise and rejuvenate the England team.Allardyce is now the favourite to be named the new Three Lions boss after Sunderland confirmed they had given their head coach permission to speak with the Football Association.The 61-year-old has flown back to the UK from Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Austria to meet with FA vice-chairman David Gill, technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn about the job.talkSPORT POLL: Should Sam Allardyce get the England job? Vote and results hereJurgen Klinsmann is still being linked with the role, but it is expected Allardyce will finally fulfil his long-term dream of taking charge of his country, having missed out on the job to Steve McClaren ten years ago.And former Bolton striker Davies, who played under Allardyce for many years at the Lancashire club, believes Big Sam’s man management style is just what the Three Lions need after two dismal major tournaments.“I think he has what it takes,” the ex-Trotters skipper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He would absolutely jump at the chance. He’s very ambitious and that’s been one of his dreams. He was gutted when he missed out on it ten years ago. I know him very well personally so I know how much it would mean to him.“People probably don’t realise the job he did at Bolton. Yes, we had good results and he got us into Europe, but the way he built the club up from top to bottom, the facilities and the staff he brought it, it was no coincidence we had that success. That was all down to him.“He’s a very ambitious person and I feel right now he is exactly what the England team need.“We’re lacking a bit of leadership, organisation and motivation, and Sam can certainly bring that out of the players.“Ask any player who has played under him, he motivates you. He knows when to crack the whip and when to dangle a carrot.“He’s just a great guy to work for, and I’m sure if you ask any player who has played under him they’d say the same thing.“I think people underestimate him. He was always ahead of the game. He was always looking that extra one per cent, those marginal gains. You talk about cryotherapy and the beetroot juices, we were doing that ten years ago.“I think he’d be a real asset to the FA, and not just with managing the team.“It’s wide open for Sam to step in and I think he would be a success, there’s no doubt in my mind.”last_img read more

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High tech’s vision for tomorrow

first_imgYou will be able to work more often on your time and your terms. Intelligent devices will help you gain customer insight and deliver your goods and services. These devices – equipped with computing, storage and sensing abilities – will monitor themselves, freeing business owners to take on other tasks. Future technologies for small business will be increasingly mobile. New smart phones or advanced computer-like cell phones will allow entrepreneurs the freedom to work from anywhere. Meanwhile, new projection display technologies will allow meetings or work to happen anywhere, as any surface – curved or flat, glossy or matte – becomes a high-resolution mobile computer screen. And increasingly pervasive high-speed, high-bandwidth wireless networks will keep entrepreneurs connected to their businesses and customers from anywhere. A new wave of analytic tools – including small business dashboards integrated with financial software such as QuickBooks – will increase productivity and make it easier to see how the business performs. The futurists predict that these technologies will help business owners make more-informed decisions, thus reducing the risks of owner a small business, and pushing “gut-instinct” management to the sidelines. “Information on demand” for both business owners and customers will change how businesses operate. Customers will order up a review of the restaurant they just walked by. And how about an instant inventory check of those shoes on display in the store window? These so-called “information annotations” of the physical world will soon be instant and available anywhere. Small businesses will no longer thrive merely on local ads and traditional word-of-mouth. Location-based consumer-generated reviews, offering virtual word-of-mouth advice and price-comparison data will create the most-influenced customers the world has ever seen. To get the entire Future of Small Business Report, visit www.intuit.com/futureofsmallbusiness. Daniel Kehrer (editor@business.com) is editor of Business.com, the top business search engine, and Work.com, a “how-to” site for small business.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 champSmall business marketing will shift from a “push” to a “pull” mindset. Rather than merely accepting what’s pitched to them (the “push”), customers will increasingly find the information they need to make purchasing decisions, and small business will need the right information in the right places to “pull” those customers in. The emphasis will be on providing customers and prospects with the right information in the right context at the right time. A small business’s online presence will be the key factor in finding and acquiring customers. So investing in a high-quality Web site, keeping up with search engine optimization (SEO), and search engine marketing (SEM) techniques will be critical. And according to the report, the most successful small businesses will increasingly market themselves via the connected world of cars and cell phones. As the sophistication of cell phone-based and automobile marketing rapidly improves, small businesses should look out for ways to take advantage. For example, mobile marketing via cell phones and connected cars will let restaurants and retailers send special offers to customers when they are in the area. High-tech will no longer be a high hurdle as costs and complexity fall, and more business applications become available. Small business relationships will become increasingly virtual as online social networks proliferate. In the connected world of the Internet, small businesses will expand their relationships with customers, partners and suppliers beyond local neighborhoods. Question: We are still in the startup stage, trying to build a business that will be leading edge in tech terms. For long-range planning, what are some of the trends ahead that will shape the technology we’ll be using a few years from now? – PLANNING AHEAD Answer: The most successful small businesses in coming years will likely be more tech-reliant than even the most tech-savvy entrepreneurs today. They’ll be more connected in a mobile world, market to customers in ways only hinted at right now, and will further blur the lines between the virtual and physical business worlds. At least that’s the vision of small business in the next 10 years from a fascinating new Future of Small Business Report sponsored by Intuit and the Institute for the Future. The study concludes that technology will revolutionize the very nature of what it means to run a small business. last_img read more

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Rallies call to ‘stop the invasion’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “We are keeping the debate on illegal immigration in the forefront of the American consciousness,” said Joseph Turner of Save Our State, which wants to shut down day-labor centers set up near large home-supply stores that the group claims are magnets for illegal immigrants. The centers pair employers with people seeking temporary work, such as painting or landscaping. In Danbury, Conn., about 50 people calling themselves the Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control spent about two hours chanting and holding signs that read “Arrest Illegal Employers.” Paul Streitz, who organized the demonstrations, said members believe illegal immigrants are taking jobs from citizens while driving down property values. “This is not a racist thing,” said Daniel Anastasia, 46, a construction worker from Westchester, N.Y. “We pay taxes, they don’t. I get paid what the union says. The contractor pays them cash. It’s not fair to me.” Small groups of protesters rallied nationwide Saturday against illegal immigration and lax border security, demanding the government penalize employers who hire illegal workers. The so-called “Stop the Invasion” protests were organized in 19 states, but in several cities only a smattering of opponents of illegal immigration turned out. In Glendale, about two dozen protesters waving American flags gathered outside a home-supply store, but they were surrounded and shouted down by more than 100 drum-beating supporters of immigrant rights who chanted, “Racists go home.” The two groups traded shouts and obscene gestures for more than an hour. One man was arrested for assault, police said. 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