Wayne Rooney is a true ‘great’ and can win Man United the derby, says Red Devils legend

first_imgSteve Bruce has launched a passionate defence of Wayne Rooney, insisting the Manchester United captain is far from finished.Rooney has come in for criticism over his form this season and many fans feel his best days may be behind him.Bruce, however, has nothing but praise for the 29-year-old, claiming he is the ultimate team player.And he is backing Rooney to shut up the critics as he prepares to lead United against rivals City in Sunday’s Manchester derby.The legendary former United defender told talkSPORT: “There can’t even been a question of what he has achieved and what he is going to go on to achieve. “Wayne suffers a little bit from being the great team player he is. He can play wide on the left, he has played off the front, he plays as a centre-forward, he plays as a midfield player. That is his greatest strength. He is one of the greats we talk about. “Even his poor game or his average game he always gives you everything he has got. He is a fantastic team player and he has been the outstanding English player for the last ten years. “He has got to deal with getting a bit older but I still think there is a load in the tank.“At the moment he is going through one of those spells but he is a fantastic player and one that can win a derby, that’s for sure.”talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio coverage of Manchester United v Manchester City on Sunday, kick-off 14:05last_img read more

Forget about Man United! Bayern legend urges Muller to finish career at club

first_imgThomas Muller should remain at Bayern Munich for the rest of his career and avoid any temptation to join Manchester United, according to club legend Lothar Matthaus.The German forward was linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, with the Red Devils reportedly prepared to break the bank to bring him to the Premier League.However, Matthaus thinks Muller would be making a mistake if he moved to the Premier League and has advised the 26-year-old to spend his entire career with Bayern.“He does not need Manchester United or Chelsea,” Matthaus told Bild.“Barcelona perhaps could use him, but I do not know whether he can deal with their game.“My opinion is he should definitely stay at Bayern for his lifetime.“He started his professional career at Bayern and I think he should end his career here. He does not need any new challenge as he is always playing at the highest level every year at Bayern.” Thomas Muller 1last_img read more

Clean-air crusade to start at LAX

first_img“Pollution knows no political or geographical boundaries,” Perez- Sullivan said. “The U.S. has invested over $37 billion on climate change science, technology and tax incentive programs, more than any other country in the world.” Aviation’s impact on global warming is greater than other greenhouse gas sources because the emissions are released from high altitudes, according to Brown. Just under 10 percent of all transportation sector emissions come from aircraft, but that number is “rapidly growing,” according to Deron Lovaas, a transportation analyst for the National Resources Defense Council. Additionally, Lovaas said, the aviation sector is looking at liquefied coal as a substitute for jet fuel, which could pose a considerable challenge in reducing carbon emissions. “I looked at this petition and nearly fell over in my chair,” Lovaas said. “This is an exciting development because this is a part of the transportation sector where we see rapidly growing emissions, and it is often overlooked when considering the climate challenge.” [email protected] 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBrown’s petition asks the EPA to respond within 180 days and initiate the formal process to limit greenhouse gas emissions from all aircraft arriving or departing from airports across the United States. EPA officials declined to comment on the matter, saying they have not yet received the petition. “We will comment after we receive and review the petition,” said Margot Perez-Sullivan, an EPA spokeswoman. Aircraft contributed to 3 percent of the country’s total carbon dioxide emissions in 2005, according to EPA statistics cited by Brown. However, Perez-Sullivan said that a series of voluntary efforts helped to eliminate about 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year. She also said the EPA hopes to reduce greenhouse gases by 18 percent by 2012. Attorney General Jerry Brown will ask the EPA to set aircraft emission standards. California Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to visit Los Angeles International Airport today to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt strict emissions standards for commercial aircraft. Brown said he plans to file a petition asking the EPA to find that greenhouse-gas-forming pollutants from aircraft contribute to global warming. Such a move could eventually prompt the federal agency to push for lower aircraft emissions, he said. “Aviation is a large and rapidly growing source of greenhouse gases, and the EPA should have taken action by now to curb these emissions,” Brown said. “Not to do so ignores the tremendous opportunity for technical innovations that can increase efficiency and reduce emissions.” last_img read more

Arsenal close to making Bundesliga star their first summer signing in £34m deal

first_imgArsenal have slapped in a £34m bid for Borussia Monchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka, claim reports in Germany.Arsene Wenger is expected to splash the cash this summer following a disappointing season and has made midfielder Xhaka his first target.REACTION: ‘He’s the player we’ve missed for years!’ Gooners on rumoured Granit Xhaka dealThe Gunners have been heavily linked with the Switzerland international since January and have now firmed up their interest by stumping up a mega offer.Xhaka is understood to be keen on a switch to the Premier League and Arsenal’s offer, according to Rheinische Post, will be enough to persuade Monchengladbach to sell.The 23-year-old has been a pivotal figure for the Bundesliga club since he joined from Basel in 2012, and is on the verge of helping the club secure back-to-back qualifications for the Champions League. Granit Xhaka in action for Borussia Monchengladbach 1last_img read more

For holiday travelers, it’s getaway day

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“There aren’t many crowds there on Christmas,” the Canoga Park man said with a grin. “It’s pretty sparse.” At least 65.2 million Americans nationwide are revving up for getaways between Christmas Day and Jan. 1 – with about 53 million getting there by car. Although holiday travel hit an all-time record last year – jumping 1.6 percent from the previous year – there’s been little growth since then, said Marie Montgomery, Auto Club spokeswoman. About 0.2 percent more people are expected to travel this season than last – another record-setter – although just a slight increase, said Montgomery. That’s partly because consumers are feeling the pinch on their travel budgets as airfares have increased 16 percent from last year and gasoline prices hover at more than $3 a gallon. Nearly 5.6 million Southern California residents are packing up and heading out of town for the holidays – with most starting their travels today, according to an Automobile Club of Southern California survey. And despite gasoline prices 70 cents higher than a year ago, at least 80 percent of the region’s travelers will be strapping on their seat belts and driving to their celebrations, according to the survey. For Len Taylor, the holiday season means a fishing trip on the Owens River where the trout are plentiful. But it’s a 260-mile trip, so to avoid the madness of Los Angeles traffic the 61-year-old is hitting the road at 4 a.m. Christmas Eve and not looking back. “We’re seeing more people traveling than ever – it’s just not a huge amount of growth,” said Montgomery. Nationwide, 8.9million travelers will hit the skies to head for their holiday celebrations, with the heaviest air travel through Sunday and again Thursday-Dec. 30, according to travel Web site Expedia.com. About 840,000 passengers from Southern California will head to Hawaii, but if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you can see a dusting of snow at 3,000 feet above sea level in local mountains. Die-hard snow enthusiasts can head to 8,000 feet above sea level where 6 inches have piled onto hilltops, said Stuart Seto, weather specialist in the Oxnard office of the National Weather Service. For this season’s travelers, local weather shouldn’t be a problem – unlike delays last month when heavy morning fog prevented some flights from leaving Burbank Airport around Thanksgiving. Rain that has sporadically showered the region should clear up by today, although winds out of the north could gust up to 40 mph, said Seto. In addition, chilly temperatures will hang over the San Fernando Valley today and Saturday with highs hovering in the 60-degree range and lows at night dropping to the 40s. Come Sunday, the sun will heat the area up again, with highs through Tuesday expected in a comfortable 70-degree range with nighttime lows around 40 degrees, Seto said. But while millions head out of town for the holidays, the mere thought of staying close to home brings a smile to Anna Khacheryan. The 38-year-old has only a few miles to drive to relatives’ nearby homes for festivities Dec. 31 – the day she and her family celebrate Christmas. “We cook and have a big family feast for the holidays,” said the Canoga Park woman. “We do our big travels during the summer.” [email protected] 818-713-3746 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

NASA to release results of airline-safety survey

first_imgThe results of an $11.3 million national survey of pilots will finally be released by NASA on Monday, two months after federal officials said the report could upset passenger confidence and damage airline profits. The study is a compilation of nearly four years of telephone surveys with about 29,000 commercial and private pilots who were asked to discuss situations that could have led to crashes in the air and on runways at the nation’s airports. Pilots also discussed instances in which air traffic controllers changed landing instructions at the last minute. NASA suspended the survey last year when the agency shut down its National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service. NASA initially refused to disclose the findings to The Associated Press, which had unsuccessfully tried to obtain the report under the Freedom of Information Act for more than a year. The NASA report comes on the heels of a congressional study released earlier this month that found the nation’s airports continue to run a “high risk” of runway incursions, due to a combination of technical problems, poor federal leadership and overworked air traffic controllers. FAA officials on Friday were quick to point out that NASA’s methods in collecting the data were vastly different. Runway incursions are typically reported by controllers and supervisors working in the control tower, while midair close calls between planes are reported by the pilots to the FAA. Conversely, NASA conducted telephone interviews with pilots, inquiring whether they had “collided or nearly collided” with another aircraft, according to Peggy Gilligan, the FAA’s deputy associate administrator for aviation safety. “We collect hard data, while the NASA study is based on pilot perception,” Gilligan said. “They may give the best answer to their knowledge, but it might not be the way the FAA collects data.” Additionally, Gilligan said that pilots may not be aware of the final outcome of “perceived problems” experienced midair or on the runways. Gilligan said that NASA’s year-old findings may be slightly outdated, but the agency’s report will be compared with other safety information collected by the FAA. “I think when we combine it with a number of other databases, it’s just another data point,” Gilligan said. “This will be another data source. Now we must find a way to merge that data source.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a letter to the AP, NASA officials said in October that the report could damage public confidence in the airline industry and sink airline profits. The agency reversed itself on Oct. 31, when NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said that some of the results would be released before the end of the year. “Griffin said we would have to release this by New Year’s, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said J.D. Harrington, a NASA spokesman. “We’ve been going through the report very diligently to make sure it does not identify any of the pilots and has no commercial information that will hurt anyone,” Harrington said. “It’s taken a while already, but we’ll keep working on it through the weekend.” The report is expected to reveal that runway incursions, midair “close calls” and bird strikes occur more frequently than previously recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that tracks such data. Nine runway incursions have been reported at Los Angeles International Airport since Jan. 1, according to the FAA and airport officials. last_img read more

Studios: Writers strike a losing effort

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonCompensation for work distributed via the Internet and other digital media has been central to the contract dispute. The guild also has called for unionization of writers working on reality shows and animation. The union responded by saying the contract proposals by the big studios would cause writers even more economic harm in the future. “To sidestep this fact, they erroneously claim we are focused on other issues,” the guild said in a statement. “The conglomerates are responsible for creating the economic havoc. They should put their energies into making a fair deal with writers rather than issuing misleading statements.” The strike that began Nov. 5 has also been costly for other industry workers. Production has been shut down on dozens of TV shows, with losses for crew members exceeding $250 million, according to the alliance message. The alliance Web site features a constantly updated ticker with the studios’ estimate of writers’ losses. The figure is based on West Coast guild data from 2006, the site said. Hollywood studios said Friday that striking writers have now lost more in salary and benefits than they had hoped to gain by walking off the job. In the message posted on its Web site and YouTube, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers claimed losses by writers in the eight-week strike have exceeded $151 million. That’s the price tag the Writers Guild of America put on its proposed three-year deal with studios. “The strike continues because the union’s leaders are focused on jurisdictional issues that would expand their own power, at the expense of the new media issues that working writers care most about,” the alliance said in a statement. Talks broke down Dec. 7 after the union rejected an alliance demand that a half-dozen guild proposals be taken off the table, including jurisdiction over reality and animation writers. While negotiations with the writers union are at a standstill, studios are preparing to begin contract talks with the Directors Guild of America, perhaps next month. Digital compensation also is expected to be a key issue for directors. Whether a deal by directors will affect the writers dispute is unclear. The guilds traditionally have followed a practice of pattern bargaining, with one contract considered a template for others. But the writers guild has said previously that it wishes the directors well, but noted they “do not represent writers. Our strike will end when the companies return to negotiations and make a fair deal with the WGA.” The directors guild has gone on strike only once, for just five minutes in 1987.160Want 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

Electronic giant Mitsubishi buys majority stake in Donegal company

first_imgA Donegal-Based energy trading company has sold a 60% stake to electronic giant Mitsubishi.ElectroRoute, which is baed at Letterkenny’s CoLab facility, saw net profits jump to 60% to €3.35 million in year to MarchThe Japan’s Corporation acquired a majority stake in the Irish energy trader in a deal that will accelerate the five-year-old company’s growth plans.While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, ElectroRoute’s latest annual accounts show the pace at which it is expanding. The company’s net profit jumped 60 per cent in the year to March to €3.35 million, as gross earnings increased at the same pace, to €9.24 million. ElectroRoute, which employs over 40 people, currently has over 600 megawatts of assets under management, equivalent to the needs of about 400,000 Irish homes.It has a presence in energy markets in Ireland, the UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.Commenting on the deal, ElectroRoute chief executive Ronan Doherty said the company, with the banking of Japan’s largest trading company, “is now ideally placed to strengthen our positioning within our international energy markets.”“The ElectroRoute team and I are extremely excited about the new avenues that this investment will open up for our business and we are already putting plans in place to accelerate our next phase of expansion,” he said. ElectroRoute was initially supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Bank of Ireland Start-Up and Emerging Sectors Equity Fund, managed by Delta Partners.Electronic giant Mitsubishi buys majority stake in Donegal company was last modified: October 17th, 2016 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) Tags:donegalElectroRouteRonan Dohertylast_img read more

Letterkenny Credit Union has the Solution to your Debt Woes

first_imgThere are always times in life when people will find themselves having to juggle a number of different debts. Events such as an overseas holiday, a wedding or preparing for a new arrival often call for a little extra expenditure.Trying to cope with this however on top of day-to-day bills can prove overwhelming, especially when trying to keep track of varying interest rates and different types of credit. For many, reaching for the credit card to manage debts can seem like the easiest and most convenient solution. However, with interest rates as high as 23% *often charged for the privilege, more often than not this can prove to compound an already stressful situation.There is a much more effective solution which won’t end up costing people more than they bargained for; the debt consolidation loan from Letterkenny Credit Union. The new product aims to help members refinance high-interest debts – and combine all of their debt into a single, straightforward payment at a fair and reasonable rate.Speaking about the new product, Ciaran Haran, Chairperson of Letterkenny Credit Union said: “On a daily basis we are dealing with members who have to fork out for substantial repayments on debt, often at very high rates of interest. In many cases, this is a case of running to stand still.“With the new, consolidated loan from Letterkenny Credit Union, a restructured payment can ease the pressure – and make it so much easier for people to get on top of their debt and manage it in a way that suits their everyday lives.” There are no hidden charges or transaction fees with the new loan, and repayments can be tailored to suit individual circumstances. There are no penalties for early repayment, and if circumstances change and existing repayments cannot be made, Letterkenny Credit Union will work to try and restructure the loan in a more convenient way.Ciaran continued: “Central to our ethos at Letterkenny Credit Union is helping people to avoid unnecessary debt and this is one of the reasons we have launched our new product. We would really urge anyone struggling with debt to talk to us about this very fair option.“While not everyone will be suitable for the new loan, the staff at Letterkenny Credit Union are always on hand with guidance and tips on how to budget and manage debt responsibly.“We would encourage all our existing and prospective members to call into us and find out how we can help them.”*Source: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission For a €30,000, 10-year variable interest rate loan with 120 monthly repayments of €363.21, an Interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €43,573.17. Information correct as at 15/01/2019.Letterkenny Credit Union has the Solution to your Debt Woes was last modified: January 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)Tags:credit unionLetterkenny Credit Unionloanslast_img read more


first_imgHis granny is from Glenswilly and he has many close relations across Donegal.Strabane singer Ryan Dolan can now count on the support of Eurovision Song Contest fans from Donegal when he represents Ireland in the contest in Malmo, Sweden.Ryan was chosen as the winner of the Late Late Show Eurosong Special last night (FRI). His song, Only Love Survives, was sitting in second place to the ballad Crashing Down after the jury vote.But when the vote went to the public across the country, there was only one winner.Eurovision expert Bill Whelan praised Ryan’s voice and his stage presence and said he has a great chance in Malmo.And he also reminded viewers that the last time Ireland entered the contest in Malmo, a certain Linda Martin went and won the contest. Ryan said he was delighted to be representing Ireland.“I still can’t believe it. There was such strong competition that any of us could have won it.“I want to do Ireland proud and we will give it our best shot in Sweden,” he said. DONEGAL RELATIONS TOAST EUROVISION ENTRY WINNER RYAN was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 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) Tags:EurovisionglenswillyLate Late ShowLiffordRyan Dolanstrabanelast_img read more