37. Martin Skrtel (centre back) 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfield) 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 11 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 21. Lucas Leiva (defensive midfield) 11 11 11 You can listen to Manchester City v Liverpool exclusively live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm BST on Saturday.The Premier League serves up a mouthwatering game as it returns from the international break, with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds making the short journey to league leaders City.Liverpool’s progress under the German was given a reality check in their last domestic outing with a 2-1 home defeat to perennial scourges Crystal Palace.And the Merseysiders have been dealt mixed injury news during the two-week hiatus.Jordon Ibe and James Milner are fit again after suffering knocks and Daniel Sturridge could feature at the Etihad after taking part in training this week.But key defensive stalwart Mamadou Sakho is sidelined for an unspecified amount of time after a nasty looking knee injury in the Palace defeat, leaving Klopp short of options at the back.So how will the Reds line up as they look for a first win at City since 2008?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see how talkSPORT thinks Klopp will approach the game… 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Liverpool team v Man City in squad number order 11 23. Emre Can (central midfield) 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 20. Adam Lallana (attacking midfield) 11 11 7. James Milner (central midfield) 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left back)
Paul Pogba at his very finest.The former Manchester United midfielder is establishing himself as the finest central midfielder in world football at Juventus and illustrated why against Torino last night.Pogba curled home a beautiful free kick in the latter stages of the 4-0 Copa Italia victory as the Old Lady bid to defend their trophy.Simone Zaza scored twice while Paulo Dybala also found the net in the straightforward win. Paul Pogba 1
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Gen. Pervez Musharraf easily won the presidential election on Saturday, but an opposition boycott and pending hearings in the Supreme Court, which still has to decide on his eligibility to run for election in uniform, left him with an incomplete victory. The vote, by national and provincial assemblies, ended up as a one-man race after other candidates withdrew. All opposition parties refused to take part, and only legislators from the ruling coalition, plus a few independents, voted. Musharraf won 98 percent of the votes – 671 of the total of 685 ballots cast in the national and provincial assemblies were for him, and eight were for one of his opponents, Wajihuddin Ahmed, a former Supreme Court judge. Under the electoral college system, Musharraf got 384 votes out of 702, more than 50 percent of the electoral college, according to unofficial calculations. “This is a very welcome result,” the prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, told reporters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMusharraf had been widely expected to be re-elected as the government coalition holds a majority in all but one provincial assembly. But the election will be recognized only if the Supreme Court, which will hear challenges this month to Musharraf’s participation in the election, rules in his favor. Two of his opponents have raised constitutional objections to his being elected by the outgoing assemblies, seeking what is in effect a third presidential term and running for elected office while still holding the position of chief of army staff. Opposition lawyers, who have opposed Musharraf’s eight years of military rule on constitutional grounds, and all the main opposition parties are supporting the legal challenges. Musharraf, who seized power in a military coup in October 1999, has struggled against accusations that his leadership is illegitimate. He first led the country as chief executive. Then in 2002 he sought an election by referendum, which was widely criticized for being rigged. He won a vote of confidence by the electoral college in January 2004; that allowed him to continue as president through a term that expires next month. Yet he still commands a majority in the elected assemblies, and disquiet among members of the ruling party melted away on election day. The former minister of tourism, Nilofer Bakhtiar, who had said she would not vote for Musharraf if he remained in uniform, said his recent promise to the Supreme Court that he would resign his military post after the election had satisfied her. “I am here only because he said he would take off his uniform,” she said Saturday. “He will take the oath in a suit.” She added that she believed the general would respect the Supreme Court if it ruled against him. “If the court goes against him, he will quietly quit,” she said. “He has the courage to do that.” She and other female parliamentarians said they supported Musharraf for his promotion of women. “He has the qualities to make changes in our society,” she said. Farooq Sattar, a parliamentary leader of the Muttahida National Movement, best known by its Urdu language acronym, the MQM, said his party, which is a partner of the governing coalition, was voting for Musharraf for his stance on terrorism and his macro-economic achievements. “We are voting for the continuity of stability and the democratic process,” he said. “He is the only candidate, so definitely he will win,” said Aijax Ahmed Chaudhry, a legislator from the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League. The election passed with barely a hitch. There was only a token protest from demonstrators in the capital and a walkout by members of the Pakistan Peoples Party, the party of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. A group of lawyers staged a demonstration outside the assembly in the North-West Frontier Province, burning an effigy of Musharraf and attacking an armored police vehicle with sticks after it ran over the feet of two senior lawyers. Divisions within the opposition parties played to Musharraf’s advantage. Some 80 members of opposition parties resigned their parliament seats earlier in the week in protest of his standing for re-election while still holding the post of chief of army staff. But Bhutto’s party, which has been negotiating a power-sharing deal with Musharraf, chose to abstain from the vote, preventing an attempt to declare the vote invalid. Members of the National Assembly and the Senate, including Cabinet ministers, gathered in the main parliamentary chamber in the capital at 10 a.m. to answer a roll call and cast ballots. The unofficial count was announced by 4 p.m. Supporters of Musharraf were out celebrating Saturday night with fireworks and banners in front of the parliament building. Bhutto’s party members were present for business on Saturday morning, but they walked out as the chamber was being prepared for the vote. “The whole party boycotted,” Sherry Rehman, a spokeswoman for the party, said. “We had said we are not going to legitimize a process we have opposed in the courts. We do not endorse the election of a military man as president.” Coming just a day after successfully negotiating an amnesty bill with the government that will allow Bhutto to return to Pakistan this month to contest parliamentary elections, her party’s protest appeared as a token demonstration. “Only a few hours ago they were negotiating with the president, and now they suddenly remember his uniform,” the state minister for information, Tariq Azim Khan, said. “They have selective memory loss.” A call for a general strike received a lukewarm response. Only two dozen protesters gathered outside the parliament, shouting, “This election is a fraud,” and, “Go Musharraf, go.” “We may not be able to stop this farce from happening, but we can certainly register our opposition,” said Asim Sajjad Akhtar, an activist from the People’s Rights Movement, an independent political organization. “We are against this election because it is totally illegal. It is totally illegitimate. It is totally against the wishes of the people of Pakistan.” Akhtar said he believed the majority of Pakistanis were against military rule even if they did not come out to protest. “This election is a farce; it is a bid to perpetuate authoritarian rule,” said I.A. Rahman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, standing in front of parliament. “All those who are voting and taking part today, they are just trying to prop up an undemocratic regime.” The provincial assemblies also returned a clear win for Musharraf, with so few votes going to his opponent Ahmed that they did not register in the electoral college. In the North-West Frontier Province, where opposition parties hold a majority, the boycott meant only a quarter of the elected members voted.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Competition for the $62.5 million annual contract to police the city’s mass transit system is heating up among some law enforcement agencies, months before bidding wars begin. Metro’s five-year agreement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will expire June 30, 2008, and officials do not yet know if they will renew it. The transit agency is reviewing other security options that could dismantle the sheriff’s grip on the mass transit system and save about $4.7 million. Roger Snoble, Metro’s chief executive officer, said at a recent workshop that the security-program review should not be considered a criticism of the Sheriff’s Department and its staff assigned to the transit agency. “We are very happy with the Sheriff’s Department,” said Snoble. “But we are always looking for the best fit.” “We are definitely interested in the contract,” said Tanaka. “We believe it is a good contract for the Sheriff’s Department. We believe it is a good contract for the people we provide service to: the Metro authority and its ridership.” Metro security work was shared from 1998 to 2003 by its own officers; by the Sheriff’s Department, which patrolled unincorporated Los Angeles; and by the Los Angeles Police Department, which covered the city of Los Angeles. The job involves security on five rail lines, a dedicated busway and 2,250 buses. But in 2003, the Sheriff’s Department beat out the LAPD for a five-year contract to police the mass transit system, after submitting a proposal that was $7 million cheaper in its first year than if the LAPD had continued sharing duties. Although the stage could be set for another tug of war between the two law enforcement agencies, LAPD officials on Friday were not aware of any plans to bid on the impending contract. “There is no tug,” said LAPD Lt. Roger Mora. “There isn’t even a pull.” Ultimately, a decision will come from Metro’s board, which will hash out the direction for its security program and then solicit bids. It could involve a variety of competing interests. Among the 13 Metro board members are all five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which oversees the Sheriff’s Department’s budgeting, as well as L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his three Metro appointees, including Councilman Bernard Parks, former chief of the LAPD. Others on the Metro board include Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, Santa Monica Councilwoman Pam O’Connor and Long Beach Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal. A Duarte councilman also serves. Security would be fractured if multiple police agencies handled it for the transit agency, said Dan Finkelstein, Metro transit police chief and a Sheriff’s Department commander. “Having an entity that can cross all the geographic boundaries makes sense,” Finkelstein said. At a recent workshop to review security, Parks warned the board that reducing the number of armed deputies and replacing them with lower-level security officers, just to save some money, puts all security at risk. “It could be a ticket they (passengers) show them,” said Parks. “Or it could be a gun.” [email protected] (818) 713-3746160Want 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 CityMetro is considering fattening up its own staff from 94 to 350 security officers who can conduct more of the lower-level activities that some deputies are performing now, such as checking passengers’ fares. In addition, Metro would contract with a law enforcement agency to act as the central core of its operations, as the Sheriff’s Department now does and could bid to continue doing. But Metro is considering paring down sworn officers from the 387 working today to about 100, said Jack Eckles, Metro deputy executive officer for systems, safety and security. The transit agency could then negotiate contracts with other local police departments getting paid overtime to patrol buses and rails passing through their jurisdictions. Already, police agencies from Pasadena, Long Beach, Glendale and Santa Monica are interested in the shot to patrol the bus and rail lines running through their jurisdictions, Eckles said. The county Sheriff’s Department is interested in pursuing the contract again, as long as the Metro board believes the agency is providing the appropriate level of service, said Paul Tanaka, assistant sheriff.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Gathering of donations of nonperishable food, clothing, toys, linens and other items for the needy by the VFW No. 2805 Ladies Auxiliary in Canoga Park. For information, call (818) 347-3851. A daylong teen peace conference in Burbank. For information call (818) 919-8896 or go to www.myspace.com/youthbgp. More than 25 projects throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. For information, visit the Volunteer Resource Center of Santa Clarita Valley at www.volunteerinscv.org. For more informaton on national Make a Difference Day, go to www.usaweekend.com/diffday/ Hundreds of San Fernando Valley volunteers are expected to get up early and make a difference Saturday by doing everything from sweeping litter-strewn streets and delivering toys and clothes to the needy. Volunteering as part of the annual Make a Difference Day, a national effort encouraging community service, local residents can take part in a variety of events. Among the events in the region: Fall Restoration Day at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas. For information, call (818) 591-1701 or go to www.mountainstrust.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town will take place on Sunday 30th November 2014 from 11.00am to 6.30pm in The Abbey Hotel.Our Annual Christmas Lights switch on will also take place at 7.00 pm.They will have Exhibitor Stands where Business’s can promote, sell, and take orders for Christmas etc. There will be a large variety of products available to the public, ranging from, cosmetics, jewellery, fashion, art, toys for big boys, and loads of gift ideas for the Festive season, a great way to promote your business in the lead up to Christmas.This event will also give your customers the opportunity to place orders for all their Christmas food requirements, all of which can be done with very little effort in one venue.We will also have celebrity cookery and wine demonstrations, live entertainment for all ages, and much more throughout the day.For further information follow us on www.donegaltown.ie or www.atasteofdonegal.com and also on Donegal Town Community and A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Facebook Pages. MERRY & BRIGHT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!!!!A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town on Sunday 30th November has the “CHEERIST” entertainment for all ages.Treat the children to something different. Bring them along to the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.While you browse our exhibitor’s stands for Christmas gift ideas or watch our celebrity chef’s cookery demonstrations, Christmas cheer and magic will have all your little ones enchanted when Mr. Scallywag’s seasonal puppet show commences.Face painting and Christmas movies also to be enjoyed! Let the MAGIC continue wrap up the little ones and join Santa Clause and his helpers to officially light up Donegal Town at 7.00pm on the Diamond. There will be an opportunity to MEET & GREET Mickey & Minnie. This pair just loves to POSE with visitors of all ages!!Much-loved by our A Taste of Donegal Food Festival visitors Adrian Cullen Dean Martin Tribute Show will revisit Donegal Town to serenade you all at “A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town”If you are interested and would like to take part in our 4th “A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town” contact Mary Mc Gettigan on 087-1777140 or email [email protected] LITTLE TASTE OF CHRISTMAS IS COMING VERY SOON TO DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:A LIttle Taste of ChristmasBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnews
1 Louis van Gaal insists qualifying for the Champions League is more important to Manchester United than winning the FA Cup, although any silverware will make this season a success.The Dutch boss has come under increasing criticism this year, although his side are still in the hunt for Champions League football, and they are overwhelming favourites for the FA Cup.One trophy is hardly an overwhelming season for United, given their history under Sir Alex Ferguson, but Van Gaal is convinced that the Red Devils can claim to have had a successful year if they come away with England’s biggest domestic cup.“I think it is always a success when you win a title,” Van Gaal said when asked if this would be a successful season if they finished fifth but won the cup.“But for the club it is more important to qualify for the Champions League because we have to show ourselves at the highest level. That is also our aim.”There are still doubts as to whether Van Gaal will be in charge of the Red Devils next year, but winning the FA Cup will do wonders for his chances of still being manager.Securing silverware is one of the key parts of United’s history, and the manager wants to bring this back to the club following a drought since Ferguson’s exit.“Always when you win a title it represents what Manchester United stands for,” Van Gaal said. “We have had a period of a lot of titles and we want to bring it back.“And when you win the FA Cup, you have a title and a very respectable title and in England more than in other countries.“In the Netherlands and also in Spain, the cup is not so highly valued.“In Germany, they have a fixed stadium in Berlin and they make a big event of it so I like the way the Germans do it and I expect that here it is much bigger.“When I see the people on the streets, they are so excited so you can feel already for the fans it is fantastic.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Vincent Kompany: The Belgian defender picked up an injury after less than ten minutes in Madrid 1 Manchester City are still waiting to learn the full extent of captain Vincent Kompany’s latest injury.The Belgium defender limped out of City’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu after just 10 minutes in midweek.It seems the 30-year-old’s season could have been ended by the groin problem – the 33rd injury of his eight-year City career – and Belgium could also be concerned ahead of Euro 2016.City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “We don’t have yet the medical examinations so we don’t know exactly in this moment. He is with the doctor making some exams. Probably on Monday we will know.”Kompany has been one of City’s most influential players since joining the club in 2008 but his absences have become all too familiar. He has made just 20 starts this season and his latest setback came on just his third appearance since his last lay-off.Pellegrini insisted that no shortcuts have been taken with any of his recoveries.The Chilean said: “Every time he was in the starting XI it was because he was fully fit to play – you can be absolutely sure (of that).“The other reasons he couldn’t play the full game is more of a medical answer.”There are now fears over Kompany’s long-term future and whether his body can withstand the intensity of the City workload but Pellegrini, who is leaving at the end of the season, would not comment.Speaking at a press conference, Pellegrini said: “It is an issue for the future that I don’t feel I must answer. You must talk with the doctor and the player and the people who will be in charge of Manchester City next season. It is not an answer I can give. It is a medical answer.”
Will Paul Pogba actually leave Juventus this summer? 1 Manchester United are considering whether to reignite their interest in former midfielder Paul Pogba.The French international has been linked with moves to Manchester City and United over the past 12 months but Real Madrid have now emerged as favourites to lure him away from Juventus.Negotiations between Real and Juve are ongoing, with the Italian giants reportedly demanding a world record fee of £95m for the 23-year-old talent.However, according to AS, Real are reluctant to pay more for Pogba than they did for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, which may open the door for Jose Mourinho and United.Mourinho wanted to sign Pogba during his time in charge of Chelsea and would love nothing more than beating his old club Real to the Frenchman’s signature.United are set to spend big this summer as Mourinho looks to revamp his squad and could be willing to match Juve’s valuation of Pobga.
1 [View the story “‘A prepared statement and no questions – Roy Hodgson’s a coward!’ – Furious fans slate outgoing England boss” on Storify] Roy Hodgson has failed at three major tournaments Roy Hodgson is gone as England manager, and so is England’s dream of Euro 2016 glory.The Three Lions embarrassingly crashed out at the hands of tournament minnows Iceland at the Round of 16 stage after failing to break down yet another stubborn defence.Hodgson, whose contract was up after this tournament anyway, then abruptly announced his departure as boss in a prepared statement by written with the help of the FA in the dressing room after the defeat.He also refused to take any questions from the gathered press, something that angered England fans who were demanding answers.See below for the best reactions to Hodgson’s resignation as England boss.