Thierry Henry takes first step towards becoming Arsenal boss

first_img1 Thierry Henry Thierry Henry has taken the first step towards becoming a future Arsenal manager by coaching the club’s youth team.The Gunners legend is currently doing his coaching badges and has been given the opportunity by manager Arsene Wenger to work with the club’s academy.Henry has been tipped as a long-term replacement for his fellow Frenchman and Wenger believes working with the youngsters will play an integral part in his development. Wenger said: “Thierry Henry has been working with the under-18s. He discovers what the job is about and you have to go through that process if you want to one day coach or manage a football team.“You have to learn the job first and he is doing his license now. That’s the best way to do it.“The job of a player is centred on you and the job of a coach is centred on others. You forget about you and focus on how you can help people.“It demands a psychological and mental transformation,” Wenger added, speaking in the club’s matchday programme. “It also demands thinking about how you can get what you know available to other people in the most simplistic way.”last_img read more

Chelsea XI for toughest UCL game: Has midfielder done enough to earn place?

first_img 11 11 Porto v Chelsea is live on talkSPORT at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29 September.Chelsea face their toughest Champions League game of Group G when they travel to Porto.So with that in mind, we might expect manager Jose Mourinho to field a strong XI – has Ramires done enough to force his way in and will John Terry partner Gary Cahill?Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Chelsea line-up and let us know if you agree.JOSE MOURINHO SAYS NONE OF HIS PLAYERS ARE ‘UNTOUCHABLE’ 26. John Terry (centre back) – John Terry has been ‘treated unfairly’ by Jose Mourinho 4. Cesc Fabregas (attack) 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Chelsea line-up against Porto 6. Baba Rahman (left back) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta 11 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 17. Pedro (right sided attack) 11 19. Diego Costa (striker) 7. Ramires (midfield) 11 11 11 11 21. Nemanja Matic (midfield) 10. Eden Hazard (left sided attack) 11last_img read more

Reports – Manchester City agree first refusal deal for Brazilian teen sensation Vitinho

first_img Reports – Manchester City agree first refusal deal for Brazilian teen sensation Vitinho 1 Manchester City have agreed a first refusal deal on Brazilian wonderkid Vitinho, according to reports in Italy.The 15-year-old has spent time on trial with City and punctuated the spell with a goal for the under-16 side against Newcastle.And now it has been reported that the Premier League club have reached an agreement with his current side Corinthians to have first refusal on him when he does leave.Striker Vitinho, full name Victor Moura, is currently too young to join a European club but City will be able to land him once he is old enough to move should he continue his development in Brazil.last_img read more

Student aims to hug his way into Guinness book

first_imgWHITTIER – When Eric Rivera tells people how he plans to mark his final year at Whittier College, reactions range from hearty bursts of laughter to freaked-out looks of “What are you thinking?” But the 21-year-old senior is determined to make it into the record books this year with the help of hundreds of students and alumni who will gather at the college this weekend for homecoming festivities. Rivera, a music major, will attempt to break into the Guinness World Records book by hugging 1,000 people between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the college’s grassy upper quad, near the library. The closer he gets to the big day, the more Rivera says he’s convinced he can easily overtake the current record of 667 hugs in 60 minutes. And so began Hugfest 2007, which takes place during Whittier Weekend, the college’s annual three-day homecoming event. Typically, the event draws about 650 alumni, parents and relatives in addition to about 1,300 undergraduates. “That was very purposeful,” said Sarah Morgan, assistant director of student activities at Whittier College. “We wanted to make sure we had enough of an audience, and we always have a lot of extra people on campus that day, so it just made sense that we would incorporate the two together,” Morgan said. Had anyone else come to Morgan with the concept of Hugfest, she said she “would have done a double take.” “But not him,” said Morgan, who has known Rivera for years through his job at the campus radio station. “He’s a great guy, with a great sense of humor, and he wants to make his mark. “And honestly, of all of the records in the Guinness book, this is one that can be easily broken,” she added. “Everyone wants a hug.” Rivera must also comply with several restrictions laid out by Guinness officials. In order to count as a hug, the arms must completely wrap around the person in a genuine embrace. Rivera cannot move, so huggers must line up and approach him for the hug. There can be no repeat huggers, either. The entire hour must be videotaped and observed by “two persons of significant social standing” – one of whom will be Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer. “It sounded like fun!” Newcomer said. “I’d never heard of such a thing before. And being a counter for someone who is going for a world record – well, heck, it’s a strange thing, but I think it’s a good thing, too.” Rivera figures he can give each hugger no more than about five seconds for an embrace to top the current record. But he’s aiming for 1,000 hugs, which comes out to about 3.5 seconds per hug. “I hope everyone is as excited as we are,” Morgan said. “Get a hug and be part of history. Not many people can say they helped break a world record.” For more information, visit www.hugfest2007.tripod.com. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I am not thinking in any negative light – I am only thinking positively,” he said. “And I am totally going to break this record.” Earlier this year, Rivera said he was reading the “Guinness World Records 2007” book, looking at all of the “unbelievably unbeatable” feats when he came across the record on hugs. “At the time, it was only 612 in an hour. But it just stuck in my mind,” he said. “I figured I could beat it, but I didn’t think too much more about it.” Then a Utah woman attempted to break the record – and that was the kicker. “For whatever reason, that fueled me,” he said. “For whatever reason, I knew I had to break it myself.” last_img read more

Security chief quits under Blackwater cloud

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The State Department’s embattled security chief stepped down under pressure on Wednesday as the fallout from last month’s deadly Blackwater USA shooting of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad claimed its first political casualty. Richard Griffin’s forced resignation came amid growing questions about the use of private contractors to protect diplomats in Iraq, according to officials familiar with the circumstances of his departure. Griffin, the assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, made no mention of the furor in his resignation letter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. But his decision to step down came at a time when the department is facing withering Iraqi and congressional criticism for its security practices. It also followed by just a day the release of a report commissioned by Rice that found serious lapses in the department’s oversight of private guards, who are employed by Griffin’s bureau and report to it. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Griffin will be replaced on an acting basis by one of his deputies, Gregory Starr. Griffin, an ambassador-rank official who was previously deputy director of the U.S. Secret Service and inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs, had been in his current job since June 2005. He served 36 years in the U.S. government, according to his official biography. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.His brief resignation letter praised the “brave men and women” of Diplomatic Security who “serve on the front lines of the war on terrorism” but said only that he was leaving to “move on to new challenges,” according to a copy provided to The Associated Press. The change comes at a critical time in the debate over the State Department’s reliance on private security guards and the rules under which they operate after the Sept. 16 shooting in which Blackwater personnel are accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians.last_img read more

Driver, 82, to pay $12 million for death

first_img“As we told the jury, a measure of a man cannot be calculated by his earning capacity, but more importantly, the true measure of a man like Glenn Garvin was in his marriage of 25 years, the relationship with his two children and his exemplary service to the community,” Hiepler said. “The jurors learned all of these things about Glenn Garvin.”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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Her husband’s “death on Sept. 16, 2006, as well as the deaths at the Santa Monica outdoor market, were all preventable and teach us that we must individually take responsibility for those we love, whether elderly or young, who should not be driving,” said Pamela Garvin in a written statement. Before going to trial, Seigel admitted liability and the jurors were then asked to consider loss of wages, as well as noneconomic damages. According to the trial brief filed with the court, the day before Seigel hit Garvin, her ophthalmologist advised her for the second time in a little over a month that she had cataracts in both eyes and needed surgery. Garvin, an experienced bike rider, was riding with fellow cyclist Edward Franklin, who testified that the men never left the bicycle lane. Police reports stated that witnesses said Seigel swerved into the lane, hitting Garvin, who died two hours later, said Mark O. Hiepler, the Garvin family’s attorney. Garvin’s death left his wife and sons devoid of his six-figure salary, but they lost much more than that, said Hiepler. SIMI VALLEY – A jury awarded $12.5 million Friday to the family of a prominent Thousand Oaks dental surgeon who was riding his bicycle when he was killed by an 82-year-old driver who the plaintiffs contended had vision problems. Glenn Garvin, 49, a volunteer Thousand Oaks traffic safety officer, was killed the afternoon of Sept. 16, 2006, while riding in the bike lane on Westlake Boulevard, near Cresthaven Drive. He was hit from behind by Norma Seigel, who was driving a brand new Lexus sedan. The wrongful-death lawsuit, filed on behalf of Garvin’s wife and two sons, contended that Seigel should not have been driving after being recently diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes and being involved in another rear-ending auto crash just six months earlier. The seven-day trial in Ventura County Superior Court in Simi Valley highlights the issue of elderly drivers remaining on the road after their driving skills have deteriorated. In one of the most infamous cases, George Russell Weller, an 86-year-old man, killed 10 people in July 2003 while plowing through the Santa Monica Farmers Market in his 1992 Buick Le Sabre. last_img read more

BUSINESS BOOMING IN DUNFANAGHY AS TOURISTS FLOCK TO THE BEAUTIFUL SEASIDE VILLAGE

first_imgDUNFANAGHY is booming, that’s the verdict of business owners and traders based in the area following a hectic Easter holiday period. The scenic seaside village is a notorious hot-spot for tourists and is regularly frequented throughout the year.However, there was a huge influx of tourists over the Easter holiday period and the majority of visitors to Dunfanaghy stayed on beyond the weekend. The town has been a hive of activity with bars, shops, cafes and restaurants packed out all week.Local hotels have reported an increase in bookings compared to last year and say they expect a very busy summer ahead.If the weather is as glorious as it has been all week during the summer it will add to the attraction.The beautiful beach in nearby Marble Hill has been mobbed all week while Ards Forest Park has also been very busy. The majority of visitors hail from Northern Ireland who own holiday homes in Dunfanaghy, and when the weather is as good as it has been it really is the prefect retreat for the family.One local said, “It’s absolutely brilliant to see, we’ve been lucky that at different periods throughout the year we get plenty of visitors to Dunfanaghy.“It gives a great boost to the local economy and because of this a number of new businesses have opened in the locality.“However, I must admit I couldn’t believe how busy the town has been all week, I knew it would be busy at the weekend for Easter, but by Monday I expected it to have quietened down considerably.“It was the opposite in fact, I think it must have got even busier, but it’s a great boost to everybody in the town and long may it continue.” Dunfanaghy has been used by many in the tourism industry as an example to other towns in Donegal to show the positive effects of promoting a healthy tourism trade can have on your local economy.BUSINESS BOOMING IN DUNFANAGHY AS TOURISTS FLOCK TO THE BEAUTIFUL SEASIDE VILLAGE was last modified: April 10th, 2015 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:BusinessDunfanaghyFeaturesnewslast_img read more

TRANSFER LATEST! ‘Arsenal closing in on £23m deal for Borussia Dortmund star’

first_imgArsenal have edged ahead of Juventus in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to reports in Italy.The Gunners are under pressure to splash the cash this summer following a disappointing Premier League campaign and have now firmed up their interest in the Armenian star.According to Tutto Mercato, Arsenal have held preliminary talks with Dortmund and Mkhitaryan’s agent over a £23m deal and look set to stave off competition from Juventus and Chelsea.The 27-year-old has enjoyed another impressive campaign for Dortmund, scoring 18 goals in 45 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side.Dortmund, who have already sealed a place in next season’s Champions League, had hoped to keep hold of the attacking midfielder for one more year but Arsenal’s £23m offer appears to have changed their minds. 1 Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action for Borussia Dortmund last_img read more

Arsenal and Man United defensive target will NOT be leaving Roma this summer

first_imgRoma will resist selling Arsenal and Manchester United target Kostas Manolas this summer, sources in Italy have revealed.Both English clubs are long-term admirers of the Greek centre-back, but missed out on him when he swapped Olympiakos for Roma in 2014.They remain in the market for reinforcements in the centre of defence and have both been linked with a summer move for Manolas.However, according to Sky Italia, the terms of his arrival in Italy two years ago will prevent Roma from flogging him to either Premier League side.Roma paid just £12m to sign him from Olympiakos but the Greek club insisted the inclusion of a hefty sell-on clause, which will entitle them to a staggering 50 per cent of the fee from his next move.And it seems as though that will prevent either Arsenal of United prising him away from the Italian capital during the transfer window. 1 Arsenal and Manchester United are long-term admirers of Greek defender Kostas Manolas last_img read more