Jose Mourinho receives backing to remain Chelsea manager but there are also three key reasons to believe his time is up

first_img1 The future of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continues to be the subject of fevered debate following a run of poor results and a string of run-ins with both internal and external authorities.But is it really time for the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ to leave Stamford Bridge for a second time?Stuart Pearce knows all about the pressures of life in the Premier League, having been both a player and a manager in the English top-flight, and here he reveals three reasons why Mourinho should stay, and three reasons why he might go.THREE REASONS HE SHOULD STAY:1) “He’s the best manager and coach in the world. Now, you could argue that around the world, but he’s certainly up there.”2) “I would argue he’s good for the Premier League. Good, bad or indifferent, I think his personality is good for English football.”3) “Who are you going to replace him with that’s better than he is? If the fans in the stadium and around the world that support Chelsea don’t love him, then there’s a case a good case to move him on, but certainly the vast majority of Chelsea fans respect him for what he’s done for the club and want him to stay at the club. They love him to bits and know he’s bloody good at his job.”THREE REASONS HE SHOULD GO:1) “The poor press and the poor public relations that surround him at the moment would be one reason.”2) “The results. We are in a results business and the results are not good enough for Chelsea and the money they have spent over the years.”3) “The importance of Champions League football. Chelsea look, at this moment in time, as though they might be pushed to make the top four unless they turn around the mentality within the squad and the form of the players. And that might be totally unacceptable for a club of their magnitude.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Burnley complete signing of James Tarkowski from Brentford

first_img James Tarkowski 1 Burnley have completed the protracted signing of James Tarkowski from Brentford for an undisclosed fee.The 23-year-old defender has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Turf Moor to bring an end to a lengthy and acrimonious transfer saga.Tarkowski angered Brentford when he refused to play against Burnley in their televised clash on January 15 due to the speculation linking him with the Clarets.The former Oldham centre-half was subsequently disciplined and left out of Brentford’s next two games, before Burnley boss Sean Dyche finally got his man on deadline day.Dyche said: “James is a player I have known for a couple of seasons and I’ve monitored his progress from Oldham, right the way through to now.“He is at a good age and has gained a lot of experience over the last couple of seasons and I feel he can be a big part of us going forwards in the future.“We want competition in all areas and we have been a little bit light in that area all season, so we feel he’s a very good player and an excellent signing for the club, both now and for the future.”last_img read more

Board OKs delay in construction of school

first_imgTo change the school’s location, Vladovic must return to the board with an alternate site by Dec. 11. If he doesn’t, the current favored site will regain the top position, Executive Officer Jefferson Crain said in an e-mail. The district’s chosen site – bounded by Avalon Boulevard, L Street, Broad Avenue and M Street – has met opposition from the community surrounding it, as well as Councilwoman Janice Hahn. The district has spent $4.3 million planning the project. Building the school would return the 1,385-student Gulf Avenue Elementary School to a traditional calendar from a year-round schedule. “What I’m trying to do is slow it down to make sure the community has had a chance to have a say,” Vladovic said Monday. “The only thing that’s not negotiable is we must have a school in Wilmington to relieve the overcrowding at Gulf.” Vladovic has said he favors a 700-student school on the site of a public storage facility at Pacific Coast Highway and Eubank Avenue. The district had initially said it would build 1,278-seat school. Changing the scope of the project could imperil funding earmarked to pay for it, said David Kooper, Vladovic’s chief of staff. A school approved for the current site in July 2006 would force out a Wells Fargo bank, Northgate Latino market, a beauty salon and several restaurants and homes. Jose Meza, who owns a five-bedroom home at Broad and M, welcomed the possibility of building the school at a different site. “They’re really taking away from the people who walk to the store for shopping and especially senior citizens,” Meza said. “The community is opposed to that.” Meza said the market’s offerings of prepared carnitas, tamales and chile verde are popular in the neighborhood. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WILMINGTON: Trustee says neighbors haven’t had a say in the decision. New site must be found by December. By Paul Clinton AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySTAFF WRITER The Los Angeles Board of Education decided Tuesday to reconsider the location it previously had selected for a K-8 school in Wilmington. By approving a motion brought by trustee Richard Vladovic, the board will suspend work to bring the school to a block in the heart of the town’s commercial district. After heated debate, the board voted 4-3 in favor, with Marlene Canter, who represents Westchester, voting no. Board members Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte and Julie Korenstein also voted against the proposal. last_img read more

Fires raise worries about insurance rate hikes, cancellations

first_imgMajor insurers are inspecting homes in high-risk areas throughout the West and threatening to cancel coverage if owners don’t clear brush or take other precautions. “Yeah, it’s pretty worrisome. They might start not insuring us; that’s pretty scary,” said Bruce Fowler, a resident of San Diego’s Scripps Ranch neighborhood who was evacuated to Qualcomm Stadium this week. Fowler’s home narrowly escaped being destroyed in 2003, the last time fires swept Southern California with such ferocity. More than 3,600 homes were destroyed then, and insured losses surpassed $2 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute. So far, about 1,500 homes have been lost across Southern California due to the fires. The number is expected to rise. Insurers said they have sufficient reserves to pay claims that will likely surpass $1 billion. “Insurance companies are in the business of taking these types of risk,” state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said. “The companies are in great health and have substantial reserves,” he said. Poizner said he has talked to several insurance company chief executives in recent days and been assured they are taking steps to swiftly pay claims. On Wednesday, he declared an insurance state of emergency, allowing out-of-state claims adjustors not licensed in California to come to the state to handle claims. Paul Hopkins, chief executive of Farmers Insurance Group Inc., echoed Poizner’s outlook. “We don’t set our rates or underwriting guidelines based on a single event,” Hopkins said. “We have no desire nor has it been our past policy to start doing mass cancellations.” But the likelihood of companies taking a harder look at underwriting and pricing policies increases with the price tag of the fire, said Donald Light, a senior analyst with Boston-based financial consultant Celent. “The higher the final reckoning, the more likely companies are going to act.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOMES: State officials try to assuage fears, even with damage expected in billions of dollars. By Gary Gentile THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Despite reassurances from state officials, homeowners in fire-ravaged Southern California might have plenty to worry about when it comes to their home insurance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.With damage estimates reaching $1 billion in San Diego County alone Wednesday, homeowners fear that insurance companies will raise rates or even cancel policies. State officials and consumer advocates say that’s not likely, but the scope of the fires and past tussles with insurers make many Californians skeptical. Officials say they’ll be able to rein in rates, pointing out that insurance in California is highly regulated, and authorities aren’t likely to approve any increases in premiums, especially after pushing companies to reduce premiums this year. Also, California remains the nation’s largest market for homeowner insurance, which is a profitable line of business despite the risks. That didn’t stop Allstate Corp., the nation’s second-largest property-casualty insurer, from announcing earlier this year that it would no longer underwrite new California homeowner policies, citing the risks of wildfires and earthquakes. The company is also seeking a 12 percent rate hike for its existing customers. last_img read more

Kings regress as win streak ends

first_imgNHL: Record-low crowd sees a mistake-filled defeat to Columbus. By Matthew Kredell Staff Writer Just when it looked like the Kings had put their early struggles behind them, the giveaways and failed clears that plagued them in the first six games returned Wednesday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The result was a 4-1 loss to Columbus that ended the Kings’ four-game winning streak in front of an announced crowd of 11,491 at Staples Center. Columbus and the Kings entered the game as two of the hottest teams in the NHL. The Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to four games while leaving Kings fans wondering if they were tricked into believing in the team after the recent surge. “Any time you get a winning streak you want to keep it going, but we just got to keep plugging along,” said Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera, who stopped 32 of 35 shots after having allowed four goals in the previous four games. “We can’t dwell on it too much.” Perhaps the fans sensed something frightful coming on. The Halloween night crowd was the smallest since the Kings began playing at Staples Center in 1999. The Kings fell behind, 3-0, after Columbus scored twice in four minutes early in the second period. First, Gilbert Brule knocked in a plum rebound off a slap shot from Sergei Fedorov. Then LaBarbera had a costly turnover trying to clear the puck behind the net. His attempt at shuffling the puck along the boards went right to Jason Chimera, who passed it out to Rick Nash for a slap shot. LaBarbera scrambled back in position to block that shot, but the rebound went to Chimera, who knocked it in for his second goal of the game. “They did a good job of making us do things we didn’t want to do,” LaBarbera said. “We might have turned the puck over more times than we have the past couple of weeks.” The Kings (6-7-0) quickly got one back when Kyle Calder chipped in his second attempt on a rebound of a shot from Alexander Frolov on the power play. The Kings had a prime chance to get back in the game with a 5-on-3 in the final minutes of the second period. But the Blue Jackets (7-3-1), best in the league on the penalty kill, stifled that opportunity and another Kings power play early in the third period. Nash added an empty-netter late. Pascal LeClaire stopped 33 of 34 shots against him for Columbus. “They got a great goaltending performance,” Crawford said. “We had six chances on that 5-on-3 and he was just a big guy in the net. “Every once in a while you get a performance like that against you and all you can do is tip your hat.” The last home game with worse attendance for the Kings was 9,686 on March 4, 1999, at the Forum. [email protected] 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

Councilwoman receives National Caring Award

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And on Thursday the La Habra councilwoman’s efforts will be recognized by the The Caring Institute during a luncheon honoring the 2007 National Caring Awards recipients in Washington, D.C. The institute is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to honor and promote the values of caring, integrity and public service. Espinoza, 55, is one of 16 people who will be honored for establishing “Rosie’s Garage,” a tutoring program to keep children off the streets. Little did she know when she asked her husband 16 years ago to move his lawnmower and tools out of their garage for her tutoring program that it would lead to sharing an award with the likes of past recipients the Rev. Billy Graham, poet Maya Angelou, actor Paul Newman and Mother Teresa. “She is so deserving of this award,” said Glenn Hughes, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Orange County. LA HABRA — Going back to the neighborhood in La Habra where she grew up wasn’t the same for Rose Espinoza when she returned in 1991. Instead of finding the peaceful place of her youth, she found growing gang activity and low educational opportunities. “I was shocked,” Espinoza said. Instead of moving out, she decided to do something about it. He and his group, then known as the Neighborhood Housing Services of La Habra, have partnered with Rosie’s Garage since its inception. Espinoza found her home through the center, and eventually, when insurance issues threatened to close the garage, they helped find another location. In 1999, NHSOC bought a small duplex on Grace Avenue, which became the program’s home in 2003. “My son was the driving force behind starting it,” she said. Chris, then 12, needed extra help in some areas, Espinoza said. She then realized other kids in the neighborhood didn’t have the option of tutoring outside the classroom. “Education is long-lasting,” she said. “I wanted to help these kids find a better quality of life by enhancing their educational opportunities.” According to an NHSOC evaluation, students tutored at Rosie’s Garage on average increased their abilities in writing by 2.1 grade levels and 2.9 grade levels in math. The program has been so successful that it has earned national recognition from CBS Evening News and the President’s Points of Light Volunteer Award. It started from humble beginnings. “There wasn’t much in the garage, just old wooden tables, a mishmash of plastic chairs and a stack of used textbooks,” Espinoza said. But there was a whole lot of love. She and her sister, Victoria Kennedy, tutored the students – from kindergarten through eighth grade – in a variety of subjects. She was surprised at the interest. “The kids were hungry for help,” Espinoza said. The need has grown over the years from eight students to anywhere from 18 to 25 kids. “We accept anyone who brings their homework that doesn’t understand it,” she said. There is no charge. The tutors are other students or adults from the neighborhood. Espinoza, who was elected to the council in 2000, said she had planned on tutoring for only two years. But the demand was so strong she couldn’t quit. “It’s such a simple thing to help a child with homework,” she said. “I’m just trying to make a difference.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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

Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant headed overseas

first_imgHOLLYWOOD – Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant will embark on his 60th — and final — overseas tour Friday to entertain U.S. troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “It will be a bittersweet trip for me,” Grant said. “The USO and military has been a big part of my life, ever since WWII, when as a GI, I emceed a show and introduced Bob Hope. He encouraged me to come to Hollywood when the war was over. Hope gave me the combination to the joke file lock and sent me to March Field to stand in for him 55 years ago, and I haven’t stopped since.” Grant, 84, will not be traveling alone. Also expected to take part in the trip are Victoria’s Secret models Selita Banks, Adriana Lima and Marisa Miller, along with actresses Stefani Powers, Kate Linder and Karri Turner. The celebs will all take part in a “Hollywood-style” parade on the base Saturday, with Grant serving as grand marshal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Hollywood has had a long relationship with our military, and USO handshake tours like this trip to Guantanamo reinforce that wonderful tradition,” Grant said. “The troops love it.” Grant has been traveling on USO tours 65 years, visiting troops in Korea, Vietnam, Beirut, the Persian Gulf and the Balkans. 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

WATCH: Polish goalkeeper Sebastian Nowak SCORES late header

first_imgCheck out this stunning late equaliser by goalkeeper Sebastian Nowak.The 34-year-old currently plays for Polish side Termalica in the Polish top flight.Wisla defender Wilde-Donald Guerrier scored late on to give the home side a 2-1 lead two minutes into added time. Then visitors got a corner a minute later and Nowak popped up, heading home to snatch his side a point – see above!Drivetime video: The best of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema – Can Man City stop the Real Madrid trio?last_img

CHP officer accused of stealing drugs

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A California Highway Patrol officer was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $1 million worth of cocaine that was in his agency’s custody. Authorities allege that Joshua Blackburn broke into an evidence room at the CHP office in Santa Ana before dawn Friday and took the drugs. The six-year department veteran was arrested later that day and is being held in lieu of $4 million bail at the Orange County Jail. Blackburn was charged with burglary, possession for sale of cocaine and transportation of cocaine. The charge alleges the amount exceeded 40 kilograms. On Wednesday, Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Cheryl Leininger postponed Blackburn’s arraignment until Jan. 9 at the request of Blackburn’s lawyer, John Barnett, who said he hadn’t received all the police reports associated with the case. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more