Kick Off: Transfer Deadline Day Special

first_imgHost Mark Saggers was joined by former Tottenham striker Clive Allen and Racing Post football editor Mark Langdon to cast their eyes over the day’s events.last_img

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United can forget about signing Serie A starlet

first_img Domenico Berardi 1 Sassuolo starlet Domenico Berardi will NOT be sold this January, the Italian club’s managing director has insisted.The 21-year-old striker has hit 33 Serie A goals in his last 67 outings and is on the radar of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.Juventus, who used to co-own Berardi, are also said to be considering a move to buy him just four months after selling their share in the player.However, Sassuolo managing director Giovanni Carnevali insists his club have no intention of cashing in on their key man any time soon.Carnevali told Tuttosport: “Last year, we invested €10m in him. For now Berardi is completely a Sassuolo player and we’re not a club that needs to sell.“I can rule out a January move. That’s not part of our company policy.“With Juventus it’s an open discussion. It’s an advantage, but Juventus are not the only ones to be following Berardi.”last_img read more

‘He’s throwing in the towel!’ Tottenham fans react to title mind games

first_imgAs the Premier League title race heats up, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has tried to shift the pressure onto Tottenham Hotspur by claiming they are favourites to lift the trophy.The Foxes currently sit top of the table, two points ahead of Spurs, but the Italian believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in the best position to be victorious, despite his team’s current lead and, in theory, easier run-in.He said: “Tottenham, in my opinion, are favourites then Arsenal, Manchester City.“Tottenham are strong in every situation. When they defend and when they attack they know what they want. Everyone is speaking about Leicester but nobody is speaking about Tottenham.“We are the surprise, that is fantastic, a good energy, but if we are realistic the real competitors are City, Arsenal and Tottenham.”But Tottenham Hotspur supporters on Twitter believe the comments could be proof Ranieri is getting worried.You can see what Spurs supporters said below… 1 Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri last_img read more

Writer Bernstein visits Nixon library

first_img“I’ve written and reported on Nixon,” Bernstein said. He said his book, “Final Days,” co-written with Woodward, is an account of Nixon’s struggle with himself and the public. “It’s important to understand not only the office of the president but also the life of the person in the office,” he said. Bernstein said that was one of the reasons he chose to write about former first lady and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “This woman could be the next president of the United States, and all we know of her is a caricature,” he said. He said his book, “A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” breaks the seal on the mystery. “Unfortunately, most of her story has been left to others, both enemies and true believers, to tell,” Bernstein said. He interviewed 200 people over a three-year period for the book, which was released earlier this year. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (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! YORBA LINDA – It didn’t take long for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein to address the irony of his speaking at the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. “I am about to say a sentence I never thought I’d hear myself say,” said the silver-haired Bernstein as he stepped to the podium Monday in the library’s auditorium. The standing-room-only audience of 325 laughed and applauded as he paused before saying he was “honored, humbled and moved to be in this magnificent building.” Bernstein, 63, said the library, which the federal government took control of from the private Nixon Foundation in July, shows the two halves of the man. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“What you get here is a magnificent feeling of a whole life lived,” he said. “It’s impossible for me not to feel some kind of strange kinship,” Bernstein said in front of a backdrop of a dozen American flags. Bernstein recalled watching Nixon’s resignation speech in August 1974 on TV and being overcome by a sense of astonishment and awe in the roles he and fellow Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward played in the event unfolding before his eyes. The two reporters uncovered the link between the president and the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building, which eventually led to Nixon’s resignation. He argued with those who call him a critic of Nixon, who attended Whittier College and began his law career in Whittier. last_img read more

Cure near for nursing shortage

first_imgIt was the collision everybody was bracing for: With California’s nurses getting older and with baby boomers turning gray themselves, the state’s nursing crunch would only get worse. But a recent study suggests that renewed efforts by nursing schools could make the decade-old nursing shortage history within 10 years. The number of nursing school graduates has increased by 73 percent during the past five years, according to research by University of California-San Francisco’s Center for California Health Workforce Studies. “If policymakers can sustain the growth in nursing programs that they’ve achieved, the nursing shortage will be solved over the next 10 to 15 years,” lead researcher Joanne Spetz said. But the road to recovery may be bumpy as nurses age, nursing instructors remain scarce and schools, relying on temporary grants, keep scrounging for more money. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe recovery would bring much-needed relief to a strained nursing work force. Nurses statewide have been pressed into working overtime – they worked an average of 9.6 hours a day in 2006. And with 45 percent of nurses with active California licenses over 50 years old, as a 2006 Board of Registered Nurses report found, looming retirements seemed to spell trouble. But hospitals statewide shored up their ranks with thousands of nurses from around the country and abroad, and since the start of the decade, efforts large and small have aimed at educating more nurses in the state. In 2005, the California Governor’s Office launched a program that included $90 million for expanding student enrollment. Colleges such as UCLA and UC-Irvine have opened nursing baccalaureate programs. And junior colleges – which educate roughly two-thirds of the state’s nurses – have invested more in their programs. Most recently, a $100 million grant by the San Francisco-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation helped UC-Davis open a complete nursing school. That school is projected to educate 456 nurses a year by early in the next decade. But while such monster grants have made a splash, a stream of smaller donations around the state has also helped. A $1.08 million grant in October 2006, for example, allowed De Anza College to accept an additional six students each quarter, educating an extra 66 nurses over five years. The efforts, Spetz said, have also relieved some of the tension brewing among the thousands of students who vie for the limited number of seats available every year. Drawn by high salaries and the desire for fulfilling work, nursing hopefuls have long been caught between a health-care system desperate for their help and a school system that lacked the resources to train them. Nursing instructors have been particularly difficult to find. With wages as high as ever – the average nurse in California made $73,542 in 2006 – many nurses have chosen practice over teaching. Cash-strapped colleges responded by downsizing their programs. Much of students’ hopes – and frustrations – show up at nursing program “lotteries,” where hundreds of junior college students, finished with their prerequisites, hope to be among the lucky ones whose name is drawn from a hat. Racquel Montoya was one of the lucky ones. When she began De Anza’s nursing program in 2001, she had survived the program’s second-ever lottery – a cordial affair with only about a hundred students vying for 20 spots. Some of Montoya’s friends, however, were not so lucky. One close friend, she recalls, went to six lotteries over two years before she was admitted. Montoya became familiar with emotions that came with being turned away. When they aren’t chosen, she said, “people cry, feeling like their lives are just ruined. Bummed out completely.” Some have also blamed the lotteries for the high dropout rate in junior college programs – roughly 25 percent in 2003. Critics argue that lotteries allow less-qualified students to be admitted. A bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October, however, would make it easier for schools to accept students based on grades, life experiences, foreign language ability or other factors. But since the bill doesn’t require schools to change their admissions procedures, some, such as Ohlone College in Fremont, are not. Ohlone uses a lottery to fill its 30 seats each year, program director Gale Carli said, but the school’s 95 percent completion rate doesn’t cry out for a makeover. Instead, she said, the college will give lottery winners a written test; if they fail, they will have another year to study. “The whole point of this is to make sure students have every chance to succeed in our nursing program,” Carli said. She added that she expected more than 90 percent of lottery winners to pass the test. The other good news is that with wages so high, Spetz said, there will be no shortage of interest in nursing. (Spetz’s previous research in 2003, however, does suggest that wages will decrease, relative to other fields, as the shortage declines). The problem remains in finding enough teachers who want to leave behind nursing to instruct the newcomers. And with so many of the state’s growing programs relying on temporary grants, Spetz said, lawmakers must find a way to assure funding remains strong even as the picture improves. “If people think that we’ve solved the nursing shortage before it’s actually solved, and pull the funding,” she said, “then we’ll be right back to where we started.”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

Arsenal, Chelsea or Man United would be a STEP DOWN for Zlatan, says PSG star

first_img1 Thiago Silva with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Paris Sain-Germain training Thiago Silva has told Zlatan Ibrahimovic he would be making a mistake by moving to the Premier League this summer.Ibrahimovic is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and is reportedly considering a switch to England.Manchester United are understood to be the frontrunners to land the Swede, while Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to be monitoring his situation.But PSG captain Silva is urging the 34-year-old to stay with the French champions and claims joining any Premier League club would be a step down for the talismanic forward.Despite his advancing years, Ibrahimovic is still at the top of his game and has struck a remarkable 41 goals for the club and country this season.“He is my good friend, but also at 34 he is playing the best football of his career,” said Silva, ahead of PSG’s trip to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night.“He is one of the best in the world, he is unique, there is not another player like him.“Of course I want him to stay at PSG, I cannot imagine us without him“I know he has offers from England – and it is a big league – but I don’t think there is a team in England that is at the level of PSG at the moment. For me it would be a step down in quality for him.”last_img read more

Southampton striker completes cut-price move to La Liga

first_imgReal Sociedad have completed a deal for Southampton flop Juanmi, according to reports in Spain.The striker only moved to St Mary’s 12 months ago for a fee of around £5m.But the Spaniard has failed to show the form he did at Malaga and is ready to leave Southampton.Real Sociedad, according to El Diario Vasco, have agreed a deal for Juanmi and it could be announced this week.The Spanish club are set to pay around £2m for the 22-year-old, who has failed to score this season in 13 appearances. Juanmi in action for Southampton 1last_img read more

Arsenal target Xhaka: Decision over future will ‘definitely be made before Euros

first_img1 Arsenal will have to fork out over £30m to land Swiss star Granit Xhaka this summer Arsenal target Granit Xhaka insists his future will be decided before Euro 2016.The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to north London in recent weeks as a part of a deal which could be worth over £30m.And as speculation continues to rumble on, the midfielder has urged Borussia Monchengladbach to sort out his future before he heads to the Euros with Switzerland.“I’m the wrong person to say something, you might need to check that with Max Eberl [Borussia Monchengladbach’s director of sport],” Xhaka told RP.“It is so that the season’s over now and there might be discussions over the next few days. Whatever decision is made, we will make it together.“There will definitely be a decision before the Euros.”last_img read more

How warming could alter California

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 need to be attentive to the fact that changes are going to occur, whether it’s sea level rising or increased temperatures, droughts and potentially increased fires,” said Lisa Sloan, a scientist who directs the Climate Change and Impacts Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “These things are going to be happening.” Among the earliest and most noticeable casualties is expected to be California’s ski season. Snow is expected to fall for a shorter period and melt more quickly. That could shorten the ski season by a month even in wetter areas and perhaps end it in others. Because California has myriad microclimates, predicting what will happen by the end of the century is a challenge. But through a series of interviews with scientists who are studying the phenomenon, a general description of the state’s future emerges. California is defined by its scenery, from the mountains that enchanted John Muir to the wine country and beaches that define its culture around the world. But as scientists try to forecast how global warming might affect the nation’s most geographically diverse state, they envision a landscape that could look quite different by the end of this century, if not sooner. Where celebrities, surfers and wannabes mingle on Malibu’s world-famous beaches, there may be only sea walls defending fading mansions from the encroaching Pacific. In Northern California, tourists could have to drive farther north or to the cool edge of the Pacific to find what is left of the region’s signature wine country. Abandoned ski lifts might dangle above snowless trails more suitable for mountain biking even during much of the winter. In the deserts, Joshua trees that once extended their tangled, shaggy arms into the sky by the thousands may have all but disappeared. By the end of the century, temperatures are predicted to increase by 3 to 10 degrees statewide. That could translate into even less rainfall across the southern half of the state, already under pressure from the increased frequency of wildfires and relentless population growth. Small mammals, reptiles and colonies of wildflowers in the deserts east of Los Angeles are accustomed to periodic three-year dry spells. But they might not be able to withstand the 10-year drought cycles that could become commonplace as the planet warms. Scientists already are considering relocating Joshua tree seedlings to areas where the plants, a hallmark of the high desert and namesake of a national park, might survive climate change. Farther north, where wet, cold winters are crucial for the water supply of the entire state, warmer temperatures will lead to more rain than snow in the Sierra Nevada and faster melting in the spring. Because 35 percent of the state’s water supply is stored annually in the Sierra snowpack, changes to that hydrologic system will lead to far-reaching consequences for California and its ever-growing population. Some transformations already are apparent, from the Sierra high country to the great valleys that have made California the nation’s top agricultural state. The snow line is receding, as it is in many other alpine regions around the world. Throughout the 400-mile-long Sierra, trees are under stress, leading scientists to speculate that the mix of flora could change significantly as the climate warms. The death rate of fir and pine trees has accelerated over the past two decades. In the central and southern Sierra, the giant sequoias that are among the biggest living things on Earth might be imperiled. “I suspect as things get warmer, we’ll start seeing sequoias just die on their feet where their foliage turns brown,” said Nate Stephenson, a U.S. Geological Survey ecologist who is studying the effects of climate change in the Sierra Nevada. “Even if they don’t die of drought stress, just think of the wildfires. If you dry out that vegetation, they’re going to be so much more flammable.” Changes in the mountain snowpack could lead to expensive water disputes between cities and farmers. Any drastic changes to the state’s $30 billion agriculture industry would have national implications, since California’s fertile valleys provide half the country’s fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ study. A major unknown is what will happen along California’s coast as the world’s ice sheets and glaciers melt. One scenario suggests the sea level could rise by more than 20 feet. Will the rising sea swamp the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest harbor complex, turning them into a series of saltwater lakes? Among the more sobering projections is what is in store for marine life. The upwelling season, the time when nutrient-rich water rises from the ocean’s depths to nourish one of the world’s richest marine environments. That period, from late spring until early fall, is expected to become weaker earlier in the season and more intense later. As a result, sea lions, blue whales and other marine mammals that follow these systems up and down the coast are expected to decline. The changing sea will present trouble for much of the state’s land-dwelling population, too. A sea level rise of 3 to 6 feet would inundate the airports in San Francisco and Oakland. “If you raise sea level by a foot, you push a cliff back 100 feet,” said Jeff Severinghaus, professor of geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. “There will be a lot of houses that will fall into the ocean.” 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 awaits comet dust

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Comets have long lit up the sky and the imaginations of scientists. Now these icy bodies from the beginnings of the solar system are finally ready for their close-up.Six months after NASA scientists first peeked inside one comet from afar, they’re bringing pieces of another to Earth for study under the microscope.This weekend, the Stardust spacecraft will jettison a 100-pound capsule holding comet dust. It will nosedive through the Earth’s atmosphere and – if all goes well – make a soft landing in the Utah desert.The searing plunge is expected to generate a pinkish glow as bright as Venus that should be visible without a telescope across much of the West.Comets – which astronomers consider to be among the solar system’s leftover building blocks – have been scrutinized for centuries. But only in recent years have scientists had the technology to learn firsthand their ingredients.Last July, the Deep Impact spacecraft released a probe that carved a crater in a comet, exposing its interior to NASA telescopes. The Stardust mission went a step further by retrieving the first samples from a comet named Wild 2, which was about 500 million miles from Earth when Stardust launched in 1999.Comets are bodies of ice and dust that circle the sun. They formed from what was left over after about 4.5 billion years ago. Scientists believe studying comets could shed light on the solar system’s birth.“This is a true treasure,” principal investigator Don Brownlee of the University of Washington said of the Stardust capsule.But the capsule isn’t home yet.First it faces a blistering descent, piercing the atmosphere at a record-breaking 29,000 mph – the fastest re-entry of any man-made probe.Its target is Dugway Proving Ground, a Rhode Island-size Army base southwest of Salt Lake City, where in 2004, the ill-fated Genesis probe crashed on live television after its parachute failed to open. Despite that crash, scientists recovered enough solar wind atoms for study.To avoid another embarrassment, engineers checked Stardust’s systems and believe they will work, said Ed Hirst, a mission system manager at NASA’s a cloud of gas and dust collapsed to create the sun and planets La Ca?ada Flintridge -based Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is managing the $212 million mission.Stardust traveled nearly 3 billion miles halfway to Jupiter and back, looping around the sun three times. Along the way, it also captured interstellar dust – tiny particles thought to be ancient stars that exploded and died.After five years, the 850-pound spacecraft finally reached Wild 2.During a historic 2004 flyby, Stardust sped through the comet’s coma – the fuzzy shroud of gas and dust that envelops it – to collect the microscopic samples. The particles were trapped by a catcher the size of a tennis racket, which has since been clammed up inside the capsule for the trip home.Comet particles from Stardust would represent the second robotic retrieval of extraterrestrial material since 1976, when the unmanned Soviet Luna 24 mission brought back moon samples.If all goes as planned, the main spacecraft will free the shuttlecock-shaped capsule about 69,000 miles from Earth late Saturday. Then the mothership will fire its thrusters and go into a perpetual orbit around the sun.Early Sunday, the capsule will penetrate the atmosphere. As it tumbles toward the Utah desert, the temperature on its protective heat shield will spike to 365 degrees.Traveling at supersonic speed, the capsule will release its first parachute at 100,000 feet, followed minutes later by a larger chute, which will guide it to a landing.During Genesis, helicopters were deployed to retrieve the capsule in midair, but poorly installed gravity sensors on the capsule caused its parachute to fail.For Stardust, helicopters will fly to the landing site only after the capsule has touched down. Crews will recover the capsule and bring it to a temporary clean room on the base before transferring it to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.If the weather is too snowy or windy for helicopters to fly, NASA will send off-road vehicles to the landing site.Scientists believe thousands of particles of comet and interstellar dust, most smaller than the width of a human hair, are locked inside the capsule.To determine the makeup of the particles, scientists will slice the samples into even smaller chunks and probe them under powerful microscopes, said Brownlee, the mission’s principal investigator.“We are literally bringing back samples of the solar system as they were billions of years ago,” he said.If Stardust is not on target for a weekend re-entry, engineers can command the spacecraft to fire its thrusters to a backup orbit. That would postpone its return to Earth four years. 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