Top goalkeeper rules out replacing De Gea at Man United

first_img1 Manchester United target Jasper Cillessen has no intention of leaving Ajax this summer.The goalkeeper has long been earmarked as a replacement for David De Gea, who is doing his best to force through a move to Real Madrid.However, the Dutchman says he and his agent have had no contact from anyone inside Old Trafford and he only has eyes for another campaign in the Netherlands.“As far as I know it has never been a thing,” he told NOS. “I, the club, or my agent have never heard anything. As for me, this season begins and ends at Ajax.” Jasper Cillessen last_img read more

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Revealed! Top 10 biggest rivalries between clubs from different cities

first_img 2. Newcastle v Sunderland – Click the right arrow for more fierce rivalries – This clash prompts so much ire from both sides that in 2013 a Magpies fan decided to take out his anger by punching a horse. Say no more. 6. Swansea City v Cardiff City – Click the right arrow for more fierce rivalries – The South Wales derby has become slightly tamer since the sides’ rise to prominence in recent years, but the two clubs still foster a lot of hate. In the late 80s and early 90s, Swansea fans chased their opposite number into the sea and threw seats at Ninian Park. Vandalism still occurs when the two teams meet but it’s nowhere near as fierce as it once was. 10 5. Ipswich v Norwich – Click the right arrow for more fierce rivalries – Countryside and farms separate these two sides in the east of England, which some believe makes this rivalry even fiercer. It’s rare to have any of your mates supporting the rivals, no matter which side you are on. 10 10 8. Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Brom – Click the right arrow for more fierce rivalries – The Black Country rivals often create an atmosphere like no other. The police presence around matches tends to be extensive after 500 Wolves fans rioted following an FA Cup meeting in January 2007. Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford in talkSPORT’s live Premier League game at the weekend, as two of football’s biggest foes met once again.Their battles across the years have created a huge rivalry that looks unlikely to fade in the years to come, but while it’s a reasonably local affair, with both clubs being based in the north west of England, it’s not a derby in the traditional, same city/town sense.While geography does play a key role in the needle between the reds of Manchester and Liverpool, it’s not the main fuel for the fire, unlike the Merseyside derby or the North London clash between Arsenal and Tottenham.So what are the other fiercest non-local rivalries* in football? Check out our top 10 ranking, above.Disagree? Comment below.*By ‘non-local’ we mean two clubs not in the same city or town. 10 10 10 10 4. Southampton v Portsmouth – The South Coast rivalry has maritime origins, particularly after Portsmouth sailors took the place of their Southampton counterparts following the Titanic disaster. In footballing terms, Pompey’s devoted fan base ensures an uneasy atmosphere for Saints players on any trip to Fratton Park. The rarity of their meetings, especially now they are at opposite ends of the football league pyramid, amplifies the hostility when they do play. 10. Manchester United v Leeds – To find out which rivalries make up the top 10, click the arrow above – A rivalry born out of the War of the Roses, United and Leeds went head to head in several title tilts before the Premier League years when the Yorkshire club were in their pomp. Eric Cantona’s acrimonious transfer across the Pennines to the Red Devils caused more than a stir, as did Alan Smith’s identical move just over a decade later. 10 10 3. Derby County v Nottingham Forest – Click the right arrow for more fierce rivalries – The two sides really dislike each other but players and managers often star and coach for both teams. Brian Clough and Billy Davies are two high profile names to have led both sides. You won’t see Stuart Pearce with the Rams though. He once said: “even if they were only club around, I’d rather go on the dole.” 9. Burnley v Blackburn – Click the right arrow for more fierce rivalries – It’s the oldest derby in English football, and an early grumble between the two outfits was reportedly Blackburn’s belief Burnley had played an illegal number of Scotsmen in the 1890s. Since then the two sets having taken to pranking each other rather than fighting. Planes with messages have been flown, statues dressed incorrectly, banners hung above motorways and Owen Coyle masks. 10 7. Liverpool v Chelsea – Click the right arrow for more fierce rivalries – Mourinho v Benitez, Gerrard v Lampard. There were plenty of personal duels within this intense rivalry that first really gathered momentum in 2004, before the two faced off an amazing 25 times in just five seasons. Luis Garcia’s Champions League ghost goal still irks Chelsea fans to the core. Fact. 1. Manchester United v Liverpool – The two most successful clubs in England also happen to have a huge rivalry. Born from the already simmering feud between the two cities, when Manchester built a canal so goods could be transported straight into the city instead of heading to Liverpool, which led to less income and job losses on Merseyside. Now, though, the rivalry is played out on grass and currently the Red Devils are coming out on top having won 78 encounters to Liverpool’s 64, while there have also been 51 draws.last_img read more

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Everton set to welcome back key defensive duo for Manchester United showdown

first_img1 Everton defender John Stones is expected to be fit for Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.The 21-year-old, who has emerged as a key man for the Toffees since making his first team breakthrough, has missed the last two games due to a knee injury.He was also forced to withdraw from the England squad to face Estonia and Lithuania in their remaining Euro 2016 qualifiers.But Stones has now returned to training with Everton and his manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful he will start against United at Goodison Park.“I think he should be ready,” said the Spaniard.“Remember that John has been having a lot of quality work at Finch Farm and it will be a matter of just getting that match fitness.“We have still got three very important days ahead of that fixture in terms of preparation so we’ll get a better idea on Friday of where John is.“I would say medically he is ready now. He’s been joining the group and from a medical point of view I don’t think there is a concern or worry.”Everton are also set to welcome back Seamus Coleman.The full-back has not featured for the club since the 3-1 win over Chelsea in September due to a hamstring injury but played for the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.Tyias Browning has impressed for Everton in Coleman’s absence, but he is likely to make way against United. John Stones last_img read more

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The best in the world! Mourinho backed by Terry as Chelsea insists club is united

first_img1 John Terry and Jose Mourinho Chelsea captain John Terry has reiterated his backing for Jose Mourinho, hailing him the ‘best manager in the world’.Mourinho’s future at Stamford Bridge has been called into question after a disastrous start to the season for the Premier League champions.Reports of fall-outs with senior stars, including Terry, dominated the back pages in the midst of Chelsea’s woeful run of form.But the defender maintains that Mourinho has always had the full support of the dressing room and hopes successive clean sheets are the catalyst for a turnaround in fortunes.Terry, who played in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend and in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev, said: “We are a great side and we will get there with the hunger and the ambition that is in the squad.“You don’t win trophies year after year without that hunger in the belly. We are collectively together, the players, the manager and the fans and we will be all right.“When the chips are down, I’d take this squad over any. I know the players very well. I’ve been in this situation before, I’ve seen it happen.“We’ve got a great squad of players. More importantly we’ve still got the best manager in the world.“Everyone’s fully behind him. There’s stories and this and that and everything else, but believe me everyone’s together.“The fans were unbelievable again at the weekend, so (I) thank them.”last_img read more

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‘I love Man United. In the future, let’s see’ – Cristiano Ronaldo speaks

first_imgThis interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on @sportmaguk“He was screaming at me: ‘Cristiano! Make the right decisions! Cristiano decision making!’”Cristiano Ronaldo flashes his pearly whites as he recalls the bellowed words of Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who he calls his “father in football” and his great teacher.Sport has asked the Portuguese superstar which lessons still resonate inside his head. “Oh, many things,” he replies in near perfect English. “When you’re a young player, you don’t understand decision making properly: when to take a touch, when to dribble. He taught me the basics that took me to where I am today. I remember that in the beginning – they always say I didn’t do the decision making great. So he taught me how to do this.“I feel proud that he pushed me so hard. One of his best qualities is that he pushed players when they needed it – and in that period of time, I needed it. I needed him – and Roy Keane too, our captain – always screaming to me: ‘Cristiano! Pass the ball!’ But it was good! At the end of the day, I feel happy, because I learned a lot from them.” “It’s very, very complicated,” Ronaldo says of how it makes him feel. “When you feel your family and your friends are more emotional, more nervous than you, it makes me feel a bit nervous too. They should be more relaxed than me, but sometimes it’s the opposite.“But they live so intense the sport and my life, that it’s part of it. Especially my mum. My daddy died ten years ago, and I don’t want my mum to die in the next five or ten years. I want that she can live. So I try to make her calm: ‘Relax, it’s football – it’s not life.’ But it’s hard, because she lives so intense. So intense, all the time. She saw the game, she’s nervous… [sighs] and it’s hard.”Ronaldo lost his father José to an alcohol related liver condition when Cristiano was just 20. “He drank every day,” says the player openly. Not having his father around to see and share in his achievements – and not to know him as a man now – is a regret that Ronaldo shares in the film.Yet, in other ways, he remains an opaque figure; wandering around his glass mansion like some improbably chiselled aftershave advert come to life. Some of his confessions – “I consider myself an isolated person” – chime with the view of him as an ultra-competitive individualist. Someone singular and obsessive in his pursuit of perfection.What he has quite clearly is a genuinely close and loving bond with his scene-stealing son, Cristiano Junior (naturally). The little tyke enjoys fun-time activities with Pops, including ‘work out which car has gone missing from our gigantic garage’ (turns out it’s not the Porsche, it’s not the Roller – it’s the Lambo). A game we can all recall playing with our own fathers. Then there’s the fun of press-ups with Dad, trips to the Ballon d’Or ceremony and – yes – bumping into one Lionel Messi. 6 Exclusive – Cristiano Ronaldo on his love for Manchester United… and his love for Lionel Messi 6 6 With that, we have time for just one more question. Because he’s been part of his own documentary, Sport wonders, which current sporting figure would he himself like to sit down and watch a feature-length film about? It’s a question that briefly stumps him. Not because he can’t think of any, but because there are too many names to consider.“Football players, basketball, athletes – I follow a lot of them. All the guys I like are at the top level. For example, I watched the [2015 World Championships] athletics – the qualification. I saw Usain Bolt win, then Justin Gatlin did – and I loved it! I couldn’t wait to see the final. I like sport, I like other sports – so it’s a hard question for me to answer.”So Sport departs, struggling slightly to reconcile the petulant player with the bright, cheery chap we’ve encountered. Usain Bolt’s name has just come up, but it’s another great runner’s words that resonate in our head. Michael Johnson once told us that the reason he looked so surly on the track before a race was because he tried smiling once – and he finished second. “Laser focus” was required for him to be at his optimum.“I needed to be in a nasty attitude, really – a little bit pissed off,” he explained. “That’s where I needed to be, but that may not work for everyone.”Perhaps Ronaldo is the same. That intensity might be what he needs to carry on to the pitch to squeeze the absolute maximum out of his astonishing talent. Whatever he’s doing, it works. It might have taken him a while to master decision making – but most of the choices Cristiano Ronaldo makes seem to work out pretty well for him now.Illustrations by Dave Homer Well, we got this far without mentioning him. Yet Ronaldo is at pains to point out that, despite what you may have heard, he has a perfectly cordial relationship with Barcelona’s own resident genius.No Messi situation“It’s normal,” he says of the press speculation that the rivalry between them is of a deeply personal nature. “It’s to sell papers – and for the media it’s great to say that. But on the one side, while it’s very normal, on the other side… I don’t know why they do it. Because my relationship with him is good.“In the past eight years, we are on the stage together all the time – and I never, ever, had a problem with him. He’s a fantastic professional, a fantastic player. It’s just the press making that story. But it’s normal.”It might be “normal” for the world’s two best footballers, playing in equivalent positions for Spain’s best teams and fiercest rivals, to be constantly compared. But it seems odd how divisive an issues it is; that you have to choose between the two – that somehow a compliment given to one is seen as a slight on the other. Especially when – it seems obvious to point out – they’re both superb. In terms of sheer consistency alone – of never seeming to have a season ‘off’ – they’re two of the greatest players club football has ever seen. Both are worth enjoying while they’re here, because we’ll be boring our grandchildren with tales of their exploits. Not that Ronaldo is finished yet.“Why not?” he says when we ask him if we’ll see him back in the Premier League again. “In football, you never know what will happen tomorrow. I feel great here – it’s a fantastic club – but tomorrow, I don’t know. People know I love Manchester United. It’s great there – they support me a lot… I’m very good here at Madrid, but in the future: nobody knows. Let’s see what’s gonna happen.” It was 12 years ago this year that Cristiano Ronaldo, a Sporting Lisbon teenager with spaghetti in his hair, ran amok against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly. Keane himself recalls it in his autobiography: “He was up against John O’Shea. Sheasy ended up seeing the doctor at half-time because he was actually having dizzy spells.”Since that day, the dizzying rise to the top has continued. The move to Manchester United; seasons of improvement into becoming one of the club’s best ever players; an £80m transfer to Real Madrid; becoming this famous club’s record goalscorer in just over six seasons. Yet that doesn’t mean everything in Ronaldo’s life is perfect.Arrogance and vanityWe’re in Madrid talking to the 30-year-old around the release of a documentary, Ronaldo, put together by a team of acclaimed filmmakers who were given behind-the-scenes access for a year. Early on, we hear Ronaldo say that he’s aware that some people view him as “arrogant” and “vain”. Does he feel misunderstood?“It is what it is. I cannot complain. If you worry a lot about what everyone is thinking, you’re not gonna live your life. Of course I try to do the right things, to be an example… but after that, you have to live your life. Nobody is in my shoes. They don’t know me. They don’t live the way I live, they don’t train when I’m training, they don’t go play and [have] people boo. The easy way is to criticise. But I’ve played sports as a professional for 13 years. I’m used to it like that.”Laid bare, his words hint at bitterness, but his delivery in person is breezily matter-of-fact. Many footballers are wary and monosyllabic in interview settings – perhaps fearing how their words will be twisted or cowering under the glare of a cabal of PR people. Yet Ronaldo is animated and engaging, shifting around on a hotel sofa with child-like energy. It’s almost disappointing. Sport was semi-hoping for the scowling prima donna who smacks the turf after he fails to score (even if a team-mate just has).The film covers the start of 2014 to the beginning of this year, bookended by Ronaldo winning his second, and then third, Ballon d’Or awards. It’s obvious how much both successes mean to him, yet this is fuel for critics who claim that, if there’s a flaw in this superlative footballer, it’s that he’s too much of an individualist. The question is why – for a player who’s won the Champions League with two different clubs, plus every major domestic trophy in both England and Spain – does a voted-for award matter so much? 6 6 6 “To be recognised as the best player in the world is fantastic – but it’s not the most important thing,” he replies. “For me, the most important thing is to be at a level, year by year. This is the challenge for me. This is the most difficult thing. And people who understand football, they recognise that.“Of course if you win [team] trophies, it’s better. But I feel good, I win things both individual and collective – but of course I want more. I expect to play another five, six years – and I want more and more. This is something that I love.”World Cup woesThe film is not, however, a slavish account of Ronaldo’s triumphs. It also includes Portugal’s World Cup campaign, in which their number seven, labouring with a knee injury, is unable to lift his country out of the group stage – scoring just once, against Ghana. The agony of disappointment is writ large on his face, but it’s someone else’s pain that makes for the documentary’s most emotive scene.Ronaldo is extremely close to his mother, Dolores. At one point, while watching her son play against the USA in a World Cup game on TV in Madeira, she gets up mid-match and leaves her sitting room in distress to wander alone down a deserted suburban street. The anxiety of seeing it is simply too much.last_img read more

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Revealed! Facebook’s top 10 sports stars ranked by popularity – surprise?

first_img 10. Carlos Tevez (Boca Juniors and Argentina football player) – Find out who makes up Facebook’s top 10 sports people of 2015, as ranked by post mentions, by clicking the arrow above 6. Tom Brady (New England Patriots American football quarterback) 4. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina football player) Facebook have named the biggest sporting stars on their social media network for 2015.From Barcelona’s clinching of the treble at the end of last season to Ronda Rousey’s shock defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last month, this year has been another spectacular 12 months of sport.And Facebook have released the top 10 most popular sportsmen and sportswomen, according to how frequently an athete’s name was mentioned in a post in 2015.Take a look at the list by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 9. Serena Williams (American professional tennis player, currently ranked women’s singles no.1) – Serena Williams is passionate on the court 10 10 10 7. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors basketball player) 10 10 10center_img 5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal football player) 10 10 8. LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player) Manny Pacquiao takes on Keith Thurman 10 getty 3. Ronda Rousey (UFC fighter) 10 1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (American retired professional boxer)last_img read more

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Jordan Henderson expects Jurgen Klopp to bring summer reinforcements to Liverpool

first_img1 Jordan Henderson Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson expects manager Jurgen Klopp to bring in reinforcements this summer but believes the current squad can prove they are good enough.Klopp has already made one signing – Serbian teenager Marko Grujic who will join for pre-season having gone back on loan to Red Star Belgrade – and there are expected to be several more new additions.When the German took over in October he told owners Fenway Sports Group he believed the squad was good enough for him to work with immediately with no major changes but on the evidence of performances so far he will want to bring in his own players.He is trying to tie up a deal for Schalke’s Cameroon centre-back Joel Matip, who is available on a free transfer come the end of the season, but the squad will need a major overhaul in all departments.That effectively leaves players playing for their futures. Midfielder Joe Allen admitted as much earlier this month as he has struggled for pitch time, and Henderson accepts the only way to convince their manager is to start winning more often.Since Klopp took over in mid-October Liverpool have won back-to-back league matches just twice and taken 19 points from 14 matches but a failure to score and mistakes at the back have cost them dearly.They are the primary areas Klopp needs to improve but Liverpool’s captain is hopeful the existing squad can make a case for themselves.“Football teams will always look to strengthen, always look to improve, but us as players we just have to give everything for now and try to win as many games, put in as many performances as possible,” he said.“I really believe we have a good squad of players but we need to be winning.“The way that we played and the chances that we had (against Manchester United) we need to be winning the game but we never did.“We need to be better in certain areas but we need to keep going right until the end of the season and see where we are.”last_img read more

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Offering carrots to Iran carries a heavy price

first_imgAbbas Khorsandi has a dream of democracy. In 2004, the economics professor in the Iranian town of Firouzkouh was arrested for helping form the Democratic Party of Iran, along with five other activists located in different cities around the country. Khorsandi was tortured and warned to stop his democracy activism, and was released on bail a few months later after suffering a heart attack. On Sept. 17, the 50-year-old with two small children was arrested again, taken to the notorious Ward 209 of Evin Prison, where it is believed that those who go in stand a much slimmer chance of coming out alive. Charged with taking action against the security of the government and establishing an illegal organization (political party), Khorsandi has been allowed no legal representation and his wife, who has been told to stop coming to the courthouse to inquire about her husband, has only received information about him through another inmate, a human-rights activist who received a five-minute trial with no representation. Khorsandi’s situation, we’re told, is “grave,” and the only way to save the life of a man with no trial date and whose case is shrouded in morbid silence is to “make noise.” This isn’t even just about Obama, whose chances for grasping the Democratic nomination are slim but who can still influence the foreign policy of a ticket as a running mate. He’s offering these “strategies” because they have an audience here in the U.S., where an isolationist like Ron Paul gets a cult-like following and the phrase “avoidance of war at any cost” more accurately describes the anti-war crowd. It’s about a dangerous ignorance of international ideologies, loyalties, attitudes, extremist movements and the revolutionaries who risk their lives to oppose them. A recent Gallup Poll had 35 percent of Americans surveyed appropriately opining that Iran was the greatest threat to global stability, putting the Islamic regime at the top of the list. Yet 57 percent of all polled didn’t even know enough about economic sanctions against Iran to give an opinion on the tactic. The poll also had more Americans calling the United States the greatest world threat than nuclear-armed, terrorist-infested, state-of-emergency Pakistan. Obama and others play off the fallacious refrain that those exercising steadfast opposition to the mullahs’ regime are just trying to start new conflicts with a Napoleonic warlust. Yet war is often called a “necessary evil” for a reason. Few want the retaliatory fury of a spurned mullahocracy unleashing its “nuclear energy” program on Mideast neighbors. Those with their eyes open know that Ayatollah Khameini’s clan would welcome mass civilian deaths with open arms, even purposely putting women and children (and those elusive gays!) in harm’s way – having seen in Iraq how precision wartime operations can be spun in the P.R. machine to turn Europeans and Americans against their governments. When it comes down to it, it’s more than just about us. It’s about more than Democratic Party debates. It’s about people like the fledgling Democratic Party of Iran, Abbas Khorsandi, and the other founders arrested across Iran on Sept. 17: Sehpideh Pour-aqayee, Meisam Roodaki, Quasem Shirzadian, Bahrom Rasekhisar and Mansour Fraji. It is, Sen. Obama, a matter of human rights vs. torture, freedom vs. oppression, and life vs. death. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at E-mail her at [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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Iran has been on the lips of a bigger and richer Democratic Party, the one here in the U.S. Sen. Barack Obama last week expressed his eagerness to meet directly with Iranian leaders to “engage in aggressive personal diplomacy.” “We are willing to talk about certain assurances in the context of them showing some good faith,” Obama told The New York Times. “I think it is important for us to send a signal that we are not hellbent on regime change, just for the sake of regime change, but expect changes in behavior. “There are both carrots and there are sticks available to them for those changes in behavior,” he said. These bribes could include membership in the World Trade Organization and backing off any aims of “regime change” – in other words, hanging the Khorsandis out to dry. Would Obama, swiftly becoming the master of confounding foreign policy, have the campfire singalong with Iran before or after he attacks Pakistan? And why, after all the regime has done, would anyone trust the Islamic Republic to not smile sweetly, accept Obama’s carrot, talk pretty, then whack America over the head with the stick? last_img read more

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Southland’s federal funds at risk

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“He’s trying to overcome a six-year legacy of borrowing money, and I think he’s finding it difficult to have credibility on the issue.” While Bush signed off on a $460 billion defense bill, he vetoed a $150 billion bill funding the Labor and Health and Human Services departments. And he also has set the stage for rejecting a $105.6 billion transportation bill that exceeds his budget by $2.3 billion. But the two measures alone include more than $36 million for pet projects in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Chief among them: $2.3 million that Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, obtained for Needles Highway improvements; $1 million that Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, secured for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority; and more than $500,000 that Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, got for the Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has placed himself squarely between the Southland and millions of dollars for transportation and social services, blocking two appropriations bills in an attempt to rein in spending. Congress is gearing up for a battle, with House Republicans upholding presidential vetoes and Democrats accusing their GOP counterparts of ignoring the poor while suddenly rediscovering fiscal conservatism. But caught in the middle are dozens of Southern California legislators’ pet projects – known as earmarks – for everything from roads and hospitals to job-training programs, museums and after-school groups. “I think the president has decided that politically, it’s better digging his heels in,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who is on the House Appropriations Committee. Still, every Southland Republican has backed Bush’s veto of the bills, despite the possibility of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own districts. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is among them. The congressman’s vote against the bills may mean forfeiting about $750,000 he secured for museum and hospital transportation programs, but McKeon said he can’t support rampant overspending. The Labor/HHS measure alone busts Bush’s budget by nearly $10 billion. “A billion dollars is a lot of money, and I think it’s about time we start thinking about it here,” McKeon said. But when Republicans were in the majority, McKeon and his GOP colleagues routinely voted for bloated spending bills, and Bush signed every one of them. For example, the 2005 Labor/HHS measure – the last time the House passed that appropriation – was $3.7 billion over Bush’s request. Asked what makes him more fiscally steadfast this year, McKeon smiled and noted that Democrats made unchecked spending a winning issue in the 2006 campaigns. “We finally learned our lesson,” he said. “I think the president learned, too. I thought the Democrats learned, but it looks like they didn’t.” Not that Republicans are getting the kind of cash they used to reap for pet projects. In previous years, GOP lawmakers like Dreier and Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, would issue press releases announcing $14 million worth of funding in a single bill. Now – according to a compilation of funded earmarks created by the Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense – the average Southland Republican brought home a total of $1.5 million from the 10 House-passed spending bills. But things are very different for Democrats, who for the first time in years are funding with ease projects that they had to fight for under GOP control. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, for example, secured a total of $14 million – including $3 million for Cedars Sinai Medical Center. For his part, Berman obtained $10.4 million, including money for the San Fernando Valley Family Center; and Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, brought in $9 million, including money for gang prevention in Van Nuys and the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. And few have discovered the privileges of membership in the House Appropriations Committee as much as Schiff. In his first year on the funding panel, the Pasadena congressman brought home $9.7 million for projects in his district and helped secure another $1.9 million with other lawmakers for regional programs. They range from $1 million for California’s gang-reduction program to $350,000 for Glendale Adventist Medical Center for facilities and equipment. Some, he said, are projects that for years he was unable to fund while the House was under GOP control. “It’s nice to be able to help them,” he said. Not every Democrat is awash in funding, however. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, brought in about $1.6 million from solo requests for funding and another $2.4 million from joint requests with other lawmakers. Similarly, Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, secured $1.6 million for her district and another $5.7 million in joint projects. Steven Ellis, vice president of the taxpayer group, said that’s because – despite GOP contentions of vastly overstuffed spending bills – Democrats actually are funding slightly fewer pet projects. “There are fewer earmarks,” Ellis said. “I’m not na ve enough to think that everything was going to change overnight. “It’s really easy to pack on the pounds, but now it’s time to work out and cut some calories and cut some fat.” The Southland lawmaker who most breaks the mold is Lewis, who secured about $126 million for local projects – more than even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who secured a total of $81 million for California. “That’s not right. You had better check your information,” Lewis said, when asked how he, now in the minority party and no longer chairman of the powerful spending committee, managed to secure so much. Yet a close examination of the earmarks – which for the first time now under House rules must be made public along with the lawmaker requesting the money – shows that Lewis is indeed the Southland’s big moneymaker. Not only did he bring in more than Pelosi, he is among the top three pork-bearers in the entire House. Only Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., and Bill Young, R-Fla., brought home more money.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

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first_imgONE of Donegal’s most famous music pubs is up for sale.The quaint 19th century Bonnar’Bonnar’s is well-known for great music and foods Bar in Mullaghduff went on the market at the weekend. Located near Donegal airport at Carrickfin, the original bar dates back to 1876.A spokesman for Property Partners in Letterkenny told “It is a tremendous pub with a warm and inviting atmosphere.“It has been renovated throughout but has still retained its old word atmosphere. We are expecting a great deal of interest in this particular pub because of its reputation as a great traditional music pub as well as good quality food.”The pub comes with its own self-contained living quarters with five bedrooms, two of them ensuite. It’s understood there have already been a number of enquiries.One regular at the premises told us last night: “It’s a great wee country pub. If I had the money I’d buy it myself. There’s just something very special about the place and it’s hard to say that about many pubs these days.”Further details are on propertypartners.ieTOP TRAD PUB UP FOR SALE was last modified: November 29th, 2010 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)last_img read more