Mourinho still the right man for Chelsea, claims former Blues midfielder

first_imgJose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world and will turn things around at Chelsea, Joe Cole has told talkSPORT.The champions have made a stuttering start to the campaign, having taken just eight points from their opening seven league games.But former Chelsea midfielder Cole, who enjoyed three successful seasons under Mourinho during the Portuguese’s first spell at Stamford Bridge, still thinks the Blues are the team to beat in this season’s title race.“Without a doubt he’s the man, he’s one of the best, if not the best gaffers in world football,” Cole told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It’s a tough time for Chelsea and it’s hard to put your finger on why they haven’t started as well as last year. But they will be there or thereabouts.”Mourinho has left out skipper John Terry for four of the club’s previous five games, raising questions about the defender’s ability to compete at the top level.But Cole insists his former team-mate still has a major role to play at Chelsea.“With John at this stage of his career, he’s been a credit with how he’s conducted himself having been left out,” said Cole.“He wants Chelsea to win before he wants John Terry to play well. That’s the man’s character. He’ll be chomping at the bit and will be training hard. Everyone’s made a lot of him being left out but John’s 34, nearly 35. He could realistically play as long as Giggsy but he might need to drop in and drop out.“He’s going to have a massive influence and will still be the leader in that dressing room. He’ll come back and he was the best defender in the country last season.”last_img read more

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No cure for traffic whoas?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City2.9 billion gallons of fuel, and $78 billion. Which is about three times worse than it was in 1982, when these reports started. But those are just the hard numbers. Lost time, mental strain How do you measure the emotional strain of sitting there, helplessly pounding the steering wheel, watching your life waste away in a bizarre pile of steel and exhaust, with nothing even worth listening to on the radio (just commercial after commercial telling us about all the great sales events we need to drive to)? Then add in the time lost to recovering from the excruciating commute, all the hostility that now needs to be defused (or taken out on somebody), and, of course, the heart attacks (according to the New England Journal of Medicine, being stuck in a traffic jam more than doubles the risk of a heart attack in the ensuing hour), and you begin to wonder: So this is what all our prosperity has brought us, then? More three-car pileups? Choking on our own affluence, are we? In many ways, our modern traffic dilemma is a perfect triumph of individual rationality over collective rationality. Sure, many of us in urban areas could take public transportation to work, but the bus doesn’t come that often, and it takes longer, and worse, you are then stuck sitting with the great unwashed masses. To relinquish the car is to relinquish control, freedom and all those other cherished values that made this country great. Of course, if everybody took the bus, the buses would run more often, and be nicer, and get there faster (because there would be less car traffic). But who goes first? What of the other solutions? Carpooling? Four out of five commuters now go it alone, up from three out of four just a few years ago. Who can spare the time it takes to pick up an extra person? And besides, who wants to give up that valuable alone time? Telecommuting? Never became acceptable. Living closer to work? Great if you can afford to live somewhere nice downtown, but what about the schools, and the peace and quiet? What if your spouse works somewhere else? Shopping locally? But can you really get everything you’ve come to expect, and all the best deals? So it goes. We know what we should be doing but pity the local politician who tells people how to live their lives and punishes them with heavy fines if they don’t comply. After all, what could be worse than sitting in traffic? Why, having the mayor suddenly tell you that if you want to drive into the city by yourself during peak traffic time, well, that will be $100, please. Need for leadership And yet, how else will this traffic problem solve itself without some courage on behalf of our public leaders? The incentives are all misaligned. Even if the traffic is bad, the other options are still worse for most people. So slap on some congestion pricing, as Michael Bloomberg is proposing to do in New York City. Use that money to improve public transportation, and to subsidize urban redevelopment so more people can afford to live closer to work. But pity the politician. This does not happen overnight. But the situation we are in did not happen overnight, either. Sixty years ago, federal lending policies encouraged mass suburbanization by basically making financing a home in an urban area untenable. And all that wonderful propaganda about the American dream on half-acre lots. ? So, here is the consequence: suburban snarl. And what comes of global competitiveness, when we can’t even get to work without getting an ulcer anymore? Maybe we ought to try this for global competitiveness: Maybe someday soon, Los Angeles can compete with Lagos, Nigeria, for the most congested city in the world. Lee Drutman, the co-author of The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy, wrote this column for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island and Scripps Howard News Service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Lee Drutman One of these days (and it will surely be soon), a major American metropolitan city will come to a screeching halt during rush hour. There will simply be too many cars, trying to get too many places, all at once, and too little pavement to accommodate all this automotive ambition. Such is the logical conclusion of all the trends. Recently, the Texas Transportation Institute released its annual Urban Mobility Report. The short of it is this: Congestion just keeps getting worse. More people are spending more time in traffic than ever before, across more cities. In the 437 U.S. urban areas, the average individual traveler loses 38 hours a year to congestion – and 26 gallons of gasoline. Nationwide, that is 4.2 billion hours, and last_img read more

Learning about batterers

first_imgMONROVIA – Jim Howell recalled knocking down his former wife, Judi Noble, and kicking her in the stomach as hard as he could. “She was pregnant with our son at the time,” he said, chocking up as he recounted the 30-year-old memory to about 90 students at Canyon Oaks High School, a continuation school in Monrovia. The ex-couple turned back time to the beginnings of their relationship and marriage in a presentation this week that vividly brought home the dangers of abuse and the consequences of domestic violence. Canyon Oaks teacher Cyndie Mullvain, who arranged for the two to speak to students, said their stark talk illustrated how abusive relations can escalate in levels of violence. Teens in relationships often do not equate possessiveness and excessive jealously with abuse, Mullvain added. “They don’t realize this is abusive behavior, and that later on it can lead to greater abusive behavior,” she said. Noble and Howell now work for Eagle’s Wings Ministries in Upland, which Noble founded as a nonprofit organization to help battered women and reconcile families torn by domestic abuse. Their presentation coincided with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. First observed in October 1987, it is the brainchild of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Noble said she was 13 when she entered her first abusive relationship. Both her parents drank, were emotionally detached from their children, and the 16-year-old boy she met gave her the attention she craved. “I was really looking for a dad, someone to protect me,” she said. But her boyfriend also prevented her from seeing her friends. He was jealous, constantly made false accusations against her and verbally abused her. “Physical abuse scars the body, but verbal abuse scars the heart,” she said. “I thought I was in love. He made me feel valuable; he gave me self-worth. But it was false. It would never have lasted. Remember, love does not harm.” She and Howell met in high school, but that relationship, too, became abusive. “I can’t put into words how it felt when I hit the woman I loved,” Howell said. “There are no words to describe it. My self-condemnation got bigger and bigger.” When Noble went out with her friends and didn’t return at the time she said she would, Howell would grow “extremely angry, and that anger would turn into rage.” “I always felt she could find someone better than me, that if she looked around, she would,” he said. At age 32, Howell remarried, but his abusiveness continued. One day, he got angry at his new wife while she was holding their infant daughter in her arms. He threw a coffee cup, which smashed against a wall, and a fragment cut his daughter’s cheek. “I thought `This is not acceptable anymore,”‘ he recalled. He left them, he said, and while he regrets that decision to this day, he believes it was a better choice than subjecting them to possibly escalating violence. Student Sandae Hall, 19, of Monrovia said the talk by people who have been there helped her better understand her own relationship. “I was in one,” said Hall. “It was like mental, emotional abuse, and I got out of it. We got into a fight one night, and I actually ended up pulling a knife out. So I knew I had to get out from that.” For more information on Eagle’s Wings, call (877) 356-7233. The toll-free National Domestic Violence hot line is (800) 799-SAFE (7233). [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

It shouldn’t happen to anyone, but it’s harder to take with someone like `Mom’

first_imgIn seventh grade I wrote a sports page parody of our school’s athletic teams as part of a class assignment. And it was Helen who took this jokey effort up and praised me not so much for its content but for what she called my potential. This was not a word heard much in the home where I grew up, a loving home certainly but a place where I was mostly told to stop wasting my time reading books. Helen bought me a dictionary, one that I still own. It’s inscribed, “To a great future writer. Use this and you’ll be even greater.” It was true. I couldn’t spell then and I’m only marginally better now. “Like Faulkner,” she once pointed out. Like Faulkner? Was she talking about me? After high school, Helen moved to Italy and married an Italian, a wonderful man named Emilio, and together they shared a huge apartment not far from the Forum. I showed up there in my mid-20s driving a decrepit Austin Mini with a girlfriend in tow. At her insistence we ended up living just below them in an apartment they were watching for an artist friend. Like everything she did, it was all so effortless. She was happy to have adopted children under her roof. We kept in touch over the years. She and Emilio left Rome and moved to Washington to be close to her sons. We called, they’d visit and she’d come bearing inscribed art books for my daughters, novels for me and storybooks for our young son. Then two years ago, after not hearing from her for some months, I called. It was a cold Sunday and I was sitting in my backyard under gray skies. Crows cawed overhead as we talked, Helen and I. She said that she was about to take “one last trip to Italy.” When I questioned her choice of words, she said that she wasn’t getting any younger. Then, out of nowhere she said, “You know, I always thought of you as my son.” “Funny,” I laughed, “I always thought of you as my mother.” When I finally re-established contact with her last week through another friend, it was after finding out about her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. “Do you know who this is?” I asked. “John, my boy!” she said, sounding young again and happy. “Tell me, did you ever get married?” That’s how this disease works. The brain moves ahead on its normal track until it hits a gap like a missing trestle. Eventually, those gaps become wider and deeper until that’s all there is. “Yes,” I said. “I married and had three children.” “Are they as sweet and handsome as you?” she asked, my heart breaking. “They’re much better than me,” I said, before coming back to the moment. She was making a quilt, only she couldn’t remember who for. She was feeling fantastic, D.C. looked lovely and did I ever get a newspaper job? Yes, I had and partly because of her and because of how she gently but relentlessly pushed me to write, the one thing that seemed clearly impossible to a son of immigrants. And she did it with grace and style, like a countess in the pictures. Obviously tiring, she said, “Goodbye, son.” Goodbye, Mom. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at [email protected], call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre If we’re very lucky, and I was, we meet someone like her. She was the first person to treat me like an adult, the first adult to value my opinions, the person who explained to me the works of Calder and Picasso, a woman who showered me with books and later – during a shaky moment in my life – welcomed me in off the street. I met Helen just after meeting her son, David, during the first week of seventh grade. I did some calculating and figured that she couldn’t have been more than 34 at the time. This was the early 1960s, a time when being a divorced mother of three was rare enough. Being a divorced, college-educated women with a career as a newspaper photographer put her so far ahead of her time she was out of time, operating in a dimension of her own creation. On top of that Helen was tall, slender and perfect, a Jackie Kennedy sort who had traveled the world on jets. She was also my dream mom, the one person who saw in me all the things that I couldn’t. There was a vast generosity in her coupled with upper-class cool. Her book-filled house with the art on the walls and Nikon cameras spread casually across the Italian modern furniture was a cultural oasis. Her own sons, smart kids all, might have preferred a more conventional mom. But not me. I had a conventional mom. By comparison, she was a movie star with a penchant for taking to dinner any stray that happened to be hanging out listening to her jazz records. Five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, which doesn’t seem like such a lot in a nation of 300million. But why does this disease, which reveals itself in another person every 72 seconds and costs billions a year to treat, seem to strike nearly every family that I know? That’s anecdotal information, of course. What does it matter how many people I know with a disease that allows bodies to live while erasing all memory? Hanging in his Simi Valley library is President Reagan’s farewell letter to America. A shaky missive penned with full knowledge of the darkness about to engulf him, it strikes the most identifiably human note in a place filled with mementoes of vast power. Which brings me to my friend Helen. last_img read more

MCELHINNEYS WIN PRESTIGIOUS eCOMMERCE WEBSITE OF THE YEAR AWARD

first_imgMcElhinneys management and staff celebrate winning the e-commerce website of the year at the Retail Excellence Awards in Galway.Retail Excellence Ireland announced McElhinneys Department Store, the award for eCommerce Website of the Year 2015 for www.mcelhinneys.com. Launched in November 2012, McElhinneys are leading the way digitally with their progressive and seamless approach to online.The website gives users an opportunity to shop the great product selection whilst delivering the exceptional customer service, which we have all come love from the family owned store. Collecting the award, Marketing and eCommerce Manager, Roisin Woods told Donegal Daily, “We are all ecstatic to have won this award, we have immersed ourselves completely over the last few years in designing, developing and growing both websites, www.mcelhinneys.com and www.mcelhinneysbridalrooms.com.The judging process was very intensive, with the judges looking at every aspect of our digital strategy, so winning this award is a real testament to everyone’s hard work.Since going online it has been the most amazing journey from winning Best Bridal Website in 2013 and representing Ireland at the European eCommerce awards in Barcelona back in June.David Fitzsimons, CEO, said, “These retailers represent all that is best in the Retail Industry in Ireland. “They have shown a consistent commitment to excellence in meeting and exceeding customer expectations in terms of service and product quality.“To be recognized as the best amongst their peers is an incredible testament to the hard work that they have put in throughout 2014.”As one of Irelands leading retailers, McElhinneys with www.mcelhinneys.com constantly recognises the need to meet customers’ needs and exceptions with next day delivery.Free delivery on orders over €49.95, free returns, next day delivery and click and collect service to mention only a few.This year alone, they have shipped to over 57 different countries proving that McElhinneys is a global brand. The foundation and backbone on which McElhinneys was built and continues to grow all focuses around John McElhinneys passion for retail and need to continue to be relevant in an ever changing retail environment.Winning Drapers Best Independent Department Store in the UK and Ireland back in September and now with this latest award proves that McElhinneys are a true multi-channel retailer.MCELHINNEYS WIN PRESTIGIOUS eCOMMERCE WEBSITE OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardsBusinessE-CommerceMCELHINNEYSnewsRETAIL EXCELLENCE IRELANDWEBSITElast_img read more

West Ham ‘close’ to signing Valencia ace, confirms Slaven Bilic

first_imgSlaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham are on the verge of completing the signing of Valencia ace Antonio Martinez.talkSPORT told you yesterday the Hammers were in talks with the Spanish side for the 18-year-old forward, who can play up front and on the wing, and now it appears a deal is close to being completed.Martinez is likely to join up with the club’s second string from the start of next season and Bilic praised his academy staff for spotting the talented forward.“With Martinez we are quite close,” said Bilic.“Terry Westley from the under-21s has done a tremendous job if we finish it.“We are quite close to getting one of the brightest talents from Valencia.” Bilic says West Ham are close to landing Spanish starlet Antonio Martinez 1last_img

Everton ‘won’t be distracted’ by Chelsea and Man United interest in Lukaku

Insider Trading: Update on Payet’s future, as West Brom want Berahino to stay

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Warren provides an update on Dimitri Payet’s West Ham future, as Real Madrid end their interest in the star playmaker – although Slaven Bilic still fears losing him.There is also the latest on Saido Berahino, as a host of Premier League clubs continue to track the West Brom striker. Stoke want to bring him to the Britannia Stadium, but Warren reveals the Baggies have made moves to keep him at the Hawthorns.Three young English talents are also in the news, with Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe and Leeds United’s Lewis Cook both on the verge of completing moves to Bournemouth, while Arsenal and Sunderland are pushing to sign Bolton defender Rob Holding.Here are some of the latest transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen says £17m Tottenham move is ‘almost complete’West Ham table bid for Besiktas midfielder Atiba HutchinsonChelsea £25m for Brazilian teenager Gabriel Barbosa rejected by SantosArsenal in talks with Lille for £12m defender Djibril SidibeMiddlesbrough to offer former Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo Premier League returnArsenal FC transfer report: Gunners on alert as Barcelona consider Arda Turan saleTransfer report: Everton and Tottenham told to forget about luring Marseille starlet Georges-Kevin N’Koudou away this summerTransfer report: Crystal Palace face missing out on Davide Santon as Sunderland make movelast_img read more