Month: December 2019

Chelsea 2-0 Porto: Willian shines again as Blues cruise into the Champions League round of 16

first_imgChelsea provided manager Jose Mourinho a stay of execution as they ran out convincing winners against Porto to finish as Group G winners.Ivan Marcano scored an own goal after good work from Diego Costa in the first half to get the Blues on their way at Stamford Bridge.Willian bagged the second to wrap up the victory midway through the second half as Chelsea cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League.However, Porto, who began the evening at the top of Group G, will be playing their European football on Thursday nights in the Europa League after Dynamo Kiev beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-0.Costa began with his usual fired up look and despite that usually meaning he is looking for a fight, he managed to channel it into a goal after only 12 minutes of the game.The Spaniard raced clear of the Porto defence before firing at Iker Casillas, whose save rebounded against the unfortunate Marcano before making its way to the goal.Maicon thought he had managed to retreat quickly enough to clear the ball before it crossed the line but the goal was (correctly) given by the official behind the goal.However, Costa showed his other side a few minutes later when he deliberately tripped up Casillias before immediately apologising, almost as if subconsciously looking to pick a fight.Oscar nearly doubled the lead midway through the half after a lovely move involving Costa and Willian, but the Brazilian’s shot was deflected inches wide of the upright.Seven minutes into the second half and Willian, arguably the only positive from a so-far dismal season for the Blues, doubled the lead.Costa squared the ball to Hazard, who in turn slipped in Willian before the Brazilian slammed home a low shot inside the near post.Porto finally kicked into gear and began to press, as the realisation that they were about to be eliminated from the Champions League kicked in.And they would have got a certain goal if not for Branislav Ivanovic using his head to deflect Yacine Brahimi’s shot just wide.Costa fluffed his chance to get a third and end the match as a contest but he dithered for long enough to allow Danilo to get back and recover.But it didn’t matter as Chelsea stayed in the competition – something which will relieve some of the pressure on Mourinho’s shoulders. Willian 1last_img read more

Drug makers recall cold meds for kids

first_imgHowever, industry critics challenged this statement. “When it comes to children under age two there are no recommended doses on these products so it’s not reasonable to claim they are safe and effective when used as directed,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore’s health commissioner. Because weight is a major factor in determining dosage, the wide variances among babies and toddlers can cause problems in determining the proper amount of medication to give, said Dr. Christopher Tolcher, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Over the years, children have died due to overuse and multiple combinations of these cough and cold meds,” said Tolcher, a pediatrician at Encino-Tarzana Hospital.The FDA is reviewing the safety of cold medicines at the request Sharfstein and other Baltimore city officials, who reported 900 Maryland children under four overdosed on the products in 2004. Shares of Johnson and Johnson rose 22 cents to $66.05 while shares of Wyeth fell 12 cents to $46.03. Shares of Novartis AG dipped one cent to $54.22 and Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. fell 6 cents to $11.10.160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLate last month, the Food and Drug Administration tentatively recommended adding the words “do not use in children under 2 years” to product labeling. Current labeling directs parents to consult a doctor before administering the drugs to infants and toddlers. Government scientists also said there is little evidence that cold medicines actually work in younger children. FDA will formally consider revising labeling at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 18-19. After reviewing reports of side effects over the last four decades, FDA found 54 child fatalities from over-the-counter decongestant medicines. The agency found 69 reports of children’s deaths connected with antihistamines, which are used to treat runny noses. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents drug makers, said it will conduct a multiyear campaign to educate parents and physicians on safe use of cold medicines. The trade group stressed in a statement that the “medicines are, and have always been, safe at recommended doses.” Drug makers today voluntarily pulled kids’ cold medicines off the market less than two weeks after the government warned of potential health risks to infants. Products aimed at children under the age of 2 are being removed from store shelves due to “rare instantances of misuse” that could lead to accidental overdose, a trade group that represents over-the-counter drug makers said. Cold medicines being withdrawn include: Johnson & Johnson Pediacare Infant Drops and Tylenol Concentrated Infants Drops, Wyeth’s Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops, Novartis’ Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips and Prestige Brands Holdings’ Little Colds Decongestant Plus Cough. CVS Caremark Corp. said today it would remove the affected products as well as CVS-brand equivalents from store shelves. last_img read more

BofA cuts out wholesale loans

first_img“When Ken talks about a top-to-bottom review in five days time, you can’t make that happen. These cuts were in the works, and expect more,” said Tony Plath, an associate professor of finance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “Don’t underestimate the depth of Lewis’ disappointment in earnings. This guy is pissed.” Bank of America employees in several consumer real estate locations – including Dallas, Richmond, Va., and Brea and Rancho Cordova – will have the opportunity to apply for open positions within the company, bank spokesman Terry Francisco said. The bank started informing affected employees Thursday. Bank of America’s consumer real estate division employs about 13,000 people and it works with about 7,000 independent brokers. “While we are extremely proud of our strong track record in the wholesale business, we believe our long-term opportunity lies in maximizing our more competitive retail channels,” said Floyd Robinson, Bank of America’s president of consumer real estate and insurance services in a statement. A manifestation of that retail strategy, especially during a downturn in the U.S. mortgage market, has been the development and successful execution of its national “no-fee” mortgage program. The nation’s financial institutions have been squeezed as a credit-crunch and defaults in subprime loans have caused investors to become hesitant about taking risks. Dozens of home lenders halted operations this year and are being slammed as housing prices slide. An increase in defaults have forced banks to tighten lending standards. Bank of America’s product, introduced in May, does away with the collection of borrower, lender and third-party fees that typically add a few thousand dollars to the price of buying a home. That product has produced more than $50 billion in application volume in the past six months, according to the bank. Such a product, has enabled Bank of America to “gain critical market share,” Robinson said. In the third-quarter, Bank of America’s overall first mortgage-funded production increased 27 percent when compared with the same period last year. Driving that overall increase was a 60 percent spike in funded mortgage originations through banking centers and a 26 percent increase in funded originations by mortgage loan officers, the company said. “Ken says he likes the retail business, he likes getting to know customers, underwriting, and managing his risk,” said Plath, the university professor. “He just doesn’t like the securitization and servicing sides of the business.” He may not like it, but he is willing to form an alliance and help it. In August, Bank of America invested $2 billion in Countrywide Financial Corp. – the biggest U.S. home lender – when the Calabasas-based company was running short of cash. Countrywide is among the dozens of mortgage lenders that have battled a spike in mortgage defaults and foreclosures, especially in subprime loans – those made to borrowers with weak credit. Those specific problems haven’t extended to Bank of America, which exited the subprime lending market in 2001 when Lewis took over as CEO. The bank called it a business that had “become unattractive from a risk-reward standpoint.” In recent months, Lewis has pushed his bank to improve its market share of prime mortgages, or those offered to borrowers with a solid credit history, and industry experts believe it’s a market the bank has yet to fully tap. As of Sept. 30, Bank of America held a residential mortgage portfolio of $274 billion and has a stated aim of doubling its 5 percent share of the direct-to-consumer mortgages in the next three years. As the nation’s largest retail bank, Bank of America offers several ways for customers to apply for mortgages. The bank has 10,000 personal bankers in nearly 6,000 banking centers nationwide, and 2,200 mortgage loan officers serving 33 states and the District of Columbia, along with a phone channel known as LoanLine, and its Web site. “We see a lot of opportunities in growing our retail business,” Francisco said. “By exiting wholesale mortgage we are putting our full focus in one area, not splitting it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The nation’s second-largest bank will stop offering home mortgages through brokers by Dec. 31 to focus on direct-to- consumer lending through its banking centers and loan officers. The move also eliminates the jobs in the bank’s consumer real estate unit. The bank shared details of the decision with The Associated Press before its public announcement scheduled for today. The cuts are part of a 3,000-job reduction engineered by CEO Ken Lewis after the nation’s second-largest bank reported a huge decline in third-quarter earnings. MORTGAGES: About 700 employees will lose their jobs. By Ieva M. Augstums THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In addition to scaling back its investment banking operations, Bank of America Corp. is exiting the wholesale mortgage business and eliminating about 700 jobs, bank officials said Thursday. last_img read more

Don’t sentence teens to a lifetime in jail

first_imgTeenagers serving life sentences without the possibility of parole have been condemned to die in prison. It’s a death sentence without an executioner, it’s perilously close to cruel and usual punishment, and it simply shouldn’t be allowed. ? A report issued (earlier this month) by the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative found that nationally, more than 2,225 juveniles, age 17 and younger, have received life without parole sentences. Of those, 73 were 13 or 14 – children by almost any measure – when they committed their crimes. ? Juveniles are barred from buying cigarettes or beer; they can’t enlist in the military and aren’t supposed to watch R-rated movies unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. And yet when they commit a serious crime, it’s as if they have morphed into adults for purposes of their punishment. ? The Supreme Court recognized all these differences when it barred the execution of juveniles, no matter the crime. But a mandatory life sentence without possibility of parole is just as fatal in its way, and should be prohibited for the same reasons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. – The Sun (Baltimore) last_img read more

Conflict inquiry trips up LAX bid

first_imgAIRPORT: Former city consultant and executive’s role in contract proposal is reportedly the subject of questioning. By Beth Barrett Staff Writer A San Francisco company bidding for work on a planned LAX parking facility has withdrawn amid questions of a potential conflict of interest between the firm and former airport executive director Lydia Kennard, the Daily News, a sister paper of the Daily Breeze, has learned. A URS spokesman said the company withdrew as a subcontractor on the LAX project “at the request of the primary contractor,” but insisted there was no conflict. “URS continues to believe there is absolutely no conflict of interest, that the law supports our view and the company has complied with all applicable statutes and guidelines.” The spokesman said the company is continuing to pursue a number of other contracts in the region, including a Palmdale airport project. The LA/Palmdale Regional Airport is run by Los Angeles World Airports, which also operates LAX. Kennard said she became a consultant for the city in early March and as such no longer was a public official. She also said she was not involved in any discussions about URS contracts or bidding. “It’s a huge stretch to suggest an implied conflict of interest,” Kennard said. She emphasized that talks with URS about a board appointment did not begin until after she resigned as Los Angeles World Airports’ executive director in late January. Kennard served two stints as LAWA’s executive director: from August 1999 to November 2003; and again from October 2005 through January. Kennard said the international company was careful to keep a “firewall” between her and any jobs it was doing in Los Angeles. She said the multibillion-dollar company with 30,000 employees around the world hired an outside counsel who reviewed the issue and concluded there was no conflict. Kennard said once the decision was made to drop out of the contract, there was no point in disclosing to the city the private decision-making information over her board appointment. Kennard was awarded the city consulting contract March 5, and had been paid about $53,000 with an additional $9,000 pending when she suspended it July 31, according to LAWA records. She gave up the consulting contract July 31, one day before being appointed to the URS board. In a July 31 letter announcing her decision to airport executives, Kennard said she was suspending her contract with LAWA “in an abundance of caution.” “Even though there is no apparent legal conflict with dual roles; I would never want there to be any perception of a conflict of interest in either role,” Kennard wrote. In the letter, she said she had sought advice from the city’s Ethics Commission and URS attorneys. The incident is the latest involving URS, which at one time was a primary contractor overseeing the LAX Master Plan, with contracts worth at least $22.4 million. URS is no longer involved in that contract. In late 2003, URS was at the center of controversy amid possible “pay to play” allegations when the District Attorney’s Office opened an inquiry into possible wrongdoing by Airport Commission members, including President Ted Stein, in the awarding of contracts for then-Mayor James Hahn’s $9.1 billion LAX modernization. The inquiry arose after the Los Angeles Business Journal reportedly found evidence that Stein sought political contributions from contractors, in one case tying the contract to a contribution to Hahn’s campaign against San Fernando Valley secession efforts. Stein ultimately stepped down from the commission, denying any wrongdoing. Although the District Attorney’s Office conducted a preliminary inquiry, no charges were brought. Kennard said that despite believing there was no conflict of interest, URS decided to drop the LAX project to avoid any potential negative publicity. “They don’t like their names in the paper in a negative way,” she said. “This is so ironic. The discussion was whether or not they should continue to fight the matter, and it wasn’t worth (it) to their reputation over not a lot of money. “It’s not worth the aggravation.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kennard was a city consultant to Los Angeles International Airport when URS Corp. was talking with her about joining its board – which she did one day after leaving LAX. Rather than answer questions about that relationship, the global engineering design firm pulled its bid as a subcontractor. “Questions were raised about a potential conflict of interest, and URS was asked to provide information on their dealings with Ms. Kennard. They chose to walk rather than resolve those questions,” a city official said. Sources said officials questioned whether Kennard – as a city consultant working on airport business – was in a position to enrich the company as a member of its board of directors. Kennard was a city airports consultant from early March to July 31. On Aug. 1, she was appointed to the board of URS. Kennard said nothing improper was done and that the conflict of interest questions raised by the City Attorney’s Office were disputed by the company. last_img read more

Repetto students `Live Like a Champion’

first_img“This gets them outside and enjoying the outdoors,” she said. “They think they’re just having fun out here, but really this is a way to get them exercising.” After a session of soccer, basketball, football, Hula Hooping and music, children sign a pledge to eat better, exercise and drink lots of water, she added. said he learned to eat better, drink more water and play a variety of sports. “It’s really fun that they have all these activities here,” he said, before running off for more basketball. “It’s really nice of them to come out here.” Salvador [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Like A Champion Tour• Video: Like A Champion Tour MONTEREY PARK – Salvador Chavez dribbled, shot and scored at Repetto Elementary School on Thursday. The 11-year-old Monterey Park resident learned to live like a champion – or at least picked up some healthy habits. Chavez and his schoolmates participated in the Live Like a Champion Tour, sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Blue Cross of California. Officials said the goal of the 10-stop tour is to teach kids to live actively and healthy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “If we get them into the habit now, they’ll develop it as they grow,” said Natalie Tee Gaither, principal at Repetto. “We know healthy children learn better.” With childhood obesity on the rise, Gaither said teaching healthy behaviors early on is key. Television, computers and video games tempt children to stay indoors and be sedentary, but this event is meant to remind them to get outdoors and have fun, officials said. “It really should be a natural part of their growing up, getting out and enjoying the outdoors,” Gaither said. Judy Huffaker, nutrition education specialist with Alhambra Unified School District, agreed. last_img read more


first_imgThe humble postage stamp is being used as a pawn by An Post in a bid to force shop owners in the north west sell its suite of  products, the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association (CSNA) said today.An Post’s subsidiary PostPoint,  has told shop owners if they do not agree to install their mobile top up and bill pay terminals, and sell their products, they will not receive any commission on stamp sales, the CSNA said.The CSNA represents in excess of 1,500 shops across the country that employ between 35,000 and 40,000 full and part-time workers. Since taking over the scheme recently, the commission paid by PostPoint to shop owners has been slashed to 4% – a cut of 20%.But many shops have already installed and sell similar products from PostPoint’s rivals such as Payzone.“We believe that sales of the humble postage stamp should not be linked with having to install a terminal to sell other PostPoint products. This may mean some shops will no longer sell stamps rather than accede to such unreasonable demands,” said CSNA Chief Executive, Vincent Jennings.He said few shops make a profit on stamp sales but recognise it as a valuable public service to customers as they do not have to queue in post offices. People who bought stamps in shops usually purchased other products too he added. “What PostPoint is demanding amounts to anti-competitive and jackboot practices against our members and we will not be bullied or threatened,” said Mr. Jennings.The CSNA is due to take a case on the issue to a full hearing in the High Court later this year, if the matter is not resolved satisfactorily. AN POST IS ‘BULLYING’ LOCAL SHOPKEEPERS – CLAIM was last modified: April 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:AN POST IS ‘BULLYING’ LOCAL SHOPKEEPERS – CLAIMlast_img read more

Stoke blow! Potters target Axel Witsel reveals he could be tempted by Roma move

first_img Belgium international Axel Witsel is wanted by a number of clubs this summer 1 Stoke City target Axel Witsel has confessed he is tempted by the prospect of playing for Roma.The Belgium international is set to leave Zenit St Petersburg this summer after informing the Russian club he wants a new challenge.Stoke have already enquired after the player and manager Mark Hughes is keen to bring the midfielder to the Premier League.However Roma are also sniffing around the 27-year-old as they look to find a replacement for Miralem Pjanic, who has joined Juventus.And now they have been given a boost in their pursuit after Witsel admitted his tempted by a move to the Italian capital.“Roma? That wouldn’t be bad as a future destination,” Witsel told“To be honest, though, I still haven’t had any contact with the Giallorossi.”last_img read more

Man United transfer news: Defender heading for the exit, Pogba latest and more

first_img 5 Paul Pogba – Contrary to reports, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has not set a deadline for Manchester United to sign the Frenchman from Juventus, say the Manchester Evening News. All parties want the deal concluded quickly one way or another, with Mourinho targeting Blaise Matuidi should Pogba not join the Red Devils. 5 5 Marcos Rojo – click the arrow, right, to see more Manchester United transfer rumours – Rojo could be on his way out of Old Trafford on loan, according to the Mail on Sunday. Mourinho has already brought in centre back Eric Bailly which has put Rojo’s position under threat and LaLiga side Villarreal are ready to take the Argentine if his wages fit their budget. Kostas Manolas – Roma have slapped a £37.6m price tag on centre back Kostas Manolas to try and ward off interest from Manchester United. report the Serie A side are reluctant to sell the Greece international after a series of injuries to the likes of Antonio Rudiger but Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested. Fabinho – Mourinho is looking to exploit his relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes to bring Monaco’s right back Fabinho, say the Sun. The Brazilian shares an agent with Mourinho and United are lining up a £22m move for the 22-year-old. 5 Jose Mourinho got his first look at his Manchester United squad as the Red Devils marched out 2-0 winners against Wigan in a friendly match on Saturday.Youngsters Will Keane and Andreas Pereira got the goals but there were starts for new signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.And there could be more to come as Mourinho looks to add that elusive fourth signing he spoke of during his unveiling as United manager.There could also be players on their way out of the club as new manager saw how his side performed in a match day situation.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest transfer rumours about the latest ins and outs at Old Trafford. Jesse Lingard – Lingard has received a boost as Mourinho looks to keep the youngsters that starred last season in a more prominent role. The 23-year-old is in talks over a new £40,000-a-week deal, report the Sunday Mirror. 5last_img read more

Seahawks have a test in Panthers

first_img “Sometimes, you’ve got to learn the hard way.” Then there is the uncertain status of NFL MVP Shaun Alexander. Seattle expects him back from the concussion he sustained Saturday, but doctors have not yet cleared him to practice. The Panthers don’t need to hear about running back injuries. DeShaun Foster broke his leg in the win over the Bears, leaving third-stringer Nick Goings Carolina’s sixth running option in training camp to start Sunday. Three-time Pro Bowler Stephen Davis had already been placed on the injured-reserve list Dec. 17 with a lingering knee problem. But that just highlights another Seahawks challenge: containing receiver Steve Smith. Against the Bears he had 12 catches for a career-high 218 yards, the fourth-most in NFL playoff history. He will test perhaps the weakest part of an improving Seattle defense. Starting cornerback Andre Dyson was just coming back after being out for a month with a high sprain of his left ankle when he missed 1 ½ quarters of Saturday’s win with a right ankle injury. The Seahawks’ best cover man is opposite corner Marcus Trufant. He played his first game in three weeks Saturday after bruising his lower back. Now those defensive backs must face what Holmgren calls a “special player.” “He’s one of those guys that when you prepare for them, you better have a plan … to make it a little more difficult for him,” Holmgren said. “Otherwise, he can take over a game by himself.” But even with a backup running the ball for the Panthers, Holmgren said interim defensive coordinator John Marshall is not going to stack his defense solely against Smith. “I think you have to be careful of saying, ‘Now we can relax and we can look over there,” ” Holmgren said. “Every defensive coordinator I have ever met really focuses in on defending the run first, usually because if you can’t do that, you’re in for a long, long, long day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Bless his heart,” Holmgren said. “So we did get a bit of a start on Carolina.” He’s glad they did. KIRKLAND, Wash. — Two weeks ago, Seahawks coach and former high school history teacher Mike Holmgren gave his assistants some homework for their playoff bye week start studying the other NFC postseason teams and compile preliminary scouting reports on each. Soon, the coaches were scribbling notes on large dry-erase boards in their offices. But when Washington became Seattle’s first-round foe, the assistants erased all of the other teams’ information. Thankfully for Holmgren, offensive quality-control coach Gary Reynolds copied the notes on the Panthers. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita What Seattle’s assistants saw during their extra studies and what Holmgren saw on television was an staunch Panthers defense led by athletic 6-foot-7 defensive end Julius Peppers and former Seahawk Ken Lucas in the defensive backfield. It’s a unit that is sure to provide a stern challenge for Seattle’s offense, which led the league in points scored (452) this season. “Defensively, they are very well coached. I know we always say that, but it is really true this time,” Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “I think these guys are the best in the NFC.” Further complicating the Seahawks’ week: Starting right tackle Sean Locklear, who would be opposite Peppers for much of Sunday, was in jail into Tuesday on a charge of domestic violence stemming from an alleged altercation with a woman early Sunday in Seattle. His playing status is to be determined. Hasselbeck wasn’t thrilled that one of the men expected to keep Peppers from pounding him was locked up. “It’s really unfortunate,” he said. “Coach Holmgren is always talking to us about good decisions on and off the football field. I would say 99 percent of the time, we all listen. last_img read more