NO DEAL! Wolfsburg deny De Bruyne to Man City is done

first_img1 Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg have NOT agreed a fee with Manchester City for Kevin De Bruyne but talks over a deal are underway, the German club have confirmed. Reports surfaced on Wednesday night that Wolfsburg had accepted an offer of around £54m to sell the Belgian winger to City.But the Bundesliga side’s sporting director, Klaus Allofs, insists those reports are premature and maintains they will only allow De Bruyne to part on their terms.“There is no agreement with De Bruyne and with Manchester City,” Allofs said at a press conference on Thursday.“We have agreed to open negotiations, and that has happened, but Kevin is still a Wolfsburg player.“We are not in any rush to get this (transfer) through. The interests of both sides must be considered.“If our expectations are not fulfilled, Kevin will be playing for Wolfsburg this season, and I wouldn’t mind that.“In the end, there can only be winners from this deal and that applies also to Wolfsburg. If that is not the case, then there will be no transfer.”Earlier, Allofs had told Sport Bild magazine that his club cannot afford to turn down such sums like perhaps Bayern Munich can, hinting that there would be a point when they would accept an offer from City.“People do think that money does not come into it with Volkswagen (the club’s backers), but that is not the case,” he said.“VW and we place a lot of importance on being economically sound.“Compared to the top clubs in Europe, we have very little means at our disposal. We must also adhere to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play. We can’t compete with (Bayern).”Until a suitable offer is made, however, De Bruyne will continue to be considered a Wolfsburg player, also by their coach Dieter Hecking.“I am naming 18 players in my squad to face Schalke (on Friday night) and I expect Kevin to be one of them,” he said.last_img read more

This happened after Klopp reportedly issued come and get me plea to Liverpool

first_img Jurgen Klopp is reportedly willing to cut short his sabbatical for the right Premier League job 1 Despite the statements from Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp continues to be linked with the club.The Reds have denied they have contacted the German about replacing manager Brendan Rodgers. However, according to Sky Sports, Klopp, who left Borussia Dortmund to take a year out at the end of last season, is said to be willing to cut short his sabbatical if the right Premier League job became available.LIVERPOOL HAVE DECIDED TO REPLACE BRENDAN RODGERS, TALKSPORT TOLDThis was a selection of the reaction online to the news.last_img read more

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Chelsea and Manchester United told to plump up £35m for La Liga defender

first_img1 Chelsea and Manchester United have been told to splash out £35m if they want to sign Athletic Bilbao star Aymeric Laporte.The 21-year-old is one of the most promising centre-backs in Europe and has already been scouted by several clubs.Barcelona have previously expressed an interest, while both Chelsea and Manchester United are also monitoring the France under-21 international’s development.But now, according to El Correo, the Premier League pair have been told it will cost them £35m if they want to sign Laporte.That amount matches the defender’s release-clause and Bilbao have no plans to sell unless they receive such a fee. Aymeric Laporte last_img read more

Sturridge out of Bournemouth clash as Klopp refuses to set date for return

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Daniel Sturridge is no nearer to returning to action for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.The England striker, who has been blighted by injury in recent seasons, is currently suffering with a knee problem.He is yet to play under Klopp, with his last appearance for the club coming in the Merseyside draw at Goodison Park on October 4.It had been hoped Sturridge would return in Saturday’s visit of Southampton, but he played no part in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.And there appears to be no timescale on when he will be available again, with Klopp revealing he is out of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth. “There’s nothing new. Daniel’s not available,” said the German.“He’s getting better but not quick enough to change the situation for us. He’s not in training so we have to wait.”last_img read more

Lake Arrowhead evacuated, some 10,000 homes threatened

first_img 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. It was also not immediately known how many residents were forced to flee the mountaintop resort communities as many are part-time residents of the area, which at its seasonal height is home to upwards of 15,000 people. LAKE ARROWHEAD – Wind-whipped fires tore through the San Bernardino mountains for a third day Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of entire communities surrounding the resort area of Lake Arrowhead and raising the number of homes destroyed to more than 400. Thousands of people, including hospital patients, were forced to flee advancing flames that leaped through the mountains, burning one home after another and threatening as many as 10,000 residences, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gina Sampson. The two-pronged fire destroyed 425 homes in the Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs communities, sending thousands fleeing down the mountain, Sampson said. One of the fires was threatening at least 10,000 homes; the other was threatening 400. Mountain Community Hospital in Lake Arrowhead was evacuated, and patients in hospital gowns were transported out of the area. Sampson said it was not immediately known where the patients were taken.last_img read more

Bush nominee to skip United Methodist top court meeting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bruce Pettit, who is helping organize the events, said he was disappointed Holsinger canceled. “He needs to see our witnessing perhaps as much as anyone,” said Pettit. “We do these vigils so we can turn people’s minds around, turn people’s hearts around.” Holsinger, a Kentucky cardiologist, was nominated for surgeon general by President George W. Bush in May. He has faced criticism for voting to expel a lesbian pastor from the United Methodist Church and writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy. At Senate confirmation hearings in July, Holsinger distanced himself from the 1991 paper, saying that was based on data available at the time and asserting he has “a deep, deep appreciation for the essential humanity of everyone, regardless of their personal circumstances or their sexual orientation.” The Senate has not yet taken a vote on the appointment. SAN FRANCISCO – Surgeon General nominee James Holsinger, who has been criticized by gay rights groups, is bowing out of a meeting of the United Methodist top court whose agenda includes dealing with the issue of a transgender pastor. Holsinger, president of the United Methodist Judicial Council, said he will not participate when the council meets in San Francisco this week because of concerns his nomination could become a distraction. “While I remain dedicated to fulfilling the role to which I was elected, I believe this is a time in which my service to the Council can best be demonstrated by my absence,” Holsinger said in a statement. The council’s docket contains several issues of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and some church members are holding a vigil and other events to highlight those issues. The transgender case before the council involves the Rev. Ann Gordon, who spent five years as minister at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore before undergoing surgery and hormone therapy and becoming the Rev. Drew Phoenix. Phoenix was reappointed this spring by Bishop John Schol of the Methodists’ Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, who noted that the denomination’s Book of Discipline said nothing about transgender clergy. The United Methodist Church bars appointing self-avowed practicing gay clergy and does not support gay unions. The council is looking at whether the Board of Ordain Ministry should conduct a review if a pastor changes gender, and whether the denomination allows transgender people to be appointed as Methodist ministers. The meeting ends Saturday and the decision is expected to be released soon after. Other issues on the docket include benefits for domestic partners of lay employees and who is included in the definition of “affirming all families.”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

Fireworks spark council debate

first_imgFran Shields, director of community services, in a written staff report, had proposed a laser show, but council members poo-pooed that idea. Council member Cathy Warner didn’t like the proposal. “I would tend to support actual fireworks because it’s traditional,” Warner said. But some council members – Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak – are worried about the cost. “I don’t care for it,” Nordbak said. “I didn’t like it this year. I felt we spent an awful lot of money for what we got out of our buck.” Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer wasn’t as concerned. “I’m not particularly troubled by spending $25,000 for a party,” Newcomer said. “That’s $9,000 more than we have in the budget.” Henderson had similar concerns to Nordbak’s, in part because of another proposal to include banners honoring the Blue Star program that could cost from $6,000 to $25,000. In this program, the city would set up banners throughout Whittier honoring Blue Star families – those with children serving in the military. “I could see us spending $35,000 to $40,000,” Henderson said. The council earlier this week did approve a $6,000 Blue Star program, but wanted more information before deciding whether to have fireworks. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The 2007 Independence Day celebration was a small ceremony with a family picnic and some games. But there were no fireworks and few showed up for the event, held at Joe Miller Field. But some City Council members – in particular Councilman Joe Vinatieri – want a bigger show with fireworks. This is driven by the fact that the use of fireworks is illegal in Whittier. But such a show is going to cost more money, which has others on the council concerned. While this year’s show only cost $16,565, doing fireworks could be an additional $25,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, city staff must return with specific information on just how much it will cost to put on a show. “I find it troubling that Whittier doesn’t have an Independence Day celebration,” Vinatieri said. “I appreciate the fact that we had one last year, but it was in the afternoon.” Vinatieri said he wants the city to have a fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. including games for children, and entertainment. It again would be at Joe Miller Field. The fireworks show wouldn’t be on the level of other nearby communities because there’s not enough space and thus it’s too dangerous, Vinatieri said. But a smaller show is possible, he said. last_img read more

Automaker moves from upstart to powerhouse

first_imgBy Muhammed El-Hasan Staff Writer American consumers may have had an inkling of Toyota Motor Corp.’s ambitions when the Japanese carmaker introduced its first car for the U.S. market, the Toyopet Crown. A few years later, Toyota introduced the Tiara, and later the Corona – a Latin word for crown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Half a century later, Toyota is on the verge of dethroning Detroit-based General Motors Corp. as the world’s No. 1 automaker. Today, Toyota marks 50 years in the United States, a milestone made more impressive by the Japanese carmaker’s extraordinary growth and transformative effect on the American auto industry. Also this year, Toyota marks a quarter century since opening its U.S. sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance, a far cry from the firm’s humble beginnings in a Hollywood office. “Their success is not a mistake,” said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. “They believe in hard work, execution, details. They have worked hard to keep the DNA of the company everywhere they grow in the world.” Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales USA employs about 2,100 workers in the South Bay and nearly 1,100 in Long Beach. Beyond Toyota’s direct employment, the carmaker also has a “significant” economic impact on the area, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “They’re doing marketing, which includes purchasing advertising, collateral material,” Kyser said. “They’re doing a lot of things there.” Other beneficiaries include local restaurants that cater corporate events and hotels that house visiting executives. Toyota has also added to Torrance’s stature as a business-friendly city and hub for Japanese businesses. Toyota’s arrival in the United States preceded the arrivals of two other Japanese carmakers – Nissan in 1958 and Honda in 1959. Honda still has its North American headquarters in Torrance, but Nissan moved its U.S. sales and marketing headquarters from Carson to Nashville, Tenn., in 2006. Toyota may have had great ambitions when it entered the world’s largest car market. But the company stumbled early. And badly. “It was a travesty,” said Irv Miller, group vice president of corporate communications, regarding the meager 287 Toyopets sold in 1958, its first year in the United States. Yet, the failed Toyopet is also a symbol of the company’s resilience and devotion to kaizen, a Japanese word for continuous improvement. The Toyopet, designed for Japan’s rudimentary post-war roads, was underpowered for American freeways. So Toyota created a new, more powerful car specifically for the American market called the Corona, which caught on quickly after its 1965 launch. “You could say the Corona was the answer to the lessons learned by the Toyopet,” Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said. Those lessons are evident at the Toyota Automotive Museum in Torrance. In one corner, three Toyopets are parked in a row, each bulging hood housing a 65-horsepower engine. The base price was $1,989. Next to them is the Tiara, then the Corona, which had 90 horsepower and a $1,760 base price. Dozens of Toyota vehicles – including pickups, concept cars and the Prius hybrid – line the museum’s showroom walls, with more rows of cars in between. The progression of Toyota vehicles over the years paralleled the carmaker’s growing sales and service network in the United States. In fact, starting from scratch may have hindered Toyota’s first plunge into the U.S. market, said Susan Sanborn, the museum’s curator. “We didn’t have dealerships and service garages, so people had to carry their own parts. So in 1957, 1958, that was probably a disincentive,” Sanborn said. “And we’re launching 12 years after World War II in a foreign market. There were 80 automakers in 1957 when Toyota entered the U.S. market, so it was stiff competition.” Like other foreign brands, Toyota began by competing on price, then mileage and quality. Each time Toyota gained a strong position in a category, its competitors closed the gap. Fifteen years ago, for example, Toyota vehicles had a fraction of the number of defects as its competitors. That difference is much smaller today, said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. Toyota’s emphasis on quality and efficiency has been so successful that competitors copied it. Even companies in other industries and nonprofits such as hospitals have tried to emulate Toyota’s processes. “Everybody else’s quality has improved. And (Toyota) saw that,” Cole said. “So they said, `What other pillar can we build on?’ And they chose to build on a green image.” Toyota’s green image comes from its efficient production methods, high-mileage conventional vehicles, and its hybrid Prius, the best-selling gas-electric vehicle. But even now, Toyota is losing its lead in this area as other carmakers, even those best known for their large SUVs like General Motors, begin to offer hybrid vehicles. “You never can own forever what is the intellectual high ground. ? So they’re potentially vulnerable,” Cole said. “So they will make sure that whatever comes along, they can play that game very well.” What is coming along may involve further development of existing projects to limit car emissions such as plug-in hybrids and hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, and so-called intelligent transportation systems to reduce congestion, Toyota’s Miller said. “All of us have to stop being vehicle companies and transform into transportation companies because it’s going to be a lot more than just a vehicle as we move into the next era,” Miller said. “Today, there’s vehicles. Tomorrow, they could be mass transportation systems.” While considering Toyota’s first 50 years in the United States, Miller added: “The next 50 are going to be wild.” muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Santa Anas, sunshine expected this week

first_img“We’ll continue to monitor that as we get toward the end of the week and see how things shake out,” she said. bethania.palma@sgvn.com (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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre He said about 21 extra firefighters will be standing by countywide, down from the 100 originally planned. “Right now, we’ve scaled that back quite a bit because of what the weather service was predicting,” he said. “The initial forecast was predicting severe Santa Ana conditions, but they’ve revised that.” National Weather Service officials said they were monitoring the situation, but don’t expect significant winds to return until the weekend. “We’re still seeing dropping humidity once the marine layer clears,” Hurd said. “There are still some fairly severe conditions because of the ongoing drought.” Bartling said specialists will continue to watch for the predicted return of the Santa Anas. Sunny, cool conditions are expected to remain through Thanksgiving weekend, as Santa Ana winds return this week, officials said. Temperatures will remain in the mid-70s and upper 60s with mostly clear skies throughout the week, said Bonnie Bartling, weather specialist with the National Weather Service. An off-shore wind will be blowing over the next several days between 15 and 25 mph. Despite cooler weather, there is still a fire risk because of dry conditions, a fire inspector said. “Just be cautious about using spark-causing machinery and camp fires,” Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Jason Hurd said. “Be cognizant of where you are, and if you see any smoke, dial 9-1-1 immediately.” last_img read more