England football scout caught up in Paris attacks admits he feared for his life

first_img Stade de France 1 England scout Alan Cork said he feared for his life as he watched France play Germany amid the Paris attacks on Friday night.Cork, 56, was at the Stade de France to watch France, England’s opponents on Tuesday, when the stadium became a target of terrorists amid a series of attacks across the French capital which killed at least 132 people.Three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium after failing to gain access. The blasts were heard inside the ground, and Cork said his colleagues alerted him to what was going on.“We felt like fish in a barrel,” the former Wimbledon and Sheffield United striker said in The Sun. “I was wondering if I would get out of there alive. You put a brave face on it but inside I was frightened, I can’t deny it.”He added: “People were desperate to get out, because we were hearing these stories of men with machine guns trying to get in. All sorts of thoughts were running through my head, about my wife, about my kids.“You just don’t expect to experience these things at a football match. It’s not meant to be like that.”The former Cardiff and Swansea manager will not be at Wembley for Tuesday’s friendly with France – he will instead head to Hannover where Germany play Holland – but backed the decision for the match to go ahead.“Friday was terrifying but you can’t let these people win,” he said. “That’s why it is so important that England’s friendly against France goes ahead on Tuesday.”last_img read more

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Manager appointment: Darren is the Way Yeovil are heading

first_img Darren Way Yeovil Town have appointed Darren Way as the club’s new permanent manager.The former Glovers midfielder, 36, has taken charge of six matches since being placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Paul Sturrock on December 1 and will be unveiled at a press conference at Huish Park on Thursday afternoon.“I am very very honoured and privileged to become the manager of Yeovil Town,” Way told the club’s official website.“I am ready to take this club into battle and secure our Football League status“I feel the players have given everything for me since I have taken charge and the supporters have shown a lot of love and respect towards the players and the football club.“I feel I have worked very hard to be given this opportunity. I have shown the same passion and commitment as a manager that I did when I played.“As it stands right now, the club needs passion and commitment and I am sure there is enough around the town and community with everyone pulling in the same direction to maintain our league status.“I fully respect the fans who have turned up week in week out to show their support and I think they can see the change since I took over. Keep positive and lets keep marching on.”Way made over 220 appearances in two separate spells as a player for Yeovil before his playing career was cut short in 2008 following injuries sustained in a serious car crash.Yeovil have drawn three and lost one of their last four league games under Way and remain bottom of the Sky Bet League Two table. 1last_img read more

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Can you believe this has happened to Liverpool for the first time in 52 years?

first_img9 West Ham beat Liverpool 2-0 9 Brendan Rodgers was in charge of Liverpool when Bilic’s Hammers cruised to victory on Merseyside, but was subsequently sacked with his team six points off top spot and three behind fourth, eight games into the season.The 2-0 defeat at Upton Park left Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool nine points behind leaders Arsenal, and five adrift of Spurs in fourth, having played a game more than both of the North London clubs.West Ham, meanwhile, moved up to fifth before the 3pm kick offs, as Bilic’s impressive stewardship of the club yielded another memorable result from a season that has already seen wins over Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.And the Hammers were good value for this latest victory, taking the game to Liverpool and causing the visitors plenty of problems in the first half. After Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe sent a shot just wide of Adrian’s right-hand post with three minutes on the clock, the home team quickly asserted themselves and it wasn’t long before they took the lead.With the Reds on the attack after 10 minutes, Alberto Moreno was tackled by Antonio on the edge of the Hammers’ box, in what could easily have been seen as a foul by referee Robert Madley.Nothing was given, though, and a West Ham break ended with an Enner Valencia cross from the right wing being met by a thumping header from Antonio at the far post. At 2-0 down here, it was almost a lost cause for Liverpool, although they were briefly buoyed by the introduction of Adam Lallana for the ineffective Roberto Firmino, and at last began to exert some consistent pressure.Rain began to lash down from the East London sky, and the Hammers had to weather a storm of their own, as Liverpool forced a succession of free-kicks and corners.From one of these set pieces, Lucas sent a header flying towards goal, past Adrian, only for it to be cleared off the line by Mark Noble.It was one of those, ‘It’s not our day’ moments for the men in white. 9 Instead, it was firmly West Ham’s day, and the home crowd were also treated to the second half introduction of Dimitri Payet, as the talented France international returned to action for the first time since being injured on 7 November. Bilic’s team nearly doubled their lead shortly after, when a wickedly swerving Manuel Lanzini shot swirled away from Simon Mignolet and on to the Belgian’s left-hand post.Moreno was then forced into a last gasp sliding tackle in Liverpool’s box as Valencia bore down on goal following another quick West Ham break, on 19 minutes.At the other end, James Collins lost his footing on 25 minutes, with Christian Benteke poised to pounce on a through ball, only for James Tomkins to sweep up as the big Belgian lumbered in attack.Benteke’s struggles summed up the toothless nature of Liverpool’s display, although he wasn’t the only Red coming in for criticism on social media (see ‘Kopites unhappy with Brazilian duo’). 9 While bubbles floated around the Boleyn Ground in celebration of Carroll’s goal, the bubble of optimism surrounding Klopp’s Liverpool seems to have burst, at least temporarily, as the thrilling wins at Manchester City and Southampton have been followed by tame defeats away to Newcastle, Watford and now West Ham. 9 9 9 West Ham comprehensively secured a Premier League double over Liverpool, beating the Reds 2-0 at Upton Park to climb above the visitors in the table.Andy Carroll scored a brilliant 55th minute header to add to Michail Antonio’s first half goal as Slaven Bilic guided the Hammers to their first home and away success over the Reds since 1963/64, following a 3-0 win at Anfield last August. If Liverpool felt hard done by at Madley’s decision to wave play on, the way the match unfolded they could hardly complain at being behind as they struggled to keep the Hammers at bay. 9 After a period of consolidation from the visitors, it was the home side that again came close to scoring, when a 41st minute Aaron Cresswell strike appeared to be heading for the bottom corner, only for Nathaniel Clyne to block his effort.Despite all their endeavours, West Ham almost went into the break level at 1-1, as an Emre Can sidefoot smacked against Adrian’s bar in first half injury time, but it would have been a travesty had Liverpool got out of jail.Benteke’s goal scoring prowess had been enough to earn the Reds six points over the Christmas period, yet the performance at Upton Park of Brendan Rodgers’ £32.5m signing will only fuel suspicions he’s not Klopp’s cup of tea as a striker.So it seemed appropriate that a forward who cost Liverpool £35m, only to be deemed unsuitable by Klopp’s predecessor and sold by the Reds, should strike the fatal blow in this particular encounter.Step forward Andy Carroll.On 55 minutes West Ham deservedly doubled their lead with another fine header, this time when former Liverpool striker Carroll climbed highest to power home a Mark Noble cross. 9 It was the best possible start to 2016 for the Hammers, while Liverpool fans will be hoping the new year brings a resolution to the glaringly obvious problems that have plagued them all season, first under Rodgers and now Klopp.last_img read more

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Bristol City ready to rival Aston Villa for Lyon striker with £5m move

first_img1 Bristol City have joined Aston Villa in the race for Claudio Beauvue.The striker only joined Lyon in the summer from Guingamp after scoring 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season.However, since the move, the 27-year-old has failed to find the form that made him so dangerous last term.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has now admitted Beauvue and the club are discussing his departure – sparking interest from England.Bristol City, according to L’Equipe, are very keen on the Guadeloupean and are willing to splash £5m to secure his signature.Aston Villa have also expressed an interest and Lyon are now set to hold talks with the two clubs. Claudio Beauvue last_img read more

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TRANSFER FIGHT! Norwich and West Ham joined by Genoa in battle for Inter ace

first_img1 Davide Santon Genoa have joined Norwich and West Ham in the fight for Inter Milan defender Davide Santon.The Italian has made just nine appearances this season and has not featured in a match since the end of October.talkSPORT told you yesterday that Norwich had expressed an interest, while Watford had an approach in the summer turned down.But now, according to Calciomercato, Premier League clubs face competition from Genoa.The Serie A side believe they can lure Santon to them by offering him the chance to stay in his native Italy.However, the 25-year-old previously spent four years in England with Newcastle and is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League.last_img read more

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Manchester United set to lose out to Inter Milan for £8m defender

first_img Kamil Glik in action for Torino Inter Milan are hoping to pip Manchester United to the signing of Kamil Glik by offering £8m for the Torino defender.The Poland international has caught the eye in Serie A this season and has been scouted by several clubs.The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past, while Bayer Leverkusen made an enquiry in January.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Glik could be on his way to Inter as they prepare a summer bid.The Milan side are willing to offer Torino £8m for the centre-back, who has four years remaining on his current contract.Glik is happy in Turin, but may be tempted by the prospect of European football elsewhere. 1last_img read more

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Tottenham midfielder pens new deal

first_img Harry Winks is a product of Spurs’ youth system Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has signed a new contract with the Barclays Premier League club.Winks, 20, is a product of Spurs’ youth system and his new deal will keep him at the club until 2019.The England youth international has made two appearances for the first team in the Europa League this season, including the 3-0 win over Fiorentina in February, in addition to a solitary outing in the same competition last year.Winks told the club website: “I am delighted. As a young player it’s everything you want. “You want to be around top players and at a top club that’s pushing for the best honours.“It’s a fantastic club to be involved with, especially at such a young age. “The manager trusts young players and I’m grateful for the chance he’s given me.” 1last_img read more

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Taking safety message to schools

first_imgPASADENA – Fire Department Public Education Officer Robert Sepulveda stood in front of a crowd of children at Hamilton Elementary School on Wednesday morning, knowing before he left he would have to reinforce in them the concepts of fire safety. His presence at the school was just one of many demonstrations taking place across the nation this week as fire departments promote national Fire Prevention Week – a yearly dedication to fire safety awareness. “It’s a refresher for them on things you don’t practice all the time,” Sepulveda said. “This year we are focusing on practicing their fire escape plan.” For the week, the National Fire Protection Association is emphasizing that families not only have a fire-escape plan, but have gone over it well enough to remember it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We come up with a common theme each year, and this year it’s to practice your escape plan,” said Pasadena fire Marshal Mark Fasick. “Anywhere you might be, you always want to look and be prepared and get yourself clear of harm’s way.” And firefighters reinforced that idea with Wednesday’s presentation. The program began with a practice of the school’s own fire-escape plan, in which all students responded to a fire drill and made their way onto the playground. There, Sepulveda was waiting with an entourage of three emergency vehicles. During his presentation, Sepulveda encouraged the students to go over their home fire-escape plans with their families so that they are prepared. In the event that they have to evacuate their homes in a fire, he warned them never to hide from the fire in a closet or underneath the bed, and to have a designated place where the family will meet up. “It’s very important that we do not go back into a house once we have gotten out,” he said. Students also saw a firefighter raised high into the air with a crane perched atop an engine, and watched another firefighter dress up in full gear with an oxygen mask. Sepulveda reminded students not to be afraid of firefighters if they ever see them dressed up like that. Hamilton was just one of many local schools that the department will visit this week, officials said. “It’s very important that the children know what to do in case of an emergency, and this is also an opportunity for the Fire Department to see and evaluate our procedures for evacuation here,” Hamilton Principal Sarah Rudchenko said. robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want 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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Malibu in flames

first_imgWind-whipped wildfires are roaring across the exclusive community of Malibu, scorching more than 4,500 acres, destroying nearly dozens of multimillion-dollar homes and forcing 10,000 to 15,000 residents to evacuate. The blazes are the second in less than five weeks to rack the area, still recovering from firestorms that razed more than 1,200 acres and destroyed seven structures and the landmark Malibu Presbyterian Church. More than 1,700 firefighters are battling the fires that broke out about 3:30 a.m., fueled by Santa Ana winds gusting up to 60 mph. One state firefighter was reported slightly injured with facial burns and five other firefighters sustained injuries. Down the street, charred remains of a home could be seen. A compact car in the driveway had been gutted by fire, and the only thing recognizable inside the wreckage of the house was a stove. Officials said this afternoon that power was out in Malibu and expected to be out overnight. Streets were quiet this afternoon, as most residents had evacuated and scores of colorful blue, orange and green homes that had been spared by the fire dotted charred hillsides. A few residents remained and were watering down brush in front of their hillside homes. At the Rising Star Ranch at 3800 Latigo Canyon Road, fire crews chased the fire front as it hopped across the brushy terrain. They used chainsaws and axes to clear brush and make way for large bulldozers whose tracks dug up the warm asphalt. The key Pacific Coast Highway, a lifeline for the community, remains closed between Kanan Dume and Malibu Canyon roads. Kanan Dume, Latigo Canyon and Malibu Canyon roads also are closed. Mandatory evacations are in effect for canyon residents and Yaroslavsky urged coastal evacuees to go north to Channel Island High School in Oxnard while inland and canyon residents are urged to take shelter at Agoura Hills High School. Corral, Ramirez, Latigo, Paradise Cove, Merrit Drive, Point Dume Club have all reportedly been evacuated. The fierce Santa Anas had died down since the early morning hours, but winds continued to quickly shift the flames. Officials had no estimates on containment as of 1 p.m. Cause of the fire also has not yet been determined, but some reports said it may have broken out at a scenic overlook called Malibu Bowl. Some residents said they heard cars heading down Corral Canyon between 2:30 and 3 a.m. with people yelling and laughing. Several residents complained that the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has not restricted access to the Malibu Bowl overlook in times of high fire danger. They said they will appeal to the conservancy to install gates that can be locked to prevent access during high-risk weather conditions. Malibu Mayor Jeff Jennings urged residents to follow evacuation orders and said living in the exclusive area means putting up with fire danger. “Wildfires are going to happen out here,” he said. “It’s the natural situation for this area … and burns a swath until it gets to the ocean.” Jennings said area residents are still trying to recover from last month’s blaze. “Waking up at 4 o’clock in the morning with the smell of smoke in your nose and the fire at the windows is always a shock,” Jennings said. “Any fire that consumes nearly 40 homes is a disaster. It’s great to be able to say that we’ve suffered no loss of lives. It could have been worse than it has been.” Freeman said pre-deployment of fire equipment, including air tankers, is paying off. Helicopters and air tankers were in use as soon as dawn broke, he said. Freeman said fire crews will provide a list of homes that have been destroyed or damaged later today. “We’ll do our best because we do understand that’s the concern of homeowners,” he said. Jennings disputed some residents’ concerns that construction on a bridge in Corral Canyon hampered fire crews. The bridge is being built “to make it a more welcoming habitat for the reintroduction of steelhead trout,” he said, noting that the city ensured other access to the canyon during its construction. “We did everything we needed to do to insure their safety,” he said. Meanwhile, fire crews from across the state are battling the blaze, including Bob Foxworthy, a firefighter from the Nevada, Yuba, Placer unit of CalFire. Foxworthy, who was in Southern California battling last month’s wildfires, said he had been stationed in Camarillo over the Thanksgiving holiday in anticipation of the Santa Ana winds. “They’re both bad (fires),” he said. “This one just didn’t last as long.”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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings “This is still a dangerous and dynamic situation and there still are homes being threatened, and until the fire is knocked down we can’t be sure what the next development might be,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said at the scene. Yaroslavsky said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is being continuously briefed on the situation. Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said the emergency declaration made by the federal government during last month’s fires is still in effect. Firefighters said the blaze broke out near the top of Corral Canyon and most of the homes destroyed have been along Newell Road in the Malibu Bowl area. About five homes in Latigo Canyon also burned. Most of the homes currently being threatened are in the narrow Corral and Latigo canyons. Nearby Pepperdine University is not directly threatened and officials said students are taking shelter on campus. In Latigo Canyon early in the day, a ruptured gas line spewed 15-foot flames like a giant blowtorch along the ground, making the rocks glow like lava.last_img read more

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INNOVATIVE BUSINESS BOOTCAMP WILL BRING YOUR IDEA INTO FRUITION

first_imgHave you a business idea burning in the back of your mind??Why not take the opportunity to bring that idea to life at the Business Bootcamp programme.Are you aged between 18-35? The Business Bootcamp Programme is a programme aimed at giving young people that initial “jump-start” needed to steer themselves confidently into the business world.Business Bootcamp offers a varied menu of interactive team-based learning workshops, one-to-one mentoring with a qualified business coach, peer support, enterprise visits, and online learning tools.Because this programme is also delivered in six council areas in Northern Ireland, the knowledge you will gain and people you will meet, will help you to view your business not only from a local, but also a regional and national perspective.Oscar Wilde once said “experience is simply the name we give our mistakes” so go ahead, and make as many experiences as possible! Business Bootcamp Idea Generation Workshop, Monday 28th July 10.00 -2.30pm, Donegal town.This workshop is free but registration is necessary.Please contact Patricia on 086 316 5820, or email her on patricia.keane@enterpriseni.com for an application pack.Business Bootcamp is funded by EU INTERREG –Iva programme and delivered by Enterprise Northern Ireland.  INNOVATIVE BUSINESS BOOTCAMP WILL BRING YOUR IDEA INTO FRUITION was last modified: July 24th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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