Anthony Martial will become the costliest teenager in football history, after signing for Manchester United for £36m.The move may leave many United fans scratching their heads as to who exactly the 19-year-old is, so we’ve assembled six amazing facts about the Frenchman.Watch the video above to find out which ex-Arsenal legend Martial is being compared with, and the Premier League rivals who missed out on the player this transfer window.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here!
1 Florian Thauvin Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin is edging closer to a move back to Marseille, claim reports in France.Thauvin, 22, has started just five games for the Magpies since his £12m arrival in the North East in the summer and has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football.Newcastle have reportedly told the Frenchman he can leave this month and want Tottenham’s Andros Townsend to replace him.Talks have begun with Spurs over the ten-cap England international and Steve McClaren is hopeful of landing him either on a permanent deal, or on loan with an option to buy in the summer.According to L’Equipe, Newcastle will sanction Thauvin’s return to Marseille once their pursuit of Townsend is complete, with both deals set to be finalised by the end of the week.
1 Denmark ace Mikkel Duelund (R) Danish ace Mikkel Duelund has revealed he rejected the chance to move to the Premier League last summer, with Liverpool the club understood to be chasing his signature.The FC Midtjylland forward is already a full international at the tender age of 18 and has been raising eyebrows of clubs across Europe with his displays in the past 18 months.Liverpool are still understood to be keen on landing Duelund but the starlet insists he is happy to stay in Denmark for the foreseeable future.He told Exstra Bladet: “What club it was does not matter. But when you are told that there is interest from a relatively big club, you cannot help but respond to it.“I was always aware that I should continue at Midtjylland. So the decision itself did not take long to make.”Duelund has scored four goals in 12 appearances this season and is expected to line up against Manchester United in the Europa League later this month.
From staff reports For the first time in Coach George Harris’ 11-year tenure, the El Segundo boys water polo team lost to visiting Beverly Hills. The Eagles failed to deliver defensively and converted just 2 of 11 power plays in an 11-10 Ocean League loss Wednesday. Mikey Lee and Micah Smith each scored three goals to lead Beverly Hills (15-2, 1-0), which scored six straight goals in the second quarter and seven overall for an 8-4 halftime lead. Cze-Ja Tam swept at No. 1 singles as host Peninsula defeated Beverly Hills, 11-7, in a nonleague match. The doubles teams of Jenna Glimp-Hana Chang and Kiersten Steinhauer-Lindsey Gerber also swept for Peninsula (7-3). In another nonleague match … Palos Verdes 14, Santa Barbara 4: Alex Scotten and Charlotte Newell swept their three doubles sets for Palos Verdes (6-2) at home. The doubles teams of Morgan Thomas-Tiffany Jue and Austin Ruth-Catherine Chen also swept for Palos Verdes. Girls volleyball Devon Dykstra had seven kills and five digs and Molly Goldbach had six kills, five aces and six digs as host Redondo won its Bay League opener, 25-13, 25-14, 25-22, over Peninsula. Redondo is 8-2. Bri Merli had nine kills and Nicole Bezic added 20 assists and 13 digs for Peninsula (0-1 in league). Also in the Bay League … Mira Costa 3, West Torrance 0: Falyn Fonoimoana had nine kills, seven digs and four aces as host Mira Costa (6-0, 2-0) won, 25-12, 25-16, 25-6. Kendall Bateman added 23 assists for Mira Costa. Tara O’Brien had four kills to lead West (7-6, 0-1). Girls golf Jenny Coleman shot 1-over-par 36 for Peninsula at Rolling Hills Country Club in a 191-263 Bay League win over Chadwick (3-3). Ayane Itamura and Kristin Coleman shot 38s for Peninsula (10-0). Also in the Bay League … South Torrance 245, Redondo 263: Allyson Campbell and Jamie Nichols shot 48s at par-36 Los Verdes for South (6-4, 5-1). Michi Nitahara led Redondo (0-6, 0-6) with a 46. In the Ocean League … Torrance 204, Palos Verdes 242: Jenny Shin and Demi Rumas both shot 1-over-par 36 for Torrance (5-4, 4-0) at Palos Verdes Country Club. JC women’s volleyball Lauren Simmons had 10 kills and 10 digs for El Camino in a 30-14, 30-14, 30-19 South Coast Conference win at Pasadena. Amrita Tuladhar added eight kills and eight digs for El Camino (13-1, 2-0).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 CityEl Segundo closed to 11-10 on a goal by Beau Blacksten with 1:03 left in the game and even drew an ejection in the final 30 seconds, but was unable to convert. Danny Rajaniemi scored a season-high five goals for El Segundo (7-5, 1-1). Blacksten had two goals. Also in the Ocean League … Santa Monica 11, Torrance 9: Shane McCarter had three goals, but host Torrance (8-9, 0-1) was 1-for-9 on power plays. Santa Monica is 12-4, 1-0. Girls tennis
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Holy Cross hospital expansion does not need an EIR. Rather, the Valley needs hospital beds. In addition, the Valley needs the millions of dollars of construction jobs, all paying a union wage. And Mission Hills wants the 250 new jobs at the hospital, an employer that now pays its employees an average of $36 per hour. The situation for the Valley’s medical-care infrastructure is critical. Today, Providence Holy Cross is operating at 97 percent capacity every day. And the need for hospital beds and emergency-room care will grow as more emergency rooms around Los Angeles County close. Providence Holy Cross’ location is unique, as it serves residents in both the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. In fact, many auto-accident victims’ lives are saved at Holy Cross after suffering injuries on the 5, 405 and 14 freeways. When the next disaster strikes north L.A. County, Providence Holy Cross will be the last chance for hundreds of victims. So, what is the hang-up? Apparently one union is organizing and funding the opposition. Holy Cross is part of Providence Health, a system with 28 hospitals. Providence is pro-labor and pro-employee, meaning it allows the employees to vote, hospital by hospital, on whether it wants to be represented by a union. About half of the Providence hospitals are now unionized. But by forcing an EIR and a delay in the expansion, the union increases its leverage on the hospital to have this union alone be recognized by all the Providence hospitals, despite the wishes of the individual employees. The strategy of delaying the hospital expansion for the benefit of one union is not just bad for the health and safety of the Valley, it is also bad for the larger labor work force. Here, it hurts union construction workers. The hospital has entered into an agreement to have the expansion constructed by 100 percent union members. Delaying and harming the health care of the Valley residents also harms the employment opportunities of the Valley’s workers. Just as we all need those hospital beds now, the men and women of the construction unions want those jobs now. In the spirit of saving lives and doing the right thing, let’s hope that our City Council members have the needs of Valley residents and the less fortunate in mind as they decide whether to approve the hospital beds now, or postpone Holy Cross’ expansion for another two years. Brendan L. Huffman is president and CEO of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WITH two San Fernando Valley hospitals closing since 2003 and our population growing, you would expect that an existing hospital’s plan to add an additional 136 beds would be something we could all cheer about. Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills has the endorsement of the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council, business organizations, all of the trade unions that will build the project, numerous community groups, the unanimous city Planning Commission and several elected officials throughout the Valley, Nonetheless, it’s is being opposed by its own L.A. City Council member and a single union that has organized and sponsored a coalition of opponents. The city has analyzed every potential impact on the neighborhood from the hospital expansion, and it’s attached hundreds of conditions to the project. But these opponents still say that the hospital must go through an even more costly and lengthy environmental review process, all designed to simply delay the hospital expansion.
NEW YORK – “We who are about to die salute you.” A wary Art Cashin heard this phrase in its original Latin – morituri te salutamus – from a fellow trader and student of the classics early on a day 20 years ago that would earn the ignoble title Black Monday and serve as a lesson about the fragility of rising stock markets. Cashin and his colleagues recall Wall Street’s plunge of Oct. 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones industrial average fell 508 points, or nearly 23 percent, as one of the most frightening days ever in the stock market. Decades later, the crash helps put into perspective market drops seen more recently, including the 416-point, or more than 4 percent, skid in the Dow just this past February. The Oct. 19 drop occurred when Wall Street faced many of the same conditions it faces today. “In general, sentiment is not as frothy as it was going into the crash of ’87 but I think it’s something that needs to be watched. There are inflation fears right now but inflation was much higher,” she said adding that the price of stocks relative to the earnings of companies – a widely followed market measure known as the price-to-earnings ratio – also was much higher 20 years ago. Interest rates were also rising at the time; now, they may be headed lower. Still, Sonders said, “there’s no question there are a lot of similarities between then and now, many of which are eerie.” She noted that in both cases the economy was slowing five years into a bull market run. Economic fundamentals aside, the stock market is a dramatically different place today, due to the fact that 20 years of technology and an investment boom have had a huge impact on Wall Street. In 1987, order slips littered the floor of the exchange that is now largely computer-driven. And 401(k) retirement accounts and the explosive growth of the mutual fund industry had yet to draw millions of first-time investors into the market. The Dow that stood at 2,246.74 before the crash and 1,738.74 after has swelled through the years by the public’s growing appetite for investments. It closed Wednesday at 13,892.54 and has traded as high as 14,198.09. “The market is a lot bigger, it’s a lot more electronic. It’s a lot more resilient, I think, than it was then,” said John Thain, the NYSE’s present chief. On Black Monday, the exchange traded 604 million shares. This year when the market saw big swings in August, the NYSE traded an average of 2.8 billion shares per day. But an accounting of similarities or differences can obscure broader truths about the mortality of market run-ups. The same frenetic air that brought on ’87 eventually felled the dot-com run-up at the start of this decade and the more recent buy-a-home-get-rich-quick market. “There was not that realization of how much leverage had been introduced into the system. It’s the same thing with subprime now,” Phelan said, referring to loans made to borrowers with poor credit and recent concerns about rising default rates among such loans. And as was seen with the February stock market pullback this year, and the market’s retrenchment after major indexes touched fresh highs in August, Wall Street’s peaks can meet with swift ends. That is what traders recall about Oct. 19, 1987. “That day really changed people’s minds as to what could really happen and what risks they really had down here. For a long time it was not something you thought about on a regular basis. I think after that day everyone thought about that risk all the time,” Doreen Mogavero, head of the firm Mogavero Lee and Co., said recently from her booth on the floor of the exchange, where she has been a member for 28 years. Indeed, Wall Street seemed to welcome a dose of conservatism. Safety measures emerged from inquiries into the crash that include computerized mechanisms to slow or even halt trading if declines prove steep enough. Still, the events of recent years have shown that when the market’s fear is deep enough, there is little to be done to stop a rush to flee the market. On Sept. 17, 2001, when the stock market reopened for the first time after the 9-11 attacks, nothing but the market’s own dynamics could have stopped the selling. The Dow fell nearly 720 points before ending the day with its worst point drop ever: 684.81. Compare that with Phelan’s recollection of Black Monday. “It was almost like a fountain they were coming out so fast,” Phelan said of sell orders arriving on the NYSE trading floor during the crash. Mogavero said that day on the floor and the unsettling trading that continued in subsequent sessions left her a more conservative investor. “The looks on people’s faces during the day actually told the story. After about lunchtime it started to become apparent things were not usual and I think at that point it became a very sort of frantic environment,” she said. Phelan similarly recalled how buyers simply disappeared in the final hours of the session on Oct. 19 and the resulting swoon in the markets. “It just absolutely melted down.”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 late summer months of 1987 saw stocks charging to fresh highs as well as an anemic dollar, rising oil prices, a weak housing sector and credit market jitters – all conditions that exist today. John Phelan, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange at the time, recalled, “The market was just too high and it was looking for some excuse to react.” Indeed, the Dow had been up 18.5 percent for the year the day before the crash and at its late-August peak had risen a staggering 43.6 percent for the year. Some observers have made comparisons to this year, when the Dow crossed 13,000 for the first time and then in short order passed 14,000 as investors looked past growing concerns about tightening credit markets and a faltering housing sector. But market watchers say there are important differences. At the time the Federal Reserve was busy battling inflation, and interest rates were much higher, notes Liz Ann Sonders, now chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab Corp.
As smoke from multiple wildfires has engulfed Southern California, health officials said Tuesday they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people going to hospitals with asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. “We are seeing a real spike – a several-fold increase – in people coming in with respiratory complaints, particularly wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding. Smoke and ash, along with dust raised by gusting winds, have exaserbated air quality in at least four counties, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “It will affect everyone in some way because it’s a substantial exposure,” said Dr. Chand Khanna, pulmonologist at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Overwhelming amounts of particulate matter can cause irritation and chest pain, which can lead to coughing and shortness of breath, Khanna said. “The air here is bad to begin with, so you take the wind with the particulate matter, and then you add all the smoke, and it’s a bad combination.” Local physicians also caution that particulate matter can affect the heart. “Small particles are extremely dangerous for the lungs, but also extremely dangerous for the heart,” said Dr. Lisa Matzer, director of the outpatient center at Glendale Adventist Hospital. “We’re seeing earlier signs of heart disease, and we’re seeing more firemen coming in complaining of chest pains,” she said. “My message out there is, everybody should worry about your heart this week.” [email protected] (213) 974-8985160Want 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.And the poor air quality could linger, said Sam Atwood, AQMD spokesman. “In terms of smog season, we had the cleanest year on record, significantly cleaner than even last year, but (the fires) kind of put a little black mark at the end of smog season because of all the smoke,” Atwood said. And although the Santa Ana winds are expected to decrease today, particulate matter blown out to the ocean can blow back. “If you look at satellite images, there’s smoke blowing out to sea, but some of that smoke could be blown back into the area,” Atwood said. The result will be an increase in breathing problems. “The summer months were pretty slow, but now it’s really going, with about 20 people a day coming in with environmental exposure problems,” said Dr. Marc Kerner, an ear, nose and throat specialist from Northridge Medical Center.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Roche said Tuesday that it continues to think Amgen’s patent claims are invalid. “Amgen has had an extended monopoly for the last 20 years in the U.S. blocking new therapeutic options to treat anemia from being introduced,” said William Burns, chief executive of Roche’s pharmaceutical division. Amgen said it thinks Roche’s product provides no clinical or patient benefit over its own anemia medications, Aranesp and Epogen. Aranesp was Amgen’s best-selling drug last year, with $4.12billion in sales. But sales have recently fallen off after the FDA earlier this year required stronger warnings for the drug and asked for additional studies. Using too much of the drug can increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack and death, according to the FDA. BOSTON – Amgen Inc. said Tuesday that a jury ruled in its favor in a patent dispute about an anemia treatment whose possible U.S. launch could challenge the drug maker’s top-selling drug. Switzerland-based Roche, which makes the treatment called Mircera, said it was considering its legal options after the ruling, including the possibility of an appeal. In a trial begun last month, a U.S. District Court jury in Boston ruled that the Roche treatment infringes on 11 Amgen patent claims. Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said it would ask the court for an injunction to prevent Roche from selling Mircera in the United States. A hearing on the request is scheduled for Nov. 15 – the day after Roche expects a decision from the Food and Drug Administration on U.S. approval for the anemia treatment, which was approved in July in the European Union. In August, Amgen announced plans to cut up to 14percent of its work force, or 2,200 to 2,600 positions, and it lowered its profit expectations because of declining Aranesp sales. Shares of Amgen rose $1.58, or 2.8percent, to close at $57.70 Tuesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It has to be a great solace for the down-and-out to know they’re no longer homeless, they’re … outdoorsmen! But this is L.A., and you can’t have a dumb government action without discovering it was done willfully and with punitive intent. The outrage cherry atop the stupid sundae comes courtesy of Perry, who wouldn’t sign off on the settlement unless the right to “camp” applied to the entire city, not just her district, which includes Skid Row. Perry wants to spread the pain and actually convinced her colleagues to go along with this craziness. So when you discover panhandlers sacked out in front of your home, squatting with the Sunday crossword puzzle in your pachysandra, give a big “attaboy” to Greig Smith, Dennis Zine, Wendy Gruel, Tom LaBonge, et al. This is the kind of outside-the-refrigerator-box thinking we’ve come to expect from City Hall. There are as many reasons for homelessness as there are homeless people. Everyone on the street got there on a different path. There are common traits: booze, drugs, mental illness and abuse. But the sad truth is, in a nation of 300 million-plus, some people go feral. We increase homelessness by accommodating it. Even San Francisco is feeling the backlash against the libertine attitude of their Board of Nitwits who turned the “City by the Bay” into Flopsylvania. It’s labor-intensive to reclaim a single lost life. It’s a good fight, an honorable fight, and we should help the folks at the Midnight Mission and others who are doing God’s work. But the answer to homelessness won’t come by pretending they’re, “just like you and I.” That we’re all “just one paycheck away.” The homeless are very different from you and I. They’re alienated not only from their families and friends, but from every other human relationship. What city, county, state or federal program is going to undo that damage? Rebuilding Arrowhead or post-Katrina New Orleans is a lay-up compared to picking up the wreckage of a single human being. L.A. won’t be shocked into caring by exporting homelessness from Skid Row to Sherman Oaks. It is not the role of government to deliberately lower quality of life for the functional, even if you think you’re helping the dysfunctional. This settlement doesn’t help anybody. The ACLU says we can enforce vagrancy laws if we pony up 1,250 units of low-cost housing. This is the same failed policy we’ve followed for four decades – it’s a guilt tax. Nobody has the guts to do what really works – a massive expansion of mental health facilities, exponential increases in drug and alcohol programs, and an aggressive police policy like the one LAPD Chief Bratton had been using in Skid Row. Arrest vagrants until they seek help or take their act someplace else. L.A. is not a public toilet. Ventura Boulevard is not Will Rogers State Park. The homeless are not urban campers. The sidewalks shouldn’t be a bed-and-breakfast, and the truth should not be negotiable. Sadly, in Los Angeles, it often is. Are homeowners required to leave a mint on the sidewalk? Doug McIntyre hosts the “McIntyre in the Morning” program on Talk Radio 790 KABC, weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT’S time once again to break out our Politician-to-English dictionaries, because the Statesmen of Spring Street have done it again – boldly taking language where even George Orwell dared not tread. The latest assault on sanity is Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry’s negotiation with Ramona Ripston and the American Civil Liberties Union over Skid Row sidewalk encampments. While the entire issue has devolved into a Rubik’s Cube of nuttiness, the L.A. Language Police have put a chokehold on English by redefining the homeless as “urban campers.” And where are the campsites? Right in front of your home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That’s right, your city elders actually negotiated the right for the homeless to sleep anywhere in the city. Anywhere! Skid Row, Hancock Park, Encino, Woodland Hills, Mount Washington, maybe even right on the sidewalk at 1616 Beverly Blvd., the L.A. headquarters for the ACLU. In its infinite wisdom, the City Council has legalized vagrancy, torpedoed quality of life, created a public health hazard and once again punished the citizens of the city because council members don’t have any answers. So what do they do? They rewrite the English language. Presto! The homeless are now campers. Why stop there? Let’s really go for it and start calling them Nobel laureates. “Welcome to Los Angeles, home of 80,000 Nobel Prize winners!” Take that, New York.