Month: December 2019

  • Que!! Stoke star Charlie Adam takes the talkSPORT Spanish test

    first_imgThe Britannia Stadium is more Spanish than Stoke-ist these days following the arrival of a host of star names from La Liga.But the language barrier can make things difficult in a dressing room. So what are the Stoke lads doing about it?Charlie Adam revealed on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday morning that goalkeeper Shay Given had been spotted using a Spanish language app after training, but what about the Scottish midfielder himself? Can he make himself understood when chatting with Bojan and co?We decided to put his linguistic skills to the test…last_img read more

  • Man United line up without key player at Watford this weekend

    first_img1 Louis Van Gaal during United’s last Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion 1center_img Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was handed an injury headache ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match at Watford, with the news that Anthony Martial left Wembley on crutches following a foot injury he sustained in the France’s friendly against England on Wednesday night. While French boss Didier Deschamps claimed it was “just a knock”, he did concede that Martial “was in quite a bit of pain after the match”, and Van Gaal will now have to call on reinforcements as he looks to resume United’s title challenge at Vicarage Road. In the past week, Michael Carrick was forced off after an ankle injury sustained in England’s match against Spain and it emerged Antonio Valencia will be sidelined for five months due to a foot injury which required an operation.Though Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson could be considered for selection in the matchday squad after their respective knocks, long-term absentee Luke Shaw and centre-back Paddy McNair make up the rest of the United players who are unavailable for selection.With news of Martial’s injury, here’s United’s possible XI against Watford at Vicarage Road.last_img read more

  • Liverpool star set for sensational comeback, Madrid want Ozil, City £22m deal, Spurs want striker and more stories

    first_img Transfer rumours Here’s a selection of stories and rumours from Sunday’s newspapers…Mamadou Sakho could return to action for Liverpool next weekend after resuming full training following five weeks out. (Liverpool Echo)Arsenal will compete with Tottenham for the signature of Marseille’s 22-year-old Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi. (Sunday Telegraph)  Real Madrid will try to re-sign Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil if they sell 24-year-old James Rodriguez. (Don Balon) Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes Arsenal defender Calum Chambers could be a replacement for John Stones, should the 21-year-old leave Goodison. (Sunday People) Manchester City’s Yaya Toure will be offered a £24m deal to sign for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG. (Sun on Sunday) City have scouted PSV Eindhoven’s 20-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Pereiro. (Manchester Evening News) Brazilian star Alexandre Pato says he would be happy to play in the Premier League. (Mail on Sunday) Liverpool’s £29m attacker Roberto Firmino has been told by Anfield hero John Aldridge that he needs toughen up if he wants to win over Reds fans. (Sunday Express) Pep Guardiola is under pressure from his wife to stay in Germany rather than switch to Manchester City or Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror) Carlo Ancelotti is being lined up by Bayern in case Guardiola leaves. (Sunday Express) 1last_img read more

  • Bookstore gives unknown authors a boost

    first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER San Pedro’s Under the Bridge Bookstore and Gallery will be holding books signings the next two weekends to celebrate unknown authors. Charlotte Natale, who co-owns Under the Bridge with her mother, Rachel Leonardo, said that the events are a chance for locals to expand their literary horizons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“They’re not obligated to buy the book,” Natale explained. “It’s a chance to meet exciting people and hear stories. It’s a chance for people to get a taste of authors they would otherwise not even pick up.” Today, books will be signed and read by Eduardo Santiago, author of Tomorrow They Will Kiss; Rosa Lowinger, author of Tropicana Nights; and Reyna Grande, author of Across a Hundred Mountains. Santiago and Lowinger will also have a discussion about Cuba, as both were born there and discuss the country in their books. Santiago tells the story of three different women who grew up in Cuba and now ride the bus to work together in New Jersey. Lowinger looks back at the history of the Tropicana nightclub in Havana. Grande examines illegal immigration through the story of a Mexican girl searching for her missing farmer father. All three authors are self-published and presenting their first books. “It’s sort of a noble accomplishment,” Natale said. Next Saturday, Jeff Dwyer will sign and discuss Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Los Angeles, which Natale thought was a good Halloween book. It reveals where to seek out paranormal experiences from Hollywood to Long Beach. Natale believes that the signings are also a chance for writers to learn more about being published. “Before this I would have never known that people self publish,” she said. “That gives them hope.” [email protected] 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

  • LAUSD hires consultants to fix image

    first_imgHammered by a barrage of negative publicity in recent months, Los Angeles Unified School District officials have quietly hired two consultants to help improve their public image. The school district also hired the public relations firm Rogers Group to focus exclusively on dealing with fallout from an electronic payroll system that has left thousands of employees underpaid or overpaid since February. The recent hirings come in addition to a six-person communications staff with a nearly $1.4 million budget, an overall $10 million communications budget, and a separate consulting contract with Darry Sragow, who helps LAUSD develop communications strategies and policy issues. But LAUSD officials on Tuesday defended the public relations moves, saying that even with the additions, their communications budget pales in comparison to those of other large school districts. Abalos said it’s too early to say how he might restructure the district’s communications department or whether more people would be hired. Currently, LAUSD’s $10 million communications budget includes about $4 million for its public access channel, $3.5 million for a translation unit and $1.4 million for the office of communications. LAUSD also has hired consultant Michael Bustamante under a six-month, $90,000 contract to deal with communications strictly related to the district’s electronic payroll system. Officials did not give the amount of the Rogers Group contract. LASUD officials said the payroll debacle revealed communication problems – particularly internally – that left teachers frustrated and unable to get answers to questions and updates on progress in fixing problems. Since Bustamante started Sept. 4, the political consultant who helped oversee the communications office of former Gov. Gray Davis has spearheaded an aggressive push to reach out to teachers and keep them apprised of the payroll situation through the district Web site, television station, e-mail blasts, newsletters and direct letters to staff, Brewer said. “Over these last several months, we’ve been far more proactive in getting information out to teachers, employees and the public about the status of the payroll,” Bustamante said. Meanwhile, the district has been contracting for years with consultant Darry Sragow for $5,000 a month. Glenn Gritzner, former senior staff member at LAUSD who now works for Sragow, said the government affairs contract includes communications strategy and advising the district on issues including payroll problems, the union and facilities. But critics say LAUSD should be focusing on improving its service so it won’t have to worry about its image. “The district needs to understand, if you want to fix your image, then do things right,” said United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy. “Don’t spend $10 million for spin doctors to weave their webs that try to show the world that they’re really good guys. Actually do it right.” Board member Tamar Galatzan said board approval of contracts is only needed if they exceed $250,000. But she said “lack of communication – both internal and external – has been a great source of frustration.” Still, she questioned whether the consultants will be able to present a unified front. “We have so many messengers that I’m worried that we are not going to have a single message,” Galatzan said. “If the job description for all of the new communication folks is just to find happy stories and convince the newspapers to print them, then I question if that’s a good use of funds.” The superintendent began searching for a director of external affairs this spring and interviewed several candidates, including Abalos. Because Abalos does not have a college degree, he was ineligible to be hired as a district employee. A few months later, Brewer brought him in as a consultant on the condition he completes his degree. He’s currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix. Pair hired to fix image Critics question choices Uniquely qualified Abalos said his experience makes him uniquely qualified for the job. Over 34 years, he’s worked in newspapers and has served as news director, executive producer and field producer for television news. About a year ago, Abalos left his job as director of public affairs for the nonprofit First 5 L.A., the child-advocacy organization created by California voters to invest tobacco tax revenues in programs for children. “I’m here to put into a framework what the vision is for the superintendent and the board so that all three are working in unison so our effort is coordinated in terms of all of our outreach with the emphasis being on the civic engagement piece because we are eager to connect with parents and the community,” Abalos said. “In a district this size, that’s a huge undertaking to want to try to be able to make sure that every part of the district knows what everybody else is doing.” For the latest school news, go to [email protected] 818-713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We don’t do as good a job of communicating with all the audiences we need to talk to – our teachers, students, parents, and the general public,” Superintendent David Brewer III said. “That kind of communications `overhaul’ requires … full-time attention given our size and the scope of our plans.” One of the district’s recent hires is Victor Abalos, a communications consultant for Superintendent David Brewer III who has been signed to a one-year, $178,000 contract to develop communication strategies including restructuring LAUSD’s communications department. He said his position is necessary because the daily newspapers in Los Angeles “love to focus on all the negative going on in the district.” “There are several other organizations, foundations and companies that have to rely on people who know and understand communications because the two largest daily newspapers in this town would rather focus on what’s wrong rather than what’s working,” Abalos said. last_img


    first_imgHundreds of people queue outside McElhinneys today, for the start of the summer sale.The crowds gathered at McElhinneys today for their massive Summer Sale, with thousands of discounts of up to 50% off the crowds raced to grab their summer bargain. McElhinneys is open today from 10am – 10pm and tomorrow Thursday from 9.30am – 8pm.For all those Brides-to-be don’t miss McElhinneys Bridal Rooms unmissable One Day Exclusive Designer Wedding Dress Sale is also on this Friday 6th June from 9.30am – 8.00pm.Stunning designer wedding dresses from Maggie Sottero, Ian Stuart, Pronovias, Ronald Joyce, Benjamin Roberts, Justin Alexander plus many more clearing with up to a massive 70% off. There will also be a selection of wedding dresses for only €99, sample bridesmaid dresses clearing at €50 and veils and other headwear clearing for at €10. This is definitely a bridal sale that cannot be missed if you are getting married!Most wedding dress offers will be available online at No appointment required. Great sterling cash exchange rate with £1 = €1.20.If you would like further information contact the friendly team on 00353749131217. To find the wedding dress of your dreams at a fraction of the price, get to the one day sale filled with exquisite wedding dresses at McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal this Friday 6th June. Shop Instore and online at www.mcelhinneysbridalrooms.comMASSIVE CROWDS FLOCK TO MCELHINNEYS FOR SUMMER SALE was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Businesshome-page featuresMCELHINNEYSnewssummer salelast_img read more

  • Another Arsenal star set for Barcelona? Catalans monitoring Ozil – reports

    first_img Mesut Ozil in action for Germany 1 Barcelona are monitoring Mesut Ozil’s situation at Arsenal with increasing interest.The Germany star has openly called on manager Arsene Wenger to strengthen the Gunners squad this summer, while also praising the managerial skills of new Manchester City boss and former Nou Camp coach Pep Guardiola.And while the midfielder is not desperate to quit London, the Barca hierarchy believe they could tempt him back to Spain where he once starred for Real Madrid.Arsenal have a history of selling their best players to Barcelona in recent years having transferred over £120million worth of talent including Aleksander Hleb, Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Alex Song, Thomas Vermaelen, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas to the Catalan giants.Arsenal will now have to hope they can get back into the Champions League next season, while their midfield assist maestro wants to see the club active in the summer transfer window too.last_img read more

  • Leicester star Jamie Vardy named FWA Footballer of the Year

    first_img1 Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been voted the 2016 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.The England international topped the poll of 290 journalists with 36 per cent of the vote, a clear winner ahead of team-mates Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.The 29-year-old striker has scored 24 goals for club and country so far this season as the Foxes close in on what would be a remarkable Barclays Premier League title triumph. They will be crowned champions should closest rivals Tottenham fail to beat Chelsea on Monday evening.Seven Leicester players received votes in the FWA poll, with captain Danny Drinkwater, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, defenders Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson being recognised by the voters.Leicester forward Vardy will be honoured with the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner in London on May 12.FWA chairman Andy Dunn, of the Sunday Mirror, said: ”It is testament to their all-round excellence that so many Leicester players polled votes from our members. The Jamie Vardy story, though, clearly captured the imagination of so many writers.“His record-breaking feat of scoring in 11 consecutive matches is the jewel in what will surely be Leicester’s Premier League crown.“And the Footballer of the Year award is not just a reflection of his fantastic season, but recognition of a remarkable journey from non-league to the international stage.”Other players to receive votes from FWA members were Tottenham striker Harry Kane, West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet, Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne as well as Spurs midfielder Dele Alli.Vardy said: “It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious award and to have my name added to a list of previous winners that includes some unbelievable players. Thank you to the Football Writers’ Association and to everyone that voted.“Thank you also to my team-mates, who are the reason I’ve been able to achieve anything. It’s been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on teamwork not individuals, which you can see in the voting. Thanks also to the manager, all the staff and the fans for their support.“We’re all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks of the season and turning a great season into one we’ll never forget. Hopefully I can contribute to that and, if selected, carry some good form into the Euros this summer.” Jamie Vardy last_img read more

  • Insider Trading: Latest on Spurs’ newest signing, plus the Daily Pogba and MORE

    first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the summer window.Our man-in-the-know brings us all the latest details on Tottenham’s move for Marseille midfielder Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, who is on the verge of completing a £10m switch to White Hart Lane.There’s also the latest edition of the Daily Pogba, with the French star’s Man United move reportedly moving closer.It is claimed the midfielder wants to leave Juventus this summer, and is keen on a return to United, with his agent Mino Raiola thought to be on his way to Juventus for ‘showdown talks’.Warren also brings us all the latest gossip on home soil, with Stoke tabling a £20m bid for West Brom’s wantaway winger Saido Berahino, while Burnley have been frustrated in their pursuit of Ireland star Jeff Hendrick.Get all this and MORE by listening to the latest Insider Trading podcast above!Here are the latest headlines:Mino Raiola set for Juventus talks over Paul Pogba as Manchester United look to finalise world record £100m-plus moveSTUNNING transfer report: Manchester City to target Leicester ace Riyad Mahrez if they fail to land Leroy SaneTottenham FC transfer news: Georges-Kevin N’Koudou set for medical today as £10m deal agreedTottenham FC transfer news: Clinton N’Jie ready to snub interest from Marseille and fight for Spurs placeLiverpool FC news: Ragnar Klavan has Reds medical and set to seal £4.2m switch on WednesdayDiego Costa NOT for sale – Chelsea striker firmly in Antonio Conte’s plans, claim reportsArsenal FC transfer news: Bolton defender Rob Holding heading to Emirates in £2m dealArsenal BLOW! Gunners’ striker target Mauro Icardi in talks over new Inter Milan contract, reveals agent and wife – ‘He wants to stay!’Gonzalo Higuain latest: Napoli offer Arsenal and Juventus target huge new deal to remain at clubSporting Lisbon tell Chelsea and Manchester United to FORGET about signing star man Joao MarioManchester United and Chelsea to miss out on top target Andre Gomes as Real Madrid enter ‘advanced talks’ over Portugal starCONFIRMED: Burnley sign Iceland international Johann Berg Gudmundsson from Charlton AthleticCONFIRMED: Norwich City sign Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 hero Michael McGovern on free transferlast_img read more

  • LMU student faces hearing over hoax

    first_imgA 21-year-old Loyola Marymount University student arrested over the weekend is expected to be arraigned this week on charges stemming from an Internet posting that warned of a shooting on the campus. Carlos Huerta, 21, a senior, was arrested about 10:15 Saturday night near his campus apartment in Westchester on suspicion of posting the threat on, a blog primarily used by college students, said Officer Mike Lopez of Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations unit. Huerta, whose bail had been set at $100,000, was released from custody around 11 a.m. yesterday morning, according to the inmate information page on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Web site. Police said he could be arraigned today or tomorrow. Students and faculty members were notified about a possible threat, and the campus was restricted to people with business there. No campus events were canceled as a result, Lopez said. On Friday, 20-year-old Jarrad Willis of Melbourne was arrested for posting on a social networking blog an image of a shotgun-toting man with a note that said he was going to shoot people at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. Authorities said Willis’ posting — it appeared shortly after 19-year- old Robert Hawkins opened fire in an Omaha, Neb., mall on Wednesday, killing eight people and himself — was a hoax, and that Willis has been arrested for a similar offense before. Willis is being prosecuted in Australia. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe supposed threat showed up about 11:30 a.m. Friday on the Web site, which allows people to post messages anonymously. “I am going to shoot and kill as many people as I can until which time I am incapacitated or killed by police,” the threat read, according to the Loyolan, the campus newspaper. That was the same message as a posting that led to the arrest of a 19- year-old Melbourne, Australia, man following the deadly mall shooting in Omaha, Neb. Detectives with the LAPD’s Major Crimes Division, working with LMU’s Department of Public Safety, determined the posting had come from Huerta’s computer, Lopez said. Deputy Chief Michael Downing, head of the Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, said: “There was never an indication the threat made was a valid one, and there is no ongoing threat to LMU.” last_img read more