Month: December 2019

  • Best jokes following Pedro news as every fan laughs at United

    first_img1 Chelsea have signed Pedro ahead of Man United and fans laughed at Ed Woodward So Man United have dropped their interest in Pedro.That’s one way of looking at news of the Barcelona forward’s decision to join Chelsea, rather than move to Old Trafford.Sadly for United fans, it’s not the way most football fans see it, given that chief executive Ed Woodward was apparently in Spain this week for talks over a deal to take Pedro to Manchester.And in a week where the club missed out on other transfer targets, Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi, supporters reacted to the Pedro news like this.last_img read more

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  • WATCH: ‘Lord’ Bendtner’s unconventional warm-up routine for Wolfsburg

    first_imgNicklas Bendtner is a cult hero at Arsenal for a reason, and it wasn’t for his goalscoring ability.The Great Dane gained a reputation for his calm and collected demeanour on the pitch, and while many fans interpreted it as laziness – surely not! – many others couldn’t help but love him.It would come as no surprise to Arsenal fans, therefore, that ‘Lord’ Bendtner decided that Wolfsburg’s team warm-up for Sunday’s clash with Frankfurt wasn’t for him, with the forward swanning off and showing off to fans instead – as only he could.Check out the clip above…last_img read more

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  • Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri believes Jamie Vardy is reaching a ‘high’, high level’

    first_img Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has hailed Jamie Vardy after the striker’s latest heroics against West Bromwich Albion. 1 Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has hailed Jamie Vardy after the striker’s latest heroics against West Bromwich Albion.The England international scored for the eighth successive game in the Premier League to make it 11 goals for the season in the Foxes’ 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns.Vardy is just two games away from equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s league record of netting in the first 10 matches, which the Dutchman set at Manchester United 12 years ago in 2003.The comeback victory sent Leicester to third in the table, just three points behind leaders Manchester City, and saw their unbeaten away record remain intact.Ranieri said: “Jamie is just starting his career now. He comes from non-league but for him it is not too late to arrive at a high, high level. I wish all the best for him.“I have a very good feeling now, not only with the strikers or only with Vardy.“I feel very good here at Leicester with the chairman, with the family of the chairman, with all my staff, with all our players, all our fans. It is fantastic, there is a good electricity.The Italian manager also praised the Foxes supporters, and spoke of how lucky he feels to be with the club. “It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve had at any club. I am a very lucky man to be here.”last_img read more

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  • Manuel Pellegrini: Fabian Delph does not deserve to be booed on first return to Aston Villa

    first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims Fabian Delph does not deserve to be booed on his return to Aston Villa this weekend.Delph angered fans when he abruptly quit Villa Park in July just weeks after issuing a strong statement pledging his future to the midlands outfit.The 25-year-old has featured little for City since because of injuries but is now back in contention and could feature at Villa Park on Sunday.Asked if Delph could expect a difficult welcome, Pellegrini said: “No, I hope he will not receive that. He played a lot of years for Aston Villa and Aston Villa wanted to sell him also.“He continued being a player that gave a lot of his career to Aston Villa and I don’t think the fans will forget all those things.”Delph, then Villa captain, was heavily linked with City at the end of last season but he appeared to rule out a move when he spoke out to “set the record straight” and say, “I’m not leaving”.He then performed a volte-face to join City in an £8million deal and, with hamstring issues now behind him, Pellegrini claims he will not lack motivation this weekend.The Chilean said: “Maybe it is the same as with Jesus Navas when we played against Sevilla.“Fabian made [a lot of] his career at Aston Villa but he is a professional player, now he is playing with us. I know that he wants to play also because he was a long time injured.”You can listen to Aston Villa v Manchester City exclusively live on talkSPORT from 1.30pm BST on Sunday. Fabian Delph 1last_img read more

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  • Given: Aston Villa are doomed and should start preparing for the Championship

    first_img Aston Villa manager Remi Garde 1 Doomed Aston Villa should forget about signing Premier League players in the January transfer window and begin their preparations for Championship football, according to former goalkeeper Shay Given.Lifting the club to safety seems an almost impossible task for manager Remi Garde after his side suffered a 3-1 defeat against fellow basement battlers Sunderland on Saturday to leave them seven points adrift at the bottom of the top-flight table.Villa, who have claimed just one league victory in 20 games this season, have been linked with a number of targets as the boss aims to spark their great escape, including Chelsea striker Loic Remy and former West Ham midfielder Morgan Amalfitano.But ex-Aston Villa glovesman Given claims the club would be ‘crazy’ to make any high-profile signings with relegation looming.“It’s sad because it’s a great club, but Aston Villa have to be realistic,” the Ireland international told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They’re so far behind now, it already looks like it’s too far gone.“It would be crazy to sign more Premier League players in January to try and stay in the division, when they would have big contracts and big transfer fees.“They probably have to start preparing for the Championship next season.“They need to begin to get rid of the bigger earners at the club and bring in some Championship players as they look to next season.”last_img read more

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  • Teen drivers monitored with video cameras

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Traffic crashes are by far the No. 1 killer of U.S. teenagers, with a fatality rate four times higher than drivers age 25-69. A total of 5,288 teens died in traffic collisions in 2005, and more than 7,000 were driving cars involved in fatal crashes. Insurance companies can benefit significantly if the initiatives catch on, according to Craig Weber, senior insurance analyst with research and consulting firm Celent. “It’s a unique opportunity for them to help change behavior, which will help them drive down rates, which will make customers happy,” said Weber. Even if rates don’t drop, he added, “it’s a huge win in building customer loyalty and generating positive P.R.” One of the programs – Safeco Corp.’s Teensurance – just announced premium discounts of up to 15 percent for its customers who participate. Others are likely to follow suit. Under Teen Safe Driver, a camera records audio and video images of both the road and the driver when motion sensors detect swerving, hard braking, sudden acceleration or a collision. The footage goes to an analysis center where it is graded for riskiness and sent on to parents with comments and coaching tips. Teen drivers have mixed feelings about the technology; one in 20 even cover the camera after it is first installed, according to program officials. “It’s great that you can see what you did wrong,” said Anna. “But it kind of feels like a parent is in your space, especially when you get yelled at if you do something wrong.” She has been part of a pilot program at her high school for the past year. She usually sits down with her father, a police officer, to review the incidents – and explain why she was driving with a cell phone to her ear. Her mom, Bette Kinderman, views the system as a great tool for parents. “I’d rather be able to talk to her about an issue before there’s an accident,” she said. She downplayed concerns about privacy: “To me, my kids haven’t earned their privacy in a car yet. Being in a car is so dangerous.” While the early data is limited, Madison-based American Family says teen drivers participating in the program have had significantly fewer crashes and injury accidents than would have been expected based on national driving statistics. It also says driving-risk scores measured in the recordings analyzed drop an average 80 percent during the first 16 weeks. Rusty Weiss of DriveCam Inc., the San Diego-based company that developed the technology, said the video captures more inattentive mistakes than aggressive-driving ones; for example, teens talking on their cell phones, listening to iPods or heeding friends’ advice to run yellow lights. Private details and conversations are not shared with parents, he said, nor are individual incidents or video clips given to American Family. “Our program is really about providing a bridge between parents supervising teenage drivers in their vehicle and being out there on their own,” Weiss said. Privacy-wise, the key is that the program is voluntary, said Joan Claybrook, president of the nonprofit group Public Citizen, which advocates for safer roads. “I think it’s very important for teenagers to get some feedback at a time when they’re new to driving,” she said. “As long as they’re fully informed of the potential uses of it and the parents are fully informed of it and they decide to do it anyway, then that’s fine.” Other programs aim to accomplish similar goals using global positioning systems technology. Guy Thompson of Lake Oswego, Ore., gets an automated text message whenever his 16-year-old daughter Maggie drives her car more than five miles from home or exceeds 55 mph, limits he set to trigger alerts under the Teensurance plan. He also can monitor the location of her car online, or even set the device to notify him if the car arrives at a specified address. Thompson says the extra information eases his concerns when Maggie is out and has made her more forthcoming about her whereabouts. Maggie said she’s become a more conscientious driver because she knows that if she speeds, the device – and her dad – will hold her accountable. “I think it’s generally a good thing,” she said, “as long as you have a trusting relationship and you’re honest. And if you don’t, maybe it’s a step in the right direction.” Customers of Seattle-based Safeco pay an additional $14.99 a month for two years for the program. While Safeco agents suggested that initial interest in the program was tepid, spokesman Matt Gertmenian characterizes nationwide sales as good so far. The main goal, he said, is to get teens to think and talk more about driving safety. “We’re trying to have them drive the way they do when Mom and Dad are in the car with them,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – When 17-year-old Anna Kinderman takes a turn too fast in her parents’ sedan or jams the brakes too hard, she apologizes aloud even when no one else is in the car. “Sorry, Dad,” she says, looking up at the camera mounted on the rear-view mirror. Mom and Dad will see the incident on video soon enough, after all. Several U.S. auto insurers have begun offering in-car cameras or global positioning equipment to help parents monitor their teenagers’ driving behavior, hoping to reduce the alarming number of crashes involving young new motorists. Industry experts say it’s too soon to gauge the effectiveness of programs like American Family Insurance Co.’s Teen Safe Driver, used by the Kindermans in Madison, Wis. But the case for needing to improve highway safety for teens is compelling. last_img read more

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  • MEND celebrates opening of Pacoima health center

    first_imgPACOIMA – For the last year, Rosa Lopez would wake up in the morning, open her eyes and see nothing but blurry images. But on Thursday, she saw the possibilities of improving her vision, thanks to a free examination and, maybe, new glasses. “This is so good they have something like this,” the Sylmar woman said as she waited for her turn inside the newly opened Meet Each Need with Dignity health center. “For many of us, our jobs don’t provide health insurance.” What began more than 30 years ago in a two-car garage as a way to help people in need has blossomed into an $8.5 million, 40,000-square-foot center at 10641 San Fernando Road in Pacoima. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.To help celebrate the facility’s opening, a free health fair was held Thursday to introduce the community to all the services available, from vision exams to dental care to blood-pressure screenings, all conducted by a dedicated staff of volunteer physicians, nurses and social workers. “I still get a lump in my throat each time I drive up to this place,” said Carolyn Rose, who co-founded MEND in 1971 with her husband, Ed. The Mission Hills couple opened their garage door every Saturday to those in need, offering food and clothing they had collected from their church. Since then, MEND has expanded to its current facility, which is four times larger than its former site on Van Nuys Boulevard. The older site houses educational services, including English-as-a-second-language classes. “It’s just unbelievable, beyond our expectations,” Ed Rose said. MEND is the San Fernando Valley’s largest poverty agency, serving clients in Pacoima, Arleta, Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, San Fernando, North Hills and Mission Hills. Last year, it provided $700,000 in medical, vision and dental care to more than 40,000 people. Those who qualify for its services have household incomes below the federal poverty guidelines, or less than $31,000 a year for a family of four. Part of what keeps MEND going is its ability to adapt to changing approaches to health care, Executive Director Marianne Haver Hill said. “A critical need is promoting holistic methods” like acupuncture, which the Latino community has become more open to using, Hill said. Nurse volunteer Delio Perez said he is hoping more Latinos come in for blood-pressure and diabetes screenings early – before it’s too late. “Those are the two ailments killing us,” he said. “When you have diabetes, then blood pressure, and you can’t control it, you are more likely also to suffer with depression, something else we are seeing a lot.” For Sylvia Aguilera, free dental care close to home means a world of difference. MEND’s dental service also has expanded, from a three-chair operation to an eight-chair center, through a collaboration with Loma Linda University. “I had to leave the house at 5 a.m. to go to Los Angeles to a free clinic to have my teeth checked,” she said. “For many of us, we have to choose between eating or medical care. This helps us so much.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want 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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  • Many in hunt at Disney

    first_imgFrom news services Scott Verplank was two shots behind with three holes to play Saturday, then surged into a share of the lead at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic simply by making pars. Verplank, one of six players who had at least a share of the lead on a wild afternoon at Disney, wound up with a 71 and was tied with Stephen Ames going into a final round in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. On a pristine day outside the Magic Kingdom, chaos reigned on the closing holes at a tournament that used to be known for birdies falling as often as the whistle blows at Thunder Mountain. Singapore Open U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera shot a 1-under 70 to double his lead to four strokes. Cabrera, of Argentina, fired three birdies and two bogeys to finish with a three-day total of 9-under 204 at the $4 million Asian Tour tournament at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. “I had to work my way around. It was tough, the winds were picking up, and the greens are getting very hard,” said Cabrera, who made a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 17. Four strokes behind in second place was Jin Park of the United States, who had three bogeys and one birdie for a 1-over 72. Phil Mickelson, who was six strokes off the pace at the start of the round, slipped further down the leaderboard after four bogeys, but got back into a tie for 11th place with birdies on the final two holes. He’s at even-par 213. Justin Rose struggled early before shooting an even-par 71 to lead European Order of Merit rival Padraig Harrington by four shots after the third round in Sotogrande, Spain. Rose, who started the round with a four-shot lead atop the leaderboard, recovered from a bogey-double bogey start with three birdies and then sank a tough putt at the last hole to save par. Rose is at 4-under 209. Harrington is tied with Simon Dyson (69) of England at 213. Ernie Els leads the PGA European money list by $313,892 over Harrington but opted to play in Singapore on the Asia Tour this week. Harrington leads Rose by $948. Volvo Masters Mizuno Classic This was something new for Laura Davies – a two-stroke penalty for putting from the wrong place. The penalty dropped her into a tie for the lead with Momoko Ueda in Shima, Japan. “I’m just angry that this happened,” Davies said. “This is my 20th year on tour and it’s never happened.” The 44-year-old British player looked set to maintain her lead, but the penalty gave her a double-bogey on the par-4 14th. She settled for a par 72 and a tie with Ueda, who shot a 67. Both are at 7-under 137 after two rounds.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Ames, who had a two-shot lead at one point, bogeyed two of his last three holes with three-putts that measured 60 and 70 feet. He had to settle for a 70 but had few complaints about still being in the lead. The man of few words was Brett Wetterich, who might have joined the leaders except for his triple bogey on the final hole when he suffered a two-stroke penalty for accidentally moving a twig inside the hazard while deciding whether to play the shot. He had a 72 and walked off the course without speaking to reporters or a PGA Tour official. Once he cools down, Wetterich might realize he’s still in the hunt. Then again, just about everyone is. “There’s got to be 30 guys that have a chance to win,” Verplank said. Verplank and Ames were at 13-under 203, with Justin Leonard (70) and longshot Tag Ridings (71) in the five-way tie for third. Two dozen players were separated by four shots going into the final round of the final PGA Tour event of the year. last_img read more

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  • Teacher power scores at voters’ box

    first_imgLaura Williams, president of the Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada, said the election results can only be helpful to Norwalk-La Mirada teachers. “It means that we have a voice on decisions,” she said. “I think we’re feeling pretty good right now.” Norwalk-La Mirada incumbent Pauline Deal, who also was endorsed by the teachers and won, said even with five teachers on the seven-member board, little will change. “It hasn’t affected anything with four teachers and three community members,” Deal said. “Lorraine seems really level-headed and has a good grasp of budgets. I don’t know what would change.” Other teacher-endorsed candidates also said teachers won’t have any more power. “I am not beholden to anybody. If anybody looks at my record, they know that’s not the case,” said Schneider, formerly on the South Whittier School Board for 18 years. The associations helped their candidates by giving money and providing manpower for things such as going door-to-door and phone banking. The latter was especially evident in the Norwalk-La Mirada race, said Deal, an association-endorsed candidate. “Clearly the union endorsement had to have helped,” Deal said. “In the past, we had union endorsements, but they didn’t do anything,” she said. “This time, they did three mailings, phone banking, precinct walking, and an automated phone call.” Postcards supporting Deal, Neal and incumbent Karen Morrison also were mailed. In other races, the teachers gave $3,000 to Elbling in the East Whittier School District race, $4,000 to Schneider and incumbent Ralph Pacheco in the Whittier Union High School District race, and $7,500 to Marcella Calderon and David Vela in the Montebello Unified School District race. All of these candidates won. Some said they didn’t just win because of the endorsements. “You have to have substance to your campaign,” Elbling said. “You have to have a message and demonstrate you’re knowledgeable.” 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It shows that voters respect the viewpoint of teachers,” Newcomer said. “Having their support is a positive. It might not be the only thing voters look at, but it’s one important aspect of voters making up their mind.” Teacher-endorsed candidates won eight of nine seats in the East Whittier City, Montebello Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified and Whittier Union High school districts. The lone loss came in the East Whittier City School District where Angel Gallardo, a career and technical education coordinator at Pomona Unified School District, placed fourth. While some might think the victories give the teachers too much power, Newcomer said he doesn’t think it’s much of a change or a big deal. “You will have board members who understand what’s going on in the classroom,” he said. “I don’t see evidence of that authority being abused, especially locally.” Whittier-area teacher associations appeared to be the big victors in Tuesday’s school board elections, knocking off an incumbent and picking up two open seats. Richard LeGaspi, who was seeking a third term on the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board, lost to teacher Lorraine Neal. Teacher-endorsed candidates Dimitri Elbling and Tim Schneider, respectively, also won open seats on the East Whittier City and Whittier Union High school district boards. “I think it was a good day (for teachers),” said Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer, also a professor of political science at Rio Hondo College. last_img read more

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  • Feds arrest Covina man

    first_imgOne June 2007 e-mail between two unindicted conspirators intercepted by the FBI reads, “you can pack $150,000 with some new sample inside of box. Colin can (deliver) to us when he come to China on Friday.” Hussein Nasser, was identified in the federal complaints as part-owner of the Crown Ambassador Trading Company, which ran the stores. The main store, also called the Crown Ambassador Trading Company, was raided by the New York City Police Department in October 2006, and two people were arrested for possessing approximately $1million worth of counterfeit clothing. Apparently, the police arrests did not deter Nasser and the other defendants from continuing to move the clothing. E-mails and phone calls collected by the FBI indicate the trading continued to go on as late as last October. Tsai was released from custody after posting $500,000 in bail, according to Whom Merozoite, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice. dan.abendschein@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A sixth man, Sam Wang, who lived in Taiwan, but was arrested in New York, allegedly manufactured the clothes and shipped them to Tsai in Los Angeles. Together, the defendants shipped more than $19.7million worth of clothing between August 2003 and November 2006, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The investigation was carried out through wiretaps and e-mail surveillance. The clothing, produced in Chinese factories, were imitations of four designer brands: Akademiks and RocaWear – American clothing labels associated with hip-hop music – and Bathing Ape and Evisu – two expensive Japanese brands. E-mails sent between Tsai and Wang indicate that Tsai would on occasion travel to Taiwan, where Wang lived, and would bring clothing samples and cash between the two locations, according to federal documents. A Covina man was arrested by federal authorities on suspicion of participating in a conspiracy to import and distribute counterfeit clothing manufactured in China, authorities said Thursday. Colin Tsai, 36, acted as a middleman for the movement of the clothing to New York City and the movement of currency back to China, according to the FBI. He was arrested Wednesday, officials said. Hussein Nasser, 27, Hussein Chahine, 27, Hassan Chahine, 25, and Ali Fayad Nasser, 25, of North Bergen, N.J., owned and operated three clothing stores in Manhattan that sold the goods, officials said. last_img read more

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