The former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson tells Tom Rennie on the Preview Show this week that Christian Benteke is a great signing for the Reds and should fire the club back into the Champions League this season, after scoring his first goal for the club on Monday. Liverpool travel to Arsenal on this week’s Monday Night Football.Elsewhere, the former Crystal Palace defender Matt Lawrence joins us to discuss Everton, who impressed him in their win over Southampton last weekend but says they still need to add to the squad before September 1st. The Toffees host Manchester City on Sunday.The former England international Danny Murphy picks his three to watch this week, and Joe Tolleson from Sirius XMFC (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom vs. the World’.
Julian Speroni 1 Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni says he is battling back to full fitness after sustaining a hand injury in pre-season.The Eagles cult hero partially tore a ligament between two fingers in his right hand during a training session in South Africa and is expected to be out for at least another four to six weeks.However, the 36-year-old is due to have a scan on the injury this week and is hoping he will be back sooner rather than later to challenge new signing Alex McCarthy for the No.1 jersey at Selhurst Park.“I’m positive that things will go well with the scan and see how things develop during the week,” Speroni told the Palace matchday programme.“I’ll have a scan and make sure it’s healing properly and if it is then I can push a little harder. “I have done some handling work and it felt OK but it takes to four to six weeks to completely heal, so I need to be careful as I don’t want to rush it and something happens again and instead of four weeks it becomes two months.”
Kurt Zouma will this week undergo knee surgery which will rule him out for the rest of the season and Euro 2016, Chelsea have announced.The France defender injured his anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester United.A statement on Chelsea’s official webiste read: “Kurt will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours and is expected to be out for approximately six months.”Zouma landed awkwardly early in the second half of the drawn Premier League contest and was taken off on a stretcher.He vowed to return “stronger”.The 21-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Scan today has shown I injured my ACL. I will have surgery this week & will come back stronger. Thank you everyone for all the messages.” Kurt Zouma Scan today has shown I injured my ACL. I will have surgery this week & will come back stronger. Thank you everyone for all the messages 🙏🏻🙏🏻— Kurt Zouma (@KurtZouma) February 8, 2016 1 May god bless and protects you all 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 #CFCfamily pic.twitter.com/uwglXOOEyB— Kurt Zouma (@KurtZouma) February 8, 2016
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could be on his way to Russia in the summer.The Inter Milan boss is coming under mounting pressure at the San Siro and is expected to part company with the club should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Mancini has already been linked to the Italy job, which will become available when Antonio Conte departs after Euro 2016.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Mancini has received offers from CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg as well as the Russian national team.It was originally understood that Mancini would only leave Inter to return to the Premier League but now the 51-year-old is considering a career in Russia should he leave Inter at the end of the season. Roberto Mancini, the Inter Milan manager 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Each family may pick up four bags of groceries a week: One bag contains bread and bakery products, one fresh produce, one canned staples, and the final bag is of perishables, including fresh juice and dairy products. Large families may pick up groceries twice a week. Availability of the groceries is dependent upon donations from individuals and from stores. Volunteers sort and bag groceries for distribution, and also make sure that each family receives its correct bags. Also, two volunteer drivers each day make pickups at stores that are donating goods. “The Interfaith Food Center is a compassionate, caring organization committed to serving the food needs of as many of the hungry, disadvantaged and homeless population of the communities of Whittier and La Mirada as our resources allow,” according to the organization’s mission statement. “We believe that the perpetuation of our cost-effective center is totally dependent on the support services of volunteers, individuals and organizations who are also committed to feeding the needy …” This second-largest food pantry in the state got its start in 1983 when a group of leaders from several different Whittier-area churches recognized there was a need to help families on a regular basis. The pantry started with about 30 families, and now helps between 550 and 700 families a month, fewer toward the beginning of the month and more toward the end. The volunteers become an important part of the team and several have been helping out many, many years. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and be able to make a serious commitment. Volunteers must be available for three-hour shifts on a selected day and must have their own transportation to get to the center, which is located at 14545 Leffingwell Road, Whittier. Persons interested in volunteering should call Veronica at (562) 903-1478 to sign up for a tour of the facility and an orientation. Send information about your organization to email@example.com, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758. ——— >VOLUNTEER NOW160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The main roadway entrance to the Bob Hope Airport at Hollywood Way will be closed from 6 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Sunday for repaving before the Thanksgiving holiday traffic begins, said airport chief Victor Gill. During the closure, traffic will be diverted to the airport’s Empire Avenue entrance along the south side of the airport, opposite the airport train station. All traffic leaving the airport will exit at the same spot. Detour signs will be posted for drivers to follow. The improvements at the Hollywood Way main airport entrance will align the airport roadway with Thornton Avenue, add a second left-turn lane from the airport onto northbound Hollywood Way, and provide a dedicated right-turn-only lane from the airport onto southbound lanes of Hollywood Way. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Pedestrian crosswalks will also be provided across Hollywood Way to the airport on both north and south sides of the intersection.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings GLENDALE – Taking clippers to a tree can be costly in Glendale, where a couple has been fined $347,600 for pruning 13 trees on and around their property. City officials, though, say any attempt to collect the fine is on hold and they have no intention of charging that much. It’s just a matter of regulations not being properly tailored to fit the offense, officials said. “None of us are going to put that kind of fine on the people,” said City Councilman Dave Weaver. Within the next couple of months, the City Council is expected to discuss the ordinance on which the fine was based – it’s calculated based on a formula – and examine how it could be changed. But Ann and Michael Collard – the couple on Whiting Woods Road that received the $347,600 notice of violation last month – aren’t relaxing yet. “I’ll only be relieved when they finally tell us that they’ve either relieved us from the fine or changed it to something reasonable,” said Michael Collard, 36. The city’s ordinance protects indigenous trees – the oaks, sycamores and bay laurels that normally grow in the area. The law was passed about 20 years ago, after a developer cut down old oak trees in the Mountain Oaks area and residents reacted in an uproar, said Bob McFall, assistant city manager. The city increased the fines earlier this year because other developers were cutting down trees – and paying the fine as a cost of doing business, officials said. But officials say that when they changed the ordinance, they never anticipated anyone would be fined the way the Collards were. The Collards hired a licensed tree-trimming company to prune 13 trees, including five trees on city property near the street that they later found out they were not supposed to touch, Michael Collard said. In June, the city told the tree trimmers to stop pruning the 13 trees. “We knew the trees were protected – can’t knock them down, can’t cut a limb,” Collard said. “But we were under the impression that for light pruning, a permit wasn’t required.” The Collards should have gotten a permit for the work, McFall said. It’s free, but it allows the city to know about the upcoming work and to provide advice on how to best prune a tree, he said. As it is, the trees on and around the Collard property were improperly pruned, diminishing their value, McFall said. There are a few other unresolved cases of individuals being fined under the city’s indigenous-tree ordinance. But none of them face the kind of fine the Collards were issued – and all of them committed tree destruction instead of just pruning, McFall said. Fines are calculated based on a formula that takes into account the size of the tree and other factors, McFall said. Soon after the Collards were fined $347,600, the city put the issue on hold until it could sort out how much they should really pay. But that still hasn’t happened yet. “We don’t know what they expected when they sent that in the mail – if they just expected us to whip out our checkbook and write a check for $350,000,” said Michael Collard. firstname.lastname@example.org 818-546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“All options are on the table to fund that investment,” spokesman Matt Szabo said. SCAG Executive Director Mark Pisano said most of the proposed innovative financing schemes have been used before – Orange County has toll roads, and railroads pay user fees along the Alameda Corridor. “We are suggesting we learn from the lessons of the past and move them forward,” Pisano said. “The reason we haven’t moved forward is the state has been unwilling to give us the authority to do more of these types of projects.” Yet many of the concepts are politically unpopular. Critics deride toll roads as “Lexus Lanes” that get the wealthy out of traffic. And some lawmakers and state employee unions are wary of government partnering with private firms to develop roads or transit lines. “We are hopeful the public realizes the importance of raising the dollars,” said Gary Ovitt, a San Bernardino County supervisor and president of SCAG. “We see that the state is continually taking (transportation) dollars and putting them in other parts of the budget to balance it. Therefore it’s important that we try the tolling and some of these other efforts in hopes that this is the right time.” While existing local, state and federal dollars make up $413 billion – the bulk of money needed for the 30-year transportation blueprint – the plan suggests 12 options that could generate $132 billion to fill the gap. Those include: Raising the state and federal gas tax by 20 cents per gallon, which would generate $17 million. Benefit-assessment districts along the planned extensions of the Gold and Purple lines in which businesses and developers pay a tax for the “benefit” of sitting alongside them. Such districts could generate $3.7 billion. The first phase of the Red Line from Union Station to MacArthur Park levied a tax on nearby businesses that will have generated $130 million when it expires in 2009. But efforts to tax businesses during later phases of the Red Line through Hollywood were shot down. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Roger Snoble said his agency will consider benefit-assessment districts and any other funding mechanism to pay for subway and light-rail expansions. “The fact is we need to generate a new source of revenue if we are to have a prayer of keeping up with the problems of this region,” Snoble said. Highway tolls on new projects, such as a proposed tunnel under South Pasadena connecting Interstate 710 to Interstate 210. Tolls could generate $26 billion. Public/private partnerships in which a private company would finance and build roads or a transportation line under a lease agreement, which could generate $8.4 billion. For example, a private firm has proposed building a Maglev-like train that could carry freight from LAX and the harbor to Ontario. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some Republican lawmakers have been pushing for more public/private partnerships on infrastructure projects, but some state employee unions and Democratic lawmakers have resisted amid labor-related concerns. Schwarzenegger said he plans to introduce more proposals for partnerships in his 2008 State of the State address next month. “To keep our economy moving, we have to do everything that we can in order to create the infrastructure faster, cheaper and better, and I think that we can do that with the public/private partnership,” Schwarzenegger said during a speech in Los Angeles last week. “It’s just that right now it is such a new concept for our legislators that they’re not there yet 100 percent.” Last year, Democratic leaders authored a bill that would allow four new public/private partnerships, two in Southern California and two in Northern California. “The speaker believes they’re worth looking into, but they’re not a panacea,” said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, who proposed the pilot project legislation. But some Republicans and private companies are concerned the bill requires legislative approval for individual projects – meaning they could be re-negotiated with more provisions that dilute some of the economic benefits or change the original terms of the bid. State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who is carrying legislation to expand the use of such partnerships, said he hopes to convince the unions that public/private partnerships will not mean layoffs for state employees. “We see these as job opportunities,” Runner said. “These are going to be projects that just won’t happen unless we have that private investment there backed up by some kind of a toll or some kind of a user fee that then helps provide the payback for the investor.” The 2008 Regional Transportation Plan is now under review, and SCAG will approve the final draft next year. Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The region’s transportation system is so clogged that Southern California residents and businesses will have to pay up if they want swifter freeways and efficient transit systems, according to a regional plan released Thursday. Funding falls far short of the estimated $545.3 billion needed to upgrade and expand the transportation system throughout the six-county Southern California area. And with $132 billion needed to fill the gap, the region should pursue pay-to-use programs including toll roads, benefit-assessment districts and cargo container fees, according to the plan by the Southern California Association of Governments. “It’s time to recognize the infrastructure problems that we’re facing,” said Alan Wapner, an Ontario City Council member who helped oversee the plan. “We’ve never really placed a value on private transportation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe 30-year transportation plan outlines all projects eligible for funding and explains how to pay for them. Some Los Angeles leaders said the region has no choice but to explore new ways to raise money for transportation projects – and they think voters can be convinced. “People understand that we need to do more, and that years of neglect and years of lack of vision have put us in the situation where we are really behind the eight ball in having a public transportation system that works,” said Los Angeles Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the council’s transportation committee. “People are willing to look at things they never looked at before.” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has championed the westward extension of the Purple Line – or the “Subway to the Sea” – has his office analyzing funding strategies for that project and other major mass transit expansions in the city.
The Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny have announced that the smash-hit Disney sensation ‘Frozen’ is coming to the hotel. The Mount Errigal will host ‘Sing-a-long-a Frozen’ on Tuesday December 29th as part of their national tour.Management at the award-winning hotel are delighted that The Mount Errigal is only one of three venues that will host Sing-a-long-a Frozen, when the unique, interactive screening of the worldwide phenomenon Frozen rolls into town as part of a nationwide UK tour. Singalonga Productions are delighted to announce that Disney’s Frozen is the new Singalonga must see!A screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Elsa and Anna.The evening is introduced by a live host who will show you how to use your interactive prop bag and then just sit back and ‘Let it Go’! YOU the audience can be the stars!Remember to dress up as your favourite character and be a Snow Queen for the day or Olaf the snowman, the coolest iceman ever! Disney’s Frozen has taken the world by “snowstorm” and has become the biggest animated film in the world and fifth biggest film of all time.In this heart-warming tale, fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey, teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven, to find her sister Elsa whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.The Academy Award winning song “Let it Go”, which has now sold over 250,000 copies in the UK, will feature as part of Sing-a-long-a-Frozen, along with the rest of the platinum certified soundtrack making this sing-a-long one not to be missed.Sooooo ‘do you wanna build a snowman…..?’ • TOUR DATES:Sing-a-long-a Frozen 12 noon at The Mount Errigal hotel Letterkenny ) on Tuesday 29th December 2015,Tickets on Sale : Saturday 14th March 2015(00353 (0) 7491 22700) Family B&B €100 per nightFamily Ticket, 2 adults & 2 kids €65 + €5 booking feeAdults €18.50 + €1.50 booking feeChildren €18.50 + €1.50 booking feeFrozen is a PG certificate film but the age recommendation for Sing-a-long-a Frozen is 5+ years as younger ones may not be able to fully participateRunning time: 2 hours 40 minutes including interval• FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:• Christine@joegallagherentertainments.com+44 (0) 2871 382876DISNEY’S FROZEN COMING TO THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL AS PART OF NATIONWIDE TOUR was last modified: March 10th, 2015 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:BusinessEntertainemntFeaturesnews
9. Home Fortresses – Between February 23rd 2002 and April 2nd 2011, Jose Mourinho didn’t lose a single home league match with any of his clubs. The Special One’s incredible nine year run came to an end when his Real Madrid side lost 1-0 to Sporting Gijon! 2. Quitting School On Day One – At the age of 23, after he gave up on his playing career, Mourinho’s mother enrolled her son in a business school. Jose quit after just one day to pursue other careers in football. It wasn’t a bad decision in the end! 3. PE Teacher – Next, Jose Mourinho became a PE teacher in Portugal as he continued his development. A former pupil of his said: ‘Until he arrived, no girls ever wanted to do PE, but suddenly nobody was asking for a sick note.’ 1. Arrested – click the arrow above to find out nine more fascinating facts about Mourinho – Days before the 2007 FA Cup final, Mourinho was arrested and cautioned for refusing to let police take his dog, Gullit, into quarantine. Mourinho apparently smuggled the Yorkie, which police thought had not received proper injections, out the back of his house. 10 10 Jose Mourinho is one of the most recognisable sporting figures in the world today and, because of this, much of his life story is already well known to the public.However, there are a few lesser known facts you may not have heard about Manchester United’s new manager.Did you know about his run in with the law, about his job as a teacher back in Portugal, or about how he turned down the chance to become the Newcastle boss near the beginning of his career? If not, you’re in the right place!Click the right arrow above to scroll through our list of things you didn’t know about Jose Mourinho. 10 10 10 8. Speaking Catalan – Jose Mourinho speaks six different languages, including Catalan, which he picked up while at Barcelona. Mourinho also speaks Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian. 7. The Laundry Bin – In 2005, so the story goes, Jose Mourinho mischievously worked around a UEFA stadium ban by using a laundry bin! Mourinho allegedly snuck in and out of the Chelsea dressing room using the container and gave his usual team talk before a Champions League quarter-final. 10. The Newcastle Job – Mourinho opted not to become Bobby Robson’s assistant at Newcastle despite working with him between 1992-97. ‘He told me it would only be for a year, two tops, and that, at the end, I would be head coach. I didn’t take him up on his offer, knowing sooner or later, my time would come.’ 10 10 6. Influential – Jose Mourinho was named the ninth most influential man in the world on a list by AskMen, and he laughed it off by saying: ‘What position is my wife in? Eighth, at least. Im not even in charge of my own home!’ 5. Dr Mourinho – In 2009, Mourinho received a doctorate for his accomplishments in professional football from Lisbon’s Technical University. Mind you, doctors are a touchy subject for Mourinho. 10 10 10 4. Rockstar – In 2011, Mourinho was named “Rockstar of the Year” by the Spanish edition of Rolling Stone magazine. They cited Jose’s ‘provocative attitude on the bench and at press conferences’ as one of their reasons for awarding him the title.