Sheffield Wednesday sign Gary Hooper on emergency loan deal from Norwich

first_imgSheffield Wednesday have signed Norwich striker Gary Hooper on an emergency loan deal.The former Celtic player, who has netted 20 goals in 70 matches for the Canaries, will remain at Hillsborough until January 17. Hooper, recently recovered from an ankle injury, has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Carrow Road this term and the last of his two appearances came in the defeat to Southampton at the end of August. The 27-year-old will link up with fellow Norwich loanee Michael Turner at the Owls. 1 Gary Hooper last_img read more

Arsenal boost as key defender commits to club long-term

first_img1 Nacho Monreal in action for Arsenal Nacho Monreal has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new long-term contract.The Spanish full-back has made more than 100 appearances for the Gunners since arriving from Malaga in January 2013 in a deal worth more than £8million.Having initially struggled to make an impact, he has gone on to become a key member of Arsene Wenger’s team and has kept Kieran Gibbs out of the team this season.The 29-year-old has played in all 22 of table-topping Arsenal’s Premier League games this season, helping them keep 10 clean sheets.“I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal. I feel really good playing here,” said Monreal.“I have a good relationship with my team-mates and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.“The trust of the Arsenal fans is really important for us because they are helping us in every moment as we are fighting to win the Premier League.“I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him. For these reasons I extended my contract.“I’m very happy with my performances this season. At the beginning it was difficult because I was a new signing and I didn’t speak English.“But now I feel more comfortable with my team-mates and with everything in general so that has helped me to play better because I have more confidence in myself.”Arsenal manager Wenger hailed Monreal’s impact following his arrival from La Liga three years ago.“He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back,” said the Frenchman.“He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level.“Overall, his attitude has been absolutely fantastic on a daily basis since he arrived here. He’s 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has always improved since he has arrived and has shown that in many big games as well.“He’s calm, focused and dedicated. He’s well-accepted and loved by his partners. He has the modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team. Everybody senses that and that’s why I think it’s important for the club to have that stability.“Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back.“We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that – he’s a good example for the young players and we have a good bunch of young players.”last_img read more

Health officials warn against physical outdoor activities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Staying indoors can help reduce exposure to smoke and dust, especially by keeping doors and windows closed. Running the air conditioner can also be helpful and will be protective against the heat. Residents should check the filters on their air conditioners and replace them regularly. Indoor air filtration devices with HEPA filters can further reduce the level of particles that circulate indoors. For more detailed information about air quality related to the wildfires, visit the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s website at or call 1-800- CUT-SMOG (288-7664). The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health overseas environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises more than 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $750 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do, please visit the Web site. Officials advised schools to curb physical activities, including after-school sports because of the smoky air hovering over Los Angeles County. Officials also recommended that all residents avoid non-essential prolonged outdoor vigorous physical activity. In addition, the elderly and other sensitive individuals, including adults and children with heart disease, emphysema, asthma, or other lung disease, should stay indoors as much as possible. These individuals should monitor their conditions and be vigilant about taking their medicines as prescribed by their health care providers. Those who have asthma should keep their “as needed” medications with them at all times. If symptoms develop, sensitive individuals should contact their health care provider. “Air quality remains unhealthful across the county as a result of the ongoing wildfires. It is very important that persons take precautions and that they check in on others they know who may be more sensitive to smoke,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Public Health Director and Health Officer. Also, temperatures in many parts of Los Angeles County are expected to reach the 90’s today, so take precautions to protect yourself and your dependents from the heat. It is important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. Individuals with these symptoms should be removed to a cooler, shaded place and given water or sport drinks. 160Want 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

Crimsin owner hopes to brighten the nightlife

first_imgBy Rachel Jones Staff Writer Crimsin owner Tino Khvang stood in the middle of the dusty room, surrounded by tools, shelving and cleaning supplies, while manager Dave Laatz flashed a rainbow of colored lights across a silver wall. It was just a few days before the promised “soft opening” of their new bar and lounge in downtown San Pedro and the pair were hard at work. “I really wanted a place where you can bring your wife, girlfriend ? a couples’ place,” he said. “Also a place where it’s safe and where you can just go enjoy yourself.” He said they have put “a lot of emphasis” on security and hand-picked their hosts. The bar will have a dress code that encourages guests to “dress nice” and avoid such things as caps, baggy pants or shorts, Khvang said. The drink menu will include cocktails, a wine list and eight “high-end” beers on tap. Specialties will include a Crimsin martini, similar to a pomegranate martini, and a Crimsin lager. Khvang said they don’t plan on having a food menu, but can arrange catering for large groups. He also hopes patrons take advantage of the bottle service offered at the bar. Guests can buy liquor at the bar and store it in a safe-depositlike case and keep a key for their next visit. “It’s a really nice, fun thing to do with a group, to have a bottle there,” he said. Despite the nice drink menu and posh atmosphere, Khvang said the prices will not turn people away. “It’s going to be about a dollar more than everybody else,” he said. “It’s not going to be the Hollywood prices. … It will be more similar to Hermosa or Redondo Beach pricing.” Khvang is confident that the bar’s ambiance will make it a great place to hang out, bring a date or have a party. “There’s no other place like this in San Pedro and probably won’t be for a while,” he said. [email protected] 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.Crimsin is planned as a more upscale bar and lounge, and Khvang said he wants it to be “truly different” from any other San Pedro nightspot. “I’ve been to a lot of the bars, and it just seems we have a lot of sports bars, some classified as dive bars … but nothing really upscale,” he observed. Khvang and Laatz started renovating the space about two months ago, when it was Tommy’s Yacht Club. They had wanted to have a soft opening starting Monday but were on track to open for First Thursday. They plan to hold their grand opening Nov. 16. Crimsin’s interior will include some unique designs, such as an illuminated bar, silver wallpaper, big plush couches and a semiprivate back room, which will be complemented by tunes from the new sound system. In addition to making the bar “opulent,” Khvang wants it to be open to everyone. last_img read more

Miss Navajo contestants must think sharp

first_imgBeauty is very much internal, Luther says. What Navajos perceive as beautiful might not be beautiful to others, he said. “It’s having the knowledge of your culture, it’s having respect for your mothers and grandmothers, it’s the language, fluency. As we say, that’s harmony, that’s what we strive for,” said Luther, 32, who is Navajo, Laguna and Hopi. Luther’s documentary follows Crystal Frazier, a now-23-year-old Table Mesa resident, on her quest to become Miss Navajo during the 2005 pageant. Held each year during the Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Ariz., the pageant takes contestants of all shapes and sizes through skill and talent tests, and quizzes them on tribal government and Navajo beliefs. For Frazier, a self-described introvert who raised chickens as a hobby, her insecurities centered on her ability to speak Navajo, an Athabascan language that long had been passed down orally. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – When competitors head off for the weeklong Miss Navajo Nation pageant, they bring along their evening gowns, jewelry, high heels, public speaking skills – and butcher knives. On the nation’s largest Indian reservation, where tradition reigns, contestants are required to speak their native language, make fry bread and butcher a sheep, the animal that represents life to the Navajos. “The pageant really gets people’s interest because they say, `Oh my gosh, a pageant where you butcher sheep,”‘ said Billy Luther, a documentary filmmaker. “But I think people walk away learning the Navajo way of life and how much the Navajo people respect women.” Luther, whose mother was crowned Miss Navajo in 1966, offers a different take on what it means to be beautiful in his first feature-length documentary, “Miss Navajo,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is airing on PBS’s Independent Lens. A panel made up of former Miss Navajos greets the contestants in one part of the film with the intent of finding out whether the girls truly know their native language. Frazier blanks on her turn. She wants the question repeated in English. “I was just a deer in headlights,” said Frazier, who was Miss Northern Navajo in 2004-05. “I remember being in the room and being in awe of seeing formal titleholders. You feel the pressure, and you see all the lights from the cameras, and you just freak. I remember I didn’t even hear a word.” The queen’s panel was added in 2005 at the insistence of Sunni Dooley, 1982-83 Miss Navajo. “They know they are supposed to talk Navajo, but as you saw in the pageant, a lot of them entered without knowing their language,” said Dooley, a storyteller from Vanderwagon. “They probably had memorized their clan, where they came from, who their parents are and who their grandparents are.” What the judges wanted seemed simple enough: Give directions to your house. The pageant began in 1952 as something of a popularity contest, with the winner crowned based on audience applause. And until the early 1960s, two Miss Navajos were named; a traditional one, and “one who looked like Jackie Kennedy,” Dooley says. Now only one queen is named, and the contest is open to any Navajo woman age 18 to 25 who is single and meets other contest requirements, such as having a high school diploma or GED and no children. Faced with a dwindling number of contestants, Dooley and other former Miss Navajos created a nonprofit group in Arizona this year to address how to make the pageant last. “I think whoever wins that pageant, they can say, `Yeah, not only did I compete against 110 girls but I can butcher a sheep with one hand,”‘ Dooley jokes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

State’s deep political pockets

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd with no winner apparent for either party yet- and states leapfrogging one another to get the jump on early primaries – candidates have put a premium on raising big money. “By the end of this, there will have been more money put into this race than ever before,” said Massie Rich, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C., watchdog group that tracks campaign contributions. Rich estimated that when all is said and done in the 2008 race, the candidates will have raised at least $1 billion, the first time that mark will have been passed. And if previous years are an indication, 10 percent to 15 percent of that money will come from California. “They’re raising more, the stakes are higher and they’ve got to raise it faster. California is one of the pots of gold,” said USC political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe. WASHINGTON – Presidential contenders are digging deeper into Californians’ pockets than ever before, already raising more than $50 million in the Golden State even before campaigns get aggressively under way. The tally so far amounts to nearly 70 percent of the $76 million raised in California during the entire 2004 campaign cycle and virtually assures contributions this election year will surpass previous fundraising, according to campaign records. The massive donations come as the state’s early Feb. 5 primary has added new clout to California and spurred a renewed candidate focus on the region. Democratic front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have already raised a combined $25 million from California. Four years ago, Sen. John Kerry raised about $36 million from the state throughout his entire campaign. There’s a similar trend among Republicans. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have raised $11 million from the Golden State – more than half of everything George W. Bush took from California in 2004. Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has raised $3.7 million from the state – about 16 percent of his total contributions. “McCain jokes that he spends a lot of time in San Diego to visit his constituents,” Jeffe said, noting that even with his overall fundraising lag, the Arizona senator remains popular in California. Jeffe noted that the record giving comes at a time when new campaign laws limit donations to $2,300 per candidate, per campaign – for a total of $4,600 between the primary and general election. “They’re raising that much even with a new ceiling on campaign contributions,” she said. “That is really significant.” [email protected] 160Want 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

Jose Mourinho lining up first argument as Manchester United manager

first_img1 Jose Mourinho is so confident of being Manchester United’s manager next season that he has already lined up his first argument at Old Trafford.The Portuguese wants to hit the ground running as United boss and, with Louis van Gaal expected to be given the boot, Mourinho has made falling out with someone as soon as possible a top priority.The Special One has identified his main target as Juan Mata, who would fit perfectly into Mourinho’s preferred style of laying into a gifted attacker for not defending enough.According to Spanish media outlet, El Lad Bible, Mourinho is also keeping tabs on Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, whose argument-completion rate under his former boss was close to 100% at the Bernabeu.While Mourinho remains confident of taking over at United, spending tons of money, refusing to develop any homegrown talent and dragging the club’s reputation through the mud, certain members of the United board are known to be concerned about his suitability for the Red Devils role.But a source close to Mourinho told talkSPOOF, “Jose has vowed to continue United’s fine attacking traditions by attacking as much as possible.“He will attack referees, rival managers, players, club doctors, journalists, fans, ball boys, mascots, fluffy kittens and Pep Guardiola’s mum.”Mourinho is believed to be seeking a three-year contract, because he fears turning into a pumpkin if he stays any longer.DISCLAIMER: Like Ed Woodward trying to sign Neymar, Gareth Bale, Pele etc, don’t take this story too seriously. Mourinho is planning for his United team to press for arguments high up the pitch last_img read more

Napoli offer star man new deal in bid to fight off Everton and Man United

first_img Kalidou Koulibaly [right] in action for Napoli 1 Napoli are ready to double Kalidou Koulibaly’s wages in an attempt to ward off interest from Everton and Manchester United.The defender has been in fine form for the Italian club this season and his performances have not gone unnoticed.Everton and Manchester United are tracking the Senegal international, while Norwich had a bid rejected during the January transfer window.But now, according to Il Mattino, Napoli are ready to offer Koulibaly a new contract to persuade him to stay.The 24-year-old’s current deal expires in 2019 and sees him take home around £600,000-a-season.Napoli, however, a ready to double the centre-back’s wages and extend his stay until the summer of 2021.last_img read more

Sacking Van Gaal ‘would cost Manchester United £5million’ – reports

first_imgManchester United will have to cough-up £5million if they want to axe manager Louis van Gaal this summer.The Dutchman’s deal at Old Trafford earns him up to £8million-a-year, but is heavily loaded with performance-related bonuses.It will cost Van Gaal an eye-watering £1m if the club fail to finish in the Champions League positions this season – the amount written into his contract for reaching Europe’s showpiece cup competition.The Dutchman will receive a £400,000 bonus if the club win the FA Cup this season, but has missed out on a raft of other bonuses, according to The Times.There was a £1.5m bonus written into his contract for winning the Champions League and the same amount for winning the Barclays Premier League.Van Gaal’s wage is comprised of a £3.3m basic, a £2m loyalty payment, £1.6m for image rights and £1.1m for taking United into the Champions League.Jose Mourinho has been heavily-linked with the top job at Old Trafford, but there has been no confirmation of what the club plans to do after another disappointing season.However the Dutchman has told reporters he WILL be at Old Trafford next year.He said before last Sunday’s draw with Leicester: “Next year you will see me again.“We always knew that the process would take three years. I wanted to sign only for two years. The club wanted me to sign for three years, not me.“Every week for six months I have been ‘sacked’ – and yet I am still here. But this has happened to me at every club I have been at.” 1last_img read more

Republic of Ireland’s Marc Wilson OUT of Euro 2016 due to injury

first_img Marc Wilson in action for Republic of Ireland Stoke defender Marc Wilson has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign through injury.Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed that the 28-year-old, who was named in the initial 35-man squad, will now not be available as he continues to fight his way back from a long-standing knee problem.O’Neill told a press conference in Dublin on Monday: “Marc Wilson has had a setback. The best thing for him is to take four or five weeks off. He will be out.”Wilson has not played a senior game for club Stoke since damaging knee ligaments in January and limped out of a behind-closed-doors friendly last month.He last played for Ireland as a substitute in the 1-1 play-off draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica in November.Everton midfielder James McCarthy is to have a scan, but O’Neill has trimmed down his squad ahead of Friday night’s friendly against Holland with Paul McShane, Alex Pearce, Anthony Pilkington and Jonathan Hayes all on standby. 1last_img read more