Month: December 2019

Tottenham set sights on £40m-rated strike starlet

first_img1 Tottenham are hot on the trail of Monaco striker Anthony Martial.The teenage attacker, who is tipped as one of France’s brightest prospects, was watched by Spurs’ scouting network throughout last season.Chelsea and Aston Villa have also shown an interest in the 19-year-old and the French outfit have slapped a stunning £40m price tag on him.But according to Spanish newspaper AS, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are ready to test their resolve to keep the forward by tabling a bid.Whilst Monaco want to keep their star man, failure to turn around a two-goal deficit against Valencia in the second-leg of their Champions League qualifying match next week could mean the club are forced to sell.Martial exploded onto the scene two seasons ago and hit 11 goals in all appearances last term. Anthony Martial last_img read more

‘Bitter’ England fans making Wales fans smile – tweets

first_imgIn July, Wales broke into the top 10 of the FIFA rankings.Now, though, they have leapfrogged England and are ninth ahead of two crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.WATCH: GARETH BALE SCORES FROM BEHIND THE GOAL!Wales are currently top of of Group B, three points in front of chasers Belgium and here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tongue in cheek tweets from fans, who were happy to remind England of their place in the world.Cyprus v Wales is live on talkSPORT – tune in from 7pm right here. Wales fans 1last_img read more

Video: German striker Carsten Kammlott scores incredible scorpion-kick goal

first_imgMonday marked the 20th anniversary of Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita’s scorpion save. In celebration, take another look at this incredible scorpion goal, scored in Germany’s lower leagues in August.last_img

‘If we had Harry Kane we’d be in the top four,’ says Premier League manager

first_imgCrystal Palace would be in the top four of the Premier League if they had England striker Harry Kane, according to Eagles boss Alan Pardew.Palace’s progress has slowed in recent weeks, having taken the league by storm in Pardew’s first full season in charge. They have caught the public eye with an exciting brand of football, but they have won just three of their last ten outings. The south Londoners are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino’s side travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday.17 goals in 36 appearances for club and country this season, Pardew says a top striker like Kane can be ‘the difference’, but he has one of his own in English forward Connor Wickham.  “If Harry Kane was in our team we’d be in the top four if I am honest,” the Palace boss said.“That is the difference a striker can make of that quality.“What we have is a player in Connor Wickham who’s not too dissimilar to Kane, trying to learn that going through the middle of the pitch.“Him coming back to us has been a huge lift, so forget about anything else at Manchester City [they lost 4-0] in terms of the result.“The factor from that game is that Connor is back and he produced a good number nine display. If he gets goals on the back of the displays he’s done, we’re going to have ourselves a really good player and we can start talking about Connor Wickham rather than Harry Kane.”Pardew is hoping to bring in a new striker to boost their attacking options and Palace have been linked with a number of players during the January transfer window.The former Newcastle boss dismissed suggestions of a swap deal involving Dwight Gayle and Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis, while a move for former Spurs man Emmanuel Adebayor has also been reported in the papers.He said: “We’re after somebody who would fit into our group.“It’d be nice to see a big player come in. There’s been no contact from either club (with regard to Gomis).“We can give ourselves a lift so it makes sense for our fans, our players.“We can improve from within, but having said that, we are trying to improve the situation.”He added: “Most of the noises on the market are probably being generated by agents and the media. It’s part of the game, I quite enjoy it!“We have to be realistic. Some of the figures being bandied about for good players, not great players, are massive.“We mustn’t get out-priced. It’s difficult for us.”last_img read more

Social Security recipients to get 2.3% more

first_imgThe Senior Citizens League said a study it has done showed that in eight spending areas, people over age 65 have lost 40 percent of their purchasing power since 2000. This finding reflects factors such as big increases for gasoline, home heating oil and prescription drugs. Shannon Benton, the group’s executive director, said it supports legislation that would base the adjustment on a special gauge of the Consumer Price Index, the most closely followed inflation barometer. It would be weighted to better reflect the goods and services that older people are buying. David Sloane, director of government relations for AARP, which represents people 50 and older, said the cost-of-living adjustment is critical because so many depend on Social Security for most of their retirement income. “Just under one in three older Americans count on Social Security for nearly all of their income and almost two-thirds of beneficiaries count on Social Security for at least half of their income,” he said. Part of the Social Security increase will be eaten up by a rise in the cost of Medicare, the health care program that covers the elderly and disabled. The government said this month that Medicare premiums will rise 3.1 percent next year, which comes to $2.50 to $96.40 per month. That is the lowest Medicare premium increase in six years. Next year’s cost-of-living increase will go to more than 54 million people. Nearly 50 million receive Social Security benefits; the rest get Supplemental Security Income payments for the poor. The average retired worker will see the monthly benefit check rise from $1,055 to $1,079. A couple, both receiving Social Security benefits, will see their monthly check go from $1,722 to $1,761, an increase of $39. The standard SSI payment for an individual will go from $623 per month to $637. The average monthly check for a disabled worker will go from $981 to $1,004. The government said nearly 12 million wage earners will pay higher taxes next year because the maximum amount of Social Security earnings subject to the payroll tax will rise from $97,500 currently to $102,000. The Social Security Administration on Monday had a ceremony to highlight the opening wave of baby boomer retirements, a generation of 78 million people born from 1946 to 1964. The first of those boomers will turn 62 next year, making them eligible for Social Security benefits. An estimated 10,000 people per day will become eligible for Social Security benefits over the two decades, putting a severe strain on the pension program. If no changes are made, the Social Security trust fund is projected to deplete its reserves in 2041 and will begin paying out more in benefits that it collects in payroll taxes in 2017. Medicare is facing even greater problems because of the rapidly rising cost of health care. President George W. Bush pledged to make changes to Social Security the top priority of his second term. But his plan to provide private accounts for younger workers went nowhere in Congress and Republicans and Democrats remain deadlocked.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – With essentials like food, gasoline and medical care all rising at a faster clip, an extra $24 a month likely won’t go very far. But that is the boost the typical retiree will see in Social Security checks come January. The 2.3 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment that will go to 50 million Social Security recipients is the smallest in four years even though many prices are rising more quickly this year than last year. Blame it on the vagaries of how the government computes the annual COLA. The price change is based on the amount the Consumer Price Index increases from July through September from one year to the next. In the past two years, using the third quarter as a benchmark boosted the inflation adjustment, especially the 2006 increase, because it reflected the fact that gasoline and other energy products soared in September 2005 after Gulf Coast refineries shut down in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But this year, energy costs, which were up in the spring, have been falling in the summer, a fact that lowered the COLA change. However, analysts are expecting energy prices to resume rising in coming months given a recent run-up in global oil markets that has seen crude oil prices at record highs, close to $90 per barrel. Big increases in food costs and medical care this year have been offset to a certain extent by moderation in categories of goods that older people tend to buy less of, such as computers and consumer electronics. “Retirees are going to feel a disconnect this year between the COLA increase and the reality of the inflation they face,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s “If this calculation were done in another three months, it would be measurably higher.” The new cost-of-living figure announced Wednesday by the Social Security Administration is the smallest increase since a 2.1 percent boost in 2004. It is a full percentage point lower than the 3.3 percent adjustment for 2007. In 2006, the COLA increase was 4.1 percent, the largest in 15 years. Advocates for the elderly said the small increase highlighted the need to revamp the cost-of-living adjustment to better reflect prices paid by retired people, including the money they spend on health care. last_img read more


first_imgThe Boston Old State HouseDonegal will be promoted as a world-class place to live and do business, at a leading Irish-American event in Boston this week.The annual conference of Irish Networks USA, which connects Irish associations in cities across the US in order to bolster business, cultural, and community links between the United States and Ireland, is taking place between 5th and 8th November.Irish and Irish-American professionals living across the US will attend the event, to engage with the Irish diaspora and with key envoys from Irish businesses. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, those attending will have the opportunity to hear from speakers including the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, and Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. Additional backing for the event comes from Tourism Ireland and leading Donegal-based company, Randox Laboratories, which boasts facilities in Dungloe, as well as Co. Antrim and the Greater Washington DC area.Through reaching out to the Irish diaspora in the US, the company plans to promote the growing economy in Donegal through the creation of hundreds of new jobs over the next few years, as well as promote opportunities at the US facility near Washington DC.The event kicks off on Thursday evening with a welcome gathering for those who have travelled to Boston from across the US, before the conference begins on Friday 6th November, where attendees will engage on a range of topics including global education, transatlantic business links, and the global Irish diaspora network. Delegates are then invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Irish Network Boston at the historic venue of Massachusetts Old State House.Mark Campbell, Senior Manager at Randox Laboratories, is speaking at the conference. Mark said “We are delighted to promote Donegal as a world-class destination for life-science professionals. Working with the diaspora network, we can get the message out there that Donegal has exciting career opportunities, great community networks and strong infrastructure, proving it to be a highly desirable place to work and live.“Additionally, as Randox expands its operations in the US, we are keen to promote our facility in the Greater Washington DC area where there will be increasing job opportunities over the next few months.”COMPANY PUTS DONEGAL ON THE MAP FOR DIASPORA ACROSS AMERICA was last modified: November 4th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Mahrez to join Vardy at Arsenal? Leicester to land Watford star Deeney? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Arsenal are in talks to add Riyad Mahrez to the signing of Jamie Vardy in a stunning double raid on Leicester. Arsene Wenger has already met the £20million release clause of Foxes striker Vardy, who has reportedly had his medical today at London Colney. But now in another incredible twist, Vardy is set to be joined by his PFA Player of the Year team-mate Mahrez. (The Sun)Leicester could also lose another key man – midfielder N’Golo Kante. French giants Paris Saint-Germain are dangling a mega five-year contract to tempt Kante who, like Vardy, has an exit clause in his contract. (The Sun)Leicester, meanwhile, have launched a bid to sign £15m-rated Watford striker Troy Deeney. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United have made a £35.2m bid to sign Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes. (Daily Star)Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to stay at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho after Real Madrid decided not to trigger the £39m release clause in his contract. (AS)Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will make an announcement on his future on Tuesday. The Swedish striker is expected to join Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. (The Sun)Eden Hazard insists Paris Saint-Germain are not part of his plans and he intends to stay at Chelsea. (Daily Telegraph)Southampton managerial target Eddie Howe is ready to snub the chance to replace Everton-bound Ronald Koeman to stay at Bournemouth. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…?Manchester United transfer news: £65m transfer battle, defender news, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic latestTransfer spotlight: All you need to know about Manchester United target Eric BaillyArsenal activate release clause for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy – reportsChelsea target Antonio Rudiger plays down talk of Roma exit: ‘I know nothing. I am only focused on Euro 2016’Liverpool FC transfer news: Portugal star wanted, £45m bid plotted and morelast_img read more

It’s not Christmas without tamales

first_imgArndt grew up around tamales while living in San Fernando, but she generally avoided them. She had a change of heart, however, after tasting an Ortega family tamale. Now, she plans to serve tamales for Christmas dinner along with ham, a green bean casserole and scalloped potatoes. Yona Hong, 35, said that as a Korean-American, rice is always the main dish when she joins family for a big meal. But this Christmas, tamales will be a side dish, sharing the bill with turkey, shrimp and kimchi, a fermented mix of vegetables and seasoning. Hong, who lives in Koreatown, sees tamales as a delicious alternative to fried food. “Burgers and french fries, if you think about it, it’s not good for you,” Hong said. “But tamales, it’s made out of vegetables or meat and it’s cooked.” Fellow tamale fan Gloria Lusear will fly home to Arkansas with the treats also in tow to have with champagne in a light Christmas Eve dinner with her family. She says L.A. tamales are better than the Mississippi Delta variety called “hot tamales” that she grew up with – which came out of a can. For this Christmas, she is ordering her tamales from a bakery in East Los Angeles. “I love them, and I’ve never had a decent tamale in Arkansas,” Lusear said. Mexican tamales are usually filled with shredded beef or chicken and a mole sauce of chilies and spices, surrounded by a layer of dough called “masa” made from ground corn mixed with some kind of fat. The Gourmet Tamale Factory uses Country Crock spread because it has no trans fat, but in Mexico tamale makers often use lard. The whole thing is wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf, and then steamed. The tamale has ancient roots in Mexico – the ground corn base used in masa is called “Nixtamal,” a variation of an Aztec word for it. Making tamales is labor intensive, so in today’s busy world Gourmet Tamale Factory and other eateries save customers the work. In the two years since opening California Tamale House in North Hills, Juan Gonzalez, 40, said he has also noticed the popularity of tamales among non-Latinos reach new heights. Filipino-Americans and Korean-Americans especially like them, he said. “I think it’s because Latin American culture is strong,” he said in Spanish. But the tamale is anything but new to the United States. Historians say Latino laborers brought the tamale to the Mississippi Delta decades ago. The “hot tamale” is a staple of delta cooking. The tamale also is growing in popularity in other parts of the United States because of the globalization of tastes, said Teresa Esquivel, the Phoenix-based managing editor of Food Product Design magazine. Whole Foods and other specialty stores, as well as TV’s Food Network, are introducing consumers to food from around the world, Esquivel said. “Everyone’s expectations are a little higher, and their taste buds are a little more curious,” she said. Just as the tamale has grown in popularity among non-Latinos, Monica Melgoza, 30, of Lincoln Heights, has grown less enamored of it. In the days before Christmas, she watches her aunts make tamales in their kitchen – a couple of thousand for family, friends and clients. There are some Japanese-American clients, and the aunts have even shipped tamales to Mexico. But it’s not easy. “It’s really a bonding experience because there’s so much work, you have to spend a lot of hours together,” Melgoza said. Tamales are the main dish on Christmas Eve at the Melgoza household, but Melgoza said she no longer can stand them. “Maybe because my family is so involved in tamales and I have to smell it every Christmas,” said Melgoza, who is a development officer at the Los Angeles Music Center. But others, including Sandi Romero, have not lost their taste for tamales. Romero is co-founder of a Westlake nonprofit called Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe that is a business incubator giving struggling tamale vendors a chance to begin a career. Romero, too, has noticed the growing popularity of tamales among non-Latinos. Her tamales are organic and lard-free, and Romero said that appeals to a broad range of customers. “That’s where I see the trend growing, a lot of vegan people, a lot of people who are health conscious,” she said. Ortega at Gourmet Tamale Factory, however, has a different vision for the American tamale. He sees a tamale chain restaurant as a good business venture. “I’m almost positive,” he said, “that pretty soon someone’s going to come out with a … fast-food tamale.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – With practiced hands, workers at Gourmet Tamale Factory have been turning out the tasty tidbits as fast as they can for the past few weeks as they brace for today when dozens of customers will descend on the store. For many families from Mexico and Latin America, it’s just not Christmas without tamales, and there will be plenty of folks flocking to the San Fernando eatery to get a last-minute taste of tradition. But a growing number of non-Latinos are also starting to make tamales a Christmas tradition, said Roberto Ortega, owner of the factory. “I feel like I’m doing something right, that I got hold of something, a little trend, and I need to do something more with it,” the 37-year-old Ortega said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson With grocery store shelves becoming increasingly globalized, food-industry experts say the tamale craze is one of many ways American taste buds are going cosmopolitan. And with the growing Latino population in the United States, Latin American cuisine is all the rage. A National Restaurant Association survey of chefs recently found 60percent said Latin American cuisine is hot, behind only fusion cuisine in the ethnic food category. When Ortega and his wife, Magali, opened Gourmet Tamale Factory a couple of years ago, just 30percent of customers were non-Latino. Now, that’s up to nearly 50percent, Ortega said. And in the tamale rush leading up to Christmas, non-Latino customers surge to 70percent, Ortega said. Born of German and Slavic ancestry, Peggy Arndt, 57, is one of those customers. last_img read more

AFC: Brady, Pats’ roll along

first_img On Saturday night, the Patriots beat them 28-3 with 4 ½ sacks by Willie McGinest and three touchdown passes by Tom Brady. Since the Jaguars’ last playoff appearance, a loss in the AFC championship game to Tennessee on Jan. 23, 2000, the Patriots have won three Super Bowls in four years. “We were at a disadvantage in the first half,” Del Rio said. “I’m not going to stand here and say that was a reason we didn’t play well.” They played worse after communications were restored in the second half. And Del Rio’s decision to use Leftwich rather than David Garrard, who was 5-1 as the replacement, didn’t work out very well even though Bruschi missed the game with a left calf injury. “I didn’t feel any rust,” Leftwich said. “I was excited to be back out there.” He was 11-for-15 for 101 yards and no interceptions in the first half and finished 18-for-31 for 179 yards with a very costly interception. Jacksonville thought the Patriots’ secondary could be vulnerable, but they played more double coverage than the Jaguars expected. “They played us differently than they played everybody else, I’d say, for the last 10 games,” Leftwich said. The Patriots didn’t blitz much, but McGinest had three sacks against Leftwich and 1 ½ against Garrard. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Jaguars got back to the playoffs and found out they didn’t belong at least against the Patriots. Not even the return of Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich and the absence of New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi could help the Jaguars, the last team to beat the Patriots in the playoffs. That was in another wild-card game seven years ago in Jacksonville. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson But this season Jacksonville went 12-4, the fourth-best record among NFL playoff teams, while New England was 10-6. And the Jaguars won eight of their last nine games. The teams they beat during that stretch, though, had a combined record of 27-69. “We don’t have any say-so over the schedule,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “This was certainly the best team we’ve seen in a while.” For one half, the Jaguars kept up. They trailed 7-3 as Brady was mediocre and Leftwich played decently after missing six weeks with a broken left ankle. They even stayed close after communication malfunctions between Del Rio and his assistant coaches as they tried to send the plays in to Leftwich for much of the first half. Del Rio said he asked officials to take those systems away from the Patriots but was told there was no rule requiring that. last_img read more

Smith proves adept at getting Cougars’ best

first_imgTo be honest, Katie Smith was not the most popular choice to be Norco’s girls volleyball coach. She didn’t lack experience, but Smith wasn’t all that far removed from the program as a prep player. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Part of the concern in hiring Smith was that she would be too much of a friend to her players. Smith’s younger sister, Camille, a sophomore, already was on the team. Inland Valley Player of the Year Samantha Arriaran said rumors started early that Smith determined everyone’s role even before tryouts. So Arriaran went to Gonzalez, who tried to assuage the team’s fears. “He (Gonzalez) said, ‘You’ve got to have faith. She’s not going to do that,’ ” Arriaran said. “And I told him, ‘Mr. Gonzalez, I’m going to trust you.’ I thank God that she came. I feel like I could talk to her about anything.” But Smith was far from easy. Smith graduated from Norco in 1999, but she returned in 2005 to lead the Cougars to new heights, the CIF-Southern Section semifinals. The results came on the heels of a fifth-place Mountain View League finish the year before, earning Smith the Inland Valley Coach of the Year honors. “I caught a lot of flak for hiring her,” Norco athletic director Ben Gonzalez said. “But I knew Katie, and that really helped. And I was very impressed with her in the first meeting.” center_img Win or lose, there were no off days from practice. “I didn’t give them a day off, and you have to know where to draw the line,” Smith said. “I let them know that in my first year.” Smith isn’t a teacher by profession, but her job of organizing youth athletics in Pomona helped her organize the Norco program. Coming off a fifth-place finish, Norco’s regular-season schedule wasn’t the most challenging. But a five-game victory against Riverside King in the final nonleague contest before Mountain View League play began gave Smith an inkling as to what the team could do. “The last game we won 16-14 when we were down 14-12,” Smith said. “We just played with everything we had at the end. We knew that if we got down, we could pick ourselves back up.” Smith, who is working on her master’s degree, acknowledges she isn’t long for the Norco job. “I would really like to move on to the next level,” she said, “to a JC or a small four-year school.” No matter how long she lasts, she always will have 2005. “I felt great going back to my alma mater,” she said. “Having that sense of community that Norco has. Having my sister on the team was work to get used to, but it was nice to get back home.” Although it didn’t start out that way, the feeling quickly became mutual. 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