Manchester United star Juan Mata was challenged to score goals in a basketball hoop. See how he got on in the video above!
Manchester United star Juan Mata was challenged to score goals in a basketball hoop. See how he got on in the video above!
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini 1 Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini could face even longer bans after FIFA’s ethics investigatory chamber confirmed it is appealing to increase the eight-year suspensions handed down to the two most powerful people in world football.Blatter and Platini have themselves appealed against the eight-year bans imposed by the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber last month, but now face a counter-appeal from the investigators who had originally sought a lifetime ban.The bans were imposed over a £1.3million payment made to UEFA president Platini, signed off by FIFA president Blatter, in 2011 which they said was to settle a verbal agreement made 13 years beforehand.A spokesman for FIFA’s ethics investigatory chamber told Press Association Sport: “I can confirm that we intend to appeal.”FIFA’s appeal committee will hear the appeals from Blatter, Platini and the investigatory chamber. The case can then go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
atmosphere now and a great one. It’s great to come out and play football and he’s just sort of revitalized everybody. “You can just feel the attitudes and personalities of the team and players changing for the better.” After redshirting during his first year, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Lorig played in all 12 games last season and had three catches for 21 yards and made six tackles on special teams. His move to defense for this season came by mutual agreement with the coaching staff, he said. “We switched to the 4-3 defense . . . I always felt like I had a defensive mentality, but was on offense,” Lorig said. “From switching to the 4-3, I felt like it was an opportunity to try something out. So far, it’s worked out pretty well. We needed some defensive ends and it’s something I wanted to do. “It’s a comfortable position. It feels really natural to me, more than it did at tight end.” This season, he’s made 14 tackles with 1
But last week, with the council forced to spend more than six hours hearing each city department’s explanation of its environmental initiatives, it became too much. “Isn’t this what our committees are supposed to be doing?” grumbled one council member as the presentations droned on. For departments, it was a chance to detail their various efforts, similar to what is done during annual budget deliberations. But it provided little new information and few questions from council members – many of whom were just eager to get on to other work. There will be a lot of firsts at the annual Women’s Conference hosted by California first lady Maria Shriver in Long Beach next week. With the theme “Architects of Change,” the program will feature a panel including Geraldine Ferraro, who was the first female vice presidential candidate of a major political party; Dee Dee Myers, who was the first female White House press secretary; and Christine Todd Whitman, who was New Jersey’s first female governor. The daylong conference also will feature an eclectic mix of speakers including Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, first lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico, designer Diane von Furstenberg, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, folk singer Joan Baez and pop singer Katharine McPhee. Some prominent Republicans are having second thoughts over the recall campaign that ousted former Gov. Gray Davis and ushered in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Among them is campaign consultant and pollster Arnold Steinberg, who believes Schwarzenegger is seeking too much accommodation with Democrats. “He has a (Nelson) Rockefeller complex,” Steinberg told the Flash Report in a recent interview. “Instead of slave labor, he borrows to pay for pyramids. The legislative Democrats initially feared him, but he quickly gave away the store. “The recall was the perfect storm for Republicans. Now we see that no recall would have been superior. Fiscal collapse under Gray Davis would have assured Republicans victory in 2006. “Now? Schwarzenegger’s legacy is, effectively, the disorientation of the Republican Party as we know it.” It’s the favorite parlor game at City Hall: Where’s Rocky? City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo – who came under fire this summer over unpaid auto insurance and a car accident his wife had while driving his city car – has all but disappeared from the local scene. Delgadillo was notably absent last week at several events that would normally have drawn him in front of the cameras. First was the landmark settlement of a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union over the treatment of the homeless on city streets. But Delgadillo was “in meetings” and could not be there for the announcement. Instead, his chief deputy, Richard Llewellyn, attended. Then there was the high-profile plea by actor Kiefer Sutherland to drunken-driving charges. When Paris Hilton was on the hot seat, Delgadillo was widely seen in the media explaining the case. This time with Sutherland, Delgadillo was a no-show. But there are some signs that he might be coming back. His office announced he is scheduled to appear at an event in Boyle Heights today announcing the assignment of a deputy city attorney at Roosevelt High School to deal with youth crime in the area. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want 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.As negotiations continue, council members are looking to avert similar problems in the future. The Executive Employee Relations Committee, which includes the mayor and key council members, is considering a contract for new general managers that would outline severance packages based on how long they are employed. Under current City Charter provisions, approved by voters in 1999, general managers serve at the pleasure of the mayor but can appeal their dismissal to the City Council. It was one of those ideas that sounded good at the time, but fell flat in practice. At its much-heralded two-day retreat this summer, the City Council decided to focus on specific issues facing the city, including environmental, housing and transportation issues. Does this sound familiar? A new Los Angeles department chief is hired amid much promise and fanfare – only to be asked to leave months later when things don’t work out. The chief doesn’t quit and is fired, threatens a lawsuit and then reaches a lucrative financial settlement with the city. It happened with Guerdon Stuckey, who received a $50,000 contract after he left the Department of Animal Services. And it appears a similar deal is in the works with Gloria Jeff, whom Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently fired as the city’s transportation chief.
Speaking through a Say it Sam device that talks for people who can’t, Kelly Navarro said her first flight in a small plane was “out of this world.” The 17-year-old from Torrance, who has cerebral palsy, also got a lesson about the plane’s equipment from the pilot. Blustery Santa Ana winds made for bumpy rides. Some parents were nervous, but not the kids, said Kathryn Presson, a volunteer pilot from Reseda. “It tells you these kids are not easily intimidated,” Presson said. “They’ve been through so much. So what are a few (spots of) turbulence?” With their 13-year-old daughter, Charlene, who has Down syndrome, Eric and Tina Jan were thrilled to see the eighth-grader’s sense of empowerment during the flight. “She got to steer the plane left and right,” said Tina Jan. “She was excited.” Saturday was the start of the program’s operation out of Los Angeles. It will return in 2008 about the same time of year, Gibson said.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 One of the plane’s tiny seats held him tightly and secure. The trip brought the teenager precious feelings of freedom, said his father, Jose Rodriguez. Challenge Air helps disabled children fly – and sometimes steer the planes themselves – 16 times a year at events across the country. It was begun by Rick Amber, a sports enthusiast and Navy fighter pilot who lost the use of his legs after crashing a plane on a combat mission while serving in Vietnam. Amber, who died in 1997, launched the nonprofit group 14 years ago so every disabled person could see the world from a different point of view, said Lonna Gibson, West Coast director. “It’s self-esteem-building,” said Gibson. “These kids go back to school and tell their friends that they flew a plane.” With 140 flights throughout the day and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September” jamming from a deejay booth, kids ate hamburgers, sat in equipment from the Traveling Space Museum and learned about aviation. They went away with flight certificates and gold aviator wings to pin on their shirts. PACOIMA – A wheelchair user for life, Jose Rodriguez Jr. soared through the sky without one Saturday at an event offering free plane rides to disabled and ill children. Volunteer pilots recruited by Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, a Texas-based nonprofit group, flew about 135 kids from across Los Angeles with parents and friends in four-seat airplanes on routes that mainly looped from the 184-acre Whiteman Airport in Pacoima to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Rodriguez, 14, who has cerebral palsy, described the flight with just one word: “awesome.” Not only did the Venice boy – a quadriplegic who has no control over his limbs – see the sights from high above, he also traded his wheelchair for a different seat for a while.
“One of the reasons I’ve been able to get this honor is because of the impact Carmela has had on my life,” Long said. “When I was interviewing for this, the last panel I interviewed with in Sacramento, I was able to answer many of their questions because of my experience at Carmela. “This is a feather in Carmela’s cap,” Long said. “Not many schools can say they have a state Teacher of the Year, but we can – and that’s really neat to see.” Long bested hundreds of teachers statewide for the TOY honor, which began in 1972 to pay tribute to the state’s educators, the growing complexity of challenges that confront California’s schools, and the need to promote collaboration among teachers to meet those challenges. The TOY honor only validates what South Whittier School District officials said they already knew – that Long is “an outstanding teacher,” said Superintendent Erich Kwek. “I’ve watched Mike teach in the classroom. He motivates his kids, and he’s a skilled teacher in all areas,” Kwek said. “He’s just one more great thing that’s happening in South Whittier. SOUTH WHITTIER – Ask fourth-grade teacher Michael Long about the impact he’s had at Carmela Elementary School, and he’ll tell you you’re going about it the wrong way. A better question would examine the impact that the 600-student school has had on Long’s life, he says – and the answer would be easy. “It’s made me a better teacher,” said Long, 36. “The teachers here are really supportive, and to me, Carmela feels like my family.” So when Long was named this week as one of five 2007-08 California Teachers of the Year, he was quick to share the honor with the school, staff and students, whom he says played an integral part in his success. “And it’s a great morale booster to have one of ours recognized.” The calendar year has been a blur of congratulatory wishes and banners and balloons and get-togethers for Long, who won TOY at the school level in the spring, then the district level in the summer, then the county level in the fall before he hit the state contest. “I wasn’t surprised when he won, because I knew he was a quality educator whose vision and passion have always impressed me,” said teacher Patricia Vega-Jeter, who team-teaches fourth grade with Long. “But it was definitely nice to see that someone is recognizing these quality educators,” Vega-Jeter said. “He’s a great spokesperson for educators, and he’s making it good for all of us to participate in the celebration.” Long earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies in 1994, a master’s degree in education and a teaching credential in 1999 from Biola University in La Mirada. As state TOY, Long has a year of public speaking engagements ahead of him, as well as traveling to Sacramento to participate in workshops and training and visiting other schools. “I’m completely honored and really grateful for this because I wouldn’t be the teacher I am if not for my co-workers, professors and my family,” Long said. “All those people have poured themselves into me and made me a better person.” But student Jose Flores, 10, says all he knows is that his knowledgeable, kind and humorous teacher “makes me want to get into school more because he makes learning fun. “Even if he didn’t get state Teacher of the Year, I know I would still look at him like he was.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dominic Solanke has played just 17 minutes of first-team football for Chelsea 1 Chelsea have threatened to drop Dominic Solanke back to the club’s youth squad over his astounding £50,000-a-week wage demands.The 18-year-old striker – currently on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem – is currently on £7,000-a-week with the Blues.But, despite having played just 17 minutes of football in one first-team appearance for the Blues, the youngster is demanding a bumper deal to commit his long-term future to the London club.Solanke has scored seven goals in 24 games for Vitesse Arnhem this season, and wants assurances that he will be given first-team opportunities if he signs on again at Stamford Bridge.Blues fans were furious with the news, and Chelsea are refusing to back down to the demands and are prepared to dump the highly-rated starlet back in the development squad unless he lowers his terms.According to The Times, the Premier League giants have also threatened to block any possible loan move next season, unless he agrees to sign a new deal on their terms.It is understood Solanke will not be a part of incoming manager Antonio Conte’s plans next term, so now will have to choose to spend the rest of his Chelsea stay in exile, or put his career first and sign a new deal.
Tottenham have joined Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign Mario Gotze, according to reports in Germany.The playmaker was previously linked with a switch to Liverpool earlier this summer after enduring a tough campaign at Bayern Munich.New Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep hold of the 24-year-old but it is understood he already has his heart set on a move.Dortmund are keen on re-signing their former star man and Gotze has apparently held talks with representatives from his old club.But, according to Bild, Spurs are prepared to trump any bid Dortmund make this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino eyeing the World Cup winner as his marquee summer signing. 1 Mario Gotze in action for Germany at Euro 2016
The preference is evident in the gargantuan New World Department Store in Shanghai’s commercial heart. Shelves are crowded with foreign-brand models and remote-control cars, the ubiquitous Legos from Denmark, Mattel Inc.’s Barbies, Transformers made by Japan’s Bandai. Chinese-brand toys are crammed into a few shelves stacked with dolls and toddler toys made by Star Moon Toys, a manufacturer in the southern city of Dongguan that also makes toys for some of the world’s biggest brands. China’s toy market is still in its infancy. Domestic retail toy sales totaled $603 million in 2006, according to Chinese government figures. That’s a fraction of the $22 billion in U.S. toy sales last year, according to the research firm NPD Group. The culture lacks an equivalent to the Christmas holiday toy binge in the United States; traditionally, children are given clothes and money for the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. But times and tastes are changing. Chinese toy sales are growing about 20 percent a year as living standards rise with the buoyant economy. Since most urban Chinese are limited by government policy to having one child, families are willing to spend lavishly on their sole offspring, especially for books and educational toys. “The children’s market here is huge,” said Alice Tang, managing director for AT Licensing & Merchandising Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company that acts as licensing agent for brands such as Tezuka Productions, owner of Astro Boy and other Japanese cartoon figures. Nationwide, most Chinese families devote less than $10 a year to toys, according to industry estimates. But families in Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities spend more than that in a month. “Sure, foreign-brand toys are about 40 percent to 50 percent more expensive than domestic ones, but I think it’s worthwhile,” said Wang, a churchgoing Christian who raises her son with her computer-engineer husband. “The design is much better, unlike domestic-brand toys that kids get bored with quickly because the quality isn’t good. Plus, they break easily,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champQuality and safety issues are drawing more attention as incomes rise and upwardly mobile Chinese grow more health conscious. While virtually all toys on the market, whether foreign or domestic brands, are made in China, factories making foreign brands are assumed to abide by more rigorous standards to screen out lead paint and other harmful materials. “I dare not buy cheap wooden toys or toys with paint,” said Lin Yan, a professor at Shanghai International Studies University, whose 7-year-old daughter tested for elevated levels of lead in her blood. “I have a stupid standard: I buy her expensive toys in big department stores. I can only assume most of the expensive ones are foreign brands and are guaranteed to have better quality,” said Lin. When her daughter is given toys she suspects are unsafe, she throws them away. “Sometimes they have indescribable odors,” she said. SHANGHAI, China – When freelance writer Wang Jian shops for toys for her 5-year-old son, she’s happy to pay extra for Legos blocks and Japanese-brand train sets. The reason, she and other parents say: Foreign brands enjoy a reputation for higher quality – a perception reinforced by the product scares of recent months. “We pay close attention to the news about toy and food safety. If I find a problem with a certain brand, I will just stop using it for sure,” said Wang, who writes for film magazines. China may be Santa’s global workshop, but when it comes to buying playthings for their own children, Chinese families who can afford it opt for foreign-brand toys – even if they are made in China.