Insider Trading: Spurs NOT in for Palace star, no big-name buy for Man United?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He assesses Manchester United’s likely transfer business and says they will struggle to land any of the big-name signings they want, with reported top targets Neymar and Thomas Muller going nowhere.He also claims, contrary to reports elsewhere, Tottenham are NOT in talks over a deal for Yannick Bolasie and are not planning a move for the Crystal Palace winger.And he says he expects Juan Cuadrado to seal a move to Juventus, having failed to convince Jose Mourinho of his worth, and discusses Chelsea’s interest in Everton defender John Stones.Here are some of the latest transfer stories on today:Long-term Everton target set to stay at WolfsburgEverton and West Ham chase Roma forward Juan IturbeTottenham transfer rumours: ‘Pochettino is showing his poor knowledge in the transfer market!’ Fans slam Victor Wanyama linkWest Ham transfer news: Juventus striker Simone Zaza lined up for Upton Park loan switchLeicester City transfer report: Foxes aim to beat Marseille to £5.5m Copenhagen aceArsenal and Chelsea set to miss out as Serie A side Bologna close in on £5m starletBarcelona boss Luis Enrique tight lipped over Neymar to Manchester United rumoursMan United blow! Thomas Muller not for sale, insists Bayern Munich directorlast_img read more

Is anyone surprised by this from Robben?

first_img Arjen Robben was booked for diving 1 Bayern Munich were held to a 0-0 draw in the Bundesliga on Friday night, ending a 10-game winning streak.And clearly Arjen Robben was getting desperate when, five minutes before the end he took a tumble in the area and was booked for his dive.Robert Lewandowski had a goal ruled out for offside shortly after, however, there was still some delightful play from the league leaders when Douglas Costa left two players in his wake with some great skill.Borussia Dortmund can close Bayern’s lead to four points when they play Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Shop till conference call stops

first_img160Want 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.Turns out conference calls are an ideal time to shop online, according to a nationwide survey by Bill Me Later Inc./Ipsos Insight Group. In fact, an estimated 12 million Americans shop online during such business calls. And more men are doing it than women, the survey shows. A million of those admit to being caught while shopping at the time, and while many were embarrassed, others discussed their purchases with colleagues to get second opinions. Of those who admitted to shopping during conference calls, 23 percent said they had done it five or more times in the past year, and 12 percent said they had done it 10 or more times. STUDY: Twelve million Americans admit to shopping online during business telephone conversations. By Virginia Linn PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE Think your employee is dutifully listening to every word of your business conference call while hidden away in his or her office? Think again. last_img read more

Study: Abstinence education falls short in curbing teen sexual activity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Two-thirds of the 48 comprehensive programs that supported both abstinence and the use of condoms and contraceptives for sexually active teens had positive behavior effect,” said the report. Patra Stephan, a spokesperson for the National Abstinence Education Association, said that the group wanted to examine the study but that there is evidence that an emphasis on abstinence, indeed, has positive results. A spending bill before Congress for the Department of Health and Human Services would provide $141 million in assistance for community-based, abstinence-only sex education programs, $4 million more than what President George W. Bush had requested. The study, conducted by Douglas Kirby, a senior research scientist at ETR Associates, also sought to debunk what the report called “myths propagated by abstinence-only advocates” including: that comprehensive sex education promotes promiscuity, hastens the initiation of sex or increases its frequency, and sends a confusing message to adolescents. None of these was found to be accurate, Kirby wrote. WASHINGTON – Programs that focus exclusively on abstinence have not been shown to affect teenager sexual behavior, although they are eligible for tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, according to a study released by a nonpartisan group that seeks to reduce teen pregnancies. “At present there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence or reduces the number of sexual partners” among teenagers, the study concluded. The report, which was based on a review of research into teen sexual behavior, was being released today by the nonpartisan National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The study found that while abstinence-only efforts appear to have little positive impact, more comprehensive sex education programs were having “positive outcomes” including teenagers “delaying the initiation of sex, reducing the frequency of sex, reducing the number of sexual partners and increasing condom or contraceptive use.” Instead, he wrote, such programs improved teens’ knowledge about the risks and consequences of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and gave them greater “confidence in their ability to say `no’ to unwanted sex.” The sponsors of the study praised Kirby for his “thorough research” and for being “fair and evenhanded,” but they also acknowledged that ETR Associates developed and markets several of the sex education curricula reviewed in the report. Several of the previous studies that were reviewed also were written by Kirby. The report noted that there continues to be “too high levels of sexual risk-taking among teens” with 47 percent of all high schools students reporting having sex at least once and 63 percent saying they have engaged in sex by the spring semester of their senior year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Script for strike not all fun and games – well, maybe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings “The studios think we are having a horrible time out here,” said Richard Potter, a screenwriter who made “Strike Dancing,” a YouTube video showing pickets bebopping in formation to “Play That Funky Music.” “What’s actually happening is we’re having a great time.” The video is one of dozens on YouTube – most of them humorous, or trying to be – that are helping the union win the public relations war. A nationwide poll released on Nov. 14 by Pepperdine University found that 63percent of Americans sided with the writers. No one contends that writers would prefer to be walking in circles and shouting into megaphones than working. Today, the union and the studios will resume contract negotiations for the first time in 22 days. Writers are crossing their fingers that the studios will agree to give them a bigger cut of the proceeds from Internet reruns and that the strike will soon be over. Still, certain perks in picketing are undeniable. For a lot of writers, picketing at a studio’s front gate is the closest brush with the movie industry’s halls of power they have ever had. They can wave to Steven Spielberg as he drives onto the lot and rub elbows with notably successful people in their field, such as Steven Bochco, Tina Fey and J.J. Abrams, the creator of “Alias” and “Lost.” When the 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America decided on Nov. 4 to strike, Hollywood wondered how hard the white-collar group would fight. The guild addressed the worry before the first pickets hit the streets. “In years past, our picketing schedule has gone: Picket on Mondays for two hours and then meet at a bar until the following Monday,” said David Young, the union’s director, early this month. “That’s not how we’re going to do it this time.” Studio executives rolled their eyes, but they soon blanched as well-organized pickets fanned out across Los Angeles and New York, and only grew in intensity. It turns out, many union members say, that striking in Hollywood – at least short term – is not that bad. A lot of strikers say they are enjoying networking, taping YouTube videos, organizing theme days and dreaming up placard slogans. center_img Even some prominent screenwriters have been star-struck. “I didn’t know J.J. at all, except as a geeky fan,” wrote John August, the writer of the “Charlie’s Angels” movies and “Big Fish,” on his blog. In another posting, August offered to chat with screenwriting students while marching. “Get to know some film and TV writers and talk to them about their work,” he wrote. “I was delighted to finally meet Gary Whitta,” a screenwriter and comic-book author. There have been other attractions for striking writers. A special theme day, Picket With the Stars, drew celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Ray Romano in Los Angeles. Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams turned up in New York. To help cheer up striking members, and to keep reporters interested, the union helped organize impromptu concerts. The pop singer K.T. Tunstall performed an acoustic set outside an NBC parking lot in Burbank, while Alicia Keys headlined a rally last Tuesday that tied up sections of Hollywood Boulevard. “Forget the strike, I’m just here to be entertained,” remarked Toni Perling, a television writer whose credits include “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” as Keys got started. She had come to the right place. “When somebody is doing us wrong, they must go!” Keys shouted, before sitting down at a piano on the back of a truck. Several dozen writers jostled to take her picture with their camera phones. Pickets have been well-fed. The longshoremen’s union sent turkey baskets, and stars have played caterer roles. Justine Bateman brought tacos, Jay Leno chipped in doughnuts, and Jimmy Kimmel contributed burritos. Eva Longoria handed out slices of pizza. Some union members say they are criticized no matter what they do on the picket line. At first, they drew comments about boring signs. “People would say, `You people are writers – where is the creativity?”‘ recalled Joe Medeiros, head writer for “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Early in the strike, most pickets carried signs reading simply, “On Strike.” Writers took note. “They Wrong, We Write” became popular, as did slogans ridiculing J. Nicholas CounterIII, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios. “Nick Counter Hates Babies and Puppies” was a favorite, and Katherine Heigl, a “Grey’s Anatomy” actress, weighed in with “Nick Counter is a Wiener.” One person mounted a typewriter on the end of a metal crutch and waved that in the air. The seeming contradiction between the serious strike and the circus sideshow was on display at the Hollywood Boulevard rally, which drew more than 4,000 people. Writers pumped their fists in the air, cheered speeches by union officers and shouted slogans such as, “On strike, shut ’em down. Hollywood’s a union town.” Even the Teamsters were impressed. “Wow,” said Leo Reed, the gruff secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399 and director of its motion picture division. “You are acting like a militant union.” At other times, the protest more closely resembled a Halloween parade. A man in a full Spider-Man costume picketed, as did someone dressed as the Incredible Hulk. Seven elderly actors who played munchkins in “The Wizard of Oz” rode by in a carriage, waving. “How about a round of applause for the Lollipop Guild?” a union speaker said. Roxana Brusso, an actress picketing in support of the writers, made an adjustment to her Ugg boot and shrugged. “Well, that’s Hollywood for you,” she said. While some union-sanctioned theme days have included “Bring Your Kids” and “Performers With Disabilities,” C. Jay Cox noticed that there was no day for gay and lesbian writers. So Cox, who wrote the screenplay for the movie “Sweet Home Alabama,” organized one. “We’ll get a chance to catch up with some old friends,” his invitation said, “oh-so-casually check out some potential new ones and make snide comments about one another’s attire.” Silvio Horta, writer-producer of “Ugly Betty,” declared the gay-theme day “like a party at my house.” About 200 people attended, eating Pinkberry yogurt and grooving to an iPod playlist as they marched. Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” handed out fruit bars. Not everyone in the Writers Guild of America appreciated the effort. “Every other day I get some new mass e-mail from the WGA about what `fun’ themed strike event is coming up,” a writer on an industry blog said. “Is this a strike or a social event?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

2 LAPD officers injured in crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsMoments later, the suspect was involved in a collision a few blocks away, abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene, he said. The incidents were being investigated by the California Highway Patrol, Cudworth said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An LAPD cruiser collided with another vehicle as officers chased a suspect, who crashed his own vehicle moments later and ran away, authorities said today. The crash occurred last night as officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Station were pursuing a vehicle involved in an assault-with-a-deadly-weapon incident, said Sgt. John Cudworth of the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division. During the chase, a police vehicle collided with another vehicle on East 75th Street just east of South Central Avenue, Cudworth said. Details of the crash were not immediately clear. The two officers involved in the crash complained of minor leg and chest injuries, he said, adding that the driver of the other vehicle also suffered minor injuries. last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil has accused the Government of completely ignoring apprenticeship programmes over the past four years.Charlie McConalogue TDThey also claim that Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan is trying to win back support for her party by promising to extend the scheme to new sectors.New figures released to Fianna Fáil through Parliamentary Question reveal that the number of apprenticeships fell by 30% between 2010 and 2014. The party’s Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue says these figures are a damning indictment of the scant attention given by this Government to the apprenticeship programme.“Successive Ministers have been shockingly slow to realise that an apprenticeship system is vital in dealing with Ireland’s acute long-term unemployment problem. However, it appears to have fallen off the Government agenda and has only resurfaced now that a General Election is on the horizon.“While Higher Education will continue to be the primary pathway for young people to skilled employment, it does not suit everyone and employers value vocational training. However this Government has failed to build on the programmes that have been offered to date and have allowed participation to fall off without introducing any changes to the existing programmes or expanding them until now. The demand from the technology and business sectors has not been fully utilised or valued and its role and contribution is not well understood by this government.”He added that while the proposal by the Apprenticeship Council to expand apprenticeship categories is welcome, the announcement is a drop in the ocean of what is required to deal with what is fast becoming Ireland’s largest economic problem. “Government, education providers and industry must work together to ensure these new apprenticeship areas are fast tracked immediately,” he said.GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETELY IGNORING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 2nd, 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) Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalfianna failTDlast_img read more

Dietmar Hamann: There’s a good chance this Arsenal star will not go to the Euros

first_imgDietmar Hamann has doubted whether Theo Walcott will be part of the England squad for the European Championship this summer, following the rise of a number of other players.The Arsenal forward has won 42 caps for the Three Lions, and Roy Hodgson is a big fan of his versatility, having used him heavily since his appointment as manager.However, Walcott has struggled with the Gunners this term, starting just 15 Premier League games, and there are doubts about whether he brings anything to the England squad.There are better goalscorers than him to call upon upfront, whilst the majority of the attacking players are versatile enough to feature in more than one position.Walcott came on as a second half substitute during England’s loss to the Netherlands, and did little to help his cause, having sat out of the impressive 3-2 win over Germany days earlier.He does not look to be a key part of Hodgson’s plans anymore, and Hamann told the Colin Murray show that there is a good chance the 26-year-old will not be on the plane to France this summer.Hamaan said: “Walcott is a big loser, because I think there’s got to be a good chance that he won’t be on the plane to France. I used to be a big fan of his, but the longer I watch him, the more I go off him.”Walcott used to rely on his pace as his key strength, and it was often the reason he could find a place in the Three Lions set-up.However, Hamaan now doubts whether Walcott has this advantage, as there is pace all throughout the current group of players who have been called up to represent their country.“The thing Walcott had going for him in recent years was his pace,” the former Liverpool midfielder added.“Now this team is not short of pace. Purely for his pace, that was a big reason for him to go to tournaments, but not anymore.”last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 3

first_imgHere are your Friday headlines as England beat 10-man Portugal 1-0 at Wembley in their last friendly ahead of Euro 2016 while Andy Murray is in French Open semi-final action and Hull KR thump Wakefield Wildcats 54-16 at Belle Vue.Plus, there is the latest from the managerial merry-go-round as we hear from Garry Monk, Nigel Pearson and Alan Stubbs.All brought to you by Russell Hargreaves and the team.last_img

Boston sails to victory

first_imgIntense competition among many of America’s best young sailors representing 23 colleges and 61 high schools shone through light winds and fog in the 21st annual Rose Bowl Regatta Saturday and Sunday. Freshman Adam Roberts, with crew Justine O’Conner, led Boston College to first place in the collegiate group while his older sister Melanie, a junior at USC, crewed for Greg Helias for third place behind the University of Hawaii, led by Bryan Lake with crew Meredith Adams. The latter pair won the first five of eight races in the collegiate A division nobody else won more than one but the combined A and B boat scores put Boston College on top with 51 (27-24) total points to Hawaii’s 60 (15-45) and USC’s 70 (44-26). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Newport Harbor High School swept the high school honors, led by junior Charlie Buckingham with senior crew Marla Menninger in the Gold division and JV freshman Wade Hatton and junior Lindsay Beavers in Silver. Defending champion Point Loma was second in both groups. The two-day event was organized by the US Sailing Center with support from the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. The USC sailing team was the official host. Winds were 3-7 knots Saturday and about 5 knots Sunday when a dense fog inundated the two bay race courses early on. All teams sailed two-person CFJ dinghies in the two venues, rotating boats off the beach. Lake was trying for his second collegiate victory in the event and his fourth overall, counting two wins when he sailed for University of San Diego High School. “This was my seventh and last Rose Bowl,” he said, indicating it was also his mist satisfying despite finishing as runner-up. He had a big lead in the opening race when the race was abandoned because of dying breeze. “We were fired up after that,” Lake said. “We felt good all weekend with good speed, although we’ve usually seen more wind here. All these events are preparation for the (college) Nationals this year, and we learned a couple of things this weekend. Reed Johnson and Julie Howe sailed BC’s B boat, alternating with Roberts and O’Conner. College sailor of the year Mikee Anderson, who led USC’s win last year but will not sail for the Trojans this spring, nevertheless took Helias’ place in the last two races and placed first and second. center_img “In one race we went to the wrong windward mark. Meredith said afterward that she thought we were but she didn’t say anything at the time. I’ve been sailing with Meredith about a year and a half. I told her if I ever miss a mark again it’s her fault.” Adam Roberts credited his success to consistency, “although the usual sea breeze never filled in. But it was pretty easy to look upwind and see the puffs, even if it wasn’t typical ABYC racing.” Melanie Roberts said, “We haven’t really sailed against each other much over the years, so it was fun. We did a lot of talking back and forth out there.” Helias said, “It was tough in the light wind. I like to get out on the rail.” 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