Scot Dallas in charge of Cyprus referees

first_imgHugh Dallas has been appointed by the Cyprus Football Association to train and oversee local football referees.The Scotsman, a former international referee himself, officiated the 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals.In August 2014, Dallas was appointed Chief Refereeing Officer in Greece’s Super League. But in November, he criticised the arbitration of Ilias Spathas (one of many refs involved in the 2015 Greek football scandal) after a match involving Olympiakos, as the ‘worst he has ever seen’ saying that the mistakes were not normal. A few days later he quit from being responsible for the appointments of refereeing officials for Super League and Football League matches.last_img read more

Scotland’s Jones set to miss rest of Six Nations

first_img0Shares0000Scotland centre Huw Jones is unlikely to play any further part in the Six Nations © AFP/File / Andy BUCHANANEDINBURGH, United Kingdom, Feb 14 – Scotland centre Huw Jones is expected to miss the rest of the Six Nations due to a knee injury sustained in the defeat against Ireland last weekend.The 25-year-old suffered ligament damage during Saturday’s 22-13 loss at Murrayfield. “Scotland centre Huw Jones is unlikely to play any further part in the 2019 Six Nations,” said a Scottish Rugby statement.“The Glasgow Warriors midfielder sustained knee ligament damage in the national team’s round two defeat to Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday, with scan results suggesting the injury recovery time would likely be beyond the reaches of the current campaign.”Full-back Stuart Hogg suffered shoulder ligament damage in the same game.The statement said Hogg was under the joint care of the Glasgow and Scotland medical teams, “with his rehabilitation progress and review ongoing”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Who is the true no.1? Top five goalkeepers of the PL season revealed

first_img 5. Petr Cech (Arsenal) – Click the arrow, right, see who is at number one! – What a signing Cech has been for the Gunners this season. Aside from his shaky start against West Ham when he was arguably at fault for both goals in the 2-0 August defeat, he has excelled. It is no coincidence Arsenal’s form faltered in his absence from the team through injury. Given Thibaut Courtois’ performances this season, how much do Chelsea regret selling Cech? 5 The Premier League has shown this season that it boasts the best selection of goalkeepers in world football.Injury has prevented a number of top stoppers such as Tim Krul and Fraser Forster from putting their stamp on the season while others, such as Asmir Begovic, have been kept as second choice.But who has been the best goalkeeper this season?talkSPORT counts down the top five in the Premier League this term.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is – fittingly – at number one! All stats are correct as of 25/04/16.TOP FIVE STRIKERS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON REVEALED 5 4. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – Lloris has expertly marshalled the best defence in the league all season as Tottenham launched their assault on the Premier League title. The Frenchman could well find himself lifting the trophy on 15 May and his saves and 13 clean sheets so far will have gone a long way to helping Spurs do it. 3. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) – Schmeichel is the son of perhaps the greatest goalkeeper to ever play in the Premier League, so is it any surprise he is now one of the best in the country? He has stepped out of his father’s shadow during this remarkable season and has kept more clean sheets than anyone else on the way to playing every minute of every game – something only he and two others have managed. 1. David De Gea (Manchester United) – Where would Manchester United be without this man? Ed Woodward should erect a statue of that faulty fax machine which denied De Gea his dream move to Real Madrid last summer. There are too many of his superhuman saves to list but it is now almost a surprise to see a ball fly past him. He is surely close to overtaking Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer as the world’s best goalkeeper, if he hasn’t already. 5 2. Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Butland has been outstanding in his breakthrough season at Stoke following the departure of last season’s first choice Asmir Begovic. Devastatingly, his season – and European Championship dream – is already over after he suffered a fractured ankle on international duty. Despite this, only Heurelho Gomes has made more saves than him this season. At 23 years old he will only get better, so expect an almighty tussle with Joe Hart over the coming years for the England no.1 jersey. 5 5last_img read more

Meetings 7/10

first_imgNorth Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Thursday in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. July 18 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 896-5860. Pacoima Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. July 19 in the community room at the Pacoima Youth and Family Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima. Call (818) 590-4792.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Greater Valley Glen Council, 7 p.m. today in the faculty cafeteria at Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. Call (818) 772-4842 or see North Hills East Neighborhood Council (forming), 7 p.m. today at Valley Korean Central Presbyterian Church, 15204 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Winnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Village School, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 648-6219 or see AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Parkman Middle School, 20800 Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 887-6454. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1B at the Marvin Braude Community Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 787-2737. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411 or see Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511. Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Thursday at the Granada Hills Public Library, 10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills. Call (818) 321-6259 or see last_img read more

Flight evacuated at LAX after reports of suspicious item

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles LOS ANGELES – Police safely evacuated an Alaska Airlines flight on Monday after a report that a “suspicious item” was found on board, a Los Angeles International Airport spokeswoman said. Airport police received notification at 8:20 a.m. that there was a suspicious item on board a plane which originated in Guadalajara, Mexico, said airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles. She said she did not know what the item was and did not release any additional details. The plane landed without incident just before 9 a.m., Castles said, and all 125 passengers were transported to the terminal in buses after the plane stopped in a remote area of the airport. A Los Angeles Police bomb squad and the FBI will search the plane, she said. “Passengers have been disembarked and carry-ons in the cabin will be screened by canines,” said Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez. 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

Investor plans to head east with money

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We entered the Southern California office market at a very good time and we were able to purchase a significant portfolio of assets in a short period of time,” Younan said. Now, he said, the capitalization rate, the method of converting a series of future payments into a current present value, has been compressed significantly. “We have enough experience in this market to know this is an alarming trend and a great indicator of an overvalued market,” Younan said. He expects the three new markets will mirror California’s growth pattern of the last several years. The company has about 200 employees with 30 based at the Woodland Hills headquarters in Warner Center. At some point the company may relocate because it needs to be where its holdings are located, Younan said. He thinks that selling prices will flatten out and that this will still be a good market for landlords. “The average rent in place throughout California today is lower than it was 15 years ago so \ see a significant escalation in the rental rate for the next five to 10 years,” Younan said. The company bought the Gardena building in 2004 for $34 million in a joint venture with the Philadelphia-based institutional investment management firm URDANG Capital Management. Under Younan’s ownership, occupancy increased from 60 percent to 90 percent and operating expenses were trimmed by about 25 percent. “Younan Properties greatly exceeded our expectations in achieving maximum profitability in this investment,” joint venture partner David Rabin, Managing Director, Acquisitions of URDANG Capital Management, said in a statement. Younan was founded in 2002 and now has 18 office buildings across the country in its portfolio. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said he met with representatives of big institutional investors considering a play in the area, so the market still has life despite the cap rate compression. “The people I’ve been talking to are still optimistic about the market,” he said. (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – Zaya S. Younan made a bundle of money since 2002 investing in California commercial real estate. Now he’s putting his money elsewhere. Younan, chairman and chief executive officer of Woodland Hills-based Younan Properties Inc., just sold Pacific Pointe in Gardena to Transwestern Commercial Services for $58 million. That deal completes Younan’s divesture of its $1.5 billion California office portfolio. He’s now going to focus on Chicago, Dallas and Houston, where the company will invest about $1 billion over the next 18 months. last_img read more

Officials skeptical of report saying bin Laden is dead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSaudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry offered no details. “I’ve heard the reports, but I have no information at all. I have no idea,” spokesman Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had “no comment and no knowledge” about the report, while presidential spokesman Blair Jones said the White House could not confirm the report’s accuracy. But two U.S. intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said U.S. agencies had no information to suggest bin Laden was dead or dying. A senior official in Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry said he was very skeptical of the document, noting past false reports of the death of bin Laden. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Tasnim Aslam la- beled the information “speculative,” saying Pakistan had no information on bin Laden. Many people suspect bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders are hiding in the Pakistani mountains along the border with Afghanistan. PARIS – A leaked French intelligence document raises the possibility Osama bin Laden died of typhoid, but President Jacques Chirac said Saturday the report was “in no way whatsoever confirmed” and officials from Kabul to Washington expressed skepticism about its accuracy. There have been numerous reports over the years that bin Laden had been killed or that he was dangerously ill, but the al-Qaida leader has periodically released audiotapes appealing to followers and commenting on current news events. The regional French newspaper l’Est Republicain printed what it described as a copy of a confidential document from the DGSE intelligence service citing an uncorroborated report from a “usually reliable source” who said Saudi secret services were convinced that bin Laden had died. The document, dated Thursday, was sent to Chirac and other top French officials, the newspaper said. “This information is in no way whatsoever confirmed,” Chirac said when asked about the document. “I have no comment.” Among previous reports, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said during the U.S.-led offensive that toppled Afghanistan’s Taliban regime in late 2001 that he was “reasonably sure” bin Laden had been killed by U.S. bombing raids on the Tora Bora caves. Bin Laden also was rumored to have kidney problems, but a physician detained by Pakistan on suspicion he was treating top Taliban and al-Qaida militants told AP in December 2002 that the al-Qaida leader was in excellent health when the physician saw him a year earlier. The Washington-based IntelCenter, which monitors terrorism communications, said it was not aware of reports on the Internet about bin Laden and a life-threatening illness. “We’ve seen nothing from any al-Qaida messaging or other indicators that would point to the death of Osama bin Laden,” IntelCenter director Ben N. Venzke told AP.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

Pedro Caixinha believes Rangers can still cash in on Michael O’Halloran

first_imgPedro Caixinha believes Rangers can still cash in on Michael O’Halloran despite reiterating his stance the forward has no future at Ibrox.O’Halloran has been sent back to St Johnstone on loan after being told he is no longer part of Caxinha’s plans.But his return to Perth has sparked a stunning upturn in fortunes for the 26-year-old, with four goals in his first five games for Tommy Wright’s men.Yet the manner of his departure from Ibrox has left O’Halloran feeling bitter and he sparked headlines earlier this week when he lashed out at the effectiveness of Caixinha’s training methods.The Rangers boss refused to bite back when quizzed on the row ahead of Saturday’s clash with Dundee.Instead, he urged O’Halloran to continue his hot streak and ensure the Light Blues are able to maximise his value once his McDiarmid stint ends in January.“I need to be pleased for him and also for Tommy because they won the player and the manager of the month awards,” said Caixinha.“He’s still our player but (his comments) are up to him. I’m not going to discuss in public things that I know and that I believe and that I have studied a lifetime for.“It’s his decision (to speak out) and I respect it but I just hope he continues doing very good because ultimately he is our player and if they (St Johnstone) want to buy him – or someone else wants to buy him – if he is scoring goals, it will be perfect for us.”O’Halloran cost Caixinha’s predecessor Mark Warburton £500,000 when he was signed from Saints 18 months ago.But his time at Ibrox looks to be coming to an end after the Portuguese coach declared last month O’Halloran does not have what it takes to succeed at Rangers.The wisdom of Caixinha’s comments have been questioned since, with some suggesting Gers will have trouble demanding their money back from St Johnstone now that O’Halloran has been dubbed surplus to requirements.Caixinha, though, is happy with his handling of the situation.He said: “What I said I repeat. I have just one word. I don’t say one thing one day and another the next. Ultimately he is our player and by the end we will be winning with that.“I respect everybody’s opinion but I also have my own opinion. If I live by the opinion of the others, I should not be sat here (as manager of Rangers). I have my own ideas, I think with my own head. “One day if it’s another coach (in charge), he will work his own way. But for now it’s me, I will take the decisions and follow my methodology, which I strongly believe in.”Caixinha missed out on signing Hearts winger Jamie Walker last week but did succeed with a deadline-day swoop for Cardiff left-back Declan John.He will go straight into the Gers squad for their weekend duel with Neil McCann’s Dundee at Ibrox – and will be expected to push skipper Lee Wallace for a starting slot.“If he wasn’t someone who can add a competitive streak to the squad, he would not be here,” explained Caixinha.“When I speak about competitive, I mean someone who comes here as cover but knows he needs to work to get his chance and if he gets it, then proves himself.“The match rhythm is a different thing. But he and Aaron Nemane, who were the two who arrived late, they are pacy footballers and players with energy, so it’s just a question of getting the rhythm. But if they need to play they are able to play any time.” 1 Pedro Caixinha last_img read more

Major Arsenal shake-up: Will these ten stars all leave in 2018?

first_imgThere could be a big shake-up at Arsenal soon.According to widespread reports, as many as TEN current first-teamers could be on the way out of the Emirates Stadium.With numerous stars out of contract, recently-appointed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is said to have started work already on next summer’s transfer plans and is planning for a raft of depatures.Check out the players who could be on their way out of Arsenal in 2018 in our gallery above… 10 10 10 Jack Wilshere – The injury-hit midfielder has recently been restored to the team but is out of contract at the end of the season. Talks are planned at the end of this month but, with no guarantee over a starting spot, Wilshere may look to secure a move in an attempt to boost his career and win back his England place. Danny Welbeck – Welbeck is in an identical situation to Ramsey. His deal expires in 2019 and is yet to agree fresh terms. Should he not sign a new deal by next summer, Arsenal may be forced to sell. Mathieu Debuchy – The French full-back has recently seen some first-team action and is under contract until 2019. But he is only a back-up to Hector Bellerin and it would be a surprise if he remains at Arsenal beyond this season. 10 Mesut Ozil – Like Sanchez, Ozil has resisted all offers to extend his Arsenal contract so far and looks likely to exit on a free transfer next summer. He has recently been linked with a move to rivals Manchester United, where he would be reunited with former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez looks certain to depart. Manchester City seems his most likely destination having made an attempt to sign the forward in the summer. The Chilean is out of contract next summer and appears to have no desire to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium. 10 10 10 Olivier Giroud – The Frenchman has an excellent goalscoring record but has been frustrated this season, having found himself playing second fiddle to big-money summer signing Alexandre Lacazette. If his first-team prospects don’t improve before next summer, then it seems likely Giroud will push for a move. 10 Per Mertesacker – Mertesacker has already announced his departure at the end of the season. The World Cup winner is retiring at the end of the season to take up a new role as head of the club’s academy. Santi Cazorla – The popular Spaniard has not played for the club in more than a year after numerous operations on an Achilles injury and is out of contract next summer. Having suffered another setback recently, there are serious doubts about whether he will play again – for Arsenal or any other club. 10 Aaron Ramsey – The Welsh midfielder is out of contract in 2019 and, despite lengthy negotiations, he has yet to agree to extend his stay. Arsenal could therefore decide to sell him for a decent fee next summer rather than let yet another key player run down his contract and leave on a free transfer. 10 Theo Walcott – The winger is contracted to the club until 2019 but his future beyond this season is far from secure. Walcott has barely featured in the Premier League this season and a move away from the club could benefit all parties. last_img read more

Students put on college track

first_imgVelasquez said the district will be dedicating “all the necessary resources” – going as far back as the kindergarten program – to support the new graduation requirements. “Although \ are expected to earn 220 credits and pass the California High School Exit Exam to graduate, an important measure of high school success is the percentage who are adequately prepared for acceptance into a four-year university,” Velasquez said. “This will afford graduates a wider array of higher education options and better prepare them for their future, regardless of the career path they choose.” But for students who can’t meet the new standards, Torncello said the district will maintain “default” graduation requirements – basically, the requirements that are in place now for seventh- through 12th-graders. “We don’t anticipate many students will take advantage of that, but it will be through parent request,” Torncello said. “If parents believe \ not appropriate for their children, it will be done on a case-by-case basis.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – School just got a little more challenging for middle-school students in the Montebello Unified School District. Beginning with this year’s sixth-graders, officials say, every student will be put on a “college-prep” track for high school graduation, whether they intend to pursue a higher education or not. That means students who want to meet only the minimum requirements for high-school graduation will have to take an extra year of foreign language and two more years of math. That is in addition to current standards that call for students to take four years of English and two years each of a lab science and history/social science. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’By increasing the minimum requirement, Assistant Superintendent Janet Torncello said, every student in the high school Class of 2013 and beyond will graduate with the “A-G requirements” needed for admission into the University of California and California State University systems. “I think many students believe that if they graduate from high school they are college-ready. And then they’re surprised to find out they don’t have the classes they need to apply to college,” Torncello said. “We’re underestimating students’ capacities and interests,” she added. “What we’re saying now is that it’s possible for all students to be prepared for college. It’s not huge what we’re asking students to do for their future.” Torncello said Los Angeles Unified and San Jose Unified school districts have moved in the same direction in recent years. Officials from the two districts have found that their dropout rates have actually decreased as a result. To implement the plan, Torncello and Superintendent Edward Velasquez, along with several board members, have held assemblies at middle schools over the past few weeks to explain the change in graduation requirements to sixth-graders. last_img read more