Here are the top football headlines in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United are plotting a HUGE triple swoop for Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona striker Neymar. (The Times) The Red Devils are also willing to spend £50million to land in-demand Everton defender John Stones. It would make the 21-year-old England international the most expensive defender in the world. (Daily Star)United captain Wayne Rooney is being offered an eye-watering £75m deal to be reunited with Sven Goran Eriksson at Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG. The league are reportedly ready to give the 30-year-old a three-year contract worth up to £25m per season. (Daily Mail)Swansea have put Man United legend and assistant coach Ryan Giggs on their shortlist to replace Garry Monk as manager. (The Independent) Another Premier League legend – former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp – is also among the favourites at the Liberty Stadium. (Evening Standard) Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet and ex-Chelsea coach Roberto di Matteo, 45, are both in the running at Swansea. (Guardian) Real Madrid want to take Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu next summer. Club president Florentino Perez still rates the under-fire Chelsea boss the best coach in the world and wants him to succeed the doomed Rafa Benitez. (The Sun)Diego Costa has dropped a big hint that he could be ready to quit Chelsea at the end of this season and return to Atletico Madrid. (Daily Express)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama his No1 target in January. (Daily Mirror)The Gunners could also sign Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin, 24, for £4.3m in January. (Izvestia)Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has confirmed an interest in signing Ashley Cole as the Villans prepare to enter the January market in a bid to ‘improve the chances’ of the club staying up. (Daily Mail)And here are the top talkSPORT.com headlines…??‘DON’T sell Daniel Sturridge!’ Liverpool legend John Barnes calls for patience with injury-plagued strikerSwansea ‘should have given Garry Monk more time’, says former captain Alan TateLiverpool ‘make contact’ with Paris Saint-Germain over potential deal for Brazil star Lucas MouraMan City ready £30m bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro IcardiArsenal tracking in-form Deportivo La Coruna winger Lucas Perez as stand-in for injured starsLeicester City pursuing deal for former Man City midfielder Nigel De Jong
Watch this hilarious video of Manchester City’s stars trying to use chopsticks!Sergio Aguero, Fabian Delph, Joe Hart and Kevin De Bruyne face off against each other as they try to move as many ping-pong balls from one bowl to another in 30 seconds.Check out the video above!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Because of the work of Gore and the IPCC fighting against the skepticism, Americans are ready to face this challenge not with fear, but with their typical can-do spirit. California’s leaders, for example, are enthusiastically embracing the possibilities for new industry created by this massive shift in public opinion. The dinosaurs never saw their catastrophic climate change coming, and thus had little opportunity to avoid the end of their 200-million-year rule. But thanks in large part to the work of Gore, we do and can take steps that might save millions, even billions, of human lives. If that’s not the definition of waging peace, then what is? THERE are many people wondering what former Vice President Al Gore has done to merit the Nobel Peace Prize, which he will share with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it was announced last week. Typically, winners of the prize are world leaders who have brokered peace treaties, worked to stop wars or end social injustice. Think Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr., Rigoberta Menchu, among many other notable people and organizations that sought to make the world a less dangerous, less violent place. But in truth, Gore was an obvious choice. It was his persistent crusade to inform the world of the dangers of global warming that turned it from a theory abused by some conservatives as “junk science” to a legitimate political concern that was cited by the Nobel Committee. The committee correctly saw that climate change poses just as much danger to humans as war. Even more, perhaps. Indeed, the effects of a warming planet – rising seas, increase in disease, famines – is perhaps the spark that might start wars across the globe as people are displaced from their homes and fight over dwindling resources. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“All of us have tons of data to analyze, but what we’ve done is hone in on the most meaningful data in our measurable targets,” Thorstenson said. In particular, the district wanted to answer three questions: 1) What do we want students to know? 2) How do we know when they’ve learned it? And, 3) how do we respond when they don’t learn it? The solution, said Assistant Superintendent Ron Carruth, was to create a professional learning community that focuses more on learning than teaching and stresses collaboration and accountability. Faculty and administrators collaborated to narrow the state standards that should be taught in each grade level. Common assessments are conducted regularly and often, and intervention programs for struggling students were worked into the regular school day, Carruth said. The ideas at work at Whittier Union are impressive, said John Paramo, assistant principal at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. “I’m really inspired by their idea of putting together alternative bell schedules and the fact that they’re able to provide intervention during the school day,” Paramo said. “And they’re able to do it without extending the school year,” he said. Good said the visiting educators paid $25 per person for the Whittier Union tour to offset the costs of bus transportation and materials. “Everyone was pretty excited for this presentation because people wanted to see what Whittier Union is doing,” Good said. “And it’s important for high school people to see this model, so they can take it back to their schools and see what might work for them.” [email protected] (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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“People really wanted to come here,” Good said. “It’s the only district I’ve seen doing this kind of work, this systemic reform. They’ve invested in it fully, and what they’re seeing now is the result of that. And that’s what captured people’s attention – the results.” Those results include scores on the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) that have steadily climbed over the past five years, from 596 in 2002 to 703 this year, according to state statistics. This year, Whittier Union saw more than 99 percent of the Class of 2007 pass the California High School Exit Exam, which is a requirement for graduation. And in the past two years, two high schools – California and Santa Fe – received the state’s Distinguished School designation; La Serna and Santa Fe were listed among the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine; and La Serna was the only one in the county and among 11 in the state to be named a model school. “We’ve been on this journey for a long time,” Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson told the visiting educators during her morning presentation. WHITTIER – Dozens of Southern California educators, from Manhattan Beach to Claremont, converged here Tuesday to take a page from the Whittier Union High School District’s lesson books on how to effectively give instruction to high school students. Together with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Whittier Union welcomed nearly 70 visiting educators from 16 school districts to its board room and two campuses – La Serna and Whittier high schools – as part of LACOE’s High School Principals & Superintendents Collaborative. Normally, said organizer/LACOE Assistant Division Director Pamela Good, these sessions are held in banquet facilities three or four times a year. But because Whittier Union is the only area district she knows of that has successfully implemented a “professional learning community” model, Good said she jumped at the chance to have WUHSD open its doors to neighboring educators.
Houston comes in a point behind Chivas USA’s 52 points in the conference standings. A win or tie gives Chivas first place in the West. If Chivas wins the top seed in the West, it will face the lowest seed of the conference or the eighth and final playoff slot next week in the opening round. A second-place finish puts Chivas against the third-place team in the West. But as much as Chivas coach Preki says he and the team are not talking about the past, the players can’t get past the fact the Dynamo have become their nemesis. “I think every time we play them it’s a battle, Chivas defender Jonathan Bornstein said. “In the past, for me personally, every time we play them it’s chippy. Tempers are flaring. Guys just want to win. ” Last year’s playoff match sets the tone how it all goes down and how the game ended all intense with people wanting to fight. It’s a huge rivalry and that’s how I think the game is going to be (tonight). Goalkeeper Brad Guzan (U.S.) and midfielder Ramon Nunez (Honduras) are back with the Goats after fulfilling duties with their national teams. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Chivas USA veteran midfielder then summarized his thoughts after realizing what was in the picture: a group of players from last year’s Houston Dynamo championship team hoisting the MLS Cup. “I used to have a lot harder time with it because the first three years I was in that photo,” said Marsch, who lifted the trophy three times with D.C. United in his 11-year career. “I think that we knew last year that if we could get by Houston that we would have a real good shot at moving on.” Marsch in his second season with Chivas, doesn’t want forget that Houston eliminated the Goats in the first round of the playoffs last year. Since then, the Dynamo have had nothing but success against Chivas, shutting out the Goats twice this season and outscoring them, 5-0. That includes a 4-0 rout in Houston June 21. Chivas will get a shot at revenge and some redemption when Houston visits Home Depot Center tonight at 7:30 in a showdown for first place in the Western Conference in both teams’ regular-season finale. SOCCER: The Goats consider the Dynamo their nemesis. By Iv n Orozco STAFF WRITER Jesse Marsch stared at the image on the cover of the Major League Soccer facts and records book.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The talks about Blackwater’s future in Iraq flow from recommendations in an Iraqi government report on the incident Sept. 16 when, Iraqi officials determined, Blackwater guards opened fire without provocation in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square and killed 17 Iraqi citizens. The Iraqi investigators issued five recommendations to the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which has since sent them to the U.S. Embassy as demands for action. Point No. 2 in the report says: “The Iraqi government should demand that the United States stops using the services of Blackwater in Iraq within six months and replace it with a new, more disciplined organization that would be answerable to Iraqi laws.” Sami al-Askari, a top aide to al-Maliki, said that point in the Iraqi list of demands was nonnegotiable. “I believe the government has been clear. There have been attacks on the lives of Iraqi citizens on the part of that company (Blackwater). It must be expelled. The government has given six months for its expulsion and it’s left to the U.S. Embassy to determine with Blackwater when to terminate the contract. The American administration must find another company,” he said. In talks between American diplomats and the al-Maliki government, al-Askari said, the U.S. side was not “insisting on Blackwater staying.” He was the only Iraqi or American official who would allow use of his name, others said information they gave was too sensitive. Al-Askari said the Americans have been told that another demand, Blackwater payment of $8 million in compensation for each victim, was negotiable. Another diplomat, speaking privately, said he did not see how the State Department could insist on keeping Blackwater in place. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Steven R. Hurst and Qassim Abdul-Zahra THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi officials are negotiating Baghdad’s demand that security company Blackwater USA be expelled from the country within six months, and American diplomats appear to be working on how to fill the security gap if the company is phased out.
A crane toppled onto a one-story commercial building, the site of a parenting class, slightly injuring a woman and her baby, a city fire official said. The accident was reported at 10:33 a.m. at 6095 W. Pico Blvd., near La Jolla Avenue in the Mid City, Los Angeles city fire spokesman Geoff Beckenhauer said. According to KABC-TV (7), the crane was lifting a billboard when it fell onto the building. A parenting class had just started at Cool Baby when the crash occurred. When the crane collapsed, two parents and two children were inside. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A witness offered to help. “I see around eight kids running with their moms coming outside,” Fabio Malbar told KABC-TV (7). “I bring one kid outside because I know there a lot of kids inside.” An baby boy and his mother suffered minor scrapes and bruises, Beckenhauer said. They were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. A portion of Pico Boulevard was briefly closed after the accident, Beckenhauer said. The accident’s cause is under investigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Adrienne Green was buying her tickets for the ice show when she saw a flier about skating. “This is a very cool concept,” said Green, who brought her two sons, ages 6 and 8. It was a sunny fall day. The boys didn’t have school and were happy to be outside. “They were wondering where the pitcher’s mound went,” Green said as U2’s “Beautiful Day” played loudly in the background. “I thought that was a really good question to be asking.” Giants fan Jim Priestley attends about four Giants games a year. He brought his wife and two kids to skate, and though Priestley opted not to join them on the ice, he was plenty entertained watching his family and friends form an ice train. “I’ve never been here and touched the grass. It’s neat,” he said, reaching down to pick some. “The visitors’ bathroom – it’s terrible. That’s probably good. You don’t want them feeling too welcome.” Frank Bennett, a longtime competitive skater who lives in San Francisco and is serving as coach and greeter at the rink, taught Priestley’s daughter Nicole and her friend Lauren Foster how to twirl. “It’s so nice out here. It’s like a little paradise,” said Lauren’s mom, Shannon Foster. As the ice became bumpy and began to melt in the afternoon sun, a reporter turned to dodge Justin – in his red turtleneck and matching khaki pompom hat with red stripes – and wound up pulling a headfirst slide that would later yield two purple knees and a bruised left hip. It was a move the major league coaches would rarely advise. “That’s a slide into second base right there,” the boy said with a smile. Chalk it up to part of the experience.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHe isn’t the only one getting a close look this holiday season. The Giants have installed an ice rink, 60 feet by 120 feet, atop the infield and opened it up to the public. It’s believed to be the first time a major league ballpark has doubled as a public ice rink. The Giants, whose 8-year-old ballpark has hosted a variety of nonbaseball events, are charging $20 for adults to skate, $15 for children and $5 just to watch. It’s $40 for unlimited use until the rink closes Dec. 9. The whole thing serves as a promotion for the “Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular” show, starring Barry Manilow, that will be staged at the park Wednesday. Music blares from the sound system and pairs of skates of all sizes line the wooden bench in the visitors’ dugout. SCORING: An ice rink on the infield makes points with the crowd. SAN FRANCISCO – Justin Foster stared toward the outfield long patrolled by home run king Barry Bonds. It was the 10-year-old’s first look at the Giants’ ballpark from the field. Instead of cleats on his feet, he wore ice skates. “Seeing how far these people have to hit it to hit a home run, when you see Barry Bonds hit it over the wall, it’s impossible,” Justin said. “It’s amazing to actually be on the field.”
Also part of this year’s celebration was the unearthing of a 20-year-old time capsule currently on exhibit at the Reyes Adobe, 5464 Reyes Adobe Road. Docents will be highlighting the capsule during tours of the city’s 1845 rancho adobe home and grounds through the end of the year. [email protected] 818-713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGOURA HILLS – The city will cap its 25th anniversary celebration with a gala Dec. 8 at The Canyon Club. Donna Conlin, the city’s recreation manager, said the event is a tribute to the city’s history and will include a pictorial timeline, video tribute and special guest performer Pat Benatar, one of the top female rockers when the city incorporated in 1982. “This event is guaranteed to be amazing, historical and fun, focusing on the past, the present and looking forward to the future,” she said. The event will include cocktails, a catered meal, dancing and live entertainment Dec. 8 at the city’s landmark nightclub and on the city’s official birthday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We’ve been celebrating all year,” said Amy Brink, the city’s community services director. “The gala is our way of wrapping up the city’s birthday.” Today, Agoura Hills has about 21,000 residents. Among the current development projects is Agoura Village, a mixed-use effort planned along Agoura Road and designed to be the city’s central hub. City officials are also working on building a recreation center, and two major bridge construction projects aimed at improving traffic conditions. Denis Weber has been on the City Council for 14 years and said he’s seen a lot of changes. “There’s so many things that have happened these past 14 years, let alone 25,” he said. “There’s a lot more to come in the future.”
THE Euro continued to slide on the currency markets yesterday, dropping to below 84p for the first time in nine months – making the pound worth just over €1.19.This is good news for workers who get paid in sterling and live in the south.And it could be good news for businesses as shoppers stay in Co Donegal this Christmas. Retailers across the county are reporting a higher number of shoppers this year compared to last year.Much higher prices in the North are also putting off people from travelling.The only exception remains some BRITISH retailers who have stores in Donegal.If shops like Marks & Spencer, Next and some of the Tempest outlets in Letterkenny would change their pricing policies and stop charging Donegal people up to 30% more than our northern counterparts for the same goods, it could help transform the county. Currently those stores use an exchange rate of €1.50 to £1 for many of their products.The exchange rate could be good for Donegal’s tourism businesses, particularly hotels which rely on huge trade from the North and Britain. A £1/€1.20 exchange rate could give it a vital boost and bring more visitors south.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comEURO WEAKENS AGAINST THE POUND – KEEPS SHOPPERS IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:euronewssterling