Archives : Dec-2019

first_img Pedro 1 Chelsea have stunned Manchester United by sealing a deal for Barcelona forward Pedro.United have been chasing the World Cup winner all summer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been in advanced talks with the Spanish club this week over a deal.However, Woodward’s reluctance to meet Pedro’s £22million buy-out clause opened the door for Chelsea to make a late move.And the Premier League champions have moved quickly to wrap up a deal after agreeing to pay the £22m fee.The 28-year-old has already agreed personal terms with Jose Mourinho’s side and is in London to undergo a medical before putting pen-to-paper.Losing out on Pedro’s signature to their Premier League rivals will come as a huge blow to United boss Louis van Gaal.Van Gaal had targeted the Spain international as the ideal replacement for Angel di Maria, but will now have to turn his attentions elsewhere.last_img read more

first_imgLouis van Gaal has called Jamie Vardy a ‘nasty’ threat and believes there are similarities between him and Ruud van Nistelrooy – the man whose record the Leicester striker is attempting to break this weekend.Vardy will break Van Nistelrooy’s 12-year Premier League record on Saturday if he scores in his 11th consecutive match when the Foxes face Manchester United.When Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, few would have predicted he would have been likened to one of the greatest strikers seen on these shores in recent times.Van Nistelrooy is the 11th highest scorer in United’s 137-year history, netting 150 goals in 219 matches for the club.The Dutchman won league titles in England, Spain and Holland, while Vardy’s biggest achievement to date is helping Leicester get promoted to the Premier League in the summer of 2014.But there is no sense of snobbery from Van Gaal when it comes to Vardy’s recent scoring run.“More or less, Van Nistelrooy is like Vardy,” the United manager said.“He is highly concentrated to make goals and is always running in behind, so you can compare them.”Van Gaal knows how hard it is to maintain such a prolific scoring run.Dennis Bergkamp is the only man to have scored in 10 consecutive league games under the Dutchman – and his run came more than 20 years ago with Ajax.He also knows first hand how deadly Vardy can be in front of goal.The 28-year-old scored one and had a hand in the other four goals in Leicester’s 5-3 win over United last season.Van Gaal regards Vardy as a “nasty” threat, but one he feels his new and improved defence can cope with.”He was last season a very nasty player for us,” Van Gaal said.”He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring 10 games in a row, then you are a great player.”I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that.“He is a player who is difficult to defend.“It shall be difficult I think, but we can do that because we have a lot of clean sheets already.” 1 Jamie Vardy last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has completed his first signing in charge at Anfield by landing Red Star Belgrade teen Marko Grujic, according to reports in Serbia.talkSPORT told you yesterday that the Reds were facing competition from Anderlecht for the teenage ace but it now appears Jurgen Klopp has got his man.Newspaper Mondo is claiming that a £4.3m deal is complete, with Grujic set to stay with Red Star on loan until the summer, when he will link up with his new team-mates on Merseyside.The 19-year-old starlet has become an integral member of the unbeaten Red Star side who are already 22 points clear at the top of the Serbian Super Liga after just 21 games played.Central midfielder Grujic has featured in all but one of those, starting 18, and has so far chipped in with five goals and looks set to stay on for the remainder of what promises to be a title-winning campaign.It is said that Klopp’s assistant Zeljko Buvan alerted Liverpool to the teenager’s talent and a personal phone call from the Liverpool manager was enough to tempt him to English football. 1 Marko Grujic is set to join for £4.3m last_img read more

first_imgMalaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni made a horrific howler on Wednesday night to help Gary Neville claim another victory as Valencia boss.Coming up for half-time with his side leading 1-0, the Cameroonian came out for a cross and inexplicably punched the ball back into his net.It handed Valencia an unlikely route back into the game and Denis Cheryshev went on to grab a second-half winner – making it five wins in six games for Neville.last_img

first_img“Student evaluations are vital to a professor’s success,” he said. “At a school like CSUN, they are the major ingredient that decides whether a professor gets promoted or gets tenure.” Youmans and Jee visited undergraduate lecture classes that broke up into two smaller study groups. In one group, the researchers passed out evaluations and waited while students completed them. In another, they did the same – but offered the students chocolate they said was left over from a previous event. They repeated the experiment in three classes, and each time the groups offered chocolate gave their professors higher ratings than the groups not offered the candy. “Not everyone in the classes offered chocolate took the candy,” Youmans said. “Also, we made it clear in all the classes that we were not affiliated with the professor, just `strangers’ asked to pass out and retrieve evaluations. “We found that the good feelings brought on by the offer of chocolate from a complete stranger, even in those students who didn’t accept the candy, affected the professors’ evaluations in a positive way.” The results of the study were no surprise to Joan Steuer, president of Chocolate Marketing LLC and founding editor of Chocolatier Magazine. “I believe chocolate makes you happier, it makes you nicer and it puts you in a better mood,” Steuer said. “Chocolate is a mood-lifter; it’s a happy treat.” Upper and downer Steuer said several studies have been done on the psychological effects of chocolate. For example, it is one of the few foods that can simultaneously pick people up and calm them down. “Some people like to draw a bubble bath and have a moment with their chocolate, while others like to have a piece during a lull in the afternoon,” Steuer said. Chocolate has been linked to childhood feelings of comfort, familiarity and happier times. Also, Steuer notes that chocolate melts at exactly 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit – the human body temperature. “It really becomes a part of your body and it’s something we learn to crave.” Just ask Don and Dena Meyers, a Woodland Hills couple married for 50 years – due, in part, to a shared devotion to dark chocolate. Despite Dena’s diabetes, the pair make the occasional trip to the See’s Candies in Reseda. “It makes me feel wonderful,” Dena said outside the store. “If she asks me for chocolate,” Don added, “I have to give it to her.” [email protected] (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – We’ve already heard that chocolate lowers blood pressure, cleans out our arteries and even reduces cancer risk. But can the decadent treat also help us see the brighter side of life? A study co-authored by a CSUN psychology professor suggests it could. In his study, “Fudging the Numbers: Distributing Chocolate Influences Student Evaluations of an Undergraduate Course,” assistant professor Robert Youmans found that students who were offered chocolate before evaluating their professors had nicer things to say about them than those who were deprived of the sweet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I guess there is something more than just tradition to the act of giving chocolate,” Youmans said, adding that there could be a practical application to his findings. “If someone is evaluating you, bring them chocolate and they could see you more positively. I know I’ll be bringing more chocolate to my fiancee, especially when I’m in trouble.” Evaluations better Youmans’ study will be published in the fall edition of the journal Teaching of Psychology, said officials at California State University, Northridge. Youmans conducted the research, along with Northwestern University researcher Benjamin D. Jee, while working on his Ph.D at the University of Illinois at Chicago last spring. He said he was curious about how outside influences affected student evaluations of professors. last_img

first_img 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. ACTON — A brush fire blackened about 20 acres and briefly threatened some homes today until firefighters contained it after about two hours, according to the county fire department. The fire had scorched about two acres when it was reported at 2:42 p.m. at 2016 W. Avenue Y-8. It was fully contained at about 5 p.m., Inspector Ed Lozano of the county fire department said. Lozano said almost 250 firefighters, aided by three helicopters, doused the flames.last_img read more

first_imgSOUTH BAY: Weekend assistance and cleanup programs are part of a national effort to improve lives and the globe. By Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER With thousands of Southern California residents left homeless, displaced and broken-hearted by raging brush fires, the call for compassion is loud this week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And fittingly, Saturday, the 17th annual Make A Difference Day, provides the perfect opportunity for South Bay residents to show their softer side on a nationwide day of neighbors helping neighbors. “In all of this time when things are kind of tragic, it’s just nice to do something positive,” said Tracy Drake, manager and naturalist at Torrance’s Madrona Marsh. In a partnership with the national volunteer organization Points of Light Foundation, Make A Difference Day has been held every fourth Saturday of October since its creation by USA Weekend magazine in 1991. More than 3 million people across the country pitched in last year, and South Bay residents eager to lend a helping hand Saturday have a host of inspiration. Volunteers at Madrona Marsh will remove weeds and debris near the corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Maple Avenue, as well as plant 300 types of native grasses and 20 native shrubs, Drake said. “It’s one of the busiest corners in Torrance,” she said. “It’ll be highly visible, and it’ll be pretty.” The Redondo Beach Elks Lodge will host an electronic waste round-up, giving South Bay residents a chance to take care of Earth. And the ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 of Hawthorne will again bring backpacks and school supplies to the children of homeless veterans and clients of a local drug rehabilitation center. Even after 10 years of Make A Difference Day participation, giving back to the community never gets old, said Trish Ladre, the unit’s president. “You betcha,” she said. “It’s very rewarding to do anything for the veterans or their families or people who can’t get on their feet or are trying to and need a little leg up. That’s what we’re here for.” [email protected] 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“As Bob and I surveyed the damage to our ranch, we were overwhelmed with weariness and could only see this as another sign that it was time to call it a day,” Joann Lombardi wrote in a Thanksgiving note to the community. “So many years of work and planning had been blackened and destroyed in just a few hours. Starting over seemed a daunting task. Just getting through the first three or four days was a tremendous effort.” But since that late October day, Joann and Bob Lombardi have learned how much their small operation in the hills of Bouquet Canyon has meant not only to their family, but also to thousands of “old friends” they’re just now meeting. “Bob and I had no idea that our little corner of the world meant so much to so many,” Joann wrote in the open letter she titled “A Wonderful Thanksgiving for Lombardi Ranch.” “The phone calls, e-mails, cards and letters started coming in with offers of time, money, prayers and words of encouragement. SAUGUS – It’s been a tough year for the Lombardis. Years ago, the couple established what is now the Santa Clarita Valley’s last farm – a landmark where generations of youngsters have picked out their first pumpkins while Mom and Dad gathered fresh corn, squash and melons. But earlier this year, when the farm’s crops needed rain, the well nearly ran dry. Rain came when the crops needed sunshine. The only highway to the farm was closed a few times by traffic crashes, keeping customers away at the height of the season. And then last month, much of the Lombardis’ property was charred by the Buckweed Fire. Their daughter’s home and a whole lot of treasures went up in smoke. “When word went out that we lost all of our pictures, we were sent hundreds of pictures from families eager to share their favorite ones. A 10-minute task turned into an hour because of all the wonderful people who wanted to hug us, cry with us and talk to us and tell us about all the memories they had made over the years at Lombardi Ranch.” Thanksgiving always has been a special day for the Lombardis, a feast built around the bounty they’ve harvested each year with their own hands. Today it’s even more so. “We have been given the greatest gift a town could give to us, a feeling of friendship and community,” Joann wrote. “This has given us the courage to continue. It is with a growing sense of excitement that we have begun to plan for our 2008 season. “And so it is with the greatest gratitude and love of this community that we use the two words that seem so inadequate but come from the bottom of our hearts: “Thank you.” The couple, now at retirement age, began farming the family plot more than 40 years ago. Over the decades it was the place to go for sweet corn and other fresh-picked produce. Halloween became a monthlong gala, with scarecrows, bake sales, booths, children’s games and a carpet of orange pumpkins as far as the eye could see. The Lombardis have pulled back in recent years on some of the work, waiting until late summer to open their popular stand. At least for now, though, they’re not going anywhere. “Our family rallied around us and would not accept that this was the end of Lombardi Ranch. In the space of four days, they worked tirelessly to try and reopen an abbreviated Lombardi Ranch,” Joann said. “We have always been proud of our children, but we were overwhelmed by the determination that they displayed.” Joann compares the family’s challenges to those faced by the Pilgrims centuries ago. And she compared their blessings, too, thanking the neighbors who helped the Lombardis persevere – and share their bounty. [email protected] 661-257-5251160Want 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

first_imgNot content with recent accolades such as ‘’best value in Letterkenny’’, Mairtin and the team at Kelly’s Mountaintop Complex reminded us of the extraordinary efforts they go to, in order to keep their menus current, interesting and above all best value. The all new American Roadside Diner has been reinvigorated to incorporate an American theme throughout, from the spacious layout of its seating area through to the all-important menu, which now features selections such as the New Yorker Burger (go on, try finish it) and Louisana Chicken.Our ultra-important regular clientele need not be disappointed however, all of our old favourite classic dishes remain, as does the ‘’couldn’t cook it for it’’ price promise! Pressed on the newest additions, Diner Manager Leah McNulty said, ‘’We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our offering, and we know too well that to stay ahead of the pack we need to be as diverse as possible, so our customers stay both engaged and satisfied, not forgetting the need to remain competitive’’.Opening the colourful menu will appeal to almost any palette, considering the now famous Saturday steak deals, Sunday lunches and unbeatable breakfasts remain ever present, but more impressive is the vast selection of choices to choose from, and yet every meal is cooked to order, fresh from the kitchen.‘’Don’t forget we still allow 30% on sterling and sitting only 20 mins from the borders of Derry and Tyrone, we can guarantee better value than our Northern counterparts’’, McNulty added.The complex still houses an in-store bakery, butchery dept., off-licence and in keeping with today’s health conscious society, the fresh and healthy foods dept. has also been expanded. There’s a DVD kiosk for the film buff, a laundrette for the busy professional and home heating oil available on a cash & carry basis, it really is Letterkennys original ‘’1-stop-shop’’.They’ve even purchased a new catering trailer which will soon be popping up around the county when festival season gets underway, plus it’s available for hire at private events & functions.But don’t take our word for it, get yourselves down to the first American Roadside Diner in the North West and see for yourself.I recommend the New Yorker! 🙂 KELLY’S AMERICAN ROADSIDE DINER IS THE BEST THIS SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC! was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:American Roadside DinerBusinessFeaturesKellysnewslast_img read more

first_imgTogether with Mars #Believe we‘re getting Moose musically match fit so he can show his support for the England team this summer in France. Each week Moose will be challenged to sing the ‘We Love You England’ chant in a different style and this time out it’s jazz, following on from his rock and opera versions.To help him we’ve enlisted the help of top singing coach, Xavier Jones to make sure he’s pitch perfect.Watch the video above to see how he got on in his practice session and make sure to look out for tomorrow’s video to see Moose summoning his inner Frank Sinatra!Mars #Believe also want you to get involved by singing your support for England. Just post your singing selfie videos of the ‘We Love You England’ chant on Twitter, using the hashtag #believe.last_img