Nikica Jelavic arrives for West Ham medical

first_imgNikica Jelavic is set to seal a return to the Premier League with West Ham before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, with the Hull striker arriving at Upton Park for a medical on Monday, according to reports.The Croatia international has been strongly linked with an exit from the KC Stadium following the Tigers’ relegation from the Premier League.West Ham, meanwhile, are still hunting for options to boost their limited strike force.Jelavic was left out of the squad that beat Preston 2-0 on Saturday, and manager Steve Bruce admitted following the home clash that his exit is likely.“I had a conversation with Jelavic, which was only right,” said the Hull boss. “How could he play when his head was elsewhere?“Now let’s see if the two clubs get to the valuation. He has a buy-out clause but they have got nowhere near that. Come Tuesday, I would still expect him to leave.”And it now appears West Ham have beaten an unnamed oversees club – thought to be Turkish side Trabzonspor – to the former Everton frontman, and could land him for around £4million. Hull striker Nikica Jelavic 1last_img read more

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Shocked? Top five Chelsea players with the most Twitter followers

first_img 5 4. Pedro (@_Pedro17_) – 3.7million followers on Twitter – Click the right arrow above to find out which Chelsea player has the most… 1. Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) – 9.09million followers on Twitter 5 Following Chelsea is a painful business at the moment as they struggle for form in the Premier League.Jose Mourinho’s men have won just two games from their first eight fixtures as they look to retain the title they won last season.Matches against Aston Villa and West Ham are next for the Blues as they look to battle their way back into contention for, at the very least, a top four spot.A lot will depend on their under-fire stars though, as fans continue to get on the backs of certain squad members.But many Chelsea fans are still following their idols on Twitter, you can see which players have the most supporters by clicking the right arrow above… 5 3. Eden Hazard (@hazardeden10) – 4.18million followers on Twitter – Click the right arrow above to find out which Chelsea player has the most… 5 2. Cesc Fabregas (@cesc4official) – 8million followers on Twitter – Click the right arrow above to find out which Chelsea player has the most… 5. Oscar (@Oscar8) – 3.12million followers on Twitter – Click the right arrow above to find out which Chelsea player has the most… 5last_img read more

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Jonathan Walters signs new Stoke City contract

first_img Stoke forward Jonathan Walters Jonathan Walters has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with Stoke City, the Premier League club have announced.The Potters revealed on Saturday afternoon that Walters, whose previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season, had penned new terms to keep him at the  Britannia Stadium through to the summer of 2018.The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international has made over 200 appearances in all competitions for Stoke since joining them in 2010, scoring 54 goals.The news appears a victory for Walters, who had been pushing in talks for a contract to 2018 when the club had only been offering him one to 2017.As recently as last week boss Mark Hughes admitted Stoke were in danger of losing the player but retained hope an agreement could be reached.It had also looked as if Walters might leave earlier this season as he handed in a transfer request amid bids from Norwich being rejected towards the end of the summer window.Despite the uncertainty over his future, he has been in fine form this term, with his spectacular strike in the recent Capital One Cup fourth-round clash with Chelsea his fourth club goal of the campaign to add to two netted on international duty. 1last_img read more

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Forgotten Stoke midfielder set for January exit

first_img1 Steve Sidwell Stoke City are preparing themselves for offers for out-of-favour midfielder Steve Sidwell next month.The Englishman has been a victim of Mark Hughes’ successful rebuilding of the squad and has fallen down the pecking order at the Britannia.The former Chelsea man has played just 12 minutes of Premier League football this season as summer imports Marco van Ginkel, Ibrahim Afellay and Xherdan Shaqiri have all featured ahead of him.Sidwell has winners’ medals from the Premier League, Championship and FA Cup and is unlikely to be willing to sit out his days on the Potteries’ periphery.The 33-year-old is out of contract in the summer so would be available for a nominal fee in January.The Arsenal academy graduate would undoubtedly be able to offer both relegation-fighting and promotion-chasing clubs plenty of experience for the final half of the season and beyond.last_img read more

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West Ham’s pursuit of in-form striker Yilmaz OVER, reveals Slaven Bilic

first_imgSlaven Bilic says West Ham have been told they must buy Burak Yilmaz because Galatasaray are not interested in sending him out on loan.The Hammers have been strongly linked with the Turkish striker, who has hit 65 top-flight goals in 105 appearances since his arrival from Trabzonspor.Bilic has enquired about the 30-year-old’s availability but has been told that a loan spell is out of question.On Yilmaz, he said: “We are in the market to take one on loan. His club do not want to loan him. They only want to sell.”The West Ham boss is also keen on a loan move for Emanuel Emenike, the Nigeria striker who has hit seven goals in 11 appearances on loan at Al Ain.The Hammers now want to seal a loan spell of their own for the 28-year-old, who is contracted to Fenerbahce.But Bilic said: “Emenike is complicated. He is a Fenerbahce player but he’s on loan to Al Ain.” 1 West Ham target Burak Yilmaz last_img read more

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Teacher unions supply big money

first_img“The board does approve (the contract), but it is worked out between the district and the teachers,” Elbling said. Some say the endorsement by the teacher unions is as important as they money provided. “When you’re a long-term incumbent, it’s tantamount to getting the Good Housekeeping seal of approval,” said Pacheco. “It shows that teachers respect the work you’re doing.” But the money is nice to get, Pacheco said. “There were no tear stains on that check,” he said. Candidates who don’t get that endorsement or money can still win, said La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin who has observed many school elections. “Definitely, there can be a backlash,” Malkin said, referring to concerns about too strong of a presence by the union. Harry Jacobs, another contender for the Whittier Union High School District board who didn’t receive teacher union money, agrees with Malkin. “I have a growing base of support outside of that particular interest group,” said Jacobs, who has raised nearly as much money as Pacheco and three times as much as Schneider in the race. Jacobs said he isn’t bothered he didn’t receive the teacher union endorsement, and said if elected he wouldn’t hold it against teachers. “There will be no ill feelings,” he said. “When I get elected, I’ll work with the board. What happened in the campaign happened in the campaign.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAnd it’s why the teacher unions are the only regular group that gives in school board elections, he said. In the Whittier area, Montebello Unified School District incumbent Marcella Calderon has received $9,000. David Vela, a challenger in the district, was given $4,000. The Whittier Union High School District’s teacher union gave $2,000 to incumbent Ralph Pacheco and challenger Tim Schneider. The East Whittier School District’s teacher union gave $3,000 to challenger Dimitri Elbling. Some might say the donations are a conflict of interest when it comes to contract negotiations, but Elbling doesn’t see it as a problem. NORWALK – Whittier-area teacher unions again are the top source for campaign money in the Nov. 6 school board elections. So far, local unions have donated a total of $21,000 to five candidates running in three separate elections, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. That’s nothing new, said Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer, also a retired professor of political science from Rio Hondo College. “The teachers have a direct personal, professional and economic interest in school board policy,” Newcomer said. “They’re close to it as classroom teachers.” last_img read more

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Christians focus on scholarship

first_imgBy Carol McGraw The Gazette ACADEMICS: Institutes seen as new avenue to train conservative leaders. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – They look like graduates waiting to march across the stage to get their diplomas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut the students, seated around a granite table at Grace Church, dress in long, black academic robes every day. All in their early 20s, they are the first class of fellows at the Colorado Springs-based John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law. The six men and six women politely call each other by courtesy titles and last names, and engage in Socratic discussions four hours a day, four days a week. They are learning how to spread their moral beliefs in a thoughtful manner, without beating people over the head with their faith. The yearlong program combines their calling to public life with their conservative Christian worldview. After a semester of academics, they will be interns at conservative think tanks in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, where they can further hone their skills in Christian persuasion. “We are teaching students of faith how to engage a secular society,” said Alan R. Crippen II, John Jay Institute’s founder and president. “We take bright, promising students and give them the intellectual and spiritual foundation for service in the community.” Crippen founded the institute in 2005 in West Virginia and moved it with him when he relocated to Colorado Springs in 2006. It’s the latest evidence of an intellectual movement that is taking the conservative Christian message beyond buzzwords such as anti-homosexuality and anti-abortion to attract better-educated and younger people who are interested in wider social issues such as the environment, science and law. Proponents see institutions like John Jay as antidotes to secular universities, which they believe are intolerant of conservative views. Others fear such programs will train professionals to wage war against the separation of church and state, and infuse government and the Constitution with religion. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a nonsectarian group that defends separation of church and state in courts and educates on religious-freedom issues, said scholarship is a fairly new venue for some in the Christian right. “Since they captured talk radio and religious broadcasting they have been looking for a new forum, and the academic world is it.” The push to recruit young intellectuals is an “investment in future allies,” says Chip Berlet, senior analyst for Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank in Boston. “If you are trying to set aside a secular republic you set up a John Jay Institute to hook people early to help create a Christian nation, which they imagine is historically real,” he said. But Crippen says separation of church and state does not have to mean exclusion of religion from the public square. John Jay supporters have similar views. “So much education in the last few decades has tended to ignore religion, but now you are seeing a resurgence of traditional intellectualism and recovery of historical roots,” says Kenneth Starr, who is on the John Jay advisory board and is dean of the Pepperdine University law school in Malibu. Starr, the former Independent Counsel whose investigation and report led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, says law has always been rooted in morality and informed by religious thinking. Starr says the John Jay Institute is promoting a belief that “voices of faith should be allowed equal dignity in the marketplace of ideas, and not excluded from democratic conversation.” John Jay uses “low-key” recruitment of students, Crippen said, getting names of potential candidates through religious and professional contacts. It’s an expensive endeavor for the nonprofit institute. It will take more than $800,000 each academic year for the 24 students who go through the program. Each student receives $37,000 in benefits, including the academic program, room and board and a $7,000 cost of living stipend. The institute obtained seed money from major conservative donors – officials won’t say who – and is raising money now to pay for next year’s scholars. The students’ days are highly structured, beginning with chapel at 8 a.m. at Grace Church followed by four hours of classes, afternoon study, chapel at 5 p.m. and more study. Each day, the students read at least 100 pages from tomes that are densely philosophical and theological, and then write 500-word essays they must defend in class. Student Adrienne Morehead, 22, of Atlanta, noted that her classmates come from many Christian backgrounds – reformed, evangelical, Pentecostal, orthodox and others. She got her undergraduate degree from Lee University, a Christian college in Tennessee. “We don’t agree on certain doctrines,” she said, “but we agree on the basics.” 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

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Lions roam this playground

first_img“We made a commitment to spend $23,000 this year, and another $23,000 next year,” Lions member and past president Doug Lopez said. Lopez said the Lions Club typically gives about $2,500 to the school each year, but has recently been unusually successful in drawing in funds, raising more than $100,000 last year. According to Lopez, the $23,000 the Lions spent on the project covered what would normally cost more than $40,000, because one Lions member specializes in building playgrounds and did much of the work at cost. The playground presented special challenges to builders struggling to accommodate kids with special needs. Plastic play equipment cannot be used on the playground because static electricity interferes with equipment the children use to hear. Metal slides must be used, and a canopy was needed to keep the surface cool. The Lions placed a canopy over a wooden play area, painted it in bright colors, and attached periscopes, steering wheels and a listening tube to it. They also created new storage sheds for emergency supplies and sports equipment. “They’re thrilled,” Roche said of the children. “They’re just beside themselves.” Ramon Mora, 11, said he likes to play tetherball and use the periscope on the refurbished play area. “I like playing in the park, and climbing up and down,” Ramon said. Dylan Hernandez, 9, said he also enjoys the new playground and looks forward to his time there. “I think it’s cool,” Dylan said. “I like it because it’s so colorful, and I like to go on the slide because of the canopy. Now it’s not so hot.” Dylan said he watched the Lions working on stretching the canopy over the play area ground and asked questions while they worked. “They were nice,” Dylan said. “They show you stuff.” Brennan Ackerman, 7, said he especially likes the new play surface, which stays cooler than asphalt. “It’s kind of soft and bouncy,” Brennan said. Roche said the playground would never have been possible without the Lions. “We tried to be good stewards with it by fixing it and maintaining it when we can, but we just don’t have the resources to do it,” Roche said. “We feel very blessed by them.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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 KingsThe children are given hearing aids and implants to help them use what hearing they have. The goal of the school is to reintegrate kids into mainstream education. The school is private, however, and supervisors struggle to give the children play equipment as well as a quality education. “We don’t have access to newer playground equipment,” Roche said. “We don’t have newer things and nicer things, which is unfortunate because we’ve always taught them that they’re just like everyone else.” Roche said the playground had not been renovated in 25 years, and the sand base in which it was planted was problematic for students, who wear hearing aids and implants that can be damaged by dust. The Lions Club, which has supported the school with small, annual donations, approached the school about finishing a larger project for them. WHITTIER – At the Oralingua School of the Hearing Impaired, deaf children are taught to listen and speak just like any other youngster. But until last week, the play equipment was just not like other schools’. The dilapidated playground, some of it unusable, was repaired and improved by the Whittier Host Lions Club, which installed $40,000 in new equipment. “They gave our children something that they’ve never had before,” said school director Elisa Roche. “They gave our children a beautiful and safe place to play and, every day, we as a school reap those benefits.” Roche said the school teaches about 60 students ranging in age from 2 weeks to 11 years. last_img read more

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Your opinion counts ?

first_imgOr slash the new 23percent pay increase for city workers, or rescind the fourth major pay increase for city leaders in two years. Or end sweetheart deals for contractors and giveaways to developers. Thus, rather than gauging what the public thinks, this poll really only tells us what we already knew city leaders think: Your priorities are expendable, but theirs are sacred.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 KingsEconomic development, energy and environment, emergency preparedness, homeland security, housing, infrastructure, public safety, recreational services, transportation or youth programs? Notice what’s missing from that list? Never are you asked whether you would be willing to slash the enormous office staffs of the city’s elected officials. Or take away their cars. Or bring workplace discipline and get full value from the bureaucracy. unless you’re an L.A. resident who wants to cut back on waste. Attention, Los Angeles residents: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants your opinion about what to do about the city’s impending budget fiasco – sort of. If you go to the mayor’s Web site (lacity.org/mayor), you can take a poll about how the city should balance its books. The poll asks if you think L.A. should increase or cut funding for various popular services. And if you suggest increasing even one, it asks which of the following you intend to cut to pay for it: last_img read more

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Exclusive – Real Madrid may have De Gea agreement, ex-president tells talkSPORT

first_imgReal Madrid may have an agreement in place for the transfer of Manchester United star David De Gea, former president Ramon Calderon has claimed.A deal for the player fell through on deadline day last summer with the Spanish goalkeeper then signing a new four-year contract at Old Trafford.But, in an interview with talkSPORT, Calderon, who worked for the club between 2006 and 2009, revealed he believed there could still be a deal in place for De Gea’s transfer this summer.“It was really weird what happened last [summer],” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“[But] Keylor Navas is playing [well], like you saw last night [against Barcelona]. He’s doing that in many matches.“It would be really strange if David De Gea came but no doubt he is one of the best and also he’s a Spaniard, which helps.“Apparently there is some agreement. They had a deal from last [summer] for him to come but I can’t tell you [for sure] as I don’t have personal knowledge of that.”last_img read more

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