first_img1 Steven Gerrard has claimed Tottenham wanted to sign him from Liverpool before he decided to join the Los Angeles Galaxy.The former England and Liverpool captain was coming towards the end of his Anfield career last season and was flattered by the Spurs interest.But Gerrard felt there “would not have been much of a buzz” in a move to White Hart Lane, and was determined he could never play against his beloved Liverpool.Gerrard opted for Major League Soccer, having also turned down big money from Qatar plus approaches from French, Spanish and Turkish sides, he writes in his autobiography.With whispers emerging of his possible availability, Gerrard said: “The first offer came from Besiktas, then managed by Slaven Bilic. Monaco were next. They came in strong. Paris Saint-Germain were also very keen. David Moyes called my agent a couple of times, to see whether I would be interested in playing for him at Real Sociedad.“A few English clubs called but I wouldn’t play against Liverpool. There was interest from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. It was good to know he still rated me. I was sure I could play in the Premier League for another year but there would not have been much of a buzz doing the same thing all over again with Tottenham.”In the book, being serialised by the Daily Mail, Gerrard suggests “a perfect scenario” would have seen him offered a one-year contract at Liverpool that could have seen him split playing and coaching duties.But when it came to negotiating a possible new deal, with a 40 per cent pay cut and performance-incentive bonuses, he said: “It was pretty much a case of ‘this is the offer’. It seemed as if I wanted them more than they wanted me.”Gerrard said he accepted less money in Los Angeles than Liverpool were prepared to put on the table, because he sensed the quality of life would fit his family’s needs.“It’s also why I turned down a 13.5million euros (around £10million) net deal to play in Qatar for two years,” he said. “That would have been more than I’d ever earned, but Qatar wasn’t the right place for me and my family.” Steven Gerrard last_img read more

first_imgCASTAIC – Sheriff Lee Baca will face the Board of Supervisors today to talk about recent jail violence that resulted in the deaths of two inmates and injuries to more than 100 others, but also cost thousands of hours in overtime for sheriff’s personnel. “Things have pretty much eased up,” Steve Whitmore, the sheriff’s spokesman, said Monday. “The lockdown has been lifted, and they’re getting privileges back.” The Los Angeles County jail system is the nation’s largest, with a population of 21,000 inmates in six jail facilities, including the North County Correctional Facility and other Pitchess detention centers in Castaic. The problems started Feb. 4 when 2,000 inmates, divided along Latino and African-American lines, fought at Castaic. One inmate was killed. In addition to reporting to the board, Baca has said he will ask the district attorney’s staff to file charges against at least 21 inmates involved in the violence. Some of those inmates could face murder charges. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Fighting continued sporadically through the next two weeks at the Castaic grounds in various dormitories, resulting in the suspension of mail, phone and laundry privileges for the inmates and the lockdown of all county jail facilities. A Feb. 11 fight at the Men’s Central Jail also was attributed to racial conflict. One inmate collapsed and died en route to the jail infirmary. Violence also has been reported at jails in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Conflicts continued through the weekend despite efforts to separate out instigators, with many prisoners sent to solitary cells or other facilities. The latest uprising occurred Friday night, said Deputy Luis Castro of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. Forty inmates were involved and four were injured in the fighting in a dormitory of the North County Correctional Facility. Deputies used sting-ball grenades and gas to quell the disturbance. “We don’t think the last fight is connected with the other events,” Whitmore said. “These things happen in a jail environment.” last_img read more

first_img Rafinha and his wife Carolina Santana 10 Philipp Lahm and Claudia Lahm – scroll through the gallery to see more Bayern Munich players enjoying Oktoberfest with their wives and partners Thomas Muller with his wife Lisa Joshua Kimmich with his girlfriend Lina Meyer 10 Kingsley Coman and his wife Sephora Thiago Alcantara and his wife Julia Vigas Xabi Alonso and his wife Nagore Aranburu 10 It has become an annual tradition and it’s one the Bayern players appear to enjoy.Each year in Munich the players, along with their wives and partners attend Oktoberfest, sip a few beers and pose for pictures in traditional lederhosen.Here is a selection of players at the 2016 event. Douglas Costa and his wife Louisa Ramos 10 10 10 10 10 Mats Hummels and his wife Cathy Fischer Arjen Robben and his wife Bernadien Eillert 10 10last_img read more

first_img1 Tottenham and Chelsea go head-to-head once again in the Premier League With Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal all dropping points over the Christmas period, Chelsea and Tottenham both have a chance to capitalise when they meet at White Hart Lane tonight.The Blues are aiming to equal Arsenal’s top flight record of 14 consecutive victories, and would be the first club to achieve this feat in a single season if they claim three points at Spurs.It’s going to be a tall order for the home side to stop a side that look like Premier League champions-elect, and here are the stats you need to know about ahead of the big match…*  Tottenham have won just one of their last 13 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W1 D7 L5); 5-3 on New Year’s Day 2015.*  Chelsea have won more Premier League games (26) and scored more Premier League goals (92) against Spurs than they have against any other opponent.*  Harry Kane has scored 17 goals in his last 17 Premier League London derbies, including netting 10 in his last nine played at White Hart Lane.*  In fact, of players to have played more than one London derby in the Premier League, Kane has the best goals per game ratio (0.78 – 18 goals in 23 derby apps).*  The Blues have not won at White Hart Lane since a 4-2 victory in October 2012 (D2 L1 since).*  This will be the first fixture to be played 50 times in the Premier League.*  Mauricio Pochettino will take charge of his 150th Premier League game as a manager, when Tottenham take on Chelsea.*  Spurs have won four consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since August 2014 (five wins).*  Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unbeaten at White Hart Lane this season (W7 D2); their longest unbeaten start to a PL season at home since 2000/01 (13 games).*  The Blues have won six successive Premier League away games; they last embarked upon a longer winning run in September 2009 (seven games).*  Antonio Conte has the best away Premier League win percentage of any Chelsea manager (77.8%).*  If Chelsea win this match, they will equal both the Premier League and English top-flight record for successive wins (Arsenal – 14 wins between February 2002 and August 2002).*  The only occasion of a side winning more points from their first 19 games in a Premier League season than Chelsea this season (49) is Chelsea in 2005-06 (52).last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Several of Mel Gibson’s friends say he’s a “different person” when he’s drinking, but they do not believe he’s anti-Semitic. Movie producer Dean Devlin said he and his wife are Jewish, and he considers Gibson – who unleashed an anti-Jewish tirade when arrested for drunken driving July 28 – one of his best friends in Hollywood. “If Mel is an anti-Semite, then he spends a lot of time with us, which makes no sense,” Devlin told the Los Angeles Times. He met Gibson while co-producing “The Patriot,” in which Gibson starred. “But he is an alcoholic, and while that makes no excuse for what he said, because there is no excuse, I believe it was the disease speaking, not the man.” Jodie Foster said she does not believe that drunkenness excuses hurtful remarks, but doubts claims that Gibson is prejudiced against Jews. Gibson “was a shining example of how low you can go when you are young and still pull yourself up,” she said. “He took his recovery very seriously, which is why I know he is strong enough to get through this now.”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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Is he an anti-Semite? Absolutely not,” Foster told the newspaper for a story in Friday’s editions. “But it’s no secret that he has always fought a terrible battle with alcoholism.” Though it was widely believed that Gibson had been sober since the early `90s, some people close to him say he has been on and off the wagon for years. “I have been with Mel when he has fallen off, and he becomes a completely different person,” Devlin said. “It is pretty horrifying.” Gibson was charged this week with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol. Foster, who costarred with Gibson in “Maverick,” said she believed he will recover from his latest fall. 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! DATEBOOK TODAY Los Angeles City Birthday Celebration, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., El Pueblo de la Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 625-5045. Cardinal Roger Mahony will lead Labor Day Mass, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Call (213) 637-7216. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Labor Day Scavenger Hunt, 1-2:30 p.m., Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Free with admission. Call (323) 667-2000. Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 5 p.m., Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Avenue, Thousand Oaks. Free. Call (805) 381-2747.last_img read more

first_img rookie error update statement Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has had plenty to think about over the last seven days.Just when fans thought they had found their rhythm agains with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, they drew 2-2 with Olympiakos in the Champions League and then lost 2-1 to Leicester City in the Premier League. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 Getty – Contributor Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more PEP TALK Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman appointed BIG PRESENTS UP TOP on target Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs’ only official absentees ahead of the clash are midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and youngster Ryan Sessegnon, who continue their rehabilitation from injuries.How Tottenham could look against Colchester United Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LIVE on talkSPORT Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Portsmouth vs Southampton (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTArsenal vs Nottingham Forest (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2MK Dons vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTManchester United vs Rochdale (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Stoke vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTQPR vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT targets Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas When asked about his attitude towards the match, Pochettino said: “All the competitions we take seriously. For different reasons we need games.“The young players need games to improve and try to show their quality and maybe fight for a place in the starting XI in the Champions League or Premier League.“We are going to have a mix, we will assess the squad because we are going to have a very tough period and we need to manage the squad. We are going to be there trying to win the game.”Pochettino might also hand centre-back Japhet Tanganga some minutes, along with midfielder Oliver Skipp, and a number of fringe stars, including Eric Dier who is yet to feature this campaign. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Mauricio Pochettino has had a tough start to the new season stalemate It’s been calamitous for Spurs and now they know they face a real battle to finish in the top four this season.The Carabao Cup is next up for Pochettino and he’s set to blood at least two youngsters in the match with League Two side Colchester United.It’s got the potential to be a tricky test but already the Argentine has said he will mix it up with 17-year-old striker Troy Parrott set to feature, possibly from the start. 2 Is this how Tottenham could look on Tuesday night?last_img read more

first_img TOP WORK LIVE on talkSPORT Belgium attacker Kevin De Bruyne says the poor run of form is not something that interests him when speaking ahead of the eagerly-anticipated showdown.“I don’t care,” replied De Bruyne. “A lot of circumstances will decide the game. What can a player do with statistics like this?“It’s a game like another. We know it’s a big game – Liverpool are ahead.“We have to go back, recover and be ready.” Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “As with all Premier League fixtures at Anfield, we will have officers on duty at the ground, both uniformed and plain clothed, supported by mobile CCTV, provided by Liverpool City Council, and specialist resources including the Dog Section, mounted police and the National Police Air Service,” the statement continued.“We will also have a city-centre policing plan in place throughout the day. This is standard procedure.“We know that this will be a busy operation and we hope that fans attending the match will act as ambassadors for their clubs.“As usual we would ask fans with tickets to arrive at the ground as early as possible.“Fans without tickets should not attend at all; they will not be allowed entry into the stadium.” SORRY 3 A social media post doing the rounds ahead of Sunday’s Premier League showdown The team coach carrying Pep Guardiola’s men to Merseyside was pelted with cans and bottles when the two sides met in the Champions League.Flares were also unleashed by hundreds of fans who lined the streets outside the stadium.City were forced to seek an alternative vehicle for their return trip to Manchester, such was the damage caused to the coach.No arrests were made in connection with the incident, as Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was forced to apologise for the ‘idiots’ involved in the melee.Speaking ahead of this weekend’s encounter, Klopp addressed the matter again, commenting: “If someone from City is concerned still, it’s our fault. LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos “We all didn’t throw a bottle, but it was one of us. All of us have to make sure that something like that never happens again.“We will do everything to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”Meanwhile, the manager says he hopes to meet stricken Reds fan Sean Cox before Sunday’s encounter.The 54-year-old, who will attend this weekend’s clash with his family, was left with devastating brain injuries after being attacked by a group of Roma supporters before the sides’ Champions League clash last April. TWITTER “Something like this should not happen around a football game. I hope to see him before the game, I really want to,” he added.“When it happened it was my lowest point at Liverpool. We don’t just sing You’ll Never Walk Alone, we live that.”City head into the game six points behind their title rivals and the record books do not sway in their favour.Pep Guardiola’s men have not won at Anfield since 2003 — and their last victory before that was Boxing Day 1981. appointed ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 3 Twitter Bottles were thrown at the coach during the melee Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest 3 Manchester City fear there will be a repeat of their bus attack at Anfield in April 2018 when they face Liverpool this weekend.The reigning Premier League champions are concerned at the manner and volume of social media posts promising a hostile greeting upon their arrival in Merseyside this weekend.However, Merseyside Police have assured City chiefs, who raised concerns about the prospect of another unsavoury incident, that a ‘comprehensive and appropriate’ operation will be in place for the top-of-the-table clash.A statement from Superintendent Paul White read: “As with any match, a comprehensive and appropriate policing operation has been put in place ahead of Sunday’s game and we have liaised with both clubs and their supporter groups.“We are aware of one poster on social media regarding a bus welcome.“The corresponding last fixture ran smoothly and we are working to ensure this game can be enjoyed safely by all as well as minimising any disruption to local residents and roads.” scrap Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 getty images revealed Sean Cox will be back at Anfield for the first time since being attacked by a group of Roma fans PAYBACK last_img read more

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS• Independent Electoral Commission0800 11 8000 (toll-free from a land line)+27 12 622 2014 South Africa will not only celebrate 20 years of freedom from apartheid, it will also hold the country’s fifth national democratic elections. With the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announcing a second and final round of voter registration set for February, we bring you a complete guide to registering for the elections.When will the elections be held?The elections must take place some time in 2014, but the final date will only be known once the president has proclaimed it in the Government Gazette.Who may vote?To be eligible to vote, you must:Be a South African citizenBe at least 18 years oldHave a green bar-coded ID book, or an ID smartcard, or a temporary identity certificate. These are all issued by the Department of Home Affairs.Finally, you may only vote if you are registered on the voters’ roll.How do I register to vote?First, ensure you have the necessary identity document – a green bar-coded ID book, an ID smartcard, or a temporary identity certificate. If you don’t, you will need to apply for one at the Department of Home Affairs.With your identity document, you must then register in person – you can’t do it online, for example, or by email.You can then register in two ways:Any time before the president proclaims the date of the election, you can register at your local IEC municipal office – but you must first contact the office and make an appointment. The IEC has a list of municipal offices with all the contact details you need.On the weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014, you can register from 08h00 to 17h00 at the voting station for your voting district. Find your voting station using the map on the IEC website, or phone 0800 11 8000 on Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00.Do I have to register before every election?Unless you have moved into a new voting district, you only have to register once. If you have moved, you have to register for your new district. If you remain on the voters’ roll for your old voting district, you will only be able to vote at your old voting station.You may have to register again if your voting district changes.How do I check if I am correctly registered to vote?You can check if you are registered to vote, and for the right district, in a number of ways:Send an SMS with your ID number to 32810.Check your voter registration details online – this will also give you the address of your voting station.Phone the IEC’s call centre on 0800 11 8000 – this is toll-free if you phone from a landline.Check at your voting station during the registration weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014.Check at your local municipal electoral office during office hours.How old must I be to register?Even though you may only vote if you are 18 or older, you may register on the voters’ roll from the age of 16.Where do I register?Any time before the president proclaims the date of the election, you can register at your local IEC municipal office – but you must first contact the office and make an appointment. The IEC has a list of municipal offices with all the contact details you need.On the weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014, you can register from 08h00 to 17h00 at the voting station for your voting district. Find your voting station using the map on the IEC website.Note that you must apply for registration on or before the day the president proclaims the date of the election in the Government Gazette. The voters’ roll for the election closes at 17h00 on the day of the proclamation.What documents do I need to register?By law, you must apply in person, and bring with you a valid green bar-coded South African ID book, or a smartcard ID, or a temporary identity certificate if you don’t have an ID book or smartcard. If you don’t have any of these, apply for one at the Department of Home Affairs.Can I register if I’m currently living outside South Africa?Yes, all South Africans with a valid South African ID (see above) and a valid South African passport are allowed to register. Overseas registrations close on 7 February 2014. Find out more on the IEC website.How do I register from overseas?Go to your nearest South African embassy, high commission or diplomatic mission with your valid ID and passport. Note that you can’t register with only your passport – you must have your ID document as well. Both documents must be valid.Can I vote before I leave South Africa?If you will be overseas on election day and would like to vote in South Africa a few days beforehand, you can apply for a special vote at your municipal electoral office.What happens when I register?Go to your voting station, municipal electoral office or, if voting overseas, your diplomatic mission.Fill in the Application for Registration as a Voter formYour ID book will be scannedA bar-coded sticker will be pasted in your ID bookNote that completing the form and receiving a bar-coded sticker doesn’t mean that you’re registered, it only means that you’ve applied for registration. Your application must still be processed, which may take up to seven working days.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#business#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I’m just back from sunny Gold Coast, all theme-parked out, andalready I’m planning my family’s next trip. I’d love to make it to the nextWeb 2.0 conference, October 5-7 in San Francisco. It’ll be my firstever trip to America. Of course, the conference ticket price willbe an issue. Hopefully my blog whuffie will come in useful on thatcount (I’m Mr Unsubtle today…)Here’s John Battelle’sdescription of the recently announced 2005 Web 2.0conference:“Our initial thinking behind this year’s event reflects anevolution of Web 2.0’s original theme, which was “the Web asPlatform.” This year we take that as a given, and focus on what theopportunities and challenges are in this new web ecology, inparticular services and businesses which run over the platform.Hence the tagline “revving the Web” – both adding power andfeatures, as well as the idea of building the Web’s nextiteration.”And I like this precise description over at the official Web 2.0 website:“The Web 2.0 Conference explores the ongoing evolution of theWeb as a business platform…”The full skinny is in the press release:“”Revving the Web” is the theme for the 2005 Web 2.0 Conference,reflecting the conviction that the web is being transformed into anew application and business platform. […] The content of the2005 Web 2.0 Conference will focus on three major areas that arelikely to change both technology and business models: innovationsin infrastructure and interfaces for web-based applications; mediaand entertainment; and communications and mobile technology.”All I can say is: Brrrm Brrrm!!p.s. due to my holiday, the Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Up takes a breaktill next week. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more