Everton midfielder Conor Grant has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan.The 20-year-old has been a regular for the Merseyside club’s Under-21 team this season, impressing youth coach David Unsworth.He has now joined League One side Doncaster though in an attempt to gain valuable first-team experience.Grant spent time on loan at Motherwell last season and was on the bench for Everton’s home Europa League meeting with FC Krasnodar this term.The midfielder will stay with Doncaster for one month and is available for this Saturday’s game with Colchester United. 1 Conor Grant
Liverpool take on Swansea on Sunday afternoon looking to rectify their patchy home form.Despite a 2-1 victory against Bordeaux to secure Europa League progress on Thursday night, the Reds have so far flattered to deceive at Anfield this season as visiting teams line up to frustrate the hosts.Perhaps a more alarming statistic is that Liverpool have failed to win a game at home this season by more than one goal under both Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp’s stewardship.Swansea, though, have won just once in the league since August, with manager Garry Monk feeling the strain of warped expectations as they look to reignite their campaign.But how will the Reds line up against them? Considering various injuries and a suspension to Lucas Leiva, this is how talkSPORT predicts Klopp will approach the game.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who made the cut… 24. Joe Allen (defensive midfield) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 11 11 11 20. Adam Lallana (attacking midfield) 11 37. Martin Skrtel (centre back) 11 11 11 11 11 23. Emre Can (central midfield) 7. James Milner (central midfield) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Liverpool line up against Swansea 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 11. Roberto Firmino (striker) 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfield)
Alex Pritchard 1 Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard has joined West Brom on loan for the remainder of the season.The 22-year-old is rated highly by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino but has made just two substitute outings since rising through the ranks at White Hart Lane.After a successful spell on loan at Brentford last season, Pritchard had hoped to make his Premier League breakthrough with the north London club this term.But an ankle injury has kept him out for the majority of the campaign and he has only recently returned to training.Now Pochettino has sanctioned another loan move for the England Under-21 ace.Burnley had been hoping to land Pritchard but West Brom made a late move and have quickly secured a deal ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.Tony Pulis has already signed Sandro from QPR but was keen to further boost his midfield options after losing James Morrison and Callum McManaman to injury.“It’s been a hectic few hours – I was close to going elsewhere – but when this came about I didn’t hesitate to come here,” Pritchard told West Brom’s official site.“I’m here and excited to get going. I spoke to Tony Pulis and coaches and was told to do my best, work hard and make an impression.“I’m an attacking player, I like to get on the ball, make things happen and have an eye for goal.“I can play on the wing or centrally – it’s a dream to play in the Premier League and I hope I get that chance.”
She has introduced legislation to end the use of all security contractors in Iraq, replacing them with full-time government employees. Accounts of the Sept. 16 confrontation in Baghdad differ widely, with Blackwater executives asserting that its guards came under attack and Iraqi government officials and civilian witnesses saying that the Blackwater gunmen opened fire without provocation. There are several investigations of the Sept. 16 shootings, including one by the FBI that could result in criminal charges.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBlackwater is one of three private companies providing security services to the State Department in Iraq, running heavily armed escorts every time a senior American civilian leaves the protected Green Zone. The requirement for ride-along monitors does not apply to the other two security contractors, DynCorp International and Triple Canopy, the State Department said. Blackwater runs roughly 60 security convoys a week in central Iraq. The State Department measures announced on Friday are the first concrete response by the U.S. government to the violent episode on Sept. 16 in central Baghdad involving several Blackwater teams that left as many as 17 Iraqis dead. Officials said the State Department would send dozens of its diplomatic security service agents to Baghdad so that there would be enough people in place to accompany every Blackwater convoy. The State Department’s chief spokesman, Sean McCormack, said that the additional restrictions on Blackwater’s operations could come as Kennedy’s inquiry proceeds. But the department was not, for the moment, considering ending its contract with Blackwater, McCormack said, although he did not preclude it as the ultimate outcome of the investigation. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who has been critical of what she calls the administration’s inappropriate use of thousands of unaccountable private security contractors in Iraq, mocked the State Department’s decision to send monitors along with Blackwater teams. “This just shows how much they want to keep Blackwater on the payroll,” she said. “They’re going to have to send dozens and dozens of agents to baby-sit these Blackwater units.” WASHINGTON – The State Department, seeking to retain its relationship with Blackwater USA while trying to bring the company’s armed guards under tighter control, said on Friday that it would now send its own personnel as monitors on all Blackwater security convoys in and around Baghdad. The department will also install video cameras in Blackwater armored vehicles to produce a record of all operations that could be used in investigations of the use of force by private security contractors. The State Department will also save recordings of all radio transmissions between Blackwater convoys and military and civilian agencies supervising them in Iraq. In outlining the measures announced on Friday, a State Department spokesman said they had been approved by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice based on the initial recommendations of Patrick F. Kennedy, the department’s director of management policy. Kennedy is the leader of a team Rice appointed to look at the way Blackwater and other private security contractors operate in Iraq. Kennedy had originally selected Blackwater to provide security for top American civilian officials in Baghdad, when he served as chief of staff to L. Paul Bremer, the administrator of the U.S. occupation authority in 2003 and 2004, Bremer said in an interview on Friday. That mission grew into a $1.2 billion multiyear security contract with the State Department for the company.
However, San Francisco County is the most expensive individual market in the state with an average monthly rent of $2,243, Bates said. He noted that rent increases moderated somewhat over the past year because occupancy slipped by a percentage point or two. “That takes pressure off rents,” he said. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that the Los Angeles area still has strong occupancy levels. “This indicates that it is a tight market, and given what’s happened in the housing market you are probably going to see continued demand for rental housing,” Kyser said. The least expensive rental markets in the RealFacts assessment are in Oklahoma. In Oklahoma City, rent in the third quarter averaged $555, up an annual 1.3 percent. And in Tulsa rents averaged $556, also a 1.3 percent increase. [email protected] (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles metropolitan area remained the state’s most expensive rental market in the third quarter, an industry tracker said Wednesday. During the July through September period, rents increased an annual 5.5 percent to an average $1,630 in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana metropolitan area, said RealFacts.com. The occupancy rate decreased an annual 1 percent to 96.5 percent. The region’s been the most expensive market for more than three years, said RealFacts spokesman Chris Bates. He’s not surprised that apartments here are in demand. “I think it’s the popularity of L.A. L.A and New York City have star power and people are willing to go to extreme means in terms of living arrangements to do it,” Bates said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In the Los Angeles County portion of the market, the average rent increased 5.4 percent to $1,683 and the occupancy rate slipped 0.7 percent to 95.5 percent, RealFacts said. In Ventura County, the average rent rose 5.1 percent to $1,548 a month and occupancy fell 3.2 percent to 94 percent. The state’s second-most expensive market was the San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara metro area where the average rent soared 11.9 percent to $1,622 a month. The occupancy rate there dipped 0.4 percent to 96.8 percent. The Novato-based company tracks rent and occupancy trends of complexes of 100 or more units in major markets in 15 states. The average rent is based on studio to three-bedroom apartments. Los Angeles metro is also the most expensive market in the RealFacts tracking area and the San Jose area ranks second.
Meanwhile, the man with the whistle on the field is a parent volunteer who needed hours of training to officiate a game he probably never played as a child. Unless you are prepared to take the certification classes and then pull on the yellow and black uniform and wave flags at small children, try shutting up. Sure, a call might be dreadful. Then again, so might your parenting, but you don’t see a ref coming over and saying anything to you. Until, that is, a parent becomes unruly enough to be warned. And this guy, a burly sort with fists balled at his sides and a tense forward lean, was asked to leave after two warnings. It never should have gotten that far. Parents and coaches should have applied peer pressure. This, by the way, is coming from me, a coach who once had a ref – one of our own team parents working a game of 5-year-olds – walk off the field after another of our parents began arguing a call. Then again, which AYSO coach hasn’t had to deal with the screaming parent or the otherwise absent parent who suddenly takes time out from his cell phone and newspaper to suggest game strategy during a team huddle? In the early years I was polite about this sort of interference. The last time I was head coach, I told maybe six parental buttinskis that I’d be happy to let them take over the coaching responsibilities. That was the year the parents of my 13 boys, all great kids, honored me with a generous $20 gift certificate of appreciation. Not that it mattered. Because that’s not why I was doing it and not why that ref was out there on a Sunday morning taking abuse from a parent in a situation that could easily have spun out of control. The scene didn’t even end there. The ejected father stomped off the field and continued to rage unintelligibly. Maybe I was alone in picturing this thing getting uglier even after the opposing coach offered apologies. But I know I wasn’t alone in the realization that we are out there for an important reason, out there because we don’t want our children to be the creature howling from the dark side of the fence. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at [email protected], call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.com/.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.And it all happens because there is a belief system in place here. By fielding children from age 5, by putting them in little red uniforms and letting them call themselves Fireballs, or green uniforms that will inspire a team name like Green Slime, we are all agreeing on something. By we, I mean AYSO and all the loving moms and dads, all those same-sex couples, divorced couples and barely speaking couples, all those married strangers, all those Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu children, all those children of all races and nationalities that somehow all become sweet Fireballs and happy Green Slime. When we put children out there, when we drive them to games, work those games and make tunnels with our outstretched arms for them to run through – praised – we buy into the idea that there is something of value going on here, something needing to be passed along, something worth knowing. Which is why bad parental behavior is such a contradiction, so disturbing and why AYSO does so much to combat it. But there it was in full flower on Sunday morning – bellowing dad, the dad who knows it all. Only he’s too busy to volunteer as a coach or a referee, like the one he began abusing in the first quarter of a game that mattered little beyond this uneven field. I never thought so, but it is somehow acceptable to shout at game officials in the big leagues, but this isn’t the bigs. These are boys on a sunny Sunday morning playing their hearts out for fun and for reasons that they are not even aware of. It was just another casually ugly incident tainting an otherwise stunning Sunday morning and a soccer game that turned out to be something more than that. Our team wore white. Their team wore red. And the players were mostly 13 years old, rangy and delightfully mired in the between time, in the awkward moments between boyhood and what they will soon become. So they speak in cracking voices and run like maniacs, tripping one another, ragging on one another, wrestling, falling down for no reason and playing the game as directed only rarely. Ask any AYSO coach the value of yelling at boys from the sidelines. The smart ones, like my son’s coach, don’t bother. As assistant-coach-by-default, neither do I. The fact is, by this age, the boys know what they are doing. But getting them here was another matter completely. Getting them to where they don’t chase the ball like a pack of cats, to where they don’t just leave the field midgame to sit on their mom’s laps has taken the massed effort of coaches, referees, team parents, sponsors and dozens of other volunteers the kids never even meet.
A Woodland Hills-based food importer is facing criminal charges for improperly labeling and selling 4,000 pounds of sesame seeds tainted with salmonella, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced today. The charges against Woodhouse Commodities and its president Oded Kenan stem from a shipment of 840 50-pound bags of sesame seeds imported from India. Woodhouse imports nuts, spices, dried fruit and seeds for bakeries and food processors. Delgadillo said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration randomly selected the shipment for testing when it arrived at the Port of Los Angeles in 2006. Authorities allege Woodhouse transferred the bags to distributor BakeMark for sale before test results were completed. The bags tested positive for salmonella. Woodhouse tried to have the tainted bags returned, but 80 bags had already been sold to restaurants and casino hotels in Las Vegas, Delgadillo said. “Because of their foul-ups, 4,000 pounds of salmonella- contaminated sesame seeds were unleashed on Las Vegas residents and tourists,” Delgadillo said. The rest of the bags were returned and irradiated to kill the salmonella, officials said. But then Woodhouse allowed six irradiated bags to be released for sale without a label warning not to irradiate the bags again – which could expose eaters to unsafe levels of radiation, officials said. Woodhouse and Kenan each face one court of an adulterated food violation and one count of misbranding. Woodhouse did not immediately return calls for comment. —————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Dele Alli played a key part in England’s recent 3-2 win over Germany Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident Dele Alli can handle the hype after Sir Alex Ferguson said he was the most talented midfielder since Paul Gascoigne.Alli has seven goals and 12 assists already in his debut season in the Barclays Premier League and he proved his international class last weekend with a superb performance against Germany.England manager Roy Hodgson likened Alli to former England midfielder Bryan Robson and Ferguson has added his own praise for the 19-year-old, telling Sky Sports he is “probably the best young midfielder I have seen in many years, probably going back as far as Gascoigne.”Pochettino has been eager to contain the expectation surrounding his young star but the Argentine has no concerns about Alli wilting under the pressure.“It’s very good praise from one of the best managers in football history. I can only agree with him,” Pochettino said of Ferguson’s comments.“Am I worried about the hype? No, you can see the whole season how he has managed the pressure. He is very calm, very mature.“He has managed the pressure and the popularity and how to be a senior player and play for the national team. He is very calm.“We always need to be aware and look after him. We have a lot of control about that. Only he can go down if you are not aware but we look after him in a good way.“Now he is fresh, at a good level, he has a good mentality. He is mature enough. We have no worries about his future.”
Carlos Tevez scored an amazing solo goal for Boca Juniors on Thursday.The Argentine striker has scored for fun throughout his career, taking in spells with West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus.The 32-year-old returned to hometown club Boca in the summer, netting an amazing strike against Bolivar on Thursday.In a 3-1 win against the Bolivian side in the Copa Libertadores, Tevez picked up the ball in his own half, before dribbling the length of the pitch to score, and hand Boca a 2-0 lead in the first-half.You can watch the sensational goal above…
The PR contestants’ eloquent mentor, former Chair of Fashion Design at Parsons Tim Gunn puts his taste to the test in Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style. www.amazon.com And longtime PR judge and professional tastemaker, Fashion Director of Elle Magazine Nina Garcia’s got the goods in The Little Black Book of Style. http://www.amazon.com Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design Speaking of books, this one’s by an Oscar-nominated costume designer. Deborah Landis, president of the Hollywood Costume Designer’s Guild just came out with Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, details the last 100 years of Hollywood’s most intriguing wardrobes. The author recently appeared for a book signing at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena – and I’m told there’s a few signed copies left. www.vromansbookstore.com/ Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution There’s just one more book I want to suggest. Why not treat your fashionista to a book that shows that fashion can make a difference with Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, by Caroline Weber. The book’s a bit dense, but full of detail on how a young Marie arrived at Versailles vulnerable and naive, used fashion to gain acceptance and how that transformation contributed to the downfall of the French crown. http://www.amazon.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Let’s face it, clotheshorses are hard to buy for. Trying to pick out something that they’ll cherish can be an overwhelming task. For the less clothes-minded, trying to tell the difference between the cowl neck or the boatneck, the iris or the lilac, and the charmeuse and the chartreuse is like learning a new language. And don’t even think about guessing on sizes! Here’s a smattering of non-clothes gift ideas that are likely to put a smile on your favorite fashionista: Birth Month Pendants Take the guess work out of which necklace to buy and get her the one she was born to have. Anthropologie has Birth Month Pendants with the semi-precious stones and flower medallions that symbolize every month of the year. There’s a chart on the Web site to help you pick the right combination, so that your February baby will get the Amethyst and Violet creation meant for her: Don’t know her birth date? Well, maybe you know her name. Anthropologie also has an assortment of pendants with initials on them) AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champwww.anthropologie.com Project Runway Season 1 DVD Bravo TV would still be reruns of Inside the Actors Studio if it weren’t for Project Runway. So get your fashion plate the season that started it all: Project Runway Season 1 on DVD and watch in awe as contestant Austin Scarlett makes a dress out of corn husks, no kidding. Seasons 2 and 3 also available. www.amazon.com And don’t forget the spinoffs! Books by the experts featured on Project Runway: