Spurs strong enough to win the Europa League, Christian Ziege tells talkSPORT

first_imgTottenham are real contenders for Europa League glory this season, according to former defender Christian Ziege.Mauricio Pochettino’s side take on Fiorentina in the second leg of their last 32 tie on Thursday night, with the advantage of an away goal from their first meeting in Italy.“Tottenham are having a fantastic season so far,” said Ziege, speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams.“I am really happy about the way they play. In the Europa League you have to have a bit of luck, but I think they are strong enough [to win it].”Listen to the interview with Christian Ziege in full abovelast_img

Liverpool want Mario Gotze but face fight with Juventus to sign World Cup hero

first_img Mario Gotze [left] in action for Bayern Munich Juventus are ready to hijack Liverpool’s summer swoop for Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze.The attacking midfielder is set to leave the German champions in the summer as he searches for more first-team football.Liverpool are very keen on landing the 23-year-old and Jurgen Klopp believes he can entice him to Anfield, having worked with him during his time at Borussia Dortmund.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are also trying to engineer a summer move for Gotze.The Serie A side are wary that they may lose Paul Pogba at the end of the season and are lining up replacements.Gotze is reportedly top of that list and a bid for the Germany international is expected within the coming weeks. 1last_img

Rose Hills reports sprinkler problems

first_imgSo it’s possible the grass may be overgrown the next couple of weeks, he said. – From staff reports 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.“Anytime one of our graves are affected, it’s definitely a big issue for us,” Clark said. “But it’s not uncommon for irrigation issues to arise in a park our size.” Rose Hills has 1,600 acres and more than 50,000 sprinkler heads. “Usually we normally catch it when someone is out there,” he said. However, since Rose Hills typically waters in the evening when few people are there, sometimes the broken heads aren’t fixed for a while, he said. The soggy grass also may cause delays in mowing the lawn, Clark said. • Video: Watery graves at Rose Hills WHITTIER – Broken sprinkler heads at Rose Hills Memorial Park may cause some problems in sporadic areas for patrons during the next couple of days. Water was pouring out of two sprinkler heads in two areas – on Medallion Lawn near Gate 9 and off of Gate 14 – this weekend and Monday. That caused water to cover the grave markers and left the grass soggy, said Nick Clark, Rose Hills marketing director. last_img read more

Web-based service allows agents to make home sales commericials

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It’s an affordable way to make and distribute commercials,” said Robert W. Beth, co-founder and chief executive of VizzVox. “We think this is an opportunity for individuals to create ads and level the playing field with big companies.” Real estate agents who use the service upload digital photographs and video clips to the VizzVox site, turn on a microphone and talk about the selling points of the home and the neighborhood. After they describe each visual, software smoothly stitches together the images and narrative. The program has a remix feature, so agents can create variations on each commercial, including views of dog parks for one prospective buyer, and local schools for another. The presentations can be made and viewed both on Macs and PCs, preferably with broadband connections. Traffic is driven to the site with signs, ads and real estate listings. Drew Neisser, chief executive of Renegade Marketing in New York, who is in the business of inventive online marketing and Web site development himself, was intrigued with the service. “It’s extremely cost effective,” he said. He looked at two VizzVox commercials and liked them: “They told a lovely story about each home – I was ready at the end to call my wife and tell her we were moving to San Mateo.” If you’re shopping for a new home, it’s easy to take a virtual stroll through the ranch house at 640 Hobart Ave., San Mateo, asking price $1,049,000. The house has its own Web site, complete with a soundtrack (www.640hobart.com). Click on it, and a real estate agent welcomes you in the voiceover, as crisp digital photographs of the sunny rooms flow past on the screen, with each photo neatly dovetailed to the narration. The commercial might make you want to move in instantly. But, too bad, that house is sold. Joanne Norris, an agent at Alain Pinel Realtors in Burlingame, who created and narrated the commercial, found a buyer within a week of advertising it that way. She sold another house, too, within a few days of posting a Web commercial, despite an overall slowdown in the local housing market. To make the commercials, Norris used a new Web-based service, VizzVox (www.vizzvox.com). For $149 a year, VizzVox offers a package that includes domain name registration for the property, hosting of the commercial on the Web site for a year, and the use of the Web-based software that lets real estate agents create the presentation. The service may provide an attractive alternative to more complicated and expensive approaches used to sell homes: such as high-definition video or 360-degree panoramic photos. Creating a high-quality video is fairly expensive. Mike Raspatello, director of marketing at Richter Studios in Chicago, which does videos for real estate brokers, said the cost for a three-minute high-definition video of a single home typically ran $6,000 to $15,000. Neisser says the VizzVox commercials “are a convenient way to get a quick and reasonably accurate tour.” But however attractive some of the commercials may be, he said, he doesn’t think do-it-yourself programs such as VizzVox are a threat to more traditional marketing services. “The problem with a technology like this is that you are putting semiprofessional tools in the hands of an amateur,” he said. “One of the reasons folks like us are still in business is that we are professional storytellers. I can’t imagine that your average real estate agent has the quality of voice and ability to draft a narrative that is compelling and interesting.” To meet that challenge, VizzVox offers professional production assistance. For example, real estate agents can provide images and notes on a property, and VizzVox will produce a script and a voiceover artist to read it for $120. In addition to real estate programs, VizzVox also sells a general service for $149 a year that lets individuals create presentations, store them on a company server and display them by way of a link. Parents, for example, might use the service to create a narrative celebrating the birth of a child. Artists might show off their portfolios, and business owners might create commercials about their products. Links to the presentations can be placed anywhere on the Web, pasted into a MySpace page, for instance, or at the end of e-mail messages. Another VizzVox service lets individuals create up to 10 presentations free at its site, but their creations will be shown with ads: After the slide show, for instance, there may be an ad asking viewers to shop at an online retailer. A new San Francisco company called Goldmail, at www.goldmail.com, also hopes to increase the value of e-mail and Web pages by adding a soundtrack to them. “This is a simple way to bring messages to life by adding your voice to anything you send or post to the Internet,” CEO Guy Longworth said.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

3 suspects arrested in string of robberies

first_img“They started doing their takeover and customers started scattering,” Foster said. Some customers ran through an emergency exit that set off an alarm, alerting police. The suspects, who got no money or property from the store, fled in a dark, four-door car shortly after the alarm went off. “We believe they are the same guys,” Foster said, referring to the Pasadena arrestees. At 7:05 p.m., a robbery was reported at Play It Again Sports, at 3640 E. Colorado Blvd. in an unincorporated area near Pasadena, sheriff’s Lt. Robert Craton said. One employee was struck on the head, said a dispatcher at the sheriff’s Temple station. The robbers got $400, Craton said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110 View Larger MapView Larger Map160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Three suspects were arrested in connection with a crime spree Thursday that included two violent takeover-style store robberies, authorities said. Rick Escoe, 19, and Charles Hendricks, 20, both of Pasadena, and Kini Pearce, 22, of Altadena, were taken into custody on suspicion of two street robberies in Pasadena and earlier incidents in unincorporated Pasadena and Covina. The later robberies happened about 9:15 p.m. and involved three men brandishing a handgun at pedestrians and demanding money, police said. “They’re investigating a connection,” Pasadena police spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said of detectives. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe first crime took place at North Lake Avenue and East Elizabeth Street when a 15-year-old male was approached. He said he had no money and ran from the scene. The second incident was several blocks away at North Los Robles Avenue and Flower Street in which a teenage couple were robbed, Pope Givens said. In the second robbery, the victims saw the men flee in a vehicle and called police, Lt. Lisa Perrine said. Officers spotted the suspects’ car and arrested them. After the arrests, detectives learned that the suspects matched the description of men wanted in two store takeovers, Pope Givens said. The first store robbery took place at a CVS/pharmacy at 206 N. Azusa Ave. in Covina about 5:50 p.m. Three suspects entered the store and ordered customers to the ground, police said. At least two of the men were carrying handguns, Covina police Sgt. Dave Foster said. One of the men pistol-whipped a store manager in attempt to get money out of the safe, but the robbers were unsuccessful. last_img read more

‘Would rather Jose Mourinho play Fosu-Mensah at CM than sign this Chelsea star’

first_img1 Matic in action for Chelsea on the final day of the 2015/16 season against Leicester City Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is reportedly eyeing a move to rival territory.The 27-year-old, according to The Sun, has told incoming manager Antonio Conte of his desire to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.Matic struggled for consistency throughout the 2015/16 campaign, losing his place to John Obi Mikel in the second half of the season, and could now be keen to turn his back on Stamford Bridge.But is he a player United supporters would be happy to sign?Find out what a section of Red Devils fans think of the speculation below…last_img

Arsenal line up next season with Draxler – Giroud will be happy in this attack

first_img Central midfield: Aaron Ramsey – Midfield is an area the club are blessed, with Jack Wilshere (when fully fit), Santi Cazorla (when fully fit), Francis Coquelin (when fully fit), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (when fully fit) and Mohamed Elneny also available. There are reports Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler but the Bundesliga club want around £55m for him. Earlier reports had suggested the Gunners would be prepared to pay around £40m, but they will have to stump up more it seems.The 22-year-old played as Germany were knocked out by France in the Euro 2016 semi-final and is now free to sit down and discuss his future.If signed, Draxler would add some serious firepower to the Arsenal attack and the strikers, whoever, they may be next season, will be delighted.Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible starting line up next season featuring Draxler. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – click the arrow above, right, to see a possible Arsenal starting line up next season with Julian Draxler – There are reports Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler but must pay £55m for him, according to reports. Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible starting line up next season featuring the 22-year-old beginning with Cech. The 34-year-old is certain to keep his place in the Arsenal goal next season. Striker: Alexandre Lacazette/ Olivier Giroud – Giroud has been great for France, but Arsenal have still been linked with Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette. However, the club will have to pay a reported fee of £42m, so if he is deemed too expensive, then don’t forget the Gunners also have Danny Welbeck (when fully fit)… 11 11 11 11 Central midfield: Granit Xhaka – The club has just spent a huge £30m on the 23-year-old midfielder. 11 Attacking midfield, left: Julian Draxler – Apparently the club are chasing Draxler, who could cost £55m. At club level he has played as part of an attacking front three in both central and wide positions. Left back: Nacho Monreal – Monreal’s consistency is something that pleases Wenger. “He’s 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has improved since arriving and has shown that in many big games as well,” the manager said. 11 11 Attacking midfield, centre: Mesut Ozil – Ozil was king of the assists last season. 11 11 11 Attacking midfield, right: Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez may be the subject of interest from Juventus, but the club will fight hard to keep him and maybe some big money signings can persuade him to stay? Failing that, there’s always Theo Walcott… 11 Centre back: Laurent Koscielny – Koscielny is definitely the club’s best defender. Right back: Hector Bellerin – Bellerin has been linked with a move to Barcelona after the Spanish champions sold Dani Alves, but it looks like he is staying put. Centre back: Per Mertesacker – As well as Mertesacker, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can also call upon Gabriel and Calum Chambers. last_img read more

Airport panel to OK deal with city

first_imgThe city of Inglewood may soon get to see the fruits of a settlement reached with Los Angeles International Airport more than two years ago. The Los Angeles airport commission is poised to approve on Monday the opening of a job recruitment center and a $12.25 million grant to soundproof 1,085 homes that lie beneath LAX’s flight path. The Inglewood City Council approved the plan earlier this year, according to longtime Mayor Roosevelt Dorn. “I’m looking forward to finally bringing this to fruition,” Dorn said. “We’ve been ready for a while. It’s a win-win for the community and the airport.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe improvements are outlined in a settlement that the city of Los Angeles announced in December 2005, shortly after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa scrapped most of his predecessor’s plans to modernize LAX. The settlement called for capping the airport at 78.9 million passengers annually, seeking ways to regionalize air traffic and providing noise mitigation and job opportunities to those living in communities surrounding LAX. “In order to enhance community relations, staff has determined that it would be beneficial to conduct community outreach activities in the city of Inglewood,” stated a report submitted by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX. Plans call for opening a job recruitment center on the first floor of Inglewood City Hall, 1 Manchester Blvd., under the terms of a one-year, rent-free lease agreement reached between Inglewood and airport officials. The contract calls for two one-year renewal options. Inglewood residents will be able to search for job opportunities at LAX by browsing computers in the office. Those who find something they like can submit job applications to airport employees, who will staff the office twice a week. “I’d like to see it open right after the start of the new year,” Dorn said. “I would have liked to see this long before now, but we’re happy that it’s finally happening.” The soundproofing funds set for approval Monday will be the second installment in a series of grants totaling $98.18 million that Inglewood will receive through 2015. The city received the first payment of $12.25million last summer to cover the 2006 fiscal year, according to an airport report. The funds come from airport passenger fees and are used to install double-paned windows, thicker insulation and chimney caps, among other measures to block out noise from jetliners coming in for a landing at LAX. About 9,200 houses, condominiums and apartments in Inglewood are eligible for the grants, about 4,400 of which have already undergone soundproofing improvements since 1984. “We’re insulating homes faster than any city in the United States,” Dorn said. “We’re looking forward to the day when we can say that all the work is completed.” [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

Put principle before political endorsements

first_imgWhen I got a sit-down with Rudy Giuliani at his California campaign headquarters last month, I had to get the usual California questions out of the way: Early primary. Arnold’s endorsement. Immigration. More immigration.As his campaign staffer got antsy and Giuliani was pumped up on an apparent Red Bull streak, I got to squeeze in one last question: “Part of your appeal,” I asked, “has been with wooing moderate voters. What does the endorsement of Pat Robertson say about that?”“It says I can reach out to all voters,” Giuliani responded quickly.“Considering some of the controversial things he’s said, though,” I continued, “about Ariel Sharon, about gays -“ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Remember that in getting his endorsement, I haven’t changed any position. Unlike some other candidates who have had dramatic changes in position in the last year or two, I haven’t changed any position,” Giuliani responded, taking the opportunity for the Mitt hit.“Pat endorsed me for the three reasons that are very clear and are very important. He endorsed me because he believes I’d be the strongest in dealing with the Islamic terrorist threat against America, that I would handle the War on Terror better than anyone else. He endorsed me because he thinks I’d be the best at restraining spending and lower taxes. Frankly, I’m the only one who has a record of doing that.“And, third, he felt that I would be the best in appointing judges,” Giuliani continued as I inwardly furrowed my brow. “Those are the three reasons he endorsed me. He hasn’t had to change any of his positions; I haven’t had to change any of mine. It’s a straight-out, honest assessment that in those three areas, I would be the strongest. … Because I don’t have to change my positions to get wide support. I can be myself.”But his self was standing on a stage beaming with, accepting the endorsement of, a man who’s said some pretty unsavory things in the guise of religious leadership.Giuliani is hardly singled out here: Mitt Romney had previously courted Robertson’s endorsement with appearances at Regent University, one in which he suggested that the single life was selfish. “You cross into the deep waters by marrying and raising good children,” Romney said to Regent graduates this spring. Romney got the endorsement of Catholic-bashing Bob Jones III, who as president of the school in 2000 only dropped its ban on interracial dating under heavy media scrutiny. “We have the same things we want to fight for on issue after issue, so I’m happy to have his support,” Romney said in October.Lifting the ban on interracial dating came with a caveat that parents give written consent. “When you date interracially or marry interracially, it cuts you off from people,” Jones reportedly said in March 2000.Haven’t we moved past the point of endorsements from folks like this mattering anymore?At some point, wouldn’t a candidate of character stand up and say, “Sorry, endorsement not needed”?As a registered Republican – and Catholic who hoped that following the passing of Jerry Falwell there would be a new GOP era with greater religious tolerance – the question weighed heavily on my mind after my chat with Giuliani.You’re bound to be endorsed by people with whom you disagree on some issues. But on the campaign trail, you’re known by the company you keep. Your message is either strengthened or tainted by the donations you might take. And that which may be intended to show arms-open inclusiveness may instead demonstrate a willingness to put political victory over principles.Like why would any politician accept donations from one of Sun Myung Moon’s many front groups or enterprises, considering the things he’s said about America (“Satan’s harvest”), women (“a line of prostitutes”), Jews (who, he said in 2003, brought the Holocaust upon themselves) or gays (“dirty dung-eating dogs”). The self-proclaimed messiah and convicted felon has vowed to “conquer and subjugate the world,” and in 1994 said “any politician who wants to run for president will come to me.”And he was literally crowned by some lawmakers on Capitol Hill in 2004.Religion has fast become the hot potato in Campaign 2008. But we should realize that rejecting endorsements or contributions from those who divide and offend is not discounting the right for Americans to worship as they choose. Instead, it’s about standing up for the principles of fairness, equality and respect that heretofore have made this nation truly great.Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to her by e-mail her at [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

Midwest storm eases; death toll climbs to 22

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MILWAUKEE – Sunny conditions on Monday helped road crews deal with the remnants of a blustery snowstorm that blacked out thousands of homes and businesses and was blamed for at least 22 traffic deaths in the upper Midwest. Sgt. Michael Melgaard of the Wisconsin State Patrol in Eau Claire said driving conditions improved substantially for holiday travelers starting in the late morning. “The roads were clear for the most part and traffic was moving at normal speeds,” he said Monday afternoon. “It seemed like there was a lot of steady holiday traffic, but it’s starting to wane now as people are getting to their destinations.” The weekend-long blast of ice and windblown snow led to multi-car pileups that closed sections of several major highways on the Plains. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAdding to the death toll, authorities say a woman died in Maple Valley Township, Mich., about 60 miles north of Detroit, after she lost control of her truck and it rolled into a ditch filled with water. The woman was trapped in the overturned truck, said police who discovered the wreck Monday morning. The storm rolled through Colorado and Wyoming on Friday, then spread snow and ice on Saturday from the Texas Panhandle to Wisconsin. On Sunday, snow fell across much of Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota and parts of Michigan and Indiana. Up to 15 inches of snow fell over the weekend on parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which typically gets heavy snow, and freezing drizzle glazed some highways Monday morning in counties along Lake Michigan. The storm system had blown out to sea Monday morning, but in its wake wind blowing at 25 mph picked up moisture from Lake Erie to create lake-effect snow in Buffalo, N.Y. Five to 10 inches of snow was possible there and in other parts of western New York by this morning, the weather service said. In Chicago, about 250 travelers stayed overnight Sunday at O’Hare International Airport after 300 flights were canceled because of high winds. The airport set up cots for travelers, and flights were running smoothly Monday, airport spokesman Gregg Cunningham said. last_img read more