Month: December 2019


English division to rebrand at the end of the current season


first_img1 Three divisional titles – The Championship, League One and League Two – will be retained The Football League will be renamed the English Football League (EFL) at the end of the current season.The governing body is undergoing a “comprehensive corporate and competition re-branding” and will be known as the EFL for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.It will also unveil just its fourth different logo in 127 years to fit in with the re-branding while the three divisional titles – The Championship, League One and League Two – will be retained and incorporated into the new brand.Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “The new EFL name rightly emphasises the central role our clubs play at the heart of English professional football.“In an increasingly challenging global sports market, it is absolutely essential that sports properties can project a modern identity that not only resonates with their regular audience but is also easily recognisable to a broader audience of potential fans, viewers and commercial partners.“We believe the EFL name and brand will give our competitions an identity that is new and distinct, while at the same time retaining our unique heritage.“As such, it will be something that all fans can identify with – whether they be young or old, at home or abroad.“The Championship, League One and League Two divisional titles have proven popular with fans since their introduction in 2004 and have since been used by leagues in other countries and in other sports. It is therefore our intention to incorporate them into the new EFL brand.”The rebranding comes after extensive research, which included interviews and focus groups with clubs, stakeholders, commercial partners and more than 18,000 football supporters.last_img read more


West Brom star ready to quit just months after £8m move


first_imgJames Chester is weighing up his West Brom future less than four months after moving to the Hawthorns.The 26-year-old has started just one Premier League match for the Baggies since arriving in a £8m deal from Hull City.The Welshman says his lack of game time is harming his international career ahead of Euro 2016, and has suggested he could be looking for a way out of West Brom in January.“To be playing for Wales I have to start playing for my club because it’s impossible to play at this level and not be playing week in, week out,” Chester said, after starting for his country in their 3-2 defeat to Holland on Friday.“I know myself I need to be playing at my club to give me the best chance of going to France and playing when we get there.“I don’t think it’s good enough to be playing for Wales when I’m not playing for West Brom.“It’s nearly impossible to not play every week and then expect to be 100 per cent to stop players of (Arjen) Robben and (Wesley) Sneijder’s class – and that’s the level we will play in France in every game.“(Wales manager) Chris Coleman has been brilliant to me and that’s nice to hear, so it’s up to me to go back to West Brom and play. But I’m finding it difficult.”Former Manchester United trainee Chester was promoted into the Premier League with Hull and had two seasons in the top-flight before joining West Brom last summer in the wake of the Tigers’ relegation.He was part of a three-man central defence at Hull and also with Wales, playing a key role as Coleman’s side qualified for the European Championship next summer, but his rare Albion appearances under Tony Pulis have come at right-back.“When I signed (Pulis) said he knew I could play at centre-back but he wanted to use me at full-back,” Chester said.“I don’t really have a problem with that as long as I’m playing in the Premier League, which is where I want to be.“I think the disappointing part for me is I played the first game of the season and I think I showed enough, with hard work and playing there regularly, that is something I could become quite good at.“But to only give me one opportunity there I find it quite difficult to understand.”Chester, the most expensive defender in Albion’s history, revealed he spoke to Pulis in October to enquire what he had to do to get back in the first team at the Hawthorns.“He said he understood it was a new club and a new position and we had some work to do,” Chester said.“But up to the part of speaking to him I hadn’t done much work regarding playing right-back.“I asked him how I would get back if not doing the things he said to me.“I’m trying to stay professional and keep myself right for when I get the chance, because when I get there I feel I’m good enough to stay in the team.”Asked if he would look elsewhere in the January transfer window, Chester replied: “I’m 12 games into a four-year contract, but I’m not one who likes to sit and watch.“I want to play and I thought I was coming to West Brom to play in the Premier League.“Hindsight’s a wonderful thing and you see how Hull are doing at the start of the season, and I had other options which makes the situation a little more difficult.” 1last_img read more


Wenger must end this player’s Arsenal love affair before inflicting further damage – opinion


first_img4 There is also the possibility Arsenal themselves, inadvertently, have halted his development.In the summer of 2013, it was revealed the Gunners had to pay Southampton £10,000 for every time Oxlade-Chamberlain played over 20 minutes for the club, and this complex financial clause will no doubt have been relayed to Wenger, consequently impacting his team selection.The damage has been done, but it’s not irreparable.It might hurt the Gunners’ reputation as they look to move away from their recent status as a ‘selling club’, a label enhanced by the departures of former fan favourites Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, but, for the sake of the Ox himself, it’s time he looked to flourish elsewhere. He has to step out of his comfort zone; the sad reality is he will never fulfil his potential at the Emirates. 4 A move would not be about the club cashing in; Oxlade-Chamberlain is clearly a player Wenger values having around his camp. And for the Ox himself, it wouldn’t be about bettering his wages, a desire to play with ‘bigger’ names or to move to a team better equipped to lift the Premier League title. It may be painful for him to leave the Emirates Stadium, but there would be few supporters begrudging him if he feels the need to walk away from the club he has grown to adore.Once Sanchez returns to fitness, he’ll fade further into the background and he must not allow this to go on much longer.Oxlade-Chamberlain’s love affair with Arsenal has run its course. It’s time Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal.Ray Wikins recently told talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain has to leave the Emirates or risk missing out on a place at the 2016 European Championship finals – but this is about much more than his international career. Wearing the England shirt should be the least of his concerns right now.He is in danger of wasting the best years of his career if he remains in N5. Having made the move from Southampton in August 2011, he’s had four and a half years to make an impression on the senior squad, but Arsene Wenger hasn’t been convinced.What may be most devastating of all to Oxlade-Chamberlain himself, though, is the emergence of Joel Campbell this season. Injuries to Alexis Sanchez, and, earlier in the campaign, Theo Walcott should have seen the Ox leap from his role as a benchwarmer to a regular starter. But Campbell, who has been out on loan four times since his arrival in the same year as Oxlade-Chamberlain, has jumped ahead of his team-mate in the pecking order. And this surely means game over for the England international in north London. Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 4 Speaking in the latest edition of Sport Magazine, the Southampton academy graduate was asked, ‘any new year’s resolutions?’, and his response was simple, ‘to score more goals’.How can his target be to increase his goal tally when averaging an uninspiring 40 minutes per game in the Premier League so far this season? He should be aiming much higher than this.Of his 19 Premier League appearances, 12 have come from the substitutes’ bench, and on only four occasions has he completed the full 90 minutes. In all, he’s played a worrying 759 minutes in England’s top-flight over the past five months.Yes, he enjoyed a rare start against Stoke on Sunday, but we all know that was only because Mesut Ozil was sidelined through injury. Had the German been fit, Oxlade-Chamberlain would once more have been warming his backside on the bench.At 22, the midfielder is still in the early days of his career – recent research found a players’ peak to be around the age of 26-27 – but, with almost five years of first team experience at the highest level in the country, he should have much more to show for it.And I’m not talking trophies. 4last_img read more


‘It’s not over!’ – Arsenal will not give up on Premier League title, says Wenger


first_imgArsene Wenger insists Arsenal have not given up their hunt for the Premier League title and ‘will fight to the end’ to get their hands on the coveted trophy.Since being tipped as favourites for the crown after a victory over Manchester City before Christmas, Wenger’s side have seen their challenge slip away with a run of three wins in 12 games in all competitions.And, following Saturday’s draw with Tottenham in a thrilling north London derby, the Gunners are now eight points adrift of leaders Leicester City with nine games remaining.But Wenger believes his side are still challenging both Spurs and the Foxes for the title and feels their two wins over the table toppers this season shows they have enough in their squad to close the gap.Arsenal face Hull City in an FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday night, but – with the Gunners also on the brink of a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona – Wenger has refused to pin all of his trophy aspirations on the competition.“You don’t think like that,” he said when asked whether the FA Cup is now Arsenal’s most realistic chance of silverware.“The Premier League is far from being over. Just to remind you, we have beaten Leicester twice so we have done our job against them.“People have to look at other teams more, not just us on that front. We will not give up the Premier League, we will fight until the end.”A sixth-round clash at home to Watford awaits the winner of Tuesday’s replay, with Arsenal’s Premier League game against West Brom to be rescheduled if they advance.Wenger is an advocate of the FA Cup and has seen his side win it in the last two years, but he is still likely to make changes against Steve Bruce’s Hull as his side face four games in the next ten days.“Look, we had no choice because the next round in the FA Cup is next Saturday,” he said of the replay being arranged for Tuesday.“So we had to fit it in somewhere. Ideally it’s not the best position for us but I couldn’t see any other solution.“I will have to [make changes] but I’m not so much concerned about replacing one player with another one. It’s more that I have to rotate a little bit and keep the right balance in the team.” 1last_img read more


Governor retools image of vocational education


first_imgIf one cuts through the educational jargon, O’Connell’s encyclical frames an unresolved dilemma in voc-ed – whether it should be integrated into the college-oriented curricula now dominant in high schools or become a stand-alone alternative, as many CTE teachers advocate. Schwarzenegger’s community college advocacy, meanwhile, has spawned another development, a move by the colleges to block future raids on their state funds through a ballot measure that will be placed before voters during the presidential primary vote on Feb. 5. It will be interesting to see whether the governor endorses or opposes it, and it will be interesting to see whether his successor continues his advocacy or allows voc-ed and community colleges to fade again. Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Whatever else he accomplishes or fails to accomplish during his topsy-turvy governorship, Arnold Schwarzenegger has served two interrelated and worthy causes very well – raising the standing of community colleges and bringing vocational training out of the educational attic. Schwarzenegger went through such training as a salesman when he was a high school student in Austria and later attended Santa Monica College. High school-level voc-ed, as it used to be known before being renamed “career technical education,” and community colleges, which provide many job-related classes themselves, have been given short shrift by politicians, the education establishment and other policymakers in recent decades. Both lack the glamour and political appeal of four-year colleges and college-oriented K-12 curricula and have widely been seen – erroneously – as refuges for society’s losers, rather than pathways to economic success for those with career ambitions, especially those from ethnic minority and low-income families. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.State policies have stressed college prep work at the K-12 level, even though a relative handful of high school students will eventually obtain four-year degrees, and local officials have denigrated and even closed down voc-ed offerings. One consequence, surely, has been to raise the state’s already scandalously high dropout rate as students with the potential to become auto mechanics, construction workers and other well-paid blue-collar workers are told, implicitly, to get lost by many local school systems. State lawmakers and governors, meanwhile, have routinely denied community colleges their appropriate shares of education dollars, responding to demands by the powerful, union-driven K-12 lobby for more money and pressure from four-year colleges – even though community colleges handle the majority of secondary education students at a fraction of the cost of four-year schools. Schwarzenegger has attempted, with some success, to reverse those trends, championing budget appropriations and legislation to boost voc-ed and community colleges and often visiting institutions to bring more media and public attention to their vital roles. He staged a “career technical education summit” last spring and placed $52 million in the current state budget to improve career and technical education, or CTE, including creating stronger connections between high school and community college vocational programs. There’s been a renewed interest among legislators in boosting CTE, and this month Schwarzenegger signed four bills, including a very important one that streamlines the credentialing of CTE teachers, whose ranks have been declining. State schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell has distributed what’s described as “a new and comprehensive framework for career technical education,” telling schools “how to integrate rigorous standards into the classroom and develop the relationships to make career technical education successful for 21st century learning.” last_img read more


Agents report quieter border


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“They’re holding back,” Mark Mahler, a Border Patrol agent, said as he kept watch over an evacuated highway checkpoint that was closed Monday on State Route 94. The checkpoint on the two-lane highway, which narrowly escaped damage, is normally a major obstacle for illegal crossers. The fire left miles of black ash in the canyons around Dulzura, an evacuated hamlet about 25 miles east of San Diego, where dozens of homes were destroyed. Thousands of foot trails once covered by dense shrub were laid bare. Road closures due to the fire meant migrants could not meet drivers, Mahler said. Typically, migrants pay about $1,500 each to be guided through rugged canyons for hours, even days, and be picked up by someone at a roadside checkpoint for the drive to San Diego. Many illegal immigrants appeared to heed the advice of the Border Patrol and the Mexican government, aired on television and radio in Tijuana, Mexico, to stay away from the fires. The Border Patrol radio was unusually quiet Tuesday. Its motion sensors laced throughout the canyons, which escaped damaged, did not set alarms. Some illegal immigrants, however, took the risk. By Elliot Spagat THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DULZURA – One of Southern California’s largest wildfires has frightened many illegal immigrants from hiking through a popular corridor to cross from Mexico even as the Border Patrol has withdrawn some agents. Some consider the Border Patrol’s pullback an opportunity, but a three-hour drive through ash-covered hills Tuesday suggests that many others are staying put in Mexico. About 50 migrants have surrendered to the Border Patrol since the fires began Sunday, fearing for their safety. One was seriously burned Monday when he and five others sought help from firefighters, and they were all taken to a San Diego hospital, according to the Mexican consulate in San Diego. No deaths have been reported. Some of the six migrants who were rescued by firefighters Monday told Mexican authorities that smugglers convinced them the Border Patrol would be distracted, said Alberto Lozano, a spokesman for the Mexican consulate in San Diego. 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


FBI identifies `Newlywed Bandits’


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Rocha is currently enrolled as a student at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Eimiller added, and may have attended the school as recently as the last several weeks. Meyercamp is on parole for burglary and assault and is reportedly a La Puente gang member, Eimiller said. The crimes were reported at banks in El Monte, Duarte, Diamond Bar, Claremont and La Habra, Eimiller said. The couple’s alleged spree began on Oct. 18, when Meyercamp is believed to have robbed an East West Bank in El Monte, FBI officials said. The next crime occurred on Oct.23 at a Bank of America in Duarte, said Eimiller. In this crime, only Rocha was seen inside the bank, she added. The FBI released the names Thursday of two suspected bank robbers known as the “Newlywed Bandits,” wanted in connection with five robberies in the region over the last month, officials said. Rayceana Racheal Rocha, 22, and Paul Harlen Meyercamp Jr., 26, are being sought in connection with the robberies, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Thursday. Both suspects are former residents of El Monte, she added. While Rocha and Meyercamp are not believed to be married, they are involved in some kind of romantic relationship, Eimiller said. In the three robberies that followed at an East West Bank in Diamond Bar on Oct. 30, a Downey Savings in Claremont on Nov. 6, and a La Habra Wells Fargo on Nov. 8, both suspects allegedly worked together to rob the banks, said Eimiller. In all but the last robbery, only one teller at each bank was robbed, Eimiller said. In the La Habra crime, the suspects allegedly robbed a teller each before fleeing the store. In all the crimes, however, similar tactics were used. The suspects use a note demanding cash to rob tellers, said Eimiller. Although they always threaten that they’re armed, “no witnesses have actually seen a weapon,” she added. Nonetheless, Rocha and Meyercamp are presumed to be armed and dangerous, Eimiller said. A red two-door 1991 Jeep Renegade with a black top and license plate number 5RSR665 is believed to be their getaway vehicle, officials said. The FBI is not releasing the amount of money stolen in the robberies, however Eimiller said that in all five crimes so far, the suspects successfully got away with cash. The suspects were named after surveillance photos from the robberies were published in the media, said Eimiller. “Someone who knows the couple recognized them on television,” she said. Federal arrest warrants were issued for the two on Thursday, officials added. Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to contact local law enforcement or the 24-hour line of the FBI in Los Angeles at (310) 477-6565. crime@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want 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


Police offer hefty reward to catch killer


first_img“A good kid, minding his own business, walking home from buying diapers for his sister’s baby – it’s unconscionable,” Cárdenas said. “There’s a lot of people who are afraid, but we’ve got to prove that what’s right will prevail. Hopefully, someone will come forward so we can nail this guy.” Losing Johnny proved so painful the family has since left Van Nuys and moved to Phoenix to leave bad memories behind. His mother, Maria Terrazas, looked at the oversized snapshot police brought to the news conference and touched her late son’s face. He never gave her a hard time, she said. He dreamed of going to college to become an architect so he could build her a house one day. He left behind sketches. Tears rolled down her face as she choked back sobs. “I only ask: If there’s a person who saw something, any detail, anything, please call,” Terrazas said. “Call, so there won’t be more kids like my son, struggling in the streets.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 818-713-3738160Want 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 suspected shooter, described only as a teenage Latino wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and white shorts, killed Johnny shortly after noon with several shots from a revolver at Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. The shooter dashed to a waiting white car driven by a second Latino and disappeared down Sherman Way. That was all the police knew in January and all they know now, they said. At the time, detectives suspected it might have simply been a case of mistaken identity over the way Johnny was dressed. Eleven months of investigation have brought them no closer to solving the case. “We’re in the same place we were a year ago,” said Los Angeles police Capt. Jim Miller, commanding officer of the Van Nuys Division. “At 12 noon on a Saturday, at one of the busiest intersections in all of Los Angeles and no one saw anything. This is very, very frustrating for our detectives.” And so he asked the council for what he views as a weapon of last resort: a reward for information leading to the suspects’ capture. While the money generally brings in more tips, he said, they’re often not accurate. But anything would be better than what witnesses have offered so far, said Councilman Tony Cárdenas, who represents the area. VAN NUYS – Johnny Cano was just walking home, bringing his nephew diapers, when two gangsters killed him in broad daylight – and no one knows why. Johnny, who turned 15 just four days before the unidentified killers shot him in the chest and head Jan. 6, was a good kid and a dedicated student. He died not because he said something, did something or claimed a neighborhood. He didn’t run with a gang, police said. After nearly a year of dead ends from witnesses, the Los Angeles City Council offered a $50,000 reward Monday, hoping the money will loosen silent tongues. “Someone had to see something,” said a tearful Roxana Cano, the victim’s 21-year-old sister. “Someone has to know something.” last_img read more


JOB VACANCY: HILLCREST HOUSE NURSING HOME LOOKING TO RECRUIT


first_imgJOB VACANCY: Hillcrest House Nursing Home is seeking to recruit an experienced Registered nurse to join their established team. Job Responsibilities:Candidates must have current registration with An Bord AltranaisExperience in the Care of Older Persons is essentialDiploma/ Cert in Gerontology will be an advantageExcellent remuneration package of €39 – 42k/pro rataFor further information, please contact Anne Gallagher (Director) on 0872584843 or by email to ann_p_gall@hotmail.com Closing date for applications April 10th 2015About Hillcrest House Nursing Home:A warm welcome awaits you at Hillcrest House Nursing Home.Hillcrest House Nursing Home is a purpose built facility set in quiet, discreet grounds on the outskirts of Letterkenny. The home is situated within very short drive of the local hospitals, shops, post offices, churches and the High street.We offer each individual a home in which to live as active a life as possible, to entertain family and friends, with the comfort of 24 hour Professional Nursing, Care and Support.It is this sense of homeliness, comfort and ease that creates the welcoming warmth and friendliness for which Hillcrest House is renowned and which is cherished by residents and friends alike.    JOB VACANCY: HILLCREST HOUSE NURSING HOME LOOKING TO RECRUIT was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesjobsnewslast_img read more


‘I hope he’s not another Anderson!’ – Man United fans torn on £46m rumour


first_img Renato Sanches is the subject of a rumoured £46m deal between the clubs Following the success of Anthony Martial’s move to Old Trafford, Manchester United are set to land yet another of Europe’s top teenagers.According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are close to sealing a £46m deal for Benfica’s 18-year-old sensation Renato Sanches from Benfica.The Portuguese club’s president Luis Filipe Vieira was spotted in London on Thursday evening with the view to completing the move.The fee is thought to include £31m up front with a further £15m of add-ons.But despite Martial’s impact, some Manchester United fans are unsure about spending another huge amount of money on an unproven, unknown teenager.Others are excited at the prospect of adding another talented youngster to the impressive collection already at the club.See below for the best reactions to the Sanches reports! 1last_img read more