first_img*DISCLAIMER: The subtitles to this video are fake – in reality, Zlatan wouldn’t sign for a Premier League club because the Premier League club would sign for Zlatan.Reports have suggested Paris Saint-Germain would consider cashing in on Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, but could he be headed for the Premier League?The rumour mill has Arsenal and Manchester United linked with the Swedish star.But could he end up at Stoke?Check out the video above to see what the man himself had to say. And then read our totally legit translation if you don’t happen to be fluent in Zlatan.last_img read more

first_img Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has handed Bastian Schweinsteiger his first Premier League start as they take on Newcastle at Old Trafford.The World Cup winner, 31, has been limited to substitute appearances so far as he improves his fitness, but Van Gaal has now seen fit to put him in the team.Michael Carrick is the man to drop out of the starting XI, while Adnan Januzaj continues in the side after two impressive displays.Misfiring Wayne Rooney is also kept in the team, with Memphis Depay looking to net his first Premier League goal, following his Champions League strikes in midweek.Manchester United team to face Newcastle: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Januzaj, Depay, Rooney. 1last_img read more

first_img1 Jack Grealish Remi Garde has revealed Jack Grealish will return to training with Aston Villa’s first team this week, and the manager will then focus on preparing to face Arsenal, the Frenchman’s former club.The talented Grealish had been forced to train with Villa’s development squad as a punishment for being filmed in a Manchester nightclub hours after the first team’s 4-0 defeat at Everton and amid allegations he also partied at a Birmingham hotel the following day.He again had no involvement in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton, but after he has played for the reserves on Monday, Garde – who has overseen two draws and two defeats since his appointment as Villa’s manager – will again consider the 20-year-old for selection.“Jack Grealish will play with the reserve team on Monday and will probably join the group after that,” said Garde, whose previous experience of English football came at Villa’s next visitors, Arsenal, where he was a player in the 1990s.“It’s a very good feeling (to face Arsenal again). But my personal feelings are not very important.“Of course I have very good memories and a strong relationship with this English football club but I know that it is a very good side and they will come to Villa Park to win the game.“For us it will be very tough but I expect my players to be like they were (in the 0-0 draw with Manchester) City.”last_img read more

first_imgIn an accompanying editorial, Dr. Patrick Catalano of Case Western Reserve University, noted that the current guidelines were written when the concern was low birth weights. Now it’s shifted to rising obesity, he said. Artal said pregnancy is one of the main causes of obesity in women. Using information from birth certificates, the study analyzed the pregnancies of more than 120,000 obese women from Missouri to see how weight gain affected their blood pressure, C-sections and the baby’s birth weight. Obesity increases a woman’s risk of miscarriage and other serious complications such as gestational diabetes. The study found that 23 percent of the obese women gained less than 15 pounds, 31 percent gained 15 to 25 pounds and nearly half gained more than 25 pounds. Those who gained less had better outcomes. The researchers considered three levels of obesity based on body mass index, or BMI, and came up with optimal ranges of weight gain. For a BMI of 30-34.9, the best outcomes came with a weight gain of 10 to 25 pounds; gaining less than 9 pounds was best for a BMI of 35-39.9 and losing up to 9 pounds was best for those with a BMI over 40. The study’s strengths are its size – drawing from an entire state – and that it is the first to look at different levels of obesity, “not a lumping of all obese women together,” said Dr. Emily Oken, a Harvard Medical School professor and researcher on obesity, nutrition and weight gain in pregnancy. The Missouri study found that the least-heavy obese women who lost weight were at somewhat higher risk to have a low birth-weight baby. However, they still benefited by having fewer other complications. Obese women who gain too much are also at risk for low birth-weight babies, Oken said, adding “It is a balance.”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 CityObese mothers who put on less than the recommended 15 pounds were less likely to develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure or deliver by Caesarean section and more likely to have a normal- weight baby, the study showed. The findings, in the October issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, fuel growing concern that national weight-gain guidelines for pregnant women are outdated and don’t take into account the nation’s obesity epidemic. The Institute of Medicine, which issued the weight guidelines in 1990, is about to consider changing them. Dr. Raul Artal, one of the study’s authors, said the fear has been that not gaining weight would hurt the fetus. “Not only were there no deleterious effects, but there are benefits,” said Artal of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, who supports changing the weight guidelines. STUDY: Doctors find obese mothers-to-be can add few or no pounds without harming baby. By Cheryl Wittenauer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. LOUIS – Obese women can gain little or no weight during pregnancy – and even lose a few pounds – without harming their babies, new research suggests. last_img read more

first_imgBERKELEY – A new line of wines saucily named Cleavage Creek and featuring models sporting discreet decolletage on the label has a surprising back story: The wines are part of a fundraising campaign to fight breast cancer; the models are survivors of that disease. “My goal was to honor their courage and inspire them,” said winery owner Budge Brown, who was moved to start the campaign after his wife of 48 years died of breast cancer. Cleavage Creek wines, which cost $18 to $50 a bottle, made their debut this month, with a first release of 2,000 cases. “It’s a win-win,” said the 75-year-old Brown. “You make a contribution. You get a beautiful bottle of wine.” Caruso has seen those studies, but says, “If we pick up a magazine or turn on TV, there will be someone saying something about all the things that we drink except maybe water. I personally think that a couple of glasses of red wine are very good for you. I try to be very cautious and do the right thing, but red wine to me is, if not medicinal, pretty wonderful.” Cleavage Creek joins a number of wineries raising money for causes that strike close to home. At Lookout Ridge Winery in Sonoma County, founder Gordon Holmes, whose wife has multiple sclerosis, donates wheelchairs to the Blackhawk-based Wheelchair Foundation. The program, which began with a chair donated for every case of Holmes’ wine sold, has accelerated to a chair for every bottle, with several hundred donated so far, said spokesman Michael Coats. Staglin Family Vineyard co-owners Shari and Garen Staglin, whose son has schizophrenia, are longtime fundraisers for research to fight that disease. They’ve raised more than $35 million through annual music festivals at their Napa Valley winery and donate a portion of proceeds from their Salus wines. Brown is promising to donate 10 percent of gross sales of Cleavage Creek wines, meaning wine donated to charity as well as sold. One of his first donations was $5,000 to the Breast Care Center of Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. The money will go toward buying a MRI machine with superior detection technology for evaluating the size and extent of breast cancer. “We are absolutely thrilled,” said Lisa Amador, center executive director. The name Cleavage Creek isn’t new. Wines were sold under that name by a different owner some years ago, although that campaign, which included marketing copy laced with double entendres, ran into criticism from some. After the name went up for sale – winery labels are routinely bought and sold – Brown’s daughter suggested buying it. “I looked at it and I thought about it for a while,” Brown said. “I liked the name and it fit the property I had in Napa. It just kind of came together.” The new version of Cleavage Creek emphasizes the seven survivors featured on the labels and their stories, Eventually, Brown hopes to be able to pinpoint “out-of-the-box people in need who are doing something that appears to be successful for a cure. That’s my goal, to try and find a cure somewhere. I may not make it, but it won’t be because I didn’t try.”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.Among the models featured is Pattie Daly Caruso, the face of the cabernet sauvignon label as well as a reserve chardonnay. Caruso, a breast cancer survivor who is active in fundraising and awareness efforts, thinks the new campaign is a clever way to draw attention to the wine and the cause it supports. “The truth is that this was just a natural,” she said, noting that Brown’s Napa Valley property has two hills with a creek running through, evocative of the name in a literal sense. “It’s just been wonderful because he is giving 10 percent of the money right off the top to breast cancer research, and that, to me, is incredible.” At least some of the wine has been sold already. Caruso’s daughter Quinn, an ad agency executive in Santa Monica, and son Carson, host of NBC TV’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” have already put in orders. The issue of wine and cancer has been in the news lately, with a recent study finding that all types of alcohol, including wine, add to the risk of developing breast cancer in women. last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tharp had been deputy director of the Civic Engagement Initiative at the University of Southern California, where she studied and mentored L.A.’s nascent neighborhood empowerment movement. She took the department over after years of City Hall’s systematically undermining efforts to give power to the neighborhoods. There may not be anyone as uniquely qualified as Tharp for the job as head of DONE. But it’s important the mayor find and appoint someone who will continue Tharp’s work. That person must believe that the neighborhood councils will be the saviors of democracy in Los Angeles, and must not micromanage the movement. That’s a tall order. But L.A. deserves nothing less than another friend of the neighborhoods. Neighborhoods lose a friend in late DONE chief THE tragic and untimely death Sunday of Carol Baker Tharp, the recently appointed head of Los Angeles’ Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, leaves the future of the neighborhood councils uncertain. Tharp had only joined the department in February. The appointment of the enthusiastic scholar of neighborhood empowerment brought new hope that city officials would become more of a help than a hindrance to the some 100 neighborhood councils. But fate intervened when just months after taking her dream job, she had a recurrence of cancer. This is a sad week for Tharp’s family and friends. And it’s also a sad week for neighborhood councils, who lost a friend and advocate in Tharp. Her work improving the city’s NC system had just begun. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhile it is too early to tell how much the toll roads will cost to build, officials are examining options such as those already in place along the 91 Freeway. Fasana said. There, drivers purchase “FasTrak” passes equipped with radio transmitters that charge their accounts based on the time of day that they use the freeway’s express lanes. “I think if we are able to make this work in the San Gabriel Valley,” Fasana said, “it may control demand by making people use the freeway during off-peak hours when they can use it for cheap.” MTA officials are also looking at tiered pricing, in which vehicles with one occupant would pay a higher fee than those with two or three. Fasana said allowing those with four or more occupants to use the toll lanes for free is also “on the table.” Most important to Fasana is the fact that state law would require that revenues generated by the toll roads be spent on transportation improvements along the road’s route, and not elsewhere. “My hope is to go beyond that and have the cities along the corridor decide how the funding is used,” said Fasana. According to an Orange County Transportation Authority report on the 91 Express Lanes, the toll route made $44.2 million last year, nearly 12 percent more than in 2005. About $1.6 million of that money was used to repave portions of the 91 Freeway. Any revenues from the toll roads in the San Gabriel Valley could go toward the Gold Line extension along the 210 corridor, or direct carpool connections from park-and-ride lots along the 210 and 10 freeways, Fasana said. “Right now we have a million projects out there that can be done, and we could certainly use the extra money,” he said. “(Toll roads) could get us there.” La Verne Mayor Jon Blickenstaff, chairman of the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, was cautious about how beneficial the toll roads would be. “I want to get more information about the specific details to see how it will impact our area and how much money could be raised,” said Blickenstaff, adding that any revenues should be used locally. “My question is how do you tax these commuters equitably?” Transportation advocates, including the Automobile Club of Southern California, wonder if the plan would actually worsen the commute on the area’s already congested carpool lanes. That is a possibility if the program is not implemented carefully, said Lisa Schweitzer, a transit policy expert at USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development. “If it is priced based on time of day, there is a possibility of overburdening (the lanes) if the prices aren’t set high enough,” said Schweitzer, adding that the pricing scheme used in Orange County has worked to reduce congestion there. While drivers might consider the concept of paying to use the freeway as bordering on the blasphemous, from a policy perspective it makes sense, Schweitzer said. “Right now we have an unjust system and drivers really should pay as much of their costs as possible,” she said, adding that it makes sense to invest the revenues from the tolls into mass transit projects like the Gold Line. “You don’t go into a store and ask them to give you apples at a subsidized cost.” Revenues that have traditionally been used to subsidize roadways, including the gas tax, have obviously been insufficient, Fasana said. State gas tax revenues have often been diverted to non-transportation related projects in the past. “In this case it is something we have to do,” he said. “There is frustration from people that vote for these taxes, and transportation bonds, and then see them evaporate elsewhere in the system.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Local officials want to divert money that would come from proposed toll roads for transit projects such as the Gold Line extension. Prices have yet to be determined. But a similar toll road on the 91 Freeway in Orange County charges drivers anywhere from $9.50 during the Friday evening rush hour to $1.20 at midnight weekdays and weekends. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board voted Thursday to join Caltrans in applying for federal funds through a program that helps cities convert carpool lanes into toll lanes. Preliminary plans call for targeting carpool lanes along the 10 and 210 freeways through the San Gabriel Valley. The toll lanes could become operational by late 2009, said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, a member of the MTA Board. last_img read more

first_imgResidents of Laghey may know if their post office is to open again soon when they meet management from An Post in September.The much-needed service has been closed now for more than six weeks after a note appeared on the office window.The sign simply informed customers that due to circumstances beyond An Post’s control, the post office was closed. Management are making no official comment on the matter but it is believed an incident at the post office is being investigated.A committee set-up by local residents following the closure of the post office has now been told that management at An Post will meet them to discuss the matter.A public meeting held recently in the village was attended by more than 100 people including Deputies Thomas Pringle and Pearse Doherty.Because management form An Post are on holiday leave at present, no date could be given for the meeting. EndsLAGHEY RESIDENTS HOPING AN POST BOSSES WILL DELIVER ON MEETING SOON was last modified: August 26th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:An Postlaghey post officelast_img read more

first_img1 Alexandre Pato during Chelsea training Chelsea loanee Alexandre Pato has emerged as a shock transfer target for Barcelona.According to reports in Spain, manager Luis Enrique is hoping to land a new forward this summer to help support the free-scoring triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.Celta Vigo forward Nolito, the Arsenal target, was said to be top of Enrique’s wish list but he failed to re-sign the former Barca man during January.And now El Mundo Deportivo have claimed that the Nou Camp club may turn to Pato if their initial striker hunt proves fruitless when the transfer window opens.The Brazilian arrived at Stamford Bridge on a loan deal from Corinthians in January but he is yet to make his debut for Chelsea.The West London club can sign him permanently for £9m this summer and could do that in order to make a quick profit by flogging him to Barca.However, the La Liga giants are unlikely to pay that much unless he can make an impact at Chelsea in the final two months of the season.last_img read more

first_img 19. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – valued at £48.08m 20 8. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – valued at £80.56m 17. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – valued at £53.27m 11. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – valued at £62.29m The transfer window opens in exactly one month and transfer values of players are being assessed by managers and chief executives looking to land their summer targets.But how do you come up with the value of a particular player?CEIS Football Observatory have released the latest valuations of the top 20 players in the world using an algorithm based on a number of factors including age.The algorithm has had close to an 80 per cent accuracy rate for transfers since 2013 in the transfer fees paid by clubs in the top five leagues.According to the latest report, only three players are valued at over £100m, while seven of the top 20 are from the Premier League.Click the arrow above, right, to see the full top 20 and their current transfer values in pounds sterling. 20 20 12. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – valued at £60.36m 20 20 7. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – valued at £81.56m 20 13. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – valued at £58.43m 14. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – valued at £57.97m 20 20. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – valued at £46.95m (see below for an explanation) – Click the arrow, right, to see the world’s most valuable players 15. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – valued at £56.66m 20 20 20 2. Neymar Jr (Barcelona) – valued at £155.34m 20 20 9. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – valued at £74.62m 20 20 20 10. Paul Pogba (Juventus) – valued at £69.69m 6. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – valued at £86.19m 20 18. Alvaro Morata (Juventus) – valued at £49.49m 5. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – valued at £86.73m 20 4. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – valued at £92.66m 20 16. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – valued at £56.12m 20 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – valued at £106.23m 20 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – valued at £162.74mlast_img read more