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Willian is wanted by Arsenal and Spurs – should Chelsea keep him or get rid?

first_imgWILLIAN is entering the final two months of his Chelsea contract – with the question now should he remain a Blue?The experienced Brazilian is wanted by a host of European clubs, including London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.3 Willian’s Chelsea future is up in the air with his contract expiring in JuneCredit: Rex FeaturesBut to avoid losing Willian for nothing, Chelsea must extend the 31-year-old’s contract.Chelsea have made attempts to, but refuse to accept Willain’s demand of a three-year deal – leaving his Stamford Bridge future up in the air.SunSport’s Andrew Dillon and Tom Sheen make their cases for the floppy-haired Brazilian to stay or go. And you can have your say, below:TOM SHEEN – GOWILLIAN became a firm Chelsea fans’ favourite long before he ever got close to kicking a ball in Blue.You all know the story by now, the Brazilian was so close to signing with bitter rivals Tottenham, he even did his medical before being whisked off in a taxi to West London.Seven years, 329 appearances and five major trophies later, you would expect a player with that kind of CV to be a bona fide club legend.But alas, there has not been a player in the Roman Abramovich era who divides opinion quite like the winger.For those of us in the firmly anti-Willian camp – and remember there is no middle ground in this particular debate – it primarily comes down to one thing: goals.Well not just goals, but scoring goals, creating goals for others and doing things that might generally lead to goals in football matches.It’s something that Willian, who has never hit double figures in the Premier League, has struggled with mightily during his time at Stamford Bridge.He’s scored just 59 times and added only 52 assists, a contribution once every three games.That’s not even close to enough, and please take a breath if you’re thinking ‘one in three isn’t that bad’. We’re talking about the starting right winger for Chelsea.3 Willian has never hit double figures in the Premier LeagueCredit: ReutersNot a relegation-threatened club who set up to nick a goal on the break (except for that one season), but Chelsea who – behind Man City – have been the most dominant team in English football in the last seven years (well, except for that one season).To watch a Chelsea game over the past seven years is to have seen the Brazilian miss gilt-edged chances, overhit crosses, slow down the play and struggle to make the right decisions on a counter-attack.The pro-Willian brigade have their default position and hold on to it with the white-knuckled grip of the most zealous believers: his workrate.Yes, Willian works hard. Yes, his managers haven’t always asked him to play in ultra-attacking teams. Yes, he has had to cover because Eden Hazard wasn’t the most motivated when tracking back.But I’m afraid if £32million is being spent on a floppy-haired Brazilian winger, the last thing you should expect – and laud – is the ability to track back like a prime Steve Stone.We want flair. We want excitement. We want to see a f***ing corner beat the first f***ing man. Most of all we just wanted more goals.There have been moments, obviously, important and impressive performances – and plenty of silverware.And yes, Willian’s name will be heard long and loud in the years to come at Stamford Bridge.But just like with Bobby Zamora and Will Grigg, Willian’s name will be chanted because of the absolute brilliance of his song rather than the quality of his football.ANDREW DILLON – STAYTHE traditional image of the Brazilian star footballer is one who swaggers around a pitch drenched in sunshine but dry as a bone through not breaking sweat.The romanticised Samba soccer which captivates audiences worldwide and makes Brazil and its players so revered.Willian is not that. The industrious winger is also energetic, committed and direct when needs be.Chelsea fans are divided over his usefulness but the manager is not. Frank Lampard has made it plain he wants his veteran winger to be given a new contract.Lampard played with Willian and now has the vastly-experienced winner playing for him. He has seen the player from both sides of the fence: as a team-mate and now one of his employees.Working for one of your friends is a big challenge. The fact Willian has done it and still continues to impress Lampard should point Chelsea fans in one direction about his value to the club.Eight goals last season during the impotent Sarri campaign. Thirteen the years before. Twelve in 2017.Sixty four games aged 30 for club and country made up his exhausting campaign. Now in his twilight, the classic ‘impact’ sub if need be.There have been times when Willian has carried Chelsea’s flyweight strikeforce. His eye for goal at free kicks critical in keeping the team in matches or snatching vital points.When Barcelona employed their usual sneaky method to try to lure him to the Nou Camp, Willian turned around and publicly declared he wanted to stay at Chelsea.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’It’s the sort of statement a player’s agent dreads because it is cutting off what could be a pathway to vast amounts of cash. It is selling yourself short.As the old saying goes ‘loyalty is what they screw you with’. Yet undeterred Willian followed that up by announcing he would willingly play on for Chelsea during these unprecedented times by playing on past his contract expiry date if circumstances require it this summer.Why do you think Chelsea bent over backwards to let him fly back to Brazil and join his family during corona lockdown?The much-adored Diego Costa would have gone and not come back. Oh hang on a minute, he did.3 Frank Lampard has made it plain he wants his veteran winger to be given a new contractCredit: AP:Associated PressWillian’s wife appears to let slip Chelsea transfer exit after being filmed saying ‘our days are numbered’last_img read more

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Nacional returns to training against the recommendations of the league and the union

first_imgThe Madeira National was the first team from Portugal to return to group training, not without controversy. The Portuguese club explained the measure today, after its players have worked in the stadium “in accordance with the legislation and respecting all the necessary measures to ensure that it is done safely.” The National has divided the squad into two groups that will alternate. Monday, Wednesday and Friday one of them will train at the stadium and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the other will. In addition, it has been specified that it will be done in pairs. Each hour has been assigned so that one of them is on the field of play and so they do not coincide. In the images provided by the club itself, you can see how one of them exercises led by a member of the technical staff equipped with gloves and a mask to protect themselves from the coronavirus. The measure has caused much controversy in Portugal, where those infected by coronaviruses now exceed 16,000 and have exceeded 500 deaths. It is true that Nacional explains that it is covered by the law, referring to Decree Law 2-B 2020 that extended the state of emergency, providing for the possibility that athletes use the facilities for their activity. But he ignores the recommendations of the Portuguese league and has been criticized by the players union. Be that as it may, the leader of the second Portuguese division goes ahead and has no intention of stopping. The club explains that at the conclusion of each session, all the material is disinfected and the players are checked before and after work, taking their temperature.Portugal decreed strict containment measures on March 12 and the league and the players’ union have not yet advised teams to work in sports cities. National, however, continues protected in the laws. It so happens that Cristiano Ronaldo was also captured at that same stadium training a few days ago, something that was also criticized in Italy. The last to do so was Lazio, who lives in a bitter fight against Juventus because the championship can be restarted as soon as possible. The Roman club criticized Cristiano explaining that he enjoyed “advantages” in difference to the players who are only training at home.last_img read more

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Jazz hardly sweat against Knicks for 5th straight rout

first_imgUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles poured in shots from the outside and Rudy Gobert couldn’t miss from inside.The Utah Jazz are making the game look easy, and there was nothing the lowly New York Knicks could do to stop that.ADVERTISEMENT Magic cruise past Pelicans, close in on Heat in NBA playoff race Frank Ntilikina appears close to returning from a groin injury that has sidelined him since Jan. 28. He practiced with the Knicks’ NBA G League team on Tuesday, and Fizdale said the team’s medical staff said they wanted the second-year guard to get another practice in before deciding if he was ready to return.GOOD TO BE HOMEAfter playing seven of their last nine on the road, the Knicks get to settle in New York for a while. They host Denver on Friday, the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, then follow with games next week against Toronto and Miami. They close the homestand against Chicago on April 1.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Atlanta on Thursday.Knicks: Host Denver on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mitchell, a native of Elmsford, New York, put on a good show for his home fans, shooting 12 of 20 and throwing down one particularly sharp dunk in the first half.Hezonja’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks a 3-2 lead, but Utah answered with nine straight points and never trailed again. The Jazz led 39-25 after one, shooting 65 percent, pushed it to 50-29 on Ingles’ 3-pointer in the second, and the lead stayed in the 20s for the rest of the half.“They just swung the ball around and were hitting shots,” Knicks center Mitchell Robinson said. “We were close enough to get into their airspace, but they still put them up and they made them. You’ve got to give them their props. They can shoot.”It went past 30 for the first time when Gobert’s dunk made it 81-50 early in the third, and peaked at 100-63 on Mitchell’s 3-pointer midway through the period.TIP-INSJazz: The 39 points were one shy of their highest this season in a first quarter, which they did against Miami on Dec. 12. … Jae Crowder scored 15 points.Knicks: The Knicks were also without reserve guards Allonzo Trier (strained left calf) and Kadeem Allen (ill). Though he said Smith was day-to-day, Fizdale indicated his absence could last at least one more game, saying Smith would probably be evaluated next week.BIG BLOCKERRobinson blocked a shot in his 29th straight game, breaking Patrick Ewing’s Knicks rookie record.BACK SOON? Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mitchell scored 30 points, Gobert made all seven shots and added 18, and the Jazz romped to their fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the Knicks 137-116 on Wednesday night.“We’re doing a lot of things great on offense and defense,” Mitchell said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIngles made six 3-pointers and also scored 18, while Mitchell made five 3-pointers as the Jazz finished 20 of 42 (48 percent) from behind the arc, tying a franchise record for makes.The Jazz, who led by as much as 37, started their winning streak with a 17-point win over Phoenix, then beat Minnesota by 20, Brooklyn by 16 and Washington by 21. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “We’re trying to get better each game as this kind of finishes off here,” Ingles said, “and if that’s winning by 15, 20 or 1, or 40, whatever it is, we’re just trying to get better with each game and I think we’ve been doing that.”That was a rather soft portion of their schedule and it got even softer with a game against the NBA-worst Knicks, who the Jazz had already clobbered 129-97 at home on Dec. 29. Utah trailed for less than a minute of this one and was shooting 63 percent through three quarters, a number that dropped to 56.5 by the finish only because the best players were on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.“We just got punched,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “After we got punched, it was like, what victory can I find? Let’s win the second half and we did accomplish that, which I was happy with. But, we took a real serious right hand and never recovered.”Kevin Knox scored 27 points and Mario Hezonja had 23 for the Knicks, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games in the opener of a six-game homestand that keeps them home into early next month.The Knicks played without starters Dennis Smith Jr. (back) and Noah Vonleh (right ankle) along with a couple backcourt reserves.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View commentslast_img read more

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Elections delay wearing Guyanese people’s patience thin

first_imgDear Editor,The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) is deeply concerned regarding the continued delay in the hosting of National and Regional Elections in our country. It is a now well-known fact that elections ought to have been held nearly six months ago. The reality is that today we are really no closer to the hosting of the elections. From recent media reports, we learnt that elections possibly can be held in March 2020, one year after they were constitutionally due. This has to be a record of sorts, we believe.The FITUG is conscious that, among other things, the elections deadline slipped because of what has been recognised as a baseless case challenging the legality of the No-Confidence Motion. While it is opined that the unnecessary and costly pursuance of the legal gymnastics was one of the means to delay the inevitable, the Guyanese people, notwithstanding the clarity they have on the matter, are today being denied their inalienable constitutional right to exercise their franchise in free and fair elections. We hasten to remind, again, that this right was won out of the struggles of the Guyanese working people.The Federation has seen and heard of several of the rationales regarding the reason(s) for the protracted delay in the hosting of elections. While we will refrain from offering a specific comment, we well recognise there seems to be more than what meets the eye. The delays have, undoubtedly, caused us and many Guyanese to be anxious and apprehensive. And, the continued delays have only served to heighten anxiety and worry. At this time, when several important national matters remain unaddressed, the bedrock of our democratic foundation, it appears, is being taken for granted by those who hold the reins of power and authority. This is neither in our interest or well-being and can well set a very negative precedent for the future.The FITUG is aware that, over the years, huge sums have been allocated to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to improve the organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness. Apart from State support, friendly and supportive bodies have also lent their assistance and expertise to improving the functioning of the electoral body, undoubtedly, in recognition of the important role it plays in our country. It is, therefore, for us, a great disappointment that the body, it seems, is unable to get its act togetheewr and undertake its significant function in upholding our nation’s democracy through elections that are free and fair and free from fear as well. Indeed, as Stabroek News reported on September 9, the conduct of elections with acceptable outcomes within a short space of time is not outside of the remit of the electoral body. It obviously brings into question what is preventing GECOM from repeating past feats on this occasion.Our constitutional clock is essentially now beyond the midnight hour and yet we continue to hear excuse after excuse being invoked. Undoubtedly, the patience of all right-thinking Guyanese has worn thin and the need for credible elections within a short space of time cannot be underscored. The unnecessary procrastination has caused us too much time and the need for further delay cannot be excused. At this time, it is our view that the use of the House-to-House data remains questionable at best and really should be set aside. Certainly, the time-tested Claims and Objections remains the best approach to address non-registered, eligible voters.The FITUG, at this time, looks to the new Chairperson of the Commission, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh to take decisive action. The Chairperson had publicly committed to upholding the law, which has been dissected in recent times, and for which the consequences are now as clear as day. Continued temporising by the Chairperson is not in our country’s interest and we look to her to live up to her “Iron Lady” moniker.Sincerely,Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyanalast_img read more

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Almost famous

first_imgHOLLYWOOD Arnold Marks relaxed in his chauffeured Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, watching the crowd fight for a piece of big-screen glamour. The flashbulbs. The searchlights. The glorious red carpet, all rolled out and magnificent. Big, fancy cars stretched down Hollywood Boulevard in a train of luxury pulled from regular people’s dreams. Arnold had seen it all before. A girl snaked her way through the throng of kids jostling for a chance to see a movie star. She rapped on Arnold’s window and thrust forward a book and a pen. “Who are you?” she breathlessly demanded. “And can I have your autograph?” If only she knew, he thought to himself, she wouldn’t be so eager to take home his John Hancock. He wasn’t famous at all, just a student at Long Beach State studying auto repair. But there he was, in his black-tie get-up, hanging around with the stars. During Hollywood’s gilded ’60s, he was just a friendly guy who grew up around the San Fernando Valley’s junkyards, sporting rough hands and a smug smile. By day, he fixed cars. By night, he partied with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. He stood side by side with the world’s biggest stars and never, ever belonged. Never had a ticket or an invitation. And, for almost a decade, he never got caught. “I was at the Emmys one year, talking to a security guard, and he told me, ‘This is so secure, no one’s sneaking in,”‘ recalled Marks, now 65. “… I was just thinking, ‘You big dummy. I can point out 10 people who aren’t supposed to be here right now.”‘ Today, interlopers rarely sneak into glitzy awards shows like tonight’s Academy Awards – or are at least very clever about hiding their deception. Even A-list celebrities have to be identified and searched when they exit their limos. Meeting the president, it has been said, is easier than getting into the Oscars. “It’s tighter and tighter now,” said Murray Weissman, a North Hollywood-based publicist who’s served as marketing consultant for film award campaigns for decades. “I’ve been to a lot of functions, and whenever I go, I’ve had to fill out a form. I have to get my picture taken, show my driver’s license and get a specific, bar-coded credential for me to attend the Oscar nominations. “When I went to the Golden Globe parties, I needed a ticket, photo ID, one of those markers on your wrist, and there were big guards all over the place, watching, watching, watching. It’s harder and harder for anyone to break through.” But back in Arnold’s day, a smile and a threadbare tuxedo could get you deep into the luxurious corridors of celebrity. Armed with little more than self-confidence, he never had a problem charming his way next to Ronald Reagan or Julie Andrews. The charade begins But before he was palling around with the glittering elite, or at least pretending he was, there was the famous 1962 phone call that began the whole charade. Arnold, who’d just given up a job as a dental technician in the Valley and started learning auto-shop instruction in Long Beach, was relaxing in his apartment when the phone rang. On the line was Fred May, a childhood buddy from Fulton Junior High. “Hey, there’s a movie premiere on Westwood Boulevard,” Fred told him. “Let’s go see if we can get in.” The film was some British movie starring Terry-Thomas, and Fred didn’t think it would be too much trouble to talk their way in. They put on suits and ties and strode purposefully into the theater. “It was just so easy,” Arnold recalls. “We just stood around there, walked in the door and sat in the back and nobody said ‘boo.’ We just looked at each other later and said, ‘Wow, this is so cool.”‘ Fred was a great character who worked with his family catering business at the Valley Colonial House in North Hollywood. He dabbled in art collection and reptile import. He was known to wear a pith helmet and organize lizard gatherings in the desert. The first score, landing seats in a movie that Arnold doesn’t even remember that well today, emboldened the pair. Fred suggested they try it again. In tuxes. With dates. “He was very young looking, with this very innocent face,” Arnold said. “But he had a mind that never quit.” So they bought some penguin suits and invited friends. Arnold brought his sister, Sue, and his cousin, Linda. Mike and Barbara Bernstein, who were married and a bit more grown up than Fred and Arnold, became partners in the scheme. They crashed bigger premieres and after-parties. After a while, the band of pretenders began to notice other people who they could sense didn’t quite belong, either. You could always tell by who’d hang around after a movie ended, looking under the seats for dropped tickets and directions to the lavish parties. “On a good night, there could have been a dozen people there,” Arnold said. “We’d know them; we’d ask where the party was, who was going, all that.” Each time they got away with it, they got bolder. It was all so simple. Blending in In the image-conscious Hollywood world, no one wants to lose face and admit not knowing someone famous or powerful. With his pinkie ring, shawl-collared jacket and affable manner, Arnold blended right in. “If you look like you belong, they don’t know who the hell you are,” he told his confederates. “You could be the son of a big producer or something, so they’re not going to challenge you. It’s when you look nervous, that’s when they throw you out.” Grauman’s, the Pantages, the Cinerama Dome – they crashed all the grand movie palaces in style. And Fred, ever the schemer, decided they needed to make increasingly stylish entrances. He bought a cheap Mercedes and fixed it up. Then they went really big. Fred laid down $4,000 for a beat-up old Rolls-Royce, and Arnold helped make it run. The engine wasn’t much, but it looked good enough to fool parking lot attendants and the red-carpet crowd. They hired a kid to wear a chauffeur’s uniform, dark glasses and cap. He’d cruise toward the theater and one of the group would hop out, sneak into the lot and swipe a pass off one of the parked cars. That person would hot-foot it back to the Rolls, and the whole thing would look legit when they regally stepped from the vehicle onto the red carpet. As soon as their well-polished shoes hit the crimson swath, there was Al Studley to record it all. A celebrity photographer, he’d seen them hanging around the shows and volunteered to take shots of them with the celebrities. Stoking the fire This only stoked their ego-fueled adventures, and soon they were posing for pictures with everyone they could throw an arm around. Arnold’s scrapbook of the era looks like a vintage tabloid mag, only with the same grinning face next to Gene Kelly and Jack Benny. The stars were all very gracious, beaming and shaking hands as Studley’s flashbulb fired and froze the scene in history. Once you’d been seen with a Gabor sister or two, with your own entourage and a photographer, no less, no one would dare question your right to be there. Not that he was always immune from suspicion, however. After he’d been working the scam for a few years, Arnold was on his way into the Egyptian, fresh out of his limo, when a doorman asked to see his ticket. He, of course, had none. “Umm, gee, sir,” he stammered. “I’m actually here with my parents and they’re already inside with my ticket.” The man wasn’t buying it. “Oh, then it won’t be a problem for you to go in and get it from them,” he said. “Right?” Arnold gulped, nodded and walked in with a suspicious usher’s watchful eyes boring into his back. He slowly trailed down the aisle, looking for someone, anyone, who could get him out of this tight spot. After all these years of sneaking around, the jig was apparently about to be up. “Excuse me,” a voice called. Arnold snapped his head around and saw a man motioning. He was an older guy, all dressed up nice, wife by his side. He’d mistaken Arnold for an usher and wanted him to fetch him a program. The young schemer sensed his opportunity and leaned in conspiratorially. “OK, mister,” he whispered, “I’ll get you a program, but you’ve got to let me borrow your ticket for a minute.” The guy looked a little taken aback, but his wife elbowed him and told him to cough it up. He slipped it to Arnold and the imposter turned, grinning, and returned to the door triumphantly. He presented it to the guard, who apologized for doubting him, and sailed on in like royalty. Fred and Arnold got so good at the routine that they became picky. They considered crashing the 39th annual Academy Awards in 1966, but it seemed like it would be too easy. Besides, Arnold reasoned, he could see the show better on TV. This did not, however, prevent them from showing up uninvited to the after-party. They had a blast. The ringleader But it wouldn’t have been anything without Fred, the mad genius and ringleader of it all. One evening, after they’d successfully conned their way into a premiere, Fred went over to Barbra Streisand’s table. All the guys were crazy about her back then, and she was already a major star, but Fred remained undaunted. He sauntered over and struck up a conversation about art nouveau furniture, of all things. She collected it, and, what a surprise, he happened to be a devotee. They got to chatting and pretty soon he’d sold her some pieces. Arnold helped him drive it up to her Beverly Hills home, loading it into the back of his pickup truck and lugging it in. Her mother was there, baking strudel. Arnold changed a light bulb, loving every minute of it but playing it oh-so-cool. And like everyone else they had encountered, Barbra was never the wiser. But one day in 1968, Fred thought he’d caught a cold. He felt awful, complained to his mom and went home to take a hot bath and ride it out. He was found lifeless in the bath, dead of an embolism. He wasn’t even 30. After that, it just didn’t seem the same anymore. Without Fred, the nights out weren’t so special. The stars didn’t shine so brightly; the get-ups got a little boring. Gradually, the gang broke up and moved on. Mike Bernstein became a professor at Cal State Northridge, then he and Barbara moved out of state. Arnold became an auto-shop teacher in the inner city, then got into car sales and repairs. Today, Arnold runs Mustangs Etc., a classic Ford restoration shop in Van Nuys. His interest in Hollywood glitter has waned – the stars aren’t as classy as they were in his day, he says, and the shows are just a big pat on the back for people who don’t really deserve it. “Do the plumbers have an affair every year for being a good plumber?” he said. “It’s their job to make movies, so to idolize them, to put them on a pedestal? I couldn’t care less.” But he still fondly recalls the wild thrills of his youth. He ponders writing a book about his misadventures, thinks it would make a good TV series one day. At the very least, he’s got old books full of photographs, souvenirs and memories. “It showed me,” he said, “that if you have enough chutzpah, you can do anything you want.” 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!last_img read more

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Illegal migrants worry about kids

first_imgDuring workplace roundups of illegal immigrants, youngsters sometimes become separated from their parents and are taken into government custody, in some cases because the parents fail to disclose they have children. The children can be held for days or weeks before they are reunited with their parents. The risk was illustrated recently by a federal raid in New Bedford, Mass., where state officials said dozens of children were left stranded at schools and with baby sitters when more than 300 workers were arrested at a leather factory. As a result, Roman Catholic charities, unions and other groups are encouraging illegal immigrants to sign power-of-attorney forms and notarized custody instructions that also list information such as the children’s medications and what schools they attend. “Undocumented parents need to have plans for their kids because they will lose contact with them,” said Flavia Jimenez of the National Council of La Raza. Under U.S. law, children born in this country to illegal immigrants are U.S. citizens and cannot be deported. There are about 3.1 million such children in the U.S. There are also an estimated 1.8 million children in this country illegally. CALHOUN, Ga. – Increasingly fearful of getting swept up in a government raid, some illegal immigrants in this Georgia carpet-mill town and around the country are drawing up legal instructions designating someone to take care of their children if the parents are jailed or deported. At the urging of activists, parents are authorizing, in writing, a friend, neighbor or relative to watch their children. They are advised to carry the paperwork with them at all times. “We’re talking about it, and we say the documented ones will take the children, and it’s better to have a signed paper,” said a 32-year-old mother from Mexico who works in a store in Tifton and spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of deportation. She said she has lined up an aunt to take care of her 2-year-old American-born daughter for a few days. Beyond that, she said, she would want to be reunited with the little girl, whether in this country or back in Mexico, if necessary. Parents of children both legal and illegal are filling out the papers, specifying such things as whether they want their U.S.-born children to stay here or to be sent back to the country where the parent might be deported. While lawmakers on Capitol Hill are said to be close to a deal on a sweeping immigration overhaul that would give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at legal status, the country is seeing increasingly restrictive state and local laws and a recent surge in federal immigration raids. Fear is particularly strong in Georgia, where many young mothers work in the fields, carpet mills and produce-packing houses, and where one of the nation’s strictest immigration-control laws, passed last year, will go into effect July 1. Among other things, the law requires state agencies to check the immigration status of all adults asking for taxpayer-funded benefits such as food stamps and extends to some local law enforcement the authority to enforce federal immigration laws. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they coordinate with state social service agencies and occasionally release illegal immigrants who need to take care of their children. A form in Kentucky asks parents to list the children’s school and teacher; the names, phone numbers, workplaces and relationships of those who are allowed to pick children up; the names of those who should not be allowed to get the children; even the veterinarian for family pets.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

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New player joins lucrative Kenyan betting market

first_imgThe betting firm will have several user-friendly initiatives such as Betmaster news, a weekly newsletter that the firm will be making available every week both online and published inside one of the leading newspapers on Saturdays.The publication will offer advice, detailed analysis, statistics and betting tips on all major leagues that will allow Kenyans to make informed decisions when betting.Betmaster new markets director, Thanos Marinos noted that Africa has become a hub for a lot of foreign investments contributing favorably to economic development and Kenya is one of the 3 largest betting markets in Africa.“Our business will be guided by our ethos of innovativeness and responsible betting. Betmaster Kenya market is launching in tandem with Betmaster Mozambique so all of us, from the shareholders to the management and the customer service employees, are very excited and proud to see our brand positioned strongly in Africa,” Marinos said during the company’s launch.He also disclosed that the company will look to expand its wings to DRC and Uganda.The main drive for the company is to ensure that their clients get a safe and trusted environment where they can place their bets and win via their website betmaster.co.ke and sms-based betting options.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The company hinges on the campaign of responsible betting and offers a unique user friendly platform for passionate sport fans.NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – Russian company Betmaster is the latest entrant into the lucrative Kenyan market, launching in Nairobi as its first African home with plans of expanding to Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ghana.The company hinges on the campaign of responsible betting and offers a unique user friendly platform for passionate sport fans.last_img read more

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SOCCER: DONEGAL TEAMS IN ACTION IN UNDER 14 KENNEDY CUP

first_imgThe 2012 Under 14 Kennady Cup is currently underway at the University of Limerick campus and Donegal Schoolboys and the Inishowen Schoolsboys Leagues are representing Ulster in the annual event.Donegal got their campaign underway with a 1-1 draw with Kildare on Monday evening. Front man Billy Jnr Bandy with the goal.On Tuesday they played two games,a 0-0 draw with North Tipperary and a very impressive 1-0 victory over North Dublin Schoolboys League- Donegals goal coming from the penalty spot from Enda McCormick. On Wednesday they lost 2-0 to West Cork and today they play the Galway league. The Inishowen League got their group campaign underway with a 0-0 draw against Roscommon but they were defeated by Wexford 2-0 and Carlow 1-0. Yesterday they were defeated again this time by 2 goals to 1 against Athlone and today they play the Limerick Desmond league.RESULTS TO DATEDonegal 1 – 1 KildareDonegal 0 – 0 North Tipperary Donegal 1-0 NDSLDonegal 2-0 West CorkDonegal v Galway(Thursday)Inishowen 0-0 RoscommonInishowen 0-2 Wexford Inishowen 0-1 CarlowInishowen 1-2 AthloneInishowen v Limerick Desmond League(Thursday)SOCCER: DONEGAL TEAMS IN ACTION IN UNDER 14 KENNEDY CUP was last modified: June 14th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 15th JulySenior Ladies Gaelic Football: It was another historic day for Buncrana GAA at Scarvey on Sunday, as the Senior Ladies Football team took to the field for the clubs first ever outing in the Junior County Championship. The ladies were faced with the very experienced Termon side but both teams started well, however it was Termon who put the first score on the board. This was quickly answered with a Buncrana charge up the field which resulted in a goal for the home side. The rest of the first half then followed this pattern, with each score quickly answered with a score from the opposing team. At half-time Termon held the lead but only by a margin of two points. A close scoreline, which lead to a very tough and close fought battle in the second half. Buncrana started the stronger in the second-half, briefly taking the lead and putting pressure on the seasoned Termon squad. But the veteran senior level midfielders for Termon then showed their practical side and began holding the ball up well and releasing the ball quickly into their forward line. The full-time score was Buncrana 4-6 to Termon 4-9, with just the three points in it due to the great determination shown by all girls from 1 to 15, including the substitutes used. Of note was the accuracy shown from Naimh Connolly up front, the partnership in the middle of the field from Doreen McGee and Natasha Craig and the ever ready defensive capabilities of Michelle Brown and Catherine McLaughlin. Best of luck to the girls in the second leg, which is sure to be an exciting encounter. Good luck/Ádh mór: Good luck to our U16 Footballers who take on Glenfin this Monday night in the U16 Division 2 Northern Board Final. Game will take place in MacCumhaill Park and throw-in is at 7.30pm. All support will be greatly appreciated. Best of luck to Malachy, Seamus, Odhrán and especially the lads.Ulster Championship Final: The countdown is on until the Ulster Football Championship decider, when Donegal will take on Down. Supporters please note that ticket orders will not be taken by text message but will be taken at the Scarvey on Tuesday 10th between 3-4pm and 6-7pm and must be paid for when ordering. Best of luck to Ryan and all the lads. Congratulations: Buncrana under 12 girls are representing the County on Sunday 15th July during the Ladies Ulster Football Final in St. Tiernach’s Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Nine girls from our under 12 squad will be pitting their skills against a Iniskeen from Monaghan in the exhibition game. All parents, relatives and friends are encouraged to go along to Clones to support our girls and also the Ladies County Senior Team who are playing Monaghan in the Ulster Senior Final. Bun Crannach agus Dún na nGall abú!U12 Girls Football: On Saturday, the U12 girls travelled to Letterkenny where they participited in a blitz hosted by St. Eunans. Despite having a very young squad and missing several key players, the girls played really well and enjoyed their day. The girls will have another blitz this Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. Good luck girls!! All support for both our u12s and the county team would be greatly appreciated!GAA Summer Camp: The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl camps will take place all over Ireland this summer and one will be held in Buncrana on July 9th -13th from 10am – 2:30pm. The camps are open to boys and girls aged 6-13 years old. Contact coordinator Leo Gill on 0860868260 or visit http://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/.Senior Football: It was a dissappointing weekend for our Senior footballers who made the long trip to Glen Colmcille on Saturday evening. Despite a spirited fightback in the second half from Buncrana, the home side were victorious by 3 points. In truth Buncrana gave themselves a mountain to climb in the second half, following a lacklustre first half performance. Final score: Glen Colmcille 1-12 Buncrana 1-9. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm.Noel O’Donnell, Simon McGrory, John Doherty, Calvin Jones, Michael Gallagher, Ronan Doherty, Kevin O’Loughlin, Caolan McCann, Odhran Doherty (0-5), Christopher McDermott (0-2), Oisin Doherty (0-1), Stephen Dean McFadden (0-1), Ryan Curran (1-0), Kevin Treacy, Ciaran McNicholls.Fundraising Competition: Buncrana GAA’s exciting new competition asking you to predict the results of a number of important sporting events is now in full swing. Entrants have been entered into a league format with points awarded for correct predictions, with prizes of 600euro, 300euro and 100euro on offer. Entry cards were collected on Friday, if there are any outstanding cards can they please be returned as soon as possible as the competition is now underway. More information and further updates will be available on facebook.com/buncranagaa.U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at the Scarvey between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. Please could all children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome. Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm.New and returnig players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome. Lotto: The winning numbers in the €2,880 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 3rd July in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 8-16-18-30. There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:John O’Doherty, MilltownAnne Egg, ExcelsiorDavina O’Donnell, Pillar ParkAnn O’Doherty, c/o BingoWilliam O’Connor, CockhillCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaOisín DohertyPRO CLG Bun Cranncha0863390666buncrana.pro@gmail.comGAA NEWS: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 9th, 2012 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

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FINN HARPS GET PRE-SEASON TRAINING UNDERWAY NEXT WEEK

first_imgCould Harps face yet another logistical nightmare if Tralee Dynamos are added to the Airtricity First Division?Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan will assemble his side for pre-season training next Monday night as preparations for the new season get underway.The Finn Harps squad will gather next Monday night at Ballyare as they undergo a intense six-week training period ahead of the new season which kicks-off in March.It is believed Harps have secured friendly matches with Cork City, Galway United, Sligo Rovers and Drogheda ahead of the new season. It is not yet known whether Harps will compete in a seven or eight team league.At the moment the league contains seven sides which are Finn Harps, Waterford United, Wexford Youths, Shelbourne, UCD, Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Town.There is speculation that Kerry Intermediate outfit Tralee Dynamos could make the step-up into senior football.That would be another logistical nightmare for Finn Harps as they already have to travel to Cobh, Waterford and Wexford. Another journey to Tralee would be taxing, but it’s believed officials close to the club would prefer Tralee in the league than to have a B team play in the league again.Shamrock Rovers B team competed in the First Division last season but that pilot project was terminated by new Rovers manager Pat Fenlon this season.St Patrick’s Athletic are considering entering a B team into the league if Tralee’s application to the league is rejected. FINN HARPS GET PRE-SEASON TRAINING UNDERWAY NEXT WEEK was last modified: January 8th, 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:Finn Harps FCfixturesnewsOllie HorganPre-seasonSporttraininglast_img read more

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