Poll: Who should Manchester United sign – Bale or Ronaldo?

first_img1 Louis van Gaal is on the hunt for a man to ‘transform’ the Red Devils – who would you prefer, United fans? Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale last_img

Arsenal v Liverpool preview: “They have so many frightening options”

first_imgArsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.The Gunners are looking to seal a first home win of the season following their shock opening day defeat to West Ham, while Brendan Rodgers’ side are bidding to make it three wins from three.Former Gunners star Alan Smith joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of the big game to give his view on the likely outcome.Listen to his thoughts by clicking on the link in the picture.last_img

Poll: Should Wayne Rooney get a knighthood?

first_imgWayne Rooney was the toast of English football on Tuesday after he became the country’s record goalscorer.  In a week where the Queen also reached the landmark of the longest-serving reigning monarch, the Drivetime team want to know whether you think Rooney should join the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton as footballing royals. Wayne Rooney 1last_img

‘We won’t give up!’ – Manuel Pellegrini says Man City will keep fighting

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini’s side have fallen ten points behind leaders Leicester Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists his side will not give up in the title race.City have fallen ten points behind Premier League leaders Leicester and slipped to fourth – albeit with a game in hand – after losing their last three games. Prior to that sequence they had been regarded as title favourites.With City closing in on a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, there has been a suggestion the club could prioritise the European competition but Pellegrini is still determined to reclaim the domestic crown.The Chilean said: “We are not going to give up. Ten points is a lot but we have one game (in hand) and in the Premier League you never know when you are going to lose points.“I don’t see why the players would be in a negative mind. I think they try to win every time they play.“We have just had a bad moment in the league but we have another 33 points to try to reach it.”The maximum points City can now attain is 80 and Pellegrini thinks that could be more than enough to win the title in such an unpredictable season.He said: “I said a couple of months ago, before we ended the first round of fixtures, that for me maybe winner will have less than 80 points. It is impossible to know but I am sure we will have a champion of around 75 points or more.”But that would still require City to embark on a seriously strong run of form at a time when concerns might be growing about the challenge from clubs beneath them.Manchester United and West Ham have taken advantage of City’s poor form in recent weeks and are now challenging for their top-four place.Missing out on Champions League qualification is certainly not in City’s script but it is something Pellegrini, who will hand over to Pep Guardiola in the summer, is not even considering.He said: “Don’t ask me about thinking in a negative way because I never do it. It’s not in my mind, thinking about that at this moment.“It’s important to improve our performance to try to continue fighting first for the title of the Premier League.”last_img read more

Boy fights rare blood disease

first_imgOne local family is making a cross-country trek to Minnesota this month, but not on vacation. The Ramseys of Pico Rivera will journey to the University of Minnesota in two weeks so that their older son, Gregory, can undergo chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in hopes of curing his rare blood disease. “We just want him to be a boy, and to not have to yell at him for climbing trees,” mother Mary Ramsey said. The disease keeps Gregory from doing activities which may cause him to bruise, because his thin blood does not clot properly. “He was just really dragging,” Darren Ramsey said. A first trip to a pediatrician brought a prescription for iron for Gregory, then 8, when doctors thought he was just anemic. Within days, however, test results showed something more serious was wrong. After several months of misdiagnosis, doctors early this year discovered that Gregory had Fanconi’s syndrome. Fanconi’s, a disease that can affect the kidneys and bones, wreaks havoc on blood cell counts and the immune system, making the sufferer extremely susceptible to illness. The new diagnosis was a relief for the family because it allowed them to begin searching for treatments, but it began a difficult period for Gregory, who was not able to attend school during the spring, on doctor’s orders to remain isolated. His father said the separation from other kids is always hard on his son. “He does go through little periods of depression, and that’s when we as parents try to come up with something as a distraction,” Ramsey said. Distractions included homeschool with teachers from Brethren Christian Elementary School and knitting lessons with his grandmother. “He took up knitting from me, and he took to it right away,” Joan Ramsey said of her grandson. “The last scarf he made, he created his own pattern. He’s quite a little fellow.” Gregory, always an active boy, was chafing under the rules of his “house arrest.” After months of difficulty, the family made the decision to allow him to go back to school. Under the care of a new doctor, he was also recently allowed to play baseball, and he has stayed active in school. “The year before last he had the lead in our Christmas program, and he did the part with a temperature of 101,” said former teacher Lezli Brown. “He was such a trouper.” Brown has known Gregory for six years. She taught him in third grade and hosts a summer day camp which Gregory and his brother attend. She said Gregory and his parents worry about the treatment he will undergo. “I think it’s been very difficult on Mary and Darren, and I see stress and worry periodically on their faces,” Brown said. They have had little time to plan fundraisers to cover the costs or to get time away from work for the journey, Darren Ramsey said, but they plan to organize something through friends and family. Plans to buy a travel trailer for much-loved camping trips have been put on hold until medical bills and procedures are dealt with, Mary Ramsey said. Gregory said he has big plans for the months after his recovery. “I’ll have more energy, so I want to try soccer again, because that’s my favorite sport,” Gregory said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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 CityThe family had expected that Gregory’s transplant would still be several months away, so when an anonymous match was found quickly and the family learned they had just weeks to plan, they sprung into overdrive. “You have to think about how much longer he can make it, and then roll the dice,” his father, Darren Ramsey, said. Ramsey said he and his wife, along with younger son Christopher, 8, will accompany Gregory through his treatment in Minnesota, which will take three to four months if all goes well. This means leaving work, paying living expenses there and the 20 percent of Gregory’s medical bills not covered by insurance. Gregory, 10, has been sick for two years, since his parents started noticing he tired easily when he played soccer, and that he was bruising easily. last_img read more

Nine athletes, coach have antibiotic-resistant staph infection

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lipsman confirmed that the Iona cases were MRSA, which does not respond to penicillin and related antibiotics but can be treated with other drugs. Cecelia Donohoe, spokeswoman for the college in New Rochelle, said all the cases had been caught early and were mild. She wouldn’t identify the team, citing privacy concerns, but Lipsman said all the victims are male. The infection can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or sharing an item used by an infected person. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Nine athletes and a coach at Iona College contracted an antibiotic-resistant staph infection, which has spread through schools nationwide, health officials said Friday. The outbreak was under control and the one student who was hospitalized has been released, said Dr. Joshua Lipsman, the health commissioner in Westchester County, just north of New York City. Staph infections, including the serious Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, have spread in recent weeks through schools across the nation, according to health and education officials. A high school senior in Virginia died of the disease Monday, his mother said. And dozens of high school students and some teachers in districts around the country have contracted the illness this fall, officials have said. last_img read more

Trail’s cost goes up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Greenway Trail – an asphalt walking and bicycle path – was budgeted at $14.2 million. The biggest increase – $345,000 – is the result of problems with the design of the Pickering Avenue bridge. An existing storm drain was discovered underneath the footings of the bridge, said David Pelser, public works director. That required a redesign of the bridge. In addition, two retaining walls had to be constructed along the slope. Another $100,000 was needed to make sure that naturally occurring arsenic in rock underneath the trail remains covered. The health threat is low, but state regulations require treatment, Pelser said. “You’d have to be practically heating or breathing the rock for 100 years,” he said when asked about health concerns. The city also has about $218,360 in what were called “miscellaneous charges.” Those were payments for numerous things, such as removing graffiti from the trail, cleaning the mess left behind when a homeless camp was removed, some charges by Southern California Edison and additional money needed for design, environmental and survey services. The council also extended a contract with ACS Group to manage the construction contract with Del Terra. The cost is an estimated $60,000. Councilman Greg Nordbak said he is pleased the shortfall is being paid with non-General Fund money. “That’s a real plus,” Nordbak said. However, Councilman Joe Vinatieri said he is concerned about the increased expense. “I’m concerned that we will get too many change orders and this thing becomes bigger than anybody anticipated,” Vinatieri said. Henderson said that while it’s annoying to get change orders, every project has them. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Construction costs of the 4.5-mile Greenway Trail have increased by about $1.1 million thanks to change orders and other miscellaneous charges. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to use nearly $900,000 of Proposition C money and other sources to fill the gap. The measure is a half-cent Los Angeles County sales tax that is available for transit-related projects. “We all knew there would be changes and contingencies that would pop up,” Councilman Bob Henderson said. “The amount we are talking about is a low percentage of the project,” Henderson said. “Overall, staff is working hard at reducing the change orders. We seem to have gotten good compromises.” last_img read more

Dangerous blazes also can break out indoors

first_imgThe recent Southern California wildfires have focused attention on brush clearance and fire safety outdoors, but the hazards indoors are are even more plentiful. So with that in mind, and with National Fire Safety Month wrapping up, here’s a guide to hot products and flameproof tips to keep your autumn safe and glowing and warm. Kitchen fires are responsible for about one-third of all home fires, so it’s crucial to have a fire extinguisher in the busiest room in the house. HomeHero, a new line by Home Depot, weighs just 4.5 pounds, can be easily operated with one hand and retails for about $30. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Space heaters are popular for taking the chill out of a Southern California night, but experts are quick to issue warnings about their safety. Keep electric space heaters at least three feet from furniture, curtains and bedding or blankets. Always turn them off before going to sleep. Don’t use an extension cord. And look for a space heater that turns itself off when it overheats or is tipped over. For whole-room heating, Consumer Reports recommends an electric convection heater without a fan, such as The SafeHeat Flat Panel Micathermic, which retails for $80 at Lowe’s. For spot heating, CR gives the Holmes Quartz Tower, $60 at Lowe’s, high marks for safety and efficiency. Keep furniture at least three feet from the fireplace hearth; tree branches 15 feet from the top of the chimney; and firewood stacked a minimum of 30 feet from the house. Fire experts estimate that residents have less than five minutes to safely evacuate from a burning house. They also note that most fire deaths occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. It’s critical, therefore, to have a plan in place for primary and alternate ways out for you, your family members and your pets – and to practice that the strategy works. This means regularly replacing smoke-alarm batteries, checking that escape windows can be opened and that exits are free of large obstructions.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

Celebrity auctions provide a touch of fame to masses

first_imgAs for the more pedestrian tchotchkes being sold this weekend, like Ozzy’s toy slot machine or Kelly Osbourne’s Hello Kitty telephone, they are likely to be snapped up by fans of Osbourne’s music or reality show. “It’s something akin, on a lower level, to the idea of a saint’s relics, to the objects that were touched by glory in some way,” says pop culture historian Leo Braudy of the University of Southern California. Collecting star memorabilia is nothing new. When Napoleon III became emperor of France in the 1800s, he was said to have sat on a throne that once contained the bones of 9th century French hero Charlemagne – just so he could park himself next to greatness. For many years, says UCLA sociologist David Halle, people took pride in collecting things like books previously owned by scholars and intellectuals. But in what Halle calls today’s “visual culture,” they prefer stuff touched by people they see on TV. “Of course it becomes almost ludicrous after a while to have something like a pair of gym socks framed and say these were Ozzy Osbourne’s,” said Braudy. (For the record, no Ozzy Osbourne hosiery is up for sale this weekend. But you could pick up a pair of his boxing trunks. Sharon’s too.) “I’m more interested in the art, but I’m sure a lot of people will be here for the celebrity items,” said Barbara Lazaroff as she checked out the offerings at a pre-auction screening in Beverly Hills while waiters served hors d’oeuvres and Osbourne’s music blared so loudly it almost felt like you were riding in the aforementioned Bentley. Lazaroff, the ex-wife of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, was considering adding some of the Osbournes’ ceramic art pieces to her own collection. Earlier this year, hockey great Gretzky held a less formal “garage sale” that raised more than $200,000 for two local schools. Like the Osbournes, whose sale is expected to raise about $1 million, he was moving to new digs and decided to unload his castoffs. “People started lining up at 5:30 a.m. and when the doors opened at 7 there were hundreds of people waiting to get in,” said Tom Konjoyan, vice president of development at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, where the Gretzky sale was held. On the Net: http://www.juliensauctions.com160Want 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 KingsIf that’s too pricey (the auction catalog lists its value at $160,000 to $180,000), there’s Osbourne’s guitar-shaped table lamp ($20-$30), his Los Angeles Angels baseball rally monkey ($25-$50) or his daughter Kelly’s personally autographed picture of actor David Hasselhoff (priceless?). Which raises the question: Who buys this stuff, anyway? “Believe it or not, a lot of people buy these things as investments. It diversifies their stock portfolio,” Julien’s Auctions President and CEO Darren Julien says of big-ticket items like the car, the Zakk Wylde autographed guitar and the expensive art and jewelry that Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, are parting with to raise money for the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation. “It’s something they can put in the office and talk about and people will recognize it when they walk in,” Julien said. “But when you go to sell it down the road, if you hold onto it long enough, or that person becomes even more famous, it increases in value.” Julien organized a similar auction last year when Cher decided to clean house. A percentage of the profits from the sale, which included her Bob Mackie-designed gowns, benefited her Cher Charitable Foundation. Another Julien auction fetched a half-million dollars for guitars that had belonged to Bono and The Edge of U2. It benefited the charity Music Rising. From Cher’s used Hummer to Wayne Gretzky’s old hockey sticks to Ozzy Osbourne’s guitar, anybody can have a piece of celebrity – for a price. If you were flush with cash and wanted to sit on a throne fit for a rock star, for example, you could have bought the late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia’s toilet for $2,500, the price it fetched at auction last year. But don’t fret about lost opportunity. Not when you could spend today and Saturday bidding on any of the hundreds of items belonging to Osbourne, the heavy metal rocker and former star of “The Osbournes” hit TV series. For the right price, you could be driving to work Monday in the Oz Man’s 2006 Bentley, a car that always put him in heaven, he says, when he would “crank up the sound system as loud as it would go.” last_img read more

Thursday Letters to the Editor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd speaking of sparkle, just stroll down the west side of Manhattan Avenue past Becker’s and Manhattan Market. The sidewalk and the east-west alleys are filthy. You can actually feel your feet sticking. The sidewalks used to be regularly steam cleaned but that seems not to happen much anymore. North Manhattan will always be El Porto no matter what the banners say. The history of the area should be embraced, not treated like some shameful family secret. And just for the record, although the bikes may cost more now, there are still plenty of them along with bars and booze in North Manhattan. As for “branding” or “giving the area an identity,” it already has a perfectly good one. – SYLVIA SIMMONS MB’s `sparkle’ is fading The residents and business owners of the newly named “North Manhattan Beach” should be careful what they wish for. Perhaps before aspiring to emulate “the city’s sparkling downtown retail core” and/or to use it as an inspiration, they should actually visit the sparkle. Councilman Mitch Ward should take the walking tour also. The gray tile sidewalks and the blue tile crosswalks lost their sparkle long ago – tiles are broken and missing, there are holes everywhere from either missing tiles or grout, and when the tiles of either color are replaced they are a different color, leaving an uneven patchwork look. Hermosa Beach Part-time for legislators Your headline of Dec. 4 was great: “Facing deficits, legislators get raises.” Thank you for pointing out such discrepancies and waste in government and governmental agencies. My husband (the late Al Carlan) and I have always advocated living within our means; and for governments, that means reduced spending, especially when facing deficits! My husband and I also advocated a return to a part-time legislature (the kind we had 50 or so years ago in Sacramento), with commensurate pay. In that way, these legislators would have less time to pass frivolous bills, bills increasing the public debts, bills to increase their salaries. In fact, the legislators would just have enough time to pass an annual budget and then return home to complete their work at their “normal” productive occupations. Perhaps now is the time to have a ballot initiative for such a part-time legislature. Anyone interested? – AUDREY CARLAN Rancho Palos Verdes Memories of lives lost While at my computer last night I had an emotional catharsis. I was at cougartown.com checking on my classmates from my Hawthorne High class of 1965. I noticed a site that I had yet to visit, named Vietnam. I was already well aware of three classmates we tragically had lost while they served their country to the fullest. Once on the site it hit me like a ton of bricks. There was the beautiful music paying tribute to the fallen. Then the faces, all innocent, all familiar, all anguishing pain. The first faces were those of earlier classes, then came the class before mine, 1964. I knew many people well from that class – tragically I knew every single one killed from 1964. The tears began to well up. By the time I had read the last passage for the last fallen hero the tears that I had held back now rolled down my cheeks. I then read the passages from my class of ’65, my sorrow deepened again. Then to my ignorant amazement I was looking at those young men in action from the class of 1966. I knew most of the students from that class. But now once again every single young man killed was an acquaintance and friend. The tears returned and would not stop. I was momentarily inside of hell. Damn you, President Johnson, for not knowing how to end the war quickly. Damn you, President Nixon, for lying to the American people and not ending the war. I voted for you the first time for that reason and thousands more young Americans died because of your lies and deception. When you vote in the upcoming 2008 election, vote with your heart and not your mind. – LELAND E. WHITEHOUSE Lomita Don’t blame `boomers’ Dennis Prager’s blaming one generation for all of America’s ills (“How boomers failed their children,” Comment page, Wednesday) is nonsense. If the boomers are so bad, can’t some of the fault be attributed to their parents, the so-called “greatest generation” of World War II? There are many ways in which the world created by that group was far inferior to ours; alongside their accomplishments they contributed to Cold War hysteria, pollution and racial antagonism. The truth is that no one generation has a monopoly on vice or virtue, and Prager is flailing at the boomers for ruining a “Leave it to Beaver” golden era that never existed except as nostalgia. – PETER L. REICH Professor of Law, Whittier Law School Costa Mesa CORRECTION A letter to the editor in Tuesday’s Daily Breeze contained an incorrect reference to San Pedro artist Angelica Sotiriou, whose work is displayed at Loft 2 (second floor gallery) in the Loft Building, 401 S. Mesa St.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img