James Milner James Milner has withdrawn from the England squad for the friendlies against Spain and France.The Liverpool midfielder sustained a hamstring injury in the club’s Europa League win over Rubin Kazan last week.He subsequently missed the defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday and has now been deemed not fit enough to link up with the national squad.Milner will not be replaced in Roy Hodgson’s squad, which is already in Alicante ahead of Friday night’s fixture against Spain at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez.England will remain in Spain until Saturday before they return to London to face Euro 2016 hosts France at Wembley on Tuesday. 1
RONALDO: MESSI: 1 The Ballon d’Or shortlist was revealed on Monday – and it was no surprise to see Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo make up the contenders.Neymar and Messi have been in great form for Barcelona for the past year, while Ronaldo continued to astound for Real Madrid despite a difficult year for the club.Check out the trio’s recent highlights and let us know who you think should walk away with the 2015 Ballon d’Or prize…NEYMAR: Ballon d’Or nominees Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar
Adam Matthews [left] in action for Sunderland 1 Sunderland outcast Adam Matthews is on the verge of joining Championship strugglers Bristol City on loan.The 24-year-old arrived from Celtic in a £2m deal during the summer but has not appeared for the first team since August.Matthews is desperate to earn a place in Wales’ squad for the European Championships and is now set to join City in a bid to play regular first-team football.The Robins will be hoping the defender’s arrival will boost their chances of beating the drop, with Lee Johnson’s side currently just five points clear of the relegation zone.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Next, job training specialists need to find out what the job seekers’ interests and abilities are. People and jobs need to be matched. Some people need to earn a paycheck while they are training. Others need child care in order to attend classes. Some need transportation. Sometimes people need to sharpen school skills. How did this organization get started? Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by the Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing from the wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold, the system worked, and the motto of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born. Goodwill Industries is all about people working. “Work transforms lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves a chance to have these.” These words are part of the mission statement of Goodwill Industries. And last year, local Goodwills provided employment and training to more than 930,000 people. Skills taught included information technology, health care, retail and food service. People learn office and computer skills. Local Goodwills find out from nearby businesses what kinds of training their workers need to have, and then tailor programs. There are Goodwill stores spread widely in our newspaper coverage areas: Arcadia, Azusa, Glendora, La Mirada, Pasadena, Pomona, West Covina and Whittier. Stores are important in several ways: sales people learn retail skills, goods are sorted and sold raising money which goes back into additional training and salaries for those in the stores, and, of course, the people who have made (tax deductible in some cases) room in their closets and homes, are happy, too. Not to mention the shoppers who find cool things at great prices. The local headquarters for Goodwill Industries of Southern California is located at 342 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles. (It is off the Pasadena Freeway, about two blocks from where the old Lawry’s Center was located.) The volunteers are called GIVS, which stands for Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services. They have formed a group that goes around Southern California, doing fashion shows called “Vintage Wrapsody” as fundraisers. There are fashion items and clothes, dating from the 1850s to the present, that are chosen for various themed shows. Some people are needed to “model,” but others are needed who can sew and mend, do alterations, hair and makeup and help put shows together. Men would be especially appreciated as possible recruits. Age is not a factor, as long as the volunteer is an adult and has transportation. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please call Darlene McMillan at (323) 223-1211, Ext. 2329. Send information about your organization to email@example.com, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre EA spokesman Jeff Brown, who was in Chicago on Tuesday, said the company was not planning closures other than in Chicago and England. EA’s Chicago workers developed Fight Night and Def Jam games. Investors have criticized EA for not investing enough in games for the Nintendo Wii, which debuted late last year and has become a runaway hit. Electronic Arts Inc. said Tuesday that it would close its 150-employee office in downtown Chicago as part of a companywide cost-cutting initiative. Redwood City-based EA, the world’s largest independent video-game publisher, said last week that it would trim its global work force about 4percent, laying off about 350 employees. The company plans to consolidate two development studios in England. EA Games President Frank Gibeau wrote in a memo to employees Tuesday that executives had wanted to announce the Chicago closure last week but postponed it when a staff member there died. “We’re willing to take risks, make long-term investments, and to support teams and individuals between launches. But each team is responsible for staying on a reasonable path to profitability,” wrote Gibeau, who presides over one of the company’s four main divisions. “Unfortunately, EA Chicago hasn’t been able to meet that standard.”
TOURISM Minister Leo Varadkar has praised those behind Donegal Live – saying the organisation is leading the way in tourism promotion.The Minister helped to launch the next Donegal Live event which will take place in Dublin on May 22 following the success of the event in Glasgow earlier this month.And he was high in his praise of hotels and other tourism businesses on how they set aside competition to work together for the good of Donegal. The Minister joined forces with Fáilte Ireland and a number of local Donegal associations to launch Donegal Live 2011.Returning to Dublin following the resounding success of last year’s event in Temple Bar, Donegal Live will this year take place at the Iveagh Gardens which will be transformed into the North West for one day only on Sunday May 22nd. A host of Donegal artists are lined up to entertain the crowds as well as Donegal personalities who will be on hand to lend their name and time to promote the county.Speaking at the launch, Minister Varadkar praised all those involved in Donegal Live and stressed the importance of working together to promote tourism in Ireland.“I’m pleased to welcome Donegal Live back to Dublin for the second year running. I am very encouraged to hear that last year’s event was a great success. A large number of the tourism businesses who took part enjoyed a strong summer performance on the back of the extensive exposure and publicity generated by the Temple Bar event. “This event is an excellent way to target and market Donegal to a Dublin audience. But alongside the excellent publicity, it’s great to see the strong spirit of partnership and collaboration between the Donegal traders who invest their time, efforts, and an array of special offers to make it a success.”There will be over 200 Donegal tourism businesses in the Iveagh Gardens on the day and interactive stands will feature the many quality attractions, activities, food, festivals and accommodation on offer in the county. A carnival atmosphere of music, song and dance will be created with many big name celebrities attending including Moira Brennan, Mickey Joe Harte and many others.Paul McLoone, our Head of Operations in the North West, believes the event provides a great opportunity for Donegal to target its key market, Irish people.He said: “As a county, Donegal is heavily dependent on the home holiday market with 70% of visitors travelling from within the island of Ireland. We hope Donegal Live will once again bring Donegal to the attention of Dublin residents and those in the surrounding counties and help to dispel the myth that Donegal is too far away for a holiday.“Last year’s event brought great dividends to local Donegal providers and optimism is high again for this year. With significant media publicity gained for Donegal along with hotel occupancy rates up 7% following the event, I have no doubt that Donegal Live will remain a firm fixture on the tourism calendar in the coming years.” TOURISM MINISTER PRAISES DONEGAL BUSINESSES FOR WORKING TOGETHER FOR COUNTY was last modified: May 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
England are serious contenders for the Euro 2016 crown, according to Germany head coach Joachim Low.Roy Hodgson’s men travel to Berlin for a mouth-watering friendly against the world champions on Saturday, as they step-up their preparations for France.England reached this summer’s finals with a 100 per cent record in qualification – the only country to manage the feat, although the level of opposition meant there will been toughest test awaiting them at the tournament.Upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland will give a more accurate reflection of how the Three Lions are shaping up.But Low expects them to challenge the Germans for the title.“This will be a taste of what we can expect at the Euros,” the Germany head coach said, speaking ahead of the friendlies against England and Italy.“The opponents are both interesting and are two of the favourites to win the European Championship. It will be a good test.“The battle for places in the squad is seriously beginning now – there are still eight weeks until the end of the season.“We have selected a large squad in order to speak with the players about what we expect. We are looking at their form and fitness as a whole.”Emre Can, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger are the only Premier League representatives in Germany’s 26-man squad for the upcoming friendlies. Germany head coach Joachim Low is wary of England ahead of Euro 2016 1
Is captain John Terry set to leave Chelsea in the summer? John Terry has been advised to ‘play as long as possible’ as his Chelsea exit seems to be nearing ever closer.The 35-year-old Blues captain revealed in January he would be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after a failure to agree a new contract with the club he has served all his playing career.Chelsea maintain Terry could yet be offered a one-year extension, the policy for those aged over 30.But the defender has a few options in front of him, including lucrative moves to Major League Soccer in the United States, the mega-rich Chinese Super League or the Middle East.Terry was a notable absence from the team sheet as Chelsea took on Aston Villa on Saturday, though Hiddink confirmed the defender was out of the team due to injury.The caretaker boss, who will leave in May, will have little say over a new deal for Terry, but he has advised the centre-half to continue to play for as long as he can before turning to management, if that is his chosen career direction.“If you love the game – and he loves the game – play as long as possible,” Hiddink said ahead of Saturday’s clash at Aston Villa.“Being a manager is okay, but it’s more or less a substitute for being a player.“To play is the most beautiful thing you can experience if you love the game.“So try to play as long as possible until they say: ‘Hey, grandfather, please leave the pitch now’.”The fate of Terry, who has made more than 700 appearances for the Blues since making his debut in October 1998, could be determined by the incoming successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December.Antonio Conte will leave his role as Italy boss after Euro 2016 and has been heavily tipped to take the Chelsea job.Should Terry wish to become a manager, Hiddink’s advice would be to work as an assistant “in the shadows”.The Dutchman, who has had a long, distinguished and well-travelled career, added: “You have to get your [coaching] licence, but if you have that I would recommend going a bit in the shadows and try to get with a good manager.“Be an assistant if you have the ambition to be one day a manager, go with good managers and learn from them.” 1
Former Southampton striker James Beattie insists the impeccably-run club will already have a replacement lined up for Everton-bound boss Ronald Koeman.Dutchman Koeman is expected to be confirmed as the Toffees’ new manager this week, with the Merseysiders ready to make him one of the Premier League’s highest-paid managers to temp him to Goodison Park.Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe and former Ajax manager Frank de Boer are early favourites to take over at St Mary’s if the deal goes through, while the likes of Andre Villas-Boas and Manuel Pellegrini have also been linked with the south coast job.But Beattie, who played for both Southampton and Everton during his playing career, believes the Saints’ hierarchy will have already made their choice.“Southampton are under great stewardship behind the scenes, so I don’t think the departure of Ronald Koeman will be a surprise to the backroom staff,” Beattie told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Ronald has done so well in charge of the team that he has always been linked with other clubs, so I think even before his departure they would have had people in mind who could step in.“With the way he’s progressed Southampton over the last few years in the Premier League, he’s done a great job. Both clubs have great history, but with Everton under new ownership, I think he’s going to get a big war chest.“Success doesn’t come with money, as we’ve seen before, but he would be a great acquisition for Everton if it all goes through. He’d be someone who can really utilise that money well and push the club forward.”Koeman’s first job at Goodison would be to try and keep hold of the club’s bright young stars, with Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Ross Barkley all linked with moves away from Everton.And Beattie believes ‘straight-talking’ Koeman will quickly decide on the players he wants to stay and go.The ex-Saints and Toffees frontman added: “Lukaku has made it very clear he wants to leave Everton, although that might all change with the new manager coming in.“But you only want to keep players who want to stay.“If any players want to be somewhere else, than I think Ronald Koeman has proved in the past that he’ll be straight-talking and will get straight to the point with these players whose futures are in dispute.“If they don’t want to be there I’m sure they’ll be able to find another home, and Ronald will go and use his wisdom in the transfer market where he’s been pretty successful.”
9 Ashley Williams (Swansea City) – The centre-backs senior career started with Hednesford Town and Stockport County, but now sees him leading Wales at Euro 2016 as captain. He was born in Wolverhampton, but represents Wales thanks to his maternal grandfather, who was born in Rhondda. 9 9 9 Hal Robson-Kanu (Unattached) – After winning caps at Under-19 and Under-20 with England, he switched to Wales at Under-21 level. Born in Acton and brought up in Kensington, where his grandfather was the Vicar of Kensington, Robson-Kanu makes it into the Wales squad thanks to a grandmother born in Caerphilly. Simon Church (Milton Keynes Dons) – Born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, the striker is a Wales international via his grandparents, who are from Newport. Jonny Williams (Crystal Palace) – The midfield maestro, known to team-mates as Joniesta, may have been born in Kent but his father from Anglesey ensured he qualified for Wales. 9 James Chester (West Brom) – Click the right arrow above to find out which Wales stars were born in England… – Once on the books at Manchester United, Baggies defender Chester was born in Warrington. He qualifies for Wales thanks to his mother, who was born in Rhyl, which is in the north east of Wales. Sam Vokes (Burnley) – Set to play in the Premier League again next year with the Clarets, Vokes was born in Southampton and began his career with Bournemouth. He gains his eligibility to play for Wales thanks to his grandfather. George Williams (Fulham) – Born and bred in Milton Keynes, Williams mother was Welsh, and has represented his nation from Under-17 level onwards. 9 9 9 David Edwards (Wolverhampton) – Shropshire born and bred, Edwards started his career with hometown club Shrewsbury Town and earns the right to play for Wales thanks to his father, who was born in Welshpool just across the border. On Wednesday night, Wales face Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-finals in Lyon.They may have embarrassed England’s stars by progressing further than them in the tournament, but it’s still fine to throw English fans to support behind their neighbours.Not only do most of the Welshmen play for English clubs, but nine of the 23-man squad were born in England.Click the right arrow above to see which Wales stars were born in England and how they are eligible… 9 Andy King (Leicester City) – Born in Devon and raised in Maidenhead, Berkshire, King has represented Wales since Under-19 level. On Leicester Citys books since the age of 15, he qualifies for the Welsh team via a Wrexham-born grandfather.