Coral Daily Download – Sunderland to stay up with ‘magic Sam’ at the helm

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman tells us how bookies reacted to the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager at struggling Sunderland.It seems the relegation fears have eased at the Stadium of Light, with odds moving from six-on from 2/7, while the Black Cats are now 5/2 to stay up, with bookies now confident ’Big Sam’ can work his magic on Wearside.Meanwhile there are all the latest odds as Euro 2016 qualification draws to a close, with England 2/5 favourites to make it ten wins from ten against Lithuania on Monday night.And, after breezing through their qualifying campaign, is it worth taking a punt on the Three Lions claiming Euro 2016 victory? Hodgson’s men are 11/1 to take the crown in France.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Leading dissidents arrested in Myanmar

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BANGKOK, Thailand – In a continuing campaign of arrests in Myanmar, the authorities have caught their most-wanted man, a former student leader who helped organize recent protests, Amnesty International said Saturday. The organizer, U Htay Kywe, 39, was the last remaining leader of a group called the 88 Generation Students Group, which had led protests against a fuel price increase in mid-August that grew into huge demonstrations against the military junta. Two other members of the group were also arrested, as well as another dissident, according to Amnesty, a London-based human rights group. Although the report could not be independently verified, members of Burmese exile groups in Thailand said they believed it to be true. One of the people reported to have been arrested is Mie Mie, 35, who was prominent in photographs and videos of the first small demonstrations that had been smuggled out of the country. She appeared in those shots with her fist raised. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The government cracked down on the protests, many led by Buddhist monks, in late September. It says 10 people were killed; diplomats and exiles say the number is much higher. The government is now hunting down participants in the rallies, from leaders like Htay Kywe to prominent monks to other categories of people like “those who watched,” “those who clapped” and “those who joined in,” according to exile groups. “The crackdown is quite systematic, to create terror, real terror, among the people,” said Aung Zaw, editor of the exile magazine Irrawaddy, who has maintained contacts in Myanmar, formerly Burma. “After they put down the monks’ protests they are just hunting down Htay Kywe and other civilian activists,” he said. “They want to arrest them all and put them in prison, perhaps indefinitely.” Thirteen other leaders of the 88 Generation Students Group were arrested after the first protest, on Aug. 19. Most of them, like Htay Kywe, spent many years in prison after leading countrywide demonstrations in 1988 that were violently suppressed by the military.last_img read more

L.A. mayor to argue in favor of phone tax

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will write the argument in favor of the revised telephone-users’ tax on the February ballot and the California Taxpayers Association will write the argument against the measure. The City Council voted last week to declare a fiscal emergency and put the Communications Users Tax on the ballot in an effort to preserve $270 million collected each year under the tax. Placement of the tax on the Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot comes amid concern that a judge could soon invalidate the current 10 percent phone tax – which brings in $270 million of the city’s $7 billion budget. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The communications industry challenged the current tax after the federal government last year backed off a tax that the city had levied since 1967. The new measure would lower the tax rate to 9 percent, but would expand the services that can be taxed to include new telecommunications technology, such as Voice Over Internet Protocol. City officials have estimated the proposed tax – which supporters intend to promote as a reduced tax – would raise about $243 million annually. They said they don’t have estimates on how much the new taxes on “emerging” technologies will raise. Villaraigosa has said losing the tax revenue would jeopardize essential city services, but opponents have argued the city is not in a financial emergency. last_img read more

Going to bat for veterans

first_imgRodriguez was able to make special contributions to the program by helping with publicity. He gave the project its name, “Operation ERA.” In baseball, ERA stands for earned run average. The acronym was reworked for the program to stand for Earned Recognition and Appreciation. Rodriguez also used his skills as an artist to create a logo and artwork for the project. According to Rodriguez, he is happy to lend his services to get Operation ERA off the ground. “What we’re really trying to do is take it nationally,” Rodriguez said. “All games on this particular day would honor Vietnam veterans, and maybe the veterans could be invited to the game.” Wasinack said many community members in Whittier have been part of the board of organizers for the project, including Jose Ramos, who helped pen legislation in Congress to officially welcome veterans home. The group’s efforts have garnered the support of members of Congress and baseball’s Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig, and Wasinack said the San Diego Padres have been receptive to the idea of hosting a day. “We have proposed Aug. 17,” Wasinack said. “On succeeding Sundays, all of the teams that were away on that initial Sunday would have the opportunity.” Wasinack said he hopes to bring businessmen and military personnel on board with the program, and provide free or discounted tickets to baseball games for veterans. “This started out as a local thing in Whittier and it’s a movement,” Wasinack said. Gleason, the Dodgers’ outfielder and World Series winner who was the subject of Wasinack’s book, has also been part of Operation ERA. Gleason was drafted and awarded a Purple Heart for his infantry service, received multiple commendations from supervisors, but injuries prevented him from returning to baseball. According to Gleason, this program is needed and Vietnam veterans deserve nothing less. “I would definitely like to see this, because they’re all my brothers,” Gleason said. “It’s something that’s long overdue.” [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! • Photo Gallery: Designing logos When Whittier artist Jose Rodriguez heard about a local project that would honor Vietnam veterans through professional baseball, he stepped up to the plate. Now the program he helped create is gaining momentum in Major League Baseball, and organizers hope that a special day to welcome those who fought the largely unpopular war will be added to next year’s game schedule. “They were sent off to battle, and yet they were pulled out and since it wasn’t really won or lost, they weren’t really welcomed (home),” Rodriguez said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Rodriguez, 50, was approached about the program by his former high school history and government teacher, Wally Wasinack of Temecula. Wasinack, 67, wrote a book about the Major League’s only Vietnam War Purple Heart recipient, called “Lost in the Sun,” for which Rodriguez illustrated the cover. It won a design award through a contest for artists on Wasinack had been present when the subject of his book, Roy Gleason, was thanked and officially welcomed home by the San Diego Padres. The event inspired Wasinack to organize a day when all Vietnam’s heroes could be recognized and appreciated for their service. “It has national possibilities, because baseball has been very receptive to it,” Wasinack said. “We’re hoping that if we can get some additional publicity and we can get more people aware of it, they would also contact their local baseball teams.” last_img read more

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa: Garde’s Villans sink to sixth consecutive defeat

first_imgFederico Fernandez’s first Swansea goal eased their Barclays Premier League relegation fears as Aston Villa were beaten 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.The Argentinian had not scored in 57 appearances since signing from Napoli in August 2014 but he chose the perfect moment to open his account, even if the central defender actually knew little about it.Villa might have lost a man when Aly Cissokho received a stern lecture from referee Mike Dean rather than a second yellow card after the left-back brought down Modou Barrow after 53 minutes.But Villa were punished anyway when Brad Guzan failed to collect Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick and the ball rolled into an empty net off Fernandez’s right shoulder.Villa might consider the goal an unsatisfactory way to lose a contest but, in truth, it was in keeping with a scrappy game which was woefully short on quality.For most parts, it looked like a fixture that would not be out of place in the Sky Bet Championship next season which, of course, it could be.Villa are almost certainly doomed after winning only three league games all season, while Swansea could not take their eight-point buffer above the drop zone at kick-off for granted.Swansea’s run-in is certainly a tough one on paper and points will not come easy on this evidence, but they have now moved within four of the magic 40-point mark and the final few weeks of the season should be less tense. Federico Fernandez scored for the home side after 54 minutes 1last_img read more

Charlton 0-3 Burnley: Clarets confirm Championship title win

first_img1 Burnley players celebrate scoring against Charlton Burnley won the Championship title on Saturday afternoon as they thrashed Charlton 3-0 at the Valley.Sean Dyche’s side had already earned promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking as they beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on Monday, but they sealed top spot by easing to victory in London.Sam Vokes, who grabbed the winning goal against QPR, notched the opener for the Clarets after 20 minutes, easing any pressure on the table-toppers.It was one-way traffic for the rest of the first half but it took until the 50th minute for Burnley to double their lead.George Boyd volleyed home at the back post from Andre Gray’s cross to make it 2-0, while just two minutes later they added a third with Gray scoring a goal of his own.Play was stopped on several occasions as Charlton fans protested against the way their club is being run.Several smoke bombs and a pitch invader delayed proceedings but the incidents could not dampen the mood of the Burnley players and supporters who will return to the top-flight next season.last_img read more

Power pole crash snarls traffic

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A portion of Soledad Canyon Road near Valley Center Drive is closed after a driver crashed into a power pole during an early morning accident today. Santa Clarita city crews have rerouted Soledad Canyon Road’s westbound traffic onto eastbound lanes. Eastbound traffic has been diverted onto Golden Triangle Road. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies closed the road near the accident site because power lines were down. Southern California Edison estimates the pole and lines might not be repaired until Saturday, according to police. The power pole is the same one that was hit several weeks ago. That accident also caused a portion of Soledad Canyon Road to be closed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe car’s driver, Salvador Vaca, of Lancaster, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital after complaining of minor pain. Sheriff’s deputies are investigating what caused the accident. 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

Maybe LAUSD review, for now

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Los Angeles Unified School District has until today to officially respond to the request and Chick said she doesn’t anticipate any problems. Cantor said she would appreciate Chick’s review of the audits. “She is going to be getting a lot of documents from us and we welcome whatever she has to say about what she finds,” Cantor said. “This is a very complicated area when you are talking about education, and we want people to help us.” Cantor said she asked Chick to review the audits when the two talked five weeks ago. “I just felt, before she went off and did an independent audit, she should have a chance to see what’s been done,” Cantor said. Insisting she is not giving up efforts to audit Los Angeles’ public schools, City Controller Laura Chick said Thursday she is meeting with LAUSD officials to discuss other ways to review the district. Chick said she met for more than an hour Wednesday with school board President Marlene Cantor and is scheduled to meet Monday with Superintendent Roy Romer. “I am passionate about this and dedicated to working with the school district in whatever way I can,” Chick said. “I am hoping that they will relent and invite me in, as I have asked.” While school officials – particularly Romer – have objected to paying for an audit by Chick, she said she hopes to work with the district on her request to review previous audits and steps that were taken to implement recommendations. Chick said her Wednesday meeting with Cantor coincided with a meeting between Romer and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I always think building relationships between leaders is important,” Chick said. “I think these meetings are worthwhile.” Villaraigosa and Chick have been at odds with the district over his call for mayoral control and her proposal for an audit. Romer has questioned the need for a separate audit and questioned whether Chick was politically motivated. “Frankly, I’m puzzled by that,” Chick said. “I looked up the meaning of the word ‘politics’ and it means being strategic.” Chick said she wants to conduct the audit to bring transparency to district operations. “One of the problems with the district is it has all these audits, but no one knows anything about them or what’s been done to implement the recommendations,” Chick said. “It’s one thing to be audited; it’s another to implement the recommendations.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 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

Mustache a thing of the past

first_imgThere was a time when the mustache was an emblem of rugged masculinity, required equipment for karate-chopping street punks in a back alley or outrunning the county sheriff with a tractor-trailer full of contraband booze. But the prime-time appeal of that thin patch of hair went off the air in 1988 along with the last episode of “Magnum, P.I.” Now, fraternities force new members to grow mustaches as a form of humiliation. The most famous mustache in the world these days probably belongs to Saddam Hussein. Grow one, and you’ll be treated to the frightened stares and stinging ridicule of friends and co-workers. Some middle-aged men still sport the ‘stache with the nonchalance of Errol Flynn mowing down rogue pirates with his sabre. But as a facial accessory among 18- to 35-year-old men, the mustache by itself is about as common as lipstick. “When you come down to it, it just doesn’t look hip, modern, fashionable or good – and I think that’s a recipe for staying away from any facial hair style,” says Eric Malka, author of a book on shaving. Malka rarely sees mustachioed men of any age in his The Art of Shaving salons in New York, Miami and Las Vegas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Two recent exercises in organized mustache-growing have served only to highlight how far out of favor it remains. Mustaches for Kids – a six-year-old group of charities in about a dozen cities – trades on the social stigma of mustache-growing to raise money for children’s social services. Mustache-growers collect money for their sacrifice from sponsors. And when a filmmaker recruited a couple dozen acquaintances last year for a documentary about reviving the grooming style, most of them found it difficult to keep the mustache for a month. A handful succumbed to the anti-mustache sentiment and shaved it off before the four weeks were up. “I had to get down on my knees and beg for people to keep their mustaches at some points,” says documentarian Jay Della Valle, who premiered his “Glorius Mustache Challenge” last month in New York. So how did the once-elegant mouth-mane become so reviled? To find out, I phoned experts and talked whiskers with strangers on New York streets. But I soon realized that I, a fully bearded man, still had little to say about the plight of the mustachioed man. I felt it my duty to find out firsthand what makes the mustache such an unbearable burden to the faces of contemporary men. I stood over the wash basin in my apartment, my mind flooded with snippets of Magnum P.I. episodes. As I lifted a razor to my lathered face, I imagined Tom Skerrit’s mustachioed Viper poignantly confiding in Maverick that his father had been a damn fine fighter pilot. Like fashion trends, grooming styles come and go in cycles. By that logic, the mustache – unpopular for about 20 years – would seem primed for a comeback. Experts say the mustache has been dying a slow death since its 1950s heyday on the faces of men like Flynn and Clark Gable. In the 1960s, its popularity was eroded by the full beard of the hippie; it was later supplanted by the 1970s sideburn; and it had all but disappeared by the 1990s when the goatee ascended to the top of the facial hair food chain. These days, just about any facial hairstyle will do – as long as it’s not the lone mustache. Image experts offer various reasons as to why the mustache is still being denied its turn on the fashion merry-go-round. The most compelling of which is this: Hollywood has done its share to assassinate the character of the mustachioed man, allowing the strip of hair over the lip to become closely associated with the guy tying the damsel to the train track. “We equate mustaches more with villains than heroes,” says Gordon Patzer, an expert on physical attractiveness and dean of the Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago. In rare cases when it’s the protagonist sporting the ‘stache, results are often damning. Recent examples have included “Anchorman,” in which Will Ferrell’s facial hair added to the ridiculousness of his character; and “The Aviator,” in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s mustache hogged the screen as he squinted and rubbed his hands until they bled. Meanwhile, no leading men this side of Jack Black are wearing a mustache offscreen. Image consultant Judith Rasband says the mustache has been squeezed out of the spectrum of men’s style by competing trends. Currently, the most popular look for men is clean-shaven and youthful. Patzer points out that the mustache detracts from the full lips and clean white teeth that are modern symbols of beauty. If men reject the clean-shaven look, they’re more likely to go for perpetual stubble or even a full beard. The mustache is too sculpted for those seeking the rugged look, Rasband says, and too distinctive and mature-looking for those wanting a more youthful style. Once my beard had been shorn, I made sure no one would miss seeing my mustache by brushing in brown Just For Men hair dye. I was calm, lucid, but most of all frightened. Sure, my mustache had been there ever since I grew a full beard. But removing the rest of the whiskers felt a little bit like changing out of khakis and into a speedo in the middle of the workday. As soon as I walked into the office, a fellow reporter’s eyes bugged out and he shouted, “Is this a joke? Do you need attention that badly?” Later, the editor who had assigned me this story remarked, “I can’t take you seriously with that mustache.” The most common reaction among my acquaintances was a completely startled, mostly blank expression – the look of someone on the verge of choking on a chunk of carrot. To gain a broader sense of what people – including strangers – thought of the mustache, I turned to a form of cutting edge, computer-aided empirical research – There, I posted pictures of myself with and without the mustache, allowing random Web surfers as well as friends of mine and about a dozen co-workers to vote on which look they liked better. The clean-shaven me won out handily, with 95 people rating it a 6.1, on average; while 83 people gave the mustachioed me a 4.4 on average. A buddy of mine who saw the pictures put it succinctly: “Dude – you look like a douchebag with the mustache … no offense.” The reaction was similar when I headed to a bar on a recent night. “It was great in it’s heyday, but it’s just not fashionable any more. Let it die,” says Michelle Volpe, 32, of New York. “Whenever you see a man with a mustache, it’s either a policeman or a pervert, and you’ve got to stay away.” While it’s debatable whether I’m the latter, I’m certainly not the former, so the ‘stache had to go. Within a week, I had trimmed the whiskers down to the length of the short stubble that was sprouting over the rest of my face. Surprisingly, I didn’t immediately feel better. Instead, a somber feeling overtook me – similar to how I felt while watching Maverick chuck the dogtags of his mustachioed partner Goose into the Indian Ocean. Surely somewhere, on someone’s home entertainment system, the wistful strains of Harold Faltermeyer’s “Top Gun Anthem” were playing. Newly clean-shaven, asap writer Jonathan Drew is taking his recovery from the mustache one day at a time. Want to comment? Sound off at 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


first_imgIT’S the weekend – and fitness guru Michael Black continues his series for on the A to Z of exercise and fitness. Here’s Part 5.Previous articles can be found at the end of this article.TTable TennisDetail: When table tennis is played at the right tempo, it is an extremely physically demanding sport. The stamina, strength, and agility needed in order to play a high speed table tennis match is remarkable. But when played socially or for leisure it is rare for amateurs to get up to the speeds required to burn the calories desired. Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 3/10Toning: 5/10Tae Kwon DoDetail: Originally learnt as a form of self defence Tae Kwon Do practices techniques involving punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and restraints to defeat your opponent. Although it doesn’t provide a strenuous aerobic workout Tae Kwon Do will improve strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, stamina, and posture. Weight loss: 7/10Muscle building: 6/10Toning: 7/10TennisDetail: Indoor, outdoor, grass, or concrete it doesn’t matter, wherever you’re playing, tennis is an immense workout for the whole body.  Tennis will increase your flexibility, agility, strength, stamina and your spatial awareness. Facilities and equipment are easy to find too.Weight loss: 7/10 Muscle building: 5/10Toning: 7/10TrampolineProbably the most fun you can have whilst trying to stay fit and healthy.  Trampolining is a low impact cardiovascular workout that will enhance your coordination, strength, flexibility, timing and balance.Weight loss: 4/10 Muscle building: 1/10Toning: 6/10TriathlonDetail: A Triathlon combines swimming, cycling and running which are all part of a single race in which the competitor will participate in all three sports one after the other.  Triathlons exist locally for all levels of athletes but training prior to competing is essential.Weight loss: 8/10Muscle building: 4/10Toning: 8/10VolleyballVolleyball can be played indoors, at the beach and even in water.  It’s easy to pick up and enjoyable to play.  As well as being a good cardiovascular exercise, due to the game’s quick changes of pace and direction it will build up you speed, agility, spatial awareness and improve you teamwork and communication skills.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 4/10Toning: 6/10YYogaDetail: Yoga is a relaxing low intensity Hindu discipline that improves your flexibility, strength, and posture. A combination of breath exercises, Yoga positions, body locks, and meditations make up a Yoga session. It takes discipline to accomplish each Yoga pose, but if you persevere the results are worth it.Weight loss: 2/10Muscle building: 1/10Toning: 4/10WWalkingDetail: You do it everyday without even thinking about it, so just walk that little bit further.  You don’t even have to go anywhere; you can do it on the treadmill at home or at the gym, but getting out and about will also give you that feel good factor!Weight loss: 6/10 (Depending on Intensity)Muscle building: 3/10Toning: 6/10Weight LiftingDetail: Weight lifting is great for toning and strengthening muscles but there is a common misconception that weight lifting alone will also burn fat.  It is important to incorporate some aerobic exercise in to your workout in order to increase your metabolism and lose weight and keep it off.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 8/10Toning: 7/10Personal Trainer &Sports [email protected]: 087-6603090Personal Fitness & Sports CoachingHigh Performance Sports Coachingyou can read part one and part two and part three by clicking the links below: BLACK’S A TO Z OF FITNESS PART 4 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESSMICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF EXERCISE PART 5 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS was last modified: June 17th, 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)Tags:donegalexercise columnMichael Blacklast_img read more