Man City confirm deal to buy Uruguayan club

first_imgThey already own Major League Soccer’s New York City, Melbourne City in Australia and Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos.As well as Montevideo-based Atletico, CFG, who are led by City owner Sheikh Mansour, also revealed they have entered into a “collaboration agreement” with Atletico Venezuela of the Venezuelan Primera Division.The two deals will give CFG a foothold in South America that will help it develop players, while the scouting presence available to the Premier League club in that continent will be doubled.“We are pleased to take this next step in our football development operations,” CFG chief executive Ferran Soriano said on Wednesday evening.“The investment in CA Torque enables our organisation to build on existing connectivity in Uruguay and helps to expand the options for identifying and developing local and South American talent.“This move also provides us with an administrative hub for our pre-existing scouting operations in the region and provides a footprint for City Football Group in South America.“I am also delighted to start a working partnership with Atletico Venezuela to the benefit of both clubs.“The collaboration agreement allows us to share knowledge, insights and hard data, all of which enables us to further complement and increase our scouting and recruitment operations on the continent.”CFG have also been linked with a possible move into the lucrative Chinese Super League market.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s parent company, City Football Group (CFG), have announced Uruguayan second tier side Atletico Torque will become part of their global network of clubs © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 6 – Manchester City’s owners have confirmed their purchase of Uruguayan club Atletico Torque as the Abu Dhabi-based investors add to their growing portfolio.City’s parent company, City Football Group (CFG), announced second tier Atletico will become part of their global network of clubs.last_img read more

North Hollywood man arrested in sex assault of 8-year-old boy

first_imgVAN NUYS – A 26-year-old North Hollywood man has been arrested in connection with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy in Van Nuys, police said. Amilcar Duran, 26, of North Hollywood, was taken into custody on Saturday and booked for kidnapping and sexual assault in connection with the June 13 crime, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The boy was accosted as he walked home from school, police said. Duran was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, police said. Several days after the assault, the victim recognized the suspect while he was in a market near Victory Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue in North Hollywood, police said. Authorities were notified, but the man was gone by the time they arrived. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Based on the boy’s statements, police examined the store’s surveillance video and recovered an image of the suspect and his vehicle, police said. Two days ago, security personnel at the same market saw a vehicle and driver leaving the parking lot that matched the description of the suspect and vehicle, police said. Police were notified, and they arrested Duran. Detectives are awaiting DNA results to confirm Duran’s alleged involvement in the crime. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

Focal Point

first_imgBy John Klima STAFF WRITER Carl Winston was a secret at this time last year, a sophomore who began fall camp scheduled to be the starting running back on the junior varsity team. Circumstances and time then played to his advantage. An injury and a player who left the team opened up the running back position on a Serra High team that also featured four seniors who eventually moved on to the Division I level this fall. Winston had a 2006 season that may lead him to fulfill a similar path. As a junior this season, he becomes the focal point of a deep and diversified Serra offense. The Cavaliers went 9-3 last season but finished second in the Del Rey League to Harvard-Westlake and were upset in the second round of the Western Division playoffs by Oak Park. Serra has a new quarterback in South Torrance transfer Ted Landers, but it will be Winston who will be the featured back and a player Coach Scott Altenberg hopes can become more of a threat catching passes out of the backfield. “He represents a large portion of our offense,” Altenberg said. “Everything is faster with him. He’s physically faster because he worked hard in the offseason. He’s mentally faster in terms of understanding our offense better.” Winston rushed for 1,336 yards and 11 touchdowns on 194 carries last year. He also had 22 receptions for 227 yards. He finished with 1,563 yards total offense. Serra still was left with a sense of underachievement. This season, Winston wants to prove that last year was not an aberration and that Serra can go deeper into the playoffs. “I don’t think a lot of teams expected me to do what I did last year,” Winston said. “That’s why I worked hard to get better for this season. I don’t want people to think it was a fluke.” Winston said he worked out five days a week, three or four hours per day, on drills designed to improve his speed, strength and quickness. After those workouts, he would lift weights with the football team and participate in drills. He also competed as a sprinter on the track team last spring. “He came quickly last year, quicker than I thought he would,” Altenberg said. “As long as he stays within himself this year, he can do it again. He has to stay away from trying to do too much.” The same can be said for Serra. “This year, we’re humbled,” Winston said. “There are no All-Americans here. Coach always tells us we are a blue-collar team. That’s better for us. We come in humbled and go play by play.” Winston will become important as a veteran component of a young team. Altenberg said he expects to play 14 juniors or sophomores on a regular basis. Landers, a junior, will be an important part of that. Winston wants to increase the number of passes he catches. “I will catch a lot more balls this year,” he said. “It’s a personal goal, but it’s a team-goal because it will help us win.” There’s no shortage of talented skill players at Serra, but Altenberg stresses to his players the importance of the mental aspect of the game. Serra runs multiple formations. “We have a lot of potential,” Winston said. “We have a lot of guys here who can become Division I football players. “But we really do feel like we underachieved last year. Part of that was always thinking about the next game. That happened to us in the playoffs.” If Serra plays up to its potential, that will aid the college aspirations of its players, including Winston. That’s why, he said, that it’s important Serra maintains a proper balance of perspective and preparation. It’s also why he wants to prove that he came from nowhere, but is going somewhere. “I’ve always had visions that I can play at the college level,” Winston said. “That’s why I worked so hard in the offseason. There are a few plays from last year that, when I look back, I think I should have made. I want to improve more than I did last year.” john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Man United team news: Returning Di Maria to miss out at Anfield?

first_imgLouis van Gaal faces a selection headache ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Liverpool.Record signing Angel Di Maria is available again, following his one-match suspension for a red card in the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, but the Argentine flyer could miss out at Anfield.The Red Devils’ 3-0 victory over Tottenham was arguably the club’s best performance of the season, and the Dutchman will be reticent to start meddling with a winning formula.Against Spurs, Juan Mata finally looked like the £37million man who joined from Chelsea, Marouane Fellaini not only scored but probably had his best run-out in a red shirt, while Ashley Young’s renaissance continued. All are expected to start against Brendan Rodgers’ side, along with Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera.With Wayne Rooney fighting fit (get it?) the England forward will start up front, forcing Radamel Falcao on to the bench again.The match will provide a real guide to the club’s top four credentials and Di Maria’s exclusion from the team would demonstrate Van Gaal’s fabled ruthless streak. An intriguing prospect awaits.You can listen to live and exclusive national radio commentary of Liverpool v Manchester United from 1:30pm on Sunday only on talkSPORTPossible Man United XI v Liverpool: Angel Di Maria in action for Manchester United 1center_img 1last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny band Apollo 6 will represent Donegal at the Irish Youth Music Awards final after claiming victory in the Donegal Heat, which was held in Voodoo INK last Saturday.The event, which was co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service, saw 16 finalists take to the stage in what was a great day’s entertainment.Apollo 6 consist of Eilis Cusack (vocals), Ashley Kavanagh (guitar), Thomas McDaid (bass) Chris Cullinane (guitar) John O’Connell (drums). They will now represent the county at the Irish Youth Music Awards National Final in Liberty Hall in Dublin on April 28th. Dungloe band The Loose Bananas finished a very close second when the votes were counted, also winning best original song, meaning they will now have their song performed by Apollo 6 in the national final. The Irish Youth Music Awards is unique in that the regional final works off a principle where all the competing bands have one vote and they have to select who they think will represent the county best at national final. This is where the work really begins also however, as fellow bands will now be asked to work together to support the young Letterkenny band. If Apollo 6 is successful in the national final all the local acts get to be part of a professionally recorded album in Dublin.This is the 5th year of the Irish Youth Music Awards, with Donegal claiming the Paul Clancy Songwriting award in 2011, having previously won the overall award in 2008. At the national final there is also the added bonus of all the bands learning a little bit more about the music industry and meeting representatives from the Irish music industry, and they are judged on all aspect of the Donegal team’s project, such as putting on preparation gigs, photography, styling and fundraising efforts to help bring the band and supporters to the national final.The Donegal Youth Service would also like to thank all at Voodoo INK for hosting the event.The Irish Youth Music Awards are a Youth Work Ireland Initiative. For more information on the Irish Youth Music Awards Donegal Heat contact Letterkenny Youth Information Centre on 074-9129640.  APOLLO 6 TO REPRESENT DONEGAL IN NATIONAL IYMA FINAL was last modified: March 8th, 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:Apollo 6last_img read more

‘I’m very, very angry!’ Ranieri tells Leicester to improve Premier League form

first_img Claudio Ranieri is proud of his team but insists they must do more in the Premier League 1 Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has said he is proud of his team’s achievements in the Champions League but is ‘very, very angry’ they are not having the same success in the Premier League this season.The Foxes made it three wins from three in their debut European campaign with a 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday, with Riyad Mahrez’s winner keeping them top of Group G.They are five points clear and will reach the last 16 with victory in Copenhagen on November 2, having already beaten Porto and Brugge.READ MORE: Champions League destiny ‘in our own hands’ – Ranieri on Leicester’s perfect startBut while they have been enjoying great success in Europe, their domestic form has suffered with Leicester currently 13th in the table after just two wins from their opening eight games.The Foxes have already suffered more defeats than they accumulated in the whole last season when they were crowned champions.And Ranieri wants to see an instant improvement in his side in their next league outing against Crystal Palace, insisting the Premier League must now become their priority.“I’m very proud,” said the Italian.“For one side, I’m very proud. For the other side, when I think of the Premier League, I’m very, very angry.“It’s just psychological. When we play in the Champions League, all the specials are switched on. You’re very, very smart, focused in every situation. You spend a lot of energy, mental energy, in the Champions League.“When you come back a little more down, it’s normal. But we want to change this mood now, because the Premier League is now important. The Premier League is our priority.“We have to change our mentality in the Premier League because Crystal Palace is another tough, tough, tough match.”last_img read more

Defining issue for mayor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“If things at the school district go well, he’ll take the credit, and he would deserve it,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst and senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. “If things go badly, it offers ammunition to people who want to challenge him. “He has taken a gamble; there’s no doubt about that.” But while Villaraigosa has shown he can build consensus, it remains less than clear whether he will be able to hold things together to get the legislation passed and implemented. An irate school board, which would face a significantly reduced role under the plan, is aggressively opposing the legislation. Parent groups, not consulted during negotiations, feel shunned. Six unions representing district workers other than teachers say they don’t support the plan. Although United Teachers Los Angeles leaders negotiated the deal, many teachers already have begun sending the union opposition petitions. And after a year of study, a special panel on LAUSD governance announced the opinion that any district changes should be put to a public vote. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has gambled his political career in a bold bid to take charge of Los Angeles public schools, promising to lower the dropout rate and sharply improve student achievement. This week lawmakers will begin to debate school-takeover legislation giving form to the deal Villaraigosa cut with the teachers unions last week. The measure could get fast-track treatment in Sacramento even though, back in Los Angeles, it remains mired in controversy and a cloud of confusion. The proposal provides a framework for reform, but there are few details on how it would be implemented and no information on how it would boost student achievement or lower the district’s high dropout rate. And dozens of vocal critics already have emerged to oppose the legislation, even while Villaraigosa stakes his reputation on being able to convince constituents that he can turn around the Los Angeles Unified School District. There also are 27 other mayors of cities LAUSD serves who have hesitated indicating support for mayoral takeover. Some wonder whether the legislation will really help the 727,000 students and 858 schools in the district. “That’s the million-dollar question,” said San Fernando Mayor Nury Martinez. “No matter what approach we take toward trying to reform education, the number one thing we need to focus on is that we have a mechanism to assure we hold people accountable. I don’t know that this plan ensures that kids become successful, that they’re graduating.” Martinez said she plans to talk with parents and teachers in her city before deciding whether to support Villaraigosa’s plan. Even lawmakers in Sacramento appear undecided. Thomas Saenz, the mayor’s chief counsel, said much of the confusion and concern can be attributed to the unexpectedness of the deal. “Sometimes people react without knowing the details and act in a resistant way,” he said. “But after finding out the details and what’s involved, many of them will come to support this. “We’re just getting information out about this proposal and why it makes sense, and people will come to understand this is the best way of significantly affecting the education of students positively in LAUSD.” Experts in mayoral takeover of schools say there must be a clear line of authority for a plan to succeed. And, while the negotiated legislation is a far cry from Villaraigosa’s proposed complete control of the district, they note it does give him greater influence. Under the legislation, Villaraigosa would retain 80 percent of the vote in hiring a superintendent and in ratifying the superintendent’s contract. Along with a council of mayors from other cities, he also would have input on the budget, as well as direct control over 36 of the district’s lowest-performing schools. “I think there are new opportunities even though it’s not as clear as complete mayoral control. But still there’s enough there that if the mayor is creative, he can strategically use some of his informal influence,” said Kenneth Wong, an Annenberg professor in education policy at Brown University. “It looks like this legislation has created enough of a formal role for the mayor to the extent he can extend a lot of informal influence on the school district, and the budgetary process is a case in point,” said Wong, who co-authored a study that found school districts run by mayors do better academically. Exercising informal influence, the mayor could use his city post as leverage to gain more state and federal aid for schools, Wong said. “I think that will give the mayor and superintendent a lot more leverage to really move resources to target the lowest-performing schools,” Wong said. Villaraigosa has honed his skill at using influence, which could ultimately place him in the pivotal authority role. “This particular mayor knows how to use informal influence in the most powerful way,” Saenz said. “Under this legislation, the first chance to review and comment on the budget belongs to the mayor. If you’re a superintendent who’s smart and the mayor is the first to review and comment on the budget, who are you going to consult with when you’re putting the budget together?” Still, because the legislation remains vague – and also seeks formal authority for other city mayors, a superintendent, a school board and teachers – some experts are skeptical it can succeed. “The lesson is to take it all or nothing and not get caught in between,” said Michael Kirst, professor of education and business administration at Stanford University. “Here, power is in four places – up to the mayor, down to schools, sideways to other mayors … , but it’s not clear who’s in charge, and the risk is that everybody and nobody is in charge.” But UTLA President A.J. Duffy expressed confidence in the mayor’s ability to pull off a coup. “I believe that he understands every aspect of the risk, and that says to me – and should say to everyone else – that this man of considerable charm, charisma and ability is going to move heaven and earth to make this work, particularly in respect to the pilot districts in the neediest areas of the city.” (818) 713-3722160Want 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

Funeral services set for longtime SFS city employee

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Funeral services are scheduled this weekend for 30-year city employee and recreation supervisor Dale Covington, who died Monday of a heart attack. He was 48. Among his last projects for Santa Fe Springs, Covington had recently transformed the city’s Activities Center into a haunted house for Halloween, one his favorite holidays, City Hall colleagues said. “The Haunted House was his baby,” recreation specialist Alicia Trujillo said. “He was like a little kid in a candy store whenever a package would arrive with Halloween supplies.” Covington grew up in Santa Fe Springs, graduating from Santa Fe Springs High School, where he played on the football team and was student body president his senior year. He was in the middle of planning his graduating class’ 30-year reunion. Covington is survived by his wife, Ruth, and daughter Katherine. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Co-workers said Covington was prone to giving hugs and passing out cookies at Christmas. As a supervisor, he was always willing to take on new projects and tasks, City Manager Fred Latham said. “He never said no. He took on every challenge, and you never heard Dale complain about any situation he found himself in,” he said. “Dale’s positive outlook on life was contagious. He always saw the best of people and of circumstances.” Officials said they’ll open the haunted house Saturday, as planned, using the event as a way to remember Covington. A memorial service and viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3888 S. Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Funeral services will be at 1p.m. Monday at Rose Hills’ Sky Rose Chapel. A reception will be held at Santa Fe High School’s gym, 10400 Orr and Day Road, immediately after the funeral services. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system last_img read more

‘I’d punch my Dad for us to sign him’ – Spurs and United fans react to youngster

first_imgWan Bissaka is an incredible player— Jack.A (@thfcjack_) March 16, 2019 1 Hope united can get wan Bissaka in the summer— Adam Tomney (@tomney_adam) March 16, 2019 TOP WORK RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star three-way race At just 21, Wan-Bissaka has fast become one of the most important members of Roy Hodgson’s side.His impressive performances throughout this season have attracted the attention of multiple rival clubs, with some fans of Spurs and United viewing him as a potential answer to their defensive woes.You can read a round-up of the reaction to Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s performance against Watford below. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January United seriously need to buy Wan Bissaka he will be one of the best in the world at this rate what a talent— john kilgour (@JohnKilgour2) March 16, 2019 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer @ManUtd buy Wan Bissaka please. Tubby— Tubby (@tubby0712) March 16, 2019 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img Aaron Wan-Bissaka put in a good showing at Watford moving on IN DEMAND LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED What a player Wan Bissaka is. Considering our embarrassments at RB, Spurs should be paying Palace whatever they want for him imo— Luke Rumble (@LukeRumble94) March 16, 2019 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing I’d punch my Dad for Spurs to sign Wan-Bissaka.— tehTrunk (@tehTrunk) March 16, 2019 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Tottenham and Manchester United fans couldn’t help but eye up Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka while watching him on Saturday.The young defender was on the losing side as the Eagles fell to a 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Watford, but still made an impression on the audience. LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Wan Bissaka is an absolute monster of a right back, all the United fans who say we shouldn’t go for him cos we’ve got Dalot are pure betas— Varun (@spikyskunk) March 16, 2019 targets last_img read more

Meningitis warning issued after three deaths in Ireland

first_imgThree people have died as a result of a spike in meningitis cases in Ireland in the past two weeks.The HSE is warning the public to be extra vigilant regarding meningococcal meningitis/septicaemia due to a rise in infections. Eleven cases were notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) since the last week in December. Three patients have died as a direct result of the disease.Dr Suzanne Cotter, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre said: “If anyone has any concerns about meningitis they should ring their GP in the first instance.  Meningitis and septicaemia often happen together and symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all. “Early symptoms can include; fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain, stomach cramps, fever with cold hands and feet and a rash, but do not wait for the rash to appear. If someone is ill and getting worse, get medical help immediately.“Parents of children should also check that they are up-to-date regarding their childhood meningococcal vaccinations.”Meningitis is a serious illness involving inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a variety of different germs, mainly bacterial and viruses.The illness occurs most frequently in young children and adolescents, usually as isolated cases.  Bacterial meningitis or septicaemia requires urgent antibiotic treatment. The HSE reports that all age groups, from infants to elderly, have been affected in recent cases. Meningitis warning issued after three deaths in Ireland was last modified: January 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:HSEmeningitislast_img read more