TRANSFER REPORT! Real star eyeing Prem switch amid Chelsea and Man City interest

first_img1 Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is considering a move to the Premier League – amid interest from Manchester City and Chelsea.The Colombian star endured an indifferent 2015/16 campaign at the Bernabeu and made just 17 La Liga starts for Zinedine Zidane’s side.The French manager is reportedly willing to let the 24-year-old leave the Spanish capital this summer, although Real officials would prefer him to stay due to the commercial revenue he brings in for the club.Having enjoyed a promising return to form for Colombia in the Copa America, James is attracting interest from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, while Chelsea are also weighing up whether to make a mega-money bid.According to El Confidencial, Chelsea and City could enter a bidding war for James, with a fee of around £40m expected to be enough to lure him away from the Bernabeu. James Rodriguez in action for Colombia last_img read more

“Sushi’ displays raw talent in win

first_img Temple City (4-3, 2-0) and Monrovia (4-3, 2-0), which always seem to be factors in the Rio Hondo League chase, will play for sole possession of first place next week while the Spartans, whom many felt were the preseason favorites, dropped to 5-2 and 1-1. “We don’t make a big secret about what our strengths are,’ Mooney said afterward. “One of the things we had to do was keep their offense off the field. We felt our strength was our guys between the tackles, and we felt we could push them around a little, and it worked.’ Tsai, who opened the game carrying the ball on 10 of the Rams’ 11 possessions, scored on a two-yard run to give the Rams a 7-0 lead. He was responsible for 78 of their 79 yards on the drive. “You have to give my lineman credit tonight,’ Tsai said. “They opened up big holes for me. We wanted this game really bad, and now we’ve got a shot at league.’ The Spartans played without starting quarterback T.J. Trumbo, whose back spasms had lingered over from last week. And leave it to Tsai to do the rest. The senior rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 35-15 victory over the Spartans, which sets up a huge meeting next week against Monrovia. LA CANADA — When Temple City High School’s “Sushi’ Tsai is able to get his wheels rolling and arms pumping, he looks like a monster truck in the Rams backfield. Temple City coach Mike Mooney had a feeling the Rams could flex their muscles against La Canada High on Friday, which was ranked No. 3 in Division X, so he turned the game over to his 5-foot-7, 165-pound back. center_img Back-up quarterback John Ondrejcka struggled, completing 7-of- 15 passes for 84 yards with two interceptions. Running back Lavelle Peterson, who was in and out of the game with a sore ankle, managed two rushes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, but for the most part, he was bottled up. After the Rams jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, Peterson scored with 11:55 left in the second quarter to cut it to 14-6, and then David Hopkins booted a 27-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-9 at the half. After the Spartans fell behind 21-9, Peterson scored on a 23-yard run to make it 21-15 with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Spartans followed with an onside kick, but the Rams recovered, and scored three plays later, capped off by Tsai’s 20-yard touchdown run to make it 28-15. Rams wide receiver Dwight Broadnax had two touchdowns, hauling in a flee-flicker from Sammy Yu in the first quarter, and later grabbing a 14-yard touchdown pass from Ricky Arredondo to close out the game. After all of the Rams’ heart- breaking losses last year, and their 0-2 start this season, the satisfaction on Mooney’s face was apparent. “When we had two tough losses early in the year, we felt like we had all the bad luck out of our system,’ Mooney said. “We felt if we could just stick to the mission, that things would work out, and they’re starting to turn that way for us.’ Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. 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

ELECTION 2014: DONAL CULLEN TELLS CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR HIM

first_imgWith the local elections just days away, I am asking the people of the Milford/Letterkenny Electoral Area to VOTE DONAL CULLEN NO 1. WHY VOTE FOR ME?I have always been passionate about politics. This passion led me to study the subject at the University of Ulster at Magee Campus. I am the only candidate contesting this local election in the Milford/Letterkenny Electoral Area who has graduated with a B.A. Honours Degree in Irish History and Politics.My ability to face and conquer challenges has been proven as I am a recipient of the Presidents Gaise Award in both Sliver and Gold Challenges.I am one of the few candidates fluent in our native Irish language. This is my third time contesting the local election.This demonstrates that I am not lacking in political dedication or determination. If I am given the privilege of being elected as a councillor I will exercise this determination in Lifford to get things done.I don’t have a long list of sitting on numerous boards or committees to try and sway the voters but what I have is a passion and commitment to helping people to improve their situation where I can.On my election campaign canvass I have encountered time and time again the frustration, disillusionment, and anger that is out there among the public.On the door steps people have told me of their struggle to cope with the introduction of all these new unjust and unfair taxes.The cuts being implemented right across public services. These cuts are having a real impact on peoples lives. All we hear are figures, budgets and meeting targets on time. When are these politicians going to exit their cosy little bubble and live in the real world?Many people that I have spoken to have lost faith and confidence in the political system.Can one really blame them?It is successive Governments that has led to this attitude among voters with all their promises before every election but soon forgotten afterwards! It’s five years before they knock on doors again.If elected to Donegal County Council I will be honest, transparent, hard working, keep the public informed on important issues and make decisions for the benefit of the public not for the benefit of cosy political cartels.ELECTION 2014: DONAL CULLEN TELLS CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR HIM was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Election 2014: Donal CullennewsPoliticslast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Peter Mokaba Stadium

first_imgLocation: Polokwane, Limpopo province Capacity: 45 000 seats Matches: Algeria vs Slovenia (13 June), France vs Mexico (17 June), Greece vs Argentina (22 June), Paraguay vs New Zealand (24 June)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Peter Mokaba Stadium Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Peter Mokaba Stadium Photo: Local Organising Committee • Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img

Stamps on show in South Africa

first_imgThis delicately beaded Tsonga love tokenis one of many colourful items featuredin the beads stamp series. The record-breaking stamp mosaic coversan area of 160 square metres. Volunteers from Sapo and the HatfieldTuition College worked diligently tocomplete the mosaic.(Images: South African Post Office)MEDIA CONTACTS • Johan van WykPhilatelic Services, Sapo+27 12 845 2901 or +27 82 557 4242RELATED ARTICLES• Putting the stamp on the World Cup• Coining it for Madiba’s 90th• Chair to unleash South African dreams• SA items in World Digital Library• Meet Zakumi: the 2010 mascotJanine ErasmusSouth Africa is hosting the Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, which coincides with the release of a new definitive stamp series for the country, and also features an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest stamp mosaic.Sponsored by the South African Post Office (Sapo) and the Philatelic Foundation of South Africa, the event takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 27 to 31 October under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately, to which South Africa is affiliated.The show is sanctioned by world philately governing body Fédération Internationale de Philatélie, and is the first international philatelic event to be held on South African soil since Ilsapex 98.A highlight of the show is the inclusion of the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition, which has never been seen on the African continent and features over 300 exhibits.Stamp enthusiasts have also been looking forward to an exhibit of an assortment of stamps from the personal collection of Queen Elizabeth II. This priceless selection is chaperoned by Michael Sefi, the Keeper of the Royal Collection.The first Union of South Africa stamp, issued in 1910, will be on display, as well as the Sapo archive. Visitors will be able to buy personalised stamps with an image of themselves or their partner, mom or pet.A number of auction houses and dealers will be on hand for the serious collector, and Sapo will operate a fully functional post office within the exhibition hall.South Africa is expecting to welcome philatelists from 45 countries to the long-awaited event. Entry to the stamp show is free.Cultural traditionTo coincide with the show, Sapo has issued its eighth definitive stamp series.Titled The Beads, the series features examples of the fine beadwork for which South African crafters are internationally renowned, and was snapped by German-born photographer Sasha Lipka, now resident in Pretoria.All featured items are held in the collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Iziko Social History Collections, which works to raise awareness of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage.Head of Sapo’s Philatelic Services, Johan van Wyk, said the series portrays examples of culturally important objects. Both modern and traditional items can be seen, including a traditional Tsonga fertility figure, a necklace made of lions’ claws, and a mobile phone rendered in bead- and wirework.According to National Gallery curator Carol Kaufman, beadwork is as significant in local culture as wood carving is in other African countries.“These stamps will spread awareness of these cultural treasures all over South Africa, and the rest of the world, at an affordable cost,” she said.Instead of showing the entire item, in many cases just a portion of the intricate work is visible, which allows for greater detail.Besides the usual denominations, stamps have also been issued for certain standard formats such as registered letters or international letters. These stamps are not marked with a value and can be used even if the cost of postage goes up.The stamps are available from any post office in South Africa.  International stamp collectors can order them by sending email to sa.stamps@postoffice.co.za. Sapo will produce the beads series for five years.Biggest stamp mosaicIn another postal first for South Africa, Philatelic Services and an army of volunteers have built an immense stamp mosaic of the Pretoria skyline. The mosaic is now under evaluation by the Guinness World Records organisation to see if it is eligible to break the current record held by Germany’s Leipzig International School.Leipzig established its Guinness world record in 2008 by constructing a mosaic of the city skyline, measuring 100 square metres and containing about 115 000 stamps.The local version contains about 201 000 stamps. Covering an area of 160 square meters, it took the participants weeks to construct. It features the Union Buildings, seat of South Africa’s government, the six-colour national flag, and the century-old Church Square post office, which is a national heritage site.By making the record-breaking mosaic 60% bigger than the previous version, Sapo hopes to fend off attempts to surpass the achievement for some time.“Stamps communicate our heritage, our culture, our infrastructure and our achievements,” said Van Wyk, “and this mosaic will put a stamp on our greatness as a country.”World Cup stampsPhilatelic Services has had a busy year – on 11 June, the opening day of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the department issued two sets of Fifa-approved commemorative stamps and a number of covers to mark the football extravaganza.The set depicting the trophy, official match ball and 2010 World Cup logo were football-shaped while the Zakumi series, featuring the tournament’s green-haired mascot, took the more conventional rectangular shape. Envelopes were franked with a special football stamp and contained an information card.According to Van Wyk, the stamps and covers were in huge demand, and served as an inexpensive souvenir of the World Cup.“We think of stamps as the smallest ambassadors of our country,” he said.• Coining it for Madiba’s 90thlast_img read more