James Wilson has signed a new four-year contract at Manchester United after manager Louis van Gaal told the teenage striker he would have to wait until December for a decision on whether he should go out on loan.Van Gaal said earlier this month that he planned to send the 19-year-old out on a temporary basis so the player could get some experience, but he remains at Old Trafford and now, the club have announced, has a fresh contract which runs until 2019, with an option for a further year.The teenager was not in the squad for Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Ipswich in the Capital One Cup, but there is no loan move pending for the striker, Van Gaal confirmed on Friday.Wilson scored two goals on debut against Hull in Ryan Giggs’ interim spell in charge of the club in May 2014, but the striker has started just two league games under Van Gaal.The Dutchman still has faith in the teenager, however.Van Gaal said: “James is one of the brightest young English prospects and we are delighted he has signed a new contract.“He is a very talented forward player and has a keen eye for goal. “His development is continuing in the right direction and it is clear to see that he has a fine future ahead of him.”The academy graduate hopes to continue his development at United over the next few years.He said: “I have been at United since I was seven years old and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. Growing up at the club has been an incredible experience and I feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player.“I am delighted to have signed a new contract and look forward to playing a part in the team for many years to come.” 1 James Wilson
Troy Deeney 1 Arsenal will continue to monitor the progress of Watford striker Troy Deeney.The versatile Hornets skipper is seen as an ideal back-up striker by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and would not break the north London club’s budget.Watford are determined to retain the services of a player who has been a key figure for them since 2010 and Deeney told talkSPORT last week he has no desire to leave this month.But it would be hard for both the club and player to turn down a firm offer from title-chasing Arsenal.Wenger will continue to keep tabs on the 27-year-old and could sanction a move in the summer.
Liverpool have joined Sunderland in the summer scramble for Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan.talkSPORT told you last week about the Black Cats’ interest in the 28-year-old, who has impressed in La Liga this season.The Spaniard has a clause in his contract which means he can leave this summer if someone forks out over £6m.That, according to AS, has sparked interest from Liverpool and they have joined Sunderland in the race for Adan.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants to provide competition for current number one Simon Mignolet by signing a new goalkeeper.Adan, who came through the ranks at Real Madrid, has also been linked with a move to Villarreal. 1 Antonio Adan in action for Real Betis
By John Leicester THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS – He apparently traveled the world sexually abusing young boys, but remained unidentifiable – until now. Police in Europe have unscrambled digitally altered images found on the Internet to reveal the face of a man shown abusing boys in Vietnam and Cambodia. Interpol released four reconstructed photos of the suspected pedophile on Monday in an unprecedented public appeal for help, hoping that someone will recognize the man whose identity and nationality remain a mystery. The response has been encouraging: about 200 messages in just over 12 hours, Interpol said. Interpol said 12 boys, apparently ranging in age from 6 to early teens, appeared in about 200 photographs posted on the Internet. But the face of the man inflicting the abuse was disguised in a digital whirl. Using techniques that neither they nor Interpol would discuss, German police produced identifiable images of the man from the original pictures. The reconstructed photos showed a white man who looked to be in his 30s, with uncombed short brown hair. Interpol posted the images on its Web site. Anders Persson, a Swedish police officer assigned to Interpol’s human trafficking unit who oversees its database of images of child abuse, said releasing the photos sent “a quite clear message” to criminals that they can be identified through Web postings. Some of the responses included detailed information such as names and addresses, he said. Interpol forwards detailed information to the countries concerned so police can check, Persson said. Local police are also getting responses to the appeal, he added. Persson said he had opposed making the photos public because it demonstrated to criminals that police can unscramble pictures. But that consideration and the risk that the man could face public humiliation or even violence now that he is recognizable were outweighed by the desire to protect other children from abuse. “It was a long discussion,” Persson said. “We can’t just sit here and do nothing. We have exhausted all possibilities within police work to find this man.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Parenthood might be one of life’s most fulfilling roles, but it can be hell on a marriage. Just ask Deanna Emad, who gave birth to twins six months ago at the age of 45. “It feels like you lose your freedom completely,” Emad said. The Sherman Oaks mother said caring for the babies was so challenging in the beginning, and she was so sleep-deprived, that she fantasized about getting a divorce. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I had it all worked out. I thought, we’ll get two town homes next to each other and trade off taking the babies. At least then I could sleep three nights a week.” The answer for this couple was a night nanny hired to get up with the babies in the wee hours. That’s when things began improving between Emad and her husband, Behzad “After two weeks of having night help, it’s like I fell in love with him again. We pay more in child care than our mortgage. But it is so worth it; without that, we lose our family.” There’s nothing new about kids sapping the romance out of a relationship. Children are life’s greatest joy, but they require a huge amount of effort and attention – and there’s the added financial pressure. What has changed, researchers say, is parents’ expectations and demands. The National Marriage Project, a research initiative based at Rutgers University, concludes in its 2006 State of Our Unions report that parents report significantly lower marital satisfaction than nonparents because they have had happy periods in their adult lives without children. “Today, the expanding non-child-rearing years have become life stages in their own right. These years have been invested with positive meaning and purpose. Against the pressures and responsibilities of life with children, the ‘child-free’ stages hold out the alluring prospect of fun, freedom and fulfillment.” Previous generations reported more satisfaction, the theory goes, because they had children at a much younger age, didn’t have the experience of life as an adult without kids, and didn’t know what they were missing. For today’s parents who have already lived entire lifetimes before children, suddenly switching gears in middle age can be jarring. Diane Connell, an office manager in Encino and stepmother to two preteen boys, had no idea what lay ahead. Before marrying four years ago, she and her husband had plans to do things by themselves every weekend. Now, every outing is a family affair, and Connell is more involved in the kids’ homework, doctor appointments and disciplinary struggles than she ever imagined. Quality time with her husband means watching the Discovery Channel after the kids are asleep. “I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this,” she said. “I didn’t expect it to be this much of a struggle.” Calling in a professional That’s another relatively new development in how people react to becoming parents. In a Dr. Phil society, there’s a much greater willingness to call in a professional – whether it’s to take over the night feedings or to repair a marriage tested by demanding kids. “Couples therapy has lost its stigma,” said Barbara Swenson, a marriage and family therapist who said she’s been getting more calls from couples experiencing extra strain on their relationship after the birth of a baby. “I find a lot of couples really fearful of divorce. People are more willing to admit it’s rough sailing.” Marriage and family therapists all agree that a happy couple makes happy children, and spending time away from the kids is absolutely essential. That doesn’t have to mean going away for the weekend or getting a baby sitter every weekend. Dr. Kerby Alvy, founder of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring in Studio City and author of a new book, “The Positive Parent,” has a suggestion for stressed parents living in traffic-choked Los Angeles: At-home dating. That’s where you cook a gourmet meal together and eat it in peace after the kids go to bed. For other couples, the problem isn’t about a lack of communication, but about the quality of the communication. For Connell, the stepmother in Encino, the bickering with her husband about disciplining the kids escalated to the point that she felt she needed to bring in a professional. Her husband agreed to see a counselor, even though he also said he didn’t see a problem. But since going, Connell has seen major improvement in communication. “We’re approaching each other differently when we discuss things. Before reacting emotionally, now we take a moment to take a breath. You think about what it is you are feeling and then think about what conclusion you want out of it. It takes a lot of restraint to wait and pace it out.” [email protected] 818-713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It’s unfair that South L.A. residents bear the burden of a toxic-food environment while nearby communities have access to better food. This disparity between neighborhoods amounts to food apartheid, and means that residents of South L.A. can look forward to higher levels of chronic disease and worse health outcomes. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently released a report showing that low-income communities within the county have a disproportionately high percentage of child obesity, too. Among proposed solutions, the report recommended using zoning to discourage unhealthy food retailers. This fall, the Los Angeles City Council is considering an ordinance to do just that. The ordinance would stop new fast-food chain restaurants from setting up shop in South L.A. for the next two years. This fast-food cease-fire would give the residents and leaders of South L.A. a chance to envision the sort of food establishments that would meet the needs of the community – and to take steps to make it happen. Considering the great impact that the local food environment has on what people eat, it is crucial for communities to start a dialogue and for local governments to lead the charge. If we are going to tackle obesity and chronic disease, we need to stop the proliferation of harmful food, and instead, ensure access to healthy, nutritious food. South L.A.’s proposed ban on fast food is a brave and bold step towards a healthier community; one for other cities to follow. Juliet Sims is a registered dietitian and a graduate student at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Everyone eats. But what and how much we eat is greatly affected by the sort of food that is available around us. Take our ancestors: Humans evolved in a calorie-sparse world; as a result, they ate less. Those who could get their hands on sugary, fatty foods – which are taste-bud queues for calories – had a better chance of surviving. But things have changed. Today our nation is bursting at the seams with food. This overabundance flips the calories-equal-survival equation on its head. Now, those who eat more low-calorie foods, like fruits and, vegetables, are the healthiest. Sadly, our lizard brains have not evolved as quickly as our food environment. With the combination of calorie-loving humans and a country where cheap, unhealthy, high-calorie foods abound, you’ve got a recipe for poor health: a toxic food environment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsUnprecedented levels of diet-related diseases, like obesity, highlight the fact that communities across the country are facing food environments that are hostile to health. But some neighborhoods – low-income ones in particular – are worse off than others. South Los Angeles is one such community. South L.A. suffers from a major imbalance of unhealthy food-retail outlets compared to healthy ones. An L.A. Times analysis found that South Los Angeles has the highest concentration of fast-food restaurants in the city, and very few grocery stores. Given South L.A.’s plethora of fast-food options, it should come as no surprise that 30percent of adults are obese, compared with 20.9percent in the county overall. Research has shown that communities with high concentrations of fast-food restaurants also have high levels of obesity. A dearth of grocery stores, furthermore, may be why South L.A. residents are significantly less likely to get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day than residents countywide. Consumption of fruits and vegetables increases when there’s a supermarket in the neighborhood.
Liverpool host title-challenging Tottenham Hotspur for this evening’s Premier League clash, kick off 5:30pm BST, and it’s live on talkSPORT.Spurs are looking to keep the pressure on leaders Leicester City, while the Reds aim to close their gap from the top four. CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVERPOOL V TOTTENHAM LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORTA number of Jurgen Klopp’s players had been doubts for the clash after the international break, including Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke – but one of this trio has been named in the starting line up.Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, is without Erik Lamela who picked up a knock on duty for Argentina, but Toby Alderweireld has recovered from a stomach bug. Take a look at the confirmed teams at Anfield below: Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, SturridgeSubs: Kolo Toure, Allen, Origi, Ibe, Skrtel, Smith, WardTottenham XI: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Son Heung-min, Eriksen, Alli, KaneSubs: Mason, Vorm, Trippier, Chadli, Onomah, Carroll, Davies Roberto Firmino has been ruled out of action as Liverpool host Spurs in the Premier League 1
“We’re in search of a seven-fishes dinner,” Helene Sacca said. The meal is an Italian tradition for those who don’t believe in eating meat on the day they celebrate Christ’s birth. “It’s cold back East and raining,” she said. “Here, there are nice people, perfect weather.” Temperatures will be only slightly cooler the rest of the week through Friday, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, Hoffer said. On Friday, there will be a 30 percent chance of rain during the day and a 20 percent chance at night. Manie and Corlie Kohn moved from South Africa to Redondo Beach just two months ago. They licked ice cream and relaxed on the easy day at the pier. “It’s lovely,” Corlie Kohn said. “This feels like holiday to us.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was Christmas Eve in the South Bay and, as usual, not a speck of snow could be found anywhere. But that didn’t stop Lisa and Dan Aitken from getting out their bright yellow toboggan. They took their children sledding Southern California style – on the sand in Hermosa Beach. “We bought it for snow, but we thought we’d combine what would be a winter tradition with the beach,” Lisa Aitken said. “It’s such a beautiful day, the kids wanted to get out.” Today should also be sunny, with temperatures in the mid-60s to low 70s along the coast, said National Weather Service spokesman Bill Hoffer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWindy conditions are expected through 6 p.m. There is also a red flag warning because of low humidity and wind gusts, Hoffer said. Elsewhere around downtown Hermosa Beach, out-of-towners took advantage of the excellent weather, strolling along the beach and Pier Plaza. And so did some locals like the Aitkens, who had already finished their Christmas shopping. Around the Hermosa Beach Pier, families fished, looked at distant hills through binoculars, and rode bicycles, skateboards and scooters. And all around, admirers of the pleasant day sat on benches, enjoying the break from work and school. The Sacca family had just flown in from southern New Jersey to visit their relocated daughter. They basked in the good weather, but couldn’t find a restaurant offering their favorite Christmas Eve meal.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The seven members of the L.A. school board each cover an enormous amount of territory, and are thus heavily dependent on campaign cash to get elected. More often than not, that means they must rely on the teachers union for donations. So we have a district dominated by a single special interest, in which parents and individual teachers have little input. There is virtually no accountability – failure brings no meaningful consequences, and the bureaucracy operates more or less unchecked. The results speak for themselves: Academic performance well below state and national standards. A dropout rate that hovers around 50 percent. Rampant misspending and dreadful management. True, things have improved under the leadership of Superintendent Roy Romer. He has revamped the LAUSD’s facilities division, and is working at breakneck speed to build 160 new schools. Meanwhile, test scores have shown modest improvements, especially at the elementary-school level. But the improvements have been slow to come about, and Romer has been unable to get the bureaucracy under his control. Moreover, Romer won’t be around forever, and over the past few decades there have been far more bad LAUSD superintendents than good ones. In his fight to assume control over the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa seems to have the facts on his side. Although the idea is anathema to the vested interests that rule the LAUSD, mayoral control has proved highly successful in the other major cities that have tried it. In each of those cases – Boston, Chicago and New York – failing bureaucracies and special interests were reined in, while student achievement and efficiency soared. Sounds like exactly what L.A. could use, doesn’t it? It only stands to reason. In Los Angeles, very few residents even know who their representative on the school board is. But under mayoral control, everyone knows who’s in charge, and whom to hold accountable on election day. In a way, Romer’s record makes the case for mayoral control. A former governor and national political party chairman, he brought to the LAUSD a bully pulpit and influence that few other superintendents could match. Mayors, on the other hand, always have that sort of stage. That’s why the mayor of New York, for example, was able to hit up local business leaders for $70 million to open an academy that trains principals. And although New York, Chicago and Boston have only had their schools under mayoral control for the past 10 years or less, the results are encouraging – improved test scores, lower dropout rates, less truancy. When the education lobby gears up to fight Villaraigosa’s plan, it’s going to need more than fear and scare tactics to bolster its position. Because so far, the evidence is on the mayor’s side.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
IRWINDALE – NASCAR’s Elite Southwest Series will begin its 21st season on Jan. 22 at Phoenix Raceway. It will hold two races at Irwindale Speedway this year. Then it will be all over. “This was not a sudden decision and is very unfortunate,” Hawk said. “Most of the emotional support (for the division) has come from the Northwest and Southwest. “But track promoters cannot justify paying for big events that don’t draw for that kind of race and thus, NASCAR and the tracks cannot sell sponsorships.” Irwindale averaged 5,580 for its first 16 Southwest series races, roughly 1,000 more than a typical Saturday night race. The decision definitely leaves drivers in a lurch. Jeff Johnson, who has won the last three Northwest series titles, is definitely out in the cold. After the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale in November, he sold his car, and there’s no sense buying one for just one season. “It’s a tough deal,” he said. “A lot of guys have ties to this series, so this is unfortunate.” Jefferson dabbled in the West series last year, but the cars are Cup-style and bigger budgets are needed. Could he go back to his Washington race track roots, racing the local programs? “Been there, done that,” he said. “I’m comfortable with this type of racing. My budget fits into that. So no, we’ll wait and see.” Some drivers, along with Hawk, hope the late-model touring series, Davey Hamilton’s Stockcar Racing League’s Wild West Late Model Shootout, will step into its place. The SRL and American Speed Association recently announced plans to incorporate the cars for 2007. “Some people cannot live with NASCAR being part of the deal,” Southwest driver and three-time Irwindale champion Rip Michels said. “But if you think about it, it’s not been great. What has NASCAR done for us? Maybe they are too big for us. You look at the ASA truck series (Speed Trucks) and they have a television package for every race. When was the last time one of our races was on television?” The SRL, which held races between Bakersfield and the Bay area last year, says it had planned on developing a Southwest-style tour for several years. “This large void for the teams and tracks led us to hasten our plans for the new ASA/SRL Super Late Model Tour and to continue the history of close, exciting racing and driver development that the Elite Divisions had provided for so many years,” said Steve Fensler, SRL director of operations for late models, on its Web site. In some ways, NASCAR’s decision has come down to sponsorship. Hawk said NASCAR does not want to abandon division sponsor AutoZone. The problem, he says, is that the car parts retailer has only 20 percent of its stores west of the Mississippi River, and most of those are in California. For a division that also holds a lot of races in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Idaho, it’s not a good fit. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A series that produced drivers such as 2004 Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch, Cup veteran Kevin Harvick and current Craftsman Truck series veterans Ron Hornaday Jr. and Matt Crafton will cease after the 2006 season. NASCAR officials last week made the decision to pull the plug, which has been in the rumor mill for several years. The division is divided into four regions with drivers competing in similar Late Model-style cars. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It’s not just one thing,” said Don Hawk, NASCAR’s director of regional racing development. “It’s not the number of cars, not the rules, not the engines, not the finances of competitors. We have found, that since 1999, that it’s the lack of fans and support. It’s come down to the tracks and track promoters. The promoters don’t want them because it’s a big price.” The cost for Irwindale to hold a Southwest race is roughly $60,000, according to several sources. The cost to hold a Grand National event – Irwindale is scheduled to hold two West races this year – is roughly $100,000. “It’s a business decision,” Hawk said. “It costs a lot to hold these events. You have to pay for the templates, the officials, travel, meals, the hotels, the purse. For us, it does not fit our business model. We’re taking it off life support.” Hawk says NASCAR has been both praised and derided – drawing “expletive-filled” messages and “it’s about time; thanks for the last couple of years” e-mails and phone calls – for the decision. It’s a choice, that at least on the West Coast, seems odd. The Southwest and Northwest series consistently draw large car counts for their races, with several teams leaving a track without qualifying for the main event. In both Irwindale events last year, the difference between the fastest and slowest qualifying time was less than a second. However, the Irwindale car counts were lowest ever.