Dirk Kuyt Brace yourselves for the strangest transfer rumour you’ll hear since Real Madrid signed Thomas Gravesen.Barcelona have been heavily linked with Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in the last few weeks, but The Metro believe the European champions are actually eyeing another Reds cult hero.Dirk Kuyt, at the tender age of 35, has emerged as a surprise target for the Catalans after the La Liga giants were struck by a chronic injury crisis to go with their ongoing transfer embargo.Could Barca really move for the veteran Dutchman in January? Imagine: Messi, Neymar and….Kuyt?Some of the best fan reaction to the speculation is below: 1
Charlie Austin has ruled himself out of contention for England’s squad for Euro 2016.The 26-year-old QPR striker was called up by Roy Hodgson at the end of last season after scoring 18 goals in the Premier League.He was in the squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and the European Championship qualifier against Slovenia, but he is still waiting to make his senior international debut.But, following Rangers’ relegation from the Premier League, he claims he has ‘no chance’ of being part of Hodgson’s plans for France next summer.Speaking to the Sports Bar, he said: “If you ask me now have I got a chance of getting into the squad for Euro 2016 I would say 100 per cent, no.“There’s not a chance that someone playing in the Championship would get called up for England, irrelevant of how many goals I might score.“I can’t see anybody from outside the Premier League getting called up, I really can’t.”
1 Tottenham star Dele Alli Dele Alli’s start to life at Tottenham Hotspur has been nothing short of brilliant and the honeymoon shows no sign of ending anytime soon.The ex-MK Dons star nabbed his third goal of the season against West Bromwich Albion as he got on the end of Toby Alderweireld’s stunning pass and, in true Alli style, nutmegged goalkeeper Boaz Myhill with his volley.The strike, his third of the season, earned Tottenham the lead in the match and saw him get plenty of plaudits and supporters took to Twitter to register their delight.You can see what Tottenham fans think of Dele Alli’s display below…
AC Milan have joined Liverpool in the race for Ajax star Anwar El Ghazi.The winger has been in fine form this season and has struck eight goals in the Eredivisie so far.The 20-year-old’s performances have attracted interest from Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp a fan of the Dutchman.However, according to Tuttosport, Milan have now joined the race for El Ghazi.The Serie A side scouted the youngster in December and have been impressed by what they have seen.Ajax are said to value El Ghazi at around £8m and Milan are expected to bid in the coming days. Anwar El Ghazi 1
Chelsea captain John Terry 1 Should Chelsea hand John Terry a new contract?That’s the question many are asking after the Stamford Bridge legend’s comments following his the 3-3 draw with Everton. Terry spoke of his desire to extend his future in the summer, when his current deal expires, and see out his career with the defending Premier League champions.But what do Chelsea fans think of this? Have his performances warranted a new deal? Should he consider retirement.Here’s what a section of the club’s supporters had to say, on Twitter, and it might be a surprise…
4. Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) – The ex-Arsenal and Manchester United man has failed to settle in Turkey, and he could eagerly be eyeing an exit. With the Chinese Super Leagues reputation rising, the striker could be an outstanding addition. The Times report that a number of clubs from China are interested in his signature. 13 13 13 2. Fernando Torres (on loan at Atletico Madrid from AC Milan) – During the January transfer window, the Spaniard was heavily linked with a move to China before his team-mate Jackson Martinez jumped ship. Reports claimed that he could become the highest paid player in world football if he was to swap La Liga for the Chinese Super League. 13 12. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) – The 30-year-olds time at Upton Park has not gone to plan, with Slaven Bilic using the striker only sparingly. With the Chinese window still open, there is still time for him to secure an exit. According to Sky Sports, Chinese second division side Beijing Renhe are chasing his signature and his transfer is 95 per cent done. 13 1. John Terry (Chelsea) – click the arrow above to see 12 more players who could soon move to China – Terry looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after revealing that the club informed him, as it stands, he will not be offered an extension on his deal which expires at the end of the season. He has said that he wont play for another club in England, and those in the Chinese Super League may be on red alert over his situation. China has suddenly emerged as the go-to league outside of Europe, perhaps ahead of Major League Soccer.Ramires, Alex Texeira and Jackson Martinez have all jumped ship in the winter window, and with the Chinese market open until February 26, more could follow suit within the next week.With the recent furore over such transfers, talkSPORT took a look at 15 famous players and managers that you might not have known had gone to China, and now we’ve examined 13 players that could be considering a similar career path, including a certain Chelsea legend.Click the right arrow above to check out 13 players who may be eyeing a switch to the Chinese Super League… 13 13 13 3. Dani Alves (Barcelona) – Alves was tipped to join Manchester United last summer before agreeing a two-year contract extension with Barca. While his future for the next season and a half at the Camp Nou appears secure, he has, according to the Daily Mail, been offered a £9.2m a season contract to join an unnamed Chinese outfit. 7. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – The Ivorian had been a key player for the Citizens, but for the last season and a half, his influence at the club has worryingly dwindled dating back to his birthday cake outburst. Pep Guardiola is set to make notable changes when he takes over at the Etihad in the summer and offloading the midfielder, who often looks uninterested, could be a priority. 5. Radamel Falcao (on loan at Chelsea from Monaco) – After failing to impress at Manchester United, his attempt to salvage his reputation in the Premier League has gone no better. At Stamford Bridge, hes made just one domestic start, with injury largely to blame, and he will surely want out of England in the summer. China could be an interesting option if he wants regular senior action. 13 13 6. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – At 30, despite his improved performances over the past few weeks, United may be planning for life without him and it might not be long before his future is assessed. He was reportedly offered an eye-watering £75m deal to Sven Goran Eriksson at Shanghai SIPG at the end of last year, and this could be at the back of his mind, even if it is hard to believe. 13 10. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Despite being club captain, Jedinak has made just five starts in the Premier League this season, leaving his future at Selhurst Park uncertain. The Mirror report that a whole host of sides from the Chinese Super League are considering a move in the summer, with it too late for Alan Pardew to sign his replacement if he leaves this month. 13 11. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain) – Laurent Blanc recently revealed that Lavezzi is negotiating his departure from the Ligue 1 giants. While it was claimed that the Argentine had held talks with Chelsea over a transfer in the winter window, it seems China could be his first option, if reports are to be believed. 13. Emmanuel Adebayor (Crystal Palace) – Adebayor agreed a shock move to the Eagles in January, but having signed only a six-month deal, theres no guarantee hell remain at the club beyond the summer. At this stage in his career, cash could be a priority, making China an inviting proposition. 8. Loic Remy (Chelsea) – Shanghai Shenhua have prised former Chelsea strikers Demba Ba and Didier Drogba away from the Premier League, and they could be prepared to do the same with Remy. According to reports, the same Chinese outfit are readying an £11m bid and a £5.5m salary package for the Frenchman. 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Sweden international is out of contract at the end of the season and is poised to leave behind the Parc des Princes after four seasons. He has been linked with a return to Serie A, though the financial lure of China could be tempting. Jiangsu were linked with a move at the end of last year. 13
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“I can tell you nothing was inappropriately spent,” Guthrie said. “Measure V funds paid for construction-related projects.” It was acceptable, she said, to use developer fees to expand the district’s fleet of vehicles and to pay salaries for new administrative positions because both expenditures were related to growth in the district. Developers are charged fees to help schools accommodate the growth their homes generate. In response to the audit, the district has improved its method of tracking how specific funding is spent by assigning code numbers to projects and using those numbers in identifying revenue sources. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5251 SANTA CLARITA – The Hart School District kept murky records for the spending Measure V construction bond money, according to an audit that found bond money was pooled with revenue spent for district vehicles and administrators’ salaries. In somewhat twisted language, auditors concluded in the Performance Audit Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2006, that the Hart Union High School District “lacks documented proof that Measure V funds were not inappropriately used …” Susan Guthrie, Hart’s chief financial officer, acknowledged Tuesday that the money from voter-approved Measure V was mixed with state construction funding and developer fees for campus construction and growth-related costs. But the amount of bond money in the pool easily matched the costs of appropriate expenditures. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Originally from Connecticut and a Boston fan, Blinn said, “They were kind enough to be fans of the Red Sox.” Of course, Boston beat Colorado 13-1 in the first game of the fall classic. Asked about the size of his home and taking on such a large family, Blinn said, “It’s a house with a lot of couches. “We enjoyed them. They were a typical young couple with little kids.” SAN CLEMENTE – Turns out the wildfire refugees who moved into Tom Blinn’s southern Orange County home weren’t strangers after all – they were Boston Red Sox fans. The refugee family of six included a Marine sergeant with three tours of duty in Iraq under his belt, his wife and four young children who had to leave their base housing at Camp Pendleton when fire threatened. “We have a very generous daughter who invited them in,” said Blinn, 67. The family was referred to the Blinns through his 42-year-old daughter’s church. Blinn told The Associated Press Thursday by telephone about a pleasant evening of pasta, pizza and World Series baseball. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A seminar’s effectiveness means more than what the attendees may have learned. The real measurement is whether the training impacted the attendees’ behavior and whether there were measurable improvements in the work-related areas or issues that the training was trying to target. At the end of the day, all training programs should be put to this test. Q Our company has taken many steps to deal with and prevent illegal harassment. The other day, my supervisor told an offensive religious joke but said it was OK because he was joking about his own religion. I’m not a member of his religion, but I thought the joke was offensive, and I’m sure most people of his faith would feel likewise. Is he right? A When a supervisor tells an offensive religious joke, it is not uncommon to find that employees lose faith in him. The fact that it dealt with his own faith is irrelevant. This type of humor or lack of humor can easily create an intimidating and hostile environment. It makes no difference whether your supervisor was teasing himself, and his intent does not matter. At least one person found the joke to be offensive, and that does matter. Tell him that you are offended by his comments, and you want them to stop. If you are fearful of telling him because of possible reprisals, you should approach his manager or your company’s human resources department. And if you are fearful of approaching them, you should consider approaching your state’s fair employment agency. Q We just sat through a three-hour seminar and were given a test at the end. The instructor said our high test scores are an important measurement of the seminar’s effectiveness. As a manager, I don’t like being tested after training, and I’m not convinced a test can measure a seminar’s effectiveness. What do you think? A Given a choice, or for that matter a multiple choice, people do not like to be given tests. However, there can be good reasons for having them in company training programs. First, some programs require testing at the end, such as training for various certifications or legally mandated programs. In addition, tests can be a useful measure to determine whether the attendees actually learned the key points that were presented. At the same time, your instructor’s comment about high scores being an important measurement of the effectiveness of the seminar is a bit of a stretch. High scores on the test can mean many things. On the surface, such scores can indicate that the instructor and materials imparted the information well. However, it is also possible that the attendees already knew the information before attending the session. High scores can also be the sign of an easy test. Since your company is committed to dealing with this type of harassment, you should have no problem addressing the matter internally. However, one question still remains: if your company has taken many steps in this area, how can your supervisor be so out of step? Your company’s management will hopefully take steps to answer this. Q Management puts out a spread of cookies and every Friday. I have told my manager that it is not healthy to eat all this fat and sugar, and the company should put out fruits instead. My manager said this was tried in the past and the employees were not happy. What do you suggest? A Giving out cookies and doughnuts is sweet, possibly too sweet. There certainly is sufficient data to prove that consuming large amounts of foods that are high in sugar and fat is not healthy. However, no one is requiring employees to eat these sweets, and those who would like to limit the amount of such foods can do so by showing some restraint. The problem, of course, is that this is easier said (or written) than done. Since management at your company tried giving out fruit in the past but found this to be a fruitless effort, perhaps a more balanced approach would work. For example, instead of going with cookies and every Friday, perhaps some variety might help. Maybe there could be fruit on one of the Fridays, sugar-free (yet very tasty) treats on another Friday, low-calorie treats on another, and a mixture of all of these on yet another Friday. It is actually surprising that more employees have not complained about having the same treat every Friday. After all, even the same cookies and doughnuts doughnuts doughnuts can get a little boring. If management wants employees to buy into a change in the treats, the best step is to solicit the employees’ input. Given the opportunity, employees can come up with palatable solutions to all sorts of problems. Ken Lloyd, Ph.D., is an Encino-based management consultant, coach, and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe victim — a man in his late 30s — may have been trying to defend himself because pepper spray was found near his body, Davalos said. Alex Delgadillo, a motorcyclist who saw the victim’s body and called police, told a Newsreel camera crew that “we came around the corner and thought the victim was drunk. We turned around and saw he didn’t respond. “It turned out he wasn’t breathing or anything. I just called it in. He was just laying in the middle of the street. I came through here and he was there. He wasn’t breathing. His fists were clenched…” The slaying did not appear to be gang- or narcotics-related, Davalos said, adding that it would be investigated as an attempted robbery. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A man trying to defend himself with pepper spray was fatally shot today during an apparent robbery attempt near the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, authorities said. The shooting occurred on South Lucerne Blvd., between Wilshire Boulevard and West 8th Street, said Lt. Victor Davalos of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station. Police received reports around 12:35 a.m. of a male lying in the middle of the street, Davalos said. Officers at the location discovered a man dead from gunshot wounds, he said. The victim’s identity was not immediately released.