KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Legendary Sri Lankan strokemaker Kumar Sangakarra says he is already looking forward to the “enchanting” experience the Caribbean holds after being selected to represent Jamaica Tallawahs in the fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) starting in June. The 38-year-old left-hander is one of the most sought-after batsmen in the game’s shortest format and will join the likes of superstar opener Chris Gayle and exciting all-rounder André Russell in a formidable Tallawahs unit over the summer. “Over my 15 years playing international cricket, I only toured the West Indies twice, aside from playing in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and the ICC World T20 in 2010, but every time I played here, it was a special experience,” Sangakkara said. He added: “When you play in the Caribbean, you can’t help but be enchanted by the public who makes playing here so special. They’re passionate, fun, and extremely knowledgeable. The island feel and the music and traditions of the Caribbean are amazing and I can’t wait to get back.” INITIAL SUCCESS Sangakkara tasted success with the Tallawahs in the inaugural year of the tournament when the Gayle-led side beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final in Port-of-Spain. Now retired from international cricket, Sangakkara said that he was anxious to build on this success. “I am extremely excited to be part of the Jamaica Tallawahs again this year, having enjoyed being part of the squad who went on to win the inaugural trophy back in 2013. The CPL is a competition that is growing year on year and the quality is extremely high,” the former Sri Lankan captain said. He continued: “Our goal with the Tallawahs is to build game by game and go on and try to win the competition. We have some outstanding players such as Chris Gayle, AndrÈ Russell and Chadwick Walton, and we will aim to build a cohesive side and add strength, which I believe we have done now. “It’s clear that there has been real growth in popularity and appeal in the CPL, and with the quality of cricketers who have been attracted across all of the teams, this could be the best year yet.”
The Liberia Movie Union (LIMU) has announced the commencement of its national inter high school drama competition. LIMU has targeted 60 schools for this year’s drama and performance school awards.The inter-high drama competition is in collaboration with Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) and supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE).LIMU vice president, Ms. Kadiatu Kaba made the disclosure recently in Monrovia. She stated that the aim this year’s inter-high school drama event was designed to awaken hidden talents in the country and to bring unity amongst schools in arts by exposing society ills and most of all; promoting the country ‘s culture through learning institutions.The LIMU VP revealed that auditions will start February 14, while the preliminary begins on the 30th of the February, with the grand finale scheduled for March 20th 2014.The audition is expected to take place at Providence Island and will be graced by an array of government officials intended to inspire and stimulate students that would qualify for the preliminary contest. “The Introduction of Inter-high School Drama is being used as a tool to translate Liberian culture, value and norms to modern society. It would also serve as a means of discovering new actors, artists and other entertainers that may one day replace our current batch of stars and help maintain our culture,” Mrs. Kaba explained.She indicated that during the 2013 competition; three schools were victorious, including: Susan A. Berry emerged the overall winner while Len Miller High School won second place and Soltiamon Christian High School took third. All winners walked away with rewarding cash prizes aimed at motivating their respective schools. 2014’s cash awards are LD$25,000 for the winner; LD$15,000 for second place; and LD$ 10,000 for third.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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“We are asking this most democratic of all countries to give us dignity … to continue to defend the American dream,” Nu ez said. Many in the crowd said they were moved that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter in support of a bill introduced last week that would give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens, with a visa that would let them work and live in the country while they seek permanent status and eventual citizenship. Immigrants would be told to learn English and pay fines for staying illegally. “I think that’s fair,” said 40-year-old Los Angeles resident Reina De Centeno. “It’s what I had to do when I became a citizen here.” Elsewhere, pro- and anti-immigration groups rallied at the downtown L.A. Federal Building, where about 500 people called for immigration reform while a smaller group demanded stiffer enforcement of U.S. borders. Despite the lower-than-anticipated turnout for the pro-immigration rally, organizer Marta Rojas said last year’s event launched an important movement. “The government is starting to listen,” she said. “They are starting to see the strength of the immigrants.” Valley residents were also expected to hold a “March for Justice” at Brand Park in Mission Hills to coincide with events commemorating the life of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez, who would have been 80 on Saturday. The Associated Press contributed to this report. email@example.com (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thousands of immigrants and their supporters gathered at rallies and forums throughout Los Angeles Sunday to mark the anniversary of massive demonstrations that virtually shut down the city and spotlighted the need for national immigration reform. Hoping their voices would reach lawmakers in Washington, D.C., thousands of people met inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena to hear speeches and music and join a massive letter-writing campaign. Admission to “Justice For Our Families” was free for participants who brought their own 39-cent stamp and signed pre-written letters asking lawmakers to consider passing a fair immigration-reform package. The letters also asked lawmakers to drop a fee increase for citizen applications. Organizers and participants, including groups representing day laborers and members of the Asian and African-American communities, aimed to collect more than 5,000 letters. “Some may have been losing hope from last year, but there is still hope,” said Maria Rodriguez, youth organizer for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, one of the organizers. “This event is saying we are continuing the fight, that there is hope there will be a bill that everyone wants.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa charged up the Americanflag-waving crowd, saying his proudest day as mayor was when a historic half-million people marched through L.A. last year. “They marched peacefully to say: We work here, our children go to school, and we want to be part of the American dream,” Villaraigosa said in English and in Spanish. “They marched to say: This is a great and generous America. … There should be a legal pathway to citizenship.” State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez urged the crowd to support the United States by waving the American flag. Some last year had criticized march participants for holding up flags of their homelands. “We need to raise the American flag because this is our country,” Nu ez said as the crowd chanted: “U.S.A! U.S.A.!” then “S se puede!” or “Yes, it can be done!”
Some of the biggest names in Chinese football, including international winger Wu Lei, were at the recent launch of the new Chongming Genbao Football Club.Wu was once dubbed “China’s Maradona” by Xu, the man who discovered him and many others now playing in the Chinese Super League (CSL).“You are always telling me to retire and to be honest, I really want to,” Xu, sporting his trademark dark glasses, told journalists at the launch at a stately hotel in Shanghai.But Xu looks nowhere near as old as his years — he turns 74 in January — and now is not the time to quit the football scene in China. Because under President Xi Jinping the government is throwing money at ramping up the quality of Chinese football.CSL clubs have invested vast amounts of cash in foreign stars such as Shanghai SIPG’s 60-million-euro Brazilian Oscar and the disappointing Carlos Tevez at Shanghai Shenhua, both reportedly on some of the highest wages in world football.China is also forging partnerships with clubs and football associations across the globe to help drag up the level of Chinese youth players, and Xu wants to play his part.“Today, we have all five generations in the same room,” Xu said at the launch of Chongming Genbao, referring to an array of past, present and perhaps future football stars.“It is to combine our forces for Chinese football and make efforts for Chinese football.“I hope that Shanghai can produce more talents to contribute to the nation and get good results for the national team.”– Spanish connection –Known for having a temper, Xu has reigned over football in Shanghai for three decades.After ending his playing career, he coached several Chinese clubs, including Shanghai Shenhua.But his passion was always for youth development and in 2000 he founded Genbao Football Base, a centre of excellence on Chongming Island, a strip of land northeast of Shanghai.Xu was inspired by Manchester United and their commitment to youth players, epitomised by the “Class of 92”, the crop of homegrown stars that included Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes.Using many of the talents to come out of his academy, in 2005 Xu founded a club called Shanghai East Asia and made himself president and for a while coach.In 2013, Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) became the main sponsor and the club was rebranded Shanghai SIPG, now managed by former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.But Xu’s influence remains strong at SIPG and in Chinese football in general, and even beyond: Last year he bought the Spanish outfit Lorca FC for a reported 1.3 million euros.Unfashionable Lorca, in the Spanish southeastern region of Murcia, were soon promoted to the Segunda Division, a rung below the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga.Reports in Spain and China recently suggested Xu was poised to sell up, but he denies that and said at the launch of Chongming Genbao that he could use the Spanish club to help the development of players coming through the new team.“Maybe I will keep it (Lorca) and maybe it will come in handy,” he said.“Our players (at Chongming) are still too young. If they go and play in the Spanish team, the team will be relegated so I have to wait.”– World Cup hopes –After Shanghai East Asia and Lorca, Xu will do it all over again at Chongming Genbao.He is starting with a side of under-18s, players he hope will one day go on to fulfil President Xi’s dream of making China a great footballing power.Xu will oversee the project but leave the coaching of the team to a trusted lieutenant.“Let’s not mention the CSL, let’s play it step by step,” he said, pleading for patience.“Now the hardest leagues are the fourth and third because older players have all moved there so getting promoted is much harder than before.“My idea is to cultivate football stars, only by making football stars will there be hope for Chinese football.“I hope there will be someone better than Wu Lei in the young ones so that Chinese football has hope at a World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Xu Genbao, “Shanghai’s godfather of football”, launches his new Chongming Genbao Football Club in Shanghai © AFP / PETER STEBBINGSSHANGHAI, China, Nov 29 – He is known as the “Godfather of Shanghainese football”, is a former player and manager of the Chinese national team, and owns a side in the Spanish league.Now, at the age of 73, the charismatic Xu Genbao is taking on his toughest assignment yet: forming a club from scratch to help China finally become a competitive force in world football.
PSG captain Thiago Silva has claimed Eden Hazard would be a welcome addition in the French capital.Chelsea’s no.10 recently signed a new contract with the Premier League club, but has attracted interest from the super rich Ligue 1 side and ahead of the Blues’ Champions League trip to Paris, Silva lavished praise on the 24-year-old.“He is not just good, he is very good,” he told Nissan.“If he really comes, he will be very welcome.”Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 in a £32m deal and it is the 24-year-old who has impressed Silva most in the Champions League so far, adding the playmaker, along with Brazil duo Oscar and Willian must be watched carefully.“All [Chelsea’s] players are very accomplished, but I believe the Brazilians always make the difference, plus Hazard,” he said.Nissan is the official automotive sponsor of the UEFA Champions League Eden Hazard has been linked with a PSG transfer 1
1 Pedro in training with Barcelona Things have gone a bit quiet at Old Trafford since the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger.However, things look like they’re about to get noisy again as Manchester United search for Angel di Maria’s replacement.The Argentine has decided one season in the Premier League is enough and is escaping to Paris Saint-Germain and Louis van Gaal is looking to replace him with Barcelona’s Pedro.The World Cup winner was restricted to cameos from the bench last season following the arrival of Luis Suarez and had his contract renegotiated to include a £22m buyout clause.Spanish news outlet Marca have reported the deal is a matter of when, not if, despite Luis Enrique’s initial opposition to losing the player.Van Gaal is desperate to wrap up the move before the start of the season on August 8 with Di Maria expected to officially depart any day and Champions League qualifiers just around the corner.According to Marca, this is where the confusion lies as Enrique and his coaching staff have requested that Pedro stay with Barcelona until after the European Super Cup against Sevilla in Tbilisi, Georgia on August 11.The reason for this is because Lionel Messi and Neymar have only just returned to training following their Copa America exploits.Manchester United opened negotiations with a £17.5m offer, but have accepted that it will require a bid in the region of between £21m and £22.5m to secure the 28-year-old’s services.Pedro has scored 98 goals in 318 games for the Catalan club and would likely play on the right of Van Gaal’s attacking trident as well as supplying cover for Wayne Rooney through the middle.
Hermosa Beach City Manager Steve Burrell said Continental executives have broached the subject of their development options for the commercially zoned land with the city. The corporation – which owns more than 4 million square feet of property around California, including the massive nearby shopping center Plaza El Segundo – envisions a commercial development there, said Burrell, who added that executives did not name specific tenants. As soon as the Albertsons closed, Hope Chapel began receiving about five inquiries a week about the properties, Turner said. Arguably the largest landowner in Hermosa Beach, Hope Chapel has been at the site, a former bowling alley, since the 1970s. But the church, which holds four weekend services that draw a combined 1,700 worshippers, is bursting at the seams, Turner said. Hope Chapel commissioned architects to design a new church on-site, and also looked at property throughout the South Bay, including the Daily Breeze building on Torrance Boulevard in Torrance, he said. “I think what we’d really like to do is stay, but I don’t think we can physically stay,” Turner said. A retail development on the corner wouldn’t be bad for Hermosa Beach, either. Because churches are exempt from paying property taxes, the city has long missed out on revenue from the property, which Sandy Pfister, a Realtor at South Bay Brokers, estimated could sell for $15 million to $23 million. “From the tax bases, the city would receive an amazing amount of revenue we’d never get with a church,” Councilman Sam Edgerton said. About two weeks ago, another prominent piece of Hermosa Beach real estate hit the market. The heirs of Quentin “Boots” Thelen, the longtime owner of the Mermaid bar and restaurant, put up for sale nearly 14,000 square feet of property facing The Strand and Pier Plaza, with an asking price of $33.5 million. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hoping to obtain a sprawling 5-acre property now owned by a Hermosa Beach megachurch, a developer has offered the church a spot in its well-appointed El Segundo business park. Under a proposal from El Segundo-based Continental Development Corp., Hope Chapel would swap its nearly 235,000 square feet of property near the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Artesia Boulevard for a spot in the corporation’s Continental Park in El Segundo, said Dale Turner, the church’s administrator and associate pastor. But the church isn’t yet sold, he said. Indeed looking for new digs, the growing Hope Chapel is negotiating with Continental, though no decision will be made until likely early next year, Turner said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s a great corner,” he said. “It has beautiful ocean views, but we’d like to move, and Continental is a very viable option. But I’m not going to say what we’re going to do.” Robert Tarnofsky, Continental’s director of real estate, wouldn’t comment on the proposal. “Our policy relating to our entire portfolio of assets is until any kind of transaction is completed on any front, whether it be a lease or acquisition, we won’t comment on potential or pending transactions that may or may not happen,” he said. Hope Chapel owns five parcels near the corner: the church’s administrative offices at 2306 Pacific Coast Highway; the main sanctuary immediately north; the site of a former Albertsons grocery store that closed in 2006; and two other lots near Artesia Boulevard and Prospect Avenue. A 9,500-square-foot parcel on the immediate corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Artesia, which houses a pizza restaurant, a doughnut shop and several other businesses, is owned by Saul and Frida Bluman of Beverly Hills, property records show.
1 James Tomkins in action for West Ham Crystal Palace have signed James Tomkins from West Ham for a fee of £10million.The 27-year-old central defender has penned a five-year contract with the Eagles.Tomkins appeared in 32 matches for the Hammers last season but was not a guaranteed starter, and Palace’s bid was deemed too good to turn down.He is the third signing made by Alan Pardew in the close season after Andros Townsend and Steve Mandanda joined the south London club last week.Tomkins made more than 200 appearances for West Ham having come through their youth academy and was at the club when Pardew was manager between 2003 and 2006. “I am really excited to be joining Crystal Palace, a massive club and a manager in Alan Pardew that I know well and will always be thankful for how he helped me develop in my younger days at Upton Park,” he said.Palace chairman Steve Parish added: “I’m really pleased James has agreed to join us, He’s someone Alan has always wanted to sign from his own days at West Ham.“I’m sure he is destined to become a huge part of our team as we look to build on the progress the club has made over the last six years.“It’s been a really positive transfer window so far, everyone”