November 14, 2012 – Sweden marked the opening of their new national stadium with a friendly match 4-2 win over England. It was also a fixture which saw star Zlatan Ibrahimovic score four times – including an outrageous overhead kick to beat Joe Hart. A 17-year-old Raheem Sterling made his England debut and Steven Gerrard won his 100th cap, but it was the established 6ft 5in forward who stole the show.Swedish star Ibrahimovic, who had joined French side Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan four months earlier, opened the scoring with a neat finish before Danny Welbeck and Steven Caulker netted as Roy Hodgson’s side quickly turned the game around. Zlatan drew the hosts level by controlling the ball on his chest before volleying past the Man City goalkeeper and he soon added a third with a free-kick. With the full-time whistle approaching, Hart came out of his area to head clear, into the path of Ibrahimovic, whose 30-yard overhead kick looped into an open goal, much to the delight of Zlatan’s worldwide following. Click the video above to relive the moments Ibrahimovic’s fourth goal stunned the world, including talkSPORT’s Stan Collymore, who was on commentary. SEE HERE – A little more recently, Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked like scoring a stunning free-kick until Schmeichel did this!
Not only does this pay-to-play proposal fly in the face of the prevailing collective desire to create more activities to keep kids off the city’s streets, it’s also factually wrong. The people have already paid for these fields and their upkeep. They own them – not the LAUSD bureaucrats. The public’s taxes are supposed to provide enough money to maintain the schools. Or at least they should. Unfortunately, the bureaucracy so often chooses to spend funds on more bureaucracy and fewer things that benefit kids. If it really needs the cash, perhaps it would make more sense to ask the city to divert some of the millions it already spends on anti-gang programs that don’t work. If the LAUSD follows through with this pay-to-play plan for community sports groups, it will show more than anything that the district has lost sight of its responsibility to the children and the community. And if it has lost that, then how can the public trust anything it does?160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And then they charge them for it. To collect a measly $3.8 million for maintenance, the LAUSD is fixing to levy a fee on nonprofit organizations that want to use school facilities and fields. This proposal could have widespread ramifications on the region’s youth sports organizations at the very time when city leaders are talking about launching new activities to counter gangs. This fee could very possibly derail sports activities for poorer kids. While $3.8 million is barely a blip to the district’s $6.4 billion budget, it would mean increased costs for youth sports leagues – a cost that would likely be passed on to players’ families. The argument is that the schools should charge what the city and other districts do. That might be a good argument if the district’s only mission were to raise money – but we would hope the district’s mission is much larger than that. When Los Angeles Unified School District officials were once trying to sell voters on the need for school building bonds, they spoke of the new schools as magical places where the community would come together and reconnect. These newly built campuses around the region would not just be houses of education, but also community centers where all manner of activities beneficial would occur. Voters embraced that logic time and again, willingly accepting a $15 billion burden to create these pillars of the community and education. Now that the money is in the bank and those construction projects are far along, the truth of that promise is wearing thin. LAUSD officials clearly still see the campuses as theirs and only grudgingly allow community groups to use them.
At Harbor Interfaith Services, a San Pedro social services agency for the homeless and working poor, 14,000 people received food, shelter or other services offered, said Caroline Brady-Sinco, the group’s director of development. “Especially with the holidays coming up, every year we register families that don’t have enough money to put a holiday meal on the table, and every year the number of families just grows and grows and grows,” she said. “Minimum-wage jobs are just not enough to survive, especially if you have children.” The minimum pay needs outlined in the study are based on full-time employment for 40 hours a week, 52 weeks per year. There is no allowance for unpaid days off during a year. The report assumes that families have two children each. Other findings in the report include: Part-time workers or those working only part of the year need to earn a higher hourly wage to make up the difference. A two-parent family with only one parent working can live on less than a single-parent family or a two-parent family with both as wage earners, since one parent can stay home with the children. The basic family budgets assume that families use home-based child care, rather than more expensive center-based care. The report’s calculations also assume that families rent rather than own a home, and live in housing that “many would consider overcrowded for a three- or four-person household.” The report assumes families buy private individual health coverage rather than receive health insurance from an employer. Saving for later is excluded from the report’s calculations. “These estimates allow very little to no room for savings toward retirement or a child’s college education,” the report says. Families that fall short of the report’s minimum income levels can still get by. They might use friends or family for child care, receive health insurance from an employer, use public or private handouts or dip into their personal credit, the report says. Economist Jack Kyser acknowledged that California’s cost of living makes life difficult for minimum- wage workers. Yet Kyser cautioned against assuming that raising the minimum wage would solve the problem. “You don’t have a massive job loss if you raise the minimum wage. But over a period of time, business may start to look at ways to maybe reduce their reliance on minimum-wage workers,” said Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “If you increase (the minimum wage) by two to three times, then, literally, minimum-wage workers would be competing with more skilled workers. So you have to be careful because not only would you be hurting the people who earn minimum wage, but you’d be hurting the businesses, too.” Kyser suggested that gaining more education and skills can help such workers raise their standard of living while also filling a need in the economy. The report’s stated goal is to inform public policies that promote financial self-sufficiency by “boosting incomes or by providing help with access to necessities, such as child care and health coverage.” The report also suggests that more funding can go into training and economic development to help minimum-wage employers gain higher-paying jobs.”We hope our basic family budgets provide a benchmark that policymakers, politicians and researchers can use to assess whether our public policies are appropriate to serve our working families,” Ross said.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.That would translate to $74,044 a year in income. “It does point to the fact that even if you put in your 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, there still is a significant gap between what people make and what they need,” said Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project. The study, by the independent public policy center, also demonstrates the inadequacy of the federal poverty line when applied to California’s high cost of living, Ross said. Of the four household types noted in the study, a single parent raising two children faced the highest hourly wage need of $30 in Los Angeles County. That’s exactly four times the minimum wage. California’s minimum wage is $7.50. The 2006 wage median is $17.42, the midpoint where half of wages were higher and half lower. A couple supporting its family on minimum-wage jobs might be able to pay for rent, food and perhaps clothing. But what about child care and transportation for the four-person family? Add the need for health care, and that family might be unable to sustain itself. L.A. County families must earn two to four times the minimum wage just to make ends meet, says a study to be released today by the California Budget Project. Each parent in a family of four must make $17.80 an hour working a 40-hour job to “earn the basic family budget,” according to the study titled “Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Family in California?”
From staff reports Lane Carico had 14 kills and 23 digs to lead Mira Costa to a 25-15, 25-23, 27-25 victory over Archbishop Mitty of San Jose Saturday for the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions title. Carico’s efforts earned her the tournament’s MVP honor. Libero Lauren Law had 16 digs and Falyn Fonoimoana recorded 11 kills, 10 digs and two blocks. Both were all-tournament selections. Kendall Bateman had 35 assists and seven digs. Stevi Robinson chipped in 11 kills, 18 digs and a block to help push Mira Costa past a familiar opponent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We’ve been playing them in the final of this tournament for around eight years,” Mira Costa coach Lisa Zimmerman said. “We were playing them when (AVP star) Kerri Walsh was still up there.” It was the second time in as many weeks that Mira Costa (26-0) defeated Archbishop Mitty (27-3) for a tournament title. Mira Costa beat the Monarchs in the championship match of the Torrey Pines Tournament. The Mustangs also beat them for the CIF State championship last season. Also in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions … Bishop Montgomery 3, Dos Pueblos 1: Sarah Prather had 20 kills and 16 digs as Bishop Montgomery won, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20, at Santa Barbara High to take seventh place. Jennifer Edmond had 15 kills and Kristina Cruz added 49 assists and eight digs for Bishop Montgomery (22-8). In the Redondo Tournament … Orange Lutheran 2, Torrance 0; Torrance 2, Bakersfield Christian 0; Torrance 2, Long Beach Millikan 0: Chelsea Tupuola had 27 kills in three matches as Torrance finished tied for ninth place. Katie Judd had 21 kills and Erica Kim added 16 kills for Torrance (16-9). In the Delphic League … CAMS 3, Sierra Canyon 2: Ariana Ponce had 17 kills in a 21-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-7 win for visiting CAMS (7-2, 7-1). Jessica Hernandez added nine kills. Pahola Ybarra recorded 13 digs to help CAMS stay in second place in league and in line for a playoff berth. Boys water polo Jeff Giery scored six goals to lead Mira Costa in a 10-5 nonleague win over visiting Loyola. Matt Burton added two goals. Mike Fish had eight saves for Mira Costa (13-8). Girls cross country Kelly Owen had a second-place time of 19 minutes, 10 seconds as Chadwick earned 36 points to capture the Prep League title at Pierce College. It marked Chadwick’s seventh league title in 10 years. Owen finished second to Flintridge Prep’s Dot Silverman, who set a league record with a time of 18:52. Elise Yoshida took fifth place (19:56) and Jaye Buchbinder finished sixth (20:05) for Chadwick. Boys cross country Scott Rodilitz took fifth place with a time of 16 minutes, 21 seconds, but Chadwick finished fourth with 78 points in the Prep League Championships at Pierce College.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A contentious battle over the boundaries of the Valley’s newest community, Lake Balboa, ended Friday with the City Council approving an expansion adding 40,000 residents who live in the area of Van Nuys west of the 405 Freeway. After a nearly hourlong hearing at Van Nuys City Hall, the council voted 10-0 to approve the name change recommended by the council members who represent the different portions of Van Nuys and Lake Balboa – with an urging that the differing sides put aside their disagreements and work together to improve the community. “The truth of the matter is that this will not do one thing to change the quality of life in the neighborhoods,” said Councilman Tony C rdenas, who represents most of the area. “This isn’t going to change the community. It will change the name of a portion of it, but the bottom line is that what comes out of this will not clean up any of the streets. It will not fill any potholes. It will not make a difference.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lake Balboa was created in 2002 – with the boundaries of White Oak Avenue, Sherman Way, Hayvenhurst Avenue and Victory Boulevard. It includes most of the Sepulveda Dam Basin recreation area and Birmingham High School. Under the new plan, Lake Balboa will be extended to roughly take in the area up to the 405 Freeway and include Roscoe Boulevard and Louise Avenue. Steve Leffert, head of the West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, said inclusion of the area was part of a long-held promise when the community’s name was first changed. “Many of these people supported us in the original boundary name change,” Leffert said. “What we are trying to do is be inclusive to those who supported us and are looking to be part of Lake Balboa.” Opponents, however, said the change would present a hardship and was a slap at the history of Van Nuys. “The saddest part is the majority of the council doesn’t care about what happens to Van Nuys,” said Don Schultz of the Van Nuys Homeowners Association. “This is just another divisive method of treating Van Nuys almost as a community that doesn’t exist.” Councilman Greig Smith said the area has changed. “We put procedures in place to allow boundaries to change,” Smith said. “We changed the boundaries of West Hills three times. North Hills changed its boundaries twice. There is nothing sacrosanct about boundaries. “I know very clearly that there were people north of Sherman Way that they expected to be part of Lake Balboa some day. “The most important thing is the community has changed. This is not Van Nuys, it is not West Van Nuys. It is an area looking for an identity.” C rdenas, who said his staff had worked hard to accommodate the different sides with changes in the boundaries, said he wished there was as much public energy put into other issues. “We debate a lot of issues here, some of them life and death,” C rdenas said. “How many police officers are there? How many parks do we have to work with young people? How do we deal with juvenile delinquency? And we don’t see the same passion as we see here. “I wish we had the same type of dialogue on those issues. I lose sleep at night over what we are going to do to deal with some of those issues. “What’s sad to say is that I have also lost sleep over this and it’s not going to change the community. It will change the name, but that’s all.”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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 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. HAWTHORNE – An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested in an Internet child predator sting in Hawthorne. Police say Carson station Deputy Joseph Carlos thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl he contacted through an online chat room, but the “girl” was an undercover policewoman out to snare child predators. Information about the March 31 arrest was withheld until Thursday when Sheriff Lee Baca moved to fire the 31-year-old deputy. The sting, part of a two-week operation by the South Bay Internet Predator Task Force, was videotaped for a Court TV special that will be broadcast soon. Baca saw the video on Wednesday and launched an investigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Aymeric Laporte Manchester City are set to trigger the release clause of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to reports in Spain.City have struggled defensively this season and one of Pep Guardiola’s first tasks when he takes over in July will be to find a new centre-back partner for Vincent Kompany.Marca claims Bilbao are desperate to keep hold of the Frenchman, but he will be free to leave if City meet his £39m buyout fee.City officials have reportedly been in Spain recently to begin negotiations with Bilbao and the player’s representatives and are confident of tying up a deal before the season ends.Laporte, the France Under-21 captain, has made 149 appearances for the Basque club and has played a key role in their run to the Europa League quarter-finals this season.
James Milner in action for England 1 James Milner will lead out England for the first time against Holland on Tuesday.The Liverpool will take over the armband with captain Wayne Rooney injured and vice-captain Gary Cahill on the bench.Milner will be making his 58th appearance for the Three Lions at Wembley.He was an unused substitute in Saturday’s victory over Germany, with his last international appearance coming in October’s 2-0 win at home to Estonia.
Gary Cahill has called on Chelsea to show more pride in their remaining Premier League fixtures even though they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of not challenging for honours.The Blues have surrendered the league title with a whimper this season and a 3-0 loss to Man City on Saturday evening left them languishing 10th in the table and facing the prospect of finishing in the bottom half of the table.Cahill was left to rue a poor display, but insisted the team get their heads together and end a dismal season as strongly as possible, especially with new manager Antonio Conte waiting in the wings.When asked if a lack of trophies or Champions League qualification could have an effect, Cahill said: “We are not used to it and sometimes that produces performances like that.“But we should have more pride in ourselves to go out and give a performance and at least run around and try to get close to people.“We need to maybe speak next week as a group because we have some great players and some good lads.“We have nothing to play for but I don’t care how you play, you run around and if you make mistakes you make mistakes and you go again. I thought we lacked that in this game.”Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick for the visitors, who improved their chances of securing a top-four finish after their own title tilt stuttered massively.But for Chelsea, whose interim manager Guus Hiddink admitted City thoroughly deserved their margin of victory, it was another utterly forgettable afternoon in a campaign they must wish would end.Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off after bringing down Fernandinho to allow Aguero to steer home a penalty to complete his hat-trick.But it was the first two goals which showed the gulf in class as former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne ran the show in midfield and the returning Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri also impressed.Cahill echoed the sentiments of Hiddink in regards to City’s dominance but also called into question the desire of the Chelsea team.“It is unbelievably disappointing,” the England defender told chelseafc.com.“I thought we got what we deserved. At times in that game we were rubbish and lacked the desire to get a result and [Man City] had it and they punished us for it.“We seemed to have a few corners for us and the next minute they were down our end having a dangerous attack at goal.“Maybe it was a lack of concentration from us. We started the game okay, we had a few chances and put a bit of pressure on and got some corners but overall, we can play a hell of a lot better than that.” 1 Gary Cahill wants to see more pride in the final few Premier League games
4. Per Mertersacker (centre back) – see the full predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 16. Aaron Ramsey (centre midfield) 45. Alex Iwobi (left attack) 11 11 11 11 Arsenal take on Sunderland in the Premier League this Sunday 24 April, kick off 14:05 BST, and it’s live on talkSPORT.The Gunners strengthened their grip on the top four after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in a rare Thursday domestic outing, and they’ll be looking to continue their run at the Stadium of Light.With only two full days of rest, Arsene Wenger is expected to make changes against a Black Cats side battling relegation.So who might the Frenchman start?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up v Sunderland by viewing the slideshow above. 17. Alexis Sanchez (right attack) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 11 11 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 11 23. Danny Welbeck (striker) 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield)