No chance! Bayern Munich star rules out Chelsea or Manchester United move

first_imgChelsea and Manchester United target Douglas Costa has no plans to leave Bayern Munich – despite Pep Guardiola’s impending departure.The winger moved to the German champions in the summer from Shakhtar Donetsk for £21m and has been a revelation under the Spanish boss.Guardiola was a key factor in the Brazilian joining Bayern as both Chelsea and Manchester United missed out on his signature.However, the former Barcelona boss is leaving Germany in the summer and it has sparked fresh rumours that Costa may jump ship too.The 25-year-old, though, has been quick to rubbish that talk and instead committed himself to performing for Bayern.Indeed, when asked if he would be leaving the club, Costa told Bild: “No chance, I have a lot of goals here.“It’s true, I joined Bayern because of Pep.“The first six months with him have been outstanding; the next sixth months will certainly be outstanding too. I have learned a lot from Pep.” Douglas Costa 1last_img read more

Former Newcastle striker joins Fleetwood Town after leaving Bolton

first_img1 Fleetwood Town have completed the shock signing of former Newcastle stalwart Shola Ameobi.The 34-year-old, who played 312 league games for Newcastle, has been without a club since leaving Bolton.And now the League One club have confirmed that Ameobi has agreed a deal with them until the end of the season.Fleetwood Manager Steven Pressley told the club’s official website: “In January we signed a number of younger players and it was vital to the group that we brought in a player with experience.“We certainly couldn’t get any more experience than Shola Ameobi and we are absolutely delighted with that. He is not only a very good player; he is a terrific character that can bring a lot to the group.“It is vital that he has been playing as sometimes unattached players at this stage in the season, the one thing they are lacking is a level of fitness.“Shola has been involved at Bolton Wanderers on a regular basis for the vast majority of the season and he is raring to go ahead of Saturday’s trip to Port Vale.” Shola Ameobi last_img read more

Training `oasis’ has personal touch

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Oasis Personal Training BUSINESS ADDRESS: 22323 Sherman Way No. 6, Canoga Park, CA 91303 PHONE: (818) 340-0808 WEB SITE: www.oasispersonaltraining.com, chris@oasispersonaltraining.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOWNER: Chris Rudy ESTABLISHED: 2005 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Two, and four freelancers DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: Oasis Personal Training is a unique private-training facility run by trainers, not corporate accountants. We don’t sell memberships to the public, but we offer customized training sessions and fun group classes to everyone from beginners to athletes and seniors. Our training includes exercise program design, nutritional counseling and ongoing assessment of goals. We also offer a variety of specialty training. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? There’s an obesity epidemic in our society today, and a lot of misinformation about health. Many people watch others working out, copy them and get hurt, or they get training advice that’s not appropriate for them. After working out at a big gym, I saw the need to create a more personal environment that focused on getting results for clients without all the distractions and hype. In 2004, I was a featured personal trainer on the Discovery Channel’s “National Body Challenge.” My client won the competition and lost 28 pounds in 12 weeks. After that success, I felt I had an opportunity to start my own business. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? It came to me that many gyms are like a big desert, with the masses just plodding along without direction. We’re Oasis Personal Training, a cool drink of water in the Los Angeles desert. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Six months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I spent the time planning, finding a space to lease, building and decorating the space, creating a name and logo and outfitting our gym with the right equipment. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $25,000. We took out several loans that are now repaid. WHOM DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? The martial arts instructor that I learned from inspired me. I saw that he had a successful business by focusing on his students’ progress rather than on sales. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The high costs of running a business in Los Angeles. Another challenge today is getting people to walk in the door, and we’re focusing more on marketing. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $200,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? This year, we want to add on one more trainer and grow 20 (percent) to 30percent. In the future, I see our corporate training growing, as there is a way to reach people who need help more if employers get involved in sponsoring physical training for employees. It’s proven to save health costs for companies. With obesity and diabetes an increasing problem in the United States, I think the demand for personal training will only increase.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

Quran sells for record $2.3 million

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That was a record auction price for a Quran or any type of Islamic manuscript, the auctioneer said. A nearly complete, 10th-century kufic Quran, thought to be from North Africa or the near East, sold for $1,870,000. Both were offered for sale by the Hispanic Society of America, and were purchased by trade buyers in London, Christie’s said. The record-setting Quran was signed by Yahya bin Muhammad ibn ‘ Umar, dated 17 Ramadan 599 (June 1203). It was acquired in Cairo in 1905 by Archer Milton Huntington, who founded the Hispanic Society in New York City in 1904. AUCTION: Manuscript from the 13th century is thought to be world’s oldest complete copy. By The Associated Press LONDON – A Quran written in 1203, believed to be the oldest known complete copy, has sold for more than $2.3 million. The holy book, which had been estimated to sell for up to $715,000, fetched $2,327,300 at Tuesday’s auction in London, Christie’s said. Huntington, the adopted son of railroad and ship-building magnate Collis P. Huntington, died in 1955. The calligraphy in the manuscript was done in gold outlined in thin black lines, and the marginal notes are in silver outlined in red. The kufic Quran bridges a gap between the earlier style, copied on parchment of horizontal format, and the later style of vertical composition, often on paper, Christie’s catalog said. The kufic script takes its name from Kufah in Iraq, an early center of Islamic scholarship, according to the British Library. Because the script’s vertical strokes were very short but the horizontal strokes elongated, it was written on papers in a landscape format.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

Defense questions broker who recorded O.J.’s Las Vegas caper

first_imgRiccio recorded the hotel-room confrontation on a digital recorder. The audio, played for the judge Thursday, provided a dramatic backdrop to his tale, with people heard screaming profanities and threats at two memorabilia dealers. Also played was a voicemail Simpson left for Riccio after the confrontation. “Hey Tom. It’s O.J. What are they talking about a gun? All I wanted was my stuff back again,” Simpson says on the 35-second recording. The former football star gritted his teeth and laid his gold-framed reading glasses on the defense table as he listened to his words. On the recording, Simpson refers to hundreds of items taken from memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley on Sept. 13 as his “stolen stuff.” “Nobody had a gun, you know?” he says. “Ain’t nobody had any guns. They’re feeling guilty so they’re trying to make up something.” Those calm words contrasted to the chaotic bellows, barked orders and curses heard during the six-minute recording of the confrontation in a room at the Palace Station Hotel Casino that ends with a single voice. “We were just robbed at gunpoint, man,” a man says toward the end of that recording. “We were just robbed at gunpoint by O.J. Simpson.” Lawyers for Simpson, Stewart and Ehrlich lost a last-minute bid Thursday to get a judge to exclude the audio. They opened Friday’s second day of the hearing by cross-examining Riccio, who sold a copy of the recording to a tabloid Web site before handing it over to police. Prosecutors allege Simpson, Stewart, Ehrlich and three other men who have taken plea deals conspired to rob Beardsley and Fromong and then say no guns were used. Former co-defendants Michael McClinton, Walter Alexander and Charles Cashmore are expected to testify that Simpson asked for guns to be brought along to show they were serious about retrieving the items that he claimed were his. Fromong and Riccio were the first of eight witnesses prosecutors say they expect to call before the hearing is over. Simpson has maintained in interviews and through his lawyers that no guns were displayed, that he never asked anyone to bring guns and that he did not know anyone had guns. Simpson, 60, and Stewart and Ehrlich, both 53, face armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges. A kidnapping conviction could result in a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. An armed robbery conviction could mean mandatory prison time. Fromong testified Thursday he had expected to meet with an anonymous buyer on Sept. 13, when Simpson arrived with others “in a military invasion fashion.” During cross-examination by Simpson attorney Gabriel Grasso, Fromong acknowledged that at the same time the dealers were calling police to report they had been robbed, he and Beardsley also were calling a syndicated TV show to try to make money from the experience. Fromong also acknowledged that he has gone to the online auction site eBay to peddle memorabilia items he has dubbed “Identical to the items O.J. stole from me!” He waffled about whether he has been shopping a book deal about the experience, but confirmed he has discussed the idea. At one point, he joked that he’d like Jack Nicholson to play him if a movie is made. 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.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson returned to court Friday for the second day of an evidentiary hearing to decide if he should stand trial for allegedly storming a hotel room with five men and robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint. A Las Vegas justice of the peace is being asked to decide if Simpson, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and Charles Ehrlich should face 12 criminal charges in the Sept. 13 encounter, which came off during Thursday’s testimony as a crime caper so ill planned that it almost became comical. Simpson, wearing a dark suit and white shirt, entered through the courthouse’s main entrance, avoiding most reporters and photographers who had been camped out at a “secure” entrance he had used the day before. He stood and chatted amiably with a uninformed court officer for several minutes before the hearing resumed. During the hearing’s second day, defense lawyers were expected to try to undercut the testimony of Tom Riccio, a California collectibles broker who said Thursday that he set up the meeting at which Simpson and the others, including two men with guns, burst into a hotel room and carried off hundreds of sports-related items Simpson said were his. last_img read more

World’s largest jet at LAX today

first_imgThe Airbus A380 is scheduled to make its second visit to Los Angeles International Airport today for a round of ground tests and a demonstration flight during its three-day stay. The A380 is scheduled to land at LAX’s newly renovated south airfield at 11:45 a.m., according to airport officials. Aviation aficionados who want to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest aircraft coming in for a landing can get their best views at: Encounter Restaurant, inside the Theme Building at 209 World Way. Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLAX Economy Lot B, at the intersection of 111th Street and La Cienega Boulevard. That’s about as close as the public will be able to get to the gigantic aircraft. Viewers were advised to avoid parking along Imperial Highway and Westchester Parkway, or run the risk of being ticketed, according to airport officials. No public viewings are planned for the behemoth airplane, but a two-hour demonstration flight is scheduled to depart from LAX at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, carrying about 150 local business leaders, schoolchildren and reporters. Politicians, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also were invited for the demo flight, but the state Constitution prohibits transportation companies from granting free passes to anyone holding office in California. No passengers will be aboard the A380 when it comes to Los Angeles this morning, but its double-decker cabin is expected to be equipped with seats in first, business and coach classes. A hollowed-out cargo model of the plane landed at LAX on March 19. The Airbus A380 made its first commercial flight with 455 passengers last month from Singapore to Sydney – nearly two years later than the company’s executives had initially planned. So far, Airbus has orders for 165 A380s, which cost about $300 million each. Representatives of the Toulouse, France-based company are bringing the A380 to Los Angeles today as part of an around-the-world tour to demonstrate the plane’s capabilities. It made a two-day stop in Minneapolis earlier this week and heads to Sydney on Friday. Australia-based Qantas Airlines will be the first to offer A380 service out of LAX in October 2008. To better prepare for the arrival of the A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Los Angeles City Council signed off on a $1.2 billion plan in August to build the Midfield Concourse adjacent to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Plans call for building up to 10 new gates large enough to handle the super-jumbo jets by 2012. 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

DONEGAL BUSINESS WINS TOP AWARD AT IRISH PHARMACY AWARDS

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best known pharmacies has received a top award at the Prish Pharmacy Awards.Brennan’s Pharmacy was named ‘runner-up’ in the Community Pharmacy Team of the Year event held in Dublin last night.Brennans have a number of outlets including Buncrana and Clonmany. Fergus Brennan told Donegaldaily that he was very proud of his team and all their hard work.“It’s great to be recognised like this. The team puts in so much hard work and this is for them.“I’m so proud of them and we will just continue from here.“We are also very thankful to all our customers in Co Donegal and we hope to continue to offer them a top quality service at our pharmacies,” he said.  DONEGAL BUSINESS WINS TOP AWARD AT IRISH PHARMACY AWARDS was last modified: May 20th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

In case you haven’t seen Joe Hart saving an Ibrahimovic penalty then watch here

first_img1 Despite this fantastic Joe Hart penalty save, Man City still threw away their lead in Paris, drawing 2-2 with PSG in the Champions League quarter-final.David Luiz was tripped by Bacary Sagna for the spot-kick, but England goalkeeper Hart got down superbly to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s effort out.Shortly before half-time Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring but a mistake by Fernando on the edge of his own box, allowed Ibrahimovic to finally get the ball past Hart.VIDEO: FERNANDO ERROR LEADS TO PSG EQUALISERThe second leg will take place on 12 April. Watch Joe Hart saving Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty last_img

Liverpool 2-0 Watford: Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino extend unbeaten Anfield run

first_imgLiverpool eased to victory over Watford on Sunday evening in the Premier League.Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino scored the goals to extend their unbeaten run at Anfield to 11 games.With nothing to compete for in the Premier League, it was perhaps unsurprising a little rhythm in play was missing on Merseyside.Liverpool, predictably given the number of changes (eight) made from the side that secured a place in the Europa League final mid-week, seemed a little disjointed.Watford started off the more confident, with Odion Ighalo, who has scored just three goals this calendar year, looking sharp and eager to make his mark early on, even attempting to catch Simon Mignolet out from 40 yards.But the Hornets, while comfortable when in possession and dangerous on the counter attack, were the first to concede at Anfield.Christian Benteke headed a long ball forward into the path of Joe Allen, and the Wales international made no mistake, slotting the ball past Heurelho Gomes into the bottom corner with 35 minutes on the clock.The goal did lift Liverpool, but their performance still left much to be desired as the first half came to a close.As with the opening 45 minutes, though, Watford, for all their glimpses at goal, failed to really test Mignolet and his back line.And Roberto Firmino capitalised on the visitors’ failure to take their chances, doubling his side’s lead and wrapping up the three points in the 75th minute.The Hornets’ defenders, after sloppily giving the ball away in the middle of the park, allowed the forward to run towards goal, and he needed no further invitation to test Gomes. His subsequent strike rolled under the hand of the goalkeeper, who may feel he could have done better.Liverpool eased to victory, heaping further pressure on Quique Sánchez Flores ahead of his end of season review. Christian Benteke congratulates Joe Allen after the midfielder scores the opener against Watford 1last_img read more

LISTEN: Peter Taylor on why FA MUST give Glenn Hoddle the England job

first_imgPeter Taylor has called on the Football Association to make Glenn Hoddle the next England manager.The FA are searching for a boss after Roy Hodgson’s resignation following the Three Lions’ woeful showing at Euro 2016.Taylor was in charge of England Under-21s when Hoddle was manager of the senior side between 1996-99.Hoddle was sacked after making controversial comments about disabled people but his spell is fondly remembered by many.Taylor now believes the time has come to give the 58-year-old another crack at the job.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, he said: “When I worked under Glenn and saw him work with the FA, to me, three years later he was a better manager than when he first went there. “He was a very, very good manager. All of a sudden they made a change and it wasn’t for things that happened on the pitch. For that reason, he should be given another chance.“You listen to him now, whether it is on the radio or a TV programme, and he is just so knowledgeable. He understands the game 100 per cent.”last_img read more