Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger 1 Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has no doubt Arsene Wenger is one of the world’s best managers – but is not sure he could go 11 years at one club without a league title like the Frenchman.Wenger, who celebrated 19 years in charge of Arsenal this week and last guided them to the Premier League title in 2004, has faced criticism over the past few days following his side’s 3-2 home loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League.Ahead of United’s top-flight trip to Arsenal on Sunday, Van Gaal said of his Gunners counterpart: “I think he is doing great work.“When you can, like (ex-United boss) Sir Alex Ferguson, stay at a club for such a long time, you have to be very good otherwise you shall not succeed.“So I think Arsene Wenger is one of the best coaches of this world. In the same way, I think Sir Alex Ferguson is the best because he won the most titles.“It is easy to say that, but with Arsene Wenger, when you are such a long time with one club and everybody is satisfied – the fans, the board, the players – then you are very good, believe me.”The extent to which all those mentioned are currently satisfied is up for debate.And when asked if he thought any manager in Spain or Germany could go 11 years in a job without winning the league like Wenger, Van Gaal said: “I think you have to ask the board of Arsenal that question, not me.”Van Gaal – who had already described Wenger and Ferguson as “other types” to him in terms of their longevity in one job and his more nomadic career – was then asked if it would be enough for him to go so long at a top club without winning the top prize.“That is difficult to answer because I have won a lot of titles,” said the Dutchman, a champion with the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“That is my aim and I want to do it in different countries, not only in the Netherlands but in Spain and Germany and England. That is my ambition.“As I said, I am not that type. I like to win a lot.”Van Gaal has expressed his ambition to win both the Premier League and Champions League with United.They are currently top of the Premier League and he says they believe they can stay there this season – something that will only be enhanced with victory at fourth-placed Arsenal.“You have to believe always in this,” the 64-year-old said.“I think the balance in our selection is much better than last year (when United finished fourth in his first term in charge), and last year we also had the chance. So I believe in that, and the most important thing is not only my belief but that the players are believing in that.“If we win against Arsenal, the belief shall raise a lot I think.”
Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Jurgen Klopp will meet Liverpool’s owners within the next 24 hours to finalise arrangements before flying to the UK as the club’s new manager. Klopp is likely to be unveiled on Friday. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich faces a world record £37.5m pay-out if he decides to sack Jose Mourinho. (Daily Star)John Carver has revealed Newcastle’s summer signings were already picked for new boss Steve McClaren. (The Sun)Sunderland have approached former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson about their managerial vacancy and he is firmly in contention to take charge of the Premier League strugglers. (Daily Telegraph)But former US coach Bob Bradley is also a contender for the Sunderland job. (Daily Express)Tottenham are weighing up a January bid for a player dubbed the ‘next Eden Hazard’. Spurs have been watching Lille playmaker Sofiane Boufal, who has been described as the natural successor to the Chelsea star. Hazard joined the Blues from Lille in a £32m transfer in the summer of 2012, but Boufal would cost Spurs considerably less. (Daily Star)Barcelona academy graduate Sergi Samper would be willing to accept a move to the Emirates, according to reports in Spain. The central midfielder has a buyout clause of around £8.5million, which Arsene Wenger is reported to be considering activating. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Liverpool facing fight to keep Philippe Coutinho after Spanish reports claim Brazilian wants Barcelona moveSamir Nasri happy at Manchester City but reveals MLS ambitionBayern Munich chief tells Manchester United: ‘Give up trying to sign Thomas Muller!’Man United blow! Neymar will stay at Barcelona for life, insists club directorManchester United transfer report: Summer target explains decision to stay at PSGValencia to rival Arsenal and Manchester United for Argentina international Lucas BigliaMLS side Orlando City plot ambitious swoop for Man United and Arsenal target Zlatan IbrahimovicExclusive – Jurgen Klopp can get ‘extra 15-20 per cent’ out of Liverpool players, claims ex-Borussia Dortmund coachDietmar Hamann hails Liverpool’s move for Jurgen Klopp: ‘He can create that spark, that emotion, and give people hope again’Watford captain Troy Deeney tells talkSPORT: Everton star John Stones is the best player I’ve faced this seasonExclusive – Dwight Yorke ‘amazed’ managers are not queuing up to take ‘fantastic’ Sunderland job
Just a few days after humiliating Real Madrid, Barcelona delivered another sensational performance as they hit Roma for six at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.The pick of the goals was scored by Lionel Messi – the Argentine superstar rounding off a 27-pass move with a brilliant chipped finish over Wojciech Szczesny. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez هف ميسي على روما من بداية الهجمه HD pic.twitter.com/iIA4PLxQs6— FCB World (@FCBW_A7) November 24, 2015 1
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has told Gunners stars ‘not to get involved’ with Chelsea bad boy striker Diego Costa as the Premier League giants prepare for their Super Sunday clash.The previous meeting between the clubs hit the headlines after the Spanish striker tussled with a number of Arsenal players, with defender Gabriel Paulista sent off for his part in the scrap.The struggling top flight champions recorded a rare victory in that game, while they have lost just twice in 11 visits to the Emirates Stadium.But with 19 points currently separating the rivals in the top flight table, league leaders Arsenal have a chance to end their hoodoo with a victory at the weekend, and Smith has urged Arsene Wenger’s players to keep their heads when they face the troublesome Costa.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, plunderer-turned-pundit Smith said: “Costa was key at Stamford Bridge, when Gabriel got sucked into that spat.“He was a bit naïve to get sent off in that game, but I’m sure Arsene Wenger will talk with his defenders about Costa and just say, ‘don’t get involved, just concentrate on your game’.“Diego Costa absolutely loves winding players up. He thrives of it and he does a bit too much now, I think it detracts from his game.“But the Arsenal boys do not want to be getting involved in that on Sunday.”
When the LAUSD rolled out its Diploma Project in August 2006, the goal was to track about 20,000 at-risk students – even so far as going to their homes to get acquainted with the kids and their parents. This year, district officials said they were able to reduce that to about 17,000 students. Ultimately, district officials hope to reduce the LAUSD’s dropout rate every year, including by 5 percent this year. District dropout rates have been estimated at anywhere from 23 percent to more than 50 percent. Under the program, the LAUSD has 80 Diploma Project advisers at 45 high schools and 34 middle schools to work with teachers and at-risk students to determine how to keep them in school – including through independent study, adult education classes or off-campus learning centers. “The message is come back. Come back to school,” Superintendent David Brewer III said. “Do not stay out there and become a statistic in our society.” At Watts’ Jordan High School, where the district held the press conference Monday morning, there were about 20 students that the dropout counselor was able to bring back to school. Rene Ahal, a diploma project adviser at Reseda High School, said the biggest challenge is that most at-risk students are so far behind in credits by the time they reach high school they feel helpless. But Ahal said most also don’t know about the options available to them – including making up credits at community college or adult school. And Ahal said she also talks to them about how much money they can make and what kinds of jobs they can aspire to with high-school degrees. “We expect to see changes, but the program’s only been in effect for the past year,” Ahal said. “Over time it’s going to make a big difference.” Saul Hernandez, 19, said that although he had trouble with drugs in the ninth and 10th grades, he realized he needed to graduate from high school to have a better future. Now, he said, he hopes to tell his story through the Internet to help others who aren’t sure whether they want to get a high school diploma. “I knew that if I wasn’t going to get a good education, I wasn’t going to make it in life,” said Hernandez, a father-to-be who wants to work at a body shop and will graduate in June. “It could make a change for other students. They can see us as an example to not be a dropout.” [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than a year after rolling out a $10 million effort to keep at-risk students in school and re-enroll those who have left, Los Angeles Unified’s dropout rate has seen little improvement. But the nation’s second-largest school district announced Monday that it will expand its anti-dropout efforts to the Internet and radio airwaves and send even more counselors door-to-door. The new program – “My Future, My Decision” – is a broad effort that includes spots on KPWR-FM (105.9), a text-messaging campaign and interaction through popular social networking Web sites MySpace and Facebook. While district officials said they are still waiting for full-year dropout data to be released, the most recent numbers – which include two months under the anti-dropout campaign – show a dropout rate of 25.5 percent or about 1.4 percentage points higher than the year before. “We’re getting a lot of good information from principals and local district superintendents so I would expect to see the (dropout) numbers come down,” said Debra Duardo, the LAUSD’s director of dropout prevention and recovery. “We don’t have the statistics for this year to report to measure how successful it’s been. … We’ll see in a couple of months … the impact of their work.” Duardo said the dropout rate increased in the most recent measures because it was the first year in which the state’s Exit Exam was a requirement for graduation, so 12th-grade performance brought down the total average. The ninth, 10th and 11th grades all experienced significant improvements in the dropout rate, but 12th-graders had 52 percent more dropouts compared with the year before. District officials on Monday said they did not know how much the new efforts would cost, but said it would come out of the $10 million already allocated to the program.
And the losses associated with those crimes have soared more than 1,000 percent — from $18 million to $198 million last year. The average loss per victim today? $724.But experts say that’s just the tip of the iceberg because many incidents are not reported. The FBI estimates businesses are losing $67 billion annually to electronic fraud.“High-tech crime is the tsunami that is coming,” Cooley said. “And it’s going to get bigger before it gets smaller.”Identity theft also is soaring as criminals committing electronic fraud gain access to other personal identification in government and business databases. Nearly 9 million people were victims of identity theft nationwide last year.Cooley, who recently added several investigators and prosecutors to his High Technology Crime Division, said he plans to ask the county Board of Supervisors to triple the size of the office to help combat the problem. Employees at a small company in the San Fernando Valley thought their retirement funds were safely secured by a brokerage that managed the money.But in a sophisticated electronic fraud scheme known as “pump and dump,” hackers got into the brokerage firm’s computer system and stole the employees’ nest eggs — hundreds of thousands of dollars worth.“They transferred all of the retirement funds from this liquid account to purchase stock,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said. “They apparently jumped the price of the stock through this huge purchase, sold it, made their profit and moved on.”The case is just one of thousands under investigation as officials say electronic fraud is skyrocketing nationwide. The number of electronic fraud complaints tracked by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has more than quadrupled since 2001, rising from 49,711 to 207,492 last year. “The future is grim for innocent people,” Cooley said. “Electronic crime is the new thing that is out there. We are getting more and more crimes committed essentially over the Internet — people stealing money from someone else over the Internet.”In one of those cases, a Nigerian man was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison in connection with the largest case in county history. Oluwatunji Oluwatosin of North Hollywood, along with several co-conspirators, gained access to personal data stored in the national ChoicePoint consumer data network, prosecutors said. The conspirators opened more than 40 fraudulent ChoicePoint accounts and conducted 189,000 searches to obtain personal identifying information. In turn, they used that information to establish fraudulent credit card accounts.The theft resulted in losses exceeding $6.5 million.In another case, two people allegedly planted encoded card-number skimming devices in AM/PM Arco gas stations to record customers’ debit card and PIN numbers, Cooley said.The information was then used to make counterfeit debit cards that allowed them to make unauthorized withdrawals from victims’ bank accounts, Cooley said.More than 7,600 ATM transactions were attempted, amounting to a loss of $1.4 million, Cooley said.Sheriff’s Lt. Rocky Costa, project director of the Southern California High-Tech Task Force, said the cases can be difficult and time-consuming to investigate.“We usually don’t catch the really smart computer criminals,” Costa said. “We usually catch the dumb ones because the really smart computer crooks know how to hide their footprints, will take advantage of host Web sites, wireless networks and Internet cafes.”And Andy Bechtle, assistant to the special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Los Angeles and a member of the Electronic Crimes Task Force, said the schemes’ sophistication is increasing.“You’ve got everything from phishing scams to people using Internet chat rooms and message boards buying and selling credit card information — which have been stolen from unsecured databases — to just your run-of-the-mill credit card and other types of electronic fraud,” Bechtle said.One common scheme involves cyber-criminals who send “spoofed” e-mails to lead people to counterfeit Web sites designed to trick them into divulging financial data, account-user names and passwords.“Be leery of the sites you are going to,” Bechtle said. “From what I’ve seen and the cases we’ve worked, putting your credit card online is a risky venture because you don’t know how all those private companies set up the security features on their databases.”And users of wireless computers also need to be careful.“I don’t think the public knows how bad things have gotten,” said Kathryn Showers, head deputy district attorney of the High Technology Crimes Division. “For example, there is a practice called ‘war ganging’ where if someone has a wireless laptop, they can come and park outside your home, and if you don’t have a router on the system to protect transmissions, they can monitor what you are doing and use your IP address to commit crimes.”And Costa said the San Fernando Valley retirement fund scheme is similar to a growing number of scams across the country.“What we’re seeing now is thieves who are able to tap into database computers, bank accounts, retirement accounts and stock-trading accounts,” Costa said. “We are starting to see thieves being able to cash our shares, move money into trade accounts and liquidate the accounts. We are starting to see those cases dot up here and there.“Apparently, they are figuring this out, little by little.”[email protected](213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FOR THE RECORD A Daily News story Saturday titled “Residents winning the turf war by going faux or going native” incorrectly named a native plant nursery. The correct name is the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants, in Sun Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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.Sandoval said a lowrider is a car that is customized primarily to be low to the ground, usually containing a hydraulic setup for adjusting the height, with a vibrant paint job, chrome features and customized upholstery. She said many people have misconceptions about lowriders, confusing their owners with gang members. “These guys are dropping $50,000 to $100,000 on their cars. Believe me, these guys aren’t going to do anything that might jeopardize their cars. These are hard-working guys living in the suburbs,” she said, adding that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a lowrider in his youth. She said lowriding has its roots in America’s automobile history. After demand for new cars increased after World War II, a large number of used cars became readily available to anyone with limited means, including the working class and minorities. Sandoval said the new owners would restore and modify the vehicles to be the finest in their neighborhoods, often painting them bright colors and incorporating artwork on the hoods and trunks. For California State University, Northridge, Chicano studies professor Denise Sandoval, a lowrider isn’t just a car. It’s art. It’s history. It’s a way for people to express pride in who they are. “Lowriding in Los Angeles goes back decades,” said Sandoval, curator of an upcoming exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum called “La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels,” which will explore the multicultural aspects of lowriding in Los Angeles. “Lowriders were a way for working-class people across the city to express themselves,” she said. “These cars have become visual textbooks of community history, where people are not only expressing who they are individually, but also collectively. They talk about the struggles of being black and brown in L.A.” The exhibit will open Saturday and run through June at the museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Sandoval said she became interested in lowriders while at graduate school. She was researching a paper for a class when she stumbled upon a Japanese lowrider magazine in the library. “There was a Japanese girl posed on the cover just like on the American lowrider magazine,” she said. “Inside, there were pictures of lowriders and guys wearing the baggy clothes, even Virgin de Guadalupe T-shirts. “But instead of posing in front of locations in Los Angeles, they were all standing in front of places in Tokyo. I was stunned that this culture, which I thought was confined to Los Angeles or just the Southwest, had spread across the Pacific. “There were very few scholarly articles on the subject, and I knew what I wanted to do.” Carmen Ramos Chandler handles public relations for CSUN. She posted this story Oct. 15 to The Valley hub on valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Newcastle star Jonas Gutierrez has claimed Mike Ashley was the person who did not want him at St James’ Park, following his return to fitness after overcoming cancer.The Argentine midfielder left the Magpies in the summer of 2015, having made 205 appearances for the Tyneside club.He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2013, and underwent therapy whilst still contracted to the club, but the 32-year-old believes he was treated unfairly by management.He is now seeking a payment of roughly £2million from Newcastle on the grounds of disability discrimination, having missed out on an automatic one-year extension to his contract.Gutierrez was in line to earn a new deal if he started 80 games between 2011 and 2015, but he managed only 78 starts, and he believes that the club actively prevented him from activating the clause.“I think they feared my illness would mean that I could no longer play at the highest level and they considered me to be a liability rather than an asset to the club,” Gutierrez said, when discussing his situation on Tyneside.“I got the impression that they thought I couldn’t be the same player again after such an illness or that I would be bound to have lingering effects, other episodes of illness off the back of it.“This caused me a lot of distress, given my hard work and commitment for the club in the preceding five and a half years.Gutierrez held a meeting with then-manager Alan Pardew in 2015, following his return from chemotherapy, when they discussed the winger’s future at the club.The fan favourite believes that it was not the manager who was looking to get rid of him shortly after the removal a tumour, with the blame aimed at club owner Mike Ashley.He added: “Shortly after my return to the club from chemotherapy, I was called into Mr Pardew’s office.“Mr Pardew apologised for the way he had treated me in December 2013, when he told me I was not wanted by the club any longer but he said that this was not his decision.“I understood by this that the decision was actually that of the club’s owner, Mike Ashley.” 1 Jonas Gutierrez scored on his last appearance for Newcastle
6 6 6 6 6 James Rodriguez and Isco (Real Madrid) – Scouts for these two will have been disappointed as neither made the field in their 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg. Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) – The Swiss star, who is interesting Man United amongst others, was forced inside more than usual as he contended with ex-Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and was also dropping deeper, which isnt too surprising given Real Madrids desire to turn the tie around. He still did well though, making more successful tackles than any other player on the night (four). 6 Premier League clubs will have been keeping a keen eye on last night’s Champions League clashes as they plot summer transfer moves.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are among the teams who will be having an overhaul once the season ends and they may well have had scouts in the stands to watch targets on Tuesday night.Yesterday, we highlighted seven stars who may well be being watch, so how did they get on in their respective matches? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see how the Paris Saint-Germain, Wolfsburg and Real Madrid stars got on… Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Click the right arrow above to see how more transfer targets got on… – The Chelsea target saw a shot well saved by Joe Hart ten minutes from time when he was clean through on goal but that was his only chance of the game. He appeared restricted by Laurent Blancs 3-5-2 formation and was unable to showcase himself. Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Brazilian, who is wanted by Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United put in another good defensive performance in PSGs backline, many fans believe the 21-year-old should be starting ahead of David Luiz, while the decision to start Serge Aurier instead of him in the first leg against Man City still rankles with many. The centre back was solid in possession, while also making four interceptions, four clearances and three successful tackles. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Swedish striker, linked with Manchester United, will be glad to see the back of Joe Hart after the England shot-stopper twice denied him with excellent saves. The performances of Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi also played a part in his inability to power PSG through to the semi-finals. Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain) – Arguably one of PSGs best players on the night, the French, who has been chased by Arsenal and Tottenham, had to make things tick in the absence of Marco Veratti and Blaise Matuidi. Thiago Mottas exit through injury just before half-time added to the expectation on him but he dealt with it well, making more successful dribbles than any other player on the pitch (six), and more successful tackles (seven) than anyone else too.