Month: December 2019

first_imgChelsea are poised to send out-of-favour defender Papy Djilobodji on loan to German club Wolfsburg.The 27-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer after the Blues paid French side Nantes £2.7million for his signature.But since then the Senegal international has played just one minute for Chelsea and he is ready to leave.Wolfsburg, according to Bild, are in advanced talks with Djilobodji and a deal is expected to be completed by the end of the week.The Bundesliga outfit are ready to take the player on loan for the rest of the season and he is keen on the switch.Fellow Bundesliga side Stuttgart had also shown an interest but Djilobodji is said to prefer a move to Wolfsburg. Chelsea and Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji 1last_img read more

first_img Aaron Ramsey leaves the field during Arsenal’s FA Cup win at Hull Arsenal’s FA Cup victory over Hull on Tuesday night came at a cost for Arsene Wenger as three of his players were struck down by injury.Per Mertesacker came off injured in the first half following a clash of heads, while fellow centre-back Gabriel Paulista had to replaced by Aaron Ramsey after the break with hamstring trouble.Ramsey was then withdrawn just 16 minutes after coming on with a thigh problem, and the midfielder’s injury is believed to be the most serious of the trio.“I’m a bit shocked – we lost our two centre-backs in the game and after we lost Aaron Ramsey,” said Wenger, after the 4-0 win in the fifth round replay.“Mertesacker is just a cut on his eye – that looks to be very short (term).“Gabriel is a hamstring and Ramsey is a thigh problem. To me, the most serious looks to be Ramsey. I think it’s a thigh strain.”Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger not concerned by supporters’ banner: ‘I have nothing to be scared of’ 1last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Analogous actions by the Soviet Union, when it deployed missiles in Cuba, prompted the `Caribbean crisis,”‘ Putin said, using the Russian term for the Cuban missile crisis. “For us the situation is technologically very similar. We have withdrawn the remains of our bases from Vietnam, from Cuba, and have liquidated everything there, while at our borders, such threats against our country are being created,” he said. The October 1962 crisis erupted when President John F. Kennedy demanded that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev remove his country’s nuclear missiles from Cuba because they could have been used to launch a close-range attack on the United States. The Americans imposed a naval blockade on Cuba and the world teetered on the edge of war before the Soviets backed down. Putin also suggested that the tension was much lower than in 1962 because the United States and Russia are now “partners,” not Cold War enemies. His relationship with President George W. Bush, Putin said, helps solve problems, calling him a “personal friend.” The Russian leader said there has been no concrete U.S. response to his counterproposals for cooperation on missile defense, but added that the United States is now listening to Russia’s concerns about its plans and seeking to address them. MAFRA, Portugal – President Vladimir Putin on Friday evoked one of the most dangerous confrontations of the Cold War to highlight Russian opposition to a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Europe, comparing it to the Cuban missile crisis of 45 years ago. The comments – made at the end of a summit between Russia and European Union that failed to resolve several festering disputes – were the latest in a series of belligerent statements from the assertive Putin. Emboldened by oil- and gas-fueled economic clout, Russia is increasingly at odds with Washington and much of Europe on issues ranging from Iran and Kosovo to energy supplies and human rights. Putin used a news conference at the summit’s conclusion to reiterate Russia’s stalwart opposition to U.S. plans to put elements of a missile defense system in the former Soviet bloc countries of Poland and the Czech Republic – both of which are now NATO members. In Washington, White House press secretary Dana Perino underscored those remarks rather than the Cuban missile crisis analogy, saying “there’s no way you could walk away without thinking that he thinks that we can work together.” The U.S. plan is part of a wider missile shield involving defenses in California and Alaska that the United States says are to defend against any long-range missile attack from countries such as North Korea or Iran. Russia strongly opposes the idea, saying Iran is decades away from developing missile technology that could threaten Europe or North America, and it says the U.S. bases are aimed at spying on Russian facilities and undermining Russia’s missile deterrent force.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
first_imgThe California Department of Motor Vehicles has hopped aboard the Information Superhighway by hosting a channel on the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube. Launched in March, the department’s channel,, has received close to 4,300 views and there are 99 subscribers. “Traffic safety is our top priority and with YouTube videos, we hope to catch the attention of each and every teen driver as well as seasoned drivers in California,” said DMV Director George Valverde. The 55 channels, or videos, are separated into six playlists including “The California Driver License,” “Rules of the Road,” “Sharing the Road,” “The Top 10 Reasons for Failing the Driving Test,” and “My Top Videos.” “The videos,” said DMV spokeswoman Jan Mendoza, “are meant to bring what’s inside the driver’s handbook to life.” She pointed out, however, the handbooks will still be available at local offices, including the offices at 9338 S. Painter Ave. in Whittier and 424 N. Wilcox Ave. in Montebello. The most popular video as of Tuesday morning is one about sharing the road with motorcycles, with close to 3,500 viewings. It gives statistical information, such as the fact that California leads the nation in motorcycle registrations, and combines re-enactment with computer- generated visuals. The narrator tells the viewer since there are so many motorcyclists “sharing the road,” drivers should be cautious and be aware of blind spots. The computer animation shows a car making a left-hand turn after a car passes, but does not see a motorcyclist in the next lane. The bike is hit, and its driver goes flying into the air and hits the pavement. “It makes it real for the driver, just like being there,” Mendoza said. The viewer, with the click of a mouse, can also be placed inside a tractor-trailer to see what a trucker sees, which is very limited, Mendoza said. The videos range from one to five minutes with new drivers in mind, but even the most experienced driver can get a refresher course by watching. There is no cost to producing the videos since the department has its own video unit, Mendoza said. The effort is part of DMV’s outreach program and is paid through DMV registration fees. Another Internet venue the DMV is using to get teen drivers’ attention is MySpace, the popular social network. DMV’s MySpace page,, gives direct links to its official Web site,, and has 66 friends, Mendoza said. “The DMV is a `friend’ parents should be glad to see on their teen’s MySpace page,” she said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgWASHINGTON – In their latest tussle with the White House on the Iraq war, two leading House Democrats said Tuesday the Pentagon was using scare tactics to try to goad Congress into passing another war spending bill. And Reps. David Obey and John Murtha said they won’t budge. Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Murtha, D-Pa., head of the panel’s defense appropriations subcommittee, said they won’t support more money for the war this year unless President Bush accepts a timetable for troop withdrawals. Last week, the House passed a $50 billion bill that would keep operations afloat for several more months, but sets a goal of bringing most troops home by December 2008. After Bush threatened to veto the measure, Senate Republicans blocked it. “If the president wants that $50 billion released, all he has to do is to call the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, and ask him to stop blocking it,” Obey told reporters. Obey and Murtha convened the rare recess-week news conference to counter Pentagon reports that the military will have to take drastic steps next month if it doesn’t get the money soon. Democrats and the Pentagon agree the military has until about March before it runs out of money. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday signed a memo ordering the Army to begin planning for a series of expected cutbacks, including the layoffs of as many as 100,000 civilian employees and another 100,000 civilian contractors, starting as early as January. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Gates notified Congress on Tuesday that the Pentagon will shift $3.7 billion from the Navy and Air Force payroll budgets, plus $800 million from elsewhere in the Pentagon’s base budget, in response to the stalemate with Congress. Morrell said that $4.5 billion will be used to provide more money for Army and Marine Corps war operations and to keep afloat the Pentagon office that works on solutions to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This is the last such move that Congress will allow us to make,” until the budget standoff is ended, he said. “These aren’t scare tactics, these are the facts,” said Morrell. “We’re not out to scare anybody, we’re not out to issue propaganda. We’re out to adequately fund our troops who are in battle right now.”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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WELL, it took eight years, but at last Boeing has come up with the data on which way the wind was blowing on that infamous day in 1959, when a nuclear reactor partially melted down at the former Rocketdyne site in the Santa Susana Hills. Boeing, which has since bought Rocketdyne, insists that it wasn’t trying to hide anything. The data were simply missing, and only just turned up. But many environmental activists have long suspected that the missing data were part of a broader cover-up. Whatever the case, we can only hope that these materials will help identify the health dangers and treat those who may have been affected. Meanwhile, the decades-long overdue cleanup of the site must be completed.last_img read more

first_img“He made it really his trademark kind of pudding,” she says. It’s the skillful combination of cake and sauce that is the secret to the perfect pudding, says Simon Johns, who runs the California-based English Pudding Co. “We make the cake, let it go cold, make the sauce, let that cool, then pour the sauce over the cake” before reheating a final time to serve, says Johns, whose parents run the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Co. Ltd. in Cumbria, England. On the heavier side is Christmas pudding, also known as plum pudding. And the alcohol in the sauce is key. “Traditionally, it would come to the table lit,” says Irish food historian Regina Sexton. “You get that lovely blue flame from burning alcohol.” Unlike sticky toffee pudding, Christmas pudding has a traceable history dating to the Middle Ages. It was predated by a porridge of meat, vegetables and fruits that evolved into pudding as cooking styles and technology advanced. The meat and vegetables gradually disappeared – though many Christmas puddings still call for beef suet – as people focused more on luxury ingredients, such as dried fruit. Sexton said the popularity of the pudding as a Christmas dish soared during the 19th century, when holiday festivities became more defined by popular culture influences, such as the novels of Charles Dickens. Many families still use recipes from that era, handed down from generation to generation. And despite the availability of commercially produced puddings, Sexton says families still feel drawn to make their own Christmas pudding. The baking process also is reassuringly old-fashioned. After the batter – eggs, butter, sugar, flour, breadcrumbs, liquor, fruits and spices – is mixed, it is boiled for up to eight hours, then hung in a sack to marinate for weeks. “I try to make them as early as I possibly can so the flavors will develop,” says Kay Lanigan-Ryan, the pastry chef at the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry. The pudding then is boiled for another hour before serving, and it is topped with a brandy sauce. Some people still include coins or trinkets in the served pudding, a centuries-old tradition meant to bring luck to the diners who discover them. Another good-fortune custom centers around the mixing. Relatives would take turns stirring the mixture, making a wish with each turn. It’s a practice still followed by chefs such as Lanigan-Ryan. “All my chefs or staff that are in the kitchen, they all stir it and make a wish for the year ahead,” she said. — Recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding This decadent dessert is the perfect finish to any holiday meal. For a variation, mix chocolate chips, cocoa powder or instant coffee powder into the batter just before baking. STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING Start to finish: 45 minutes Servings: 8 For the cake: 1 cup chopped dried dates 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup boiling water 5 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon rum extract For the sauce: 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 stick butter 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon rum extract Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat eight ramekins with cooking spray and arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the dates and baking soda. Pour the boiling water over the dates and set aside. In a food processor, combine the butter and sugar and process until thoroughly incorporated. With the processor running, add the eggs one at a time and process until smooth. If needed, stop the processor and scrape down the sides. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger into the mixture, then use a spoon or silicone spatula to gently fold in the dry ingredients. Stir in the date mixture, and vanilla and rum extracts. Spoon the batter into the ramekins and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. When the cakes are done, if the tops of the cakes have domed during cooking (expanded above the rim of the ramekin) use a serrated knife to trim and discard the dome, making the cakes level with the rim of the ramekin. To serve, pool a bit of toffee sauce in the center of each serving plate. Overturn a cake into the center of each pool (the cakes should release easily from the ramekins). Drizzle the top of the cake with additional sauce. Serve warm.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It’s the kind of pudding you make when you want to spoil people,” says food historian Sara Paston-Williams, who recently wrote the book “Good Old-Fashioned Puddings” for Britain’s National Trust. “You’ve got a sweet base pudding, and then you put more sweetness on the top of it,” she says. The dessert certainly isn’t one of Britain’s oldest puddings, despite its iconic standing on the pastry scale. Its history is debated, with several hotels claiming to have invented the recipe. But Paston-Williams says a number of caramel-type puddings were popular in the 1930s, when it was en vogue for British chefs to recreate Victorian recipes. So sticky toffee pudding’s origins probably trace back to the mid-1800s. Paston-Williams credits chef Francis Coulson, however, for the pudding’s current popularity. He reportedly developed the delicacy in its current form at the Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in Britain’s lake district in 1960. When it comes to classic British and Irish desserts, the proof is in the pudding – literally. Forget those smooth, gelatin-like convenience foods found in American supermarket snack packs and quick-mix aisles; these puddings are cakey, thick and rich. And they are a staple of the holidays. Reigning supreme among puddings are sticky toffee pudding (a spongy cake studded with dates and smothered in toffee sauce) and the seasonally ubiquitous Christmas pudding (a heavy, moist fruitcake topped with a liquor sauce). While Christmas pudding rarely appears outside the run-up to the winter holidays, sticky toffee pudding is a quintessentially British dessert that is a favorite throughout the year. last_img read more

first_img1 Rangers manager Mark Warburton has agreed a contract extension that will tie him to Ibrox until the summer of 2019.Both Warburton and assistant David Weir have signed “significantly improved” three-year deals which replace their current contracts, which had two years left to run.Warburton told the club’s official website: “I have said this many times since moving to Glasgow but it really is a huge honour and privilege to be manager of Rangers Football Club and I am thrilled to agree a new contract.”The 53-year-old made a major impact after moving from Brentford to Ibrox last summer, clinching a Ladbrokes Championship and Petrofac Cup double as well as guiding Rangers to a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Celtic.Warburton added: “This is a special football club with passionate supporters and the football department will continue to work hard to build on the solid foundations laid down last season.“Our debut campaign in Scotland was certainly a positive one but we are all working tirelessly to deliver continued success for our fans.“Competing at the highest level is the least our supporters deserve and we look forward to playing at a packed Ibrox every other week.“I thank the Rangers board for again backing my player acquisition plan and we are all eagerly anticipating the start of 2016-17.”A Scottish Cup final defeat to Hibernian put a dampener on the end of the 2015-16 campaign but Warburton has secured a major pay rise.Managing director Stewart Robertson said: “Our decision to reward Mark and David with significantly improved contracts was primarily driven by our recognition of their role in transforming the football department at all levels throughout the club and their desire to continue with that project in the seasons ahead.“We have sold more than 41,000 season tickets and, like everyone at the club, our supporters are looking forward to seeing the team compete in the top flight once again – both domestically and in Europe.“Mark and David have worked with Frank McParland to identify and recruit a number of players for the campaign ahead and we are all relishing Rangers’ return to competitive action under their stewardship.”Former Rangers skipper Weir returned to Ibrox after working with Warburton at Brentford.He said: “Mark and I have enjoyed every second of our time in Glasgow so far but the adventure is just beginning and we are all excited to start the new season.“I told Mark what a unique and special club Rangers was before we started our work here and he has now experienced it for himself.“Our fans have given Mark, myself, the backroom team and the players tremendous backing since we arrived and I would like to thank them and indeed the Rangers board for their unwavering support.”Warburton is hoping to add two more players to his squad ahead of the Betfred Cup opener against Motherwell on Saturday having made eight new signings this summer. Mark Warburton has extended his contract with Rangers last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By City News Service HOLLYWOOD – An arson investigation was under way Tuesday into Monday’s wind-driven blaze that destroyed the landmark Little Country Church of Hollywood, leaving a firefighter with hand burns. No one is believed to have been inside the wooden two-story structure at 1750N. Argyle Ave. about a block from Hollywood and Vine. The firefighters managed to confine the blaze to the structure, preventing it from spreading in the neighborhood despite fierce Santa Ana winds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe investigation into the blaze, including a search for accelerants, will involve the House of Worship Task Force, which includes federal and city agencies, fire officials said. The church, built in 1934, was declared a city cultural-historical landmark in 1992. Recently, a developer proposed turning the structure into a combination church and restaurant, complete with a bar.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe language submitted Friday to the Attorney General’s Office for title and summary adds a few new details to the already announced deal. The tobacco tax will be set at $1.75 a pack. The other funding elements, including a sliding scale payroll tax up to 6.5 percent for the largest employers and a hospital tax, remain the same. With medical inflation outstripping wage growth, critics say the plan will fall out of balance. So proponents added a clause that says if revenues fall below what is needed to fund the plan, lawmakers must fix it, or most of the plan would go out of effect. The plan requires most California residents to have insurance, although there are exemptions for poor people who cannot qualify for public programs. It expands those programs to cover more people and requires insurance companies to take all comers. With so many reforms rolled into one, the measure is likely to engender opposition from many quarters, including tobacco firms, the health insurance giant Blue Cross, and the restaurant and small-business associations. Schwarzenegger and Nunez have marshaled their top political guns to try to pass the plan. The political team is being headed by Republican Steve Schmidt, who ran the governor’s re-election campaign in 2006, and Democrat Gale Kaufman, an adviser to Nu ez. Steve Maviglio, a Nunez spokesman, said unions and large businesses that insure their workers will help fund the campaign. “We expect a broad coalition of odd bedfellows, from labor to business to consumer groups,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez submitted ballot language Friday asking voters to fund their health-care reform plan. With time running short to qualify the measure for the November 2008 ballot, they acted even before the state Senate has given its approval to the $14 billion health coverage expansion. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, has been reluctant to put it to a vote while the state is facing a budget deficit of nearly the same size. The Assembly passed a health-reform bill last week covering most of California’s 5.1 million uninsured people. But it will take effect only if voters also approve the funding contained in the ballot measure. last_img read more

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