By George PsyllidesTHE referees’ association has called on a ref who claimed match-fixing in Cyprus was widespread to name those responsible and prove his allegations.Marios Panayi first made the claims back in December 2014.He reiterated his allegations in an interview with the Associated Press, adding that he had rebuffed requests to match-fix three times in his career. Once by a journalist with close ties to a third division team and another by an associate of a fourth division coach.The third involves a first division game in 2011, which is now under investigation.The referee association urged Panayi to give the names of those involved and hand over any proof he had to police, if he has not done so already.“There are many (team) officials, referees, and journalists involved with football and no one can generalise and cast shadows,” the association said in a statement.“Anonymous claims do not help in solving any case.”Any member involved in match-fixing has no place in the “referee family”, the association said.In December, Panayi went public with allegations that match-fixing was rife in Cyprus, naming the football association’s deputy chairman Giorgos Koumas as the man pulling the strings.He also said CFA chairman Kostakis Koutsokoumnis was a “straw-man”.
Premier League clubs spent £180 million during the January transfer window – the first time the figure has fallen since 2012, according to football finance experts at Deloitte.Nearly a third of the total expenditure was accounted for by Chelsea’s £55 million outlay for Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.Last year’s winter transfer window saw top flight clubs shell out £430 million, with big money moves including Virgil van Dijk at £75million and Aymeric Laporte for £50 million.However, most of the major transactions this January saw players leaving Premier League sides, with Brahim Diaz moving from Manchester City to Real Madrid for £15.5million, Mousa Dembele moving to Guangzhou R&F from Tottenham for £11million and Schalke shelling out £9.6million for Manchester City’s Rabbi Matondo.Tim Bridge, director in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “As we approach a decisive phase of the season, Premier League clubs’ January transfer spending has been relatively muted in comparison to what we have seen in previous years.”January spending was at £225 million in 2011 but fell to £60 million in the following year.It doubled the following year, and remained steady at £130 million in 2014 and 2015, before jumping to £175 million, £215 million and £430 million over the last three seasons.The £180 million transfer bill means total gross spending by Premier League clubs in the 2018/19 season is an estimated £1.4 billion, the second-highest season ever following record spend of £1.9billion in 2017/18.Other findings from Deloitte included the so-called Big Six accounting for 43% of the January expenditure, lower than last January when this figure stood at 62%.Equally, those in the bottom six of the table spent £20 million – compared to £70 million in the same period last season.Championship clubs spent £60 million in the window, more than double last year’s total of £30 million, Deloitte added.
PACOIMA – A man who was sitting in his car was shot to death today when two men drove up, fired at him and sped off, authorities said. The man was struck in the head around 11 a.m. while sitting in the the 9910 block of Telfair Avenue, said Officer Mike Lopez, Los Angeles Police Department. The unidentified man died at the scene. Lopez said the two Latino gunmen drove northbound from the scene and remained at large. Nothing indicated the shooting was gang related, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Antelope Valley is deep into its third housing boom since World War II. The 1950s’ boom was fueled by aircraft industry hiring, the 1980s’ boom came from commuters looking for affordable housing, and the latest – that started in about 2001 – is feeding off skyrocketing Southern Californian home prices. The 1980s boom peaked in 1991 with more than 3,300 sales. Then the double-whammy of a deep statewide recession and aerospace industry cutbacks dropped prices by half. More than 4,000 properties went into foreclosure in 1997 alone. How times have changed. Home prices rose 27 percent last year in Palmdale, the site of this Pacific Communities tract under construction in November of last year. Photo by Jeff Goldwater / Staff Photographer AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Home prices are four times what they were in 1999. The Rancho Vista master-planned community in west Palmdale is almost sold out; the Anaverde master-planned community is selling hundreds of homes; and the Ritter Ranch master-planned community is moving forward after a long dormancy. Home prices were up 27 percent in Palmdale and 34 percent in Lancaster last year, pushing median sales prices to more than $350,000 in Palmdale and more than $320,000 in Lancaster. Meanwhile, the estimated 5,600 new home sales in 2005 were nearly double the 1991 peak. The buyers are a combination of Antelope Valley homeowners looking to move up in the market, first-time buyers looking to get out of rentals, and buyers from the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and Los Angeles Basin finding more home for their money in the Antelope Valley. Many of the buyers are finding homes in Palmdale’s 5,000-home Anaverde master-planned community, where the first families moved in last spring on what until a few years ago was cattle-grazing land in the Anaverde Valley. Just to the west, builders are laying streets and other infrastructure for the 7,200-home Ritter Ranch master-planned community. Both developments had been proposed in the early 1990s but were held up by recession and, in the Ritter Ranch case, by bankruptcy and years of legal wrangling.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A 2-year-old girl died and her 4-year-old sister was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after they were pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at a vacant house where they had wandered from their backyard next door. The sisters got through a broken gate into the neighboring yard and took off their clothes before climbing into the pool, where a great-aunt found them minutes later floating face-down, relatives said. “I went out front looking for them. It was just five minutes,” said the great-aunt, Elizabeth Taylor. The girls were identified by relatives as Noriah Hendricks, 4, and Natavia Hendricks, 2. The older girl was flown by helicopter to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, while the younger was taken by ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital, with an escort of sheriff’s patrol cars blocking off side streets as the ambulance raced by. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe 2-year-old was later pronounced dead, coroner officials said. The older girl was breathing upon arrival at the hospital but was still considered in critical condition, fire officials said. The girls’ mother was at work at an AM-PM market when the accident happened. Called by relatives, she arrived home as her daughters were already on the way to the hospital. She fainted on the sidewalk and paramedics were called back to treat her. The little girls had been playing Wednesday afternoon with a 2-year-old cousin in their backyard in the 36700 block of 45th Street East when they disappeared, Taylor said. When she went into the front yard looking for them, she looked through the backyard gate of the neighboring house, which has a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. Taylor saw the little cousin standing in the backyard, then saw the girls in the pool floating face-down. “They got through somehow and they jumped in,” said Taylor’s niece, Brittany Townsend, who helped pull the girls from the water. Taylor, who can’t swim, screamed for help and pulled the girl closest to the side out of the water. Hearing Taylor’s screams, Townsend ran next door and jumped into the pool to pull out the other girl. They carried the children to the front yard and were performing CPR when firefighters arrived.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Black Eyed Peas were triple winners at the 2006 American Music Awards on Tuesday. The hip-hop quartet was named favorite group twice, in the rap/hip hop and soul/rhythm & blues categories. They also won favorite rap/hip-hop album for “Monkey Business.” Expressing gratitude via satellite from Costa Rica, the band’s frontman, will.i.am, thanked fans and artists “for keeping hip-hop progressive and pushing it forward.” Awards came in pairs for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige and Rascal Flatts. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were favorite alternative artist and pop/rock band. They accepted their award via satellite from London, with bass player Flea beat-boxing as lead singer Anthony Kiedis thanked “the American people.” Clarkson captured trophies for pop/rock female and adult contemporary artist, categories presented before the televised presentations began in the performance-filled show. Rascal Flatts won favorite country group and the T-Mobile Text-In award, which is chosen by fans. Blige won favorite soul/rhythm & blues album for “The Breakthrough.” She was also the favorite female R&B artist. She accepted the award from surprise presenter Britney Spears, who looked sleek in a knee-length cream-colored frock and long blond hair. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx was named favorite male soul/rhythm & blues artist. “I’m like a rookie in this music thing,” he said. “This means a lot more than you think, man.” Foxx wore a white tuxedo and sat behind a grand piano to perform “Wish U Were Here” from his 2005 album, “Unpredictable.” Nickelback took home the trophy for pop/rock album. Dancehall singer Sean Paul was named favorite male pop/rock artist. Among country honors, favorite female artist went to Faith Hill, male artist went to Toby Keith and Tim McGraw’s “Greatest Hits Volume 2” was favorite album. Country singer and “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood was named favorite breakthrough artist. Eminem was favorite male rap/hip-hop artist. Shakira won favorite Latin artist, and Kirk Franklin captured the award for contemporary inspirational music. “I know that a lot of people that say that they’re Christians – you know, we don’t always represent, and we don’t always live it and we do sometimes some very stupid things, and you know we’re not doing a good job,” said Franklin, wearing blue jeans with a black velvet tuxedo jacket. “I want to make sure that when you see my life that it’s a life that I’m gonna be proud of.” Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the three-hour ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium, televised live on ABC, with a skit that placed a ringer for Spears’ ex, Kevin Federline, into a wooden crate dumped into the ocean. Kimmel cracked that Federline was the world’s first “no-hit wonder.” Beyonce began the show, belting out her single “Irreplaceable” while vamping around the stage in a sparkly sequined minidress. The Pussycat Dolls also chose sequins for their performance, while Nelly Furtado opted for a skin-tight white dress and stick-straight hair. Gwen Stefani made a stylish return to the music scene, performing the single “Wind It Up” from her forthcoming album, “The Sweet Escape.” The new mom, wearing a skimpy sequined shift and a shoulder-length platinum bob, yodeled and rapped convincingly throughout the tune. Not to be outdone, rapper Jay-Z stepped out of retirement and back into the spotlight, accompanied by scantily clad dancers as he performed the single “Show Me What You Got” from his new record, “Kingdom Come.” Lionel Richie made a festive return to the awards. Introduced by his diminutive daughter, Nicole Richie, the former Commodore performed a medley that included his ’80s party anthem “All Night Long.” Barry Manilow performed a medley of favorites from his latest collection, “The Greatest Songs of the Sixties.” Some awards were announced off camera before the broadcast presentations. The American Music Awards honor the best in pop/rock, country, soul/rhythm & blues, rap/hip hop, Latin, alternative, adult contemporary and contemporary inspirational music. Nominees were chosen based on record sales and winners were selected by a survey of about 20,000 listeners. Associated Press writer Solvej Schou contributed to this report. (AP) – Winners at the American Music Awards: – Pop-Rock: Male artist: Sean Paul Female artist: Kelly Clarkson Band, duo or group: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album: “All the Right Reasons,” Nickelback – Soul-R&B: Male artist: Jamie Foxx Female artist: Mary J. Blige Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas Album: “The Breakthrough,” Mary J. Blige – Country: Male artist: Toby Keith Female artist: Faith Hill Band, duo or group: Rascal Flatts Album: “Greatest Hits Volume 2,” Tim McGraw – Rap/Hip-Hop: Male artist: Eminem Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas Album: “Monkey Business,” The Black Eyes Peas – Adult Contemporary: Artist: Kelly Clarkson – Latin Music: Artist: Shakira – Alternative Music: Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Contemporary Inspirational: Kirk Franklin Artist: – Breakthrough: New artist: Carrie Underwood -T-Mobile Text-In Award (voted by public): Rascal Flatts AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
5 5 5 10. Pedro (Chelsea)Goals: 8Total shots: 57Conversion rate: 14%9. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)Goals: 10Total shots: 73Conversion rate: 13.7% 5 Rashford converted just 11.9% of his shots this season Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 5 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Everton fans have grown frustrated with Walcott huge blow The Premier League season has drawn to a close and what a brilliant ten months of the beautiful game it was.Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the title by just a singular point to retain their crown. gameday cracker Aguero scored the most goals for City this season Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 5. Raul Jimenez (Wolves)Goals: 13Total shots: 111Conversion rate: 11.7%4. Theo Walcott (Everton)Goals: 5Total shots: 43Conversion rate: 11.6% LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE LATEST REPLY But without the goals of the likes of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, it could have been a very different story.In light of this, talkSPORT.com wanted to figure out which forwards were not as clinical in front of goal this season.Gonzalo Higuain was recruited by Chelsea to fix their striking woes, but ultimately the Argentine was more wasteful than lethal, having converted just 10.9 per cent of his shots.But which other forwards were wasteful throughout the campaign? Have a look at the list in full below… Getty Images Zaha had 73 shots on goal this season 8. Danny Ings (Southampton)Goals: 7Total shots: 55Conversion rate: 12.7%7. Salomon Rondon (Newcastle)Goals: 11Total shots: 89Conversion rate: 12.4%6. Marcus Rashford (Man United)Goals: 10Total shots: 84Conversion rate: 11.9% Getty Images Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED deals tense Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)Goals: 6Total shots: 52Conversion rate: 8.4%2. Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea)Goals: 5Total shots: 46Conversion rate: 10.9%1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)Goals: 11Total shots: 131Conversion rate: 8.4% Mitrovic was the most wasteful player in the league
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Me: Can you tell me a bit about the STEM programme you’re getting involved with? Shoubna: We don’t get many girls on the game design course but when we do get them, they really excel, but there are relatively few women working in the gaming industry. Because I’m a female teacher on the course I’d like to encourage girls to follow that path, particularly because the ratio of women to men gamers is about 49 to 51 – so roughly half and half. It makes sense that more females should go into the profession. Me: And how did you go from a gamer to someone who’s organising game design courses? Shoubna: I did a degree in media and communication and we covered some game design –from a societal perspective – which grew my interest. I actually came to the college to be a media teacher but found myself teaching games and eventually took over the role of course organiser. At the launch of the innovation hub at City College Coventry last month, I met teacher Shoubna Naika-Patel. She’s the organiser of the college’s game design course, where students cover all aspects of the industry from designing characters and scenery to narrative structure to marketing. Shoubna is also a STEM Ambassador for the college. This new programme hopes to encourage female students to pursue career paths in science, technology, engineering and maths, a subject close to our hearts. Last week I spoke to her about her course, the changing role of women in gaming and why girls excel on her course. Me: You mentioned to me that you have about 25 per cent girls in your second year and about 15 per cent in first year. Why do you think fewer women come out of school and into courses like this? Shoubna: I think that when students pick their GCSEs they either go into IT or pick an art-related subject. When students aren’t being taught IT at GCSE, they think “well, I can’t go and do an IT course at college, because they don’t have that background.” In addition, I don’t think people are aware of how much women are involved in the games industry, so the perception is that it’s a male hobby and a male industry. Me: What kind of male to female split would you like to see on your course? Shoubna: I’d ideally like to see a 50:50 split but obviously that’s going to take time. I think the key is getting schools involved, going in to talk to them, and encouraging girls to consider it. Me: Are there any female role models in the industry? Shoubna: There are women, but they tend to be hidden. Sometimes they might be at executive level, or they could be designers or modellers. It would be good to see their names out there so girls can recognise them. Me: Is there a difference between the types of games that girls and boys come up with on the course? Shoubna: The girls’ games tend to be quite narrative-driven. They often think outside the box so we see stories that are new to the industry. Last year I had a student who developed a story where you play as a girl who’s about to be forced into marriage and the whole gameplay element is about her sneaking around, avoiding her family and her future in laws. Themes that can be quite hard-hitting but which are very real for some people. Me: And finally, why do you think that when you do get girls, that they excel? Shoubna: I think they’re driven to do well. It might be that they want to prove a point; to say “yes I’m female but I can do this.” Do you teach any female gamers? Have any of your former female students gone into the games industry? We’d love to hear your feedback. Let us know in the comments below, or via our Twitter or Facebook page. • Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates • Discover more at our UK education homepage
Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis on Wednesday said that despite the match fixing scandal his team was focussed on performing well during the rest of the ongoing England tour.Speaking ahead of the practice game on Thursday, Younis admitted that it will be a challenge to overcome the current controversy.”I will try to gear the team up again and make sure that we deliver the best we can in the next few games. It is a big challenge and I’ll try to make the best of it,” Younis said.The match fixing controversy began during the last Test of the five-match series in England. The visitors are now scheduled to play two Twenty-20 and five One-day series against the hosts. The first match is scheduled on September 5.Test team captain Salman Butt along with pacers Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif are facing questioning by the Pakistan Cricket Board over the spot fixing allegations.