‘Welcome to Zlatan’: Ibrahimovic makes play for LA’s heart

first_imgIn this photo provided Friday, March 23, 2018, by the LA Galaxy, forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Sweden, poses in the uniform of his new club. The 36-year-old forward comes to the MLS soccer club from Manchester United, where he played for two seasons. He made 53 appearances with the club, scoring 29 goals. (Jon Shard/LA Galaxy via AP)LOS ANGELES — Zlatan Ibrahimovic has really always belonged in Hollywood.The powerful 6-foot-5 Swedish forward has loomed above soccer for nearly two decades, captivating the world with his sublime physical talent and uniquely outrageous personality. He has scored hundreds of majestic goals, won dozens of trophies and scuffled with a few teammates on his journey from Malmo to Milan to Manchester.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “After 20 years in Europe, playing for the best clubs in the world with the best players in the world, I decided it’s time to move to a different continent,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview distributed by Major League Soccer. “Move over to the U.S., try the MLS. For me, there was no question about it. Galaxy was the team, and I chose them. They didn’t need to choose me. I chose them, and I come to do exactly what I’ve been doing the last 23 years: Winning.”He’ll start next week, when the Galaxy formally welcome him to Los Angeles just three games into their 2018 MLS season. If he feels comfortable immediately, he could even debut in a derby against their new archrival Los Angeles FC on March 31.The Galaxy are coming off a last-place MLS finish after winning a paltry eight league games last season, but Ibrahimovic doesn’t expect the five-time league champions’ woes to linger with him leading the line.“I want to accomplish as much as possible,” Ibrahimovic said. “Wherever I went, I won, so I’m coming with this objective. I come to win. I want to win. I think it’s in my DNA that I’m winning trophies. It’s not luck.”Ibrahimovic hasn’t played since Dec. 26 for Manchester United, which released him from his enormous contract for the move. Yet he returned swiftly after injuring a ligament in his right knee last April, and he said he has been “training very hard” for months.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Ronaldo scores twice in added time, Portugal beats Egypt Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ When Ibrahimovic officially landed with the LA Galaxy on Friday, he announced his arrival in a new nation with classic, theatrical, Zlatan-esque style.“Los Angeles, welcome to Zlatan,” read the caption on a social media video featuring Ibrahimovic and a lion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Dear Los Angeles, You’re welcome,” said the back page of the Los Angeles Times sports section, with Ibrahimovic’s signature at the bottom of the mostly blank sheet.Ibrahimovic has been labeled as both a beloved hero and an arrogant villain during his career of high-scoring exploits, but most everyone would agree he is the very definition of a star. The ponytailed 36-year-old could capture the attention of the world’s entertainment capital in a way that even David Beckham couldn’t manage. “I need to play,” Ibrahimovic said. “I’m like a little child that you give candy for the first time, and he’s looking for candy all the time, so that is what I need. I need to play, and I want to play, so I’m hungry to play, because it has gone too long now that I haven’t felt involved in the game.”Ibrahimovic also showed his motivation in the financial aspects of his move. He isn’t one of the Galaxy’s three designated players, instead taking a two-year deal paid with targeted allocation money — $3 million total, according to numerous reports — to fit into the Galaxy’s payroll structure.Instead of banking a much fatter check from a European club, Zlatan appears determined to show his abilities in person to millions of new fans on a continent where soccer support has grown steadily for a generation.Ibrahimovic’s move also should energize the Galaxy, who will mix him into coach Sigi Schmid’s intriguing collection of international talent. While French winger Romain Alessandrini and Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos might not provide the same level of service as Paul Pogba, the Galaxy starters are among the best players in MLS, and Ibrahimovic must learn how to connect with them.Ibrahimovic also confirmed he hasn’t ruled out a return to the Swedish national team for the World Cup this summer despite retiring from the international game in 2016, saying that “the door will always be open.”“But I think the main focus now is Galaxy,” Ibrahimovic said. “I settle in. Get to know my new teammates. Get to know the club. Get to know the city. When I feel comfortable there, you take the next step.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Musa Bility Quits Unity Party

first_imgIt may shock many political observers, yet others might see it as nothing strange when alliances begin to shift and shuffle as an era, such as the two-term rule of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, nears the end. And so it is in the case of businessman Musa Hassan Bility, who served as chair of the ruling Unity Party’s Montserrado committee that successfully concluded with the re-election of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has decided to part company with the ruling party, less than a year to the 2017 presidential and general elections.Bility, himself a two-term president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and one who made history by attempting to run for the presidency of the world football controlling body, FIFA, conveyed to Unity Party National Chairman Wilmot Paye, in a simple letter his decision to quit the party, effective immediately.In a terse statement that did not reveal what may have motivated his movement away from the party, Bility did not mince his words. “I write to inform you of my decision to resign from the UP as of the date this letter,” he said. The letter was delivered Thursday, October 13. Political parties are institutions where people gather with a shared vision and common goal, and Bility could not fail to tell his former chairman how well he much he enjoyed his relationship with the party. “It was a real pleasure to have worked and served over the years and [to] have been a proud member of the team that elected the leadership of the country in two successive elections,” he said in his letter to Chairman Paye. Bility did not reveal his next move but there have been speculations that he was courting or being courted by officials of the Liberty Party, based on sightings of him in Nimba County along with Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh. He is yet to confirm his relationship with any political party. However, he showed greater interest in Congress for Democratic Change’s standard bearer, Senator George Manneh Weah, whose senatorial bid Bility supported in December 2014. It was rumored in the corridors of the LFA that Bility supported Weah to get the football legend’s contribution towards the Lone Star national soccer team, making the case for additional financial support to the Liberia Football Association.Until now much has not been heard about additional support to the national team and the LFA has also not announced any dissatisfaction with any lawmaker on their support to the national team, and of course towards the development of football in Liberia in general.Meanwhile, many political observers, having learned of Bility’s decision regarding the Unity Party, have described it as a blow, because for the last eleven years, he has enjoyed a close working relationship with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, winning a place in her heart, according to those close to the president, as one of her confidants, in her avowed determination to lead Liberia from war and ashes to peace and tranquility.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MFA Gets Support from US Group

first_imgAn international humanitarian organization, Anything is Everything, based in the United States on Wednesday donated several football items to the Monrovia Football Academy (MFA).The items included footballs, jerseys, boots, pumps, books, among others.Darlington Martor, a Liberian based in the US, said the donation was to encourage the young players of the Academy.“I was just like any other kid that loved and played soccer when I was in Liberia. We did not have access to soccer materials and I feel that these kids should be helped to play the game they enjoy,” he said. He said he launched his non-profit organization (Anything is Everything) with his friend from college to collect materials and send them to Liberia.Martor, who has been out of Liberia for over 17 years, called on the kids at the academy to focus on their education and sports, adding that “I know many of you are from West Point and there are many kids out there who do not have this opportunity, so take full advantage of the school, and on the field. This is what got me where I am today.”Martor also disclosed that the organization will be donating a 20 foot container full of non-food items, including health related materials, to two non-profit organizations (More Than Me Foundation in West Point and Restoring Hope in Lofa County) that support and empower vulnerable Liberian girls and boys in underprivileged areas in the country. Receiving the items on behalf of the academy, co-founder Sekou Manubah thanked the organization for the materials, noting that even a single ball and set of training kits are very important to the academy.“This is not something small; it is a very huge contribution to our academy, especially these books. The kids really appreciate it, because you might not find them in other schools and our kids are opportune to have them free of charge because of your organization,” he said. “Anything is Everything” is an organization established in the US by six Connecticut college graduates and close friends who are passionate about contributing to the betterment of the global society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NICIL’s CEO Horace James dies

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Horace James, died on Wednesday morning at his home in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Horace JamesHe was battling cancer for some time and had had recently returned from overseas where he had been receiving treatment.James also served as Head of the Linmine Secretariat and CEO of the Linden Electricity Company. He was appointed acting CEO of NICIL in January 2016 and was then confirmed in the post back in March 2017.Mournful tributes poured in on Wednesday as news of James’ death spread. President David Granger, in a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency, said he is saddened by the passing of James.The Head of State expressed his sympathy to James’ relatives, friends and colleagues.Meanwhile, several regional officials took to social media throughout Wednesday to offer condolences to his relatives and friends. As is customary in the bauxite mining community of Linden, the horn was sounded for several minutes to signal the passing of a former bauxite employee.James was the Head of the Linmine Secretariat (a subsidiary of NICIL) for some 16 years but also served in several managerial positions in the bauxite plant. He was also the first Regional Chairman.The Natural Resources Ministry in its message of condolence said that James had a wealth of knowledge on the history of Linden and bauxite mining. The Ministry said that both Ministers – Raphael Trotman and Simona Broomes – though saddened by this loss, are thankful for the significant contributions that James has made to the natural resources sector.James had played an integral role in the establishment of the Linden Museum given his extensive knowledge on the history of the mining town especially as it relates to bauxite. He also served as a Director of the Linden Technical Institute and also of the Linden Community Development which started in 1970.last_img read more

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North American markets post new record highs on stronger U.S. economic growth

first_imgThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:YRI, TSX:ATD.B, TSX:HBC, TSX:DOO, TSX:ACB, TSX:HEXO, TSX:TRST, TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press The TSX enjoyed a broad-based rally with all but one of the 11 major sectors gaining.Health care led, gaining two per cent as shares of several cannabis producers rose, including Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Hexo Corp., which were up 4.7 and 4.5 per cent respectively. CannTrust Holdings Inc. fell 1.8 per cent, however, after it said the Toronto Stock Exchange is reviewing the company’s eligibility for continued listing on the exchange.“The sector has been extremely volatile of late as investors digest a multitude of industry challenges but for the day the stocks are higher,” said Crowther.Consumer discretionary climbed 1.4 per cent as Hudson’s Bay shares surged nearly 11.3 per cent as Catalyst Capital Group made an alternative offer that topped one from a group of investors led by HBC executive chairman Richard Baker.BRP Inc. shares were up 2.5 per cent after the recreational producers maker said it rode sales of three-wheeled and utility vehicles to record third-quarter revenues, boosting its financial guidance for the third time this year.Advertisement TORONTO — North American stock markets set new record highs yet again on good U.S. data including a positive revision in economic growth in the third quarter.U.S. GDP came in at a 2.1 per cent annual rate over the summer, up from the Commerce Department’s prior forecast of 1.9 per cent. In addition, durable goods orders rebounded in October from a decrease the month before while initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined.“At the margin those positive news items could be what’s driving the market higher in general,” said Ryan Crowther, portfolio manager at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.- Advertisement -The sentiment also caused gold and silver prices to weaken.On the trade front, U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement that Phase 1 talks are nearly complete and comments from Chinese officials continued to support positive sentiment by investors even as the Dec. 15 deadline approaches for the imposition of US$156 billion in new tariffs on Chinese-made items including consumer goods.Markets are hoping the tariffs are eliminated or delayed.Advertisement Consumer staples was higher as Alimentation Couche-Tard shares were up 2.4 per cent after it announced a $7.7-billion offer for an Australian retailer and posted good fiscal second-quarter results.The energy sector was up despite lower futures for crude oil and natural gas. It fell on a report saying U.S. crude stockpiles grew by 1.6 million barrels last week and production hit a record high of 12.9 million barrels per day.The January crude contract was down 30 cents at US$58.11 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 3.2 cents at US$2.50 per mmBTU.Materials was the lone losing sector on the day, falling marginally led by Yamana Gold Inc. down 2.9 per cent.The February gold contract was down US$6.60 at US$1,460.80 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 0.15 of a cent at US$2.70 a pound.Advertisement “Nothing concrete so there’s nothing to hang your hat on yet as far as results but there seems to be some progress in the right direction being made, at least that’s what seems to be being interpreted by the market,” Crowther said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 64.69 points to a record close of 17,100.57 and an intraday high of 17,104.30.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 42.32 points at 28,164.00. The S&P 500 index was up 13.11 points at 3,153.63, while the Nasdaq composite was up 57.25 points at 8,705.18. All three markets rose for a fourth-straight day to set all-time record highs.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.31 cents US compared with an average of 75.26 cents US on Tuesday.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Another injury for the punchless Rangers

first_imgSmid had a goal and four assists in eight games for the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons. He played 77 games for Edmonton last season and had three goals and 10 assists. 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.New York is already without Martin Straka and agitator Sean Avery up front. Straka broke a finger Saturday at Boston and is expected to be sidelined four weeks, and Avery still has another seven to 10 days to recover from a shoulder injury that has limited him to two games this season. The Rangers, returning from a three-game road trip that produced one point, begin a six-game homestand tonight against New Jersey. Oilers shelve Souray The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Sheldon Souray on the injured list with a sprained left shoulder and recalled Ladislav Smid. Souray has missed three games since being injured against Vancouver on Oct.13. He is expected to be out two more weeks. He had a goal and an assist in six games. From news services Rangers forward Ryan Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely because of a sprained knee, yet another blow to New York’s struggling offense. Callahan, who has one of New York’s 13 goals in eight games this season, was injured Tuesday night at Pittsburgh in the Rangers’ second consecutive 1-0 defeat. An MRI taken Wednesday revealed a Grade 2 sprain that won’t require surgery. The Rangers have gotten off to a 2-5-1 start, and surprisingly the lack of offense is a big reason for their troubles. New York has dropped four straight, including back-to-back 1-0 losses for the first time in the club’s 82 seasons. last_img read more

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Locked-up kids get chance to shine on stage

first_imgMALIBU – While most theater directors rejoice at the sight of actors returning to work with them, Susie Duff finds the reunion bittersweet. Creator of a theater program for kids serving time in juvenile camps, Duff would prefer never working with her actors once they’re released. “The recidivism rate is bad,” said Duff, while rehearsing with 10 actors at Los Angeles County Probation Camp Vernon Kilpatrick for a storytelling festival at Exposition Park today. “I’m mad that you’re back here, but I’m glad to see you,” Duff recently told two boys who were sent back to the camp to serve more time. While her program is called “Locked Up In Malibu,” its goal is to liberate adolescent creativity through theatrical improvisation and open their minds to more positive associations with their peers and people from other backgrounds. “It’s very hard to hate someone you just laughed with,” Duff said. A classically trained actor whose made her living on commercials, Duff said she began doing volunteer work in the camp system 12 years ago. Her work over the years at county youth probation camps David Gonzalez and Kilpatrick was prompted by a friend’s comment to her kids. After a particularly bad day with her children, Duff’s friend took them for a ride. “She drove up her kids … to Camp David Gonzalez,” Duff said. “`This is where the bad kids go,”‘ she said her friend told her kids. “She thought that was such a great move, and I was horrified,” Duff said. “How can we, with all the power and privilege that we have in Malibu, (say) that a) there are such a thing as bad kids and b) those kids are any less than we are? … The difference is when our kids get locked up, we have the money and the means to help them.” Craig Levy, director of Camp Kilpatrick, which houses males 12 to 18 years of age sentenced through juvenile courts, said programs such as Duff’s allow some young people to experience success for the first time. “This is the first time any of our kids have been out on a stage,” Levy said about the positive experience of applause. “It opens their eyes to something they’ve never been able to do before and now they know they can do it. It’s no longer a question.” WANT TO GO? The Sixth Annual Los Angeles Storytelling Festival, today, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., EXPO Center, 3980 S. Menlo Ave., Exposition Park. Locked Up In Malibu will perform at 4:30 p.m. Visit lastorytellingfestival.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Latest Pico murder likely gang-related

first_imgIn the latest killing, witnesses told detectives a car driven by a female with two male passengers pulled up to the victim and his girlfriend as they were walking near Tommy’s Hamburgers on Durfee Avenue at about 9 p.m. Thursday. One man got out of the car and asked the couple, “Where are you from?” He then fired several bullets at the victim and his girlfriend. The man died later at a hospital. His girlfriend was reportedly in good condition Friday and is expected to survive, deputies said. On Sunday, 20-year-old Armando Ramos Jr. of Pico Rivera, was gunned down at about 3 a.m. while standing in front of a home in the 3400 block of Chapelle Avenue. The area is where the new sheriff’s gang unit is targeting gang activity. As in Thursday’s shooting, a vehicle drove up and a passenger inside asked Ramos, “Where are you from?” before opening fire, said sheriff’s Sgt. Don Manumaleuna. On March 30, a few blocks from Thursday night’s shooting, Richard Garcia, 47, was stabbed to death. Garcia was walking from his home to a bar on Rosemead and Whittier boulevards at about 6 p.m. to celebrate his birthday with friends, detectives said. No one saw Garcia being stabbed. He was found on the ground with two fatal wounds in his abdomen. Detectives are not sure whether Garcia’s death was gang related. He was not a gang member, said Detective Sgt. Dan McElderry. On Feb. 13, Douglas Orellana, 28, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the 9000 block of Foxbury Way; and on Feb. 3, Edward Baldarrama, 22, was shot while riding in a car with his girlfriend and a friend in the 4800 block of Oak Street. No arrests have been made in any of the killings. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, (323) 890-5500. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn response, Mayor Pete Ramirez said he will request more deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to saturate the city with law enforcement. “I’m going to write a letter to Sheriff Lee Baca requesting additional patrols,” Ramirez said. “The irony of this is that we just OK’d more money for more patrols. “It’s going to take a while to get some of these bad guys off the streets.” Just two weeks ago, a new two-deputy gang unit started patrolling the city. The unit has been “putting people in jail left and right,” said Ramirez. Last year, nine of the 15 homicides reported in the city were gang related. This year, four of five slayings appear to be gang related, detectives said. PICO RIVERA – A second gang-related slaying in a week here was a senseless tragedy, sheriff’s deputies said, and prompted the mayor to call Friday for more patrols. “We’ve got nothing but an unfortunate guy who went out on a walk with his girlfriend,” said sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Sgt. Shawn McCarthy. “He was not a gang member. He was mistaken.” The victim, whose name was not released, might have been targeted by gang members trolling for victims Thursday night in an area where two rival gangs’ territories meet, investigators said. It was the fourth homicide believed to be carried out by gang members in Pico Rivera so far this year, detectives said. last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSATURDAY Diabetes program, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the cafeteria at Hart High School, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1642. Berenstain Bears story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Open auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof,” 10 a.m.-noon for children under 18 and 1-5 p.m. for adults at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMeet Your Neighbor Day, 2-4 p.m. at The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 260-3101 or visit www.scvhomesweethome.com. Newhall branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Dinner: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Blood drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. “Christ’s Code” service will explore the differences between “The Da Vinci Code” and the Bible, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Adopt-a-Pet event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petsmart, 24965 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Open auditions for adults only for “Fiddler on the Roof,” noon-4 p.m. at Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Classics Book Group will discuss “The Age of Innocence,” 1:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 2 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY “Zorro” discussion, noon in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-2489. SCV Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Health lecture on “Colorectal Cancer and the Importance of Screening,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 2:30 p.m. in the Library Public Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3362. Relay for Life team captain meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Adult Health Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Call Laura Scott at (661) 296-0081. Beverly Hillbillies Bible study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Evening of Remembrance, 7:15-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Grove at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Tess Simgen at (661) 255-4956. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location.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

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REPORTS: Liverpool set to win race for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk

first_img1 Liverpool are set to win the race for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, with reports claiming the Dutchman is keen on a move to Anfield this summer.Van Dijk is one of the most in-demand players ahead of the transfer window, which officially opens in July 1.Chelsea and Manchester City have also been strongly linked with a move for the 25-year-old.But, according to reportsm Van Dijk has indicated he favours a move to Liverpool, where he is keen to work with manager Jurgen Klopp.It’s a huge boost for the Merseyside club, who had made Van Dijk their top summer target after their leaky defence almost cost them a place in the top four of the Premier League and Champions League qualification.The Reds eventually finished in fourth place this season, and the club are prepared to spend big this summer to ensure their return to Europe’s premier competition is not an embarrassment.It is claimed it will take a £60million bid – a world record fee for a defender – to take the centre-back away from St Mary’s.The Netherlands international joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015 for just £13m.The Reds are also prepared to make him the highest paid player in the club’s history with wages of around £200,000 a week. Van Dijk is one of the Premier League’s most in-demand players ahead of the summer transfer window last_img read more

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