Xherdan Shaqiri tipped to star for Stoke by Switzerland teammate

first_img Xherdan Shaqiri 1 Stoke City is the perfect club for Xherdan Shaqiri to demonstrate his talents, according to Switzerland team-mate Valon Behrami.Mark Hughes landed a player with superstar potential when he signed the former Bayern Munich man from Inter Milan this summer.And Behrami, who moved to Watford in the recent transfer window, believes the fast pace of the Premier League will be the ideal stage for his compatriot to fulfil his potential.Shaqiri is poised to line up at Arsenal this weekend and Behrami said: “I think it’d a great idea for him to come here.“He will find more space here than in Italy, so it makes perfect sense.“He’s a powerful player as well and I am sure he is going to show everyone his unbelievable quality.”last_img read more

Injury-hit former Arsenal star Abou Diaby set for Marseille debut

first_img1 Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is in line to finally make his Marseille debut.The 29-year-old moved to the French club in the summer after his contract with the Gunners expired.The Frenchman suffered around 40 different injuries during his nine years at Arsenal and made just one appearance for the club last season.However, according to L’Equipe, he is now ready to make his debut for Marseille.The Ligue 1 side have scheduled a friendly on Friday against Nimes Olympique and Diaby is expected to feature. Abou Diaby last_img read more

Florida sex offender arrested in Virginia

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityState police were notified in midmorning that the U.S. Marshals Service had tracked Mitchell to a truck stop on Interstate81, near the West Virginia border. Four state troopers surrounded Mitchell and took him into custody without incident around noon. Mitchell was being served federal and state warrants, none from Virginia, said Geller, who had no further details. She did not know whether he had a lawyer. The 15-year-old girl spurred a statewide manhunt when she sneaked out of her house before dawn on Monday. She told friends she was running away for love, to be with a boy she met online. She believed Mitchell was in his early 20s. The Associated Press is not naming the girl because she is a suspected sexual abuse victim. Police believe heavy publicity in the hours after the girl disappeared pressured him into dropping her off at a Wal-Mart in the Florida Panhandle. The girl told authorities Mitchell had a handgun and said he would kill her if she drew attention to herself in the store. He told her he was going to another part of the store and would meet her in five minutes, then disappeared, authorities said. Mitchell had 14 prior arrests ranging from burglary and bomb threats to lewd and lascivious conduct, police said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. – A sex offender accused of running off with a 15-year-old Florida girl has been arrested, police said Saturday. The girl was released at a Wal-Mart store this week. William Joe Mitchell, 46, was arrested by Virginia State Police at a gas station in Winchester, Va., according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in central Florida. Mitchell is being held without bond at the Frederick County regional jail, said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police. last_img read more

Cemetery hosts its first Oktoberfest fundraiser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And with the nearly $30,000 they earned, officials believe this will be enough to help it stay in business. “It went really well,” said Randy Wiggins, president of the El Monte Cemetery Association. Most of the proceeds came from the raffle ticket sales, but the Rosemead Moose Lodge also will donate $1,100 to the cemetery from its beer sales. “All in all, everyone had a good time,” Neil Sorensen, administrator for the Rosemead Moose Lodge. The cemetery, located across from Rosemead High School, has been in financial trouble for several years. According to officials, the El Monte Cemetery Association, which oversees and owns the site, has been losing money and has been pursuing ways to help the cemetery by trying to preserve it as a national historic landmark. ROSEMEAD – Children climbed rocks, longtime residents sipped beer and a band played as couples strolled through the Savannah Memorial Park on Saturday. This was the first Halloween Oktoberfest – a fundraiser for the four-acre cemetery on Valley Boulevard that dates back to the 1800s – and some are saying that it was such a success that more events will follow. “I don’t think I could have envisioned anything better than it was,” said lead organizer Barbara Murphy said. “I am very happy with the way it turned out.” The event, which attracted at least 10,000 people, was organized by residents who were on a mission to save the cemetery. In 2005, the association, made up of those who own plots in the cemetery, spent $34,000 but only brought in $9,000. Operating costs were cut in 2006 to $22,000. The cemetery has graves from the 1840s and is the final resting place of a veteran of the War of 1812. City leaders said they were glad the event could help raise money for the cemetery as well as build a sense of community. “I was incredibly impressed,” said City Manager Oliver Chi, “with the support from the community for attending the events and incredibly happy with the support of the staff.” The event came to fruition after Murphy along with Rosemead resident Francis Chavez were able to get city staff, elected officials and the parks and recreation department to plan the event. “For a first-time event, it was a great turnout,” said Murphy, who now has plans for a citywide rummage sale in the spring. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 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

Pakistan cracks down on lawyers, others mobilizing against government’s emergency rule

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But there did not appear to be a unified position among senior government officials on whether they planned to hold the election as planned. The attorney general said the vote would take place as scheduled but then conceded there was a chance of a delay. The prime minister also left open the possibility of a delay. The demonstrations so far have been limited largely to opposition activists, rights workers and lawyers angered by his attacks on the judiciary. There does not appear to be a groundswell of popular resistance and all the protests have been quickly and sometimes brutally stamped out. The streets of Pakistan appeared normal Monday with people going about business as usual for the most part. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and is also head of Pakistan’s army, suspended the constitution on Saturday ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether his recent re-election as president was legal. He ousted seven independent-minded Supreme Court judges, put a stranglehold on independent media and granted sweeping powers to authorities to crush dissent. Musharraf’s leadership is threatened by the Islamic militant movement that has spread from border regions to the capital, the reemergence of political rivals, including former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and an increasingly defiant Supreme Court. The court has emerged as the chief check on Musharraf, who has been promising democracy ever since he seized power. The judiciary has proved surprisingly independent for a country that has been under military rule for most of the 60 years since it was founded. The emergency decree appeared aimed primarily at heading off any Supreme Court challenge to Musharraf prolonging his eight-year rule. The opposition has been demanding Musharraf relinquish his post as army chief and says he should be disqualified because he contested the presidential vote as army chief. Musharraf has also moved quickly to control the media, which he said was partly to blame for the current crisis. Authorities have blacked out TV networks and threatened broadcasters with jail time, but so far have spared the Internet and most newspapers. Most people in Pakistan, where illiteracy is rife, get their news from TV or radio. Police raided and briefly sealed a printing press belonging to Pakistan’s largest media group on Monday. They also tried to storm a press club in Karachi. Broadcasts by independent news networks remained blocked, and domestic transmissions of BBC and CNN went off the air. Lawyers – who were the driving force behind protests earlier this year when Musharraf tried unsuccessfully to fire independent-minded chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry – attempted to stage rallies in major cities on Monday. But the protests were quickly stamped out. In Lahore, about 2,000 lawyers congregated at the High Court. As lawyers tried to exit onto a main road, hundreds of police stormed inside, swinging batons and firing tear gas. Lawyers, shouting “Go Musharraf Go!” responded by throwing stones and beating police with tree branches. An Associated Press reporter saw police bundle about 250 lawyers into waiting vans. About 20 were injured, at least two bleeding from the head and were treated in a waiting ambulance before being spirited away. In the capital, Islamabad, hundreds of police and paramilitary troops lined roads and rolled out barbed-wire barricades on Monday to seal off the Supreme Court. Rana Bhagwandas, a Supreme Court judge who refused to take oath under Musharraf’s proclamation of emergency orders, said he has been locked inside his official residence in Islamabad and that other judges were being pressured to support the government. “They are still working on some judges, they are under pressure,” Bhagwandas told Geo TV in a phone interview. Chief justice Chaudhry was removed from his post on Saturday, just as the Supreme Court was preparing to rule on the validity of Musharraf’s Oct. 6 re-election. “I am virtually arrested,” Chaudhry said in a written statement, describing the emergency declaration as a “naked attack” on the rule of law.” “The main gate of my residence has been locked.” Even lawyers who were not involved in protests appeared to be targeted. Imran Qadi Khan said police pulled him off a bus near Musharraf’s army office in Rawalpindi, just south of the capital, as he was heading to work. “We have been sitting here since morning,” he said from prison, sitting alongside other lawyers who stood out because of their traditional attorney dress, black jackets and black ties. “The police are not telling us anything about what they plan to do with us.” Since late Saturday, between 1,500 and 1,800 people have been detained nationwide, an Interior Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. But Ahsan Iqbal, a spokesman for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s opposition party, said authorities had rounded up around 2,300 of their supporters. Other political activists, human rights groups, and lawyers added another 1,200 detentions to that toll. They included at least 173 workers and supporters of Bhutto, who has held talks in recent months with Musharraf over a possible alliance to fight extremism, said Pakistan People’s Party spokesman Farhatullah Babar.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Police fired tear gas and clubbed lawyers protesting Monday against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s emergency rule. The U.S. and other nations called for elections to be held on schedule and said they were reviewing aid to Pakistan. In the largest protest in the eastern city of Lahore, lawyers dressed in black suits and ties chanted “Musharraf Go!” as they defied the government’s ban on rallies. Some fought back with stones and tree branches. The crackdown mainly targeted Musharraf’s most potent critics – the judiciary and lawyers, independent television stations and opposition activists. Opposition groups said 3,500 had been arrested, though the government reported half that total. President Bush urged Musharraf to hold parliamentary elections as scheduled in January and relinquish his army post as soon as possible. “Our hope is that he will restore democracy as quickly as possible,” Bush said. last_img read more

Sex on school outing alleged

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “We don’t know specifically where he is. … Our information is he went to Sacramento,” said Deputy District Attorney Eric Ferguson of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. He doesn’t think there’s a law enforcement agency actively looking for Curtis in Northern California but the warrant in the system should appear if the man is pulled over. And if Curtis comes back to San Bernardino County, Ferguson said he will be arrested and face charges. Ferguson said Curtis was with the Marines when he met the girl. Curtis wasn’t a volunteer with the defunct JROTC, or Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, program at the high school but a friend of one of the instructors, according to Sandra Thorstenson, superintendent of the Whittier Union High School District. She said volunteers are fingerprinted and checked. Pioneer High, at 10800 E. Benavon St., is part of the Whittier Union High School District. WHITTIER – San Bernardino County prosecutors have an arrest warrant against a man for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met in the JROTC program at Pioneer High. The incident is believed to have happened March 24 during a district-approved trip to Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms. Prosecutors charged Ross Jay Curtis Jr., 22, of Sacramento with one felony count of unlawful sex with a minor on Oct. 16. The arrest warrant was issued Oct. 22. He couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday. There is no phone listing for Curtis or his mother in the Sacramento area. “That person was never approved to go. This individual is not connected to the school district at all,” she said Monday. She wasn’t aware of the charge filed or the arrest warrant against Curtis. Students have taken the trip in the past. Thorstenson said Curtis didn’t travel with the 40 students on the weekend trip but just showed up. “What’s unusual is he met the kids there,” she said. She said they found out Curtis was a friend of Sgt. 1st Class Felix Quintero, who ran the JROTC program at the high school with Capt. William Weber. “(Weber) wasn’t aware of the situation. Quintero told him nothing about this person joining the trip,” Thorstenson said. She said it wasn’t until May that the district found out what allegedly happened on the trip. The girl’s parents told them. Quintero was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation and he resigned later, she added. “The incident wasn’t reported for some time. My understanding is (the teen) reported it to the father,” Ferguson said. The sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station was notified of the alleged situation and took a courtesy report that was forwarded to their counterparts in San Bernardino County. While the alleged incident led to Quintero leaving, school officials said it wasn’t the reason for the district ending the program. Thorstenson said the five-year- old program for grades nine to 12 was disbanded in June due to low enrollment. The program needed 150 students but ended up with 40, she added. [email protected] (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!last_img read more

First openly gay LAPD officer testifies about betrayal, intimidation

first_imgWatson’s remarks, as well as the West Los Angeles assignment, directly contradicted what Williams promised when he told Grobeson he had a “zero tolerance” toward discrimination based on sexual orientation; that he wanted Grobeson to take an active role in recruitment efforts in the gay community; and that he would have his choice of which station he wanted to work, the witness testified. Grobeson — who said he believed Williams’ attitude toward gays was much more progressive than that shown by Gates — told jurors that Watson had a photograph of himself and Gates on his desk. Grobeson’s hopes for a smooth comeback at the LAPD were further hindered by management’s denial of his requests for gay and lesbian cultural awareness training, his inability to be promoted, and a rejection of a television reporter’s bid to accompany Grobeson on a ride-along in a patrol car, the former sergeant testified. An LAPD supervisor said Grobeson could not take the reporter on the ride- along because the sergeant had not completed additional training in driving a police car since returning to the LAPD, Grobeson said. However, the day after the reporter withdrew the ride-along request, Grobeson’s supervisors said he was cleared to drive a patrol car, he testified. Grobeson said he began to have second thoughts about his decision to return to the LAPD, but decided to persevere. He said he asked for — and received — a meeting with then-Assistant Chief Bernard Parks to address his concerns. Parks told him he was present in a meeting with Williams and Watson in which the latter said Grobeson was assigned to the West L.A. station because that was where he wanted to go, Grobeson said. Parks — who later served as LAPD chief and is now a city councilman — appeared to take his complaints seriously, Grobeson said. “He told me he was going to resolve the matter,” Grobeson testified. But according to the witness, the alleged breaches of the settlement and the hostilities within the LAPD regarding his comeback continued. During a visit to Parker Center, he said he found graffiti on a wall above a urinal that read “Mitch is watching.” The current trial stems from Grobeson’s second lawsuit which he filed in 1996, alleging the city and the LAPD violated the settlement reached in his 1988 suit, which resulted in an agreement to stop discriminatory practices toward gay employees and applicants. The city and Grobeson reached an accord last month on part of the second suit when the city agreed to write into the administrative code guidelines strengthening its anti-discrimination policies concerning gays. The city also agreed to pay Grobeson more than $636,000 in attorneys’ fees. However, Grobeson’s demand to be reinstated and his request for back pay were not resolved, resulting in the current trial. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A new LAPD chief’s promise of a progressive attitude toward gay and lesbian members of the force was undermined by managers who preferred doing things the old way, the department’s first openly homosexual officer testified today. Former Sgt. Mitchell Grobeson told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that high-ranking LAPD officials ignored the terms of a 1993 settlement of a lawsuit he filed in 1988, and on which he relied in deciding to return to the department after an absence of about five years. Grobeson laid much of the blame for his acrimonious comeback on former LAPD Cmdr. Daniel Watson, who was assigned by then-Chief Willie L. Williams to oversee Grobeson’s transition back to the LAPD from stints as a university police captain and a San Francisco police officer. Williams was the LAPD chief from 1992-97 and testified in the trial last week. Watson — now South Pasadena’s police chief — laid down the law during a meeting between the two in July 1993, Grobeson testified. “In his opinion, the LAPD didn’t need to make any changes — they were not going to comply with the settlement agreement,” Grobeson said. Watson also told him he was being assigned to the West Los Angeles division, a station that Grobeson believed was the worst possible choice because of his perception of anti-gay sentiment there, he said. According to Grobeson, Watson also told him not to criticize Williams’ predecessor, Daryl Gates. “He said that in the opinions of many LAPD managers, Daryl Gates was the last great chief,” Grobeson testified. last_img read more

Fashion magazines land accused rapist in jail

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings After police tracked her down at home several hours later, she reported a man had attacked her near Celis Street and San Fernando Road. He dragged her into some bushes, then assaulted and raped her, she told police. Major crimes rarely occur in this 2.4-square-mile town, and rape is one of the least common. SFPD has logged just two this year. As officers investigated the scene, they discovered copies of Cosmo Girl and other magazines scattered not far away. At the same time, dispatchers received a call of a burglary at a newsstand at 1240 Truman St., where the owner reported vandalism and the theft of several ladies’ glossies. At the bank next to the newsstand, someone had etched the name “Nobek” onto a bank window – a moniker used by Ruelas in a previous tagging arrest, police said. Officers recalled the name, pulled his mug shot and presented it to the victim. She identified him as the rapist, and detectives scrambled to get a warrant. Officers swarmed Ruelas’ home at 6 p.m. Sunday. SAN FERNANDO – Richard Ruelas allegedly almost got away with rape, but police said his fondness for graffiti and ladies’ fashion magazines landed him in jail. San Fernando police arrested the 22-year-old Sunday evening after a bizarre string of weekend crimes. He confessed to all the charges within an hour, police said. “His past history has been nonviolent – drunk driving on a bicycle, vandalism, some marijuana when he was younger,” Detective Anthony Vairo said. “Unfortunately, he graduated to the big leagues in a big way.” Around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police received a call from a man who’d been talking to a friend who was on her way home from a party. She suddenly screamed and the line went dead. The caller, then the police dispatcher, tried reaching the woman, to no avail. “As officers were making there way in the front door, he was trying to make his way out the back,” said Sgt. Nichole Hanchett, who linked Ruelas to the earlier vandalism arrest. “My lieutenant stopped him at gunpoint, I hopped a couple fences and put the handcuffs on him. Walking him down the street to the car was quite gratifying.” Within an hour, Vairo and Detective Al Martinez were grilling Ruelas, who eventually broke down in tears. Vairo said he admitted everything. He faces charges of rape, assault, kidnapping, burglary and vandalism. “For sexual assault victims, the trauma keeps playing out far from the scene,” Hanchett said. “If the suspect’s not arrested, they’re going to wonder for the rest of their lives, ‘Is that him? Is that him?’ Now, she knows he’s going to get punished.” For more cops and crime news, visit It’s a Crime.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

Nine kits you may have forgotten about featuring Man United, Arsenal and more

first_img 9 The release of new football kits is always an exciting moment as it triggers the countdown to the new season.While some of the new releases prove to be popular, there are always a few shockers appearing in the away and third kit markets.Commemorative kits have cropped up over the years, as have special European ones, but how many do you remember?talkSPORT has unearthed nine kits you may have forgotten existed from some of England’s biggest clubs.Click the arrow, above, right to see some of these neglected ensembles.Have we missed any rare kits? Let us know in the comments section below! Newcastle United away 1997/98 – click the arrow above, right, to see more kits you may have forgotten existed – Only worn a handful of times despite the dark green, mustard and dark blue colour clash 9 9 Liverpool 1988/89 – This one was made specifically to play Aston Villa as both home and away kits clashed and they couldn’t wear the 1986/87 kit (as they did the season before) because the Reds changed sponsors from Crown Paints to Candy. 9 Arsenal away 1998 – Modelled here by former Aston Villa boss Remi Garde, but the kit was worn just once which was against Lens in the Champions League Crystal Palace 2005 – A centenary shirt which was only worn three times by the Eagles 9 9 Tottenham third kit 2006/07 – Everyone likes chocolate and everyone likes gold so surely everyone will like a chocolate and gold kit, right? Manchester United third kit 2001/02 – The worse half of the reversible kit with Paul Scholes the only player who scored in the glorious gold Manchester United 2008 – A one-off shirt worn during the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster in 1958 Manchester United away 1991 – Only worn once against Barcelona in the 1991 Cup Winners Cup final victory 9 9 9 Aston Villa away 2009 – This kit was made for Europe and worn only the once, against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Cuplast_img read more