first_imgMiscellaneous incidentsAt 2:30 p.M., DPS officers responded to a report of a male screaming inside an apartment at Shrine Place. The officers contacted a student in the apartment and he told them he had been arguing with his ex-girlfriend on the phone.  The student did not require any assistance and the officers cleared the scene.At 1:51 p.m., DPS officers responded to a staff member who sustained a cut to her forehead when she tripped and fell while walking near the Bovard Administration building. An LAFD RA unit was responded.  The RA Unit treated the staff member and she was released to the officers. They transported her to SHC for additional medical treatment. The following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety crime/incident summary on Monday, May 21. Crimes against a personAt 9:38 p.m., a student reported that a suspect pushed her off her skateboard as she rode past him and a second suspect near Adams and Figueroa. He attempted to grab hold of her as she lay on the ground. The student then punched the suspect in the groin and fled on foot. The suspects did not pursue her. The student did not report the incident at the time it occurred, so DPS officers were unable to conduct a search for the suspects.At 9:13 p.M., a non-USC male reported that someone has been tampering with his mail at the University Gatway Apartments and he believes his roommate, a student, is responsible.At 9:14 a.M., a staff member reported that a student was verbally abusive and disrespectful toward him at the Keith Administration Building.Crimes against propertyAt 6:15 p.m., DPS officers on routine patrol observed a locked bicycle in the bed of a truck at Del Taco that was empty a short time earlier when it was spotted in an alley on 28th Street and detained the driver for investigation.  The suspect claimed he found the bike, but it was registered to a student. When the officers contacted her she said no one had permission to remove it.  The student did not desire criminal prosecution of the matter, so the suspect was released and the bike was impounded at the DPS office for her to claim it.At 12:01 p.m., a suspect smashed the front passenger side window to gain entry and removed a book bag from a car parked at Soto Street and Valley 11:20 a.m., a staff member who works inside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center deli reported that he observed a suspect place an order of food in a bag she was carrying and exit the store without paying for it. The staff member also said there have been multiple incidents involving the same suspect during the past several weeks. DPS officers conducted a search, but were unable to locate the suspect.last_img read more

‘The Big Lebowski’ sequel? Jeff Bridges releases potential Super Bowl commercial teaser

first_imgThe Coen brothers were not involved in the film, but gave Turturro permission to continue the charachter. Turturro was set to direct and write the film. It’s also worth noting the Coens publicly stated they would never make a sequel to the “The Big Lebowski.” “In this case, I don’t think we’ll oblige,” Joel Cohen told Variety in 2016.It seems like we’ll have to wait until Super Bowl Sunday to find out what, exactly, Bridges is teasing, but our best guess is that it will just be another commercial for some product featuring The Dude. UPDATE: Turns out the teaser was just for a Stella Artois commercial. ORIGINAL STORY:Are we getting “The Big Lebowski” Part 2? Fans of the 1998 Coen brothers film are speculating as much after actor Jeff Bridges tweeted a teaser video Thursday. There were no immediate details about what the video is actually teasing, other than a date of Feb. 3, 2019, which is the day of Super Bowl 53.SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW:Five worst performances | Five best performancesCan’t be living in the past, man. Stay tuned.— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) January 24, 2019It seems safe to assume whatever Bridges is promoting will make an appearance during the big game, but the question is what it will be. Is it just going to be a commercial featuring Bridges in character as The Dude, or will it be for a trailer of a potential sequel to the iconic film?We saw something similar last year when a marketing company put out a “Crocodile Dundee” trailer featuring Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride, only for it to end up being an ad for a tourism company.But there’s also a bit of hope for fans expecting another Lebowski movie. There was a rumored film titled “Going Places,” which was going to a spin-off of a character from the film, Jesus Quintana (played by actor John Turturro).MORE: Best Super Bowl commercials from 2018last_img read more

Terrell Owens says Max Kellerman is ‘blacker’ than Stephen A. Smith for stance on Colin Kaepernick

first_imgTerrell Owens: “Max [Kellerman] almost seems blacker than you, Stephen A. [Smith].”— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) November 21, 2019Smith has been involved in a nearly a week-long debate about Kaepernick’s workout, both on social media and on the ESPN show. His first comments on the situation came Saturday, after Kaepernick had changed locations for his workout in front of NFL teams.Smith posted a video with the social copy, “He doesn’t want to play.” The video, which has gathered over five million views on the social media platform, opened Smith up to criticism.MORE: Watch highlights from Colin Kaepernick’s workout for NFL teamsHe doesn’t want to play.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 17, 2019The ESPN analyst continued to discuss the issue throughout the week on “First Take,” and was challenged by Kellerman during one episode.Kellerman said, in part:”What am I to do with my privilege as a white man and as a person on TV with an enormous platform? Which, by the way, I benefit from the platform that you (Stephen A.) built primarily. What am I to do with that power? Right? Am I to support the power structure that, where injustice is ongoing, or should I speak truth to power using that privilege and that platform?”When you say things like, ‘Colin Kaepernick, who are you as a black man — and now you’re given this opportunity — who are you to ask questions about who the receivers are gonna be? Why it’s last minute?’ OK, you may be right. People may be right. Like, ‘Colin, it’s not going to be perfect. You’re asking them for a job. It’s not gonna be perfect.’ However, you know who I am? I’m a member of the media who will ask that question.”Why was the workout arranged in this way? Why was there an ultimatum with 48 hours to accept? Why was the waiver not the standard waiver? … Why only on that day? Why weren’t cameras allowed in? Why hasn’t he been working for three years? I will ask those questions, and I will also say while you can focus on the world we actually live in where you wear a Kunta Kinte shirt, the white billionaires aren’t going to like it. I am going to talk about the world we ought to live in. And bring pressure to bear that sooner than later we do live in world where ‘so the hell what someone shows up with a Kunta Kinte shirt.'”.@maxkellerman wants to take a moment to address Stephen A.’s comments on Colin Kaepernick.— First Take (@FirstTake) November 18, 2019As all of this unfolded, Smith continued to take in criticism from social media. He eventually received so much negative feedback that he felt he needed to point out, “I’m a black man, you idiots!”MORE: Which NFL teams make the most sense for Colin Kaepernick?Here’s Smith’s full quote from that taping:”When I sit up there, and I sat here yesterday, and I spoke about how his points are eradicated, I’m not talking about the kneeling. I’m not talking about the protesting. I’m a black man, you idiots! You think I have a problem with a man that is kneeling and protesting racial oppression and police brutality? Do you know anything about my history in 25 years in this damn business? From The New York Daily News to the Philadelphia Inquirer to CNN to Fox to ESPN. Do you have any idea about my damn background and the fights that I have taken on the behalf of African Americans throughout this nation’s history? Do you have any idea who the hell you are talking about?”Listen to this, Damnit!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 19, 2019All of this leads to Thursday’s episode of “First Take” and Owen’s comments. The full conversation is too long to get into within a single article, as Owens, Smith and Kellerman discussed the issue for nearly 12 minutes. But we’ll address the aftermath of Owens’ remark about Kellerman being “blacker” than Smith.The tenured ESPN reporter did not appreciate that comment, and let Owens know immediately after.”Time out, with all due respect my brother, I’m going to check you right now. You done crossed a line,” Smith said. “First of all, like I said, you, Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, any of y’all that want to debate me in front of black people and talk about what’s best for black people, name the time and place, I’ll show up. What’s the definition of blackness? Is there a definitive definition of blackness? Why are you giving the impression that because I don’t march (in) lockstep with every single thing that Colin Kaepernick wants …”At this point, Owens interrupted Smith’s thoughts, but the analyst continued with a similar conversation.”You just sat up there and used an expression, ‘more blacker.’ Excuse me, I’m from Hollis Queens, New York City. You ain’t the only brother out there that’s in the streets. I’m in the streets every day. And you damn well know that’s the truth. I’m not going to disrespect you, I’m not going to go that route.” Stephen A. Smith has taken plenty of criticism for his stance on Colin Kaepernick following the free agent quarterback’s workout on Saturday. The latest critique comes from former NFL receiver Terrell Owens, who joined the “First Take” crew on Thursday to share his thoughts on the situation.However, Owens “crossed a line,” according to Smith, when he said, “Max [Kellerman] almost seems blacker than you, Stephen A.” Owens later claimed he meant “no disrespect” with the comment and instead said it was “tongue in cheek.”The segment ended shortly after as the show had to go to commercial break.last_img read more

UEFA look for light at end of tunnel in bid to resume European football season

first_img“We may have to resume without spectators, but the most important thing, I think, is playing games,” Ceferin told Italian daily Corriere della Sera.“It is early to say that we cannot complete the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues. Better to play behind closed doors than not at all.”UEFA has already postponed Euro 2020 by a year. The Champions League and Europa League are on hold “until further notice”, with both stuck in the last-16 stage.According to Jean-Michel Aulas, president of French club Lyon and also on the ECA board, UEFA’s hope is to complete its club competitions in August, with the Champions League final on August 29.Ultimately, though, football is at the mercy of the virus and of national governments.Lockdowns in the UK, France, Spain and Italy will continue into May. Meanwhile Germany and other parts of Europe are taking tentative steps to ease measures.German clubs are desperate for the season to be finished by June 30 to secure an instalment of television money, reportedly worth around 300 million euros ($326 million).That is a central concern for Europe’s other leading leagues but, in contrast, the Belgian Pro League has stated its intention to declare the season finished.They are waiting for the UEFA meeting before potentially ratifying the decision at a meeting on Friday — UEFA had previously threatened to exclude teams from the next Champions League if domestic competitions were ended prematurely.Scotland has already declared the season over in the leagues below the top flight and could do the same for the Premiership if UEFA does not object.Share on: WhatsApp UEFA is set to hold a series of meetings this week as European football plots a path towards resuming the suspended seasoParis, France | AFP | As European countries take steps towards easing lockdown measures imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA will meet with the continent’s football clubs and associations this week to try to mark out a pathway towards resuming the season.European football’s governing body is eager to steer all 55 member countries towards a consensus. They want to finish the season, with Germany hopeful of restarting Bundesliga matches behind closed doors next month.Elsewhere, Belgium and Scotland appear to be awaiting a green light from UEFA to call an end to their seasons now.The virus has claimed over 165,000 lives globally, nearly two thirds of them in Europe, according to an AFP tally. Given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, UEFA are remaining prudent.That means firm decisions are unlikely this week, as UEFA hold a meeting with the heads of all member associations on Tuesday, followed by another with the powerful European Club Association (ECA) and the European Leagues grouping on Wednesday.UEFA’s Executive Committee will then meet on Thursday, and that could trigger key announcements elsewhere.Notably, the German Football League will hold a video call with the 36 clubs from its top two divisions later the same day as it hopes to resume playing by mid-May.“This week, important decisions will be made on how to proceed,” German FA chief Fritz Keller told Kicker magazine.“UEFA are working on a whole host of scenarios,” one source told AFP. “But nothing will be decided at the end of the meeting on Thursday because it is still impossible given all the uncertainty surrounding the easing of the lockdowns.”When football ground to a halt in mid-March, the end of June was set out as the target date for finishing the seasonUEFA has since been working on the possibility of playing in July and August if required, and president Aleksander Ceferin remains optimistic that seasons can be completed.– Champions League final in August? –last_img read more

8-year-old Florida boy placed in handcuffs; family plans to sue

first_imgAn 8-year-old boy’s family is planning to sue the Key West Police station and other parties after their child was placed in handcuffs and taken to a juvenile detention facility during an incident at his elementary school.According to the report, authorities were called to the school in December of 2018 when the 8-year-old punched his teacher in the chest after arguing with her about sitting properly in the cafeteria.Authorities were called to the scene where one officer then attempted to place the child in handcuffs.Bodycam video footage now posted on Twitter, shows one of the officers asking the child “Do you know where you’re going? You’re going to jail.”The officer then tries to put the child’s hands into restraints, however, when he realizes the child’s hands are too small, he asks the child to place his hands in front of him and walked him outside.“This is very serious, OK? I hate that you put me in this position that I have to do this,” said the officer. ” The thing about it is, you made a mistake, and now it’s time to learn from it and grow from it right? Not repeat the same mistake again, OK? ”The child was then taken to a juvenile justice facility where he was booked on a felony battery charge, however, the charges were dropped after the family fought them in court.Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump who is representing the family says the situation was not handled correctly.“We want to know who thought this was appropriate?”Crump also noted that the boy is a special needs student which everyone is aware of and that he does not pose a threat to anyone.“He simply was having a mental illness crisis because of his disabilities that have been well diagnosed,” he said. “Everybody at the school knew about his mental illness. He was on medication, but yet, the system still wanted to criminalize this little boy of color.”The family is now planning to sue the officers involved, school officials, and the Monroe County School District, and the City of Key West.last_img read more

Year of atonement

first_imgEven though the Steelers, Colts game Sunday at Heinz Field was billed as “just another meaningless preseason game” ha, ha, ha. It was a tale of almost two halves but it made the argument wide receiver Mike Wallace presents to get more loot for his services a bit stronger, after “Big” Ben Roethlisberger threw an ill-advised pass that was easily picked off. Oh by the way, after that gift the Colts went absolutely nowhere and when the Steelers “D” stopped them cold, Antonio Brown caught a pass that was little more than an extended hand off from Ben Roethlisberger and took the ball “all the way to the house.” As a team the Steelers must take this season all the way to the house in order to begin to make their mark. No one fears the guy that played in your spot last year; it is the guy in the first chair this year that concerns them. Forget about “mystique.” If you do not perform in the NFL, otherwise known as the Not-For-Long league, instead of being part of a collective mystique you might end up being a “mystery” player or the answer to a trivia question that no one knows the answer to. The Steelers have to get rid of the stigma of being beaten by Tim Tebow. More importantly, they must get beyond the stigma of beating themselves.The Steelers can no longer live on past tradition. “Mean” Joe Greene can no longer terrorize opposing quarterbacks. John Stallworth can no longer turn a simple five yard swing pass into a 80 yard touchdown. The scowl of Chuck Noll has been replaced with the sneer of Mike Tomlin.The Steelers had better start seriously rebuilding their defense, just as the Colts are rebuilding their offense. Even though Andrew Luck, the first overall pick of the 2012 draft class threw a pair of picks, he still for the most part showed great poise.Everyone seems a bit too concerned about if and when Mike Wallace will again don the Black and Gold. Well Mr. Wallace had better soon make up his mind because the clock is ticking. If Antonio Brown keeps on taking the ball to the house, Wallace might have to do a few back flips and somersaults just to get the bank teller to cash his unemployment check.This was the first victory for the Steelers. Pre-season or not, a win is a win is a win. However, as far as I am concerned the jury is still out on both the offense and defense. Neither side of the ball was exemplary. As a matter-of-fact there still seems to be a lack of experience on the starting left corner side as well as with the safety position.Andrew Luck passed for 175 yards and that is not a good sign being as the Steelers have to face the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers as warm up acts before venturing out to the oxygen deprived city of Denver minus their second best safety Ryan Clark, who by the way will not be playing because he is afflicted with sickle cell disease.What member of the defensive backfield is Peyton Manning going to carve up when the Steelers face Mr. Manning in their first regular season game?The Steelers are a team in search of an identity. They have tried a myriad of offenses and defenses but everything that they attempt has to be based on the personalities and personnel groupings that are available to them. They cannot react and be like the pass happy Colts or the soon to be pass happy Broncos. The Steelers have almost always been throughout their history been trend setters, not trend followers.When Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount first came into the NFL, it was perfectly legal for a defensive back to maintain contact with a receiver until the pass was thrown. Blount was a master of the “bump and run. He regularly stymied Oakland’s ace receivers, Cliff Branch and Fred Biletnikoff, held off Cincinnati’s Isaac Curtis so long his quarterback had to eat the ball and broke the ribs of the Cowboys’ Golden Richards.So the the NFL’s competition committee simply changed the rules, outlawing Mel’s most efficient pass coverage technique. The league soon after outlawed any contact more than five yards beyond the scrimmage line.The rules-makers insisted they were only trying to increase overall scoring all around the league but Steelers coach Chuck Noll disagreed: “They ganged up on us and are trying to win the championship through legislation. But whatever the rules, you have to adjust to them and play with them.”Nobody adjusted more quickly or effectively than Blount. No longer able to usher receivers downfield on his terms, Mel merely played behind them, appearing to be beaten, before swooping in like a starved vulture to deflect the pass or gobble up an interception. When you are the Pittsburgh Steelers they may stack the deck but they can’t play your hand.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Sheila and Ben – A Lifetime of Satisfied Kluh Jewelers Shoppers

first_imgSubmitted by L. Jeanette Strole Parks for Kluh JewelersSheila has been shopping at Kluh’s Jewelers with her husband, Ben, for decades.Aside from efficient and clever ad campaigns, nothing convinces a new potential customer to try a new product or store as the trusted word-of-mouth references from another shopper. So it is that we bring you an installment of affirming words from some very content customers, Sheila and Ben. (Editor’s note: They have chosen to withhold their last names for this article.)Ben, a retired sheet metal worker has lived in Thurston County most of his life, and graduated from North Thurston High School in 1966. At that time, the graduating class was presented with a 10% lifetime discount from the Kluh Jewelers family, and indeed, he has kept this card for life. In 1981, he married Sheila, (who has lived in this area since 1973), and they remembered this 10% discount card when it was time to buy a birthday gift for Ben’s mother. They made a trip out Kluh Jewelers, and he bought her some topaz earrings. “We were so impressed with the quality and service, that we have been going back for gifts for family (and myself) ever since.”Sheila, who retired from Alaska Airlines recently, shares that she and Ben and her sister-in-law from California have been attending several of the Kluh’s lay-away and vault sales. The annual vault sale event, in November, is Sheila’s personal favorite when she does all her Christmas shopping each year. “As I was a flight attendant, and out of town a lot, I had to miss some, but Ben went for me. We love the door prize events which take place prior to the sale, and have even won some, such as a $25 gift certificate towards the purchase of an item, and also pearl earrings.” As she reiterates, the vault and lay-away sales are an excellent opportunity to come in and see what they have in stock, and what their environment is all about. “And the donuts are great,” she adds with wit.Their support and loyalty to Kluh’s business has given them many opportunities to add special items to their collection. A recent such memory marked Sheila’s retirement with a little extra dazzle. “Ben and I were shopping and I gleamed onto a beautiful gold and diamond watch which I could not purchase at the time, but mentioned to my husband how much I loved this watch and what a beautiful retirement gift it would be.  Well, on my last flight, he went with me.  On my layover, I woke up in Chicago the next morning, and there was a beautiful gift wrapped box on top of my suitcase which contained the watch I had my eye on. “When Sheila retired from Alaska Airlines, Ben surprised her with a special watch that she had her eye on at Kluh Jewelers.She adds that Kluh’s does an excellent job with gift wrapping, which adds that much more to the experience of giving and receiving gifts from their store cases.In all their years of shopping at Kluh’s she has never had any complaints with their inventory or service. If anything, the opposite has been true. “I have had several pieces of jewerly in the past that needed to be sized or repaired and their on-site jeweler has always done an excellent and timely job. “The unique jewelry, friendly staff and customer service keeps them coming back. “You cannot find [this] at a big box store.” One of her upcoming notions is to have a gold bracelet (which she purchased at a lay-away sale) made into a charm bracelet with her airline-service wings.Ben and Sheila would probably not have foreseen that the 10% discount card that he received in 1966 would lead to their lifelong habit of shopping at this multi-generational establishment. But they are most certainly pleased with each experience they have had inside the doors of Kluh Jewelers. “What stands out most is their customer service.  When we walk into the store we are greeted with friendliness and they always remember our names. I would sincerely recommend anyone looking for a gift for someone or something for themselves for a special occasion to go to Kluh’s.  ”Kluh Jewelers701 Sleater Kinney Road SE in Lacey360-491-3530 Facebook3Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

‘Audition face’ isn’t a syndrome, it’s a skill

first_imgBut just try sitting in that chair behind the folding table that holds strategically-placed Coca-Cola glasses and smiling sweetly as yet another rock song is massacred. You might last through the first 10, but then they might have to pry your fingers from the plastic soda cup. Your teeth will hurt from the rough intake of air as your forced smile offers “encouragement” when you really wanted to say “keep your day job” before you run screaming from the room. Have you noticed that guest judges only last one show during the trials? That’s because their union protects them from cruel and unusual punishment. I’ve done my share of auditioning, mostly for community theater parts that involved singing. I’ve always wondered how directors or talent coordinators worked on their “audition faces.” Then I tried being a director myself, which involved auditioning several children and adults. Being a musical, there was singing. Oh, the humanity. You start out optimistically. “Oh, I’m so glad he/she/they are auditioning, they were so good in (fill-in-the-blank show).” You take a deep breath, hold up the rating sheet and look them right in the eyes and smile. The first few might go all right. But then the singer whose parents are excitedly waiting in the next room (after having sent several e-mails about how talented their prodigy is and how excited/prepared/nervous they were) steps up to the audition spot and opens their mouth. Halfway through their toneless version of “All That Jazz,” your brain is desperately scrambling for the diplomatic words to say. And you know whatever it is, it’s not going to be the right thing. Then someone who did a show with you a few years ago comes in. Have they spent their time away taking lessons? You begin to quietly pray, but your prayers soon prove unanswered. You weigh the alternative – cast these people in the show and have the rest of the talent mutiny two days into tech week. That’s not good. You rest your chin casually on your hand. It’s really there to make sure your jaw doesn’t hit the audition table. You consciously try not to squint as they meander through several keys. “Pick one, any one,” you plead silently. And you really, really try to smile sincerely. I’ve auditioned before directors that I’d had a beer with less than 24 hours before. It’s like suddenly your best friend becomes your boss and you’ve got four write-ups in your personnel file. It’s do or die. Did I pick the right song? Do they like interaction? Should I put in that move I thought up in the car on the way over? What the heck was I thinking? I guess the best thing for directors to do is avoid eye contact. That’s why there’s mirrors in the audition hall, so they can watch only if they want to. As to listening, 16 bars is long enough to know if the singer will either harm the audience or make your show. In the end, there’s always a decompression session – highly recommended to be taken in the tavern down the street – where the best and worst are reviewed just one more time. It’s a good idea for both the auditioning and the auditioners, but not at the same bar. But given the choice of being the picked or the picker, give me a CD and a top hat and I’ll give it all I’ve got. I can sing and I can act, too. Just not as well as those folks behind the table. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I think it’s time to give Simon, Paula and Randy a break. The American Idol judges (yes, I’ve been sucked into the vortex) have been accused of being cruel and harsh when dealing with some of the most talent-free individuals who ever believed they could sing. To any of those critics, I issue this invitation: Be a judge yourself and see if it’s really easy to be kind. Now, I don’t mean yelling out “thank you” from the kitchen when you grab a yogurt as a dreamer from Surprise, Arizona, bumps and grinds their way through a rendition of “I Got My Sexy Back” that would put the ASPCA on alert. It’s easy when they can’t actually hear or see you. last_img read more

Arsenal ‘force’ infamous Arsenal Fan TV to rebrand

first_imgIt is understood the club have now asked Arsenal Fan TV to remove all branding and copyrighted material – including the name ‘Arsenal’ – from future videos.According to The Sun, Arsenal did not send a cease and desist letter but that discussions were held between the club and the channel.While neither party has made an official statement, the Twitter and Youtube accounts of Arsenal Fan TV have changed their names to AFTV.The channel was set up by former radio host Robbie Lyle, and has gained a number of regular voices and contributors over the years, including Claudio ‘Claude’ Callegari, Ty, Mr DT and Troopz.It became increasingly influential as the club’s form began to decline under Wenger, with many of those featured in videos being heavily critical of the manager, and members of what became known as the #WengerOut campaign.This has also seen the channel receive criticism from influential figures in the game –  Gary Neville called it ’embarrassing’, although in February 2017 he agreed to appear on an episode to discuss his comments.The club’s own players have begun to turn on the channel – full back Hector Bellerin questioned the loyalty of the fans who appeared on the channel in a February 2018 talk at the Oxford Union.Bellerin said:  ‘It’s so wrong for someone who claims to be a fan and their success is fed off a failure. How can that be a fan? There’s just people hustling, trying to make money their way, which everyone is entitled to do.’Other fans have been openly critical of the channel – which has resulted in physical confrontations outside stadiums – while Lyle said he was racially abused by Spurs fans during a north London derby in May 2017.The most recent match reaction video – for which AFTV is most famous, where supporters are asked for their immediate response to a result – titled ‘The Unai Emery Revolution Gets Off To A Faltering Start!’, after the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, gained 134,000 views within 24 hours of being uploaded.-By Daily Mail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000he channel – which features fan reactions to Arsenal results – has changed name to AFTVLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 14 – Infamous YouTube channel Arsenal Fan TV has been forced into a re-brand, reportedly after discussions with the club.Arsenal Fan TV gained fame for posting videos online of supporters discussing results, club news and talking points, but was also criticised for its negative coverage of the team, particularly regarding former manager Arsene Wenger.last_img read more

Conagra plans to sell seafood, cheese lines

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Focusing on what it calls its “highest potential brands,” ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that it plans to sell its seafood and cheese lines in addition to the planned sale of its refrigerated meats businesses. The company behind brands like Healthy Choice, Hunt’s and Chef Boyardee also cut its dividend by 34 percent and said it would record an unspecified amount of restructuring charges over the rest of the year. ConAgra said the restructuring costs would lower operating earnings until fiscal 2009, when it expects to return to current earnings levels. Its shares tumbled 91 cents, or 4.5 percent, to close at $19.50 on the New York Stock Exchange after sinking to a new 52-week low of $18.85 earlier in the session. The product and brand divestitures are part of a sweeping company effort to streamline its product line and its operations. “It is essential that we increase our investments behind our highest potential brands, simplify our portfolio of businesses and build a high-quality earnings trajectory,” said Gary Rodkin, president and chief executive officer. The divestitures will help the company pare costs “and return quickly to recent earnings levels, but with a significantly stronger foundation for future performance,” he said. The company said it would specify the amount and nature of the restructuring charges in its next earnings release, which is scheduled for March 23. The charges will be recorded during the remainder of fiscal 2006 and in future quarters. Some of the asset sales will result in gains, ConAgra said. The quarterly dividend will be dropped to 18 cents a share, down from the 27.25-cent dividend it has paid since December 2004. The new dividend is payable on June 1 to shareholders of record as of May 1. The seafood businesses contributed an estimated $350 million in sales during the 2005 annual year, said Tania Graves, senior director of public affairs for ConAgra. It produces shrimp and other breaded seafood products under the Singleton and Meridian names. Graves said a Tampa, Fla., operation employing 350 people will be sold. The company already announced the pending sale of its imitation shellfish business, which includes the Louis Kemp brand, to Seattle-based Trident Seafoods Corp. Terms were not released. The sale includes a plant with 250 employees in Motley, Minn. The sale of cheese lines includes two operations. One, in Mayville, Wis., employs 150 people and produces Country Line and Swiss Rose products. Its operation for warehousing, sales and finance is in Moonachie, N.J., and has 55 workers. The cheese lines contributed $200 million in sales for calendar 2005, Graves said. The proposed sale of the seafood and domestic and imported cheese businesses comes after ConAgra said in February it would sell its refrigerated meats business, which includes the Armour, Butterball and Eckrich brands. The seafood, cheese and refrigerated meats up for sale generated total annual revenue of $2.8 billion. Why sell such revenue sources as part of restructuring? “Really what it is, is focusing on businesses that are core to our strategic plan,” Graves said. “These lines of businesses, although profitable … would thrive better with a company … more focused in those areas.” She cited the January sale of Cook’s, a smoked-meat business, to Smithfield Foods Inc., which says it is the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. That sale included plants in Nebraska, Missouri and Kentucky and about 1,540 workers. Graves said all the affected plants would maintain current operations until final deals are signed, their fates then up to the new owners. ConAgra projected fiscal 2007 earnings between $1.10 and $1.15 per share, excluding items, and said it still expects to achieve year-over-year earnings per share growth in the second half of 2006. It did not disclose the expected size of the earnings increase. Analysts’ current 2007 forecast is $1.36 per share, the average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial.last_img read more