Celebrated Liberian rapper Jon Bricks has now turned his five-country European business tour into a honeymoon with his Chinese girlfriend right after he celebrated her birthday in the middle part of last month.The first day of the tour began in Moscow, with the second day in Rome, where the rapper spent a few days visiting historical cities including the ‘Holy’ Vatican City, home of the Catholic Church, and held a series of discussions with a few music executives in parts of Rome on the possibility of him breaking into the European music market.“Immediately after her birthday,” a source close to Bricks said, “The rapper changed the whole business tour into a honeymoon with his girlfriend. “Though the tour objective was purely business, Bricks’ decision to make it a romantic stint comes from the fact that he is looking at all possibility of settling down soon. He truly loves her and feels that turning his business tour into a honeymoon was the best birthday gift.“They are spending a great deal of time together like never before, studying the possibility of being a future spouse, and few days ago they left Germany for Holland,” our source said.However, when contacted the “Off and On” crooner could neither deny nor confirm the report. “I’m just trying to satisfy my girl and I am thinking that spending more romantic time together will improve our relationship. Whether it is honeymoon or not, I’m living my life and from there focus on my next project that will be coming later,” said Jon Bricks, who is still touring.“She possesses all the characteristics of a good wife. She is kind, and not just that, she is business minded when it comes to music. I love her a lot. But my marriage cannot be discussed, but it will happen.”Meanwhile, Jon Bricks complained that his stay in Germany did not go well, and described Germans as racists and not really socially friendly like the Italians and Dutch. “Most people here act retarded. I was in one of the best hotels out here and a good location, but nothing is really interesting here to me. Most of what you read on the internet is not exactly as it seems in reality here. Even their so-called big famous clubs are garbage. People stand in line for hours to get in; it is so disgusting, and I have never seen such in my entire life. It is boring,” Bricks explained. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
We are delighted to announce that Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract with the Club, which will run until 2022. ✍🏼 #COYS pic.twitter.com/LKPr1ae0ig— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 22, 2016 Hugo Lloris has committed his future to Spurs France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed a three-year contract extension at Tottenham, the Premier League club has confirmed.The 29-year-old has been in talks with Spurs for more than a month over a new deal, but has finally completed fresh terms – committing his future to the club until 2022.The deal is a huge boost for Tottenham, given that a host of top European clubs have been closely monitoring his uncertain status. 1 “I’m very pleased with this new contract,” Lloris told Spurs TV.“This the way I show my commitment to the club, to my team-mates and to the manager, and to show again how much I believe in this project.“Hopefully the best year is ahead.“I’m really enjoying my time at Tottenham and it’s a great feeling to be captain too. I think I can be proud of that.“It’s not easy for a foreigner to come to England and win the respect of your team-mate or the fans and the English people, and I’m really pleased with that.“But I’m still thinking it’s not enough, I want more and that’s why I work so hard.”Lloris’ new deal offers another boost to Spurs recent drive to tie down their top talents to fresh long-term contracts.Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen have extended their deals in recent months, and Lloris’ commitment represents another coup.Spurs will now likely turn their attentions to completing new terms for playmaker Erik Lamela and defender Toby Alderweireld.Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon for a modest £8million in 2012, but now numbers among the most coveted and respected goalkeepers in world football.
1 Leicester City starlet Demarai Gray is determined to seize his opportunity while Riyad Mahrez is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.Mahrez has headed to the January tournament along with his Foxes team-mate Islam Slimani to represent Algeria.It means that there is now a spot in Claudio Ranieri’s side out wide and 20-year-old Gray is determined to fill it.“With Riyad not with the squad, that hopefully provides an opportunity for me to impress,” Gray told Leicester’s match day programme.“But that will only come if I train hard and remain consistent, as I think that I have been doing alright lately.“Hopefully, I can keep it up and stabilise a place.” Demarai Gray in action for Leicester City
“Because it’s a small high school, we haven’t been able to offer the range of curriculum that other high schools can,” he said. “And so we’re kind of embarking on that effort.” Meanwhile, the school is seeking the right to open its gym to students. The hangar-like facility with a canvas roof was deemed inappropriate for long-term use by state officials. Officials said they expect to find replacements for Young and Weber before classes start at Vasquez. “It is a little late in the season for hiring,” Distaso said. “But having said that, we’ve already advertised and we’re already starting to get back responses.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACTON – With classes starting in a month, school officials need to find replacements for the two top administrators at Vasquez High. Principal Martin Young and Assistant Principal Charles “Buck” Weber are both leaving to work at Ivy Academia, a charter school in Woodland Hills. “It was a surprise for me,” said Superintendent Stan Halperin. “And it doesn’t give us a lot of time for getting familiar with the new person coming in. But we’ll be OK.” The two administrators gave Halperin notice soon after he started working at the district July 17. The administrators are leaving to advance their careers, Halperin said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesYoung, who was not available for comment Friday, was brought on board at the school last year. Weber has worked at the school since 1995. “I’ve learned a lot, and cutting my teeth as an administrator here has been a huge help,” Weber said. Classes for the school’s 560 students will start Sept. 5. The administrative upheaval at Vasquez, a campus of portable buildings, comes as the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District tries to attract more students to the school with promises of increased funding. Last month, the school board approved a plan to restructure its debt burden and free up about $160,000 a year. Board member Mark Distaso said the district wants to spend much of that cash on Vasquez.
In fact, the Legislature’s cooperation with the governor poses a dilemma for some Democrats. Nu¤ez, for example, is a co-chairman of Democratic candidate Phil Angelides’ campaign, but said he intends to campaign with Schwarzenegger to promote the bond package this fall, even as he works to unseat the governor from his job. A campaign spokesman for Angelides said the damage to his candidacy will be minimal because voters will look beyond this legislative session on Nov. 7. “At the end of the day, people are not going to cast their vote for governor based on what the Legislature did or did not do,” Angelides campaign spokesman Nick Papas said. “This race is about a clear choice between candidates with vastly different values.” Independent analysts agreed with positive assessments. “It was the most productive session, I think, in probably 20 years,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University, Sacramento. “You have a Democratically controlled Legislature and a Republican governor, but I think, for whatever reason, they decided it was actually time to get some work done,” O’Connor said. “I think Schwarzenegger did resolve conflicts and broker deals to the point this really was the year of the deal – much to Phil Angelides’ chagrin.” Schwarzenegger and Democratic lawmakers struck deals on legislation to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, hike the minimum wage and cut prescription drug costs for the poor. The Legislature also sent Schwarzenegger a bill that would deregulate cable TV so telecommunications firms can compete and a measure that would require drivers to use hands-free cell-phone devices by 2008, though the governor has not indicated whether he will sign those two measures. Earlier this year, the Legislature sent the governor an on-time budget and negotiated a $37 billion infrastructure bond package for the November ballot. There were also some failures. Schwarzenegger was unable to win approval of Indian gaming pacts to add nearly 20,000 slot machines, reform of overcrowded prisons and a measure to revamp political-boundary redistricting. Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, called it a “textbook year.” “This year wasn’t much about them and us,” Perata said at a Capitol news conference. “This year, we sort of defied the political laws of physics. “If you were teaching civics, this is what you’d put up on the board and say, This is how the Legislature should work.” email@example.com (916) 446-6723160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“We did it by putting progress ahead of politics,” Nuñez said. “Think about that for a second. In the context of what should have been a tumultuous political year – where in a Democratic state you have a Republican governor and a Democratic Party eager to take back that top job in California – we got all these things done.” The cooperation was so great that some Republican lawmakers left unhappy, feeling that the governor’s election-year attitude led him to work more with Democrats than his own party. “The governor largely agreed to the Democratic agenda,” said Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. “There was very little bipartisan participation. And largely the Republican caucuses (in both houses) were ignored.” Richman attributed the attitude partly to the fact that it is an election year and the governor needs Democratic votes to get re-elected. SACRAMENTO – Despite the threat of election-year politics, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic legislators worked together this year with a rare degree of cooperation, resulting in one of the most productive sessions in years, lawmakers and analysts said. The collaborative attitude led to deals on a wide range of issues in the Legislature’s waning days, including raising the minimum wage, reducing global warming and increasing competition in the cable industry. Schwarzenegger declared it “an incredibly productive legislative session, one of the most productive in decades.” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, said Democrats put aside politics.
The probe found irregularities in the recording of stock option grants made on 15 dates between 1997 and 2002, the company said. The grants made had dates that preceded the approval of those grants. More than 100 other companies nationwide are entangled in similar stock-option trouble. In most of those instances, companies have traced their problems to “backdating” issues. Under this practice, insiders could make the rewards more lucrative by retroactively pinning the option’s exercise price to a low point in the stock’s value. Apple has said it will have to restate some earnings as a result. The looming restatements threaten to wipe out some of the profits generated during the most prosperous stretch in Apple’s 30-year history as millions of consumers snapped up the company’s ubiquitous iPod. Apple has reported profits totaling $3.1 billion during the past four years. The company’s special committee conducting the investigation examined more than 650,000 e-mails and documents, and conducted interviews with more than 40 current and former employees, directors and advisers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE- Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs apologized Wednesday for the company’s past stock-option practices after a three-month internal investigation raised concerns over how some grants were handled between 1997 and 2002. The iPod and Macintosh computer maker also announced the resignation of former Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson from the company’s board of directors. The company said Jobs knew that some grants had been given favorable dates “in a few instances,” but he did not benefit from them and was not aware of the accounting implications. “I apologize to Apple’s shareholders and employees for these problems, which happened on my watch,” Jobs said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We will now work to resolve the remaining issues as quickly as possible and to put the proper remedial measures in place to ensure that this never happens again.” Shares of Apple shed 57 cents to $74.81 in after-market trading after closing up $1.30, or 1.8 percent, on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Wednesday. Apple, one of the most prominent companies caught in the nationwide stock options mishandling scandal, said its investigation into the matter did not uncover any misconduct by any member of Apple’s current management team, but that it did raise “serious concerns” regarding the actions of two former officers. The company did not name the two officers but announced that Anderson, who served as the company’s chief financial officer from 1996 until 2004, had resigned from the company board. Apple said it will provide all details of their actions to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales’ crunch World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.Bale’s fitness has been a source of concern for Wales since he suffered a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.The 28-year-old missed Real Madrid’s LaLiga clash with Espanyol on Sunday night but reported to the Wales camp the following morning.Bale attended the FAW Awards on Monday night but will not be fit enough to play in the two qualifiers which will determine Wales’ World Cup ambitions. Real boss Zinedine Zidane reported last weekend that Bale was suffering from “muscle fatigue”, but added it was “nothing important”.“He could have played with us (against Espanyol) but I preferred to leave him out as he had a small complaint,” Zidane said on Sunday.“He’s fine. After so many games at the start of the season and four months of injury, he was suffering after the game in Dortmund.”But Bale has felt enough discomfort to withdraw from the Georgia game in Tbilisi on Friday and the visit of the Republic to Cardiff three days later.Wales are currently in second place in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and one point above the Republic.Two wins are likely to guarantee them at least a place in next month’s play-offs.Bale’s absence could open the door for Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn to make his first Wales start.The 17-year-old made a dramatic introduction last month when he scored the winner within five minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute against Austria.Three days later Woodburn made another huge impact from the bench when he set up the first goal in Wales’ 2-0 win in Moldova. Gareth Bale has delivered a major blow to Wales’ World Cup hopes 1
Steven Gerrard had nothing but praise for his Rangers players after they ended their long wait for a league victory over Celtic with a 1-0 win at Ibrox.A first half goal by Ryan Jack earned Rangers first league win over their rivals since 2012 and Gerrard said that the success was for the fans.“I’m in a good place,” he said. “Obviously it’s a fantastic result for myself and the team but this is about the supporters.“They’ve waited an awful long time for an Old Firm victory. You could feel the tension and the emotion in the air and in the dying moments of the game. “I’m just pleased for them that they can enjoy the victory today.”Gerrard said that he had told his players that they would need to deliver their best to match the champions and was delighted that they had exceeded his expectations.“The performance was really good, really, really strong,” he said. “I asked for their A game and they gave me their A+ game. To a man, all over the pitch, we were better than Celtic today.“We won every single one v one, we were more aggressive, we created more. We could have won by a bigger margin but they’re a good team, they stuck in there and made the final moments tense. But I’m so pleased with my players right now. So pleased. “We wanted to play in a way that was ‘front foot’. I think you can see over the last six months the way that we’re trying to get to, which is certainly here at Ibrox to be aggressive and front foot and go and press teams and make it uncomfortable.“I’ve watched Celtic for many years and we showed them too much respect in the first Old Firm. If you show good players too much respect then they can pass you off the pitch and today we never gave them a second. We picked a team that was aggressive and they’ve delivered.”Victory took Rangers level on points with Celtic at the top of the table, though Celtic hold a game in hand and a better goal difference. Gerrard admitted that a Celtic win could have cut them adrift but said that there was no danger of getting carried away over the position.“There’s still a lot of improvement and growing needed from us but we need to take confidence from that performance,” he said.”That’s the level we’re looking for. “Celtic are a fantastic team and there’s also other strong teams in the league that are pushing.“It was a fixture that we dared not lose today because the gap would have been very damaging. A draw wouldn’t have been helpful either. “It’s a result we want because it puts us closer to where we want to be but there’s no getting away from it we still need to improve.”
Finn Harps have been handed possibly the toughest draw in round two of the FAI Cup.The Donegal side will have to travel to Oriel Park to face Premier Division high-fliers Dundalk in round two, following their extra-time defeat of Bray Wanderers last weekend.Longford Town’s reward for knocking out Sligo Rovers on Saturday, is a home tie against a Shelbourne side managed by former Rovers boss Owen Heary.Holders Cork City will face Maynooth University, and there is one all-Premier Division tie as Derry City will host St Patrick’s Athletic.The games will be played on the last weekend in August.First Division leaders UCD travel to CIE Ranch. Bohemians face another First Division test, after beating Wexford in the first round, as they travel to Eamonn Deacy Park to face Galway United.Premier Division side Limerick have been handed a home tie against Cabinteely whilst Shelbourne travel to the City Calling Stadium to face First Division rivals Longford Town to complete the draw.Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Second Round DrawCIE Ranch v UCDGalway United v BohemiansDerry City v St Patrick’s AthleticDundalk v Finn HarpsCork City v Maynooth University TownDrogheda United v WaterfordLimerick v CabinteelyLongford Town v ShelbourneAll ties will be played on the week ending Sunday, August 26, with dates and kick-off times to be confirmed in due course.
MOST READ Portis and Mirotic got into an altercation during practice on Oct. 17. Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face as well as a concussion. He likely will need surgery.Portis publicly apologized to Mirotic last Saturday. He said at the time that he had reached out to Mirotic, but had not received a response. It’s unclear if the two will be able to play together again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I feel like I let my fans, the Bulls organization and most importantly my teammates down,” Portis said last weekend. “This is not who Bobby Portis is.”Portis, Dunn, Valentine, Grant and Payne are former first-round picks. Portis and Valentine were selected by the Bulls, while Dunn, Grant and Payne were acquired via trade. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving, avoids jail Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Dunn came over in the draft-night deal that moved Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. He could make his Bulls debut Saturday against Oklahoma City after he missed the start of the season to rehab a dislocated left index finger.Valentine, who turns 24 on Nov. 16, is averaging 10 points through four games this season. He was the 14th pick in last year’s draft out of Michigan State.Portis, who went No. 22 overall out of Arkansas in 2015, is averaging 6.9 points and five rebounds over 126 games with the Bulls. He is allowed to practice with the team while he is suspended.ADVERTISEMENT Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine celebrates his three-point play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Chicago. The Bulls won 91-86. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have exercised their fourth-year option on Bobby Portis after the forward was suspended for eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.The Bulls also picked up third-year options on guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine and fourth-year options on guards Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne. The moves were announced on Friday, meaning the players are under contract for the 2018-19 season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES