John Mayer, David Byrne, Robert Plant, Sting, Gov’t Mule, & More Tapped For Bourbon & Beyond Festival

first_imgToday, Bourbon & Beyond music, bourbon, and food festival has announced the lineup for its second-annual celebration on September 22nd and 23rd in Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. A truly standout lineup across the board, Bourbon & Beyond will see headlining performances from John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. However, the rest of the two-day event’s downbill is equally as impressive.Friday will also see performances by David Byrne, Sheryl Crow, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!, Keb’ Mo’, JJ Grey & Mofro, Del McCoury Band, and more. On Saturday, leading up to Sting and Robert Plant, the festival will host sets from Counting Crows, Gov’t Mule, Kaleo, Blackberry Smoke, The Record Company, Don Felder, The Magpie Salute, and The Last Bandoleros. Furthermore, at Bourbon & Beyond’s “Bluegrass Situation” stage, across the weekend, performers like The Travelin’ McCourys, Ben Sollee, Billy Strings, River Whyless, Lindsay Lou, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will make appearances for sets of their own.In addition to this truly standout lineup for fall of 2018, renowned chefs like Tom Colicchio, Edward Lee, Aaron Sanchez, Stephanie Izard, Ray Garcia, and others will be on hand for culinary demos, while bourbon workshops and other activities are scheduled to fill attendees time when they’re not seeing music.Tickets for the second-annual Bourbon & Beyond go on sale on Friday, April 20th, at 12 p.m. (EST). For tickets and for more information about this truly exciting event, you can head over to the festival’s website here.last_img read more

Chester See on YouTube Fame & Playing a ‘Likable Idiot’ in Rock of Ages

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 “I never had dreams of being on Broadway, but when I got the call for Rock of Ages, it became one. It’s such an honor to be part of this world—I’m taken aback by the whole experience.” Current Role: A stage debut as sex-crazed rock god Stacee Jaxx in the final Broadway cast of the ‘80s jukebox hit Rock of Ages. View Comments “When I realized I’d be shirtless onstage, I did some serious boot camp and a strict diet…but the New York pizza! I’m hoping I don’t slip into the ‘Fat Stacee’ version, like ‘Fat Elvis,’ by the end of my run.” “In high school, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I listened to ‘N Sync. What CD did I have in my car? ‘No Strings Attached.’ But now when I go to karaoke, I can’t wait to sing ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’ I got this one!” “I was making 30 bucks a month when I started putting videos on YouTube, and that increased as I grew a fanbase. It’s so great, I get to create content, showcase my songs and make a good living just from doing videos.” “When I was 16 I was working at Chevys and a guy went, ‘Can I get some more chips…Chester?’ I knew he was making fun of my name. So I changed my tag and used my middle name, Lionel. The next day, somebody made fun of Lionel. My parents didn’t give me any options!”center_img Related Shows “Stacee Jaxx is like Joey Tribbiani meets Russell Brand. He’s a likable idiot that doesn’t know he’s a jerk.” Stage & Screen Cred: After majoring in theater at UCLA, See hosted the Disney Channel’s Disney 365 (and even did some Broadway reporting!). He found internet fame posting videos of his songs and sketches on YouTube—he has more than 1.5 million subscribers to date. Rock of Ages Hometown: Fairfield, CA Age: 31 (“And I’ve reached the point where I feel OK saying that!”)last_img read more

Ex-NCPD Commander Surrenders to Jail in Cover-up Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Nassau County police commander surrendered Thursday morning to county jail to begin serving his 60-day sentence after he was convicted of helping cover up a burglary, officials told the Press.William Flanagan, the ex-second deputy Nassau County police commissioner, recently lost an appeal of his conviction before the New York State Court of Appeals, although his attorney had said Flanagan was filing a motion to re-argue their case.Court officials and law enforcement sources said Flanagan surrendered to Nassau County jail in East Meadow. Sources said he is expected to serve his time at Suffolk County jail in Riverhead. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.“William Flanagan’s imperious behavior brought scandal to his department and this county,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Today, nearly eight years after his crime, William Flanagan is finally serving his sentence for official misconduct and conspiracy… No one – including William Flanagan – is above the law.”A Nassau County jury convicted Flanagan of conspiracy and official misconduct following a month-long trial in 2013. He was acquitted of receiving reward for official misconduct, a felony. Two weeks ago, the state’s highest court affirmed a previous appeals court ruling upholding the conviction.Prosecutors said Flanagan helped quash a burglary committed by Zachary Parker, the son of his friend, Gary Parker, who volunteered for and donated to the nonprofit Nassau County Police Foundation. Zachary, who was a Nassau police Ambulance Bureau intern at the time, had stolen thousands of dollars worth of electronics from his alma mater, John F. Kennedy High School, shortly before his 2009 graduation, authorities have said.Parker wasn’t arrested for the theft despite school officials repeatedly insisting that they wanted to press charges. The theft and cover-up were the subject of a 2011 Press expose, which sparked an investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.Parker was subsequently convicted of burglary, sentenced to prison after violating his probation, and has since been released.Flanagan was among three former police officials charged in the cover-up. John Hunter, the retired Deputy Chief of Patrol, and Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe both pleaded guilty to misconduct and were sentenced to probation in connection with the case. They were spared jail time in exchange for their pleas.Judge Mark Cohen—a Suffolk judge brought in after two Nassau judges recused themselves from the case—had sentenced Flanagan to 60 days in jail, but execution of that term had been repeatedly stayed pending the appeal. Cohen also sentenced Flanagan to five months of probation.last_img read more

To Speed Up Baseball, LI Ducks Try Novel Approach: 3 Balls Is A Walk

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he fans had barely settled into their seats for the Long Island Ducks spring training opener on Saturday when Bridgeport Bluefish diminutive centerfielder Nick Van Stratten lined a leadoff double down the third base line, an ominous start for the home team. Next up was third baseman Sean Burroughs, who came to the plate with the opportunity to knock in the first run of the game, but all he could manage was a harmless two-strike foul ball that landed on the first base side of foul territory. With that, Burroughs’ at-bat was over—the home plate umpire had called him out on strikes.Burroughs was forced to grudgingly retreat to the dugout, but only after receiving much-needed clarification from umpire Tony Senia.“Sean’s reaction was basically one of non-knowledge,” Senia said in a statement afterward. “He really didn’t have an idea of what was going on when I called him out on the two-strike foul. I just said to him that it was a foul with two strikes, and therefore, an out. He said, ‘You’re kidding me?’”Nope, this wasn’t a belated April Fools joke.“I was the goat,” Burroughs would later say, following the Ducks’ 1-0 victory at a sun-splashed Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, where season ticket holders were treated to a barbeque with their favorite players. The nine-inning game lasted two hours and 15 minutes.Indeed, under Saturday’s radical one-game novelty rule changes, Burroughs was the first player to suffer from the ego-crushing two-strike foul-out regulation. During the exhibition game, the Atlantic League also experimented with a three-ball walk rule. Therefore, no at-bat could last longer than five pitches. After the game, Burroughs said the rules were “completely ridiculous.”“They’re trying to speed up the play of game, but really it just makes the game boring,” Burroughs added.The unorthodox rules, which aren’t under consideration for the 2015 season, are part of the Atlantic League’s continued effort to streamline games. In June 2014, the league established a “pace of play” committee, charged with investigating ways to reduce the length of games and improve the overall fan experience.On Saturday, 10 players succumbed to the two-strike foul rule and nine worked three-ball walks. Despite the near-split, several players in post-game interviews were all in agreement that the rules favored pitchers. The Ducks officially scored such outs as strikeouts. Some players didn’t know what to call it.The Atlantic League and Major League Baseball, along with its minor league affiliates, are responding to a perception that baseball games are too damn long and they’ve become dominated by too many idle moments on the field: a batter fixing his gloves and scratching himself in between each pitch, the pitcher cursing himself while taking a self-imposed punishing lap around the mound, umpires taking liberties with the strike zone.What the Atlantic League’s pace of play committee came up with wasn’t Earth-shattering. Among the initiatives adopted on a trial basis late last season was a three-“time out” rule, prohibiting more than three mound visits from a coach or position player. Ducks manager Kevin Baez, a former Met, said he had no problem with the rule, noting that he tries to limit trips to the mound, anyway.Umpires were also told to enforce an existing rule directing batters to remain in the batter’s box in-between pitches and to call “balls” and “strikes” as instructed by the rule book. Also, relief pitchers would be allowed two fewer warm-up pitches (down to six from eight), and an intentional walk would be awarded to a batter simply by signaling to the umpire instead of having to throw four consecutive balls out of the strike zone, as is now customary. The rule concerning relievers was the only one that didn’t carry over to the 2015 Atlantic League season.MLB instituted its own rules to begin this season, and the early returns appear heartening. According to the New York Daily News, the average time of the first 124 nine-inning games of the season ran under three hours at 2:54.33—a nearly eight-minute difference from last year. The big leagues appeared to follow in the Atlantic League’s footsteps this year by implementing the same batter’s box rule. MLB, at least for the time being, has successfully reduced the length of games without placing pitch-timing clocks in stadiums, something minor league teams are experimenting with.Plenty of baseball purists are unable to come to grips with the game’s changes, but even former players with decades in baseball are embracing these new initiatives. Consider Ducks bench coach and club co-owner Bud Harrelson, an advocate for pace of play experiments.“The families are coming, they don’t want it to be three and a half hours, they don’t want it to be three hours,” Harrelson said in an interview a day before the team’s spring opener.“The game is getting slow,” added Harrelson, who spent 13 years with the Mets and was part of the team’s 1969 World Series-winning team.Harrelson began noticing the game becoming sluggish years ago, especially when players become more effective at stealing bases. Batters, he said, have also become too comfortable interrupting pitchers by stepping out of the box, a strategy that wouldn’t fly back when he played. Often, batters and pitchers engage in a sort of cat-and-mouse game, which can delay the at-bats.“In the old days if you would’ve done that, they would throw at you. The Gibsons of the world and guys like that would’ve been like ‘Woosh’ stay in there!” he said, mimicking a ball sailing close to a batter as he referred to the great Cardinals ace Bob Gibson, whom he had to bat against back in the day.Harrelson admitted to actually dozing off during a recent Mets game, despite the team’s impressive start.“All of a sudden it’s not a fun game to watch,” he said.Even for Harrelson?“At times,” the 70-year-old former infielder admitted.Trying to pick up the pace won Baez’s approval.“I think it’s good,” the Ducks manager said last Friday following morning workouts. “As long as it’s not taking away from the game, and I don’t think it is right now.”Ducks players appeared unaffected by recent rule changes. They weren’t as enthusiastic about Saturday’s directives, however, brushing them off as a “fun” one-game experiment and nothing more.Most players were diplomatic when asked about it, perhaps because the person who suggested playing under such unorthodox rules, author Paul Auster, a lifelong Mets fan from Brooklyn, was in attendance.“I think my idea would cut down pitch counts and therefore keep starters in games longer, and there’d be fewer of those dead intervals where there’s just nothing happening,” Auster told a scrum of reporters inside the stadium press box prior to the first pitch. “Five pitches would be the limit for any at-bat. I think it would become a more fascinating, exciting game that would appeal to young people more who are not interested in baseball anymore at all. I don’t see any harm in trying it out. I know it’s radical, it’s Baseball 2.0, I understand that.”Paul Auster (left) speaking with Ducks center fielder/hitting coach Lew Ford. Auster, an author, created the three-ball walk and the two-strike-foul-out rule the Atlantic League adopted for Saturday’s exhibition game between the Ducks and Bluefish. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Auster is the sort of baseball fan who would seemingly decry such changes. After all, he’s watched baseball for six decades. He cut junior high school to see the Mets’ third-ever game at the Polo Grounds, and he has followed the game passionately ever since. He detests the idea of a pitch clock, but is intrigued by the two-strike foul-out rule, which he initially pitched in a letter to The New York Times, which was subsequently published. A sports writer for the Daily News interviewed Auster about it, and the idea eventually made its way to the Atlantic League, which has been at the forefront of pace of play changes.Auster, whose idea provoked mixed reactions from his friends, could barely contain his excitement. He asked Ducks officials about it during its media day press conference before the 1 p.m. game and discussed the concept with players on the field.He sat several rows behind the home dugout along first base, a one-day press pass wrapped around his neck and aviator glasses guarding his eyes. Nearly every time a two-strike or two-ball situation cropped up, he took careful notes.After Burroughs fouled out—err, struck out, sorry—in the first inning, Auster and the Daily News reporter who accompanied him to the game wondered out loud what to term the eccentric out. They decided on “Klunkout”—written “KL” on the reporter’s scorecard.Auster appeared delighted by the results, but he had plenty of detractors.“This is never gonna fly!” a fan shouted within earshot of Auster, who didn’t respond. But when nearby fans mistakenly thought the umpire blew a “Klunkout,” a perceived out that would’ve helped the home team, they chided the umpire. A spattering of fans joined in, but considering it was spring training the moment of discontent did not last very long.History reared its head again in the first inning when Bluefish outfielder Welington Dotel worked the count to 2-2—leading to the first ever “Do-Or-Die” pitch, a term Auster and former Yankees public relations director Marty Appel came up with while watching the game together.“This is the first time there’s been a game in which the pitch coming will have to have a result, and that’s never been the case before,” Auster said. “There’s something exciting about those do-or-die moments.”The top of the first inning lasted seven minutes, breezy but not uncommon.The first history-making three-ball walk came at the expense of Bluefish starter Cody Scarpetta, who walked Ducks outfielder Trayvon Robinson on three consecutive pitches out of the zone.Burroughs was the second batter to hit in the top of the third, this time benefiting from the rules. He earned a walk after a four-pitch at-bat. This time, he remembered the rules and jogged 90 feet to first base.Although the players didn’t take too much stock in rules, they did strategize around them. Ducks catcher Jose Morales estimated that the pitching staff threw 80-percent fastballs in order to attack batters and get ahead in the count.Ducks centerfielder and hitting instructor Lew Ford swung at the first pitch in all three at bats, earning two singles.Ford, the league’s most valuable player last year despite the Ducks missing the postseason, admitted afterward he wanted to avoid two-strike counts.“It worked out,” he said.The Ducks broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fourth when second baseman Blake Davis singled home John Griffin, who had made it to second on a double. It was the only run the Ducks would need, shutting out a Bluefish offense that managed four hits.Of course, there’s no telling what would’ve happened if batters had the opportunity to foul off a few two-strike pitches. There was one occasion in the second inning when Bluefish first baseman Andres Rodriguez ripped a long, one-out single to left field. He advanced on a passed ball, and then went to third on an error by shortstop Dan Lyons. With runners on first and third and one man out, catcher Luis Rodriguez fouled off an 0-2 offering to shallow right field. Rodriguez shrugged and made the short trek to the dugout before the ball had landed. The next batter grounded into a force-out at second, ending the inning.Although the game was indeed short by baseball standards, it’s not unheard of for a 1-0 major league game to end within two and a half hours. Also, Saturday’s exhibition featured anemic hitting and no mid-inning pitching changes. Unless games are played out under these rules dozens of times, it’s nearly impossible to determine whether the unique rules were a factor in shortening the length.Asked after the game what he thought of the changed rules, Ducks catcher Jose Morales smiled and said, “It was a quick game.”Still, he never wants to see those rules implemented when games count. He has a championship on his mind.“It’s hard enough to hit the regular way,” Morales said. “It can get frustrating because as a hitter you want to battle, put the ball in play.”Auster reminded Morales that there were some “regular” strikeouts, too.“Yeah,” Morales laughed, “we got a couple of those.”last_img read more

JP McManus swoops for Douvan’s full-brother | Racing News

first_imgJonbon, a full-brother to Douvan who burst on the scene last weekend when winning a point-to-point by 15 lengths, was sold for £570,000 to JP McManus at Goffs November P2P Sale on Thursday.As a result the four-year-old is now the most expensive point-to-pointer ever sold at public auction.- Advertisement – “He’s a bit of a looker all right. He’s a nice horse and from the day he landed in the yard everything came so easy to him, he’s very straightforward.” Douvan, still in training with Willie Mullins, has been lightly raced in recent seasons due to injury, but has won 15 of his 19 races – eight of them at Grade One level.Jonbon was consigned by Ellemarie Holden who trained him to win at Dromahane on his debut when ridden by Derek O’Connor.Holden said earlier this week: “Derek thinks very highly of the horse. If it wasn’t for Covid he would have run last season so he was ready to go.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pension dashboard should be taken out of private sector, say MPs

first_imgSource: Pension Dashboard ProjectExample of state pension information displayed on the pension dashboardIt called for a single, public sector financial guidance body to provide the dashboard and for it to be funded by an industry levy.“Competition between pension providers over the presentation of the same information risks detracting from, or even acting counter to, competition over the quality of pension products,” the committee’s report said. “Rather than regulating the dashboards into consistency, it is far simpler just to have one dashboard.”The ABI hit back at the committee’s recommendation.Yvonne Braun, director of policy, long-term savings and protection at the association, said excluding industry participants would be a “huge missed opportunity”.“It is only thanks to the efforts and investment of the pensions industry that we have a prototype and are now able to talk about the practicalities of delivering a pensions dashboard for everyone to use,” Braun said.“It may be that an initial publicly hosted service is a pragmatic place to start given the stated aim to deliver a dashboard in 2019. But it would be a huge missed opportunity if we adopt a single dashboard as the final destination.“We know that people expect to be able to use sophisticated dashboards in the future, integrated with other services, that only the private sector will be able to provide.” “The case for a publicly-hosted pensions dashboard is clear cut,” the committee said in a report published today. “Consumers want simple, impartial, and trustworthy information.“Armed with such information, they will be more empowered to exercise choice in the decumulation product market, driving competition and consumer benefit.”Multiple dashboards from “self-interested” providers risked adding complexity to “a problem crying out for simplicity”, the committee added.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The UK’s proposed pension dashboard should be provided by a public sector body and not be subject to private sector competition and conflicts, politicians have argued.The Work and Pensions Select Committee – made up of MPs from the UK’s lower house – said today that a “dashboard” to display all of an individual’s pension savings in one place would be a “vital tool” for consumers.The government aims to introduce such a tool to the UK market next year. Work on prototypes has been led by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), with representatives from the pensions industry and support from a host of private sector groups.However, the committee said private sector suppliers should not be tasked with hosting the service.last_img read more

Investec AM changes name to Ninety One, demerges from group

first_imgInvestec Asset Management (IAM) has unveiled its new name and branding as Ninety One, which will be rolled out following completion of the firm’s demerger from Investec Group. The demerger process is on track to take place in the first quarter of 2020, subject to shareholder approval.In September 2018, following a strategic review, the boards of Investec PLC and Investec Limited – collectively Investec Group – announced that IAM would become a separately listed entity. This decision ensured IAM would be a focused, independent asset manager, a position appreciated and valued by investment management markets, an announcement stated.Last August the group confirmed that the demerger and independent listing of IAM had received all key regulatory approvals.The leadership structure for IAM post listing has also been confirmed. The current leadership remains unchanged prior to listing. Hendrik du Toit will return as chief executive officer and John Green and Domenico Ferrini will assume deputy CEO roles. Board appointments will be confirmed in the group’s Shareholder Circular, however, due to be released shortly after the group’s interim results presentation tomorrow (21 November). The board will include an independent, non-executive chair and other non-executive directors, including a senior independent director. Du Toit believes the new identity reflects the heritage of the firm. ”Back in 1991 when we started in South Africa, change was coming. Along with its challenges came the chance to invest in a better future. Being part of that change made us who we are. It taught us to be bold, resilient and agile; to believe that active investing can be a force for good.”Investec Asset Management began as a start-up asset manager in South Africa in 1991. Today it manages more than $151bn (€136bn) for institutional and advisor clients globally, including some of the largest and most sophisticated asset owners.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua: I won’t let fame change me

first_imgWorld heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua will never let fame change him and insists he’s as grounded in reality as he ever was. Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With The 30-year-old British boxer believes some celebrities and sportsmen cut themselves off from their fans but he’ll always remember that he comes from humble beginnings just like many of his supporters. Speaking on JD Sports’ new ‘In The Duffle Bag’ podcast, Anthony said: ”I think famous people act famous because they’re scared to interact with people they don’t know, fame is distancing yourself from reality, you think you’re different from most people. ”The difference is I’m not shy of people. I’m not like that, I’m not really into all that fame stuff to be honest.” AJ – who is a two-time heavyweight world champion and Olympic gold medallist – will never lose touch with his roots and he’d rather meet normal people as opposed to the rich and famous. The pugilist – who was born and grew up in Watford, England, to Nigerian parents – said: ”I’m still roots, I’m going to go to Nigeria soon to connect with certain people and they’re like, ‘Ah you’ve got to meet this governor,’ and I’m like, ‘Nah take me to the ghetto.’ ”A person who is running a million dollar company doesn’t need any inspiration from me, but the person who is trying to get out of their situation that needs some support, may need some inspiration. ”When I link up with all my boys and we talk about where we grew up and we all talk about the old days which was only 10 years ago, so still we connected, still well respected, and that’s the main thing. I haven’t distanced myself so far from what’s real in my opinion.” AJ also hinted that he plans to go into the world of business once he retires from boxing. He said: ”I have to sell myself and educate myself and the game, I have a shelf life … I have to build myself and my value before I stop boxing and go into my next life so that’s why it’s important to be business minded as an individual because I am my own brand at the minute. ”I thought the business world is a lot harder than fighting, I’ve created a great team and I can focus on being the best version of the boxer I’m trying to be right now. I’ve gone through tough times; not just in boxing but the business world … it’s tough. But now I can focus solely on my boxing. read also:Joshua receives huge pay to fight Wilder, Fury in Saudi Arabia ”I have all these business men who’ve been to the best schools and universities in the country and I am discussing business with them and I’m fighting my corner as the AJ brand, I had to learn the intricacies of what being a business man is all about it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Sterling excited by City challenge

first_img “I’m just glad it’s all over and done with and I can’t wait to get on the training field. “The thing that excites me the most is the world class squad we have and knowing we have a team that is capable of winning things year in, year out. “The more quality players that are around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can’t wait to get started and play alongside them.” Sterling, who will wear the No.7 shirt worn in the past by City favourites such as Mike Summerbee, Georgi Kinkladze, Stephen Ireland and James Milner, was also grateful to his previous managers despite his protracted exit from Anfield. “It has been a long journey from QPR and I’d like to thank a few people who have helped me along the way,” he said. “I’d like to thank Rafa Benitez for taking me to Liverpool as a 15 year-old – that was a massive step for me and a new challenge. “Also to Kenny Dalglish for showing such faith in me and putting me in at such a young age. “I want to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me a chance and an opportunity in the first team, giving me my full debut – against City funnily enough – and giving me a real chance to cement a place in the first team and show the world my talents. The 20-year-old England international became British football’s most expensive player on Tuesday when he signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium to complete a move from Liverpool which will be worth up to £49million. “It’s a good feeling and this is really happy time for me and my family,” Sterling told the club’s official website, “Finally, I’d also like to thank all the people around me – my mum and sisters, my management team and (agent) Aidy Ward for helping me focus and get where I am today. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone.” Sterling passed a medical and completed the remaining formalities of the deal on Tuesday and he will fly out to meet up with his new team-mates in Australia within the next 24 hours. He is City’s record signing, surpassing the sums previously paid for Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, after drawn out talks with Liverpool. City had two previous bids rejected before finally reaching a deal. Manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted to finally get his hands on the player after that prolonged pursuit. He said: “Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football and I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week. “He is a young player with outstanding ability and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team.” City’s interest in Sterling had been an open secret for some time, but the Reds were desperate to retain his services as they braced themselves for an approach. However, they were fighting a losing battle from the moment he told Rodgers he wanted to leave following his return for pre-season training, and his request not to be included in the party for the club’s pre-season trip to Australia and the Far East sparked claims of a bust-up, something the Jamaica-born forward’s camp has strenuously denied. Sterling began his career at QPR and joined the Reds for an initial fee of £600,000 as a 15-year-old in 2010. He was handed a senior debut as a 17-year-old and was twice named the club’s young Player of the year. He will now face the prospect of competing with the likes of Aguero, Wilfried Bony, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and David Silva at the spearhead of a City side which finished a distant second to Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea last season. Raheem Sterling believes the most exciting aspect of his record-breaking transfer to Manchester City is being able to play alongside so many world class players. Press Associationlast_img read more

Carjacked Disabled Dog Found Dead

first_imgTragic news, a disabled dog stolen with her owner’s car has been found dead.Last week, Wanda Ferrari left her beloved dog Zorra in her air-conditioned car as she went into a store last week. That’s when someone stole her car.Zorra was a rescue dog. Her back legs were paralyzed and she had to use a pink wheelchair to get around.Overnight police recovered the stolen car in Lauderdale Lakes and found Zorra dead inside.Watch video of the carjacker taking the vehicle here.last_img