Guest Drivetime co-host Piers Morgan chooses his ALL-TIME Arsenal XI

first_img1 Piers Morgan Piers Morgan joins Adrian Durham on Friday for an extra special Drivetime show and the controversial journalist was pressed into choosing his all-time Arsenal XI.Morgan has publicly slammed Gunners manager Arsene Wenger in the past, with his vendetta against the Frenchman manifesting calls for a change of leadership at the top.Despite an impressive season last term and genuine optimism of a first sustained title challenge for over a decade in the coming campaign, Morgan’s contempt towards Wenger still exists – so much so that he named himself, rather than the 65-year-old, as the all-time XI’s manager.The team, perhaps unsurprisingly, contains no current Arsenal players, with the majority resonating from the unforgettable ‘Invicibles’ era.Morgan also insisted on just the one substitute; Ian Wright.Here is Piers Morgan’s all-time Arsenal XI:The Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea is live on talkSPORT from 3pm on Sunday.last_img read more

Retail outlook seems bright

first_imgEconomists predict strong growth for 2006 that could infuse local city coffers with much-needed sales tax revenue. “In Southern California, it looks good,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The national economy is expected to grow by 3.4 percent in 2006, slightly lower than the 3.6-percent growth for 2005, Kyser said. Richard Giss, a retail expert for Deloitte and Touche, said consumer confidence should remain strong after the holidays. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “That was fueled primarily by a decline in gas prices and an improved job outlook,” Giss said. Cities approve their spending plans in June, so forecasting retail growth is a tricky but necessary science for public officials. “As far as retail sales, we’ve actually done fairly well in the past year,” said West Covina City Manager Andrews Pasmant. West Covina should have more money in its budget than it has had in the past seven years, putting the city back on strong financial footing after a series of state raids on coffers sent many municipalities into the red. Monterey Park Mayor Frank Venti was happy to hear in President George Bush’s speech Friday that the economy is doing well. “The concern is always the economy for small cities,” Venti said. “When people don’t buy cars, when they don’t buy major appliances, the cities then struggle, because they expect that income.” According to President Bush, the economy added 215,000 jobs in November. The nation added nearly 4.5 million new jobs in the last 2 1/2years and third-quarter growth of this year was a high 4.3 percent. “That’s in spite of the fact that we had hurricanes and high gasoline prices,” Bush said. “The unemployment rate is 5 percent. And that’s lower than the average for the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.” Pasadena spokeswoman Ann Erdman said the nation’s economic growth can be seen in her city’s downtown, the site of many construction projects. “The local economy in Pasadena has been very, very healthy,” she said. Whittier Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said her city’s economy is poised to move forward with new development. With the end of state raids on their coffers, Whittier is looking at not having to make cuts next year. The city has cut 2 percent from its budget the last two years. Kyser said the economy seems to be in mid cycle, meaning it has probably peaked for the decade. Growth might slow in 2007, but the transition from a strong economy to a weak one should be fairly gentle, he said. However, cities have been perhaps overly gung-ho in developing retail, creating many redundancies and saturation in some Southern California neighborhoods. “Too many cities focus on retail,” Kyser said. “We get frustrated at that, because you do not get good quality jobs. A lot of manufacturing jobs are good paying jobs and in many cases they still provide (cities) some benefits.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more