5 1. Thomas Muller: Could United swoop for a second superstar from Bayern Munich this summer? Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – Ruud Gullit thinks Man United need to sign a real striker before the transfer window closes. The former Netherlands and Milan midfielder, who managed Chelsea and Newcastle, thinks the Red Devils cannot rely solely on Wayne Rooney if they are serious about winning the title. Here, talkSPORT looks at possible additions beginning with Muller. Having already signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern, United would be hard pushed to seize another big name from under Pep Guardiolas nose. However, reports of unrest inside the Bayern camp continue to do the rounds and United are prepared to pay another big fee for a major signing. Muller has scored more than 100 goals for the Bavarians and at 25, the forward is at the peak stage of his career to take the Premier League by storm. Ruud Gullit believes Manchester United need to sign a ‘real striker’ before the transfer window closes. The former Chelsea and Newcastle manager thinks the Red Devils cannot rely on captain Wayne Rooney to lead the line if they are to mount a title challenge.United looked set to capture Pedro from Barcelona this week until the deal was hijacked by Chelsea and with just 12 days remaining until the window slams shut, talkSPORT takes a look at the striking options available to Louis van Gaal.Click the yellow arrow, above, right to see the possible players. 4. Harry Kane: Can goal machine Kane fire United to the Premier League title? Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – After a stunning breakthrough season for Tottenham, Kane was soon linked with a move to Old Trafford. Those rumours have cooled as the summer has gone on, but with the transfer period nearing an end, United may be tempted to submit a late bid to lure Kane away from White Hart Lane. The 22-year-olds goals would certainly ease the pressure on Wayne Rooney, while the prospect of Champions League football could be too good for the England man to turn down. 5 2. Robert Lewandowski: Bayern’s £50m-rated forward has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past. Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – The prolific Poland international scored 24 goals in his first season with Bayern and the Bundesliga champions are unlikely to part with Lewandowski this summer. But United could come in with a huge offer for the 26-year-old, which may prove difficult for Bayern to turn down. 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to let their leading scorer leave in a cut-price deal. Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – According to the Daily Mail, United are keen on the divisive Ibrahimovic and if PSG do decide to sell the striker, then a return to Serie A and Milan is on the cards. However, Man United have the financial power to outbid the Italian club and match Ibrahimovics astronomical wage demands, while Wayne Rooney would relish playing off the 6ft 4ins frontman. 5 5 5 5. Antoine Griezmann: Reports are claiming United have turned their attentions to the Frenchman after losing out on Pedro – According to the Daily Mail, Louis van Gaal has retained an interest in the Atletico Madrid forward all summer, but the Liga club have slapped a £55m price tag on his head. Griezmann scored 25 goals in 53 appearances for Diego Simeones side last term, sparking speculation he could earn himself a big-money move to the Premier League.
Join Alan Brazil for the highlights of another packed week of Sports Breakfast shows, including a host of top guests.Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes joined the show for an exclusive chat, with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, Liverpool hero Danny Murphy and British boxing legend Chris Eubank also making special appearances, while Mr Brazil delivered another brilliant Alan Answers.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. an economic tragedy,” said Stephen Levy, senior economist at the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. “It’s asset losses, it’s property damage, probably a lot less than what people have lost through fore- closures.” About 1,500 homes and more than 410,000 acres have been scorched across seven Southern California counties plagued by the wind-driven fires. • For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. LOS ANGELES – Losses from the devastating Southern California wildfires are pegged at $1 billion in San Diego County alone, and the tally will only go higher as other areas add up the costs to rebuild. Still, while the impact is huge, experts say the region’s strong economy should make for a fairly quick rebound. “It’s a human tragedy, it’s not Ron Lane, director of emergency services in San Diego County, the hardest hit area, said damage in that region alone has reached $1 billion. At least 1,200 homes had been destroyed in the county. Losses linked to the fires could climb even higher throughout Southern California if winter rainstorms send mud cascading down fire-ravaged hillsides into neighborhoods, said Kevin Klowden, managing economist for the Milken Institute. “Vegetation is going to have been basically wiped out on a number of hillsides,” he said. A big slice of the repair bill will go toward rebuilding downed power lines and roads, including a stretch of Interstate 15, the main highway from Southern California to Las Vegas. In addition, agricultural areas in San Diego have also been damaged, hurting avocado, citrus and grape crops. Economists are also eyeing disruptions to businesses and productivity, as nearly 500,000 people were evacuated and businesses were forced to close their doors temporarily. Popular tourist destinations, such as SeaWorld in San Diego and the Wild Animal Park in nearby Escondido were forced to shut down. Along with those temporary disruptions, the impact of nationally televised images and media accounts of Southern California ablaze will likely dampen tourism for some time, economists said. “Incidents like this will drive away a certain number of people,” Klowden said. Still, rebuilding homes and businesses with an influx of insurance and government aid should stimulate the lagging construction industry, which has lost 28,600 jobs in the past year amid the housing slump. The pace of that rebuilding could be slow compared to the region’s recovery after the 2003 firestorms that destroyed more then 3,600 homes and caused insured losses surpassing $2 billion. “Back then, the homebuilding market was quite strong,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. “This time around, home building is slumping.” Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist and co-author of the quarterly University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson Forecast, said that calculating the losses will be an ongoing process. “We are going to enter into a period of rebuilding in all of these areas that have been destroyed, and I don’t think we really know what kind of value to put on that,” Nickelsburg said. But the economic pain might be short-lived, he said. “All in all, the fires occurred in more remote, residential areas,” Nickelsburg said. “It will have very little effect on the medium and long-term economic growth and economic health of the region.”160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Icy Atlantic was purchased by owner James T. Scatuorchio last year to serve as a “rabbit” for more heralded stablemate English Channel. A “rabbit” is a sacrificial pacesetter used to assure quick fractions that aid a closer. Icy Atlantic played that role for English Channel last year in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park and in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. This season, Icy Atlantic has run on his own, producing three wins in eight starts. “He’s gone on to do very good things on his own,” Pletcher said. “It’s amazing, because you try to do everything right with so many horses. We did everything wrong with him. We used him as a pacesetter twice and he responded by running some of the best races of his career.” Pushing Icy Atlantic into the role of rabbit helped the 6-year-old learn to relax and settle in his races. “It’s obviously a very tall order for him running against these type of horses but he has shown an affinity for the course,” Pletcher said. Icy Atlantic will break from post No. 2 with Chris DeCarlo aboard. Around the stables It could be a soggy weekend on the Jersey Shore. The Wednesday afternoon forecast from weather.com called for a rainy stretch through Saturday. The outlook called for a 50 percent chance of rain Friday, increasing to 70 percent Saturday. Even with a damp forecast, Monmouth officials remain optimistic Saturday’s card featuring eight Breeders’ Cup races will sell out. About 1,000 of the 47,000 seats remain unsold. … Trainer Bob Baffert scratched Cry and Catch Me on from the $2 million Juvenile Fillies after the winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita spiked a fever. “When the temperature hit 102, I pulled the plug,” Baffert said. … The New Jersey Racing Commission reported that random blood tests of the horses competing at Monmouth Park this weekend were negative. The NJRC, with the cooperation of racing commissions across the country and in Europe, conducted a random sampling of horses pre-entered on Oct. 15 for the 11 races.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services OCEANPORT, N.J. – Icy Atlantic has been the most pleasant surprise among the 11 horses trainer Todd Pletcher sends out this weekend in the Breeders’ Cup at Monmouth Park. “Most of the others are pretty accomplished horses that have been performing well over several years,” Pletcher said. The 11-race Breeders’ Cup takes place Friday and Saturday at a track where Icy Atlantic has already won two stakes: the 2004 Jersey Derby and a track-record victory in the one-mile Red Bank on Sept. 1. Icy Atlantic is 30-1 in Saturday’s $1 million Mile on the turf.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Slides of various business corners in Chatsworth from the 1940s and ’50s will be shown at the next meeting of the Chatsworth Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Virginia Watson Chatsworth Museum. Local residents Ann and Ray Vincent will present the program, “Standing on the Corner, Watching the Years Go By.” The photos come from the Eileen and Charles Janess Collection, which was recently donated to the museum by family members. Admission is free. Parking is available in front of the museum, which is located at 10385 Shadow Oak Drive, Chatsworth. For more information, call 818-341-3053 or leave a message at 818-882-5614. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
2 Save for a couple of chances that fell to Sofiane Fegouli, they were overpowered by the hosts for most of the game, and Rossi came close to giving Levante the lead in the first half, but hit the post.Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo was also fortunate not to pick up a second yellow card before the break, committing a late tackle while already cautioned.Levante’s best spell came towards the end of the first half, missing three chances in quick succession.Defender Zouhair Feddal had a header tipped away by Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, who also saved from striker Deyverson, who then headed over the bar in the same move.Valencia offered little at the other end and then failed to track the run of Rossi, who met Juanfran’s throw in first time to break the deadlock and heap more pressure on Neville.There’s plenty of La Liga games coming on new station @talkSPORT2. Details on how to tune in are here. 2 Gary Neville’s miserable run in charge of Valencia continued as his side lost to bottom of the league Levante.A second half goal from the manager’s former Man United team-mate, Giuseppe Rossi, condemned his side to the 1-0 defeat.The Italy international pounced on slack defending by the visitors from a throw in to volley into the far corner to give Levante a deserved lead in front of their own fans.It wasn’t enough to lift them off the foot of La Liga, while Valencia’s third consecutive defeat in all competitions saw them miss out on the chance to move into the top half of the table.
Karim Benzema playing for Real Madrid Karim Benzema is not set to take part in France’s bid to win the European Championship when they host the competition this summer, with the French FA confirming the Real Madrid star will not be called up.The 28-year-old has not played for his country since being questioned by police in November in connection to an alleged blackmail attempt against France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, over a sextape reportedly showing Valbuena and his partner.And now it has been confirmed that Benzema, who, with 27 goals in 81 games, is his country’s eight leading scorer, will not be called up by Didier Deschamps this summer.The forward posted a video on Facebook to plead for his recall to the national fold, but the French football federation (FFF) have made it clear that the Madrid star will miss out.A statement published by the FFF said: “Didier Deschamps and (president) Noel Le Graet met to discuss the situation of Mr Benzema.“The president of the federation and the coach would agree that athletic performance is an important but not exclusive criteria for selecting the France national team.“The ability of players work towards unity, in and around the group, are also taken into account.“As a result, Noel Le Graet and Didier Deschamps decided that Karim Benzema will not participate in Euro 2016.”There are no indications as to whether Benzema will be called back up to the France squad following the tournament this summer, but it looks as if his career with Les Bleus will end having earned 81 caps. 1
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed reports of a supposed feud with Reds youngster Jordon Ibe.The 20-year-old impressed throughout Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth on Sunday and provided the assist for Daniel Sturridge’s goal.But, despite the team’s intense schedule, his appearance was only his third since February.Ibe featured regularly following Klopp’s Anfield appointment in October, but opportunities dried up as he began to realised his favoured team.It was suggested that a rift developed over what Klopp perceived to be an unwillingness to track back and defend.But the Anfield boss insists there is no problem between the pair and hailed Ibe as a ‘big talent’ for the club.“I heard from somewhere that Jordon has some problems with me or something?” said the 48-year-old, who developed a reputation for brining through young players during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund.“Only a few young players can come up, and sometimes they are in the squad, sometimes not.“He’s still a brilliant, big, big talent which is very good for English football. He did well with the pass for the first goal, and the cross for the second. I was very happy.“It was a beautiful pass from Jordan Ibe [for Sturridge’s goal]. We had a lot of moments and it’s absolutely exciting.” 1
Do the futures of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere lie at Arsenal? Theo Walcott has ‘underachieved’ at Arsenal and MUST leave for the good of his career, but Jack Wilshere still has a future at the London club, believes former England star Ray Wilkins.Walcott has become the subject of frustration with fans as well as manager Arsene Wenger in recent seasons.The 27-year-old might be a regular name of the team-sheet, but he has failed to really deliver and fulfil his potential for the Gunners since arriving as a 16-year-old rookie from Southampton.His pace remains undoubtedly his strongest asset, although his end product still leaves a lot to be desired. He has scored nine goals in 42 appearances in all competitions this term, with only five of those coming in the Premier League.There have also been questions raised over Wilshere’s long-term future at the club after yet another season passed him by due to injury.And coach Wilkins, who made 84 appearances in a Three Lions shirt during his playing days, has given his opinion on who should stay and who should go.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Jack Wilshere must stay at Arsenal, but I definitely think Theo has to move on.“Theo has underachieved for the last couple of years and he is not getting any games for Arsenal at the moment.“He has got to play games to fulfil that potential he’s always had, but to get games you’ve got to force the manager’s hand, and I doesn’t look like that’s going to happen at Arsenal.“But Jack, on the other hand, he has got to stay. Arsenal have got to get him fully fit and playing.“I really want to see the Jack Wilshere we know and love, the Jack Wilshere who was crucial to England during qualification, playing at the Euros.” 1
Sliabh Liag Distillery will launch An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin this weekend – a unique craft gin inspired by the Donegal coast and the ingredients found around the Sliabh Liag peninsula.The official launch of this unique gin takes place on Friday 27th October with an event celebrating “draíocht na farraige”, the magic of the sea. Sliabh Liag Distillery is Donegal’s first distillery in 175 years and the directors, James and Moira Doherty, are passionate about creating brands inspired by local lore and legends, rooted in the Donegal Gaeltacht, where the new distillery will be built on the slopes in the lee of Sliabh Liag Cliffs.James believes the new distillery will boost employment in the local community, while also bringing more visitors to the area.“We have 5 employees today and with construction on the main Sliabh Liag Distillery, we will create employment for up to 40 people once the distillery and visitor centre is fully operational. The Sliabh Liag Cliffs are Donegal’s main visitor attraction with almost 200,000 visitors each year.”Directors of the Sliabh Liag Distillery, James and Moira Doherty, who will launch their unique An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin this weekend.James continues: “Drinks tourism in Ireland is an area of huge growth and there’s been an explosion of craft gin in recent years. Construction of the new distillery will begin next year. The company has a portfolio of four spirits brands and has already launched its first expression, an independent bottling of Irish Whiskey named The Silkie.” The inspiration for An Dúlamán came about during a trip foraging seaweed in Donegal, as James explains: “My wife Moira was out picking Dulse with my aunt at Muckross Head close to Killybegs and she asked the question: ‘has anyone ever put this into alcohol?’. The seeds of an idea were born that day and we’re delighted to be able to share the result this weekend.”“An Dúlamán is made using only the finest Donegal Sweet Kombu (Sugar Kelp), Dillisk (Dulse), Pepper Dulse, Carrageen Moss and Channel Wrack. Pepper Dulse, sometimes known as the “truffle of the sea” is the shyest of these coastal treasures and can only be harvested on a full moon when the tides and the wild Atlantic work in our favour,” James adds.“Once collected, each botanical is treated on its own merits. Some are dried to intensify their flavours and others frozen to capture the delicate umami essence.“Following this, some of the ingredients go into Méabh, our hand beaten copper pot still and we add the more challenging ones into the flavour basket to be distilled into An Dúlamán, Irish Maritime Gin. The result of this devilishly narrow cut is a taste that captures fresh juniper, an umami richness and the dry tang of sea breeze,” says James.An Dúlamán is presented in a dark bottle reminiscent of those found on the Armada wrecks along the coast of Donegal. The bottle’s labelling in drawn by a local artist and inspired by the Book of Kells. Each bottle is wax sealed and the batch number is linked to the lunar phases.The gin’s name comes from the traditional song Dúlamán na binne bhuí, made famous by Altan, Clannad and other famous Irish singers and songwriters. James knows the drinks industry well having held senior positions with major drinks suppliers SABMiller in Asia, Foster’s in Australia and William Grant & Sons. He and his wife Moira are joined by James Keith, the Hughes family, Dom De Lorenzo and John Davidson in their mission to reclaim the distilling heritage of Donegal.Moira says: “the artisanal gin category is exploding and with Donegal officially the coolest place on the planet we feel it’s an exciting time for the county and we want to thank everyone from the local community and further afield who helped us along the way.”The launch of An Dúlamán takes place from 8pm – 10.30pm at An Dúlamán Gin Palace, Sliabh Liag Distillery, Line Road, Carrick, Co. Donegal. It is strictly for over 18’s only and ID may be required. There is very limited car parking at the venue. For more information on An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin or Silkie whiskey visit www.sliabhliagdistillery.com or for any queries please contact Sliabh Liag Distillery on [email protected] Please enjoy alcohol responsibly. Donegal distillery’s new gin to serve up future jobs boost was last modified: October 24th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:an dulamanginsilkie whiskeySliabh Liag Distillery
The Donegal Fire service could scoop a major award after their heroics in tackling many gorse fires last summer.The service has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Customer Service section of the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.Donegal County Council has been shortlisted in two other categories. They could also win awards after being nominated in the One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month in the Festival of the Year category and the Donegal Gathering in the Supporting Tourism section.The Awards will take place in November at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.DONEGAL FIRE SERVICE IN LINE FOR AWARD AFTER GORSE FIRE HEROICS was last modified: August 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL FIRE SERVICE
VALENCIA – Stephan Koplowitz has been appointed the new dean of the CalArts’ Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, taking over a program boosted by a new endowment, professional space at the Los Angeles Music Center and a new partnership with the theater school. Koplowitz, a choreographer and educator based in New York City for the past 23 years, will come to the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia on Aug. 1, CalArts President Steven D. Lavine said Monday. Koplowitz is well-known in the contemporary dance world for concert performances, theater and public-site work as well as education, community arts and multimedia production. His appointment comes as CalArts celebrates a new endowment for its dance school and the emergence of its downtown Los Angeles professional space – the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater at the Music Center. It also coincides with the reconfiguration of the CalArts Theater School’s professional production arm as the Center for New Performance, which will now also collaborate with the schools of music and dance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The tools are in place. We only await Stephan’s leadership,” Lavine said. “As a choreographer, he is hitting the sweet spot of a wonderful career and he is a born teacher/educator.” Lavine said Koplowitz had taken up a one-week residence at CalArts in 2004 as part of his Alpert Award for the Arts fellowship. During that time he created a piece that involved every dance student – undergraduate and graduate – at CalArts. “We are all ready to work with Stephan to develop a program responsive to the conditions of dance today,” Lavine said. “This will be a turning point, mostly for CalArts, but for dance in Southern California generally.” Koplowitz is best known for creating large-scale performances for architecturally compelling and challenging spaces. Sites for his work have included London’s British Library and Natural History Museum, the windows of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, Union Station in Los Angeles and a coal processing plant in Essen, Germany. “Whether I am choreographing for a site or the stage, I am influenced by my environment and my community,” Koplowitz said. “The fact that Los Angeles faces Asia and borders on Mexico offers a new perspective on my world. “This, in combination with the richness and intensity of the artistic community at CalArts, provides exciting possibilities for developing work and collaborations. Although I am moving to the Los Angeles area, I feel that CalArts is its own city within a city – with its own culture, resources and links to other cultures around the globe.”160Want 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We’ve got, I’d say, four inches at the base. There’s probably five to six inches up top,” McColly said. Today’s skies are expected to be partly cloudy, with Antelope Valley afternoon temperatures in the 50s. A 40 percent chance of rain returns after midnight Sunday, with a 50 percent chance of rain Monday. A chance of rain will persist Tuesday and return again Wednesday night, the National Weather Service said. Friday’s rain increased Palmdale’s rainfall total since July to 5.24 inches, below the average by this date of 5.6 inches. Rainfall last year at this time amounted to 14.79 inches, the weather service said. PALMDALE – Streets flooded from a storm that dropped rain on the Antelope Valley on Friday and dumped several inches of snow in the San Gabriel Mountains. A new storm is expected to arrive Sunday night or early Monday in Southern California, forecasters said. Friday’s storm by midafternoon dropped .24 inches of rain in Lancaster, .08 to .17 inches in Palmdale, .20 in Acton, .01 inches in Lake Los Angeles, and .39 inches at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve west of Lancaster. About 4 inches of snow had fallen by midafternoon at Mountain High ski resort’s lodge near Wrightwood, with more at higher elevations and snow still falling heavily, spokesman John McColly said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly committee voted Wednesday to allow judges to edit personal and financial information out of divorce records if a spouse requests that the information be kept private. The Appropriations Committee endorsed a bill that supporters framed as critical to privacy and identity-theft prevention, but opponents warned would lock the public out of court proceedings. A 12-3 vote sent the measure to the full Assembly. “In every case, whether you are rich or poor, everything down to the balance in your checking account is available to the public,” said Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, the bill’s author. “I just don’t see any reason for that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWomen’s organizations, judicial groups and First Amendment advocates lined up in the committee room to urge lawmakers to reject the bill over public access and equality issues. Tracy Kenny, legislative advocate of the Judicial Council of California, said the courts will look like they have something to hide if judges make divorce records secret and then rule on the case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER – A squiggly red line depicting the highly stylized image of an antelope in profile is the new logo for the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The new logo replaces the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival’s 12-year-old logo of a leaping antelope as part of an overall effort to “brand” the fairgrounds and its many components. “While the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival is our signature event, it is not our only event,” fairgrounds board president Darth Eliopulos said. The new logo, designed by fairgrounds art director Bryan Mok, was described by Eliopulos as “bold, edgy and engaging.” Besides representing the head of an antelope, the new logo also incorporates the letters “A,” “V,” and “F.” Since moving to the new location, fairgrounds officials have continued adding new buildings. Last year, the 4,000-square-foot Van Dam Legacy Hall and Waste Management Community Hall opened. The 12,000-square-foot R. Rex Parris Show Arena is expected to be completed in time for the 2006 fair in August.160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAs a venue, Eliopulos said, the fairgrounds are used year-round for fundraising events, trade shows, conferences, weddings, receptions, car and recreational-vehicle rallies and even boxing matches, as well as for the 11-day fair every summer. The fairgrounds often have two or three events going on simultaneously in different buildings, officials said. “Our community today is larger, more sophisticated, more diverse and certainly more active,” fairgrounds marketing manager Wendy Bozigian said. “Our challenge is to stay current with the changes, fulfill our community’s events needs and remain loyal to our fair’s agricultural heritage and traditions.” After 65 years at Division Street and Avenue I, the Antelope Valley Fair moved in 2004 to the new 135-acre fairgrounds west of the Antelope Valley Freeway at Avenue H. The new fairgrounds was a joint effort by the fairgrounds board and the city of Lancaster, which took over the old fairgrounds to free the site for homes, a park, shops and schools.