Day: December 23, 2015

Premier League – Van Gaal walks out of United press conference after five minutesPremier League – Van Gaal walks out of United press conference after five minutes

Premier League – Van Gaal walks out of United press conference after five minutes

The fraught Manchester United manager’s job is in serious jeopardy following a miserable run of results, with Jose Mourinho emerging as a potential successor after Chelsea culled him last week.

Van Gaal, grimly surveying those huddled into the Carrington conference room, requested an apology from the press before reluctantly fielding two questions.

“Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That’s what I’m wondering,” said Van Gaal. “I think I was already sacked, I read. I have been sacked. My colleague [Mourinho] was here already.

“What do you think happens with my wife or my kids? Or with my grandchildren? Or with the fans of Manchester United? Or my friends? What do you think? They have called me a lot of times and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that.

“So you think that I want to talk with the media now. I am here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you. But I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context. And I want to say only I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week.



Rapper Banner donating music studio to Boys and Girls ClubRapper Banner donating music studio to Boys and Girls Club

Rapper Banner donating music studio to Boys and Girls Club

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When rapper David Banner was recording the music that launched a major label career, it came from a makeshift studio inside of a van in which he was also sleeping.

Now, he’s making sure the younger generation will have access to the technology that wasn’t available to him when he started his career.

The Clarion-Ledger reports ( ) that through collaboration with his foundation, Banner is donating a recording studio to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. It was announced last week as part of the ninth annual “Heal the Hood at Christmas” project in Jackson. It is the first of six studios that will be developed in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club chapter.

Overlooking the same basketball courts Banner used to visit to escape gang violence, the studio will allow kids to gain experience in many facets of the music industry, from songwriting, producing and performing to recording.

“I come back because I love the way I feel when I come in here,” said Banner, whose real name is Lavell Crump. “Now you see that I can give back, hopefully one of y’all can get popping from this studio and come back and give some more money.”

Boys & Girls Club President and CEO Penney Ainsworth said the studio also would be an important way to promote education and creativity.

“They’re going to learn to write, make beats and marry the two before going into the sound booth,” Ainsworth said. “We’re going to teach them computer skills and show how that affects everyday life. Hopefully we’ll get some David Banners out of here, some producers and songwriters out of here.”

The studio space is in a converted office and features a state-of-the art computer with music editing software Pro Tools, and a soundproof recording booth. Jackson producer Leroy Jones, who runs Sonic Signature studios, renovated the space in just over a week.

“When I was in my teens, I didn’t have a chance to have access to something like this,” said Jones, who works with local rappers including Dolla Black and Savvy, but has also produced for artists Mannie Fresh, Lil Boosie, Scarface and more. “They can come in here and learn and develop a passion for it like I did, and become a millionaire after that.”

Banner’s appearance at the Boys & Girls Club included a gift-giveaway for 350 youth and their families. Banner mingled with the children, taking selfies and explaining that he had once been in their shoes.

Banner, who was student body president at Southern University and attended graduate school at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on a full scholarship, talked about the importance of education.

“If you don’t know any words, what are you rapping about?” said Banner, whose “God Box” album is scheduled for release next year.