Man City set for quiet transfer window?

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has no plans to spend more Etihad cash this January – or does he?The Chilean claims no more Abu Dhabi millions will be spent reinforcing his already glittering side with his squad, in his mind, already perfect.However he admits that in the crazy January transfer window anything can happen.“I think the squad is complete,” he said.“As always, I said that we are not going to completely rule anything out, but we are not really thinking of any special players to bring in.“I don’t talk about rumours. I am telling you what I am thinking about for our squad in this moment.” 1 Manuel Pellegrini last_img read more

Man United officials in Spain for midfielder, Chelsea Alex Teixeira blow and more

first_img1 talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton revealed today that Manchester United have sent representatives to Spain to negotiate a move for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.The 21-year-old is a defensive central midfielder, has represented Spain up until under-21 level and is likely to be seen as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.Other things discussed are the options currently available to Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy, with Bayer Leverkusen and Roma joining the race for his signature.There is a blow for Chelsea too, as Shaktar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has claimed frontman Alex Teixeira will not be leaving the club during the January window.Another striker not coming to the Premier League this month is Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, who has revealed he turned down the chance to join Newcastle in a £18m deal.However, one deal expected to happen at Newcastle is the arrival of Jonjo Shelvey, who was reportedly in the north-east to finalise his move from Swansea.Here are some of the latest transfer rumours from flop Baba Rahman will remain at Stamford Bridge until at least the summer Claudio Ranieri confirms Andrej Kramaric can leave Leicester in bid for first-team football Chelsea stuck with Radamel Falcao as Monaco refuse to cut short loan deal Felipe Anderson suggests he could leave Lazio in January as Manchester United linked with £35m move Roberto Mancini insists Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia has not asked to leave amid Liverpool interest Steve McClaren confident Newcastle can complete deals for Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet Exclusive – Danny Murphy says Gareth Bale must be smarter after fuelling speculation about Real Madrid future Chelsea blow! Alex Teixeira won’t leave Shakhtar Donetsk this month, claims club manager Alexandre Lacazette confirms he rejected chance to join Newcastle in £18m deal Arsenal transfer report: Bayer Leverkusen and Roma join race for wantaway defender Mathieu Debuchy Manchester United officials are reportedly negotiating a move for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez last_img read more

City Council warned of economic shoals

first_imgFaced with growing financial concerns, Los Angeles city officials were warned Friday that they may need to freeze all new spending and end the politically popular practice of granting permit-fee waivers for groups’ special events. With a $7billion annual budget threatened by declining revenue and legal questions over existing taxes, Los Angeles’ top budget adviser said the city needs to make sure it has money on hand before undertaking any new initiatives. “I liken it to when you plan to make an addition to your home, but the bonus you were counting on didn’t come through,” City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson said. “So you put off the project until you have the money.” Sisson said the city is still grappling with a structural deficit that could mean a $215 million shortfall next year. It also faces the potential loss of an existing telephone-users tax that brings in about $270million a year. Sisson said the city faces the squeeze as revenue has dropped in a number of city tax categories. Councilman Bernard Parks, who chairs the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, also warned that the city’s reserve fund is below the 5percent level it is required to maintain and the contingency fund – scheduled to be at $88million – is less than $15million. “We can no longer do our budget on an annual basis,” Parks said. “We have to look at it every month to make sure spending stays in control.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want 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.“I know in a budget our size that $270million doesn’t sound like a lot of money,” Sisson told City Council members. “But when you look at the proportion of our money devoted to public service – that’s two-thirds of the budget. A $270million cut will be noticeable in other service areas and that is the choices we will be looking at.” The council is considering a proposal from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to ask voters on the Feb. 5 ballot to approve a 9percent telephone-users tax to keep revenue flowing to the city in case a judge rejects the city’s existing phone tax. Sisson said she will develop a list of recommendations that will include a freeze on all spending in the unappropriated budget for future programs and doing away with fee and permit waivers that could bring in $6million to $10million. Fee waivers have long been the target of critics of City Hall. Waivers generally are granted for the costs the city incurs providing traffic control around events such as community festivals, street fairs and block parties. Programs that are now in the unappropriated budget include the City Attorney’s Office’s gang-prosecutor program, expense accounts, fuel purchases, homeless shelters, various anti-gang programs, new police and fire stations and workers’ compensation attorneys. last_img read more

Baffert looks to pad his win total

first_imgHORSE RACING: Indian Blessing, Midnight Lute best of trainer’s Breeders’ entries. By Art Wilson STAFF WRITER Bob Baffert, accustomed to performing on the big stage, will have four chances to pad his Breeders’ Cup win total Saturday when he saddles four horses in the World Thoroughbred Championships at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 54-year-old Baffert entered Indian Blessing and Cry and Catch Me in the Juvenile Fillies, Midnight Lute in the Sprint and Tough Tiz’s Sis in the Distaff on Tuesday as post positions were drawn for Breeders’ Cup XXIV, which will be a two-day event for the first time. Three new $1 million races – the Filly & Mare Sprint, Juvenile Turf and Dirt Mile – will be run Friday and the eight traditional Breeders’ Cup races will be contested Saturday, including a $5 million Classic that has drawn one of the strongest fields in its history. Midnight Lute, 4-for-9 lifetime and coming off a powerful victory in the Grade I Forego Handicap at Saratoga on Sept. 1, and Indian Blessing would appear to give Baffert his best shots at a fourth Breeders’ Cup victory. Both horses will be ridden by Garrett Gomez, who has mounts in nine of the 11 Breeders’ Cup races. Midnight Lute, a 4-year-old son of Real Quiet, drew the No. 2 post in the 11-horse Sprint and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a race that also includes Southland standouts Greg’s Gold, Idiot Proof and Bordonaro. “The post does not make much difference for Midnight Lute,” Baffert said. “He’s surrounded by really fast horses and will have to get lucky turning for home.” Indian Blessing, the tepid 3-1 morning-line choice in the Juvenile Fillies, comes in off a 41/2-length victory in the Grade I Frizette at Belmont Park on Oct. 6 and is unbeaten in two starts. The daughter of Indian Charlie drew the No. 4 post in the field of 14. Cry and Catch Me, a winner of the Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 29, will start from post 13 and retains the services of jockey Mike Smith. The Street Cry filly is 6-1 on the morning line. “Four is a good post for Indian Blessing, but I would have rather seen Cry and Catch Me a little closer in five, six, seven or eight,” Baffert said. “But they’re both doing well; that’s the main thing.” Tough Tiz’s Sis is Baffert’s lone longshot at 20-1, despite the fact she won the Grade I Lady’s Secret at Oak Tree in her past start Oct. 7. Smith gets the mount after Victor Espinoza opted to ride Balance in the 11/8-mile race. “I try not to worry too much about the posts,” Baffert said. “Good horses can overcome a lot of things.” The Classic drew a star-studded field of nine, including the top older horse in training, Lawyer Ron, and five talented 3-year-olds in Street Sense, Curlin, Any Given Saturday, Hard Spun and Tiago. Lawyer Ron, trained by Todd Pletcher, will be ridden by John Velazquez and comes in off a neck loss to Curlin in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Sept. 30. The 4-year-old Langfuhr colt, 12of 25 lifetime, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite the fact he drew the rail and is winless in three tries at Saturday’s 11/4-mile distance. Smith retains the mount on 12-1long shot Tiago, who drew the No. 9 outside post. “It doesn’t matter with him,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “He’s going to drop back and come running anyway, so it’s OK.” Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, No. 2 post, is the co-second choice at 3-1 along with Preakness winner Curlin, who will start from the fourth spot. “I would like to switch with Larry Jones (Hard Spun’s trainer) and have the eight,” said Carl Nafzger, Street Sense’s trainer. “That’s a great spot for him. The two just means you have to run a little more early to get position.” Nashoba’s Key, who will put her 7-0 record on the line in the Filly & Mare Turf against 11 others, drew the three hole and is the 3-1 morning-line choice. The 4-year-old filly’s connections – trainer Carla Gaines and 17-year-old jockey Joe Talamo – are both Breeders’ Cup rookies. Talamo will also ride Lewis Michael in Friday’s Dirt Mile in an attempt to become the youngest rider to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Gaines was pleased with her filly’s post position. “It’s very suitable for a mile and three-eighths,” she said. “It’s not way on the outside so she should be able to save ground. “I think she will be placed forwardly with her natural speed going long. She should be sitting just off the pace.” The heaviest morning-line favorite is European invader Dylan Thomas, listed at 7-5 in the 11/2-mile Turf. Notes: Idiot Proof broke the Monmouth record for six furlongs when he won the Jersey Shore Stakes on July 4 in 1:07.47. That prior success here could be an edge in the $2 million Sprint where Idiot Proof is 10-1 from post No. 7, with David Flores set to ride. The 3-year-old is 5-for-8, including a victory most recently in the Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita. “Idiot Proof is as good a horse as any I’ve had,” trainer Clifford Sise said. … Even though he has four horses running in the Breeders’ Cup this weekend, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel will remain in California with Happy, his 8-year-old dog who has been a longtime presence around the barn. “Happy is very ill,” Frankel said. “I’m not going to leave. I’ve got lots of good help and I know the horses will be in good hands.” … Forefathers became the first horse to enter two Breeders’ Cup races: the $1 million Dirt Mile on Friday and the $2 million Sprint on Saturday. With the Breeders’ Cup expanding to two days this year, the rules were changed to allow dual entries in races on different days. It is highly improbable that Forefathers will run in both. Zayat Stable, the owner, and trainer Bill Mott can scratch out of either race until 45 minutes prior to post. The likelihood of a Forefathers scratch from one poses a problem for bettors placing advance wagers starting at noon Thursday. At that time, they probably won’t know Forefather’s status for either race. News services contributed to this story.160Want 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

Burbank sad to see `Tonight Show’ leave

first_img“Certainly they’ve been an important employer in our community,” City Councilman Dave Golonski said. “And I think it’s fortunate that they’re not going very far, so the Burbank residents who are employed by them are not going to be displaced.” The “Tonight Show” moved from New York to Burbank in 1972. Carson soon started calling the show’s new home “Beautiful Downtown Burbank,” borrowing a phrase from “Laugh-In” star Gary Owens. After NBC’s announcement that it will move the show, Owens, 70, was already musing about what the new line could be in Universal City. “They will have to say something like: the new NBC building, right across the street from Universal,” Owens said. Famous for cupping his ear during announcements, his ear was imprinted in concrete at NBC Studios, and Carson sidekick Ed McMahon would always park over that earprint. And Owens recalls reminiscing with Carson about their years in Omaha, Neb. Over the show’s Jay Leno years, Burbank residents have gotten used to seeing the car buff tooling around town or stopping for a bite to eat at a local restaurant. A park across the street from NBC is named after Carson, and Burbank has come to rely on the tourism dollars spent by those who come to watch the tapings. While standing in line for the show Wednesday, Richard Lyons of Westlake Village said while there might be more to see in Universal City, “What we’ll miss is using the old Johnny Carson stage and all the history behind that.” And Vicky Starkweather of Rancho Cucamonga said the show should stay in Burbank. “Carson was here,” she said. “It’s, like, tradition.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre That troubles him, he said, because in 1997, the city gave NBC the right to expand its Burbank facility by nearly 2 million square feet over 25 years. NBC never followed through, but if the company moves out of its 35-acre Burbank site, the new property owner could build it up using NBC’s master plan development rights. “None of this was anticipated when NBC was granted these entitlements for development,” he said. Its total number of workers varies with the seasons, but NBC has between 1,700 and 2,000 employees in Burbank, said Scott McGookin, the city’s economic development manager. It’s unclear how many of those jobs could leave town. BURBANK – The city known far and wide as the place former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson called “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” could be losing some of its name recognition. After NBC’s announcement Wednesday that it will move the show down the road to Universal City, locals in town reacted with disappointment. “The `Tonight Show’ … is a big deal to us and it’s a big part of our identity,” said City Manager Mary Alvord. With other parts of NBC also moving, City Councilman David Gordon said he anticipates that the entire operation will eventually leave Burbank. last_img

54th Whittier Christmas Parade lineup

first_img Community Grand Marshal Irene Martinez Grand Marshal Rep. Linda Sanchez KOST La Serna High School lance regiment American Red Cross Critters For Christ equestrian group Morningstar Christian Chapel Rio Hondo neighborhood Girls Scouts – Spanish Trails Council South El Monte High School Bright Medical Assemblyman Charles Calderon Carden Whittier bell choir and cheer Moms Club of Whittier – West Whittier Lions Club eye mobile Bell Gardens Lancer marching regiment Classic Clowns Assemblyman Tony Mendoza Boy Scouts Pack 630 Whittier Public Library and Library Foundation Submarine Veterans of World War II Buena Park High School marching band Sponsor Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary Community Affairs Manager Natalie Neufeld American G.I. Forum Broadoak’s Children’s School of Whittier College Brownie Troop No. 61 with fire truck Santa Fe High School band and color guard Santa Fe Springs City Council Santa Fe Kid Company of Whittier Palmview Christian School Rep. Grace Napolitano Hoover Elementary School baton classes St. Paul High School marching band Caremore Alma Latina de Lynwood Road Runner Speciality Towing and Transport Temple City High School band Zumayas Mexican Caf YWCA North Orange County California Youth Spirit Core Friends of the Bailey House and Whittier Historical Society Wantland Family Whittier For Jesus Youth March Son’s of Italy Hacienda Lodge No. 2168 Rio Hondo College board of trustees Tetzlaff Middle School Trojan band and color guard Whittier Chamber of Commerce President Chris George Pio Pico State Historic Park American Legion Whittier Post 51 El Rancho High School Marching Dons band and color guard Pico Rivera City Council Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 28 Harmony Center for Spiritual Living Gold Wing Road Riders Association Rincon Intermediate School band and drill team Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Elwin Elementary pep squad First Love Calvary Chapel float St. Bruno Cub Scouts No. 337 Prudential California Uptown Realty and Pacific Western Mortgage La Habra High School Highlander marching band Prot g Volleyball Club Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship Sonora High School Junior ROTC USS Arizona replica YMCA of Greater Whittier Pioneer High School marching band Rick’s Drive In and Out banner Campo Verde Girl Scouts Posada of Whittier Katherine Edwards Middle School royal marching band Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority Marinello Schools of Beauty Miss Whittier and Miss Teen Whittier Little Miss and Mr. Hawaiian Tropic Kids Sonora High School Raiderettes dance team Cub Scout Pack 990 Artesia High School marching pioneers Whittier Daily News Editor Tim Traeger Whittier Police Department Police Chief Dave Singer Victory Tae Kwon Do Whittier Christian School cheer and football players Whittier Meals on Wheels Whittier Christian High School Herald marching band Whittier Pony Baseball The Gardens at Whittier Whittier Museum Obregon Park Tigers Dexter Middle School Hornet marching band Credit Union of Southern California representative Dave Gunderson And Dance! Studio for performing arts Los Nietos Shrine Club First Avenue Middle School Spartan band, drill and Auxiliary Mayberry Park Boys & Girls Club of Whittier Los Nietos Kid in Sports St. Hilary Cub and Boy Scouts Pack No. 561 John Glenn High School marching band Whittier Uptown Association President Robert Ruiz Los Molinos Elementary School Wildcat cheerleader and Mascots Too Cute! Special Occasion Footwear Sorensen Park Dana Mariner Middle School marching band Regency Christian Center float Saybrook Park Pupil Transportation Center Wishing Well Whittier Uptown Association Manager Larry Trujillo Beckman High School Patriot marching band Santa Claus Source: Whittier Uptown Association 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Following is a list of participants in the 54th annual Whittier Uptown Christmas Parade: Whittier Police Department color guard Whittier High School marching band Boy Scouts AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Banco Popular Whittier City Council Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe Whittier Community Services Department Royal Fox Insurance Service last_img read more


first_imgA Belfast lawyer will tell the BBC tonight that the public should remain vigilant about possible investment scams.Laura Gillespie has worked with the Financial Services Authority on investigations into allegedly fraudulent schemes.She said that allegations of fraud were “not uncommon in tough economic times”. She tells BBC Newsline: “When the money is rolling in, people tend not to ask questions but lean economic times certainly tend to reveal problems.”Ms Gillespie said that investors needed to be alert to “tell-tale signs”.“First, consistently steady returns – if your investment yields say, 3%, consistently over a period of years, there is so little variation that it might cause suspicion,” she said.“Second, if the investment consistently outperforms funds of a similar nature, something may be awry. “Like any fraud, the rule of thumb is simple: if it seems too good to be true, it may well be.”The interview will be broadcast on BBC Newsline at 6.30pm.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: LAWYER WARNS PUBLIC TO BE VIGILANT OVER SCAMS was last modified: February 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgJUST eight new positions have been created at a Gaoth Dobhair crisp factory, nine months after the company announced 35 new jobs, can reveal.The current workforce at Largo Foods in the Gaoth Dobhair industrial estate is 198 full-time and part-time staff.Last June the company announced 35 new positions. At that time it had 190 members of staff and stated in a press release and at a press conference that the workforce would rise to 225. Minister Dinny McGinley was at the announcement way in June last year.But this week when the Minister arrived at the same plant to announce a €570k taxpayer cash injection into the company, there was no mention of the previous press release and the promise of jobs in it.“The addition of more manufacturing lines, the increase in capacity, and the expansion of the product mix will allow for better efficiencies, increased sales and will help to secure current employment in Gaoth Dobhair,” said the Minister at the time of the announcement of 35 new jobs.But this week as the company announced a new investment in the plant, helped with the Udaras grant, it said in a new press release that it had 198 employees – 27 less than it promised last year. Last night revealed that 52 part-time positions are being axed and replaced with 26 full-time posts.And we also revealed that although Minister McGinley said there would be 24 new jobs as a result of this week’s announcement, we have seen documents which show those positions will come about ONLY if the company develops new snacks which become commercially successful.The full report of last June’s jobs announcement is here night’s revelations are here: © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on REVEALED: JUST 8 NEW JOBS AT FACTORY – NINE MONTHS AFTER 35 NEW POSITIONS ANNOUNCED was last modified: February 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

‘Give this man the Chelsea job!’ – Danny Murphy backs young Brit for top job

first_img Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe – is he ready to coach at the top level? 1 Danny Murphy has urged Chelsea to give Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe a chance to prove himself at the top level by giving him the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge.The 38-year-old has earned plaudits for turning the Cherries from Football League also-rans to Championship winners, and guiding the club to top flight promotion for the first time in their history.Many tipped Bournemouth for an immediate return to the second tier, but they have shown real spirit this season and have a great chance to avoid the drop with the south coast side currently 13 points clear of the bottom three.Italy manager Antonio Conte, 46, remains favourite for the Chelsea job, with interim boss Guus Hiddink unlikely to stay on as boss past the end of this campaign.But Danny Murphy believes appointing Howe could be a masterstroke from the Blues.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I’m going to upset Bournemouth fans here because I rate Eddie Howe so highly that if I was a big club, like Chelsea, I would go for him. That big a job.“I would just let him get on with it, bring through the youth players and do his thing.“Although he’s young and some people might say he’s not ready and he’s not managed a big club, he’s managed successfully and has done brilliantly to get Bournemouth to where they are now.“But it’s not just his tactics and the way he’s got Bournemouth playing, it’s also the way he conducts himself and the way he talks.“He’s very well liked, very bright, articulate and he’s English. I would certainly give him an opportunity if I was a bigger club.”last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Hatem Ben Arfa joins Paris Saint-Germain on two-year deal

first_img Hatem Ben Arfa revived his career with French side Nice and has now sealed a move to giants PSG 1 Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa on a two-year deal.The 29-year-old was out of contract at Nice this summer, and the French champions have beaten off competition from a number of clubs across Europe to land the former Newcastle man.Southampton and Leicester were also in the running for the playmaker, while he was ‘minutes away’ from signing for Italian club Sevilla before PSG swooped in with a late offer.After being frozen out of the Newcastle side and failing to impress on loan at fellow Premier League club Hull, Ben Arfa revitalised his career by moving to Nice where he scored 17 goals this season.His resurgence of form saw him make France’s reserve list for Euro 2016, though he missed the cut for the final squad, and grabbed the attention of Ligue 1 giants PSG.“Signing with Paris Saint-Germain is a very happy and a proud moment,” he told his new club’s website.“Paris Saint-Germain has always been a very special team for me, so to wear this jersey at the Parc des Princes is a childhood dream.“I’d like to thank Nice, who enabled me to refind pleasure in playing football and to show the French public what I’m capable of on the pitch.” Ben Arfa, who has also played for Lyon and Marseille in France, will be keen to impress new PSG boss Unai Emery, who succeeded Laurent Blanc this week.last_img read more