Manchester United legend backs Pedro pursuit

first_imgManchester United legend Bryan Robson believes the club must sign Pedro from Barcelona.Ed Woodward has reportedly flown out to Spain to finalise the deal with the only sticking point being the fee, as the Catalan giants are insisting the Red Devils pay the full £22m buy-out clause.And Robson, who is an ambassador at Manchester United, has backed the club’s pursuit of the forward, who recently scored the winner in the UEFA Super Cup.“I think we definitely need another striker, because if we get injuries to Memphis or Chicharito or Rooney,” said the former United and England captain.“We’re very short on strikers at the moment, so I think Pedro would be a very good signing for United at this time.”last_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger has no interest in renewing war of words with Jose Mourinho

first_img1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no interest in reopening a war of words with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.The rival coaches squared up in the dugout last season during the Blues’ 2-0 win and then following Arsenal’s victory in the 2015 FA Community Shield at Wembley there was no handshake between the pair.However, despite the intense media focus on the pair’s simmering rivalry, which has included Mourinho once branding the long-serving Arsenal manager a “specialist in failure”, Wenger would rather his side’s performance on the pitch make the headlines.He said: “No special relationship [between any manager] is my worry, all I worry about is our performance tomorrow.“I respect everybody in the job and focus on what I love and that is football. All the rest honestly does not concern me much.“Realistically people come to watch football and all the rest is a little bit secondary. What is important is the quality of what we will see tomorrow morning at 12.45 and you want people to focus on that.”Asked if he would shake Mourinho’s hand and if he regretted their touchline bust-up, Wenger replied: “I don’t want to talk about that. I have nothing more to say about this situation.”Wenger was asked if he felt Chelsea were in decline. He replied: “I don’t know, I leave that to the specialists. I take care of my team and my own problems.” Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Everton warned off Serie A transfer target

first_imgEmpoli sporting director Marcello Carli has told Everton and Juventus to forget about signing Riccardo Saponara in January.The 23-year-old has been in impressive form this season and his performances have caught the eye of several clubs.Juventus have been linked with a £10m bid, while Everton are also said to have scouted the playmaker.However, Empoli sporting director, Carli, has told any interested clubs to forget about signing the Italian when the transfer window opens in two months.“No one will move in January,” Carli told Calciomercato.“We’ll keep all our players, then in June we’ll evaluate any offers that come in, in line with club policy. We’re used to rumours about our players, it means we’re doing well.“Saponara in particular is an important player for us, and his absence [through suspension] is weighing heavily.“You have to see the positives in every situation though, and without Riccardo some interesting young players have had the chance to prove their quality.” 1 Riccardo Saponara last_img read more

‘Just wonderful!’ – Man United fans rejoice after beating local rivals Liverpool

first_img1 Manchester United made it four wins in a row over Liverpool with a 1-0 win at Anfield. Wayne Rooney’s late goal handed Louis van Gaal’s men a vital victory after withstanding pressure from the home side for the majority of the match.The rivalry between the two sides is well documented and Red Devils fans were certainly delighted to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side. GIFs, tweets and poking fun at the opposition, see some of the best United reaction below! ‘Just wonderful!’ – Manchester United fans rejoice after beating local rivals Liverpool last_img read more

REVEALED! Chelsea scouting mission over £70m-rated Serie A star

first_img Paul Pogba in action for Juventus against Inter Milan 1 Chelsea sent scouts to watch Paul Pogba during Juventus’ Coppa Italia win over Inter Milan on Wednesday.The midfielder is reportedly a top summer target for the Blues as they look to bolster their squad after a disappointing season.And, according to Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea have stepped up their interest in the France international.Scouts were said to be in Milan on Wednesday to watch Pogba as Juventus took on Inter in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.Juve went into the clash 3-0 up on aggregate, but lost the match by the same scoreline to send the tie into extra-time.The Italian champions did, however, hold their nerve to win on penalties – with £70m-rated Pogba scoring his spot-kick.last_img read more

Lawsuits may be only way to fight City Hall

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityCity Hall is out of control with its lust for more and more taxpayer money to put into the pockets of the unions, contractors and developers who keep the politicians in office. The politicians’ answer to every problem is another fee, another tax, another rate hike. But the problems never get fixed. Traffic gets worse. The infrastructure is falling apart. There’s something fundamentally wrong with how the city is being run – and has been run for a long time. And it seems the only way for people to get attention is to sue City Hall. L.A.’s firefighters found they couldn’t stop the hazing and harassment on the job, but they could sue the pants off the city and walk away millionaires. This is a city that has surrendered the Police Department to federal control and now is about to be forced into a federal court consent decree over the Fire Department. Where are all the public-interest lawyers? They ought to be clamoring for a piece of the rip-off in which 4 million Angelenos have been victims of Los Angeles City Hall. All the politicians understand are lawsuits. That’s why they pay off millions of dollars every year to employees who are victims of mistreatment in the workplace and citizens who are mistreated by the city on the streets. For decades, the political class of Los Angeles has been squandering the city’s wealth on deals that benefit special interests and give away the public treasury to city unions and an enormous bureaucracy. Rather than listening to the people, City Hall is now steamrolling through a phony phone tax while hiking water and power rates. It’s a clear-cut case: City Hall is using deception to bilk the public. Isn’t that as contrary to the public’s interest as target advertising to hook young kids on nicotine? Go on, sue City Hall. If the public doesn’t, someone else surely will.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

Berkeley paves solar path

first_imgENVIRONMENT: The city may finance energy-saving panels for homes to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. By Carolyn Jones SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE SAN FRANCISCO – Berkeley is set to become the first city in the nation to help thousands of its residents generate solar power without having to put money up front – attempting to surmount one of the biggest hurdles for people who don’t have enough cash to go green. This is how Berkeley’s program would work: A property owner would hire a city- approved solar installer, who would determine the best solar system for the property, depending on energy use. Most residential solar-panel systems in the city cost between $15,000 and $20,000. The city would pay the contractor for the system and its installation, minus any applicable state and federal rebates, and would add an assessment to the property owner’s tax bill to pay for the system. The extra tax would include administrative fees and interest, which would be lower than what the property owner could obtain on his own because the city would secure low-interest bonds and loans, officials say. The tax would stay with the property even if the owner sold, although the owner would have to leave the solar panels. The property owner would save money on monthly Pacific Gas and Electric bills because electricity generated by the panels would partly replace electricity delivered by the utility. After the assessment expired, the solar panels – a simple technology that requires little or no maintenance – would continue to partly replace PG&E electricity. Bates’ chief of staff, Cisco DeVries, came up with the idea about eight months ago when he was looking for ways the city could meet its goals to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions under a measure that Berkeley voters approved last year. Measure G mandates that the city cut its greenhouse-gas emissions 80percent by 2050. “Over 20 years, the economics of installing solar panels are great,” DeVries said. “But the financial hurdle of the up-front costs was preventing people from doing it.” DeVries modeled the financing plan after underground utility districts. Putting utility wires underground can cost millions, but creating a special-assessment district allows neighborhoods to pay off the costs over 20 or 30 years after the city pays for the service up front. Electricity generated at a PG&E power plant comes from a mix of hydropower and natural gas. Greenhouse gases are emitted when the natural gas burns to create electricity. Berkeley officials hope that, over time, 25 percent of property owners will sign on to the new financing plan, reducing the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 2,000 tons a year, said the city’s Measure G coordinator, Timothy Burroughs. If the plan succeeds, Berkeley would be about 10 percent closer to its Measure G target, Burroughs said. 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.The City Council will vote Nov. 6 on a plan for the city to finance the cost of solar panels for property owners who agree to pay it back with a 20-year assessment on their property. Over two decades, the taxes would be the same or less than what property owners would save on their electric bills, officials say. “This plan could be our most important contribution to fighting global warming,” Mayor Tom Bates said Thursday. “We’ve already seen interest from all over the U.S. People really think this plan can go.” The idea is sparking interest from city and state leaders who are mindful of California’s goals to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Officials in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica and several state agencies have contacted Berkeley about the details of its plan. “If this works, we’d want to look at this for other cities statewide,” said Ken Alex, California deputy attorney general. “We think it’s a very creative way to eliminate the barriers to getting solar panels, and it’s fantastic that Berkeley’s going ahead with this.” last_img read more

Vote on mayor’s LAPD plan delayed

first_imgBut Villaraigosa said he does not want to see any reduction in the hiring plan. “We made a commitment to hire 780 officers every year. We’re on track to do that and I’m absolutely committed to keeping that promise,” Villaraigosa said. “The idea that we would backtrack on that commitment is untenable to me and it’s unacceptable.” The mayor’s budget director, Sally Choi, added that the city doesn’t want to do sporadic hiring. “We don’t want to get in a position of stopping and starting hiring,” Choi said. “We are constantly monitoring the situation and don’t see any need to adjust it now. If we have to, we will adjust it later.” The LAPD issues dominated the discussion over the city’s financial situation. The city now is projected to face a $75 million shortfall by the end of the year. But Parks also continued to question the policy on how money from a trash-fee hike is being used. Sisson said money raised from the fee – now $26 a month – goes to partially offset the cost of trash collection. However, she said a policy adopted by the council allocates an equivalent amount for public safety programs. She said her office is preparing a report to show how much has been raised since the fee was adopted and how it has been spent. Parks said he remains concerned that LAPD overspending would impact the city’s ability to perform services ranging from street paving to parks and library maintenance. Councilman Jack Weiss asked that concerns over the LAPD be kept separate from other fiscal issues. “As far as I’m concerned, if we hire more than 225 officers, that’s a good thing,” Weiss said. “As far as I’m concerned, if we spend more on police overtime, that’s a good thing. “That means we have more officers on the street.” Police officials said part of the overspending is because of the amount of overtime that is required. For several years, the department has had 1.5 million hours of overtime, but was funded only for 1.2 million. “We are trying to focus on this issue and might be able to reduce overtime by 10,000, 20,000 or 30,000 hours,” Deputy Chief Michel Moore said. “I don’t know if we can cut the several hundred thousands of hours called for. “What we want to emphasize is that this is overtime responding to specific crimes. It is not being used to increase routine patrols.” [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! Despite grim budget forecasts, a divided Los Angeles City Council delayed deciding Wednesday whether to back Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s efforts to move ahead with hiring more police. While asking for continued monitoring of police hiring, the council said it was reluctant to rein in spending on the LAPD. The Los Angeles Police Department is the city’s largest department and is also facing a $16 million shortfall this coming year – most of it for officer overtime. After a more than an hourlong debate, the council decided to resume discussions Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Villaraigosa and Councilman Bernard Parks, who chairs the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, have been at odds over the issue. Parks continued to press for a change in the LAPD hiring plan – noting the city’s $7 billion budget allowed for hiring 226 new officers beyond those expected to leave the department this year. Under the spending plan approved by the council, the LAPD is scheduled to hire 780 officers this year – replacing those who leave and adding the 226 more. “If only 100 officers leave this year, does that mean we would hire only 326?” Parks asked. City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson said the budget provides new money only for the 226 positions. last_img read more

LAPD says Muslim mapping is not about discrimination

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The reaction came after the Los Angeles Police Department revealed a plan to create a map detailing Muslim communities in the city, an effort described as a step toward thwarting radicalization. But “mapping” communities for potential Muslim terrorists is not an effective tool to help find them because there are no Muslim enclaves or neighborhoods in the United States, said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Instead, Muslims are dispersed across America, where they tend to be economically successful, Al-Marayati said. The best way for law enforcement to track terrorists and prevent violence is through community-based policing, said Al-Marayati. “The apprehension comes when people see their civil liberties taken away when they are completely innocent,” said Al-Marayati. “That’s the concern.” Los Angeles officials on Friday defended a plan to detail the city’s Muslim community, saying it is an effort to increase understanding and knowledge and not a move to profile people based on race or religion. “I would urge people to step back and not get involved in the rhetoric,” Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said. “We are doing a good-faith effort in a transparent way to increase understanding. We are meeting with various groups and will continue to have a dialogue. “This is about community engagement. We got hung up with one word, `mapping,’ that conjures up images of racial or religious profiling. I want us to move forward, and this is about not using the wrong words or wrong symbols.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the city is committed to respecting the civil and human rights of all communities. “I believe the LAPD has good intentions here,” Villaraigosa said. “They’ve been working on this issue for some time and met with a number of groups and will continue to meet with them to ensure that whatever we do here will be done properly.” The American Civil Liberties Union and several Muslim organizations will meet Thursday with police officials to discuss the policy and actions by the Los Angeles Police Department over the past 18 months. “Our concern is the potential of this,” said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU in Los Angeles. “It brings to mind fears from the ’40s and internment or the ’50s, when the government went after so-called communists. “Rather than doing this in secret, they could have held public meetings at schools or mosques. Our fear is that this will profile an entire community rather than people who present a real danger.” Bratton said one of the first assignments he gave to Commander Mike Downing, who heads the anti-terrorism division, was to improve relations with the Muslim community, which numbers some 500,000 in the city. He said the action was due to an experience he had in New York City on his first day as commissioner when officers raided a Muslim mosque in Harlem that was in a storefront. It resulted in a major controversy and drove home for him the need for police officials to be more familiar with the different communities that make up a city.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Armenia Fund telethon is today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsProceeds from the telethon will benefit the Armenia Fund’s Village Development Program. The telethon will broadcast locally on KSCI (Channel 18). The program, which raised nearly $14million last year, will reach millions of households across the globe via satellite, cable and live on the Internet. The telethon, a Thanksgiving Day tradition since Armenia’s independence, will feature nearly 40 musical acts and documentaries and will highlight the fund’s outlook for the future. The effort brings together more than 50 professionals and 200 volunteers. Maria Mehranian, chairwoman of the event, said the Armenia Fund has raised more than $150million in 15 years. “We have tangible results,” she said. “We have taken projects from A to Z. These are very important factors that make donors give.” GLENDALE – The 10th annual Armenia Fund telethon will air for 12 hours today in an effort to raise millions of dollars for the development of rural, impoverished areas. The telethon, which will air internationally from the studios of the Los Angeles affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service, KCET in Hollywood, is expected to gather pledges from around the world from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The purpose of the telethon is to help revitalize Armenian rural villages through the construction of roads, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure, said Greg Boyrazian, development director of the Armenia Fund. “It is a way of helping make it a better place to live so the people of Armenia live a dignified life like we do here,” he said. “We will be connecting everyone across the world on this special day for all Armenians. We’re Armenians, but we’re also very proud to be American.” For more information, visit www.armeniafund.org. [email protected] 818-713-3699160Want 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