TRANSFER FIGHT! Manchester United and Tottenham joined in race for La Liga star

first_img1 Sofiane Feghouli Galatasaray have joined the race for Manchester United and Tottenham target Sofiane Feghouli, according to reports in Turkey.The Algeria international is out of contract at Valencia in the summer and is free to hold talks with any club regarding a pre-contract agreement.United and Spurs have been tracking the 26-year-old for some time and either could snare him on a free at the end of the season, while Inter Milan are also very keen.But now sources in Turkey have revealed that Galatasaray hope to gazump both English clubs – and Inter – by offering a cash deal to Valencia this month.The Spanish side could be tempted to cash in on the midfielder, who has started just six La Liga games this term, to avoid losing him for nothing in the summer.last_img

‘I didn’t mean to upset you’ – Allardyce issues apology to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgSunderland manager Sam Allardyce has issued an apology to Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp after comments he made about the number of hamstring injuries the Reds have suffered since the German took charge.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Allardyce suggested Klopp hasn’t appreciated the ferocity of the Premier League since his arrival in October.He also indicated that Klopp’s high-pressing tactics and heavy fitness demands may be a factor behind so many of his players being sidelined, with Jordon Ibe becoming the 12th currently crocked Reds first-team player on Thursday.Klopp reacted angrily yesterday, declaring his surprise that Allardyce has time to worry about his side’s problems, and the Black Cats’ manager has issued a sincere apology as a result by claiming his words were blown out of proportion.“If Jurgen is listening, I didn’t mean to upset you or criticise your club in any way,” Allardyce said in his press conference ahead of Sunderland’s FA Cup tie at Arsenal.“I got asked a question by a friend of mine – Alan Brazil on talkSPORT – and I gave him an opinion off the question Alan asked me. I answered it and never expected the headlines it has brought.“I seem to have upset him again sadly. I think the headline has upset him in the nationals.“I was just giving what I could see as one of the reasons why we get injuries and had no intentions to wind up him. Maybe I should have said it’s not for me to answer, I don’t know.”A feud had already fuelled between the two managers after Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in December, with Allardyce labelling Klopp a ‘soft German’ in the aftermath.last_img read more

Wenger to drop underperforming trio? Arsenal XI to start v Swansea City tonight

first_imgArsenal take on Swansea City in the Premier League tonight, kick off 19:45 at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners are looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat to an injury-hit Manchester United at the weekend, and will have watched with delight as Leicester City were held at home to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.But with a win enough to send Tottenham Hotspur top in the wake of the Foxes’ result, Arsene Wenger’s side can afford no slip ups, particularly with a trip to White Hart Lane to come in three days’ time.So, should we expect Wenger to make some notable changes to his starting line up?Will Olivier Giroud return? Could Mohamed Elneny get his first Premier League start?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI v the Swans by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 23. Danny Welbeck (right wing) 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 11 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 11 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield)last_img read more

NBC’s Oxygen purchase aimed at attracting women viewers

first_imgNBC Universal plans to put resources into making Oxygen more widely known, including cross-promoting the network on iVillage and other NBC Universal properties, Zucker said during a conference call. “We’ve learned that the ability to cross-promote and to use each of those properties together will make us very strong,” he said. “We will look to create a virtual women’s network so that when we go to market we’re selling young women, and affluent women, in a way that virtually no one else can.” NBC Universal plans to fund the transaction through the sale of noncore assets, including two independent Telemundo TV stations – KWHY (Channel 22) in Los Angeles and WKAQ in Puerto Rico. Zucker said the company did not yet have a buyer for the stations. He stressed that the sale should not be seen as a move by NBC Universal to pull back from its investment in Spanish-language media or its Telemundo TV network. “We are as committed as we have been,” Zucker said, noting that the company has been adding Spanish-language TV stations during the past 15 months. Under media-ownership rules, NBC Universal was required to divest itself of the Los Angeles station, one of three NBC Universal-operated TV stations in the Los Angeles market. Laybourne declined to say how much the original Oxygen investors stood to profit from the deal announced Tuesday. The independent network has become available in a large number of homes but needs to increase exposure, she said. “What is apparent now is that we need cross-promotion and that really is the biggest issue for Oxygen,” Laybourne said. Laybourne agreed to stay on with Oxygen until the end of the year. She did not disclose what she plans to do afterward. The acquisition was expected to close in November, subject to customary regulatory approvals. NBC Universal is 80 percent owned by General Electric Co.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – NBC Universal said Tuesday that it will buy Oxygen Media, a cable TV network featuring programming for women, for about $925 million in a move to attract more advertisers targeting female viewers. The acquisition is in line with previous deals by NBC Universal to build female audiences. Last year, it bought the iVillage group of female- oriented Internet sites for $600 million. The acquisition of Oxygen “increases our foothold in the advertiser-coveted young, upscale, female demographic,” NBC Universal President and Chief Executive Jeff Zucker said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOxygen was founded in 2000 by current Chairman and CEO Geraldine Laybourne, Oprah Winfrey and TV producers Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner and Caryn Mandabach. It broadcasts syndicated sitcoms such as “Mad About You” and “Roseanne,” as well as reality shows and movies geared to women. It’s now available in about 74 million homes and drew a record number of viewers in its most recent quarter, NBC Universal said. Oxygen will be folded into NBC Universal’s entertainment cable division, which includes USA Network, Bravo, SciFi, CNBC and MSNBC. Excluding financial assets, the deal is worth about $875 million, NBC Universal said. The company expects the acquisition to add to earnings after the first full year and produce savings of about $35 million next year. It estimates that the deal will cost roughly less than $12 per subscriber. last_img read more

LAPD ordered to reinstitute gay bias ban

first_imgThe first settlement came after Grobeson met personally with then-Chief Willie L. Williams under the Riordan administration. In 1995, after being reinstated to his post as a sergeant, Grobeson found himself facing discipline amid accusations that he wore his uniform while off duty and recruiting gays in West Hollywood. That is when he went on disability. Today, under Police Chief William Bratton, the LAPD is actively recruiting gays and lesbians. Bratton appears in the annual gay and lesbian parade and most recently went to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation media awards show to emphasize the department’s recruiting effort. Officials with the Los Angeles Police Protective League said they were studying the council action. rick.orlov@dailynews.com, 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a major concession involving a 14-year-old case alleging harassment in the hiring and promotion of gays and lesbians in the Los Angeles Police Department, the City Council agreed Wednesday to reinstate policies banning discrimination. In a 12-0 vote, the council also agreed to pay $695,000 in attorneys fees for former LAPD Sgt. Mitch Grobeson, the first openly gay police officer who won a suit in 1993 requiring the department to change its policies. “This is a great day for the City of Los Angeles and a great day for the gay and lesbian community,” said Theresa Traber, Grobeson’s attorney. “The city will finally live up to the agreement it reached in 1993 on sexual harassment based on sexual orientation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Grobeson, 48 – who was briefly reinstated to his post before taking a disability retirement in 1995 – is seeking to be reinstated to his job at a trial scheduled to start Nov. 13, where he is also seeking back pay and damages. In his initial case, Grobeson and two others split $700,000 in damages. Under terms of the agreement reached Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will re-issue an executive order first released by then-Mayor Richard Riordan banning discrimination in city agencies based on sexual orientation. The city also agreed to improve training for officers on gay and lesbian issues, change questions on background checks and develop an outreach program to various organizations to recruit new officers. On Wednesday, the city agreed to broaden that list to include other organizations. “It’s great to see the city will finally be at the point where we have an enforceable agreement with the city based on policies and practices that already were put in place,” Traber said. Grobeson could not be reached for comment. The LAPD has changed dramatically since Grobeson filed his first legal action in 1988 when Daryl F. Gates was chief and Tom Bradley was mayor. last_img read more

Knabe calls for reform

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Something needs to be done because even those with insurance are affected by the breakdown of the health-care system, he said. He gave an example of a friend who Knabe and his wife, Julie, took to the overcrowded Long Beach Memorial Hospital emergency room. “We had to literally carry her into the ER because no gurneys were available,” he said. “We stayed with her in triage in the ER from 8:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. until she saw a doctor,” Knabe said. “She has the best insurance in the world but she couldn’t be treated any differently.” The problem is that as hospitals close, fewer emergency rooms are available, Knabe said. One answer might be to get those with less serious problems – such as head colds – out of the emergency rooms and into clinics. “Delivery service costs in emergency room are four times that of a clinic,” he said. Another problem is the working poor who don’t get health insurance through work and can’t afford to pay $600 a month, he said. About 2.7 million in Los Angeles County are uninsured. Why not create a system for these people where they would pay a fee for the one service they need, he suggested. For example, it might cost $150 for a broken arm or something else for a broken toe, he said. MORE KNABE: The damage from the fires in Los Angeles County wasn’t as bad as it could have been, Knabe said. One reason is that Los Angeles County has put more resources toward fighting fires than other nearby counties, he said. “I know that Orange County (officials) were saying they didn’t get air power,” he said. “Well Orange and San Diego counties haven’t made the commitment to air power that we have here in Los Angeles County.” Meanwhile, San Diego county voters turned down a tax increase to pay for more fire resources after the last bad fires, he said. COUNTY GOVERNANCE: Knabe also touted a plan to give the county’s chief executive officer more power. Right now, each department head reports to the Board of Supervisors. But a proposed ordinance could go to voters next year making department heads report to the chief executive officer. “It’s very difficult for the board to give a clear evaluation,” he said. “It’s much easier to hold one person accountable than 38,” he said. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe Friday called for health-care reform. Even those with health insurance are affected by problems in the system, Knabe said at the breakfast meeting of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. “It’s got to be equal share and it can’t be on the backs of business, but whatever reforms come about, we need it now,” he said. last_img read more

It’s tech industry’s turn to take a market tumble

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Technology stocks made an abrupt U-turn Thursday, reducing the gains that had been piling up as investors sought refuge from the lending and housing morass weighing on the U.S. economy. Internet networking supplier Cisco Systems Inc. took one of the biggest beatings after its chief executive, John Chambers, warned that weakening demand among major customers, including banks saddled with huge loan losses, would probably slow Cisco’s growth. Cisco’s shares plunged $3.12, or 9.5 percent, to close Thursday at $29.63. That marked the sharpest decline in the San Jose-based company’s stock price since a 10.6 percent drop in August 2004. But Thursday’s comedown was widespread, pulling down even high-tech stars like online search leader Google Inc. and iPod maker Apple Inc., whose stocks had been leaping from one new peak to another for months. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Apple shares were down $18.53, or 9.9 percent, at one point. And Google shed as much as $55.06, or 7.5 percent, before rebounding later in the session to close at $693.84, down $39.10, or 5.3 percent, for the day. Apple’s stock closed at $175.47, down $10.83, or 5.8 percent. Other prominent losers included: China’s top Internet search leader, Baidu.com Inc., down $37.13, or 9.4 percent, to $357.87; business software maker Oracle Corp., down $1.75, or 7.9 percent, to $20.35; IBM Corp., down $4.97, or 4.5 percent, to $106.11; Amazon.com Inc., down $3.46, or 4 percent, to $83.58; and Hewlett-Packard Co., down $1.90, or 3.7 percent, to $$49.94.last_img read more

‘Newlywed Bandits’ nabbed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Rocha is a student at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier and Meyercamp is on parole, Eimiller said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. The so-called Newlywed Bandits, believed to be responsible for five Los Angeles-area bank robberies in a three-week span, were in custody today in Las Vegas, an FBI spokeswoman said. Rayceana Racheal Rocha, 22, and Paul Harlen Meyercamp, Jr., 26, allegedly robbed a pedestrian and carjacked a vehicle in Las Vegas yesterday, then led police on a pursuit, Laura Eimiller of the FBI said. Rocha, who was driving, crashed the vehicle and was taken into custody. Meyercamp was caught following a brief foot pursuit, Eimiller said. The two are being held in Las Vegas, she said. Between Oct. 18 and Nov. 8, they allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo branch in La Habra, East West Bank branches in El Monte and Diamond Bar, a Bank of America in Duarte and a Downey Savings in Claremont, she said. 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

Councilwoman breaks her hip

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We are all devastated,” she said. “What next?” Putnam, who was making progress at an assisted-living facility in Loma Linda, is now recovering from the hip injury at Loma Linda University Medical Center. “It’s a setback for Betty, but we just don’t know how bad it is,” Latham said. She suffered major head trauma after falling from a 6-foot ladder on Sept. 12 trying to take down a wasp’s nest at a constituent’s home. The injuries included a skull fracture and bleeding and swelling of the brain. The family is now looking into a facility for Putnam to recover and then undergo rehabilitation from the hip surgery. At this point, Latham said, she is not receiving any visitors, but can receive cards and flowers. It’s unfortunate, he said, because Putnam, a former schoolteacher, had been making reasonably good progress. About a month ago Putnam was moved from Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier to the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey. “She was able to talk to us then,” Sharp said, and walked with the assistance of her daughter. Doctors had also removed the feeding tube from her abdomen, allowing her to eat on her own. “She’s a fighter,” Sharp said. “Hopefully she can get over this latest injury.” sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Councilwoman Betty Putnam has suffered a setback in her recovery from a brain injury earlier this year, city officials said. During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Putnam, 77, fell while trying to walk with the aid of a walker and broke her hip. “She apparently was alone and was using the walker and fell, injuring her hip,” said Fred Latham, Santa Fe Springs city manager. “She hurt herself pretty badly.” According to a family friend, May Sharp, Putnam has had surgery to repair her broken hip. last_img read more

DONEGAL’S ‘WILD ATLANTIC WAY’ DIGITAL CONFERENCE BOOKED OUT IN RECORD TIME!

first_imgDonegal County Council’s ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ Digital Marketing Conference has been fully booked out in record time.The innovative conference will be held on 25th September in Solis Lough Eske Castle. Demand for places at this much anticipated conference has been extremely high and there is an extensive waiting list of those who wish to attend in the event of a cancellation.Organisers of the conference, Donegal County Council in association with Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism Ltd are delighted by the response, but are not surprised by the positive appetite for the conference amongst the trade in Donegal. An Cathaoirleach, John Campbell expressed his delight at feedback he has received in relation to the conference.“Tourism is a hugely important part in generating economic growth and development in the county, the Wild Atlantic Way is the perfect marketing tool to promote our fantastic county, combine this with the latest Digital Marketing technology and businesses in Donegal have a winning formula for tourism success. Enthusiasm and interest in this conference has been phenomenal,” he said.An expert panel of speakers will present at the conference including representatives from Google, Facebook and two of Ireland’s leading digital agencies, Wolfgang Digital and Ambition Digital.The conference will also feature practical case studies from Donegal businesses in the tourism sector that feature the Wild Atlantic Way in their marketing campaigns with great success. Exhibitors will be on hand with useful information on everything from funding to marketing plans, tools and techniques to Wild Atlantic Way literature and market research data from Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland. Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely said the fact that the conference was booked out so quickly is testament to the enthusiasm and vibrancy of the tourism sector in Donegal.“Businesses are keen to embrace the Wild Atlantic Way and use the latest Digital Marketing technologies to reach target audiences online. This conference will be a very useful and informative event for those who want to make the most of opportunities presented by the Wild Atlantic Way.”For those who have been fortunate to secure a place by registering early, this conference is sure to inspire and inform you to take a new marketing direction combining digital marketing techniques blended seamlessly with Wild Atlantic Way to produce real and lasting results for your tourism business. DONEGAL’S ‘WILD ATLANTIC WAY’ DIGITAL CONFERENCE BOOKED OUT IN RECORD TIME! was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 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:Digital conferenceWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more