1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer rumours Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly available for a cut-price fee this month, with Arsenal and Manchester United linked with a move for the Paris Saint-Germain striker.The Swede is one of football’s biggest biggest stars, having won titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, but the Premier League remains an unconquered frontier for Ibrahimovic.So what’s being said on social media about his potential move to the Premier League?Take a look at some of the best comments…
Emmanuel Adebayor in action for Arsenal Arsenal look light up front at the moment following Danny Welbeck’s injury – but surely things aren’t this bad?Currently, Olivier Giroud has no out-and-out back up at the Emirates as Arsene Wenger cleared the decks and either sold or loaned the likes of Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo, and Chuba Akpom.But ex-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor is sitting at Tottenham without a thing to do following his omission from their Premier League and Europa League squads, and some Arsenal fans, rather shockingly, reckon he might just be the answer to their problems – if they can land him on a free.You can see what they’ve had to say below… 1
1 Dani Ceballos [right] in action for Real Betis Liverpool have stepped up their interest in Real Betis wonderkid Daniel Ceballos, according to reports in Spain.The 19-year-old has been tipped as one for the future and clubs around Europe have shown an interest.Arsenal and Chelsea have both scouted the midfielder, who has been likened to Barcelona legend Xavi.However, according to Marca, Liverpool are now fighting hard for Ceballos and hope to win the race for him.The Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he could leave and clubs would just pay a compensation fee.Betis are desperate to hold onto the teen sensation and will reportedly hold contract talks with him later this month.
Michel Platini The Football Association has announced it has suspended its support for Michel Platini for the FIFA presidency until the conclusion of a legal process.A statement on the FA website reads: “The FA supports the statement issued by UEFA on Thursday 15 October concerning the ethics case against Michel Platini.“This statement expressed respect for the significant work performed by Mr Platini at UEFA, requested that he be afforded due process in contesting the charges, and encouraged the relevant bodies involved to reach a final decision on the merits of the case by mid-November.“The FA wishes Mr Platini every success in fighting these charges and clearing his name, and has no interest in taking any action that jeopardises this process.“However, notwithstanding the above, at the UEFA meeting on Thursday, The FA learnt more information relating to the issues at the centre of this case from Mr Platini’s lawyers. “We have been instructed that the information must be kept confidential and therefore we cannot go into specifics.“As a result of learning this information, The FA Board has on Friday morning concluded that it must suspend its support for Mr Platini’s candidature for the FIFA Presidency until the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear.“A decision can then be taken on who to support in the Presidential election on 26 February 2016.” 1
1 Jurgen Klopp’s assistant manager, Zeljko Buvac, has played a leading role in persuading Marko Grujic to join Liverpool.As talkSPORT told you on Tuesday, the Serbian midfielder is on the verge of sealing a move to Anfield.He will officially complete the move in January and will then be sent back to Red Star Belgrade on loan for the rest of the season.Liverpool fought off competition from Anderlecht and Inter Milan for the 19-year-old schemer and reports are suggesting that Buvac, who has excellent connections in Serbian football, has been the middle man behind the deal.According to FC Inter News, Buvac had been closely watching Grujic over the last year and advised Jurgen Klopp to make direct contact with the player after Inter expressed their interest. Marko Grujic [left]
IT’S barely been a week since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state Sen. Sheila Kuehl and Boeing officials reached their deal on the future of the old Santa Susana Field Lab site in the Simi Hills. And already, there’s some cause for concern that the public’s interest won’t be served. It’s been 18 years since the Daily News first exposed the extent of contamination at the site, polluted by rocket and nuclear research during the Cold War. Throughout that time, neither Boeing – the site’s current owner – nor state or federal regulators took much interest in cleaning it up. But all that seemed to change earlier this month. Thanks to a bill that Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, authored, and passed with bipartisan support in the Legislature, Boeing was forced to come to the negotiating table. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Kuehl’s bill, signed into law by Schwarzenegger, requires cleaning toxic sites to exacting standards before they can be sold or used for any other purpose. The Santa Susana deal negotiated with Boeing by Kuehl and Schwarzenegger requires legislation next year that would allow the company to meet lower cleanup standards than the exceedingly high ones in the new law. When the cleanup is complete (to a standard tougher than federal law requires) Boeing will turn Santa Susana over to the state to become open space. As usual, the devil lurks in the details. Although all sides have agreed that Boeing will have to clean up the site to residential standards – as opposed to the more demanding farmland standards outlined in the original Kuehl bill – the specifics of what’s entailed are still subject to debate and/or interpretation. Some environmentalists are rightly concerned that when the new legislation is finally ironed out, Boeing will be able to get away with not cleaning the land adequately. Given the history of intransigence and inaction at the Santa Susana Field Lab, such concerns are hardly unfounded. But there’s still plenty of reason for optimism that the site will be properly cleaned up once and for all. It begins with Kuehl. It’s hard to imagine that the senator would allow her new bill to be massaged to the point of meaninglessness. Environmental groups would, we hope, also be able to arouse enough public concern to kill a new, bad bill, if need be. Meanwhile, under the terms of last week’s deal, tough cleanup standards are now state law and would apply to the Boeing property if new legislation fails to win approval for some reason. The key, of course, will be vigilance. It will take close monitoring by community groups, environmentalists and the media to make sure any legislation is sound and that the cleanup of the site is thorough. But after 18 years, we’re finally seeing some progress on Santa Susana cleanup. And that is encouraging.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
IF the response to the fires raging though Southern California showed government at its best, L.A.’s settlement with Gloria Jeff showed it at its worst. Jeff, the former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred after the mayor showed her the door. Together they shook down the city for $95,000, while never showing she was unjustly terminated. These payoffs are setting a bad precedent that the city rewards incompetence with a sweet goodbye gift. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wimped out when it came to voting on the payout. After hearing complaints about Jeff from nearly every City Council member and seeing the lack of progress in finding traffic solutions, the mayor acted decisively. 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.But then the same council members whined publicly that Jeff wasn’t treated fairly, and put the mayor in an impossible position with the specter of race hanging over the issue since Jeff is an African-American. Her claim against the city went to a three-person claims board, which consisted of a representative of the council, the Mayor’s Office and the city attorney. Councilman Bernard Parks naturally stood up for Jeff and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s representative as usual was happy to settle. They came up with the $95,000 figure to keep the payment under the $100,000 level that would have made the full council take up the issue. Even though it would have made no difference in the outcome, the mayor should have stood up for his decision and personally voted against the settlement. The end result is that once again City Hall has shown its utter contempt for taxpayers, its indifference to public policy and its utter disregard for standards in the workplace.
Most people don’t even know there’s an election, said Barbara Stone, professor emeritus of political science at Cal State Fullerton. “Despite the fact they claim you know your local people best, people don’t,” Stone said. “Unless something is going wrong, they don’t pay attention.” And even in those few cases, turnout remains low. In a hotly contested high school district election that saw three incumbents kicked out in November 1997, turnout was 12 percent. Turnout is more likely to be driven by candidates than voters, Stone said. “It’s literally up to the candidates to get people out,” she said. Most candidates in turn focus on the minority of voters who will cast ballots, Newcomer said. “Thus the people in the past aren’t getting mail from the candidates, aren’t talking to the candidates and aren’t getting anything saying there’s an election going on,” he said. Part of the problem may be television. There’s little coverage of local issues, said Richard Harvey, professor emeritus of political science at Whittier College. “It just goes to show that publicity on television rules the day,” Harvey said. Local candidates certainly can’t afford the money for TV ads, he said. “You obviously can’t afford on limited budgets for water district – even for school boards – to mount much of a campaign,” Harvey said. “Even if you could, (the campaign) would be overwhelmed by media coverage of high levels (like presidential races).” It does appear that city council races will have higher turnout than school boards. For example, 25 percent of Montebello voters went to the polls for the November 2001 council election. “There is more publicity about (city council elections),” Newcomer said. “What the city council does tends to be in the news from week to week. What the school board (does) doesn’t.” Candidates say finding those few voters can be difficult. “I find it difficult because it’s almost a mind game on who’s going to vote,” said Richard LeGaspi, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board member who is up for re-election Tuesday. “We have to find those people who turn out for the election,” LeGaspi said. “That’s the sad part. We’re killing ourselves trying to get out the word, trying to talk to everybody.” Mike Spence, a West Covina Unified School District board member who also is up for re-election, said campaigns often focus on absentee ballot voters. Spence said low turnout isn’t all that bad. “People who are voting are more informed,” Spence said. “They’re coming to vote because they’re concerned about their school or city.” Although most people don’t vote, no one questions the legitimacy of these elections. “It doesn’t bode well for (democracy), but here we are, we’re still surviving,” Harvey said. “Who’s going to question the legitimacy?” he asked. “It’s a free election. It’s a free country. The opportunity is there.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday. Does anybody know? Does anyone care? Will the local electorate go to the polls and vote? If it’s like most off-year elections for school and water boards, few will. The highest turnout in a nonstatewide election was 17.7 percent in November 1983. Turnout four years ago was a meager 11.4 percent. While turnout was nearly 50 percent two years ago, it was a part of a statewide election to vote on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s measures. “The turnout has been the same for decades,” said Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer, also a professor of political science at Rio Hondo College. “It’s typically 10 percent or sometimes below that,” Newcomer said. For example, only 8 percent voted in the November 2001 Whittier Union High School District election. Typically, voters tend to be older, more educated and have ties to the community, experts say.
This symbol of redemption hung in teeny-tiny glory over a rendering of the Hollywood Bowl. Only I believe that it had more to do with the actual cross visible from the Hollywood Bowl than anything religious. Anyway, three years ago the ACLU asked the supervisors to remove it. And they did, with the ever-predictable Mike Antonovich swearing that we’d all see this cross ” restored to the seal in our lifetimes.” They then took this opportunity to replace some of the daffy old symbols with some daffy new ones. Ejected forever is the goddess Pomona, probably because she represents a pagan deity pirated by the ancient Romans from the ancient Greeks and because parking at the County Fair is always abysmal. In her place is an American Indian woman in flowing Greek robe holding forth like a Halloween hostess with a basket of acorns. Or possibly bite-size Almond Joys. Oh, and she has a halo, maybe to indicate how she was likely dispatched to heaven by the holy Europeans. Meanwhile, the Hollywood Bowl’s spot is now occupied by Mission San Gabriel to symbolize the wholly non-Christian origins of a vast metropolis that began (and don’t even think Spanish Catholics had anything to do with this) El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula. Or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels. And, no, it never was the City of Angels. The Bowl is still there, but moved to the upper right corner. Only now the offending cross, which was noticed only by the ACLU’s crack Harvard-educated Nitpicker Department, is gone and all is right with the county. But did anybody really think that such an issue would be overlooked by the kind of people who get bent out of shape about absolutely everything, including the not-so-terribly-old Pledge of Allegiance? Anyway, a county public works employee filed suit in 2004 contending that the supervisors’ decision was an act of hostility toward religion. Actually, it was something far better than that and far sillier. Or as an attorney with the County Counsel’s Office stated this week, “Governments are to be neutral when it comes to religion.” All the way down to microscopic crosses. There was, as usual when it comes to using religion like a hammer, more to this than meets the eye. The suit, you see, was fostered by the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center, whose purpose was Well, I’ll let you decide what the purpose was. “I think this court, given the right case, would take it, and it would be the one that would change the landscape of separation between church and state,” said TMLC attorney Richard Muise. I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy to hear that there are people working silently and diligently to protect my right to worship in any way that I please as long as the way that I worship pleases them. And even better to know that there are those who, for reason all their own, would like to end once and for all this two-century-old idea that church and state should remain separated one from the other for the freedom of all and for the good of all. In this case the ACLU’s sublime and idiotic move got blown up into something hugely dangerous. Don’t you think that it’s finally time to let up on our poor overworked God and to worry less about the evils of a church and state separated and more about the separation of suffering humanity from food, clean water and a fair shot at a decent life? I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at [email protected], call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut first a little history of a terribly important issue that actually reached the Supreme Court this week, where it was promptly dismissed without comment. You might recall how the American Civil Liberties Union, with nothing better to do, asked the supervisors to remove the cross, which you probably never noticed in the little slot just beside the left elbow of Pomona. Actually, the Roman harvest goddess was surrounded left and right with six compartments holding six important civic symbols placed there by God. No, sorry. They were put there under the direction of the late, great Supervisor Kenneth Hahn who – after begetting a political son and daughter – is about as close to God as you can get in the 2nd District. Those instantly recognizable and meaningful icons include a triangle and caliper symbolizing the great engineering feats involved in water theft, a galleon probably belonging to Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a fish to celebrate the fishing industry that has more or less vanished from San Pedro, a cow (see a lot of those, do you?), the oil derricks that are no longer on Signal Hill and the big enchilada itself – a symbol so potent that Christian activists felt compelled to run it all the way up to the highest (packed) court in the land. Half the world – that’s 3 billion people – live on less than $2 a day. This while a billion people can’t read or write, even though diverting 1 percent of the world’s armament spending could put every needy child on the planet into a decent school. I don’t mean to bring you down, but the United Nations has pages of this stuff and it’s all bad. So it is especially gratifying during Advent, the season during which Christians contemplate the birth of their savior, to know that there are still people out there working tirelessly to make ours a better world. I am, of course, talking about the highly controversial removal three years ago of the cross from the Los Angeles County seal and all that has happened since.