Arsenal report! Injury-hit Gunners to splash £30m on Serie A star in January

first_img Mauro Icardi 1 Arsenal are ready to bid £30m for Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you on Wednesday about the Gunners’ interest in the striker, who was the top scorer in Serie A last season.Arsenal have reportedly watched the Argentina international several times this year and scouts have been impressed by what they’ve seen.That, according to Corriere dello Sport, has led Arsene Wenger to ready a £30m bid for Icardi when the transfer window opens in January.Doubts remain over when striker Danny Welbeck will return and as a result Wenger is said to be eager to bolster his forward line.Inter are reluctant to part with their star man but it is thought an offer of £30m would be enough to tempt them into selling the 22-year-old.last_img

Read More..

Man charged in slaying of 2 guards

first_imgCRIME: Tips from the public led to the arrest in Philadelphia ATM killings, detective says. By Maryclaire Dale THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – A convicted bank robber charged with killing two armored car guards had spotted the vehicle on the road and followed it to an ATM, where he opened fire, a homicide detective said Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMustafa Ali, 36, of Philadelphia, executed the two retired Philadelphia police officers Thursday without saying a word, police have said. “He follows the truck, he sees an opportunity and he takes it,” said the detective, who worked on the case but requested anonymity. Ali owned the dark Acura used in the heist, although the FBI had not been able to glean the license plate number from the surveillance film, the detective said. Ali instead became a suspect because of tips called in from the public. Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, whose department has struggled to solve murder cases amid a `stop snitching’ culture among criminals and witnesses, thanked the public for stepping up in this case. “Within an hour, we started getting information from citizens,” Johnson said at a news conference Saturday. “(Ali) will never walk the streets, hopefully, again in his lifetime.” Johnson declined to discuss details of the case or the suspect’s background, and police did not release his arrest photo. Ali, who is married and employed, previously served seven years in federal prison for armed bank robbery under the name Shawn Steele, according to federal court records and law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. A 1993 indictment charged three men, including the 21-year-old Steele, with stealing a combined $25,000 in eight Philadelphia bank robberies in 1992. His supervised release ended in 2004. Ali was arrested on an unrelated warrant Friday and later charged with two counts of murder, robbery, a firearms charge and other crimes. He was arraigned Saturday night on the counts involving the ATM killings and was held without bail. He was represented by a public defender. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 10. Police recovered the gun, a 9mm semiautomatic, near a Philadelphia community college after Ali told them where he had tossed it, the detective said. The victims, William Widmaier, 65, and Joseph Alullo, 54, were friends from their days together on the police force. They had both gone to work for Loomis, the armored-car company, after they retired. 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..

O.C. Sheriff Carona indicted on U.S. corruption charges

first_imgSANTA ANA – Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, once a rising star in California politics, was indicted on federal corruption charges for allegedly accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and cash in exchange for political favors. A sweeping indictment unsealed Tuesday charges the 52-year-old lawman once dubbed “America’s Sheriff” with seven counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering. Also charged were Carona’s wife of 27 years, Deborah, and attorney Debra Victoria Hoffman, identified in court papers as his “longtime mistress.” If convicted of all counts, Carona, a graduate of Charter Oak High School in Covina, could face a maximum sentence of 95 years in prison, plus thousands of dollars in fines. He was expected to surrender to authorities today at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, said U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek. The sheriff’s criminal attorney, H. Dean Steward, said before the indictment was unsealed that he was not aware of any charges against his client. He did not immediately return an e-mail requesting comment after the charges were made public. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two former assistant sheriffs, Donald Haidl and George Jaramillo, previously pleaded guilty to related charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Jaramillo, who is currently serving a 12-month term on state charges, cooperated with federal investigators to bring the case against Carona, his attorney said. According to prosecutors, all five conspired to get Carona elected in 1998 so he could then use his position to enrich himself and his cohorts. In all, Carona and other conspirators are accused of accepting of more than $350,000 in cash, gifts, loans and other compensation, authorities said. The scheme began when Haidl solicited donations to Carona’s election campaign and then reimbursed donors to hide the money trail, prosecutors said. After Carona was elected, Haidl, a wealthy businessman, paid for a Lake Tahoe vacation for Carona and Jaramillo and their spouses, officials said. He also gave Carona a boat and boat trailer valued at more than $5,000 in 2001 and the personal use of Haidl’s yacht and private plane, the indictment claims. Additionally, Haidl made monthly $1,000 payments to Carona for “full access to sheriff’s department resources” and a “get out of jail free card” for friends and family members, authorities said. Haidl also appointed Carona and Jaramillo to the board of directors of a company owned by Haidl’s uncle and gave a $110,000 loan to Carona’s girlfriend and Jaramillo to help rescue their floundering law firm. In return, the indictment alleges, Carona appointed Haidl to the position of assistant sheriff for reserves in 1999 and made Haidl’s family, friends and business associates reserve deputies. When Haidl’s teenage son, Gregory, was arrested in connection with a 2002 gang rape, Carona allegedly asked Jaramillo to lobby the county district attorney to charge the teen as a juvenile instead of as an adult. And when Gregory Haidl was arrested for a drug charge a year later, he received “preferential treatment” from the Sheriff’s Department with Carona’s consent, the indictment said. Carona also appointed his wife to the Orange County Fair Board of Directors and Hoffman, his mistress, to the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and the California Council on Criminal Justice, both of which he chaired. Beyond that, Carona allegedly accepted gifts from a number of unnamed Orange County businessmen, including ringside tickets to an Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad boxing match in Las Vegas; Mont Blanc pens; and luxury box seats to see the Angels in the World Series playoffs. His wife allegedly accepted designer suits and a Cartier watch valued at about $15,000. Carona, his wife and Hoffman all face counts of conspiracy in the 29-page indictment. Carona and Hoffman face four counts of mail fraud depriving the public of the right of honest services of a public official. Carona also is charged with two counts of witness tampering and Hoffman faces three counts of bankruptcy fraud. Haidl has since pleaded guilty to a federal tax offense. Jaramillo has pleaded guilty to federal charges of honest services mail fraud and tax fraud. The indictment is a serious blow to Carona, who first came to the nation’s attention during an investigation into the 2002 kidnapping and murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion. CNN’s Larry King called him “America’s Sheriff,” a nickname that appears on Carona’s official biography. He quickly became a rising star in state Republican politics, had been mentioned as a possible candidate for lieutenant governor and even met with then-White House political strategist Karl Rove to discuss his career. Yet Carona’s star fell almost as quickly. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2005 that he had issued badges and concealed-weapons permits to campaign contributors without proper training or background checks. In August, Carona agreed to a settlement with the state Fair Political Practices Commission and paid a $15,000 fine after he incorrectly billed his campaign committee for thousands of dollars in non-itemized expenses.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

Read More..

The deciders

first_imgRe “School reform facing hurdles” (Nov. 1): Again the politicos are painting UTLA as the bad guys seemingly against school reform. If the schools were a manufacturing facility, working with consistent raw material, the suggestions may be valid. However, children from K-12 are not cut from the same cloth. The range of experiences and areas of strengths and weaknesses are in no way consistent. Maybe the union, which is made up of teachers, can see this range of abilities and experiences? The decision makers are so far from the classroom that the students are perceived as widgets. Give me a teacher in a high-performing school and place them in a low-performing school and watch how the output changes. We need to address the wide range of students’ experiences, talents and interests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre – Karen Savitt Granada Hills Not baked? Re “School reform facing hurdles” (Nov. 1): Superintendent Brewer is almost correct when he said that the LAUSD reform plan was not baked. It is half-baked. – Venida Korda Van Nuys Skid Row Re “City seeks fines for dumping patients” (Nov. 1): Councilwoman Jan Perry and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo are promoting a law to make it criminal for hospitals to discharge homeless patients where they are found or at an address they give on Skid Row. There is no doubt that such a law will solve the problem. If the few remaining hospitals are required to keep the indigent emergency room patients indefinitely, their rooms will fill up to the point where there will be no room for paying patients. They will have no choice but to declare bankruptcy and close. There will then be no more homeless people dumped on Skid Row after treatment. There won’t be any treatment. The city and county can take all the untreated, dead patients to their long-term-care facility – the city morgue. – Bob Larkin Westlake Village Ghetto service I would like to inform the mayor of some additional problems in the Pacoima area. First, I would like to know why the sanitation trucks start arriving in my area at 5:45 a.m.? Additionally, since they arrive so early and try to get out in a hurry, they are doing a poor job picking up the cans. The manner they are using causes trash and debris to fall onto the street. This is a major problem since we hardly ever see a street sweeper, nor do we have scheduled days for cleaning. I ask, would individuals in Northridge, West Hills or any other non-ghetto area tolerate this behavior? I think not. I’m requesting that this behavior stop and you send a crew of street maintenance workers over to immediately clean up their mess. – Kim Garrett Pacoima Market report OK, we got the funnies back. Now, let’s take a look at the business section. As a retiree and small investor, the daily stock market listing has guided me in managing my investments for the past 20 years. Now it’s gone! Please reconsider and return it to the business section. – Hap Gladish Tujunga Bush not liar Re “Bush legacy: Even truth disbelieved” (Comments, Oct. 31): I find it interesting that Richard Cohen blames Bush for our country believing “its government is a liar.” I recall quite clearly that Bush had very high character ratings going into the 2004 election, and the Democrats realized they could not win as long as people trusted this president. That is when the onslaught began and has never let up for a moment since. President Bush is certainly not a liar but has been viciously labeled so by the press, Moveon.org, the Democrats in Congress, and the Hollywood elite, resulting in this lie being thoroughly ingrained in the public’s mind. Although I believe they will fail in the end, the Democrats have made every attempt to ruin this presidency. – Sharon Hess Sherman Oaks160Want 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

Read More..

Scout soars to Eagle status

first_imgLibrarian Mary Helen Garcia knew Soltero as an elementary school student. Now, she said, she is proud of his efforts to help the school. “This helped tremendously in all of our classroom libraries,” Garcia said. “It provided just about one book per student.” Soltero said the project also created a system for managing the new books, allowing children to check out and return books on a schedule and making it possible for teachers to track which student had which book. Garcia said Soltero is active in church and still visits the elementary school often. “He does come around, even before this project,” Garcia said. “He’s very dedicated and once he started this project there was no stopping him.” Soltero attributed the success of the project and his maturity to Scouting, saying he enjoyed the many camping trips and outdoor skills he learned. “It basically taught me to be a man,” Soltero said. His father, Jesus Soltero Sr., said he is impressed by his son’s accomplishment and looks forward to seeing his successes in the future. His son plans to transfer to UCLA, to work as an engineer, and to one day raise a family. “I know he’s going to finish college,” Jesus Soltero Sr. said. “Because he set a goal to earn his blackbelt, and he did, and he set a goal to get his Eagle Scout and he did. He already has his sights set on being a good father.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – For Jesus Soltero Jr., it’s always important to finish what he starts. Soltero, 18, of Pico Rivera, said he attributes his success in academics, martial arts and most recently in obtaining his Eagle Scout rank to his determination to get things done. “Scouting was something I liked since I was a little kid,” Soltero said. “I always like to complete something.” Soltero, now a freshman at Cal State L.A., has already applied his tenacity to earning his black belt in Chinese kenpo karate two years ago, a lifelong ambition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHis second childhood ambition, becoming an Eagle Scout, was realized Friday at Santa Mariana de Paredes Catholic Church in Pico Rivera. Now Soltero says he hopes to give back to the Boy Scout community by helping to lead Troop 195, where he earned his 21 merit badges. “Scouting is the most memorable moment of my adolescent life,” Soltero said. “If I could just give back, I would and I will.” To achieve the highest honor in Scouting, Soltero served in leadership positions in the troop, and completed a service project to benefit a reading program at the elementary school he attended years before. By organizing a fundraising breakfast at St. Mariana’s Church, Soltero was able to generate more than $1,400, which he donated to a new accelerated reading program at the school. The money was used to buy books at varying levels of difficulty for classroom use, to encourage students to push themselves in reading. last_img read more

Read More..

Why flu flourishes in cold, dry weather

first_img“We know one of the largest factors is kids in school; most of the major epidemics are traced to children,” said Dr. Jonathan McCullers, a flu researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. “But that still does not explain wintertime. We don’t see flu in September and October.” As for the crowding argument, McCullers said, “That never made sense.” People work all year round and crowd into buses, subways and airplanes, no matter what the season. Reading a paper published in 1919 in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the flu epidemic at Camp Cody in New Mexico, he came upon a key passage: “It is interesting to note that very soon after the epidemic of influenza reached this camp, our laboratory guinea pigs began to die.” At first, the study’s authors wrote, they thought the animals had died from food poisoning. But, they continued, “a necropsy on a dead pig revealed unmistakable signs of pneumonia.” Palese bought some guinea pigs and exposed them to the flu virus. Just as the paper suggested, they got the flu and spread it among themselves. So Palese and his colleagues began their experiments. By varying air temperature and humidity in the guinea pigs’ quarters, they discovered that transmission was excellent at 5 degrees Centigrade, or 41 degrees Fahrenheit. It declined as the temperature rose until, by 30 degrees Centigrade, or 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the virus was not transmitted at all. The virus was transmitted best at a low humidity, 20 percent, and not transmitted at all when the humidity reached 80 percent. The animals also released viruses nearly two days longer at 41 degrees Fahrenheit than at a typical room temperature of 20 degrees Centigrade, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit.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 KingsAs long as flu has been recognized, people have asked, “why winter?” The very name, “influenza” is an Italian word that, some historians proposed, originated in the mid-eighteenth century as “influenza di freddo,” or “influence of the cold.” Flu season in northern latitudes is from November to March, the coldest months. In southern latitudes, it is from May until September. In the tropics, there is not much flu at all and no real flu season. There was no shortage of hypotheses. Some said flu came in winter because people are indoors; and children are in school, crowded together, getting the flu and passing it on to their families. Others proposed a diminished immune response because people make less vitamin D or melatonin when days are shorter. Others pointed to the direction of air currents in the upper atmosphere. But many scientists were not convinced. Researchers in New York believe they have solved one of the great mysteries of the flu: Why does the infection spread primarily in the winter months? The answer, they say, has to do with the virus itself. It is more stable and stays in the air longer when air is cold and dry, the exact conditions for much of the flu season. “Influenza virus is more likely to be transmitted during winter on the way to the subway than in a warm room,” said Dr. Peter Palese, a flu researcher who is professor and chairman of the microbiology department at Mount Sinai Medical College in New York and the lead author of the flu study. Palese published details of his findings in the Oct. 19 issue of PLoS Pathogens. The crucial hint that allowed him to do his study came from a paper published in the aftermath of the 1918 flu pandemic, when doctors were puzzling over why and how the virus had spread so quickly and been so deadly. last_img read more

Read More..

German club turned down Vardy signing TWO YEARS ago ‘because he was too old’

first_imgLeicester City might have found themselves without top striker Jamie Vardy this season, if it weren’t for a German club’s strict transfer policy.RB Leipzig coach and sporting director of Ralf Rangnick has claimed he turned down the chance to sign the England striker TWO YEARS ago – because he was too old.The Foxes are on the brink of Premier League glory largely thanks to Vardy’s 22 goals this season.But the 29-year-old might have been playing in the German second tier had Rangnick refused to sign players over a certain age.RB Leipzig apparently doesn’t sign players over the age of 24, meaning a deal for the then-27-year-old Vardy was out of the question.But the boss revealed he did have his eye on one Liverpool starlet…“We desperately wanted to sign Joe Gomez, who later chose Liverpool, and we were flying back from London to Leipzig with his agent,” Rangnick told Sport Bild magazine.“In the plane, the agent said to me: ‘Mr Rangnick, it’s a crying shame that you are so radical about who you sign and only go for players who are under 24 because I’ve got somebody who would be just perfect for you. I can guarantee he would become a national team player under you, but he’s already 27’.“It was Jamie Vardy.”Rangnick recalled himself replying: “No, he’s 27 – we’re not doing it.”Vardy instead stayed with the Foxes, scoring five goals in his first Premier League campaign before spearheading Leicester’s unlikely title challenge the following season.He has also scored two goals in six appearances for England.Leipzig, who are backed by Austrian billionaire soft drinks tycoon Dietrich Mateschitz, are on course for promotion to the Bundesliga this summer. 1 Leicester City are on the brink of Premier League glory thanks to Jamie Vardy’s goals last_img read more

Read More..

Liverpool don’t want to finish higher than eighth and here we explain why

first_img1 Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea may well have helped them avoid kicking off next season in the Europa League qualifiers on 28 July.The point against the Blues means the Reds remained in eighth position and on course to equal their worst placing in the Premier League era.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE TABLEIt also meant the Reds are in danger of missing out on European qualification for the third time in recent years, but could that be a blessing in disguise?With one more Premier League fixture to play in this campaign, Liverpool’s main focus is understandably the Europa League final against Sevilla on 18 May.Win that silverware and Jurgen Klopp’s team will qualify for the Champions League group stage, but should the Spanish club clinch a hat-trick of Europa League trophies it changes the picture for the Reds.Should Liverpool lose the Europa League final, these are the possible European qualification scenarios they face via their Premier League placing:If Liverpool finish sixth in the Premier League they would qualify for the Europa League group stage if Manchester United win the FA Cup, but would qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round if Crystal Palace win the FA CupHow can Liverpool finish sixth? The Reds need to beat West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, while Southampton fail to beat Crystal Palace at home and West Ham lose at Stoke City. Liverpool (currently +13, scored 62) would also need to finish with a better goal difference or goals scored than the Hammers (+15, scored 64).If Liverpool finish seventh in the Premier League they would qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round if Manchester United win the FA CupHow can Liverpool finish seventh? The Reds need to finish above Southampton, who are currently one point ahead with a better goal difference than Liverpool (+15 to +13, although Saints have scored much less, 55 to 62).If Liverpool remain eighth they cannot possibly qualify for the Europa League.Had Liverpool beaten Chelsea at Anfield, they would have leapfrogged Southampton in the table and been looking good to claim at least a spot in next season’s Europa League.Given that sixth place and a Palace FA Cup win, or seventh place, followed by Europa League final defeat would see Liverpool kicking off next season in the Europa League third qualifying round on 28 July, there is certainly a case to be made for the Reds preferring to finish eighth.It sums up modern football that Liverpool fans can find themselves simultaneously dreaming of winning the Europa League and praying they miss out on it altogether should they fall short against Sevilla.But with Jurgen Klopp building for his first full season at the helm, if they aren’t competing in the Champions League next autumn, there is certainly a case to be made that Liverpool’s Premier League form could benefit from the absence of Europe’s second competition.What do you think? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea kept them eighth below Southampton last_img read more

Read More..

Arsenal and Newcastle fans argue over who wants Moussa Sissoko less

first_img Moussa Sissoko linked himself with a move to the Gunners Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League meant there could be a mass exodus as clubs looked to pinch the Magpies’ best players.Despite the news that Rafa Benitez would be staying at St James’ Park, Moussa Sissoko looks desperate to leave the club.The Frenchman clearly decided to take matters into his own hands has spoken publically about his love for Arsenal and how much we would like to play for such a ‘beautiful’ team.Sissoko linking himself with the Premier League runners up has lead to many Newcastle fans wanting him out of the club, but unfortunately Arsenal fans don’t want him either.See below for some of the best reactions to the news from annoyed Newcastle and Arsenal fans! 1last_img

Read More..

‘It’s the start of a new era!’ Everton fans react to Juan Mata rumours

first_img1 It’s hardly unexpected but it appears Juan Mata will be leaving Manchester United this summer.It seems new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic will nab his No.8 shirt, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems set to land his role on the right wing, after Borussia Dortmund announced the Armenian’s move on Saturday.And, according to reports, Everton are currently leading the race to snap up the majestic Spaniard, who netted in the Red Devils’ 2-1 FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace in May.Toffees fans could be in for a fun summer after investment from new owner Farhad Moshiri with Mata reports following rumours linking them with Belgium international Axel Witsel.But not all Everton supporters back Mata as a possible signing.Check out what fans had to say on Twitter below… Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata last_img read more

Read More..