Man United prepare summer move for Real Madrid star, but PSG also in chase

first_img1 Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane Paris Saint-Germain are ready to reignite their interest in Manchester United target Raphael Varane.The French club are long-term admirers of the defender and tried to sign him back in 2011 before he swapped Lens for Madrid.He has gone on to rack up 73 La Liga appearances for the Spanish side since his arrival which has prompted further interest from Paris – as well as Manchester United.Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal tried and failed to sign a big-name central defender during the summer, with a long-running saga involving Sergio Ramos eventually ending with the Spaniard signing a new contract at the Bernabeu.It has been reported that Van Gaal will switch his attention to Ramos’ team-mate Varane, and will move for him next summer.But now, according to reports in France, United will face competition from PSG who are also lining up a move of their own for the talented 22-year-old.last_img read more

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Harry Kane to Real Madrid talk is no surprise, says Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

first_img1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is not surprised to see Harry Kane linked with Real Madrid – but insists he is not for sale.The England international has continued his goalscoring form this season after his stunning breakthrough campaign in 2014/15.He already has 13 goals to his name this term and is reportedly on Real Madrid’s radar as new boss Zinedine Zidane looks to make his mark at the Bernabeu.However, while admitting he is not shocked to see Kane linked with the Spanish giants, Pochettino insists the 22-year-old is staying put at White Hart Lane.“It does not surprise me, I think Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in Europe or in the world,” said Pochettino.“It will not surprise me if some big club wants him, but it is only a rumour. The good thing is Harry wants to stay with us.” Harry Kane last_img read more

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Dog agency co-founder stays in seclusion

first_imgFallout from that publicity has literally ruined Baktis’ life, her attorney Keith Fink said. Her business, Paw Boutique on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, which specializes in home-delivering organic and natural pet products, has been shut down for days. “And you can thank Ellen DeGeneres for that,” Fink said. “She’s hemmed in at home, and she doesn’t want to come out because of the death threats. I hope everything returns to normal in a week or two.” On her show Thursday, DeGeneres said she disapproved of the threats Baktis has received. “I want nothing, nothing more than the dog returned to that family,” DeGeneres said. “But you don’t resort to violence. So anybody out there, please stop that.” Fink said Iggy is now in a new home. But he declined to provide details. Along with threats, Baktis also has received an “outpouring of positive responses” from her clients, some of whom have even sent small monetary contributions, Fink said. “She’s in a bind because of this – she’s got no business, and she can’t eat her rent,” he said. “If she can’t get her business back up and running, I don’t know what she’s going to do.” Fink said his client has been flexible about adoption rules in the past. But DeGeneres’ hairdresser refused to even sign an adoption contract for Iggy. “Their collective arrogance – the Ellen DeGeneres-Hollywood mentality – was, `No, (the dog) is staying with us,”‘ Fink said. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – She’s been hounded into hiding and her business is, well, going to the dogs. Such has been the price Pasadena-based Mutts and Moms’ co-founder Marina Baktis has paid for standing up to a Hollywood heavyweight, her attorney said Thursday. Baktis, 38, who co-founded the nonprofit dog-rescue agency, is virtually hiding out inside her home after getting death threats from dozens of rabid fans of TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The celebrity and the dog rescuer continued locked in battle Thursday over Iggy, a Brussels Griffon mix that DeGeneres and her partner, actress Portia de Rossi, adopted from Mutts and Moms on Sept. 20. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But when Iggy and the couple’s cats clashed, DeGeneres handed the dog over to her hairstylist, in violation of the adoption contract the comedian signed. According to a copy of the contract, DeGeneres signed away her right to transfer ownership of Iggy without Mutts and Moms’ permission. On Sunday, an agency representative went to DeGeneres’ hairdresser’s home and took Iggy back. That’s when the dogfight began. On her show, DeGeneres has cried and begged the group to return the dog, which she said had bonded with her stylist’s two daughters, ages 11 and 12. last_img
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American-Indian artifacts become part of museum

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre When Newhall Land began preparing to build the residential project near the heart of Santa Clarita, environmental studies found the site likely to be an American Indian village dating back thousands of years. Artifacts were retained and the decision made to turn them over to the local group, which will store and display them. “I think it’s wonderful they’re keeping them in the valley where they really belong so the residents here can see our history,” said Pat Saletore, president of the historical society. “A lot of people who have moved in in recent years don’t realize the important history that we have.” Newhall Land consultants worked with archaeologists to unearth the artifacts, and the company will preserve acreage where there were significant finds. “These artifacts demonstrate to us the life-ways of this area’s ancient inhabitants,” said Steve Zimmer, executive vice president of Newhall Land. The company, he added, is honored to ensure that the artifacts will be preserved locally for future generations. “They’re at home; they’re not going anywhere,” Ortega said. “It’s the only rightful place.” His Tataviam ancestors’ village sat on a bend of the river facing the rising sun, Ortega said. The river flowed in those days, key to any settlement because water meant survival. Ortega’s cousin, Charlie Cooke, who said family DNA tests proved a link to a 3,000-year-old tooth found years ago in the region, also attended Thursday’s conveyance ceremony, which began with a Tataviam blessing. pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – More than 7,000 American Indian artifacts collected from a Santa Clarita development site were turned over Thursday to a local museum in a ceremony that brought together descendants of an ancient tribe, a major developer and historians. The Newhall Land and Farming Company collected the treasures – among them tools, arrowheads, cooking utensils and beads – before beginning construction of its 1,089-home River Village project on the banks of the dry Santa Clara River bed. The stone-crafted artifacts, some dating back perhaps 3,500 years, will be displayed at Heritage Junction in Newhall, a museum run by the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. “They’ve been unearthed and now they will be shared with the community,” said Rudy Ortega Jr., a tribal administrator for the Fernande o Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. “The people who live here now will see a little bit of the local history.” last_img read more

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Police panelist seeks diversity in LAPD force

first_imgSaying officers’ lack of diversity is among the most pressing problems facing the LAPD, Robert Saltzman was sworn in Wednesday as the latest police commissioner, seeking to make the department reflect the community. Saltzman, 53, who was unanimously confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council, will replace an openly gay commissioner, Shelley Freeman, who left to focus on her banking job. She was viewed as a champion of diversity who bluntly pointed out instances of poor management in the Los Angeles Police Department. Saltzman, a former city ethics commissioner and an associate dean at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law since 1988, is also gay and says he, too, will focus on diversifying the 9,549-officer force. “Diversifying the police force is a significant problem, perhaps the most significant problem facing the force,” he told the council. “I view it as a very long, very difficult process and for me … one of the most important, if not the most important, issues.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsA recent report from the commission found that of the 584 recruits who graduated in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, only 6percent were African-American. And most of the LAPD command staff is white. Though the department has been aggressively reaching out to people of color and to the homosexual and transgender community, Saltzman said it is often management that makes the difference. And he noted that during his time at USC, he helped diversify the student body. “From the gay-guy standpoint, I am thrilled,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said during the swearing-in. “We as gays and lesbians have problems with the Police Department.” The five-member Police Commission creates policy for the department and often sets the tone for high-profile investigations, such as reviews of this year’s May Day melee at MacArthur Park involving police and immigrant-rights protesters. During Wednesday’s meeting, the council pressed Saltzman on everything from the rotation of top brass to whether officers should live in the city. He cautiously told council members that he still needs to familiarize himself with the ins and outs of the department and policy matters. But he said he has been pleased with how the LAPD has handled the MacArthur Park case, pointing to its recently released report that offered a frank look at officer mistakes. Before working for USC, Saltzman served as special counsel to the Los Angeles County health director and was a senior deputy to a county supervisor. Saltzman was appointed to the city Ethics Commission in 2005. He is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute’s board. “He has the academic background, both personally and professionally,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, head of the council’s Public Safety Committee. “He is altogether a tried and true, very careful, very deliberate … person.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 818-713-3741160Want 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

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IRISH BUSINESSES BEING HIT AGAIN WITH NEW COSTS, SAYS DONEGAL SENATOR

first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has told the Seanad that proposals by the Minister for Social Protection to transfer sick pay costs for the first 2-4 weeks to employers would place an additional and unjust burden on Irish businesses.Senator Ó Domhnaill raised the issue this week while moving an adjournment debate in the Seanad on the matter. He said that in particular, smaller and medium sized enterprises will be under pressure at a time when many employers are struggling to exist.Ó Domhnaill said: “The proposals put forward by Minister Joan Burton would have a major negative impact on job sustainability and, in turn, a negative impact on economic recovery. “Data from the National Competitiveness Council shows that the cost of doing business in Ireland remains higher than the Euro Area and the EU27 averages. Therefore, the idea that introducing this change would somehow bring Ireland into line with other EU countries is a very narrow minded, anti-jobs and indeed flawed view being expressed by this Government.“It is very important at this economically challenging time for the Government to support jobs and employers and, therefore, this current proposal. If implemented, it would create irreversible damage and would drive some struggling businesses to the point of closure and hence genuine employees would ultimately lose their jobs.”In response on behalf of the Minister for Social Protection, Minister of State, Seán Perry, said the scheme is being considered in the context of the need to reform the social welfare system to bring it into line with practices in other countries in this area.He said the Social Insurance Fund would, of course, continue to provide supports for extended periods of illness “All of the issues around statutory sick pay will be discussed in the course of the wider process associated with the preparation of Budget 2013 and any decisions which might be taken by Government on the possible introduction of such a scheme will be considered in that context,” he said.Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded by saying: “The Government response to the adjournment debate is very disappointing and shows very little regard for job creation or job retention. Employers are already making a contribution for sick pay by paying social insurance contributions.” IRISH BUSINESSES BEING HIT AGAIN WITH NEW COSTS, SAYS DONEGAL SENATOR was last modified: July 4th, 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

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‘Leicester expose Wenger’s Arsenal excuses as a sham and Kroenke doesn’t care!’

first_imgLeicester City’s seemingly unstoppable march towards the Premier League title has “exposed” Arsene Wenger’s explanations for Arsenal’s failure to finish in top spot since 2004 as a “sham”, claims Arsenal fan Piers Morgan.Speaking to Stan Collymore on talkSPORT’s Call Collymore show, following Leicester’s 2-0 win at Sunderland, which sent the Foxes 10 points clear in first, Morgan compared the Foxes’ spirit unfavourably with that of the Gunners.“Leicester City have got a hunger and desire I’ve not seen in the Arsenal squad for about 10 years, since the Invincibles did their stuff and got shipped out within 18 months,” Morgan said on talkSPORT.“I’ve said for eight years now that Arsene Wenger had run his course at Arsenal.“He had a spectacular first eight, nine years [as Arsenal manager], culminating in that extraordinary invincible season.“I watch Leicester and I’m watching a team with real determination, with focus, with no big stars, with no super, fancy stadium. They’re just a regular team who are being managed to play out of their skins.“At Arsenal I see a bunch of spoilt prima donnas with Lamborghinis in the car park, who don’t have anything like the drive and hunger of this Leicester team.“But more importantly I see a manager who’s earning four or five times what [Leicester manager Claudio] Ranieri is – £8m-a-year Wenger gets – presiding over season tickets which are the highest in European football, a man who has not won the Premier League for 11 years, a man who’s constantly boasted of his European record, yet he’s never won the Champions League – he’s only reached one final and two semi-finals – and for the last six consecutive years Arsenal have gone out in the last 16.“This, by any yard stick of a way of judging a supposed big team manager, would have led to Wenger going years ago.“I simply ask Arsenal fans who still cling to the wreckage of what used to be Arsene Wenger as a world class manager, what more does he have to do in terms of under-delivery and under-performance, to warrant his dismissal?”When asked if Arsenal are more concerned with finishing in the top four and making money than winning the title, Morgan tore into the club’s majority shareholder, American Stan Kroenke.“We have a foreign billionaire, Stan Kroenke, who’s never at the games. I see more of him in Los Angeles, where he’s now got a big development to bring an NFL team to LA, I bump into him, I see him walking around LA more than I do at the Emirates.“This is a man who has zero interest in winning major trophies, is very happy for Wenger to tick along, to bank the cash, to make his money; he wouldn’t know one end of the Emirates pitch to the other.”Morgan also believes sticking with Wenger will end up costing Arsenal their place among the Champions League qualifiers, despite the Frenchman’s record of qualifying for the competition every year since 1998.“Wenger was an extraordinary manager, he’s an extraordinary man – I’ve got great respect for him personally – but at what point does his own self-respect and pride kick in and he stand aside for the good of the club?” asked Morgan.“I look at Jurgen Klopp, and the way he is slowly but surely transforming Liverpool. He’s 20 years younger, he’s got incredible dynamism, wonderful charisma, but he’s obviously a brilliant coach.“I look at Guardiola coming in to Man City and we have to assume Mourinho is going to Man United; where will Arsenal be next season with Arsene Wenger yet again? I’ll tell you where we will be: we’ll be out of the top four. It’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse.“Wenger now is not the man to drive Arsenal forward.“Every single excuse he’s come out with for the last 11 years of Premier League failure has now been exposed by Leicester and Ranieri, and that incredible team of players, with their team spirit and desire, as a complete and utter sham.”last_img read more

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Further fan violence ahead of Euro 2016 as England supporters clash with police

first_img Marseille was the location of the further violence England fans have once again clashed with police in the French port town of Marseille.Supporters who had been drinking for most of the day at the Queen Victoria pub in the Old Port district threw bottles at French riot police, who used tear gas to disperse them.The officers, who wore full riot gear, were seen marching towards hundreds of England fans who ran away down the street.The clashes come after a night of violence in the city in southern France, and just hours before the first game between the hosts and Romania in Paris. One England supporter suffered a head injury in Thursday night’s brawl after being hit across the face with a wooden chair, and according to reports, some England fans were heard chanting: “Isis, where are you?”Bare-chested England fans dodged the gas deployed by police as an afternoon of drinking and singing turned ugly. Police with helmets, batons and shields grappled troublemakers to the ground amid beer bottles and rubbish strewn across the cobbled streets.Supporters are in Marseille ahead of England’s game with Russia on Saturday.Following the skirmishes, which started at around 6.20pm French time, the fans continued to sing about the IRA, German bombers being shot down and the national anthem.Bottles were thrown as the police formed a new line and watched on from about 50 metres away.A crowd of locals came to watch and continued to grow until the bottles were turned on to them.Police continued to charge at fans in attempts to scatter them.A number of arrests were made during the clashes, and a man wearing what appeared to be an England shirt was seen being led away by police. 1last_img read more

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Leeds United news: Former employee wins tribunal, club ordered to pay £290,000

first_img Lucy Ward successfully pursued an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination case against Leeds Leeds United have been ordered to pay former academy employee Lucy Ward around £290,000 following her employment tribunal victory against the club, her legal representatives have announced.Ward successfully pursued an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination case against Leeds, claiming she was sacked as the club’s education and welfare officer because she was former head coach Neil Redfearn’s partner.Leeds denied wrongdoing and said she was dismissed for exceeding annual leave entitlement after working for the BBC at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, but employment judge Stephen Keevash ruled in Ward’s favour in April.Ward’s solicitors, FrontRow Legal, announced details of the reserved judgment in a statement on Wednesday, stating: “FrontRow Legal can now confirm that the case involving our client, Miss Lucy Ward, and Leeds United Football Club Limited has now concluded with the club ordered to pay to Lucy a figure in the region of £290,000.00 made up of compensation and legal fees.”FrontRow Legal added Leeds must pay £127,229.81 for the sex discrimination, £5,525 for unfair dismissal and £55,500 “in respect of her liability to pay tax to HMRC”. The club must also pay Ward’s legal costs in the region of £100,000.The judgment also said Leeds had arranged for senior staff, including chairman Massimo Cellino, to take part in equalities training.Ward was suspended by Leeds in July 2015, shortly after partner Redfearn was removed from his position as first-team head coach.Leeds have not yet commented on Wednesday’s announcement of the financial details of the judgment.Ward said: “I am delighted that my case has now concluded with a judgment that is reflective of the losses suffered.“As I have stated previously, this has been an extremely difficult period in my life and I am pleased that I can now try and put the matter behind me.“The result is clearly a bitter sweet moment for me as I absolutely loved my job and the club, and I repeat how extremely proud I am of every young man that I have had the honour to work with throughout my 17-year career at Leeds United.” 1last_img read more

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Higuain set for Arsenal? Napoli want Icardi as replacement for in-demand striker

first_img With Higuain expected to leave this summer, Napoli want Inter captain Icardi as his replacement Napoli are ready to swoop for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi – if Gonzalo Higuain leaves for Arsenal or Juventus.Higuain has been heavily linked with a move away this summer after scoring a record-breaking 36 Serie A goals last season.Arsenal and Juventus are both interested in the 28-year-old but as of yet neither club has made a formal approach.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli are drawing up a contingency plan in case they are forced to sell Higuain.The Italian club are keen on Icardi, who they believe can be snapped up from Inter Milan for around £40million.The 23-year-old has already been linked with several other sides, including Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. 1last_img read more

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