Six players with huge pedigree still available, including United legend and Brazil stars

first_img 3. Ezequiel Lavezzi: A 2014 World Cup finalist is on the move – Lavezzi has flourished in both Italy and France at Napoli and PSG but, with his contract expiring in the summer, is set for a new challenge. While he favours a return to Italy – Inter are favourites to sign him – Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all possible alternative destinations as PSG look to push through a deal imminently to avoid losing the Argentine for free at the end of the season. 6 The January transfer window is nearing its conclusion and clubs around the world are still working tirelessly to thrash out deals before the deadline.Many interpret the mid-season window as a bit of a circus, smacking more of desperation than necessity as clubs try to salvage their campaigns.Some of the most established names in world football are available and, while they may be entering the autumn of their careers, are still attracting potential suitors.So we’ve composed a list of the six players with the greatest pedigree – think club and international success – who could be on the move in the next 10 days or so.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who they are…N.B – Victor Valdes would have made this list, but the Manchester United goalkeeper appears to be on the verge of ending his Old Trafford nightmare by moving to Standard Liege. 4. Alexandre Pato: Talented Brazilian has rebuilt his career in South America as a dangerous wideman – Astonishingly, Pato is still just 26 years old after bursting onto the European scene so emphatically nearly a decade ago with AC Milan. He’s spent the last few years fumbling around in Brazil in an attempt to reignite his career and harbours dreams of moving back to Europe, and that seems likely with Chelsea reportedly close to finalising an £8m deal for the forward. 6 6 1. Nemanja Vidic: Former Man United defender won numerous trophies at Old Trafford – Vidic announced last week his Inter contract had been terminated after a rather underwhelming 18 months in Italy. The Manchester United great, who won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League at Old Trafford, has reportedly been offered to lowly Aston Villa on a free. Fall from grace? 6 6 2. Robinho: Has won 99 Brazil caps and titles with Real Madrid and Milan – It’s a long time since Robinho was terrorising La Liga and Premier League defences for Real Madrid and Manchester City respectively. The 31-year-old Brazilian, who allegedly thought he’d joined Chelsea rather than City back in 2008, recently left Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande and has been linked with Swiss club Sion. 5. Ronaldinho: A wealth of experience which has brought him multiple domestic trophies, the World Cup and Ballon d’Or – One of football’s greatest entertainers is clinging onto the remnants of his career, making his first appearance since September in Fluminense’s 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk at the weekend. Ronaldinho has failed to register either a goal or an assist in nine games for the Brazilain side, but he would still prove a luxury and lucrative signing financially for a host of European clubs. 6 6. Emmanuel Adebayor: The 31-year-old striker has plenty of goals in him… when he fancies it – We’ve put him in this list purely based on his goalscoring records at Arsenal and Manchester City. With a settled mentality, Adebayor would be an extremely useful asset for a number of Premier League clubs. Tottenham are still paying his extortionate wages and would love to offload him before the end of January, and Watford and Crystal Palace are both tipped to take the Togo forward off their hands.last_img read more

Queen urges Taft kids to get along

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Wearing a brown shirt and beige pants, Queen Rania – an advocate of education, opportunities for youths and women’s empowerment – seemed to understand the students and where they’re coming from, even encouraging them to add a Middle Eastern person to their list of MySpace and Facebook friends. “It’s about reaching out,” she said. Her visit was arranged by the county Human Relations Commission, which in 2005 began working with the school, where a brawl among students prompted a campus lockdown. The school is among the most diverse in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In light of the violent incident, teachers began working with students to implement programs to improve student relations and conflict resolution. The queen, and mother of four young children, heard from some of those students, who talked about bridging the cultural divide. WOODLAND HILLS – The world’s youngest queen came to Taft High School on Wednesday, preaching a message of peace and understanding – a message the students knew all too well. For the past two years, they have established campus groups to bridge the gap between black and white, Muslim and Jewish, and gay and straight as a part of a program through the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. So when Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan spoke to about 500 of the school’s 3,000 students Wednesday, she had a captivated audience. “It’s not just about accepting diversity,” said the 37-year-old queen. “It’s about understanding the value of diversity. We have to make that effort to challenge assumptions, to try to get to know that other person even if they look different than us.” One by one, they approached the podium, giving the queen examples of how they’ve eradicated prejudice and promoted understanding on campus. For example, Abraham Hernandez and Sergio Astorga used to be enemies, just because one lived in the 818 area code and the other lived in the 213. Astorga is now the co-president of the Heart/Blue Ribbon Committee, a program that addresses racial and ethnic issues. “Once rivals and now friends, Heart has put into perspective what is important in this world, and has helped tear down much of the hatred I once had towards him and his group,” Astorga said. Then there’s Shawna Varagen, an openly gay female student who walks hand in hand with her partner on campus. “We are all fighting the same battle, whether black, brown, Jewish, Muslim, gay or straight,” she said. “Taft has become a place where students feel safe and free to express themselves.” Taft Principal Sharon Thomas said the programs have helped students learn to get along. “They’ve made them more tolerant, less angry toward groups that are different to them,” she said. “I think what they heard loud and clear from the queen was to continue that work, (to) try to make a friend who is very different.” At the end of the queen’s appearance, she said Taft was the first high school she had ever visited in California. Then she added, to rousing applause, “I think I made the right choice.” angie.valencia@dailynews.com (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

Merrill Lynch CEO O’Neil falls from grace

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The unfolding credit crisis claimed its biggest corporate casualty so far, although O’Neal walks away with an exit package worth $161.5 million. O’Neal’s downfall took just six days from the time Merrill reported that record loss, although some were surprised it took even that long. “What did him in so quickly is that O’Neal failed to develop supporters who would defend him and fight hard at the board or executive level,” said Richard X. Bove, an analyst with Punk, Ziegel & Co. “One of the reasons is that he fired 26,000 workers, some of which were his supporters, and that made him vulnerable.” Whoever replaces O’Neal faces a daunting task – so much so that the most widely tipped candidate, BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink, turned down an initial offer but has since engaged the board in active discussions, said a person with direct knowledge of the offer who was not authorized to speak publicly. Any successor will step into a Merrill Lynch that O’Neal aggressively transformed into a more diversified investment house from one that relied heavily on just stock trading. NEW YORK – Stan O’Neal was known as one of the most ruthless men on Wall Street – clawing his way up from an impoverished upbringing in Alabama to run the world’s largest brokerage. His tough, take-no-prisoners drive at Merrill Lynch & Co. was celebrated when he delivered record profits during his five-year tenure as CEO. But O’Neal, who was purportedly fond of saying “ruthless isn’t always that bad,” found out Tuesday that even he wasn’t immune to the cutthroat ways of Wall Street. After delivering investors a $2.24 billion quarterly loss – Merrill’s biggest since being founded 93 years ago – O’Neal was forced to retire by a board of directors that he mostly picked. The brokerage racked up record profits as he emphasized riskier bets than past Merrill CEOs. That strategy – which handed Merrill Lynch record results during the market’s peak – came with a heavy cost during the tumultuous third quarter. There is speculation by many analysts that Merrill Lynch faces a $4 billion writedown during the fourth quarter. This would be on top of a $7.9 billion charge taken last quarter, a stunning amount since Merrill originally said it would write down only $4.5 billion because of credit market turmoil. O’Neal, 56, accepted blame for the losses, which immediately led to calls for his ouster. Merrill Lynch still has a sizable portfolio of complex financial instruments called collateralized debt obligations, which combine slices of different kinds of risk. It was Merrill’s bet on CDOs, and the subprime mortgages underpinning many of them, that proved to be O’Neal’s downfall. Dealing with the risky portfolio will be the priority of co-presidents and chief operating officers Ahmass Fakahany and Gregory Fleming. Merrill Lynch said their duties will be split – with Fleming in charge of Merrill’s front-line businesses, such as its brokerage.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

Person found dead in charred wreckage of Eagle Rock house fire

first_imgEAGLE ROCK – One person was found dead today and another person was missing at the scene of a fire in Eagle Rock that damaged two houses and one or two other structures, authorities said. The fire in the 1900 block of North Nolden Street was reported about 6:20 a.m., said Ron Myers of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters gained the upper hand on the fire after about a half hour and prevented the flames from spreading to nearby vegetation. The fire was extinguished about 7:40 a.m., Myers said. The gender and age of the dead person were not immediately known. Authorities, assisted by a search dog, were looking for a second person who was unaccounted for, Myers 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The cause of the fire was under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately available. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES EXPAND ONLINE PHOTO LABS

first_imgDue to the overwhelming popularity of their online photo and gift service Healthwise Pharmacies have upgraded and expanded their central photo-lab. They’ve upgraded and expanded the central photo-lab with the installation of new large format printers and canvas printing machines.This increased capacity will allow improved turnaround times, and deliver improved printing solutions with large scale poster and canvas prints now on offer. Director Liam Grimley told Donegal Daily, “We have had a huge response to our recent free Photo Mug offer, and are delighted that when people realise how easy our website is to use, we are seeing huge numbers of repeat orders.“This is further helped by the fact that customers are recognising and appreciate the savings on delivery charges by availing of free collection from any of our network of pharmacies in Donegal, Sligo and Galway.“As the popularity of our photo service continues to grow, Healthwise Pharmacies will continue to invest to make sure we have the capacity to maintain our quality and service levels.The Healthwise Free Photo Mug offer continues for a limited time. Simply log onto the Healthwise website and order and collect a free personalised photo Mug at any Healthwise Pharmacy totally free of charge.Or view the wide range of photo print and gift options available.http://healthwisepharmacies.photokio.sk/  HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES EXPAND ONLINE PHOTO LABS was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesHealthwise Pharmaciesnewslast_img read more

Everton FC news: Toffees submit proposals for ‘rebranding’ of Goodison Park

first_img1 Everton have submitted proposals to Liverpool City Council to spruce up Goodison Park.The club plan a ‘rebranding’ exercise over the summer involving the installation of new cladding and light displays.Plans show cladding to both ends of the Main Stand and a new cladded tower construction at the Bullens Road side of the Park Stand.They also show a banner system that will wrap around the Main Stand, Gwladys Street and Bullens Road Stand.“Much of the work is scheduled to be completed by the start of the season and the project forms part of a major ground refurbishment scheme, including some rebranding on internal concourses which is being driven by the club’s fans’ forum,” said an Everton statement.Proposals also include an application to create a Holy Trinity statue – featuring Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey and Alan Ball – as part of the project. Everton want to spruce up Goodison Park last_img read more

Schwarzenegger vows to declare ‘fiscal emergency’ in new year

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will declare a “fiscal emergency” in January to give him and the Legislature more power to deal with the state’s growing deficit. Schwarzenegger made the announcement Friday after meeting with lawmakers and interest groups this week to tell them California’s budget deficit is far worse than economists predicted just a few weeks ago. The shortfall is no longer expected to be $10billion, but more than $14billion – a 40percent jump that would put it in orbit with some of the state’s worst fiscal crises, those who have met with him said. Schwarzenegger said Friday that the state could be “anywhere between $10(billion) and $14billion in the hole.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe low end of that estimate represents a gap larger than California’s entire budget for its 172,000-inmate prison system. The high end is equivalent to what the state spends on both prisons and all the state’s University of California campuses in one year. Declaring a fiscal emergency would trigger a special session and force lawmakers and the governor to begin addressing the shortfall within 45 days. “What we have to do is fix the budget system. The system itself needs to be fixed, and I think that this is a good year, this coming year, to fix it,” Schwarzenegger said in Long Beach, where he was promoting his plan for health-care reform. California is struggling with shrinking state tax revenue from the meltdown of the subprime-mortgage market and the credit crunch on Wall Street. State spending also has increased by more than 40percent since Schwarzenegger took office after the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger in August signed a $145.5billion budget that increased spending 11percent due largely to the increased cost of bond repayments and special funds. General fund spending for day-to-day operations increased less than 1percent, from $101.7billion to $102.3billion for the budget year that began July 1. In August, Schwarzenegger’s office projected that the state would end its current budget year with a $4.1billion reserve. Last month, the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst reported that the state would instead end the year in the red, and was on pace to rack up a staggering $10billion deficit over the next 18 months. Schwarzenegger and his top aides this week have privately told lawmakers and interest groups that the gap could top $14billion and warned cities, counties and health and welfare agencies to expect cuts. The governor already has ordered agency leaders to draft plans for an across-the-board cut as high as 10percent. Schwarzenegger would make the declaration under Proposition 58, the 2004 ballot measure he successfully campaigned for to restrict state borrowing and create a reserve fund. The measure contained a little-known provision authorizing the governor to declare a fiscal emergency if revenue and expenditures fall substantially out of line. The declaration triggers a constitutional mandate to reopen the current budget and begin cutting costs or finding ways to increase revenue to close the gap. Democratic and Republican leaders said an emergency declaration would be a serious step, but apparently a necessary one, given the state’s growing fiscal problem. “We gave the governor the authority to do that when we wrote the measure and we will take it seriously and respond to it when it happens,” said Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. Perata said Thursday that the deficit had overtaken lawmakers’ ambitions to pass a universal health care deal. He said he would not ask fellow senators to vote on a health deal until he knows the extent of Schwarzenegger’s plans to cut the budget. But Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez remained optimistic Friday about reaching a deal to expand health-care coverage before the end of the year. The Assembly is expected to vote on a health-care bill Monday. Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Sacramento, vice chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the planned health-care vote was foolhardy given the state’s deficit. “As the old saying goes, the first thing you should do when you find yourself in a hole is stop digging,” Niello said in a statement. “Our state simply cannot afford the massive government-run health-care program that will be voted upon next week.” If Schwarzenegger declares a fiscal emergency in January, he’s required under the law to introduce a plan to correct the problem and to call the Legislature into special session to act on his recommendations. If legislators don’t pass a budget bill within 45 days, lawmakers would be prohibited from acting on any other legislation or adjourning until they reach agreement. A special session also could allow the Legislature’s Democratic majority to make most decisions about where to make spending cuts. Unlike the state’s normal budget bill, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass, only a majority vote is needed to enact cuts within 90 days. A tax increase would still need a two-thirds majority, which would require Republican support.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

We have the power to ensure conservation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHere is the point: When you flush a toilet today, you use far less water than you would have 20 years ago. You do this not because you are an environmentalist, but because the machine takes care of it for you. For electricity conservers, think motion-sensor light switches that turn themselves off when you leave the room. Here’s another example: For many decades, the state Department of Health forbade the use of “gray water,” even for irrigation. Gray water is much less expensive to produce than “reclaimed water.” Gray water comes off your shower and your washing machine, goes through a home-based filter system, and can be used for your home landscaping, including fruit trees. In 1994, during a major drought, the city conducted a comparison of contamination in the soil where gray water was used with that of soil where potable water was used. Guess what: all the sites were equally contaminated, the result of squirrels, birds, cats and other animal life. So the state approved the program, and a month later lifted the ban statewide. Today freeway landscaping is routinely watered with recycled water rather than the potable stuff. Gray-water systems are not quite as user-neutral as low-flow toilets, but they’re close. And during that last major drought, private entrepreneurs created a whole industry, offering gray-water systems of varying complexity. But then some idiot declared the drought over, and, within months, the gray-water industry died. My system, part of the demonstration program, is still in my yard, but there is no one to call for maintenance because the company went out of business – taking its technology with it into oblivion. The best tools for conservation are the ones we don’t have to think about because a device does it for us. Consider, for example, the lowly toilet. Until the 1990s, your average household toilet used up to eight gallons of water per flush. In the early 1990s, with Los Angeles in the midst of a housing construction boom, I introduced an ordinance to require that all new residential toilets be the kind using no more than three gallons. (Today they are down to less than two.) The toilet manufacturers went nuts. But they eventually complied with the new law, and today “low-flow” are the only toilets on the market. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power discovered how much water would be saved, and thus how much “new” supply it would not have to create. That, in turn, resulted in one of the most creative programs the city has ever run. The DWP bought low-flow toilets in bulk, and hired community-based organizations to retrofit existing housing for low- and moderate-income families. The DWP and its community partners replaced well over 1million water-guzzling toilets. While government can still play a major role in encouraging conservation through demonstrations like the gray-water project, government is no longer alone. The private sector, moved as always by the desire to make money, is champing at the bit. Consider the waterless urinal, which requires government approval but not government development. Where government used to have to be the innovator, today government officials need only regulate to ensure public health and safety. In Southern California, the drought is never over. It is time to revive the gray-water industry and turn entrepreneurs loose to invent and sell us other tools that will make us conserve – no matter how we feel about the environment. Ruth Galanter is a former member and president of the Los Angeles City Council, on which she served for 16 years.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

End of year brings 20 more dead across Iraq

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE A letter from President Bush lauded political developments in both Iraq and Afghanistan, praising the efforts of U.S. troops in helping Iraqis exercise the right to vote three times during 2005 and the people of Afghanistan to also cast ballots. “In the coming year, America will continue to stand beside these young democracies and lay the foundation of peace for our children and grandchildren,” Bush said. “We appreciate the brave men and women in uniform who protect our country and advance freedom around the world. We are grateful to their families for their support and sacrifice, and we pray for all those who have lost loved ones in freedom’s cause.” At Camp Victory near Baghdad’s airport, “American Idol 3” finalist Diana DeGarmo and other entertainers treated hundreds of U.S. servicemen and women to a New Year’s Eve show. Soldiers sat in the cold in front of a tan stage as DeGarmo pulled several on stage to dance. She was followed by comedian Reggie McFadden and country music singer Michael Peterson, who traveled with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on a six-nation holiday tour to thank the troops. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Bombings and shootings killed at least 20 people across Iraq on the final day of the year Saturday, while U.S. troops shivered in the cold during a performance by an “American Idol” singer as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations. The U.S. military also reported the death of an American soldier from wounds, bringing its death toll in Iraq for 2005 near 2004’s record level. Iraq’s electoral commission, meanwhile, repeated a call for political groups to remove from their candidate lists 90 former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party before the agency issues final results next week from the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections. Many Iraqis, particularly from the long oppressed Shiite Muslim majority and Kurdish communities, want to keep ex-Baathists out of the new government. Sunni Arabs, the backbone of Iraq’s insurgency, sees that as an attempt to deny their minority a role in politics. last_img read more

Collision leaves Arnold stitched up

first_imgGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger received 15 stitches in his lip Sunday after a traffic collision near his Los Angeles home, his spokeswoman said. Schwarzenegger was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle with his son Patrick, 12, when another driver backed into the street shortly after 3 p.m., spokeswoman Margita Thompson said in a statement. “The governor was unable to avoid the vehicle in his path and collided with it at a low speed,” she said. Schwarzenegger and his son, a passenger in the motorcycle’s sidecar, were released from St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica after being treated for cuts and bruises, Thompson said. The two, both of whom were wearing helmets at the time, were recovering at home Sunday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The other driver was uninjured. The governor was expected to keep his appointments today. No further details were immediately available. – Daily News 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