5 3. Alexandre Pato ‘on Arsenal striker shortlist’: Full details below, then read all about a sensational Arsenal deadline day rumour by clicking right – The Metro are running claims from Emanuele Giulianelli, an Italian freelance journalist, who tweeted that Arsenal have former Milan forward Pato on a shortlist of striker targets. “Arsenal keeping quiet but they are down to 1 or 2 potential names and Wenger isn’t seeming positive as to whether to take a gamble on Pato,” said Giulianelli. 1. Adrien Rabiot: The midfield signing Arsenal fans have been waiting for? Read all about it below, then get the latest on four more Arsenal transfer deadline day rumours by clicking the arrow above – The 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has won two Ligue 1 titles with the French club, and reports are suggesting Arsene Wenger is keen to bring him to the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners boss was spotted in Paris on Monday, amid rumours he is trying to bring Rabiot to Arsenal. Could it be a permanent signing or a loan deal? Gooners will be keeping fingers crossed there is some sort of deal, at least! Take a look at the mega money striker Arsenal are tipped in some quarters to sign today, by clicking the arrow above. For Arsenal transfer news and transfer rumours on transfer deadline day, as the summer 2015 window closes, get all the latest from talkSPORT, online, on mobile and on air throughout the day.We’ve got an unrivalled mix of news, big names views, inside information and updates on transfer deadline day.Here, we take a look at the latest transfer rumours surrouding Arsenal.Take a look at the slideshow above and check out our live transfer blog here. 5 5 5 2. Edinson Cavani: ‘£45m offer accepted’: read all about it below, then find out which other star striker is reportedly on Arsenal’s deadline day striker shortlist – According to the Daily Star, PSG have accepted a bid of £43m plus £2m in add-ons from Arsenal for Uruguayan attacker Edinson Cavani. They add that a deal may not be sealed before the window closes. Handy disclaimer, that! But what a signing he would be for the Gunners, who have picked up world class stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the previous two summers, so who knows? 5 4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Leaving the Emirates? Full details below, then click right to find out about an Arsenal deadline day deal that looks much more likely by clicking right – The Daily Mirror have reported that Turkish club Galatasaray have made contact about signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Dream on! Especially as the Turkish transfer window closed last night. 5. Mathieu Flamini: surplus to requirements? – The Star claim Arsenal are trying to offload Flamini before the summer window closes. Arsene Wenger said in August, “I expect him to be here in September.” Did he mean September 1, or the whole month? You tease, Arsene!
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Paul Lambert 1 New Blackburn boss Paul Lambert admits his nine-month hiatus from football might have been a blessing in disguise.The 46-year-old Scot had been out of the game since being sacked by Barclays Premier League club Aston Villa in February but returned on Sunday when he was announced as the new manager of second-tier outfit Rovers.Lambert spent his time without a job travelling the continent observing the likes of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, and he now feels revitalised as he looks to achieve his second promotion out of the division following similar success with Norwich.“I’ve had nine months off and really enjoyed my time,” he said.“I did some great things in my time off and saw different teams training, meeting different people. The opportunity came up right out of the blue – would I consider it? I can’t wait to get started, I feel refreshed and am really looking forward to Saturday’s game.“When you’re a manager you always have tunnel vision at certain times. Stepping back from it was probably the best thing that happened to myself. I’ve been to some great clubs, great people, watched them training, getting a different view on football, and really enjoyed it.”Lambert succeeds Gary Bowyer at 16th-placed Blackburn and will initially inherit the same problems that his predecessor experienced at Ewood Park.Rovers remain under the transfer embargo that was placed on them in January after they failed to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, meaning Lambert will not be allowed to transform the current squad at first.However, although Bowyer often cited the embargo as a reason for Blackburn’s struggles, Lambert wants to adopt a more positive mindset.“The more people talk about the lack of money, there’s a negative thing on it because people can use that as an excuse,” Lambert added.“The main thing for ourselves is to start winning games. Lack of money won’t necessarily make you lose games. But if you use it as an excuse it’s always going to happen.”Rovers’ managing director Derek Shaw, who was present alongside Lambert at his unveiling, revealed that the Scot may not even need to sell one of his current squad in order to exit the embargo.“It’s something we’ve been working on for months now; we are making good progress,” Shaw said.“I have stated before that we were possibly one sale away from being released from FFP, but we’re not looking to sell a player. We have other irons in the fire which hopefully will clear us from that.”
Libor Kozak Aston Villa manager Remi Garde refused to rule out letting Libor Kozak Villa Park – despite the forgotten striker’s return against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.Forward Kozak made his first Barclays Premier League start for more than two years when he featured in the 1-0 win over the Eagles.He is again on stand-by to start in Saturday’s visit of Leicester as bottom club Villa try to close the eight-point gap to safety.Birmingham tried to take Kozak, who suffered a broken leg in January 2014, on loan earlier in the season while Garde has previously said he can leave this month and has offered no guarantees he will stay.He said: “He is still an Aston Villa player, we’ll wait and see. I have no offers on the table at the moment.“I was pleased with the way he played – I would have liked one or two goals and probably he has the same feeling – but he gave me an answer in the first month we had together.“He worked very hard with a very good attitude in the training sessions, it’s why I thought I could give him an opportunity to play.“I watched the game again and for the first game it was very interesting.”Garde is keen on adding to his struggling squad and wants Chelsea’s Loic Remy and Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy, while he also is interested in Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane. However, he kept quiet on any potential deals. He said: “I don’t want to be too accurate. It won’t help me to sign them. I know it’s important for you. Sometimes what I read in the media is right and sometimes it’s wrong. “I don’t know exactly what close means. Until the signature has been put on the paper, you can be close and miss it.” 1
WASHINGTON – Limited immunity has been routinely offered to private security contractors involved in shootings in Iraq, State Department officials said Tuesday, denying such actions jeopardized criminal prosecution of Blackwater USA guards accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack declined to discuss specifics of the agency’s role in the investigation, but said any immunity deals should not stop the Justice Department from prosecuting. “It’s up to the investigators and prosecutors to determine what kind of case they have … and ultimately whether to bring prosecution,” McCormack told reporters. The immunity deals, first reported by The Associated Press, have delayed the U.S. criminal inquiry of the Sept. 16 shootings that has enraged Iraqis. A second senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry, said the agency has for years required its security contractors to give written statements within hours of any so-called “use of deadly force” in Iraq. Waivers granting a security worker limited immunity – by barring those statements in a criminal case against the worker – are a “routine part” of the investigations by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the official said. The waiver given to Blackwater guards reads, in part: “I further understand that neither my statements nor any information or evidence gained by reason of my statements can be used against me in a criminal proceeding, except that if I knowingly and willfully provide false statements or information, I may be criminally prosecuted for that action.” It’s not clear whether the waivers were ever authorized by the Justice Department, which decides whether cases are prosecuted. Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell declined comment about whether the immunity waivers were part of the security firm’s contract with the State Department. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said prosecution was still possible, despite “knowing that this investigation involves a number of complex issues.” The Sept. 16 shootings in west Baghdad’s Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and prompted still-unanswered questions about who fired first. Blackwater has said its convoy was already under attack before it opened fire. A follow-up investigation by the Iraqi government, concluded that Blackwater’s men were unprovoked. No witnesses have been found to contradict that finding. An initial report by U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq, indicates “no enemy activity involved” in the incident. The report says Blackwater guards were traveling against the flow of traffic through a traffic circle when they “engaged five civilian vehicles with small arms fire” at a distance of 50 meters. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, trying to soothe growing public anger over the Blackwater shootings, has promised to push through legislation to make all foreign private security contractors in Iraq subject to the nation’s criminal laws. On Tuesday, his government sent the Iraqi parliament a measure overturning an immunity order known as Decree 17 that was issued by L. Paul Bremer, who ran the American occupation government until June 2004. Under the legislation, all security companies would be subject to the Iraqi criminal law and must obey all the country’s legal regulations. U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said she had not seen the measure and had no immediate comment.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.Senior law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said the legal protections offered by the State Department could derail prosecution if investigators are unable to unearth other evidence from a crime scene now six weeks old. In Baghdad, the Iraqi government approved draft legislation lifting immunity for foreign private security companies – one of the nation’s most serious disputes with the U.S. since last month’s shooting. Iraq is demanding the right to launch its own prosecution of the Blackwater bodyguards despite the company’s insistence they acted in self-defense. Additionally, Democratic leaders in Congress demanded answers about the immunity deal as House Government Oversight Chairman Henry Waxman called it “an egregious misjudgment.” The shooting investigation was initiated by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security hours after the attack. The inquiry was turned over to the FBI in early October after Justice Department prosecutors realized that the Blackwater bodyguards’ statements could not be used in court. At the State Department, McCormack said “these kinds of issues are not new.” He said Justice Department officials “can take steps to work around” any limited immunity agreements. “They provide limited protections that would not preclude a successful criminal prosecution,” he said.
The much-publicized crackdown on a Latino gang that unleashed a three-year campaign to drive blacks out of a mixed neighborhood in South Los Angeles has ripped open a dirty and very painful secret: Latinos and blacks can and do commit hate crimes against each other. And the violence can be just as deadly as the worst Southern Klan, Aryan Nation or Skinhead attacks. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say Latino gang members committed or are suspected of complicity in 20 killings during its reign of terror in the area. The arrests and indictment of the gang members came barely two months after the slaying of three black students in Newark, N.J., by illegal Latino immigrants, some with alleged gang ties. But two years before the Newark killings, Latino men were robbed, beaten and even murdered in Plainfield, N.J., Jacksonville, Fla., and Annapolis, Md. And seven members of a Latino family were murdered in Indianapolis. The attackers in all cases were young black males. The men attacked were mostly undocumented workers, and police speculate that the attackers regarded them as easy prey for robbery since they would be reluctant to report the attacks to the police. A Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission report on hate violence in 2005 found that, overall, Latinos committed nearly half of the hate attacks in the county, while blacks committed 30 percent of the hate attacks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Moreover, Latinos and blacks committed the bulk of the racially motivated hate attacks against each other. Nationally, blacks and Latinos commit about one in five hate crimes, and many of their victims, as in Los Angeles, are other blacks or Latinos. This represents two more disturbing trends. One is that blacks and Latinos committed the majority of hate crimes in Los Angeles, and a sizable number of them nationally. The other is that hate crimes are increasingly being committed by blacks and Latinos against each other, and in some cases, the victims are innocent random victims. The racially tinged violence in Los Angeles, Newark, and the other cities is not the norm – yet. The overwhelming majority of physical assaults and murders of blacks are by blacks, and most attacks on Latinos are by Latinos. However, black and Latino racial attacks against each other – no matter how infrequent, as is the case with white-on-black hate attacks – stir fear, rage and panic, while deepening racial divisions. That’s especially true given the latent and increasingly openly expressed unease and hostility many blacks express toward illegal immigration. There are two easy explanations for the hate violence in Los Angeles and nationally. One is that the perpetrators are bored, restless, disaffected, jobless, untutored or violence-prone gang members engaging in bloody turf battles to control the drug trade. That seemed to be the case with the Florencia 13 street gang, the target of the federal crackdown. The other explanation is that the violence is a twisted response to racism and deprivation. The attacks no doubt are deliberately designed by the gang hate purveyors to send the message to blacks that “this is our turf, and you’re an interloper.” There is still another reason, though more subtle and nuanced, as to why some gang members commit racial attacks. The violence is a source of ego gratification for them, and negative stereotypes provided a convenient rationale for their violent acts. University researchers have found that individuals who suffer low self-esteem or have serious self-image problems are much more likely to view others – especially those they consider rivals – through the warped lens of racial stereotypes. Then there is the vehemence of the racial hate. The dirtier and even more painful secret is that blacks and Latinos can be as racist toward each other as some whites can be toward them. It’s easy to see why. Many Latinos continue to demean blacks for their poverty or type them as clowns, buffoons and crooks. Some routinely repeat the same vicious anti-black epithets as racist whites. A 1998 poll by the National Conference, a nonprofit organization that promotes racial dialogue, found that Latinos were three times more likely than whites to believe that blacks were incapable of getting ahead. These myths and stereotypes bolster the notion that blacks are a racial and competitive threat, and any distancing, ostracism, avoidance and even violence toward them seems a rational response to keep blacks at arm’s length. But stereotypes can cut two ways. Some blacks feed on the same myths and negative images of Latinos as anti-black, violence-prone gangsters who pose a menace, and who are their ethnic and economic competitors. The same 1998 poll found that as many blacks as whites believed that Latinos breed big families that they are unable to support. The skewed misconceptions and fears both groups have about and toward each other in many instances drown out genuine efforts to lessen tensions. The galling new fact in America is that hate can come with a black or brown face, and the victim can have the same face. That’s yet another heart-wrenching challenge for blacks and Latinos. Earl Ofari Hutchinson’s new book, “The Latino Challenge to Black America: Towards a Conversation between African-Americans and Hispanics,” explores in depth the issue and recent incidences of black and Latino violence in Los Angeles. He blogs at www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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 Two Hells Angels and one Mongols member died and at least a dozen people were hurt in the April 2002 brawl at the Harrah’s Laughlin. A plea deal last year ended a federal racketeering trial and state charges against Hells Angels members. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. LAS VEGAS – A prosecutor says five Mongols motorcycle club members intend to plead guilty to reduced charges and avoid trial stemming from a deadly casino brawl with rival Hells Angels at the 2002 Laughlin River Run rally. Clark County prosecutor Chris Owens says Alexander Alcantar, Kenneth Dysart, Roger Pinney, Walter Ramirez and Pedro Martinez will enter pleas at a court hearing Monday afternoon. A plea deal’s still possible with a final defendant, Benjamin Leyva. That would avoid a trial due to begin Nov. 26 in Las Vegas.
DESPITE claims from the Government junior Minister Dinny McGinley that reports of 26 jobs losses are ‘misleading’ it has been confirmed that 26 people are losing their jobs at Largo Foods in Gaoth Dobhair.And donegaldaily.com can reveal details of conditions of a massive €579,000 grant to the crisp factory owners do not include any guarantee on new jobs.Largo Foods has confirmed that 52 part-time positions are going at the factory on the Gaoth Dobhair industrial estate. These will be replaced by 26 full-time positions, leaving 26 people out of work by the end of the year.These voluntary redundancies have, according to the Minister, been agreed with staff.However his claims today that 24 new full-time positions will be created as a result of this week’s grant from Údarás na Gaeltachta isn’t correct, sources told donegaldaily.com.Most of the money – no exact figure has been officially released – is to be spent on research and development of new products. But if that research fails to produce a market-winning new crisp, no new jobs will be created, a document shown to us clearly reveals.We have been told that there is no condition in the grant handover that Largo Foods has to create new positions in Co Donegal.It simply mentions the ‘possibility’ of creating 24 new jobs. Largo is not duty bound to do so.One insider told us: “The crisp factory provides vital employment in the area and we are glad of it; but the company must be more clear in its communications.“No-one is disputing that the same amount of work will continue but the bottom line is that 26 people will be on the dole at the end of this process. “And it should be made clear no new jobs come with this grant money; just a desire to create new positions. But it isn’t compulsory. And it’s not in the contract.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyTHE TRUTH ABOUT CRISP FACTORY: 26 PEOPLE ARE LOSING JOBS – AND ‘ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE’ OF NEW JOBS DESPITE MASSIVE GRANT was last modified: February 23rd, 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)Tags:THE TRUTH ABOUT CRISP FACTORY: 26 PEOPLE ARE LOSING JOBS – AND ‘ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE’ OF NEW JOBS DESPITE MASSIVE GRANT
Neymar would be interested in discussing a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to his agent.The Barcelona forward has excelled as part of the Spanish side’s ‘MSN’ strikeforce alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.He has helped the Catalan club move six points clear at the top of the Primera Division, while he has also played a key role in their run to the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League quarter-finals.The 24-year-old is tied to Barcelona until 2018 and has a staggering release clause of 193million euros (£154m).But, according to his representative Wagner Ribeiro, PSG could easily meet that figure and he claims his client could be tempted if the French champions do come calling.“Neymar has a contract with Barca until 2018,” Ribeiro said.“He feels good in Barcelona, he’s loved over there and he’s playing for the best team in the world. It’s no small feat to impose yourself at such an enormous club.“But the prospect of living in a city like Paris and to play for a club like PSG – that’s also a dream for every player.“We’ll see in two years, when he will be at the end of his contract.”A move could happen even before then, though, with Ribeiro acknowledging PSG are one of the few teams in the world capable of funding a move for the superstar player.“If PSG show an interest in Neymar, we can discuss it,” he said. “A contract can also be terminated provided that the release clause is paid.“It’s huge: 193m euros (£154m). But I don’t think that would be an insurmountable problem for PSG.”Barca defender Gerard Pique does not believe his team-mate is going anywhere, though.When asked about the link to PSG, the Spain international told a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid: “Neymar is not going to move from Barcelona. I’m convinced.“I know him and I know that he’s not going to go. That’s that.” Neymar in action for Barcelona 1