Former Arsenal manager George Graham has told talkSPORT how he believes the Gunners can record a surprise result against Barcelona in the Champions League.Arsene Wenger’s men host the in-form Spanish giants for the first leg of their last 16 clash on Tuesday night, and there is little expectation that the Gunners can record a result.Barcelona have blown away teams this season with their ‘holy trinity’ front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, but Graham believes Arsenal have what it takes to stop the high flying trio if they stick to the right game plan.The Gunners stunned Bayern Munich with a steadfast defensive display to claim a 2-1 victory in the group stages earlier this season, and ex-boss Graham believes a similar display could just see Wenger’s men claim another shock win.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he explained: “It’s very difficult for Arsenal to change.“On the ball Arsenal they’re as good as many other team in England. They play lovely attractive attacking football. The problem is, for me, that off the ball they’re just above average.“Their philosophy under Arsene Wenger has always been an attacking and passing-based game, which is very attractive and has brought a lot of rewards, but I think when you’re playing against the top, top teams you’ve got to go in with a certain plan.“I would definitely drop off when Barcelona have the ball, which is very unusual for Arsenal, especially at home. They need to make the unit very tight so there is no space in between the lines.“Pressing high wouldn’t play to Arsenal’s strengths. I think they’re better dropping off quite deep so the Barcelona players don’t get the space and the time and then they’re coming onto ten outfield players, and not just the back four.”
WASHINGTON – Casting aside threats of international retaliation by Turkish officials, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to unconditionally declare the killing of thousands of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I a “genocide.” The 27-21 vote came after more than four hours of searing debate pitting calls for America to take a moral stand against the realpolitik of offending Turkey, a major route for air cargo, fuel and other supplies for U.S. troops in Iraq. Turks, including three members of parliament who flew to Washington for the hearing, looked on grimly as the vote tally was read. Elderly Armenians, including a handful who lived through the massacres of 1915-23, hugged one another, cheered and wept. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s personal for every Armenian. Almost all Armenians have been affected in some way from the genocide that occurred,” said Andrew Kzirian of Glendale, in Washington to witness the vote. Kzirian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America’s Western Region, called the committee’s vote a victory for human rights. “It shows that members of Congress are very concerned that genocides stop occurring. The goal is not to let it happen again,” he said. The resolution now heads to the House floor, where it stands its first real chance of getting a vote in decades. About 226 lawmakers have co-sponsored the bill, and it is likely to pass if put to a vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated she will move it – possibly by Thanksgiving – despite unprecedented pressure from the Bush administration, Turkish officials and many foreign-policy leaders, including all eight living former secretaries of state. In 2005, the same measure passed the committee by a wider margin, but then-Republican leadership blocked it from coming to the House floor. Lobbying intense This year several lawmakers, including Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the leading Republican on the panel, changed their votes to oppose the measure. “Part of the reason the fight was so intense this year is because the Turkish lobby knew that (former House Speaker) Dennis Hastert would never let it go to the floor,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, the bill’s chief sponsor, who is no longer on the panel. “I was lobbying members right up until the moment of the vote.” Every California lawmaker on the committee voted in favor of the resolution, including Reps. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood; Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles; Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks; Ed Royce, R-Fullerton; Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach/Long Beach; and Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hailed the committee vote and condemned President George W. Bush for urging Congress to reject it. “We must never – for any reason – seek to clothe the horror of ethnic cleansing in bureaucratic euphemisms,” Villaraigosa said in a written statement. Armenian activists and most historians maintain that 1.5 million Armenians were deported en masse from their homes in what is now modern-day Turkey and slaughtered, and their property was confiscated, as part of a systematic genocide. Label offends Turks Turkey acknowledges atrocities were committed in the bloody aftermath of World War I, but strongly opposes the genocide label. Turkish officials say about 300,000 Armenians were killed when they joined forces with French and Russian soldiers to take up arms against Turks. No lawmakers made that argument Wednesday, however. Even those who voted against the resolution flatly declared that the historical facts point to genocide, but said they were voting based on America’s national security interests. “There was indeed a genocide of the Armenians, and it will not be forgotten,” said Rep. Michael Pence, R-Indiana, who called his vote against the resolution “gut-wrenching.” Invoking the biblical saying that to everything there is a season, Pence said Congress should not vote on the bill while U.S. troops are at war in Iraq. “This is a season that calls for standing with our troops first,” he said. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Indiana, took the strongest stand against the resolution and noted that 70 percent of supplies to U.S. troops currently travel through Turkey. “The stability of the entire Middle East could be at risk,” he warned. “Why are we kicking the one ally that is helping us in the face?” Turkey has raised the possibility of blocking U.S. access to airfields and roads if Congress passes the resolution. Pressure in Turkey Egemen Bagis, a member of the Turkish Parliament who attended the hearing, predicted that Turkish lawmakers would face intense political pressure from their own constituents to retaliate. “No political party can ignore the public pressure. Turkey will have to show a reaction,” he said. But the open threats also angered a number of lawmakers, particularly Californians who said they favor calling Turkey’s bluff. Rohrabacher said he was angry at “the audacity that some Turks have to threaten to cut logistics to U.S. troops.” “Isn’t it enough that hundreds of our service members may have died because of Turkey’s refusal to enter Iraq (in 2003)?” he said. Sherman, who helped Schiff lead the fight for the bill, pointed out that the U.S. annually argues for Turkey to gain full membership in the European Union. Sherman also noted that in 2003, the U.S. gave Turkey $3 billion, which the nation leveraged into $8 billion in loan guarantees. “We cannot provide genocide denial as one of the perks of friendship with the United States,” he said. Others likened Wednesday’s vote to one earlier this year urging the Japanese government to apologize for the abuse of “comfort women” held as sex slaves during World War II. The Japanese government fought hard against the bill’s passage and threatened diplomatic retaliation, which lawmakers said has yet to materialize. Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Glendale, said there is a direct connection between Armenian genocide early in the 20th century and the genocide today in Darfur. “When we fail to appropriately respond with condemnation and punishment of those committing genocide we invite the opportunity for future genocide,” he said. “House Resolution 106 is not about the Armenian community but about whether America will continue to represent a beacon of justice in the world.” For Dr. Armine Hacopian, a member of the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees, the resolution strikes close to home. “My father was orphaned when both of his parents were slaughtered in front of him at the age of 6,” said Hacopian. “It impacted his life and my family’s life. He is no longer alive, and it’s a shame that a lot of survivors have passed away and have not lived to see this justice done. “It’s important that this be recognized because when you recognize genocide, it keeps it from repeating itself. We have to take a moral stand.” In the end, many lawmakers acknowledged that Wednesday’s vote was an emotional one. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., pointed to a handful of survivors, some more than 100 years old, waiting to hear the panel’s verdict on their history. “What time can they come back?” Ackerman asked, adding, “Truth never goes out of season.” Staff Writer Tony Castro contributed to this report. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The guild earlier announced sweeping plans to picket every major studio in Los Angeles along with Rockefeller Center in New York, where NBC is headquartered. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers previously called a writers’ strike “precipitous and irresponsible.” The guilds had been preparing for these negotiations for years, hiring staff with extensive labor union experience, developing joint strategies and a harder line than producers have seen in decades. “We haven’t shown particular resolve in past negotiations,” John Bowman, the guild’s chief negotiator, said. “The sea change is that this is an enormously galvanizing issue and two, that the new regime at the guild actually has a plan, has an organization and a structure to respond to something.” The writers are the first union to bargain for a new deal this year. Their contract expired Wednesday. In past years, actors have almost always gone first, although the Directors Guild of America, which is seen as the least aggressive of the three guilds, has sometimes taken the lead. Whatever deal was struck first was usually accepted by the others. The guilds are aware that if writers fail to win concessions involving DVDs and the Internet, actors may have to take up the fight. “This is an issue that touches every member of this guild and every member of the Screen Actors Guild as well,” said Carlton Cuse, executive producer of the ABC drama “Lost.” Consumers are expected to spend $16.4 billion on DVDs this year, according to Adams Media Research. By contrast, studios could generate only $158 million from selling movies online and about $194 million from selling TV shows over the Web, although those numbers are expected to skyrocket in coming years. Writers get about 3 cents on a typical DVD retailing for $20. Studios argue that it is too early to know how much money they can make from offering entertainment on the Internet, cell phones, iPods and other devices. Hollywood unions have long regretted a decision made in 1984 to accept a small percentage of home video sales because studios said the technology was untested and that costs were high. The guilds have tried and failed for two decades to increase video payments, even as DVDs have become more profitable for studios than box office receipts. The first casualty of the strike would be late-night talk shows, which are dependent on current events to fuel monologues and other entertainment. Daytime TV, including live talk shows and soap operas, which typically tape about a week’s worth of shows in advance, would be next to feel the impact. The strike will not immediately affect production of movies or prime-time TV shows. Most studios have stockpiled dozens of movie scripts, and TV shows have enough scripts or completed shows in hand to last into early next year.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 Writers and studios broke off talks late Sunday after East Coast members of the writers union declared they were officially on strike, the group representing producers said. Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ended after about 11 hours. Producers said writers refused a request to “stop the clock” on a planned strike while talks continued. Producers said writers were not willing to compromise on their major demands. The writers union confirmed that talks had ended and that members would strike, but did not have any further comment. ENTERTAINMENT: Talks held in attempt to avert pickets at majorL.A.studios break down late Sunday. By Gary Gentile The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Hollywood writers will strike after last-ditch talks called by a federal mediator failed.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! School board incumbents in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys took early leads Tuesday night as ballots trickled in from the furthest reaches of Los Angeles County. The Newhall County and Palmdale water district boards were far too close to call. In Newhall, incumbent Lynne Plambeck, long a controversial figure for seeking to block development where water supply is a question, was ahead in a three-way race for two open seats. Challenger Jeffrey Storm was out in front over incumbent Gordon Dexter in the Palmdale Water District race. In the Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District, incumbent Donita Winn and challenger Lee D’Errico held the first and second places, respectively, over James Shanbrom for two at-large school board seats. Despite a year of controversy over finances and expansion in the Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, incumbents Gloria Mercado-Fortine and Steven Sturgeon were holding off their sole challenger Joe Messina. Also in Santa Clarita, incumbents Suzan Solomon and Michael Shapiro were running ahead of challengers Christy Smith and Donald Rimac. Rimac had dropped out of the race in September, but not before ballots were printed. A possible upset was in the works in the Keppel Union School District where incumbent Bert E. Hayman and challenger Matthew Todd Gaines led the race over incumbent Manuel J. Maga?a for two open seats. In the Palmdale School District, incumbents again were ahead. Robert “Bo” Bynum and Marc Gross were ahead of Robert P. Davenport II for their seats. In the Lancaster School District it was much the same where Merle “Mel” Kleven and John L. Miller ran ahead of challenger Joseph Edward Weissburg. And in the Antelope Valley’s Wilsona School District it was a close race early on where incumbents Maurice Kunkel and Sharon Toyne held narrow leads over five challengers for two seats. In early returns, Antelope Valley Community College District incumbents Jack Seefus and Earl Wilson were leading two challengers. [email protected]
The ruling is largely moot, anyway. The judge ordered the city to restore Moorman’s presidential leave time to five days, rather than the three days the city claimed was specified in its labor agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He also ordered the union to stop refusing to negotiate over the issue. But the city and AFSCME, which represents about 500 municipal employees and is Torrance’s largest employee union, negotiated a new contract this summer. That contract settled the issue of how many work days Moorman is allowed to devote to union business – two – rather than her job at the main library branch. Still, the judge’s decision did provide insight into the inner workings of City Hall last year after Scotto’s election and the relationship between the union and city administration. The union had backed former Mayor Dan Walker in the bitter campaign. At the time the union’s agreement with the city allowed Moorman to spend three days of her work week on union activities, City Manager LeRoy Jackson said. Somewhere along the way, Moorman’s boss, the city librarian, expanded the allowable time to five days. “There was an error made by a lower level manager in the organization that was in conflict with the agreement we had between (the union) and the city of Torrance,” Jackson said. When city officials moved to reduce the presidential release time back to three days – after Scotto’s election – the union cried foul and filed the complaint. “There was never intent on the city’s side to change anything,” Scotto said. “We just wanted the AFSCME president to agree to adhere to the (labor) contract we had with them.” Scotto said he was merely attempting to ensure taxpayers did not pay a union official to perform work outside of her municipal duties. The judge, however, though took issue with the actions of city administrators as they sought to enforce the provision of the labor agreement dealing with presidential release time. Specifically, Judge Allen: Criticized the timing of the city’s actions and its “limited investigation of Moorman’s taking release time.” Found that the city’s “explicit and implicit accusations of misconduct and threats of discipline (directed toward Moorman) were not supported by an investigation of the underlying facts.” Maintained that “Scotto’s recollection seemed particularly spotty” in one meeting with Moorman. Accused Assistant City Manager Mary Giordano of making representations during the dispute that were “untrue, as any investigation would have shown.” “In short, during the three months they were attacking Moorman, Giordano and the city manager showed no desire to ascertain or acknowledge the underlying facts,” the judge concluded. “Their investigation of those facts was cursory at best.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut Allen also reprimanded the union, which has had an acrimonious relationship with Torrance officials, for refusing to negotiate with the city over the issue. “We’re both disappointed,” Mayor Frank Scotto said. “The judge is basically saying shame on both of us.” However, in a statement via e-mail, Moorman said that “the sanction against the union was minor compared to the strong language the judge directed” at city officials. “He specifically pointed out that management was not credible, Mayor Scotto was not believable and that the city through the mayor interfered with my protected rights,” Moorman wrote. “The judge also concluded that the city’s motivation was retaliatory in part because we did not support Scotto (during the mayoral campaign).” Although she acknowledged the union’s failure to “meet and confer” over the issue, Moorman said “it is significant to note the hostile and retaliatory environment that was being fostered by Mayor Scotto, which made it difficult to trust that the city would meet and confer in good faith.” RULING: The decision found city had retaliated against a worker, but also said the two sides should have talked. The city of Torrance and one of its employee unions have received what amount to slaps on the wrist from an administrative law judge stemming from complaints filed against each other last year. In a ruling made public late last week in the Public Employment Relations Board case, Judge Thomas J. Allen said city officials “retaliated” against Jeannie Moorman, the president of AFSCME Local 1117. The retaliation centered around a dispute over how many days Moorman was permitted to spend on union activities during her work hours at the city library, something called presidential release time. City officials originally had demanded she repay 20 days of time off work they believed she had improperly taken for union activities.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAlso, an increasing number of retailers are feeding the temptation by offering special promotions on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving when most people return to work). According to an eHoliday Survey, 72.2 percent of online retailers planned a special promotion for Cyber Monday this year, up from 42.7 percent just two years ago. These promotions range from special e-mail campaigns (32 percent) to specific deals (29.9percent) to one-day sales (28.9 percent). Additionally, one-fourth of retailers (24.7percent) offered free shipping on all purchases made that day. “The holidays place demands on people’s time, making it tempting to browse for gifts online while at work,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of “Managing Your Career For Dummies,” second edition. “But visiting shopping Web sites often is against company policy – employees should familiarize themselves with their firm’s rules on acceptable Internet use during business hours and use good judgment in how they spend their time.” Accountemps provides the following advice for balancing work and personal obligations during the holiday season: Know the rules. Most companies have policies that define appropriate employee use of their systems, including Internet, voicemail, e-mail and instant messaging. Become familiar with the guidelines and ask for clarification if you have questions. Plan ahead. Consider how to effectively balance your time well in advance. You may decide, for example, to request a couple of days off for errands before the holidays. Don’t procrastinate. Make vacation requests as early as possible to increase your chances of getting your desired days off. Give yourself the gift of organization. If work is light around the holidays, use the time to organize for the coming year. Time spent clearing up clutter and updating contact lists, for example, can ensure a smooth return to work in January. Dawn Anfuso is a Southern California-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, e-mail Dawn at [email protected] Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most people know that companies frown on using the Internet at work for personal business. But as the holiday crunch hits, the temptation to tick off a couple of items from the gift list while at work can be overwhelming. Indeed, a Shop.org survey conducted by BIGresearch found that 54.5 percent of office workers with Internet access, or 68.5 million people, will shop for holiday gifts from work, up substantially from 50.7 percent in 2006. And an Accountemps survey learned that those who admit to shopping online from work say they anticipate spending nearly three hours each week doing so. “Even though the vast majority of Internet-enabled homes now have high speed connections, shopping from work remains a key component of online holiday retail spending,” says Gian Fulgoni, chairman of data measurement company comScore. “This suggests that the privacy afforded by shopping at work, without family members looking over one’s shoulder, is one of the important factors in determining where consumers choose to shop online.”
The Harry Blaney Bridge – pic Brian McDaid/Cristeph StudioA COMMUNITY fightback to win tourists after being left off the Wild Atlantic Way is already starting to pay dividends.Mulroy Bay may not be on the famous route thanks – or should that be ‘no thanks’ – to the Harry Blaney Bridge.But their own Mulroy Drive is attracting tourists! Deputy Joe McHugh, who met local tourism operators this week, has praised them for their bid.“I met with the Mulroy Drive group to discuss the work the group have done and their efforts around inclusion as a sub route of the Wild Atlantic Way or possibly as an alternative ‘Plan B’ route,” said Deputy McHugh.“The group outlined that there has been an increase in the number of camper vans on the route as a result of the heavy marketing behind the Wild Atlantic Way, and this very positive development is one which should be encouraged and supported.“I have been in touch with Joan Crawford, of Failte Ireland, and I want to commend her and her team on the phenomenal work and success to date of the Wild Atlantic Way. The team have already made a huge impact on the ground and I will be suggesting that they meet with the Mulroy Drive group to see where we can be supporting each other. “I have been in touch with Minister Ring highlighting the work that the group are doing and the benefit to the area if they were to receive funding support.“I have also contacted the Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely regarding the matter of roads assistance in tidying up laybys and hedge cutting.“I think it is important to recognise the hard work that local business are doing and I want to commend those who have come together in order to improve and promote the scenic route in the most beneficial way to the local community.“Sean Quinn CEO has also congratulated the Mulroy Drive group in their efforts to ensure there are strong grounds in place in order to entice tourists, already visiting the Wild Atlantic Way, to visit and stay in the area.“I have been pushing strongly for the route to form a significant part of the wild Atlantic way and I am calling for it to be included in the new App that people will be able to download to their phones. “I look forward to working closely with the Mulroy Drive group, highlighting the important work which is being done on an ongoing basis, and also raising awareness of the role the area could be playing as part of the Wild Atlantic Way.”TD PRAISES ‘MULROY DRIVE’ TOURISM GROUP AS FAILTE IRELAND BACK PLAN was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Harry Blaney Bridgejoe mchugh tdMulroy DriveWild Atlantic Way
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Mario Balotelli in action for AC Milan 1 AC Milan will send Mario Balotelli back to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell, according to reports in Italy.The striker moved to the San Siro in the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield.However, the 25-year-old has failed to set the world alight in Italy and has scored just one league goal all season.That, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, has led to Milan deciding not to sign Balotelli permanently this summer.The Italian wants to stay with the Serie A side but they have reportedly not seen enough to persuade them.