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1 Inter Milan will make a last-ditch attempt to land Ezequiel Lavezzi this month – to keep him out of the clutches of Chelsea.The 30-year-old forward has started just three Ligue 1 games for Paris Saint-Germain so far this season and is out of contract in the summer.The Argentinean is set to leave the club on a free and, as talkSPORT told you this week, it has been reported that the striker’s agent has held talks with Chelsea regarding a deal.But now sources in Italy have revealed that Inter boss Roberto Mancini will make a late cash offer to sign Lavezzi this month, which would mean PSG don’t lose him for nothing at the end of the season.Inter also hope that the chance to rejoin Italian football will tempt Lavezzi to choose them over Chelsea.The striker had his best days during a five-year spell at Napoli, where he scored 38 goals and forged a devastating three-pronged frontline alongside Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik. Ezequiel Lavezzi
Madonna’s landmark deal with concert promoter Live Nation Inc. marks the latest move by the music industry to find new ways to profit from artists as CD sales slip and the Internet changes the way music is delivered. The deal – officially announced Tuesday in a joint statement by Live Nation and the Material Girl – gives the company an all-encompassing stake in her music. Financial terms were not disclosed. But the 10-year deal is worth about $120million, said a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the matter. For Live Nation, the signing of Madonna was part of a push to forge similar deals with a range of artists, from superstars to emerging talent, under its new Artist Nation division. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Madonna is the first step to making Live Nation into the next-generation music company,” Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said during an investor conference call. “We believe it should help attract additional artists.” The strategy has been adopted by other recording companies. Britain’s EMI Group PLC signed a similar all-encompassing rights deal with Robbie Williams in 2002. Madonna made her move after her longtime record company, Warner Music Group Corp., refused to match the terms of the Live Nation offer. Madonna said in the statement that she was drawn to the deal with Live Nation because of the changes the music business has undergone in recent years. “The paradigm in the music business has shifted, and as an artist and a businesswoman, I have to move with that shift,” Madonna said. “For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I’ve never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless.” The singer still owes Warner Bros. Records another studio album and a greatest-hits album. In its own written statement, Warner Music congratulated Madonna. “She is one of the most remarkable artists of our time,” the company said, reminding her fans that Warner Music will still issue her next album and owns her catalog of recordings from the past 25 years. The deal with Live Nation encompasses future music and music-related businesses, including the Madonna brand, albums, touring, merchandising, fan club and Web site, DVDs, music-related television and film projects, and associated sponsorship agreements, the company said. Under terms of the deal, Madonna, 49, would receive a signing bonus of about $18million and a roughly $17million advance for each of three albums, the person said. A portion of the compensation would involve stock. Madonna could also benefit significantly from the touring component of the agreement, which gives Live Nation the exclusive right to promote her tours, the person said. The company said it could release its first Madonna album in two to three years and stage a tour within two years. The deal has gotten mixed reactions on Wall Street, with some analysts questioning whether Live Nation can squeeze out a significant profit. Shares of Live Nation rose 3cents to $21.45 on Tuesday. Rapino said he doesn’t understand Wall Street’s skepticism. “I’m amazed that our stock hasn’t jumped considerably in that we’re absolutely delivering what we talked about for two years,” he said, referring to Live Nation’s efforts to grab a bigger slice of the music business beyond touring. Madonna’s last tour generated nearly $200million globally, and her last album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” sold nearly 8million copies worldwide, Live Nation said. Still, artists generally get 90percent of ticket sales from tours, with promoters taking the rest. Album sales, meanwhile, have been in decline for most of the decade and digital sales, while growing, remain a fraction of recorded music sales. Madonna would have to stage several successful tours, release a few albums and pull in significant other revenue for Live Nation to recover the money it must pay the singer.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Mr. Hsu lived an open and public life, and the government made no apparent efforts to arrest him,” attorney James Brosnahan wrote in court papers filed last week. “He did not act like a fugitive. He did not evade the authorities, but rather openly associated with highly public officials.” State prosecutors filed their own documents Tuesday arguing Hsu shouldn’t benefit from his flight. “To allow Hsu to profit from his own misconduct would stand the criminal justice system on its head,” Deputy Attorney General Ronald Smetana wrote. Hsu’s troubles began dogging big-name Democrats this summer when news reports revealed he was a fugitive who fled the state before he was sentenced for a 1992 fraud conviction. He surrendered Aug. 31 – then fled again. He was recaptured last month after he tried to kill himself by overdosing on drugs aboard an eastbound Amtrak train in Colorado. Hsu is being held without the possibility of bail in a Redwood City jail. By Paul Elias THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO – Disgraced political donor Norman Hsu wasn’t hiding from anyone over the past few years, his lawyers say. If California authorities really wanted to find him, they could have asked Hillary Rodham Clinton or one of the other prominent Democrats he showered with generous cash donations. Now Hsu is asking a judge to toss his 15-year-old felony fraud conviction, arguing his right to a speedy trial was violated because authorities weren’t actively pursuing him. They could easily have arrested Hsu, his lawyers argue, at one of the swank fundraisers he hosted in California for prominent local politicians.
The guild announced sweeping plans to picket every major studio in Los Angeles starting at 9a.m. today, along with Rockefeller Center in New York, where NBC is based. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers previously called a writers’ strike “precipitous and irresponsible.” Producers think progress can be made on other issues, but “it makes absolutely no sense to increase the burden of this additional compensation,” said J. Nicholas Counter, the producers’ chief negotiator. The guilds have been preparing for these negotiations for years, hiring staff with extensive labor union experience, and developing joint strategies and a harder line than producers have seen in decades. “We haven’t shown particular resolve in past negotiations,” said John Bowman, the WGA’s chief negotiator. “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.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Hollywood writers were back at the bargaining table Sunday in a last-minute push to avoid a strike against TV networks and movie studios over writers’ share of profits from DVDs and the Internet. The battle has broad implications for the way Hollywood does business, since whatever deal is struck by the Writers Guild of America will likely be used as a template for talks with actors and directors, whose contracts expire in June. “We’ll get what they get,” Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg told The Associated Press. Negotiators were meeting with a federal mediator Sunday evening in hopes of avoiding a strike that writers had set to begin 12:01 a.m. today. 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 $16.4billion on DVDs this year, according to Adams Media Research. By contrast, studios could generate only $158million from selling movies online and about $194million from selling TV shows over the Web, although those numbers are expected to skyrocket in coming years. 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. Writers only get about 3cents on a typical DVD retailing for $20. 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. Unions say they won’t make the same mistake when it comes to the Internet. “I think we all understand what a crucial time in history this is,” Rosenberg said. “We really feel if we can’t get a fair formula in new media, we’ll dig ourselves into the same type of hole we’ve been in with DVDs.” 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 such as “The View” and soap operas, which typically tape about a week’s worth of shows in advance, would be next to feel the impact. The strike would not immediately affect production of movies or prime- time TV programs. Most studios have stockpiled dozens of movie scripts, and TV shows have enough scripts or completed shows in hand to last until early next year. The actors union has urged its members to join the writers’ picket lines during their off hours. If a writers strike lingers and actors show support, producers could try and undermine the writers’ position by seeking a more favorable deal with directors. Writers and directors have clashed in the past, mostly about writers’ feelings that directors take too much credit for a movie and neglect the contribution of writers. In 2004, the directors’ union settled its contract first and backed down from demands for a higher share of profit from the lucrative DVD marketplace. Writers and actors then had little choice but to accept a similar deal. “This is a bare-knuckle fight and a chess game,” said Jonathan Handel, an entertainment lawyer at the Los Angeles law firm of TroyGould. “If producers do reach a deal with the DGA, it would be to cut the legs right out from under the strike. Then the focus shifts to SAG.” The DGA said it has not yet scheduled contract talks but was closely monitoring developments.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
McIntyre exploited a combination of anti-immigration sentiment and the nation’s fear of Islamic terrorists to “create a racist fury against Latino school children, teachers, administrators and staff at the school,” according to the lawsuit. Among other remarks to his listeners, McIntyre said “Is this a reconquista school?”; “This school is ranked the lowest of the low in the LAUSD and in the state of California”; and “Aztecs butchered and ate Spanish invaders. I wonder if they’re teaching that at ASDP,” according to the lawsuit. McIntyre said Aguilar’s job was to “keep his school, his madrasa school, open so they can train the next generation of Aztec revolutionaries,” according to the lawsuit. The radio host also used “code words” aimed at a target audience to rile up listeners and create a backlash against the school and Aguilar, the plaintiffs allege. As a result, they say, the school received many threats of violence, including a bomb threat that caused an evacuation of the campus. In a declaration submitted to the court on Oct. 15, McIntyre said he found the bomb threat against the school deplorable and offered $1,000 of his own money as a reward for bringing the perpetrator to justice. “That offer remains standing today,” McIntyre’s declaration states. McIntyre also denied his use of the word “madrasa” was meant to insinuate that the school was teaching students jihadist philosophy or instructing them how they could become revolutionaries. Although Aguilar appeared on other KABC radio shows, he refused to be interviewed by McIntyre, according to the broadcaster. Meanwhile, a man who aimed his car at KABC radio reporter Sandy Wells and snatched the newsman’s audiotape as he tried to interview parents and others outside the school on June 1, 2006, was sentenced in May to three years probation. Ramon Flores also was ordered to pay $174 to Wells — who jumped out of the way of the speeding sedan and escaped injury — and complete 400 hours of service on a Caltrans crew. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A judge today tentatively dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Los Angeles charter campus against KABC-AM and its morning host, alleging he led an on-air, racist campaign against the school that led to a bomb scare. Academia Semillas Del Pueblo and its principal director of operations, Marcos Aguilar, filed the lawsuit May 17 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging slander and civil rights violations. Superior Court Judge Ralph W. Dau stated in a written ruling that the remarks made by “McIntyre in the Morning” host Doug McIntyre were opinion and not a “command to imminent violence or other lawless action.” After hearing arguments this morning from the attorneys concerning his ruling, Dau said he was taking the case under submission. He did not give a date for a final ruling. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Aguilar attended the hearing, but McIntyre, whose program airs from 5-9 a.m. daily, was not present. Outside the courtroom, Daniel J. Bramzon, a lawyer for Aguilar and the school, contended that regardless of the final decision, Aguilar has made “a David and Goliath stand against hate speech.” James J. Moneer, another attorney for Aguilar and the school, argued the statute being used by the radio station and McIntyre to try and get the suit thrown out was never intended to protect the statements made by the veteran broadcaster. However, Seth D. Berlin, a lawyer for the station and McIntyre, said McIntyre’s show is not a hard-news broadcast, but one in which he freely gives his opinions on social issues of the day. Often those views are expressed through satire and rhetorical flourish, he told the judge. The lawsuit alleges McIntyre began criticizing various aspects of the school in May 2006, including its funding, curriculum, demographics, administrators and educational statistics, all in order to increase his show’s ratings.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsUnfortunately, he didn’t slide quite as well as St. Nick and had to be pulled out of the chimney at a social services center by firefighters and police officers. NEW YORK – A toddler who crawled out a third-floor window during his family’s Thanksgiving festivities and fell onto a store roof not only survived – he didn’t even break a bone. Brandon Priebe said his 14-month-old son, Bradley, tumbled from a bedroom window in his aunt’s Brooklyn apartment on Thursday. His relatives said they thought the window was closed. Bradley fell about 20 feet onto the roof of a music store next door, police said. Priebe told police that his son wasn’t seriously injured in the fall. The boy was in stable condition later Thursday at a local hospital. Meanwhile, in Royal Oak, Mich., a teenager worried about coming in past curfew did his best Santa Claus and headed down the chimney.
Jenkins left high school against his father’s wishes to join his brother at war in Europe and was stationed in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, where he drove a lieutenant general and even once chauffeured Gen. George S. Patton. Jenkins met Dwight D. Eisenhower during the war, and came to see the war from the viewpoint of those who orchestrated it, as he shuttled others to view the troops. He also put his driving skills to use by carrying messages while being fired upon. “Commanders sent him out with a tear in their eye every time because there was a high probability he wouldn’t come back,” Donald A. Jenkins said. His father received three stars for serving in battle, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was then placed on a ship and he believed he would return home as he sailed across the Atlantic, but instead sailed through the Panama Canal to the Philippines. There he prepared to storm the beaches of Japan in case of a full invasion. The operation was likely to mean death, but mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved his life, his family said. It also gave him the opportunity to again watch history in the making while aboard the USS Missouri. “He did see Hirohito and he did see the surrender and all of that,” Jenkins’ son said. Jenkins’ war legacy would later influence his son, who enlisted against his father’s wishes. Donald A. Jenkins, wounded and decorated for his own service, would later bring his father to Washington, D.C., so the two could visit the World War II and Vietnam memorials together. It would be the last trip they would take together. Suffering from the effects of stroke and dementia, When he died, Jenkins also left behind his wife and three grandsons. To his son, however, his father’s legacy lives on in his military service. “The greatest thing that he instilled in me is a deep, deep sense of patriotism,” Donald A. Jenkins said. La Mirada the elder’s health began a two-year decline. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My father was a very quiet person,” Donald A. Jenkins, 59, said. “It was kind of hard to get to know him because he kept a lot of things to himself.” After serving during World War II in Europe and in the South Pacific, the elder Jenkins returned home and married his wartime sweetheart, Marian, with whom he had corresponded while overseas. He and his bride moved in 1958 from Pennsylvania to La Mirada, where he worked as a mailer for Harper and Row Publishers and raised a son. It was not until Jenkins was aging and his health began to decline that his son and sister pieced together what they knew of his military service. “When he came home, he didn’t speak of the war unless he was with other veterans,” Johnson said of her brother. “But when you did hear what they were saying, it really popped.” Instead of wearing his heart on his sleeve, Donald G. Jenkins wore it on his hat. The former resident, a World War II veteran who chauffeured generals to inspect troops and deliver secret messages behind enemy lines, died on Nov. 26 in hospice care. He was 83. But his family and friends remembered him as he often was, in his “World War II Veteran” baseball cap. “People would see it and stop him and thank him for his service,” Jenkins’ sister, Mary Johnson, said. “His eyes would just light up.” Although Jenkins’ proudest accomplishment was his military service, his son said he rarely spoke of it.
CLICK HERE TO LIVE STREAM SWANSEA CITY V LIVERPOOL IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE ON 1 MAY 2016We’re live from the Liberty Stadium as the Swans face the Reds in Premier League action.Swansea are safe in the Premier League, while Liverpool have one eye on their Europa League semi final second leg… and the team selection demonstrates this:Line ups:Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Cork, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Montero, Ayew.Liverpool: Ward, Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Smith, Ojo, Chirivella, Stewart, Ibe, Coutinho, Sturridge. 1
Napoli have made Arsenal and Manchester City interest Sime Vrsaljko their main defensive transfer target.The Croatian defender has developed a reputation as one of the best full-backs in Italian football during his two seasons at Sassuolo.The Serie A side are desperate to keep hold of him but are reportedly bracing themselves for summer interest.Both Arsenal and Manchester City have been linked with the 24-year-old while Tottenham were credited with an interest in Vrsaljko last year.But, according to reports in Italy, Napoli are the front-runners to sign him, with a £7m bid said to be on its way.Sassuolo, however, want to hang on to him for as long as possible because they know his value will increase should he impress for Croatia at Euro 2016. 1 Sime Vrsaljko in action for Croatia