Noel Gallagher insists Manchester City ‘won’ the transfer window.Manuel Pellegrini strengthened his squad with the big money arrivals of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi, as well as adding the likes of Fabian Delph from Aston Villa and Patrick Roberts from Fulham.And Gallagher is delighted with the summer business done by his club.“We’ve won it – we’ve won the window,” he told the Sports Bar. “The good thing was we got all the targets we identified, even publically. It was no secret we were going for De Bruyne and Sterling.“Otamendi we didn’t know about until he came, but they’ve kind of pulled it off. Looking at the deals that have been done, I feel a bit for everybody else – apart from United!”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become one of the most recognisable faces in football, creating as much of a stir off the pitch, as he does on it.The 6ft 5in Swede certainly isn’t short on confidence, but what do the ladies of the Great British public make of Zlatan, as he looked then and now?We hit the streets of London to find out they thought of Ibrahimovic’s transformation over ten years, and you can check out their hilarious reactions in the video above!And before you say it, yes, we know: girls don’t react to Zlatan, Zlatan reacts to girls!For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, check out the talkSPORT channel here.
1 Stoke City have confirmed they are holding talks with forward Marko Arnautovic and left-back Erik Pieters to extend their contracts at the Britannia Stadium.The pair both joined the club at the start of manager Mark Hughes’ tenure in 2013 and have established themselves as key players.They are approaching the final 18 months of their current deals and Hughes has already stated his desire to see them tied to longer-term deals.And now chariman Peter Coates has revealed he is eager to extend their stays with the Potters.He told the Sentinel newspaper: “Yes, they are contracts we are working on at the moment.“We are always aware of these things, of where we want to go with them, and are trying to make sure we get things done in good time.” Stoke City star Marko Arnautovic
Each of the bills passed with large majorities in the Assembly and the Senate. Lieu had worked on the payday loan issue last year, after a report showed the highest concentration of payday lenders in the state was in the ZIP code for Camp Pendleton. Under California law, payday lenders can charge up to 451 percent in annual interest. Customers write postdated checks to the lenders – which can be deposited up to a month later – in exchange for a lesser amount in up-front cash. Service members are susceptible because of low pay, especially for younger enlistees. Lieu said they deserve lower rates than the general public because they represent good risks for lenders. Unlike ordinary civilians, they cannot leave their bases and can be court-martialed for not paying their debts. “They’re basically the perfect targets for these lenders,” Lieu said. Lieu’s bill to cut the interest rate for service members to 36percent failed to get out of the state Senate last year. But last fall, Congress passed a law capping the rate at 36 percent nationwide, and President Bush signed it. This year, Lieu’s bill codifies that cap in state law and allows the state Department of Corporations to investigate potential violations. Lieu said the federal law left enforcement to the Department of Defense and the FBI, which are already overburdened with other responsibilities. The other bill affecting payday lenders cracks down on brochures offering “Navy loans” or “military loans,” even though the lenders are private companies with no military affiliation. The bill also affects insurance policies and other financial products. [email protected] 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOne caps interest rates for loans to service members at 36 percent – matching a federal limit – and empowers a state agency to enforce the law. Another bars companies, including payday lenders, from claiming to be affiliated with the armed services in marketing to service members. The third bill grants up to 10 days of paid leave to military spouses when their husband or wife returns from duty. “You need decompression time,” the South Bay Democrat said. “A lot of times when a member comes back, there are all sorts of things that change. There are very basic errands you have to run to put your life back together.” New York has a similar bill, and Lieu said he hoped other states with large military populations would follow suit. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed three bills by Torrance-area Assemblyman Ted Lieu on Tuesday, extending paid leave and consumer protections for military families. Two of the bills address payday lenders, which proliferate around military bases such as Camp Pendleton near Oceanside.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The maneuvering followed a 273-156 vote that left supporters 13 short of the two-thirds majority needed to prevail in a bruising veto struggle between Congress and the president. It was Bush’s third veto of the year. He has yet to be overridden, although Democrats say they will succeed in doing so on a water projects bill that will soon go to the White House. “We won this round,” said White House press secretary Dana Perino. Democrats cited public opinion polls that showed overwhelming support for a health-care expansion, and they predicted some Republicans would pay a heavy price for sticking with Bush. At a cost of $35 billion over five years, the measure would have added nearly 4 million uninsured children to the insurance program. It provides coverage for those who are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but whose families can’t afford private care. By David Espo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The Democratic-controlled House failed on Thursday to override President Bush’s veto of a politically popular children’s health bill, and the White House called for compromise talks on a replacement. “As long as the bottom line is that 10 million children are covered. That’s nonnegotiable,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said. “You either stand with our children or you stand against them,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. “There is no in between.” Critics said the bill was a step toward socialized medicine, that too many adults benefited and that despite a prohibition, it would allow children of illegal immigrants to gain coverage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Liverpool against Borussia Dortmund 1 Liverpool will play Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.The Reds were drawn against the Spanish side after booking their spot in the last four in sensational style on Thursday night.Jurgen Klopp’s men looked certain to be heading out as Borussia Dortmund raced into a 2-0 lead at Anfield inside ten minutes.But they went on to stage a dramatic comeback, with Dejan Lovren scoring in stoppage time to seal a 4-3 win on the night and a 5-4 aggregate victory.Villarreal, who crushed Sparta Prague 6-3 over two legs to progress, now stand in their way of reaching the final.Shakhtar Donetsk and holders Sevilla will clash in the other semi-final tie.The Ukraine team, winners in 2009, eased into the last four with a 6-1 aggregate success over Braga.Sevilla – who have won the competition for the last two years – beat La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao on penalties to continue their remarkable run in the tournament.The ties will be played on April 28 and May 5, with Liverpool set to host the second leg.The final is at St Jakob Park in Basel, Switzerland, on May 18, when the winners can claim a place in the Champions League for next season.
Joey Barton hopes Burnley can take inspiration from this season’s Premier League new boys when they return to the top flight next season. Sean Dyche’s Clarets secured promotion from the Championship on Monday, with victory over QPR, just 12 months after dropping out of the division. But Burnley’s relegation rivals from last season are now Premier League champions, while this season’s new arrivals Watford and Bournemouth have comfortably secured their place in the league. After Leicester’s incredible title victory, Burnley are 2000/1 to lift next year’s Premier League trophy.Barton told Drivetime: “That’s the same price as Kim Kardashian to be the next US president!“We just want to consolidate, that will be the aim of any side going up.“Leicester is a phenomenal story, everyone’s still in shock it’s actually happened. They’ve totally deserved it.“Bournemouth have showed you can now go from the Championship into the Premier League.“If you are well organised, recruit smartly and do the right things, there’s that many big clubs that have been badly run in the last few years and they can be picked off. There’s no God-given right to be there.“It’d be very, very difficult for a club the size of Burnley to go into the Premier League and win it, but Leicester have shown if you do things correctly you just never know.”Despite securing promotion, Burnley are yet to seal the title. On the final day, the Clarets travel to already-relegated Charlton while Middlesbrough and Brighton battle it out for the other automatic promotion spot. The 33-year-old former Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder was a free agent at the start of this season having left QPR. He signed for Sean Dyche on a one-year deal at the end of August, going on to make 39 appearances, scoring three goals as the Lancashire side went on an incredible unbeaten run since the turn of the year.Barton continued: “It was a great environment and when I met the gaffer, the thing that jumped off the page for me was you could understand the environment he’s created.“For me to go in there, it was just a platform to add what I can bring to the football club, chipping in with a fantastic group.“After a couple of training sessions, I was fairly confident we had more than enough to get out of the division and we’ve proved so. I still believe we are the best in the division and we need to show that by getting a result at Charlton on Saturday.”As Barton’s current contract is set to run out, the one-time England international is confident he will remain at Turf Moor to help them retain their Premier League status next term. Barton added: “I’ve spoken to the club and they offered me a contract six to eight weeks ago. “For me, at this stage it’s not about finances – it’s about where I see myself.“I didn’t want to negotiate because we’ve had a title to win and that’s been the main aim. I didn’t want anything to come between that.“Once the dust has settled – we still hope to win the title – there will be plenty of time to sit down and get that sorted.“The club know where I am on it. I’m absolutely delighted with the season I’ve had, delighted with my team-mates, really humbled to be a part of it and hopefully we can sort something out and make it continue in the Premier League.”Joey Barton joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drivetime – listen to the interview in full, above.
WASHINGTON – Teenagers flipping burgers, stocking shelves or studying for finals don’t think about their retirement. The government does, however, and the prognosis isn’t good. More than one out of every three American workers born in 1990 will have zero dollars in a 401(k)-style plan at retirement, a government report said Tuesday, an ominous sign considering many businesses are dumping pension plans. The Government Accountability Office report “makes it especially clear precisely how important it is to make sure every American worker has the opportunity to save for their retirement,” said David John, a retirement expert at The Heritage Foundation. The GAO report estimated 36.8 percent of today’s 17-year-olds will have no money in a 401(k) or similar plan when they retire. The numbers will be worse for low-income workers: 63 percent of them will have zero dollars in a 401(k)-type account when it comes time for them to retire. GAO found that automatically enrolling workers in 401(k)s and similar plans would cut the number of those without money in those plans to 17.7 percent. Automatic enrollment would halve the number of low-income workers with zero retirement dollars from 63 percent to 30 percent. Defined contribution plans are becoming more important to workers. Social Security provides about 40 percent of preretirement income for current retirees but that’s projected to fall by the time today’s young adults retire. And the number of pension plans being offered is dropping fast. In 1980, pension-style plans had 38 million participants and 401(k)-style plans had 20 million participants. By 1994, 401(k)s and other defined-contribution plans included 64.6 million participants, while pension plan and other defined benefit plans included only 41.7 million participants. Another problem is availability, John said. The GAO report noted that in 2004 only 62 percent of active workers were offered any kind of retirement plan – pensions or 401(k) style – by their employer. John and others advocate an “automatic IRA,” which would allow employers to transfer money into an individual retirement arrangement for the 75 million employees who don’t have a 401(k) option. Automatic 401(k) investments mean employees who freeze up on retirement decision still have some type of plan, John said. “What we’ve got to do now is take the same sort of thing and apply to the workers who don’t work for a company that offers a 401(k),” he 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champWith the reduction of pension plans and the uncertainty of Social Security, that number means millions of Americans will face rough going when it comes time for today’s teenagers to retire, lawmakers said. Part of the problem is because people withdraw part or all of their retirement savings, the GAO said, and they don’t participate in retirement plans when they’re offered. Only 36 percent of workers in 2004 participated in 401(k)s and similar accounts when offered, the most recent data available, according to the report. Making it automatic is key, John said, because people freeze up when left on their own. “They know that this is a really important decision and that if they don’t make the right choice, they can look back and really regret it when they reach retirement age,” John said. “And what they do, like so many of us who are faced with that, they’re paralyzed, inertia takes over, they don’t do something.”