Crystal Palace target £9m Fiorentina star to boost striking options

first_img1 Crystal Palace are interested in Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar, claim reports in Italy.The Eagles were in the running to sign Simone Zaza from Juventus, but are now well down the pecking order in the race to land the in-demand striker.And, according to Sky Italia, Palace have instead made initial contact with Fiorentina over Babacar’s availability this month.Alan Pardew has made a striker his top priority during this transfer window and the south London club are prepared to shell out around £9m for the 22-year-old.The Senegal international has scored six goals in 14 appearances this season for the Italian club but reports are suggesting he has become unsettled in Florence and would be open to a move to the Premier League. Khouma Babacar last_img read more

Work begins on new public safety complex

first_img The project is primarily being funded with money approved by voters approval of Proposition F in 2000 and Proposition Q in 2002. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Only this morning, we heard from probably the most hated individual in the world, making another threat to our great nation,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “It gives us a sobering effect, if you will, about the possibility of any emergency.” The complex, set to open in summer 2008, came about after officials reviewed the aftermath of the Northridge Earthquake, which jolted the city a dozen years ago this week, said Ellis Stanley, general manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department. “At that time the city kind of scrambled to come together and coordinate its response,” he said. The complex will replace and consolidate a number of dispatch and operational centers that currently are scattered around the city and that officials say are outdated and inadequate. The 124,000-square-foot facility will include connections to county, state and federal emergency networks, police and fire airborne video units, and seismic data from Caltech. Los Angeles leaders broke ground Thursday on a $127 million Public Safety Complex touted as the city’s nerve center in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. Funded by a pair of voter-approved propositions, the facility in Little Tokyo will house operations centers for the emergency preparedness, fire and police departments, as well as medical services and a full fire station. The complex is in addition to a new 500,000-square-foot police headquarters approved last year by the City Council to replace Parker Center at 100 N. Los Angeles St., which has been damaged over the years by earthquakes and wear-and-tear. While introducing the new complex, some city officials referenced the re-emergence Thursday of Osama bin Laden in a new audiotape threatening attacks in the United States. last_img read more