Alan Pardew: Crystal Palace fans should be excited about ‘big news’

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is excited by the prospect of American Josh Harris and business partner David Blitzer becoming investors at Selhurst Park.The Eagles and co-chairman Steve Parish have agreed a deal in principle with Harris, the owner of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers, to sell a sizeable shareholding after starting talks over a year ago.And Pardew – approaching a year in charge of Palace – has received the news well.He said: “I welcome it, I think it will be great for this football club.“If you look at Steve Parish’ record of what he has done here he has called it right more times than he has got it wrong, and that’s why we are growing as a club and I would like to think that is why he has got this right as well.“That’s why I think if you are a Crystal Palace fan it is big news for you.”Pardew added that since arriving at Selhurst Park, he has been kept in the loop about the possible boardroom changes.“Since I have come to the football club I knew that these guys were potentially involved in the club,” he said.“I have met them and I am excited by the fact that they are excited to be involved in the Premier League.“They are thorough, I have met them and their knowledge of sport is strong.“They understand how transfers work, they understand about stats but of course all the little tiny nuances that we have in football, that’s what they don’t get and that’s where me and Steve come in to try and guide them.”Pardew – whose side are preparing to face Sunderland on Monday – does not see problems being caused by new faces above him.“These are not new owners. These are new investors under Steve’s leadership and it’s that relationship that is the most important for me,” he said.“If you was honestly asking me the question if Steve was not in the process, if he was being removed I would be very nervous.“I think in Steve they have someone they can trust to invest their money wisely because all investors want a return.“They want to see their money grow, otherwise there is no investment. They’ll be listening and trying to add to the finance of the club so we can move along as quick as we can.” 1 Alan Pardew last_img read more

Agent confirms interest in Liverpool-linked midfielder

first_img Magomed Ozdoyev 1 Liverpool target Magomed Ozdoyev is drawing interest from several European clubs, according to the player’s agent.The midfielder has been in impressive form for Rubin Kazan and was part of the side that drew with the Reds at Anfield in the Europa League this season.Clubs across Europe have been linked with the 23-year-old as the January transfer window opens in less than a month’s time.And now the Russian’s agent, Thomas Zorn, has confirmed that sides want to lure Ozdoev away from Kazan.“It is true that European clubs are interested in Magomed,” Zorn told“At the moment, the most interest comes from the German Bundesliga, but English clubs have also watched him.“Magomed is the type of player who can adapt to any league, he would suit German football perfectly.“It is too early to talk about specific proposals. However, in the winter I will have several meetings on the future. Let’s see how the situation will develop.”last_img read more

Aston Villa news: Remi Garde hopes ‘unprofessional’ Jack Grealish has learnt his lesson

first_img Jack Grealish 1 Aston Villa boss Remi Garde hopes Jack Grealish has learned a lesson following his recent omission from the first team.Grealish was left out of the squad against Watford and Southampton for a breach of club discipline after he was photographed partying in Manchester just hours after Villa’s 4-0 defeat at Everton last month.It was not the first time the young midfielder had hit the headlines for his off-field behaviour. Grealish was pictured earlier this year on his back in the street during a holiday in Tenerife, for which he was reprimanded by Villa.The 20-year-old has also been pictured partying in Marbella and seen inhaling nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas or ‘hippie crack’, from a balloon in a photograph taken last year.Grealish played for the Villa under-21 team on Monday night and has now served the punishment for his latest misdemeanour, so he will be back in contention against Arsenal on Sunday.Garde said: “Like all other players training with the first team after the under-21 game, Jack is back and Jack is available for selection. He is in contention to start like 18 or 20 players.“He is a talented young player but only Jack knows if he has learned.“I’ll still be close with him. I have the feeling Jack needs to be more disciplined, this way I feel he can improve his game.”last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Man United, PSG, Real Madrid: Where next for Mourinho?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us the latest odds in the managerial merry-go-round, with Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and Pep Guardiola all the topic of debate.Following his axe from Chelsea, Mourinho is looking for an immediate return to management and Manchester United are 2/1 favourites as his next destination, with Van Gaal reportedly on the brink of the sack.A move to Paris Saint-Germain is also on the cards at 5/1, while a return to Real Madrid to replace the unpopular Rafa Benitez is 6/1 and 12/1 for a move back to Italy with AC Milan.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Everton boss Roberto Martinez backs Tottenham to challenge for the Premier League title

first_img Everton boss Roberto Martinez backs Tottenham to challenge for the Premier League title 1 Tottenham’s Barclays Premier League title credentials have been backed by Everton manager Roberto Martinez.Spurs begin 2016 in fourth, just four points off leaders and north London rivals Arsenal, after suffering just one league defeat since an opening-day loss at Manchester United.They appear to have put that surprise home reverse to Newcastle behind them too, winning three successive games since and Toffees boss Martinez sees no reason why they cannot be contending for a maiden Premier League title success come May.Asked whether he believed their opponents this weekend were capable of mounting a serious title challenge, Martinez replied: “Why not? If anything this season is about consistency and whichever team is able to be consistent in the second half of the season will have a great opportunity to achieve a really, really good ending of the campaign.“Spurs have a strong squad, a large squad, they’re competing in Europe. They’ve got a strong mentality as a group and I don’t see them losing any sort of energy or focus over the next few months.“If anything, being such a young team, I expect them to grow even stronger. I see them as strong contenders for a really successful finish.”Much has been made of the attacking talent at Martinez’s disposal, with Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League’s joint top-scorer, earning plaudits for their early-season form.However, their boss concedes he is a fan of Mauricio Pochettino’s own forwards and the likes of Harry Kane, whose goal separated the two sides in the previous encounter at Goodison Park on the final day of the previous campaign.“I’ve been a big admirer of this Spurs side,” Martinez added ahead of Sunday’s match against Tottenham at Goodison Park.“What Mauricio Pochettino has achieved is a really strong team, very young, very athletic, with a lot of energy and with a talented front four that they can score goals from any situation.“It’s not surprising to me how consistent they’ve been and how difficult they are to play against. I expect Tottenham to have a stronger second half of the campaign, that’s why we’ll have to be at our best.“But, at the same time, we’re looking forward to that game because we feel that we’ve been a bit unfortunate with our results and a good performance against a team as good as Spurs, at Goodison, could get us in a fantastic position approaching the start of the new year.”The hosts will be missing James McCarthy as the Republic of Ireland midfielder suffered a recurrence of his hip problem on Monday while Tom Cleverley, who came off the bench to replace him, is doubtful with an Achilles issue.Everton captain Phil Jagielka will return from his two-month injury absence at some point over the next three games, although next week’s fixtures against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup or Dagenham in the FA Cup are more likely comeback dates.last_img read more

Singer Amy Winehouse arrested for pot

first_imgOSLO, Norway – British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was arrested in Norway for marijuana possession and held overnight, a police official said Friday. Winehouse, her husband Blake Fielder-Civil and a third person were released at around 7:00 a.m. Friday after paying $715 in fines, Prosecutor Lars Morten Lothe said. The trio were arrested shortly after 6 p.m. at a hotel in Bergen in southwestern Norway, where Winehouse is on a European tour, after a tip to police. “They were found with seven grams (about -ounce)of marijuana,” Lothe said. “She’s paid the fine, so this thing is over for us now.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Winehouse was to perform in Oslo Saturday, before heading to the Netherlands on Monday. Winehouse made her U.S. debut this year with the acclaimed album “Back to Black,” but her celebrity has been fueled by her tabloid image as well as her talent. She’s spoken openly about her battles with drugs and her penchant for alcohol and marijuana, and her hit single “Rehab” is an autobiographical tale of her resistance to being pushed to go to rehab: “They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said no, no, no.” For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Reason to cry in your beer: Prices will soon be going up

first_imgBig brewers can hedge against rising prices for raw ingredients and can negotiate better, longer-term contracts for ingredients, while smaller brewers generally are left with whatever is left. Snipes Mountain saw its barley malt prices grow between 10percent and 15percent this year, and paid $12.35 per pound for Cascade hops, far beyond the $5.60 per pound allotted last year. Those rising prices and, in some cases, shortages, may force Butler to rethink his lineup of 13 beers in the months ahead. He’ll also be tinkering with a Hefeweizen recipe that relies on Saaz hops, a mild variety popular with Bohemian pilsners, after severe weather in Europe dinged as much as 40percent of the crop. “Palate-wise, it may change the flavor a little bit, but only a little bit,” he said. Brewers at Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, Colo., already have been doing some tinkering of their own. Last year, a slim supply of bittering Hallertau hops forced them to substitute the Mount Hood variety, slightly altering their three lagers: Alpine Glacier Lager, Butt Head Bock and Ornery Amber Lager. The brewery contracted for hops a year in advance, allowing it to switch back again this year, lead brewer Eric Rode said. But recipe tweaking is becoming more common, and it’s likely to continue, he said. Those contracts also enabled Tommyknocker to hold the line on prices, with only a 50-cent increase per case wholesale, largely due to rising glass prices. The numbers could be much bigger when spiking costs of raw ingredients are factored in next year, he said. So far, price increases have been pretty modest – less than a dollar a 12-pack at retail, said Harry Schuhmacher, editor of the online trade publication Beer Business Daily. “Brewers are trying to take pricing up, but it’s hard when beer is pretty sensitive to pricing per volume. And when drinkers are leaving beer to go to wine and spirits,” he said. On the other hand, smaller brewers have more pricing power than the big guys do. “They’re able to increase pricing more without losing drinkers,” he said. Big Sky Brewing Co. in Missoula, Mont., which distributes in 16 states, has increased the price of its Big Sky IPA by $1 a six-pack because barley prices doubled. The beer makes up only about 6percent of the company’s line, led by the popular brown ale, Moose Drool. Going forward, Big Sky will see what the big breweries do before making changes to pricing, brewmaster Matt Long said. “Many of the craft brewers don’t do that. They continue to have six-packs on sale half the time, and I don’t know how they can continue to operate that way,” he said. “The trend is going to be toward $10 six-packs.” But Long also said he doesn’t think that trend will last long. “Maybe the pendulum will swing back,” he said. “It might not happen for the 2008 crop, but maybe at some point, it’ll come back halfway, which would be nice.” It may be too soon to say whether, or how high, prices might go up, said Paul Gatza, director of the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association. The bigger hit for craft brewers might be to the fun side – testing ingredients and new or seasonal brews. “I would think brewers will try to keep their existing beers in the marketplace if they can,” he said. “But this may put a damper on some of that innovation and experimentation for some of those hoppier beers, which is a shame.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUNNYSIDE, Wash. – Fans of Snipes Mountain Brewery’s cloudy Hefeweizen relish the subtle wheat flavor of the bright, summery brew, and like beer drinkers everywhere, they know when their favorite brew tastes a little too hoppy or bitter. Connoisseurs could be in for a surprise this year, and they might not be alone. Small brewers from Australia to Oregon face the daunting prospect of tweaking their recipes or experimenting less with new brews thanks to a worldwide shortage of one key beer ingredient and rising prices for others. Oh, and one other thing: Beer prices are likely to climb. How high is anybody’s guess. Craft brewers don’t have the means to hedge against rising prices, like their industrial rivals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m guessing, at a minimum, at least a 10percent jump in beer prices for the average consumer before the end of the year,” said Terry Butler, brewmaster at central Washington’s Snipes Mountain. Sales have been relatively flat in recent years among the country’s big three brewers – Anheuser-Busch Cos., Molson Coors Brewing Co. and SABMiller PLC. unit Miller Brewing Co – while small, independent brewers have experienced tremendous growth. The craft brewing industry experienced a 12percent increase by volume in 2006, with 6.7million barrels of beer. Sales among microbreweries, which produce less than 15,000 barrels per year, grew 16percent in 2006. Now the bright spot in the brewing industry is facing mounting costs on nearly every front. Fuel, aluminum and glass prices have been going up quickly over a period of several years. Barley and wheat prices have skyrocketed as more farmers plant corn to meet increasing demand for ethanol, while others plant feed crops to replace acres lost to corn. A decade-long oversupply of hops that had forced farmers to abandon the crop is finally gone and harvests were down this year. In the United States, where one-fourth of the world’s hops are grown, acreage fell 30percent between 1995 and 2006. Australia endured its worst drought on record. Hailstorms across Europe damaged crops. Extreme heat in the Western United States hurt both yields and quality. last_img read more

Curlin now can boast resume that is Classic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.With one emphatic victory against his toughest rivals in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Curlin likely ran away with Horse of the Year honors in a sensational championship season. “He showed he’s a true champion,” Curlin jockey Robby Albarado said. “He’s an amazing horse.” Derby winner Street Sense tried to catch Curlin with one of jockey Calvin Borel’s patented rail-skimming rides, but was unable to make up ground in the stretch over a sloppy track at Monmouth Park. Curlin defeated Derby runner-up Hard Spun by 4 lengths. “Curlin is the genuine article,” Borel said after Street Sense finished fourth in the final race of his career. “I just couldn’t go with him.” Curlin, who edged Street Sense in the Preakness, moved into contention around the final turn and swept past Hard Spun and Lawyer Ron before a cheering crowd of 41,781 that had endured a rain deluge most of the day. HORSE RACING: Breeders’ Cup champion likely clinches Horse of the Year honors with convincing win. By Richard Rosenblatt THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OCEANPORT, N.J. – Curlin now has beaten the Kentucky Derby winner twice, the leading older horse twice and avenged his most recent defeat. “He’s a big-day horse,” winning trainer Steve Asmussen said. “He settled calmly and waited for what was going to happen.” In a meteoric rise to stardom, Curlin not only defeated Lawyer Ron again – he beat him in the Jockey Club Gold Cup last month – but also beat Haskell Invitational winner Any Given Saturday and his other 3-year-old rivals Hard Spun and Tiago. Curlin’s record speaks for itself: six wins, a narrow loss to the filly Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes and two thirds in nine races for earnings of $5.1 million. The race – the final one in the first two-day, 11-race, $23 million Breeders’ Cup – was marred in the final yards when European star George Washington broke down and was euthanized on the track. While Curlin and Albarado were crossing the finish line, George Washington was in distress after shattering his right front leg. Jockey Mick Kinane was uninjured and held the reins as help moved in. A screen was brought out on the track to prevent fans from watching, and the 4-year-old colt was put down at the request of trainer Aidan O’Brien. “He had a fracture in his ankle and dislocated his ankle. That’s a hopeless injury,” said Larry Bramlage, the track’s on-call veterinarian. “The trainer requested that he immediately be euthanized.” It was the second year in a row that the Breeders’ Cup was marred by a breakdown. Pine Island was euthanized and Fleet Indian sustained a career-ending injury in last year’s Distaff. Awesome Gem, a 28-1 longshot, was third, followed by Street Sense, Tiago, Any Given Saturday, Lawyer Ron and Diamond Stripes. Curlin, a son of Smart Strike, covered the 1 miles in a fast 2:00.59 over a sloppy track and returned $10.80, $5.20 and $4.20. The track record is 2:00 2/5 set in 1962 by Carry Back. Hard Spun, who came into the race off a win against Street Sense in the Kentucky Cup Classic, returned $7.60 and $5.80. Awesome Gem returned $9.40 to show. For Street Sense’s connections, the loss was tough to take in the final race of his brilliant career. “I had no excuse. I had nothing but race track in front of me,” Borel said. “We just got outrun. I’m sad to see him go, but he’s going off to be a dad now.” Asmussen, one of the nation’s leading trainers, adds his first Classic win to his first win in a Triple Crown race. The trainer has been impressed with every step Curlin has taken, even after he finished a dull third in the Haskell at Monmouth in August. Off the track, the Curlin controversy carries on. The big chestnut colt was purchased privately for $57,000 by William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr., who are currently in jail on charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud in the diet drug fen-phen case. They sold controlling interest of the colt in February for a reported $3.5 million to a group composed of Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson wines; Satish Sanan’s Padua Stables; and George Bolton. Curlin did not run as a 2-year-old, and his second start was a victory in the Rebel Stakes. He went on to take the Arkansas Derby, and was the darling of the Kentucky Derby before finishing third. Two weeks later, the colt turned the tables on Street Sense in the Preakness. Curlin put in a superb effort in the Belmont, but was beaten by a head by Rags to Riches, who became the first filly in 102 years to win the final leg of the Triple Crown. Asmussen gave his colt a break, taking him to Saratoga for the summer before the Haskell. After a trip back to Saratoga, Curlin returned to New York and won the Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Saturday $2 million Juvenile Fillies Indian Blessing ($5.40) wasn’t bothered by a sloppy track and went wire-to-wire for a 3 -length win over Proud Spell. “She’s just a really good filly,” trainer Bob Baffert said after his first Breeders’ Cup win in five years. “When they’re that talented, they just get it done.” Indian Blessing, a daughter of Indian Charlie, became the sixth straight betting favorite to win the Juvenile Fillies. Winning time for the 1-1/16 miles was 1:44.73. $2 million Juvenile Undefeated War Pass ($6.40) led all the way and beat Pyro by 4 lengths for trainer Nick Zito’s first win in racing’s richest event since 1996, when he won the Juvenile Fillies with Storm Song. “I always say it’s like the mini-Derby, this race,” Zito said. “So far, we’ve got a mini-Derby. We’ve got to get a big Derby.” War Pass improved to 4-0 and is a cinch to be voted 2-year-old champion. It wasn’t until this year that a Juvenile winner captured the Derby, with Street Sense breaking the jinx. War Pass covered 1-1/16 miles in 1:42.76. $2 million Filly-Mare Turf Lahudood ($25.40) didn’t mind the soft turf course and dug in for a three-quarter length victory over Honey Ryder. Nashoba’s Key, who came into the race unbeaten in seven starts, finished fourth under Joe Talamo, 17. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, who sent out Invasor to win last year’s Classic, Lahudood covered the 13/8 miles in 2:22.75. $2 million Sprint Midnight Lute ($7) closed strongly from off the pace and beat Idiot Proof by 4 lengths. The win made Baffert the eighth trainer to win at least two Breeders’ Cup races on the same day. Midnight Lute, co-owned by Baffert’s pal Mike Pegram, covered six furlongs in 1:09.18. $2 million Mile Kip Deville ($18.40) gave trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. his third career Breeders’ Cup win. The 4-year-old colt was supplemented into the race at a cost of $300,000 from owner IEAH Stables, and paid off handsomely by earning $1,420,200 with his third win in seven starts this year. Kip Deville covered the mile in 1:39.78. $2 million Distaff Ginger Punch ($11) gave trainer Bobby Frankel a lift with her stirring neck victory over Hystericalady. Frankel was back in California caring for his ill 8-year-old dog, Happy, and his Breeders’ Cup horses were saddled by assistant Chad Brown. The 4-year-old Ginger Punch has won four of her last five races and likely moved ahead of Nashoba’s Key as the leading older female horse. $3 million Turf English Channel gave trainer Todd Pletcher a much-need win, pulling away for a seven-length win over Shamdinan. The 5-year-old horse, owned by New Jerseyan James Scatuorchio, scored the biggest win of a career that closes with 13 wins in 23 starts. The win was worth $1,620,000. Dylan Thomas, the 4-5 favorite, was fifth.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LAPD drops controversial plan to map Muslim neighborhoods

first_img 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! The LAPD dropped plans Wednesday to map the city’s Muslim community as part of a counter-terrorism initiative, less than a week after prominent Muslims and the ACLU decried the move as racial profiling. A day ahead of a meeting with Muslim leaders and the American Civil Liberties Union, the LAPD said they would not go ahead with plans to keep detailed records of neighborhoods with significant Muslim populations. “It’s been put aside,” said LAPD spokeswoman Mary Grady. “It became clear to us they were not comfortable with the word mapping and what they believed it meant: racial profiling.” Instead, Grady said the Los Angeles Police Department would build relationships with the Muslim community. The decision was welcomed by Muslim leaders who in a letter last week denounced the department after its head of counter-terrorism, Michael Downing, told Congress the LAPD embarked on the mapping to follow the influence of radical Muslims who push a “violent, ideologically based extremism.” “I think it’s a positive, step,” said Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “The whole concept of mapping has received such negative feedback. I don’t see them moving forward on the mapping at all. “My reading is that he wants to move forward on a dialogue and constructive engagement. And to start building trust and transparency,” he said. “(Today) will be the first step toward that dialogue.” But the ACLU, who with other Muslim groups signed the letter expressing “grave” concerns over the plans, remained skeptical. “We are concerned that (the plan) not come back doing exactly what the map plan did, but in another name,” said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California. “It has to be explained. It has to be done with openness and transparency.” During a radio interview on Wednesday night, Downing said “we are going to push the word mapping to the side.” “The three objectives we are trying to reach here is how do we better understand Muslim communities in Los Angeles…? How do we have meaningful engagement and how do we prioritize this engagement?” Los Angeles has the second largest Muslim population in the country after Detroit. There are an estimated 500,000 Muslims in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. “We believe 99.999 percent of our Muslim population are integrated and healthy and spirited and aligned with us in protecting American values,” Downing said. “But we believe there are isolated communities that can use support.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the LAPD made the right decision. “While I believe the department’s efforts to reach out to the Muslim communities were well intentioned,” Villaraigosa said, “the mapping proposal has created a level of fear and apprehension that made it counterproductive.” 818-713-3741last_img read more

Worker checks at JPL argued

first_imgPASADENA – JPL employees returned to court Wednesday as a panel of three federal judges heard arguments about extending a temporary injunction against NASA’s new employee background checks. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges posed sharp questions to the government lawyer about the necessity of the background checks, which include questions about drug use and drug treatment, as well as an open-ended waiver releasing personal information. The new checks, required of all Jet Propulsion Laboratory staff members, come as a result of a presidential directive seeking more secure forms of identification for federal employees in the wake of Sept. 11. Their roll-out this summer prompted 28 JPL employees to sue Caltech, NASA and the Department of Commerce over invasion of privacy concerns. “It’s really much better if you don’t distort the record,” Judge Kim Wardlaw chided at one point after Stern described a questionnaire as having only multiple-choice questions. “I have a copy of the form. It asks if there is anything else, and there are blanks,” she said. The panel asked few questions of Keeny, however, and had words of praise. “You’ve done a good job. I don’t want to interfere, keep it up,” Judge David Thompson told her part way through her argument. Three other Court of Appeals judges had granted an emergency injunction against the background checks on Oct. 5, just hours before JPL staff members who did not complete the required forms were to be “voluntarily terminated.” A week later, they extended the injunction, which a district court judge had originally denied, until lawyers’ arguments could be heard Wednesday. “Appellants raise serious legal and constitutional questions, and the balance of hardships tips sharply in their favor,” they wrote in their decision. “This court has recognized the right to informational privacy.” Wednesday’s hearing was attended by approximately 50 JPL employees and their supporters, who filled the courtroom and a dining area in which the proceedings were televised. Though appellate court judges could take months to announce their decision, Keeny expected they might reach a decision about extending the injunction soon. The case for a permanent injunction is expected to be heard in district court next year. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The record is incredibly thin in justifying the investigations,” Virginia Keeny, a lawyer for the JPL plaintiffs, told the judges. Mark Stern, lawyer for the Department of Justice, tried to downplay any privacy or constitutional concerns. “We are so far away in this case from any case recognizing a constitutional privacy problem,” he said. “All that is happening is that the contract employees are filling out the same form that competitive civil service employees have filled out.” Caltech lawyer Mark Holscher argued that the college should not be included in the injunction because it objected to the requirements and is not involved in the collection of employee information. Most contentious were Stern’s arguments, during which sparks flew in the normally calm courtroom. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kingslast_img read more