1 Danish winger Pione Sisto battles Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can West Ham have failed in a last-minute bid to sign FC Midtjylland winger Pione Sisto.Hammers boss Slaven Bilic had been keen to bring the 20-year-old to Upton Park but the young Dane has elected to stay with the Superliga outfit.The Denmark under-21 star impressed West Ham scouts last week as he helped knock Southampton out of the Europa League qualifying round.However, according to news outlet Ekstra Bladet, FC Midtjylland boss Jess Thorup knocked back a £5million offer for the attacker who is contracted to the Danish side until 2018.
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About 45 of the parolees fitted with the devices so far have been charged with violating parole for behavior including being in unauthorized areas such as amusement parks or being away from home after curfew. In one case, a parolee was arrested after his GPS device tracked him to a high school campus and near a women’s locker room at the University of Redlands. Overall, Los Angeles County has some 11,400 registered sex offenders – enough so that a state Web site mapping each offender’s location with a blue dot shows solid blue stretching for miles across almost every area of the county. Of the county’s sex offenders, 391 are parolees recently released from prison and categorized by parole officials as high risk because of violence, multiple offenses, multiple victims or other factors. Of the 391 high-risk sex-offender parolees, 43 live in the Antelope Valley. That means the Antelope Valley has less than 4 percent of Los Angeles County’s population, but 11 percent of its high-risk sex offenders on parole. Antelope Valley was picked as a pilot area after state officials agreed in January to stop sending parolees there unless they had Valley connections predating their imprisonments. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Elaine Jennings said she expects GPS use in metropolitan Los Angeles to start later this year or early next year. “The Antelope Valley has had a concern about parolees. There was community involvement and we had good partners,” Jennings said. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said the Antelope Valley has been allowed to become home to too many parolees – nearly 2,000 of all sorts, or 6 percent of the county total. “We are a dumping ground,” said Ledford. “You get the headlines at Disneyland, but this is where people live … We’re fed up.” The concern about sex offenders is state and nationwide. California’s parole chief, Jim L’Etoile, either resigned or was dismissed – officials won’t say which, citing personnel law – after revelations that paroled sex offenders were placed in motels and hotels near Disneyland. The placements violated no laws, but officials moved four parolees who lived in motels within a half-mile of the amusement park. The men all wore GPS devices. In the Nov. 7 election, California voters will vote on a measure called Jessica’s Law, named for a Florida girl who was abducted from her home and slain, that would require all paroled and newly registered sex offenders to wear an electronic tracking device for life. The law would also bar them from living any closer than 2,000 feet from schools and parks, meaning many neighborhoods would be off-limits but also shifting offenders into other areas. [email protected] (661) 167-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Satellite-tracking devices are being strapped on the ankles of 40 paroled rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in the Antelope Valley in the first such use of GPS technology in Los Angeles County. A little bit bigger than a computer mouse and weighing about 6 ounces, the device beams signals to an orbiting network of satellites that give state parole agents a computerized record of a parolee’s movements. If he or she ventures to a school or playground or leaves a designated area, the device will transmit a text message alerting his parole agent. “We believe GPS will save the lives of children,” said state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who is pushing a November ballot measure that would mandate lifetime GPS tracking for every sex offender leaving prison. GPS technology is already tracking parolees all across the United States. A study in Florida, where GPS use began in 1998, found that sex offenders wearing the devices were less likely to commit new crimes or to disappear. The devices are not a panacea – they will not send a police officer racing to a school when a sex offender walks up to the fence – but they are a deterrent, said Peggy Conway, editor of the Journal of Offender Monitoring. “There is no anonymity to a crime. They can be put at the scene of a crime,” Conway said. “They know they will get caught.” At a cost of $8.45 a day each, the GPS devices were used in a pilot program tracking high-risk sex offenders in San Diego County last July, and in October in Orange County. More than 400 are now in use in parts of California, with a state law approved last year boosting that to 2,500 over the next four years.