Coral Daily Download – Arsenal fan AP McCoy on crucial Champions League clash: ‘I don’t want Gunners to win!’

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us the latest odds for this week’s Champions League action, which will see Arsenal take on Dinamo Zagreb in a MUST-WIN game for the Gunners.Arsene Wenger’s men are 5/1 on for the victory, with Zagreb 14/1 and the draw at 6/1, but Arsenal fan Tony McCoy – guest co-host on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – is pessimistic about his club’s chances in Europe this season.The champion jockey said: “I actually don’t even know if I want them to win tonight to be honest.“I don’t know that they’re good enough to go the distance in the Champions League – are they really going to beat Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus?“Arsenal definitely don’t want to be in the Europa League either, that’s no good, whereas they DO have the chance of winning the Premier League this season because it’s so open!”Chelsea are also in action on Tuesday night, with the Blues 11/4 on to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Israeli outfit 10/1 for a home win.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Fulham appoint former Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic as Kit Symons’ successor

first_img1 Fulham have named Slavisa Jokanovic as their new head coach.Jokanovic’s appointment comes 49 days after the west Londoners sacked Kit Symons.The process to replace Symons has been fraught with challenges but, after Peter Grant and then Stuart Gray took temporary charge, the club have belatedly announced that they have agreed to bring Jokanovic from Maccabi Tel Aviv as the permanent successor to the axed Welshman.The news came minutes after the Israeli league leaders won 5-0 at home to Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and means the former Serbia international returns to English football after just six months away.Jokanovic last season led Watford to automatic promotion to the Premier League, only to leave Vicarage Road after talks over a new deal collapsed.“I am extremely proud to announce that Slavisa Jokanovic will be joining Fulham as our First Team Head Coach,” owner Shahid Khan said in a statement.“We considered many quality candidates for what we considered to be one of the best positions in football, and I personally interviewed most of them.“While the search was time-consuming and painstaking at times, I knew that when the process was complete that Fulham would have the best man possible for this opportunity and challenge.“Slavisa’s credentials and passion for the job rose to the top through every stage of this process, and we cannot wait to welcome him to Motspur Park and Craven Cottage to get things going in the right direction for the second half of the season.” Slavisa Jokanovic last_img read more

Complex’s landlord faces charges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRepresentatives from Starpoint Commercial Properties LLC, the building’s owner, did not return calls and e-mails. A subsidiary also named in the complaint is Valderas Drive Properties LLC. The complaint has 33 counts, six of which are infractions and 27 that are misdemeanors. The company faces fines of up to $1,000 per misdemeanor conviction and up to $250 per infraction. Residents say that during a renovation project earlier this year at the complex at 2121 Valderas Drive in north Glendale, gaping holes were left in their walls to upgrade piping. The work caused dust to spread in the complex and left units without water. Under its five-year-old ordinance, Glendale requires apartment owners to pay relocation costs to residents if renovation work makes their units uninhabitable. The property owner ended up paying relocation costs to some former residents, but not all. The city also accuses the building’s owners of raising rents to retaliate against residents who complained to the city about illegal eviction notices and the renovation work. GLENDALE – Former residents say the Falls at Montrose was a wonderful place to live – until they were forced out of the apartment complex by renovation work and huge rent increases. On Thursday, the city of Glendale joined with 21 former residents of the 100-unit apartment building, filing a complaint against the building’s owner. The city and the tenants say the owner retaliated against earlier complaints with rent increases and a refusal to pay tenant-relocation costs. It’s the first criminal complaint the city has filed against an apartment complex owner since it adopted an ordinance five years ago to protect apartment dwellers, said City Attorney Scott Howard. “It should be a message that, with the right evidence and with the right facts, that this office will stand up and file against property owners,” Howard said. Many residents saw their rents go up by hundreds of dollars, climbing from $1,051 to $1,383 for one resident, and from $748 to $1,107 for another. Glendale does not have rent-control protections, but it prohibits retaliatory rent increases. In a July 2 letter sent to the landlords, Bahmin and Nousha Ahmadpour wrote that the drywall in their apartment was left open so long that their young child got sick from the dust. In the letter, which was submitted to the city as part of the complaint, the couple rejected the $200 check the company gave residents to compensate for the renovation, and asked for $7,500 for relocation. Former resident Sharon De Frank, 59, said she found two notices on her door one day in March, one saying that Starpoint was the new owner and one saying that she had 60 days to get out. The company later rescinded the eviction notices when it found they were illegal under the city code. But by then, De Frank had already made arrangements to move out because she was recovering from cancer and did not want to fight the eviction. De Frank said the company eventually gave her $3,538 in relocation costs, after she pressed them for it. She is not a party to the city complaint. “Everyone has a right to buy a building, and everyone has a right to ask people to leave,” she said. “It’s just the way they did it that was so cruel and criminal.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want 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

Railroad track trespassers feel sting of fines

first_imgRENO, Nev. – Gabe Kennedy had never heard of the railroad police when a special agent for Union Pacific wrote him a $190 ticket for trespassing on a bridge university students routinely use as a shortcut to campus. Neither had Jason Ormsby, a graduate chemistry student at the University of Nevada, Reno, or Katie Carr, who is studying there to be a teacher. “I cried,” said Carr, 22, who lives in neighboring Sparks, nicknamed the “Rail City” because of its birth along the tracks at the turn of the 20th century. “I’ve never even had a speeding ticket and I get a walking ticket,” she said. “I asked if he would give me a warning and he told me, `Police don’t give warnings. The signs are the warnings.”‘ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.One of the last vestiges of the Old West, railroad police have been protecting the rails since the mid-1800s when they faced Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Unfamiliar to most, they are railroad employees who have law enforcement jurisdiction under state and federal laws to make arrests and carry firearms. Pennsylvania became the first state to authorize its governor to appoint railroad police officers in 1865, four years before completion of the transcontinental railroad. Before that, several railroads hired famed private detective Allan Pinkerton, who foiled a conspiracy in 1861 to sabotage track between Baltimore and Wilmington, Del., as part of an attempt to assassinate President Lincoln. Nevada didn’t formally authorize railroad police until 1921 in a law that remains largely unchanged, said Guy Rocha, the state’s archivist. “In the very early period they were protecting the interests of the railroads, whether it was the instance of the assassination attempt out East or breaking unions,” Rocha said. “Most of the time it is keeping people off their property – hobos or bums or tramps.” Last month, Union Pacific’s police extended their long arm of the law to Reno college students, issuing $190 citations to two dozen who were nabbed during a four-hour special enforcement operation as they crossed the railroad bridge over U.S. Interstate 80 on the north edge of the downtown casino district. Dale Bray, Union Pacific’s director of public safety, said the railroad has conducted 208 similar special operations around the nation this year and removed 5,600 people from railroad property while issuing trespass citations to 122 people. Several Reno students claimed as many as 100 people were cited, but Bray said the agents told him the total was only 23. A number of people were stopped before they walked onto the bridge and therefore were not cited, he said. “These operations are not to punish people, it is to enforce laws that are there to protect them,” said Bray, who noted students could use pedestrian bridges within a block and a half in either direction. “One of them was wearing headphones and another was reading the newspaper as they walked across the narrow bridge,” he said. Many of those caught grudgingly paid their tickets. But about a dozen who said they were being “railroaded” showed up in Reno Justice Court to challenge the fines. “I was just trying to make it to class on time so I cut across the railroad bridge,” one student quietly explained to the judge. Ormsby said he and his friend were about two-thirds of the way across the bridge when the officer approached. “He told us in a rather aggressive way how dangerous it was to cross the bridge, but if he really was concerned about that he could have been on the other side of the bridge warning us away instead of issuing us a citation,” Ormsby said. “I thought we were just going to get a warning. The whole thing seemed pretty ridiculous,” he said. Justice of the Peace Jenny Hubach agreed. “It’s sort of silly that they charged you. I’m going to dismiss it,” she told one defendant before dismissing the cases against each of the accused railway trespassers. “They must have had a slow day.” Railroad officials said the matter is anything but silly. “We take safety very seriously here,” said James Barnes, a regional spokesman for Union Pacific, headquartered in Omaha, Neb. Last year, 517 people died while trespassing on railroad property in the United States. From January through Aug. 1 of this year, there have been more than 26,000 instances of trespassing on Union Pacific property, Bray said. This past week, a man was injured and his two dogs killed when they were hit by a train on a trestle in Verdi west of Reno near the California line. It was the same spot where this summer two people escaped but the horses they were riding were struck and killed by a train. Richard Gent, Nevada’s director of Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit group that Union Pacific helped start years ago to educate the public about railroad safety, said the Reno train bridge in question has been a popular shortcut for students years. “It is a challenge there,” he said from Fallon. “There are other places you can cross nearby where there are sidewalks.” Gent said the tickets are warranted because a train moving at 55 mph takes more than a mile to stop and if someone was on the bridge, they’d have nowhere to go. “It’s a difficult lesson to learn but you’ve got to start somewhere. The next lesson is someone gets killed out there and everybody says, `What happened?”‘ Bray said there was nothing excessive about the $190 fines. “How much money do you want to put on someone’s life?” Bray asked. “I think you could argue it’s not enough for this type of activity.” Union Pacific stepped up its enforcement of trespassing generally since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he said, “but in this particular case, I don’t think 9/11 or homeland security issues played a part in the special operation on this bridge.” “It is completely about the safety of the students who go to that university,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

U.S. job picture brightens

first_imgOverall, the trend this year has been toward softer job growth. “This is a strong report but the labor market is not exactly firing on all cylinders,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at RBS Greenwich Capital. Wage growth, meanwhile, moderated a bit last month. Average hourly earnings rose to $17.58 in October, a 0.2 percent increase. That was down slightly from a 0.3 percent rise in September. Over the past 12 months, wages were up 3.8 percent.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.Those hiring increases more than offset jobs losses at factories, construction companies and mortgage businesses – casualties of the troubles in the housing and credit markets. Retailers and trucking companies also shed jobs. “There is no question that employers are more cautious as they look forward. But I think many of them are not seeing it in their actual operations. They need workers and they are hiring,” said John Challenger, president of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a placement firm. The latest report on employment conditions nationwide was better than economists anticipated. They had expected payrolls in October to grow by a much smaller 80,000. “Businesses have not clammed up on the hiring scene as some feared,” said Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics. “The wheels aren’t coming off the economy.” On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials, down most of the session and reflecting investors’ skittishness, managed an eleventh-hour turnaround. The index gained 27.23 points to close at 13,595.10. A housing collapse and a mortgage meltdown haven’t stopped the nation’s job machine from chugging ahead. Employers added twice as many new jobs to their ranks as expected in October, an encouraging sign that all the problems facing the economy haven’t short-circuited job creation. The Labor Department reported Friday that the nation’s payrolls grew by a net 166,000, the most in five months. The unemployment rate didn’t budge at 4.7 percent, a figure considered low by historical standards. Job gains were logged at schools, hospitals, bars and restaurants, hotels and motels, temporary-help firms, legal services, accounting and bookkeeping companies, the government and other places. last_img read more

Expected jump in airline passengers may mean longer lines

first_img160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Airports, meanwhile, will be prepared to supply additional food and water to planes that get stuck on tarmacs for extended periods, said Greg Principato, president of the Airports Council International-North America. However, Principato urged travelers to consider taking public transportation to airports, since many parking lots will fill up quickly. “If you always expect the worst, then when (it doesn’t come, everyone’s) frame of mind will be much more positive,” May said. Travel expert Terry Trippler commended the industry for trying to get out in front of the issue before the holiday onslaught. “It’s difficult at best to have smooth-running operations without weather problems,” said Trippler, a longtime watcher of airfares who runs a travel Web site. The industry anticipates an average of more than 2.5 million passengers a day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday and Monday after the holiday, according to ATA. WASHINGTON – The airline industry urges Thanksgiving travelers to get to the airport extra early this year, and to expect longer-than-usual lines at security checkpoints, due to an anticipated 4 percent jump in passenger traffic. Domestic carriers are expected to fly about 27 million passengers worldwide over 12 days beginning Nov. 16, with planes about 90 percent full, the Air Transport Association said Monday. The anticipated uptick in demand comes as the industry struggles through a year of record-low punctuality. Through September, more than 24 percent of flights arrived late, according to the Transportation Department, the industry’s worst on-time performance since comparable data began being collected in 1995. In an attempt to minimize holiday travel hassles, some big airlines will add up to 500 seasonal workers – some of whom had been furloughed – to usher fliers through airports, James May, president of the airline association said. last_img read more

Jewelry store robbers sought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The suspects got into an awaiting car, which was being driven by a third suspect and sped away from the mall parking lot. There were as many as five customers in the store at the time of the robbery, but no one was injured. The suspects were described as medium build black men in their early to mid 20s. They were wearing dark colored shirts and pants. The getaway car was described as a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser. No description is available for the getaway driver. Anyone with information is asked to call Robbery-Homicide detectives at (213) 485-2511. After hours and on weekends contact the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855). WOODLAND HILLS – Police today were seeking the public’s help to identify two men suspected in an armed hold up of a jewelry store in Woodland Hills. The heist occurred Friday just after 4 p.m. when two men entered the De Jaun Jewelry Store, in the 6600 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, police said. As one of the suspects showed a gun that was tucked in his waistband, the other one smashed the display case with a sledgehammer, police said. The men then grabbed jewelry and ran out of the store. For more news and observations about 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

Babe the Blue Ox statue loses head

first_imgKLAMATH, Calif. – If you’ve ever taken a road trip through Klamath, chances are you’ve had your picture snapped in front of Babe the Blue Ox – a huge statue of Paul Bunyan’s mythical sidekick located in front a gift shop. Well, Babe lost his head this week. On Tuesday, the head fell off of the 35-foot-tall statue, landing snout down in the pavement. Trees of Mystery manager Jeff LaForest says he plans to repair Babe as soon as possible. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings 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


first_imgTHE loss of a possible Tesco store in Ballybofey has saved 276 local jobs, campaigners say.The retail giant promised up to 100 jobs – until planners said ‘no’ to the new store.But experts claim that an average of 276 indigenous local jobs are wiped out every time a Tesco moves into an area. The practice of a Tesco taking over a local economy is called Tescopoly – and the retailer is also in a battle in Letterkenny, trying to take over the petrol/diesel retail market which is also the subject of a planning has been inundated with comments on the Ballybofey issue, many of them agains the store – and some for it.You can read them on our original post here: And here is some more reading, with references to vast price differences between Tesco Letterkenny and Tesco Derry.BACKGROUND FROM WIKIPEDIA TO CRITICISM OF TESCO IRELAND:Cases in IrelandTesco Ireland is the largest food retailer in Ireland, with over 13,500 employees. As of 2004 Tesco Ireland has come in for increased criticism for apparently high prices in its Irish stores, although in its favour this seems to be because comparisons are with the British Tesco stores rather than other Irish retailers – and thus, officially speaking, like goods are not being compared with like. However, there have been general criticisms of the similar pricing between Irish supermarkets, and economic reports noting the high prices in Ireland generally. Research from Forfas,[46] concluded that only a five per cent difference in the cost of goods between North and South was justifiable. The findings highlighted retailers’ larger margins in the South vis-a-vis their operations in the North, and the Minister for Enterprise queried why the price differential in many identical goods was substantially in excess of 5%.[47]Speaking to business leaders in Belfast, Tesco PLC’s CEO argued that higher prices in Northern Ireland were due to higher energy costs and the cost of transporting goods from Great Britain. This does not explain the large disparities in pricing when goods are moved by truck between the Derry (UK) branches and Letterkenny (Ireland) branches – a distance of 21 miles – for example. A report by the independent retailers group RGDATA contained allegations that Tesco overcharged customers. The report shows that customers in six Tesco stores were overcharged by an average of 3% on some items.[48]In July 2008 Tesco Ireland was convicted of failing to display prices properly by the National Consumer Agency.[23]The Food Safety Authority of Ireland, has on a number of occasions ordered the recall of Tesco branded products, including a case of glass contamination.[38][39][40] Environmental Health Officers served a closure order on Tesco’s store in Prussia Street, Dublin, the day after they inspected it, for a number of breaches of Food Hygiene Regulations.[41] Most food is imported from Britain, where the BBC’s Whistleblower programme showed undercover footage showing the sale of products after their sell-by date; allegations that the company illegally sold ‘back-labelled’ products after their use by date; falsification of temperature records; and the sale of partially-cooked mince mixed with uncooked mince.[49]The British-owned supermarket refused to stock any of the one million postcards which are aimed at closing the controversial plant at Sellafield in Cumbria. Dunnes Stores and Superquinn, along with other retailers across the country, did sell the postcards.[50] The Advertising Standards Authority in January 2009 found that Tesco advertising was misleading.[51]Tesco tried to hide its policy from Irish people of buying directly from UK suppliers. An internal document said that a key objective was ensuring its policy of taking deliveries directly from UK suppliers went unnoticed and remained “invisible to the Irish customer”. At the same time the president of the Irish Farmers’ Association said there was deep anger about Tesco’s decision to displace local produce with imports and that it “will inevitably lead to thousands of job losses and will put Irish producers of local, fresh produce out of business.”[52]Tesco used “Change for Good” as advertising, which is trademarked by Unicef for charity usage but is not trademarked for commercial or retail use, which prompted the agency to say “it is the first time in Unicef’s history that a commercial entity has purposely set out to capitalise on one of our campaigns and subsequently damage an income stream which several of our programmes for children are dependent on”. They went on to call on the public “who have children’s welfare at heart, to consider carefully who they support when making consumer choices”.[53][54]Large supermarket chains were accused by Fine Gael of putting up to 100,000 Irish jobs at risk by forcing suppliers to pay €160 million a year in “hello money”.[55]The company was accused of sharp practice in December 2009 by forcing motorists to pay a carbon tax six hours before it became law.[56]The company was the subject of claims in February 2010 that it demands up to €500,000 per supplier for stocking goods. [57] The leader of the Labour Party described the practice as “outrageous extortion” and was “like the kind of thing you expect to see in The Sopranos.”[58]Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority said a leaflet produced by Tesco Ireland Ltd, was ‘‘irresponsible’’ and breached clauses in the advertising code on substantiation and weight control in May 2010.[59]Tesco pleaded guilty and was fined, after sending unsolicited marketing emails to a number of customers and for having a problem with the email “opt-out” option.[60]In early 2011, Tesco warned Irish publishers that it will ban their books from the shelves of the supermarket if they do not play by its rules. The bestseller which sparked the controversy, on the revelation about Sean FitzPatrick‘s golf meeting with Taoiseach Brian Cowen, was published in secret and distributed directly to Easons and selected bookstores – but not to Tesco or other supermarkets. The secret last-minute delivery was organised to avoid any legal complications that might have prevented publication. Tesco said “If we find evidence of this happening (again), the offending publisher will have all their titles removed from sale and returned.” One publisher pointed out that Tesco sometimes implements exclusive deals itself.[61]Tesco increased the prices of some well-known products significantly just weeks into 2011 before reducing them as part of a 1,000-product price promotion launched in March 2011.[62][63][edit]SAYING ‘NO’ TO TESCO ‘SAVED 276 LOCAL JOBS’ SAY RESEARCHERS was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:tescotesco ballybofeytesco letterkennylast_img read more