Mark Husson, an analyst with HSBC Securities, said the chains aren’t likely to roll back the system. “They can’t afford to,” Husson said. “One of the reasons the sales have gone up is because they’ve taken some of the cost reductions that they had achieved in the strike and they’ve invested in lower prices.” The Southern California negotiations are being closely watched by workers and supermarket chains across the country and could prompt major demands elsewhere, he said. Negotiations are scheduled to resume Monday after breaking off last week. The previous contract expired on March 5 but it remains in place unless either side stops negotiating. A strike or lockout could follow 72 hours later. Union negotiators contend the chains can afford to dump the two-tiered system and raise wages. “They really haven’t recovered significantly in Southern California, but nationwide they have been doing exceptionally well,” said Rick Icaza, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. Profits are climbing for the nation’s top three supermarket operators three years after the chains wrestled key wage and benefit concessions from Southern California workers during a strike and lockout. Kroger Co., which operates the Ralphs chain, saw earnings jump 16 percent to $1.11 billion in 2006. Safeway Inc. posted its biggest numbers since 2001, earning $870.6 million last year. Even Supervalu Inc., which acquired much of the troubled Albertsons chain, collected $332 million in profits in the nine months ended Dec. 2. Analysts said that financial muscle is translating to a hard line in current talks in which the union wants the chains to scrap a two-tiered system implemented in 2004 that pays new hires less and requires them to wait at least a year for health benefits. During the previous labor dispute, grocers took their case directly to consumers, insisting they needed to slash costs or face extinction because of growing competition from big-box discounters. The union initially resisted the push to split workers into two categories but eventually conceded after the four-month strike and lockout. The supermarkets suffered as well, losing an estimated $2 billion during the labor dispute. Since then, however, the threat from big-box stores has slowed in California amid political resistance from communities concerned about their low pay and possible impact on small businesses. “There has not been a huge expansion of Wal-Mart, particularly in the urban areas, where the supermarket industry has a large share,” said Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. Meanwhile, the grocery industry has taken steps to boost its bottom line. Hundreds of stores were closed or converted to other uses and pricing was altered to compete against big-box retailers, said CIBC World Markets analyst Perry Caicco. The sector has not been as well positioned for more than a decade, he concluded. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. has perhaps fared the best by heavily discounting merchandise and offering greater variety on its shelves. Kroger closed 85 Ralphs stores in California after the labor dispute. Last month, Kroger said it had made gains in most of its major markets. Pleasanton-based Safeway, which operates Vons and Pavilions stores, saw sales increase 5 percent last year to $40.2 billion. Its stock has traded between $22.85 and $37.67 the past year. Albertsons had the toughest road back to profitability. It closed underperforming stores across the country, and its surviving locations were sold to a consortium led by Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Kante travelled with the Chelsea squad to Manchester for Sunday’s match but was rested after he said he was feeling unwell.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 6- N’Golo Kante missed Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday after fainting at training on Friday, according to reports.The 26-year old midfielder underwent a series of tests following the incident and was cleared to play by club doctors. Kante reportedly slumped over in the dressing room at the club’s Cobham base last week and was immediately attended to by doctors.The midfielder was then sent to a specialist, but was not found to be suffering any heart problems or other medical issues. He has been given a clean bill of health.It has been suggested that Kante fainted because of the change in temperature after entering the warm dressing room following a training session in the extreme cold.Kante travelled with the Chelsea squad to Manchester for Sunday’s match but was rested after he said he was feeling unwell.The France international returned to training on Monday and trained as normal.He is now said to be available to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A devastated Joe Hart apologised after England embarrassingly crashed out of Euro 2016. The Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by minnows Iceland, who advanced to the last eight of the tournament to set up a meeting with hosts France. After taking an early lead through Wayne Rooney, Lars Lagerback’s men scored twice in 12 first-half minutes to add to their amazing story. Hart, who could have dealt with both goals better, told talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley: “Yes, we are a downbeat group of players, understandably after what’s happened.“But we’ve only got ourselves to blame. We took the lead and let two quick goals in. Obviously a set piece, throw in which we knew all about, and quite a tame shot I should be saving and I hold my hands up for that.“I have not been up to the standards I have set myself or the country requires for this tournament and I can only apologise for that.“After that we just couldn’t find a way of getting through.It’s not down to a lack of application, effort, passion or desire.“It just wasn’t meant to be, it’s very tough to answer, very tough right now. Like I say, all the effort and preparation went in and we didn’t perform and like I say myself personally didn’t perform to the level that’s required.”After the match, Roy Hodgson confirmed his resignation as Three Lions boss after four years and three tournaments, with his contract due to expire this summer. Assistants Gary Neville and Ray Lewington also followed him in resigning from their posts.Hart added: “Of course [I have sympathy], we win and lose as a unit.“It’s unfortunate when people’s jobs come into play. But it’s been a pleasure to work with Roy, he’s thrown his heart and soul into it. He’s a proud Englishman and it’s difficult circumstances to finish on.”On England’s chances at future tournaments, Hart said: “I’m going to have to believe. Football goes again.“It’s going to feel like the end of the world right now. Football is going to keep being played and English talent will keep emerging and it’s up to us now to pick ourselves up and go again.”
Commuters who travel on the Pomona (60) Freeway through La Puente, Hacienda Heights and Diamond Bar will have the option of taking a car-pool lane by 2009. Beginning in fall, the California Department of Transportation will begin construction to add a high-occupancy vehicle, or car-pool lane, along a stretch of the freeway. The project, expected to cost about $130.6 million, will extend along the Pomona Freeway from the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to Brea Canyon Road, according to Caltrans officials. “The state will be putting in $13.5 million, $41 million will be paid through a federal state program and the rest will be funded through MTA grants and funding,” Caltrans spokesman Dave White said. The car-pool lane project also will include the construction of sound walls and should be completed in fall 2008. “We expect it will improve mobility, reduce current and future congestion, enhance safety, promote car-pooling and improve air quality,” Caltrans spokeswoman Jeanne Bonfilio said. Along with the 60 Freeway project, Caltrans also is working on a new bridge that will link the car-pool lanes between the Orange (57) Freeway and the Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar and Industry. This project is scheduled to be completed in summer 2006. Caltrans officials said car-pool lanes have been shown to save users at least one minute per mile during peak hours and by 2010 will be added to most freeways in the area. At least one driver thought the lane would bring some welcome relief. “I think there should be car-pool lanes on all local freeways because at morning and at night the traffic is really bad,” said Veronica Flores, 24, of West Covina. “But it will only help if people actually use them.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A woman with HIV and a history of psychiatric illness has pleaded guilty at Donegal Circuit Court to assaulting a garda officer.Mary Kamunya, 37, from The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny was charged with assaulting causing harm to Garda Sheena Carroll at Bridge St, Donegal town on November 10, 2014. She was also charged with common assault on Garda Carroll at the same date and location.On arraignment she pleaded guilty to both offences.Barrister Peter Nolan BL, said he would be seeking a psychiatric report for his client as it was initially considered that she may not have been fit to stand trial.He said while she was deemed fit for trial, she had a “history of HIV problems”, and psychiatric difficulties including paranoia and he would be submitting that she had been heavily medicated previously but had not taken it for a number of days prior to the assaults on Garda Carroll.Judge Cormac Quinn directed the legal aid be extended to cover a psychiatric report, as well a probation report.Prosecution Barrister Patricia Nolan BL asked that a victim impact statement be sought.The matter was adjourned to the October sitting of the court and the defendant was released on continuing bail.Woman pleads guilty to two assaults on Garda was last modified: March 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare 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)
How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Getty What time is Liverpool vs Tranmere?The match is due to be held at Rovers home Prenton Park.It’s a simple hop over the river Mersey for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who put seven past Chester at the weekend.The game is on Tuesday, July 10 and kick-off will be at 7.30pm.Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold remain on duty for England, whilst Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have an extended rest following the World Cup.Daniel Sturridge netted twice in the 7-0 win over Chester and looks likely to start again as he looks to find form and fitness. predicted Why was the game moved?The match was originally slated for Wednesday, July 11.But with England’s World Cup campaign going better than anyone could’ve expected, it’s been moved back a day so not to clash with the Croatia semi-final.If you’re lucky enough to have Liverpool TV, the game will be shown live and in full (Sky 425 or Virgin Media 544).Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Croatia: Wednesday July 11 – Kick Off 7PM BST Liverpool make the short journey to face Tranmere in what is becoming an annual pre-season clash.This will be the third year in a row that the sides have faced off in a friendly – with Tranmere keen to celebrate their return to the Football League after a three-season absence. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence who plays? FOOTBALL LATEST Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 1 ALTERED A number of Klopp’s first-team stars are still away at the World Cup possible xi gameday
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks soared Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrials gaining 128 points as a sharp drop in oil prices and a reassuring assessment of the economy helped investors overcome their disappointment over Intel Corp.’s earnings and troubling sales forecasts. Intel’s profits and a warning of slow fourth-quarter sales rattled investors who had hoped for more bullish forecasts from corporate America. But the market drew solace late in the day from the Federal Reserve, which in its regular “Beige Book” breakdown of the economy said many parts of the country are still seeing decent growth despite high energy prices. Stocks also got a boost from falling crude oil futures after the Energy Department reported larger-than-expected inventories of oil, gasoline and heating oil. A barrel of light crude was quoted at $62.41, down $1.10, on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Yet earnings, and the Fed report were measures of the economy’s status weeks and months ago. While investors were eager to buy after October’s poor performance, they remain nervous about rising inflation and consumer spending for the fourth quarter and beyond – leading analysts to wonder whether Wednesday’s rally can be sustained. “There are some signs on the wall here that we may have hit the bottom of this market, and we could be ready to move up,” said Chris Johnson, manager of quantitative analysis at Schaeffer’s Investment Research in Cincinnati. “The big question, though, is how far we move up and how long it lasts.” The Dow rose 128.87, or 1.25 percent, to 10,414.13. Broader stock indicators also moved higher. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 17.62, or 1.5 percent, to 1,195.76, while the tech-focused Nasdaq composite index added 35.24, or 1.71 percent, to 2,091.24. Bonds built on the previous session’s gains, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note falling to 4.46 percent from 4.47 percent late Tuesday. The dollar was lower against most major currencies, while gold prices also fell. The Commerce Department said new housing construction rose to an annualized rate of 2.108 million units, far greater than the 1.975 million economists expected – a possible sign of a pickup in the cooling housing market. In earnings news, Intel’s revenues were below Wall Street’s forecasts despite strong laptop computer sales. But it was the fourth-quarter outlook, which included warnings of slower sales, that caused nervous investors to sell off the stock, which was down sharply in early trading but finished the session down just 3 cents at $23.69. “Intel signaled that earnings growth is slowing, but we expected that,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank. “The real question is how much it’s going to slow, what companies are going to get hit, which one’s aren’t. We’ll know more when more earnings reports come in.” The disappointment over Intel was mitigated by other positive earnings reports in the technology sector. Yahoo Inc. jumped $2.21 to $35.91 after beating analysts’ profit expectations by a penny per share on a 47 percent jump in sales, while Motorola Inc. climbed 85 cents to $21.02 on news that its quarterly profits tripled. Dow industrial Altria Group Inc. gained $1.37 to $73.85 after reporting a 9 percent increase in profits. The conglomerate also said its Philip Morris USA division now boasts more than 50 percent of the cigarette market. Fellow Dow component JPMorgan Chase & Co. took advantage of a strong stock market in the third quarter, which boosted its quarterly earnings 78 percent from a year ago. JPMorgan Chase, which also announced that Jamie Dimon will take over as chief executive six months early, added 96 cents to $34.73. Also in the financial sector, Bank of America Corp. rose 87 cents to $42.44 after posting a 10 percent increase in quarterly profits on the strength of its credit card and mortgage businesses. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by nearly 2 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 2.7 billion shares, compared with 2.27 billion shares traded on Tuesday. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 12.92, or 2.07 percent, to 638.28. Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei stock average fell 1.66 percent. In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 closed down 1.83 percent, France’s CAC-40 lost 1.93 percent for the session, and Germany’s DAX index tumbled 2.05 percent.
Well known actor Gerard McSorley chats to a Garda as he left a previous sitting Letterkenny District Court. (NewspixIrl)A JUDGE has dismissed a case brought by AIB Bank agains the Gaoth Dobhair-based actor Gerard McSorley.Judge Paul Kelly dealt with an application by AIB to examine Mr McSorley’s means in Dungloe District Court today. Their summons claimed a debt from the 64-year-old actor totalling €20,026.McSorley, who has starred in a number of movies including ‘Omagh’ was accompanied in court today by his solicitor Brendan Twomey who told the judge that Mr McSorley is on disability and has medical and health issues.Mr Twomey said he wrote to the bank and their legal team replied to say they were seeking an adjournment. He attempted to phone the bank but he could not get anybody to discuss the matter.Mr Twomey said there was “a significant level of debt”. The bank’s debt was secured by a mortgage judgement on Mr McSorley’s house. He asked for the application to be struck out.The solicitor added: “I am confident he will be a suitable candidate for an arrangement under the insolvency act.”Judge Kelly struck out the bank’s application.JUDGE THROWS OUT BANK’S CASE AGAINST DONEGAL-BASED ACTOR was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AIBDungoe district courtGerard McSorley
Gardaí have announced the four dates in November that they will take proposed industrial action in an effort to highlight issues regarding their pay and work conditions. In 1998, 5,000 members of the force called in sick, which was then called ‘Blue Flu Friday.However, four dates have been announced across November, and experts are expecting the ramifications to be much worse than that of the 1998 strike action. Rank-and-file Gardaí will take industrial action on consecutive Friday’s on November 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.The strike action was proposed after members of the GRA rejected the union’s new pay deal.Since the recession kicked in in 2009, despite multiple warnings of the damage it would do to our national police force, Garda resources have been slashed almost beyond repair.Union members will down tools on the days in question. The GRA said today that emergency services will still be available on the day but there will be no Gardaí answering calls in stations, no Gardaí on the beat and no interaction with the public.Are the Gardaí right to take industrial strike action? Or should they have accepted the pay deal tabled by the union?Proposed Gardaí industrial strike will be worse than the ‘Blue Flu’ was last modified: September 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)
The fifth batch of 4,047 pilgrims, including 808 women, left on Monday from here for the Kashmir Valley to pay obeisance at the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath, a police officer said.Twin routes So far, 13,816 pilgrims had visited the cave shrine from the twin routes — traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 12-km shortest Baltal route in Ganderbal— since the commencement of the annual 60-day pilgrimage on June 28. The official said the yatris left in a fleet of 134 vehicles under tight security arrangements early on Monday and are expected to reach Baltal and Pahalgam base camps in the valley later in the day. Among the fifth batch, 2,303 pilgrims, including 148 Sadhus and 370 women, opted for the Pahalgam track, while 1,744, including 438 women, are performing the yatra through Baltal route, the officer said. Flash flood threat Despite incessant rains which even posed a threat of flash floods in the valley, the yatra to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced in the valley as per schedule on June 28 after several hours of delay but faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall, slippery condition of the tracks and shooting of stones and landslides. A total of 13,816 pilgrims had paid their obeisance at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam, till Sunday evening. Among them the highest number of 10,935 pilgrims visited the shrine on Sunday. The 60-day yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.