Grocery union, market chains agree to resume contract talks

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Three major supermarket chains and the union representing their Southern California workers have agreed to resume labor contract talks a day after union negotiators walked out over the threat of a possible lockout by the grocery chains. Negotiations will resume April 16, said Adena Tessler, a spokeswoman for Supervalu Inc.’s Albertsons, Kroger Co.’s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.’s Vons and Pavilions stores. The grocery workers’ union released a statement Thursday saying they had agreed to reschedule after conferring with the representative of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service who has been coordinating the talks. “After speaking with the federal mediator, we have decided to return to the bargaining table after a cooling-off period,” said Mike Shimpock, a spokesman for the seven Southern California chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers. “We hope that by then the employers will have calmed down enough to finally negotiate a contract.” Tessler said that there was a scheduling conflict next week, so talks had to be set for the following week. “There is no so-called cooling-off period,” Tessler said. The UFCW and the chains have been involved in contract talks since January. The supermarket’s current three-year deal covers 65,000 workers at 785 stores from San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield south to San Diego. That deal has been extended twice, with the latest extension due to expire Monday. It then renews automatically on a daily basis until any of the parties opts out. Shimpock said Thursday the union does not intend to cancel the contract extension next week. On Wednesday, union negotiators said they broke off talks with the companies after the chains announced a pact in which all the chains would lock out employees within 48 hours if the union orders a selective strike against one of the chains. The companies also agreed to provide financial assistance to chains with employees who walk out. 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

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Atalanta fined for fans Dalbert racist abuse

first_img0Shares0000Atalanta were fined for racist abuse by fans aimed at Fiorentina defender Dalbert. © AFP / Vincenzo PINTOMILAN, Italy, Oct 8 – Atalanta were fined 10,000 euros (Sh1.1mn) by the Italian league on Tuesday for racist abuse by their fans aimed at Fiorentina defender Dalbert during a Serie A match last month.Italian football federation (FIGC) sports judge Gerardo Mastrandrea imposed the fine based on Dalbert’s evidence, adding that the chants had not been “clearly heard” by officials at the game. The 26-year-old Brazilian asked the referee to halt play because of the abuse half an hour into the game on September 22 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma.Play was suspended for three minutes while a warning was broadcast to jeers and whistles from a section of the crowd, before play resumed. Fiorentina won the match, 1-0.The next day, during The FIFA Best Football Awards ceremony in Milan, FIFA president Gianni Infantino responded by urging Italian football to tackle racism.“This is not acceptable any more, we have to say ‘no’ to racism in society. We have to kick racism out of football and society once and for all,” said Infantino.The problem is a recurring one in Italian football.This season Inter Milan’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan’s Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie have been targeted by monkey calls without any sanctions being applied.Blaise Matuidi, Kalidou Koulibaly and Moise Kean were also victims of racist abuse last season.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Iraq wants U.S. contractor out

first_imgThe order by the Interior Ministry, if carried out, would deal a severe blow to U.S. government operations in Iraq by stripping diplomats, engineers, reconstruction officials and others of their security protection. The presence of so many visible, aggressive Western security contractors has angered many Iraqis, who consider them a mercenary force that runs roughshod over people in their own country. Sunday’s shooting was the latest in a series of incidents in which Blackwater and other foreign contractors have been accused of shooting to death an unknown number of Iraqi citizens. None has faced charges or prosecution. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki late Monday, and the two agreed to conduct a “fair and transparent investigation” and hold any wrongdoers accountable, said Yassin Majid, an adviser to the prime minister. Rice is expected to visit the Middle East today. A State Department official confirmed the call but said he could not describe its substance. BLACKWATER: Security firm escorting a convoy was involved in the deadly shooting of eight Iraqis. By Robert H. Reid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – The Iraqi government Monday ordered Blackwater USA, the security firm that protects U.S. diplomats, to stop work and leave the country after the fatal shooting of eight Iraqi civilians following a car bomb attack against a State Department convoy. But it was clear that the U.S. hoped the Iraqis would be satisfied with an investigation, a finding of responsibility and compensation to the victims’ families – and not insist on expelling a company that the Americans cannot operate here without. Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul-Karim Khalaf said eight civilians were killed and 13 were wounded when contractors believed to be working for Blackwater USA opened fire on civilians Sunday in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Mansour in western Baghdad. “We have canceled the license of Blackwater and prevented them from working all over Iraqi territory. We will also refer those involved to Iraqi judicial authorities,” Khalaf said. He said witness reports pointed to Blackwater involvement but added that the shooting was still under investigation. One witness, Hussein Abdul-Abbas, said the explosion was followed by about 20 minutes of heavy gunfire and “everybody in the street started to flee immediately.” U.S. officials said the motorcade was headed to the Green Zone when the car bomb exploded, followed by volleys of small-arms fire that disabled a vehicle but caused no American casualties. According to Time magazine’s Web site, time.com, which obtained a U.S. incident report, a separate convoy arriving to help was “blocked/surrounded by several Iraqi police and Iraqi national guard vehicles and armed personnel.” U.S. officials refused to discuss Iraqi casualties, nor would they confirm that Blackwater personnel were involved. They also refused to explain the legal authority under which Blackwater operates in Iraq or say whether the company was complying with the order. It was also unclear whether the contractors involved in the shooting remained in Iraq. Several phone messages left Monday at Blackwater’s office in North Carolina and with a spokeswoman were not returned. The incident drew attention to one of the controversial American practices of the war – the use of heavily armed private security contractors who Iraqis complain operate beyond the control of U.S. military and Iraqi law. “The Blackwater guys are not fools. If they were gunning down people, it was because they felt it was the beginning of an ambush,” said Robert Young Pelton, an independent military analyst and author of the book Licensed to Kill. “They’re famous for being very aggressive. They use their machine guns like car horns. But it’s not the goal to kill people.” 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

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Are these the strikers that Chelsea could replace the underperforming Diego Costa with in January?

first_img 2. Javier Hernandez – Bayer Leverkusen – Many may – perhaps rightly – argue that Hernandez would not be an improvement to Costa. However, while this may, to some extent, be true, the Mexican is the out-and-out striker that Chelsea need. Hernandez’s game is fixated on goals and his movement makes him a nightmare for defenders. These are both areas that Costa is not impressing in at present. Hernandez has exceeded expectations in the Bundesliga this season, having scored 10 goals, and could relish the opportunity to prove former club Manchester United wrong in their decision to sell. What’s more, the forward isn’t likely to command a significant price tag and could be the cheaper option in the winter window. 6 1. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli – The Argentine was tipped to leave Stadio San Paolo in the summer transfer window, and despite staying put, he continues to be linked with an exit. Over the past few days, reports have suggested that Higuain is Chelsea’s top target to replace Diego Costa. And while the player’s agent and brother has insisted that the forward is happy in Italy, a move to Stamford Bridge should not be ruled out. Mourinho worked with Higuain at Real Madrid, which could give the Blues the upper edge in possible negotiations. 6 6 6 6 3. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid – Chelsea were heavily linked with Griezmann, who scored 22 goals in his first season at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, at the end of their title-winning campaign. Unsurprisingly, the La Liga outfit refused to cash in, but with the 24-year-old continuing to find the back of the net, the Blues’ interest could still remain intact. The major issue in signing Griezmann, however, could be Atleti’s asking price. The Frenchman is said to have a release clause of around £43m, and prising him away mid-way through the season could see his price tag soar. Griezmann may be a target that Mourinho will have to wait until the summer to attempt to sign. 4. Paco Alcacer – Valencia – Before putting pen to paper on a new five-year contract with Valencia in January, the Spaniard was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League. Chelsea, nonetheless, have continued to monitor his progress, and having scored five goals in La Liga thus far, he has impressed. However, with a long-term contract having been signed less than a year ago, the striker won’t come cheap. 6 5. Alexandre Lacazette – Olympique Lyonnais – Lacazette was one of the most highly sought after strikers at the end of last season, but opted to commit his future to Lyon, signing a new contract with the club until 2019. The 24-year-old hasn’t quite hit the ground running this term, with five goals in 11 appearances, but he remains one of the most exciting attacking prospects in Europe. If the Blues are willing to take a gamble on the centre forward, the right price could tempt the Ligue 1 outfit into selling. With more yellow cards than goals this season, Diego Costa has become a major concern for Chelsea. The Spain international, when fit, has been one of the few players that Jose Mourinho has remained loyal to, but the Portuguese manager could now be contemplating a change in his attack.Costa again failed to find the back of the net in the Blues’ defeat to Stoke City at the weekend, with the striker more interested in upsetting his opponents that doing his job in the final third.And with the January transfer window closing in, Mourinho may urge Roman Abramovich to spend big – and a new centre forward could be his top priority.In light of this, therefore, we’ve taken a look at six strikers Chelsea could target in less than two months’ time, including an ex-Manchester United player.Find out our pick by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  6. Patrick Bamford – on loan from Chelsea at Crystal Palace – As with any young player with limited experience, throwing them into the first-team, particularly during such a problematic period, is a risk. While Bamford has failed to catch the eye of Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park, would he be any more of a gamble than Radamel Falcao? The England Under-21 international looks unlikely to be handed much action with the Eagles, and could be open to returning to Stamford Bridge in January. It’s improbable that he will solve the Blues’ attacking crisis, but there would be few more players in the squad eager to impress – and this is exactly what Chelsea need at present: hunger. Not only this, but Roman Abramovich wouldn’t have to negotiate a sizeable transfer fee and fans are desperate to see talent from their youth setup be given their chance to shine.last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO EXPLAIN ‘SECRECY’ AROUND IRISH WATER CONTRACTS – O DOMHNAILL

first_imgFianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has challenged the Government to be more transparent in relation to its water metering programme with Irish Water.Senator Ó Domhnaill raised the issue with the Environment Minister on the floor of Seanad Éireann during an adjournment debate last night.Senator Ó Domhnaill said “Minister Alex White confirmed to me, in the Seanad last night on behalf of the Environment Minister that deals have been done between Irish Water and three Regional Contractors but the identity of the contractors is not being disclosed. Why is there such a lack of transparency on the floor of the Seanad on one of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken by this Government.”  “The Dáil rose last week and the Seanad rises this week which means we now face the prospect of a series of critical announcements on Irish Water being made with no scrutiny of Minister Hogan. We have now been informed that agreement has been reached with three Regional Contractors, why can’t we know whom they are or have the contracts been signed. These are extremely lucrative contacts and the public deserve to know who the contractors are.” “I am also very concerned at the promised 2000 jobs the Government has said will be created through the installation of water meters.”  “There is a complete lack of clarity in relation to the creation of these jobs. The Government has long since claimed that water metering would be an economic stimulus for the Country and Communities around the Country through Sub-Contracting. However Minister White last night confirmed that there is no obligation on the Regional Contractors to use the Sub-Contractors who have been Pre-Approved by the Department of Environment to carry out the testing. This will come as a huge surprise to these companies and to smaller local contractors whom have been led to believe local employment would be generated in communities.” “The value of secrecy that surrounds Irish Water is not acceptable. This Government promised a democratic revolution and to be transparent yet it has set up an entire new agency and deliberately excluded it from the Freedom of Information Act. It is clear that the Government has no intention of being transparent in this Area and has actually created a huge quango with no possibility of the Oireachtas being able to monitor and control its costs.” GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO EXPLAIN ‘SECRECY’ AROUND IRISH WATER CONTRACTS – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 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) Tags:Irish WaterSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

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HORROR AS LAMB FOUND HANGING FROM A TREE

first_imgANIMAL WELFARE officers are investigating after a lamb was found hanging from a tree in Co Donegal.Donegal Pet Rescue said their officers were shocked at the discovery earlier this week in Lurgybrack outside Letterkenny.A spokesman told us: “Another sad day in Donegal we received a call today and got a face book message on Tuesday saying ”Hi, Don’t know if you are the right people to notify, but on the way in to letterkenny top of lurgy brack on the left hand side, there is a dead white cat stuck up a tree, saw it this morning on way to work not sure if its still there as it was dark on way home…” “On investigation and arriving at the site we were SHOCKED to see a small LAMB around 10ft of the ground hanging from a tree.”Donegal Pet Rescue asked donegaldaily.com to publish this picture.“We do realise that the photo is quite gruesome but think it is necessary to highlight the level of cruelty going on across the country,” said the spokesman.“During the phone call this morning the woman highlight that her daughter was very upset after seeing the poor lamb in the tree.” LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily HORROR AS LAMB FOUND HANGING FROM A TREE was last modified: March 3rd, 2012 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:donegalHORROR AS LAMB FOUND HANGING FROM A TREEletterkennyLURGYBRACKlast_img read more

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CNOC FOLA 5K THIS SUNDAY

first_imgRegistration at 1.00 Race at 2.00Entry €5 Adults -€2.00 childrenMoney collected goes to Club óige Chnoc Fola and the the Community Centre.  CNOC FOLA 5K THIS SUNDAY was last modified: April 13th, 2013 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:CNOC FOLA 5K THIS SUNDAYlast_img

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time for tradition

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Honey cake is symbolic,” Rubin, 58, said. “It’s sweet and symbolizes having a sweet year.” Her immediate family gathered at her home for dinner in Friendly Hills before the service Monday night. She also prepared for a lunch with friends at her home today. Rosh Hashana begins the holy days on a positive note, said Beth Shalom of Whittier Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak. The holy days end with Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement for one’s sins. “This is a time for families to be together,” he said. “On Yom Kippur, we seek forgiveness for sins. But Rosh Hashana is more emphasis on transforming one’s life from the positive sides, to look at strengths and potential, to see life from the perspective of grandeur and the awesomeness of life.” Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, is Oct. 13. WHITTIER — Celebrations for the Jewish High Holy Days began Monday night , ushering in 10 days of prayer, repentance, reflection and making amends with enemies. At Beth Shalom of Whittier, the congregation celebrated the beginning of Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year, which is today and Wednesday — with a day of feasting and a service Monday night. Whittier resident and Beth Shalom member Rita Rubin spent the week before Rosh Hashana preparing traditional European Jewish foods for her family and friends. She made honey cake, noodle kugel and matzah ball soup. She didn’t have time to prepare the traditional sweet challah bread, but she picked up some loaves from a bakery. Beliak has prepared for these days with four months of study, prayer, sermon-writing, reading and soul-searching, he said. This week has been a busy one. “People have been calling me from all over to say Happy New Year,” Beliak said. “This is a time when people really try to make a connection with friends and relatives.” Today’s Rosh Hashana service, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will begin with sermons. Then, the shofar, or ram’s horn, will be sounded 100 times. The notes of the shofar tell ancient stories, said Beliak. The horn is sounded daily for 30 days, and is silent for the evening before Rash Hashana. Then, it is sounded 100 times during High Holy Days. After the service today, the congregation will travel to La Mirada Creek Park for Tashlisch. They will throw pieces of bread into the pond to signify casting sins into the water. At the end of the Yom Kippur service, the shofar will be sounded 100 times, and the faithful will end an all-day fast. Sandy Mazza may be reached by calling (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at sandy.mazza@sgvn.com.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

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ST EUNAN’S STALWART ADRIAN GIVEN HONOUR OF RE-OPENING CLUBHOUSE

first_imgThe official opening of the newly refurbished St Eunan’s club rooms was performed by club stalwart Adrian Shields on St Patrick’s Day.A huge crowd was on hand throughout the day as the club hosted a cultural event to mark the relaunch of their famous clubhouse.It was fitting that Adrian was the man to cut the tape at the official opening given the amount of time he so willingly gives for his club. The club would like to sincerely thank the organisers, those who performed on the evening and everyone who turned out to make it a hugely successful occasion.ST EUNAN’S STALWART ADRIAN GIVEN HONOUR OF RE-OPENING CLUBHOUSE was last modified: March 18th, 2015 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:club houseSt Eunan’s GAA clubSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more

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Live NBA Finals updates: Raptors beat Warriors in Game 3

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device. Join us Wednesday at 6 p.m. and then scroll down this story for live scoring, news and in-game analysis as the short-handed Warriors try to grab a 2-1 lead over the Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.With Kevin Durant (strained calf) and Kevon Looney (fractured costal cartilage on right side) already declared out of Game 3, the Warriors made a game-time decision not to play All-Star …last_img

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