The 26-year-old limped off in City’s 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Sunday Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying double-header against Liberia.Bony limped off in City’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Aston Villa on Sunday because of a hamstring injury, with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini saying afterwards he did not think the 26-year-old would be able to play during this international break.And it was subsequently confirmed by the Confederation of African Football [CAF] on Wednesday that Bony would not be involved in the Elephants’ clashes with Liberia away on Friday and at home next Tuesday.Another City player who will not feature in those matches is midfielder Yaya Toure – although he has declared he will be “ready” to rejoin the national team next year.Toure, who won the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast in February, has not been part of the squad of late having wanted a rest, but it seems he is not about to retire from international football.Meanwhile, Man City striker Sergio Aguero is targetting a return against Liverpool after a spell on the sidelines 1
Martin Caceres 1 Fenerbahce want to beat Liverpool to the signature of Juventus defender Martin Caceres.The Uruguayan has fallen out of favour at the Turin club, having made just three league appearances this term, and is now on the lookout for a January switch.Liverpool are desperate to add a defender to their squad for the second half of the season, especially after their humbling defeat to Watford at the weekend.Fenerbahce, however, are keen to flex their financial muscles in the upcoming market and might be able to offer the 28-year-old more money with the Turkish side big-spenders on imported talents.Caceres would bring plenty of experience to either suitor, having made 69 appearances for his country.But he still has a bad-boy tag he is trying to shake off after a drink-driving car crash back in September so a change of scenery might appeal to him.
Wimmer tapes it all?Tottenham players had some downtime in Barcelona this week and went out to explore the city.The club have been training in Spain ahead of their FA Cup match against Colchester on 30 January and Kevin Wimmer took the Spurs TV camera on his exploration.Dele Alli, Heung-min Son, Luke McGee, Ben Davies, Harry Winks/One Direction’s Liam Payne, Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason joined him and when walking past the Crocs shop, the boys decided to play rock, paper, scissors to decide who would be forced to buy and wear the shoes as well as don a Lionel Messi Barca top.Watch the video above courtesy of the Spurs Official YouTube channel.
Alexander pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to commit robbery, while Cashmore pleaded guilty to felony accessory to robbery. Both remained free pending sentencing. Roger said Cashmore could get probation or up to five years in prison at sentencing, which will come after an April 15 status check. The district attorney said he would seek a suspended sentence for Alexander, which could get him probation instead of one to six years in prison. Simpson attorney Gabriel Grasso said there have been no discussions with Roger on any plea deal for Simpson, 60. Yale Galanter, another Simpson lawyer, accused the district attorney of letting co-defendants off easy for their testimony against his client, and said he was looking forward to questioning Alexander and Cashmore. “The District Attorney’s Office is giving away the courthouse in order to make deals,” Galanter said. “Obviously, the district attorney is looking to make a case against O.J. Simpson and is offering people incredible deals in an effort to do that.” Cashmore, 40, can testify that Alexander and McClinton brought guns to the Sept. 13 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a room at the Palace Station casino hotel, said his lawyer, Edward Miley. Miley called Cashmore a bit player and Simpson as the “big fish” in a botched robbery. “I think he’s anxious to get his story out there,” Miley said outside the courthouse. Cashmore said he was relieved, but avoided other questions from reporters. Alexander, 46, a real estate salesman from Mesa, Ariz., told police Sept. 15 that Simpson wanted armed men with him when he confronted dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley to retrieve items that Simpson said belonged to him. “I’m at peace with what I’ve done today and what I’m going to do,” Alexander said as he clutched a Bible outside court. “I’m not here to help or hurt O.J. Simpson. I’m only here to tell the truth.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Two of the celebrity’s alleged accomplices make deal. By Ken Ritter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. LAS VEGAS – Two co-defendants pleaded guilty to reduced charges Tuesday in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case, agreeing to testify against Simpson and three others in the alleged hotel room theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers. Clark County District Attorney David Roger agreed to drop charges that included kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy against Walter Alexander, Simpson’s golfing buddy, and Charles Cashmore, at times a day laborer, disc jockey and bartender. With testimony from the two men secured, prosecutors moved quickly to prepare revised charges against Simpson, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, Michael McClinton and Charles Ehrlich. The new charges include 11 felonies – including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and coercion – and one gross misdemeanor, conspiracy to commit a crime. A kidnapping conviction alone could result in a sentence of life in prison with parole. A preliminary hearing for the remaining defendants was set to start Nov. 8.
SAN JOSE – Apple Inc.’s fiscal fourth-quarter profits jumped 67percent and easily beat Wall Street expectations, capping a record-breaking year that saw unprecedented momentum in its Mac business, ceaseless consumer interest in its iPod players and a successful introduction of its newest endeavor, the iPhone. For the three months that ended Sept. 30, Apple said Monday, it earned $904million, or $1.01 per share, compared with $542million, or 62cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue totaled $6.22billion, compared with $4.84billion in the same quarter last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting earnings of 86cents per share on sales of $6.07billion. Apple’s fortunes have skyrocketed in recent years as its iPods became a cultural phenomenon. The portable players, which work on Macs as well as Microsoft Corp. Windows-based machines, have also drawn more people to Apple’s software and design, leading to what analysts call a “halo effect” on Mac sales. After hovering for years with a 2percent to 3percent share of the PC market in the United States, Apple’s slice has now grown to 8percent, according to the latest figures from market researcher Gartner Inc. Now, many investors are betting Apple’s foray in the cell-phone market will be another lucrative engine. The iPhone, a combination cell phone, iPod and multimedia Web device, “is a game-changing product,” said Stephen Coleman, chief investment officer at Daedalus Capital LLC. Based on income from the iPhone alone, “I expect Apple’s earnings to continually grow materially at 50percent a year, for the next three years,” Coleman said. For the current quarter, Apple said, it expects earnings of about $1.42 per share on revenue of about $9.2billion. Analysts on average had been expecting earnings of $1.39 per share on sales of $8.58billion. “We’re looking forward to a strong December quarter as we enter the holiday season with Apple’s best products ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.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.Apple’s stock price, which has more than doubled since January, rose $3.94, or 2.3percent, to close at $174.36. After the earnings report, shares climbed $9.50, more than 5percent, in extended trading. Apple said it shipped a record 2.16million Macs in the quarter, an increase of 34percent, while it sold 10.2million iPods, up 17percent. In the first full quarter of iPhone sales – a number many on Wall Street were waiting for – Apple said it sold 1.12million units, bringing the cumulative total to 1.39million since the product debuted June 29. For the full fiscal year, Apple earned a record $3.5billion, up more than 75percent from last year when it earned $1.99billion. Yearly sales reached more than $24billion, a 24percent jump from fiscal 2006. “We had a fantastic quarter and year,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s chief financial officer.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Finishing up his fifth year in the Legislature, Ridley-Thomas previously served 12 years on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 8th Council District. Parks, the former police chief who replaced Ridley-Thomas as the 8th District councilman, referred calls seeking comment to John Shallman, his political adviser. Shallman called Ridley-Thomas a “career politician,” while saying Parks had spent most of his career in law enforcement “on the front lines, making the city safer,” The Times reported. Kerman Maddox, a political consultant who has worked for Parks in the past but is not representing either candidate this time, told The Times: “It’s going to be one heck of a race. “You have two leading African-American politicians. It’s going to divide neighborhoods. It’s going to divide communities. It’s going to divide church congregations. it’s going to be hard-fought, and it’s going to be personal.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, plans to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, and will face City Councilman Bernard Parks, it was reported today. “I have a very strong work ethic and great familiarity with the needs of the residents of the 2nd District, where I was born and raised,” Ridley- Thomas told the Los Angeles Times. Ridley-Thomas, 52, of Leimert Park, filed papers of intention to run that allow him to begin raising funds, The Times reported. The county’s 2nd District seat is occupied by Yvonne B. Burke, who is not seeking reelection in the June 8 election.
“It is troubling given the perilous financial situation facing the city and all local government. They have to be careful in what they are promising workers and the public.” But City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson, who headed the city’s negotiating team, said she believes the proposal is fair to both sides. “We require the unions to find specific savings that will continue year after year for them to get certain benefits,” Sisson said. “And while we agreed to sit down and talk if our revenues exceed expectations, there is no requirement that we increase the contract.” The deal calls for salary increases of 14.25 percent over the next five years for all workers, with an additional 8.25 percent for workers at top pay levels in the last three years of the contract. The deal means thousands of city workers will see salary increases of about 23 percent – well above the controversial 16.8 percent salary deal recently negotiated for Department of Water and Power workers. Total cost of the six-union salary deal is estimated at $273 million. In a statement on its Web site, union coalition leaders said the contract is unprecedented “not only because of what we fought hard to get, but because of how we got there.” “By working as a coalition, city unions were able to support each other, increase our strength and earn greater respect from the city. “Instead of letting the city pit one union against another, we stuck together and were able to negotiate a better package that works for everybody.” Few details of the package have been released as union membership debates whether to ratify the deal. The contract also must still be approved by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The union Web site says the contract includes an increase in “flex cash” payments in the last year of the deal if workers find $25 million in savings or efficiencies. It would provide monthly payments of $115 for full-time and $57.50 for part-time workers. Kyser said he is concerned about the contract because it comes amid a drop in the housing market and property values, which are reflected in lower tax revenues to local government. “I would expect to see people asking the Assessor’s Office to revalue their property to try to reduce their property taxes,” Kyser said. “If that happens on a large scale, then the cities and school districts will be losing a lot of money.” He also noted the deal is coming as the city is asking voters to approve retaining a telephone-users tax and as the DWP is looking to raise both water and electric rates. “We are facing perilous times in local government,” Kyser said. But Councilman Bernard Parks, chairman of the council Budget Committee and one of the council’s more fiscally conservative members, defended the proposed agreement. “You have to look at this in a couple of ways,” Parks said. “If you consider that these are the same workers who three years ago agreed to take no pay increase and this is a five-year contract, then we are looking at it in an eight-year window. “Also, these are some of the lower-paid workers in the city. If we are going to seek parity with the DWP, we have to begin somewhere with these workers.” Parks said he does not believe the contract will set a precedent for deals with police and firefighters – the highest-paid workers in the city. “We are going to have to get a message out that we are holding the line,” he said. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES: Economist calls city agreement with cash incentives troubling. Councilman says “these are some of the lower-paid workers.” By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER A five-year salary deal with six Los Angeles unions includes incentives that could boost the cost of the contract by 10 percent to nearly $300 million, city officials conceded Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Details of the proposed deal, outlined on the union coalition’s Web site, include flexible payments to approximately 22,000 workers if they find $25 million in cost savings citywide by the final year. City officials have hailed the cost-saving provision of the deal, but admitted Wednesday that the cash payouts to workers would offset most, if not all, of the savings. The contract also calls for salary negotiations to be reopened if city revenues top projections by 3 percent, an unprecedented provision since most contracts are based on cost-of-living or inflation measures. It also does not allow terms of the contract to be reduced if city revenues drop. “It’s a pretty rich contract,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.
COURTS: Group says state lawyer tried to save insurers $300,000. By Steve Lawrence The Associated Press SACRAMENTO – A consumer group demanded Thursday that the state insurance commissioner fire one of his top attorneys, saying the department lawyer tried to help insurers avoid paying $300,000 in court costs stemming from a fight over auto insurance rates. “The fact is, it is not uncommon for the Department of Insurance to submit statements of fact on particular issues, which is what Bill Gausewitz did in this case,” Kerns said. The dispute involves a lawsuit filed by the insurance industry in 2006. It sought to overturn regulations that limited use of motorists’ ZIP codes in setting their auto insurance rates. Consumers groups favored the regulations, saying rates should be based primarily on driving records and not on where people live. Several groups, including the Santa Monica-based foundation, joined the attorney general in successfully defending the regulations. They then urged a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to order the insurers to repay them for their court costs. 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.The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said it obtained a series of e-mails showing that William Gausewitz secretly collaborated with insurers to file a declaration in court. It says the document supported the insurers’ claim that court costs should be paid by the state, not them. Gausewitz is a former insurance industry lobbyist who is senior counsel to Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. “The documents obtained by FTCR show that Mr. Gausewitz continues to work closely with, and on behalf of, the insurance industry, albeit in a covert fashion – conduct that is utterly incompatible with your pledge of an independent and open administration,” the foundation said in its letter to Poizner. It was signed by Harvey Rosenfield, the group’s founder, and Doug Heller, its executive director. A spokeswoman for Poizner, Jennifer Kerns, said the foundation’s criticism is unfounded.
THE company which lost its radio licence for south Donegal in controversial circumstances almost a decade ago says it’s hopeful of winning the franchise back again.There were street protests when North West Radio was taken off air and the licence awarded to Ocean FM.But the company behind NWR – then Ireland’s most popular local radio station – is bidding to win it back under the new name Coast FM. It already operates the successful Mid-West Radio.Coast FM spokesman Tommy Marren said: “We’re interested in getting our licence back.“We have conducted extensive market research through Red C and believe there’s an appetite for change.”The licence for north Donegal will see a battle between Highland Radio and DLFM, which is headed by former Highland stalwart Charlie Collins. It will go to an oral hearing in early March.The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will decide shortly if the Coast FM v Ocean FM battle should also go to an oral hearing.Sources say that is also “highly likely”. RADIO WARS AS COAST FM BOSS SAYS: ‘WE WANT OUR LICENCE BACK’ was last modified: December 30th, 2013 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:BAIcoast fmlicenceMid West Radioocean fm
Kenny: Must intervene, says MEPPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has called on the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to intervene on the issue of the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy.This will see the introduction of a discriminatory tax by the British government on Irish hauliers using Northern Irish roads from the 1st of April.Mr. Gallagher specifically has urged the Taoiseach “to convene an emergency meeting of the North South Ministerial Council in order for Northern Ireland to be exempted from the HGV Road User Levy”. Pat the Cope stated “The North South Ministerial Council was established following the Good Friday Agreement, to develop cooperation within the island of Ireland on economic matters including transport. It is vitally important that the Government uses this body which was established to resolve issues such as this. Furthermore, I believe that the UK authorities must take into consideration the funding being provided by the Irish taxpayer for road developments in Northern Ireland, as part of the Good Friday Peace agreement.”Pat the Cope concluded that “an emergency meeting is required as this discriminatory and penal tax will be in place in ten days time. The proposed tax could cost hauliers travelling from Donegal to Dublin as much as €30/40 per trip. The charge of €10 per crossing is based on a 24 hour rate commencing at midnight, therefore, the cost is double if a vehicle leaves Donegal on one evening and returns after midnight on the next day. I am extremely fearful that companies right along the border may relocate to Northern Ireland with serious implications for jobs.” TAOISEACH MUST STOP BRITISH FROM CHARGING DONEGAL HGV DRIVERS – MEP was last modified: March 21st, 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:donegalHGV chargeIrish GovernmentPat The Cope GallagherUK