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Congress panel calls on Amazon chief Bezos to testify

first_img“Although we expect that you will testify on a voluntary basis, we reserve the right to resort to compulsory process if necessary,” said the committee, which said it had additional questions for Bezos about e-commerce competition.The Judiciary Committee specifically cited a Wall Street Journal report from April 23, based on interviews with former and current employees as well as internal company documents, which claimed Amazon used sensitive information from private sellers for its own competitive advantage.”If the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is accurate, then statements Amazon made to the committee about the company’s business practices appear to be misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious,” the panel wrote.While testifying before a subcommittee last year, Amazon general counsel Nate Sutton said the company did not use seller data to compete with them, the letter noted.”As we told the Wall Street Journal and explained in our testimony, we strictly prohibit employees from using non-public, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch,” an Amazon spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry.”While we don’t believe these claims made in the Journal story are accurate, we take these allegations very seriously and have launched an internal investigation.”The request for Bezos to testify came as Amazon shares skidded in the wake of the company cautioning that second quarter earnings would be wiped out by expenses related to COVID-19 as it works to keep up with surging demand at a time when many brick-and-mortar stores are closed.Topics : A US congressional panel on Friday called on Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to testify about allegations the online giant used sensitive data from third-party sellers on its platform to develop competing products.In a letter to Bezos, the House Judiciary Committee said the claim, if true, would contradict sworn testimony by Amazon’s general counsel last year.”We expect you, as chief executive Officer of Amazon, to testify before the committee,” read the letter signed by its chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democratic congressman from New York, and others.last_img read more

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Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool

first_img Betfair Exchange Odds Liverpool – 2/11, Draw – 15/2, West Ham – 19/1 Comment Wolves vs NorwichI really believe that Norwich were unlucky against Liverpool, they had a couple of good chances to score but that’s difference between good clubs and bad clubs, you have to take your opportunities when you have them. Wolves have looked impressive and they are playing some good football, I can see them taking the win at home.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1 Chelsea vs Spurs represents the box office Premier League fixture this weekend (Picture: REX / Metro)It was a mixed week for our teams in European competition but the focus quickly switches back to domestic action with a huge London derby in the early kick-off at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have surrendered their huge advantage over Spurs in the race for the top four following a worrying run of results but it’s far from plain sailing for Jose Mourinho either with Heung-min Son’s elbow injury adding to a mounting injury list.Elsewhere, Arsenal and Manchester United both have home games to contend with less than 48 hours after their Europa League matches, while Manchester City travel to Leicester.AdvertisementAdvertisementAt the opposite end of the table Aston Villa travel to Southampton, while West Ham will no doubt focus on damage limitations when they head to Anfield on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTAs ever, Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov previews the action for Metro.co.uk…Chelsea vs Tottenham Jamie Vardy will be hoping to end his eight-game goalscoring drought (Picture: Getty)I can see a surprise coming in this one. Man City have had a big week off the pitch, and on the pitch they beat West Ham on Wednesday and they have a huge game coming up against Real Madrid. With so much going on, there is a chance their minds could be elsewhere. I can see Leicester taking advantage of City’s situation.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-1 Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge with his Spurs side hunting down fourth place (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are in a bit of a slump at the moment, Spurs have their problems as well, especially now that they are also without Son through injury – they are missing some big players. I don’t think Chelsea can afford any more slip ups, the race for the top four is really tight, but I can see this one being a draw.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-2 Arsenal vs Everton Southampton vs Aston VillaAston Villa will be disappointed to come away from Spurs last weekend without a point, but at the same time they have to tighten up defensively, they have a good attack but they’re not so solid. I think Southampton will exploit this and come away with the win.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 2-1Betfair Exchange – Southampton vs Aston Villa Leicester vs Man City Burnley vs BournemouthI cannot believe that last time out Burnley beat Southampton, I really though they would struggle but they always have a way of proving me wrong. It is important for them to keep up momentum, and at Turf Moor they can definitely get a result against Bournemouth, but, if they let me down again they will have problems!Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1 Liverpool vs West HamI’m really looking forward to seeing how Liverpool will react after their defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Everything we have seen from them so far tells me that this game will just be business as usual for them but West Ham could see this as an opportunity to kick them whilst they are down. I still think Liverpool will be too strong for them and Klopp has proven that he knows how to manage his team, so he will definitely get them up for this one.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-1 Betfair Exchange Odds Arsenal – 11/10, Draw – 11/4, Everton – 14/5 Crystal Palace vs NewcastleFor me, Newcastle are in danger. The way they played against Arsenal was worrying, their approach is something that I don’t like and if they continue in that way they will be in real trouble. They have a tough trip to London and no doubt the Crystal Palace fans will be right behind their team, so I will go for the home side on this one.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0 Betfair Exchange Odds Southampton – 4/6, Draw – 100/30, Aston Villa – 9/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Wolves – 8/15, Draw – 7/2, Norwich – 6/1 Betfair Exchange Odds Burnley – 6/5, Draw – 12/5, Bournemouth – 14/5 Sheffield United vs BrightonMy favourite team at the moment, Sheffield United! There has been a lot of talk about the prospect of them getting a spot in the Champions League should Man City’s ban stand and they finish fifth – that would be amazing, and even if it may sound a bit strange, they deserve it – the way they play is so refreshing for a promoted side. They have to continue pushing and putting the pressure on the teams around them because not only fifth but top four is still a real possibility for them, I can see them getting the win against Brighton.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-0 Man United vs WatfordThey can take a lot of confidence from the way they played against Chelsea, they have to put to bed the draw against Bruges because now they need to focus on the race for the top four. Their new players are integrating into the team nicely, and they have a big opportunity to put on a strong performance in front of the home crowd at Old Trafford – they need to win it, otherwise it makes Monday’s win pointless.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0 Dimitar BerbatovFriday 21 Feb 2020 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Betfair Exchange Odds Leicester – 7/2, Draw – 100/30, Man City – 4/5 Betfair Exchange Odds Crystal Palace – Evens, Draw – 12/5, Newcastle – 7/2 Mikel Arteta’s side have kept three consecutive clean sheets (Picture: Getty)Arsenal continue to get better and better under Arteta, the way they play, their confidence, their play with the ball on the ground and passing. They really turned on the style against Newcastle and I can see them continuing this against Everton. Although, it has to be said, Everton have turned a corner under Ancelotti and are looking a lot better.AdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 3-2 Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool Betfair Exchange Odds Chelsea – 4/5, Draw – 3/1,  Spurs – 4/1 For more from Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov head to www.betfair.com/berbatov and to find out more about the new Betfair Exchange ‘How to Hub’ head to www.betfair.com/howtoexchangeMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Betfair Exchange Odds Sheffield United – Evens, Draw – 12/5, Brighton – 7/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Man United – 5/8, Draw – 3/1, Watford – 11/2 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


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Buyers swap penthouse for suburban luxury in big Brisbane sale

first_imgThis home at 96 Central Ave, St Lucia, has sold for $2.225 million.THE buyers of a luxury residence with suspended walls and floors in Brisbane’s west have swapped city apartment living for a suburban paradise.A young couple starting a family have paid $2.225 million for a two-level home in leafy St Lucia after years of living in a CBD penthouse.The house was the biggest sale of the week in Queensland, according to CoreLogic.The pool at 96 Central Ave, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.auThey should have done a house swap with the vendors of 96 Central Avenue, as they decided to sell to move to the city.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Carlton North01:38 Related videos 01:38Dream Home: Carlton North02:10Dream Home: Manly00:45Dream Architecture: Mandalay House02:17Dream Home: Box Hill North02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:27Masterpiece home Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige, who negotiated the sale, said prestige properties in blue chip suburbs like St Lucia were hard to come by.The view from 96 Central Ave, St Lucia. Picture: realestate.com.au“The problem we’ve got is there’s not a lot of quality properties upwards of $2 million on the market at the moment so when they do come up, they tend to be sold,” Mr Adcock said.The house is designed to impress with its suspended concrete floors and walls and a central staircase within an enclosed atrium surrounded by floor to ceiling glass walls and clerestory windows.Other features include marble floors, a massive entertaining balcony with breathtaking views and a master suite with an ensuite that looks like something out of a deluxe day spa.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoInside 96 Central Ave, St Lucia, which has sold for $2.225 million.Another big sale this week was 62 Harris Street, Hawthorne.The charming Queenslander on 690 sqm in one of Hawthorne’s best streets fetched $2.04 million.It was marketed by Place Bulimba.This house at 62 Harris St, Hawthorne, has sold for $2.04 million.The house is a fusion of old and new, with VJ walls, polished timber floors and ornate features blending with recent contemporary additions.The third biggest sale was a two-storey home at Yeronga, which sold under the hammer on Saturday for $2.025 million.The five-bedroom, four-bathroom property at 45 Orsova Rd was marketed by Ray White Bulimba.This property at 45 Orsova Rd, Yeronga, sold at auction for $2.025 million.And a family home at 56 Brook Street, Windsor, also sold at auction at the weekend for $1.85 million.The near-new big family home has six bedrooms, with the six being a fully contained granny flat.It was marketed by McGrath Estate Agents.This property at 56 Brook St, Windsor, sold at auction for $1.85 million.Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter at @liztilley84last_img read more


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UK pensions industry cautiously welcomes charge-cap proposal

first_imgThe UK government has seen a mixed response from the pensions industry, as it remains divided on the impact of a proposed 75 basis point cap on the default fund charge in auto-enrolment schemes.Yesterday, Steve Webb, the pensions minister, confirmed the government would look to impose the cap by April next year.The government chose the strictest proposal of the ones announced to the industry last year, for consultation.In what Webb described as a “full-frontal assault” on high charges, he moved against lobbying by the insurance industry, and the recommendation of the Office of Fair Trading. Government opposition MPs were forced to welcome the cap in defined contribution (DC) schemes, while accusing the government of stealing Labour policies.Gregg McClymont, Labour spokesman for pensions, said the policy was Labour’s “lock, stock and barrel”, but the delay until 2015 was a huge concession.“Who has ever heard of a ‘full-frontal assault’ [on high charges] that comes with a 12-month notice period?” he asked.The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) welcomed the focus on value for money but warned against assumptions that a cap would do this.Joanne Segars, chief executive at the lobby group, said appropriate default funds, good governance and communications were also necessary.The government also announced transparency requirements on fees, and for non-trust DC schemes to implement independent governance committees.“[The committees requirement] does not go far enough and risks not being aligned with the long-term interests of scheme members,” Segars added.The state-sponsored DC provider, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), said the cap was confirmation of a good value benchmark for employers.Tim Jones, chief executive at the fund, said: “These arrangements will provide welcome clarity for consumers and employers on what good value means.“We also welcome the moves to provide greater transparency on the other charges made by pension schemes, particularly in relation to investment.”However, the People’s Pension, a not-for-profit DC master trust, accused the government of creating additional confusion over cleaning up pensions.“The government’s proposals for accommodating front loading charging structures risks causing a mass upheaval in the pensions market,” said Darren Philp, head of policy and the scheme.“A contribution charge of 2.5%, combined with an AMC of 0.4%, is not in any member’s best interest.”Warnings also came from Towers Watson, which said the cap would improve the perception of DC schemes but not the reality.John Ball, head of pensions, said large employers would already be paying less than the cap.He also pointed out that the cap did not account for distribution costs, or where trustees chose a higher risk/return payoff.“If a charge cap makes any difference to these schemes, it may even increase charges very slightly – for example, because information will have to be collected in different ways or because pension providers must hold more capital,” he said.“0.75% is far too much to be paying for a basic product.”Further disapproval came from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Investment Management Association (IMA).Otto Thorensen, director general at the ABI, said that, with charges at their lowest levels ever, he did not agree with the cap.“In this context, the decision to phase in the implementation of these changes is helpful,” he said.The IMA, which represents providers of default funds, said a cap would not be the best way to achieve scheme quality.Jonathan Lipkin, director of public policy, said: “The main focus should be on improving governance structures and standards across the DC environment.”last_img read more


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Promotion of depression, suicide, drug use given green light

first_img3News 3 February 2015Notorious metal group Mayhem has been added to the Auckland’s Westfest 2015 line-up.The band is considered one of the most important in the influential Norwegian black metal scene, gaining notoriety early in their career with violent stage shows, a former singer committing suicide and a former bass player being found guilty of murder and church burnings.When Mayhem played in New Zealand in 2010, they were interviewed by David Farrier, and vocalist Attila Csihar told him: “To come to a Mayhem show is a healthy way to release anger and depression.”At the time, Bob McCoskrie of Family First NZ told 3 News: “Any band that glorifies issues such as drug use, suicide, and negative behaviours associated with Satanism should be given a wide berth.“We would ask that the censorship board do a pre-approval of their performance and lyrics to ensure they’re not breaking the law in encouraging illegal activity and containing offensive material.”http://www.3news.co.nz/entertainment/mayhem-joins-westfest-line-up-2015020314#axzz3QebebCoelast_img read more


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INDOT officials on Thanksgiving travel: ‘Know Before You Go’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation officials say most construction and maintenance activities have been suspended for the holiday period. Contractors will pull barriers and barricades back to the safest extent possible to increase mobility.Here is a statewide rundown of road construction projects that could impact travel:Southern IndianaNorthbound I-65 traffic is sharing the southbound side between mile markers 8 and 11 in Clark County. Two lanes are open in each direction.Entrance and exit ramps are closed on westbound I-74 at S.R.101 (Exit 156) in Ripley County. To reach S.R. 101, westbound traffic on I-74 should use the S.R.1 exit and follow eastbound I-74 to return to S.R.101.Intermittent lane closures will remain in effect on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges over the Ohio River near Evansville.Northern IndianaI-469 is restricted to one lane in each direction between mile markers 11 and 17 in Allen County.Lane closures will remain in effect on westbound I-80/94 between mile marker 3 and mile marker 12 as work continues on the Restore 94 project in Lake County.The entrance ramp to I-94 at S.R.51 (Exit 15B) will remain closed for the next 3 weeks.Both directions of I-94 are reduced to two lanes between mile marker 16 and U.S. 20 in Porter County.The left lane of I-94 in both directions will be closed between mile marker 26 and 27 until noon on Wednesday, November 22.Central IndianaThe I-465 East and I-465 West ramps to I-65 North remain closed for the duration of construction at the interchange on the south side of Indianapolis. A signed detour directs traffic south on I-65 to Southport Road Exit 103 to return northbound on I-65. I-65 and I-465 lane closures will resume Monday, Nov. 27. Both interstates may be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Weather permitting, construction is expected to be substantially complete, with all lanes and ramps open to traffic by the end of November.I-69 lane closures for paving on the added travel lane construction project between State Road 37 Exit 205 and State Road 38 Exit 219 will resume Monday, Nov. 27. I-69 may be reduced to one lane each weeknight between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and weekends from 7 p.m. until 9 a.m. The additional lanes are expected to open in December.Watch for lane shifts on I-65 in both directions as construction of added travel lanes continues in Tippecanoe County.Know before you goLearn about traffic and road conditions, crashes and construction on state highways here or by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or dial 511 from a mobile phone.Subscribe to receive INDOT news and information by text message or email here. Keep up with INDOT on social media too! Regional INDOT information is here.Increased enforcementStarting later this week, Indiana State Police (ISP) will join more than 230 local law-enforcement agencies across the state to spot violations to Indiana’s seat belt and impaired driving laws. Through the weekend after Thanksgiving, expect to see an increase in random patrols, saturation patrols and checkpoints. This overtime enforcement is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).It’s the lawIn every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.Indiana has a primary seat-belt law, meaning that police officers may ticket unrestrained drivers or passengers, even if no other traffic violation has taken place. In addition, all passengers under age 8 must be in an approved car seat or booster seat.last_img read more


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Christianson parks in Dacotah Speedway’s victory lane

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (May 19) – Drew Christianson made his move in the last set of turns, then parked his IMCA Modified in victory lane at Dacotah Speedway Friday night.The win at Mandan was his first since 2010.Veteran Herb Bargmann grabbed the early lead; Travis Ulmer started to catch up as Myles Tomlinson lurked in third. That three-car battle for the lead, allowed Christianson to close in.Tomlinson and Christianson split Ulmer as Bargmann got off the backstretch. Christianson shuffled into the lead, bringing Tomlinson with him.Using lapped traffic as a pick, Tomlinson grabbed the lead as the white flag waved. However, Christian­son came back and threw the car in hard in turns three and four. Using a clean slide job, Christianson slid up in front of Tomlinson to pick up his first local feature victory in seven seasons.Berg Makes it a Three-Peat in IMCA Sport CompactsBismarck’s Andy Reed and Stan Thompson started on the front row of the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Defending track champion,Jason Berg made it a three-wide battle for the lead, then used the bottom line to three-peat in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more


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New South Wales offers to host Australian Open as Melbourne battles COVID-19 spike

first_imgNew South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro says his state will be willing to act as a temporary host for major sports events such as the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam.Barilaro said on Friday however that this should be if those events cannot be held in neighbouring Victoria due to COVID-19. He said he had written to sports bodies and officials in Victoria offering help to stage the events, which he said held national significance.“Some of these events down in Victoria are national events hosted in Victoria,” Barilaro told 2GB radio in Australia.“It’s important for the economy, important for the Australian psyche when it comes to sport.“Absolutely we should be able to work with Victorians to find ways to make sure these all happen. These events are far too important in this crisis to not have.”Victoria is undergoing a second lockdown and has nearly 8,000 active COVID-19 cases, while NSW has about 800. The Australian Open, which has been held in Melbourne since 1972, is due to start in January.However, Tennis Australia said organisers had so far not drawn up contingency plans for the tournament to be moved out of Victoria.“Our focus is to get through the next few weeks and our team is in full planning mode to deliver a great Australian Open in Melbourne,” TA Chief Executive Craig Tiley said in a statement emailed to Reuters on Friday.“We obviously have great facilities in Melbourne and the AO is contracted and committed to Melbourne Park.”Melbourne is also home to the Australian Football League’s title-deciding Grand Final, scheduled for October. AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan told reporters the Grand Final, which draws a capacity crowd to the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground, was contracted to the stadium.He added it was “not appropriate” to look at alternative venues.The state capital also hosts the Spring Racing Carnival, the country’s biggest horse racing programme, from October to November.Racing Victoria said in a statement it had no intention of relocating marquee races such as the Nov. 3 Melbourne Cup.RelatedPosts Federer out of tennis until 2021 Nadal switches attention to 2021 season Aussie Open: Djokovic claims 17th Grand Slam title Victoria’s sports minister did not provide immediate comment.Reuters/NAN.—Tags: Australian OpenJohn BarilaroSouth Waleslast_img read more


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Wenger: Pressure is to spend right

first_img Press Association The pursuit of wantaway striker Suarez looked to have stalled following a second improved bid of £40million plus £1, which had been intended to trigger a clause that would allow them to discuss terms with the Uruguayan. On Thursday, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insisted the Anfield club had no intentions of selling their key man, who joined up with Brendan Rodgers’ squad on the tour of Australia. Wenger, though, on Friday indicated Arsenal remained hopeful of eventually negotiating an “amicable” deal before the end of the summer transfer window. “We are working very hard to strengthen our squad, not only on the case you name (Suarez), but on other different cases,” he said. “I always try to make the decision I feel is right for the club. That doesn’t mean I always manage to do it, but I work with that conscience. “If you say we are under pressure to spend money then yes we are, but I feel more under pressure to spend the money in the right way. That is what I will try to do.” Wenger refused to be drawn on any details of the Suarez negotiations, but there was no suggestion Arsenal were about to drop their pursuit. “I don’t want to speak about Suarez, because that is between Liverpool and Arsenal. We will completely respect what Liverpool wants to do. We want to (sign the player) if it is feasible in an amicable way,” Wenger said. Suarez is currently serving a domestic 10-game ban imposed by the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season, and had previously received a suspension and £40,000 fine for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra in December 2011. Wenger maintained that should the striker become an Arsenal player, his future behaviour would be paramount. “The values that are very important for this club have to be respected by every player, no matter where he comes from. That will be with every potential signing,” he said. Wenger has made one new acquisition with a free transfer of France Under-20 forward Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre, who along with Santi Cazorla, the Spain midfielder now back after extra time off following the Confederations Cup, would both get some game-time this weekend, with Sunday’s friendly against Galatasaray. “We have signed Sanogo, he has not made the headlines. Why? Because he is not £50m to £100million, but I am quite confident he will make them soon on the pitch, and that for me is the most important,” the Arsenal boss said. Defender Nacho Monreal is set to return to training on Monday, while club captain Thomas Vermaelen continues his rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his back which is expected to take around six more weeks. The Gunners head into this weekend’s Emirates Cup – which kicks off against Napoli later on Saturday afternoon – without a marquee summer signing, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis having talked up the club’s new “financial firepower” at the end of last season. Argentinian international Gonzalo Higuain had been high on Wenger’s wanted list, but as the Gunners failed to push through a £30million deal, the forward opted to join Rafael Benitez at Napoli instead. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepts he is under pressure to spend big this summer, but will only do so for the right player – which could yet be Luis Suarez.last_img read more


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No Ebola worries – Pellegrini

first_img Toure returned from the Ivory Coast on Thursday after having played against the DR Congo in an African Nations Cup qualifier. The venue for next year’s finals is in major doubt, however, after the proposed host country, Morocco, raised fears about the Ebola outbreak. “No, really we are not concerned about it,” Pellegrini said. “Yaya is not concerned either. I suppose he is sure about that problem – I don’t think he will have any problems. “I don’t know if he was screened, but for the moment he’s okay.” Two other Manchester City players, Aleksandar Kolarov and Matija Nastasic, returned his week after being caught up in violent scenes in the match between their country, Serbia, and Albania. The clashes, which caused Tuesday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade to be abandoned, were sparked by a mini-drone trailing a pro-Albania flag over the Partizan Stadium. Pellegrini said: “They have both come back on Thursday. Of course it was not a good experience for them. It’s very difficult to be involved in those kinds of incidents. “We will see what happens in the future. But it was a very bad thing for football – in both a political sense and football sense.” English referee Martin Atkinson took the players off the pitch in the midst of the melee. Albania then refused to consider returning even if the stadium was cleared of fans. UEFA has charged both countries with a number of offences, with both likely to be handed heavy fines and other sanctions, including possible points deductions, when European football’s disciplinary body hears the case on October 23. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns over players such as Yaya Toure visiting West Africa despite the outbreak of the Ebola virus. last_img read more