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first_img1 The Football Association is standing by its decision to back Michel Platini for the FIFA presidency for the time being at least but says there are issues which need to be “fully examined”.Platini is under investigation by Swiss legal authorities and FIFA’s ethics over a £1.35million payment he received from FIFA in 2011 for work carried out for the organisation more than nine years previously.The UEFA president insists the delay was because of FIFA’s financial position at the time but has not explained why there was a wait of nine years. The issue was discussed at an FA board meeting on Wednesday.An FA statement said: “In July, The FA board decided unanimously to support Michel Platini if he intended to stand for the presidency of FIFA. We did so because we thought he was an excellent president of UEFA and could bring those same leadership qualities to FIFA. We are still of that view.“However, events of recent days have raised a number of issues which do need to be fully examined.” Michel Platini last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Mustangs had other ideas. Mira Costa, showing it’s still the team to beat in the Bay League and the South Bay, pulled away in the third quarter of its 8-5 victory at Palos Verdes. Mira Costa (8-7, 3-0) drew 14 personal fouls on Palos Verdes (7-4, 1-1). The Mustangs did not take advantage during 6-on-5 situations, but they did convert on their penalty shots during the momentum-turning third quarter. The score was tied, 3-3, at halftime, then the Mustangs caught fire. Mira Costa’s Jeff Giery scored three of his game-high five goals in the third quarter, including two on penalty shots. Palos Verdes’ Mike Katzer skipped a shot into the net off a pass from John Wilkins, but the goal was sandwiched between Giery’s goals on penalty shots. Then Giery and Todd Burns netted back-to-back goals from the field to give Mira Costa a 7-4 lead. BOYS WATER POLO: Mustangs wear down foul-plagued Sea Kings in key Bay match. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER The Palos Verdes boys water polo team came into Tuesday’s Bay League showdown against Mira Costa thinking it could dethrone the defending league champions. “Giery’s goal total was up because of those penalty-shot goals, but those are hard to make,” Mira Costa coach Jon Reichardt said. “He does a great job from that area.” Giery is one of Mira Costa’s go-to guys for the second straight season. He’s doesn’t shy away from shooting even if he’s not finding the back of the net right away. “He’s got a lot of confidence,” Reichardt said. “Any day, even if he misses three in a row, he’ll keep shooting.” A lot of Palos Verdes’ offensive firepower was taken away when Katzer and Michal Halac were ejected in the third quarter after drawing three exclusions each. After Halac was ejected, Palos Verdes coach Chris Murin felt he had no choice but to keep Katzer in the game, despite the fact he was one exclusion away from ejection. “I thought we needed to have our big guys in the game,” Murin said. “Mike (Katzer) is one of our big guys for set pieces and we were trying to stay in the game.” After Katzer was ejected, the tide turned Mira Costa’s way during a 4-1 run in the second half. “That definitely helped us,” Reichardt said. “If someone has two exclusions, we usually go after him.” Matt Burton and JL Kiss added first-half goals for Mira Costa, which got eight saves from goalkeeper David Olson. Palos Verdes’ Paul Mitre also recorded eight saves. “I thought both goalies played extremely well,” Reichardt said. John Wilkins, Cassidy McBee and Halac had first-half goals for Palos Verdes. Cooper Hart scored with 17 seconds left in the game for the Sea Kings and was a stalwart on defense. “He showed a lot of movement on defense, especially with bigger guys, Giery and Burton, trying to post him up,” Murin said. Mira Costa, which reached the final of the South Bay Tournament, came out strong and only got better as the game went on. “We just came ready to play,” Reichardt said. “We played great defense, scored when we needed to and I think our conditioning helped us in the second half.” dave.thorpe@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgWHITTIER – Years of frustration with the blighted former Alpha Beta property began to ease on Thursday. Using sledgehammers, city officials, merchants and others each took a swing or two at the building. It was all part of a ceremony to celebrate the coming demolition of the property. “I was letting out frustrations,” said Whittier Councilman Joe Vinatieri, who actually knocked off parts of the cinder block planter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I was swinging with delight with what’s going to happen there,” Vinatieri said. “I see today as the beginning of the renaissance of Uptown Whittier,” he said. “We’re excited about the developer’s plans. Whittier is on the move.” The City Council in September selected HDS Group of Beverly Hills to develop the 3.4-acre property along Hadley Street between Comstock and Milton avenues. The company has proposed two plans – one with a library and one without. Both also would include retail space and new homes. The council at its Oct. 9 meeting awarded a $227,000 contract to Balandra Demolition of San Bernardino to demolish the Alpha Beta store, former U.S. Bank and commercial strip on the property. The company already has begun removing asbestos from the Alpha Beta. The former bank is expected to come down in a few days with everything expected to be demolished in 45 days, said Jeff Collier, director of community development. Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer was ecstatic. “This place will be flat territory by the time we celebrate the New Year,” Newcomer said. “We’re going to see great things here,” he said. “It’s a kickoff signature project that redevelops and revives Uptown.” The demolition can’t come too soon for Jeff Langan, secretary of the Whittier Uptown Association and owner of the former Whittier Paint and Wallpaper. “It’s great, but they’ve taken long to do it,” Langan said. “It should have been done 10 years ago,” he said. “However, the city does everything in its own time. This is a meaningful accomplishment. It’ll be a shot in the arm for the town.” The property once was the site of the former Jonathan Bailey School, said Candace Holley-Netland, collections manager for the Whittier Museum. The playground was located where the former Alpha Beta now stands. The Alpha Beta store opened in 1962 and was closed in 1993. The city purchased the Alpha Beta in March 2000 and the rest of the property during the next two years. “I remember the long negotiations to acquire the property to get it away from the property owner because Alpha Beta wanted to hang on to it to make sure nobody came here and competed with their new store,” Councilman Bob Henderson said. He was referring to the store – now a Ralphs – in the Whittier Marketplace. For others, the demolition of the Alpha Beta was sad. “It’s kind of a hurt,” said Joan Snyder of Whittier, who lived nearby during the 1980s. “I had small children and it was like my home away from home,” Snyder said. “I can’t believe this place is going.” Vinatieri, too, had memories of the store opening, recalling when Engineer Bill was there. “Some of you remember Engineer Bill on TV with his red light, green light,” he said. “Engineer Bill came here and opened it up. We all got to play red light, green light as little kids.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgVALENCIA – A San Fernando Valley-based Christian school is negotiating to buy Valencia’s Legacy Academy with the ultimate goal of jointly establishing a new Christian high school in the Santa Clarita Valley. A deal now being negotiated calls for the nonprofit Village Christian Schools to pay about $9 million for Legacy, a for-profit religious grade school that opened in 2002, Superintendent Ronald Sipus said Friday. Legacy Superintendent Timothy Borruel and his wife, Donna Borruel, director of curriculum, founded the Valencia school as an extension of their Sunshine day-care program. “We’re nearing an agreement,” Timothy Borruel said. “My heart wants me to do it, but right now I’m trying to make it make sense financially.” His concern, he said, is that changes don’t negatively affect his staff. The two have talked for years about partnering to build an “excellent premier” Christian high school in the Santa Clarita Valley, Sipus said. The purchase by the nonprofit organization was the most efficient way to partner and expand. Immediate plans call for adding seventh and eight grades to Legacy over the next two years, a $2 million project that includes adding a second story to the existing building. 661-257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThirteen people were inside the home when the fire began, and 11 of them, including children as young as 5, were able to evacuate without major injuries, said Derderian. The fire spread quickly, Derderian added. The two victims were on the second floor of the house, where the fire was fiercest, said Derderian. The others in the home were all on the ground floor, she added. Firefighters responded to a neighbor’s call that the house was burning in about one minute, said Derderian, though they encountered a difficult battle when they arrived. One of the 2,800-square-foot home’s two staircases had been covered over with drywall, said Derderian said, significantly impeding firefighters’ access to the engulfed second floor. “It was very challenging for the firefighters,” she said. The fire was declared extinguished in about 45 minutes, she added. The house was being occupied by two families, said Derderian. Some of those inside were family members from Fresno who were staying at the home for the holidays, she said. Coroner’s officials did not release the names of the deceased Sunday, pending notification of family members. Damage to the home and its contents was estimated at about $300,000, fire officials said. This fire marked the first fatal blaze reported since 2005, said Derderian. “We were hoping to get through this year without one,” she said. Derderian added that the Red Cross was dispatched to aid relocating the displaced residents. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – The cause of the city’s first fatal fire in two years remained under investigation Sunday, officials said. Investigators have some leads as to what sparked the blaze, said Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. However, no official conclusion can be made without further investigation of the coroner’s autopsy findings. The early-morning blaze killed a 39-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman, Derderian said. Both victims lived inside the home at 44 Fair Oaks Ave. with their family, Derderian said. last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian government, in cooperation with the networks and the entertainment lobby, might set up a web of advocacy groups staffed with legal teams to support the Canadians who were, after all, simply writing for wages that Americans considered too low. Perhaps then Hollywood would release a satirical film entitled “A Day Without a Canadian” that mocked the plight of its former American writers by noting that Tinseltown would collapse if the government started enforcing immigration laws. As outlandish as those circumstances may seem, that’s pretty much what has happened over the past two decades in a wide array of industries that provided critical paychecks for the American working class. Blue-collar communities have faced greater competition from workers illegally in the country, while simultaneously watching their access to education, health care and other social services suffer as a result of overcrowding and limited resources. On the Left Coast today, illegal immigrants who replace blue-collar American workers are portrayed as heroic “hard-working immigrants.” But the very moment they were to take a job from a privileged class of Americans (screenwriters, for example) you can bet they’d get an instant Hollywood makeover into job-poaching “scabs.” As they scream about the networks’ greed and unfair practices, it’s a safe bet that many of these writers – who earn an average of $200,000 annually – have a nanny at home who doesn’t speak English. How many of them are paying their nannies overtime? How many are covering their payroll taxes, disability and unemployment insurance? Do they get paid time off? Do they offer health insurance? Hardly. And that’s precisely why illegal immigrants get the job. In a fine touch of irony, the so-called “reality” television shows, which are cheaper non-union productions, may actually provide the networks with enough fresh programming to prevail in the strike. If that happens, the guild’s writers will get a small taste of the bitter reality show that working-class Americans have been subjected to for years. Mark Cromer is a Senior Writing Fellow for Californians for Population Stabilization, Write to him by e-mail at mrcromer@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHAT’S the difference between an illegal immigrant on a job and a “scab” that crosses the picket line? After all, aren’t both merely seeking work where they can find it? Aren’t both willing to toil at a lower wage in an effort to feed their families? The difference – at least in the ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America – is Hollywood liberalism and the bicoastal 213/212 area code universes that ideologically feed it. For what the strike by the WGA has revealed yet again is that outrage among the Los Angeles-Manhattan intelligentsia over corporate greed, unfair labor practices, stagnating wages and vanishing job security is directly related to the income and education level of those threatened. Consider for a moment the hundreds of thousands of American workers in California alone who have been forced from jobs in construction, landscaping, auto-body repair, cable installation and a host of other jobs by an alliance of greed-driven employers and an ethnocentric lobby that’s hungry for demographic power. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThese aren’t crop-picker or dishwasher jobs that Americans allegedly won’t do, but rather entire skilled and semi-skilled industries that have provided the butter and bread for the working class table. Where is the outrage within Hollywood’s fabled “Thirty Mile Zone” for these displaced workers? If there’s any anger at all, it’s actually directed at the American workers and their supporters for daring to speak out against the employers and the illegal immigrants who brazenly break the law to replace them on the job. They are belittled as bigots and dismissed as protectionists unable to adjust in a global economy. But when college-educated writers earning six-figure incomes that are padded with residuals take a bottom-line hit, the blood-curdling rage can be heard from Malibu to Martha’s Vineyard. The writers have taken to the streets for increased profit participation in the DVD and Internet-based markets. Those who have crossed the line to continue work have been labeled far worse than just “scabs.” Ellen DeGeneres has faced the scalding wrath of the guild for daring to continue her show through the strike. Now imagine what would happen if the studios decided to break this strike by using Canadian writers – by the thousands – who were coincidentally in the country illegally. And imagine if the political establishment then turned on the striking writers in support of the Canadians, labeling the American writers as hate-fueled “xenophobes.” last_img read more

first_img 10 The Premier League season has finished and the verdicts are in on all the new signings who joined clubs over the course of the 2015/16 campaign.While players such as Toby Alderweireld, N’Golo Kante and Anthony Martial have all shone, there are a number of players who have not lived up to their billing.EVERY PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB’S REPORT CARDSome have found themselves dropped to the bench while others have been shipped out on loan and are almost certain to be plying their trade somewhere else next season.So who are the biggest flops of the season? talkSPORT have compiled a list of 10 of the worst signings.POWER RANKING THE BEST SIGNINGS OF THE SEASONClick the arrow above, right, to see who has failed to live up to their reputations this season! 10 10 9. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern to Manchester United) – Signed for what looked like a bargain at the time (£14.4m) but having spent all season plagued by injury, as he was during his final few seasons in Germany, and appearing off the pace when fit, Schweinsteiger definitely goes down as a flop. 1. Memphis Depay (PSV to Manchester United) – Memphis came with a huge reputation, a massive price-tag and an even bigger ego. He took the famous no.7 jersey but has looked one of the worst players to ever wear it, only managing two league goals and 16 starts. 7. Pedro (Barcelona to Chelsea) – After the tug of war between Manchester United and Chelsea for the former Barcelona winger last summer, you would have expected him to set the league alight. However, he – like the rest of the Chelsea team – have been utterly useless. 8. Papy Djilobodji (Nantes to Chelsea) – A strange signing at the time but even stranger considering the 27-year-old only played one minute of football before being shipped out to the Bundesliga where his goal saved Werder Bremen from relegation. 10 10 6. Florian Thauvin (Marseille to Newcastle) – Arrived from Marseille for £12m, scored no league goals, started only three games, and went back to Marseille in January. A classic Newcastle signing. 5. Radamel Falcao (Monaco to Chelsea on loan) – You would have thought Falcao had done enough while on loan at Manchester United to persuade all other team of his lack of ability, yet Chelsea still signed him as back up to Diego Costa. He was so bad he has been dropped from the Colombian national team. 10. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City) – click the arrow, right, to see the worst signings of the season – Perhaps a little harsh to put Sterling on this list, but any player who is kept out of the Manchester City side by Jesus Navas has to be considered a bad signing. 10 10 4. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool) – Signed for £32.5m, but bar a stunning overhead kick against Manchester United (which Liverpool still lost) Benteke has been overwhelmingly disappointing and could find himself out of the door during the summer. 3. Alexandre Pato (Corinthians to Chelsea on loan) – Granted, it’s not Pato’s fault he was injured when he arrived on a six-month loan, though Chelsea must have known about his problems. The forward arrived in January, but didn’t make his debut until April and banked eye watering wages along the way. He did get a debut goal against Aston Villa, though… 10 10 2. Joleon Lescott (West Brom to Aston Villa) – An experienced head, a Premier League winner and a life-long Villa fan – what could go wrong? Lescott has been a disaster from arguing with fans to his pocket tweeting pictures of sports cars. 10last_img read more

first_imgHo hum, Monday was just another day at the office. Not! I found myself having lunch at Chateau Marmont, sitting at the same table as Jean Smart, Kathy Griffin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sharon Lawrence and Sally Kellerman, among others. OK, it was a really long table. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champStill, I was the only man at this luncheon to celebrate the More (magazine) Women In Film contest for screenwriters over 40. I’ll write more about the event later this week. I want to first share with you my conversation with the sublime Jean Smart about ABC’s new hit comedy “Samantha Who?” She plays the mother of Christina Applegate, the title character who suffers from amnesia and is forced to find out who she really is. “I’m having a blast,” Jean said. “It’s kind of like a disgusting love fest, we all fell in love with each other in the first week. I know actors always say the right thing, `Oh, the writing’s wonderful and the cast is wonderful.’ But it really is.” I have been a big fan of hers since her days as Charlene on “Designing Women.” She went on to win two Emmys for “Frasier” and was nominated twice more for her role as first lady Martha Logan on “24.” So with the role of Regina on “Samantha,” Jean is adding to a collection of already memorable roles. “When I read the pilot script and she’s videotaping herself so she can be on ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ because of her sob story about her daughter. She makes her daughter open her eyes again when she comes out of the coma after eight days because she missed (the shot). I said, `I have to play this person.”‘ Regina also doesn’t bother to tell Samantha that they haven’t been speaking to one another for the past two years. “She’s starting all over again,” she says. “She’s been reading the mother’s manual and is trying to do it by the book and treats her daughter like she’s 12 years old.” The last original episode of “Samantha” for 2007 airs next Monday night. Clooney says some misusing their fame George Clooney has said there’s a responsibility that comes with celebrity since famous folks have the resources to look out and advocate for other people. He doesn’t name names, but it’s pretty clear he does not think highly of Britney Spears and her use of fame. “What should you do with all this kind of attention?” Clooney said in an interview with USA Today. “Should you get out of a car without wearing underwear?” For more celebrity news, go to and local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgFurthermore, which of the health police is going to decide which fast-food places will be allowed permits to build, and which will be on the “banned” list? They say there aren’t enough markets or “wholesome” restaurants in South Los Angeles, then the council should get together with banks, churches and local business people to encourage investment in grocery stores and family restaurants. If council members thought about it logically – something not required in their job descriptions – they’d realize that keeping the number of fast-food establishments at their current level means that those restaurants will get more business as the population increases. The only thing that should determine what restaurants – or any business for that matter – occupy any area of the city is the law of capitalism. If they build it and people don’t come, they’ll be out of business soon enough. This is not just a matter for South L.A. If city officials can consider a policy like this for one area of the city, why not expand their healthier-than-thou bans to other parts of the city? How would we react if Valley Councilmen Dennis Zine, Greig Smith, Tony C rdenas, Jack Weiss or Tom LaBonge got it into their heads that Vals are too fat, or didn’t go to the gym often enough? What if they were to draft legislation mandating no more fast-food restaurants be built in the San Fernando Valley, but a gym must be built on every third corner along Ventura and Reseda boulevards? I don’t think we’d react too kindly. We’d flood their offices with e-mails and phone calls telling them how they’ve insulted our intelligence, not to mention our physiques. If I were a resident of South L.A., after telling members of the City Council about how and where I eat is none of their business, I’d be screaming, “Why just us? Why not the entire city? We’re perfectly capable of looking in the bathroom mirror and deciding if we’re too fat or not.” Have any Valley council members or the council as a whole walked through Valley or city malls lately? Both have a ton of fat people who may or may not be at risk for diabetes, heart attacks or strokes, depending on which study you read. So watch out, if they can do it to South Los Angeles, they can do it to you or to us. While council members are searching out the malls for fat people, and we’re looking in the mirror ourselves, they’d be well advised to look at their own reflections before they interfere with ours. Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan. Write to her by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE health police are at it again. Banning further building of fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles, as proposed by Councilwoman Jan Perry, is not the answer to solving the problem of obesity and diabetes for the people who live there or anywhere in the city. The answer lies in a far slower, more deliberate process: One of education and universal health care. That won’t be easy. Part of that education requires a change in lifestyle. It means learning how to balance meals, and doing a lot of grocery shopping, cooking and eating in, things many people – not just residents of South L.A. – don’t have time for. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThat aside, where does the City Council get off telling anyone what kinds of restaurants they can patronize or what kind of restaurants can be built? Don’t council members have anything better to do with their time? It’s obvious that no gangs roam the streets; the crime rate has dropped to zero percent; every homeless person has found a home; there are no traffic jams; every student gets straight A’s. Ooops. The school aren’t under the council’s purview, but if they were, it would be A’s all ’round. If the council is really so worried about the health of L.A.’s residents, it wouldn’t be futzing around with we-know-better-than-you laws, it would be pushing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state representatives to get us universal health care. Council members would be urging their own Department of Health to get a public-service ad campaign going to educate people that fast-food is a once-a-week treat, and advise them of easy, healthful alternatives. South L.A. might have more fast-food restaurants per capita than any other area of the city, but that does not translate to a need for a moratorium on building more. last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – Angelina Jolie is expecting a baby this summer with Brad Pitt, finally affirming the long-presumed relationship previously only glimpsed on African beaches and in paparazzi snapshots. Pitt’s publicist, Cindy Guagenti, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Jolie is pregnant and that Pitt is the father, confirming People magazine’s earlier report. “Yes, I’m pregnant,” the magazine quoted Jolie as telling a charity aid worker Monday in the Dominican Republic, where she is filming “The Good Shepherd” with Matt Damon. The news comes one month after papers were filed to make Pitt the adoptive father of Jolie’s two children. Jolie sought to change the names of the children to Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt. Pitt accompanied Jolie to Ethiopia in July to pick up Zahara, now 1. Jolie’s adopted son, now 4, is from Cambodia. Jolie’s father, Jon Voight, was reached Wednesday morning for his reaction by entertainment TV show “Access Hollywood.” The Oscar-winning star of 1978’s “Coming Home” said he had not spoken to Jolie, but said, “Angie is my daughter and I am always wishing the best for her.” Previously, Jolie, 30, and Pitt, 42, had not publicly acknowledged their relationship despite increasingly frequent sightings of the couple. They had been spotted together across the globe: in Canadian shopping malls (near Pitt’s movie set for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”), vacationing on African beaches and, most recently, in Pakistan. In November, Pitt and Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N., toured quake-devastated areas in Pakistan. Jolie also met with Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Jolie, whose films include “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and “Alexander,” is divorced from actors Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller. Pitt, the star of films including “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Troy,” had no children from his four-year marriage to Jennifer Aniston, which ended in divorce last October. The couple cited irreconcilable differences. Pitt has denied Jolie was behind the split. Pitt and Jolie also starred together in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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