Month: December 2019

FIFA sponsors call on Sepp Blatter to resign as president immediately

first_img Sepp Blatter VISA and Budweiser have joined two of FIFA’s other main sponsors, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, in calling on president Sepp Blatter to resign from his post at football’s governing body immediately.Swiss authorities opened criminal investigations against Blatter this week as an improper payment of £1.3m to UEFA president Michel Platini emerged.It is the first time that a sponsor has spoken out against the current regime with American giants Coca-Cola and McDonalds having sponsored FIFA since 1970.In a statement, Coca-Cola said: “For the benefit of the game, The Coca-Cola Company is calling for FIFA President Joseph Blatter to step down immediately so that a credible and sustainable reform process can begin in earnest.“Every day that passes, the image and reputation of FIFA continues to tarnish.“FIFA needs comprehensive and urgent reform, and that can only be accomplished through a truly independent approach.”McDonald’s swiftly followed with a statement of their own, saying: “We believe it would be in the best interest of the game for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down immediately so that the reform process can proceed with the credibility that is needed.”However, Blatter’s US-based lawyer Richard Cullen responded with a defiant message.“While Coca-Cola is a valued sponsor of FIFA, Mr Blatter respectfully disagrees with its position and believes firmly that his leaving office now would not be in the best interest of FIFA nor would it advance the process of reform and, therefore, he will not resign,” he said. The four companies make up the majority of FIFA’s sponsorship, with the last remaining member of the ‘big five’ sponsors, Adidas, yet to comment.Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said this should now be the end of the road for Blatter.Dyke said: “I think this is a game changer. It doesn’t matter what Mr Blatter says now – if the people who pay for FIFA want a change they will get a change.“What is important is that it isn’t just about Mr Blatter standing down – it’s about making sure there is a comprehensive and effective reform programme. So for those of us who want fundamental change this is good news.” 1last_img read more

Aston Villa boss questions midfielder’s dedication

first_img Charles N’Zogbia 1 Boss Remi Garde has questioned Charles N’Zogbia’s commitment and insisted he must work harder to earn an Aston Villa recall.The midfielder has been left out of Garde’s last three squads and is unlikely to return to face old club Newcastle on Saturday with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League.N’Zogbia came off the bench in Garde’s first game, a 0-0 draw with Manchester City last month and the 4-0 defeat to Everton, but has not played since and is out of contract in June.“Charles could have given more than he has given to the team in the first two or three weeks when I came,” said Garde.“Charles’ story with Aston Villa is a long one, with some difficult stuff, and he is ending his contract soon.“Sometimes it’s not the best way to be fully committed in a football club in the situation we are in.“Charles is not the worst person I have ever met. I am just here to try to pick up the players I feel who are the most committed for this very difficult task we have.“I am not saying Charles is a bad person. Sometimes it doesn’t work between players and clubs, players and managers.”N’Zogbia joined from Wigan for around £9million on a five-year deal in 2011 and is one of Villa’s best paid players and Garde would not rule out allowing him to leave in January.“It’s not only about Charles.“When you are wearing the shirt and defending the club’s colours you need to be peaceful with everyone, the football club, manager, team mates,” he said.“Sometimes it happens where the situation is not like that and there is a possibility, twice in the season, where you can go to the manager and say ‘I’m not happy, I want to leave’.“Then you have to listen and see if we can find a good solution for all parties.“If that’s the case I will listen to all the players.”But Garde admitted he may need to move on some top earners who are not playing.He added: “It’s a situation I need to change and clear.“If you spend a lot of money on players who aren’t playing it will be very bad news for the team and everyone at the football club.“I’m blaming nobody.”last_img read more

Swansea City to stick with caretaker boss for the remainder of the season

first_imgSwansea have announced that caretaker manager Alan Curtis will remain in charge for the rest of the seasonCurtis has been in caretaker charge since Swansea sacked Garry Monk on December 9 after a run of only one win in 12 games.Under Curtis’ command, Swansea have won one, drawn two and lost two of their five games and are currently two points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.Announcing the appointment on the club’s official website, chairman Huw Jenkins said: “Alan Curtis and the current staff set-up will continue until the end of the season. We firmly believe it is the right decision for Swansea City.It is understood that former boss Brendan Rodgers was Swansea’s preferred choice to succeed Monk.But Rodgers wanted to take an extended break after leaving Liverpool in October and Jenkins’ search for a manager took him to South America, where he met former Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa.Those discussions floundered and Gus Poyet, Roberto di Matteo and Jose Mourinho’s former Chelsea assistant Jose Morais were all strongly linked with the position as Curtis oversaw an improvement in performances.Swansea beat West Brom and drew with West Ham and Crystal Palace, with the two defeats being narrow 2-1 losses at Manchester City and Manchester United.“Alan has been with us through good and bad times and was part of the management team that helped the club secure its Football League status over 12 years ago,” Jenkins said.“He is fully aware of the next important job he has ahead of him to dig deep and find the required levels of performance and motivation to secure our Premier League status – our main goal this season.“We believe there is nobody with more knowledge and experience of the club to do that than Alan Curtis.“He has served Swansea City so well for more than 40 years and played an integral part in our recent success under the likes of Roberto Martinez, Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and Garry Monk.“We have a person at the helm who fully represents all Swansea City stands for, has the respect of the players and who will provide the calm reassurance and encouragement of our footballing beliefs.“We have all been impressed with the way he has improved performance levels over the last five games.“The players have obviously responded to him because we have seen an uplift in performances.“I know some people will query why we didn’t have a replacement lined up when we parted company with Garry Monk, but we didn’t expect to be in the situation we were in when you look at our position mid-September.“We hoped and expected things would eventually turn around. When they didn’t, we felt we had to act quickly in the best interests of the club going forward.”Jenkins admitted that appointing a manager had proved a difficult exercise over the past month.“Finding a replacement hasn’t been easy because we didn’t want to make a short-term decision that would be detrimental to the club long-term,” Jenkins said.“It’s a unique situation for us and I think we are only now appreciating what other Premier League clubs in our position have gone through in the last five years.“We’ve spoken to a lot of potential managers. Some didn’t want to leave the clubs they were at this late stage in the season, while others didn’t want to put their reputation on the line by joining a club at the wrong end of the table.“In the end, we felt the best decision was to keep things in-house and change as little as we can until taking stock in the summer.“We need to make sure we stick together as players, staff and supporters and give everything as one.“We still have plenty of work left to do and being part of the Premier League is vital to that continued development.”Curtis’ first game in full-time charge will be the FA Cup third-round tie at Oxford on Sunday, before two Premier League games at home against Sunderland and Watford the following week Alan Curtis 1last_img read more

Hiddink says he subbed Rahman because of defender’s poor showing at Southampton

first_imgGuus Hiddink revealed his decision to substitute Baba Rahman at half-time in Chelsea’s 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton owed entirely to the defender’s poor performance, adding his left-back was not carrying an injury.Rahman had been criticised by Fabregas for giving the ball away, suggesting Hiddink is not the only one losing patience with a player signed for £22million. That they were facing Ryan Bertrand, a player they sold to Southampton for £10million, only highlighted his poor performance.Rahman’s soft header had just gifted Shane Long the chance from which he gave Southampton the lead and, despite Chelsea’s limited options in defence, Hiddink decided he had seen enough.The decision to replace Rahman with Kenedy paid dividends as second-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic secured victory, but despite Chelsea’s improving form there must be concerns about the defence after Hiddink was forced to act.Chelsea’s second-half goals ended Southampton’s run of five wins from their previous six fixtures, while England goalkeeper Fraser Forster conceded for the first time in 708 minutes.“I could say he was injured, but he was just taken off because of that (mistake),” said Hiddink, who is already without Kurt Zouma and John Terry, while Pedro was lost to a hamstring injury after six minutes.“I don’t like to personalise it, but you have to take decisions sometimes that can appear very harsh. We have to cope with that.“Young Kenedy did his job very well when he came in. Sometimes you have to take decisions like that. It’s like it is. It’s harsh, but I have also to control and not always wait on decisions. I’m responsible for the general result.“I don’t know what the ‘old Chelsea’ was, but the Chelsea we want to see is one that reacts when there is a setback. We like to be pro-active and show the desire is huge to turn a result from negative to positive. The players must respond, and they did.”last_img read more

FBI names Hernandez to head to LA office

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Los Angeles office got a new head on Friday when the agency named Salvador Hernandez as Assistant Director in Charge. Hernandez, who comes from the Criminal Investigative Division, replaces the headquarters-bound J. Stephen Tidwell. A Mexico City native who grew up in Missouri, Hernandez began his FBI career in 1984 and served in Phoenix, San Juan, Louisville and Oklahoma City. His assignments varied from tracking the Puerto Rican terrorist group known as the Macheteros to fighting white collar crime, public corruption and counterterrorism. Hernandez, a St. Louis University graduate, earned a bachelor’s in history in 1981 and a Juris Doctorate in 1984. For more cops and crime news, check out It’s a Crime. 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

Business owner passes firm on to employee

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Jimenez soon found out. Seibu Fasteners Inc. imports and distributes fasteners for the electronics, automotive and aerospace industries. It was founded in 1982 by Ichizo Takeuchi, a Japanese immigrant who came to America in 1970. And in 2006, Jimenez became CEO and owner of the company, which has a client list that includes Mitsubishi and Boeing. Takeuchi, or “Mr. Tak,” and his wife, Mizue, built the business together. SANTA FE SPRINGS – When a teenage Gabriel Jimenez got a job through a city program in 1995, he had no way of knowing where it would ultimately lead. He was 19 and the father of a toddler and a baby when he signed up for the Youth in Industry Summer Employment Program. Jimenez, now 32, was looking for something to support himself and his young family. “I was just happy to find a job,” he said. “I didn’t think about what the company was about.” “My wife was a very sharp person,” said the 77-year-old Takeuchi, his speech halted and faint after a series of strokes he has suffered. Mizue Takeuchi died of breast cancer in April 2004. She had trained and overseen the new employees. Jimenez was one of them. “She kept everything in line and running smoothly,” said Jimenez, who started in the warehouse. Although his hard work and dedication helped him climb the ranks, including a stint in sales, Jimenez never thought it would stop at the top rung. When Takeuchi suffered a heart attack a month after his wife’s death, Jimenez was already in place to run the day-to-day operations. “I had, over the years, been doing more and more, but during Mrs. Tak’s illness and then after Mr. Tak’s heart attack, I took over even more.” Takeuchi’s trust in the young man stemmed from the close bond the two built outside the job. “They are family,” said Jimenez’s older sister, Loretta Aguilar, 42. She said her brother would take Takeuchi to the hospital to visit his wife during her battle with cancer. “They are like his grandparents,” she said. “I was surprised, and of course honored, when he made me the offer,” Jimenez said. “He showed great trust in me.” As for “Mr. Tak,” he is chairman and comes to visit the office twice a month. “I want to keep him involved,” Jimenez said. “Without him and all he taught me, I wouldn’t be here.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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_imgAs change swirled through the city’s gleaming Pier Avenue during the last half century, the Mermaid has remained a constant, with good drinks and great people, he said. “I just can’t believe they’re going to do this,” the 73-year-old said. “It’ll break my heart.” Thelen bought the bar in 1954 – an era still reflected in the establishment’s vintage decor. And in more than 50 years of business, the two-time Hermosa Beach mayor closed the tavern just twice, Albergate said: once when President Kennedy was shot, and again in 1992 during the Los Angeles riots. But today the 7,000-square-foot ocean-front property – also housing Good Stuff restaurant and the Poop Deck bar – is all but a sitting duck for a developer eyeing built-out Hermosa Beach. The property is currently zoned for light commercial, and City Councilman Sam Edgerton, a longtime Mermaid regular, said a builder has several choices for development, including a similar business or a hotel. Either way, the Mermaid’s void will create sweeping changes in Pier Plaza’s landscape, he said. “The Mermaid was and is the last place you can go to in any of the beach cities where you can get a great table with an ocean view and sit beside people of all generations and everyone is totally comfortable,” Edgerton said. But Mermaid lovers are holding out hope the landmark bar would stay. “There have been some interested (buyers), but also I think the citizens of Hermosa would like to see it stay,” Albergate said. “It’s the heart and soul of the plaza.” Good Stuff owner Cris Bennett had a laid-back attitude toward the possible sale of his restaurant’s land. “It’s just sad to think that this all might be coming to an end,” he said. “We’re just going to keep doing business as usual. I think we’re just going to sit tight and see what happens.” Spirits were also good at the Mermaid during an unusually crowded afternoon last week. “Mermaid Realty. This is Kenny,” bartender Tom Slater answered the shrilling telephone in his best game show host voice. Having suffered through the closings of other bars where he worked, Slater didn’t seem too worried about the Mermaid’s fate. “My wife is looking for another two jobs so I can have a little retirement,” he joked. Albergate figured her late father wouldn’t be pleased about the bar’s sale. Thelen loved the place, and after he took ill about five years ago, his family kept the Mermaid open to “keep Dad running,” she said. “This is `Cheers’ on the beach,” Albergate said. andrea.woodhouse@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 Strand-front property housing the landmark bar in Hermosa Beach has hit the market for $27 million, nearly three months after longtime owner Quentin “Boots” Thelen died, said his stepdaughter, Diana Albergate. Thelen’s six heirs, including Albergate, didn’t struggle with their decision to sell – with the estate tax man knocking, they didn’t have a choice, she said. “We hate to have to do this, but the federal government demands its unfair share,” Albergate said. Also for sale is an adjacent 6,900-square-foot building that faces Pier Plaza and houses four businesses – Mexican restaurant Cantina Real, Lappert’s Ice Cream, Avanti Jewelers and Pier Surf. The family is asking $6.5 million for the property. Sipping a vodka tonic at his favorite drinking spot, Tom Barnett said he was stunned to hear the Mermaid’s land was for sale. By Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER The regulars at the Mermaid, the iconic, wood-paneled, Naugahyde- upholstered watering hole in Hermosa Beach, must be be crying in their beers. last_img

Wildfires’ full impact yet to be felt

first_imgThe cough-inducing haze eventually will clear, but Southern California’s recent wildfires could lead to longer-lasting environmental consequences – mudslides that send ash-ridden water to the ocean and the extinction of a few plants and wildlife. And in areas especially hard hit by fire, chaparral might never grow back, meaning a tough time for other plants and animals within a charred, altered ecosystem. “If you have too frequent fire, your vegetation may not recover from fire and you can end up losing species,” said Scott Morrison, a scientist with the Nature Conservancy. “A lot of the natural environment will recover on its own. What we want to be on the lookout for are those places that are going to need some help.” With nearly two dozen wildfires burning in recent days, Southern California has seen more than 517,700 acres and more than 2,000 homes burn. Now that many of the fires are out or contained, environmentalists are assessing the damage to the natural landscape. The Tecate cypress, a rare tree found in the Otay mountains near the border with Mexico, could also be at risk, he said. But for other species, the news might not be so dire. In fact, the wildfires could be a boon. Coyotes often eat smaller prey that has been left disoriented by flames. A bird called the rock wren has been known to settle in areas stripped of plants and trees, nesting in rock outcroppings. “Some things die, but then other species benefit and probably their populations go up,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall. Wildlife managers were particularly concerned about populations of big-horn sheep and a few young California condors, but those animals appear to have made it through OK. Some plants called “fire followers” will grow back by the spring in areas that have burned, Swift said. Larger shrubs will grow back within five years, he said. The California Department of Fish and Game will evaluate the burned areas, using satellite images and aerial photos to determine if anything should be done to help species affected by the fires, said Harry Morse, a spokesman for the department. Meanwhile, in heavily populated coastal areas, fires have been occurring too frequently, and that is harming the environment, experts said. Near Pepperdine University in Malibu, some chaparral – the thicket of shrubs and thorny bushes native to Southern California – has been unable to grow back because of frequent fires, said Suzanne Goode, senior environmental scientist with California State Parks. Laurel sumac, weeds and mustard grass have grown in the place of the chaparral, and they are more flammable. “Increasing fire frequency causes increasing fire frequency,” Goode said. Plants that emerge after a fire don’t hold the soil as well as chaparral, which leads to erosion – especially with heavy rain – and harms rivers and streams. “So the whole ecosystem starts to really deteriorate,” Goode said. A similar process of vegetation changing to more flammable plants has been at work along coastal Orange County and in parts of Los Angeles County inland from Malibu. “It is a really serious condition from an ecosystem point of view,” said Pepperdine professor Stephen Davis, a plant ecologist who has studied the process. While the ash from burned vegetation is relatively clean, officials warned that burned homes could be toxic and include asbestos. “Any structure that is burned, it’s a good idea to assume the resulting ash has hazardous material,” Rukeyser said. As for the air quality, the health threat will be nearly eliminated within days of the fires being put out, Air Quality Management District officials said. Winds eventually will blow the bad air east over the Rocky Mountains. On Monday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said air quality had improved in most areas, but that it remained unhealthful near the remaining wildfires. And while some blame the wildfires for all the environmental hazards that have resulted, some think we need more fires to let nature take its course. Richard Minnich, a geography professor at UC Riverside, argues that in Baja California, where firefighters purposely don’t battle wildfires as hard as in Southern California, frequent but less dramatic blazes thin out the vegetation and prevent the kinds of destruction seen here in recent days. Minnich advocates letting wildfires burn out naturally. “Look, fire is inevitable, it’s like breathing – in fact they’re the same process, it’s called oxidation,” he said. “The public has to understand this process is going to happen.” (818) 546-3304 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.After a wildfire, officials always prepare for the threat of mudslides on hills made bare by the flames. And this year is no exception, despite predictions of low rainfall. “In terms of watersheds, erosion is a big worry if you’ve got hillsides without live vegetation,” said Bill Rukeyser, a spokesman for the State Water Resources Control Board. And if too much nutrient-rich ash and silt get into waterways and out to the ocean, it can cause algae to grow, which hurts fish, Rukeyser said. To prevent the threat of erosion and runoff, workers in the coming weeks will lay down sandbags or turn fallen trees sideways to slow water flowing downhill. In U.S. Forest Service land, some of the same firefighters who were battling the flames will be setting up bales of hay to prevent runoff. In San Diego County, the Quino checkerspot butterfly and the Thorne’s hairstreak butterfly are in danger of extinction because of frequent fires that have recently burned through their habitat, Morrison said. last_img read more

Mendez re-elected to Rio Hondo board

first_imgSpecial Section: Get the latest elections news and vote tallies WHITTIER – Voters in Rio Hondo College’s Trustee Area 4 re-elected incumbent Gary Mendez to the college’s board of trustees. Gary Mendez, 38, who has held for the past eight years, defeated Alma Martinez, 51, a Rio Hondo gradaute. Martinez is a mother of three who runs a home-based child care facility. She has worked with the college over the past six years with the “I’m Going to College!” program through the Little Lake City School District in Santa Fe Springs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre She is also married to Little Lake school trustee Richard Martinez, while her brother, Art Escobedo, is a Los Nietos School District board member. Martinez was endorsed by the college’s teachers’ union, the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association. Mendez also attended Rio Hondo College, and recently came under fire by college faculty and local leaders for claiming the college’s former superintendent did not voluntarily retire last year, but was forced out by trustees. During his tenure on the board, Mendez helped establish programs that give out free bus passes to full-time students and give priority registration to military veterans. 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_imgSinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Peadar Toibin, TD will be in Donegal this Monday 19th November for a series of meetings across the county.Deputy Toibin is to hear at first hand the challenges local businesses and the unemployed face and to discuss Sinn Féin’s recently-launched Jobs Plan.He will also witness at first hand some positive examples of enterprise and innovation in the county that gives hope in these difficult times. Speaking ahead of the visit, Deputy Toibin said “In the last four years Ireland has shed more jobs than any other western state per capita since the Great Depression”.“Sinn Féin has identified €13billion which can be used to create jobs, increase productivity and improve competiveness. This money would be sourced from the European Investment Bank, incentivised investment from the private pension sector and the National Pension Reserve Fund.“Investment on this scale would retain 15,000 jobs and create about 156,000 jobs.“In Donegal we would create jobs by proceeding with the A5 Dublin-Derry dual carriageway which would greatly improve the Northwest’s appeal to foreign investors. We would also invest in new schools and primary care centres. “Donegal would also benefit from a new emphasis on agri-food and seafood sectors as well as sustainable tourism.“As an opposition party we will be pushing the government to adopt these proposals to reverse the spiraling unemployment and emigration that has plagued this county for years.”SINN FEIN SPOKESMAN ON JOBS, ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION TO VISIT DONEGAL was last modified: November 16th, 2012 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:Donegal visitPeadar ToibinSinn Feinlast_img read more