FIFA boss Infantino to visit Zimbabwe Friday

first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press briefing closing a meeting of the FIFA executive council at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on January 10, 2017HARARE, Zimbabwe, Feb 19- FIFA President Gianni Infantino will be in Zimbabwe at the same time as a regional meeting which has drawn criticism from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).Infantino has accepted an invitation from Zimbabwe FA president Philip Chiyangwa to visit the country. In December, Chiyangwa was elected chairman of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA). CAF recently claimed that a planned COSAFA meeting on 24 February is ‘an attempt to destabilise’ the African body.“Convening a meeting with representatives of many member associations outside the Cosafa zone is deemed to represent an attempt to destabilise Caf,” the organisation added.Chiyangwa has also invited other African FA Presidents to the gathering.The COSAFA region encompasses Madagascar, whose FA head Ahmad Ahmad is the sole challenger to Issa Hayatou in next month’s CAF Presidential elections.COSAFA has already pledged its vote, which encompasses 14 members, to Ahmad, who is looking to dethrone Hayatou, the Cameroonian who has led CAF since 1988.Appointed FIFA president twelve months ago, Infantino will visit Zimbabwe shortly after attending the world governing body’s summit in South Africa between 21-23 February.“This will take place in connection with my trip to South Africa for the FIFA Executive Summits in Johannesburg,” Infantino wrote in a letter dated 15 February to Chiyangwa.“I will be arriving in Harare on Thursday 23 February and leaving on Friday 24 February,” he added in a letter seen by the BBC.“I have no doubt that this visit will help us to lay the foundations for further fruitful cooperation and to share our personal visions for the continued development of our sport in your country.”After receiving Caf’s letter, Chiyangwa wrote back to complain about its tone while also denying any attempt to destabilise African football’s governing body.“The informal gathering styled as ‘Dr Philip Chiyangwa Birthday and Cosafa Presidency Victory celebration’ in Harare scheduled for 24 February is merely my belated birthday celebration,” the Zimbabwean wrote.“I also intend, on the same occasion, to celebrate my ascendancy to the Cosafa presidency.”Earlier this week, Ahmad unveiled his election manifesto which highlighted a desire for improved governance, citing a commitment to increased transparency and reinvestment.Ahmad is considered the most serious challenger in years to Hayatou, who was re-elected unopposed in 2013. The Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa will host the CAF elections on 16 March.-By BBC-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aboriginal and environmental groups plan to sue Canada over PNW LNG project

first_img“This project underwent a three-year rigorous and thorough science-based process that evaluated and incorporated mitigation measures that will minimize the environmental impacts.”Original story: KUALA LUMPUR – According to an article by Reuters, Aboriginal groups and environmental groups are planning on suing Canada over the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.The article states the groups plan to sue to have the permit revoked from the project that was approved last month by the Justin Trudeau government with 190 conditions that have to be met before the project moves forward.The lawsuit will apparently name Petronas as an associated party. Representatives of the groups told Reuters this information this week.- Advertisement -In a statement by the groups today, it states they will be taking the fight to Federal Court in Vancouver. The groups said there will be “multiple legal actions”.Petronas has not returned requests for comment according to the article.Caitlin Workman, a spokeswoman for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said that the project has been carefully examined.Advertisementlast_img read more

City says stop to man’s speeding sign

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – The electric road sign was beat up when Bob Meza bought it at an auction. Since then, he put time and money into fixing the sign to warn speeders to slow down in his quiet residential neighborhood. Now, the city has asked Meza, 52, to take down the sign and get a permit for it. That angered some neighbors, who said the city is not doing enough to control speeding. Meza just this week parked the electric sign on Canvas Street near Alder Peak Avenue, at the top of a hill that neighbors say motorists speed down. The sign flashes a notice that the limit is 25 mph, and with the aid of radar it posts each passing car’s speed and flashes a light if they are going too fast. “Watch this car, 34 miles per hour,” Meza said, standing by the sign as a car zipped by. “But you saw that they put the brakes on.” Meza, who works as a studio engineer, said he plans to apply for a permit for the sign. City officials say they have been working with Meza and his neighbors to control speeding, but that a sign should only go up for a couple days a week as an educational tool. The city gets complaints from residents every day about drivers speeding through their neighborhoods. But research shows most of the speeders on residential streets live in the neighborhood, said Gail Ortiz, a spokeswoman for the city. “The problems relating to speeding through the neighborhoods are much more a perception than a reality, and … the answer is a multifaceted approach,” Ortiz said. “It’s not just putting up signs and having a cop on every corner.” The city has an electric sign on Soledad Canyon Road near the Saugus Speedway. It’s in the center median, over a speed-limit sign, and it shows motorists how fast they are going. Earlier this year, when speeding arose as a problem in the Ermine Street neighborhood, the city had meetings and mailed educational cards to residents to get them to slow down. The cards asked residents: Who is speeding through your neighborhood? The cards opened to reveal a small mirror. But residents on and around Canvas Street in Canyon Country say the city should do more. They say that since Linda Vista Street was opened to cars from Sierra Highway, the neighborhood has received pass-through traffic from cars going between the highway and Soledad Canyon Road to the south. Now, neighbors say so many cars pass on Canvas Street that they have trouble even backing out of their driveways, with passing motorists glaring at them for getting in the way. Nancy Van Sciver, a retiree who lives on Canvas Street, said she even doubts that the speed sign Meza installed would slow traffic. Sciver said the “mom brigade” speeding by on a nearby street to drop off and pick up children from school is not slowed by traffic-controlling measures. “Even when they have a cop sitting there, those moms ignore it and they’re going 40 miles per hour,” she said. The city has installed speed-limit notices on Canvas Street, but residents want more. About 200 residents signed a petition asking the city to install speed bumps and more stop signs and close off Linda Vista Street. When Meza bought the sign, it had been bent up in a traffic collision, he said. He fixed it and programmed it before the city told him to take it down. Resident Cathy Soto, who works as a purchasing agent, said the city should not make Meza take his sign down. “I think that’s horrible,” she said. “The city’s not helping us.” (661) 257-5253160Want 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

Picture special: 10 GREAT images as Man United legends turn back the clock at Old Trafford

first_img 10 10 10 10 10 10 10center_img Old Trafford hosted David Beckham’s ‘Match for Children’ on Saturday afternoon, which saw Great Britain and Ireland, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, defeat a star-studded Rest of the World side 3-1.Icons Ronaldinho, Luis Figo and Robert Pires took to the pitch, but all eyes were fixed on the commanding performances of Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, with the quartet reminding supporters of the glory days at United.MANCHESTER UNITED FANS ASK ‘CAN WE PLEASE BRING BECKHAM, GIGGS AND SCHOLES BACK?’Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see a selection of the best images from the exciting UNICEF clash in Manchester. 10 10 Click the arrow above to see more images from Old Trafford! 10last_img read more

Too many good flicks opening

first_imgHOLDOVERS: Will Smith’s “I Am Legend” beat expectations with a record December opening of $77.2million. Even if its receipts drop by more than 50percent, it will still gross about $35million and challenge for second place.Look for “Alvin and the Chipmunks” to continue its stunning performance. Its $44.3million opening was also a stunner, and it should remain in the top five with at least a $25million second weekend.MILESTONES: “Legend” will sail past the $100million milestone by Sunday. Inching ever so close – at a much slower pace – is Disney’s “Enchanted,” which could get a nice boost now that the kids are out of school.EXPANSIONS: A quartet of Oscar-caliber flicks are easier to find starting today.“Atonement” and “Juno” are now in 200-plus locations, “The Kite Runner” expands to 350 sites, and “The Savages” is playing in 60 locations.greg.hernandez@dailynews.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTHE FORECAST: I just saw “Treasure,” the sequel to the 2004 surprise Disney smash, at the ArcLight, and it was a load of fun. Since it will be playing in a whopping 3,500 theaters and should have widespread appeal, I’m picking it to come out on top of the pack with a $45 million debut.The young guys are gonna flock to Sony’s “Walk Hard,” which was written by Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up” and “40 Year Old Virgin”), pushing the film to a $20million to $25million opening weekend.Then, you gotta figure Hanks and Roberts will draw a lot of adults to see Universal’s “Wilson,” based on a true story and directed by Mike Nichols to take in at least $15million to $18million.Depp can be hit or miss at the box office, but I expect “Sweeney Todd” to add to his already dazzling 2007. (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” grossed $309.4million domestically.) Since the musical from Paramount/DreamWorks is in just 1,000 theaters, it will not be able to contend for a top-three finish. But it can rack up an impressive per-theater average, take in maybe $10million, and begin strong word-of-mouth momentum.I fear that “P.S.” from Warner Bros. will get lost in the shuffle and struggle to reach even $10million. I know that the Christmas holiday is a primo time to roll out a movie, but did the studios really have to give us five wide releases this season?And these don’t seem to be throwaway flicks.You’ve got Oscar-winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the drama “Charlie Wilson’s War,” Oscar-winners Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren and Jon Voight in the adventure sequel “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” Johnny Depp in the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” Gerard Butler and two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank in the romance flick “P.S. I Love You,” and former Oscar nominee John C. Reilly in the highly anticipated comedy “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”Whew!last_img read more

Celtic’s Kris Commons joins Hibs on emergency loan deal

first_imgNeil Lennon’s team have been hit by an injury crisis in midfield with John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie both missing and under SPFL rules clubs can apply for emergency loan deals. Commons was a key player under Lennon at Celtic, winning the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year award in 2013-14.Under SPFL rules, an emergency loan deal can only last for a maximum of 93 days.Following that period, Hibernian could opt to sign Commons on a regular loan deal or a permanent transfer in January. Celtic’s Kris Commons has joined Hibernian on an emergency loan deal.The midfielder, who has six months left on his Celtic contract, travelled to Edinburgh to seal the deal to join Neil Lennon’s side as they push to win promotion to the Scottish Premiership.The capital club announced the deal will last until January 15.Commons told the club’s website: “It has come about very quickly, but I think it makes sense on both parts. I can try to get some football under my belt and give Hibs a helping hand as well. “As much as I am trying to help Hibs, the club are trying to help me out a lot, so I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to play football. I’m also thoroughly looking forward to hopefully helping them on the way and putting on the jersey and doing my best.”Commons, 33, has struggled with injury this season and has failed to make an appearance for the Scottish champions under Brendan Rodgers.Neil Lennon said: “Kris is an experienced, technically gifted player, so him coming in at this time is of benefit to the side as the games start coming in over the festive period.“With us missing a lot of our regular midfield players, it is good to bring in someone with a lot to offer, even just on a short-term basis.”last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers wins fourth Manager of the Month award

first_imgThat run of results, during which Celtic score 16 goals and concede five over five games, continued the team’s unbeaten run in the league. It earned Rodgers his fourth monthly award, adding to the trophies he picked up in August, October and December. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been named as Premiership Manager of the Month for April, taking the award for the fourth time this season.It adds to the PFA Manager of the Year award he collected on Sunday.Rodgers’ side began the month by sealing their sixth successive title with a 5-0 win against Hearts at Tynecastle before a home draw with Partick Thistle, a win against Kilmarnock and a draw at Ross County. Celtic completed April with a 5-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox.last_img

Alan Stubbs: Hibs can beat Rangers to second place

first_imgAlan Stubbs believes his former club Hibernian could beat Rangers and Aberdeen to finish as Premiership runners-up this season.The Edinburgh side are three points behind both sides with five matches to go, beginning with a home game against a Celtic side looking to wrap up the title on Saturday.Stubbs said he thought Neil Lennon’s side could put Celtic’s title celebrations on hold and then put together a run that makes them best of the rest. He said the bruising Scottish Cup defeats suffered by Rangers and Aberdeen could be a factor if Hibs can play the way they’ve been playing.“I think they’ve got a good opportunity to do it and going by how consistent they’ve been all season I think it’s going to go right to the wire,” the former Easter Road head coach said. “I think out of all the teams in the top six, apart from Celtic and Kilmarnock, Hibs have been probably one of the most consistent teams all season in terms of performances and results. “Rangers have to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointing result, as do Aberdeen.”Reflecting on Rangers’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of Celtic and the subsequent fallout that saw Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace suspended by the Ibrox club, Stubbs said he wasn’t enjoying the team’s struggles.“I think it’s sad,” he said. “It’s disappointing because I don’t think anybody from a Scottish point of view wants to see a club as big as Rangers performing as poorly as they are. “There’s certainly an element where Celtic want to see a stronger Rangers, in terms of helping them become stronger, because it’s not doing them any favours.“Going into an Old Firm game now, unfortunately it looks like there’s only going to be one outcome and that’s a Celtic win because Rangers do seem to be a distance behind them in quality and class.“I think it’s now an opportunity for the likes of Hibs and Aberdeen to really try and gain momentum and push forward.”Stubbs was Celtic captain under John Barnes and said he could understand the frustration of players when things weren’t going well but that he felt there still had to be professionalism when raising concerns.“As a captain you sometimes have a responsibility to speak on behalf of the group, and at times say things in the dressing room that stay inside the dressing room,” he said. “But the one thing that you have to do is all of that is be respectful as well.“From what I can gather and what’s coming out, there has certainly been a lack of respect towards Graeme Murty and his staff and what’s gone on prior to the game. That’s certainly a mark that you can’t cross.“If that’s true, then they’ve crossed a line that you shouldn’t even be thinking about crossing.”last_img read more

Frozen Water Pipes an issue for Orleans residents

first_imgWhen temperatures fall below zero:If pipes are in an area that makes them vulnerable to the cold, consider allowing a small trickle of water from both your cold and hot water faucets to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing.The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures.If your pipes freeze:Shut off the water immediately. Don’t attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints that will leak when thawed.Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to the pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater, or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.To further help protect your pipes in cold winter weather; keep these helpful tips in mind.Make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water shut-off valve is and how to turn it off and on. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.Search your house for un-insulated pipes, especially in unheated areas. Consider wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but follow manufacturers’ instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard.Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations, especially where cable TV or phone lines enter the house, with caulking to keep cold winds away from pipes.If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly. Close them when water appears.Make certain that the water to your hose bibs is shut off inside your house (via a turnoff valve), and that the lines are disconnected and drained.Drain and shut off entirely the water to any unoccupied residence. A loss of power during a winter storm could cause pipes to freeze. If you intend to leave a property entirely without heat, be sure to drain all water to prevent the possibility of frozen pipes. As the area deals with ROUND 2 of ARTIC BLAST and numerous homeowners and business owners in Orleans reporting more frozen and/busted water lines.Orleans town officials and its water department are urging residents to make preparations to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes and water meters.last_img read more

Easkey no match for Beaufort at Croke Park

first_imgEaskey’s historic All-Ireland junior club football final appearance at Croke ended in disappointment on Saturday when they suffered a heavy defeat to the Kerry and Munster champions Beaufort, on a final scoreline of 3-17 to 0-5.The west Sligo side simply had no answer to the power and panache of their Kerry opponents who scored three first-half goals to established a 3-8 to 0-1 lead by the interval.On the day, very little went right for Dessie Sloyane’s side as Beaufort’s forwards attacked with menace, while at the other end, Easkey’s attack failed to fire.last_img