FIFA rebukes Maradona for criticizing World Cup referee

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 FIFA said Maradona’s “insinuations” were “entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded.”“FIFA is extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game,” it said in a statement.FIFA had tolerated previous incidents by Maradona at games in Russia, which the 1986 World Cup winning captain was left to explain on his Facebook page.He apologized for making an offensive gesture toward a South Korean fan at Argentina’s opening 1-1 draw with Iceland in Moscow. He then suggested media were trying to make headlines from an innocent incident and also broke World Cup stadium rules by smoking a cigar.Maradona was filmed on FIFA’s official television broadcast aggressively raising his middle fingers after Argentina scored a late winning goal against Nigeria in St. Petersburg.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding He was also seen on footage circulated on social media seeming to be unwell and assisted from his seat into a private dining area.FIFA has had a turbulent relationship with Maradona in his career as a player and coach.He tested positive for a cocktail of banned substances at the 1994 World Cup in the United States and was sent home from the tournament.As Argentina’s coach in 2009, a FIFA suspension for a tirade aimed at reporters after a World Cup qualifying game barred Maradona from attending the 2010 finals draw in Cape Town, South Africa.Maradona was an outspoken critic of previous FIFA president Sepp Blatter, but was brought back into the fold when Gianni Infantino was elected in 2016.He came to the Kremlin in Moscow last December wearing a gold bow tie to take part in the 2018 draw.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miss or Mrs? Serena’s marriage shows Wimbledon’s use of courtesy titles Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona waves to the fans ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)MOSCOW — FIFA’s patience with Diego Maradona’s World Cup antics finally ran out on Wednesday.Soccer’s world body said it “strongly rebukes” comments by the Argentina great criticizing American referee Mark Geiger’s handling of England’s win against Colombia in the World Cup round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It was yet another controversial moment involving Maradona —an official FIFA ambassador and figurehead of its “Legends” program celebrating former players — at a World Cup he has mostly attended as a VIP guest of FIFA.FIFA hit back at Maradona for telling Venezuelan broadcaster Telesur the outcome of Tuesday’s game in Moscow was a “monumental theft.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMaradona had been photographed before the game wearing a yellow Colombia jersey.England advanced to the quarterfinals in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in a feisty game slowed by stoppages and players arguing with Geiger, a former high school teacher from New Jersey.last_img read more

Police Storm Turtle Base

first_imgA joint team of Liberia National Police (LNP) and Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) officers over the weekend stormed the Red-Light Market “Zogos Turtle Base” and destroyed several makeshift zinc shacks.The team was led by LNP Commander Elijah Baysah of Depot 9 in Paynesville Red-Light. The raid comes against the backdrop of the numerous complaints from the public that Turtle Base is noted for harboring hundreds of suspected criminals that continue to rain havoc on business people and residents in the Red-Light community.According to Baysah, most of the suspected criminals that resided at the Base are in the constant habits of snatching mobile phones and valuable items from businesspeople, mainly women.When a reporter from this newspaper toured the destroyed Base, several suspected criminals were seen standing in corners with their facial expressions portraying anger and frustration at the police.Meanwhile, Commander Baysah has vowed to pursue the suspected criminals wherever they regroup.To ensure that the criminals don’t return to the area, Baysah has also directed all the mini buses to now use the area as a parking station.Residents and business entities situated in the perimeters of the former Turtle Base have also expressed delight over the actions coordinated by the team.Baysah then called on the team to institute similar actions that would destroy other ghettos around the Paynesville belt.One of the residents, who sells used clothes, told the Daily Observer that the burning down of makeshift shelters was a welcomed development to the residents.“If such decision and action have been instituted few months ago, the issue of the crime related incidences at the Red-Light Market would have been minimized,” a female resident said. Ben K. Freeman, a bus driver, said the action by LNP and PCC team was one that is better late than never.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Businessman to Invest in Apartment Housing to Boost Economy

first_imgReverend Telford Ammons, Chief Executive Officer, Ghitap Incorporated USA. – Advertisement – A Liberian business executive who has just returned from the United States has promised to invest in apartment housings that would attract American travelers to Liberia to boost the economy.Rev. Telford Ammons, in an interview on Friday in Monrovia, said such a viable initiative would considerably boost revenue generation and put the Liberian economy in a stronger position.He said an average person that intends to travel to any country needs at least US$4,000; and if ten persons happen to travel to Liberia at a given time, the Liberian economy would experience some viable boosts.He, however, intimated that as a consultant to a technological institution in the United States, he could use his contacts to bring groups of Americans to Liberia to help in the provision of low-cost electricity in the country.Commenting on the garbage crisis in Liberia, Rev. Ammons disclosed that there are alternative means to control waste disposal by transforming the waste into bio-fuel to generate reliable and efficient electricity.Rev. Ammons also assured Liberians that when a good investment climate operates in Liberia, in a few years Liberians can rest assured that power supply will be constant all day, year round in Monrovia and other parts of the country.Shedding light on agriculture and the amount of U$200,000,000 spent on the importation of rice in Liberia, Rev. Ammons noted that any nation that wants to maintain its people must be able to feed itself.He, however, stressed the need for a vigorous initiative such as cooperative development in agriculture that would ensure the production of cassava, plantains, potatoes, bananas and other perishable commodities to beat back the huge importation of rice in the country.Rev. Ammons said if growing rice is disadvantageous to Liberia, then Liberians should begin to consider growing other commodities that would enhance the development, growth, and progress of the economy.He also underscored the need for Liberians to develop the spirit of working with any sitting government and offer constructive criticisms that will assist that government to succeed.On education, Rev. Ammons stressed that priority must be placed on education of the general population to help the citizens to make informed decisions in the democratic governance of the country.He expressed concern over the huge illiteracy gap in Liberia and called on the incoming government to work overtime to ensure that education of every kind should reach many Liberians in the country.“Young Liberians who have graduated from our high schools with requisite credentials must be afforded the opportunity to enroll at our universities especially the University of Liberia,” Rev. Ammons pleaded.In closing, Rev. Ammons extended his congratulations to the newly elected government and urged the new leaders to work for the overall good of the nation.Rev. Ammons holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from two prominent American universities. He is the chief executive officer of Ghitap Incorporated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pricey playthings all the rage

first_imgZizzle LLC., which did well with its $300 pinball machines last year, is adding more lights and sounds, and increased the price to $350, according to CEO Roger Shiffman. MGA Entertainment Inc., the maker of the popular funky Bratz doll, is coming out with toys that break the $150 barrier; last year, the threshold was $100. Among the items at the fair, which features toys expected in stores later this year: Hasbro’s $69.99 Squawkers McCaw Parrot, which repeats words and responds to touch; Mattel Inc.’s Fisher-Price guitar system, priced at $99.99, that plugs into the TV; VTech Holdings Ltd.’s $99.99 Gadget, which functions as a digital photo and video camera and music player; and Spin Master’s $80 Wheels `n Whistles foam coach. “This game is about better quality,” said Ronald D. Boire, president of Toys “R” Us’s U.S. toy business. “It is not about plastic by the pound. We have been playing plastic by the pound for way too long.” He said Toys “R” Us will be making a bigger push to carry higher-grade toys. Consumers’ willingness to spend on toys is helping to revive the toy industry, after struggling for several years with declining sales as kids opted for digital music players and video games. Last year marked the first time U.S. traditional toy sales rose in several years, albeit only slightly, according to NPD Group Inc., a research company based in Port Washington, N.Y. Traditional toy sales – excluding game consoles and related items – eked out a 0.34 percent rise to $22.3 billion compared to $22.2 billion in 2005, and $22.7 billion in 2004. Meanwhile, the average ticket price for toys rose 5 percent in 2006 to $7.52, compared to $7.17 in 2005 and $6.97 in 2004, according to NPD, whose figures are based on a consumer survey. Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Sean McGowan and other toy analysts believe that NPD’s figures understate the improvement. They cite that Toys “R” Us Inc., which is under new ownership and management, had its best holiday season in several years. Privately-held KB Toys, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2005, is also showing signs of improvement. Business at the nation’s top two toy makers is also strengthening. Mattel Inc. posted a 3 percent profit gain for the fourth quarter, boosted by a turnaround of its iconic Barbie line and strong sales of Fisher-Price toys, including the popular T.M.X. Elmo doll, one of the hottest sellers for the holiday 2006 season. Barbie sales increased 3 percent in the United States, the fourth consecutive quarter of domestic growth. Mattel is unveiling Chat Divas at the fair, Barbie dolls that move and lip sync to music hooked up to Apple Inc.’s iPod digital music player and can also chat on the phone. Hasbro is expected to announce solid fourth-quarter results Friday. “Two thousand six was the first year that I think there was definitely a lot of creativity and a lot less reliance on retro, classic toys,” said Gerrick Johnson, a toy analyst at BMO Capital Markets.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – When Spin Master Ltd. started peddling its Air Hogs Zero Gravity vehicle two years ago, retailers doubted whether parents would be willing to pay $59.99 for a radio-controlled toy – even if it climbed walls. But the item ended up being a hit and was followed by the equally popular $79.99 Storm Launcher. This year, Spin Master is pushing a $110 Robo Copter that transforms from a robot to a helicopter. “This just proved to us that if it is a great toy, provides a wow and introduces new functions, consumers are willing to spend the money,” said Harold Chizick, vice president of global promotional marketing for the Toronto-based toy maker. “We just decided to step it up.” For years, the increasing power of discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. kept the toy industry locked in fierce price wars. But the toy makers are encouraged by parents who last holiday were willing to spend $300 on Hasbro Inc.’s robotic Butterscotch pony and $249 for a Mindstorms NXT robotics kit from Lego Systems Inc. As the annual American International Toy Fair starts Sunday, the toy makers are getting bolder when it comes to pushing pricier, higher-quality toys. last_img

Juventus STILL interested in Manchester City striker

first_imgJuventus are still interested in Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko despite missing out on the striker during Monday’s transfer deadline day.The Serie A champions had reportedly been preparing a last-minute swoop for Dzeko in attempt to bolster their attacking options ahead of the forthcoming season.However the move collapsed after Manchester City failed to bring in Radamel Falcao, who instead joined Manchester United.But, according to Sportmediaset, Juventus are still keen on Dzeko and are weighing up returning for the striker in January.Dzeko only recently signed a four-year contract extension this summer and, after the departure of Alvaro Negredo to Valencia, City are unlikely to entertain any bids for the Bosnian forward. Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko 1last_img read more

Wenger confirms Walcott is OUT of Arsenal’s clash with Sunderland

first_img1 Theo Walcott in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Theo Walcott will not be in Arsenal’s squad to face Sunderland this weekend – but he will return to first-team action next week.The England international has been absent for over nine months, after being stretched off with a knee injury in Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win against Tottenham back in January.Walcott has returned to full training and even made an appearance for the Gunners’ Under-21 side last week as he begins to step up his rehabilitation.And it had been speculated that the 25-year-old could be in the squad to face Sunderland this weekend, but Wenger says the trip to the Stadium of Light has come too soon for the winger.“Walcott will be back next week. He needs to get used to contact [football] again and he is not far away,” said Wenger.The Gunners boss also confirmed that Laurent Koscielny will miss Saturday’s match against Sunderland due to an achilles problem.“I cannot give you any date [on Koscielny’s return]. I hope he will be available after the next international break,” Wenger added.last_img read more

Auba sends Arsenal to Europa quarters

first_imgWinning the Europa League would offer Arsenal the safety net of Champions League qualification should they miss out on a tight battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League.But Gunners boss Unai Emery, who won the Europa League three times as Sevilla coach, also wants the glory of a trophy in his first season in charge.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0 to reach the Europa League quarter-finals“It is not only the possibility to go to Champions League, it is one title and we can feel the possibility to win one title,” said the Spaniard.Rennes had never before reached the last 16 of a major European competition and the scale of the tie for the French side was evidenced by the huge travelling support they enjoyed.However, rather than be inspired, Julien Stephan’s side seemed intimidated by their surroundings early on to concede twice inside 15 minutes.Arsenal quickly had the early goal they sought to get back in the tie as Aaron Ramsey’s low cross was swept home by Aubameyang.The French-born Gabon international was also involved in Arsenal’s second 10 minutes later, although Rennes were right to feel aggrieved that the goal was allowed to stand.Aubameyang appeared to be clearly offside from Ramsey’s pass with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil appearing to turn his back to the play expecting a flag.However, it was not forthcoming and with VAR not in operation in the Europa League unlike the more lucrative Champions League, Maitland-Niles’s downward header from Aubameyang’s cross was allowed to stand.“The second goal was clearly offside,” said a frustrated Stephan.“There was no need for the VAR to see the offside. VAR does not settle everything.“Nothing was in the way of the assistant referee, who took much less time to raise his flag in the second half (when Rennes were attacking).”Arsenal, though, then sat on their lead rather than building on it and could easily have paid for that approach after the break.Petr Cech, in what could have been the Czech great’s last game before retiring at the end of the season had Arsenal not progressed, turned M’Baye Niang’s shot from outside the area onto the post.Rennes were again unhappy with the Latvian officiating team when Alexandre Lacazette escaped a second yellow card before the French international was replaced by Alex Iwobi.But 18 minutes from time, Arsenal had a cushion when Sead Kolasinac’s wonderful low cross left Aubameyang with a simple task to tap home his 22nd goal of the season and celebrated by pulling on a Black Panther mask.Aubameyang needed it back to hide his embarrassment soon after as he missed two glorious chances in the space of 60 seconds to seal his hat-trick.“I missed two chances to close the game but the most important thing is that we won and everybody is happy and proud,” said Aubameyang.“I needed a mask which represents me and that’s the Black Panther. In Gabon we call the national team the Panthers.”But Aubameyang’s blushes were spared as Arsenal held out to continue the Premier League’s resurgence and leave France without a single representative in the quarter-finals of either European competition.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pierre Aubameyan and Sead Kolasinac celebrate with Auba’s Wakanda Forever maskLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 15 – Arsenal completed a clean sweep of six English sides through to European quarter-finals by overturning a 3-1 first-leg deficit to beat Rennes 3-0 and progress to the Europa League last eight at the Emirates on Thursday.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and also teed up Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Arsenal joined Chelsea in Friday’s Europa League quarter-final draw after Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham led the way in the Champions League.last_img read more

Building limit would be set by levee bill

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California would restrict building in areas in danger of flooding in the vulnerable Central Valley under a bill spurred by Hurricane Katrina and sent to the governor Friday. The Senate sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill limiting development until 2015 in areas of the Sacramento and San Joaquin river valleys without the kind of levees or other flood controls that can withstand the kind of flood that occurs once every 100 years. The delay would give communities time to improve levees, build flood bypasses and add other protection. After 2015, newly developed areas would have to have 200-year flood protection. Cities and counties would have until 2025 to provide 200-year flood protection for existing communities. Among other matters the Legislature took up: The Assembly sent the bill to the Senate for final approval on a vote of 42-32. CRIMINAL PENALTIES: The Assembly rejected legislation by Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, to create an independent commission to overhaul the state’s convoluted criminal code. Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said the bill would “bring some sense to the way we deal with our sentencing laws.” The 20-member commission would revise sentences, but the Legislature and governor could veto its recommendations. Critics complained that the commission could weaken sentencing laws that have traditionally been set by lawmakers. The Assembly rejected the bill on a 34-37 vote. It could be considered again next week.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAY MARRIAGE: The Senate sent the governor a bill allowing gay marriages, a measure he is expected to veto. The bill would redefine marriage as “a civil contract between two persons,” but would retain the right of religious institutions to refuse to sanction the unions. CELEBRITY RIGHTS: Distant heirs of celebrities who died before 1985 could control their publicity rights under a bill the Senate sent to celebrity Schwarzenegger on Friday. The bill by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, was in response to recent court rulings that said California’s celebrity-rights law doesn’t apply to those who died before the law was adopted. WATER QUALITY: The number of people who serve on the state’s regional water quality boards would be cut from nine to seven under legislation adopted by the Assembly. Supporters said smaller boards are needed to address the systemic vacancies that often leave the nine regional boards without enough members to issue wastewater permits and enforce water-quality laws. Opponents said water-quality issues would be better tackled by an overhaul of California’s water-delivery system. last_img read more

Montpellier will know ‘within 15 days’ whether they can sign Liverpool and Newcastle target

first_img Liverpool and Newcastle target Andre-Pierre Gignac 1 Montpellier will know whether they can sign Liverpool and Newcastle target Andre-Pierre Gignac ‘within 15 days’.The 29-year-old is out of contract at Marseille and available on a free transfer this summer after his most successful season for the club, hitting 21 goals in 38 Ligue 1 outings.The striker is on the radar of both Liverpool and Newcastle while West Ham are also said to be interested in doing a deal for the forward.However, the Premier League admirers will face stiff competition from within France with both Monaco and Montpellier keeping close tabs on the situation.But reports in the country are suggesting that Monaco baulked at his wage demands which were said to be around £3m per year, and they are set to pursue other attacking targets.Dinamo Moscow remain in the hunt and now Montpellier president Louis Nicollin admits they will have to wait to see what happens with a number of their other players before deciding whether or not they can afford him.When asked about the club’s interest in Gignac, Nicollin told RMC: “I do not know yet, we will see within 15 days.”last_img read more

City of La Mirada employees get extra time off

first_imgLA MIRADA – The City Council is giving city employees a Christmas present. It’s not more money, but they will be off from work from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. It amounts to an extra three days since City Hall would have been closed the two weekends as well as Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1. “They’ve put in a lot of extra hours, especially surrounding SPLASH!,” Mayor Steve Jones said referring to the city’s new aquatic center. “We thought it would be a good way of showing our appreciation,” Jones said. “It will be a nice stretch where they can get away. It’ll be a jolt for morale.” It’s also not a bad time to take off because city business tends to slow during the holiday season, he said. There’s also no real financial cost, City Manager Andrea Travis said. “Ultimately, it doesn’t cost anything except in lost productivity,” Travis said. “The employees were funded to be here.” Recently approved by the council, the resolution calling for the time off also included other improvements for employees. It establishes a cell phone allowance of $40 per month to reimburse employees who do not have a city-issued phone and are required to use their own to conduct city business. Life insurance will be increased to $75,000 and employee discounts of about 20 percent for city programs will be established. In addition, the number of years working for the city to qualify for a supplemental retirement program was reduced from 15 to five. Travis said this change will allow the city to attract people in the later part of their career, who might not spend 15 years working for La Mirada. (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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsJones and others say this is a one-time benefit. Essential services and programs scheduled for then will continue, Jones said. For those employees having to work, they will receive 27 hours of floating holiday to be used prior to June 30. Councilman Pete Dames said he appreciates all the extra time employees have put in completing the aquatic center, a new zoning ordinance, expansion of the sheriff’s station and new street signs. “They performed,” Dames said. “They’re getting paid to do it, but they’ve gone above and beyond.” last_img read more