first_imgFOOTBALL’S world governing body approved the deepest reforms in its 112-year history on Friday in an attempt to put years of scandal and crisis behind it and transform itself into a trusted, modern sporting organisation.FIFA delegates voted by 179 votes to 22 to accept the reforms, which include replacing the Executive Committee with a 36-member FIFA Council, and limiting the president and other senior officials to three terms of four years.A new professional general secretariat, akin to a company’s executive board, will handle the business side of FIFA, leaving the 36-member Council, elected by national member associations and including at least six women, to focus on broad matters of policy and strategy.Both bodies will be overseen by a fully independent Audit and Compliance Committee.Francois Carrard, the independent chairman of the Reform Committee, presented the 62-page document to delegates, saying FIFA had a once-in-a-generation opportunity.“The reforms are necessary to bring a profound culture change to FIFA. There will be more democracy, there will be better governance through a separation of powers in the council, there will be more transparency, and more places for women.“This reform package will provide the foundation for the new president and the new leadership on which to build for the future.“It is not the end of the process, it is the beginning of one which will be developed over the years and is designed to restore the credibility and reputation that FIFA deserves.”Only one delegate spoke against the proposals. Chilean-born Gonzalo Boye, representing Palestine, said the reforms would not bring transparency.“There will be no balance or counter-balance in the new Council,” he said.Drawn up over the last eight months, the reforms are designed to end the scandals that have for decades dogged the organisation supposed to lead the world’s most popular sport.Criminal investigations in the United States and Switzerland since the current crisis began last May have already resulted in the indictment of several dozen soccer officials and other entities for corruption, many of them serving or former presidents of national or continental associations.The outgoing president of more than 17 years, Sepp Blatter, has been banned from the game for six years for ethics violations along with UEFA chief Michel Platini.In addition, FIFA has been forced to investigate a number of controversies surrounding the awarding of its biggest showcase, the World Cup finals, especially the decision to grant the 2018 tournament to Russia and the 2022 finals to Qatar.The proposals also place a greater onus on continental confederations and national associations to police themselves.last_img read more

first_img“Diwali- A festival full of sweet memories, sky full of fireworks, mouth full of sweets, house full of diyas and heart full of enjoyment.”Divali has always been one of my favourite festivals. And I guess what has always been its most attractive feature has been the air of tranquillity that lingers in my memories as I remember my mom and I spending most of the day, puttering about the kitchen cooking up a multitude of dishes – both “sweet and salt”. My personal favourites were the samosas and “aloo balls”.But before the actual day of Diwali, the house would have been given a thorough cleaning- both inside and out. I haven’t been able to be home for Divali during these last two years – but to be honest I didn’t miss the cleaning part! Most Hindus – and this includes my Mom – literally don’t even leave a stone unturned when cleaning up for Diwali because we are symbolically welcoming God into our house and who would want to welcome God into a house that’s less than spic-and-span?By six o’clock, we would be in our pooja rooms, offering prayers to the deities, Mother Lakshmi in particular. Mother Lakshmi is the Goddess of Light so we pray to her on Diwali, which is the darkest night of the year (Amaawas night). Families praying  together and singing bhajans to Mother Lakshmi is one of the many wonderful ways that Diwali strengthens the family bond.We would then carefully place a Diya in every room of the house – especially the ledges of the verandas – and then proceed outside where the passageways, fences and bridges would be outlined with Diyas. Because we live so close to the Ocean, the wind is invariably very strong and it’s always a challenge to keep the Diya’s going. You evolve strategies like placing them where two wicks touch and keep each other lit!Divali is a harvest festival and the underlying message – like with most Hindu festivals – is the triumph of light over darkness (good over evil). Poverty is seen as one of the greatest obstacles to living a virtuous life, so from this perspective, banishing it through a bountiful harvest is a powerful message.The lighting of the millions of Diyas every Diwali is significant- it means we are battling the odds and lighting up the world on the darkest night of the year. Though the moon isn’t out, we’re making our own light. We’re forging our own paths in this life. And that’s important- you can only build up good Karma if YOU take action, not if someone else does it for you. And Karma is an integral part of Hinduism – we believe that we can only achieve moksha (liberation) based on our actions in life.Sure, lighting up fireworks and cooking are really, really fun but the whole essence of Diwali is that every Diya that you light, you are making a conscious decision to end the darkness. The darkness doesn’t just mean external ‘demons’ like drugs, bad friends, poverty, sickness, etc, it also means tackling your own internal conflicts, like trying to fix that bad aspect of your personality or cultivating better discipline.On Diwali, family members across the globe reconnect- whether they just call or even visit for the holiday is up to them, but the important thing is that the bond is being maintained. This Divali, I will be shuttling between north and south Trinidad, but I still hope, as I did last year, I will be in the Pooja room with my family, singing our favourite Divali Bhajans – via the magic of Skype!!So go out there this Diwali, light a Diya, keep on burning bright, and keep on shining.last_img read more

first_imgDear Diary,Dis a Mook Lall again. Me know me only write yuh yestaday, but me come fuh tell yuh me na get none Award, an’ me blasted vex! Dem Bais bin tell me how me guh get waan a de Award Grain-Ja ah gi’e people who do somet’ing fuh de country. And YOU know how much me do; right, Dear Diary?? Me know me na do fuh de country – but me do damn plenty fuh APANU and KFC, right? An’ dem a rule de country now. Wha’ mek dem cyaan gi’e me wan award??Me na farm dat FUCOP group fuh gi’e big money to dem campaign? Da na count? Me cuss Jagdesh and PPCEE till wata na deh fuh wash dem. Da na count? But soon as APANU an’ KFC get into guvment dem fuhget all abee who help dem.Look who dem gi’e Award!! Baddam!! Wha Baddam do?? He only get fuh praise up Pee an See because me Muckrakah gi’e he wan jab. If he na had Muckraker wha’ he woulda do? Me na count? Goat bite me??Wha’ Griffin do? ‘E na even bin deh in Guyana!! Me na know half a dem pan de list; an’ me know everybody in Guyana!Dear Diary, yuh know wha’ mek me want de Award suh bad, right? Me na qualify fuh nothin’, suh me cyaan put nothin’ in front me name. People only respect people wid lettah in front ah dem name. Like “Dactah dis an’ Dactah dat!If me bin get wan award, me could put some letta AFTAH me name: Mook Lall, AA or BB or CC. Sound good, right Dear diary?  Now every-bady guh seh me a wan REAL Mook.Me woulda teach dem wan lesson, but me too shame.last_img read more

first_imgFor more information, visit: http://nebula.wsimg.com/3fda16549b0e6cff8dbea40d122b92b0?AccessKeyId=4856955011EA44A6B72D&disposition=0&alloworigin=1. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Fall Fair is looking for the 2017 Pioneer of the Year and are calling for nominations.The 70th annual event is scheduled for August 18, 19 and 20, 2017.The Fair says that the following conditions have to be met for nominees:Must have been involved in agriculture in the North PeaceMust have been a participant in the Fall FairMust be over the age of 70 yearsMust have been a past member or faithful volunteer to the Fall FairMust have lived a minimum of 25 years in the North PeaceNominations be to the committee in writing by June 15- Advertisement -The Fair Committee will pick two individuals or couples to receive the award.Ticket prices for this years’ event are as follows (prices are per day):Adults  $10.00Kids      $5.00 (Ages 6-16)Seniors $5.00Kids 5 And Under FreeA weekend pass for Adults is $20, $10 for kids and $10 for seniors.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic has warned Andy Carroll to keep himself in shape.Striker Carroll has scored two goals in two games, including the crucial second in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Liverpool, since returning from his latest injury absence.The 26-year-old has been dogged by fitness problems since moving to Upton Park in 2013, while questions have been raised in the past about his lifestyle and how he looks after himself away from football.But Bilic now finally has his key forward fit and firing – and wants him to stay that way.“Now he looks fit to me,” said the Croatian boss.“Basically we are talking a lot about him; ‘Andy this, Andy that, Andy for England’, but now he is fit and it is all about him now.“Is he going to look after himself, work hard, train, rest, to maintain his fitness, or to even make it better? And then, and only then, he will become a great asset for us.“It is up to him. But I expect him to stick to what he was like recently. He would be very, very stupid to do otherwise.”Michail Antonio nodded West Ham in front after 10 minutes, and Carroll killed off his former club when he thumped home a header from Mark Noble’s cross 10 minutes after half-time.“That’s two back-to-back wins which is fantastic and two goals for me, which is obviously even better for me personally,” the big frontman told West Ham TV.“It’s nice that the manager was pleased with my performance. I put a shift in and so did all the lads and he’s just delighted with the three points, as is everyone.“I got another 90 minutes under my belt and it’s much better than training. You can only get match fitness through games and I’m feeling good.” 1last_img read more

first_imgEAST WHITTIER – Christmas trees, lights and candles are the hallmarks of a festive holiday season, but they’re also a major cause for concern for Charles Royce. As principal of the 1,000-student Granada Middle School, Royce is keenly aware of the fire dangers facing students and their families every winter – from dried-out pine trees and malfunctioning decorative lights to the increased use of electric space heaters to warm the home. So when school staffers met this fall to organize the annual Christmas food basket giveaway, Royce had just one request: Include at least one smoke detector for each family to install in the home. “Accidents happen, and the ones who seem to get hurt the most are the kids,” said Royce, 60. “Our priority is to have safety for the kids.” According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of about 210 house fires from 2002 to 2005 that began with Christmas trees. Holiday or decorative lights were involved in an average of 240 home structure fires per year in that same time period, NFPA figures showed. Kevin Holzworth, Lowe’s merchandising manager, worked with smoke detector manufacturer Kidde to coordinate the donation, as well as the handling and shipping. “Coming from a school, it was a very compelling request,” Holzworth said. “We wanted to be a part of that, and that’s why it’s nice to work for Lowe’s. We were glad to be in a position to help.” The school was able to give several detectors to each family that didn’t have one in the home, with instructions to follow up with Royce and let him know they had installed them. “He’s got a heart as big as Texas,” Edwards said. “He’s always considered our students as his kids, and this issue just weighs on him. He just wanted to make sure they had this fire protection. “And I’m going to be a Lowe’s customer until the day I die,” Edwards added. “I always liked them – but now I love them.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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 champHis suggestion led to a larger discussion about fire safety, which prompted teachers Steffanie Edwards and Boel Wille to survey students on how many had smoke detectors in their homes. About 75 didn’t, Edwards said – so she and her husband sent off a letter to Lowe’s in mid-November, asking the home-improvement company to donate one detector for every student that didn’t have one. By Thanksgiving, the detectors were in – except instead of donating 75, Lowe’s had sent them about 450. “They called and said one’s not enough – you have to count all the bedrooms, the living room, the upstairs rooms – so what we’re going to do is send 450,” Royce said. “And, I was just speechless at that point. “They understood the message we were trying to communicate, that we were concerned about the kids’ safety during the holiday season. And to have them understand that as strongly as they did was overwhelming.” last_img read more

first_img 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “The city has been blessed to have had Alex Padilla in charge during those years,” said Councilman Eric Garcettti, who took over as council president last week and presented Padilla with a lucite-encased gavel. Padilla surrendered the post to concentrate on his bid for the state Senate. He is challenging Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, D-San Fernando, for the seat. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com The truth behind the success of City Councilman Alex Padilla‘s bid nearly five years ago to become council president finally came out on Tuesday – it was a pair of tickets to the Acadamy Awards show given to a key ally on the council. “Alex called me up and said he had two tickets he couldn’t use and he knew I wanted to go, so he gave them to me,” Councilman Dennis Zine said during an hourlong council tribute to Padilla. Zine, who insisted he would have voted for Padilla in any case, said the gesture locked in his vote for the presidency. Padilla, who was elected council president when he was 28 – the youngest person ever to hold the post – was honored for leading the panel during troublesome times that included budget crises, San Fernando Valley secession and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. last_img read more

first_imgFIANNA FAIL in both Donegal constituencies will left reeling today following an Irish Times-MRBI poll shows support for the party at an historic low.Sinn Fein and Fine Gael however have had a boost from the same opinion poll, the first since the Budget, with the republican party doubling its support.They are the lowest figures ever recorded in an Irish Times poll for Fianna Fáil, any Taoiseach or Government. Support for Fianna Fáil is down 7% since September to just 17%.Fine Gael is up 6% to 30%, while Labour loses top slot, falling by a whopping 8% to 25%.The Green Party is unchanged at 2% but Sinn Féin has almost doubled its support by moving up 7% to 15%. Independents and others are up 2% to 11%.Satisfaction with the Government is down 5% to just 8% and 90% of voters are dissatisfied with the Government’s performance. Satisfaction with all the party leaders has also dropped.Taoiseach Brian Cowen is down 5% to 14%, Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny is down 2% to 23% and Labour’s Eamon Gilmore is down 5% to 44%.The Greens’ John Gormley is down 5% to 13% and Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams falls 1% to 28%.The poll was carried out on Monday and Tuesday of this week among 1,000 voters nationwide.GRIM READING FOR LOCAL FIANNA FAIL MEMBERS AS PARTY IS HAMMERED IN IRISH TIMES POLL was last modified: December 16th, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE “If you were looking for the player you would replace [former United captain Roy] Keane with, it would be Gerrard, without question.“He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. More than [Patrick] Vieira.“Not that Vieira lacks anything, but I think that Gerrard does more for his team than Vieira does, and has way more to his game.“I’ve watched him quite a lot. To me, Gerrard is Keane.“Everywhere the ball is, he seems to be there. He’s got that unbelievable engine, desire, determination.“Anyone would love to have Gerrard in their team.” The telling off certainly did the trick, not that there was any doubt about who he’d want to play for.Gerrard played 710 times for Liverpool, scoring 1986 times and winning the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups between 1998 and 2015. It is a lovely kit to be fair huge blow 3 Steven Gerrard is one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players “Unfortunately, dad looked out the window and went ballistic,” he continued.“‘Get inside now!’ he screamed. Scarcely through the door, I ran into a right good grilling. RANKED BEST OF Most Popular Football News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “It felt fantastic.“I wore it for an hour, charging all over, flying into tackles, scoring brave goals, pretending I was Robson.“Because the shirt had Robson’s name on it, I forgot about the United bit.“I didn’t seem like treachery to Liverpool, more homage to an England god.”Robson is considered an idol to many Three Lions fans of a certain age, having captained the team in 65 of his 90 appearances. Sir Alex Ferguson called him a ‘human marvel who pushed himself through every imaginable limit,” but that mattered little to Gerrard snr. Bryan Robson played 461 times for Man United between 1981 and 1994, scoring 99 goals. He also won 90 England caps and scored 26 times for his country Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ “‘What the hell are you playing at, wearing a Manchester United shirt?’ he asked.“‘But dad, it’s Bryan Robson’s shirt,’ I explained.“Dad couldn’t have cared less. ‘You should know better,’ he said.“It was a United strip, and dad wasn’t having any son of his dragging the Gerrard name through the Huyton gutter.“What would the neighbours think? Honest to God, I thought I was going to have to move house!“I was only a baby but I was convinced dad would kick me out for putting on that United shirt.” 3center_img no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining REVEALED 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “Cut my veins open and I bleed Liverpool red,” Steven Gerrard once remarked.This is a Scouser who grew up to captain his boyhood club to European Cup glory – he’s an Anfield legend.So you may be surprised to learn he once wore a Bryan Robson Manchester United shirt. Respect from Fergie Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY There’s no love lost between the two clubs, who resume their rivalry on Sunday and so talkSPORT.com opened up Gerrard’s autobiography to read him recall the time he sent his dad ‘ballistic’ with his choice of football kit.“A mate of mine owned this Robson top, the old blue-and-white one with dashes on it,” he wrote.“We were kicking about on Ironside [the appropriately named road he grew up on] and I asked him whether I could be Robson for a while.“I slipped out of my Liverpool shirt, and put the Robson one on.last_img read more

first_imgJason Quigley boxed eight rounds with the full use of only one hand on his way to a win over Glen Tapia that secured the NABF middleweight title.By Chris McNulty at Fantasy Springs, IndioThe still-undefeated Quigley, now 13-0, hurt his right hand in the second round, but still claimed a fairly comfortable win, although Tapia made a real go of it in the middle stanzas of the ten-rounder. But Quigley left with the belt around his left shoulder.“This is something very hard to believe for a wee man from Donegal,” Quigley told Donegal Daily.“This is the real deal now. This is a significant belt and I’m a very proud man to take this belt back to the hills of Donegal.“This is a dream for me. This doesn’t feel real.” Quigley sensed a knockout in the early rounds, when he was well in command, but the damaged right hand left him unable to land the killer blow.He said: “I hit the hand in the second round and I wasn’t able to use it.“Everything I hit him with, he was wobbling. I thought it was only a matter of time, but he’s a tough boy. I was tagging him with everything and his eyes were dazed.“There is a lot to work on. It wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t a ten out of ten. I’d rate myself six-and-a-half, but I’m here with a belt and a victory. That’s what matters.”Listen to the full interview below … Listen: ‘This is a dream for me’ says Jason Quigley after title victory was last modified: March 24th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BallybofeyFantasy SpringsGlen TapiaIndioJason QuigleyNABF middleweight titlelast_img read more