Infantino: FIFA to decide on expanded World Cup in January

first_img The 2026 World Cup – which many expect to be hosted across North America – could also be run centrally by FIFA from Zurich instead of by the hosts’ own local organising committee. Infantino outlined plans for FIFA to take “full control of all money flows,” and how it spends hundreds of millions of dollars on each tournament, before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The idea was detailed in “FIFA 2.0: The Vision for the Future”, a 70-page document relaunching Infantino’s sometimes troubled eight-month presidency. It follows FIFA paying US$453 million to Brazil’s 2014 World Cup committee and budgeting to spend US$700 million on Russian operations running the 2018 tournament. FIFA covers World Cup operating costs, though not the host nation’s stadium, transport, and security projects typically running to billions of dollars. ZURICH (AP): FIFA wants to decide in January if the 2026 World Cup will expand from its 32-team format, with 40 or 48 the favoured options. FIFA President Gianni Infantino expects a decision when the ruling council meets in January, likely in Zurich, he said yesterday. “The general feeling is rather positive” towards expansion, Infantino said at a briefing after FIFA’s ruling council met. “The level of quality of football is increasing all over the world.” Infantino justified the plan as a way to create more “football euphoria” for months in countries that qualify and guard against “disaster” being declared where national teams fall short of world sport’s most-watched event. 2026 WORLD CUPlast_img read more

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Unemployment rate drops slightly in Northeast B.C.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The unemployment rate dropped slightly in Northeast B.C. last month, but it still remains the highest in British Columbia.According to B.C. Stats, the unemployment rate is 9.4 per cent, down from 9.7 in March.  There are approximately 39,300 people working in the region up from 39,200 in March.While this area continues to struggle with the drop in oil and natural gas prices, the rest of B.C. now has the lowest unemployment in Canada.- Advertisement -The unemployment rate is 5.8 per cent, down from 6.5.  The Province added over 13,00 new jobs.The national unemployment rate remained steady at 7.1 per cent.last_img

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Winds light on dire day at field lab

first_imgHirsch said he and others in the community are still seething over what they regard as a blatant attempt by Boeing to stonewall the study, and he said many are suspicious of the timing on the disclosure. But Boeing officials said they turned over the information as soon as they found it among more than 1 million documents in various buildings and files. “In dealing with us, they’ve been direct, and they’ve tried to locate things that we’ve requested,” said Burt Cooper, chief of the energy section at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which first requested the wind data in 1999. Mark Evans, a scientist with the registry, said so far the agency has taken only a cursory look at the data. And while officials have looked at the wind direction, they have yet to calculate the wind speeds for various days, which also would have affected the course of any contamination. But Evans and Cooper said the federal agency does not plan to do major work with the new data. And both said they also believe the data would do little to change current assessments from the recently completed University of California, Los Angeles, study. “I don’t think this data changes our prior conclusions,” Evans said. But Hirsch, disagreeing, said the new information could “significantly affect” what is currently known about the communities that might have been exposed. According to the state-funded study, the radiation released during the accident may have triggered 260 cancers in the area. Hirsch also said he hopes the Boeing disclosure provides ammunition for lawmakers to push for the Environmental Protection Agency – not just the Department of Energy – to conduct a radiation survey at the site. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., included such a provision in a pending Senate appropriations bill, but similar language has not been added in the House. “You need an independent entity to find out where the containment is, because we now know that (the Department of Energy) and its contractor Boeing lied,” Hirsch said. In a statement on the recently discovered wind data, Feinstein said, “Now that this information has been found, hopefully it can lead to a swift assessment, and some finality can be brought to the situation.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com 202-662-8731160Want 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 KingsAnd scientists also have not yet delved into wind-speed calculations, which could significantly change any dispersion models. Still, the single biggest challenge to figuring out what the new data means is money. Boeing turned over wind data a full year after the conclusion of a state-funded five-year study in which analysts were hampered by not having access to the half-century-old wind patterns. Officials said they will revise that study but cautioned that finding answers will take time. “I don’t want to get people’s expectations up. We have no money anymore,” said Dan Hirsch, a member of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Advisory Panel. WASHINGTON – The skies were clear and light winds blew in an easterly direction on the day nearly a half-century ago that federal officials insist was the only one during a 14-day partial nuclear meltdown when the Santa Susana Field Laboratory might have emitted radioactive materials into the air. The first look at wind direction that day emerged Thursday from mounds of meteorological data the Boeing Co. recently turned over to federal officials after years of denying the information existed. But federal officials cautioned that many factors have yet to be analyzed and it still could take months to develop the data into a useful model for better understanding the 1959 meltdown. The afternoon of July 26, 1959 – which scientists at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have pinpointed as the key day – is just one of many days during the meltdown and its aftermath when radioactive material could have blown through neighboring communities. last_img read more

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Deportation order for ‘hole in the roof’ gang man sent to prison

first_imgA DEPORTATION order has been made against a Romanian national jailed for six years for his part in a €60,000 jewellery theft.Costel Rosloveanu (29) was part of a three-man gang that carried out a midnight raid at McCullagh’s Jewellers at Letterkenny Shopping Centre on October 2, 2017. The gang, which included Rosloveanu, entered the premises through a hole they had cut in he roof. Ms Fiona Crawford BL, prosecuting, said that goods to the value of €57,432.45 were stolen and €26,244.04 worth of damage was caused to the building.Rosloveanu (29) with an address at Ballaghmore, Borris in Ossory, County Laois was charged with a count of burglary contrary to section 12 of the criminal justice, fraud and theft act and a count of criminal damage contrary to section 2.1 of the criminal damage act 1991. At Letterkenny Circuit Court, Rosloveanu, speaking via an interpreter, pleaded guilty to the offences. €6,000 worth of damage was caused to display cases in the shop. Gardaí recovered an axe and a sledge hammer upon examining the scene. Glass was scattered over the flood and the alarm box was smashed.  Gardaí believe the axe was also used to damage the roof.Goods to the value of €56,909.45 were recovered and deemed re-sellable. Officers searched wasteland near the shopping centre and located a number of items, including a jacket in which he found a wallet and a Romanian ID card bearing Rosloveanu’s name.A rucksack containing a number of tools, a mobile phone and a torch was found while a black bin liner full of jewellery was recovered. Gardaí also found a grey bin containing customer details and items of jewellery.Detective Garda Stephen McGonagle told the court that CCTV footage showed three men climbing onto the roof just after midnight on October 2, 2017.At 00:57, two men left and came back carrying a ladder. One of the ladders – believed to have been taken from a service area near the Shopping Centre – was later found lowered into a roof space above another shop in the centre. Rosloveanu has several previous and relevant convictions, including for offences in Italy, Romania and France.Rosloveanu was previously served with a deportation order arising out of a matter for which he is serving a three-year sentence at Cloverhill prison.Patrick McGrath, SC, Barrister for Rosloveanu, said his client came from a poor area of Romania, close to the Moldovan border,“He has been married since 2014 and he has a five-year-old son,” Mr McGrath said. “He only spoken to his son via video link and he is anxious to return home as soon as possible. He has every intention to take the earliest opportunity to leave and stay out of the country.”Judge John Aylmer said the incident represented a ‘carefully planned and premeditated burglary’.Judge Aylmer said he placed the burglary charge in the upper end of the mid-range and the criminal damage charge was also on the mid-range.He sentenced Rosloveanu to six years imprisonment on the burglary charge and to two years and eight months imprisonment on the criminal damage charge.  The sentences are to run concurrently and Judge Aylmer backdated the sentences to March 13, 2018, when Rosloveanu began a three-year sentence which he is currently serving.Judge Aylmer made a deportation order for Rosloveanu to return to Romania on his release from prison and be excluded form re-entering the country for ten years thereafter. Deportation order for ‘hole in the roof’ gang man sent to prison was last modified: November 6th, 2019 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:CloverhillCostel RosloveanuDetective Garda Stephen McGonagleFiona Crawford BLJudge John AylmerLetterkenny Shopping Centre.McCullagh’s JewellersPatrick McGrath SCRomanialast_img read more

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MAN HOSPITALISED AFTER HEAD-ON COLLISION IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe crash scene at Letterkenny this morningOne man has been injured following a head-on collision in Letterkenny.The elderly man has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital following the crash which happened at Ballyraine Road at the rear of the LYIT just before 10.30am.The emergency services were on the scene quickly and the driver of the Ford Fiesta was taken by ambulance to hospital. The other man involved in the crash appeared unhurt.It is not known how badly injured the elderly man driving the Ford Fiesta is.One of the cars struck a wall after the collision.  MAN HOSPITALISED AFTER HEAD-ON COLLISION IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 17th, 2013 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:crashletterkennylast_img read more

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Alvarez wants one more chance

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Wilson Alvarez wants to get one more major league batter out before he retires at the end of the season. The veteran Dodgers pitcher might just get his wish. Alvarez, who has been on the disabled list since May 31 with an injured left shoulder, threw 40 pitches of live batting practice before the Dodgers’ home game against Colorado on Tuesday and reported no physical problems. Alvarez has not wavered on his decision to retire at the end of the season. That’s why it’s so important to him that he plays again this year. “I’m doing it for a lot of reasons,” Alvarez said. I’m doing it for my teammates and my daughters and my wife. I want to show all those people I never gave up.” With his career winding down, Alvarez knows he’ll be emotional if he does take the mound again this year. “I’m not sure how I’ll react to that,” he said. “I might cry when I get somebody out.” – No one will be more disappointed to see the current homestand end tonight than Jose Cruz Jr., who was 9 of 27 with four home runs and nine RBI over the first seven games of the homestand heading into Tuesday’s game against Colorado. The 14-year veteran will throw one more batting practice session in San Francisco over the weekend, then he and the Dodgers will decide whether he’s physically able to be activated for the final three weeks of the season. The good thing about (Tuesday’s session) is I threw strikes,” Alvarez said. “The last time I was all over the place. Today I felt like I threw everything over the plate.” center_img “He’s been huge for us,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. The veteran outfielder, who the Dodgers picked up in a trade with Boston on Aug. 9, has provided an expected lift since joining the team, batting .310 with four home runs and 14 RBIs. Cruz was battling injuries for most of the early part of the season with Arizona and Boston, but since coming to Los Angeles he’s benefited from improved health and some batting tips from hitting coach Tim Wallach to become a steady contributor. – Dodgers’ catcher Dioner Navarro’s wife Sherley gave birth to the couple’s second son Tuesday. Navarro did not attend Tuesday’s game. … Pitcher Kelly Wunsch had successful hip surgery Tuesday and is expected back on a mound in 16 weeks … The Dodgers Double-A Jacksonville Suns dropped Game 1 of their five-game Southern League championship series against the West Tennessee Diamonds Jax. — Vincent Bonsignore can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 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

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Lombardi Ranch has carved out a pumpkin dynasty

first_img “We had a corn maze for the first time this year,” Lombardi said. “It did fairly well. Usually they design these things with GPS (Global Positioning System), but we did ours the good old-fashioned way. It was quite a job, especially since we waited until the corn got too tall. That old saying that you’re never too old to learn, well, we’re living proof.” The 140-acre ranch offers a large farm plot filled with onions, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, basil and parsley, with a dividing line of pumpkins growing down the middle to accommodate at least 10 groups a day hoping for a glimpse of farm life during one of Joann’s educational tours. “I ask them what four things I need to grow vegetables and they always remember seeds, water and sunshine,” she said. “So I ask them if I put a seed in my hand with some water and hold it up to the sun, will it grow? They always forget the dirt.” Generations of children have climbed on the fire engine, paddy wagon and fiberglass pumpkins placed around the property, visited the petting zoo (all the animals are visitors from nearby Rolling Thunder Ranch) and roamed the acres of bright orange gourds laid out for them to select the perfect specimen of the world’s largest fruit. On Tuesday morning, only 11 “Big Macs” – oversize pumpkins that would give Martha Stewart a challenge – remained in a stall near a curious emu; wagons and tires offer pint-size varieties; piles of the less-popular varieties – gray Jarsdales, dusty tan Hubbards, butternuts and Turkish turbans – await the November crowds that will prepare them for Thanksgiving tables. “We started working yesterday on next year,” Joann said. “We try to think of what we can make permanent so we don’t have to put it up again. And every year, the rumors go around that we’ve sold the ranch. People call and ask me if we sold and I tell them we did. “Then I ask them how much I got,” she said, her eyes twinkling. “They never can tell me. And right now, I’m ready to do this another year.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We had a roadside stand selling vegetables, and we would take a tractor tire and fill it up a few times a day with pumpkins. Pretty soon, people were asking if they could have a tour or get a cold drink, so my daughter and her friend got a little cooler and set up next to the stand to sell water and cold drinks.” That enterprising little girl just turned 40, and she and her husband still run the drink concession at the ranch, which sees most of its visitors – thousands of them – during the Halloween season. “We’ve been at this for 36 years now,” Lombardi said. “It’s amazing what can happen when you open a little tiny can of worms.” Floods in January threatened their long-standing livelihood when sections of Bouquet Canyon Road washed away, but county work crews were able to complete repairs sooner than anticipated. Straw bales used for barriers and climbing were soaked and had to be discarded, but the record crowds this season quickly gave the $8,000 worth of bales a well-worn look as if they’d been there the whole time. The ranch remains a family-run enterprise. Bob, 60, and Joann, 59, still work from dawn to dusk with the help of their daughters, Alisia, Julia and Adria and son Rob. Alisia does the bookkeeping, Julia does all the roadside signage, Rob builds props and the train that trundles visitors through the corn and sunflower fields and Adria is the drink concessionaire who also coordinates the popular Scarecrow Alley competition. SAUGUS – They’ve sold thousands of tons of pumpkins over the last 40 years and the 10 tons left Tuesday, the day after Halloween, seems like “not that much” to Joann Lombardi. “We still sell a lot before Thanksgiving for baking and decorations,” Lombardi said. “We have friends who raise cattle, and we give the leftovers to them. The cattle love them. They think it’s like dessert.” Walking through the empty grounds of the family ranch in Saugus, she reminisced about the ranch’s humble beginnings. “It all started with my field trips,” she said. “My daughter was going to Small World preschool, and the kids came over for a tour of the farm. I took them around – there were only about 12 to 15 kids – and I gave each of them a pumpkin to take home. The next year, they wanted to come back, and word-of-mouth started spreading. last_img read more

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South African side Kaizer Chiefs confirms Jaaja Walu deal

first_img Tags: godfrey walusimbigor mahiaKaizer Chiefs Godfrey Walusimbi is now formalities away from becoming a fourth Ugandan to play at the Amakosi (file photo)South Africa – Uganda Cranes left-back Godfrey Walusimbi aka Jaja Walu has finally sealed a move to South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.This follows fragile talks between his former side Gor Mahia and Kaizer Cheifs with both sides bad mouthing one another.The development was confirmed by Kaiser Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung via South African media IOL Sport.In an interview with IOL Sport, Mataung confirmed that the deal had been finalized and that a compromise has been reached between the Amakhosi and Gor Mahia.“We have had discussions with the club (Gor Mahia) and the player and have finalized a deal, said Mataung.“We will be making an announcement soon. As soon as he gets his registration card he will play for Chiefs, that is where we are.“There are no issues between us and Gor Mahia. No player tapping or anything like that. We were in negotiations.Walusimbi was reported AWOL by Gor Mahia after he moved to South Africa a fortnight ago.He will join David Obua, Ivan Bukenya and Sula Matovu “Malouda” as Ugandan players to have played for Kaizer Chiefs.Comments last_img read more

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Monday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-101] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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