0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino has his sights set on a second term at the head of the world football body © AFP/File / Luis ACOSTALAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 1 – FIFA chief Gianni Infantino is busily promoting money-spinning schemes for world football ahead of an expected bid for a second term, including a revamped Club World Cup and a so-called Global Nations League.Infantino faces a re-election vote in June next year, three years after he took control of world football’s governing body after long-time leader Sepp Blatter was ejected amid a bitter corruption scandal. With an eye to winning a new term at FIFA’s 2019 Paris Congress, Infantino has embarked on one new project after another to fill the coffers and bolster his reforming appeal.“He clearly has a political agenda,” said a analyst familiar with FIFA’s inner workings. “He has opened two main areas, one covering competitions and the other on rules, where he wants to work on transfers.”His marquee project is to boost the number of World Cup participating nations from the current 32 to 48 by 2026, a target that has now been brought forward for the 2022 edition in Qatar.“It is the president of Conmebol (the South American football confederation), Alejandro Dominguez, who proposed (bringing in the expansion for 2022) but you would be forgiven for thinking that FIFA was directly behind it,” said a former FIFA official, speaking on condition his name not be used.That proposal has left Qatar, already diplomatically isolated, scratching their heads and wondering how to host an expanded tournament that would likely involve staging matches in neighbouring countries.However, the expansion to 48 teams has its supporters and falls in line with the FIFA chief’s “political agenda”, according to the same source.– New-look club world championship –Infantino’s other key proposal is to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format rather than retaining it as an annual event.At the same time, borrowing an idea from Europe’s governing body UEFA, Infantino has opted to launch a league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League, grouping the winners of international competitions in each of FIFA’s six regional confederations.Infantino pushed the proposals at a FIFA council meeting in Bogota in March, with the persuasive argument that sponsors were ready to pour $25 billion (20.7 billion euros) into the new league and expanded cup proposal.No names have been released but the Japanese bank-led sponsors’ consortium includes Chinese, Japanese and Saudi-Arabian backers.Infantino has been working behind the scenes to interest top clubs and spoke to a dozen including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Zurich recently. Faced with a cash windfall of between 50 million and 80 million dollars per club per tournament the response has been positive, according to a source who followed the discussions.Inside FIFA there are those who see the expanded club tournament as a farce and others who see it as a stroke of genius.Infantino’s new proposals were discussed Monday at a meeting in Zurich of top leaders of the six continental confederations “in a friendly and positive environment,” according to FIFA. A FIFA council meeting will also take up the subject in May.If Infantino appears to be in a hurry, it is because the $25 billion sponsorship offer will expire after 60 days and FIFA, whose financial reserves have shed $600 million in three years, needs the money, according to the source.Also Infantino would welcome a boost ahead of the vote to determine the host of the 2026 World Cup on June 13. Infantino’s favourite, the joint US, Canada, Mexico bid, is coming up against Morocco, an outsider which seems to be gaining traction, and is seen as progressing even further following tweets from Donald Trump.The US president appeared to threaten those who withheld backing from the US bid and could trigger an anti-US backlash, according to some experts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has slammed a proposal to take unpaid water charges bills from wages and social welfare payments.He was referring to a section in the new Civil Debt (2015) Bill that would allow Irish Water to take court proceedings in order to make such attachments.He said it is no coincidence that they are doing both of these in the same week.Councillor Doherty said “This represents another desperate attempt by the Government to bully people into paying their water charges and to get Irish Water up and running. As with the railroading through of measures to penalise tenants and home owners, this Bill has only been published this afternoon even though it is to come before the Dáil next week.“We do know that it will contain a proposal to dip into people’s wages and social welfare payments. That contrasts starkly with how this Government has dealt with elites who have taken advantage of tax avoidance schemes. It is a vicious attack on people with low incomes.“As with the Government proposals to attach unpaid water charges to people’s homes, Sinn Féin will be strongly opposing this latest proposal next week in the Dáil.“Along with their refusal to state how many people have actually paid their water charges, we are clearly dealing with a desperate attempt by the Government to frighten people prior to the Summer recess, and before the EU decides on the status of Irish Water’s dubious finances.”DOHERTY SLAMS PROPOSAL TO TAKE WATER CHARGES FROM WAGES AND SOCIAL WELFARE was last modified: June 26th, 2015 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYdonegalwater charges
To promote the life-saving work of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, two emigrants from Transylvania living in the Donegal Gaeltacht, have volunteered to give blood as part of a special Halloween event at the Amharclann theatre in Bunbeg entitled ‘Dracula agus a chairde.’The event, cabaret in style with various ‘blood-curdling’ on and off-stage entertainment, including open coffins, takes place Friday evening, Nov. 1 at the Gaoth Dobhair theatre.In Dublin-born author Bram Stoker’s classic novel, ‘Dracula,’ published in 1897, Transylvania is home to the arch-vampire. Pól McCool, one of theatre organisers, said, “It is highly commendable that people from this particular region of Romania who have made their new homes in Ireland have volunteered their blood to help the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.“The Amharclann is a theatre in the true sense of community, much needed in a rural area such as Gaoth Dobhair, and we welcome such initiatives as this.”Interestingly, especially as the event is taking place in an Irish-speaking region, some literary scholars say the name ‘Dracula’ may have originated from an old Irish folk tale called ‘Dún Dreach-Fhola’ (castle of blood).One of the two blood donors, Columbia Vaileanu, a web-designer and digital marketer for Gaoth Dobhair based ‘Ireland Writing Retreat,’ is originally from a rural area of Transylvania and became an Irish citizen in recent years. She lives now in the village of Bun na Leaca on the ‘Wild Atlantic Way.’“This is one simple way I can contribute to Ireland, a country that has granted me citizenship and a new opportunity to succeed in life,” she said. ‘The blood transfusion service has helped save the lives of thousands of people, Irish and other nationalities, both locally and nationally. It deserves as much support as we can give it.”Lucian Podariu, also from Transylvania, who operates a veterinary practice in Bunbeg, also felt it was the least he could do to help.“As a person working in the medical field, albeit it for animals, I know very well the importance of having a strong healthy blood supply available, especially for emergencies. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service does a wonderful job and we should all do our best to support it.”The ‘Dracula and Friends’ cabaret event features a number of different acts including an on-screen multi-media presentation by Sean Hillen, international journalist and author of book-in-a coffin, ‘Digging For Dracula,’ on the theme ‘Legend versus Truth’ linked to Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. There will also be a surprise skit linking the Long-Toothed Count to a well-known hit song by the rock music group ‘Queen,’ as well as what is termed an ‘UnDead’ vampire comedy play entitled ‘Tá sé/ Níl sé’ (He is/He Isn’t) adapted by Tomás Mac Giolla Bhrighde, featuring the local acting group, Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair.In addition, the lobby of the Amharclann theatre will be transformed into a vampire’s den, decorated with cobwebs, lanterns and real full-size coffins for people to stand (or lie in) for photographs, with eerie music, as well as make-up artists who will transform children and adults into vampires.Special vampire food and drinks will also be offered including ‘Vampire Fang’ and ‘Freaky Fingers’ novelty snacks and, of course, Bloody Marys, and intriguing blood-red non-alcoholic drinks. There will also be special awards for best-dressed children and adults.For tickets and further information, contact Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair at 074-953- 2687. A blood-curdling night is promised at West Donegal theatre was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Filipe Luis, John Mikel Obi and Andre Schurrle have been included in the Chelsea starting line-up at Southampton, whose captain Jose Fonte returns from suspension.Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand cannot play against the Blues under the terms of his loan deal so he has been replaced at left-back by youngster Matthew Targett. Southampton: Forster, Yoshida, Fonte, Alderweireld, Targett, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Tadić, Mané, Pellè.Subs: K. Davis, Gardos, Long, Ward-Prowse, Isgrove, Reed, McCarthy. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Schurrle, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Willian, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was satisfied with three points against FC Astana.United should have run away with the game, given the number of chances they created.But they made it difficult for themselves and had to rely on a second half goal from Mason Greenwood to nick a 1-0 win.But Solskjaer is more concerned with getting points on the board so they can qualify for the knockout rounds.”The main thing now is to get through the group stages,” he said to reporters after the game. “And to do that you need to win your homes games, and get one or two draws away from home or win away from home and then you should be through.”There’ll be plenty of minutes for the boys, definitely, but it’s still an experienced side out here with loads of capped internationals.”
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Perhaps getting married to a U.S. television star helps in the royal wedding ratings.The Nielsen company says 29.2 million people in the United States watched the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle early Saturday. The London ceremony aired starting at 7 a.m. Eastern time and was carried live on 15 different networks.The telecast topped the 22.8 million people who watched Harry’s older brother, Prince William, marry Kate Middleton in 2011.By a whisker, NBC earned network bragging rights. Nielsen said an estimated 6.42 million people watched NBC’s coverage while 6.35 million watched it on ABC. The CBS audience was 4.79 million people.
In a new episode of the battle between president Nöel Le Graët against Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid striker exploded via Twitter.The relationship that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has with the French Football Federation president has never been great, Noël Le Graët has always criticized the player for letting down France in the past.The incident with Mathieu Valbuena cost Karim his place in Les Bleus and he hasn’t come back ever since, Benzema even lost the unique chance to become a World Cup champion last summer over the scandal that had a lot of people in France rooting against him.But one of the figures that was the most adamant about Benzema never playing for France again, was the FFF president Le Graët, who recently spoke to French journal Ouest-France about the Real Madrid player and he opened the old wound in public once again.The chairman spoke in a very condescending manner against Karim, a passive-aggressive tone that the player didn’t take well and sparked a quick response from him on social media.This is just a new chapter on the already controversial battle between the two, in which Karim Benzema has repeatedly expressed that he doesn’t want to be a part of.Le Graet cree que Benzema no volverá a la selección https://t.co/fdzINOoQJZ pic.twitter.com/6vaxFV8url— HTDeportes VE (@HTDeportes) October 10, 2018Le Graët seems quite salty against the former Olympique Lyonnais player, because he was widely considered as one of the most important offensive players of his generation in France, and he threw it all away because of that scandal.The reaction from Le Graët is the same that many French people have against Karim because they had a lot of hope deposited on his talent for the future.Fortunately for France, they won the World Cup without even needing Karim but the FFF president still seems adamant on coming after the striker even if the whole scandal is already in the past.“The Valbuena-Benzema affair had another episode last week, but it is still not over,” Le Graët said to Ouest-France.“It’s been three or four years. It should have been judged much faster and it is rotten for us.”“I have nothing against Karim, he has always behaved well in the [national] team, but I think he is finished with Les Bleus, particularly as he has been out of form for a while,” he added on that interview.“France have closed the door forever on Karim Benzema. Let him play for another country.”— Benzema’s agent pic.twitter.com/kfkcL8ddjfReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…— DZ Football (@DZFootball_en) October 10, 2018The response from Karim Benzema was quick, but it was only after his former agent responded to Le Graët suggesting that they let him represent another country now that they’ve completely destroyed his chances of playing for France.“Noel, you already ended Benzema’s international career in June of 2018 and you’re doing it again now and at the same time, you insult him,” wrote Karim Djaziri on his personal Twitter account.“What is your game? Do you feel guilty about something? Write to FIFA and let him play for another team and let’s see if he’s finished.”Karim Benzema instantly retweeted this, and he then proceeded to send his own personal message that we reported earlier this Wednesday.Noël vous aviez déjà mis un terme à la carrière internationale de @Benzema en juin 2018 vous remettez ça aujourd’hui tout en le dénigrant!Dans quel but?Vous vous reprochez quelque chose?Écrivez à @FIFAcom et laissez le jouer pour une autre sélection nous verrons s’il est terminé— KDjaziri (@KDjaziri) October 10, 2018The fact that the Real Madrid player still has to deal with the aftermath of his mistake with Mathieu Valbuena, is something that will unfortunately haunt him for the rest of his life due to all the expectation he generated since the beginning of his career.When he first started to play football as a professional, every single sports journalism outlet in France regarded him as the next Thierry Henry.At club level, Karim has enjoyed a lot of success with Real Madrid, but his time with the French National Team has been nothing but an endless nightmare that may never leave him alone.🇫🇷 FFF president says @Benzema “is finished with Les Bleus”https://t.co/lLejqY2nPL— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 11, 2018What do you think about Noël Le Graët’s latest criticism about Karim Benzema? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Dear Editor,I am opposed to the elimination of any train stops. The tax payers of Wilmington pay the MBTA $518,000 per year to have the two train stations in Wilmington. I believe the people of Wilmington deserve full service at both stops. The train in North Wilmington does not have to block the road known as Rte. 62 / Middlesex Avenue. This was absolutely shown when I took the train from Lawrence to North Wilmington and asked to get off the first car so the train did not block the road. A further indication of this can easily be explained by simply understanding that the same train leaves North Station to come to North Wilmington and clears the road to let passengers off. We need to work to make the lives of Wilmington residents easier and more convenient. People who need to get toward and to Boston for work or an appointment to see a doctor deserve all stops to remain at North Wilmington.My advice and proposal to Wilmington officials is to position public safety vehicles on the other side of the tracks ahead of the scheduled stops. I also wanted to add that a garage bay at the D.P.W. and Brown’s Crossing locations could be designated for an emergency vehicle without the need for an expensive substation construction project.With regard to the proposed detox site at 362 Middlesex Avenue, I believe the State should take this property by eminent domain for the purpose of building a train station with senior housing above it and an eatery/cafe. Seniors and commuters can have a place to dine while waiting to take the train.The opioid problem is a State problem that needs a State solution. Many cities and towns are in the process of suing the opioid manufacturers. I believe it would be a beautiful thing to see a settlement with the opioid manufacturers that included giving us a state of the art treatment and recovery center on the grounds of the Tewksbury State Hospital. The State’s opioid addiction problem solution: funded by those who are alleged to have known that the opioids were addictive and sold them anyway.Unfortunately, our Selectmen have failed to negotiate with the owner’s of 362 Middlesex Avenue for an alternative development that eliminated the detox facility. We now have a law suit filed against the Town of Wilmington that could have been averted. It is time for the community to unite for truth and unite for change. It is also time to eliminate conflict of interest on the Board of Selectmen by electing new members who will fight on behalf of the community. Solutions are needed that improve people’s lives.Sincerely,Kevin MacDonaldCandidate for the Board of SelectmenLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Says Town Should Hire A Grant WriterIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”