Spurs’ possible new 2020-21 FOURTH kit leaked… and fans call it horrendous

Posted On May 31 2020 by

first_imgA LEAKED potential Tottenham fourth kit for next season has surfaced online… and it’s fair to say fans are not impressed.The rumoured strip begins grey at the top, before fading to black via four stripes across the torso.2 The rumoured shirt has has bemused fans onlineCredit: Footy HeadlinesThe shirt features yellow trim, with the club’s crest, Nike swoosh and AIA logo all changing from their traditional colours.Fans might be pleased with the badge and manufacturer logo are moved into the centre of the design, akin to the classic Spurs kits of the 1980s.The lines of both the stripes and the AIA logo appear uneven, however, making it feel unlikely that the designs are real.The design for the shirt is apparently based on the popular Nike Air Max 95 trainers, which feature a similar colour scheme.Fans online were generally incredibly unimpressed though, with one simply writing: “That’s nasty”.And another added: “Nike should really change their designers, that is totally dreadful.#COYS we can do better.””I’ve taken dumps that look better than that,” another even remarked.One even exclaimed: “Oh hell no!!!!! These things are hideous!!!”2 The much-maligned shirt is apparently based on the Nike Air Max 95LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongThe much-panned shirt follows the heavily criticised leaked possible home shirt that reared its head yesterday.Whether or not Spurs would be wearing these potential kits in the Champions League, however, is very much up for debate.Jose Mourinho’s side now sit just one point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, ahead of the showdown between the clubs on Saturday lunchtime. Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Son Heung-min’s broken arm injurylast_img read more


1X1 of Real Madrid: from Isco’s joy to the clouds

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgCourtois: Salvador in the 20th minute at the end of Gabriel Jesus, in another shot, this looser in charge of Bernardo Silva, and two more from Mahrez, the Belgian was solid, but in the absence of a minute to the end of the first part , had an error when clearing the ball that almost cost a goal from Manchester City. Carvajal: Loose his game with several rude mistakes, such as the penalty to Sterling that allowed him to get ahead of the City on the scoreboard. Rivals look for his back, one of the weaknesses of this Madrid. He failed several controls, and had several failures that allowed the citizen Seek the goal of Courtois. Varane: Very serious in defensive work when cutting rival attacks, cover the backs of Carvajal. Good when taking the ball from behind. Sergio Ramos: It is more loose when he has a partner Mendy on the left side. Very good when it comes to anticipating Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus, but the Brazilian won his back, put his hands on him and finished the goal of the draw. He was expelled for direct red after missing Gabriel Jesus. Mendy: The Frenchman returned to the left side after having been a substitute against Celta (he left almost at the end) and against Levante. Very solid back, he did not allow Mahrez to beat him on any occasion. However, in attack it costs. Casemiro: It was embedded between the centrals to give the ball a better start to the attack, but it sinned from excessive tranquility on occasion: a heel at the wrong time led to a rapid kickback that ended in Mahrez’s deflected shot. He was the author of the first shot of the match, but he went astray. Valverde: Intense, competitive, he looked for the goal but had no success. He started on Casemiro’s left, something new for him. In the 41st minute, he injured his ankle and head after an entry from Gündogan. He saw the first yellow of the match for grabbing Gündogan in the 47th minute. In the second half he was a little melted. Modric: Before the substitution of Kroos, the offensive plays of Madrid started from his boots. He moved throughout the center of the field, but failed to connect with Benzema. Well in the aids, he saw the yellow in the 53rd minute. Isco: Again headline in a big game. After surprising Zidane in the match against PSG with his presence, Malaga has become indispensable in important events. Author of the first meeting goal at the pass of Vinicius. Surprisingly, it started on the right, but with freedom of movement. Maybe that’s why he wasn’t seen too much until his goal in the 60th minute. Vinicius: He started again in the Champions League game after having been against Bruges in the last match of the group stage last December. Incisive by the left wing, he had the goal in his boots: the ball was frank after a stop by Ederson at the head of Karim, but he slipped and failed to finish the play. Good fight with Walker. It was replaced by Bale. Benzema: French centenary match with the Madrid shirt in the highest European competition. He was about to open the scoring with a header that Ederson saved with a prodigious hand.Substitutions Bale: He had 15 minutes, but he barely had the opportunity to take out and offer something profitable in attack. Jovic: Entered by Isco. No time to do anything. Lucas Vázquez: Entered by Modric. Like Jovic, he didn’t have time for anything. This was the performance of Real Madrid players in the defeat against City, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. last_img read more


The Government dictates to Calcium the conditions for group training from 18-M

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgSerie A golf equipment will probably be ready to practice once more as a group from Might 18. The information, vital and anticipated, has arrived on Monday afternoon, with a press release signed by the Ministers of Well being and Sports activities, Roberto Speranza and Vincenzo Spadafora: “The opinion requested by the Government on the FIGC protocol has been expressed this Monday by the Scientific Technical Committee and confirms the prudence guideline adopted thus far by the ministries. The indications of the Committee will probably be transmitted to the Federation for the crucial diversifications of the protocol and thus permit the secure restart of group training from Might 18 “. Sandra Zampa, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Well being, who revealed that this elementary step got here thanks to what she outlined as a ‘technical answer’: “It’s a ‘sterile bubble’ wherein damaging gamers and members of the teaching workers would enter COVID-19, all staying as one huge household. This may safeguard their well being and that of their shut individuals, however it requires an important sacrifice: absolute isolation, “he advised ‘RAI’. On this ‘bubble’ the collective training periods may be resumed, whereas, for the resolution on the return of the championship, in accordance to Vincenzo Spadafora we could have to wait “no less than one other week”. The Sports activities Minister additionally defined that Federcalcio could have to settle for that “if a optimistic seems throughout training, the whole group should be utterly remoted in quarantine” and that the assessments on the gamers should not be carried out “to the detriment of the remainder of the citizenship”. For Monday to significantly return to work, these conditions should be revered.last_img read more


Lincoln shock Burnley to reach FA Cup last eight

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_img ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE BURNLEY, England (AP): The players and coaches of non-league team Lincoln wandered the field, some singing and celebrating among themselves, some on their phones with family and friends, others just in shock at the size of their achievement. Behind one of the goals, the club’s jubilant supporters belted out as one: “We’re going to Wembley.” Lincoln had just become the first team from outside of England’s top-four leagues to advance to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in more than a century. And it had been achieved in dramatic style, with an 89th-minute goal – agonisingly requiring the approval of goal-line technology – seeing off Premier League side Burnley 1-0 away on Saturday. “It’s unheard of in modern-day football,” goalscorer Sean Raggett said of Lincoln’s feat. “Crazy! Unbelievable!” The last non-league team to reach the last eight was Queens Park Rangers in 1914. Lincoln were playing in the last 16 for the first time in 130 years. Lincoln’s FA Cup run started in October when the team needed a replay to get past Guiseley, a rival in the country’s fifth-tier National League. Since the turn of the year, Lincoln – a sleepy cathedral city in the East Midlands – has had cup fever, with Cowley’s men eliminating second-tier League Championship teams Ipswich and Brighton. Burnley were another proposition entirely. This was a team with the third-best home record in the Premier League, a team that held runaway leaders Chelsea to a draw in its last match, a team that made some changes to its team, but still retained most of its key players with the quarter-finals in sight. Lincoln, though, rose to the challenge. Matt Rhead, a giant throwback of a striker who was working in a factory four years ago, caused problems with his height and presence. Nathan Arnold, a winger who has worked as a hairdresser in his spare time, was a constant threat down the right with his pace. In the end, the key moment came when a deep corner was headed back across goal and Raggett rose above a crowd of Burnley defenders at the far post to nod goalwards. The ball just about crossed the line before Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton clawed it away. Results: Burnley 0 Lincoln City 1; Huddersfield 0 Manchester City 0; Middlesbrough 3 Oxford Utd 2; Millwall 1 Leicester 0; Wolves 0 Chelsea 2.last_img read more


Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup, beats Egypt 3-1

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgRussia’s scorer Artyom Dzyuba, center, and his teammates celebrate their side’s 3rd goal during the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia  — Two wins, eight goals and almost certainly a place in the knockout stage for first time since the Soviet era.Russia is enjoying quite the party at its own World Cup — and not even the highly anticipated return of Mohamed Salah could slow it down on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Senegal beats Poland 2-1 in first African win at World Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Salah needed to produce the type of performance he delivered nearly every week for Liverpool this season, when he scored 44 goals in 51 games, but it was clear from the start that he was staying out of anything too physical on his return from damaged ligaments in his left shoulder sustained in the Champions League final.Aside from his goal, Salah was quiet in his first ever match at a World Cup, much to the dismay of the Egypt fans in the stadium who roared every time their star player’s face flashed up on the big screen and when his name was announced before kickoff. Not to mention the 90 million Egyptians back home.“I was told by the medical staff that he was fit, feeling good,” Egypt coach Hector Cuper said. “He couldn’t prepare with us in the training camp, he had to train alone. Maybe that meant his total physical ability was reduced.”Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days, while Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday.Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Confounding grim pre-tournament predictions, the host nation earned a second straight emphatic victory to start the group stage by beating Egypt 3-1. Having already routed Saudi Arabia 5-0, Russia is likely to be celebrating a spot in the round of 16 by Wednesday evening and few could have seen that happening so soon.“It’s a group of solidarity and cohesion,” said Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov, who whipped up the crowd by waving his arms in delight on the field after the final whistle. “You mention difficulties, problems. We don’t like these words. We don’t have this in our vocabulary. We had some issues and we dealt with it.”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 crownLike a string of pre-tournament injuries that ravaged the defense. Like a run of seven winless games heading into the tournament. The Russians started the World Cup as the lowest-ranked team at the tournament at No. 70, but they aren’t playing like it.Three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half did the damage against Egypt, with Ahmed Fathi poking the ball into his own net — the fifth own-goal of the tournament — to put Russia ahead in the 47th minute. Denis Cheryshev, with his third goal of the World Cup, and striker Artyom Dzyuba then scored in quick succession before Salah won and converted a consolation penalty in his first game back after 3 1/2 weeks out with a shoulder injury. LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View commentscenter_img Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GROUP DYNAMICSThe match between Russia and Uruguay in Samara on Monday is likely to determine which teams finish in first and second place in Group A, with Spain and Portugal likely lying in wait in the round of 16.As for Egypt, a first win at a World Cup at the seventh attempt is the aim when it plays Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on the same day.KEY TO SUCCESSRussia neutralized Salah in the tense but low quality first half, with Yuri Zhirkov dealing well with the Premier League’s player of the year particularly when he got in front to him to clear a dangerous cross early in the first half.The Russians then took advantage of Egypt’s defensive mistakes to cruise into a three-goal lead out of nothing. Fathi’s attempted clearance for the first goal was sloppy, as was Ali Gabr’s attempt at closing down Dzyuba for the third goal.Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal and is surprisingly tied as leading scorer with Cristiano Ronaldo.SERIOUS STATSThe five own-goals at this year’s tournament is only one off the record for a whole World Cup, set in 1998. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan townlast_img read more


St. John’s Alumni Dedicate 3 New Buildings to Alma Mater

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgThe Alumni Association of the St. John’s Mission Episcopal High School and Episcopal Elementary School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, has consecrated and turned over to the Episcopal Church of Liberia three newly constructed buildings for use by the school. The first building dedicated was the Catherine Cowan “Chemistry” Barnaby Science Laboratory, named in memory of the late American Missionary, Ms. Catherine C. Barnaby, who contributed immensely to Liberia’s education system. As an outstanding Science teacher at St. John’s in the 1940s to early 1960s, Ms. Barnaby produced scores of Liberian scientists who following their graduation matriculated to universities around the world, including Cuttington College and Divinity School, (now Cuttington University) and theUniversity of Liberia as well as leading universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Germany and elsewhere. Many of them became medical doctors and specialists, engineers, Science teachers, academicians and other professionals.The plaque on the Barnaby Building reads: “Dedicated to the Missionary Math and Science Teacher, Catherine Cowan Chemistry Barnaby, because of her untiring, faithful and unwavering dedication, integrity and commitment to excellence and devoted service to teaching young Liberian students. She lifted every student to a higher level. The students and the world are better because of her.”Other buildings dedicated were the Emmanuel Shaw ll Technology Center and the Bowen Cottage Hall, named in honor of a former student and a great professor of the school, respectively.The alumni idea to construct those buildings was based on the belief that high school alumni associations are usually more active than those of colleges or universities. The St. Johns Alumni Association members present said they were keen on the idea of giving back to their alma mater. They said the Alumni Association was engaged in organizing social events to raise funds in order to contribute to the school’s infrastructure and the provision of educational and other materials.During the ceremony held last weekend on the school campus in Robertsport, the Most Rev. Dr. Jonathan B. B. Hart, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia and Archbishop of the Interim Anglican Province of West Africa, consecrated and took ownership of the projects.He expressed gratitude to the alumni for the buildings.“As Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, we take ownership of these properties and facilities for use by the church and we want to commend the alumni for the partnership,” Bishop Hart told the gathering. He acknowledged that the Episcopal Church is facing many challenges in running its schools. However, Bishop Hart said, the Church as an institution is trying to overcome those challenges, particularly with support from the alumni associations and other partners. The Bishop urged alumni in the Diaspora to emulate the good example of the St. John’s alumni by giving back to their alma mater.Samuel A. Abdullai, Sr., President of the St. John’s Alumni in the Americas told the Daily Observer that the association is willing to assist in ensuring that the Episcopal schools in Robertsport are restored and once more become distinguished educational institutions in the county.“We strive to mobilize and engage all the alumni in the spirit of giving back, and to collaborate with the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia to provide quality education to young Liberians,” Abdullai said.As graduates and former students of the St. John’s, who now reside in the United States and Liberia, the alumni share a common vision for the institution and are willing to help the school, said Mr. Abdullai.St. John’s, the House of Bethany (residence of the female students), and the Episcopal High School in Robertsport serve as the culminating points that combine to create a prominent source of highly educated, disciplined, patriotic, and Christian young men and women who will be ready for higher education in Liberia or abroad, Mr. Abdullai declared. “We will pool our resources to restore those institutions to the position of prominence that they enjoyed prior to the extended period of civil unrest in the country. “As products of those institutions, we realize our indebtedness not only to them, but also to Liberia,” he added. “We acknowledge that while these institutions were largely created by missionaries from America the benefits of whose largesse of a good Christian education we are currently reaping, it is incumbent upon us as Liberians now to give back to the very institutions that are largely responsible for preparing us for survival in the world today. President Abdullai further intimated, “Within the next five years, we will continue to give of our time, our money, and our services, to rebuild our institutions and ensure that every child residing in the location of those institutions is given the opportunity to education that is as good as or better than what we had.” He said the alumni envision that within the next five years, all institutions will be operational, that the Episcopal Elementary and High Schools in Robertsport will be reopened and fully staffed, and that the House of Bethany and St. Johns’ will reopen for boarding students.Mr. Ernie Bruce, president of the alumni local branch, also lauded the late Miss Barnaby, who shaped the minds of many young Liberians in the sciences.Alumnus Bruce disclosed that the technology center was built by LoneStar GSM Company, Bowen Cottage was provided by the family, while the funding for the Barnaby Science Lab was provided by her grandson, who plays in the National Football League in U.S, in partnership with the alumni association.Meanwhile, the alumni have invited the public, particularly individuals who want to add the names of their parents or other relatives to the Memorial Wall for a donation of US$50 for their deceased to be memorialized. The proceeds will be used to facilitate other ongoing projects being undertaken on the campus by the alumni.“There is no limit as to who can be memorialized on this wall: Parents, uncles, aunts, etc.,” said Alumnus Feweh Sherman. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


‘Idol’ says sayonara to Sanjaya Malakar

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgHe may not have been the best singer, but he was the most memorable. Sanjaya Malakar, the good-natured bad teen singer who captivated millions in his “American Idol” run, was voted off the show Wednesday night. When the results were announced, Malakar cried, and got a big hug from LaKisha Jones, the next lowest vote-getter. “I’m fine,” he told Ryan Seacrest. “It was an amazing experience.” Replied Seacrest: “I can promise you: We won’t soon forget you.” Malakar performed one last song, “Something To Talk About.” Putting his own twist on the song, the 17-year-old known for ever-changing hairstyles ad-libbed: “Let’s give them something to talk about … other than hair.” Six contestants are now left. – Fred Shuster 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


Disciplinarian Belmadi restores Algeria to Africa’s summit

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi is hoisted aloft by his players after leading the country to a second Africa Cup of Nations title © AFP / Giuseppe CACACECAIRO, Egypt, Jul 20 – Twelve months ago Algeria were in turmoil after the departure of former national team star Rabah Madjer, but the appointment of Djamel Belmadi proved a stroke of genius from a federation that had burned through five coaches in two turbulent years.It was a gamble on a coach who had cut his teeth exclusively in Qatar, where he earned a reputation as a tough disciplinarian but one capable of extracting the best from his players. That punt paid off handsomely in Egypt as Algeria clinched a second Africa Cup of Nations title on Friday, ending a 29-year drought by defeating a strong Senegal team spearheaded by Sadio Mane to lift the trophy for a first time on foreign soil.“I said we were going to the Cup of Nations to win. I wanted to send a strong message to the players, to tell them I was committing to a strong project. Titles are what interest me,” Belmadi recalled of his bold declaration ahead of the tournament.“I was asked if it was a transitional period. No, here we are (as champions).”With a reputation for attractive football but plagued by indiscipline, Belmadi brought an element of steel and clear tactical guidance to a team that impressed at the 2014 World Cup, taking eventual champions Germany to extra time in the last 16, before a period of regression.“The problem in the national team was solved by Belmadi. He was preceded by five or six managers who were not able to solve it,” said Algeria great Lakhdar Belloumi.“Belmadi knew that the problem is between the players, differences regarding the ball, who takes the corner, who takes the free-kick or the penalty.“He was able to solve the problems, he excluded some players, put others in their place, made people join the ranks.”Algeria arrived at the 2015 Cup of Nations tipped to go the distance in Equatorial Guinea but lost in the quarter-finals, and proceeded to exit at the group stage two years later before a dreadful qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.– ‘Good cook, good dish’ –Belmadi’s recalling of defensive midfielder Adlene Guedioura after the best part of two years in the wilderness was particularly shrewd, while Haris Belkebla’s pre-tournament exclusion for baring his backside online underlined the coach’s zero-tolerance approach.“He really knows the players and what he wants. The good thing is he knows how to get through to the players and how to listen,” said Guedioura, who served as the glue at the base of Algeria’s midfield.“If you don’t have a good cook you can’t have a good dish.”Algeria were deserved winners after beating Senegal twice in this tournament © AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHEDTeenage midfielder Hicham Boudaoui, the youngest and only home-based member of the squad, said Belmadi had “won the players over” with his unwavering commitment.“He gave a spirit to the players, they love him, that’s the secret of what he brought to the team. He gives us a lot of advice, we listen to him. He won the players over.”With a squad backing him to the hilt, Belmadi again outfoxed old friend Aliou Cisse in the first Cup of Nations final between two African coaches in 21 years as Senegal’s vaunted attack floundered when it mattered most.“It perhaps wasn’t our best match in terms of what we produced, but we were the best attack in the tournament and the best defence alongside Senegal,” Belmadi summarised.“It’s a deserved victory if you look at the tournament. The players have done incredible work. We’ve prepared for this Cup of Nations for a long time. It’s not easy living with this pressure every day of wanting to go all the way. They have been fabulous.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Analysis reveals phone industry’s political connections

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Consumer advocates fought more than four years for regulations to protect California’s 28 million cell-phone users. It took only eight months and a nudge from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to make the rules disappear. Since then, the Legislature has considered nine consumer laws that would make it easier for cell-phone owners to do such things as terminate their contracts, transfer their phones to different carriers and dispute billing discrepancies. Only one has become law. Consumer groups and some lawmakers blame the failure of the other measures on the increasingly influential telecommunications lobby. According to a MediaNews analysis, telecommunications companies with cell-phone divisions have contributed more than $7 million to California political campaign accounts since 2005. “It’s a testament to the cell-phone industry’s power that the first thing Arnold Schwarzenegger did when he came into office was put people on the Public Utilities Commission who were pro-industry, anti-consumer, and immediately proceeded to tear down pro-consumer regulations that prevented cell-phone company abuses,” said longtime consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield, author of Proposition 103, which significantly reduced insurance rates for California motorists. Wireless industry representatives, their hired lobbyists and the Schwarzenegger-appointed public utilities commissioners are proud of their pro-business record. The proposed laws and rules, they say, are unnecessary, bad for a competitive market, burdensome, and, if implemented, will jack up cell-phone bills. Even if some legislation is well-intentioned, said Jay Ziegler, a spokesman for the wireless industry association, known as CTIA, the measures would end up being detrimental for consumers. He adds that the cell-phone market is the only sector of the telecommunications industry in which a customer can switch carriers if they’re unhappy with their service. Consumers argue that’s easier said than done. Many users feel they’re being held hostage by carriers that force them into exclusive contracts with $200 in early-termination fees. Perhaps no bill in California better demonstrates the industry’s influence than SB 831 by Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. Lowenthal’s measure would have forced carriers to prorate early termination penalties, institute a 30-day cancellation policy on contracts and stop retail stores from charging their own cancellation fees. When the Senate took up his bill June 6, the measure drew 20 votes – one short of passage. Shortly thereafter, nearly two dozen cell-phone lobbyists paced the hallway outside the Senate chambers, trying to influence lawmakers. That same day, an AT&T employee political action committee donated $50,000 to the ballot initiative that would allow a number of current lawmakers to extend their terms. The next day, on Lowenthal’s final attempt at passage, two key Democrats who’d previously expressed support for the bill turned away from it. The bill died. The two lawmakers – Jenny Oropeza of Redondo Beach, who at the time was running for Congress, and new legislator Alex Padilla of Van Nuys – said in interviews that they disagreed with elements of the bill. They also denied being pressured to change course, although a legislative aide and a consumer advocate said they’d spotted industry lobbyists conversing privately with each lawmaker between votes. Of the $7.2 million contributed by telecom companies with cell-phone divisions since 2005, more than $600,000 has gone to the California Democratic Party. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and phone maker Qualcomm have donated more than $200,000 to the campaign funds of the dozen members of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, where about half the bills met their demise. More than $1.2 million has benefited Schwarzenegger and causes he supports, including the California Republican Party. AT&T, which has interest in wireless phones, landline, broadband and Internet television, far outspent its competitors by shelling out $4.5 million. “You could argue that AT&T has a seat in the governor’s office and runs the show at the Public Utilities Commission,” said Rosenfield, an attorney who started the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. AT&T’s media relations director declined an interview request and referred questions to the wireless industry association, whose spokesman said he didn’t have information on the company’s campaign donations. Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear denied that AT&T’s money or any other contributions from the industry influences the governor’s office. “We believe the PUC has done a great job protecting consumers,” he said. egarcia@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4651 Cell-phone donations Cell-phone providers and their employees have given nearly $7.2 million to California political causes since 2005. Here is a breakdown: AT&T: $4,520,988Qualcomm: $268,049 Cingular Wireless: $1,220,100Sprint: $233,269 Verizon: $837,688T-Mobile: $107,683 SOURCE: California Secretary of State Legislation Hung Up Over the past two years, just one of the nine most notable consumer-protection measures for cell-phone users became law. Here is a brief description of each bill as presented in its final form, which was often less stringent than the original version: AB 610: Requires cell-phone carriers to detail charges for text messaging and Internet use. Signed into law. AB 891: Would compel carriers that market and negotiate in languages other than English to provide a contract in that language. Still active; eligible for vote in January. AB 1010: Would have provided 21-day grace period to rescind contract. Senate passed; failed in Assembly. AB 1068: Would force carriers to clearly state key rates, terms and conditions. Failed in Assembly committee. AB 1082: Would restore Bill of Rights dismantled by Public Utilities Commission. Abandoned by sponsor. AB 2622: Would require carriers to offer 30-day grace period to rescind contract. Stalled in Assembly committee SB 440: Would make it easier to dispute unauthorized charges. Passed by Legislature, vetoed by governor. SB 158: Would require carriers to “unlock” phone at end of user’s contract so it can be activated on a different network. Failed in Assembly committee. SB 831: Would require 30-day grace period to cancel contract, prorate early termination fees, prevent stores from charging their own termination fees. Senate failed to pass. SOURCE: MediaNews research160Want 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


UK and Ireland 2030 World Cup bid gets backing from Prime Minister

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgA joint UK and Ireland bid to host the 2030 World Cup would get Government backing, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed.She hinted she would offer Government support if the Football Association proceeds with an official bid for the tournament. Wales performed excellently at Euro 2016, reaching the semi-finals Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “And who can forget Gareth Southgate and England’s unbelievable performance this summer in Russia?“I made my Premier League debut in 1996, the last time there was a major football tournament on these shores, and the excitement across the country was something else. So I really welcome the support the Government is offering.”London and Glasgow will host 11 games in the European Championships in 2020 with Wembley hosting the semi-finals and the final.In the last six years the UK has successfully hosted the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart and the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 4 huge blow RANKED Hampden Park in Glasgow is a potential venue for the tournament The FAs of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland are currently undertaking feasibility work and considering putting forward a proposal.Mrs May, speaking on eve of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, said: “Following the excitement of this summer’s World Cup, the English FA are working together with the FAs of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland to explore whether there could be a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.“The decision on whether to bid is, of course, for the football associations to make. But if they decide to go forward, they can count on this government’s full support.”The news comes as Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Sports Minister Tracey Crouch announce they will lead a new cross-government action plan to improve competitive school sports. Latest Football News silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF England exceeded all expectations at the 2018 tournament 4 They will convene key organisations in the sports world – including the Premier League, the FA and the RFU – to agree a new plan on how to get more kids playing competitive sport.Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand welcomed the Government’s backing for a World Cup bid, saying: “It’s a brilliant time to be a fan of the Home Nations teams.“Michael O’Neill and Northern Ireland continue to surpass all expectations. Alex McLeish is building an exciting young Scottish side.“Wales are going from strength-to-strength under my old mate Giggsy (Ryan Giggs). Any bid for football’s biggest global tournament would face opposition from the joint campaign of Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay which could be buoyed by the fact 2030 marks 100 years since the first World Cup, held in Uruguay in 1930.It is also possible there will be an African bid, especially in light of Morocco’s defeat to the USA for the 2026 tournament.Labour also welcomed the announcement, with shadow digital, culture, media and sport secretary Tom Watson pointing out it had also backed the plan in July.The deputy party leader added: “I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has followed Labour’s lead and is willing to back a bid. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED 4 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Northern Ireland reached their first tournament in 30 years when they took part in Euro 2016 “This summer’s World Cup and the performance of England inspired the nation.“In 2030, it’s time for football to come home.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 4 REVEALED last_img read more