Team France won the World Cup, not Team Africa

first_imgDear Editor,FIFA World Cup Soccer 2018 has just come to a close, and I am sure it will be memorable for the many fans that were glued to their television sets. We have witnessed many disappointments, and the one that blew me away was when Team Germany was eliminated and didn’t make it to the last 16.Having read many reports via international newscasts, and reading the many reports on social media, I was elated to read that no player failed a drugs test at the FIFA WCS 2018. Most memorable for me… Apparently, it’s catching on that it’s not worth the risk. Not sure if WADA International was assigned to conduct the testing, or whether FIFA had another agency contracted, but no negative result was detected, and hats off to whichever agency was responsible for the testing.Team France played impressively, and deserved the win. However, my hopes were crashed, because I expected Team Belgium and Team Croatia to battle it out for the championships. Matters not what any group is protesting about, I will never support any group which invades play at any sport event to be heard. Sports events are not grounds to take your message. Yes, you can protest outside the venue, which is okay by me.I observed on social media forums that persons were advertising a message that reads ‘Africa has won the world Cup.’..Un-believable to read such a message.The World Cup was won by a country (France), and Africa is a continent. I respect the fact that players on Team France originated from countries in the African Continent, but, at the end of the day, I will put my head on a block and say that their respective passports read ‘French’ as their nationality. It’s common sense that players would have given up their rights to the country of their birth and been granted citizenship by the French Government.Perhaps some might have being born to parents residing in France, who migrated from their respective African country.I honestly doubt that any player was placed at gunpoint or had been forced to accept French citizenship. They made a choice, and it allowed them to represent the flag of their adopted home country. Perhaps their countries of birth could never provide or pave the way for a soccer career, and by switching flags, it was probably the best decision, which made them world famous and wealthy to some extent.Yours faithfully,T. Pembertonlast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDetectives arrested Steward Tuesday on suspicion of burglary. They later served a search warrant at his La Mirada home and found two of missing dogs. Task force to meet Saturday WHITTIER – The Hispanic Outreach Taskforce will hold its regularly scheduled meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday in conference Room F of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 E. Washington Blvd. For information call Mary Romero at (562)789-0550. Babes in Toyland makes a SPLASH! LA MIRADA – SPLASH!, the La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, will host the annual Babes in Toyland event for the city of La Mirada from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Parents and children, age 3-10, will have crafts, games, snacks and lots of holiday fun. Santa Claus will be at the event to take photos with the children. Registration fee is $12. Two sessions are offered: 10 a.m. to noon or 1-3 p.m. Parent participation is required. The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Santa’s Workshop and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available for sale will be decorating accessories, toys, jewelry, stocking stuffers and other items for holiday shopping. For information, contact the Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277. Steak dinner benefits veterans SANTA FE SPRINGS – A steak dinner will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday at VFW Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road in Santa Fe Springs. Dinner costs $6.95 and includes steak, potatoes, vegetables and salad. Entertainment from a Kenny Rogers impersonator will follow dinner, beginning at 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit veterans. For information or to buy tickets, call (562) 698-9059. Labor law seminar offered A labor law seminar will be offered from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Radisson Whittier Hotel. Paul Fleck from Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo will host the seminar, which will focus on wages, leaves of absence and discrimination issues. Seating is limited. Cost to attend is $50 for Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce members, $75 for non-members. For information or to register, call (562) 944-1616 or visit www.sfschamber.com and click on the “Events” link. Chamber hosts holiday mixer LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce and Imperial Medical Plaza will host the Annual Holiday Kick-Off Mixer at 5 p.m. today at Imperial Medical Plaza, 15651 E. Imperial Highway. The mixer is free and will include food and drinks, prizes, and holiday music. For reservations and information, call the chamber office at (562) 902-1970 or e-mail assistant@lmchamber.org. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – A Shih Tzu who was among 26 puppies filched from a La Mirada pet store was turned over to authorities Wednesday. A Whittier woman saw news reports about a suspect being arrested for two burglaries at Puppy Love, 14766 Beach Blvd. She told deputies the suspect, Walter Steward of La Mirada, gave her the Shih Tzu shortly after the Nov. 7 burglary, according to Sgt. Steve Mills. Another 10 puppies were stolen from the same pet shop on Nov. 23. Mills said the woman is an acquaintance of Steward. The woman brought the puppy to the station on Wednesday. It was positively identified by the pet store owner as being one of the stolen puppies, he said. last_img read more

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Is Harry Redknapp going to get himself a new daughter-in-law?

first_imgEmily asking Harry if Jamie was single would literally be me😂 #imAceleb— Shan (@shanemiIy) December 5, 2018 Wanting Emily’s confidence right now👌 questioning Harry about Jamie Redknapp being single 💁‍♀️ millions of people watching, Saw an opportunity and went for it. Completely fair play 😂👏 #imaceleb @EmAtack pic.twitter.com/Cf63bU8yzg— corina roissetter (@Corina56789) December 4, 2018 Rare footage of Harry Redknapp third wheeling for Jamie and Emily when he leaves the jungle #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/bs6pFcvKu4— Jasmin (@ItsJasminHere) December 4, 2018 Emily is going to have to fight me for him…. Jamie Redknapp 😍 childhood crush! Imagine having Harry as a father in law too! 🤗 #ImACeleb— Lauren Whiteman (@LaurenWhiteman) December 4, 2018Harry and his potential new daughter-in-law Emily, alongside Nick Knowles, had to put in the performance of a lifetime in the Bushtucker Trial.The challenge saw Harry and Nick lie in separate cages while Emily dropped a number of nasty critters onto them.Hosts Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly asked how Harry and Nick were feeling just before it started and, well, only Harry knows what he was trying to say! 2 2 Has Harry found his son Jamie a new partner? That was a close one, @hollywills! 😂🙈 #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/vv0HaFqXAn— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) December 4, 2018But the trial did get more difficult for Harry after Emily was forced to place two rats on him.At first, Harry was gutted to hear this as he said rats were his biggest fear going into the show.Remember though, Harry worked in football for over 50 years – so he’s probably come across his fair share of rats in his time!He dealt with these ones perfectly and even asked Holly and Dec if either of them were named Roland – after the 1980s British puppet character, Roland Rat.That was the worst of it, and although Harry had to deal with crocodiles and a huntsman spider later on, that part of the challenge was a doddle as the trio managed to secure eight out of a possible eight meals for camp.center_img Umm, we may have broken Harry Redknapp. Sorry Sandra. #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/On5n5e7o9U— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) December 4, 2018The former West Ham, Tottenham, Southampton and Bournemouth boss had a toad dropped on his face to start with and Harry made a classic Harry joke, saying: “Toad in the hole, that’s my favourite dinner!”The toad with Harry didn’t give him a lot of trouble and was quite happy to do its own thing, unlike Nick’s. Who needs dating apps when you can go straight to your future father in law 🤣#ImACeleb @EmAtack @Redknapp pic.twitter.com/INGzABG7fT— ITV (@ITV) December 4, 2018Harry said his second son was single after it was confirmed earlier this year that Jamie and his wife of 20 years, former popstar Louise Redknapp, had finalised their divorce.Jamie has been blessed with dashing good looks and comes across a nice chap when working as a pundit for Sky Sports, if I do say so myself.And Harry’s son being back on the market certainly got these fans of the show very excited indeed! Harry showed once again he’s made of sterner stuff Emily asking Harry Redknapp is Jamie single 😂😂😂 my actual spirit animal 😂 #ImACeleb— Courtney Carey (@CourtneyCarey22) December 5, 2018 Is Harry Redknapp about to get a new daughter-in-law?Well, the celebrity wedding of recent years could well be on after actor Emily Atack asked if Harry’s son, ex-Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton and Bournemouth footballer Jamie Redknapp was single in last night’s episode of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Last night’s episode of I’m a Celeb also saw Harry finally receive his letter from home and it was from his wife Sandra, of course.Get the I’m A Celeb gossip every day with Jamie East’s brand new behind-the-scenes podcastThere were emotional scenes all over the place when the other celebs received their letters from home, but Sandra’s letter showed that it’s not just Harry who likes cracking jokes in the Redknapp household after she said a jam roly-poly was waiting for him once he left the jungle!Whether that will be tonight or even on the final day on Sunday remains to be seen, but he’s got to be a shoe-in for that final!last_img read more

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GO-Biz Updates California Competes Credit FAQs

first_imgRevised FAQs for the California Competes Tax Credit include updated maximum ratio periods for applications to move into Phase II of the application process. Other updates also were madeThe Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provides and updates the FAQs.California Competes Tax CreditThe credit may be taken against personal income and corporation franchise and income taxes.California Competes Tax Credit-Frequently Asked Questions, The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, November 20, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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MEA official’s car hits pedestrians in Delhi, 2 killed

first_imgThe accident was reported near Ansal Plaza at Khel Gaon Marg around 6 a.m. on Monday. A speeding Swift Dzire car knocked down the victims, but its driver fled.The car is believed to belong to a senior external affairs ministry official, but it is being probed whether the vehicle had been stolen, police said.The deceased have been identified as Sultan Singh, 50, whose daughter was get to engaged on Monday, and Raghu Verma Raja, 30, who had come to the city from Bangalore to attend the ceremony.The two were rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre where they were declared brought dead.The car, with the registration number DL 2 AL 7285, has been recovered from the spot.The incident comes a day after a speeding Lamborghini sports car crashed on a Delhi road, killing the driver who was a real estate tycoon’s son. It also left a cyclist badly injured.last_img read more

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Rampaging Kings seek IPL glory, resilient KKR stand in way

first_imgThe focus has remained firmly on cricket this time around and in what seems to be the perfect finale, the season’s most consistent team Kings XI Punjab would eye a maiden triumph against the ever-resilient Kolkata Knight Riders in the title clash of the seventh Indian Premier League here on Sunday.After a few controversy-marred seasons, the IPL organisers can finally heave a sigh of relief with the ongoing edition passing off rather smoothly.Having cracked a 58-ball 122 that paved the way for KXIP’s entry into their first IPL final, veteran opener Virender Sehwag along with Glenn Maxwell and David Miller will be the biggest threat for KKR, who will bank on their strong bowling unit, led by Sunil Narine.Players from both sides will have their job cut out as they will look to gift their owners Shah Rukh Khan and Priety Zinta, who had played on-screen lovers in Bollywood film Veer-Zaara, the trophy.Unlike Kolkata, who have won the title once before, Punjab have never been a part of the finals.For Kolkata, to repeat the feat of lifting the trophy for the second time, however, will be a daunting task considering the opponents they are faced with.Kolkata will also have to cope with Maxwell, who is among the top run-getters this season.Boasting of a strong middle-order in Miller, Manan Vohra, skipper George Bailey and Wriddhiman Saha, KXIP should not worry too much about Maxwell’s lean patch of late.The 25-year-old Australian will like to take a leaf out of his 90-plus run knocks in Abu Dhabi and Cuttack in the group stage of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

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Volkswagen, General Motors to revive electric car sales at CES

first_imgVolkswagen AG and General Motors Co are expected to disclose new details of their electric vehicle strategies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, highlighting efforts to stoke consumer enthusiasm for battery-powered cars to match growing regulatory demands to build them.Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen brand, is expected to reveal at CES on Tuesday a prototype electric vehicle offering “affordable long-distance electric mobility,” the company said. VW watchers expect it will be a variant of a microbus – linking the German automaker’s plans to launch 20 battery-powered or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020 to a beloved model from the past.ALSO READ: Electric Vehicles deal worth 12 billion dollar signed in ChinaVW’s redoubled bet on electrification is part of an effort to repair damage done by revelations that it sold millions of diesel vehicles worldwide that used software to cheat emissions tests and run dirty on the road.GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, scheduled to give a CES address on Wednesday afternoon, is expected to promote GM’s vehicle electrification efforts. Barra is expected to show a production version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car, which GM has said will offer a 200-mile (320-km)range and sell alongside a new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid starting next year.However, beyond technology enthusiasts represented by CES attendees, demand for hybrid and electric vehicles is slumping thanks to cheap gasoline.US sales of hybrid and all plug-in electric vehicles through the first 11 months of 2015 totalled 452,338, down 16 percent from the same period in 2014, according to data reported by the Electric Drive Transportation Association, a trade group. Plug-in vehicles accounted for less than 1 percent of the market during the first 11 months of 2015.advertisementStill, regulators around the world are pushing manufacturers to sell more electric cars to curb greenhouse emissions. California and several other US states want automakers to hit certain electric vehicle sales quotas or risk restrictions on more profitable trucks and sport utility vehicles. Cities in Europe and Asia are considering limiting petroleum-powered vehicle access.ALSO READ:Aston Martin, Letv partner for developing electric vehiclesChina’s interest in electric cars is encouraging Chinese investor groups to back challengers to global automakers and Silicon Valley’s Tesla Motors Inc. One of them, Faraday Future, said it will reveal its electric luxury car at CES on Monday evening. Faraday says it has plans to invest $1 billion in a factory near Las Vegas.last_img read more

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Stop stressing so much about decisions, says science

first_imgNot a day goes by where we aren’t faced with hundreds, if not thousands of tiny decisions.Most of them are insignificant:“Do I wear the same clothes as I did yesterday?”“Do I make lunch or get it delivered?”“Do I really need ANOTHER cup of coffee?”I’m certainly more indecisive than most of you, but I’m certainly not the only one that gets caught up in small, insignificant decisions, endlessly weighing the pros and cons, only to regret my decision as soon as I’ve made it….right?Either way, a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard Business School recently released a study that tells us that it’s time for us to all stop sweating the small stuff.According to the MIT Sloan’s coverage of the report, the research “suggests that people who make decisions more spontaneously–by allowing their thoughts to wander until they arrive at a choice that they feel drawn to–can be as satisfied with their decisions as those who choose more deliberately.”How did they test this? In short, the researchers asked study participants to choose one of five art posters. The first group was instructed to use rational decision making and give careful consideration to their choice, while the second group was simply told to use “mind wandering as a decisions strategy” and simply choose the poster they felt most drawn to.In the end, “those who chose posters using mind wandering generally liked and valued their selections as much as those who deliberated over their choices in a more controlled way.”So freelancers, let’s take this as a quick reminder that we don’t need to scientifically analyze each and every decision we make each day — the fact is we’ll probably be happier for NOT giving all of that undue attention to simple, day-to-day choices. Save that analytical energy and brain power for something more important, like building your client base or making your art.Want to learn more? Read the full study right here.last_img read more

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