Players union says freedom of movement not negotiable

first_imgFootballers will not accept any restrictions to their freedom of movement rights in the European Union, their global union said on Friday in reply to comments by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin the day before.Ceferin said he wanted the EU to consider whether football should be given an exemption to laws allowing the free movement of labour because the current situation damaged competitive balance between clubs.FIFPro, which represents around 60,000 professional players worldwide through its affiliates, replied that competitive balance was damaged by an unequal distribution of football revenue, rather than by EU laws.“The free movement of workers is a fundamental pillar of the European Union,” said the Dutch-based union in statement. “Players are workers and all rights including free movement apply to them. This is non-negotiable.“We agree that football suffers from sporting and economic imbalance and our members are the victims of that as their jobs outside the elite are deteriorating.“The cause of this problem however is the inequitable distribution of money in our sport. FIFPro finds it unacceptable to tackle such concerns by limiting the fundamental rights of players as EU citizens.”Ceferin, who has made addressing the inequalities in the European game a central issue, argued that if players, or young children, from small clubs or small countries leave very early it harms the competitive balance.European club football has become increasingly dominated by a handful of elite clubs, who cherry-pick the best players and enjoy the luxury of having world class footballers on the substitutes bench.The Champions League has been punctuated by some embarrassingly one-sided contests while many domestic leagues have turned into one-horse races.Juventus have won the last seven Serie A titles while Bayern Munich have won six in a row in Germany. Celtic have won the last seven Scottish league titles and Dinamo Zagreb have won 12 of the last 13 titles in Croatia.last_img read more

United soar, Spurs crash out

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 19 – Manchester United beat Stoke City 2-0 to reach the League Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, while the post-Andre Villas-Boas era at Tottenham Hotspur began with defeat by West Ham United.After a first-half hailstorm briefly forced the teams off the pitch at the Britannia Stadium, United prevailed through fine strikes from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra. Their reward was a semi-final tie against Sunderland, 2-1 victors over Chelsea on Tuesday, while West Ham will play Manchester City, with the first legs of both ties due to be played in the week beginning January 6.“The first goal tonight, whoever got it was going to make a big difference,” United manager David Moyes told Sky Sports.“It was a tight game. We had some good play at times. We hadn’t created too many chances, but I didn’t think Stoke City created too many chances either.”On the prospect of facing Sunderland, he added: “It’s a cup game. It shows you how well Sunderland played — they beat Chelsea last night and they played well to get that result.“They’ve got a new manager (Gus Poyet) as well, so a lot of things can happen between now and then, but obviously we’re just really pleased that we got ourselves into the semi-final.”With Wayne Rooney absent due to an unspecified injury, Moyes deployed Danny Welbeck as a lone striker, while Chris Smalling, Anderson and Young were all brought into the team.Young was given an early sight of goal when a square pass from Welbeck found him in space on the edge of the box, but he could only find the side-netting with his rising shot.The hail arrived in the 28th minute, sending players and match officials scurrying for the cover of the changing rooms, before play resumed following a 10-minute delay.Jonny Evans might have put United ahead shortly before half-time but he could not get a shot away after latching onto Smalling’s near-post flick-on.Moyes introduced Javier Hernandez with just over half an hour remaining and moments later Young made the breakthrough in stunning fashion.The former Aston Villa winger played a pass forward to Hernandez and when the ball came back to him on the edge of the box, he met it with a first-time drive of searing power that Thomas Sorensen got his gloves to but could not stop.Stoke rallied, briefly, but United put the game to bed in the 78th minute when Evra exchanged passes with Young before curling a fine shot inside the right-hand post with his seldom-used right foot.Playing for the first time since Villas-Boas was sacked on Monday, Spurs let a 1-0 lead slip in a 2-1 loss at home to London rivals West Ham.Villas-Boas’s departure appeared to have caught the producers of the Tottenham match-day programme by surprise, with the Portuguese still listed as “Head Coach” on its back page.Interim coach Tim Sherwood picked an adventurous team, giving Emmanuel Adebayor his first start of the season alongside Jermain Defoe up front, and the pair combined to give Spurs the lead in the 67th minute.Defoe crossed from the left and Adebayor slid in to slam home an emphatic volley via the underside of the crossbar.However, there was a blow for Spurs when Andros Townsend was forced off with an apparent hamstring injury and in the 80th minute West Ham levelled when Matt Taylor teed up Matt Jarvis to beat Hugo Lloris at his near post.Modibo Maiga completed West Ham’s comeback five minutes later, heading in a Mohamed Diame cross to give Sam Allardyce’s side a second consecutive win at White Hart Lane following a 3-0 league success in October.Maiga almost made it 3-1 in stoppage time but his drive from 20 yards came back off the bar.“This is a major disappointment tonight, for myself, for the boys and the football club,” said Sherwood, a former Spurs midfielder who was previously working as the club’s technical coordinator.On his chances of holding onto the role on a permanent basis, he said: “I haven’t spoken to the chairman (Daniel Levy).“We have to have a chat and see. It has to fit me and the club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mueller brace ignites Bayern in Greece

first_img0Shares0000Bayern’s Mario Goetze, right, celebrates with is teammate Jerome Boateng after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. PHOTO/AP/Yahoo!PIRAEUS, September 17- A Thomas Mueller brace and a Mario Goetze snap shot lifted Bayern Munich to a 3-0 win over Olympiakos in their Champions League Group F opener on Wednesday as tensions boiled over on the terraces.Mueller’s first was a long range fluke in the 52nd minute and a nervy Bayern had been watching the clock before a late Goetze shot and Mueller penalty in time added on clinched the three points. “I don’t know if I had a pact with the Greek goddess of luck, but it was certainly lucky that it (his goal) slipped in the net,” Mueller told ZDF after his amazing strike from outside the area.“It certainly made things easier for us.”Olympiakos won all three home games in the group phase last season, but this revamped side with a new coach – 38-year-old former Sporting Portugal man Marco Silva – saw an 11 games unbeaten run rudely stopped.Mueller’s opener will cause great debate after his miss-hit cross bamboozled Olympiakos ‘keeper Roberto, who raced desperately back to his line and had to watch in horror as the ball hit the top corner.With Bayern in full flow Roberto then made amends with a superb reflex save to stop an effort from Mueller on 68 minutes.Goetze’s goal though was all style in the 88th minute when he twisted on the edge of the six yard box and beat Roberto with both the power of his shot and his speed of thought, from a tight angle.Then after Olympiakos substitute Arthur Masuaku had fouled his French compatriot Kingsley Koman, Mueller also converted in style from the spot in time added on.Although Bayern controlled the ball for the greater part of the second half, Olympiakos had two ideal opportunities to break the deadlock.The first came four minute after Bayern’s tally when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer leapt high to tip the ball away from a deadly shot by Ideye Brown.Without wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, coach Pep Guardiola, in his third campaign with the 2013 Champions League winners, pacing the sidelines Mueller and Alonso both went close in a goalless first-half.The visitors suffered a real scare when Ideye found himself alone in front of the imposing Germany stopper Neuer. But the Nigerian international fluffed his chance and was off-side anyway.Olympiakos had three weak headers from up close by Pajtim Kasami, Brown and Manuel da Costa caught easily by Neuer.One other threat by the home team came one minute before halftime when Alejandro Dominguez cleverly got by two defenders but was stopped by defender Jerome Boateng.The match was marred by clashes between riot-trained police and Bayern fans before kickoff resulting in at least one injured spectator.Bayern fans were seen throwing broken plastic seats and plastic bottles at Olympiakos supporters forcing the police to use their batons to bring order.Some 1700 travelling fans had been under heavy police protection due to tensions concerning Germany’s stance on austerity in the Greek economic bailout.Bayern lodged an official complaint against treatment by the police of their fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gunners fans mock Spurs after Pochettino makes £20m bid for Arsenal target

first_imgEver since Geoffrey Kondogbia scored for Monaco against Arsenal in the Champions League back in Ferbruary, he’s been linked with a move to north London.The 23-year-old midfielder has been widely tipped to provide the bite and steel that has been lacking in the Gunners’ ranks for so long.However, the Gunners’ fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur have thrown their hat into the ring and, according to reports, lodged a £20 million bid for the France international.So, is White Hart Lane now a potential destination for the in-demand midfielder? Or would he choose the Emirates Stadium every day of the week?Arsenal fans, unsurpisingly, only fall on one side of the fence.talkSPORT has the best reaction to Spurs’ attempts to sign one of the Gunners’ transfer targets below… 1 Geoffrey Kondogbia last_img read more

Newhall hospital awards scholarships to teens

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – The Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital medical staff gave $1,000 scholarships to four high school graduates. The awards went to Elizabeth Chaffee of Saugus High School; Joseph David R. de Vera of Cathedral High School; Joshua Herman of Hart High School; and Cameron Carlton Seck of Thousand Oaks High School during a June 13 medical staff meeting. Herman, who will be attending The Master’s College on a basketball scholarship, is considering possible careers in medicine, including pharmacy. “My mom had a definite influence on me,” said Herman, adding that during his high school experience he volunteered at the hospital. “I’m so pleased to be getting this scholarship. I’m not sure if they know how much it helps.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Chaffee, daughter of Ginny Chaffee, a nurse in Henry Mayo’s education department, plans to attend California State University, Chico, and major in nursing. “My mom and my grandma are both nurses, and I just grew up loving it,” Chaffee said. “I love anatomy, and I’ve always really wanted to be a nurse.” De Vera is the son of Hipolito de Vera, who works in the hospital laboratory. He is planning to attend University of California, Santa Cruz, and follow in his pediatrician mother’s footsteps and become a doctor. Seck, son of microbiologist Linda Seck, plans on attending California Lutheran University. Each year, the medical staff presents scholarships to children of staff members at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Criteria includes high school graduation; acceptance to a four-year college or university; and an above-average SAT score.last_img read more

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of June 3, 2016

first_imgShare This!I just got back from Orlando and let me tell you…the summer heat is upon us! Make sure you drink lots of fluid, get in air conditioning, and even bring cooling rags. Just do whatever you can to stay cool during your summer vacations, cause it is BLAZING hot.This week, we take at who was cast for the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, see which new character will be added to Cars 3, and find out what Universal may have up their sleeves.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors Chewbacca mom got to meet the Wookie himself at Walt Disney World! Take a look at their fun encounter.The guidelines have been laid down. The Chinese government is laying down some etiquette for its citizens when visiting the newest Disneyland park.Were you a Disney Afternoon kid? Of course you were! Get your fix now, because many of your favorites are now available on iTunes! Yep! That’s every single episode of DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, and TaleSpin. Which was your favorite?Disney wants to win the internet every day with its innovative stories and its newsroom like mentality. See how. I can tell you that I personally use many of their stories for this particular blog each week. (See the previous tidbit!)Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are slated to star in Mary Poppins Returns. I still don’t know how I feel about a sequel to this film, but I’ll be open to it.Wow! Who saw that one coming? Zootopia is the second biggest original movie ever.On the opposite end of the spectrum, Alice Through the Looking Glass is looking like it is going to be one of this year’s biggest bombs. Yikes! Did you not want to see this film? Share why. And if you did see it, what did you think?Cars 3 is motoring towards its premiere date. This week, we got a glimpse at the film franchise’s newest character, Cruz Ramirez and what her role is in this new film. (I gotta say, after Cars 2 stunk it up for me, I wasn’t looking forward to Cars 3…the premise of this one is turning me back to excited again.)With Disney doing it, you knew it wouldn’t be long until Universal Orlando Resort started. Universal now has seasonal pricing. Thoughts?Hmmm…what does Universal have up its sleeves? Just what is a transportation connection and what does it entail?In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Mad Hatter hat (complete with hair!) and send it to with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of November 18

first_imgMail BagHi everyone, my name is Joe and I’m your new Universal Orlando beat writer. I have been a theme park fan since birth and made frequent family trips to parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Orlando. Outside of TouringPlans I also host and produce a semi-frequent PG-13 rated podcast on Parkscope.Many guests are new to Universal Orlando and have questions and others are long time fans looking for new recommendations. In this new Mail Bag segment I’ll offer information and my advice to all your questions!The inaugural question comes from my editor and new boss, Julia:With the holidays coming up, I’ve heard that Universal is doing some sort of Harry Potter Christmas event? Is this something like Halloween Horror nights that is offered only on some nights? Do I need a special ticket to get in? How many days do you think I should budget for seeing it?Great question, and timely!Universal Orlando previously offered only two daytime Christmas experiences in the parks: Universal Studios Florida’s Macy’s Holiday Parade and Island’s of Adventure’s Grinchmas. Starting Saturday, November 18th, Universal is debuting a new holiday nighttime spectacular, revamped holiday parade, and new shows in addition to the returning Grinchmas. Good news is it’s all included in your normal ticket.The Wizarding World, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts nighttime show uses projection mapping to “magically” wrap Hogwarts in Christmas decorations. Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are receiving new Potter-themed Christmas decorations around the lands. The Frog Choir in Hogsmeade and Celestina Warbeck in Diagon Alley have brand new holiday shows with newly created songs just for Christmas.The old Macy’s Holiday Parade is now upgraded to Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s. The classic Macy’s balloons are returning along with new Universal Orlando exclusive balloons and floats from the Minions, Madagascar, and Shrek movies.The new holiday offerings can be experienced in a normal touring day, with only Grinchmas  requiring you to line up 30-45 minutes prior to show time. Universal Orlando’s holiday celebrations run November 18th through January 6th, every day. Leave questions for the next mail bag in the comments section below!Notable HighlightsBlue Man Group is offering discounted tickets November 1st through January 1st starting at $49. I have seen this show several times and highly recommend it.Blue Man Group is performing a special autism-friendly show for individuals and families on December 9th at 6:00 pm. The show is modified to reduce noise, light levels, and the Blue Man reduce their interactions with the audience. Calming environments in the lobby and sound reducing headphones or earplugs will be provided. AutismAtTheParks wrote a glowing review of the modified show. Tickets are a reduced $39 with $5 going to Autism Speaks.This past Saturday the one man blogging machine and two time Run Disney medal winner Derek Burgan wrote a Saturday Six article on reasons why we love Seuss Landing in Islands of Adventure.That’s all for this week. See you next week, and in the meantime, send along those questions and comments below! Share This!Hello everyone, it’s my favorite time of the year: Thanksgiving! My turkey is purchased and I’ve assembled a spreadsheet of the start times and temperatures for each dish. At Universal Orlando it’s full steam ahead to Christmas as their holiday entertainment begins this Saturday, November 18th.Weekly Crowd LevelsWith Thanksgiving this week groups are traveling on vacation to Orlando. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday are the busiest days with this coming weekend being the lightest on crowds. Saturday begins Universal’s new Christmas offerings, so expect locals to come out to see the new shows and parade. Additionally our own math wizard Fred Hazelton crunched the numbers and found that crowd levels at the Orlando parks are larger than normal for November.Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weekly Weather ReportWeekly Park Hours & AdmissionCityWalk closes at 2:00 am and the parking garages are free after 6:00 pm.Single-day park tickets will be at Value pricing Saturday only. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult, and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax).Single-day park tickets will be at Anytime pricing Sunday through Friday. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $124 per adult, and $119 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $179 per adult and $1174 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $67 per adult, and $62 per child (plus tax).last_img read more

Best Last-Minute Dining Reservations for Thanksgiving Week

first_imgShare This!Although Thanksgiving week brings big–and hungry–crowds, there are still good dining reservations available at Walt Disney World. Here’s a sampling of the best options to book now. We searched for a party of 4 at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, and here’s some of what we found:JaleoJaleo’s paella pitThe word hasn’t quite gotten out about this restaurant, and that can benefit you. Jaleo continues to wow with its Spanish cuisine. Paella for Thanksgiving? Sounds like a winner to me! Via NapoliOften thought of as a hard-to-get reservation, there were multiple times available when we searched this morning, because most people aren’t thinking pizza on Thanksgiving day. Their loss is your gain! (And hey, it’s better than microwaving frozen pizza on Christmas because your voice-activated oven gave you fits!)Sebastian’s BistroThis has become my family’s go-to dining location at Walt Disney World. It’s out-of-the-way location at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort means that reservations tend to be easier to come by. The food is spectacular–make sure to get the rolls with guava butter, onion jam, and jerk dipping sauces. My must-have dish is the chimichurri skirt steak with crispy yuca, but you can’t go wrong with anything there. JikoJiko at the Animal Kingdom LodgeI have to admit I was surprised to see this one with multiple slots available. Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge is a wonderful choice for a meal that goes above and beyond. If you’re a person who loves a good glass of wine with dinner, the wine selection at Jiko is phenomenal.Have your heart set on a specific restaurant but not seeing any reservations? Keep checking back–people often cancel up until the night before. Also check for third-party (but on property) reservations through It’s also not too late to use the TouringPlans reservation finder to look for that hard-to-find reservation.Where would you like to eat for Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Rafters battle back to top Lakeshore

first_imgFor the City TimesWISCONSIN RAPIDS – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (18-9) rallied Aug. 1 to top the second-place Lakeshore Chinooks (14-12) and extend their lead in the Great Lakes West Division Standings.The Rafters fell behind early in the first inning, but posted two runs on wild pitches in the bottom of the opening frame to take the lead. Richie Schiekofer launched a two-run homer to center field in the second inning to push the Rafters lead to 4-1.Over the next three innings, Lakeshore clawed their way back and took a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning. Anthony Galason scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to pull the Rafters within two heading to the seventh.Wisconsin Rapids put together a big seventh-inning rally, scoring four runs on RBIs by Edarian Williams and Richie Schiekofer to take a 9-7 lead. Jaylen Guy and Jake Dunham each drove in a run to pad the Wisconsin Rapids lead. Brayden Bonner closed out the ninth inning to secure the 11-7 victory.Cody Turner earns the win for Wisconsin Rapids, pitching two clean innings and striking out two batters in relief. Lakeshore reliever Joe Roundtree gets the loss. The Rafters now hold a four-game lead on Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Lakeshore in the division standings with nine games to play.Rapids takes the lead in the season series 5-4 over the Chinooks. The Rafters continue a four-game homestand and close the series with the Chinooks on Friday.last_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 7

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Deep-sea fishing boats docked at the harbour’s fish terminal. In the foreground is the company Japan Marine Supplies and Services.Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Deep-sea fishing boats docked at the harbour’s fish terminal. Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A ship docked in the harbour for bunkering and resupply. Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A bulk-carrier ship approaches in the harbour.Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Container ships in the harbour.Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Oil rigs in the the busy harbour. Servicing and refurbishing oil installations has become a big business.Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Sardines used as bait by fishermen fishing with handlines off Cape Point. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fishermen fishing with handlines off Cape Point. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fishermen fishing with handlines off Cape Point. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 7: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at read more