By Nick MulvenneyUEFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the tournament without reducing the number of European nations represented.Europe currently provides 13 of the 32 teams at the finals, compared with five from Africa and four or five, depending on the winners of a playoff against a South American team, for the most populous continent Asia.FIFA President Sepp Blatter wrote last week that Africa and Asia deserved more representation at football’s showpiece event because they had more member associations than Europe and South America.Former France international Platini, widely regarded as the most likely successor to Swiss Blatter in the FIFA job, said by his own calculations that adding eight more teams would require extending the tournament by only three days.“It’s good for everybody,” Platini told Britain’s Times newspaper in an interview.“I totally agree with Mr Blatter that we need more African and Asian teams. But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams.“We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American, one Oceania and one from Europe.”European and South American countries have won all 19 versions of the World Cup.
“They (Painters) pose all sorts of problems and we have great respect for them,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “We know that this is really a playoff game for both teams and we need to be extremely sharp.”Rain or Shine, though, is on a three-game losing streak, with the Painters coming off what could be their worst game of the season, a lopsided loss to GlobalPort just three nights before.Basically, GlobalPort and TNT KaTropa, which finished the eliminations with 6-5 records, are safe and will be landing in best-of-three series, their opponents to be known only after the final two games Wednesday.Should the Hotshots and the Painters prevail, Rain or Shine would wind up No. 6 and will be in a best-of-three quarterfinal series with No. 3 Alaska. Star will take No. 2 and would need to beat the Gin Kings just once to make the Final Four.That scenario would also boot the Elite out of the picture and make Phoenix Petroleum No. 8 and topnotcher and defending champion San Miguel Beer’s quarterfinal foe, whom the Beermen need to beat just once to make the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ View comments Can Ancajas shoot for Chocolatito? Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal After the frenzied battles in the last week, the Aces and the Hotshots, both with 6-4 records, would wind up second or third, at worst, but what makes the final playdate interesting is which teams would eventually wind up Nos. 7 and 8 and with the gargantuan task of beating a top-two team two straight times.“We will go all out [for a win],” said Star coach Chito Victolero, whose first coaching stint came with KIA, now Mahindra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We prepared hard for this game because we want to end with a win and get the momentum and winning habit going to the playoffs, plus we have a chance to be No. 2.”Painters pose problemsIn the event of victories by the Hotshots and the Aces, Alaska will be No. 2 and Star the third seed, and that development would shove crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra down to No. 7 and will forge a playoff for the last slot between the Elasto Painters and idle Blackwater. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Should the Floodbuster upset the Hotshots and Alaska triumphs over the Painters, Star will advance to a race-to-two series against Ginebra, which will climb up the rankings at No. 6, with Rain or Shine and Blackwater to go to that playoff to determine No. 8.If both Mahindra and Rain or Shine win, a seven-team tie for No. 2 will ensue with the Hotshots to win the quotient system and land No. 2 with Alaska, GlobalPort, TNT KaTropa, the Painters, Ginebra and Phoenix occupying the next six places, in that order.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Calvin Abueva goes up for a shot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA Philippine Cup playoff picture is now down to who between the Alaska Aces and the Star Hotshots would end up as the No. 2 seed with the twice-to-beat quarterfinal bonus—and which teams will be driven to the edge of the cliff.Star battles also-ran Mahindra in the 4:15 p.m. game, and even if the Hotshots win, the Aces can end up second with a win over Rain or Shine in their 7 p.m. clash Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Dear Editor,The media has reported that the Speaker of the National Assembly denied calling in the Police to remove members of the Opposition from the National Assembly. The media also reported that the Speaker does not favour an investigation to identify who called in the Police, because he sees it simply as a matter of following House rules.One has to respectfully disagree with the Speaker. Superior to the House rules is a right to speak in the House itself. Inherent in this right is ample time to speak. To expel MPs for asking to speak is to destroy the House itself. The Speaker wants to save the rules by destroying the House.Therefore, it makes sense to have an investigation, not because the Speaker demonstrates little control inside the House, but to prevent the Police in the future from being a show of force against certain people’s right to speak in Parliament. Let the people speak. This is much more than about House rules.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertab
As a result of a reduction in the cross-sectional flow of water in the areas of many of the drainage channels inA clogged drain in one of the wards of GeorgetownGeorgetown, the Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) team of experts have recommended the procurement of minidredges to fix the problem.The DRR team in a report stated that although the sources of the deposited sediments have not been examined, it is likely that much of the sediments enter the drainage system from “the roads, illegal deposits, discharges and construction activities.”Deposited sediments must be removed regularly in order to maintain the passage capacity of the system and the common way to remove it is by an excavator that operates from the landside. But this has proven to be a problem because most places have buildings and human activities occurring.Thus it was proposed that a good way to maintain the city’s drainage channel at locations where excavation from the landside is not possible would be by floating minidredges, such as cutter suction dredges.The report stated that in The Netherlands, as well as in many other countries, these minidredges are often used to dredge channels in highly urbanised areas or in situations where mud needs to be removed.The report also indicated that in some instances, a floating pipeline is used to pump the dredged sediments or water mixture to a location where it can be further processed.“If such minidredges become available these may also be used to maintain the outfall channels. This would require the minidredges to be easily transportable, especially across the streets,” the report added.But, nevertheless the DRR team highlighted that before a minidredge is purchased, it first needs to be determined if such an investment will be profitable. This assessment starts with the computation of the potential benefits of dredging channels that currently cannot be maintained.The report added that the benefits of dredging are the expected reduction in flood damages, for which different flood scenarios, each with its own percentage of occurrence, need to be considered. The expectation is that dredging results in a lowering of the flood risk.It was also asserted that this benefit should be compared with the costs for purchasing, maintaining and operating the minidredges.Based on this data, a business case can be developed and a sound decision can be made on required dredging capacity, the report said.According to the report, decisions should be made on whether a public or private entity will run the city’s dredging operations. Afterward, it stated, a request for proposal to purchase dedicated equipment should also be made.The Government of Guyana has requested the Government of The Netherlands to provide advice on its drainage situation, both for Georgetown and the low-lying agricultural coastlands. The official request from the Guyanese Ministry of Public Infrastructure was sent to The Netherlands Embassy in Suriname in 2015.
The USA took a 14- 0 lead at the break through converted tries from Lilly Durbin and Alev Kelter.Second half tries from Folayan, Javelet and Johnson’s converted effort secured the result for the Americans.-Shujaa top Pool in Amsterdam-Kenya Sevesns team (Shujaa) in Amsterdam 7s.PHOTO/KRUElsewhere, Shujaa topped Pool 1 at the 2016 Amsterdam Sevens, finishing the day with a 100% record courtesy of three wins on Saturday.The results saw Shujaa join the other eleven pool winners in Sunday’s second stage of the competition, the Silver Pier that sees teams drawn in four pools of three teams each, the winners of these pools will proceed to the main cup semi finals.The Benjamin Ayimba charges posted identical 43-0 wins over NRC Herren and Amstelveen respectively before registering a 63-0 result over Dambusters.Kenya will battle it out with Tenclt Rhinos at 11.40am EAT (+3GMT) and Georgia at 2.40 pm (all Kenya time)for a chance to top their pool and claim a slot in the cup semi finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Lionesses in Paris.PHOTO/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – A 0-31 defeat at the hands of USA saw the Kenya Lionesses close day one of the 2015/16 HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series final round at the Clermont Sevens bottom of Pool A.Lionesses, who are playing in the Series for the first time, were consigned to the Bowl competition and will face Russia in the semifinal on Sunday at 2.48pm EAT (GMT+3).
Kevin Phillips has told talkSPORT that Sam Allardyce should remain at Sunderland next season, if the Black Cats are relegated to the Championship.The Wearside club are four points behind Norwich City, who sit in the final safe place in the table, ahead of the clash between the two sides this weekend.Allardyce’s men also have a game in hand over the Canaries, but should they lose, it is hard to imagine the Black Cats will remain in the top flight at the end of the campaign.If they are relegated, there are doubts as to whether Allardyce will remain in charge of the club, as he has a good enough reputation to take a Premier League job.He could look to leave to further his career, and Sunderland themselves could consider getting rid of the 61-year-old if they want a clean break and the chance to rebuild in the Championship.However, Phillips, who scored 130 goals in 235 games for the Black Cats, believes Allardyce is the ideal man to lead the club back to the top flight if they are relegated this term.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Phillips said: “In terms of Big Sam, I think he’ll be the ideal guy to stay at the football club.“He’s got pedigree of bringing a club out of the Championship with what he did at West Ham.”The 42-year-old, who is currently assistant coach at Derby County, also believes Allardyce is the perfect manager to fix the underlying problems at the Stadium of Light, which have been dominating the club for the past few seasons.“There are certainly problems there,” Phillips added. “They’ve been fighting relegation for three or four seasons, and it’s not healthy for the football club.“Behind the scenes, there are problems, and they need to be sorted. With Big Sam in charge, he would take full control of that and hopefully restructure the club and get it right.”
DETROIT (AP) – Ford Motor Co. plans to expand buyout and early retirement offers to the company’s entire U.S. hourly work force of 75,000 as part of a broader restructuring plan aimed at restoring the troubled No. 2 automaker to profitability. One day before Ford was to detail the huge restructuring plan, the move was announced Thursday afternoon by the United Auto Workers union. Ford hasn’t said how many workers it hopes will take the offers, but it has previously announced plans to cut up to 30,000 hourly jobs by 2012. A Ford supervisor who was told of the plan by company officials told The Associated Press on Thursday night that buyout and early retirement offers also would be made to entice 6,000 salaried workers to leave the company. The supervisor did not want to be identified because the plan had not yet been released. Under the buyout and early retirement plan for hourly workers, detailed in a UAW statement, workers can choose among eight packages that offer from $35,000 to $140,000 depending on their years of service, age and how close they are to retirement age. Some packages require workers to give up health benefits. The announcement came just after Ford’s board of directors, including new Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, wrapped up a two-day meeting to approve the restructuring plan designed to cut costs in light of slumping sales. But the UAW statement only fueled anxiety in Ford plants and offices across North America as workers braced for the announcement of further cuts scheduled for Friday morning. Catherine Madden, an auto industry analyst at the consulting company Global Insight Inc., said although not all 75,000 workers will take the packages, the size of the offer illustrates the magnitude of Ford’s troubles. “No matter what, the number reflects the pressure the Ford Motor Co. is under right now,” she said. “That’s how significant the mounting pressures are on Ford.” The offers also show a realization of Ford’s troubles by the UAW, which said in a statement that it agreed to the packages due to the “extraordinary circumstances in the domestic auto industry.” Ford had about 82,000 workers represented by the UAW at the end of last year, but about 6,500 have taken previous buyout and early retirement offers made mainly at plants already slated for closure, company spokeswoman Marcey Evans said Thursday. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said its members have made hard choices under difficult circumstances. “Now, it’s Ford Motor Co.’s responsibility to lead this company in a positive direction – which means using the skills, experience and dedication to quality that UAW members demonstrate every day in order to deliver quality vehicles to customers,” Gettelfinger said in a statement. Ford has been battered by the auto market’s shift from trucks and sport utility vehicles to more fuel-efficient cars and crossovers. Its market share and sales have dropped while its Japanese competitors have gained. The buyouts being offered are similar to those made earlier this year to hourly workers at the General Motors Corp., where 35,000 people have agreed to leave the company. Ford is the second-largest carmaker in the U.S. after GM. The announcement also came as UAW local leaders at Ford plants gathered in Detroit to discuss Ford’s financial situation and the buyouts. “I think it’s a good package,” said Chris Kimmons, president of UAW Local 919 at the Norfolk, Va., assembly plant. “I think they worked real hard on it. They’ve got to do something to help Ford out of this crisis.” The Ford board meeting wrapped up Thursday afternoon and the company issued a statement saying it would announce details of the restructuring in a news release at 7 a.m. Friday, followed at 9 a.m. by presentations to employees and the media. Mulally, who was hired away from Boeing Co. just last week, attended the board meeting and will be part of Friday’s announcements, the company said. Ford lost $1.4 billion during the first half of this year and is under pressure from Wall Street to make further cuts and roll out new cars and trucks more quickly. In July, the company pledged to accelerate its “Way Forward” restructuring plan, which when introduced in January and called for the up to 30,000 job cuts as well as closing 14 facilities by 2012. Madden said her company expects Ford to announce the closing of two more plants. Ones that make truck-based sport utility vehicles and cars built on older platforms are likely to be closed, she said. The scope of the buyout offer could indicate that more than two plants could be closed, Madden said. Ford shares fell 10 cents to close at $9.09 on the New York Stock Exchange. Its shares have traded in a 52-week range of $6.06 to $10.09. Separately, Ford said that Anne Stevens, an architect of the restructuring effort at Ford and one of the auto industry’s highest ranking women, is retiring. Stevens, 57, had been at the center of Ford’s turnaround efforts since October 2005, when she was named executive vice president. 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REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United despite reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid this summer.Pogba, the France midfielder, has been one of United’s best players since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in the dugout, though his form has faltered over the past couple of weeks. “He’s one of our, of course, big performers on the big stage.“He knows the game against PSG [when Pogba was sent off] was not his greatest moment so he is only focused on playing well tomorrow against Barcelona and I cannot see him not playing for Man United next season either.”Solskjaer faces a selection dilemma heading into Wednesday evening’s match, with four of United’s first-team players missing training on Tuesday. The Norwegian, who was confirmed as the club’s full-time boss last month, does not think Pogba will leave the Red Devils this summer, however.Speaking at a press conference ahead of United’s Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Barcelona, Solskjaer admitted he expects Pogba to remain with United – for next season, at least.“Paul is looking forward to tomorrow,” Solskjaer said. “He’s a Manchester United player. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Could Pogba be nearing the end of his Manchester United career? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ There was some good news for Solskjaer, however, as Alexis Sanchez returned to training today after a lengthy spell on the sidelines tense BEST OF no dice REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining These poor performances started after the end of the recent international break, during which Pogba appeared to flirt with a potential exit from Old Trafford amid interest from Real Madrid.The 26-year-old admitted while on France duty that playing for Los Blancos would be a dream, especially now Zinedine Zidane has returned to the Bernabeu hot seat after initially leaving the LaLiga club last summer.Real are allegedly ready to pay a stunning £125million to sign Pogba this summer, and keeping the former Juventus star at Old Trafford will be one Solskjaer’s hardest tasks as he prepares for his first full season as United’s permanent manager. 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REPLY Preston vs Leeds (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Birmingham vs Sheffield United (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Slavia Prague vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT huge blow ADVICE LIVE ON talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 gameday cracker Marcus Rashford did train, but questions have been raised over his fitness after the forward started the session doing individual work, and Solskjaer provided an update on his chances of featuring against Barca.“He needed the extra warm-up and hopefully he won’t get a reaction,” Solskjaer added. “He joined parts of it (training) at the end. Let’s see tomorrow. Hopefully he’ll be ready.”
“I’m comfortable with the situation. If the job I do is good enough, I’ll get a reward. If not, we’ll have to move on.”Murty’s side were were beaten at home in their last two games – Brendan Rodger’s 10-man side came back twice to defeat Rangers 3-2 and the Light Blues were then unable to lift themselves for the visit of Kilmarnock a week later.But Murty insists that following the international break his squad are refreshed and raring to go away to Motherwell on Saturday.He said: “Yeah, definitely, (I was flat after those two defeats). But I feel good this week. It’s been a really good week, I’ve really enjoyed it.“I’ve enjoyed the energy from the players and their focus.“Getting away from it was good, getting some head space and spending time with the families was a positive for us.“Everyone has used it in the right manner and come back in a really good mindset.“For me as a manager and a person it was important to get that time away. But now I want them to take that focus into the Saturday’s game.“People outside this club started talking up the different challenges which we tried to contain. We didn’t manage that.“We’ve now been knocked back a couple of pegs but that won’t stop the forward momentum of this club as we look to get back to where we want to be.”Murty has been boosted by the return of Graham Dorrans, Ross McCrorie and Jordan Rossiter to the squad for the Fir Park trip, but skipper Lee Wallace has suffered a slight setback in his bid to shake off a groin problem. “The plans are bigger than one person.“The plans have started for pre-season, for recruitment, for all the things that a top-class football team should be looking towards. Those processes are already in place.“So I don’t have to worry about my job, my position. It’s not about me. It’s about making sure we move forward and I believe we are moving forward.“The decision on whether I will be taking the next step won’t be for me to control. It will be someone else. Rangers manager Graeme Murty says that plans for next season are already in place whether he is in charge or not. Earlier this month, Murty suffered a double blow to his chances of permanently landing the top job with defeats against Celtic and Kilmarnock.His stint in charge is due to end at the end of the season but Murty is remaining relaxed about the situation and says preparations are already in motion for the next campaign – whether he remains in the Ibrox hotseat or not.“The plans have already started for whether I’m here or not,” Murty said.
“By and large it was a frustrating, stop-start, competitive game. Both sets of players put everything into it but it was lacking in a bit of quality at the right times.“It was the type of game we anticipated and the onus is on us as the home team. We had the bulk of possession for the majority of the game and I can’t remember Kilmarnock being in our box too often.“In these types of game we look for a bit of brilliance, and I think we lacked that alongside Kilmarnock defending very well.”Red: Boyd and Shinnie exchanges words after the Kilmarnock forward is sent off. SNSKillie boss Steve Clarke agreed with McInnes’ view of Boyd’s red card, saying: “I’ve only had the look I had from the bench but from my experience in the game, my first impression was that it was at most a yellow card. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and Kilmarnock counterpart Steve Clarke accepted a point apiece after a goalless draw at Pittodrie.The two sides came into the Premiership meeting in fine form but neither could find the back of the net across a largely scrappy affair.Killie sub Kris Boyd was sent off for fouling Dons skipper Graeme Shinnie, although both managers felt the dismissal was harsh.“My first thought was it was a yellow card,” said McInnes. “I think Kris has caught Shinnie, and there’s a bit of speed there going into but, I thought it was a yellow card. “We were defensively solid, but lacked a bit of energy going forward which is maybe a consequence of both teams having to play three games in a week after the winter shutdown.“I tried to change the forward players to give us more legs up front but Kris being sent off scuppered that part of the plan.“It was a tough game. Not high quality, and very scrappy. It was competitive but wasn’t dirty.”