Paris, France | AFP | Premier League champions Chelsea are the subject of a FIFA investigation, reportedly for possible breaches over the signing of foreign youth players, world football’s governing said on Wednesday.“We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP. “However please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation.”According to The Times newspaper, FIFA were looking into “possible breaches of the regulations regarding the signing of young foreign players”, while Chelsea replied: “Chelsea FC complies with all FIFA statutes and regulations.”The alleged offences were reported to be “less serious” than the violations committed by Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid that prompted FIFA last year to issue the Spanish clubs with transfer bans. Chelsea were initially hit with a transfer embargo in 2009 following the transfer of Gael Kakuta from French club Lens, but the ruling was overturned following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.They were also under investigation last year over the signing of Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore after images emerged of him playing for Chelsea when he was just 16 and before he received international clearance.Real and Atletico were barred from registering new players for two transfer windows in January 2016 for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under the age of 18.Real’s sanction was halved on appeal by CAS, allowing the European champions to recruit players this past summer, but Atletico are unable to sign anyone until January 2018.Share on: WhatsApp
By Jay CookMIDDLETOWN – If the contentious Village 35 project is ultimately approved, one of the region’s largest grocers – Wegmans Food Market – will definitely have a home there.That is the most recent development in the Village 35 proposal, which will finally be heard on May 17 after no hearings with the Middletown Planning Board since Feb. 15. It will be the next of many planned meetings specific to the project.Wegmans spokeswoman Valerie Fox told The Two River Times on Tuesday that a lease was signed last month for a 130,000-square-foot store in the heart of the proposed Shoppes at Middletown complex on Route 35 North in Middletown. The entire development is pending approval from the planning board.Fox said Wegmans employs between 500 and 600 full- and part-time workers at its larger stores. Founded in 1916 and based in near Rochester, New York, the supermarket chain has grown to 92 stores across six states on the east coast. It opens three or four new locations each year.The grocery store chain uses three criteria when choosing a new location: adequate space for a 75,000-to- 140,000-square-foot store with parking; a densely populated area; and a great regional location that is easy to find and easy to get to. Wegmans, said Fox, “is a destination.”There are currently seven Wegmans locations in New Jersey, with the three closest to the Two River area in Ocean Township, Woodbridge and Manalapan. Fox said new stores in Hanover and Montvale will open later this year.The Shoppes at Middletown project, proposed by Village 35 L.P. of Purchase, New York, will span approximately 119 acres behind a nearly half mile of roadway along Route 35. It would stretch from Kanes Lane, where the township recycling center and residential homes are located, to Kings Highway East, a historical road with ties to the Revolutionary War. One of the biggest dilemmas for the developer and its application to Middletown will be the size of this Wegmans supermarket. On July 1, 2015, a resolution from the planning board stated that no single store larger than 45,000 square feet will exist on the site.Opposing the project is the residents’ group, LLC., which believes the complex will only add to the congestion along Route 35.“The Wegmans will take what is an already intense utilization of the property, and create more traffic and environmental problems,” said Ron Gasiorowski, the attorney retained by Minding Middletown.Wegmans joins one retailer with space at The Shoppes at Middletown. CMX Cinema, a subsidiary of the Mexican-based cinema chain Cinemex, will occupy a 420-seat, 26,536- square-foot freestanding building on the property.As of Tuesday afternoon, a Pet Supplies Plus store, as well as a Spirits Unlimited, rounded out the other stores with space planned in the shopping center. But on Tuesday evening those stores were removed from the tenant list on National Realty & Development Corp. (NRDC)’s website, the developer of the commercial aspect of the project.The layout of the center has also changed since NRDC added Wegmans as a tenant. The building housing the supermarket shifted 180 degrees, also changing the parking layout for that area, which sits on the Kanes Lane end of the property.Approximately 200,000 square feet of retail space, three restaurant pads and one smaller, 5,000-square- foot retail store, remain open for leasing on the site.If eventually approved in Middletown, Wegmans would join a well-stocked grocery store market along Route 35. Less than 2 miles south of the Village 35 proposal is a Whole Foods Market; right across the street from the project is Super Stop & Shop; and a large ShopRite store is the anchor of Middletown Plaza less than 2 miles north.A Livoti’s Old World Market is currently under construction for a nearly 14,000-square-foot store at The Marketplace of Middletown, which is undergoing a major facelift.Heading north out of Middletown, shoppers can also find Dearborn Market in Holmdel, and in Hazlet, a Costco, Aldi and Lidl, a German-supermarket, planned for the previous Red Oak Diner location.It’s also worth noting that the owners of the Village 35 property, Mountain Hill, LLC – a partnership between the local Azzolina and Scaduto families – own area Foodtown supermarkets. It consists of 66 independently-owned stores throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, according to Foodtown.HOUSING COMPLEXAt the Feb. 15 planning board meeting, the board unanimously voted to dismiss the residential portion of the development.The residential complex, which was to be developed by Toll Brothers and named “Oaks at Middletown,” is currently no longer part of the Village 35 application.According to changes on NRDC’s website, the land behind the commercial aspect now appears undevel- oped. That differs from previous illustrations showing a fully developed residential complex.Designed to be spread across approximately 66 acres, 350 residential town- house units and a clubhouse were envisioned for the back end of the property. Seventy of those units within three apartment buildings would have been dedicated to affordable housing.“At the appropriate time, Toll Brothers will resubmit our application for review and consideration by the Board,” Toll Brothers said in a statement to The Two River Times on Wednesday. “Separating Toll Brothers’ residential application from the commercial application will permit the review process to flow smoother, allowing the Board and its professionals the opportunity to focus on the details relating to the respective portions of the development.”In a notice of public hearing for the May 17 planning board meeting, Marc D. Policastro, the attorney for Village 35, L.P., states the applicant wishes to subdivide the 52 acres of commercial property from the remaining 66 acres designated as residential.Regardless, an interconnector road running between the residential and commercial parcels, spanning from Kings Highway East to Kanes Lane, is necessary for the site. Whichever development company breaks ground first must construct the road.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
12:45 p.m.Area athletes will contend for CIF Southern Section championships Saturday and wrestling Friday and Saturday. Whittier Christian will play Alpha League mate Village Christian in girls basketball at 9 a.m. at The Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. La Habra will square off against Saddleback in boys soccer at 10 a.m. at Warren High School in Downey. Santa Fe’s Marcus Orona (119) and Lenny Romero (275), California’s Ruben Warr (130) and Schurr’s Julian Zuniga (215) will compete Friday and hopefully Saturday in the CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association applauded the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee for holding an important hearing on the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and demonstrating the urgent need for legislation that would establish uniform, science-based food labeling standards. Introduced by Congressmen Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield, the bill has already attracted 60 co-sponsors, including 12 Democrats.Titled “A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food,” the hearing provided members with an opportunity to learn about the role genetic engineering plays in our nation’s food supply. Additionally, the hearing delved into state-specific labeling regulations and their potential impact on interstate commerce and consumers.“America’s corn farmers are pleased that the bill is receiving support from both political parties and from Members of Congress representing broad and diverse constituencies,” said John Linder, NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair, a farmer from Morrow County Ohio. “We understand that, in this era of limited bipartisan agreement, the fact that support for this bill continues to grow is unique, and we believe this type of support indicates this common sense, consumer-friendly legislation can still advance through the legislative process. From farmers to food manufacturers, 400-plus organizations from all 50 states, representing every part of the food value chain, have publicly voiced ardent support for this bill. The time to move forward, for the sake of farmers and consumers alike, is now.”The panel testifying during the hearing included: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Blagden; Office of the Vermont Attorney General Assistant Attorney General Todd W. Daloz; GROWMARK, Inc. Chairman of the Board and President John Reifsteck; Center for Science in the Public Interest Biotechnology Project Director Gregory Jaffe; and Information Technology & Innovation Foundation Senior Fellow L. Val Giddings.In reference to the hearing, Rep. Pompeo commented, “We are proud of the continued progress we have made on this important legislation and look forward to advancing this bill through the committee. This bill helps to provide clarity in food labeling so consumers, states, and food producers have a consistent framework, while supporting innovation that helps keep the price of food affordable here in America and help us to ensure that we can feed a rapidly growing world.”The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will ensure that food labeling in the United States is consistent across state lines and based on sound science. The bill increases coordination between the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, guaranteeing that our nation’s foremost experts on food and agricultural safety are in charge of labeling decisions. The legislation also establishes a transparent, consistent GMO-free certification program, bringing clarity to those who choose to purchase GMO-free foods.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday searched several locations in Gurugram, Aizawl and Imphal in connection with the alleged embezzlement of ₹332 crore by the then chairmen of Manipur Development Society (MDS), including former Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh.The searches were conducted on the day when Manipur Congress legislators led by the former Chief Minister staged a protest in Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the Naga accord.Speaking to The Hindu, he said he was not scared and he would fight for justice.“Not only the CBI, we welcome other agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and the National Investigation Agency also. I will give full cooperation,” he said, adding that the probe should not have any political vendetta.A CBI official said the agency had taken over two cases instituted earlier by the Manipur police, on a reference from the State government. Clubbed as one case, the FIR was registered on Wednesday. “During searches, ₹26.49 lakh in demonetised notes were found on Mr. Ibobi Singh’s premises,” he said.Among the former MDS chairmen named are Mr. Ibobi Singh, and retired IAS officials D.S. Poonia, P.C. Lawmuknga and O. Nabakishore Singh. Former project director Y. Ningthem Singh and then administrative officer Ranjit Singh of the MDS have also been arraigned.As alleged, while working as chairmen of the MDS from June 30, 2009, to July 6, 2017, they misappropriated the amount allocated for development works.According to the CBI, the searches led to seizure of ₹15.47 lakh in cash and about ₹36.49 lakh in demonetised currency. Documents of several immovable properties and bank accounts were also found.“From the premises of the former Chief Minister, ₹11.47 lakh in cash was seized apart from the demonetised notes. Several vehicles were also found. Another amount of ₹10 lakh in trashed notes was seized on the former project director’s premises, besides papers of two palatial properties in Imphal.Preliminary CBI findings suggested that Mr. Poonia allegedly had properties located in Delhi, Gurugram and Noida.Mr. Nabakishore has a four-storey building spread over 7,000 square feet, two more houses, one flat each in Gurugram and Ghaziabad, and an under construction two-storey building in Manipur, said the official. His wife and son have a car dealership in Imphal.The administrative officer has a house in Aizawl and an agricultural land in Imphal in his wife’s name, as alleged.Possessing demonetised currency is an offence under the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, and the guilty can be fined five times the amount involved.
Not many people in the sports world can bring Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer toghether, but Dick Vitale is one of them. The legendary college basketball analyst hosted his annual V Foundation gala last night, and many top figures in the college sports world turned out, including the rival Michigan and Ohio State coaches. Harbaugh and Meyer actually teamed up on stage to announce the winner of a raffle for a 2016 Mercedes Benz, and later took a selfie with ESPN’s Chris Fowler.Yes @OhioStateFB Urban Meyer & @umichfootball Jim Harbaugh are on stage together @DickieV gala @TheVFoundation pic.twitter.com/dp3bKQ8TRt— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) May 14, 2016OK, this Harbaugh/Meyer selfie is focused better. So I’ll also share it for posterity, never to be recreated! pic.twitter.com/siZZt5LXaF— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) May 14, 2016 That is quite the photo. At the end of the night, Vitale announced that the gala, which honored the late Chad Carr, had raised an estimated $2.8 million for pediatric cancer research. A wonderful job by Dickie V, and everyone else involved with the gala this year.
Twitter/@LSUfootballFor LSU football, today was a day to give back to a community still reeling from devastating flooding.The LSU football team took a break from training camp today to give back to those in need. Head coach Les Miles and his players visited the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge to spend time with evacuees from the serious flooding that has plagued the area.Other LSU teams, such as men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and baseball, visited Celtic earlier in the week.The LSU Football team arriving at Celtic Media. pic.twitter.com/RrWhJoyH1Z— LSU Footbal (@LSUfootball) August 18, 2016Some of the media in attendance, including The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger and CBSNews’ Alyssa Estrada, also shared photos and footage. “Y’all got the best team this year, coach.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/y9hrCItlBZ— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 18, 2016Awesome job by Miles and his team, and really the entire LSU athletic department, for giving back to their community.It looks like they were able to put a smile on the face of people who could really use one.
OTTAWA — Canada’s top military officer admits there has been slower progress than expected to get more women into the Canadian Forces.New figures show there has been only a small increase in the number of women in the military over the last two years, but General Jonathan Vance says he remains committed to his goal of having women represent one-quarter of all military personnel by 2026.“I’m pushing for 25 per cent women,” Vance told The Canadian Press. “I would rather be criticized for trying and failing and making significant incremental growth than for not trying at all.”The Canadian Forces has struggled for years to increase the number of women, visible minorities and Indigenous People in the ranks, prompting some in the past to question whether its targets should be revised downward.Vance instead publicly asserted in February 2016, shortly after taking command of the Forces, that he wanted one in four service members to be women by 2026. At that time, barely 15 per cent of service members were women.The latest figures provided by the Department of National Defence show at the beginning of January that had grown to 15.7 per cent.“It’s not going up as fast as I thought it might,” Vance said.But, he added, “we know for sure that there’s a healthier workplace with a better gender balance. We know that. So I refuse to abandon the percentage goal.”The 25 per cent target was part of a push to make the Forces more reflective of Canadian society. It was given added importance given concurrent efforts to eradicate sexual misconduct in the military, which had been flagged only the year before as a significant problem in the ranks.The Trudeau government has also made growing female representation in United Nations peacekeeping a foreign-policy priority.The military has had noticeably more success with regards to representation of visible minorities, which grew to 8.6 per cent from 7.4 per cent in January 2017. The percentage of Indigenous People remained largely unchanged at 2.8 per cent.Numerous measures and initiatives have been rolled out over the past three years to increase the number of women in uniform, including targeted recruiting campaigns, improvements to family support and the focus on eliminating sexual misconduct.And there have been positive signs, Vance said, including a growing number of women studying to become officers at the Royal Military College of Canada and more women taking over senior positions in the Forces.“Right now retention of women numbers are better than men on a per capita basis,” he added. “So retention of women is improving. That’s a good thing.”Vance said one thing he will not do is lower the standards that people must meet to join the Forces. Instead, he said military officials must think creatively and find new ways to meet the goal.“The numbers are going up slowly, and maybe that’s just how it’s going to be,” he said. “It may not be a per cent a year. It may be 0.7 per cent a year. We’re going to try. But I believe you can get to 25 per cent of women in the Armed Forces.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
Photo by The Associated Press.Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.The suspension is the second in two seasons for Browner. He was suspended four games last season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He’s the second Seahawks player to be suspended for violating the substance abuse policy this season. Fellow cornerback Walter Thurmond is serving the final week of a four-game suspension.Browner, whose suspension is effective immediately and without pay, sent out a lengthy statement vowing that he would continue to fight his suspension. But he appeared resigned that his career with the Seahawks was over.“I want to thank the Seahawks organization for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years,” Browner wrote. “I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12’s (fans) for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father, and person I am today. I have been treated with nothing but first class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful.“Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to.”Browner, who was injured in Week 10 against Atlanta and hasn’t played since, filed an appeal of the suspension while injured, and the Seahawks were waiting for an answer from the league. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said earlier Wednesday, before the suspension was announced, that he was frustrated that the process for making a determination on Browner’s status had taken so long.“It has taken a long time and I’ve been a little disappointed in that, but we’re handling it,” Carroll said.Browner is in his third season with the Seahawks. He started all 26 games he has played for the Seahawks and has 19 tackles, one interception and 10 passes defensed this season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 when he had 23 passes defensed and six interceptions, but had not been able to match those numbers in the subsequent two seasons.Browner was to become a free agent after the season and could file for reinstatement after one year.
And here’s what’s in store for the key Raptors in 2015-16 (and beyond): If he can keep taking so many threes, and hitting them, Patrick Patterson will be a valuable kickout option. Jonas Valanciunas is just 23 and has improved his scoring rate each year he has been in the league, but the careers of some of his most comparable big men never really took off. The team’s offseason upgrades could cost Terrence Ross playing time if he doesn’t show big improvement in his fourth season. In a league enamored with dunks, layups and 3-pointers, DeMar DeRozan is a throwback — and not in a good way. He took 57 percent of his shots between 10 feet from the basket and the 3-point line last season — a career high — and hit a career-low 36 percent of them. He was Toronto’s only player to average 20 points per game, but also the least efficient scorer of any 20-point guy in the league. The Raptors need him to take better shots and share more of the offensive burden. Kyle Lowry followed up an excellent 2013-14 season with a better showing to begin last season, as the Raptors started 24-7. But his production fell off dramatically in the second half of the season, and he shot dreadfully in the playoffs. Many of the guards CARMELO sees as most similar to Lowry had already peaked by his age. DeMarre Carroll is the priciest new Raptor, at $60 million over four years. His defense and efficient shooting should help. But none of his previous five NBA teams have asked him to take many shots, and those he has taken usually have been created for him. It’s unclear whether he’ll generate the kind of offense commensurate with a $15 million average annual salary. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Last season’s Toronto Raptors set a franchise record for wins for the second successive season — then exited the playoffs in the first round for the second successive season, leaving the franchise stuck at just one playoff series win in its 20-year history. So while standing pat this year might have sufficed to win the putrid Atlantic Division for the third straight season, Raptors management instead shook things up, adding new talent to complement a core of 20-somethings that includes Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson. The new Raptors, including DeMarre Carroll and Bismack Biyombo, should be particularly valuable in shoring up the team’s shaky defense, which was by far the worst in the postseason at preventing opponents from hitting shots. Toronto’s offense will remain its strength, though it’s not clear who leads the O and who will take the biggest shots: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto’s leading scorer last year, hits too low a percentage of his shots to be the star of a playoff team.FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO thinks the Raptors will clear .500, but not by much, projecting them to go 44-38: Bismack Biyombo should improve Toronto’s shot-blocking, which ranked near the bottom of the NBA last season.Read more: 2015-16 NBA Previews