Kane not awarded Newcastle penalty by VAR as decision was ‘subjective’

first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’One tweeted: “VAR too scared to overrule the on field refs all weekend.”They might as well not bother, the Chelsea and United games yesterday were a joke and now a rugby tackle on Kane is fine too?”Another added: “VAR has had a shocker today. Two definite penalties not given. Lascelles with a blatant rugby tackle to Kane.”LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool vs Arsenal, City and Spurs scores this weekend and win £100Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City could face Champions League ‘group of death’ in next Thursday’s draw TOTTENHAM star Harry Kane was not awarded a penalty against Newcastle through VAR because the decision was “subjective”.The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) claimed there was not enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision.1 Harry Kane did not see his penalty given by VAR as it was ‘subjective’Credit: GettyKane was brought down in the area by Jamaal Lascelles, with referee Mike Dean refusing to point to the spot in Newcastle’s 1-0 win.The England star, 25, was sent through on goal by Giovani Lo Celso with just 13 minutes to play.Both Kane and Lascelles got into a tangle, with the Toon defender appearing to lose his footing and dragging the Spurs striker down with him.But Dean refused to award the spot-kick, with a PGMOL statement later reading: “It was considered not to be a penalty by the on-field referee.VAR-D TIMES”As this was a subjective decision, the VAR deemed that there was not enough evidence to overturn the original call.”And so [they] stuck with the on-field decision.”Newcastle record-buy Joelinton had given his side the lead in North London after just 27 minutes – with the visitors just about clinging on despite their meagre 20 per cent possession.Despite Tottenham’s abject performance, fans instead directed their anger towards match official Dean and VAR.DRAW DRAMACHELSEA, Liverpool and Man City are more likely to draw Atletico Madrid in the Champions League than any other team.And it’s bad news for Spurs (unless you fancy their chances against Barcelona).Read more about the upcoming draw here.last_img read more

LaLiga Santander Fest is a complete success and raises € 625,000

first_imgOne of the funniest was Joaquín Sánchez, the captain of Real Betis. “We are going to kick the virus that we are going to send to his house, which is fine”, while the former player from Valencia and Barça, Gaizka Mendieta, LaLiga Ambassador, He showed his amazement at the “impressive cast of artists and athletes” that formed the event.“I want to thank the professionals who make these eternal shifts and who take care so that we are all safe and sound. We know what a show of support is -when we get applause in a stadium- And now we have to be on the other side to support them because they are giving everything, “added the former che midfielder, along the same lines as Fernando Morientes, another of the organization’s Ambassadors.Participating artists:Antonio Carmona, Antonio José, Antonio Orozco, Ainhoa ​​Arteta, Beret, Cami, Danna Paola, Diogo Piçarra, El Arrebato, Juan Magan, Lang Lang, Lola Indigo, Lucas Vidal, Luciano Pereyra, Luis Fonsi, Manuel Carrasco, Miriam, Mon Laferte , Morat, Pablo Alborán, Pablo López, Raphael, Rosario, Sebastián Yatra, Taburete, Tini and Vanesa Martín. The macro concert ‘LaLiga Santander Fest’, Organized by LaLiga in collaboration with Banco Santander, Universal Music and the other sponsors, clubs and artists, it has been a complete success. Its objective was to raise funds to acquire medical supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic and it has been achieved. Until 22:00 hours, 625,108,476 euros had been collected. A significant figure and that may increase as contributions can continue to be made until 2:00 pm this Sunday. For more details, visit the Laliga website.The festival has been presented by Eva González and Toni Aguilar and has had the participation of countless artists and athletes, who have tried to do their bit in these difficult times.All proceeds from this beautiful initiative will be donated through the Banco Santander Foundation to help mitigate the effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, buying health materials and for the #SaldremosJuntos campaign promoted by Saúl Ñíguez along with various artists and athletes to help SMEs and the self-employed affected by this health crisis.One of the first footballers to appear was the captain of the Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos, who said “there is no better place than home” to fight the disease and hoped that “football and music” will servecough days “to disconnect and have a better time”. Santi Cazorla joined the merengue defense, who assured that “among all” it will be possible to “make a huge donation”.last_img read more

Tighter scholarship control needed – Stewart

first_img Lost in system President of Harbour View football club Carvel Stewart says that local clubs should stop sending unqualified players on scholarships as it is hurting both the individuals and the country’s long-term football future. According to Stewart, student footballers who are not academically inspired should not be forced to go to college but should instead focus their efforts on making a professional career and only students with the requisite academic qualifications must take up these scholarship offers. “Their real intention is to play football professionally, and that (college) system doesn’t allow them to do that. We have to review it rationally and decide who are serious about academics,” he insisted. Stewart said that over the years he has seen players who lack the academic capacity get lost in the system, or come out with nothing, and he believes that this is also having a damaging effect on the nation’s football as the best young talent are getting lost in the US college system, and this, he says, is because they are not “academics”. “We have followed the college programme, and when we have an academic, and he gets a scholarship, we say ‘Go ahead’, but when he is not an academic we (Harbour View) say ‘No, you are a footballer’, that wouldn’t make any sense at all, and it has followed through. “We had players like Onandi Lowe. People came to me about him going to college, but that wouldn’t have worked. What worked for him is that he is a footballer, and his focus was becoming a professional footballer,” he reasoned. He added: “The league is also suffering from it because you don’t see the youngsters coming through the league. You see all of these youngsters performing at the schoolboy level, and when they leave school, you hear people asking for them. But they go and enjoy the bright lights over there (in the US), and then they disappear, and Jamaica’s football suffers because of it. So we have to correct that,” he stated.last_img read more

Beleaguered Mutko steps down as president of Russian Football Union

first_imgIn this file photo, Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Russia 2018 World Cup Local Organising Committee Chairman, speaks with press during the opening of the WCup Fan ID distribution center in Moscow, Russia.Vitaly Mutko, a Russian government official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in doping, has temporarily stepped down as president of the Russian Football Union, a move apparently intended to deflect international criticism as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup. APMOSCOW — Vitaly Mutko, a Russian government official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in doping, said Monday he would temporarily step down as president of the Russian Football Union.It’s a move apparently intended to deflect international criticism as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mutko said he wanted to have his duties as president of the Russian Football Union suspended as he was planning to contest his ban from the Olympics at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.He added that he would also likely step down as the head of the World Cup’s organizing committee.Dmitry Svishchev, a member of the committee for sports and tourism at the lower house of Russian parliament, told the state RIA Novosti news agency that Mutko was stepping down in order to defuse criticism of Russia before the run-up to the World Cup.At a joint news conference with FIFA president Gianni Infantino ahead of the World Cup draw in Moscow on Dec. 1, Mutko reaffirmed his denial of the doping accusations.“There is no proof” Russian ran a state-backed doping scheme, he said. “Nowadays everyone is trying to make some kind of axis of evil out of us, just because we’re a great sporting power.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Mutko said at a briefing that he would suspend his activities as president for half-a-year, and Alexander Alayev would serve as the acting head of the Russian Football Union.Mutko would retain the job of deputy prime minister overseeing sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkInvestigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee alleged that Mutko was involved in a sophisticated state-sponsored doping program during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Mutko, who served as Russia’s sports minister during the Games, has strongly denied all doping allegations.The IOC didn’t accuse Mutko of being personally involved in doping, but banned him from the Olympics for life, saying he and his ministry bore overall responsibility for “failure to respect” anti-doping rules. Ginebra, NLEX turn back rivals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Mutko sat on FIFA’s ruling council until March, when he was barred from running for re-election because his government position was judged a conflict of interest. Mutko was replaced by his longtime associate and fellow World Cup organizer Alexei Sorokin.FIFA thanked Mutko for what it called a “responsible step … taken in the best interest of the FIFA World Cup next summer.”“Mr. Mutko’s decision will have no impact on the successful staging of the FIFA World Cup next summer, as FIFA, the Russian Government, RFU and the LOC (Local Organizing Committee) continue their fruitful cooperation on the preparations for the FIFA World Cup according to plan,” it said in a statement. “In the coming days, FIFA will discuss with all relevant parties and agree on the next steps related to the LOC.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Filipino paddlers rule ICF world championships

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fuentes and Macaranas paddled in all five races that the Philippines won, punctuated by a gold-medal effort in the 10-seater senior men’s 200m event on Sunday (Monday in Manila) at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park here.“This is a special moment for us, this is for the country,” said Fuentes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Even our rivals are proud of our accomplishment,” added Macaranas as the Hungarians and Italians exchanged high fives with the members of the team during the awarding ceremony.Quickly gliding on water using short but powerful strokes, the Philippines crossed the line in 47.39 seconds to defeat silver medalist Italy, which clocked 49.58 seconds. Hungary, a consistent title contender, checked in third, almost three seconds behind the Filipinos. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PH 5 seeks redemption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES With five gold and two silver medals, the national paddlers erased the previous record of five golds and one silver that the country accomplished in 2012 Milan, Italy.The golden output also allowed the Philippines to recover its bearings from an Asian Games defeat that left the team visibly and emotionally frustrated.“I felt vindicated. Here, we were able to show what the team is really capable of achieving,” said Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragon Boat Federation president Jonne Go.Indonesian organizers in the Asian Games last month used heavier boats with a deeper hull, which was far different from the regular boats during the races sanctioned by the International Canoe Federation.Headcoach Len Escollante expressed her gratitude to the Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., the Philippine Sports Commission and Go For Gold, the private benefactor that financed the participation of the women’s team.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil With Go For Gold’s support, the Pinoy paddlers were able to win four senior mixed events in the small and big boats for both the 200m and 500m distances.Joining Macaranas and Fuentes on the podium in the men’s 200m were Mark Jhon Frias John Lester Delos Santos, Oliver Manaig, Reymart Nevado, Lee Robin Santos, Jordan De Guia, Roger Masbate, John Paul Selencio, drummer Patricia Bustamante and steersman Maribeth Caranto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption INQUIRER PHOTOGAINESVILLE, Georgia, United States—As the Philippine flag courageously fluttered in the breeze, Ojay Fuentes and Hermie Macaranas proudly sang the country’s national anthem with the team one last time.It was the culmination of a dazzling show that saw Filipino paddlers emerge as overall champions in the senior division of the 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Paralysed teen released from hospital

first_imgAnnandale accident…family offered $3M to settle caseOne month after being struck by a speeding minibus along the Annandale Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), 16-year-old Reaz Shaw of Lot 35 Annandale Public Road, ECD is paralysed from the waist down. This was confirmed by the teen’s father Yacoob Shaw, who spoke with Guyana Times on Saturday.Shaw, a security guard attached to the Agriculture Ministry stated that his son was discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital on Friday but there has been no signs of improvement in his son’s condition ever since the accident.“Right now he can’t do nothing, he can’t talk, can’t walk, can’t eat, we does gah feed he with a tube. He could only use liquids like soup and juice and suh,” the father stated.Shaw, told this publication that even though it’s been a difficult task financially for the family to take care of the teen they are just hoping and praying for the best at this time.Further the man explained that while his son was still hospitalised, relatives of the minibus driver, who hit him down visited them and offered a sum of money to compensate the teenager.“De man family come and say how they want give we 3 million… we have to get money to buy thing for him and we have to travel and all them things. We been doing that since the accident happen, dah is nah no money man,” the father said.“They come with a lawyer and telling me tek the money that they offering but that can’t compensate we,” he explained.The teen’s mother Zahida Hussain also related that Shaw – the last of four children – has been diagnosed with brain haemorrhaging (bleeding in the brain), lung injuries and also several fractured bones.According to her, the doctors have confirmed that as a result of the severe head injuries he is not responding.The minibus involved in the accident fled the scene after the accident.Days after, it was located covered in tarpaulin under a house at Mon Repos, ECD.The driver of the minibus has since gone into the hiding. He was identified as a Chinese national. Police sources confirmed that the suspect might have absconded to Suriname.On December 10, 2018, Shaw and his friend, Karmachand Khemraj went to a nearby shop to make a purchase and on their way back on their motorcycle, they were struck from behind by a white Toyoto Hiace Pitbull minibus. The minibus drove away from the scene.Both young men were rushed to the GPHC where Khemraj died while receiving medical attention.Following the accident, the Chinese Association reportedly approached the relatives of the dead teenager and offered them $1.5 million but the family has since refused as well.last_img read more

Condos pivotal to area upgrade

first_imgThe spots are so far away from the homes and might cause a feud within the homeowners association, Stone said. “I like lots of it and it has a lot of great things in it, but \ is a failure, he said. “We want this to be something that will revitalize the area, Instead we will have a nuisance in the area.” Steve Hunter, vice president for Land Design Consultants, representing the owner, said it’s possible that six spaces may be brought inside if the Los Angeles County Fire Department agrees. Jeff Collier, director of community development, said the the city can’t designate who will get those spaces because its code doesn’t get down to that level of specificity. Even with the commission’s approval, the developer still needs approval from the city zoning administrator, Don Dooley, for a variance for a rear-yard setback of 38 feet instead of 40 feet. That will allow for additional space on the Whittier Boulevard, Collier said. In addition, the city and the developer must reach agreement on how much in park fees for green space must be paid to the city before a final tract map can be approved. Collier said the current city code would require between $2 million and $2.5 million for park space. Developer Hagop Sargisian has said a more reasonable figure would be $300,000. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A 96-unit condominium project approved late Monday by the Planning Commission is expected to jump-start plans to transform Whittier Boulevard on the east side of town from commercial to residential. The condos will be built by the Beverly Hills-based HDS Group at 16050 and 16110 Whittier Blvd., where Whittier Dodge and Isuzu dealerships were located. The nearly 5-acre site is now vacant. “This is a good benchmark for Whittier Boulevard,” said Commissioner Fernando Dutra. “I’m looking forward to seeing it built.” This will be the second residential project approved by the city for that area, but it is much larger than the first. The Planning Commission last year approved a 10-unit condominium project further east. The Whittier Boulevard Specific Plan – approved in June 2005 – calls for the area east of Santa Gertrudes Avenue to be transformed from commercial to residential. Charles Claver, long-time member of the Whittier Conservancy, praised the project. “How exciting to have the first one,” Claver said. “To finally see this coming to fruition is exciting. This is the catalyst project. We know other developers are looking at projects in this area.” Still, there were questions and a divided vote by the Planning Commission. Commissioner Harry Stone, who was the lone no vote, said he didn’t like allowing 25 parking spaces for the condominium outside its borders in the alley to the south. last_img read more

Theater group gets grant

first_img The federal money will help buy new equipment, pay for salaries and the rehiring of the group’s grant writer, Cisneros said. “We have all new sound equipment, lighting that makes the show look better. It was held together with duct tape all these years,” he said. The grant is part of Health and Human Services’ annual Human and Health Services Compassion Capital Fund grants program, which awarded a total of $58 million to hundreds of nonprofits around the country. Jeff Brown, director of the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, said the grant gives Phantom Projects even more legitimacy. “It’s terrific anytime you can get grant money,” he said. “It helps with your programming. It helps cover all sorts of costs. It will benefit not only the teens of La Mirada, but all the areas they will be touring.” LA MIRADA – The shows will go on. Nonprofit, teen-related Phantom Projects recently received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency’s largest single gift ever to a nonprofit organization. “We were notified last fall, but we have held off announcing it until the money was in the bank,” said Steve Cisneros, the group’s producing artistic director and founder. “Now we are accelerating the growth that began in 2006, thanks to a near-doubling of support from the city of La Mirada.” This year, Phantom Projects received a $38,300 grant from La Mirada. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Kid to a legend’: Torres bids Atletico farewell with two goals

first_img0Shares0000Thanks for the memories: Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres acknowledges the fans on his last appearance for the club on Sunday © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, May 20 – Fernando Torres scored twice on an emotional final outing for Atletico Madrid on Sunday but was denied a victorious farewell as Eibar snatched a 2-2 draw.Torres struck in each half much to the delight of his adoring fans at the Wanda Metropolitano but a Lucas Hernandez red card helped Eibar claim a point on the last day of the La Liga season. Atletico finish the campaign second in the table, Eibar sit 10th.Enrique Garcia had given the visitors a surprise early lead and Ruben Pena capitalised on the numerical advantage by equalising late on, but this match was always going to be about Torres.On his 404th appearance for Atletico, his goals were his 128th and 129th for the club, coming 17 years after his first, scored against Albacete in the Segunda Division in June 2001.Torres has yet to declare his next move but this display — speedy, sharp and clinical — will have caught the eye of many interested parties.In truth, the 34-year-old’s fairytale ending had already arrived on Wednesday, when he lifted his first Atleti trophy after the triumphant Europa League final against Marseille.But this double added some extra sparkle in front of his own supporters, who stayed on after the final whistle to watch the team form a guard of honour as the striker left the pitch.He had walked out the same way, with his three children, through a corridor formed by the Eibar players as Atletico’s fans displayed the words, ‘De Nino A Leyenda’, meaning ‘from a kid to a legend’.Outside the ground, fans had posed for photos next to Torres life-size cut-outs and peered at message boards, detailing the player’s greatest moments.This, after all, was a boyhood Atletico fan, who first watched his team with his grandfather as a child, and who, when he returned to the club for a second spell in 2015, drew a crowd of more than 40,000 just for his presentation.He missed an early chance, and it was a good one too, after nicking the ball away from Eibar’s David Lomban, only to drag the finish wide of the far post.Eibar threatened to spoil the party when Garcia gave them the lead in the 35th minute. Stefan Savic attempted to clear but connected only with the air and Garcia snuck in ahead of Juanfran to slide home.Atletico were enjoying the lion’s share of possession, however, and Torres’ moment came two minutes before the interval.Saul’s clipped ball over the top caught Eibar napping and Angel Correa might have shot, with only the goalkeeper to beat. Instead he squared right for Torres, who celebrated by kissing the badge and applauding the fans.His second on the hour required more of his own work. Diego Costa, sent on with Antoine Griezmann a minute before, played the through-ball but Torres showed speed to outrun Paulo Oliveira and a cool head to finish past Marko Dmitrovic.This time he ran into the fans behind the goal, for which he picked up a yellow card. Three minutes later, referee Alfonso Alvarez produced another booking, for Hernandez, who had already been cautioned when he obstructed Ivan Alejo and Atleti were down to 10.Eibar were level within seven minutes, Pena unleashing a superb strike from the edge of the area that Jan Oblak could only palm into the top corner.Atleti pushed for a winner late on but the spoils were shared as the tributes to Torres continued after the final whistle.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Zine responds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLos Angeles City Council A new kind of jail Sheriff Lee Baca wants $400 million to $800 million to build a new “state-of-the-art” jail to replace the aging Men’s Central Jail. Maybe the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors could just order Baca to get plans from Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix on how to build a new jail. Contact the military, order some “state-of-the-art” tents and chain-link fence, along with some pink jail outfits and plenty of peanut butter and bologna for “state-of-the-art” meals. So far this has worked fine for Arizona, with even the American Civil Liberties Union remaining quiet. Sheriff Arpaio said, “If the tents are good enough for our troops, they are good enough for the inmates.” There is plenty of vacant land in L.A. County to build this new jail at a savings of millions. How about that, Sheriff Baca? – Kevin Eliason Santa Clarita Higher standard Government workers are paid a higher wage and given more benefits because, we are told, they are the best of the best. These workers are so in demand that we have to pony up extra bucks to attract them. When some of these same employees break the law by using their position for financial gain, they are treated with kid gloves. Time and again we hear the a government employee is on “paid administrative leave” until the charges are sorted out against that person. Government employees are paid to a higher standard and should be held to a higher standard as well. Stealing from the government is stealing from the public. When government employees are found to have broken the law, they should immediately be taken off the payroll and prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law. They should also forfeit all pension and health-care benefits. The best of the best should suffer the best of the best of our laws. – Bill Merriman Tujunga School tragedy What is wrong with our school system these days? Recently one of Saugus High’s honor students was kicked out for not living in the area. She was a cheerleader and a straight-A student. Does the school board have nothing else to do than to listen to a very jealous cheerleader who wanted that girl out? The student spent all her savings on the uniforms and is so upset that the family is thinking of therapy. The girl lives in Aqua Dulce and now will have to go to Aqua Dulce High, which is a school that nobody should have to go to. Another great kid wasted by stupid rules. – Terese Manzano Santa Clarita An NFL slap The National Football League will allow a moment of silence for slain football player Sean Taylor this weekend, but can’t take a moment to play the national anthem to honor our brave men and women in the military during the Pittsburgh Steelers/Miami Dolphins football game because of corporate greed. This will not go unnoticed by our troops. This is just another slap at the brave men and women who are fighting and dying. – Jerry Pennington Van Nuys Believer replies Re “He’s changed” (Letters, Nov. 27): Maybe Morris Schorr believes God is untrustworthy because Schorr doesn’t believe in him. I have no problem with God. I’ll take him over anything else any day. Also, the motto “In God We Trust” is on the other side of the presidential coins. -Luella Noonan Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “…and phony charity” (Our opinions, Nov. 20): What the Daily News failed to report is that if I “reject” this raise (which I did not ask for), the money will not be disbursed into the city’s general fund, where it is sorely needed, but to my general office account. I redirected the money toward charitable organizations that could make good use of my contribution for their worthy causes. Yes, I benefit from the increase by a tax deduction and goodwill with my community. The charity will also benefit financially. There’s nothing “phony” about it. – Councilman Dennis P. Zine last_img read more