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FC Fassell’s Fate Hangs in a Balance

first_imgNewly 1st division club and tournament favorite FC Fassell could be among the casualties as the preliminary rounds of Coca-Cola Big Eight (8) Tournament concludes today.A 2-2 draw against Aries FC on Monday at the Blue Field in the ongoing pre-season tourney has placed a question mark over FC Fassell’s future in the Group B stage.Coach Matthew Julutweh’s men is expected today to host Darling Club, IE in the opening derby, knowing that a draw – let alone a defeat – is no longer an option against Papa Kamara’s men.IE is expected to look for at least a draw to crossover to the semi finals, while FC Fassell want a victory and at least 3-0 to march on.In the second match, group leader NPA Anchor is also looking for a draw against Aries FC but mostly a win to maintain on top.Aries FC, who also has one point desperately, needs a win with more goals to overcome runner-up IE (if IE draw).However, with FC Fassell battling not to bow out of the Coca-Cola Tourney; LISCR, Nimba and Barrolle are fighting to grab the second place.Group B leader BYC is clearly in the semi finals with 9 points having narrowly whipped LISCR FC 1-0 yesterday.The Gardnersville based team – LISCR FC still sits on the table with 2 points and hoping for a nil draw to qualify.   But a win for either side, Barrolle or Nimba United joins BYC to represent Group A in the Semi finals.Meanwhile, the technical staff of FC Fassell headed by Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh is expected to be sacked having drawn with Aries FC 2-2 on Monday.The 34-year-old was warned of losing his job along with his deputy, physical and goalkeeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors on Saturday.In a letter dated May 2, FC Fassell President Reginald K. Nagbe said their performance against NPA was very discouraging and humiliating despite early preparation and the entire technical staff would be sacked if they don’t win the remaining two games.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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City has its fill of public storage units

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera has at least seven large public storage facilities that provide about 4,500 units, more than its neighbor cities of Whittier, Montebello, Santa Fe Springs and La Mirada. Maybe it’s time for a change in land usage? That’s what City Council officials believe, and last week the panel voted unanimously to extend a two-year-old moratorium due to expire Friday on all new business permits for public storage facilities. Land is simply too precious in the city to tie up with storage facilities instead of using it for housing or tax-generating retail establishments, said City Councilman Ron Beilke. He cited a piece of “prime land” on Washington Boulevard where a storage facility went in as “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” “That didn’t seem right in a city where we don’t have a lot of real estate left,” Beilke added. Storage facilities are on nearly every major Pico Rivera boulevard, including Whittier, Washington and Beverly boulevards, city officials said. “The area does seem to be saturated with them,” said Scott Wike, who manages Allstate Self Storage. “We don’t need any more competition.” Two years ago, the council imposed a temporary ban on all new storage facilities, which became an attractive investment for companies during the 1990s, said Councilman Gregory Salcido. “As long as they were in the industrial zone, that was an approved use,” he said. Montebello adopted a similar moratorium about a decade ago, pretty much for the same reasons as Pico Rivera, said Councilman William Molinari. “We were seeing a proliferation of storage places so we nipped it in the bud,” he said. “Although it creates convenience for residents, it has no financial benefit to the city.” Montebello has three public storage centers, he added. Whittier does not forbid the facilities, but officials allow them only on land where housing and retail developments cannot be built, Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said. “Land is at a premium in Whittier as well,” she said, adding that Whittier currently has six storage facilities. The city recently approved a new facility, but it will be built on a railroad right-of-way on Lambert Road “that we couldn’t imagine any other use for,” she said. La Mirada has just one storage facility, so the city has never contemplated a moratorium on such businesses, said City Manager Andrea Travis. The facilities also are not a problem in Santa Fe Springs, said City Manager Fred Latham. “We have specific areas where they can be located,” he said. “But I am very empathetic to the concerns Pico Rivera has because they do take up valuable space in the community.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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WTA Finals: Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza ease to wins in Singapore openers

first_imgKarolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favourite Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 in the opening match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.The 37-year-old Williams is making her first appearance since 2009 at the elite eight-woman event but her Czech opponent hit the ground running and never looked back after she broke the American’s serve early in the first set of the group match.The strategy was pretty much established in the opening game, with Williams, the 2008 champion, looking to come to the net whenever possible, while Pliskova was happy to rely on her powerful groundstrokes from the baseline..@KaPliskova poses with fans after winning her first match. pic.twitter.com/Nb0EUnyTnI- WTA Finals Singapore (@WTAFinalsSG) October 22, 2017Pliskova found her range immediately for a routine hold in the first game but Williams struggled when it was her turn to serve as the Czech capitalised on some sloppy play from the American to break with a booming forehand.A flustered Williams settled in the fourth game to finally get on the scoreboard with a second ace of the match and, after the pair exchanged breaks, Pliskova moved 5-2 ahead with a sumptuous volley after working the American around the court.Another double fault gave the world number three her first set point and she duly wrapped up the opener in 32 minutes when Williams went long with an errant backhand.”I think my serve was pretty good today but the scoreline makes it look easier than it was,” Pliskova said in a courtside interview.advertisement”There are no easy matches at #WTAFinals so you have to be ready from the first point” -@KaPliskova pic.twitter.com/hCd97eJlN6- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017The second set began with both players holding comfortably before Pliskova edged ahead in a pivotal third game when she fended off two break points with a brilliant volley and an ace before sending down two more huge serves to stay in control.Williams was now struggling for both range and control and Pliskova, buoyed up by the tough hold in the previous game, pounced on another poor sequence of points from her opponent to break again and surge clear.Pliskova held to love for a 5-2 lead before a big forehand winner brought up three match points and, while Williams played her best tennis of the match to stave them off, a wayward backhand on the fourth gifted her opponent victory in just 74 minutes.”There are no easy matches in Singapore so you have to be ready from the first point. That’s what I was trying to do today and it worked,” Pliskova added.Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza will face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the second White Group round-robin match of the day later on Sunday..@KaPliskova makes the perfect start to #WTAFinals!Defeats Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2! pic.twitter.com/IHG4bQx8cb- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017 The Red Group contains world number one Simona Halep of Romania, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, with the first matches in that pool taking place on Monday.MUGURUZA WINS  Garbine Muguruza is making her third consecutive appearance in Singapore and the Spaniard banked on her experience at the venue to end a sequence of five breaks of serve with a crucial hold to take the first set against her 20-year-old Latvian opponent.After racing to a 5-1 lead in the second, Muguruza’s cruise to victory hit a roadblock as Ostapenko unleashed a barrage of winners to claim three straight games before the Spaniard finally flopped over the line on her third match point.”At the end of the match she was making the most of her last opportunities but I managed to stay composed and turn it around,?? Muguruza said. “She is so young and confident so I knew it was going to be difficult.”The Red Group contains world number one Simona Halep of Romania, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, with the first matches in that pool taking place on Monday.A 1-2 punch helps @GarbiMuguruza consolidate the break! #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/h9ipTV2hYU- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017last_img read more