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FIFA plotting international calendar reshape including SIX games played every October

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FIFA are plotting an international calendar reshape including SIX games played every October as Arsene Wenger says reducing fixtures will see a drop in income ‘too big’ for national FAs and smaller nations would have ‘less opportunities to compete’

  • Arsenal icon Arsene Wenger is now FIFA’s chief of global football development
  • In his role, he is trying to change the current landscape of international football
  • However, his radical proposals have been met with resistance by many too 











FIFA is considering reshaping its international calendar proposals after national federations raised concerns about the financial impact of cutting the number of international qualifying matches.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, now FIFA’s chief of global football development, is leading a consultation on the future of the international match calendar in men’s football, which includes the hugely controversial proposal to hold biennial World Cups.

Initially FIFA had proposed cutting the number of international windows from five to as few as two – one in October and one in June – and with no country playing any more than seven qualifiers, including play-off matches.

Arsene Wenger (centre) is heading up plans to change FIFA's international calendar structure

Arsene Wenger (centre) is heading up plans to change FIFA’s international calendar structure

However, Wenger revealed that during the consultation process national federations had raised concerns over the financial impact that the reduction in international breaks and qualifiers would have, and have demanded there be room for up to 10 national team matches in any season, excluding finals tournament games.

Wenger told an audience of clubs, leagues and federations from across the world at the virtual Professional Football Conference: ‘The feedback we got is that one single October window (for qualification) is considered too extreme and that two touch points, the end of the season and October, are not enough.

‘(There has been) demand from the federations to keep the original number of games because they sell the qualifiers and they think the drop of income will be too big for them.

‘The smaller nations also said if you reduce the number of qualifiers and we do not qualify for the big tournaments, we have less opportunities to compete as with the current format.

‘Everybody says the status quo is not accepted. We want a change. So what can we do?

‘Looking at the federations demanding for more qualifiers than we proposed initially, we could add option three. That means in the initial proposal, for example, in the option two you had four games in October and three games in March. We could play six games in October and two games in March and two games in preparation for the final tournament in June.’

The Frenchman's proposals could see every international team playing six times every October

The Frenchman’s proposals could see every international team playing six times every October

There has been strong opposition to Wenger’s proposals within Europe. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin suggested European countries could boycott biennial World Cups and the confederation is already planning for a European Championship in 2028, when FIFA proposes the first World Cup in the new biennial cycle would take place.

Earlier this month the Premier League expressed its opposition to the calendar proposals, raising concerns about the impact on fan experience and the quality of competitions.

It is understood to be concerned that longer windows would be more disruptive to the top flight than the current calendar. A six-game international break in October would effectively require domestic top-flight football to pause for a month each season.

Wenger says coaches at club and national team level would benefit from changing this ‘stop, go’ approach, while keeping the balance between club and national team football at 80-20.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said last month he hoped to present a ‘consensus’ on the calendar to his organisation’s members at a global summit on December 20.

All 20 Premier League clubs have unanimously opposed the potential international proposals

All 20 Premier League clubs have unanimously opposed the potential international proposals

Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, says all 'radical plans' will be challenged

Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, says all ‘radical plans’ will be challenged

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Donald Trump calls for cities to call in the NATIONAL GUARD to stop smash-and-grab robberies

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Former President Trump is calling on Democratic city leaders to bring in the National Guard to help combat an onslaught of robberies across  the country. 

‘If Democrats don’t immediately stop smash-and-grab robberies, which are taking place in their cities, the National Guard must be called out,’ the former president said in a statement Tuesday. 

Earlier this month, a band of up to 40 thieves stormed a Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco, smashing windows and grabbing whatever items were in reach before loading them into cars that were waiting outside.  They made off with over $1 million in merchandise. 

‘There has never been such a thing that has happened in our Country. Large numbers of stores are leaving San Francisco and other cities. Some chains are closing most of their stores, it is all not even believable,’ Trump said. 

On Black Friday, a roaming pack of burglars ransacked the Bottega Veneta store in Los Angeles’ trendy Beverly Grove before making their way to Home Depot. At the home improvement chain, eight of them stole sledgehammers, wrenches and hammers, threatened customers and then fled in 10 getaway cars. 

Former President Trump is calling on Democratic city leaders to bring in the National Guard to help combat an onslaught of robberies across the country

Former President Trump is calling on Democratic city leaders to bring in the National Guard to help combat an onslaught of robberies across the country

Los Angeles police said such items could be used in future burglaries.

In another Black Friday incident, dozens of looters descended on a Minneapolis mall and brazenly marched through two Best Buy locations, taking whatever they liked with them off the shelves.

Earlier in the week, so-called ‘smash-and-grab’ gangs struck a Nordstrom in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, snatching $25,000 of high-end luxury goods and bear spraying a security guard in the process.

Nordstrom was also targeted by flash mob thieves who raided a branch of the department store in Walnut Creek, east of San Francisco.

On that occasion, more than 90 looters could be seen entering the store and making off with good within a matter of minutes.

One incident occurred near the Burnsville mall in suburban Minneapolis with about 12 people rushing in to steal items, while a second incident occurred in Maplewood – about 25 miles northeast – on Friday night with a larger group of 30 people looting electronics.

Both incidents occurred at around the same time and police are looking to see if they are connected in any way.

The wave of robberies come as a number of Democrat-run cities are reversing plans to divert funding from their police force. 

New York City allocated an additional $200 million to its police department this year after cutting its budget last year; Los Angeles gave its department a three percent boost. New York overwhelmingly elected a tough-on-crime former police officer to be its next mayor come January. 

Cities like Dallas and Austin brought their police budgets to new heights this year after slashing them last. 

A group of about 40 to 50 teenage shoplifters made off with an unknown amount of jewelry and other items in Hayward, California, on Sunday. Experts and officials say national crime networks are behind many of the 'smash-and-grab ' operations

A group of about 40 to 50 teenage shoplifters made off with an unknown amount of jewelry and other items in Hayward, California, on Sunday. Experts and officials say national crime networks are behind many of the ‘smash-and-grab ‘ operations 

Minneapolis voters on Nov. 2 rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Public Safety. 

The Defund the Police movement also hit a road block in crime-riddled Seattle, where pro-police candidates led several races in the progressive city on Tuesday.

The Minneapolis initiative proposed a change to the city charter to remove a requirement to have a police department with a minimum number of officers. Supporters said a complete overhaul of policing was necessary to stop police violence. 

And outrage ensued over progressive crime policies after a vicious car attack in Kenosha, Wisconsin left six dead and scores injured at a Christmas parade just before Thanksgiving. The suspect had been released on $1,000 bail that day after allegedly trying to kill the mother of his child.  

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Monday revealed plans to reverse cuts to the city’s police department and seek to hire more officers amid a spike in violence and homicides.  

The mayor’s announcement came after a weekend that saw three people gunned down, including retired police officer and father of two Kevin Nishita, and a 1-year-old boy hit by a stray bullet as he sat in the back of his mother’s car.

It brings the number of homicides in the city to 127 so far this year.

Schaaf announced that she will ask the city council to reverse funding cuts scheduled to take effect next year, and will instead present a plan to keep a minimum of 678 officers to re-start the city’s Ceasefire crime reduction program.

‘That analysis will make the case that additional police staffing is needed in the wake of this violent spree,’ Schaaf told reporters Monday on a Zoom call.

‘When those messages and services are not effective… the consequences must be swift and certain.’ 

‘There is nothing progressive about unbridled gun violence.’ 

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Monday announced plans to abandon planned police spending cuts and hire more officers after a spate of gun violence and fatal shootings has left residents on edge (Schaaf pictured July 2021)

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Monday announced plans to abandon planned police spending cuts and hire more officers after a spate of gun violence and fatal shootings has left residents on edge (Schaaf pictured July 2021)

Oakland security guard, father-of-two and grandfather-of-three Kevin Nishita was one of three people killed in Oakland over the weekend. He was shot while protecting a TV crew reporting on smash-and-grab raid.

Nishita was working as a security guard protecting a television crew reporting at the scene of a smash and grab raid (pictured) when he was gunned down

Nishita was working as a security guard protecting a television crew reporting at the scene of a smash and grab raid (pictured) when he was gunned down

From New York City to Los Angeles – in cities that had some of the largest Black Lives Matter protests, and some with an extensive history of police brutality – police departments are seeing their finances partially restored in response to rising crime, an officer exodus and political pressures.

In June 2020, one of the United States’ most progressive cities – Portland – cut millions from the police budget, only for the city council to introduce a fall budget bump earlier this month that included increasing the current $230 million police budget by an additional $5.2 million.

Schaaf said efforts to shift lower-level policing to other departments and efforts aimed at diverting those convicted to other services have not been enough, while police staffing had also fallen below a 2014 voter-approved measure that requires the police department to have at least 678 sworn officers on staff. 

The union that represents Oakland police called the dwindling number of officers ‘yet another broken promise to Oakland residents by the ‘defund-the-police’ majority on city council.’ 

Meanwhile, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said in a news conference last week: ‘I’m asking council members to step up and start having a conversation about the loss of life in this city.’ 

‘Beyond the politics of whether you support the police, there is a clear problem in this city and that this city had to deal with overwhelming violence over the weekend and it’s unacceptable.’ 

A protester holds a sign calling for the defunding of police at a protest on July 25, 2020, in Oakland, CA. Oakland officials will reverse plans to cut police funding and seek to hire more officers as soon as possible. according to Mayor Libby Schaaf

A protester holds a sign calling for the defunding of police at a protest on July 25, 2020, in Oakland, CA. Oakland officials will reverse plans to cut police funding and seek to hire more officers as soon as possible. according to Mayor Libby Schaaf

The news team from KRON4 had been reporting on Wednesday on a robbery which had involved 12 armed thugs wearing masks and hoods targeting a Prime 356 clothing store in Oakland

Pictured: Police are seen arriving at the scene following the incident in which Kevin Nishita was gunned down

A news team from KRON4 had been reporting on Wednesday on a robbery which had involved 12 armed thugs wearing masks and hoods targeting a Prime 356 clothing store in Oakland, when security guard and ex-cop Kevin Nishita was gunned down. (pictured: Police are seen arriving at the scene following the incident)

California’s Proposition 47 – lighter sentences for thieves

Proposition 47 was passed by California voters on November 5, 2014.

It made some ‘non-violent’ property crimes, where the value of the stolen goods does not exceed $950, into misdemeanors.

It also made some ‘simple’ drug possession offenses into misdemeanors, and allows past convictions for these charges to be reduced to a misdemeanor by a court. 

Under California law, though, if two or more person’s conspire to ‘cheat and defraud any person or any property, by any means which are in themselves criminal’ they can face no more than one year in county prison, a fine of $10,000 or a combination of the two.

Meanwhile, cities across the state of California faced as torrent of violent robberies during the week of Black Friday despite California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s vow to crack down on organized ‘smash and grabs’ plaguing the state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has vowed to crack down on organized ‘smash-and-grabs’ plaguing the state.  

Newsom promised last week week to provide an ‘exponential level of support’ in the next state budget to help cities combat retail theft rings.  

He also pledged to increase police patrols across the state in shopping malls to discourage looters on and around Black Friday, but to no avail.  

In the last week, thieves have made off with tens of thousands of dollars in luxury goods amid soft misdemeanor theft laws in the Democrat-run state.

‘People see the ability to commit these ‘smash-and-grab incidents’ knowing that there is little consequence, especially if the thefts are kept below the threshold of a felony offense,’ Lynda Buel, president of Ohio-based security consulting firm SRMC, told CNN

‘It’s easy, it’s fast, and the payback is good.’  

Aside from the organized crime rings, the growing problem has been attributed to police officers’ apparent reluctance to pursue retail criminals in the current political climate, prosecutors’ failure to prioritize larceny and theft, and the decriminalization of low-level offenses in some jurisdictions.

Law enforcement also say that mercenary thieves are being recruited for up to $1,000 to steal the expensive goods that are then shipped across state lines and sold on the internet. The sophisticated method makes it harder for cops to track the criminals. 

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Telangana braces for Covid third wave

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Hyderabad: The State government has completed preparations for a probable third Covid-19 wave by augmenting vital medical infrastructure and imparting training to healthcare workers to handle a possible surge of Covid-19 infections.

As part of these efforts, 28,000 beds in government hospitals in the State now have direct medical oxygen lines for Covid patients. Overall, both in government and private hospitals, the Health Department now have access to a staggering 60,000 hospital beds for Covid patients.

During the second wave, which was dominated by the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, Telangana had to depend on sourcing of medical oxygen.

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In a big step towards self-sustainability, the State now has increased its medical oxygen manufacturing capacity from 135 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen 327 MTs. In the coming months, the overall ability to produce medical oxygen here will be further augmented to 550 MTs.

In the last few months, following the drop in cases of Covid infections, the State government has also added 76 PSA oxygen generators of various capacities at State-run hospitals across Telangana. Apart from these, 27 industry-standard ISO containers for transporting medical oxygen from various sources have also been procured.

There was a lot of speculation that the third wave perhaps could impact children. To ensure adequate beds are available during such exigencies, 6,000 paediatric beds have already been established in government hospitals. Out of the total 6,000 paediatric beds, Health Department has developed 1,875 ICU beds with ventilators, High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) machines, CiPAP, BiPAP, monitors and syringe pumps only for paediatric cases.

“The State government has gone to a huge extent to create infrastructure in government hospitals. While there is enough infrastructure support, the fact remains that to a large extent the resurgence of Covid will depend on the behaviour of individuals. I urge people to continue to focus on masks, physical distancing and personal hygiene during this pandemic,” Director of Public Health, Dr Srinivasa Rao said.

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  • About 60,000 beds available for Covid patients in both government and private hospitals in Telangana.
  • 27,996 beds in government hospitals now have medical oxygen lines.
  • 6,000 paediatric beds set up at government hospitals.
  • Rs 133.9 crore spent to create paediatric infrastructure.
  • Rs 103 crore to create 132 PSA oxygen generators at hospitals.
  • Nearly 27 industry-standard ISO containers available to transport medical oxygen.

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Plot and season 2 recap explored

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It’s been a long old time since Lost in Space last zoomed onto our screens with season 2’s release now almost two years ago.

Thankfully, however, the multiple Emmy-nominated series is heading back to Netflix for its long-awaited third season.

Understandably, a number of fans are keen to watch the new episodes as soon as they come out, but just when is the release time of Lost in Space season 3 and what will the new instalment entail?

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Lost in Space season 2 recap

Season 2 of Lost in Space landed on Netflix back on December 24th, 2019.

The season began with the Robinsons and the crew of the Jupiter 2 craft stranded on an ocean world, seven months after they were separated from their flagship, the Resolute.

Across the episodes, the gang face treachery and danger as they manage to escape the watery hellhole and reunite with their flagship, which they discover had been lying dormant for months.

As Will searches for a robot that could be used to pilot the Resolute, the ship comes under attack by hundreds of alien robot ships.

This leads to an emergency evacuation of the 97 children aboard the Resolute, who are loaded onto a Jupiter craft that escapes through the rift in space.

However, with the Robinsons now separated, the Jupiter craft that just escaped finds itself in an unknown system where the wreckage of Fortuna is found, a ship that went missing 20 years ago and was captained by Judy’s father.

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Lost in Space season 3 release date and time

Season 3 of Lost in Space arrives on Netflix on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 and will be released at midnight Pacific Time in the US.

Like most Netflix releases, Lost in Space season 3 will be released around the world at the same time which translates to:

  • 12am PT in the US
  • 3am ET in the US
  • 8am GMT in the UK
  • 9am CET in Europe
  • 1:30pm IST in India
  • 7pm AEDT in Sydney, Australia

In season 3, the stakes have never been higher for the Robinsons as their survival instincts will be tested like never before.

A year after arriving at the mysterious planet in season 2, Jully, Penny and Will must lead the 97 children to safety but not before uncovering several life-changing secrets.

Meanwhile, John and Maureen are faced with overwhelming odds as they attempt to reunite with their children as the greatest alien threat they’ve ever faced looms into view.

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How many episodes are in season 3?

Season 3 of Lost in Space will consist of eight episodes in total.

Fans of the series may be a little disappointed by that fact as it is two fewer episodes than we saw in both seasons 1 and 2, which had 10 episodes each.

The runtime of each episode is expected to range between 40 minutes to an hour in length.

Not only will season 3 consist of fewer episodes but the new instalment will also bring an end to the show as season 3 has been confirmed as the final chapter.

Speaking to Variety when the show was renewed, Lost in Space showrunner Zack Estrin said: “From the beginning, we’ve always viewed this particular story of The Robinsons as a trilogy. A three-part epic family adventure with a clear beginning, middle and end.”

While Lost in Space may be ending, Zack Estrin has signed a deal with Netflix that will see him create more series for the streaming service.

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Lost in Space season 3 will be available to stream on Netflix from December 1st, 2021.

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