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Snow-On-Trent

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 15/12/2010 by Luke

Snowfall over the weekend came at it’s earliest for over 17 years in Stoke-on-Trent, and weather officials are warning the worst is yet to come. 

1.5 inches of snow fell in parts of Staffordshire, with Tuesday and Wednesday predicted to bring around 8 more inches of snow.

The snow has already impacted upon people living in Stoke. Malkit Kang, 19, Queen Anne Street, Shelton said, “The snow has completely ruined my weekend. I was supposed to be going home Saturday, but my family couldn’t travel up because the snow was too bad.

“As a result of this I have missed a music concert I had paid to see months ago. If it snows anymore I will refuse to leave the house.”

The snow has also affected revenue for the local businesses and shops around the area. S.S. Dhanjal, who works in Sunny Store, Ashford Street, Shelton said, “People are not coming out due to the weather. It’s slippery and frozen so people are avoiding leaving the house.

“The only time people are leaving the house is to put gas or electricity on their meters, but if they can avoid this, then they will. The snow is very bad for business as no customers equals no money.”

Taxi firms are also being affected by the freezing conditions. Mr Ahmed, 32, who works for Hackney Carriages, refuses to work when it is snowing.

“If it’s heavy snow I won’t work. This is because of safety issues. You can’t guarantee the other road users will be in control of their vehicle, and if they crash into you not only does it cause problems for me and my fellow drivers, but also the passengers in the car.

“This of course has a negative affect on the revenue of the business but it is something outside of my control”

Over previous years snowfall has literally halted the country; with a harsh winter expected will Stoke be prepared?

 

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Blatter sparks fresh controversy…

Posted in News, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on 14/12/2010 by Luke

Yep, that’s right. Another blog about Sepp Blatter, the head of footballs governing body, FIFA. This time he has caused outrage by suggesting gay people- homosexuals and lesbians, should refrain from ‘gay activity’ if they go to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. I have already made my opinions clear about the decision to award a country like Qatar the world cup, but ironically Blatter has opened up further potential problems with this unthoughtful comment. For a start FIFA have created problems for themselves by awarding the world cup to a country which hold prejudices and laws that conflict with the rest of the world. Laws against homosexuals and lesbians restrict people’s human rights, and are quite frankly ridiculous in the 21st century. This threatens to overshadow the whole of the 2022 world cup.

Blatter says what he wants, when he wants, as he pleases. This is definitely not suitable, considering he is supposed to set an example to the rest of the sport. Quite clearly he has caused outrage with his recent comments, persecuting the whole of the gay community in a sense. This will surely raise further questions about his suitability to run FIFA. NBA star John Amaechi, who was the first basket baller to publically reveal he was homosexual, has been deeply offended by Blatter’s comments. He said, “Anything less than a full reversal of his position is unacceptable and if the FA and football and sporting associations around the world fail to acknowledge this insult, they too will be complicit.” Something I have to agree with.

Speaking for many English football fans, it would be fair to say, England do not like Sepp Blatter, or FIFA at all for that matter. Considering we are supposed to be ‘the home of football’, we don’t get treated with the respect we deserve. Various decisions, including the farcical world cup bidding voting process have gone against us as a nation recently, and this leaves me questioning what is the point? I would absolutely love us to leave FIFA, but then I realise, who would we be able to play football against then? The sad answer is no-one. Because of this reason we will always be tied to FIFA, let’s just hope when a new president takes over they have morals and a better understanding of the game than their predecessor. To watch the video of Blatter click here.

 

Blatter brands England ‘bad losers.’

Posted in News, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on 08/12/2010 by Luke

Well, Sepp Blatter has branded England bad losers, after the nation complained after only receiving two votes. He says FIFA are a fair organisation and aren’t corrupt. How can a fair organisation promise votes to a bid team, only to lie and vote for other bids? How is that a fair organisation. It is not fair to lie to people, and make them waste vast resources on an unsuccessful bid (England are rumoured to have spent over £13million putting together the bid.) If that is the case, this whole process has been a complete waste of time for the whole of England. Many people were excited and hoping to host the 2018 World Cup. Only to have their hopes dashed by the controversial president of FIFA, Blatter.

I for one am not his biggest fan. For a start, as the governing head of football FIFA should be impartial and show no favouritism. Therefore is it really acceptable that Blatter can come out and say things like this? Clearly the power has got to his (fat) head, and know he rules like a dictator. I cannot wait until Blatter’s term ends, as to be quite frank, I am sick of his presidency. I don’t agree with his ideas, and I believe he is taking football backwards. The sooner he is gone the better!

These are the comments Blatter made… make up your own opinion.

“To be honest, I was surprised by all the English complaining after the defeat. England, of all people, the motherland of fairplay ideas,” Blatter told Swiss weekly magazine Weltwoche in an interview released ahead of publication on Thursday.

“Now some of them are showing themselves to be bad losers,” he said. “You can’t come afterwards and say so and so promised to vote for England. The results are known. The outcome came out clearly.”