LATEST STORIES The Group G game in Sochi on Monday could be rather lopsided because Belgium, at least on paper, should be a contender for the title. The Red Devils have fallen short of expectations the last four years: Belgium lost in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.Panama, meanwhile, has never beaten a European team in nine previous meetings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe long odds have not tempered the excitement surrounding Panama’s journey to Russia, and the nation has proudly supported the team’s achievement in simply qualifying for the World Cup. The task Monday may be daunting, but memorable for an entire country.“History is going to be made for the first time when we listen to our national anthem at a World Cup,” Panama captain Roman Torres said. “Many people are going to cry. I think I’m going to be one of those people, too, because of the emotion and to feel the significance of listening to the national anthem at a World Cup.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Belgian players from left, Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen and Belgium’s Youri Tielemans pose in front of their aircraft prior to the team departure in Brussels, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The Belgian national team departs Wednesday for Russia to participate in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)MOSCOW — Panama earned its first ever World Cup berth and couldn’t wait to begin its adventure on soccer’s biggest stage.Then the team drew Belgium for its opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belgium goes into the match with questions about its veteran lineup because of injuries to defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany.Vermaelen was ruled out against Panama by coach Roberto Martinez with a hamstring injury, and Kompany was expected to be a late decision because of a groin injury. He also could miss the game against Panama but return later in group play.The match is at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. EDT; 1500 GMT) at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film
Bowing to pressure from City Council members, a developer agreed to pay an additional $20,000 in relocation costs for tenants evicted from a Valley Village apartment building to clear the way for approval of a condominium project. Developer Gary Schaffel, under terse questioning from Councilman Bill Rosendahl, agreed to make the additional payment to end the controversy that had surrounded his project after a city planner mistakenly left a telephone message with a tenant promising the developer would win approval “no matter what.” Former tenants in the building played the taped message at hearings, and raised concern that the project approval process had been tainted. They also appealed the project, saying the developer should have paid higher relocation fees recently enacted by the city. But they defended the decision Chiang had reached in approving the tract map for the development. Schaffel said he felt sorry for Chiang. “Had I gotten that message on my phone, I wouldn’t have taken it as anything more than the conditions of the appeal had no merit and would be rejected,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe agreement by Schaffel won him approval, on a 11-0 vote, for the project to build 78 units at 11933 Magnolia Boulevard. Schaffel said he had already given $20,000 for tenant relocation money above what was legally required. But he said he was willing to pay tenants an additional $20,000 for “peace of mind” and to get his project moving. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, in whose district the project is located, said she was upset by the telephone call made by planner Jack Chiang, but that it did not change the reasoning for approval of the project. “I’m pleased that we were able to get the additional money for tenants,” Greuel said, but added: “The process was a messy process that didn’t necessarily make the city look good, but the desired outcome was achieved.” Officials in the Planning Department roundly criticized Chiang for his telephone call and said he is being disciplined.