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  • 16 more FIFA bigwigs in US net

    first_img Ricardo Teixeira, a former Brazilian federation head, also was indicted. He is the former son-in-law of Joao Havelange, who was FIFA’s president from 1974-98. In addition, former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and former executive committee member Luis Bedoya were among those whose guilty pleas were unsealed. Eleven current and former members of FIFA’s executive committee have now been charged in the investigation, which alleges hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The last three presidents of the regional bodies CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have all been indicted. “The message from this announcement should be clear to every culpable individual who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation: You will not wait us out. You will not escape our focus,” Lynch said. WASHINGTON (AP): Five current and former members of FIFA’s ruling executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges yesterday as part of United States (US) prosecutors’ widening investigation into football corruption. “The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous!” US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. “The scale of corruption alleged herein is unconscionable!” Led away by Swiss federal police in a pre-dawn raid at a Zurich hotel were Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, president of the South American confederation, and Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, head of the North and Central American and Caribbean governing body. The arrests came just before FIFA’s executive committee met to approve reform measures. MORE INDICTMENTS Fourteen men were charged in May when four additional guilty pleas were unsealed. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, elected that week to a fifth term, said on June that 2 he would leave office when a successor is chosen. Blatter has been suspended by FIFA as part of a separate investigation into a $2 million payment to European soccer head Michel Platini, who hoped to succeed him when FIFA’s 209 member nations vote on February 26. Blatter is also under Swiss criminal proceedings. The indictments list a who’s who of football executives. Among those charged were Marco Polo del Nero, a Brazilian who served on the executive committee from 2012 until last week; Rafael Salguero, a Guatemalan who left the executive committee in May; former South American confederation secretary general Eduardo Deluca; former Peru soccer federation president Manuel Burga; and current Bolivian football president Carlos Chaves, already jailed in his own country. 14 chargedlast_img read more

  • Supreme Court 4-1 for Runoff

    first_imgBy Abednego A. Davis and David S. MenjorAmid tight security at the Temple of Justice yesterday, four of the five justices of the Supreme Court upheld the National Elections Commission’s (NEC) declaration of the runoff election, with a caveat, while another justice disagreed with his colleagues’ decision.Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Associate Justices Philip A. Z. Banks, Jamesetta Wolokollie and Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh were in favor, with Justice Kabineh Ja’neh against.Justice Ja’neh’s argument was that the Liberty Party (LP) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) proved beyond reasonable doubt to substantiate their claims that the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections was marred by irregularities and fraud and warrants a rerun, of which the majority disagreed.Outside of the courtroom, and presumably all across the country, people were glued to their radios and social media, listening attentively as Justice Banks read the majority judgment (opinion) of the Court.As soon as Banks announced that there was not sufficient evidence by the complainants — Liberty Party (LP) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) — the quiet courtyard turned jubilant, shouting: “Thank God the court did not hold the country hostage!”In the majority ruling, Banks said, “it is the considered opinion of this Court that the ruling of the NEC’s Board of Commissioners declaring a runoff election is hereby affirmed.”Admitting that the Court’s investigation revealed that there were irregularities and fraud; he, however, noted that they were not of a magnitude that requires the October 10 results to be cancelled and a rerun ordered.“That fraud is a generic term which embraces all the multifarious means which human ingenuity can desire and are resorted to by one individual to gain an advantage over another by false suggestions or by suppression of the truth. Fraud may be established not only directly but by inclusive circumstances which by their weight may constitute proof; from the facts and circumstances of the instant case, the 1st and 2nd appellants established proof that fraudulent acts were perpetrated at a few polling centers during the Presidential and Representative Elections on October 10, 2017,” he read.“That notwithstanding our findings that indeed there were some irregularities, fraud, and violations of the New Elections Law, as well as the Rules and Regulations of the NEC, we hold that there is no evidence to show that those violations were in such magnitude that they rose to such level to warrant setting aside the results of the Presidential and Representative Elections held October 10, 2017, and ordering a re-run,” he said.Banks explained that the Supreme Court repeatedly said parties making allegations are required to present evidence to sustain the whole and not just a fraction of allegations, adding: “In the instant case, the appellants presented some evidence in respect of certain violations; they failed to show, however, that the evidence pervaded the entire spectrum of the elections throughout or in a considerably wide or most parts of the country. This had the effect of substantially discounting the votes of the appellants and that absence of such violations and irregularities, the appellants would have been placed differently than how the NEC placed them.”He said available Court records reveal that the UP and LP did not demonstrate that there was either a conspiracy by the NEC as an institution or that it sanctioned the conduct of the persons who were alleged to have committed elections violations or irregularities. “We do not believe that the evidence reached that threshold. As important as the evidence was, the fraud and irregularities complained of and shown by the testimonies of the witnesses were limited to the generality of the elections rather than indications of widespread intentional gross conspiracy conduct by the NEC as an institution. The evidence did point to a single candidate benefiting from the irregularities or fraud, or that the irregularities and fraud were orchestrated for the sole purpose of benefiting a particular candidate.”Justice Banks, who read the majority opinion, said: “That the NEC is mandated and ordered to fully comply with the standards of publications of the FRR as in keeping with law and as discussed in the opinion: That NEC is mandated to conduct a full clean-up of the FRR to have it comply with the provision of the law; that the FRR be made available in published hard copies to all Election Magistrates and polling places across the country in accordance with law prior to any runoff election being conducted; that given the fact that the FRR is the only electoral document that speaks to the eligibility of voters, NEC is hereby prohibited from permitting anyone whose name is not found on the FRR to vote.”He further recommended: “That any addendum to the FRR be limited to only those in NEC’s polling and counting manual; that poll watchers who are not registered at their places of assignment and whose names are not on the FRR should not be allowed to vote; that the chairman and members of the Board of Commissioners of NEC and any staff of NEC are hereby prohibited from any public or other pronouncements and utterances relating any matters which may grow out of runoff election or any statements in regard to any complaint filed with the NEC as could create any semblance of bias, prejudice or view of the case; and that the stay order issued on October 31, 2017, growing out of the writ of the prohibition filed by the first appellant, is hereby lifted and the NEC is ordered with the scheduling of the runoff election in accordance with the Constitution and the New Elections Law.”Justice Banks blamed the other members of the Board of Commissioners of the NEC for not advising Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, the chairman of the Commission, to recuse himself from the LP, UP versus NEC final hearing before the Board.“Having listened to the arguments and contentions advanced by the parties, reviewed the facts and circumstances presented in the records, and examined the laws controlling the case; it is hereby pleased to note that the chairman of NEC, having been shown to made statements and utterances on the elections, while the complaints filed by the appellants (complainants) before the NEC still being investigated and awaiting disposition, and which could be viewed as bias and prejudicial, he should have recused himself from presiding over and sitting on the hearing of the appeal. The Board of Commissioners was therefore in error in denying the motion of recusal filed by the appellants,” Justice Banks noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Supreme Court Justices – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Gor three games away from record 16th title

    first_imgThree wins will take Dylan Kerr’s men to 69 points and maintain their 15 point buffer meaning that even if Homeboyz collects maximum points in all the remaining four matches after that, it will not be mathematically possible to subvert the destiny of the title.The 2017 season surprise package will be away to Zoo Kericho on Saturday afternoon and if they drop points, then Gor will be left with a requirement of only six points from a possible 21 to reclaim the title they lost to Tusker FC last season.But even as K’Ogalo players warm their hands to lift what will be a record setting domestic league title haul with champagne neatly placed in ice, head coach Kerr does not want this to get into his mind nor that of his players.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr conducts a training session at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam before the team faced Everton FC in a friendly match in July 2017“For me, what I need is 21 points in the remaining matches. I am not thinking about the title, no one is thinking about the title. You know, football is a funny game. We might be here thinking we need six or nine points but then things happen. We cannot be comfortable,” the tactician who joined Gor in July told Capital Sport.Kerr has never won a domestic league title in his career as coach, the closest he has come being a Vietnamese FA Cup title with Hải Phòng in 2014.“It would be nice to win (a title) as a coach. Well I would have won with Simba in Tanzania had they not decided to go play in a tournament I thought was not useful to us. But look, my motivation is to go out in each game and get three points,” Kerr noted.He remains unbeaten since taking over at Gor locally. The only loss he suffered was a 2-1 defeat to English Premier League side Everton in a friendly match in Dar es Salaam Tanzania in what was his first time on the touchline.He has recorded 10 wins and two draws in his first 12 matches for Gor conceding only four goals in the process. This, in the midst of trying out different combinations and playing formations, of which non has backfired on his face.“I think the players have really embraced my philosophy since I came in and though it took about three or four games for it to blend in, I think they have done considerably well. The focus and the hard work not only with the players but the other technical officials has been immense,” the English tactician noted.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shows off some of his skills during training at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 11, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe good work done by Kerr locally has also attracted his former employers back in the United Kingdom, Kilmarnock who are said to be eying his services. The tactician speaking to the Scottish Sun said he’d swim across the Mediterranean to speak to Killie, but noted he still has respect for his current bosses.“I won’t apply for the manager’s job at Killie. I’ve got a job and that would be disrespectful to Gor Mahia who are a wonderful club. But if they wanted to speak to me? I’d swim the Med to talk to them. They know me, they know my feelings for the club.”“Gor Mahia are one of the biggest clubs in the country and when I joined I was told the job requirement was to win the title. We’re well ahead and if our form continues we’ll hopefully achieve that. I signed a two-year contract and my ambition is to get the club into the African Champions League group stages, which Gor Mahia have never done before,” the tactician is quoted as saying on The Sun.Gor Mahia will not be on duty this weekend but will next weekend take on relegation fighting Mathare United, the last team to inflict a loss on them in June.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr smiles on the touchline in a previous Kenyan Premier League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6- Three wins in their remaining seven games of the season and Gor Mahia will have assured themselves of a record 16th Kenyan Premier League title as mathematically, no one will be able to catch up with the runaway leaders.K’Ogalo sit atop the standings with 60 points, 15 ahead of second placed Sofapaka who have played a match more and Kakamega Homeboyz who have played the same number of matches.last_img read more

  • Exclusive – O’Neil claims he is set to join Norwich

    first_imgGary O’Neil has revealed to talkSPORT he is set to join Norwich City.The former QPR midfielder was released by the Hoops at the end of the season after helping the club earn promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs – though he was sent off in the final against Derby.O’Neil has continued training at Loftus Road this summer to maintain his fitness but confirmed he is set to join the Canaries this season, as they bid to earn promotion back to the Premier League.“I got a phone call the other day from Norwich saying that they were interested,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“I’ve been in talks with them for a couple of days. It’s looking good, it’s basically all done. We just need to sign things.”O’Neil admitted it had been a nervy time hoping to find a club in time for the new season, but he is now looking forward to turning out at Carrow Road.“My last two seasons in the Championship have earned promotion – the first with West Ham and QPR last year. So it’s two from two, so I’m looking to make it a hat-trick this year if we get things sorted at Norwich.”last_img read more

  • Boy injured in driveway accident

    first_imgWHITTIER – A 4-year-old boy was taken by helicopter to a local trauma center Monday after being accidentally run over by his mother’s car in front of their home, officials said. The condition of the child was not immediately available. The child was conscious and crying, and his vital signs were stable when he was taken to the hospital, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Dave Lopez. The incident was reported about 5:45 p.m. at a home in the 8900 block of Santa Fe Springs Road, said Whittier police Lt. Wyatt Powell. The victim’s mother, who was not identified, was pulling into the house’s driveway. She apparently did not see the boy running toward the car in time to stop, Powell said. 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! The car appeared to have rolled over the child. The mother was neither cited nor arrested, he said. Immediately after the accident, the mother jumped out of the 4-door Isuzu sedan to attend her child, Powell said. last_img read more

  • Man United make Mourinho SOS call, Guardiola wants Real Madrid star at Man City?

    first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here are the latest transfer stories from the papers at home and abroad…Manchester United have made a desperate SOS call to Jose Mourinho – with Louis van Gaal on the brink of the sack. Struggling United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is believed to have contacted Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes on Friday morning to see if the former Chelsea boss is willing to take over from Van Gaal before the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)Louis van Gaal has lost the confidence of a group of senior Manchester United players and José Mourinho is their preferred option as his replacement. (Guardian)Pep Guardiola wants to take Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, to Manchester City in the summer. (AS)Manchester United have contacted Athletic Bilbao about signing Aymeric Laporte. But Bilbao are refusing to negotiate on price meaning the Premier League giants may have to stump up around £39m. (Daily Star)Mario Balotelli’s Liverpool career is over. The Italian striker, who is currently on a season-long loan at AC Milan, doesn’t feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the future. A lucrative move to the Chinese Super League is a serious possibility for Balotelli with clubs in the Far East having already enquired about securing a deal for the 25-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)Javier Mascherano has opened the door to a possible Premier League return – and not just with Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are set to move for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan this summer. The classy Belgian, 27, is seen as the enforcer that the Blues lack, with the club set to restructure ahead of next season. (Daily Mirror)Sunderland failed in a bid for Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar last month, the player’s agent has confirmed. (Newcastle Chronicle)And here are the latest transfer tales from…Arsenal told they have ‘no chance’ of signing Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli this summerManchester City transfer news: Borussia Dortmund respond to Ilkay Gundogan rumourCarlos Bacca unlikely to leave AC Milan for Chelsea, according to agentIlkay Gundogan to snub Barcelona in favour of Pep Guardiola and Manchester CityJose Mourinho to target Alvaro Morata should he take over at Manchester UnitedManchester United target £20m Napoli defender Kalidou KoulibalyManchester City news: Pep Guardiola to bring Douglas Costa with him to the EtihadManchester City on alert as Paul Pogba admits he could work with Pep Guardiola in the futurelast_img read more

  • Feinstein’s bill would aid contract fire pilots

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut the senator also wrote the legislation to extend even further back – to 1976 – to encompass all crashes listed in reliable records. “These contract pilots and crew members assume the same risks (as government firefighters),” she said. “Yet they are denied equal benefits if they are killed or injured in the line of duty.” Statistics from Associated Airtanker Pilots indicate Feinstein’s bill would encompass as many as 100 pilots’ families. The U.S. Forest Service and Cal-FIRE are two of the largest customers of air tanker contractors. After the death of Wells-Groff’s husband, the state set up a benefits program for the pilots it contracts with to fly government-owned air tankers – but did not make it retroactive. Wells-Groff has taken her federal denial-of-benefits lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has not yet decided if it will review the case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill to end “unfair” government denial of benefits to the families of about 100 firefighting pilots killed in crashes since 1976. The bill, which has bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, would extend federally financed death benefits to contract pilots killed while on firefighting missions for the government. They currently receive none because they work for private firms that are under contract to government agencies. Feinstein’s aides said she learned of what she called the “loophole” in government treatment of the pilots after a Daily News story on a California widow’s plight. The measure would extend retroactively to include Christine Wells-Groff, whose husband crashed at a north-state blaze in 2001. last_img read more


    first_imgA man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men has had his case adjourned until October 23rd.Shaun Kelly, 23, Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana appeared in court but did not speak.Barrister Peter Nolan said the case was not ready to go ahead and he was asking for a number of conditions. He asked for the interviews and recordings with Mr Kelly and also asked for the services of an engineer to carry out measurements and tests.Mr Nolan also asked that his client receive legal aid for a psychiatrist.Judge Donagh McDonagh agreed to all requests.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Eamon McDaid, 22 of Ballymagan, Buncrana, Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany; Mark McLaughlin (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.The horrific crash happened at Meenaduff between Buncrana and Clonmany.An earlier hearing was told that the book of evidence contained more than 200 witness statements and numerous exhibits including photographs, maps and video.Mr Kelly is currently on bail.The case was adjourned until October 23rd to the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.INISHOWEN CRASH CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL OCTOBER was last modified: May 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


    first_imgClub Bingo continues in the hall at 8.30pm on Tuesday. Lotto result for 23-4-13 3 matched 3 AH,DY,CW,WW A.Mc Elchar Convoy A. Wilson St Johnston,J.O Kane c/o J Blake. Next week’s jackpot is €3300.Training for Senior Ladies Wed from 7 -8.15 Fri from 7.30 and sun 12.30 New Players are always welcome.St Mary’s Senior Ladies won away to Glenties on a scoreline of 4-05 to 3-03 St Mary’s went in at the break 4-03 to 1-02 up but Glenties fought back to narrow the gap but St Marys had done enough and run out the winners in the end St Marys Scorers G .Doherty 2-03 V.Kelly 1-01 A. Mc Gill 1-0 F. Mc Cool 0-1 Gaelic for Mothers and Others takes place on Wed at 8.30 new players always welcome.Training for Underage has been changed to Sat morning 4th may from 11-12 to accommodate The Club taking Part in the three-legged race Guinness world record attempt any one with Sponsor cards can return them and the money on the day.U14 Boys Gaelic Training mon at 6pm and match on Wed away to BuncranaU14 girls training Sat Morning 10-11 new players welcome come along and meet new friends. St Marys Reserves 2-09 Naomh Ultan 2-09St Marys Seniors 0-10 Naomh Ultan 0-8 both teams are away to Letterkenny gaels next .GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S, CONVOY CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:St Marys Convoy Club noteslast_img read more


    first_imgDONEGAL soccer player John Dunleavy is set to be the new captain of Cork City.He arrived at the club a year ago from Wolves and has impressed new manager John Caulfied.The 22-year-old Ballybofey man, who can play in defence and midfield, was once chased by both Celtic and Manchester United but chose instead to join Mick McCarthy’s Wolves. After suffering injury he played Major League Soccer in Vancouver before returning to Ireland to sign for the Turner’s Cross club.An official announcement on the appointment of Dunleavy’s captaincy is expected to be made shortly.DONEGAL FOOTBALLER JOHN DUNLEAVY TO BE GIVEN CAPTAIN’S ROLE AT CORK CITY was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL FOOTBALLER JOHN DUNLEAVY GIVEN CAPTAIN’S ROLE AT CORK CITYlast_img read more