first_img“It is important to emphasize that FIFA is also a victim in US criminal proceedings and that senior FIFA officials are in regular contact with the United States Department of Justice. The FIFA Ethics Committee has already established sanctions, including lifetime bans, against those named in this process […]. If criminal acts committed by soccer officials are established, the persons concerned should be subject to criminal penalties. As the respective criminal cases are ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time, “concluded the FIFA note to clarify its position on the investigation by the US Justice.While, Qatar and Russia have denied “irregularities” or unethical attitudes in the processes in which the rights to organize both World Cups were won. The FIFA has reacted during this Tuesday at new accusations of bribes to several former members of the organization by the United States Attorney. The world soccer body has been conciliatory with justice and clarifies that “closely follow the investigations “ and of course that “supports them.”FIFA agrees to cooperate with the United States Attorney who has accused Ricardo Teixeira, Nicolás Leoz, Jack Warner and Rafael Salguero, among others, of accept bribes to choose Russia and Qatar as venues for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgMany-time winning Jamaica captaiN Tamar Lambert, has been omitted from the Jamaica Scorpions squad for their sixth-round WICB First-Class Tournament clash away to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes next weekend.Lambert, who was overlooked for Jamaica’s first two matches of the season, but was recalled following a series of poor batting performances, participated in the team’s third, fourth and fifth encounters.However, following equally low batting returns on his part, as well as subpar batting during the WICB Super50 one-day tournament in Trinidad and Tobago last month, the national selection panel has decided to look past the 34-year-old once more.The 13-member squad, which departs next week, includes seven specialist batsmen.This follows the return of young West Indies strokemaker, Jermaine Blackwood, and the recall of Kirk Edwards and Shacaya Thomas.Edwards, following average returns in the team’s first four outings, missed their fifth match due to injury, while Thomas, the tournament’s second highest runscorer two seasons ago and one of the outstanding batsmen at the preseason national trials, is yet to make an appearance this season.The Jamaica Scorpions, respective fourth- and fifth-place finishers for the past two seasons, are currently third in the six-team standings with five rounds of matches to go.With a record of three wins and two defeats, they have 53 points, 10 less that Barbados Pride, with runaway leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars on top with 85.Jamaica Scorpions squad: Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell, Kirk Edwards, Jermaine Blackwood, AndrÈ McCarthy, Devon Thomas, Carlton Baugh Jr, David Bernard Jr, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Sheldon Cottrell, Marquino Mindley, Shacaya Thomas.last_img read more

first_imgSagicor Group’s ‘A’ netball team are the Business House Divisional Intermediate ‘A’ League Netball winners for 2016. Sagicor emerged the winners in a fiercely fought game with JN Group, which saw the 2016 champions emerging with a score of 43-34. The Business House Netball Association Intermediate ‘A’ League, opened on August 20th 2016, with a total of twelve teams contesting the tournament. This is the first time that Sagicor Group is topping the competition since the then Life of Jamaica (LOJ) won the Junior League in 2004. They subsequently went on to the 2011 final against GraceKennedy in the Intermediate ‘A’ League where they were placed second. Sasha Dixon of Sagicor was given the Most Valuable Player title for the final, which was played on Saturday at the National Arena.last_img read more

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Tennis Australia praised Dokic’s courage in exposing the abuse. The governing body responded to media questions about why it didn’t intervene by saying an official had taken the matter to the authorities.“There were many in tennis at the time who were concerned for Jelena’s welfare, and many who tried to assist with what was a difficult family situation,” Tennis Australia said in a statement. “Some officials even went as far as lodging police complaints, which without cooperation from those directly involved, unfortunately could not be fully investigated.”Tennis Australia said over the past 10 years the sport has strengthened steps to protect young players.At the time Dokic was playing at her peak the WTA had a rule banning disruptive family members or coaches from attending tournaments.Damir Dokic was eventually banned indefinitely from all WTA Tour events after a series of public indiscretions, including accusing Australian Open organizers of fixing the 2001 tournament draw. He also spent time in jail for threatening the life of the Australian ambassador to Belgrade and illegally possessing weapons.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 He was suspended at times from other tournaments. Among them was the U.S. Open, where he was banned in 2000 for abusing staff over the price of a salmon lunch, and at Wimbledon, where he smashed a journalist’s phone.Jelena Dokic started playing tennis at 8 years old. Her family emigrated in 1994 from Europe to Australia, where Jelena trained in Sydney under her father. In 1998, she won the U.S. Open junior title and played Fed Cup for Australia. In 1989, she upset Martina Hingis in the opening round of Wimbledon, becoming the lowest-ranked player in the Open era to beat a top seed at a Grand Slam.She switched allegiances at her father’s insistence to represent Serbia in 2001, following allegations by her father that the draw for the 2001 Australian Open was rigged against her. But she returned to represent Australia from 2006.After reaching a No. 4 ranking in 2002, Dokic’s ranking slipped into the 600s as she struggled with injuries and depression. But in 2009, she made a surprising run to the Australian Open quarterfinals as a wild card and said she’d been estranged from her father for several years. She retired in 2012 with five titles in the top tier of women’s tennis, but having never surpassed her 2000 success in a major.Dokic has been quoted as saying that her father’s emotional abuse was more damaging than the physical violence.“That was the one what hurt me the most,” she said. “When you are 11, 12 years old and hear all those nasty things … that was more difficult for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “He beat me really badly,” Dokic, now 34, told Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph. “It basically started Day One of me playing tennis. It continued on from there. It spiraled out of control.”After losing to Lindsay Davenport in the Wimbledon semifinals in 2000 at age 17, Dokic said her father refused to acknowledge her following the match and when she finally reached him on the telephone. He told her not to return to the hotel where the family was staying. She was so distressed she attempted to sleep in the players’ area at Wimbledon before officials contacted her agents and arranged for her stay with them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDamir Dokic is living in Serbia and had no comment for Australian media.Excerpts from the book and a video interview published in Australian newspapers generated wide debate about how the situation was allowed to continue throughout Dokic’s teenage years. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 08: Jelena Dokic of Australia cools down between games while playing Gesela Dulko of Argentina during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 8, 2012 in Indian Wells, California. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPSYDNEY — Former tennis star Jelena Dokic says from a young age her father regularly beat and kicked her. He would pull her hair, spit in her face and belittle her with vile insults.Dokic, once ranked No. 4 in the world and a Wimbledon semifinalist, writes of her ordeal with Damir Dokic, also her coach, in an autobiography to be released this week.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgAlyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC grassroots program heads to Mindanao Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals The league also featured the men’s side, the former Spikers’ Turf, with Cignal stamping its class in the first two conferences. Ateneo went all the way in the season-closing Collegiate Conference.The PVL also threw its full support to the national team with Alyssa Valdez of the Creamline Cool Smashers and the league’s leading men’s players backstopping the country’s campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCreamline, in particular, didn’t think twice in allowing Valdez, who became the first Filipino to play as an import in the Thailand and Chinese Taipei leagues, to suit up for the Nationals, stymieing the Cool Smashers’ bid for a potential crack at the championship.The PVL also cut one of their conferences short to allow its fans to support the country’s campaign in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last August.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson To cap its maiden season, the league held the All-Star Game with proceeds going to charity and launched the “PVL on Tour” to widen its fan base where games were held in Batangas, Cagayan Valley, Iloilo, Bacolod and most recently, in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.With new teams and key players expected to join next year, the Sports Vision-organized league looks forward not only to a more explosive, exciting 2018 season but also to drawing bigger, wider audience via the PVL livestream.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ With a new name and a wide-reaching television partner in ABS-CBN, the Premier Volleyball League served its inaugural season quite well.For one, three different champions emerged from what was formerly known as the Shakey’s V-League with Pocari Sweat topping the season-opening Reinforced Conference, BaliPure ruling the Open Conference, and National U dominating the Collegiate Conference.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgEver tried to break gold?With your own bare hand?Did you feel the stiff?Would you trade gold for brass?Or try to sweep it like some grass?Gold is a precious shiny stone-not a strawMy body –this body you see, is goldI may be short, small or hugeWith my lappa stained with red palm oilSwamped by crying babies in the kitchenOr, I may be carrying my bucket,Filled with pepper, okra, and cornBut with these, I put food on that tableCan’t you see my courage shines like lightening?I may be walking in mud down watersideBut I smile like the bright morning sunDoes that make me a cow that you beat to move?Why do you knock me down and gang rape me like hungry thirsty leopards?Am I sweeter than honey?And you laugh like its funny?You are a coward, cruel and shamelessWhy do you keep me dirty, barefooted and broken?Are you afraid of the radiance in my eyes?Do you fear the glamour of my beauty?Are you struck by the size of  my hips?Are you intimidated by the glow of my breasts?Now, hear me young manThis body you beat is goldAre you a beast, built to beat a woman?If you’re Hercules, why not jump on a lion in his den?Is your prowess fixed for women?But, you don’t know goldSomeday, you’ll see a real manA man with arms thicker than yoursAnd chest wide for my bodyWith voice that vibrates like thunderAnd hands stronger than oxenBut, he, like a knight, guards me like a queenAnd guess what?This man, my man, is a real manLike a miner, he knows gold, even in dirtAnd he cleans it up and sets it in a jarAnd marvels at the splendor-enjoying his treasureBut, you poor manYou were blinded by a ghostNever knew the gold you hadAnd boy, oh boy, when you know thisI’ll flee like a bird and be goneWhen it hits your door, you’d be doneLeft with your over grown egoChained in a cageStuck with your rageDid you think you could dim my bulb?And blow my lambI’ll still be on fireWhen we pass you byRolling your wheelbarrow on the outskirts of dualaYou’ll hide your face behind the mountain’s backWith your torn-out trouseurs, asking in your coloqua-da my woman there?This face you bruise is goldThis nose you punch is goldThis arm you twist is goldThis leg you sweep is goldThis body, my body is gold.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSome four months after being charged with breaching the City’s by-laws by “dumping a derelict vehicle” on the side of the road, a City Magistrate on Wednesday dismissed the case against People’s Progressive Party/Civic Parliamentarian Juan Edghill.Juan EdghillIn April, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) brought charges against Edghill, accusing him of covering the southern parapet outside his Sugar Cane Street, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, home with a derelict vehicle.He pleaded not guilty to the charge with his Attorney Sase Gunraj, challenging the charge on two grounds: one, that the definition of derelict vehicle in the charge was wrong; and two, if instituting such a charge the prosecution must be able to establish ownership of the vehicle.The prosecution had contended that the vehicle was in a derelict state when the former Minister was spoken to by a Constable. He reportedly admitted to being the owner of the vehicle and was given two weeks to remove it from the parapet.It was further pointed out that all four wheels of the said vehicle were deflated, hence it’s derelict state. But Edghill maintained that the vehicle is in full working order.Nevertheless, the trial went on for close to four months, following which the court found the testimony of City Constable Anasha Williamson to be manifestly unreliable. Williamson’s testimony was found to be inconsistent, incoherent and contradictory, which clearly revealed that the charge was designed by the City authorities to embarrass and defame Edghill, a sitting Member of Parliament.Despite having won the case, Edghill is however seriously concerned about the abuse of the judicial process to target, intimidate and victimise Guyanese for political and other purposes.“I am urging that we continue to build a society where social justice, fairness and equity are upheld by all. Furthermore, I encourage public servants and officials in the employ of the State to be professional and refuse being used as instruments to settle political scores by the APNU/AFC Administration,” he posited.last_img read more

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) on Wednesday hosted an outreach session with representatives from the various municipalities educating them on the processes and systems associated with planning and building regulations.CH&PA Chief Development Planner Germene StewartCH&PA Chief Development Planner Germene Stewart noted that the aim of the session was to provide clarity on planning and building regulation issues in addition to collaborating with municipalities to ensure the procedures were adhered to.“We are hoping by working closely with the municipalities where we can really focus on the complaints and contravention, and this is a start and the start is the awareness session and let persons know out there, because a lot of them do not know the procedures and what is required,” she stated.Additionally, she noted that unauthorised development was an issue plaguing the municipalities and they often led to complications, hence the holding of the session.When asked about penalties for the delinquent developers, Senior Development Planner Fayola Azore noted that the Authority would serve the developer a contravention notice and 28 days after that, they would initiate court proceedings if in non-compliance. The CH&PA is also looking at revising the penalty structure to ensure that the developers comply.Azore added that because of the minimal penalty, collaboration with the municipalities and the local authorities was essential to tackling the issues of non-compliance with building and planning development regulations.“That is the reason we want the local authorities on board, because they can stop this in the beginning. Because they can see when these buildings are going up and they can stop it and then we can still have that contravention served at our end, because sometimes when the building comes to us it is already there and it might be difficult for us to proceed,” she noted.“We need their assistance because at the end of the day the planning permission is not with just the CH&PA, we have our partners which are the local authorities, so we starting with the municipalities and after we will be going into the Regions with the (Neighbourhood Democratic Councils) NDCs,” Azore added.The Planning and Settlement Development Department of the CH&PA as part of its mandate, under the Country and Planning Act, Chapter 20:01 is tasked with the responsibility of promoting and facilitating orderly and sustainable development within the country. This is achieved through the planning and development process, which mainly involves the preparation of developmental plans and the implementation of these plans to ensure compliance. Hence, before any development takes place, planning permission is required.last_img read more

first_img“We believe that it’s a targeted group, and we believe it’s probably drug related, and while it is happening in a public place like an apartment building or a hotel, we believe that they’re specifically doing it for one person or a group of people, and so in general the public is not at risk.” The Marquis Centre and many of its tenants are well known to police, but keeping track of who’s living there can be difficult. Shelkie says that often people only live in an apartment for a short amount of time, and leave it with roommates or new tenants, so the original person who signed the lease may be long gone. “What’s frequently the problem is that people who live this lifestyle don’t stay in any location very long, and they tend to not honour their leases,” she argues. “So we don’t know the chain of the residents that are living in these apartments.”That means the people carrying out these attacks also may not have kept track, and the intended target may not even be living there anymore. The local RCMP don’t have any reason to believe that there is a “drug war” of sorts going on in the city, but as Shelkie points out that with the high risk lifestyle, often comes the use of firearms. Advertisement “Because of their similar M.O.s, it lends us to investigate whether they are connected.,” she says, but adds, “Other than the obvious of them being in the same location, in the same week, and pepper spray being used at the same time, we don’t have anything else that lends us to believe they’re related.” She also says there’s no evidence connecting those incidents with the shots fired at Northwoods Inn Sunday night. As the situation at Northwoods and the handmade Molotov cocktails being thrown at a home in the 101 block of 96 Avenue Sunday night happened less than 20 minutes apart, police also don’t believe they’re connected. “It was almost happening simultaneously… so we don’t believe they’re linked at this time,” says Shelkie. “It would have involved too many people if it was a group of people that were related to each other being in two places.” – Advertisement -She adds there’s no other apparently connection, including who owned the house and the weapons used. At this point in the investigation, Shelkie says RCMP “truly believes” the Marquis Centre shootings are drug related, and as specific apartments have been targeted, and not happening at “high traffic” times, the public should not be concerned for their safety. Advertisement The Forensic Identification Section is currently looking the spent casings and bullet holes, and speaking with neighbours, but so far, information is admittedly “lean”. Anyone that may have seen or heard anything is encouraged to contact RCMP at 250-787-8100.last_img read more

first_imgOM moved up to fourth in the French top flight, eight points behind arch-rivals and league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, while Bielsa’s Lille remain second-bottom and four points from safety.The 62-year-old joined at the end of last season, and after a raft of new signings, expectations were high at Lille ahead of the campaign.But they have yet to win in the league since the opening day of the season and are in danger of being relegated for the first time since being promoted in 2000.Former Montpellier midfielder Sanson, 23, delivered the killer blow on Sunday as he took advantage of some static home defending to slot in Florian Thauvin’s low free-kick.Lille plugged away but failed to create enough clear-cut chances, with Ezequiel Ponce firing into the side netting deep into injury-time.Earlier on Sunday, Lyon captain Nabil Fekir scored a fine first-half brace to lift his side to third after a 2-0 defeat of rock-bottom Metz.The 24-year-old France international Fekir has scored nine goals already this season, spearheading the Lyon attack after the departure to Arsenal of prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette.Lyon’s midfielder Nabil Fekir (2nd R) is congratulated by teamates after scoring against Metz, on October 29, 2017 © AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZESIt was a fourth straight win for a confident looking side who host Everton in the Europa League midweek before a trip to their bitter regional rivals Saint-Etienne next weekend.Sunday’s win leaves Lyon on 22 points from 11 games, just three points behind defending champions Monaco and seven adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain.The series of wins is also promising for under-fire coach Bruno Genesio, on whom fans appeared to turn after a 2-0 loss to PSG in September was followed by successive 3-3 draws.“It’s Everton next and the right result will see us qualify with two games to spare, so we want to get a good start,” Genesio said of Thursday’s Europa League date.Fekir scored two and made a third two weeks ago as Lyon edged Monaco 3-2 at home and his emergence this season brings fresh hope to a club who last won the French league in 2008 after a decade of dominance.“He has been decisive every time he has played in terms of goals and assists,” Genesio said of Fekir.“He has risen to his new role as captain and is performing at an international level.”Metz meanwhile were the first Ligue 1 club to fire their coach as Philippe Hinschberger made way for Frederic Hantz this week, but the club appear doomed with just three points from 11 games so far.Monaco shrugged off the absence of leading scorer Radamel Falcao on Saturday as they eased to a 2-0 victory away at Bordeaux while Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes went down to a rare defeat.PSG, without the suspended Neymar, had maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign by brushing aside Nice 3-0 on Friday thanks to a brace from Edinson Cavani and a Dante own goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marseille’s midfielder Morgan Sanson (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against Lille O on October 29, 2017 © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENParis, France, Oct 29 – Marseille piled the pressure on their former coach Marcelo Bielsa after a 1-0 win at Lille on Sunday left the Argentinian’s side stuck in the Ligue 1 relegation zone.Midfielder Morgan Sanson grabbed the only goal of the game in just the fifth minute at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and Rudi Garcia’s visitors held on to close out the victory.last_img read more