FIFA ethics committee bans Valcke for 12 years

first_imgGENEVA (AP):Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter’s long-time right-hand man, was banned from all football-related activity for 12 years yesterday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.Valcke was found guilty by FIFA’s ethics committee of wide-ranging offenses, including taking private jets for personal use, destroying evidence and trying to force through an undervalued sale of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup television rights for the Caribbean.”Mr Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA, while his private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties,” the ethics committee said in a statement.Valcke’s ban is four years longer than the eight-year sanctions handed down to FIFA President Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini in December for a financial conflict of interest.The ethics judges said Valcke violated seven sections of FIFA’s code of ethics, compared to four each by Blatter and Platini, and also fined him 100,000 Swiss francs (US$12.4 million).The ban is likely not the end of Valcke’s legal troubles. He is expected to be asked to give evidence to American and Swiss federal prosecutors investigating widespread corruption in international football.His football ban comes one month after the 55-year-old Frenchman was fired by FIFA for a second time in a colourful career. The former television presenter and marketing executive had been suspended last September. The firing was based on an internal report about his conduct, including use of expenses and private jets.FIFA commissioned that report last year before a 2014 World Cup ticket agent alleged that Valcke sought to profit from a black market deal which later fell through. That allegation, made by ticket agent Benny Alon, prompted Valcke’s suspension and the ethics case to be opened.Valcke has consistently denied wrongdoing, and can appeal to FIFA and later to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”With today’s decision, the FIFA ethics committee has shown that it is not a credible, independent or objective decision-making body,” Valcke’s US-based lawyer Barry Berke said in a statement, criticising an “unjust and politically motivated decision”.”Mr Valcke is confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear that he did absolutely nothing wrong in carrying out his duties for the good of FIFA and the sport,” Berke said.last_img read more

DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN CPI CENTRE LAUNCH COMPUTER CLASSES NEXT MONTH

first_imgCastlefinn Community NotesWhist: 10/9/2014Ladies. 1st Bridie Campbell, Castlederg 163 2nd and 3rd TIE: Brigid Edwards, Castlefinn, Mary Lafferty, Ballybofey, Molly O Haire, Strabane and Patsy Mc Granaghan all score 162. Gents. 1st Kathleen Mc Cay, Strabane 164 2nd and 3rd TIE: Joe Corry, Castlederg and Tommy Murphy, Letterkenny both 1631st Half:Billie Meehan, Castlefinn 832nd Half: TIE: Bob Glackin, Castlederg and Annie Callaghan, Killygordon both score 84Snowball:Next week’s snowball is 182 or better for 110 euro.Everyone welcome to attendCastlefinn CPI Community Childcare Places are still available for daycare and afterschool care (afterschool pickup service available) if interested please contact Tina at 074-9143909Quiz NightThere will be a table quiz in McBrides Lounge Castlefinn on Thursday October 2nd at 9pm sharp.Table of 4 costs 25 euro with 1st prize of 100 euro, 2nd prize is 4 bottles of wine and there will be spot prizes. All enquiries please contact Vincent Lafferty on 0871265035. In aid of caged birds society. Parent and Toddler GroupParent and toddler group will be starting at the CPI on Tuesday the 16th of September from 10.30 to 12 noon. Please call the CPI on 0749143976Computer ClassesInterested in learning Computers? From September the CPI will be holding computer courses. For more information contact the CPI on 074914397Slim R UsSlim R Us fitness classes are on at the CPI on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Contact Tilly on 086 2490095 for more information on how to joinDoneyloop Youth Club LtdThe Annual General Meeting of Doneyloop Youth Club Ltd. will be held in the Youth Club premises, Doneyloop on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at 8pm. Everyone is welcomeUnwanted ChinaDo you have any unwanted china teapots, Coffeepots or tea sets that are gathering dust?The CPI is looking for donations for display and use purposes at the white house peace garden.Please contact the CPI if you are interested in donating any of the above on 0749143976. Any donations will be gratefully received.St Safan’s N.S (Doneyloop)We are hosting a Grandparents Day on Thursday, 23rd October at 11.15 am in our school. There will be tea, a guided tour by your grand-children, demonstration of our craft making & maybe even a few songs.Mass will be celebrated in the school on Monday 24th November @ 12.30 pm to mark the 20th Anniversary of the schools opening.We are inviting all parents, grandparents & pupils (past & present) to our mass. Light refreshments will follow.DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN CPI CENTRE LAUNCH COMPUTER CLASSES NEXT MONTH was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:castlefinnCPI CentreDD LocalFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Matt Saal, July 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are pretty soggy. We got a big rain on Tuesday or Wednesday and it just poured. It was really wet after that and took a long time to dry out.There is still a lot of unevenness in the corn with a lot of yellow short corn in the low spots. The high spots and well-drained fields look really good in the corn. The soybeans are about the same.It has been a challenge getting second cutting made. Some guys have gotten started and done with second cutting, but we are just getting started today to try and get some made before the next rain. They are calling for a 100% chance on Tuesday and Wednesday. I have not seen leafhopper problems this year and I don’t know of anyone who has sprayed.The earliest I saw wheat harvested around here was Thursday last week. Depending on the year, guys can get started with wheat by the end of June around here.I think people are still optimistic about getting good corn and soybean yields around here. There are some low areas that I would categorize as places that will probably not make it, but those are the exception. We do need to dodge some of these rains and get a little sunshine.last_img read more

Colonoscopy

first_imgDefinitionA colonoscopy is an exam that views the insideof the colon (large intestine) and rectum, using a toolcalled a colonoscope.The colonoscope has a small camera attached to a flexible tube that can reach the length of the colon.How the Test is PerformedYouare likely given medicine into a vein to help you relax. You should not feel any pain. Youare awake during the test and may even be able to speak. But youprobably willnot remember anything.You lie on your left side with your knees drawn up toward your chest.The colonoscope is gentlyinserted through the anus. It is carefully moved into the beginning of the largeintestine. The scope is slowly advancedas far as the lowest part of the small intestine.Airis inserted through the scope to provide a better view. Suction may be used to remove fluid or stool.Thedoctor gets a better view as the scope ismoved back out. Therefore, a more careful exam is done while the scope is beingpulled back.Tissue samples (biopsy)orpolypsmay be removed using tiny tools inserted through the scope.Photosmay be taken using the camera at the end of the scope. If needed, procedures, such as laser therapy,are also done.How to Prepare for the TestYour bowelneeds to be completely empty and clean for the exam.A problem in your large intestine that needs to be treated may be missed if your intestines are not cleaned out.Your health care provider willgive you the steps forcleansing your bowel. This is called bowel preparation.Steps may include using enemas, not eating solid foods for 2 or 3 days before the test, and taking laxatives.advertisementYouneed to drink plenty of clear liquids for 1to 3 days before the test. Examples of clear liquids are:Clear coffee or teaFat-free bouillon or brothGelatinSports drinksStrained fruit juicesWaterYou willlikely be told to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other blood-thinning medicines for several days before the test.Keep taking your other medicines unless your doctor tells you otherwise.You will need to stop taking ironpills or liquidsa fewdays before the test, unless your health care provider tells you it isOK to continue.Iron can make your stooldark black. Thismakes it harder for the doctor toview insideyour bowel.How the Test will FeelThe medicines will make you sleepy so thatmay not feel any discomfort or have anymemory of the test.You may feel pressure as the scope moves inside. You may feel brief cramping and gas pains as air is inserted or the scope advances. Passing gas is necessary and should be expected.After the exam, you may have mild abdominal cramping and pass a lot of gas. You may also feel bloated and sick to your stomach. These soon go away.You should be able to go home about 1 hour after the test. You must plan to have someone take you home after the test, because you will be woozy and unable to drive. The nurses and doctors will not let you leave until someone arrives to help you.When you are home:Drink plenty of liquids. Eat a healthy meal to restore your energy.You should be able to return to your regular activities the next day.Avoid driving, operating machinery, drinking alcohol, and making important decisions for at least 24 hours after the test.Why the Test is PerformedColonoscopy may be donefor the following reasons:Abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, or weight lossAbnormal changes (such as polyps) found on sigmoidoscopy or x-ray tests (CT scan or barium enema)Anemia due to low iron (usually when no other cause has been found)Blood in the stool, or black, tarry stoolsFollow-up of a past finding, such as polyps or colon cancerInflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease)Screening for colorectal cancerNormal ResultsNormal findings are healthy intestinal tissues.What Abnormal Results MeanAbnormal pouches on the lining of the intestines, called diverticulosisAreas of bleedingCancer in the colon or rectumColitis (a swollen and inflamed intestine) due to Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, infection, or lack of blood flowSmall growths called polypson thelining of your colon (which can be removed through the colonoscope during the exam)RisksHeavy or ongoing bleeding from biopsy or removal of polypsHole or tear in the wall of the colon that requires surgery to repairInfection needing antibiotic therapy (very rare)Reaction tothe medicine youtake to relax, causing breathing problems or low blood pressureReferences Kimmey MB. Complications of gastrointestinal endoscopy. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease: Pathophysiology/Diagnosis/Management. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2010:chap 40.advertisementNational Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines): Colorectal cancer screening. Version 2.2013. Available at: http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/colorectal_screening.pdf. Accessed October 24, 2013.Pasricha PJ. Gastrointestinal endoscopy. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldmans Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 136.Review Date:10/14/2013Reviewed By:George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

10 months agoDe Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibility

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say De Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibilityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted that he struggled to get the input of Maurizio Sarri on transfers.De Laurentiis has claimed that Sarri preferred to worry about coaching and improving his players.And it was tough for the owner to sit down with Sarri and figure out the ideal players to buy in transfer windows.”Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past [working in finance],” he said during a panel run by Corriere di Mezzogiorno.”For a Communist to base his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction. “I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium. “I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.” last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a point

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the players have a clean slate – to a point.Predecessor Jose Mourinho fell out with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, but Solskjaer says he is prepared to take a fresh look at every player.He told MUTV in his first interview: “Playing games is the best time of your life!”The more games you get, the better it is. For me as a manager now it’s great because you have to rotate, so you’ll get to see many players; they’ll get that chance and everyone in”Everybody in the squad knows ‘I’ve got a chance now’ because whatever’s gone, whatever’s happened has happened.”Now it’s just about from here everybody starts with a clean slate and we want players to perform and to give them a chance.”Asked whether that meant everybody in the squad had a ‘blank piece of paper’ going forward, Solskjaer said: “Well you’ve got to start somewhere.”Of course you look at a couple of performances I’ve seen the last few games, but you look at the merits, you look at the team, you pick a team now and you move on; they’ll all get chances.” last_img read more

10 months agoMan City defender Aymeric Laporte: Don’t punish me for Spain talk

first_imgMan City defender Aymeric Laporte: Don’t punish me for Spain talkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City defender Aymeric Laporte insists he doesn’t deserve punishment for flirting with Spain.Laporte, while qualifying for La Roja, has committed his international future to France.”Spain? It was a story that goes back … years ago! Everyone has the right to speak and to make mistakes too. We all know that everyone has frustrations, in football as in everyday life. That’s not why you have to kill someone for that,” he said. “These are really small details that people want to come out with when it does not matter. It is not the player that you hurt, it is especially the entourage who is influenced.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Competition Bureau reaches settlement with Leons and the Brick

first_imgOTTAWA – The Competition Bureau said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and the Brick Ltd. regarding allegations of deceptive marketing practices dating back nearly five years ago.As part of the settlement, Leon’s and the Brick have agreed to each donate $750,000 worth of home furnishings over two years to charities to be approved by the regulator.The bureau alleged in July 2013 that the retailers’ “buy now, pay later” promotions, often resulted in customers paying more than advertised and should be stopped.It said that customers who chose the deferred-payment option often ended up paying more than those who paid for their purchases up front as a result of the additional fees, which were “buried” by the retailers in the “fine print.” The extra costs ranged from processing or administrative fees, delivery fees and taxes.Leon’s, which owns the Brick, defended its deferred payment plans at the time. The retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics said they benefited consumers.But as part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Leon’s and the Brick have also agreed to adhere to the bureau’s guidance on the proper use of disclaimers in advertising and the disclosure of fees associated with their financing plans.“Consumers expect and deserve truth in advertising,” said Josephine Palumbo, the bureau’s deputy commissioner of competition, in a statement.“The bureau works to ensure Canadians can trust advertising claims made by businesses and can be confident in their purchasing decisions. Increased competition in the marketplace provides consumers with competitive prices and more choice.”Leon’s could not be immediately reached for comment about its settlement agreement with the Competition Bureau.Companies in this story: (TSX:LNF)last_img read more

Aquaman outswims Poppins Bumblebee with 674M debut

first_imgNEW YORK — In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.Without a “Star Wars” film on the December schedule for the first time in four years, a crowded slate of films sought to capitalize on the lucrative holiday period in theatres.The DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman,” which cost Warner Bros. $200 million to make, arrived already a juggernaut overseas, where it has grossed more than $400 million in three weeks of release. Including advance previews, the Jason Momoa-led “Aquaman” reeled in $72.1 million in U.S. and Canada theatres, bringing its global total to $482.8 million.“Aquaman,” directed by James Wan, has proven to be a stabilizing “Justice League” spinoff for Warner Bros. following bumpier DC releases outside of “Wonder Woman.” The film garnered an A-minus Cinemascore from audiences.For the studios, the weekend was as much about setting themselves up for Christmas to New Year’s, when theatres are routinely packed through the week. With Christmas falling on a Tuesday, studio executives said the weekend was an unpredictable and distraction-filled one, competing with some of the busiest shopping days of the year.“We really kick off starting Tuesday,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein, who said the “Aquaman” performance came in just above the studio’s $65 million forecast. “With kids not really returning to school until January 7, this aligns the stars for us in a really positive way.”Returns were more modest for Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff, though each had reason to expect strong business through the holidays.“Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and directed by Rob Marshall, debuted with $22.2 million over the weekend and $31 million since opening Wednesday. That was on the low side of expectations for the musical, which cost $130 million to make.“May Poppins Returns,” which co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, will depend heavily on legs through the holiday season. On its side are good if not spectacular reviews (77 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), an A-minus CinemaScore from moviegoers and four Golden Globe nominations.“It’s a great weekend to start yourself off on a launch pad into the holiday period,” said Cathleen Taff, head of distribution for Disney. “We’re looking forward to great word of mouth building over the next few weeks. And we’re looking forward to a long run.”“Poppins” still narrowly edged “Bumblebee,” which opened with $21 million. That, too, is a soft beginning for a film that cost about $135 million to make after tax credits. It’s also far off the pace of the “Transformers” films, the last of which (“Transformers: The Last Knight”) debuted with $44.7 million in summer 2017.But “Bumblebee,” a “Transformers” prequel directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld, has something the Michael Bay films never had: good reviews. “Bumblebee” was the weekend’s most acclaimed new wide release with a 94 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.“The pre-Christmas preoccupation for moviegoers affected everyone. All movies were impacted slightly by that,” said Kyle Davies, head of distribution for Paramount. “It doesn’t concern me. We played really well with great reactions. The game plan has always been that we’re now starting that play period where people go multiple times over the next few weeks, and that’s the whole point.”“To me, this weekend was a dress rehearsal for the big push that starts Christmas Day,” added Davies.Also in the mix is Sony’s well-reviewed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which slid to fourth in its second week with $16.7 million in ticket sales. The film also made one of the best debuts for an animated release in China where it was no. 1, grossing $26.1 million over the weekend.Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” added $9.3 million in its sophomore frame, bringing its two-week total to $35 million. Bradley Cooper, who co-stars in “The Mule,” could also celebrate his “A Star Is Born” crossing $200 million domestically.Largely overlooked in the onslaught at theatres was STXfilms’ “Second Act,” starring Jennifer Lopez. The romantic comedy debuted with an estimated $6.5 million in 2,607 locations, drawing an audience that was 70 per cent female.But the weekend’s real flop was “Welcome to Marwen,” the Robert Zemeckis-directed fantastical drama starring Steve Carell as an imaginative man whose scale model town helps him rehabilitate after a trauma. The film, which cost at least $40 million to make, earned just $2.3 million in 1,900 theatres. It’s the second straight flop for Universal (which teamed with DreamWorks for “Marwen”) following “Mortal Engines.” That $100 million film debuted last weekend with $7.5 million film in ticket sales.Yet the weekend managed to nearly equal the box office of the same weekend last year when “The Last Jedi” was in its second week of release and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” opened. Ticket sales for the “Star Wars”-less weekend were down a mere 2.1 per cent, according to Comscore.Year to date, the domestic box office is up 7.5 per cent and was expected to just eke past 2016’s record $11.38 billion sometime late Sunday or early Monday, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.“The collective and cumulative strength of these newcomers, particularly ‘Aquaman,’ and a huge slate of holdovers gave us a stronger weekend than anyone imagined,” Dergarabedian said. “A superhero movie in December can make up for not having a ‘Star Wars’ movie in December.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:1. “Aquaman,” $67.4 million.2. “Mary Poppins Returns,” $22.2 million.3. “Bumblebee,” $21 million.4. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” $16.7 million.5. “The Mule,” $9.3 million.6. “The Grinch,” $8.2 million.7. “Second Act,” $6.5 million.8. “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” $4.6 million.9. “Welcome to Marwen,” $2.4 million.10. “Mary Queen of Scots,” $2.2 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Firefighters Ball raises over 65000

first_imgWinn added that the atmosphere was extra special this year, especially since the firefighters began their charitable society in 2016 to help residents with travel medical expenses. He added that the vast majority of the money raised will be staying in the local area. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The 10th Annual Fort St. John Firefighters Charity Ball brought in an estimated $65,000 after expenses on Saturday night.Firefighters Charitable Society President Adam Winn said that though the final exact tally isn’t in yet, but that at least $65,000 was raised for two causes at the event, after the ball grossed around $111,000. Winn said that the ball was raising money for the local firefighters charity that supports Fort St. John residents cover travel expenses for medical treatment outside the Peace Region. The ball also raised money for the Firefighters Burn Fund.Winn said that the he was stunned at the amount of money the sold-out event raised, especially considering that the local economy has not quite recovered to levels seen five years ago. For the tenth anniversary celebrations, Winn said that firefighters aimed to make the event more lively than in years past, with live music from CC Brooks and the Roadside Distraction and the Montney Coulees making live music a debut at the ball.last_img read more