IOC boss: Sports bodies must clean up their act

first_imgLONDON (AP):Sports organisations must work harder than ever in 2016 to clean up their act after a year of corruption and doping scandals that tarnished the Olympic movement, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday in a New Year’s message.Bach said the entire Olympic world must live up to the public’s expectations of integrity and heed his call from a year ago to “change or be changed”.”One just needs to look at the events over the last 12 months to realise that this message is even more urgent today to safeguard the credibility of sports organisations and to protect clean athletes,” Bach said. “Undoubtedly, recent developments in some sports cast a shadow across the whole world of sport.”While Bach didn’t cite any sport by name, he was clearly referring to the corruption scandal that has enveloped football’s governing body FIFA and the allegations of bribery and doping cover-ups involving the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Russia’s track and field programme.Noting the public’s growing demand for ethical behavior by athletes and sports bodies, Bach said: “It is our shared responsibility in the Olympic movement to provide new answers to new questions.”FIFA is reeling from a corruption scandal that has led to the arrests of dozens of football and marketing officials and eight-year bans for outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Union of European Football Associations head Michel Platini. Blatter is a former member of the International Olympic Committee.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended following a damning report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that alleged widespread, state-sponsored doping in the country. Russia’s track and field athletes could miss next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IAAF’s former president, Lamine Diack, was arrested and charged by French authorities with corruption and money laundering, stemming from allegations that he took money to cover up positive tests in Russia.last_img read more

Thirkettle looking for win

first_imgThere have been three different winners in the three NASCAR Super Late Model races so far this season at Irwindale Speedway. David Beat of Blossom Valley won the season opener. Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley followed Beat by winning the next race. Rookie Scott Dodd of Mira Loma won the Super Late Model race last Saturday night. Newhall’s Travis Thirkettle is still looking for his first Super Late Model win. But he has been one of the more consistent drivers in the division. He has a pair of sixth-place finishes, a third place, and is fourth in points after three races. Thirkettle said every race has been like a game of musical chairs. There are between six and 10 drivers who can win at the Super Late Model level. And some of the best drivers are off to slow starts. He pointed to San Fernando’s Rip Michels, a two-time Super Late Model track champion, as a driver who could rattle off a few wins in a row. Dan Moore of Burbank and Mike Price of Harbor City are a couple other division veterans with the ability and equipment to win races. “It looks like there are a lot of guys that can go on a streak and get hot,” Thirkettle said. “There are really six or 10 really tough teams. There are a lot of good guys. Rip Michels, he’s had a horrible start, but he can win 10 in a row.” Thirkettle is coming off a sixth-place finish in the last Super Late Model race. He said after posting a third-place finish a few weeks ago, it felt like his team was going in the wrong direction. “We were OK the last race,” Thirkettle said. “I thought we had a third-place car. I think we’re going backwards. We need to get back in the top five and contend for a win. We didn’t have it the last race.” The Super Late Model division got a little tougher last week with the addition of Ryan Hunter-Reay to the mix. The former Champ Car World Series driver made his debut in the NASCAR Super Late Model division. But he put up a last-place result after completing only four laps of his first race. “I’m expecting it to be wide open the whole year,” Thirkettle said. “We’ll see. I want to be the guy to win 10 races in a row.” The NASCAR Super Trucks, Legend Cars, Pure Stocks and Bandoleros are scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Connor Cantrell of Valencia won the season-opening Legend Car race last Saturday night. Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill leads the Super Trucks standings. Brian Reed of Castaic is fifth; John Watkinson of Canyon Country is sixth; and rookie Miles Copenhauer of Lancaster is seventh. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. American Le Mans Series: Adrian Fernandez, owner and driver of an Acura-powered entry in the American Le Mans Series, said he will donate 10 percent of his team’s winnings this season to Habitat for Humanity. Fernandez and Luis Diaz, who will be driving in this weekend’s American Le Mans Series race in Houston for Lowe’s Fernandez Racing, helped build a Habitat for Humanity project Thursday northeast of downtown Houston. “Today was the second Habitat for Humanity build that I have participated in,” Fernandez said. “This is just a tremendous program with people coming together to help families in need to build their own homes and I can see why Habitat has a special place in so many hearts at Lowe’s.” The three Acura teams in the American Le Mans Series have their engines designed and developed at Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita. Valencia’s Bryan Herta, teamed with Dario Franchitti in the Acura-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing, was sixth in the American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach last Saturday. Franchitti won the pole, the first for Acura and Andretti Green Racing in the American Le Mans Series, and led the first 30 laps of the race. The team led the first 40 laps of the 74-lap, 100-minute race. But the team had to switch drivers during a green-flag pit stop that put Herta and Franchitti in sixth place in the closing laps of the race. “It’s disappointing because the XM Satellite Radio Acura was the best car in the field,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “We just didn’t win the race.” Herta added that his team won’t have much time to dwell on the disappointing Long Beach race with the Houston race this weekend. “This is a good team and we’ll be ready to race for the win at Houston,” Herta said. The LMP2 cars took the top six spots in the Long Beach race. The Team Penske Porsche RS Spyder team of Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas won the Long Beach race. The Acura-powered Highcroft Racing team of Stefan Johansson and David Brabham was fourth. Fernandez and Diaz in the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Acura were eighth. The next American Le Mans Series race is today’s Lone Star Grand Prix at Houston’s JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park. — Staff Writer Tim Haddock covers auto racing for the Daily News. He can be reached by e-mail attimothy.haddock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Barry Hearn exclusive: West Ham’s rent-free Olympic Stadium move is ‘laughable’

first_imgBarry Hearn has told talkSPORT that West Ham are getting the Olympic Stadium in a rent free deal which is ‘laughable’.The Hammers are set to move into the new ground at the end of this season, and details concerning the deal were revealed today, to a general sense of shock.Co-chairmen David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady struck a deal which sees West Ham paying just £2.5 million per year in rent, with the same fee in force for the 99-year lease.The Hammers beat Leyton Orient in the race to move into the ground, and former O’s chairman Barry Hearn claims West Ham are effectively moving into the taxpayer-funded stadium in a rent-free deal.Speaking to Drivetime, the 67-year-old said: “That £2.5 million sees the stadium owners themselves paying for stewarding, turnstile operators, police, cleaning and ground maintenance.“When you add that together, you come to more than £2.5 million. Effectively, this is a rent free deal of a stadium which has cost the taxpayer £728 million. It’s a laughable deal, if it wasn’t so sad.”Moving into the Olympic Stadium makes the Hammers an attractive proposition for any future investors looking to buy a Premier League club, and Hearn also believes that the move has given Gold, Sullivan and Brady a ‘massive advantage’ should they look to sell the East London side.“Arsenal had to pay for their own stadium, commercial rates,” the Dagenham-born sports promoter added.“Tottenham are having to do the same. This is a massive advantage [for West Ham].“What happens if the West Ham shareholders sell the club, because clearly the value has rocketed off the back of this Olympic Stadium deal?”last_img read more

CLWA eyes cleanup funding

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The Castaic Lake Water Agency is mapping its federal and state lobbying strategy for coming year, including designs on at least $13 million from Washington, D.C., for local groundwater decontamination. A top priority for the agency managing the Santa Clarita Valley’s state water allocation is to convince lawmakers to provide funds to remove perchlorate from defunct defense operations that have tainted local sources, according a Jan. 12 year-end report from federal lobbyist Anchor Consulting LLC. Possible funding sources include: $3 million from the 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations Act and $10 million from the 2007 Defense Appropriations Act, which has an account for environmental remediation. The agency also is angling for $1.5 million from the 2007 Interior Appropriations Act for its wastewater treatment program. The agency spent $224,816 in the 2004-05 fiscal year on legislative planning and lobbying. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “This is why you have a lobbyist,” said William Pecsi, president of CLWA’s board of directors, said Monday. “They’re familiar with the sources of funding that could be applied. You have to craft the issue in order to make a connection with the legislators to have them support the effort.” CLWA has an estimated $15.3 million two-step program to filter for perchlorate and drill three replacement wells expected to begin this year. The chemical, which according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could interfere with thyroid function in large doses, has seeped into local aquifers through the former Whittaker-Bermite property along Soledad Canyon Road. Besides federal funds, the agency also is expecting money coming from an settlement with former Bermite property owner Remedial Financial Inc. The Phoenix-based developer recently resolved its chapter 11 bankruptcy in court. “Hopefully, we’re going to make a lot of headway with regards to the perchlorate cleanup,” Pecsi said. “That has been a major focus for the agency. We’re hoping to make major strides in terms of a system for cleanup in the coming year.” In Sacramento, CLWA lobbyists are monitoring how various state infrastructure bond proposals – including the $50 million bond measure floated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – could could affect local water projects. “The difficult task is to clearly define our infrastructure needs amongst the various competing demands and set a realistic dollar amount acceptable to the public on the November 2006 general election ballot,” according to a Jan. 3 California Advocates, Inc. memo to the CLWA. Other proposals range from a $3.5 billion bond measure for safe drinking water and a $1 billion bond to fund regional water management plans, flood control and surface storage studies. “It’s a review of the water bonds to see which is in the best interest for Castaic,” Pecsi said. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DPP CONSIDERING CHARGES IN DONALDSON MURDER, INQUEST HEARS

first_imgTHE DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions is considering whether or not to bring charges in the case of Denis Donaldson, the former IRA and Sinn Fein shot dead by dissident terrorists in Donegal more than six years ago.The former senior Sinn Fein official had confessed to spying for police Special Branch and secret service MI5 just months before he was killed.Donaldson, 56, was murdered in his remote home at Classey, Cloghercor, outside Glenties on April 4th 2006. He had been operating as a British spy for 20 years and was shot four times in the chest, face, arm and hand in a rented cottage.Although there have been three arrests relating to Donaldson’s brutal murder, nobody has ever been charged in connection with it.Two were arrested in Donegal and a third man – a leading dissident – in Derry.Supt Michael Finan told an inquest in Letterkenny today that a file on the Donaldson killing had been submitted to the DPP.Further information had been sought by the DPP and given to him by Gardai, he said.The case was adjourned until September at which point Coroner Denis McCauley said he hoped to be in a position to have a pre-case hearing, if there weren’t any charges brought.Witness statements in the case were handed in by a state solicitor to the coroner today.The family’s solicitor Ciaran Shiels told Mr McCauley that they “took some comfort” from the terms of reference in which a future inquest would take place.This would include an examination of Mr Donaldson’s life whilst living in the North as well as information on all who met him in the days before his death in the Co Donegal cottage.DPP CONSIDERING CHARGES IN DONALDSON MURDER, INQUEST HEARS was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DPP CONSIDERING CHARGES IN DONALDSON MURDERINQUEST HEARSlast_img read more

The Late Tackle Podcast on talkSPORT – Saturday, June 24

first_imgJames Brown and Bob Mills bring you a light-hearted look back on a busy day of sporting action.This week, guests include former Manchester United star Clayton Blackmore, as well as Subbuteo artist Callum Westwood.Get all that and MORE in the latest Late Tackle Podcast!Have a listen, above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img

Jamie Vardy commits his future to Leicester by signing four-year contract

first_img targets possible standings gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal Latest Leicester City News silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Another piece of business on deadline day… 👀✍️ pic.twitter.com/DlQ1U8yjXQ— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 9, 2018Vardy, 31, has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the ranks of English football which saw him start out as a non league player to winning the Premier League title with Leicester in an incredible 2015/16 campaign.Speaking to LCFC.com, he said: “Everybody knows how I feel about playing for this Football Club and it’s a great feeling to know that I can look forward to another four years as a Leicester City player.“The journey that me, the team and the Club have been on in the past few years has been incredible. Going into the new season, it’s an exciting time for Leicester City and I’m delighted to be part of it.”This comes on a day when Leicester signed centre-backs Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu while also managing to keep hold of star defender Harry Maguire on deadline day. shining Vardy and co. kick-off their 2018/19 Premier League campaign away to Manchester United on Friday night in what is the first top flight fixture of the new season. Jamie Vardy has signed a new four-year contract with Leicester, the Premier League club have announced.The striker signs on the eve of his seventh season with the Foxes with 88 goals for the club to his name.last_img read more

VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE

first_imgIt was another great weekend at Voodoo Venue, and with Donegal playing Kerry in the All-Ireland SFC final this weekend, it’s going to another brilliant weekend at Donegal’s No.1 nightspot.Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily selects one lucky reveller pictured enjoying themselves over the weekend to win FREE entry for four and a bottle of champagne.In our picture special above, have you been circled? If so, then contact Voodoo via Facebook to claim your prize. VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE was last modified: September 17th, 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:FeaturesHome-page NewsnewsVoodoo picture speciallast_img read more

Exclusive: Major Hollywood blockbuster to be filmed in Donegal this summer

first_imgAnother Hollywood blockbuster is to be filmed in Co Donegal this summer.Donegal Daily can reveal the film will be the latest in the thriller series starring CIA agent Jason Bourne.The gritty action movie will star A-lister Matt Damon and will be filmed on location at Glenveagh National Park. Film scouts were understood to be very impressed by the reaction of the cast and crew who filmed the latest Star Wars epic in Malin Head last year.It is also understood that the makers of the film will be recruiting hundreds of locals as extras for crowd shots.The working title of the film is understood to be ‘One Bourne Every Minute.’The series has already produced a number of films in the form of the original ‘The Bourne Identity’ and then follow-ups including ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ and ‘The Bourne Supremacy.’ The original Bourne Identity, which was released in 2002, had a budget of $60,000,000.The budget for the latest blockbuster to be filmed in Donegal is not yet known.Filming is due to begin in Donegal in June and the release date has been scheduled for April 1st next year.Glenveagh National Park. Pic by Donegal Daily.Exclusive: Major Hollywood blockbuster to be filmed in Donegal this summer was last modified: April 3rd, 2018 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:donegalextrasfilmglenveagh national parkHollywoodJason Bournelocationlast_img read more

Open Source: Shutting Out Commercial Vendors

first_imgStuart Cohen is a man with a vision for the future of software.  One that seeks to minimize the dependence companies have on commercial IT software vendors.  His idea is that companies in a similar industry should band together and mutually collaborate to create Open Source software that is custom made for their domain space. Cohen thinks that similar companies working together can cut the cost of software ownership in half and create more relevant, closely tailored solutions for their space.  Cohen is the former CEO of the Open Source Development Labs and now founder of the for-profit Collaborative Software Initiative.The Financial industry led by companies like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and the Bank of New York has told Cohen that such a collaborative Open Source model is attractive to them.  Direct collaboration of these companies could result in what some might see as anti-competitive practices, and Cohen’s company helps them get around that.  Cohen’s new company will be funded by sponsors to develop niche Open Source, but software that will be developed using the open source process and available for all to use. The Collaborative Software Initiative signed up Even Bauer, former CTO of Credit Suisse, as their new CTO.  They’ve also received startup funding from OVP Venture Partners.CSI is targeting the development of software believed to be essential to companies in a particular industry, but not software that is not ‘core’ to their business.It’s an interesting idea, one that software vendors won’t warmly embrace, and one that most likely would be most beneficial to consumers of products from these industries.  While collaborative Open Source has the potential to reduce the total costs of doing business, top-tier companies could lose some of the competitive advantage that they’ve acquired in the industry.  The cost of entry would be lowered, leading to increased competition and the reduction of prices.Advances in IT are leveling the playing field and creating intense rivalries in all industries.  As barriers to starting and maintaining businesses shrink, the dynamics of existing markets are likely to be volatile.  New businesses will be able to startup quickly and existing businesses will need to be ever more agile to remain one step ahead of their competition.last_img read more