GENEVA (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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) While the revitalized Liberia’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Red Lions FC have expressed their preparedness to win their Friday’s 1/16th final match against their Algerian side, C.S. Constantinois, a higher LFA official, (name withheld), was prepared to wreck the players’ commitment.Sports writers watched in utter amazement as the official threw insults at the Ghanaian investor, who has spent thousands of United States dollars to get the team where it is today.At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday, sports writers covering the LISCR FC versus Watanga FC FA semi-final tie, (Watanga won 3-2), were attracted to the official, who was not prepared to back down his insults at the Ghanaian investor.The LFA official, having thrown caution and respect to the wind, exposed his own weakness, and many soccer fans wondered how he even got to the LFA, or how was he elected as an LFA official at the last elections.“This attitude is unbecoming of an LFA official,” soccer fan James Weah, Sr., told the Daily Observer, expressing his disgust at the official’s nasty behavior.He said the official’s action is a shame to Liberian football, which has always encouraged level-headedness, especially at the highest level in ‘force majeure’ (unexpected) situations.“A formal complaint should go to the LFA’s Ethics and Grievance Committee to ensure that such a disgrace does not happen in football circles,” he recommended.A spokesman for the Ghanaian representative told the Daily Observer that while the LFA official’s action is regrettable, “We are resolved to help develop Red Lions FC so that Liberians will be proud of the team.”He refuted the LFA official’s accusation that the investor does not mean well for Liberian football, and was quick to add that it was not the most responsible way to address any form of misunderstanding, if there ever was any.He told the Daily Observer that the Red Lions management did not abandon or did not decide to withdraw from the CAF Confederation Cup.“We calculated the amount, close to US$70,000.00 for the Algerian trip and since our players are new to each other, we have not been achieving the successes anticipated.“We wrote letters, with the assistance of the LFA secretariat and sent them to corporate Liberia, including TOTAL, NOCAL and many others.“Our position was to raise the concern of the Liberian people and the business community to lend us a hand in the process.“It was never our intention to abandon the CAF Confederation Cup but for an official of the LFA to publicly insult our Chief Executive Officer has shown that the real motive is elsewhere,” he said.He explained that the management of Red Lions is determined to provide all necessities to the club, adding, “We are grateful for the involvement of relevant authorities to ensure that Red Lions defend the Liberian flag on Friday.”“Our CEO loves his team, and cares about the playing body,” he added, “it is true that he is a Ghanaian but it also true that the players of Red Lions are all Liberians.”He regretted the political grandstanding that surrounded reports about Red Lions being placed under new management, pointing out that football as a sport must be devoid of politics.He meanwhile commended LISCR FC president Mustapha Raji and the former president of Nimba United FC for their strong support and advice when Red Lions FC’s CEO had been abused and he was in a state of frustration, due to the lack of appreciation for his commitment to raise Liberian football to another positive level.
Social Scientist at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), Dr Roche’ Mahon has said climate forecasting is a critical element in sectoral decisions.She was speaking at the launch of the fifth National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) hosted by the Guyana Hydrometeorological Service at the Herdmanston Lodge this morning.Social Scientist of CIHM, Dr Roche’ MahonAccording to Dr Mahon, Guyana is among a few Caribbean countries that convenes a national climate outlook forum. Even in the face of limited resources, she said the commitment of the Guyana Hydromet Office has consistently engaged sectoral stakeholders in this way.The National Climate Outlook Forum was introduced to the hydrometeorological service through the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) back in 2016. It is a United Nations (UN)-led initiative by the World Meteorological Organisation that guides the development and application of science-based climate information services in support of decision in climate-sensitive sectors, agriculture, being one of them.Dr Mahon noted climate information provided as a service to climate-sensitive sectors, in years or decades in advance, often need to improve decisions, reduce loss and reduce and improve productivity.“It is also the tailored advice, provided by the hydromet service that will become critical in sectoral decision-making in the coming months, with more climate models forecasting a week to moderate El Niño evolving in the next period, what does this mean for deviation in Guyana’s seasonal climate? What does it mean for the sectors that have to adjust to potential variations?” she is quoted by the Department of Public Information as enquiring.Dr Roche’ said the Guyana Hydromet Office is a key agent in the country’s sustainable development agenda, whose role supports socioeconomic productivity.Representing the office of the Guyana Hydrometeorological Service, Komalchand Dhiram said the hydrometeorological office falls within the purview of the agriculture sector, the hydromet service found it easier to collaborate with the Agriculture Ministry.The successful feedback from the initiative has pushed the hydro office to explore other climate-sensitive sectors.The GFCS currently has as priority, sectors including agriculture, food security, water, health and energy.GFCS assists countries and communities to better cope with natural climate variabilities and human-induced climate change.
…intended to encourage local content – Jagdeo– says Govt responsible for CHEC violating contractOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has clarified that while the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project contract did not initially cater for certain amenities; this was a deliberate strategy in order to create opportunities for local contractors.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAt his press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo explained why the original CJIA contract did not contain provisions for commercial, office and cargo areas. According to the former President, the reason they took those things out is because they could have been done by locals.“These were things being done by the Government, separate from the contract. We deliberately took those out. The idea was these could be done by local contractors. They shouldn’t be part of the contract.”Jagdeo expounded that while things were not included in the contract, the Government should have implemented those that were. And according to Jagdeo, the Government ought to be held accountable for not doing its part to ensure that contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) delivered what it was contracted to deliver.“Now we’re getting criticised for what’s not in the contract, rather than what was in the contract that this Government has changed, so we now have a rehabilitated terminal rather than a new terminal. And they reduced the size of the apron,” Jagdoe said. “And we get criticised for what we didn’t put in the contract, but they’re not even achieving what we put in the contract.”A model of the works on the terminal initially proposed“An entirely new airport, pulling down the (terminal) building and building a new terminal and a huge apron for eight aircraft and eight air bridges… I can accept the criticism that maybe we didn’t put in office space. But why aren’t we holding this Government accountable for ensuring that the contractor delivers what we put in the contract.”With only two air bridges catered for under the coalition Government’s modified agreement, they went to the National Assembly last year to request $346.5 million in supplementary funds towards the purchase and installation of two additional air bridges.In 2019, taxpayers are likely to hand out even more funds as the project remains in an incomplete state. Former Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson, had told the media in January that additional works are still to be carried out on the multibillion-Guyana dollar facility.In mid-December 2018, Minister Ferguson had revealed that $65 million was approved to be spent on the Airport’s upgrade of its technology which was geared to be able to track the weather, among other aspects.She had also explained that the new technology will assist pilots in tracking the weather patterns to make better landing decisions as the airport was making the transition from manual to digital. This $65 million was in addition to the $346 million which had been sought earlier in 2018.According to documents seen by Guyana Times, as of January this year, outstanding works to be completed include the South West runway extension pavement works and sections of the Departure Terminal; namely Immigration, Security Screening, and Duty-Free concessions areas.Meanwhile, as of January, CHEC has been paid US$132 million. When payments to the consultant and local contractors are also factored in, that sum rises to US$142 million. Government’s contract with CHEC expired in December of last year.In 2012, under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government was slated to inject some US$12 million.Upon completion, the Airport is expected to have four air passenger boarding bridges for arrivals and departures; a 450-seat departure area, escalators and elevators in addition to an extended runway catering for larger categories of aircraft.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Strikers U-17 Girls Soccer team has earned a spot in the Edmonton Interdistrict Tier 1 League.The Strikers are the first team in the North West Peace District to enter the league. Head coach Dan Turner said, “The girls have a tough road ahead with some very intense competition, but they are looking forward to the challenge.”The U17 team has competed in Tier 2 tournaments for the past couple years before playing in their first Tier 1 game this weekend in Edmonton versus the Scottish FC, Victoria FC and Edmonton Strikers.- Advertisement -Centreback Kenzie Chilcott is excited about the challenge presented to her team, “This is going to be a learning experience. We want to keep pushing ourselves to improve and we need stiffer competition to do it.”The league calls for games every weekend, but the Strikers will travel to play three games once a month. They’re back In Edmonton on November 18th and 19th to clash with the Edmonton Drillers, Internazionale SC and St. Albert Impact.
That win was during the Huskies’ seven-game winning streak. The last time that the Huskies and Vipers met was at a home game, on November 23, where the Huskies beat the Vipers with a win of 7-4. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be home this Thursday, December 12, as they take on Sexsmith Vipers. – Advertisement -The winning streak then ended on the road last Saturday, December 7, after falling 3-2 to the JDA County Kings. Currently, the Huskies are in first place in the NWJHL standings with 15 wins, four losses, and two overtime losses, while the Vipers are in sixth place with four wins, 16 losses, and two overtime losses. The Huskies vs the Vipers is this Thursday, December 12, with puck drop at 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. Advertisement
South American football expert Tim Vickery admits there are question marks over the long-term fitness of Radamel Falcao.The Colombian strike star missed the World Cup in the summer with a serious knee injury and has only recently returned to action.Manchester United sealed a season-long loan deal for the forward on transfer deadline day and he is line to make his debut against Queens Park Rangers this weekend.In a further twist, stories have re-surfaced this week suggesting Falcao is older than 28 and, while Vickery refutes those claims, he does confess to being more concerned about the ‘age’ of his body.“There have been stories in South America that he is a couple of years older than he says, but school teachers have been produced who have confirmed he is that age,” he said on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“But the question for me is how old are his knees? You wonder if he has paid the price for working night and day to get fit for the World Cup.“He suffered that serious injury at the start of the year and the line at the time was there no chance [of him recovering in time for Brazil 2014]. He worked so hard to try to get fit, but failed, and has he paid a price for that?“He didn’t start for Colombia in their friendly against Brazil this week and only came on for the last 15 minutes, which is a declaration he’s not fit.“As long as he’s fit he will score reams of goals from the service he will get from [Angel] Di Maria. And let’s hope he is fit because it’s wonderful for the Premier League to have a player like that, but that question mark will exist until he gets out on the pitch and proves otherwise.”
0Shares0000Press rumours claim Lionel Messi has asked to be excused from Argentina’s friendlies in 2018 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Aug 21 – Argentina’s interim coach Lionel Scaloni refused to be drawn on Lionel Messi’s international future after leaving the five-time World Player of the Year out of his squad for upcoming friendlies next month.Local media had claimed the Barcelona star asked to be excused from international duty for Argentina’s four remaining friendlies in 2018, starting with a trip to the United States in September to play Guatemala and Colombia. “I’ve spoken with Messi and from that conversation I picked my squad,” said Scaloni, who took over from the sacked Jorge Sampaoli after Argentina’s underwhelming World Cup last-16 elimination to eventual champions France.“We didn’t speak about what could happen in the future. We know what Messi represents for us and we’ll see for the future.”Messi, 31, has retired from international duty once before after missing a penalty in Argentina’s shoot-out defeat by Chile, for the second year running, in the 2016 Copa America final.That lasted little more than a month, though, before Messi returned to the blue and white shirt for Argentina’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.As it turned out, the twice former world champions were on the brink of elimination until a Messi hat-trick in their final qualifier earned a 3-1 come-from-behind victory away to Ecuador and a place at the global showpiece in Russia.He failed to dazzle there, though, and hasn’t spoken publically since the South Americans beat Nigeria in the group stage to earn a spot in the knock-out rounds.Messi wasn’t the only Argentine star to be left off Scaloni’s list as Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, new AC Milan signing Gonzalo Higuain and Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria were also missing.“No player has told me he doesn’t want to be picked,” said Scaloni.“It’s clear that we must include new people in this adventure. I’ve spoken to most players and they’re available.“It’s the time to freshen things up. We’re convinced it’s the right time to call up these lads, they have huge potential.”In form domestic-based pair Cristian Pavon of Boca Juniors and Matias Vargas of Velez Sarsfield were called up alongside young Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and his recalled club team-mate Mauro Icardi.Argentina play Guatemala on September 7 in Los Angeles before taking on Colombia in New York four days later.They will play two more friendlies in October and November against as yet unnamed opponents.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Host Matt Scott is joined in the studio by Andy Dillon and Ian Ridley to discuss all the week’s sporting action.This week, discussions included the ongoing FIFA crisis and England’s dour draw with the Republic of Ireland.
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