Football family falling apart

first_imgIn the not-so-distant past, FIFA, its six confederations, including CONCACAF, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), the parish associations, clubs, and even school associations were quick to call their football organisations a family.They preached it day and night, “We are a family, no matter how much we fight internally”.FIFA is wealthier than 75 percent of the countries in the world. Its president, Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, is afforded more respect that most heads of state. He lives and travels in grandeur. He has friendships with kings and some of the most respected humans on the planet.He was once listed at number 70 among the most powerful men in the world, alongside US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, by Forbes’ Ranking.He surrounds himself with vice-presidents who run things in their confederations, except Europe (well, not true anymore; we were just led to believe that). It now appears that Michel Platini was always on Blatter’s side. He was used to get rid of the Swede, Lennart Johansson, now 85 years old, the man who ran against Sepp Blatter twice and was Blatter’s biggest rival until Platini ousted him in Europe in 2007, eight years ago.Platini still cannot explain satisfactorily to FIFA’s Ethics committee how he got paid over US$1.3m, nine years after he did work for FIFA. Neither can Blatter.Well, Bleachers Report can state that eight years ago, he won the European presidency, and Blatter has had no challenge from within Europe since.Back to CONCACAF.Austin ‘Jack’ Warner ruled with an iron fist and foot. Under Jack, even the mighty US Soccer had to vote for Sepp Blatter every time. Jack delivered the votes en bloc from CONCACAF. A total of 41 (20%) votes out of 209 ballots is nothing to scoff at and, as you know, Jack was not only the CFU/CONCACAF boss.Jack chose his own vice-presidents in CFU and CONCACAF. If anyone else got themselves nominated, Jack just made it known that you could not run against his ‘Anointed’ without backlash, and he would force the ‘upstart’ to back down or feel his wrath.all powerfulJack was all powerful. He bought the Caribbean World Cup television rights for US$600,000 from FIFA and sold it for US$20m to a Jamaican media company. This is now being investigated.At the CONCACAF and CFU annual general meetings, financial statements are scarce commodity, and no one dares to ask any question.Jack’s general secretary, Chuck Blazer, lived like a king in New York’s Trump Plaza, renting two flats, one for his cats.This skinny soccer dad of 35 years ago grew to a 450lb man. Life was good in FIFA.Jack’s successor as CONCACAF boss, Jeffrey Webb, was already chairman of the FIFA finance committee at less than age 40 (very impressive). He became a FIFA vice-president before age 50, and even Bleachers Report liked him at first as we had compared him to Jack.All these powerful men then went from being powerful, as, once their actions came under scrutiny, they began to fall like ninepins.At a CFU meeting in 2011, the heads of some CFU affiliates in the Caribbean were filmed taking bribes of US$40,000. They even signed for the money.Jack resigned from his FIFA vice-president position in 2011 to avoid a trial by FIFA’s ethics committee.Blazer met his demise a couple years later, and fast forward to today, Blatter and Platini have been suspended for 90 days; Webb is wearing a monitoring anklet after taking up bail of $10m in the United States; Jack is awaiting extradition from Trinidad and Tobago to the US to answer fraud and money laundering charges; Blazer’s affidavit was signed and lodged with US authorities. He has already named 40 co-conspirators, and the description of the co-conspirators are very familiar to other football officials that Bleachers Report has come in contact with over the years, while another six FIFA officials are in Swiss jails fighting extradition to the United States.Presidential hopeful Chung Mong-Joon got a six-year ban for actions while lobbying for South Korea to host the 2022 World Cup; FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke was suspended for 90 days over ticket sales; and Frank Beckenbauer is in problems, admitting that the German Football Association made a mistake by paying over money to FIFA, which may have been used for a bribe.Bleachers Report agrees that FIFA is one big family and, at one time, all football administrators’ only ambition was to be a member of that family.Captain Horace Burrell missed no opportunity to remind all and sundry that he is part of the inner workings, and he is the man for the job in Jamaica, as he has political clout and his relationship with the FIFA hierarchy is unbreakable.Well, Captain Burrell, information garnered by Bleachers Report is that you will not be elected at the next go-around as a vice-president of CONCACAF, as not even the presidents in the CFU will support you or anyone close to the FIFA ‘family’.Daddy Sepp is gone from FIFA forever; Uncle Jack is going to the United States, whether he likes it or not; Cousin Jeffery will soon return to court in the US later this year; and Stepfather Blazer has confessed to his crimes.All FIFA’s bridges are falling down; brothers, sisters, grandfather, son (Jack’s sons have already confessed to their sins) will soon be going to the US or Switzerland. The Swiss and US authorities have said the scandal uncovered so far is at the tip of the iceberg.Captain, where is your political clout now?And here comes Montego Bay’s Orville Powell to challenge for the title. Next week BR will look at that challenge.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena ‘umpire thief’ meltdown

first_imgView comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scorching start Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ She tearfully accused him of being a “thief” and angrily demanded an apology from the official.When a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to her — along with a point penalty — Williams exploded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“You’re attacking my character,” she said. “You will never, ever be on another court of mine. You are the liar,” she fumed and Ramos handed her a game penalty that put Osaka one game from victory at 5-3 in the second set.Williams won the next game, and continued her tearful remonstrations with a supervisor on the changeover but Osaka — who displayed remarkable poise throughout — held serve to seal a historic win for her country. Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the championship trophy after winning the Women’s Singles finals match against Serena Williams of the United States on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFPNaomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title on Saturday as her idol Serena Williams angrily imploded, calling the chair umpire in the US Open final “a thief”.Osaka, 20, triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in the match marred by Williams’s second set outburst, the American enraged by umpire Carlos Ramos’s warning for receiving coaching from her box.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Twelve local bands and a second stage added to CanolaFest 2016

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – CanolaFest, presented by Thunder Oilfield, will take over Peace Island Park Saturday July 16.  The all day music festival will feature more music than ever with 14 performers including 2014 CCMA Rising Star Award Winner Tim Hicks with opener the Chris Buck Band.This year the festival will feature two stages of music to showcase 12 local artists.  The McIntyre Painting Main Stage will feature local favourites the Montney Coulees, Rose Prairie Romance, Scarlet Sway from Dawson Creek, the Boreal, Last Horse Standing and the Social Bulls.To help showcase even more local music, we’ve added a second stage sponsored by Peace Country Rentals.  This stage will feature acoustic performances from local performers including 10 year-old Madi Cornet-Cooper.  The Peace Country Rentals Acoustic stage will also include performances from The Road Side Distraction, Tom Cole, Mike Strandberg Band, Lorissa Scriven and Joel Primeau.- Advertisement -Tickets go on sale now through the Encana Events Centre  and Tiger Box Office Plus locations.  You can purchase tickets online at tigerboxofficeplus.ca, and by phone at 1-877-339-8499.Tickets have been moving fast with VIP tickets SOLD OUT and only 6 VIP Camping spots left.  Tickets won’t be available at the gate, get your tickets before this show sells out.This family friendly festival will be held on the island at Peace Island Park and will feature one large stage, VIP tents, food, arts vendors and more. Thank you to our official equipment supplier, Peace Country Rentals for all their help.Advertisement Full details about the event can be found at canolafest.ca.last_img read more

Round three on hold

first_imgCorrales spit out his mouthpiece after both knockdowns to gain precious recovery time. Then on Oct. 8 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Castillo knocked out Corrales in the fourth round with a left hook. Corrales’ World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization lightweight belts were supposed to be at stake. Castillo, however, came in 3 1/2 pounds heavy, taking the belts off the table and angering the Corrales camp, which said Castillo was much stronger on fight night because he did not sweat out those last few pounds. robert.morales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaCorrales, of Sacramento, is trained by Joe Goossen in Van Nuys. Arum, of Top Rank Inc., promotes Castillo. He said his matchmaker, Bruce Trampler, was working to get a new opponent for Castillo, who will keep the February date. Showtime, which is televising the event from Don Haskins Center, would have to approve the opponent. “It is disappointing,” Arum said, “but these things happen and we are going to re-schedule it two or three months from now.” The first fight between the pair took place last May 7 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Corrales got up from two 10th-round knockdowns to stop Castillo in the 10th in what has been called one of the greatest fights in history. The third fight between Diego “Chico” Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo will have to wait because Corrales suffered a rib injury during sparring this week and the fight has been postponed. It was scheduled for Feb. 4 in El Paso, Texas. Promoters for the respective fighters said the fight could be re-scheduled for late spring. center_img “Chico hurt his ribs in sparring earlier this week,” Corrales’ promoter, Gary Shaw, said Friday. “He tried to fight through it for a day or two before being examined by a doctor Thursday, who prescribed no training for the next three weeks to allow the injury to completely heal. “Bob Arum and I will sit down with Showtime and discuss a new date for this fight, but we are confident it can be re-scheduled for later in the spring.” last_img read more


first_imgThe 2012 Irish Open in Royal Portrush represents a huge opportunity for tourism operators and businesses in Co. Donegal, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar announced today on a visit to the county.Speaking during a visit to Rosapenna Golf Resort in Downings, Minister Varadkar urged Donegal’s tourism industry to take full advantage of all the opportunities provided by the Irish Open being held in the Royal Portrush Golf club at the end of June.“For my part, I have asked the tourism agencies to ensure that Donegal enjoys the full benefits of the event. As we speak, the golf team in Fáilte Ireland are sourcing a number of top golfing journalists who they will be bringing into Donegal to sample the local golf product.,” said Deputy Varadkar. “It’s vital that as the cream of golfing journalism descends on Antrim to cover the event, that we take advantage of their proximity to win some reflective glory.”Fáilte Ireland will be organising a number of familiarisation trips for overseas media in Donegal before and after the Open event. Both Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland will beThe minister also added that Fáilte Ireland would be using the Open as the perfect platform using the Irish Open to promote Donegal within Ireland, and internationally.He told donegaldaily.com: “I have asked the tourism authorities to promote Donegal both before and during the event. With large crowds from Northern Ireland in attendance, it’s the perfect opportunity to market the northwest as a region. I’m determined that Donegal will get a generous slice of the Irish Open pie this Summer and we will be pushing all the best buttons to ensure that happens.” The Minister encouraged Donegal tourism businesses to take full advantage of having a major sporting event taking place on their doorstep. This could include web marketing initiatives, food or accommodation promotions designed around the event, or entertainment outside of the golfing hours.Fáilte Ireland’s Golf website will have a dedicated Irish Open page where it will promote golf and other tourism offers available in the northwest during the event. Tourism businesses should get in touch with their local Fáilte Ireland team to ensure that any offers you have are included.A special eight-page supplement promoting Northwest golf tourism is also being planned for early April in advance of the Open, which will further promote Donegal as a top-class destination for those interested in all things golf.© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyGOLF OPEN IS HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR DONEGAL TOURISM – VARADKAR was last modified: February 25th, 2012 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:GOLF OPEN IS HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR DONEGAL TOURISM – VARADKARlast_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the Rathmullan to Portsalon road in Co. Donegal today which has left two young men dead.The single vehicle crash happened at Kinnegar Bridge, a mile outside Rathmullan, when a car struck a tree and a wall.Two young men, both from Letterkenny, were fatally injured and two other young men seriously injured in the crash which occurred at about 3.10 am today. All are thought to be in their late teens or early 20s. A Garda patrol car was in the area at the time and was able to immediately call the other emergency services.The deceased were pronounced dead at the scene and the injured were airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital by the Sligo 118 Coast Guard helicopter where they are being treated for multiple injuries. They are in a critical condition but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.The two survivors of the crash are from Glenswilly and Churchill.The road where the incident happened is on a bend, and just a mile or so outside Rathmullan. It’s understood the dead and injured had earlier attended the Rathmullan Festival and were traveling on to a house party.One of the first on the scene of the crash was a group of people coming home from a wedding reception.Another group of young women believed to be heading to the same house party were also quickly on the scene shortly after the devastating crash. TWO MEN DIE IN HORRIFIC DONEGAL ROAD CRASH was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car crashdonegalfatal car crashGardaiMilfordPortsalonRathmullanlast_img read more

Deputy fired for 911 delays

first_img Deputies captured the boyfriend after Nixon was fatally stabbed, and he is now serving a 22-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter. While the stabbing occurred in Palmdale, the 911 call was answered in Lancaster because the Lancaster sheriff’s station handles the 911 calls for both communities. That will end with the opening next year of the new Palmdale sheriff’s station, which will have its own 911 system. The Office of Independent Review report said the woman called 911 and pleaded for protection from her estranged boyfriend, who she said had come to her house and threatened and choked her. The woman told the desk deputy that she was outside the house with her children but feared he would come after her. First, the deputy inadvertently hung up on her, the report said. When the woman called back and pleaded for a patrol car, the deputy failed to transfer the call immediately for a car to be dispatched. Then the woman’s 13-year-old son came on the line and said his mother was being stabbed. The deputy failed to recognize that the boy was not the woman who had first called and continued to delay dispatching a patrol car, the report said. Later that night, the desk deputy was talking to another employee on the phone about the stabbing victim’s call when a “burglary now” call came in. The deputy placed that caller on hold for more than two minutes, telling the fellow employee: “People breaking into an empty house, like I care.” Also that evening, when the deputy failed to successfully transfer another 911 call to another station, the caller called back. The deputy gave the caller the telephone number of the other station and ended the call with obscenities. Two months later, the same deputy received a 911 call from a distraught woman who reported that two men were approaching her home and that she believed they were the men deputies had been seeking in a connection with a killing earlier that evening. The deputy became confrontational with the woman, insisted on obtaining standard background information that could be obtained later, and ultimately put her on hold, the report said. The deputy sent a request for service to the dispatcher but failed to mention the call might relate to the homicide investigation a few hours earlier. Sheriff’s officials decided to fire the deputy after concluding that her situation wasn’t one that could be corrected by training or other efforts, Deeley said. “We recruit from human beings, and some people aren’t cut out for this kind of work,” Deeley said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A Lancaster sheriff’s station desk deputy was forced to resign over a 2003 incident in which the deputy delayed sending help to a 911 caller whose estranged boyfriend then stabbed her to death, a recently released report says. The deputy later that night placed a caller reporting a burglary on hold for two minutes while the deputy talked to another employee, used obscenities in another call and two months later put on hold a distraught woman reporting that two men believed to be connected to a murder were approaching her home. “We reviewed hundreds of phone calls,” Lancaster sheriff’s station commander Capt. Carl Deeley said of the deputy’s behavior. “We found a problem that had not been obvious before.” Concerning the January 2003 slaying of 43-year-old Regina Nixon, who was stabbed to death in front of her Palmdale home as her children watched, the action against the deputy was disclosed Thursday in the 2005 annual report from the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Relieved of duty since 2003, the deputy in February dropped her appeal of her firing and agreed to retire, records show. The Office of Independent Review is a panel of civil rights attorneys who oversee internal Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigations and recommend discipline. The former deputy’s name is being kept confidential under state law, according to the office. The office did not investigate the 911-call case, but monitored the Sheriff’s Department’s internal investigation and agreed with the Sheriff’s Department’s decision to fire the deputy, the report said. The investigation started as a routine examination of the recording of the 911 call, common after serious crimes, Deeley said. The recording convinced Lancaster sheriff’s station officials that they should examine other calls handled by the deputy, he said. The investigation did not indicate that Nixon could have been saved if the desk deputy had acted differently, Deeley said, but “regardless, that call was mishandled.” last_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Friday, July 7. Greg (Greggy) INNESThe death has occurred of Greg Innes (known as Greggy), 23 Drumacrin Avenue, East End, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, suddenly in his 31st year. Beloved son of the late Gregory and Winnie Innes, loving brother of the late Trina and uncle of the late Caitlin and Carla. Deeply regretted by his loving brother Tommy (Grace), sisters Amanda (Wayne), Patricia (Declan) and Charlene (John), his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at the residence of his sister Amanda, 41 Silverhill, West End, Bundoran. Removal from there on Saturday morning 8th July at 10.30am to arrive at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bundoran for Mass of the Resurrection at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Ninnidh’s Cemetery, Newtown, Bundoran. House Private to Family and Close Friends Please. Any further enquiries to the Funeral Directors, Conlan & Breslin on 086-2492036. Tony MC GILLThe death has taken place yesterday at Letterkenny University Hospital of Tony Mc Gill, Maghereagh, Castlefin. Much loved brother of Olive, Cathal, Sr. Ann, Helen and the late Seamus.Reposing at his home on Thursday (July 6th) from 7.30p.m. Funeral leaving his home on Saturday (July 8th) at 10.25a.m. for Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Castlefin at 11a.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing brother, sisters and family circle. Family time please from 11p.m. to 11a.m.  Mary Agnus MULREANYThe death has occurred of Mary Agnus Mulreany, Drumletafin, Inver, Donegal.Removal from her late residence on Friday 7th July to St. Naul’s Church, Ardaghey for 11am Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in the local cemetery. James MCNAMEEThe death has occurred of James McNamee, Clar and Drimark, Donegal Town, Donegal.Funeral Mass on Friday 7th July in St Mary’s Church, Killymard, at 11am followed by burial in St Agatha’s Cemetery, Clar. House private please.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: July 7th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal death noticesobituarieslast_img read more

Hayes hopes Chelsea Ladies build on win

first_imgChelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes says they should take confidence from their impressive victory over Arsenal when they face in-form Manchester City at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park on Sunday.Chelsea have moved up to second place in the Women’s Super League after the 2-1 success against a Gunners side who had beaten the Blues twice in cup competitions this season.Now Chelsea take on City, who have won seven games out of eight and are up to fourth in the table after Thursday’s 1-0 win over Notts County.“We had a fantastic win against Arsenal on Wednesday night but our heads were immediately thinking about Manchester City as soon as the final whistle went,” Hayes said.“They are a good, solid, organised team and have made a promising start to their debut season but we are playing at home and coming off the back of the Arsenal win and qualifying for the Continental Cup semi-final. I hope we have the confidence going in to the game to get another three points.“We respect every opponent in this league, you only have to look at how tight games are to see you have to do that, but if we are going to continue to aim for a top-four finish then we need to pick up points at home.”Kick-off on Sunday is at 2pm, with tickets available on the door. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Big night on tap at Redwood Acres

first_imgThe biggest race of the Redwood Acres season will take place on Saturday, on a night of action that will include a fireworks display.The Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series Late Models will feature the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 as the big race of the evening.Mic Moulton will be the heavy favorite going into the race, having won all three races so far this season.Consistency, however, has paid off for David Henderson, who is just 14 points back in the season standings. …last_img read more