Foul play? Curious Derick questions timing of rejection for CONCACAF presidency

first_imgPresident of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Gordon Derrick has expressed disappointment following the rejection of his candidacy for the CONCACAF presidency, this after FIFA announced he had failed an integrity check.In a media release issued yesterday, Gordon, who also serves as the president of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, noted that he found his non-admittance for the CONCACAF presidential election odd given what he termed the minute nature of the cited offence.CONCACAF, the football authority for the North America, Central America and Caribbean region, is expected to elect a new president on May 12 in Mexico City. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and is a member of the organisation’s executive committee, which will be known as the FIFA Council.Derrick outlined that he received a letter from FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee chairman, Domenico Scala, on April 12, 2016, which informed him that he could not be admitted as a candidate for the election of the office of FIFA vice-president.He further noted that the correspondence cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand in the wake of the Mohammed Bin Hamman matter, which saw several regional football leaders fined and charged with receiving cash payments during Bin Hamman’s failed bid to become FIFA president.BARRED FROM CONTESTINGDerrick noted with interest that he is being barred from contesting for the post for what he deems a minor offence.”Mr Domenico Scala cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand following the Bin Hammam matter, for which I was fined CHF 300, and an ongoing investigation that began over a year ago, on March 6, 2015. I find it curious that the reprimand of 2011 was too minute to warrant an appeal and further that the principal person in the matter was vindicated upon his appeal, yet this was deemed significant enough to derail my candidacy,” read Derrick’s statement.”It is equally interesting that the investigation opened against me by the FIFA Ethics Committee has been prolonged for over a year and was used as the second plank upon which I was disqualified. Given the series of events leading up to this announcement, I am not surprised, but I am nonetheless disappointed and concerned,” Derrick said before stating that he is now considering his options.”This disappointment and concern is not just for myself. It extends to football in the region and the course our development agenda seems set to take. I am carefully considering my next move and hope to make a more comprehensive statement in due course,” the statement continued.The development means that Bermuda’s Larry Mussenden and Canada’s Victor Montagliani are the remaining candidates for the CONCACAF presidency.CONCACAF’s last three presidents – Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – have all been booted for their alleged involvement in the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA.last_img read more

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Painters scrape through Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Croatia’s Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic scored his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MOSCOW — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia’s biggest ever game.“We love to be the underdogs,” Lovren said in the wake of Croatia’s England 2-1 extra-time win over England.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Despite the Balkan nation’s small population, it is a veritable talent factory in a wide range of sports. There’s the former U.S. Open tennis champion Marin Cilic, a raft of current and ex-NBA players, Olympic champions in skiing, discus and the country’s beloved water polo.Most of all, Croatia is an export market for quality footballers, with a squad boasting stars for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.Until now, Croatia’s greatest moment on the football pitch was reaching the World Cup semifinals in 1998, the country’s first tournament after becoming independent.Stars of that team remain household names in Croatia, including the football federation president and ex-Real Madrid striker Davor Suker, who has been with this squad all the way through this World Cup campaign. After the quarterfinal win over Russia, Suker said he’d be delighted if Modric replaced him as Croatia’s greatest player of all time.Instead, he said, “I’ll be the greatest president!”Now that the 2018 squad has gone a step further than the 1998 semifinalists, Lovren and Croatia are creating a narrative beyond anything they experienced as children when the stars of the national team were etched into folk lore following a semifinal loss to France.“I was only nine. I remember my mum was screaming, she was crying after the French game,” Lovren said. “After 20 years people will remember us not any more (than just) ’98 — and this is what I wanted.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES With a population of 4.3 million and a history of struggle, it’s easy to see why. Not since Uruguay’s win in 1950 has a country of so few people reached a World Cup final.Croatia’s players were born around the time an independent Croatia emerged from the wars which divided the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Lovren and star midfielder Luka Modric were refugees as children.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Croatia still struggles economically and its football scene has been riven with hooliganism, crime and politics.It’s a country that breeds toughness in its players. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The key to Croatia’s success in Russia, Lovren said, is “Our mentality.”“War, all these things and even now the situation is not the best,” he said. “It’s unbelievable how many talents we have in sports.”Two years ago, Croatia’s campaign at the 2016 European Championship was overshadowed by turmoil in the stands as fans hurled dozens of flares onto the field in protest against the football federation leadership. A year before that, a swastika was drawn on the field before a national-team game.Those episodes have led to sanctions from soccer’s international governing body, but Lovren is hoping the squad’s success at this World Cup will mark a turning point for the country.“It’s not just football, it’s a bigger picture for us unfortunately,” he said. “Us players, now we change something and everyone is proud of us in Croatia.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Appeal Court to hear stay on High Court rulings Wednesday

first_imgThe Court of Appeal is expected to hear the applications made by Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams to stay last month’s High Court rulings on the no-confidence motion against the coalition Government.Attorney-at-Law Anil NandlallDuring an in-chambers session next Wednesday, Justice of Appeal Rishi Persaud will hear the submissions for applications to stay acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s rulings as AG Williams seeks to keep the President and the coalition Cabinet in office until the hearing and determination of the appeals filed on the no-confidence motion.According to Attorney-At-law Anil Nandlall, who is representing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in these matters, the intent behind these applications is to suspend the effect of the no-confidence motion and its constitutional consequences.“In other words, the pith and substance of these applications is to suspend the provisions of the Constitution from taking effect, that is to say, that the Government is not defeated, that Cabinet including the President, is not required to resign and that elections are not required to be held within three months,” Nandlall asserted.He is of the view that it would amount to a coup d’état of the Constitution if these orders are granted since the Constitution is supreme and the Judiciary is subservient to it.“Therefore, rather than expend precious time and invaluable resources in pursuing these applications, a far more constructive course is to endeavour to have the appeal themselves heard and determined with dispatch. It is this latter approach for which I intend to advocate. This will pull the tree from its root, rather than trim the branches,” Nandlall asserted.Attorney General Basil WilliamsLast month, the acting Chief Justice refused the AG’s request for a stay and conservatory order prior to her rulings, saying that she could not grant a stay of the Court’s clarification of a decision taken by the Parliament.As such, Government asked the Appeal Court last week to stay the High Court’s rulings while it considers setting aside the judgments made by Justice George.The first case of AG v Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Leader, which deals with the 33 to 32 majority that was used to pass the no-confidence motion, Attorney General Basil Williams is arguing that “there was a miscalculation of the majority of all elected members as required under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution for the Government to be defeated on a vote of no-confidence”.Meanwhile, the second case was AG v Christopher Ram, who had successfully sought to have the High Court validate the no-confidence resolution and have Government comply with constitutional provisions to demit office and call elections no later than March of this year.The Chief Justice had upheld both cases, ruling that the no-confidence vote was validly passed and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Williams in his appeal is claiming that the Chief Justice made an error in both of these rulings.In addition, appeals were also filed by the lawyers appearing for State Minister Joseph Harmon; while a cross-appeal was filed on behalf of Christopher Ram and an appeal is also to be filed on behalf of Compton Reid, the private citizen who legally challenged the validity of former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud’s vote on the no-confidence motion given his dual citizenship status.Last week, Nandlall had written the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards to have the Court of Appeal fast-track these proceedings given their national importance, touching and concerning the constitutional and democratic architecture of Guyana.To this end, the attorneys representing the parties in the appeals met on Friday morning with the Registrar of the Appeal Court to settle issues relating to ‘Records of Appeal’.According to Nandlall, the responsibility of preparing the Records of Appeal, when settled, is that of the appellant. As such, the appellants promised to have the Records of Appeal prepared and ready within seven days. Afterwards, it is expected that the Appeal Court will set a date for hearing for the appeals.last_img read more

1 freed, 2 sentenced for cocaine trafficking

first_imgOne man, who was charged for cocaine possession, was set free, while his two co-accused were sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment, topped with an $11.7 million fine after they were found guilty of the charge brought against them.Fifty-seven-year-old Aundre Singh, a businessman of Lot 779 Section B Block X Great Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, and sixty-year-old Clifford Gouveia, a taxi driver of Lot 14 Little Abary, East Coast Demerara, were emotional as Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus made her ruling on Tuesday following the completion of the trial.Oneal Charan of Lot 47 Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Georgetown, on the other hand, was freed of the charge by reason of lack of evidence.However, during the sentencing, Attorney-at-Law Bernard Davila asked for a minimum sentence for his client, Gouveia, since he is a diabetic and suffers from hypertension, while George Thomas, who represented Singh, told the court that his client suffered a medical condition that would require him to visit the hospital on a regular basis.Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Narissa Leander asked the court to impose the maximum sentence on both men, citing the serious nature of the offence, the penalty it attracts, and the quantity of drugs that was found.On October 3, 2018, agents of CANU intercepted two motor cars on Rupert Craig Highway, in the vicinity of Kitty Seawall, with a quantity of cocaine, guns and ammunition. As a result of the operations, three males were taken into custody.It was reported that Singh and Charan were in a white Premio motor car bearing registration number PSS 8977, while Gouveia was the driver of another motorcar PLL 5213. At the time, a box was being transferred from one car to the other.Ranks of CANU swooped down on the operation and intercepted a box containing five suspected bricks of cocaine and beauty soaps. Upon weighing the cocaine, it amounted to 5.582 kilograms.In addition, the home of Singh was subsequently searched and a further 6.6 grams of suspected cocaine, along with US$5000 and GYD$3M were found.One Taurus Revolver with matching ammunition and one Pistol with matching ammunition were also discovered in another section of Singh’s house.last_img read more

Ex-players, family remember ‘D.J.’

first_img Also: Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to the Cavaliers’ starting lineup in Miami for the first time since his wife went into early labor and lost twin babies. … Knicks leading rebounder David Lee sat out New York’s crucial game against the New Jersey Nets with a sprained right ankle and muscle strain. … Washington All-Star forward Caron Butler missed the game at Minnesota with lower back spasms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Former NBA players remembered Dennis Johnson for his athletic ability and his infectious smile Sunday during a memorial service where there was far more laughter than tears. “In my lifetime I have never met such a dynamic person,” former Boston Celtics teammate Cedric Maxwell told the crowd of nearly 200 people gathered at the David Chapel Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. “He was one of the greatest players of all time.” A framed No. 3 Toros jersey and an enlarged picture of Johnson were surrounded by flowers near the altar. His wife of 31 years, Donna, and his three children, Dwayne, Denise and Daniel, sat in one of the front rows. Wade to seek second opinion: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will seek a second opinion early this week before deciding whether to rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder or have season-ending surgery. “The sooner the better,” Miami coach and president Pat Riley said. If Wade chooses the rehab option, he could return to Miami’s lineup in about sixweeks, or with around 10regular-season games remaining. Artest sits out against Pacers: Sacramento forward Ron Artest missed the Kings’ game against the Indiana Pacers, his former team. Artest was not with the team for personal reasons, a team spokesman said without elaborating. Artest was not listed on the injury report. center_img Johnson, a Pepperdine product, was part of three NBA championship teams with Boston and Seattle, died Thursday after collapsing following practice with the Austin Toros, the NBA Development League team he coached. He was 52. Bill Walton and Robert Reed were among those in the crowd. last_img read more

Neymar makes Sh385mn per month at PSG

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain pays Brazilian forward Neymar more than three million euros a month, by far the biggest salary in French football © AFP/File / DENIS CHARLETPARIS, France, Feb 6 – Paris Saint-Germain pays 12 of the 13 largest player salaries in the French league, led by Neymar, who makes Sh385mn ($3.8 million) gross a month, more than twice as much as the next highest earner, sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday.Behind Neymar, PSG players occupy the next seven places: Uruguayan Edinson Cavani makes Sh192.7mn (1.54 mn euros) a month, French teenager Kylian Mbappe earns Sh187mn (1.5mn euros) and Brazilian defender Thiago Silva makes Sh166.4mn (1.33mn euros). Then come Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria and Brazilian defender Marquinhos, both on Sh140mn (1.12m euros), Italian midfielder Thiago Motta (Sh109mn -875,000 euros) and Argentine Javier Pastore (Sh96.3mn – 770,000 euros).The first non-Parisian on the list is Radamel Falcao, the Colombian striker who earns 750,000 euros a month and, because he is in Monaco, pays no taxes.The top ten is rounded out by Dani Alves, another Brazilian defender at PSG, who makes Sh93.8mn (700,000 euros).Next come three more PSG stars — German striker Julian Draxler and Italian playmaker Marco Verratti both make Sh75mn (600,000 euros).PSG’s French striker Hatem Ben Arfa is tied on Sh62.5mn (500,000 euros) a month with two Marseille players, the former West Ham player Dimitri Payet and Brazilian Luiz Gustavo.At the other end of the Ligue 1 salary table are Amiens, where the average monthly salary is Sh1.9mn (15,000 euros), including three players on just Sh350,000 (2,800 euros).Since the sacking of the Marcelo Bielsa, who was making Sh70mn (560,000 euros) a month to coach Lille before he stormed out, PSG’s Unai Emery has become the highest earning manager on Sh56.3mn (450,000 euros) a month.Next comes another man working tax-free in Monaco, Leonardo Jardim, on Sh43.8mn (350,000 euros) closely followed by Claudio Ranieri, who won the English Premier League with Leicester in 2016 and makes Sh42.6mn (340,000 euros) a month in Nantes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lack of Champions League a positive- Hazard

first_imgAntonio Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last season in the absence of European football, but a return to the Champions League this term has seen the club’s league troubles return – having finished tenth under Jose Mourinho in the 2015/16 campaign.While a place in the Europa League is a distinct possibility, the Blues face the very real prospect of dropping below an in-form Arsenal, who are three points behind Chelsea in sixth.They are still, however, in the FA Cup where they face Southampton on April 22.And speaking following the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday and ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with the Saints, Hazard said he is still hopeful of silverware this season.He told the club’s official website: “I hope for the Chelsea fans and ourselves that we can achieve something.“We still have the FA Cup to play for so we need to bring this trophy to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.”The Belgian international also believes that playing for Chelsea makes the players want to participate in the Champions League,  which is honourable for any club.“When you play for Chelsea you want to be in the Champions League every year but last year we didn’t play in it and we won the title, so sometimes a bad thing can create a good thing.”“But we will play [to try qualify] for the Champions League, for sure.“We need to work together. There are six games left to play in the league and we will try everything to be in the top four at the end of the season,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000And speaking following the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday and ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with the Saints, Hazard said he is still hopeful of silverware this season.LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard believes that the club’s potential misfortune of missing out on the Champions League this season could turn out to be a positive.The Blues are currently battling for a top-four finish and sit fifth on the Premier League standings, but a massive ten points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.last_img read more

Splash the cash Spurs! Five striker targets to turn Tottenham into a real force

first_img 4. Swansea’s Wilfried Bony: 16 goals in the Premier League! Click the arrow for a player with a phenomenal record at international level – Last season Bony scored 16 Premier League goals for Swansea and in the summer was being linked with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool. His club will not let him go cheaply having paid £12m for him in 2013. 5 5 5 5. Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez: 15 goals in 33 games and Tottenham-bound? Click the arrow to see a potential Spurs signing with an even more impressive record… – Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane are good players, but Tottenham need a player who scores on a regular basis. Rodriguez was said to be close to joining Spurs in the transfer window, but it is now thought they will wait until January where he should be back to full fitness. The 25-year-old has been sidelined with a knee injury since April after scoring 15 Premier League goals in 33 games under Mauricio Pochettino. 1. Mattia Destro: Roma – Granted, the young Italian is playing in a team challenging at the top of Serie A and in their Champions League group. Destro was linked with a Chelsea move in the summer and is valued at £20m, but if anyone can broker a deal then it is Spurs technical director Franco Baldini, who held a similar position at Roma. Destro scored 13 goals in 20 Serie A games last season and is already off the mark in Italy with one goal in two matches this season. Could Roberto Soldado be used as bait? Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could do with some extra firepower up front.In their previous two Premier League home games against Liverpool and West Brom, they mustered one shot on target in a 3-0 and 1-0 loss.In their 2-2 draw with Sunderland, poor finishing prevented them picking up three points and while they have a players in the middle capable of scoring goals, a consistent scorer is needed.Click the arrow to see possible transfer targets. 2. Porto’s Jackson Martinez: Scores for fun! Click the arrow for a seriously good Serie A striker – Now is surely the time for him to test himself in one of the stronger leagues, surely. Already this season Martinez has scored five goals in five domestic games for Porto where he has spent the past two years scoring for fun. The 27-year-old Colombian, who has been linked with Arsenal previously, scored twice against Japan at the World Cup but despite this, it is a gamble taking him from the Portuguese top flight to the Premier League. 5 3. Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: the scourge of Chelsea! Click the arrow for one of Europe’s most exciting attackers – As talkSPORT told you, the 31-year-old has not ruled out playing in the Premier League and even better – his contract runs out next summer. The Dutchman has scored 35 goals in 65 appearances for his country and is someone who simply cannot help but score goals. Just ask fans of Real Madrid, Ajax, Heerenveen Milan and Schalke. 5last_img read more

Oliech, Musa to oversee sports development

first_imgOther members includes, Hashim Kamau, Judith Njagi, Lea Mumo Mate among othersSpeaking after signed the Nairobi City County Sports Management (amendment) Bill 2018 in to law at City Hall, Sonko said he is focused to ensure that youth benefit from their talents.“This team, which is composed of Kenyans who played in the international games, will help us develop our own sports locally. We believe that they will share with us their great experience and they will be inspirational to our own youth,” said Sonko.Sonko added that developing sports in the city is part of creating job opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of talented youth.He said infrastructure development is important in sport development, that is the reason why the Nairobi City County is putting up state-of-the-art stadia that meet FIFA standards in Dandora, Ziwani, Woodley, Riruta and Kihumbuini.Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko assenting to to Nairobi City County Sports Management (Ammendment) Bill 2018.“Our engineers are already on ground and work in on progress,” said Sonko.He said after the completion of these stadia, he will lobby to have international sporting events be hosted in Nairobi City County.“I’m on the ground supervising the ongoing projects. I want to warn that any of my officials who will be implicated in any scandal in any of my projects, will be face the law,” said Sonko.Nairobi Sports and Education Executive Janet Ouko said in other countries where sports has been taken seriously, majority of the youth have benefitted.“We should emulate what other developed countries are doing. A lot of the youth earn huge amount of money through sports, and we believe we can also achieve that,” said Ouko.Those present during the function included; Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi and Nairobi Majority Leader Abdi Guyo.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Harambee Stars assistant coach Musa Otieno has a chat with Ayub Timbe, Eric Johannah and skipper Victor Wanyama during a training session at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15- Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has nominated former Harambee Stars captains Musa Otieno and Dennis Oliech to oversee sports development in the Capital City.The former International footballers, who helped Kenyan in different capacities to achieve global recognition, are now part of a ten-member team nominated by Sonko to ensure there is development of talent and sport in Nairobi.last_img read more

ValuJet passengers mourned

first_imgMIAMI – Maria Bafunno knelt and gently touched the name of her brother, Giuseppe, inscribed on a cemetery stone marker that lists the names of the 110 people killed when ValuJet Flight 592 plunged into the Everglades 10 years ago Thursday. “It seems like yesterday,” the West Palm Beach resident said as she attended ceremonies on the crash anniversary. “It’s good to be with all the people who went through the same things.” About 80 relatives and friends of Flight 592’s passengers and crew were joined by federal investigators, who talked about changes since the crash. Like many family members, Marguerite Dingle of Baltimore said she felt compelled to take part in the anniversary because there were no remains recovered of her sister, Frances Brown.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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It took the loss of 110 lives for that change to occur,” said Greg Feith, who was the lead ValuJet investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. Passenger airlines can no longer carry as cargo the oxygen generators blamed for starting the fire that brought down Flight 592. The Federal Aviation Administration also ordered the installation of fire detection and suppression systems in cargo areas. The FAA’s inspector general at the time, Mary Schiavo, said the crash also spurred federal laws and airline policies that treat victims’ relatives with greater respect and provide them with more information. “These families sort of stood together and banded together like no other crash before it,” Schiavo said. “That was a major, major change in the law.” AirTran Airways, which arose from ValuJet’s ashes, now has one of the newest fleets of aircraft flying to 50 destinations. The maintenance contractor blamed for the mishandling of the oxygen generators was convicted in 1999 of state criminal charges of recklessly supplying the devices and went out of business. last_img read more