Warner accuses FIFA of using life ban as ‘distraction’

first_img breach of ethics The embattled sports body said Warner had been guilty of breaching several of the articles of the body’s code of ethics relating to conflict of interest and “accepting and offering gifts and other benefits”. As such, Warner will be prohibited from any kind of “football-related activity at national and international level for life”. Warner served as CONCACAF president for two decades and as a powerful FIFA vice-president for close to three decades. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner yesterday questioned the timing of his life time ban from football saying it was nothing more than a “distraction”. Warner said that it is “no coincidence” that his life ban came as FIFA president Sepp Blatter was being probed by Swiss authorities for criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. “I left the FIFA in April 2011, and if in September 2015 (some four years and five months afterwards) the FIFA wants to ban me for life without even a hearing, then so be it,” Warner said here. “I do not believe, however, that this will serve as the distraction to the FIFA’s present problems as the FIFA wishes it to be. “Given what is happening in Zurich with Sepp Blatter, I guess that there is no such thing as a coincidence.” Warner was slapped with the life ban by football’s world governing body, FIFA, yesterday, more than four years after he quit the organisation at the height of the cash-for-votes corruption scandal. FIFA said it had reached the decision after its Ethics Committee had in January launched an investigation into Warner’s involvement in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Parties set stage for results speeches

first_img The PNP stage has been set on a massive movable flat truck and is adorned with a banner of PNP president Portia Simpson Miller as the backdrop. The stage at Belmont Road, however, has already been set. Unlike the one at the PNP’s base, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) setup is small and simple. And there is no fancy banner in the background. Belmont Road is the base of the JLP. The JLP’s stage has been placed in the yard of its headquarters, unlike the PNP, which has taken over a section of the street. Jamaicans have been voting in the country’s 17th general election since 7:00 a.m. today. Polls will close at 5:00 pm, after which the counting of ballots will take place. The headquarters of the country’s two main political parties tell the tale of two cities. Workmen are now putting in place the final touches to a stage, which has been setup in the streets in front the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Old Hope Road headquarters. “This is a facility for the party leader to acknowledge the outcome of the elections,” Alston Stewart, one of the PNP’s campaign team leaders, told The Gleaner.last_img read more

GALLERY: Brandon Vera, Mauro Cerilli face off ahead of ONE: Conquest of Champions

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eduard Folayang, who was also present at the open workout held at Victory Sports Tower on Friday, meanwhile, is determined to bring back the ONE Lightweight crown to the Philippines against a seasoned fighter in Amir Khan.Here are photos from the event:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPPhoto from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPPhoto from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPPhoto from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPPhoto from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPPhoto from ONE CHAMPIONSHIP MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Romeo Travis drops 50 as Magnolia ousts Ginebra to enter PBA Finals Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img ONE Heavyweight champion Brandon Vera and his opponent Mauro Cerilli faced off a week before their clash in the ONE: Conquest of Champions on November 23 at Mall of Asia Arena.Vera, still sharp at 40, is returning to the cage after a year to defend his crown against the Italian challenger in front of the hometown crowd in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Gennady Golovkin to return in June after signing deal with DAZN

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alvarez already has an exclusive deal with the sports streaming service and is set to meet Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title unification match on May 4 in Las Vegas.The deal calls for Golovkin to fight twice a year on DAZN for the next three years, giving the longtime middleweight champion from Kazakhstan plenty of opportunities to regain titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe biggest one would be through another bout with Alvarez after their two close contests, which were both pay-per-view fights. When Alvarez signed his contract last year, which his promotional company said would pay him a minimum of $365 million, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper said he hoped it would help attract other top fighters.He finally got Golovkin, whom he called “a generational talent with international appeal.” Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES DAZN has all the middleweight champions, with WBO champion Demetrius Andrade also fighting on DAZN. He called out Golovkin after defending his title in January, saying he would “destroy” Triple G.GGG Promotions will do two cards per year on DAZN beginning in 2020. Golovkin and Skipper plan to discuss the deal next week at a press conference in the Los Angeles area.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img US women’s national soccer team players sue for equitable pay MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Gennady Golovkin reacts following a middleweight title against Canelo Alvarez, in Las Vegas. Golovkin will return to the ring in June after signing a multiyear deal Friday, March 8, 2019, with DAZN, which gives him the possibility of a third fight with Alvarez. No date or opponent was announced for the fight, which will be Golovkin’s first since being edged by Alvarez last September in their second bout after they fought to a draw in the first one. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Gennady Golovkin will return to the ring in June after signing a multiyear deal Friday with DAZN, which gives him the possibility of a third fight with Canelo Alvarez.No date or opponent was announced for the fight, which will be Golovkin’s first since being edged by Alvarez last September in their second bout after they fought to a draw in the first one.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Naked man who wrecked hotel rooms blames attack on ear tablets

first_imgA guest accused of damaging four hotel rooms ran down into the lobby naked and blamed “gypsies” for the attack.Marketing manager Eamon Devlin is accused of causing thousands of euro of damage to Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel. His legal team has blamed an over-the-counter tablet for sparking a psychosis which led to Devlin’s “bizarre behaviour.”The 41-year-old appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with causing criminal damage to the hotel and has pleaded not guilty.Devlin had booked into the hotel with his three-year-old son as he was going through a divorce with his wife in September 2016 and wanted to spend time with his child.The father and son had enjoyed a day out playing pitch and putt at Ballyliffin Gold Club before having a swim and some bar food at the hotel.He had a pint of Carlsberg, an Irish coffee and took a bottle of wine to his room.At 11.30pm Mr Devlin ordered another bottle of wine be brought to his room.However, in the early hours of the morning, around 5am, Mr Devlin arrived in the reception of the hotel naked carrying his son who was in his pyjamas.He asked staff to come to his room, number 214, claiming there was ‘gypsies’ in his room and he needed to get them out.Night porter, Seamus Henry went to the room but found nothing wrong and that there was nobody else in his room.Around 6am, the night porter received a phonecall from room 215 complaining of shouting in the accused man’s rooms which had been going on for half an hour.Accompanied by another staff member, Mr Henry went upstairs and noticed the corridor was flooded.They used the master key to gain entry to room 214 but had to force the door as it was damaged.Mr Henry said the room was under three inches of water and that sinks had been pulled off the bathroom wall and there was also broken glass everywhere.The court was told that the water later spread to three other rooms and at one stage it appeared that the ceiling of one room almost collapsed.Hotel manager Colm O’Kane said he was telephoned at home to tell him what had happened and he arrived a short time later.He said that Devlin asked him “Did you see them, did you see them? The gypsies? Youse are doing a great job.”Devlin, a marketing manager with a software company in Northern Ireland, was arrested and interviewed at Buncrana Garda station.He blamed a combination of stress, medication and alcohol for his behaviour on the night and offered to pay compensation for the damage saying he was deeply ashamed of what had happened.He told Gardai “I’m a big boy. If that phonecall to room service hadn’t been made I wouldn’t be here.”He said he recalls going into the bathroom but the room went dark and he could not find a way out and believed the gypsies were in the room taking his son.He also said he was taking tablets for an ear infection which he bought in a pharmacy in Northern Ireland and these were called Day and Night Nurse.An expert witness introduced by the defense, Mr Michael Lyons, told the court that the tablets taken by Devlin, of 121 Drumintee Road, Kileavy, Newry, Co Down, contained an ingredient known as DXM.He claimed that on occasion large quantities of DXM had shown to lead to psychosis.However, state prosecutor Ms Patricia McLaughlin said the quantity of tablets containing DXM was nowhere near that given in the examples outlined by Mr Lyons.She added “If he had never consumed this second bottle of wine this would never have happened. It has nothing to do with an over the counter medication that most of the population have taken.”Barrister for Devlin, Mr Colm Smyth, SC said this was a very sad case but asked what evidence there was that it was intoxication that caused him to thrash the hotel room.He said that his client displayed “a manic strength” to wreck the bathroom which could only be caused by the intake of a substance and not just drink.“The night porter did not say he was staggering or smelling of alcohol. He said he needed to get the gypsies out of his room. This is all bizarre behaviour but at no stage did he show symptoms that he wasn’t in control of himself because of the intake of alcohol.“The DXN in his system caused him to display this bizarre behaviour. There is no evidence that alcohol is the sole root of his problems. It was caused by involuntary intoxication.”Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until tomorrow (Wed) when he will charge the jury.Naked man who wrecked hotel rooms blames attack on ear tablets was last modified: July 17th, 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:attackBALLYLIFFIN LODGE HOTELcourtdonegalEamon DevlinGardaitabletswinelast_img read more

SECOND MAN ARRESTED FOR QUESTIONING ABOUT ALLEN MURDER

first_imgA man in his mid 30s is being questioned by Gardai in connection with the murder of Andrew Allen.The 24 year old was blasted to death at his home in Buncrana on February 9th last.Mr Allen’s partner was also in the downstairs bedroom of the house at Links View Park when the killers struck and miraculously escaped with injury. Today’s arrest is the second in recent weeks in connection with the brutal killing of the father of two.Another man in his 50s was arrested on April 6th but was released without charge.The so-called vigilante group, Republican Action Against Drugs, later claimed responsibility for Mr Allen’s death.They claimed he was a drug dealer – a claim his family has always denied. The man being quizzed at Buncrana Garda Station is being held Under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939The arrest comes just days after Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell issued a fresh appeal for information on the Vauxhall Cavalier car used in the assassination.Inspector O’Donnell said their investigation was progressing but appealed for anybody who may have seen the car in the weeks leading up to the killing to contact them. SECOND MAN ARRESTED FOR QUESTIONING ABOUT ALLEN MURDER was last modified: April 22nd, 2012 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:Andrew Allenarrestbuncranalast_img read more

VILLAGERS ANGRY OVER SPATE OF VANDAL ATTACKS

first_imgPEOPLE in a Co Donegal village are being urged to help stamp out a series of vandal attacks after another incident last night.James McCormack, a resident in Churchill, says another window was smashed in a vacant shop but that this is just the latest incident.And he says with no Gardai in the village anymore, local people need to band together to prevent further attacks. “I just wanted to bring to the attention of the people of Churchill village that a spate of graffiti and window smashing has been going on in the village over that past while,” said James.“Even last night another large window was shattered in a vacant shop in the village, this is the third window in this building in the last few months, along with lewd graffiti sprayed in what looked like sheep marker spray at the entrance ramp to the pines estate on the outskirts of the village.”Mr McCormack said security cameras are in use in some of the vacant stores and locals are advised that “just because we don’t have a Garda member in the village anymore we are not going to let our peacefull village be over run with this sort of carry on.”He said local people had “reasonable evidence as to who carried out at least some of the last incidents and we will be approaching the Garda with this soon.” Mr McCormack went on: “We hope it doesn’t come to this in such a small community and we know the parents can’t be watching all the time but this will have to be stopped in order to keep our community the way we like it.”He said he was also urging local people to keep an eye out for neighbours following a spate of thefts. VILLAGERS ANGRY OVER SPATE OF VANDAL ATTACKS was last modified: September 14th, 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:ChurchillVILLAGERS ANGRY OVER SPATE OF VANDAL ATTACKSlast_img read more

Aisling aims to amaze in all-Ireland poetry contest

first_imgColáiste Ailigh student Aisling Ni Shiadháil is rehearsing her verses for the national final of the popular Poetry Aloud competition tomorrow.The Letterkenny pupil had successfully competed in the semi-final of the ninth annual contest, organised by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) and Poetry Ireland.She will now proceed to the national final, which will take place in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin tomorrow, 1st December. The event will see 31 students from across the country compete in the junior, intermediate and senior categories for the Seamus Heaney Poetry Aloud Award. Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition for post-primary school students across the island of Ireland and was launched in 2006 as Yeats Aloud, becoming Poetry Aloud in 2007. Since then, it has grown enormously from just a few hundred entries to 1,800 entries in 2017.Aisling Ni ShiadháilAisling saw off competition from participants who travelled from schools nationwide and will compete in tomorrow’s final in the intermediate category. Each category winner will receive €300 as well as book tokens to the value of €300 for the winner’s school library. An overall winner will be chosen from the three category winners and will receive a further €200, the Seamus Heaney perpetual trophy and a book.Aisling aims to amaze in all-Ireland poetry contest was last modified: November 30th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Aisling Ni ShiadháilColaiste Ailighlast_img read more

SA team finds heart disease gene

first_imgCarriers of the progressive familial heart block gene can now get a timely diagnosis and treatment. (Image: stock.xchng)Researchers from South Africa’s Stellenbosch University, working with international colleagues in a study spanning more than 30 years, have identified the rogue or defective gene that causes a type of hereditary heart disease.Among the researchers are the father and son cardiac research team of Professors Andries and Paul Brink. They worked on the study with colleagues from the German universities of Hamburg and Münster.The disease, known as progressive familial heart block (PFHB) type I, affects the electrical system of the heart, as opposed to diseases that affect the organ’s blood vessels. Coronary artery disease can cause a heart attack or angina, while heart block is responsible for palpitations, light-headedness and fainting.PFHB can occur at any time in life and in a few cases has been diagnosed before birth. As the disease may progress to a complete heart block, successful management depends on the fitment of a pacemaker, but if it is not caught in time the patient may die.The discovery is a breakthrough for South African medical science as it gives hope to sufferers, who can now get advance warning of their condition and seek the necessary treatment.It will also help academic and medical staff to gain a better understanding of other conditions that affect the heart’s electrical system.Acording to the Heart Foundation of South Africa, about 195 people die every day from some kind of heart or blood vessel disease.Electrical impulseThe heart’s electrical impulses are generated by an internal natural pacemaker known as the sinoatrial node. The cells in this node send impulses out along a specialised conduction system, which tells the heart to beat.Proper functioning of these cells is vital for efficient contraction and pumping of the blood. If the electrical signal is disrupted or slowed as it moves through the tissue, a heart block occurs. Artificial pacemakers fulfil this electrical duty if the built-in system is too severely damaged to function properly.In PFHB type one the onset is early and the disease progresses rapidly. In type two the disease occurs later in life.Genealogical linkThe rogue gene was found in three branches of an Afrikaans familial group that can trace its ancestry back to one Portuguese individual who landed on the shores of the Cape at the end of the 17th century.Prof Andries Brink, former dean of Stellenbosch University’s faculty of Health Services, first described the disease in 1977 and published a paper at the time in the South African Medical Journal. The paper, titled Progressive familial heart block – two types, was co-authored by genealogy specialist Marie Torrington.During the 1970s Brink Sr, then a cardiac specialist at Cape Town’s Tygerberg hospital, treated an infant born with a slow heart rate, whose only hope of survival was an artificial pacemaker. According to Brink Jr, pacemakers in those days were large and unwieldy and to implant one into the body of a child was risky.Brink Sr became aware of another young child that needed a pacemaker, and it happened that the two children were closely related. He realised the condition may run in the family, and with Torrington’s help he traced its occurrence to other families, located mainly in the Eastern Cape province.It was Torrington who discovered that the disease was brought into South Africa by the Portuguese immigrant who arrived in South Africa in 1696. He subsequently married a woman of Dutch descent, and genetics has carried PFHB down all the generations since then. No matter where in the country they live, every South African suffering from PFHB today is descended from that couple.Locating the geneIn 1986 Brink’s son Paul, professor of internal medicine at Stellenbosch University’s medical school, and colleague Valerie Corfield, a molecular geneticist, began a study into the identification and location of the defective gene that causes the condition.They identified 71 carriers in the three families, of whom 48 had pacemakers implanted. Not everyone born into the PFHB family line will automatically get the disease. Corfield said that about half will be carriers and of that number, about 66% will eventually need a pacemaker.Eventually Brink and Corfield narrowed down the probable locus to an area encompassing about 80 genes on chromosome 19, which contains just over 1 500 genes. Genes on chromosome 19 have been linked to a number of conditions, including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.Around the same time Prof Olaf Pongs of Hamburg University’s Centre for Molecular Neurobiology was researching a link between gene TRPM4 on the 19th chromosome, and PFHB type I. The subjects of his study were all Afrikaans South Africans.Pongs contacted the team, “serendipitously” according to the South African scientists, who were rather daunted by the task of having to examine in detail a possible 80 genes, which is a time-consuming and expensive process.“Pongs told us that he was interested in a particular gene situated in our search area and that we should take a closer look at this gene,” said Brink.The two research groups decided to join hands, which led to the discovery that the gene Pongs pointed out was indeed the one that, after undergoing a very small change, causes PFHB.“Through our research it soon became clear that the product of this gene was playing a role in the way heart cells handle sodium and potassium,” explained Brink, “which underlie the electrical signals of the heart.”Findings of this study, titled Impaired endocytosis of the ion channel TRPM4 is associated with human progressive familial heart block type I, have been published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal for Clinical Investigation, and may also be read online.last_img read more

South Africa pushes solar geysers

first_imgPeters said the continent lagged behind in implementation of solar water heating mainly due to the high costs involved. According to Peters, a typical residential solar water heating system reduces the need for conventional water heating by about two-fifths. “Investments in renewable energy in Africa remain a challenge,” she said, adding however, that she was confident that the five-year target would be met. Speaking at the Solar Water Heating Conference in Johannesburg last week, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said South Africa and the rest of the continent had long under-exploited the power of the sun. She said that South Africa had in the past relied heavily on coal and oil, which used to come cheaply, and as a result other energy forms were not explored. “We are now in a situation where tough choices have to be made regarding our energy,” Peters said. The South African government has introduced a draft framework aimed at ensuring the installation of a million solar-powered geysers in households and commercial buildings in South Africa over the next five years. 9 November 2009 While renewable energy was more expensive, Peters said that the government had made big strides in developing Renewable Energy Feed In Tariffs (Refit) to incentivise the industry. She said renewable energy technologies would help to mitigate climate change, and could also help create up to 100 000 new jobs in the country. “I think the target is easily achievable. We want to save people money.” State power company Eskom has also offered incentives to pursuade households to turn to solar power. Solar water heating SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more