BREAKING: FIFA whistleblower admits executive committee members took bribes to facilitate World Cup bids

first_img1 FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer has admitted executive committee members took bribes to facilitate a number of World Cup bids, including the 1998 and 2010 tournaments in France and South Africa respectively.In a testimony published by the United States Department of Justice, Blazer confessed at least two acts of racketeering took place in relation to the award of football’s primary competition.He said: “I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup.“Beginning in or around 2004 and continuing through 2011, I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation of the 2010 World Cup.”The American administrator also added that during his association with FIFA and CONCACAF, he took bribes in conjunction with the broadcasting rights of the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003 Gold Cups.The news is the latest in a dramatic week for football’s governing body, after president Sepp Blatter stood down on Tuesday following a corruption scandal that led to the arrest of several FIFA administrators. Last week 14 people were indicted on charges of racketeering and money laundering. Four others had already been charged, including Blazer.The US justice department alleges they accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than 150million US dollars over a 24-year period.The FIFA scandal has led to question marks being placed over the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar, with many commentators suggesting the bidding process for those tournaments should be held again.Qatar World Cup organisers insist the crisis at FIFA will not affect their preparations for the tournament in 2022.A statement from Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said: “The recent events at FIFA will not impact on our preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. With five stadiums currently under construction we are ahead of schedule to deliver on our promises.“Qatar has faced criticism from the moment we won the right to bring this tournament to the Middle East for the first time. We remain committed to using the World Cup as a platform to break down prejudice and misconceptions, while leaving a lasting legacy for our country and the rest of the region.”Blatter’s shock announcement he is to step down as FIFA president continued to reverberate throughout football as South Africa’s sports minister denied the country had paid World Cup bribes.The South African Football Association sent a letter – obtained by Press Association Sport – in 2008 to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke saying that 10million US dollars should be administered directly by Warner, who is currently on bail in Trinidad pending extradition to the United States.South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula said the money – described as a bribe to secure the World Cup for South Africa by a US justice department indictment – was an agreed contribution to support the “African diaspora” in the Caribbean.Mbalula told a news conference: “The money was to support other projects in the diaspora. What we are saying is we did not bribe. We don’t know what compromised individuals say when they are compromised.”Mbalula added that the South African government did not know what had happened to the money.He said: “We don’t know. We can’t account for it. The fact that later they turned gangsters, that is not our problem. We were not sniffer dogs to check everybody’s legitimacy.”Valcke has also protested his innocence.He told France Info radio: “I have nothing to blame myself for and I certainly do not feel guilty so I do not even have to justify my innocence.”South Korea’s former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-Joon said he is considering standing to succeed Blatter.UEFA president Michel Platini, one of the possible candidates to succeed 79-year-old Blatter, has postponed a meeting of European associations in Berlin on Saturday.The Russia 2018 local organising committee praised Blatter for his “enormous contribution” to football at all levels. FIFA last_img read more

Over in three quarters

first_imgDrew Gillette had 21 points and the Fortuna Huskies boys’ basketball team won its 10th straight game, this time by a 64-39 margin on the road against the Arcata Tigers on the home team’s senior night, Wednesday night at Arcata High.Wednesday’s game, as with the Tigers’ 83-51 loss to Fortuna on Jan. 10, was decided early on.The Huskies jumped out to a seven-point lead to open to game before the Tigers were able to get a point on the board as, similarly to when the two teams first met in …last_img

South African horse goes for glory in Hong Kong

first_imgRay Maota JJ being taken through the paces duringtraining before race day.(Image:Singapore Turf Club) Cathay Pacific Airlines is the sponsor ofThe Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint.(Image:Cathay Pacific)MEDIA CONTACTS• Cathay Pacific South Africa+27 11 394 0905RELATED ARTICLES• The adventure starts here• Zip Zap circus school teaches life skills• SA explorer to circle world via poles• Hiking across South Africa to find ubuntu South African champion racehorse JJ the Jet Plane recently won the prestigious Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint, smashing over a decade of domination by Australian-bred steeds.The 1 200m race, which took place on 12 December 2010 at the Sha Tin Racecourse, has been won by Australian-bred horses for the past 11 years, since the sprint’s inception.This year’s event saw a supreme battle between what experts rate the three fastest horses in the world: JJ, Singapore champion Rocket Man and Hong Kong’s Sacred Kingdom. Rocket Man came in second with Sacred Kingdom close behind.The race was a closely contested affair with only an inch between JJ and Rocket Man. Sacred Kingdom settled for a comfortable third place after having won the last two Hong Kong sprints.With a winning time of 1:08.84, JJ secured his owners US$1.8-million (R12.2-million) in prize money.Pierre Strydom, JJ’s jockey said: “We had a great run, always travelling well. When we eased out on the straight, I was happy to go after Rocket Man early as I didn’t want him to get away.“My bloke gave me everything and we got there on the line. It’s brilliant to win and I really want to thank the owners for being loyal to me, as there are plenty of good jockeys here they could have chosen,” he added.Sacred Kingdom’s jockey Brett Prebble said: “Fantastic effort again, but it’s hard to stay on top forever. He probably can’t quite push himself through the pain barrier like he once could, but he ran super and there’s plenty … left in him.”Top-notch event on racing calendarThe Hong Kong Sprint was added to the former British colony’s international race roster in 1999 and became a listed race. However, in 2000 the race was awarded grade three status and then grade two status in 2001. It finally acquired grade one status in 2002. A listed race is slightly less superior than graded races, but still has a good reputation due to the standard of horses involved.In a grade one championship race, the weight carried by each horse is determined by its age and sex, with no penalties for previous wins. These are generally the top races and attract the best horses and biggest prizes.Grade two races are the same as grade ones, but have penalties for previous wins and limited handicaps for certain weight ranges.In grade three events, the weight carried is determined by a horse’s handicap rating.Other previous winners of the sprint include Fairy King Prawn; Falvelon; All Thrills Too; Silent Witness; Natural Blitz; Absolute Champion and Inspiration.Sprint sponsorsThe event is sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airlines, which was founded in Hong Kong on 24 September 1946 by Roy C Farrell, an American, and Australian Sydney H de Kantzow.It originally operated passenger flights to Manila, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai.In 1948 one of Hong Kong’s leading companies Butterfield & Swire, which today is known as the Swire Group, acquired a 45% stake in Cathay Pacific and later became wholly responsible for the management of the airline.The airline celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006, with recent major shareholders being Swire Pacific and Air China.Horse racing in South AfricaThis sport boasts a long and interesting history in South Africa, going back as far as 1797. The first recorded race club meeting took place in 1802.The National Horse Racing Authority was founded in 1882, but it initially operated under the name of The Jockey Club of South Africa.Today racing in South Africa is controlled by two bodies: Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited, and Gold Circle. Phumelela controls racing in the Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng; while Gold Circle holds the reins in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.There are three major races that stand out above the rest in South Africa – and, quite fittingly, they are hosted in the country’s three biggest cities. Turffontein in Johannesburg hosts The Summer Cup, while Cape Town’s star attraction is the J&B Met. Durban’s primary event is the Vodacom July, which was first run in 1897 at its present home, Greyville.last_img read more

YouTube Videos Get Huger, High Def-er

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… If you’re not uploading videos from your phone, however, you’re probably looking at something like YouTube’s current HD setting, 720p: And, by way of comparison, this is the new maximum resolution YouTube HD videos will have: jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Those images are from YouTube. Why they chose a dog’s muzzle, we may never know. But we’re awfully grateful for the resolution improvements.Also, users are specifically encouraged to upload videos that will showcase the capabilities of the new hotness that is 1080p resolution. YouTube engineer Billy Biggs tells users in the related blog post, “Be creative and choose subjects that really show off the beauty of your camera. We will run the best examples on our homepage in a future spotlight.”While it’ll be nice to see our own classic jams restored to their original awesomeness, it will also be interesting to see professionally produced videos now appearing in better HD. Well done, YouTube, and thanks for allocating the resources. Tags:#Video Services#web Related Posts TodayYouTube has announced its plan to support 1080p videos.This means that those amazing, high-definition videos you uploaded last year will now finally be converted to their original resolutions and will finally look as good as they do on your desktop. The new resolution represents a significant improvement over the current 720p maximum resolution, which leaves all those glorious, pirated segments of old movies tragically blurred and pixelated.The fine folks at YouTube cited increased resolutions on consumer video recording devices as the impetus for the improvement.Here’s YouTube’s example of a 360p image:last_img read more

The Sequence In Which You Do Things Matters

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now It matters if you put discovery before presenting. It also matters if you set the context for the conversation by sharing ideas and insights and experiences that suggest your dream client should explore doing something different. The order in which you do these things can improve or diminish your chances for achieving your desired outcomes. You might set the stage for change or ruin it.You might start at the top of the organizational chart in hopes of being sponsored down into the organization. You might also sneak in the back door, find someone who will engage with you and give you a theory that helps you to create an opportunity with leadership. Both of these are viable strategies, but choosing one means not choosing the other. Each comes with advantages and disadvantages. You may eliminate resistance or create it.You could choose to bring obstacles and opponents into the sales process early, counting on your sponsors and coaches to defend your idea and help them agree to change—or at least stand down. Another choice would be to isolate the opponents to you and your change until your initiative is a forgone conclusion, a runaway train that can no longer be stopped. You may win a deal to find you lack the support to make it work.You might do the most difficult or unpleasant task first thing in the morning, when your will is at highest point, and when you have the psychic RAM. You might also do what you enjoy the most when your energy is at its peak and save the thing you like to do least until the end of the day. The order in which you do things will have an impact on whether—and how—they get done.Good salesmanship is made up of good choices. You have to decide what to do, and oftentimes you must decide in what order to things. The decision as to the sequence comes with consequences, and the decision as to the order of operations is as important as the decision as to what to do and how you do it.last_img read more

Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80

first_imgDennison had been the unquestioned emotional leader of the Tamaraws for Season 80 as he put up his best statistical year in his five seasons with FEU averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.And if Dennison stayed primarily as one of FEU’s main contributors, the same cannot be said for Trinidad. The Fil-Am guard was initially a starter for Racela but then fell out of the rotation midway through the season before regaining his spot in the starting five near the tail end of the eliminations.Racela even apologized to Trinidad for the way he bounced around the lineup, but the graduating Tamaraw was just happy Racela trusted him in every sense of the word.“He said I went through a lot, that he should be sorry, but I trusted him,” said Trinidad who had six points and two boards in his exit game. “I didn’t expect anything this season, I was just ready and because he’s our coach I knew I could trust him.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Racela apologizes to seniors Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exit Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “I would really like to give a big ‘thank you’ to coach Olsen [Racela] because he gave Jojo and I this kind of a season,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Racela apologizes to Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exitFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU finished the elimination round with a 7-7 record and as the No. 4 team in the league and Dennison couldn’t be more grateful at what the Tamaraws had accomplished as they came just a shot away from making the championship round.“Even though our team went through ups and downs, the guys still trusted Jojo and I,” said Dennison, who finished with four points, three rebounds, and four assists in his final game.  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad celebrated a championship for Far Eastern University in Season 78, but the two couldn’t win another one before they ended their UAAP careers.The Tamaraws lost to the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-84, in their Final Four rubber match in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but both Dennison and Trinidad would rather remember the good memories during their stay at FEU.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte As social media lit up in South Korea in condemnation of Bell, 22, the ISU was set to meet later Thursday to discuss the claims, said media and communications manager Selina Vanier.American skate officials were not immediately available for comment.Lim’s All That Sports agency said there was reason to believe Bell’s act was deliberate, claiming Lim was skating close to the rink wall away from her rivals and the American collided with her from behind.Lim and Bell both train under coach Rafael Arutyunyan and the Korean skater’s management also alleged Bell had been “bullying Lim for months” leading up to the world championships, according to local media.The management company also claimed Bell failed to apologize after the incident, a point many on social media jumped on.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss From L-R – Figure skaers Mariah Bell and Lim Eun-soo. Photo from AFPFigure skating’s ruling body is set to investigate claims America’s Mariah Bell deliberately injured South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo during a warm-up at the world championships in Japan.Korean officials told AFP on Thursday that they had lodged a formal complaint following the incident, in which Lim’s management agency alleged Bell kicked their skater, causing a cut to her leg, while limbering up for the women’s short programme on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img The officials refused to speculate what action, if any, the International Skating Union (ISU) might take, admitting it was “difficult to prove” intent on Bell’s part.“At this stage we can’t conclude Bell caused the injury on purpose,” a Korea Skating Union official said, adding that Lim’s parents also brought the clash to the body’s attention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It is hard to tell just by watching the video footage of the incident.”The 16-year-old Lim, skating in her first senior world championships, was patched up before scoring a personal-best 72.91 points to place fifth in the short skate at Saitama, just ahead of Bell. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “The problem with Mariah Bell was that she was skating too close to the edge and her blade stabbed into Eunsoo’s leg,” tweeted one fan.“Putting all bullying rumors aside, shouldn’t she have apologized?”The glitzy world of figure skating is more commonly associated with frilly skirts and hairspray but is no stranger to controversy, most notably when American Tonya Harding’s ex-husband and bodyguard arranged an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the run-up to the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.Plenty of skating fans came out in support of Bell, while others called for calm.“First of all people need to CALM DOWN and analyze,” suggested one Twitter user.“Why would a veteran skater like Bell injure someone during a PUBLIC PRACTICE in front of hundreds of fans? None of the fans, who were taking notes, said ANYTHING about a collision.”Olympic champion Alina Zagitova leads the standings heading into Friday’s free skate at the world championships in Saitama.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Justin Melton gets it done for Magnolia on both ends in crucial win Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utd

first_imgSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on hefty bonuses if he can lead the team to success.Solskjaer is on-loan at United from Molde.And the Mirror says according to sources in Norway, Solskjaer will be in the money if he delivers silverware or qualifies for Europe.He is earning £1m, but qualification for either the Champions League or Europa League will net him a seven-figure bonus, while winning a cup will earn a £1m payday.However, should he become the next permanent boss at Old Trafford Molde are set to benefit to the tune of £8m in a managerial transfer fee. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> http://goo.gl/Y0zxowPosted by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at CincyShirts.com. We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[CincyShirts.com]last_img read more