Coe aide steps down from IAAF – French magistrates file tougher charges against Diack

first_img “In order to demonstrate that I am willing to have all allegations of unethical behaviour on my part in 2013 properly and fairly investigated, I have referred my emails to Papa Massata Diack in 2013, my statements and the circumstances of the emails to the IAAF ethics board,” Davies said in yesterday’s statement. Davies has suggested that emails reflected his job “to manage and promote the reputation of the IAAF”. Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF after a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission found evidence of systemic doping and cover-ups. Lamine Diack is now accused of “active corruption”, which generally involves offering money or other promises in exchange for violating a rule, an official with the Paris financial prosecutor’s office said yesterday. Diack was previously accused of “passive corruption”, on suspicion he took around €1 million (US$1.1 million) to cover up positive drug tests by Russian athletes. The official told the Associated Press the new preliminary charges center on suspicions that Diack bribed Gabriel Dolle, the former IAAF anti-doping chief who was also under investigation, to delay reporting of violations by Russian athletes. The preliminary charges allow magistrates more time to investigate before deciding whether to file formal charges and whether to send a case to trial. Diack, an 82-year-old former long jumper, is free on bail pending further investigation, but barred from leaving France. EMAILS REFERRED TO BOARD LONDON (AP): The director of IAAF President Sebastian Coe’s office temporarily stepped down yesterday pending an ethics investigation into emails linked to Russian doping cases. Emails sent by Nick Davies, leaked to a French newspaper and published this week, indicated that he tried to delay public identification of alleged Russian drug cheats before the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. “I have decided to step aside from my role with the IAAF until such time as the ethics board is able to review the matter properly and decide if I am responsible for any breach of the IAAF code of ethics,” Davies said in a statement. Davies was IAAF communications director at the time under Lamine Diack, who was succeeded by Coe as president in August. The French criminal case against Diack deepened this week, with magistrates filing new, tougher corruption charges against him in connection with cover-ups of Russian doping. French prosecutors also suspect Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, a former IAAF marketing consultant, played an active role in an alleged “system of corruption” that sought to blackmail athletes, with demands of money to hush-up suspected doping. Davies is reported to have sent an email to Papa Massata Diack in 2013 asking what “Russian ‘skeleton’ we have still in the cupboard regarding doping” and suggesting using the marketing company chaired by Coe – then IAAF vice-president – to lead an “unofficial PR campaign” to “avoid international media scandals” related to the Moscow championships. If Russian athletes guilty of doping were not competing in Moscow, “then we might as well wait until the event is over to announce them”, Davies wrote in the email, which was published on Monday by Le Monde. After promoting Davies to run his office at the IAAF in September, Coe is now losing one of his closest aides just as he tries to clean up the scandal-tainted governing body.last_img read more

Younghusbands’ dilemma

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ LATEST STORIES “It’s been challenging, mentally, to get through this to try and put our club situations on the back of our minds and put our focus here because the Asian Cup is now and we should be concentrating,” said Phil.“But it’s difficult to think what our future is going to be like, how are we going to support our family and ourselves. It’s all up in the air.”“It’s never come to this point where I feel this way emotionally. I feel more pressure, I have more responsibility now. It’s not easy but as James said, we have had challenges before and we’ve come through, it will not be any different this time.”James said he is hoping to take the lessons from this experience and help other players avoid the same fate as his and his brother’s.“This is an experience for me to take into the future and hope that it won’t happen to others,” said James. “I think it’s important that to have a bit more empathy for people.”Phil is hopeful that club football eventually improves in the Philippines.“It’s scary to think how fragile and unstable Philippine football is at the moment,” said Phil. “But we’re in a better position now, 10 years ago when the football community was very small. With the right steps taken off the field, it will improve. It’s not too late. If we did it then, then we can do it now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The holiday season was far from festive for the Younghusband brothers, who tried to stay focused on the Philippine Azkals’ maiden Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup appearance here amid the uncertainty surrounding their careers.Following the decision made by the Davao Aguilas not to field a professional team this year, the brothers were left without a club heading into the coming season—the first time in almost a decade that they are without a job.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 Chriss“It’s been very difficult,” admitted Phil, the country’s top international scorer with 52 goals in 106 appearances.“It’s been very challenging especially at a festive time of the year where we wanted to be with our families.” DUBAI—Phil Younghusband remembers scrambling through his mobile phone, while the rest of his family and friends were having Christmas dinner in England as he tried to assess the situation.Older brother, James, was showing a friend around London when he received the call that they no longer have a club to play for next season.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Although the Azkals have dropped their first two matches in Group C to powerhouse sides South Korea and China, James said they have been fortunate to be part of the national squad here, where their teammates and staff have been very supportive.“They’ve been fantastic,” said James, who has 100 appearances for the Azkals.“There are people off the field who have been very supportive. They’ve helped us to focus solely on the national team. It’s obviously not ideal.”Citing the uncertainty on the future of the Philippines Football League (PFL), the Aguilas pulled out for the coming season as the club opted to focus on grassroots and youth development.Another player in the national team, Adam Reed, was also a part of the Aguilas before their pullout.The Younghusband brothers signed a long-term deal with the Aguilas when they were lured from Meralco Manila in 2017. Whether that deal stands remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: the brothers still want to continue playing next season.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers More events, more golden chances for Team PH Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 View commentslast_img read more

Norwegian delegation due in Guyana next week

first_imgA Norwegian technical team is due in Guyana next Tuesday for a series of engagements with the Guyana Government, the Ministry of Natural Resources said Tuesday in a statement.The team comprises officials from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative.The focus of the April 26 to May 4, 2016 visit is to work with the Natural Resources Ministry, the Office of Climate Change (OCC), the Project Management Office (PMO), Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and other stakeholders, “to improve capacity in executing the Joint Concept Note and taking advantage of REDD+ opportunities.”The statement said that since it took office in May, 2015, the Government of Guyana has been making steady progress towards creating a stronger agreement and better outcomes for Guyana’s green growth.“To date, the Government has facilitated several meetings and discussions with Norwegian Official,” it said.The statement said during a recent exchange with Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman and Norway’s new Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen recognised the efforts being made by government.“I would like to congratulate you on your initiative to review and make public all information on logging concessions,” the statement said.Minister Helgesen was also quoted as saying he was encouraged that the Guyana government intended to review the Amerindian Act, in close consultation with affected stakeholders.Minister Trotman, who has responsibility for the Guyana/Norway agreement is also encouraged by the progress to date and looks forward to the visit, which will continue to advance the partnership in a way that is supportive of Guyana’s “green growth” vision.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is quoted in other sections of the media as saying he will maintain his call for a suspension of the Guyana-Norway Partnership until Trotman apologises or an international probe is launched into his claim that the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic had given out all of Guyana’s productive forest.Trotman told Guyana’s National Assembly during the 2016 Budget debate in February that when the APNU/AFC (PPP/C) took office it found that all of the productive forests were allocated.The PPP/C has since rubbished the claims as “wild”.Guyana and Norway entered into the forest partnership back in 2009 and this country has already earned up to US0 million.Of that amount, US million has been transferred to the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF).US million has been transferred to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the delayed Amaila Falls Hydropower Project.last_img read more

Dubai-based shipping company forms partnership with locals

first_imgGuyana’s burgeoning oil and gas sector has attracted the Dubai-based shipping company, Gulf Agency Company (GAC) Limited, with the firm partnering with local shipping giant Guyana National Shipping Corporation (GNSC).The companies’ joint partnership was officially celebrated at the Marriott Hotel on Friday. There, GNSC Managing Director Andrew Astwood hailed the partnership between the two companies.“At GNSC, we have been committed to growth and diversification, business development and strengthening our operations and our portfolio, particularly in the area of shipping and logistics and solutions to the maritime sector and the emerging oil and gas sector in Guyana.”“Combining our resources, I have no doubt that we’ll be a strength to reckon with. The discovery of oil and gas presents opportunities for local and foreign businesses to develop partnerships like this and to develop the maritime sector.”Meanwhile, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn, who was present at the launch, was optimistic that this partnership would set a standard for partnerships in the oil and gas sector between local and foreign companies.“I think this is another really good example of a company that is global. It has a UK connection but it’s a global company and who is committed to the market here in Guyana. And they are committed in a way that will benefit the Guyana market and people here as well.”“You know, linking up with GNSC, this is very much a partnership. So this demonstrates what can be done and what should be done. And tonight demonstrates a very clear partnership between a global company and their Guyanese partner.”It is understood that GAC will be recruiting and training locals using courses from their corporate academy. The company already has footholds around the world, providing shipping, logistics and marine services.With first oil just around the corner, there has been much talk about the need for local companies to build capacity to serve oil companies. Partnerships with big international firms have been cited as a gateway to ensuring locals get a piece of the pie.Guyana Shore Base Inc (GYSBI) is another example of partnership, as it is a joint venture made up of Muneshwers Ltd, Pacific Rim Constructors, TotalTec Oilfield Services and LED Offshore.It was awarded a contract to provide shore base services to ExxonMobil’s offshore operations and is responsible for operating a shore base facility at Muneshwers Limited, Houston port.It consists of a 28-acre warehousing and logistics base and is an integral part of Exxon’s Liza Field project, providing port facilities, accommodations on site, fuel bunkering, bulk cementing and mud plants.last_img read more

Thursday night house fire in Fort St. John

first_imgPhoto:  The fire in this home broke out in the kitchen area – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caFort St. John Fire Crews were called to the scene of a house fire at 8916 84a street Thursday evening. – Advertisement -Crews were called shortly after 5pm, after the fire started in the kitchen area in the rear of the house. Fire Chief Fred Burrows believes the fire broke through a window and spread to exterior of the home. [asset|aid=1387|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dfdff86d7e2bc327ee80b2e5a06d1a48-fred – 84a street fire_1_Pub.mp3] One child was inside the home when the fire started and was taken to hospital by ambulance to be checked out for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but the fire department hopes to discover the cause in the coming days. Early damage estimates range around $50,000.last_img read more

Drag racing series returning to Speedway

first_imgIrwindale Speedway’s NHRA Summit drag racing series will begin Saturday on the track’s eighth-mile strip. It will be the first of eight bracket races that involve Super Pro, Sportsman and motorcycles. The top finishers in each category advance to November’s national finals at Pomona Raceway. Other NHRA Summit races will be held March 25, April 29, May 20, June 24, July 15, Aug. 5 and Sept. 16. Kawasaki’s James Stewart Jr. goes for his third victory in his final Southern California appearance Saturday in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. Stewart is coming off wins at Angel Stadium and Houston. He has won five of the six races this season and also won last year’s race. In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, also will be looking for his fifth win of the year. Kevin Costner will serve as the grand marshal of the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on Feb. 25. He will give the command “Gentlemen, start your engines,” and his band, “The Kevin Costner Band,” will perform during pre-race festivities at the California FanZone stage. Rocker Sammy Hagar will be the grand marshal for Saturday’s Busch race. He will perform at Thursday’s FanFest and on Sunday. Competition begins at 10:15 a.m., with eliminations set for 1 p.m. Last year, Bob Williams won Irwindale’s Street Pro title, Jim Sullivan won the Sportsman title and Tony Pellettera won the motorcycle crown. The track still holds Test and Tune sessions on Thursday nights. center_img keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BOY RACER HAS CAR CONFISCATED BY DADDY AFTER DOUGHNUTS DEBACLE

first_imgGraham Newell on left coming out of court.A boyracer caught doing “doughnuts” with the words ‘Road markings in progress’ on his license plate has had his car confiscated by his daddy.Graham Newell, 19, was caught by Gardai doing circles in the middle of a road in Co Donegal on June 23rd last. Newell, a medical devices engineer, was making black marks on the road in his Sierra Cosworth car.Letterkenny District Court was told that Newell was caught by a motorbike Gardai carrying out the manoeuvre known as “diffing.”Inspector Michael Harrison said the incident happened on the main Kerrykeel to Milford Road during the weekend of the Donegal Rally.Newell’s solicitor said he had a clean record and described the incident as stupid and said his client must have had a rush of blood to the head.“The vehicle has now been taken off the road by his father to be sold,” he said.Newell, of 33 Drumhirk Road, Comber, Co Down, is an engineer with al his licenses and works for his father in his medical devices business.He claimed the license plate with the offending words were already o the car when he bought it.Judge Paul Kelly said rallying takes place in Donegal every year by people who are qualified to drive in such a manner.“It is not an invitation to emulate this type of driving on public roads,” he said.He adjourned the case until October 14th and ordered Newell to take part in a Pro-Social Drivers Course.If he keeps out of trouble and completes the course successfully, he will consider allowing Newell to keep his license.BOY RACER HAS CAR CONFISCATED BY DADDY AFTER DOUGHNUTS DEBACLE was last modified: July 8th, 2013 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:boy racerdoughnutsGraham NewellInspector Michael HarrisonSierra Cosworthlast_img read more

SO WHICH DRAGON WILL SIGN UP DONEGAL’S PEN BOYS?

first_imgThey’re our favourite young Donegal entrepreneurs and now the lads from Donegal Pens have hit the big time.Conor and Ronan McGarvey set up Donegal Pens as a past-time in their harden shed in Loughanure.Now the brothers are finding it hard to keep up with orders form around the world. The boys are now set to appear on RTE’s Dragon’s Den Junior on May 5th.So which dragon will be shrewd enough to see that the writing is on the wall for these two budding millionaires? SO WHICH DRAGON WILL SIGN UP DONEGAL’S PEN BOYS? was last modified: April 16th, 2013 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:DONEGAL PENSDragon’s Denlast_img read more

Pacquiao: Bob Arum hasn’t paid me and Freddie Roach

first_imgBoxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netSenator and boxer Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday revealed that his promoter Bob Arum has not paid him and his trainer Freddie Roach for his welterweight bout with Australian boxer Jeff Horn last July 2.“I have no problem with Coach Freddie Roach. I’m not the one paying him, it’s Bob Arum. The trainer’s fee is automatically deducted by the Top Rank from my purse,” Pacquiao said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Lariba to undergo bone marrow transplant China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments “So, if Coach Freddie has not yet received his payment, we are on the same boat. My purse has not yet been released by Arum,” Pacquiao said.The boxer-turned-politician made this statement after Roach lamented that Pacquiao has not spoken to him since the former’s controversial fight with Horn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao’s long-time trainer also said that he has not been paid after the boxing match in Brisbane.“I was trying to see where his head was at, and I could not even get him to say hi to me. I don’t know if he was upset with me or what,” Roach said in a Sports Illustrated report. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “I really don’t know if he’s mad at me. But I can tell you this: I haven’t been paid yet. So who knows?” Roach said.On Tuesday, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) upheld the victory of Horn after the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board (GAB) called for a thorough review of the fight. JESports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 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 Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more

Godfrey Okumu on Lady Maroons tailspin: I believe we still have a fight in us

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines is in a tailspin, losing two straight in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Robles and Lacsina had 17 and 16 points, respectively, while Nierva was an impenetrable defensive force with 26 excellent digs and 29 successful receptions.Nierva’s tally of 29 successful receptions was three more than what the Lady Maroons collectively had.“We had the fourth set and the fifth set but that just didn’t happen, we just lost it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PBA D-League: Wangs pounds Marinerong Pilipino for 2nd win MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief UP’s loss to the Lady Bulldogs, however, stung harder than anything Okumu has seen this season.The Lady Maroons already held a 14-10 lead in the fifth set, needing just one more good ball to end the affair but NU had other plans and went on a mind-boggling 7-1 run to steal the win.“We’re no longer a team in progress, we’re a team that is strong and a power to be reckoned with, but things do not go as we had planned,” said Okumu.UP has a roster that boasts a veteran core of Ayel Estrañero, Diana Carlos, Isa Molde, Maristela Layug, and Justine Dorog but that experience faltered against the grit of NU’s youngsters.Rookies Jennifer Nierva, Ivy Lacsina, and Princess Robles pulled the rug from underneath the Lady Maroons’ feet.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons, who dropped to 3-3, are still in the fifth spot of the standings but University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle, and Far Eastern University are all ahead with an identical record of 4-2.Still, head coach Godfrey Okumu has an unabashed positivity and he vowed that UP will bounce back after their horrendous five-set loss to National University, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We will. We will. We will,” said Okumu on his team’s chances of recovering from their slump Wednesday. “I believe we still have a fight in us.”The Lady Maroons once shared the top spot with Ateneo just two games prior but their loss to the Lady Eagles and to the Lady Bulldogs saw them drop marginally in the ladder. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemlast_img read more