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

ASTON VILLA VS LEICESTER CITY

first_imgVILLA (4-1-4-1)GUZAN, HUTTON, OKORE, LESCOTT, BACUNA, SANCHEZ,WESTWOOD, VERETOUT, GANA, SINCLAIR, AYEWLEICESTER (4-4-2)VARDY, OKAZAKI,MAHREZ, KING, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,DE LAET, FUCHS, MORGAN, SIMPSON,SCHMEICHELLeicester City are now level at the top of the Barclays Premier League with Arsenal after beating Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday thanks to Robert Huth’s late winner at White Hart Lane.It ended their run of three games without a league win, while Huth’s goal was Leicester’s first in 374 minutes.On Tuesday, Aston Villa claimed their first win in the Barclays Premier League in 157 days when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to a goal from central defender Joleon Lescott.It was also Villa’s first Premier League win in 20 attempts, having lost 14 of the previous 19.They remain at the foot of the table and face high-riding Leicester City next.The most common Premier League result between these teams at Villa Park is a draw. In nine clashes, four have been drawn while Villa have won three and Leicester two.When they met at the King Power Stadium in September it was a remarkable game. Villa led 2-0 but Leicester struck three times in the final 18 minutes, with Nathan Dyer stealing an 89th-minute winner.last_img read more

The deployment of the delayed version 14 of CI i

first_imgThe deployment of the delayed version 1.4 of CI+ is not now expected until early 2015, according to Neotion – one of the six founding firms behind the CI+ standard.Speaking to DTVE, Neotion’s VP of technology and security Sébastien Dussutour said the delays were down to a number of technical and commercial reasons.“The initial target was 2014 for the commercial deployment and now it will probably be the year after,” he said, citing, among other things the need for new TV chipsets dedicated to the new features of CI+ 1.4.The first devices compliant with the CI+ 1.3 revision came out in summer 2012, with specifications for version 1.4 initially expected by the end of 2012 with deployments to follow by mid-2014.The new specifications are now only expected to be finalised internally by DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting Project) members in the coming months and published by around September, said Dussutour.Commenting on the delay, Peter Siebert, executive director of DVB told DTVE that the CI+ v1.4 specification is scheduled to be approved at the June meeting of the DVB Technical Module. However, he didn’t give a date for its commercial deployment.He said that the hold up was due to “intensive technical discussions on various features.”In 2011, CI Plus LLP – the organisation that was previously in charge of the standard and consisted of Sony, SmarDTV, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic, Neotion and SMiT –handed over responsibility for the CI+ specification to DVB to develop it beyond version 1.3.DVB is an industry-led consortium of over 200 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulatory bodies and others in more than 35 countries –which promises to open up CI+ to a much wider target market.Version 1.4 is set to be a major overhaul of the system, with new features to include dual tuner and IP-delivered content support for the first time. It will also include improved app support, browser extensions and relaxed constraints on transcoding and watermarking.Neotion product manager Nicolas Stefanelli said the 2011 DVB takeover of the standard was good news for the technology as it “opens the new standard to more opportunities for any service provider to support CI+.”“CI+ in the future will probably continue to expand and to deploy in the market, not only for broadcast operators, but also for IPTV operators, because CI+ is now moving to be not only for broadcast services, but also for IPTV or OTT services.”last_img read more

Having a popular content brand name like Netflix r

first_imgHaving a popular content brand name like Netflix remains a key driver in picking up viewers, new data shows.Respondents to Hub Entertainment Research’s study claimed networks have no influence on what they watch, but their behaviour suggests otherwise.The findings, published yesterday, showed that 41% claimed network brand didn’t affect their viewing preferences.However, given a choice of 52 networks and told price was no object, viewers choose only 19.When price-per-channel were included, viewing habits become even more selective, with respondents plumping for just nine of the possible 52.Even more striking findings came in questions about hypothetical television shows across genres.Netflix generated the highest amount of interest in competition reality, despite barely setting foot in the space.Hub claimed its findings – presented at the annual Media Insights and Engagement Conference in the US this week – highlight how SVOD services such as Netflix and Amazon have transformed from content distributors to full entertainment businesses.The data showed that viewers wanted “easy access to brands they care about”, but were put off by platforms that require them “to deal with lots of brands and networks they don’t care about”.It pointed to Amazon Channels, the streaming service that offers D2C and programming services from content companies, as an example of a platform embracing these ideals.The emergence of ‘skinny bundle’ pay TV services such as YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV, which drop non core networks and reduce monthly costs, could be seen as further cases of Hub’s hypothesis.“These findings suggest that viewers have developed clear expectations for the kinds of viewing experience different brands – networks and SVODs – will deliver,” said Jon Giegengack, principal at Hub. “This new brand paradigm has wide reaching implications for brand marketing and distribution.”last_img read more

Four University of Toronto Professors Appointed as Chief Scientists

first_img regions: Toronto About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Four chief scientists have been tasked with leading research and activities at the University of Toronto in behavioral insights as applied to consumers, citizens, organizations and markets. The appointees will work at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) center, which is part of the Rotman School of Management. The center’s goal is to facilitate behavioral change through research in decision-making and use of empirically tested tools. Using a behavioral science framework, the centre strives to develop non-traditional solutions to social and economic problems.As for the four new chief scientists, Professor Dilip Soman, Co-Director of BEAR and the Corus Chair in Communications Strategy, believes that their appointments will strengthen the Center’s research work. “Our leading-edge research offers a unique behavioral lens on relevant challenges faced by individuals and organizations,” Soman said in a press release. “These appointments will strengthen our work as we continue to publish our findings in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as white papers and reports that are geared towards the practitioner.”The four professors who were chosen are as follows: Lu Han’s research specialties include housing market dynamics and policies as well as mortgage insurance, real estate brokerage and green amenities. She is currently the academic director of the Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics at Rotman as well as the Petro-Canada Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy.Tanjim Hossain holds positions both at the University of Toronto Mississauga as an associate professor of marketing and at the Rotman School department of economics. His research interests include behavioral economics and industrial organization.Sonia Kang’s research specialty explores the challenges and opportunities of diversity. She looks that the strategies that alleviate the negative effects of stigma as well as how to harness the power of diversity. Sonia is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management.Nicola Lacetera researches various topics in industrial and innovation economics as well as ethical constraints in markets and the motivations behind altruistic behavior. He is also the faculty lead at the ICube UTM business accelerator while also being an associate professor of strategic management. Last Updated Aug 7, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Four University of Toronto Professors Appointed as Chief Scientists RelatedIvey Professor Honored, and More – Toronto NewsProfessors from some of the Toronto metro’s finest business schools have littered (definitely not literally, in the case of environmental education pioneer Tima Bansal) news headlines this week. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights. Ivey Professor Tima Bansal Honored for Innovative Teaching – News@Ivey Tima Bansal, professor at Western…May 24, 2018In “Featured Home”Rotman Management Magazine Celebrates 10 YearsSince 2007, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has provided thought leadership and management insight in the form of the Rotman Management magazine. Now, with its thirtieth issue out this spring, the magazine is celebrating ten years of bringing readers insightful articles and topics from experts…May 19, 2017In “Featured Home”Rotman Appoints 5 New Faculty to Strengthen Research & TeachingThe Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has appointed five new faculty members for the coming year. These five professors will add to the research and teaching experience at the Rotman School for both pre and post-experience programs. The school also provided cross-appointments for four faculty members…July 24, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more