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

SA, Ireland seek closer economic ties

first_img19 November 2012 Ireland views Africa as a future economic giant, and South Africa as a key gateway to the continent, visiting Irish Trade and Development Minister Joe Costello told journalists in Cape Town on Thursday. Costello last week led the largest ever Irish trade mission – a group of 57 business leaders – to South Africa. Speaking at a joint media briefing with South African Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman, Costello said Ireland wanted to improve economic, investment and social ties with South Africa. He said that the overall Irish economic investment in South Africa was substantial. Presently, 180 Irish companies were doing business in South Africa. Last year, 25 000 Irish tourists arrived in South Africa. “Yesterday I announced a R500-million investment by an Irish company in wind and solar farms, as well as an investment in Vodacom. We want to see investment as a two-way process,” Costello added. Earlier, Costello and Fransman held talks under the auspices of the South African-Ireland Partnership Forum, established in 2004 to stimulate meaningful cooperation between the two countries. Fransman said South Africa believed its partnership with Ireland should be to the advantage of itself, the Southern African Development Community, as well as Africa. South Africa, he said, would engage Ireland on energy and climate change, a phenomenon that would no doubt affect agriculture in Africa. Earlier last week, Ireland gained a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. “We will reflect with Ireland on some of the difficult challenges facing the world. Your seat will advance the interest of human rights in the world,” said Fransman. South Africa also congratulated Ireland on its forthcoming assumption of the European Union (EU) presidency in January. The two ministers agreed that the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment remained acute in South Africa. They were also concerned about the food crisis in Lesotho and its potential to cause a humanitarian crisis, and committed to helping Lesotho ease its food crisis. Ireland will also be assisting South Africa with a skills development programme, which will include the establishment of a fellowship programme to help South Africans who want to conduct post-graduate studies in Ireland. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Centre will reintroduce Citizenship Bill in Parliament: Himanta Biswa Sarma

first_imgThe central government will reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament in November, Assam Finance, Health and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday.Addressing a public meeting here, Mr. Sarma said the government will table CAB in Parliament in November and a new NRC will again be prepared under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.“We have held public meetings to explain to the people that all the interests and existing legal provisions in the northeast region for the benefit of the indigenous people will be protected. We respect the inner line permit (ILP) system, Sixth Schedule provisions”, he said.“We need a bill… cannot allow infiltration to continue. So we need a bill to stop this,” the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor said.‘Safeguarding Assamese interests’Mr.Sarma said the central government has decided to bring such a bill that safeguards the interests of the indigenous communities of Assam and the other northeastern states.“People must not think that the bill is against the interest of their culture, language and heritage but that they are giving shelter to unfortunate people,” the minister said.“That is why the government will table CAB in Parliament in November this year to grant Indian citizenship to everyone, including Bengali Hindus as well as Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains who came to the country before 2014 and consider India their motherland,” he said.Mr. Sarma assured that the government will also take measures to ensure that the culture, language and heritage of the people of the northeast region is protected.Regarding the NRC, he said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party does not believe in it as it became opposite of what we wanted it to be. We will tell the Supreme Court that the BJP rejects the NRC. It is not a document of identity of the Assamese people.”The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which had triggered massive protests in Assam and the northeast region, was passed by Lok Sabha on January 8 but the government did not table it in Rajya Sabha as it did not have the numbers in the Upper House to pass it, leading the bill to lapse with the end of the term of the 16th Lok Sabha in May.last_img read more

St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Bisping, who had eight fights during St. Pierre’s break, is eager to add another big name to his improbable late-career surge of victories. Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson last year, and St. Pierre is a second straight opponent who isn’t among the top middleweight contenders for his title.The fight has been attacked as nothing but a money grab for Bisping and a desperate attempt by UFC to give MSG some star power in a year that has lacked in must-see main events.But the fight legend is back and Bisping would walk out of the cage with the biggest name win of his career should he stop St. Pierre. GSP was at UFC’s pinnacle in his prime — but a four-year layoff could be cruel to the fighter.“Why would I not want to come back, fighting Michael Bisping for the title in the Madison Square Garden, this mythical place?” St. Pierre said. “I would be fool to not take this opportunity.” FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Britain’s Michael Bisping, left, and Canada’s Georges St. Pierre face off during a news conference in Toronto, to promote their upcoming UFC 217. At center rear is UFC President Dana White. The pair square off on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK — Georges St. Pierre waved his hands as a conductor would to a chorus of “G-S-P” chanted by fans wrapped in Rising Sun headbands inside Madison Square Garden.“These are your people? These are your people, Georges?” fighter Michael Bisping chirped as he dismissed the rising cheers with a wave.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GSP is back for his people and on top of a UFC card one more time.But is it for the final time?FEATURED 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 shutoutSt. Pierre (25-2) was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. After a lengthy sabbatical, he returns Saturday to headline UFC 217 in a 185-pound championship bout with Bisping (31-7), the gritty English veteran who won the middleweight championship in a surprise upset of Luke Rockhold last year.St. Pierre, now 36, left UFC as one of its biggest box office draws, holder of the second-longest winning streak in the promotion’s history and with enough stardom to grace the cover of a video game.center_img MOST READ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC St. Pierre, who hasn’t revealed any career goals beyond claiming Bisping’s 185-pound title, hasn’t decided if this bout would be his last.“Nothing for sure,” St. Pierre said. “Sometimes you win the fight and you could lose and sometimes you lose but you should have won. It depends how it happens and how I will feel and depend on a lot of stuff. But I don’t see myself going away for a long time so it’s going to be a good match.”St. Pierre hasn’t lost since April 2007 when Matt Serra took away the 170-pound belt. St. Pierre reclaimed the title later that year and beat Serra in a rematch shortly afterward.But St. Pierre didn’t fight between April 2011 and November 2012 while recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. He bounced back from injury with wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.He beat Hendricks, who has a fight on the 217 card, by split decision, then decided it was time for a hiatus. St. Pierre had lamented the stress of his prominence in the sport, saying his obsessive nature prevented him from enjoying life while maintaining the focus necessary to train for title fights.“It’s hard on my nerves, but when I close my eyes at night, I give myself the choice would I want to be there or not,” St. Pierre said. “Yes, I want to. I don’t do it because I have to do it, because I really want to. I’ve never been forced to do anything I don’t want to in life, but I felt like I had that pressure from outside and I was stuck into a pattern. Now, I am doing it and I’m happier than ever.”GSP smiled and appeared happy on the MSG stage as foul-mouthed Bisping tried his best to rattle him with trash talk to fuel the fight.“There’s no other place and moment I want to be,” St. Pierre said. “I’m back now.”Bisping yelled, “I’ll retire him!”Robert Whittaker, the interim middleweight champ, could be on deck for the winner in a fight to unify the belt. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo 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 Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Four years later, St. Pierre returns to a UFC world that blew up into a $4 billion company without him.His fights with Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn that drew two of the biggest buy rates in UFC history have been passed six times, notably by cards headlined by Conor McGregor. Ronda Rousey came (and went?) and bulldozed her way into becoming a mainstream superstar. St. Pierre’s 12-fight winning streak that he takes into Saturday has been topped by Jon Jones and matched by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. And it was McGregor again, with a championship belt draped over each shoulder, who was announced Friday as the EA Sports UFC 3 video game cover boy .But the use of a PS4 controller may be the only way to make sure McGregor steps into a cage any time soon. With Rousey, McGregor and Jones all sidelined, and UFC struggling to build a new crop of pay-per-view stars, the big attraction for 2018 just might be a blast from the past in St. Pierre.Another change, MMA wasn’t even legal in New York the last time St. Pierre fought. He’ll top UFC’s fourth card in the state in 12 months and the first at MSG since a McGregor-headlined show helped draw an arena-record gate of $17 million.Cody Garbrandt defends the 135-pound belt against T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts the 115-pound women’s title on the line against Rose Namajunas in the other two big PPV bouts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Harmony Day a Success

first_imgClose to 50 young players attended the inaugural NRL in Harmony Touch Football Carnival in early November, bringing together individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds to take part in a day of Touch Football. The New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) delivered the first event of its kind at the home of Parramatta Touch Association, Doyle Ground, in Sydney with teams including a combined Africa team, an Islamic team, a Middle Eastern team and two teams consisting of players from emerging nations including Vietnam, Egypt, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Players were joined by NRL Multicultural Officer Hazem El Masri, 2013 Australian 18’s Boys assistant coach, Keith Rozairo, Australian 20’s Boys representative, Madalitso Masache and New South Wales Combined High Schools’ representative, Kai Simbolin. The players in the event all got involved through their schools and community programs, where they were able to represent their heritage and ethnicity.Masache was seven when he moved to Australia from Malawi, Africa. Masache says that being involved in the day meant a lot to him and he really enjoyed being part of the occasion. “It’s been a fantastic day. I’ve met a lot of young kids, they are great players as well. It’s been a lot of fun and I look forward to more events to come,” Masache said. “Coming from Africa with just your close family is very tough. Playing Touch Football has been a great sport for me, it’s been great to play a sport that I now love as well as meeting so many people who are now great friends on and off the field.”Simbolon says that he enjoyed being part of the occasion and is grateful for the opportunities sport has provided him. “Being involved in this day means a lot to me, being so young and being asked to come out here is a big privilege to me,” Simbolon said. “I don’t think I’d be where I am today without sport, I’ve travelled all around New South Wales, I’ve achieved so many things.”El Masri spoke about how much sport, and Touch Football, helped him in his younger days before he started playing in the NRL for the Canterbury Bulldogs. El Masri says that sport can be an ‘icebreaker’ for young people of all cultures, as was the case for him when he moved over from Lebanon in his youth. “Especially Touch Football played a major role in my life for myself, my parents didn’t want me to play Rugby League for a long time, I didn’t start playing League until I was 17.”Rozairo was full of praise for the initiative, saying he was glad to be a part of it. “I come from a Sri Lankan background, we grew up on Cricket and there was a bit of Rugby there. It was never promoted because it was a third world country because if you didn’t have money you didn’t have a chance to do it. So if you come here and see the varying nationalities that are given their chance, not so much just at Touch but at sport, and having people there to support you, I think that’s fantastic.”To view some photos from the day, be sure to visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Related LinksHarmony Daylast_img read more

National Touch League to extend its stay in Coffs Harbour

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) CEO, Colm Maguire was thrilled to announce today on behalf of the TFA Board of Management, the extension of the agreement with Destination NSW and Coffs Harbour City Council to host the annual National Touch League (NTL) event in Coffs Harbour, from 2016-2018.   The extension will see Coffs Harbour host six consecutive National Touch League events through to 2018 (from 2013), as well as the eagerly anticipated 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup, late April-early May next year. Maguire described the announcement as “significant and very welcomed” the continued and highly valued investment by DNSW and Coffs Coast into presenting TFA’s elite Touch Football events, joined together with Destination NSW and Coffs Harbour City Council officials on the eve of this year’s X Blades NTL event and Elite Eight series. “Since our return last year to the wonderful Coffs Coast, we have forged even closer and stronger links with our key partners, Destination NSW and Coffs Harbour City Council in hosting our premier NTL event and Elite Eight series,” Maguire said.  “The region and the C.Ex Coffs International Stadium and fields is ideally equipped and perfectly suited to our participants and overall requirements,” Maguire said.“Not surprisingly, we received overwhelmingly strong feedback from participants and stakeholders following the last year’s event. “The C.Ex Coffs International Stadium is particularly highly regarded by our Members; notwithstanding the outstanding facilities and amenity and natural beauty of the Coffs Harbour area. “It is through this validation and the ongoing investment and support of our key partners that will ensure a sustainable and enduring event here on the Coffs Coast for many years to come,” Maguire added.  Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser said: “I’m delighted the NSW Government has secured this national competition for another three years,” Mr Fraser said.“With Coffs Harbour also gearing up to host the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup in 2015, this reinforces the city’s position as the home of Touch Football in Australia and continues to encourage our elite footballers to visit. “Coffs Harbour is becoming an internationally recognised sporting destination, hosting a number of world renowned events. In 2015 we will have the FIT Touch World Cup, the Australasian leg of the FIA World Rally Championships and the Australian Surf Festival,” Mr Fraser said. The Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Denise Knight said: “We too are delighted with the news that Touch Football Australia will be continuing their partnership with us, through Destination NSW, to 2018. “This affords the region a wonderful opportunity to, not only further embrace our relationship with Touch Football Australia and showcase the sport of Touch Football and its athletes, but also realise and achieve significant economic benefits for local business houses and the region as a whole. “What this also does is put Coffs Harbour well and truly on the map as a fantastic venue to host major sporting events; and indeed leveraging the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup event next year, when the whole world comes to town.”Related Files140311_extension_of_tfa_dnsw-chcc_agreement_v1-0_1_-pdfRelated LinksNTL in Coffs to 2018last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new winger

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new wingerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he wants to make a new winger signing in January.Sarri says a wide player rather than a new striker is the priority.“I have the option with Hazard in this [central] position,” said Sarri. “We have Morata and Hazard who can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last two or three matches.“At the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger. “Now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, so I have the option for striker but have no option for wingers.” last_img read more

a month agoSwansea defender Wilmot admits mixed emotions blocked facing Watford

first_imgSwansea defender Wilmot admits mixed emotions blocked facing Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSwansea City defender Ben Wilmot won’t face Watford in the Carabao Cup.The Hornets’ defender is on loan with the Swans but has not been allowed to play by his parent club as both sides go head to head in the competition’s third round. “I would’ve loved to have played because it’s another opportunity for game-time and Watford are a very good side so it should be a great game,” said Wilmot.”But it would’ve also been weird having to play against people I still class as teammates.“Also, if I had played then my first game at Vicarage Road wouldn’t have even been for Watford, so it would’ve been a weird one. As it happens, I’m not allowed to play but I’ll be there watching the game anyway and it should be a good evening.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days ago​Chelsea defender Tomori: I’ve studied Ajax striker Tadic

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea defender Tomori: I’ve studied Ajax striker Tadicby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori says that he is aware of the threat posed by Ajax star Dusan Tadic.The two European heavyweights are set to do battle in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.The Blues will be hoping to pick up a win to get them level on points with Ajax in the group.And Tomori knows that controlling Tadic is an important part of keeping Ajax’s attack quiet.”Last year in the Champions League, Ajax did so well and he was a very big part of that,” Tomori said at a press conference.”We know the kind of movements he likes to make. He’s not the typical number nine running in behind, he likes to play with the ball and link up with the whole team.”Sometimes as a defender you have to make a decision on the spot and go in to mark, or sometimes you have enough time to communicate to the midfielders in front of you. “I’m sure the game will throw up those different situations and we’ll have to deal with it and that’s just part of the game.” last_img read more

Jury resumes deliberating mans guilt in Calgary mother of fours death

first_imgCALGARY – Jurors are continuing to deliberate the guilt of a man accused of raping and killing a Calgary mother of four.The jury was given instructions by Queen’s Bench Justice Charlene Anderson on Thursday evening and they deliberated until 9 p.m. without reaching a verdict.The Crown says Curtis Healy, who is 29, should be found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Dawns Baptiste.Crown prosecutors say Healy became enraged when Baptiste told him to leave her alone and that he stomped her head, dragged her into a back yard, raped her and struck her in the head with a large rock.The Crown says it was first-degree murder because the murder, sexual assault and unlawful confinement happened together early on Feb. 11, 2015.The defence asked the jury to convict Healy of the lesser charge of second-degree murder because the sequence of events was unclear.last_img read more