Defendant in FIFA case appears in US court

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):An Argentinian sports marketing executive pleaded not guilty in a US court yesterday in the massive racketeering and bribery case that has scandalised international football.Alejandro Burzaco became the third of 14 defendants charged in the FIFA investigation to appear in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors allege the defendants plotted to arrange bribes of more than $150 million – tied to the award of broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other tournaments – over a 24-year period.Wearing a rumpled business suit, Burzaco spoke only to tell the judge he understood the charges and his rights under US law, and to enter his plea. His lawyer declined to speak to reporters outside court.Burzaco – the former chief executive of a sports and marketing company, Torneos y Competencias – was to be released on a $20 million bond secured with cash, real estate and business holdings. His movements also will be tracked by electronic monitoring device.The defendant had turned himself in to Italian authorities in June and waived extradition. US prosecutors say he was involved in kickbacks and bribes worth tens of millions of dollars to obtain media rights for football tournaments.bribery schemeAn indictment cites a meeting between Burzaco, two other defendants and an unidentified co-conspirator in 2014 in Florida where they spoke about the bribery scheme. It alleges that at one point Burzaco warned in broken English, “All can get hurt because of this subject. … All of us go to prison.”Earlier this month, a high-ranking FIFA official, Jeffrey Webb appeared in the same courthouse to enter a not guilty plea. He was released on $10 million bond.Webb, 50, who is from the Cayman Islands, was among seven FIFA officials detained in Switzerland last spring. The rest are fighting extradition.A third defendant, Aaron Davidson, also has pleaded not guilty. Lawyers have said the president of the marketing company Traffic Sports USA is involved in plea negotiations.Burzaco is due back in court September 18.last_img read more

Senate Clears Konneh of Contempt

first_imgThe Senate yesterday voted unanimously to purge the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara Konneh, of Contempt of the Legislature and told him he was free to go, but to “sin no more.”The Senate’s decision followed a motion for reconsideration filed by Grand Gedeh County Senator, G. Alphonso Gaye. It was read and followed by a brief statement of apology from Minister Konneh himself to the plenary presided over by the President of the Senate, Vice President Joseph Boakai. Immediately after the apology, a motion for an executive session was proffered and behind the mahogany doors, the lawmakers reached a decision to end the protracted misunderstanding between the Senate and the Executive. Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, on behalf of his colleagues, stated that due to the intervention of the Liberian Council of Churches, the Traditional Council of Liberia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Senate meeting in executive, had rescinded its position on Minister Konneh’s 48 hour imprisonment sentence. He told the Finance Minister that “…the Senators have tempered justice with mercy; we have pardoned you and say to you that you are now purged of all that we have brought to bear on you and as per your charge with the Senate, you are once more a free man. Go and sin no more.”In a brief statement, Minister Konneh expressed gratitude to the senators for their mercy on him.“Mr. President of the Senate and Honorable Senators, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your mercy and to wish you happy Easter. Thank you,” the Minister declared amid laughter from some of the Senators and those who accompanied him to the session.It may be recalled that a few weeks ago, Mr. Konneh’s Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Dr. James Kollie, wrote the Senate informing them of the downturn in the economy and the need to recast the 2015/2016 National Budget. The Senate however, took exception to a phrase which they considered offensive in the wording of the letter and therefore invited Minister Konneh and his Deputy to appear before plenary.In spite of Minister Konneh’s apology to the Senators for the aspect of the letter they found offensive, he was charged with contempt of the Legislature for usurpation of their functions by attempting to appropriate the budget, which is constitutionally their role. They sentenced him to 48 hours imprisonment, but the Minister, on several occasions, eluded detention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Post and Telecom Minister Tours NAPAS Project

first_img(Third from left) Post and Telecommunications Minister Kruah and other officials of the ministry touring the NAPAS project.The Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah, has toured the National Postal Address System (NAPAS) project currently ongoing from the various communities Sinkor to Vamoma House.The project is phase one of the ministry’s strategic plan to provide schools, clinics, hospitals, homes and offices across the country numbers with postal and street addresses.According to Mr. Kruah block “A” of the physical numbering projects begins from the UN compound on 1st Street, Sinkor and ends on 7th Street. Block “B” starts from 7th Street and ends on 13th street; followed by block “C”, which ends on 17th Street; and block “D” starts from 17th street and ends at Vamoma House junction.Min. Kruah said the project, when completed, will make it easy for mail delivery and the identification of properties during emergency situations.“The project, which is near completion, is an innovative localized addressing system designed to help the postal service increase the number of homes it is capable of delivering to,” Mr. Kruah said.As a country with a population of less than 5 million, Liberia is noted for its poor addressing system that allows fewer than 20 per cent of its inhabitants to receive their mail at home.To redress the situation and improve its services, Min. Kruah said the ministry is working tirelessly to roll-up the NAPAS project across the country.“Improving Liberia’s address system is key to our agenda, which aims to transform, innovate, and deliver more services to more people all over the country. Postal services have a critical role in building a strong economy and we are firmly focused on the future, taking steps to modernize and grow their capacity and range of services. A postcode system does exist, but only 5 per cent of mails get properly addressed with the postcode, hampering the efforts of the Ministry to improve its quality of service,” Min. Kruah added.Meanwhile, the NAPAS project director Dixson Gwion has disclosed that that about 958 buildings has been numbered since the inception of the project, with more expected in the coming months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pedestrian killed by drunk driver

first_imgA Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) man was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver at Half Mile Public Road, Linden.Dead is 38-year-old Sherwin Hermanstien of Lot 534 Canvas City, Wismar.Reports are that on Tuesday at about 22:45h, Hermanstien was in the process of crossing the road when motorcar PSS 5865, driven by an Industrial Area, Mackenzie resident, proceeding North along the western side of the road struck Hermanstien.After being hit, the pedestrian fell onto the road and was in an unconscious state. He was picked up by the driver of the vehicle and rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Police investigators in a statement revealed the driver of the vehicle was apprehended and was found to be over the legal blood alcohol limit after the administration of a breathalyser test.Meanwhile, at the home of the deceased on Wednesday, friends and family gathered in shock and disbelief as they expressed their grief over what they described as the “sudden death” of their loved one.They noted that the Hermanstien was with his brother at the time of the accident.His aunt, who broke down in tears said she visited the hospital after learning of the accident on Tuesday evening. Hermanstein’s relatives described him as a very jovial individual who loved children.“He don’t be in no problem. All he do is drink and play he music. Very, very nice person. He would past one hundred times and talk to you”, a grieving relative noted.Meanwhile, investigations are continuing. A post-mortem examination is expected to be performed on Friday.last_img read more

Absent Mahrez set to miss Man City match

first_imgDespite a second transfer request from the player in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for a deal worth £80 million ($111 million, 90 million euros), with even City’s cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners unwilling to go beyond £60 million.The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday that Leicester were considering asking the Professional Footballers’ Association to mediate in their dispute with the forward if no agreement could be reached.It said the 26-year-old, who has missed Leicester’s past two matches, against Everton and Swansea, was absent for a fourth successive training session on Tuesday.It is understood that even if Mahrez reports back for duty, it is unlikely he will feature against Guardiola’s team on Saturday.Mahrez is unhappy that Leicester were determined to secure such a huge profit on a player they bought for a reported £350,000 from French second-division side Le Havre in 2014 and who played a pivotal role in the club’s rise from the Championship to Premier League champions.He was crowned players’ player of the year during Leicester’s remarkable title-winning campaign in 2015-16, scoring 17 Premier League goals, and then signed a four-year deal to help lead their Champions League charge.Adding to Mahrez’s anger is that other heroes of Leicester’s title-winning triumph — N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater — have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez looks likely to miss a third match in a row for Leicester City in his ongoing feud with the club which he says blocked a move to Premier League leaders Manchester City © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Riyad Mahrez looks likely to miss this weekend’s match against Manchester City, with Leicester’s star player reportedly absent from training since he failed to force through a move to the Premier League leaders.It would be the third consecutive league game the Algeria winger has missed since Pep Guardiola’s City failed to get their man on January 31, transfer deadline day.last_img read more

‘Would rather Jose Mourinho play Fosu-Mensah at CM than sign this Chelsea star’

first_img1 Matic in action for Chelsea on the final day of the 2015/16 season against Leicester City Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is reportedly eyeing a move to rival territory.The 27-year-old, according to The Sun, has told incoming manager Antonio Conte of his desire to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.Matic struggled for consistency throughout the 2015/16 campaign, losing his place to John Obi Mikel in the second half of the season, and could now be keen to turn his back on Stamford Bridge.But is he a player United supporters would be happy to sign?Find out what a section of Red Devils fans think of the speculation below…last_img


first_imgOwner of The Traveller’s Inn, Milford, Michael McBride pictured along with some members of The Traveller’s Inn team. The 10th birthday celebrations will take place from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd August with live music every night and a Family Fun Birthday Party on Saturday 22nd August. Pic: Francis Diver.FEATURES: The Traveller’s Inn, Milford is celebrating their 10th birthday this week.To mark the key milestone, the family run bar and restaurant is hosting a week-long celebration, running from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd August.The Traveller’s Inn birthday celebrations will have something for everyone, including live music every night, as well as a ‘Family Fun Birthday Party’ on Saturday 22nd August from 2-4pm.  The ‘Family Fun Birthday Party’ is an event that all the family can attend and promises to be a jam-packed day of fun for kids of all ages.There’ll be bouncy castles, face-painting, a birthday cake, balloon modelling, disco games and a DJ, as well as a special visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse.Throughout the week-long celebrations, there’ll be live music every night from 10pm. The entertainment line up includes a Big Country Night with Martin Orr, Best of Karaoke with Samioke, Highland Radio’s Gary Gamble, The Brambles, Mystery Shoppers and Half A Stray.The Traveller’s Inn was established in 1867 and has a heritage going back almost 150 years. Local man, Michael McBride took over the venue in 2005 and, shortly afterwards opened The Traveller’s Inn restaurant. In that time, the venue has become a well-established and popular spot among locals and visitors to the town.Commenting on the 10th birthday, Michael McBride, said, “We’re delighted to be celebrating our 10th birthday at The Traveller’s Inn.“It’s been a tough road over the years, with the recession hitting just a few years into the business, but with the support of the local community, family and a great team of staff, we’ve built something quite unique in the northwest.Since 2005 we’ve been working really hard to continuously improve our customer offering and earlier this year, the hard work paid off when we were awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, 2015.We were acknowledged for our excellent quality and service and for having consistently great reviews on the Trip Advisor website”. Michael added: “Over the years, we’ve undertaken significant renovations and improvements to the building including extending the restaurant, opening a newly refurbished beer garden and restoring the stone walls on the outside building.“It’s been a real family and team effort and the 10th birthday celebrations is our way of thanking our customers for their support.“We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone over the course of the week-long celebrations and we really hope to see you there.”The Traveller’s Inn restaurant is open daily from 12-9.00pm and serves delicious snacks, lunches and evening meals. Since opening, the team has been committed to serving the very best of good food and prides itself on offering guests a delicious meal at exceptional value, making it the perfect choice for those looking to enjoy a quality dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.With ample car-parking, free wifi and an enclosed beer garden, the Milford venue is the ideal place for meetings, birthdays, christenings and anniversaries.Enjoy live music every weekend and a warm welcome by booking your table today – call The Traveller’s Inn on 074 9163 499 or visit The Traveller’s Inn Facebook page for all the latest offers.LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT AS MILFORD VENUE CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS! was last modified: August 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

A holly, jolly Christmas respite

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Haddon will co-lead the “Blue Christmas” service with the Rev. Rebecca Blackwell from Kirk O’ the Valley Presbyterian Church in Reseda. The one-hour service will not include a sermon and an offering will not be taken. Soft lighting and gentle music will greet attendees in the sanctuary. Secular poetry and Scriptural readings, including the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 and verses from Isaiah 40, will be offered. Moments of silence will also be part of the service. “We’ll light a large white candle, representing Christ in our midst. People will be invited to light a little tealight from the Christ candle,” Haddon said. “This will be an opportunity to light a candle to express and process all kinds of loss or significant transitions.” Caren Lea, who attended last year’s “Blue Christmas” service at Kirk O’ the Valley, said the Christmas season stirs up family memories and the ache of separation from loved ones. “The service was peaceful and quiet. I was remembering my mom and dad when I lit a candle. It felt good to be actually doing something (at that time) as I remembered them,” said Lea, an elder at First Presbyterian Church. ‘Tis the season to be jolly – even while braving the crowds at the mall, decorating the house, making the cookies, sending dozens of greeting cards and hosting the annual holiday party. But the season also can be emotionally challenging for those who have lost a loved one, are struggling with a job loss or divorce or are just feeling overwhelmed by all of the work and stress of decking the halls. So for those seeking some solace amid the stress, First Presbyterian Church of Sherman Oaks is holding a “Blue Christmas” service on Sunday. “We’re making space in the Christmas rush for people to deal with their grief. We’re giving them overt permission to feel it’s OK to not be in sync with the (holiday) culture,” said the Rev. Barbara Haddon. “It’s also for people who are overwhelmed and feeling pressured by the rush.” “It could give someone an opportunity to sit back and think about the reason for the season, too. I left feeling very peaceful, not sad.” Haddon and Blackwell each lost their fathers this year, and Blackwell said their grief will bring an added component to their sensitivity toward others at the service. “I hope people will feel comfort and seeds of hope. We’re not overly emotional in how we present things. We try hard not to force people to cry,” Blackwell said. “We’ll get a sense of God’s presence in the less bubbly spaces. I think the service can be something memorable and meaningful in the long-term.” A “Blue Christmas” service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Sherman Oaks, 4445 Noble Ave. Call (818) 788-3330 or visit Kirk O’ the Valley Presbyterian Church can be reached by calling (818) 345-2535. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 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


first_imgTime to hit the surf as summer returns briefly to DonegalIT may well be a miserable September Thursday today with loads of rain – but don’t worry another blast of summer is on the way for this weekend.Forecasters say temperatures could top 20C this weekend in County Donegal as hot air from a Florida storm centres over Ireland…without the storm!Met Eireann and independent weather websites reckon Donegal will start to warm up on Saturday and steadily increase through Sunday. And then we could see temperatures into the low 20s for the WHOLE OF NEXT WEEK!Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online says we’re getting another 2013 warm spell….in the autumn.“This may not prove to be the best summer/early autumn ever, but it has provided its share of fine weather and another pleasant spell is foreseen for part if not all of next week,” he said.“Highs could reach the lower 20s inland. Extensive fog and coastal low cloud may accompany this spell due to light or even calm winds under high pressure.” Met Eireann agreed.It says: “The trend for early next week is for mainly dry, warm weather, by day, with sunny spells at times most days. Temperatures should be in the high teens and occasionally 20 or 21 C. But the nights will be cool, with occasional mists and fog.”Should save on the coal, turf and oil for a few days! IT’S SEPTEMBER BUT AUTUMN HEATWAVE ON THE WAY! was last modified: September 19th, 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:Autumndonegal daily weatherheat wavelast_img read more

Jacks women win 8th straight, men lose close one

first_imgThe Humboldt State women’s basketball team concluded its regular season with a 76-66 win over San Francisco State Saturday night in Lumberjack Arena.HSU earned its eighth consecutive victory and improved to 19-6 overall and a 17-5 against California Collegiate Athletic Association opponents. The Green and Gold earned the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and will play host to Cal State East Bay Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Lumberjack Arena.“Tonight was a perfect night for our seniors,” Humboldt …last_img