Infantino wins FIFA presidential election

first_imgZURICH (AP):Gianni Infantino is the new president of football’s corruption-scarred world governing body, winning the election after promising national leaders of the sport that he would share the wealth from FIFA’s $5 billion World Cup revenues.Infantino was chosen on the second-ballot yesterday to fill the unexpired term of longtime FIFA leader Sepp Blatter, who was forced out by the pressure of US and Swiss investigations of bribery and corruption that emerged two days before the previous vote in May 2015.The stunning outcome seemed to catch the 45-year-old Infantino off guard. He had to compose himself before starting his acceptance speech and saluted voters by patting his heart with his right hand.”We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA, and everyone in the world will applaud us,” said Infantino, who only became a candidate when a case of financial wrongdoing removed his own boss, Michel Platini, at Europe’s soccer body UEFA.”I am convinced a new era is starting,” said the Swiss-born former lawyer. Blatter headed FIFA for more than 17 years.Infantino pledged to meet quickly with World Cup broadcasters and sponsors, saying they “they need to regain trust and confidence in football and in FIFA”.There were only four candidates on the ballot after Tokyo Sexwale withdrew during his campaign speech to voters. The four were Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary; Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, the Asian confederation president; Prince Ali of Jordan; and Jerome Champagne of France.WORLD LEADERInfantino, who had waged a globe-trotting campaign in the four months leading up to the election, gave an impressive 15-minute speech only 20 minutes before the first-round vote. The Swiss-Italian spoke in several languages without notes and portrayed himself as a leader for the world, not just Europe’s wealthy confederation.His campaign promised to spread the World Cup largesse to more federations, including additional guaranteed funds. He also pledged to expand the World Cup from a 32-team tournament to 40 teams, and give more opportunities to countries to stage the World Cup with multinational regional hosting.”The money of FIFA is your money,” he said, jabbing his left index finger to the 207 members of soccer federations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe before the election.”It is not the money of the FIFA president. It’s your money,” added Infantino, sounding more like a CEO promising a dividend to shareholders.A rare burst of spontaneous applause followed, signaling a shift in momentum towards Infantino, who since his 30s managed the billion-dollar Champions League revenues for the UEFA.last_img read more

Let United Nations manage elections

first_imgDear Editor,It does not appear that the two sides, President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo, APNU/AFC and PPP, will reach an agreement (consensus) on appointing a GECOM Chair or set a firm timeline for elections. On June 18, the CCJ had urged the two sides to come to an agreement by June 24 on orders the court should issue and they failed to meet. On June 24, the court extended the deadline to July 1 (date for written submission of suggestions for consequential orders) and the sides still failed to meet, much less discuss the issues. The court had stated that they could try until July 12 when the court will issue its orders on what must be done. The court’s orders are final. The two sides should try to resolve this political problem. The ABC countries should put pressure on both sides to meet and honour the Constitution.There is much distrust between the sides. Both sides are fearful of fraudulent elections. My conversations with Guyanese reveal they also fear that election results may not reflect the will of the voters. A poll I am conducting in Guyana reveals a very racially polarised nation. Governing Guyana will not be easy unless election results are accepted by both sides. The country will not make progress after elections unless both sides feel the outcome reflects the will of the voters and that every eligible voter’s name is on the list.Since it has become a controversial political issue that does not lend itself to an easy solution, may I suggest that both sides meet and work out an agreement for the United Nations to manage (run) the elections? It will save Guyanese the expense of organising the elections. The UN was in charge of holding elections in several polarised societies when the contending parties could not reach an agreement on a way forward. The UN will ensure that free and fair elections are held in Guyana and that no one is denied the right to vote. The UN’s Secretary-General and its security forces will make sure a credible election is held and the results accepted.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Tusker down Nzoia top pick first win of season

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC beat Nzoia to pick first win of the seasonNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – Timothy Otieno scored a goal and provided an assist as Tusker FC beat visitors Nzoia Sugar 2-1 to pick their first win of the season in a Kenyan Premier League match hosted at the Ruaraka Ground on Saturday.Tusker got their goals through Amos Asembeka and Timothy Otieno to move 12th in the standings with four points. In other results, Kakamega Homeboyz beat Vihiga United 2-1, Posta Rangers were 1-0 winners over Chemelil Sugar, Wazito FC lost 1-0 away to Bandari in Mombasa while Nakumatt FC and Sony Sugar played to a 0-0 draw.Tusker, coming into this game from a goalless draw against Posta Rangers last weekend, could have gone ahead after three minutes when Timothy Otieno found Asembeka, but the later shoot the ball straight to the defender.However, the combination of the two (Otieno and Asembeka) paid when Asembeka nodded the ball into the net to hand the Brewers the opener.However the lead did not last long as Nzoia levelled the scores in the 14th minute thanks to Elvis Rupia who utilized Luke Namanda’s measured cross.Tusker pinned Nzoia to the wall in search of the double, seeing the Sugar Millers bow to pressure and concede the second goal when Boniface Muchiri’s solo move passed the ball to Asebeka who tried to score but keeper Benson Mangala punched it wide and found Otieno who tapped the rebound in.The defeat leaves Nzoia languishing second last at the bottom of the 18-team league having lost all their opening four matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League injury update: Who’s nearing a return and who’s stepped up their recovery? Find out here

first_img 4. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) – Schweinsteiger was injured towards the end of the Red Devils’ 1-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield United on 9th January. He hasn’t featured since, with Louis van Gaal remaining coy on his expected return. Reports from Germany, however, claim that the midfielder isn’t expected to return until the end of February – suggesting that it could be touch and go whether he is ready to face Arsenal on the 28th of this month. 5. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) – Wilshere hasn’t yet made an appearance for the Gunners this season after suffering a hairline fracture in his left fibula six months ago, in an accidental training clash with Gabriel Paulista. Other setbacks have extended his stay on the sidelines, but the midfielder himself revealed this week that “I’m back on the pitch and I’m just trying to build my fitness up… I’m working on it and I’m slowly getting there.” Wenger also said that “he is looking good” and informed England manager Roy Hodgson that he could be available in four weeks. 3. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) – Rosicky, who made his first appearance in seven months in Arsenal’s FA Cup victory over Burnley last weekend, was forced off with a thigh strain and it has confirmed that he’ll be out of action for the next three months. The 35-year-old’s contract expires in the summer, and given injuries continue to rule him out for lengthy periods, his career at the Emirates could be wavering. 11 11. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – After breaking his leg in a Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven in September, the former Southampton man was expected to be out of action for the remainder of the campaign. However, the Daily Mail report that he has stepped up his recovery and could feature before May. 11 6. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – Recent reports have claimed that Sturbridge is considering an Anfield exit in the summer having grown frustrated by criticism of his injury record since joining the club. Klopp has dismissed such speculation and insists that the striker is fully committed to Liverpool. He is back in full training, and while he isn’t expected to feature in their next game against Sunderland, he could be back for their FA Cup replay versus West Ham next week. 11 8. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Cazorla, who suffered an injury around the same time as Francis Coquelin at the end of last year, remains on the sidelines, with his return set to come in March. Providing an update on yet another injured player, Wenger revealed that the Spaniard is progressing well and is “at least a few weeks away”. 7. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) – The striker hasn’t played for Arsenal since last April, after sustaining a knee injury which later required surgery. The England international, however, is nearing a return after featuring for the club’s Under-21 side, playing an hour against Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday. Wenger recently stated that “he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team,” adding “I think in the next three weeks he should be available”. 11 11 11 There are some major players nearing a return to fitness.Arsene Wenger has provided updates on Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla, while other casulaties from Liverpool and Manchester United have made progress, too.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at the latest reports on the above, and more.Find out how the likes of Wilshere and Welbeck, and others, are getting on in their rehabilitation process by clicking the arrow above, right. 10. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The Belgium international was stretchered off during City’s League Cup victory over Everton at the end of January, and it was later confirmed that he had suffered tears in his knee and ankle ligaments – and will miss 10 weeks of action. He is set to make his return in April. 2. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) – Manuel Pellegrini’s side have missed their captain hugely, with his influence and ability to organise his troops on the field. Earlier this week, City revealed that the Belgian had returned to full training by posting images of the defender in action. He’s played just nine minutes over the past three months, but looks to be on course to make his return by the end of this month. 1. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – read the latest on the Brazilian below, then click the arrow above to catch up on the progress of 10 other injured Premier League players – The Brazilian has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury in the clash with Newcastle United on December 6, but is nearing his return. The 23-year-old has returned to full training and could be back for Liverpool’s FA Cup replay with West Ham. 11 11 11 11 9. Danny Ings (Liverpool) – The England international, signed by Liverpool in the summer, has been out of action since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last October, and the injury was thought to be season-ending. He has, however, stepped up his recovery progress, moving from the gym to light training earlier this week – thus suggesting that he could be seen in a Reds shirt before the end of the campaign. Klopp recently said, “He’s still a long way away from being available but he’s here.” 11last_img read more

Elder President Bush makes a jump for the books

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He’s 83 and just had hip replacement surgery in January, but that isn’t keeping former President George H.W. Bush from skydiving. Bush celebrated the grand reopening of his presidential museum on Saturday with a surprise skydive, his sixth and his first since 2004, when he jumped to celebrate his 80th birthday. Bush jumped on Saturday strapped to an expert from the Army Golden Knights parachute team, as he did three years ago. His first parachute jump was in 1944 when his plane was shot down over the Pacific island of Chi Chi Jima. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The 69,000-square-foot museum, described by the former president as the “centerpiece of my library,” has been mostly closed since April for an $8.3 million face-lift. The museum and library opened 10 years ago this week on the Texas A&M University campus College Station, Texas.last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: The Caith go hÁitiu’il (Shop Local) campaign was embraced by Healthwise Pharmacies and they are reporting a massive response from customers.Healthwise made a commitment to offer real value and choice within local communities, and director Liam Grimley has reported a huge uptake from customers, with turnover up significantly in all branches. Healthwise price checked all of their Christmas Gift lines, and expanded the range of goods on offer to meet demand for local customers.Liam claims that customers have recognised the value on offer, and appreciate the availability of a local selection of gifts to meet all of their requirements.He believes that the listing on or on facebook of a range of promotions has improved customers awareness of the value available.Healthwise are so delighted with the response to the shop local campaign, that they will now offer a range of crazy one day promotions, where a featured product will be offered with up to 80% off e.g. Jimmy Choo Fragrance reduced from 55.00 to only 10.00. These promotions will run for one day only ,and will feature high profile luxury brands , so keep an eye on Facebook or the Healthwise website for more information.Shopping locally saves time & money while supporting Jobs and services in local communities. Healthwise Pharmacies have shown that it can pay for customers to check out the local offers and urge continued support for all local business this Christmas.Please add click through link to our Website offer page at bottom of feature. RESPONSE TO HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES SHOP LOCAL CAMPAIGN was last modified: December 15th, 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)last_img read more

When fun’s universal

first_img This one sported a sign reading “Got Wheels? Ask for Wheelie Dealie” – a parent available to help special-needs kids roam the inflatable obstacle course with friends and classmates. “Everybody should get to play, right?” said Torvinen. Art teacher Jaye Weiner, who was overseeing the carnival’s silent auction, had trouble finding the right school for her autistic daughter before discovering CHIME. “The harder it is for them to be successful, the less successful they feel,” said Weiner. “We plan projects that are abstract enough so that every child can be successful at it. “If I had a million dollars, I’d give it to this school in a second,” said Weiner. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Son Rhys uses a walker to get around. His twin brother, Kieren, does not. CHIME allows them to be in the same class whereas a traditional public school would keep them separate. “It’s wonderful for them to be in school together,” said Torvinen. “(Rhys) wants to do everything that everyone else does.” Opened in 2001, CHIME was recognized as a role model for “full inclusion” by the U.S. Department of Education and was named Charter School of the Year in 2005 by the California Charter Schools Association. CHIME has a current enrollment of 225, which will be increased to 275 next year. Not surprising, more than 2,000 applications were submitted for those slots, which were decided through a lottery. At the school’s first carnival Saturday, Torvinen ran a unique bounce house. WOODLAND HILLS – Every child is special. Just ask pupils, faculty, volunteers and parents at CHIME Charter Elementary School. CHIME blends special needs, “typical learning” and gifted students together, and the youngsters pay no attention to their differences. “They don’t even notice. They’re treated like each child is special,” said mother Carmen Chandler, a California State University, Northridge, employee who has two typical-learning children in CHIME. School psychologist Deanne Torvinen has twin sons at CHIME. last_img read more


first_imgSlotto: No winner of this week’s slotto, numbers drawn were 4, 1, 7, 5, 3, 2, 6. Consolation prize of €80 goes to Michael Kerrigan, Glencoagh.Games: The senior and reserves are playing at home again this weekend against Lifford in the 2nd leg of the championship, reserves at 1.30pm and seniors at 3pm. Good luck to both teams and management. The seniors had a good win over Lifford in the league over the weekend keeping them top of the table.The club would like to congratulate Joe Mc Intyre, Glencoagh on making the U18 Irish soccer squad. Well done Joe such a great achievement. Well done also to David McGuckin who had the great opportunity to play in Croke Park with a selection of U12s picked out of Ulster. David and his family had a great day he got a tour of the stadium and he sported the Naomh Naille jersey out on the pitch. Well done David.The U12 girls had their first blitz of the summer last week in four masters were thay played the hosts, Ballyshannon and Bundoran. They put up some great performances in every game in warm conditions. Well done Girls.U10 boys and girls are playing in a blitz away in dungloe this Friday due to the Donegal game on Saturday. Good luck to all and have fun!Tickets: The club will be getting a limited amount of tickets for this weekend’s game, Donegal v Laois on Saturday in Carrick on Shannon. Any club member looking for a ticket needs to come to the club house this Thursday at 8pm. It will be first come, first serve so come early to be in with a chance. Juveniles need to be accompanied by an adult. Club Meeting: The monthly club meeting was postponed on Monday as a mark of respect to the McLoone and McGroary Families. May Fr. John and Nan Mc Groary rest in peace. The monthly meeting will now be held Monday 29th July at 9pm. GAA NEWS – NAOMH NAILLE FACE LIFFORD IN CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: July 23rd, 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:Naomh Naille GAA noteslast_img read more


first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA NotesFootballAfter securing the under 21 B title last year Aodh Ruadh made an impressive return to the a grade with a convincing 1-14 to 1-6 win over Letterkenny Gaels in Father Tierney Park last Tuesday evening. The homesters faced into a tight wind in the first half and made the most of their opportunities to go in leading by 1-6 to 1-2 at the break.Niall Murray was the man with the goal, a reaction volley from the edge of the area. Aodh Ruadh capitalised on the wind at the start of the second half, playing some smart football to run up seven unanswered points and definitely take the game from the Letterkenny lads’ grasp. It was a win built on a fine defensive display with Colm Kelly impressing at full back and Eamonn McGrath and Pauric Patton not far behind. Up front David McGurrin and Ronan McGurrin were the cutting edge, accounting for eight points between them, with Jamie McDonald and Ryan Granaghan also causing considerable problems for the visitors. We have some pictures from the game up on A gutsy away win by the Aodh Ruadh minors sees them take Naomh Conaill to a third game in their first round championship contest. Ballyshannon turned over a six point second half deficit to run out 1-15 to 2-9 winners. The Ernesiders goal arrived from the piston-driven boot of Nathan Boyle in a first half where the visitors were well on top until the dying moments. Naomh Conaill hit the net just before the half-time whistle and the managed to goal again directly from the kick-out to leave the half time score 2-6 to 1-6 in their favour. It got worse before it got better for Ballyshannon, Glenties reeling off three points early in the second half to put six between the sides. However Aodh Ruadh took control in the last 20 minutes and hit nine unanswered points to take it to the third game. Shane McGrath initiated the comeback, pointing after a one two with Philip Patton from a free. Patton finished as Aodh Ruadh’s top scorer with six points, one of them an exceptional effort just in from the sideline 30 metres out. Oisín Roper and Colm Kelly were among the scorers as the Ernesiders rallied with Conal Sweeny also hitting a point coming off the bench. Cookie O’Halloran put himself in with a good shout for the man of the match accolades. He was industry personified, constantly breaking up Glenties attacks and sending Aodh Ruadh off on the offensive. Eddie Lynch also starred in the defence in a game where every Ballyshannon man showed real bottle to secure the win. As things stand now, it is unlikely that the play-off game will happen before Donegal minors exit the All-Ireland championship, so an extended lay off is in prospect, but the play-off is sizing up to be an epic encounter and we whouldThe under 16s are down to travel to Dungloe in the championship first round second leg this Friday, 22nd August with the throw in at 7.30pm. Ballyshannon already have a 5-11 to 2-15 win from the first leg under their belt. Also on the radar is the divisional league final against Ardara next Monday, venue and time to be confirmed.The under 13s have endured a tough start to their season, losing 6-15 to 3-7 against Ardara before going down to Killybegs on a scoreline of 1-6 to 6-16. They will be hoping to turn things around when they host Saint Naul’s this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park. Throw in for that game is 6.30pm.It was a disappointing night for the Aodh Ruadh under 12s. In poor conditions for football they were unable match a strong Naomh Conaill side in the Southern League final at Davy Brennan Memorial Park. The homesters eventually ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-20 to 0-2. The juniors continued their rich vein of form however, winning their game well.The under 10s blitz in Ardara was postponed so training will be at the usual time of 6.30pm this Wednesday. We will have a blitz in Donegal town this Saturday with Four Masters, Naomh Bríd and Bundoran providing the opposition. We will be looking for parents/guardians to assist with transport. All players and parents/guardians able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 10.00am sharp.The under 8s were in Dunkineely on Saturday at a blitz. The juniors had two good wins against Dungloe and Naomh Ultan. While the seniors mightn’t have got the scores their play deserved they put in a really strong committed performance and did themselves huge credit. We had great 22 players down in Dunkineely, but with Dungloe and Naomh Ultan thinner on numbers we weren’t able to give all the lads as much football as we would have liked. We will have a few more blitzes before the end of the season and we aim to ensure everyone gets plenty of football before we wrap up. Thanks are due to the Naomh Ultan club for their hospitality on the day too. The Aodh Ruadh team was: Killian Bradshaw, Eoin Cassidy, Tommy Clyne, Ronan Delahunty, Eoin Doogan, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Cormac Finnegan, Tom Holland, Donagh Kelly, Micheál Keown, Hugh Óg Maguire, Jack McCadden, Cian McDonald, Garvey Meade, James Monaghan, Tom Murphy, Ted O’Donnell, Conor O’Mahoney, Daire O’Mahoney, Cillian Slevin and James Ward.Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm. HurlingThe under 12s suffered another defeat at home to Gaoth Dobhair on Thursday. Still without a number of players for a variety of reasons it was an improved performance against a strong team who pulled away in the second half after a very even first half. They are away to Four Masters this week.The under 16s play Saint Eunan’s in the league semi-final in O’Donnell Park tomorrow night, Tuesday. The Letterkenny men are a very good outfit and a tough battle lies ahead for our lads, but as always they will give it everything they have, throw in at 7.15pm.On Sunday our under 10s took part in the all-county blitz in Convoy. unfortunately only two other teams took part in the blitz and Aodh Ruadh recorded victories over Burt and Setanta. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to Convoy your support is much appreciated. Unfortunately there was no under 8 blitz as Aodh Ruadh and Burt were the only teams who were going to take part. Hopefully the next blitz on 14th September will be better attended.BingoThe winner of last week’s €400 jackpot was Majella Gethins of Tullyhorky. Bingo this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10 for full book, €5 for a half book.LottoThere was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto Jackpot of €1,900. The numbers drawn were 1, 6, 9, 15, 16 and 18. In the lucky dip €40 went to Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; €20 went to Ann Ward, Erne Dale Heights; Bridie Killalea, Carricknahorna; and Mary McElwaine, Cashelard. Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €2,000 takes place at 8.30pm in Owen Roe’s bar on Sunday.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: SENIOR HURLERS.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH U21’S DEFEAT LETTERKENNY GAELS IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH was last modified: August 19th, 2014 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more