‘I have no fear’ – Burrell not worried about – prosecution in FIFA probe

first_imgJamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said his hands are clean and does not fear being prosecuted in connection with the ongoing investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body FIFA and has vowed to oversee changes that will restore CONCACAF’s reputation. Since May this year, two presidents – Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – of CONCACAF, the confederation representing football bodies from the Caribbean and North and Central America, have been arrested as the United States Justice Department in conjunction with Swiss authorities investigate malfeasance amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Webb, who was arrested in May, and Hawit, jailed in early December, were among an estimated 30 football officials who were arrested between May and December this year. Webb has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in US Federal Court. Arising from the arrests, Burrell, a close friend and business partner of Webb, was among several officials appointed to an executive committee at CONCACAF that will oversee the running of the confederation until elections are held in May 2016. Asked if there were fears among the committee members about further arrests, Burrell said he was not fearful of being implicated of anything sinister. “I can only speak for myself; I have absolutely no fear or concerns and I am sure my other colleagues would feel the same way, but you just can’t swear for anyone in this case, so we just have to hope,” he said. Meanwhile, he said CONCACAF executives have been aggressively pursuing solutions to the ongoing crisis that will ensure that in future the organisation will not have to endure the embarrassment of the ongoing situation. He claims proposed reforms being pursued within CONCACAF will exceed those being put in place at FIFA. “It is now said CONCACAF are the trendsetters for the reform process because we are going deeper in some of the areas than FIFA is,” he said. “So currently, we are on track to repair the image, to rebuild the image and to chart a course that will see us not getting back into this situation. “Whoever goes there eventually will not have an opportunity to slip back into what has caused us to be in this position.”last_img read more

China’s Sun Yang launches Asian Games charm offensive

first_img“That was just a very safe swim,” the Australian told AFP. “He was slow off the blocks and just did what he had to do. “He’s got a long programme so it’s early days,” added Cotterell. “We’ll know more about where he’s at at the end of the meet.”Hagino, who won Olympic gold in the 400m individual medley in Rio two years ago, failed to qualify for the 200m freestyle at this year’s Asian Games.Jordan’s Khader Baqlah, who has trained alongside American stars Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte at the University of Florida, posted the second quickest time behind Sun in 1:47.60.Defending champion Daiya Seto qualified fastest for the men’s 200m butterfly final in 1:57.23 from fellow Japanese Nao Horomura, who also won his his heat in 1:58.06, edging out India’s Sajan Prakash.ADVERTISEMENT Furious after being ambushed by Hagino in the 200m free in Incheon, Sun branded Japan’s national anthem “ugly” — not the first time the three-time Olympic gold medallist has become involved in a war of words.“Look, I think Hagino is a good guy,” Sun told reporters. “The way he swims the individual medley is an inspiration to me. We should be working together to raise the level of Asian swimming.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Today was a good first swim, very satisfied. The Asian Games isn’t the biggest competition perhaps but it’s an important stepping stone towards the world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”His part-time coach Denis Cotterell said the giant Chinese was pacing himself with further individual races to come in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m free. Frampton stops Jackson in 9 rounds “I can definitely go quicker,” said Seto, who also won Pan Pacific gold in Tokyo earlier this month.“It was about conserving energy. The key tonight will be to be brave and go for it.”China’s Xu Jiayu went quickest in the men’s 100m backstroke heats, clocking 53.60 seconds with title-holder Ryosuke Irie of Japan winning his heat in 53.85.China claimed the top two spots in qualifying for the women’s 200m backstroke final, with Liu Yaxin storming through to win her heat in 2:09.52, almost two seconds faster than Peng Xuwei.Japan went one-two in the women’s 100m breaststroke heats with Satomi Suzuki quickest in 1:06.92 from Reona Aoki (1:07.24).China dominated the swimming competition at the 2014 Asian Games, winning 22 gold medals to 12 for closest rivals Japan. RELATED VIDEO Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal China’s Sun Yang competes in a heat of the men’s 200m freestyle swimming event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADChina’s Olympic champion Sun Yang showed a softer side to his gnarly public image on Sunday by lavishing compliments on rival Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino at the Asian Games.The towering Chinese topped the time sheets in the morning’s 200 metres freestyle heats in Jakarta in a leisurely one minute, 47.58 seconds before being reminded about an unseemly diplomatic row he sparked at the last Asian Games in 2014.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Container Truck Scare on Johnson Street

first_imgA truck carrying a container forced several people to run for dear life on Johnson and Ashmun Streets in Monrovia yesterday when the middle part of the truck skidded into a business center after hitting an LEC utility pole.There were no human casualties, but eye-witness Peal Collins said there was enormous damage to the business center and an LEC utility pole.Collins said the incident happened around 10am.“It happened all of a sudden as the container truck began to lose control,” Collins said.He explained that the truck, carrying a 40 feet Maersk container, veered into the business center as the driver was desperately trying to bring it to some level of control.He said the unidentified driver managed to swing the front side of the truck away from its course, but that the middle part of the truck hit the LEC pole, with parts of the truck covering the entrance of a business center.“People around ran for dear life,” Collins said, “and as you can see the container side is different from the driver’s side.”Collins said similar accidents are frequent on Johnson Street and that the Ministry of Transport should begin to work with truckers and their owners to ensure that trucks plying the streets of Monrovia are roadworthy.“We cannot say the trucks should operate at night because whenever there is an accident it will be difficult to help the injured,” Collins said.He suggested that the Ministry of Transport should ensure that at the beginning of every year, trucks are inspected to avoid any threat to human life.“We cannot wait until there is a tragedy before we start to find some solutions,” Collins said. “There are always accidents of such nature involving trucks. Either their breaks cannot hold or they have some other mechanical problems.”A man, who did not identify himself, told the Daily Observer that the truck’s universal joint broke, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.“This is not news for journalists to come for,” he said, and walked away, “I don’t want you to take my picture.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen charged for stabbing friend to death

first_imgA teen miner was on Tuesday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with the capital offence of murder.Murder accused: Emmanuel McCloudThe charge against Emmanuel McCloud, 19, alleged that he murdered Herbert Willie on March 24, 2019, while they were at 111 Miles, Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) during an argument.The prosecution is contending that on Sunday last, at about 02:20h, ranks from the Bartica Police Station received information and went to Mahdia in the vicinity of Mahdia Primary School where they saw Willie lying on the road, bleeding profusely.He was picked up and transported to the Mahdia Hospital where he was admitted a patient but later succumbed to several stab wounds he received to his lower back.Later that evening, police acting on information apprehended the suspect. The police have since claimed that McCloud under caution admitted to committing the offence. He was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The case will continue on April 16, 2019, at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

Arsenal assessed: How the Gunners can turn pipe dream into reality

first_img 4 4 4 The country’s primary domestic cup competition may no longer be seen as a top priority for England’s elite, but, credit where credit is due.Two trophies in as many years certainly represents progress for a side that was at risk of becoming little more than fourth place fodder on an annual basis not so long ago.IT HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL SEASON, SAYS WINTERBURNBut Arsenal must build on the platform Wenger has created. Fans’ appetite for silverware may have been quenched momentarily, but bigger prizes are required, namely the Premier League title.The club can compete with the very best on their day, but the form and composure they have displayed at times must be maintained for an entire campaign if they are to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City next term.WALCOTT’S DAD: IF WE PLAY THIS WELL, ARSENAL WILL CHALLENGE FOR TITLEA case could be made to claim Arsenal are already contenders given the 12-point deficit that separated them from Jose Mourinho’s newly crowned champions is not insurmountable.However, it would be naive to suggest that strengthening is not needed if the gap is to be closed.Many pieces of the jigsaw are in place and none of the club’s key players seem to be at risk of an exit, yet additions could take Arsenal from the brink and back into the big time.But which areas of Wenger’s squad are in need of attention if a tilt at the title is to become a reality rather than a pipe dream?GoalkeeperThe fact Wenger has failed to settle on one of either Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina? between the sticks suggests neither man is capable of commanding the number one jersey on their own.Although the Poland international was given the nod for the Wembley showpiece, his petulance off the pitch appears to have ruled him out of the long-term running.Meanwhile, Ospina has endured a solid enough debut season on these shores, but doubts remain as to whether he is of the calibre that is required. His handling has been sloppy at times, although his shot stopping is sound.Top level goalkeepers normally come at a premium cost, but Petr Cech could be a relatively cheap option and would not require a bedding in period. Arsene Wenger 4 DefenceGabriel Paulista does not seem likely to be able to become a regular member of the side next season. He has played fleetingly since his arrival from Villarreal midway through the season, while Mertesacker’s return to form and Laurent Koscielny’s return to fitness have seen the club’s defensive issues ease.However, the latter two have clear deficiencies. Although they work well in tandem, more options are required to carry Arsenal’s defence through an entire season, as there is still a feeling they are not defensively sound against top level opposition.Meanwhile, a decision must be made in regards to Calum Chambers. Is he to become a specialist centre half, or is he set for a couple of seasons chopping and changing between right-back and the centre of the park? Either way, another experienced defender would not go amiss, equipped with pace and experience, ideally.MidfieldArsenal finally have a defensive midfielder. It’s been a long time coming.Francis Coquelin’s route to the top may have been unusual, as his career in north London seemed to be dead in the water when he was sent on loan to Charlton Athletic earlier in the season, but he has epitomised the Gunners’ new found ability to alter their style of play to secure a result, as we witnessed at the Etihad Stadium this season when Arsenal won 2-0.However, further additions are required. A player in the mould of Morgan Schneiderlin would fit the bill. Arsenal’s options in midfield are excellent, but it is clear they have several players with similar strengths.The likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey can all provide quality and creativity, but do they command the presence and power that is needed within the Gunners’ ranks?Coquelin has performed admirably, but the addition of another player to complement his talent who is capable of commanding the centre of the park would be hugely beneficial. Accusations that Arsenal fail to turn up on the biggest occasions have plagued Arsene Wenger’s side for the past decade or so.The Frenchman’s reign was regularly called into question during a trophy drought which threatened to taint his legacy in north London.However, the Gunners, produced arguably their best display of the campaign to ease past Aston Villa in emphatic fashion and retain the FA Cup on Saturday evening.Given how Arsenal have struggled against lesser opposition on the hallowed turf in recent years, the West Midlands outfit were entitled to arrive at Wembley with hope.Yet goals from Theo Walcott, who answered the call to lead his side’s front line with aplomb, Chilean dynamo Alexis Sanchez, central defender Per Mertesacker and French forward Olivier Giroud, left Tim Sherwood to lament the manner in which his side had been ruthlessly undone. Central strikerWenger has proved he is not afraid to change his preferred set of personnel to suit an opponents’ style. The belief that Wenger is stubborn will never entirely dissipate but his decision to field Walcott ahead of Giroud on Saturday was a bold one. Had it failed, he would have faced a flurry of criticism.Meanwhile, the Englishman’s excellent contribution in a central role is likely to convince him his future should be committed to the north Londoners. So, with Waclott, Giroud and Danny Welbeck to call upon, plus the talent of Sanchez, the Gunners’ front line seems well stocked. Yet the arrival of an out-and-out striker would be welcomed. Four strikers for four fronts.A stellar addition to Arsenal’s strike force could be the option that does not necessarily seem to be the most pressing concern, but it could also be the piece of business that transforms the team’s entire outlook. It is difficult to put a price on a 30-goal a season man.last_img read more

DONEGAL HOTEL OWNER TO TELL ALL TO RTE’S SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW

first_imgThe man who bought one of Donegal’s best-known hotels for just €650,000 is to appear on RTE’s Saturday Night Show tonight to reveal how he did it.Paul Diver, of The Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, will tell presenter Brendan O’Connor about the weeks leading up to his purchase.He will also reveal his plans for the famous hotel as will as his pride in saving 55 jobs locally. The hotel has been inundated with bookings since his purchase – with even a wedding booked there on the back of the coverage.  DONEGAL HOTEL OWNER TO TELL ALL TO RTE’S SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW was last modified: March 10th, 2012 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:Paul DiverRTESANDHOUSE HOTELSaturday NIght Showlast_img read more

Finding jobs on the roadside

first_imgLooking for work – men on the side of theroad.(Image: Men on the Side of the Road) The organised Men on the Side of theRoad sites are easily recognised by theirbright yellow banners.(Image: Masixole Feni)Jennifer SternSouth Africa has an unemployment rate of 38.3%, including those who have given up any attempt to find jobs. For those who haven’t, the only recourse is often short-term or casual labour – standing on the side of the road waiting for odd jobs. It’s highly insecure, but better than nothing.Casual labour is a strong tradition in South Africa, with informally designated sites in cities across the country known by both employers and job seekers, where unemployed men gather in the mornings hoping to get a job for the day.But it’s also been fraught with problems. The sites would have no toilets or drinking water so residents and businesses would complain to the police. But others would react with kindness by handing out soup and bread to job seekers. While the gesture was appreciated, all the men really wanted was a job.  So in 2000 a church group running soup kitchens approached charity worker Charles Maisel – and that was the start of Men on the Side of the Road (MSR).MSR started off by supplying toilets and water to a couple of sites, and working on job creation.“We didn’t really know what we were doing,” Maisel says. “It was a pilot. We were trying to work out the model.”Unfortunately, the harassment of job seekers increased after the sites become more organised.“There had always been harassment,” he says “but when we came on board it started getting worse.“After a lot of trying to negotiate with the communities and the police, we got a High Court order so the police couldn’t harass the men anymore.”The court order stated that it was the duty of the municipality to assist job seekers, and that the police were not to harass job seekers in specified locations.“We didn’t have much money at the time,” Maisel says, “but this was a major victory. It was a big thing. It legitimised job seeking on the side of the road.”Some of the men couldn’t get work because they didn’t have tools, so the next part of the project was a campaign to get the public to donate second-hand tools.“That really got us on the map,” Maisel says. “We got about 50 000 tools over two years. People sent tools from Holland, the UK, all over.But the most important result of the campaign, says Maisel, is that it made people aware of the problem – and the solution.“What’s interesting is that now, when anyone in the media is looking for an image to portray unemployment, they use a picture of men on the side of the road,” he says. “It’s become a symbol. Our biggest success is making the so-called invisibles visible. They are not beggars, they are genuine job-seekers.”A challenge was determining how many casual workers were out there.“We didn’t know how big the problem was, and we didn’t know how many sites there were. So we linked up with the Human Sciences Researches Council and the University of South Africa. They said they’d do a census of how many sites exist countrywide.”The researchers found that there were roughly 1 000 sites across South Africa.“A thousand sites, with about 100 people per site, means about 100 000 people per day. But with different people every day it’s probably about 300 000 people in total that use the sites. The numbers have remained basically static over the years.”With the pilot programme complete and the size of the problem determined, it was time to move on to the next stage.“After the census we knew what we were talking about. We identified needs. We needed to do training – of males between 15 and 60. And from the training, we moved on to job placement. And then the sites needed to be organised with cards and registration.”To be registered, each job seeker needs to produce a photograph, some form of valid ID, and any references. Their skills and qualifications are noted, and they are given registration cards that identify them as bona fide work seekers. Each worker is put on the central database, available on MSR’s website.Peter Kratz, MSR’s director, explains how it works. “Because the database lists skills, qualifications and work history, we’ve taken away the anonymity of the individual, and created a track record that is available to potential employers.“So anyone wanting to employ someone can register on the website and peruse the database,  send a request for a worker through the site, in which case we’ll call them back, or they can call 0861 WORKER.“And then we arrange which site they can pick them up from.“Some employers will still simply arrive and pick people up but it’s so much more efficient if they pre-arrange it,” Katz continues. “We can put together a team quite effectively. We’ve got people with all kinds of skills, brick layers, carpenters, gardeners, fork lift drivers, welders, you name it.”With more than 10 000 workers registered on their database, MSR placed about 6 500 members in almost 120 000 work days in 2008. MSR is a registered non-profit organisation, and do not charge for the placement services. Employers pay the men directly, and they keep everything they earn.Some of those day placements have led to permanent employment.“There have been some great success stories,” says Katz. “One man, Vuyisile Dyolotana, started standing on the side of the road looking for work and then, though MSR, got training from Stodel’s Nursery. That resulted in a permanent job with a landscaping business and, before long, he’d branched out and started his own landscaping business.”So far, MSR have 14 organised sites in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Pretoria and George.  They’re easy to spot. They’re usually at major intersections, and they are marked by bright yellow banners.So the men do still stand on the side of the road, but now many of them are standing there waiting for a specific prearranged job, so it’s a far less stressful process.Useful linksMen of the Side of the Road Department of Labourlast_img read more

A Spring field update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As planting enters the latter stages across Ohio, farmers now turn their attention to pest and disease issues. As Beck’s Hybrids Alex Johnson tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, cutworms may be coming to Ohio corn fields, along with bean-leaf beetles in young soybean fields and head scab in wheat.last_img

Foraminotomy

first_imgDefinitionForaminotomy is surgery that widens the opening in your back where nerve roots leave your spinal canal. You may have a narrowing of the nerve opening (foraminal stenosis).Alternative NamesIntervertebral foramina; Spine surgery – foraminotomyDescriptionForaminotomy takes pressure off of a nerve in your spinal column. Thisallowsthe spineto move more easily.Foraminotomycan be performed on any level of the spine.You will be asleep and feel no pain (general anesthesia).During surgery:You lie face down on the operating table. A cut (incision) is made in the middle of the back of your spine. The length of the incision depends on how much of your spinal column will be operated on.Skin, muscles, and ligaments are moved to the side. Your surgeon may use a surgical microscope to see inside your back.Some bone is cut or shaved away to open the nerve root opening (foramen). Any disk fragments are removed.Other bone may also be removed at the back of the vertebrae to make more room (laminotomy or laminectomy).The surgeon may do aspinal fusionto make sure your spinal column is stable after surgery.The muscles and other tissues are put back in place. Theskin is sewn together.Why the Procedure Is PerformedA bundle of nerves (nerve root) leaves your spinal cord through openings in your spinal column. These openings arecalled the neural foramena. When the openings for the nerve root become narrow, itcan put pressure on your nerve. This condition is called foraminal spinal stenosis.advertisementThis surgery may be considered if you have severe symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Symptoms include:Pain that may be felt in your thigh, calf, lower back, shoulder, arms or hands.The painis often deep and steadyPain when doing certain activities or moving your body a certain wayNumbness, tingling, and muscle weaknessYou will have an MRI to make sure foraminal stenosis is causing your symptoms.You and your doctor can decide when you need to have surgery. Foraminal stenosis symptoms often become worse over time, but this may happen slowly.RisksRisksof any anesthesia are:Reactions to medicationsBreathing problemsRisksofforminotomy are:BleedingInfection in wound or vertebral bonesDamage to a spinal nerve, causing weakness, pain, or loss of feelingPartial or no relief of pain after surgeryReturn of back pain in the futureThrombophlebitisBefore the ProcedureTellyourdoctor or nurse what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the days before the surgery:Prepare your home for when you leave the hospital after surgery.If you are a smoker, you need to stop. Your recovery will be slower and possibly not as good if you continue to smoke. Ask your doctor for help.Two weeks before surgery, your doctor or nurse may ask you to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn).If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical problems, your surgeon will ask you to see your regular doctor.Talk with your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol.Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of the surgery.Let your doctor know right awayif you get acold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses.You may want to visit a physical therapist to learn exercises to do before surgery and to practice using crutches.On the day of the surgery:You willlikely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicinesyour doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Bring your cane, walker, or wheelchair if you have one already. Also bring shoes with flat, nonskid soles.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the ProcedureYou willlikely wear a soft neck collar afterward if the surgery was on your neck. Most people are able to get out of bed and sit up within 2 hours after surgery. You will need to move your neck carefully.You should be able to leave the hospital the day after the surgery. You should be able to drive within a week ortwo andresume light work after4 weeks.Outlook (Prognosis)Foraminotomy for spinal foraminal stenosis will often provide full orsome relief of symptoms.Future spine problems are possible for all patients after spine surgery. If you had foraminotomy and spinal fusion, the spinal column above and below the fusioncould have problems in the future. If you needed more than one kind of precedure in addition to foraminotomy (such aslaminotomy, laminectomy,or spinal fusion), you may have more of a chance of future problems.advertisementReferencesCurlee PM. Other disorders of the spine. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA:Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 41.Park AL. Lower back pain and disorders: intervertebral discs. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 39.Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, et al. Surgical versus nonoperative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis four-year results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Spine. 2010;35(14):1329-38.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more