Ex-Brazil football boss gets 4 years in prison in FIFA probe

first_imgMore than 40 people and entities in the world of global soccer were charged in the U.S. in connection with an investigation that uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Of those, 24 pleaded guilty. The former president of Peru’s soccer federation, Manuel Burga, was acquitted in December.“Marin, like his co-conspirators, sold out the sport he was meant to serve to satisfy his own greed,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement. “Today’s sentence shows that for all their power and prestige, the soccer officials who corrupted ‘the beautiful game’ are not above the law.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms South Korean equestrian rides above scandal to bag bronze Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “His crime was one of pure, unmitigated and unchecked greed,” said Judge Pamela Chen, who said she wanted “to send a message of deterrence” in her sentence and described Marin as a rich man who could easily have said no to receiving bribes.The government had asked for 10 years in prison for him. The defense had sought the approximately 13 months he has already served, citing the 86-year-old’s advanced age and poor health.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’Before his sentencing in Brooklyn federal court, Marin told the judge that soccer had been his great love but that now it was his downfall.“I regret if any person or entity has been harmed by my actions”, Marin said, before chocking up. “I am a man with no future. My main worry is my wife.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Neusa Marin, wife of Jose Maria Marin, leaves Brooklyn federal court with attorney Paulo Peixoto, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in New York. Jose Maria Marin, the former South American soccer official, has been sentenced to four years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges in the sprawling FIFA bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — A former South American football official convicted on corruption charges in the sprawling FIFA bribery scandal was sentenced in federal court to four years in prison on Wednesday.Jose Maria Marin, a former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, also was ordered to forfeit $3.3 million and pay a $1.2 million fine in connection with his participation in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for the media and marketing rights to various soccer tournaments, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Essequibian remanded on gun, ammo charges

first_imgAn Essequibo Coast man was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday to answer to illegal gun and ammunition charges.Deodat Singh, 27, appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman and pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.It is alleged that on September 18, 2016, at Black Water Landing, Essequibo River, he had in his possession one .38 firearm along with 12 matching rounds of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence.Singh’s Attorney made a bail request, stating that the gun and ammunition were found in the defendant’s supermarket, which several persons could have accessed.He noted that the Police Officers who carried out the search were aware several persons were present at the time in the supermarket, which was open for business.However, the prosecution contended that on the day in question, the defendant led the Officers to the weapon and ammunition that were locked in a barrel and told them, “I take it to protect myself.”Upon hearing this, the defendant, in an animated outburst, said, “I don’t even have a barrel in my shop.”The bail application was denied, and the defendant was remanded to prison. The case will continue on September 26, 2016.last_img read more

“TRC Report Politically Motivated, Not Fit to Prosecute Liberians”

first_imgGbollie: “We all are guilty of the 14 years civil unrest.”-Gbolee asserts; describes TRC report as hoax, politicalFormer Representative of Margibi County District #1, Saah Gbollie, has said that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report was manipulated politically and should not be the basis upon which perpetrators of heinous crimes during the country’s 14 years of carnage are prosecuted or punished.Mr. Gbollie said he would rather prefer an independent investigation that will establish and truthfully document all the roles played by every actor of the crisis. This, he believes will help bring about deserving punishments, based on the gravity of the crime(s) of every participant in the war.The former Margibi County Lawmaker, who was one of the most influential and powerful generals of the NPFL of the imprisoned former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, expressed remorse for his role played during the civil unrest, but noted that the TRC report should not be used to prosecute any Liberian.“There is no need to waste the people’s moneys on TRC report to prosecute those associated or indicted, because the report is political, fake and hoax. We need an independent investigation in order to prosecute people,” Mr. Gbollie, who served as military police commander during the crisis said.Expounding on the political nature of the report, he said, for example, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was banned for contesting for public office for 30 years, but contested anyway in the 2011 elections as she could not be stopped by the contents of the report.Gbollie however said that, as head of state, she should have been the one implementing the report, which indicates that the report was “political.”“Additionally, people just said what were on their minds without further investigation. Former president Sirleaf indicated that she provided US$10,000 and was taken into consideration without any verification,” he said.Gbollie made these remarks on Wednesday, September 26 in Paynesville, in response to Montserrado District #4 Representative, Rustonlyn Suacoco Dennis who, Gbollie alleged, accused him of killing people in containers during the civil crisis. He has promised to take legal action against Rep. Dennis.Gbollie said every Liberian should regret the 14 years of civil unrest, as the situation affected every sector of society and destroyed lives.“We are all guilty of this civil crisis, to begin with those who brought the war and those who participated, as I was a key player in protecting lives in Bong County. I told the Americans why I joined the force and the role I played,” Gbollie said. “I personally regret the coming of the civil war in Liberia, because I lost two of my mothers to the war. My father had 12 wives. After the war, I elected and worked with them on the security sector reform of Liberia.”Gbollie said he welcomes any general punishment that will satisfy the Liberian people, but does not support an economic or war crimes court based on the TRC report.According to him, Rep. Dennis indicated that while he was serving as Military Police commander in the NPFL in Gbarnga, Bong County, she had the opportunity to feed some of the inmates that Mr. Gbollie had incarcerated.”Gbollie said Ms. Dennis alleged that under his watch people disappeared and were being killed in containers in huge numbers under his command.“For anyone to insinuate that under my leadership people were killed in huge numbers and dumped, it’s unfortunate. When someone chooses to attack us, we will not give the person a free ride,” Mr. Gbollie said.According to him, Rep. Dennis’ statement is intended to make those who participated to look bad before their family members, business partners and the world at large.Gbollie said while serving as military police commander in Gbarnga, he ensured that the people of Bong County lived in peace and safety.He said his decision to sue the Montserrado District #4 Representative may likely be the beginning of the TRC, but he remains resolved to take the her to court to ensure that she proves what she has said on a public platform.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police searching for stray cheetah in the Kootenays

first_imgCRAWFORD BAY, B.C. — “Does anyone know someone who owns a cheetah?”That’s the question Creston RCMP has been asking since one was spotted on Highway 3A by a driver yesterday afternoon, near the town of Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay.Upon receiving a report of the big cat, RCMP immediately consulted with the British Columbia Conservation Services, and both agencies have been working together since the sighting in attempts to find the cheetah.- Advertisement -“BC Conservation Services advises that a cheetah is typically shy and less aggressive then other members of the Felidae Pantherineae (large cat) family,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk stated.“Regardless of it having a collar on, it should be considered and respected as a wild animal. Public safety along with the animal’s welfare are paramount at this time.”RCMP noted that the cheetah was wearing an orange collar.Advertisementlast_img read more

City approves boundary extension proposals

first_img Proposed Boundary Expansion #2 in the Southeast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John. Proposed Boundary Expansion #2 in the Southeast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John. Proposed Boundary Expansion #1 in the Noutheast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John. Proposed Boundary Expansion #1 in the Noutheast corner of Fort St. John. Photo by City of Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City council approved 2 separate boundary extension proposals at a closed meeting on June 13th.There had been many meetings with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to decide what the best course of action would be that would reflect the objectives of the city.The boundary extension proposals involve 2 in the Northeast and 1 in the Southeast.- Advertisement -North East Option 1 has a larger number of parcels and reflects Council’s objectives. Option 2 has a smaller number of parcels, and reflects the Ministry’s guidelines.Staff have scheduled meetings that involve council and stakeholders to discuss the applications. The goal is to submit final applications to the Ministry by the end of July.The reasons for the extensions were listed by the city as follows:Advertisement Remaining a growing communityEnsuring room for growthProviding service to industryDelivering services in an efficient manner and promoting equity and fairnessMayor Lori Ackerman says these extensions will help the city to continue to grow.“These boundary extensions are vital to the growth of our city and the Region. We have the largest population in the region but a very small landmass. With city services, a higher density is available to residents and businesses. This prevents sprawl and loss of valuable agricultural land.”last_img read more

Wenger: Arsenal may have to be creative in the transfer market after Arteta injury

first_img Mikel Arteta Arsene Wenger has not ruled out making a move for a defensive midfielder before the transfer window closes.The Gunners boss, who has seen his side linked with the likes of Sami Khedira and William Carvalho over the summer, insists he is not actively pursuing any players.But an ankle injury suffered by holding midfielder Mikel Arteta has left Arsenal short in that department and Wernger admits, should it prove to be a long-term issue, then he may have to get “creative” in the transfer market .Artetat, forced off in the midweek goalless Champions League play-off first leg against Besiktas, is sweating on the results of a scan but has already been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to his former club Everton“We have just Mikel Arteta who is for sure out for the Everton game. Everybody else we have to check this morning, but we have no major problem apart from Mikel,” said Wenger at Thursday’s media conference.“He had a scan yesterday afternoon. I haven’t got the result. I have a meeting at 10am to check about that. I don’t know how long he will be out for.“We will be a bit short of course. If it is a long-term injury, that puts us in a position where we have to be creative.”Asked if he was generally keen to bring in a defensive midfielder as cover, Wenger said: “We are not against that.“We are like you, we listen to the names, but sometimes I look who we buy in the media, but at the moment as I told you we are not in an emergency case.“We have the players we want but we are open as well to any opportunity until the end of the transfer window who can strengthen our defensive department in quality and number.”Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Greek defender Kostas Manolas from Olympiacos.“I can’t tell you how likely I am [to sign anyone], I just said to you I am open to doing it. It has to be linked with the needed quality,” said Wenger.“If you ask today 20 top clubs in the world what they look for, they all look for the same positions, so that means it is not necessarily out there.” 1last_img read more

HEY PADDY – CAN YOU LEND A HAND IN LETTERKENNY ON MARCH 17TH?

first_imgLetterkenny Chamber are delighted to launch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the town.The parade is one of the biggest in the county and this year it is getting entries already from a wide range of businesses, community organisations and bands. This year Letterkenny Chamber are making two appeals to the general public, firstly for fund raising and secondly for volunteers to steward the parade on the day.Speaking as the Chamber starts to distribute collection boxes, Chamber President John Watson said Letterkenny’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great family event in Letterkenny and it grows year on year.“This year the parade falls on a Sunday and we can guarantee large crowds lining the streets and lots of visitors here for the weekend. The Chamber is the sole organiser of the Parade and we raise money through contributions from large and small businesses as well as bag packing and a bucket collection on the day.“This year we have added collection boxes in shops and other business in town and we hope all this goes together to cover the cost of the parade. If you see a collection tin why not help us out with a small contribution, it all adds up.” The well-known businessman also appealed for help for stewarding the event.“This year we are also appealing for volunteer stewards. The St.Patrick’s day parade takes approximately one and a half hours to complete its route and in order to keep spectators and entrants safe we need a large number of stewards to cover the whole parade. We need people who could spare a few hours to act as stewards to ensure the parade moves steadily and that all spectators are safe. It can be good fun so if you feel you could help and can spare a few hours we would be delighted to hear from you.“The Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade has been growing year on year and we want to keep it as safe as possible for all involved so extra volunteer stewards would be a great help to us all in the organising committee. This is very much a community event with community groups, individuals and businesses taking part so if you can play your part we would welcome you with open arms”.The Parade, that starts at 3pm on Sunday 17th March, will include the usual mix of dancers, cars, music and colour and will be preceded by entertainment on the viewing platform at Market Square.On the day the independent judges view the parade with various categories in mind including community, sports, youth, band and dance.Each category winner receives a plaque and the overall winning entry receives the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque plus a cheque for €500. The parade starts at 3pm making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.All types of businesses and groups can enter the parade, entries must be of entertainment value and participants must hold their own public liability and/or employers liability insurance.To volunteer as a steward, to enter a float or just for more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email anne@letterkennychamber.com.HEY PADDY – CAN YOU LEND A HAND IN LETTERKENNY ON MARCH 17TH? was last modified: February 26th, 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:JOhn WatsonLetterkenny ChamberSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more

DDTV – VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MAN’S RESCUE AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP AT SEA

first_imgThis is the dramatic video footage just moments after a Donegal man was plucked from the sea to safety.The lobster fisherman was rescued after Inishowen sheep farmer John Grant heard his cry for help while tending to his sheep at Tullagh Bay. The circumstances surrounding the rescue are even more amazing considering the man was an estimated half a mile out to sea clinging to a lobster buoy.John Grant contacted Malin Head radio station who set in motion a chain of events which saw the man’s rescue.The Lough Swilly RNLI footage shows the man being taken from a civilian boat to the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat before being taken ashore.The rescue 118 helicopter then takes the man from Tullagh Beach to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for treatment. Well done to all involved in the rescue.It once again highlights the amazing work doe by our volunteer sea rescue services around out coastline.Simply click the video to play.All rights of the video are property of the Lough Swilly RNLI. DDTV – VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MAN’S RESCUE AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP AT SEA was last modified: May 19th, 2014 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:clonmanydonegalInishowenJohn GrantLough Swilly RNLYrescuelast_img read more

Escutia’s school bill made law

first_img Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, stating it was inconsistent with the state Board of Education’s principles to ensure that classroom curriculum is rigorous, standards-aligned and research-based. “I continue to be concerned that allowing for the circumvention of the current adoption process will compromise the assurance that parents, students, and educators deserve, that the highest level of standards-aligned instructional materials are provided to schools. He also vetoed her SB 455, which sought to improve pesticide safety enforcement by creating mandatory penalties on violations when no harm or injury occurred but when it posed a reasonable possibility of creating a health or environmental effect. Schwarzenegger said the bill was unnecessary because of a new policy of his calling for strong enforcement. Schwarzenegger signed three of her bills: SB 15 extends from 10 days to 30 days the minimum public comment period for alternate decisions published by a member of the state Public Utilities Commission. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. I T was a good and bad week for state Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, in terms of legislation. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed three of her bills but vetoed two others. The highest-profile bill was Escutia’s SB 657, which would have given local school districts more control over instructional materials. SB 418 will help people with disabilities obtain loans to modify a vehicle or obtain assistive technology. SB 471 makes more urban contaminated properties eligible to be cleaned up or otherwise addressed under a streamlined process approved in 2001. DEMOCRATIC PARTY REPORT: Eric Bauman, chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, will discuss the Nov. 8 election at the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club’s 7 p.m. Monday meeting at the Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 Rosecrans Blvd., La Mirada. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. For more information, call (562) 943-8527. ELECTION FORUM: The Whittier County Community Coordinating Council will hold a forum Oct. 19 for the East Whittier City School and Whittier Union High School districts at the Sierra Education Center board room, 9401 S. Painter Ave., Whittier. The East Whittier debate will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. The South Whittier portion will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. PARTY PLAN: Tom Del Baccaro, president of the state Republican Party’s County Chairman’s Association, will speak at the 7:30 a.m. Oct. 21 meeting of the Whittier-San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. The event will be held at the Pacific Palms Conference Center, One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd. suite 228, Commerce, or call Peter Bylsma, (323) 215-4500 or e-mail bylsma@lagop.org. — Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.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

Football Returns To Drake Stadium On Saturday

first_img Tickets The Drake University football team hosts defending Pioneer Football League co-champions and league-leading San Diego on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.Saturday’s contest will be the 24th all-time meeting between the Bulldogs and the Toreros. San Diego has a slight edge in the all-time series, leading 12-11. The Toreros have won the last three meetings and seven of the last 10. The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s game with a 3-3 record and are 2-1 in PFL play after winning at Valparaiso last week. The Toreros are on top of the PFL standings with a 3-0 mark and are 4-1 overall. Senior running backs Conley Wilkins is one of the best in the PFL. He ranks second in the PFL with 558 yards rushing and 940 all purpose yards. Wilkins has scored at least one touchdown in six of his last eight games, dating back to last season. For the second straight year, fifth-year senior Eric Saubert is leading the Bulldogs in receiving. This season, he has racked up 465 receiving yards on 40 receptions and five touchdowns. Last year, he caught 55 passes for 506 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Defensively, fifth-year senior Taylor Coleman leads the Bulldogs and ranks third in PFL with 53 tackles. He recorded a season-high 16 tackles in Drake’s setback at Dayton on Oct. 1.San Diego was picked to finish first in the PFL Preseason Coaches Poll for the sixth straight year. The Toreros lead the league in several statistical categories. USD’s offense has registered a league leading 34.6 points per game and an average of 455.8 yards of total offense. Pacing the Torero offense is quarterback Anthony Lawrence and running back Jonah Hodges. Hodges leads the league in rushing and scoring with 113.8 yards per game and 10 touchdowns. Lawrence is completing a PFL-best 69.5 percent of his passes for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns. USD’s defense ranks second in total yards, 283.2 per game, and is first in passing, limiting teams to an average of 154.8 yards per game.  Print Friendly Version Live Stats Video Story Links Drake Game Notes Audio last_img read more