Blatter backs new FIFA boss Infantino

first_imgZURICH (AP):At one minute past six on Friday evening in Zurich, Sepp Blatter had a glass of white wine and exhaled deeply.FIFA had finally elected a new president and Blatter was relieved of the title after almost 18 years.”It is a relief. I had this burden on me,” he told The Associated Press yesterday, seeming at peace and enjoying his first day out of FIFA’s employment since 1975.”It was even a welcome day yesterday, 18:01, when they had a new president,” Blatter said in the European style for 6:01 p.m.Blatter was unable to hand over power in person to Gianni Infantino, 35 years younger and a fellow native of the rural Valais canton in Switzerland.Banned from duty since October by FIFA’s ethics committee, Blatter was barred from attending the election hall across the city from his daughter’s apartment. There, they watched the tense event unfold on television.When the moment came that his beloved presidency ended, Blatter said he was with his daughter, Corinne, sharing a bottle of white wine from his home region.POTENTIAL NEW DAWNThe election was hailed as a potential new dawn for FIFA after nine months of turmoil since American and Swiss federal prosecutors revealed the scope of their investigations into corruption, which forced Blatter out with three years left in his fifth presidential term.On the day after, there are clear blue skies, but the crisply cold air on a hill overlooking Zurich left the 79-year-old Blatter feeling the chill during several minutes spent outside with the newspaper photographer.”It was important for FIFA to have a change,” said Blatter.”He is a young man, he is powerful, he has a lot of energy, and I am sure he will do the right job,” Blatter said of Infantino, a former lawyer.last_img read more

Petron all praise for ‘amazing’ Bell

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKatherine Bell was a late replacement for the injured Hillary Hurley, but she arrived just in time for Petron and its redemption tour in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.Bell had a triumphant PSL debut on April 24 at the start of the Blaze Spikers’ semifinals showdown against Cocolife where she wasted no time in showing what she’s made of with a 29-point performance.ADVERTISEMENT The 25-year-old Bell made a great first impression, but at that point, her best was yet to come and it was during Petron’s finals rematch with rival F2 Logistics where the former University of Texas ace shone the brightest.Bell averaged 28.3 points in the title series, which included a 42-point explosion in a Game 1 victory and a 28-point outing in the deciding Game 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“She (Bell) is an amazing player, all-around player. She really played a big role to our team and just helped us big time to win this championship,” said Petron head coach Shaq delos Santos in Filipino after steering his team to the title on Saturday night.Lindsay Stalzer, who won her second PSL title and became the league’s first two-time MVP, had all praise for Bell. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Kat was an immense support. Her maturity and composure, I’m just so grateful to her. She had incredible performances and she’s a freaking high class level player,” Stalzer marveled.Bell returned the favor to Stalzer.She said having Stalzer around helped her adjust and learn the Blaze Spikers’ system quickly.“Before I got here, she was already here and that made it pretty easy for me,” Bell said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Castro propels unbeaten TNT past struggling Ginebra 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img read more

Bringing Dr Brian O’Toole’s shooter to justice

first_imgDear Editor,Dr Brian O’Toole, principal and owner of School of the Nations, one of the best private secondary schools of this nation of ours, was shot by a rogue criminal several months ago and to date, no one was caught and charged for that heinous crime.That incident could have been fatal but providence has decreed otherwise!I have known Dr O’Toole and his benign family for several decades now, and have known of their unique and highly significant contributions they have so far contributed sacrificially to this nation in the field of primary, secondary and tertiary education and also employment. They have given also, in many cases, the opportunity for better tertiary education to many children who otherwise would have none, due to poverty!Many Guyanese children of all ethnic backgrounds have benefited from their unique unalloyed kindness, given with no strings attached, over the decades, to this nation’s children which Dr O’Toole and his kind and unselfish wife, Pam O’Toole, has given to this nation’s children so far.Pam O’Toole is also a teacher and a kind humanitarian to this nation!Their two kind and generous boys have also emulated their parents and have done their part of kindness too.Editor, not only me, but several thousand Guyanese of all strata of our society and of all the races here, are concerned for Dr O’Toole and his kind family’s safety in this nation.Their safety is also our concern and we all ask that the actors and architects of that heinous and near-fatal crime be brought before the courts to answer to that heinous crime.Not only is Dr O’Toole an educator but also, his unique life is one to be emulated by others. In all three counties of this nation, they are admired and are emulated for their unique brand of education.Finally, we ask respectfully that the actors and perpetrators of that heinous and almost fatal crime be brought to trial as justice is the best beloved of all things in the sight of God!Yours respectfully,Rooplall Dudhnathlast_img read more

Independent institutions under siege – Nandlall

first_imgGovernment continues to blatantly practice authoritative leadership to the extent that independent institutions are now under siege, according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall.PPP/C MP Anil NandlallHe said there is an increasing proclivity of the coalition Government, supported by demonstrable evidence, to interfere with and/or usurp the functions of independent constitutional agencies, statutory bodies corporate and elected organs.In a statement to the media, Nandlall outlined several instances where Government Ministers attempted and have succeeded in interfering in the affairs of independent bodies.The parliamentarian alluded to the incident where Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan unlawfully attempted to select the Mayor of Mabaruma and the Chairpersons of the five tied Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in Region One (Barima-Waini).Similarly, he observed that Cabinet “arrogated onto itself a power” to deliberate upon the controversial parking meter contract being executed by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.“Unappreciative of how erroneous and legally repugnant the process is, the AttorneyGeneral (Basil Williams) blissfully completes his “review’’ and rendered his opinion,” he stated.Nandlall noted too that the Wales Estate closure, from all indications, was a Cabinet decision.“We have learnt that the decision to close Wales Estate did not emanate from GuySuCo’s Board, nor was it a recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry established to chart a course forward for GuySuCo. One must presume that the said decision either came from Cabinet or from the President acting in his own deliberate judgment,” he said.He said the public also witnessed the uninitiated attempts by the Attorney General to “torpedo the appointment of the Deputy Registrar of Deeds by the Judicial Service Commission, an independent constitutional body, vested by the Constitution with the power to make that appointment.”This matter is now in the High Court.According to Nandlall, rather than accept his error and concede that he was wrong, the Attorney General opted to defend the proceedings, thereby “exposing himself to greater public embarrassment when the court eventually rules against him.”He added that the removal of Olato Sam as the Chief Education Officer of the Education Ministry is another example of the Government’s wrongdoings, since he was an officer appointed by the Public Service Commission.Nandlall noted too that the premature establishment of a tribunal by President David Granger to investigate the removal of Carvil Duncan from the positions of Chairman and a member of the Public Service Commission, must also be added to this line-up.He pointed out that a similar trend of abuse and quest for power is discernable in respect of appointments to State Boards.“Section 6 of the Drainage and Irrigation Authority Act 2004, establishes a body corporate to be known as The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority. Section 7 establishes a Board of Directors for this Authority and provides how this Board should be constituted,” he outlined.Nandlall posited also that the Government has deliberately rejected the nominees from the Rice Producers Association for the Guyana Rice Development Board.Most recently, he observed that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo believes it is Government’s responsibility to establish a Secretariat for the Procurement Commission when the Constitution provides otherwise.Nandlall said the most axiomatic exemplification of the lack of appreciation for the independence of these institutions is the belief by the Attorney General that he is the lawyer for them all.“This is evident by the fact that lawyers attached to the Attorney General Chambers are now appearing in the High Court for GuySuCo, the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Developmental Authority, the Regional Democratic Councils and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, all of which are statutory corporations, which are separate and apart from Central Government,” he stated.last_img read more

ExxonMobil moving ahead with refocused plans

first_img…after Venezuelan navy interruptionUnited States (US) oil giant ExxonMobil has refocused its efforts ever since Venezuela’s navy “intercepted” a ship exploring for oil on behalf of the company and said it plans to stick with those plans until the issues are resolved by the countries involved.Speaking at the sidelines of an oil and gas forum on Wednesday hosted by American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham), Upstream Geoscience Manager of Esso Exploration Guyana Limited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, Dough McGhee said that it is a Government problem right now and they are hoping that it will be resolved.Upstream Geoscience Manager of Esso Exploration Guyana Limited, Dough McGhee addressing a forum organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) held at Duke Lodge on Wednesday to discuss ExxonMobil’s exploration work“We just refocused our efforts down in the southeast. There is a lot of data we are still acquiring down there, so we continue to explore in the Stabroek block,” he explained.Venezuela’s navy stopped two exploration vessels that the company had hired late last year. The navy halted seismic data collection.Government said Venezuelans tried to land a helicopter on the deck of the Ramform Tethys, a seismic ship hired by ExxonMobil that had a total of 70 crew members on board and the captain.It said the ship was intercepted in the Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf of Guyana at approximately 140 kilometres from the nearest point to the middle line with Venezuela.Following that incident, ExxonMobil had moved to redirect its efforts in other parts of the Stabroek Block in which they are licenced to conduct exploration.Guyana had called on Venezuela to withdraw its decree against Guyana’s rights to explore its territory; a call that is also fully supported by the Opposition.Government had urged the Spanish-speaking country to cease these types of military actions and join Guyana in submitting its territorial case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).EPA permitMeanwhile, when asked to comment on a possible timeline for the company’s permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), McGhee said he is hopeful that they will get it soon.He said, “We are hoping to get that soon. We have provided them with a lot of information. We have a good dialogue going on with them right now…we would like to see it in the first quarter”.Earlier this month, ExxonMobil announced positive results from the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells offshore Guyana, bringing the total number of discoveries on the Stabroek Block to 12.The previous 10 discoveries on the Stabroek Block established the potential for at least five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.The Liza Phase 1 development is progressing on schedule and is expected to begin producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day in early 2020, utilising the Liza Destiny FPSO.Liza Phase 2, which will use a second FPSO designed to produce up to 220,000 barrels of oil per day, is expected to start up by mid-2022. A third development, Payara, is expected to start up as early as 2023.When US oil giant ExxonMobil announced the first of multiple oil finds in local waters in 2015, Venezuela renewed its claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory.Venezuela has been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil, and has since renewed claims to the Essequibo region.On January 30, 2018, Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres concluded the Good Offices Process – which the parties had engaged in for almost 30 years, but did not achieve a resolution to the controversy – and chose the ICJ as the next means of settlement, for which Guyana had long been advocating.Guyana has moved to the ICJ and is now awaiting the matter to take its rightful course.last_img read more

Program puts kids outdoors to improve life

first_imgSAN MATEO – Chanda Mong, 18, walked into a redwood forest in the Oakland hills and emerged two days later with a new resolve to rise above her crime-plagued life. Mong and five other teens recently returned from a weekend of peace, safety and leadership training, part of a new program called GirlsOutside that is designed to maximize the positive effects of nature in a child’s life. “When I go into the woods, I’m more relaxed. I feel safe,” Mong said, reflecting on the trip. “I left there wanting to make things different.” It’s that powerful effect, and the growing realization that children’s good mental and physical health depends on exposure to the out-of-doors that’s fueling a new back-to-nature movement called “Leave No Child Inside.” Compelling studies also suggest that a natural remedy may help alleviate the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – difficulty paying attention or listening and excessive fidgeting – that affects more than 4 million youths. A 2005 study from the University of Illinois, which entailed a nationwide analysis of play patterns of children with ADHD, found that those who spent time in nature had significantly fewer symptoms than those who played in an outdoor built environment, such as a soccer field, or played inside. Other research found that even a room with a view of nature reduced ADHD symptoms. And test scores improved by teaching kids in natural settings, according to a 2005 study from the California Department of Education.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Educators, politicians, environmentalists, law enforcement officers and health-care practitioners are among the professionals banding together to identify ways to integrate nature into children’s daily lives. The ideals of the movement – – began with the 2005 publication of “Last Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” Written by Richard Louv, the book references hundreds of studies on the beneficial effects of natural settings on children’s healthy development. During the past two years, 35 cities nationwide, including Los Angeles, have adopted Leave No Child Inside campaigns. In July, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, which calls for all youngsters to experience outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing and camping. And “outdoor preschools” are springing up, immersing 3- and 4-year-olds in nature. Before they learn to add and subtract, these tots can identify native plants and animals, shimmy up a tree and scramble over a boulder. A survey conducted in September by the Public Policy Institute found that 30 percent of teens in the state didn’t hike, camp or visit a wilderness area this past summer. Experts say that “nature deficit” affects a child’s mood, attention and even capacity to learn. After an outdoor outing, youngsters can better cope with the emotional stresses inherent in childhood, according to more than 100 studies on nature’s stress-reducing effects. With lower stress, kids are less likely to behave aggressively, or to experience anxiety or depression. last_img read more

Kids protest park sewer plan

first_img “This input from the community is essential to what we are trying to do,” he said. “If we can work something out with Caltrans, I think that is something that will be more desirable to the community.” The Caltrans yard is about 150 yards east of Woodbridge, on Moorpark Street near Highway 170. Greuel said she would work with the state-run agency to make sure there were no “roadblocks” to using the maintenance yard for the sewer construction. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3436 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STUDIO CITY – While some boys played football and a few adults walked their dogs, a group of children marched around Woodbridge Park on Monday chanting: “Save Our Park!” They were joined by about 200 children and adults at a rally to stop the city from using the neighborhood playground for a future sewer project. “It’s the greatest park ever,” said one of the young activists, 9-year-old Chris Gates, who attends Oakwood Elementary next door. “We don’t want the sewer system here,” 10-year-old Ben Griswold, who was holding the protest sign, chimed in. “We don’t want to smell sewage everyday.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The project is part of the Department of Public Works’ plan for addressing needs for future wastewater, recycled water and storm water. One of the recommendations is to build a new sewage line from Toluca Lake to Glendale. The city is considering one of two shaft sites for the line: the park and a Caltrans maintenance yard. An environmental impact report released in December stated that construction at Woodbridge Park would have a “potentially significant” effect on the area, including closure of the park for four years, increased noise and the possible release of toxic substances. “We are park-poor in the city of Los Angeles,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, whose district includes Studio City. “Over my dead body will they use this park for the sewer construction project.” Adel Hagekhalil, division manager for Public Works’ Bureau of Sanitation, said nothing has been finalized. last_img read more

Declining home sales a threat to economy

first_imgWASHINGTON – New-home sales fell by the biggest amount in almost nine years in February while home prices declined for a fourth straight month, raising concerns that the high-flying housing market could be in for a rough landing. The Commerce Department reported Friday that sales of new single-family homes dropped by 10.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 1.08 million homes. It was the second straight monthly decline, following a 5.3 percent fall in January, and marked the biggest one-month drop since April 1997. The slowdown in sales further depressed home prices with the median price for new homes sold in February falling to $230,400, 1.6 percent below the January level. It marked the fourth straight month that the median, or midpoint for home prices, had fallen since hitting an all-time high of $243,900 in October. Analysts, who had been forecasting a more moderate drop of about 2 percent in February sales, said the big decline and downward revisions to sales activity in the previous three months could be signaling that housing will slow more this year than expected. “The new-home market looks like it is starting to stagger,” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisers, a Pennsylvania forecasting firm. “Bubbles do burst, they really do.” A crash in home prices is seen as one of the biggest threats to economic growth. Some analysts are worried that five straight years of record home sales, fueled by the lowest mortgage rates in a generation, spurred a speculative fever in housing similar to the forces that created a bubble in stock prices in the late 1990s. The bursting of the stock market bubble in 2000 wiped out $7 trillion in paper wealth and pushed the country into a recession in 2001. With mortgage rates higher as the Fed raises rates to fight inflation, the worry is that home sales will see a big drop in January. 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_imgOur Seniors played Convoy in the League at Páirc na nGael on Friday evening last. Convoy came from behind to draw level in the last kick of the game.Ciaran Cannon Pauric Mulpeter Odhran Mc Macken and Conor McBrearty all showed well for the home side. Final score was 1.11 each.The reserves made the trip to Dooey on Saturday evening for the Junior B 2nd Leg of the championship and were defeated on a scoreline of 0.13 to 0.11. The main feature of the match was the scoring contest between veteran PJ Hanlon Na Rossa (0.9) and 17 year old Odhran Mc Macken(0.7) Gaels. Both teams travel to Dunkineely on Saturday evening for a Double header. Reserve match at 5.30 and Senior match at 7pm. The U16s recorded a good victory over Downings in the Shield semi Final on Monday evening last. The boys had excellent performances from Shaun Henry and Conor Browne at the back,Conor Sweeney at Midfield, Aron Diver and Tristan Ferris in attack.Final score 5.11 to 4.7. They now play Naomh Colmcille in the Final which is scheduled for this weekend.Congratulations to Peter O’Donnell, Shay Doherty, Cathair Doherty and Brian Diver who have been selected for the Donegal U12 hurling development squad that travel to Croke Park in July.The U12 hurling league starts next Thursday evening with a home match for Gaels against Dungloe. Training continues on Tuesday 6.30pm for all players, new players always welcome.The U12 gaelic team battled well but were defeated at home by St. Eunans last Monday. There is no match this week but training continues at usual times. The club hosted two U10 teams from Downings on Saturday last, On a beautiful day for football the teams played two very completive matches with the A’s losing by a point in a very evenly contested match, the B’s went down fighting by 4 points to a stronger Downings Team. The U10s travel to Milford this Saturday morning for their next games.Check our website for all details on training times for all ages and all the latest news.Lotto results for week-ending 3rd July. No’s drawn were 1, 3, 6, 21. Match 3 winner was Michael McElhinney Drumnaskeagh, Letterkenny. Next weekends Jackpot will be 6,000 Euro.EndsGAA: GLENSWILLY NOTES was last modified: July 5th, 2011 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:Glenswilly noteslast_img read more


first_imgTHE Ulster Council of the GAA may have re-arranged County Champions’ Glenswilly’s next game in the provincial championship – but our own county board is insisting they go ahead with a relegation battle match this weekend.Glenswilly are furious.Manager Gary McDaid tells today’s Irish Independent the decision is ludicrous. You can read the full article here:….NO1 NEWS WESBITE IN DONEGAL!GLENSWILLY IN RELEGATION BOYCOTT THREAT OVER MURPHY was last modified: October 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:glenswillylast_img read more