Prosecutor demands Valcke’s emails

first_imgZURICH (AP):FIFA has been urged by Switzerland’s attorney general to hand over emails used by Jerome Valcke, its secretary general who was suspended last week.Valcke was implicated by a FIFA ticketing partner in using his FIFA and Google email accounts to discuss a 2014 World Cup black market tickets deal.The office of Swiss federal prosecutor Michael Lauber has now stepped up pressure on FIFA to unblock access to Valcke’s correspondence.Lauber’s spokesman, AndrÈ Marty, told the Associated Press yesterday that the prosecutor has filed a request directly to FIFA lawyers.”I can confirm that we now want to have access to these sealed email accounts,” Marty said.”The OAG (office of the attorney general) asked FIFA to deliver all information coming from Mr Valcke’s multiple email accounts,” he said, adding that, so far, “FIFA didn’t deliver this email information.”In a statement, FIFA said: “We are committed to cooperating with the authorities, and this is an ongoing process.”Valcke denies a ticket agent’s claims that he sought cash from sales of top-category tickets for matches in Brazil he knew were being offered at several times face value.Lauber is investigating possible criminal mismanagement and money laundering in FIFA’s business.FIFA released Valcke from his job last Thursday, hours after the allegations were made, and requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee.last_img read more

Roads Lead to Houses

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Rahaman family lights up 54-foot artificial Christmas tree

first_imgHundreds turned out yesterday to witness the grand lighting up of the 54-foot artificial Christmas tree at Rahaman’s Park, Greater Georgetown.This is the 12th year for the event, and according to the Rahamans, it is one that people look forward to. Delivering brief remarks, Business Minister Dominique Gaskin commended the Rahaman family for hosting the event for the 12th consecutive year, and thanked the contributors who come together every year to witness the tree being lit.“Every Christmas, this spot becomes the real entrance to Georgetown, especially at nights, when this beautiful tree is lit,” he said.Minister Gaskin underscored that, during this season, everyone is urged to put aside their differences and “share the Christmas spirit across our beautiful multi-ethnic country”.He posited, too, that the message of peace and goodwill is “extremely important for nation building”.“(It is important) not only to have the economy growing, and for us to improve our social services, but for us also to integrate more and more with each other,” he offered.The event featured performances by the choirs of the Eccles Assembly of God Church, the Bishops’ High School, the Success Elementary School and the Brickdam Cathedral. In addition, a Linden masquerade band performed for those who were present at the event.last_img read more

Charity businesses warned of hiring underaged children

first_imgStudents of Charity Secondary School on Friday during the marchIn observance of World Day against Child Labour, which was held on Wednesday last, scores of students from the Charity Secondary School participated in the Social Protection Ministry’s walk on Friday.Those who participated in the walk were very vocal as they sent a strong message, chanting “Stop Child Labour” especially to the businessmen in the Charity commercial area.Speaking at the event, Regional Labour Officer, Jason Narine stated that child labour is more evident in the Charity commercial area than any other part of the region. As such, he related that through his Ministry, target will be placed on those who employ underaged children since it is illegal and punishable by law.On this note, he added that based on statistics, child labour is most prevalent in the Charity area and with the assistance of the Social Protection Ministry, it is the hope that it will stop.“We want to have these children back in school so that they can qualify themselves and become better adults”, Narine stated.Hundreds of students from the Charity Secondary School marched under the banner “Children Shouldn’t Work in Fields but on Dreams”.Narine added that he is pleased with the exercise and hopes that a strong message is sent to those businesses that might be guilty of child labour.last_img read more

Extensive stereotyping training offered to ERC staffers

first_imgEmployees of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) benefitted from a two-day training exercise to better understand societal issues which are present in communities, one of which was stereotyping.Commissioners and employees of the ERC during the training exerciseIn collaboration with the Department of Social Cohesion, Commissioners and other staff members gathered at the Racquet Centre, where they were addressed by facilitators to equip themselves with skills to address these plaguing circumstances.Chairman of the ERC, Reverend John Smith related that this was a much-needed activity ever since the establishment of the Commission.“It is something that was long overdue. When we were sworn in as Commissioners, we came with a 24-point mandate from the Constitution. I think we needed some orientation as to what is expected of us and we have been working. But now with this training, it has opened our eyes to some things that we needed to know and we hopefully should have known before,” Smith asserted.As customary, persons are usually dispatched to work environments to discuss peace and lessen the probability of conflicts. However, stereotyping has never been on the agenda as a topic to be addressed. Going forward, they will be implementing talks on such issues in future visits. The Department will also be involved to provide additional support.The Chairman stated, “We go to workplaces and would have been able to serve them better if we had this information to warn them and to help them deal with stereotypes because we have a lot of assumptions about people. We are going forward together with the Department of Social Cohesion as we enter with stakeholders. I am really happy because there are difference and what we see is all the difference, not the things that we have in common”.The participants were tasked with creating ways to unify persons, regardless of their differences. Many of them chose events such as Harmony Village to engage youths in cultural activities to achieve these results.The ERC was conceptualised after protests following the 1997 General Election. As part of the Herdmanston Accord brokered by Caricom and signed on January 17, 1998, the ERC was established as a constitutional body by Constitutional Amendment Act of 2000, which was assented to by the then President on August 11, 2000.It has four broad functions: “Investigative, conflict resolution, education and public awareness, and research and development strategies”. Among its functions, as outlined in Article 212 (D) of the Constitution, are to provide for equality of opportunity between persons of different ethnic groups and to promote harmony and good relations between such persons and to promote arbitration, conciliation, mediation and like forms of dispute resolution in order to secure ethnic harmony and peace.Additionally, it can investigate complaints of racial discrimination and make recommendations on the measures to be taken if such complaints are valid, and where there is justification, therefore, refer matters to the Human Rights Commission or other relevant authorities for further action to be taken.Meanwhile, the ERC is also mandated to promote equal access to persons of all ethnic groups to all public or other services and facilities provided by the Government or other bodies.last_img read more

Trackers season concludes with win over Comox

first_imgCOMOX, B.C. – Wrapping up provincials yesterday were the N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers. Their final game was against Comox with the Trackers earning a 4-2 win.The team got off to a quick start and never looked back. Special teams played a big part as they scored once on the power play and once short handed before eventually tacking on an even strength marker to lead 3-0 after 20 minutes.Another short handed goal near the mid way point of the second had the Trackers up four heading to the third.- Advertisement -Comox scored twice early in the final period to cut their deficit in half but that’s as close as they would get.Scoring for the Trackers were Robert Kelsey Young (2), Gary Loewen, and Teagan McMullen.last_img

Final Peace Motocross Association season races take place in Chetwynd this weekend

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. — Motocross riders from Fort St. John and the rest of the Peace will be headed to Chetwynd this weekend to take part in the Peace Motocross Association’s final race of 2017.The Pine Valley Raceway will be hosting the annual double-header of motocross races on Saturday and Sunday. Over 100 riders as young as four will be shredding up the 2-kilometre dirt track competing in races sanctioned by the BC Motocross Association on Saturday and the Peace Motocross Association on Sunday.After last year’s races suffered a partial rainout, organizers say that the forecast is looking much better for this year’s races.- Advertisement -Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with races set to start at 9:30 a.m. on both days.last_img

Highway 29 closed after collision

first_imgUPDATE – As of 8:50 p.m. the Highway is now open in both directions.UPDATE – As of 6:45 p.m. The highway is open to single lane traffic.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed 18.5 km north of the Halfway River Bridge due to a collision.- Advertisement -There is no estimate on when the highway will be open and there is no detour.Here is the notice from DriveBC.Closed in both directions 18.5 km north of Halfway River Bridge because of Collision. Next updated at 18:00. Updated on Mon Sep 19 at 5:25 pm PDT. (ID# 220939)Advertisementlast_img

Chelsea agree long-term deal: ‘He’s making the biggest mistake of his career’

first_img Ruben Loftus-Cheek during Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth round victory over MK Dons Chelsea have announced that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has signed a new deal until 2021.The midfielder’s reputation with the Stamford Bridge faithful has grown tremendously over the past two seasons, despite his playing time with the senior squad remaining limited.Many have been left frustrated by the Blues’ reluctance to embed him into the first team, but his new contract extension suggests he is thought of highly by the club’s coaching staff.But have Chelsea supporters reacted with such optimism? Find out below… 1last_img

And the winner of our Eclipse Cinemas competition is…

first_imgYesterday we ran a competition that gave one of our readers the chance to win free tickets for Eclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane over on our Facebook page!And we can now reveal that our lucky winner is…. Michaela Rose!Michaela has won two tickets, with drinks and popcorn at Eclipse Cinemas. Congratulations Michaela! Eclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane have a calendar jam-packed with fantastic events and offers throughout summer 2017.Be sure to skip the queue by pre-booking online at or with the Eclipse Cinemas App. Visitors can collect tickets at any till or at a ticket collection machine.To check out what’s on, click here! And the winner of our Eclipse Cinemas competition is… was last modified: July 7th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:competitionEclipse CinemasLifford-Strabanewinnerlast_img read more