Disgraced Blatter Plans FIFA Reforms

first_imgTwo days after becoming the face of soccer corruption, disgraced FIFA President Sepp Blatter said June 4 he has already started working on ways to clean up the sport’s governing body.Blatter, who announced his decision to resign on June 2 as the FIFA corruption crisis continues to build and spread around the world, tweeted a photo of himself sitting in a leather chair with a light blue jacket and no tie.“Working hard on reforms after meeting Audit & Compliance Committee Independent Chairman Scala,” Blatter wrote, along with a link to a statement released by FIFA.FIFA has been plunged into crisis for more than a week, ever since seven soccer officials were arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel ahead of the FIFA congress. They were among 14 people indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on corruption charges.A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said that the 79-year-old Blatter is a target of the investigation. Blatter has not been officially implicated in the case. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.In his statement on June 4, the first since calling for new elections to find a successor, Blatter said he met with FIFA Audit Panel Chairman Domenico Scala “to establish a framework for action and a timetable” for his final months.He made no mention of his status as a target of the American investigation. Instead, he kept the short statement focused on reforming an organization he has presided over for 17 years.“I want a comprehensive program of reform and I am very aware that only the FIFA Congress can pass these reforms,” Blatter said in the statement.In a separate investigation, Swiss authorities are looking into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar.In his resignation speech on June 2, Blatter promised a final round of modernizing reforms before leaving office. That includes finding a date for a presidential election by next March.He also pledged to bring in term limits for his successor and FIFA Executive Committee members, and tougher integrity checks for election candidates.Blatter’s statement came after separate investigations into soccer corruption were opened in South Africa and Australia, and after the headquarters of the Venezuelan Football Federation was raided by military intelligence officers.The South African probe revolves around allegations of bribery related to the country’s winning bid for the 2010 World Cup, while Australian authorities are investigating corruption claims surrounding Australia’s failed bid for the 2022 World Cup.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia to lead India’s challenge at Asian Wrestling Championships

first_imgOlympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and World No 1 Bajrang Punia will spearhead India’s campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships starting Tuesday.Besides Sakshi and Bajrang, Vinesh Phogat is another big name who would be vying for top honours during the mega-event.Vinesh will hope to give a good account of herself in the women’s 53kg — a relatively new weight category for her.She had competed for the first time in that category at the UWW Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Bulgaria and had bagged a silver medal.In the same competition, Bajrang, who was competing in men’s 65kg category, clinched a gold.Sakshi, the bronze winner at the Rio Olympics, also settled for a silver, in women’s 65kg, while Pooja Dhanda won the yellow metal in women’s 59kg category.At the Asian Championships, Sakshi will go back to her 62kg category, while Navjot Kaur will represent India in women’s 65kg.Pooja Dhanda will fight in 57kg in this tournament.Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran will return to competitive wrestling having recovered from an ankle injury and is all set to compete in women’s 68kg category.National champion Amit Dhankar will participate in men’s 74kg in the absence of two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who decided to give the Championship a miss.Dhankar is a former Asian Wrestling Championship gold medallist at the 2013 New Delhi edition.Rahul Aware, the wrestler from Maharashtra, is making a comeback to the Indian team and will compete in men’s 61kg weight division.In men’s freestyle, Praveen Rana (79kg) and Satyavrat Kadian (97kg) are other key wrestlers from India who are expected to finish on the podium.advertisementThe championships, which concludes on April 28, will see Greco-Roman wrestlers fighting for top honours on the last two days of the competition.The championship will kick start with men’s freestyle wrestling competitions, followed by women wrestling.Squad:Men’s Freestyle: Ravi Kumar (57kg), Rahul Aware (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Rajneesh (70kg), Amit Dhankar (74kg), Praveen Rana (79kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Vicky (92kg), Satyavrat Kadian (97kg) and Sumit (125kg).Women’s wrestling: Seema (50kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Lalita Sehrawat (55kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Manju (59kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Navjot Kaur (65kg), Divya Kakran (68kg), Kiran (72kg) and Pooja (76kg).Greco Roman Style: Manjeet (55kg), Gyanender (60kg), Vikram Kumar (63kg), Ravinder (67kg), Yogesh (72kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg), Sunil Kumar (87kg), Hardeep Singh (97kg) and Prem Kumar (130kg).Also Read | Elated and honoured: Bajrang Punia after being conferred with Padma ShriAlso Read | Vinesh Phogat first Indian to be nominated for Laureus World Sports Awardslast_img read more

WINNERS OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA AWARDS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook On April 24th, 2017, the Writers Guild of Canada held the 21st annual national awards honouring excellence in screenwriting. The WGC Screenwriting Awards took place at Koerner Hall in Toronto and were hosted by Laurie Elliott, and written by Terry McGurrin and Laurie Elliott. Congratulations to the winners, marked in bold below..CHILDREN’SNumb Chucks, Season 2 “The Chucks Get Stuck in a Hole”Written by Josh Gal.Odd Squad, Season 2 “Drop Gadget Repeat”Written by Tim McKeonOdd Squad, Season 2 “Failure to Lunch”Written by Mark De Angelis.DOCUMENTARYNot Criminally Responsible: Wedding SecretsWritten by John Kastner.Quebec My Country Mon PaysWritten by John Walker..FEATURE FILMARQWritten by Tony Elliott.MaudieWritten by Sherry White.Two Lovers and a BearWritten by Kim Nguyen.MOW & MINISERIESBruno & Boots: Go Jump in the PoolWritten by Adam Barken.Odd Squad: The MovieStory by Mark De Angelis, Tim McKeon / Teleplay by Mark De Angelis, Tim McKeon, Adam Peltzman.UnclaimedWritten by Dennis Foon..BEST SCRIPT FROM A ROOKIE SERIES.Letterkenny, Season 1 “Ain’t No Reason to Get Excited”Written by Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney.Private Eyes, Season 1 “Family Jewels”Written by Shelley Eriksen.Second Jen, Season 1 “Couch Surfing”Written by Amanda Joy & Samantha Wan.Wynonna Earp, Season 1 “Bury Me With My Guns On”Written by Alexandra Zarowny..TV COMEDY .Kim’s Convenience, Season 1 “Ddong Chim”Written by Garry Campbell.Kim’s Convenience, Season 1 “Janet’s Photos”Written by Ins Choi & Kevin White.Letterkenny, Season 1 “Super Soft Birthday”Written by Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney..TV DRAMA.19-2, Season 3 “Fall”Written by Nikolijne Troubetzkoy.This Life, Season 2 “Destruction as Creation”Written by Celeste Parr.X Company, Season 2 “August 19th”Written by Stephanie Morgenstern & Mark Ellis..TWEENS & TEENS.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 2 “#CheckYourPrivilege”Written by Cole Bastedo.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#TeamFollowBack”Written by Ian MacIntyre.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 2 “#TurntUp”Written by Courtney Jane Walker.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#YesMeansYes”Written by Alejandro Alcoba..SHOWRUNNER AWARDAaron Martin..DENIS MCGRATH AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE WGCAndrew Wreggitt..SONDRA KELLY AWARDDiana Frances..JIM BURT SCREEN WRITING PRIZEDaniel Whiddenlast_img read more

Atlanta Hawks Thabo Sefolosha Awarded 4M In Police Scuffle

Thabo Sefolosha will wrap his Atlanta Hawks career with a lawsuit settlement.(Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks’ forward Thabo Sefolosha will get a $4-million settlement in a police-brutality suit he filed against the NYPD that he said broke his leg and left him unable to finish the NBA season in 2015.“This settlement is not a concession that Mr. Sefolosha was blameless in this matter and there was no admission of liability by the defendants,” the city law department said in a statement to the New York Daily News. “But, in light of the gravity of his injuries, the potential impact on his career as a professional athlete and the challenge for a jury in sorting out the facts in this incident, the resolution of the case was in the best interests of the city.”The $4-million payout is a fraction of the $50 million Sefolosha originally sought from the New York City Police Department and the city it serves in October 2015.As previously reported, police maintained they had been close to Manhattan, N.Y.’s 1Oak nightclub in April 2015 addressing the stabbing of now-Turkish Basketball Super League player Chris Copeland. The cops claimed Sefolosha questioned their authority, adding they were simply trying to keep him out of the area. Sefolosha said he handed a homeless man money near the club when officers pulled him to the ground, arresting Sefolosha and breaking his leg. Former Hawks teammate Pero Antic had accompanied Sefolosha to the club and also was arrested.Sefolosha, whose suit also pointed to a “racial matter” regarding the hoodie he wore at the time of his arrest, testified that he referred to NYPD Officer Jean Paul Giacona as “a midget,” according to NYDN, before he was dragged to the ground. The act of police brutality injured the 6-foot-6 baller’s leg and could have ended his NBA career, his lawsuit said.Charges against Sefolosha stemming from the incident, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, were dismissed in October 2015.The 2016-2017 NBA season will be Sefolosha’s last as a Hawk as his three-year, $12-million deal comes to a close, Yahoo reported. He will become a free agent this summer, while Antic, who also sued the city over the scuffle, is playing for the Turkish Basketball Super League. Antic’s federal lawsuit over the incident is pending. read more

DECR hosts event to honor environmental stewards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 30, 2016 – Forty Environmental stewards were honored for contributing their time, equipment and finances to the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA throughout the year. These individuals were both residents and visitors who promoted the observation and helped to create an environmentally sustainable TCI.The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (D.E.C.R.) hosted the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards at the beginning of the month.  DECR Director, Dr John Claydon said The Turks and Caicos Islands is very fortunate to have so many people committed to protecting its wonderful natural environments.  He added that, together, the efforts of the honored individuals help keep TCI “beautiful by nature.”Dr. Claydon went on to thank the recipients for their generosity and assistance and encourages the TCI community to sign up and get involved.  You can see the list of those honorees at MagneticMediaTV.com, follow, like, link or subscribe. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Sundaram Mutual Fund launches Sundaram Fixed Term Plan HT

first_imgSundaram Mutual Fund has launched a closed-end income scheme called Sundaram Fixed Term Plan – HT. The issue opened on Wednesday (Aug. 31) and will remain open till Thursday (Sept. 1).The scheme will have a duration of 1,100 days from the date of allotment of units to investors and will invest in debt and money market securities that would mature on or before the maturity of the scheme, according to the offer document.There are two options for investors under the scheme: growth and dividend payout (quarterly and half-yearly). The minimum investment is Rs. 5,000 and in multiples of Rs. 10 thereafter per application.There won’t be any buyback of units given that it is a closed-end scheme. “The Fund will not buy the units back till the maturity of the scheme. However, in order to provide the liquidity to the investors, the units of the Scheme are proposed to be listed on National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) within 5 business days from the date of allotment,” the offer document disclosed.Other details of Sundaram Fixed Term Plan-HT:Entry load: NilExit Load: Not ApplicableDividend will be distributed at the discretion of the Trustee from the available distributable surplus, if any. The dividend when declared will be paid (subject of deduction of tax at source).Unitholders may choose to receive the redemption/dividend proceeds in any of the bank accounts, the details of which are registered with the AMC by specifying the necessary details in the “Bank Accounts Registration form”.Individuals, HUFs, Sole proprietor firms can register up to five bank accounts and other investors can register up to ten bank accounts in a folio.Sandeep Agarwal is the fund manager.On all working days, NAV will be computed (except in special circumstances detailed in the Statement of Additional Information/Scheme (NAV) Publication Information Document) and shall be published in at least two daily newspapers having circulation all over India and updated on the websites of Sundaram Asset Management.last_img read more

Turner Is Trying To Influence Key Players In Austin To Get The

first_img 00:00 /00:00 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Al OrtizFrom left to right: Marta Crinejo, Agenda Director for the City of Houston; Sylvester Turner, Mayor; and Ellen Cohen, Mayor Pro-Tem during the Council meeting held on May 10th 2017.Mayor Sylvester Turner is working all the angles and using all his connections to make sure the City’s pension reform happens this year, but he is also trying to ensure the final version of the bill is the one he deems the best for Houston’s financial future.Having served in the Texas Legislature since the late 1980s, Turner knows all the nitty gritty strategies to get things done in Austin and a big one is influencing the right people.“My focus is primarily with the Lieutenant Governor,” the Mayor commented during the customary press conference held after the Wednesday meeting of the City Council.Turner is talking to Dan Patrick — the leader of the senate — because the pension reform bill is about to go to a conference committee, where it will be shaped towards a final version. The Lieutenant Governor will designate five Senators who will serve on the conference committee.Speaker Joe Straus, with whom the Mayor is also in contact, will do the same in the House of Representatives.The members of the conference committee are important because they will decide which amendments remain and which are removed.So, Turner is letting Patrick and Straus know which amendments he doesn’t want to survive.Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is communicating with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus to let them know which amendments he doesn’t want in the final version of the pension reform bill because he doesn’t think they will benefit the City’s finances.The amendment the Mayor sees as the main problem is authored by Representative Dwayne Bohac (Republican-Houston) and would exempt more than 3,000 retired firefighters from benefit cuts.“It’s the one that has the highest cost. It’s twenty 27 dollars annually and it adds 400 million dollars to the unfunded liability,” noted Turner.The legislative session ends on May 29th and the Mayor is confident there is enough time for the bill to pass.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been corrected from an earlier version. There is one conference committee, not two. We regret the error. X last_img read more

DC Rapper Wale Sounds Off About Fatherhood

first_imgRapper Wale is “overjoyed” with the birth of his first child, a baby girl named Zyla Moon Oluwakemi.“What’s better than holding your fresh baby on ur chest and watching TV? Fatherhood is wavy,” the D.C.-area rapper wrote on Twitter. “I’m ridiculously proud of this creation.”According to TMZ, the arrival of baby Zyla caused the 31-year-old to cancel a scheduled performance at the One Africa Music Fest in Brooklyn on July 22. Wale welcomed the baby with longtime girlfriend Chloe Alexis, but said he kept the secret of her pregnancy close because of “the downward spiral that ensued” when a past pregnancy ended after complications.“I kept this very private as I prayed every day to receive this blessing,” Wale said in lengthy Instagram post, which included baby Zyla’s hand grasping his own. “Imma keep workin on me and pray to God I can design a young princess who flourishes to an absolute queen.”Wale said that he decided on the title of his new album “Shine” when he found out he had a baby girl on the way.“I want to be a better man than I ever been.” he wrote. “I’m so flawed I’m so imperfect and the world knows it…I just want to honestly be the best version of myself I can be,” he said. “My focus is renewed I’m infinitely in love with my princess.”In the days since her birth, Wale has sung his daughter’s praises all over social media calling her “beautiful” and “perfect,” adding that the day she was born was the first time he ever “cried and smiled at the same time.”The Nigerian-born artist’s was thrust into the international spotlight with hits like “Pretty Girls,” “Diary,” and “90210” off his debut album “Attention Deficit,” released in 2009. Wale has since been signed to the Maybach Music Group, where he has released three albums, including “Ambition,” “The Gifted” and “The Album About Nothing.” His next album, “Shine,” is expected this year.last_img read more

More drama less love this Valentine

first_imgCome and witness the two plays called The Plaza Suite and Ek The Bhoot. Two different genres which vouch to take you on an emotional rush ride. Produced by Curtain Call productions, The Plaza Suite is directed by Vishesh Dhuria and Ek The Bhoot by Manil Mayank Mishra.Categorised as a Rom-Com, The Plaza Suite is composed of three acts, each involving different characters but all set in Suite 719 of New York city’s Plaza hotel. ‘It’s a tribute to Valentine’s day from my end. I am hugely inspired by Neil Simons stories. This story is also written by him. It further portrays all sorts of emotions involved in relationships. The story follows how three couples undergoing different conflicts meet on a common ground in the suite and how they find a vent to their personal issues,’ says Vishesh. The second play, Ek Tha Bhoot is a satire with a message on how God is is both the creator and the caretaker of the universe, but that doesn’t mean that human beings should just leave everything in his hands. They too have to do their part because in the end, God looks after the ones who look after themselves. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The play is adapted from Vijay Tendulkar’s Vitthala. We have taken the entire ideology and contemporarised it for the viability of the audience’s understanding. Though the morality bent and lesson remains the same. The major highlight being the dichotomy between the existence of god and ghosts good vs evil debate is seen in a new light. Finally I have tried to re-root and reinvent the conceptual understanding of the existing good and bad in the  society which would take a space in people’s hearts,’ says Manil.When: 14 FebruaryWhere: Akshara Theatrelast_img read more

More copy masters in Sarod

first_imgThere are more “copy masters” and fewer trendsetters among those playing the sarod these days, laments maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, saying the focus for performers today is the “shining, glittering” world of television and social media. “Since they have access to content and recordings especially on YouTube, it’s easy for them to imitate any sarod player. So, now we have lots of copy masters in the country. The trendsetters are very, very rare,” the 72-year-old music guru said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Globally, there are about 500 sarod players. Unfortunately, instead of learning and understanding the depth of Indian classical music, every sarod player has a very strong opinion,” he further explained being very sad about the present state. “The focus is only to perform because of the glittering, shining world of television and social media where you can post anything and say anything,” the sarod virtuoso maintained. Khan is sixth in the lineage of a family devoted to Indian classical music’s Senia Bangash Gharana. The 2001 Padma Vibushan recipient first performed when he was just six years old. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKhan, who was trained by his father, Gwalior court musician Hafiz Ali Khan, said he couldn’t think of doing anything other than playing the sarod as its sound had a global appeal. “It was my duty, my pleasure, my passion to carry on the family tradition,” he said, referring to the work of the generations before him and his ambition to take it forward. “I wanted to make the canvas much larger, much bigger, and be more expressive on the Sarod,” the widely-heard musician added. He also pointed to the differences between his learning days and the present day. “I didn’t have access to tape-recorders because there was no money to buy them. There was no television; One could only hear music through All India Radio. “There used to be a very important programme on Saturday night which I heard, called the National Programme of Music,” he recalled. On teaching his own sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash — themselves established names in the field of sarod — the Ustad said that it was a big responsibility.”Teaching my own sons was not my decision. They showed interest and positive signs, and then I shared everything with them,” he said. “I tried to introduce music to Amaan, my elder son, from his very early days. I tried interesting methods to teach so that he doesn’t find it difficult.” Ayaan, his younger son, soon followed in his footsteps, and as per the music maestro, both of them are on the “right track” in life. After rendering the National Anthem on sarod, they recently turned to the bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To”, which Mahatma Gandhi held close to his heart. They rendered it an an HCL concert, part of a monthly series, here last week. His association with Gandhi goes back to his 125th birth anniversary, when he played an improvised ‘Baapu Cause’ ‘raga’ at a Unesco commemoration in Paris.IANSlast_img read more