FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodFIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesday in protest at the way his report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process was handled by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the ethics judge of football’s governing body.Garcia said he had lost confidence in the independence of the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber following a 42-page statement issued by Eckert, based on Garcia’s still-secret report, in November.In comments which are likely to deal another blow to the credibility of FIFA’s ability to police itself, Garcia also said that sport’s world authority lacked leadership.UEFA president Michel Platini, a member of FIFA’s executive committee, said Garcia’s resignation was a step backwards.“FIFA’s ethics committee was created to increase the transparency of the organisation, that’s what we wanted, but in the end it has just caused more confusion for FIFA,” the Frenchman said in a statement.FIFA president Sepp Blatter added: “I am surprised by Mr Garcia’s decision. The work of the Ethics Committee will nonetheless continue and will be a central part of the discussions at the ExCo meeting in the next two days.”Former US prosecutor Garcia’s report examined allegations of corruption in the awards of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively.Garcia, who formerly served as chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan, had appealed against Eckert’s statement, saying it contained misrepresentations, but that appeal was ruled inadmissible by FIFA on Tuesday.“It now appears that, at least for the foreseeable future, the Eckert Decision will stand as the final word on the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process,” Garcia said in a statement, adding that a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport would be impractical.“No independent governance committee, investigator, or arbitration panel can change the culture of an organisation.“And while the November 13, 2014, Eckert Decision made me lose confidence in the independence of the Adjudicatory Chamber, it is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude that my role in this process is at an end.”German judge Eckert’s statement recommended that there was not enough evidence to justify reopening the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.“The issues raised by Mr. Eckert’s selection and omission of material from the Report, and his additional comments, went far beyond the initial transparency concerns,” added Garcia.“As my public statement at the time explained, the Eckert Decision contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of facts and conclusions”.”Garcia said in Wednesday’s statement that his report “identified serious and wide-ranging issues with the bidding and selection process.”Garcia also revealed that FIFA’s executive committee reported him for publicly asking them to authorise publication of his report.“The Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Claudio Sulser, ultimately rejected the Executive Committee’s referral,” he said.Garcia, who was appointed in 2012 and spent 18 months probing the 2018/2022 bidding process, said he felt that initially the ethics committee was making progress.“For the first two years after my July 2012 appointment as independent Chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee’s Investigatory Chamber, I felt that the Ethics Committee was making real progress in advancing ethics enforcement at FIFA,” he said. “In recent months, that changed.”FIFA’s Executive Committee is meeting in Marrakech, which is hosting the Club World Club, this week.The Exco is due to debate a proposal from Germany’s Theo Zwanziger to allow the publication of Garcia’s report in full.FIFA and Qatar World Cup organisers have been fending off allegations of corruption ever since the Gulf state was awarded the 2022 tournament.Qatar, which has repeatedly denied the allegations, has also been criticised over its treatment of migrant workers in the construction industry.last_img read more

CBL, Bankers’ Association Hail Outgoing Access Bank Director

first_imgThe outgoing managing director of Access Bank Liberia, Oliver Hesch, has received praise from his colleagues for his meaningful contribution to the Liberian banking sector. During a colorful program in his honor, colleagues cited his involvement as exemplary of the community of bankers Liberia needs. The Deputy Governor for Economic Policy at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Boimah Kamara, lauded Mr. Hesch for his support to the banking sector of Liberia, especially his commitment in providing loans across the country to enable institutions and individuals to build their financial capacities.“You have done well because of the atmosphere you created for us within the banking sector and you will be remembered also for the level of support to Liberia’s economy during your tenure as CEO and Managing Director of the bank,” Mr. Kamara noted.He also praised the Liberia Bankers’ Association for working together as one community, especially around the table in engineering a vibrant banking society, which continues to contribute meaningfully to all sectors of the economy.“We have committed ourselves with all indications in ensuring that this modern environment of banking is maintained and hope there will be more outcomes while we work together as one family,” Deputy Governor Kamara stated.Speaking, the President of Liberia Bankers’ Association and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), John B. S. Davies, hailed the outgoing managing director for making the banking sector an asset for the society.“Whenever we had challenges within the banking sector, Mr. Hesch was always willing to provide his expertise in addressing the situation in the most unique manner,” Mr. Davies explained. “In the case of engendering forward in an engagement with the CBL or stakeholders across the business sector, and the Commerce Ministry, he provided the way for us.”Mr. Davies said Mr. Hesch was the longest serving managing director in the Bankers’ Association, for a little over four years and hoped his successor will be a replica of him in maintaining every undertaking by the Liberia Bankers’ Association.The LBDI boss noted that it is important for an individual to leave an institution with such a great honor as for which Mr. Hesch contributions will be remembered.In special remarks, Mr. Hesch expressed sincere gratitude to all the members of the Liberia Bankers’ Association for their cordial working relationship over the years.Mr. Hesch noted that there are many positive things happening in Liberia, encouraging everybody to engage in doing something, which supports all the initiatives that help in creating an industrial banking society.He noted that, “Many people are motivated to engage in doing good work, which creates the best environment all bankers will endeavor to see in every society. “This country can achieve great things when Liberians believe in themselves and I know that they will continue to do.”The program brought together various chief executive officers and managing directors, including Mrs. Chioma Mang, vice president of Liberia Bankers’ Association and managing director officer of United Bank of Africa (UBA-Liberia), Mr. Dan Origun, Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank-Liberia, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mainstay/Whyaka to get upgraded road, airstrip

first_imgThe community of Mainstay/Whyaka on the Essequibo Coast will soon benefit from an upgraded airstrip and road.From left: Minister of State, Joseph Harmon: Toshao of Mainstay/Whyaka, Joel Fredricks; and Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Sydney Allicock, during the Heritage celebrationsArnold Adams, a representative of the Regional Democratic Council, during a presentation at the recently held Heritage celebrations, delivered the news to the residents.“Toshao, we would have heard your cry, and I want tell you this very, very clear: we would have included your road in the 2018 budget, also the airstrip we would have included in that budget,” he announced.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who also attended the event, noted that airstrips are vital to the development of communities, and one at Mainstay would be wholeheartedly supported.“In the 2017 budget, there is a sum allocated for, I believe, 90-something airstrips to be upgraded. And certainly, once the recommendation comes from the Regional Democratic Council of Region 2 for work to be done on this airstrip here at Mainstay, and because we understand the link which it has for tourism and the development of this community, it will get the kind of priority it deserves,” the minister was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information.Toshao of Mainstay/Whyaka, Joel Fredricks, said the realisation of the promise of upgraded road and airstrip will be of great benefit to the community of more than 600 persons.According to Toshao Fredricks, the existing airstrip has been inoperable since 2002. He also disclosed that once it is operational, the village council will assume responsibility for the maintenance of the airstrip.Fredricks observed that the airstrip will not only boost community tourism, trade and transport, but will also benefit miners.Mainstay/Whyaka is currently accessed via road from Anna Regina. However, the deplorable state of the road has hampered tourism and other businesses in the area. The upgraded road would be a great relief for residents of the community as well as those in the neighbouring communities of Lima Sands, Tapakuma, and Red Lock.last_img read more

Asians’ achievement in school differs by ethnic group

first_imgFor instance, 68 percent of Chinese college students reported that they could afford college without working, compared with only 36 percent of Vietnamese. Almost half of all Vietnamese college students said they helped their families with tutoring, translating, transportation and household chores. While 42 percent of Korean families saved $20,000 or more for college, only 8 percent of Southeast Asian families had. “The report confirms the need to avoid making national generalizations about Asian-American achievements in education and conflating all Asian-American subgroups as if all Asian-Americans are homogeneous,” said L. Ling-chi Wang, chairman of the Ethnic Studies Department and the University of California at Berkeley. “We need to look at each subgroup separately.” Deborah Reed of the San Francisco-based Public Policy Institute of California concurred. “Asians and Pacific Islanders tend to have relatively high levels of education and income and relatively low poverty rates,” she said. “(But), when we look at Southeast Asians from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – the refugee-sending countries – we find lower family income, lower education and higher poverty than for other Asian groups in California.” To be sure, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders are, on average, better educated than the average American. Almost half have a four-year college degree, compared with one-third of whites, 17 percent of African-Americans and 12 percent of Latinos. And the academic strength of even the most disadvantaged groups grows over time, Reed said. “When we look at the second generation, we see increasing progress.” The study, conducted from July 2006 through July 2007, used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and two large national education databases. Researchers also visited eight colleges with high numbers of Asian students. Many of the differences were attributed to the number of years that an ethnic group had been in the United States – or whether immigrants had arrived to escape war and persecution or seek high-tech jobs. The report, released July 27 before the education committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, found wide differences in: An estimated 68 percent of Asian Indian and 64 percent of Chinese adults had at least a college degree, compared with 25 percent of Vietnamese, 17 percent of Pacific Islanders and 13 percent of other Indochinese – Cambodians, Laotians and Hmong. More than 90 percent of Filipino, Indians and Japanese identified themselves as fluent in English. That compares with 70 percent of Koreans, 62 percent of Vietnamese and 60 percent of the other Indochinese groups. About 80 percent of Vietnamese undergraduates reported that their parents paid none of their tuition. High numbers of Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders groups lived at home or attended schools within driving distance of home. In contrast, many Chinese, Indian and Korean undergraduates worked to gain job experience or earn spending money. lkrieger@mercurynews.com (650) 688-7565 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Asian-American students are often viewed as brainy, affluent and over-achieving. But a new government report concludes that several Asian groups are not well-prepared – either academically or financially – to succeed in college. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian students typically do well in school, fulfilling the “model minority” stereotype, according to the report by the Government Accountability Office, the research and investigative arm of Congress. Many of their families have saved money for college and do not depend on their children’s help at home. But others – Pacific Islanders and Southeast Asians of Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Thai and Burmese descent – do not enroll in the rigorous math and reading classes needed to climb the ladder of collegiate success, the report found. Moreover, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander youths who make it to college are more likely to need outside financial support, often living at home and working to help their families, according to the report. last_img read more

Five things Man United learned from the Spurs game and what they need to do

first_img 2) They need a centre-back – Chris (or Mike – depends on who you’re asking) Smalling began the new season as he ended the last, as the commanding presence in the United defence. However, Daley Blind looked less convincing. The manager clearly wants Blind to play the role of the ball playing centre-back, just as his father Danny did in Van Gaal’s Champions League winning Ajax team of 1995. Unfortunately he so far looks unable to do that and therefore United desperately need to buy an experienced enforcer at the back. Manchester United kicked off their Premier League campaign with a victory over Tottenham at Old Trafford.It was a fortunate one with the only goal of the game coming through a Kyle Walker own goal, but it was a stark improvement on how the Red Devils began last season when they lost at home to Swansea.However, there is still a lot to do if they are going to mount a serious title challenge this season.So what do they need to do? Click the arrow above, right, to see what Louis van Gaal’s side need on the basis of Saturday’s victory. 5 1) They need to sort out the De Gea situation – click the arrow above to see four more things Man United learned from the weekend – New signing Sergio Romero made his Manchester United debut while the club’s current no.1 watched on from the director’s box. Romero did not have a bad game at all – in fact he was quite impressive – but there was a clear lack of understanding between himself and the back four. David De Gea still remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world but one way or another, United need to rid the team of this uncertainty and until they do the defence will continue to look shaky. 5 5 3) They need to find a place for Ander Herrera – Ander Herrera looks like he is set to be the victim of United’s midfield summer spending spree after only making a cameo appearance against Tottenham. It’s unfortunate as the Spaniard was one of the club’s best players last season, coupling his undoubted creativity with hard work and most importantly – goals. It’s vital Van Gaal finds a place for Herrera in the starting XI as he offers something that the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick cannot. 5 5 5) They need to deploy Depay as a winger – not as a 10 – Van Gaal seems intent on playing Memphis Depay in the number 10 role behind the striker, despite scoring 22 goals as a winger last season. The latest incumbent of the no.7 shirt lacked the space to utilise his pace and trickery against Spurs and would perhaps be better served if he swapped positions with Juan Mata, who was so impressive on Saturday. That would allow Mata to play in his more natural position with Depay able to expose full-backs with his speed. 4) They need goals – and lots of them – It seems obvious that a team needs goals but, be it a new striker or a reshuffle of the forward line, United need to do something. Rooney was extremely lucky Walker’s tackle led to the ball trickling into the net as his first touch was poor and he did not look sharp. The captain historically needs a few games to regain his fitness and long breaks are never welcome in the Rooney household. Should he get injured, there is no other senior striker in the squad other than Javier Hernandez. Has anyone mentioned Pedro? last_img read more

Official disrespect

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But now that she’s been sacked, some members of the City Council are claiming Jeff was disrespected. They argue that she should get a golden handshake, meaning a five- or six-figure payment as a consultant, which usually entails slapping together a report that no one reads. But City Hall’s throwing piles of cash at disgruntled ex-employees is the ultimate disrespect of L.A. taxpayers. Which means that if Jeff gets a big payout, we all deserve one, too, right? IF you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you have almost surely been disrespected sometime very recently. Maybe it was the guy who cut you off on the way to work the other day. Or the kid who jumped in front of you at Starbucks. Too bad for you that your disrespect didn’t come at the hands of L.A. City Hall. Then, you could be in for a nice chunk of change. Gloria Jeff was, until two weeks ago, general manager of the L.A. Department of Transportation. A political appointee, she served at the pleasure of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who recruited her, hired her, and then fired her when he was dissatisfied with her performance. He acted after most members of the City Council had expressed their unhappiness over the job Jeff was doing, the way she managed her department and how she dealt with the constant interference of the council itself. last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: November 9, 2016

first_imgThis Wednesday morning on Sportsday we bring you the latest from the first Test between India and England in Rajkot. We also continue our build-up to Friday’s World Cup qualifier between England and Scotland at Wembley. And we also bring you the latest on Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal future, Wilshere admits he is unsure if he will ever play for the Gunners again. The 24-year-old, who has been recalled for England after his impressive performances on loan at Bournemouth this season, says he does not know what the future holds beyond this term.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team.last_img read more

Paul Pogba believes world-record transfer fee led to unrealistic expectations

first_imgManchester United’s Paul Pogba believes his “mountain” transfer fee has led to unrealistic expectations.Four years after swapping Old Trafford for Juventus, the 24-year-old returned in an eye-watering deal that could reach 110million euros (£92.35million).Increased anticipation, pressure and scrutiny was only natural after becoming the world’s most expensive player, so too the way Pogba has struggled to fulfil such lofty expectations.It has led to criticism that has clearly irked the France international, who laid bare that frustration in his first press conference since returning to United.“The people are looking at me,” he said. “They judge me for not scoring goals and stuff like this.“If I was scoring goals, the people wouldn’t talk like this but it’s football.“The transfer is something else, on the pitch is something else.“I am doing a job. I am a midfield player and people think sometimes I’m an attacking player.“When I give some assists to people and we don’t score it can happen, nobody talks about this – but it’s fine because they want me to score goals because of the mountain of the transfer.“People are looking me saying ‘Pogba should score goals’, ‘Pogba should do this’ – I think you are putting me like as a striker, defender and midfielder.“But I just have to do my job: my job is to make the game. Sometimes if I can make the team win, I will do it.“But my job is to be a midfielder, make the game, do some assists and everything.“If I was scoring the goals that hit the crossbar, I don’t think people would speak like this. But it’s football and we just enjoy it, we love it. It’s fine.”Pogba has scored seven times for United this season and hit the woodwork on nine occasions.The midfielder was philosophical about those near misses as he spoke in the bowels of the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels, where he spoke openly about his form and United’s.“I feel great, to be honest,” he said ahead of the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Anderlecht.“We won two trophies. Obviously I want to do better, you can always do better.“But I can say I am doing good, the team is doing good and we are looking forward as well to win the Europa League.“We are trying to, we are going to fight for the top four.“We can forget about the transfer fee. It’s in the past.“I think about the pitch, I think about myself doing good on the pitch, doing good for the team and that’s it.”There have certainly been signs of promise individually and collectively, but some shenanigans have rankled with onlookers.Former United defender Rio Ferdinand took exception to Pogba’s social media post of him practicing a celebration with Jesse Lingard as the side struggled in the league.“What is in the pitch is in the pitch and what’s outside the pitch is outside the pitch,” Pogba retorted on Wednesday.“I love life, I am someone who likes to dance and do things like this.“It doesn’t affect me on the pitch, to be honest. I can switch on and be focused on the pitch.“Like he said, the time is different – before you wouldn’t do this and now you do it.“An example, in America the basketball players listen to music, you’re in your world and they practice.“For me, it’s just dancing and enjoying life with Jesse Lingard and it doesn’t affect me.“When I’m on the pitch, I’m serious, I’m focused and I want to win.“I took it as advice because it’s a big club and everything, but I spoke with him and he told what he meant.“It’s a different generation, it’s nothing bad.”Bad may, though, be an apt description of United’s campaign should they once more fall short of Champions League qualification.“I came to Manchester United to do a big challenge,” he said. “The challenge is to go back to the basics.“I think for Manchester United the basic thing – the thing that is normal for them, for a big club like Manchester United – is to play in the Champions League.“We have the chance, we have everything to do it: we have the manager, the staff, the players.“I think we have the mentality and we have to go back to the Champions League. That’s the objective, that’s the big one.” The French midfielder returned to Old Trafford for £92million 1last_img read more

Governor rakes in funding

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Schwarzenegger has done it despite having voter-imposed contribution limits on some of his campaign committees that Davis did not face until the 2003 recall campaign. “Schwarzenegger has raised an average of $95,000 a day, which dwarfs the amount of money Davis raised,” said Carmen Balber, a consumer advocate for the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which tracks Schwarzenegger’s campaign contributions and has been one of his biggest critics. Schwarzenegger also has funneled $23.7 million of his own money into his campaigns, which have included his unsuccessful efforts to pass four ballot measures in last year’s special election. Angelides, a multimillionaire Sacramento land developer, has raised nearly $32.9 million since 2003, about 71 percent of which has come from donors who have given him at least $10,000. Those large contributors fall mainly into four groups: labor unions, attorneys, developers and fellow Greek- Americans. SACRAMENTO – When he ran for governor during the 2003 recall election, Arnold Schwarzenegger described the Capitol as a place where “special interests have a stranglehold. The money comes in, favors go out, the people lose.” Even as the governor says he is not returning favors for cash, the money has been flooding in since he rose from Hollywood celebrity to chief executive of the nation’s most populous state. An exhaustive review of campaign finance records by The Associated Press reveals that Schwarzenegger is on pace to become the most prolific fundraiser in California history. He has raised $113.4 million in the little more than three years since he launched his campaign to replace Democrat Gray Davis, who often was accused of having a “pay to play” approach to governing that favored his donors. That amount is nearly as much as the $120 million Davis raised over seven years for two gubernatorial campaigns and to fight the recall effort. It also is more than three times as much as Schwarzenegger’s Democratic opponent in Tuesday’s election, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, has received during roughly the same period. Angelides’ contribution totals do not include $18.7 million in independent support. That money came from unions and his longtime mentor, Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos and Tsakopoulos’ daughter, who have spent it on their own campaigns supporting his candidacy. Schwarzenegger has raised his campaign money in large part by mining board rooms and executive suites from the Silicon Valley to Wall Street, the AP analysis shows. About 75percent of his donations have come from contributors who have given him at least $10,000. Most of that money has come from businesses and business executives. Spanish-language television magnate Jerry Perenchio, Stockton developer and San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos and William Robinson, founder of the DHL courier service, each have given the governor more than $2 million. Mortgage lender Ameriquest Capital Corp.; the California Republican Party; Henry Nicholas, chairman of NS Holdings LLC; and B. Wayne Hughes, chairman of Public Storage Inc., have chipped in more than $1million apiece. Chevron Texaco Corp. and Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens are among those who have contributed more than $500,000. Despite the donations from corporations and the wealthy, Schwarzenegger has said repeatedly that no special interest has a stranglehold on him. “I cannot be bought by anyone, and anyone who gives me money buys into that philosophy,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board recently. Vince Sollitto, a spokesman for the California Chamber of Commerce and a former Schwarzenegger spokesman, explained the contributions by saying, “The governor has consistently run and governed on an agenda of economic growth, and employers in California are naturally supportive of that.” Schwarzenegger’s critics complain that the amount of his contributions shows that he failed to follow through on his campaign promise to weaken the power of wealthy special interests. They contend that wealthy special interests have even more influence these days at the Capitol. “Money has always been important in California politics,” said Ned Wigglesworth, a spokesman for California Common Cause, a campaign reform group. “But I think it’s fair to say that under Schwarzenegger’s watch it’s become even more dominant than it was in the past.”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

Gov. Pence To Meet With Scott County Official

first_imgGov. Mike Pence is to visit Scott County and meet with local officials about an HIV outbreak that Pence’s office says “has reached epidemic proportions.”Pence is scheduled to travel with state health commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams and state epidemiologist Pam Pontones to Scottsburg for this afternoon’s meeting. The governor will issue a public health disaster emergency Thursday for Scott County, but the scope of that order will be determined by what he hears from local officials today.State health officials said Friday that 55 HIV cases have been confirmed in southern Indiana. Scott County is the epicenter of that epidemic.Federal health officials will begin working in the area this week. At the same time, a local doctor is pushing for a change in state law he believes could help contain the spread.The CDC is stepping in to help. Disease Intervention Specialists and what’s called an “Epi-Aid” team are expected to start this week.Most of those infected shared needles while injecting a powerful prescription painkiller, but some of the HIV cases have been linked to unprotected sex.last_img read more