Former IAAF boss Diack under criminal investigation

first_imgPARIS (AP):In another blow to the credibility of a major sports federation, former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been placed under criminal investigation on suspicion of taking more than $1 million in bribes from Russia to cover up positive doping tests.French prosecutors said yesterday that Diack is being investigated on corruption and money-laundering charges. Diack and other IAAF officials are suspected of taking money in 2011 to allow at least six Russian athletes to continue competing, some of them at the 2012 London Olympics, when they should have been banned for doping.”They decided not to act, and now we understand why. It was in exchange for money,” Jean-Yves Lourgouilloux, assistant prosecutor at the French office that handles financial prosecutions, told The Associated Press.He said Diack is suspected of pocketing in the region of €1 million (US$1.2 million), paid by the Russian athletics federation, some of it in cash.A legal adviser to Diack, Habib Cisse, also was placed under investigation by judges acting on evidence provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency.Diack, a former long jumper, stepped down in August, at the age of 82, after nearly 16 years in charge of track and field’s governing body.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it was referring Diack’s case to its ethics commission.Diack is now an honorary IOC member after serving on the committee for 15 years until 2014.With FIFA President Sepp Blatter also facing a criminal corruption investigation, two of the most powerful governing bodies in sports are now in crisis.The French prosecutors’ office said three investigating magistrates are handling the Diack probe.Gabriel Dolle, who was the director of the IAAF’s anti-doping department, also has been taken into custody in Nice in the south of France, the prosecutors’ office in Paris said.Diack and Cisse were taken into police custody on Sunday and held until Tuesday, when investigating magistrates then placed Diack under formal investigation on corruption and aggravated money-laundering charges. Cisse faces only the corruption charge.Diack, who is Senegalese, was released on €500,000 (US$550,000) bail, ordered to turn in his passport and not leave France, Lourgouilloux said. Habib also is barred from leaving the country.Police also visited the IAAF headquarters in Monaco on Tuesday “to carry out interviews and to access documentation,” the IAAF said.”The IAAF is fully cooperating with all investigations as it has been from the beginning of the process,” it said.Sebastian Coe, who succeeded Diack as IAAF president, was in the organisation’s offices when the French police arrived. He volunteered himself for questioning and spoke with the police, the IAAF said. The police also took away some documents.WADA first approached French prosecutors in August with evidence of wrongdoing at the IAAF. A WADA commission led by former president Dick Pound has been investigating claims that corruption in Russia and at the IAAF allowed doping to thrive. The launch of that probe followed allegations made in a German television documentary last year of widespread doping and cover-ups in Russia, a track and field superpower, which have shaken the sport to its core. WADA hopes that Pound’s report will be completed this month.The WADA panel is also examining more recent claims that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and World Championships over a 10-year period were won by athletes who recorded suspicious doping tests. Those allegations in German and British media outlets were based on files from an IAAF database containing the results of confidential blood test results.last_img read more

MIA, USAID-LEGIT Sign Grant, Commit to Staff Capacity Building

first_imgMinister Varney A Sirleaf received documents from Mr. Paul J. Kaiser, Chief of Party, USAID-LEGITThe Ministry of Internal Affairs and USAID Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) have signed an in-kind grant valued at US$47,000.The grant is expected to fund the training and capacity development of at least 25 staffs at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in monitoring and evaluation, who will serve as training officers and Monitoring & Evaluation technicians to track and monitor the progress of the Liberia Decentralization Support Program through the Local Government Act.According to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, USAID-LEGIT will hire an agency to provide the training, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs will provide the requisite staffs and office space for the trainees.During the signing ceremony, Minister Varney A. Sirleaf, of the Ministry of Internal Affairs lauded the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American people for their kind gesture. He expressed optimism that the training will help strengthen the devolution of power to the local people in various counties as envisioned by President George M. Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.Meanwhile, Mr. Paul J. Kaiser, Chief of Party, for the USAID Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) thanked the Minister for presenting a “Strong Grant Proposal.”He noted that even though there have been lots of monitoring mechanisms put in place during the course of the implementation of the Decentralization Program, more need to be done in order to expand communication pro-actively in moving the president’s agenda forward.He said that the grant was a confirmation of the special relationship the people of Liberia and the American people have shared over the years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agro-processing sector outshines others – Business Minister

first_imgBusiness Minister Dominic GaskinGuyana is making more progress in the agro-processing sector than it is in the manufacturing, or processing sector, but this does not mean that there is no improvement in any.This was according to Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who told Guyana Times that the manufacturing, or processing sector, usually has to do with the availability of raw materials but here in Guyana, agro-processing tends to come “naturally”.“I think the agro-processing sector has come a little further than the wood processing sector, certainly the jewellery sector, and those other sectors because I think by and large that the investments to start agro-processing are not as heavy upfront as the investments in the equipment that you need for wood processing. But I am seeing in all those sectors, little by little, there is work being done, people are producing more, Guyana today is producing more than it was five years ago. I am seeing it and I think local consumers are seeing more and more locally produced products that make us all proud and we are happy,” the Minister stated.He pointed out that with regard to timber, the Timber Expo held in 2018 was testimony to the better products that are being offered. According to the Minister, what should be the next step pursued by all entrepreneurs is to ensure that pricing is competitive, as well as processes becoming as efficient as possible to advance the exportation process.“So that we can be competitive on international markets. Those are the markets that we need to grow our local industries.”In relation to the cost that is incurred when entrepreneurs are faced with packaging their products to meet certain standards, Minister Gaskin noted that sometimes persons will have to invest more in their packaging than in their product, because that is “the reality of today’s world.”“A lot of the fancy stuff that we import, it may surprise you to know that the bottle costs the manufacturers more than what is inside of the bottle. It might be an alien concept to us. But we have to be prepared to do whatever we need to do to compete with imported products in the first instance, the products in the export markets as we go,” he added. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Alan Pardew criticises Mike Jones after Crystal Palace loss

first_imgAlan Pardew criticised referee Mike Jones after Crystal Palace’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Bournemouth, insisting opposing players only get punished against his team for “committing murder”.Bournemouth’s Adam Smith made a routine professional foul on Jordon Mutch in a relatively unthreatening area in the 84th minute, when Palace were chasing an equalising goal after Marc Pugh and Benik Afobe had given the visitors the lead.Jones punished Smith with what appeared the right call in a yellow card, but Pardew believes the referee could have been stronger and that Palace are frequently being undermined to the extent he has lodged a complaint.“I spoke to (referees’ chief) Mike Riley about (Mark) Clattenberg because the two incidents Saturday, the guy (Stoke’s Stephen Ireland) should get sent off,” said Pardew, whose team went ahead in the 27th minute through Scott Dann’s close-range volley.“No one gets sent off against us, no one. You’ve got to really commit murder to get sent off against Crystal Palace, no one gets sent off here.“Again, we have a one-on-one (against Bournemouth), when Jordon Mutch goes through. For me, it’s another tough decision.“The one on Saturday was a definite sending off in my opinion, which Mike Riley agreed with me on, and at some point we will get a referee that acknowledges that, maybe.”Pardew’s anger may have owed much to the fact his team underperformed in the absence of the injured Yohan Cabaye.The talented midfielder suffered an ankle injury when being fouled by Ireland on Saturday in the incident Pardew said deserved a red card, and without him Palace’s creativity was minimal.“We lacked composure at times,” added Pardew, who gave new signing Emmanuel Adebayor his debut from the bench.“We certainly missed Yohan to just put his foot on it and slow the game down, it was a frantic game. Bournemouth really worked hard, put us under a lot of pressure.“We’re a bit unlucky to lose, we had some good chances. The two chances they had they go in: that’s the run we’re on at the moment.“It is becoming a problem, our strikers not scoring, there’s no doubt about that.“We’re going to have to really dig in at Swansea (on Saturday), to try and get something.”last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Divers Hyundai seek Service Manager

first_imgTo help plan and shape our future Divers Hyundai in Letterkenny are seeking to recruit a skilled Service Manager as a key part of our management team.This is a full-time position within a very busy environment working as part of a dedicated and successful team. Applicants should have previous managerial experience with the ability to develop and increase new business opportunities.You will be organised, flexible and a team player, capable of working under pressure and meeting deadlines. The successful candidate will have the following attributes:– Confident and enthusiastic– Ability to examine and analyse accounting information and monitor financial expenditures– Strong communicator – A self-motivator with the ability to inspire, lead and develop employees to achieve their full potential– Ability to contribute to building upon our reputation for quality and excellenceIf you feel that you can contribute to our success then please forward your Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter telling us how you could make a difference to our business to or by post to: The Manager, Divers Hyundai, Canal Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal on or before Wednesday 6th, February 2019.Job Vacancy: Divers Hyundai seek Service Manager was last modified: January 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Diver’s Hyundaidonegaldonegal jobsletterkennyService Managerlast_img read more

Bloggers get no leeway in China

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When a blogger friend visited China last year, he quickly hopped online to see which U.S. blogs he could and could not access. Mine was one of the ones for which he received an error message; I’d like to think that was a direct response to my posting Mao’s mug with the international “no” symbol superimposed on his face. But the bloggers in real danger from the communist regime’s censors and crackdowns are those based in China. Of the 56 cyberdissidents imprisoned worldwide as kept track of by Reporters Without Borders, 48 are in China. Chinese President Hu Jintao came to the United States last week to dine with Bill Gates and gab with George W. Bush, talking about intellectual property rights, trade and currency. However, Hu’s visit should have also served as a time for some stateside industrial introspection. Namely, how much are you going to sell your soul – and sell out democracy-seeking Chinese citizens – for a stake on the Web in the People’s Republic? Soon after MSN China launched in May 2005, bloggers on Microsoft’s site faced blocking of words such as “freedom,” “democracy,” “demonstration,” “human rights” and “Taiwan independence.” Soon after that, China required that bloggers register with the Ministry of Information Industry, citing the spread of “harmful information that has seriously poisoned people’s spirits.” Last December, MSN shut down the site of Michael Anti, a popular Chinese blogger, under pressure from authorities, according to Reporters Without Borders. Talk about poisoning people’s spirits. But MSN is not alone in bending to what it told the BBC was “the reality of operating in countries around the world.” Google censors its Chinese search engine to the government’s liking, joining competitors Yahoo! and Microsoft in the practice. The Global Online Freedom Act, introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., aims to “to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to protect United States businesses from coercion to participate in repression by authoritarian foreign governments.” Smith’s House Committee on International Relations heard testimony from Yahoo! about its role in nabbing cyberdissidents, and allegations that Cisco was training police on how to use their technology to track dissidents. On April 7, Reporters Without Borders set up shop outside Yahoo! headquarters to catch employees as they were leaving to show them video of pro-democracy activist Li Zhi’s brother and journalist Shi Tao’s lawyer, criticizing Yahoo! for providing information about them to Chinese authorities. Li got eight years in prison. Shi got a 10-year sentence for letting foreign journalists know of government warnings to Chinese journalists about feared upheaval on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. “It is one thing to turn a blind eye to the Chinese government’s abuses and it is quite another thing to collaborate,” Reporters Without Borders has said. Hopefully, you do neither. In reality, we have people like London Mayor Ken Livingstone calling the Tiananmen slaughter “interesting history,” conveniently looking past the bloodstains to see the dollar signs and business opportunities in China. Last year, Forbes quoted a Yahoo! spokesperson as saying, “Just like any other global company, Yahoo! must ensure that its local country sites must operate within the laws, regulations and customs of the country in which they are based.” But how much are you a lapdog for your host country? Would you lop off the hand of a worker who stole because it’s the custom of your host country? If you set up business in a Mugabe-style country and they told you to can all of your whites, would you do it? If Nazi Germany asked a company to hand over a list of its Jews as a condition to operate there, could the firm’s complicity in the fate of those targeted by the government be rationalized? Can you ever neglect a moral duty by writing it off as the cost of doing business? Remember Tiananmen Square’s brave “tank man,” probably the most admired Chinese man (sorry, Mao) in history? Those tanks are still bearing down on the Chinese people, only this time in the form of 30,000 Web police trying to catch the dissidents in more than 100 million national Internet users. Will America’s online companies step up and block the offensive on freedom of speech? Or will they provide the Chinese regime with ammunition?. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at read more

Donegal father and daughter take top spots at Ulster Fleadh

first_imgA FATHER and his daughter from County Donegal have taken top prizes at the Ulster Fleadh in Bangor, Co Down.Gráinne Ní Dhomhnaill secured 1st in Ulster Fleadh 12-15 Sean-nós Irish singing.She is pictured with her father Anraí Ó Domhnaill who won senior men’s the Sean-nós singing and is also through to the All-Ireland in senior men’s Traditional English singing. They are members of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann (CCÉ) Leitir Ceanainn. Theylook forward to the All-Ireland Fleadh in Ennis Co Clare in August. Donegal father and daughter take top spots at Ulster Fleadh was last modified: July 27th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Voodoo Venue weekend picture special: Have you just won their fabulous prize?

first_imgThis weekend at Voodoo Venue provided another series of brilliant nights out at Donegal’s No 1 nightspot.At Voodoo revellers have the opportunity of sampling the sounds of Voodoo Lounge, Voodoo Club and Voodoo Vintage, that diversity which caters for all ages is what ultimately makes Voodoo Venue so unique in the entertainment industry.Every week Voodoo in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving ONE lucky reader that has been pictured enjoying themselves at Voodoo the chance to win FREE Midweek Pizza Deal, to be used Sunday-Thursday. The tempting prize includes two pizzas and two glasses of house wine or two pints of draught beer. The lucky winner has 30 days to use their voucher once they’ve claimed the prize.It’s simple – if your face is circled in the images above then you’ve WON.Simply contact Voodoo via their Facebook page to claim your prize NOW. Voodoo Venue weekend picture special: Have you just won their fabulous prize? was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:competitionEntertainmentFeaturespicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Community Notice: O’Donnell School of Music to host weekly lessons

first_imgDunkineely Community News: Naomh UltanBórd na nÓg AGM takes place on 28th November in the Clubhouse at 7:00pm.  All who are interested in the future of the club should attend these meetings. There was no winner of the Royal Flush Jackpot The Numbers drawn were: 4, 10,17,20Consolation prizes went to:  Sile Meehan Dunkineely, Kelly Mc Craken, Castlerea,  Danny Ellison Dunkineely,Next Week’s Jackpot is €1940Thanks for your support. The Active Age/Over 55s Club meet every 2 weeks on a Wednesday in the GAA Club 3:00-5pmThe Club’s 25 card Drive has resumed for the winter months on Wednesday nights in Mary Murrin’s at 9:00pm. Everybody’s welcome.Bingo in clubhouse every Friday at 9:00pmDunkineely CelticDunkineely Celtic U14s played Drumbar Utd at home winning the game 8 – 2 scorers for Dunkineely were Johnaton Bach (2) Liam Mc Shane (2) Cole Quigley (1) Jared Harvey (1) Kyle Breslin (1) & Adam Duddy (1).                                                                        Dunkineely Celtic U12s played Copany Rovers at home winning 6 – 1 scorers for Dunkineely were Lily Steel (2) Matthew Byrne (1) Pauric Cunningham (1) Aaron O Shea (1) & Thomas Buckley (1). South Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony ClubThe club continues training for riding and stable management (D+ Test). Pony Club wishes all participants good luck.O’Donnell School of MusicWe are fortunate to have some excellent musicians living in our community, and we are also fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these talented individuals. Music Lessons are held in the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information please contact (087) 9644019. Church of St Joseph and St ConalSaturday evening’s Vigil Mass will be at the new time of 6:30pm.Killaghtee National SchoolKillaghtee National School will be having a Christmas Service on Wednesday 21st December at 7:00pm in the Methodist Church Dunkineely. Everybody is welcome.Methodist Sunday ServicesDunkineely 10:30pm. Ardara 12:00pm.Dixi Patterson (local preacher) is preaching this SundayYouth Events in Methodist Hall, Dunkineely; Anchor Boys Fri nights 6:45 – 8:00pm (4 – 8yr olds) and Boys Brigade Fri nights 8:00 – 9:30pm.Badminton Mondays nights; 3rd-5th class 6:30- 7:30; 6th – secondary 7:30- 8:30 and Badminton for adults from 8.30 to late.Recovery from Emotional DistressGROW – (Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing) Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.Hear 4 UIs a local listening service where any problem can be discussed, over the phone or face to face, 10:30am to 1:30pm. For more information, to make an appointment, or to chat, call 087 3488192.Dunkineely Community Limited (DCL)The DCL office is open from 9:00-1:00 Monday to Thursday 9:00-12:30 Friday. Feel free to call into the office for a chat, use the Internet (20c per half hour), print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book. We also have several rooms to hire for meetings by the hour or session at very reasonable rates.Dancing ClassesLearn to Jive, Waltz, Foxtrot Quick step and 2 Hand Dances, Venue: Bayview Hotel Killybegs every Wednesday at 8:00pm. Come along for a good night’s fun and exercise.Evening ClassesApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Art Course,  Basic Car Mechanicing/ Servicing, Calligraphy, Carpentry, Change Makers, card making/ jewellery making, Complementary First Aid/Homeopathy, Creative Writing, Creel Making, Defibrillator, Family History, Getting the most out of your Smart Phone, Interior Design, Introduction to Computers, Make-up Artistry, More computer skills for beginners, Nature Talks (geology, botany, birds, seashore), On-line shopping/banking/EBay/PayPal/Internet Security, Photoshop, Pilates, Upcycling and Yoga.To confirm your place email:                                                                Phone: 074 97 37678 or get us on our Facebook page Dunkineely community Ltd  (Courses will only run if we have enough numbers).Traditional Creel Making CourseCommencing November 28th for 8 weeks every Monday evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pmBluestack Ramblers’ Walking CalendarOn 27th November Paddy Meehan will lead a 3 hour easy walk on Clogher Hill. Meeting at 10.00 am at the Tourist Office, Donegal Town. For further information phone 086 6014386.On the 4th December, Bernard Mc Glinchey will lead a 2 hour, easy walk at Murvagh. Meeting at 10.00 am at the Beach Car Park, Murvagh. For further information phone 086 2187609.On the 31st December Michael & Agatha Mc Garrigle will lead a 6 hour strenuous walk from Drimarone to Glenties. For further information phone 086 8627605.Going On A Sun Holiday?Print your boarding pass with us in the DCL office.Local CalendarIf you have anything you would like to add to the dunkineely local calendar which can be found on the dunkineely website please email And provide us with as much info as possible.DCL Library:Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) has a small library of over 1000 books. We have books ranging from Children’s Literature to Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Biographies to Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), from Horror to Comedy, Booker-Prize to Thrillers, Health to Hobbies, etc. Borrowing costs 20c per book.If you have anything you would like to add the Bruckless / Killaghtee / Dunkineely Community notes, please call the Dunkineely Community Ltd office in the Old Methodist Manse, Dunkineely; or phone 074 9737678; or email us at dunkineelycommunity@gmail.comCommunity Notice: O’Donnell School of Music to host weekly lessons was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityDunkineelyFeaturesO’Donnell School of Musiclast_img read more

David Seaman’s brilliant story about a fishing trip gone wrong with Paul Gascoigne

first_img“Terry Venables used to say to me: ‘David, take Gazza fishing, he’s getting hyper’.”And, as the former goalkeeper told talkSPORT, it was all going so well until Gazza noticed a fisherman on the opposite bank of the lake was actually holding a long-lens camera.You can probably guess what happens next…Hear vintage caper IN FULL above! Then-England boss Terry Venables with star man Paul Gascoigne 2 2center_img Paul Gascoigne and fishing – what could possibly go wrong?Listen to David Seaman’s funny story about his fishing trip with England team-mate, which ended in Gazza chasing away an unwelcome visitor!It was Euro 96, with a quarter-final against Spain on the horizon, and Seaman took the Geordie joker away to unwind – on the orders of manager Terry Venables. David Seaman was a special guest on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more