New head of Spanish federation upset over World Cup trip

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spanish media said delegation members were expected to receive 100,000 euros ($120,000) each in case Spain wins the World Cup in Russia.Rubiales last month took over a federation which was in the hands of embattled official Angel Maria Villar for nearly three decades.A former head of Spain’s players’ association, Rubiales was elected president over Juan Luis Larrea, the federation’s former treasurer and its interim leader since Villar — a former FIFA and UEFA vice president — was suspended following his arrest last year on suspicion of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents.Rubiales said he believed Larrea approved the trip, but the former official told Spanish media he had nothing to do with it.Rubiales had promised to learn from past mistakes and improve the federation while maintaining transparency.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “I’m very upset,” Rubiales said. “This is going to affect the negotiations of the (World Cup) prize. If it was a trip of three days instead of an eight-day vacation, then we would have a bigger margin that could return to the players.”Rubiales said the trip cannot be canceled and the money cannot be reimbursed.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 crownThose invited for the trip reportedly will stay in luxury hotels and have translators and transportation available to them while in Russia. They will go to St. Petersburg, Kazan and Kaliningrad. Spain will play group matches in Kazan and Kaliningrad but not in St. Petersburg.“The federation is not here for something like this,” Rubiales said. “This is not going to happen again in the future.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Spain’s Odriozola, center left, celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal with his teammates against Switzerland’s during the friendly soccer match between Spain and Switzerland at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)MADRID — The new president of the Spanish soccer federation has attacked the past administration for paying about $2 million to take more than 150 people to Russia during the World Cup, saying the expense could even affect the prize money for the players.Luis Rubiales said he found out the federation gave an eight-day trip to local officials and sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Court Postpones Costa’s Release Case

first_imgHundreds of sympathizers of detained talk show host, Henry Costa, described as “disappointing” Judge Peter Gbeneweleh’s decision to postpone his ruling on whether or not to release Costa.  At yesterday’s hearing, the courtroom of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice was overcrowded with many people expecting to witness Judge Gbeneweleh ordering the Liberia National Police (LNP) to release from further detention Mr. Costa, who was arrested on Saturday, February 7.To their great disappointment, however, Judge Gbeneweleh announced he was unable to come down with any order because he did not prepare a written judgment in a writ of “Habeas Corpus,” that compelled authorities of the LNP to surrender Costa to the court.“The court has heard the argument between the parties; and we can’t make any ruling (judgment), because it is not written and we have been advised by the Supreme Court not to make any unwritten ruling,” the Criminal Court ‘C’ judge clarified.He added, I’m going to reserve it for Thursday, February 12, at which time, I would have completed it.”  He concluded by instructing the Sheriffs of the court to “take care of Costa until the Thursday’s judgment. Matter is suspended.”  Prior to that action, Judge Gbeneweleh listened to arguments between Costa’s legal team, headed by Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, and those of the state about the writ.  A writ of habeas corpus (court order) commands an individual or a government official, who has restrained another to produce the prisoner at a designated time and place so that the court can determine the legality of custody and decide whether to order the prisoner’s release.  It also directs a person, usually a prison warden, to produce the prisoner and justify the prisoner’s detention. If the prisoner argues successfully that the incarceration is in violation of a constitutional right, the court may order the prisoner’s release.  Interestingly, the Sheriff, in whose care Judge Gbeneweleh placed Costa, is an employee of the Ministry of Justice which opted for his prosecution.  However, Costa is no longer under the jurisdiction of the Police, but that of the Court.   Many feared that he would be kept at the notorious Monrovia Central Prison to await the ruling.  However, Cllr. Gongloe told the Daily Observer yesterday that Costa was signed for by his legal counsel, to go home and reappear on Thursday, February 12, for the court’s ruling.   In their argument, Cllr. Gongloe said that defendant Costa had been detained beyond the constitutional period of 48 hours.  He further argued that Costa has not been charged by the police, and besides he had been denied access to a lawyer, as provided for under the law.  In his counter argument, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, County Attorney for Montserrado County said that the police had not completed their investigation of Costa.  “We are still conducting an investigation into the matter, therefore, we could not formally charge Costa,” Cllr. Mulbah told the court.  Giving details of Costa’s arrest, Cllr. Mulbah explained that he was arrested because he had earlier refused when he was invited by the police and has been escaping from justice, contrary to reports that he was arrested, because he broke the 12a.m to 6a.m curfew imposed by the government.  Cllr. Mulbah said, “It is not because he broke the curfew; it is because he failed to attend an invitation from the police to appear before it and to make some clarity on the case of Sam Fawah, a Lebanese national.”  Sam is one of the owners of the SSF Construction Company, operating in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Hospital Foundation kicking off fall with a glowing run

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation will be hosting the second annual Firefly Glow Run at the end of the month.People of all ages are encouraged to attend the 5km run/walk, which is taking place on September 30th at 7:00 p.m.Starting with a quick warm up, participants will then head through Surerus Ball Diamonds, to the path behind the Hospital and finishing off back at the ball diamonds. Runners and the pathway will be lite up with glow sticks.- Advertisement -As of September 7th, 49 tickets remain for the event. Tickets are $40 dollars and can be purchased at: www.eventbrite.ca/e/firefly-5km-glow-runwalk-registration-35153645500.All proceeds go towards the Foundation’s Endowment Fund and equipment for Hospital needs.last_img read more

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Kiskatinaw Fall Fair offers affordable fun for the whole family

first_imgThe fair grounds are located about five kilometres west on the 214 Road off the Braden Road, which can be accessed from Highway 97 about 34 kilometres west of Dawson Creek. For more information on the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair, contact Joe Breti at 250-843-7361. Breti said the fact it is a smaller, less competitive fair than others gives riders of all ages and skill levels the chance to try out new techniques or equipment.”It’s a great place for young people to start, and for the more serious competitors, they like the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair because it is a great place to take a run at things before you get into more serious events.”He added there will also be classes for cattle starting at 10:30 a.m. if enough entries are received.He said the fair offers lots to see and do for children, including free face painting.There is no fee for admission, though donations are appreciated, said Breti. He said that model has allowed them to keep the fair affordable for families, while still allowing them to be successful due to the generosity of their patrons.Advertisement One of things that makes it attractive is that is has stuck to its humble, agricultural roots since being established in 1934, said Joe Breti, chair of the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair Association.”It’s a country fair that harkens back to a long time ago. I really do not believe our fair has changed a lot in 70 years,” he said.The fair will begin on Friday morning as it plays host to a show by the Percheron Breeders Association of BC from 8 a.m. to about noon. The first events of the heavy horse division start late that morning at around 11:30 a.m. with the log-skid and halter classes. Breti said the log-skid event challenges horses and their handlers to navigate through pylons dragging a log behind them.- Advertisement -“It’s pretty interesting, especially when you get into the teamed event.”Saturday continues with the heavy horse hitch classes that will include wagons and carts.”The highlight of Saturday is going to be the heavy horse pull, where we actually weigh the horses off first, and then they enter a competition of how much weight they can actually pull,” said Breti. “It’s something that requires a very well-trained team, and a darn good teamster to be able to get these horses to pull.”Advertisementcenter_img He added there are about 100 classes of heavy horse events, with participants competing for cash prizes and for points that carry forward to other competitions.Saturday will also include agricultural and handicraft exhibits featuring all kinds of animals – rabbits, chickens, geese, turkeys and much more – as well as displays of field crops and vegetables, horticulture, home cooking, school works and more. Each category will be judged, with ribbons and cash prizes awarded to the winners.In the evening, patrons can enjoy a roast beef supper for with all the fixings for only a few dollars a plate.On Sunday, breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by an open-air church service. The competition continues with a light horse show featuring the Western and English disciplines that starts at about 9:30 and carries on through most of the rest of the day.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Iran MP slams appearance of footballer who played Israeli club

first_img0Shares0000A combination photo shows Iran’s Ehsan Haji Safi (L) playing during a 2014 World Cup qualifying football match and Iran’s Masoud Shojaei playing during a World Cup 2018 qualifying match © AFP / Behrouz MEHRI, Karim JAAFARTEHRAN, Iran, Mar 25 – A conservative lawmaker in Iran slammed the sports federation on Sunday for allowing star footballer Masoud Shojaei to return to the international squad despite appearing against an Israeli team last year.Shojaei, the 33-year-old national team captain, and teammate Ehsan Haji Safi were criticised in Iran after they appeared for their Greek club Panionios last August in a Europa League qualifier against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Deputy Sports Minister Mohammad Reza Davarzani said at the time that the pair would be banned for life.Iran does not recognise the Jewish state and bars its athletes from appearing against Israelis.Confusion has reigned over the matter, however, with Haji Safi never banned from the international squad, while Shojaei has missed all the international fixtures until Friday’s match against Tunisia, which Iran lost 1-0.“Re-inviting Masoud Shojaei to be present in the national football team — after competing against the Zionist regime — shows that the football federation has not taken serious action on this issue,” hardline lawmaker Mohammad Ali Poormokhtar said in an interview with the conservative Fars news agency.He said the sports minister would be questioned after the current break for the Iranian new year.In a press conference ahead of the Tunisia match, Shojaei said: “I am very happy to be a member of this team. Although the final list (for the World Cup squad) has not been announced yet, the fact that right now I am in this team means I am very happy and proud.”Iran cannot admit it bans players for appearing against Israelis because there are strict international rules against political interference in sports.The issue has come to the fore in recent weeks after wrestler Alireza Karimi Mashiani was given a six-month ban for deliberately losing a world championship match in Poland in November in order to avoid an Israeli opponent in the next round.The head of Iran’s wrestling federation quit last month in disgust, saying young athletes were being forced to lie and the authorities were letting them pay the price for their policies.“Forcing an athlete to accept defeat or run around all night looking for a doctor’s note is not right,” Rasoul Khadem, an Olympic gold medallist, told public radio ahead of his resignation.Iran is due to play another friendly against Algeria in Tehran on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Top Arsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan turns down new Borussia Dortmund contract

first_img Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be snapped up for free next summer Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has snubbed the chance to extend his contract, amid reported interest from Arsenal.The 27-year-old bagged 23 goals last season, while he also weighed in with a staggering 32 assists in all competitions.That from has sparked interest from Arsenal, who have been tracking the attacking midfielder since January.And now the Gunners have been given a boost in their pursuit as, according to Bild, Mkhitaryan is refusing to sign a new contract at the Westfalenstadion.The Armenian’s current deal expires in a year’s time and Dortmund are desperate for him to pen an extension.If Mkhitaryan won’t agree a new contract than the German club may be forced to sell him this summer – or risk losing him on a free next year. 1last_img read more

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More schools go to traditional calendar

first_img Named by the state as one of the top five teachers in California for 2005, Labinger teaches fourth-graders at Edison Elementary. Her school will switch to a traditional calendar in September. Some teachers also say that having a shorter break helps students who are learning English as a second language because they do not have an extended break from it. For school officials, however, the focus remains on getting all their schools on the same calendar. “The clients that we serve – the parents – they’ve indicated great satisfaction when they get all of their family members on one schedule,” Escalante said. “That’s absolutely been the drawing card on moving back to a traditional calendar.” Principals at schools that have recently switched calendars or are preparing to said the change is going smoothly. Teachers said they are also ready to accept the change. When the district moves Edison and Jefferson elementary schools back to a traditional calendar in September, only Columbus, Keppel, Mann and White elementary schools will remain on the year-round calendar. District officials hope to bring back the summer break to two of those schools next year. “I have only heard positive responses from parents on moving back to the traditional calendar. It makes life easier,” said Patty Scripter, president of the Glendale Council PTA. “Hopefully one of the other benefits of declining enrollment is going to be smaller class sizes,” she said. “So we’ll see.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Glendale Unified School District will move two more schools off a year-round schedule and back to a traditional calendar this fall, as declining enrollment continues to free up space at the once overcrowded district. Nine elementary schools had to be put on year-round calendars 15 years ago for lack of classroom space, but after this September’s shift only four schools will remain on the year-round schedule. And officials plan to transition the remaining schools to traditional calendars as their enrollment drops. “What we’re doing, really, is what was promised many years ago when they made the transition to year-round (schedules),” Superintendent Michael Escalante said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event But views vary between teachers and parents on which schedules are the best. In a January survey of nearly 2,500 parents at three GUSD schools that were recently moved to a traditional calendar, 87 percent said they like it better than year-round, according to the district. Eighty-nine percent said having a summer break helps families coordinate activities, and 87 percent said all schools should be on the same calendar. But the Glendale Teachers Association did its own survey in October, canvassing 700 teachers on both calendars. Eighty-seven percent of teachers on year-round calendars said they wanted to keep that schedule, GTA President Allen Freemon said. “The rhythm of the year-round schedule seemed to be wonderful from a teacher’s perspective, for allowing a unit to be studied and then a break to be given – and a new unit to be introduced,” said teacher Kim Labinger. “And students didn’t feel like they were left with long boring days at home.” last_img read more

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JOHN HANNIGAN: TRIBUTE TO A SPORTS GENTLEMAN FROM HIS FRIENDS AT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB

first_imgJohn Hannigan——-Sports’ Gentleman.Letterkenny Golf Club.John Hannigan’s awareness of Barnhill happened by chance when, as a psychiatric nurse in charge of a group of patients, he had them involved in helping to clear trees and bushes for the development of Letterkenny Golf Club as part of their rehabilitation. From this, he developed his interest In playing golf. John became a very skillful golfer and soon reached category one status as a 4 handicapper. He represented the club many times in the Donegal inter club league.John had been the P.R.O. of the Donegal Seniors Alliance, was a former Captain of the Letterkenny Hospital’s golfing society and was also the 2014 President of that Society.John and his wife Clare had, over the past few years, become great patrons of the members’ restaurant and you could be assured of receiving a very warm welcome and a chat every Friday night when they dined at the club. The club Captain, Lady Captain, President and all members extend their sincere sympathies to Clare and family at this time.The course will be closed on Saturday from 11.00 a.m. to 12 noon as a mark of respect.  JOHN HANNIGAN: TRIBUTE TO A SPORTS GENTLEMAN FROM HIS FRIENDS AT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB was last modified: April 25th, 2014 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) Tags:JOHN HANNIGANletterkennylast_img read more

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HARTE LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACK ON McCONALOGUE FOR ‘MISLEAIDNG THE PUBLIC”

first_imgDonegal Senator Jimmy Harte has launched a stinging attack on fellow Donegal politician Charlie McConalogue.Senator Harte is furious at Deputy McConalogueFianna Fail Deputy McConalogue described a proposal by the Labour Party’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin to cut chaplaincy services from VECs and community schools as the latest front in the party’s ‘Culture War’, criticising the plan as ‘typically myopic and mean spirited’.But Letterkenny-based Senator Harte said “The antics of FF and Mc Conalogue are not surprising in light of their record on their performance whilst in government over the generations “He is scaremongering and trying to use the Church and the people of Donegal to make a poor political point.“The opinion of one Labour TD in Dublin has no bearing on the forthcoming budget and the deputy knows that. He is trying to link a proposal by a TD to government policy.”He added “This type of politics by Deputy Mc Conalogue has no place in local or national discussion.“There are no plans to change any arrangement with the chaplain service in educational institutions. “I would describe Deputy Mc Conalugues rambling as cognitive flatulence.” HARTE LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACK ON McCONALOGUE FOR ‘MISLEAIDNG THE PUBLIC” was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 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)last_img read more

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Half-time: Derby County 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgThe lively Oscar almost put Chelsea ahead in an even first half at Pride Park, where Ramires hit the Derby post just before the interval. Oscar sent a free-kick narrowly wide and went close with two other decent strikes during a spell of Blues pressure.Ramires also fired wide for the visitors after in-form Championship side Derby had made a determined start to the FA Cup third-round clash.Ashley Cole did well to clear a dangerous early cross from Jeff Hendrick before David Luiz blocked a driven shot from Rams midfielder John Eustace.Luiz is alongside Gary Cahill for Chelsea, as John Terry is on the bench with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.And Cahill was called into action following a 28th-minute error by Luiz, who lost possession and was grateful to see his centre-back partner block Jamie Ward’s shot.Seven minutes before the break Eustace had an effort saved by Mark Schwarzer after the ball was given away again, this time by Ramires, whose deflected shot clipped the woodwork moments before the half-time whistle.Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Buxton, Keane, Forsyth, Eustace, Hughes, Hendrick, Dawkins, Ward, Martin.Subs: Legzdins, Freeman, Sammon, Bennett, Whitbread, Bailey, Cisse.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Essien, Mikel; Ramires, Oscar, Willian; Eto’o. Subs: Cech, Kalas, Terry, Baker, Hazard, Mata, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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