Blatter to Testify at Platini Ban Appeal

first_imgBoth men claim the payment was part of a legitimate oral contract for consulting work that Platini did between 1999 and 2002, but FIFA’s in-house court found that explanation unconvincing.The pair were first suspended for eight years in December, but a FIFA appeals panel reduced the bans to six years in February, citing mitigating circumstances.UEFA has said it will not replace Platini until all his appeals are exhausted, while CAS has indicated it would rule on the Frenchman’s case before the June 10 start of the Euro 2016 tournament, which is being hosted by France.If Platini’s appeal is successful, he could reclaim his UEFA post in time to preside over the tournament.WedShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter will testify during Michel Platini’s appeal against his ban from football, following a request from world football’s governing body, a source close to the case said yesterday.Platini, the suspended head of European football confederation UEFA, will challenge his six-year ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.“Blatter will testify on Friday, at the request of FIFA”, said a source who was not authorised to discuss the case publicly, but confirmed the information first reported by L’Equipe newspaper.In December, FIFA’s ethics judges found Platini guilty of ethics violations, conflict of interest and other offences in connection with a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment he received from Blatter in 2011.last_img read more

New Special Needs Community Center to Benefit Thurston County

first_imgFacebook188Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kelsey Hartsell for Seeds for Growth Community CenterAs summer comes to an end, students begin to prepare for the next school year, many for whom this will be the last. After their senior year of high school, most students continue to further education or find their callings in volunteer or career opportunities, but what is there for students that have special needs and feel they can do neither? What about adults already aged out of the school system and aimlessly floating day to day with no real sense of purpose? Tracy Westberg has a solution.The Board of Directors: President Tracy Westberg, Secretary Jessie Green, Public Relations Liaison Kelsey Hartsell, Vice President Sheila McCarten Treasurer Phillip Hall. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“I saw a vision to offer a safe, fun, and relaxing place for people who are differently abled” Tracy, who has worked with special needs students in North Thurston School District going on sixteen years, says, “I was inspired by my special needs students. I want to see them continue to grow and live once they finish high school, not just drop into a category of existing day to day.” Thus Tracy sat down, and with the support of her board of directors, built the plan for Seeds for Growth Community Center. Key statistics show that there is a substantial population Seeds for Growth Community Center will serve:According to the Disability Planning Data, there are approximately 21,000 people between the ages of 16 years and 64 years old that document having a disability living in Thurston County. This does not include individuals who are living in group homes or in an institution, nor does it take into consideration individuals not yet diagnosed nor individuals who decline to disclose a disability. Updated statics from the 2013-2017 Thurston County Regional Consolidated Plan confirms that 13% of Thurston County residents document having a disability.  People with special needs are offered to attend public school until the age of 21 years. Upon graduation, the opportunities and social support exponentially declines with very few consistent options left.Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg posing with former student, DJ Geary Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“It doesn’t matter the visibility or invisibility of the disability, it doesn’t matter the severity or subtly, Every single individual who is differently-abled or special needs has the right to a sense of community and importance; and that is what Tracy provides” (Kelsey Hartsell, Board of Directors Public Relations Liaison speaking of Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg).  The mission of Seeds for Growth speaks to the dedication this community center has for all its members: “To offer community-based activities and programs for individuals who are differently abled (ages 14+) by:Providing programs for personal enrichment and enjoyment through a variety of activities.Creating an environment that promotes the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of community members.Assisting participants to increase their involvement in the local community.Empowering individuals to strengthen their independence through daily living and life skills”Dylan Kuehl rocking out the drums at a Seeds for Growth block party event. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter PhotographyNot surprisingly Seeds for Growth has received a lot of support from local companies who agree with the value in inclusion. Lacey’s Costco, Martin Way’s Cricket Mobile, Mystical Cupcakes, Olympic Cards and Comics, Deschutes Print & Stitch (formerly Mantis Graphix), and South Sound Parent to Parent, to name a few, have all donated to support the development of the new teen to adult special needs community center. The community center will operate out of South Sound Parent to Parent’s activity room until they find a location of their own. They will also host various activities in the community including an afternoon of bowling at Tumwater Lanes.Seeds for Growth has launched their new activities calendar, which will begin Monday, October 2nd, 2017. The calendar can be viewed on their Facebook page and their website. A copy can also be requested via email.  Seeds for Growth is also seeking board members and volunteers. If you would like to get more information on any of the participation or volunteer activities, Seeds for Growth can be contacted through email at:  [email protected] In the meantime, they ask that the community spread the word of the new center.last_img read more

KIJHL assured by Nitehawks security breach fixed rest of playoffs

first_img“It’s in the (league) constitution that security is the responsibility of the home team and whether Beaver Valley needs more security people or more local RCMP attending games, that is up to them,” Ohlhausen added.Beaver Valley leads the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final 3-1 with Game four set for Thursday in Fruitvale.A win by the Hawks eliminates the Leafs from post-season play.Should Nelson post the victory, the series would return to the NDCC Arena for Game six Friday.If a seventh game were necessary, it would be played Saturday at the Hawks’ Nest in Fruitvale.Camer rewarded for his special play on the iceRobson Cramer is in his final season with the Nelson Leafs.After two seasons with the Green and White, the Summerland native has made his final campaign one for the franchise history books.Cramer, 20, was rewarded for his fine play on the ice before Tuesday’s Game four at the NDCC Arena by KIJHL vice-president Bill Sheard.Sheard presented Cramer with two KIJHL awards — top defenceman in the Murdoch Division and top defenceman in the entire league.Cramer has sign a commitment letter to play next season in the BC Intercolligiate Hockey League with Simon Fraser University.Braves/Rebels locked in best-of-three seriesSpokane Braves tied their series with Castlegar after posting a 6-0 rout of the Rebels Tuesday in the Lilac City thanks in part to the stellar netminding of Jon Manlow, who stopped all 43 shots.The win sent the Braves back to the Sunflower City for Game five even in the best-of-seven series 2-2 with the favour Rebels.Paxton Malone scored twice while Jonny Marzec, Lance Noomen, Sean Collins and Kyle Davis added singles.Game six is Friday in Spokane. If necessary, Game seven is to be played Saturday in Castlegar. The crowd of Nelson fans lining up to complain about security at the Fruitvale Arena should be relieved hear the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is dealing with the problem.KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily the league had contacted Beaver Valley Nitehawks franchise about the incident that happened during the second-period intermission of Saturday’s Murdoch Division playoff game between the Leafs and Hawks.Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily he believes security will be improved for the rest of the playoffs.“They are to have a meeting to set up a committee with the RCMP and municipality to fix up the entrance onto the ice for the visiting team,” Ohlhausen said.“I had a call with Dennis (Bedin) and he told me (Hawks) are trying everything they can to stop any further incidents from happening.”The incident occurred when the Leaf were leaving the ice following the second period.A fan became involved with some of the Leaf players as the team walked from the ice to the dressing room.The Nelson Daily has fielded many Facebook and text messages complaining about the security at the Fruitvale Arena during Hawks’ games.Leaf president Larry Martel, not in attendance at Saturday’s game, also spoke with the league after accepting several cell phone calls from irate Nelson fans.However, Ohlhausen believes the issue will be addressed and fans can go on cheering for their respective teams without any concerns.“Overall, I don’t think big problem,” said the KIJHL president.“I think it’s just two or three or four people causing all the trouble.”last_img read more

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea: Stubborn Black Cats hold faltering Blues to well-earned draw

first_imgChelsea dropped points for only the third time this season as a stubborn Sunderland side restricted the Premier League leaders in a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light.Jose Mourinho named an unchanged starting line-up to the Blues’ side which secured an emphatic 5-0 Champions League victory over Schalke on Tuesday.But they failed to fire on all cylinders against Gus Poyet’s well organised men, as the likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Eden Hazard were all frustrated.Despite dazzling in their midweek European victory, Mourinho’s side wasted plenty of opportunities in Germany by trying to simply walk the ball into the net, and it was a similar story in Wearside as a gritty Sunderland defence did well to unsettle the Blues’ stars.Both sides hit the woodwork in the first-half, with Brazilian winger Willian striking the post before Black Cats defender Santiago Vergini saw his close-range effort clip the top of the crossbar, but they otherwise failed to thrill in front of goal during a scrappy contest.The hosts grew in confidence in the final ten minutes and had a handful of chances to end Chelsea’s hopes of going the whole season unbeaten, but impressive duo Connor Wickham and Adam Johnson both squandered late scoring opportunities.Chelsea’s lead at the top is now seven points, but it could be down to just four if second-placed Southampton beat third-placed Manchester City on Sunday.The Blues were desperately hoping to travel back down south with their unbeaten run intact, with the Black Cats the last team to inflict a league defeat on the high-flying Londoners – a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge back in April.And while they did that, Mourinho will surely be disappointed by his team’s performance, as the table toppers found it tough to break down the stubborn Sunderland resistance.A cagey opening half saw very little scoring opportunities for either team, until Willian was inches away from putting the visitors in front with a low, well hit strike from outside the box which beat the outstretched Costel Pantilimon but could only clatter the post.Chelsea dominated possession but the hosts were brave when they did get time on the ball, quickly moving it out to the lively Wickham who was by far Sunderland’s brightest attacking threat.Though it wasn’t the young Englishman, but defender Vergini, who had the home side’s first real sight of goal, the Argentine getting in behind Chelsea’s back-four and sending a volley crashing against the top of the bar from yards out.It was a warning shot for the Blues, who perhaps should have been reduced to ten men before the break.Costa was fortunate to escape punishment when he appeared to kick out at John O’Shea following a tangling between the two, and he was very lucky indeed to stay on the pitch after he struck Wes Brown with a flailing arm during an aerial challenge in the second-half.But despite the free-scoring Spaniard’s continued presence upfront, a disappointing Chelsea again failed to create many chances, while Sunderland enjoyed more freedom on the counter-attack with Wickham seeing a wickedly stuck effort saved by Thibaut Courtois and late on firing wildly over the bar.Poyet’s tactics were clear as the Black Cats regularly had nine men behind the ball to restrict Chelsea’s playmakers, with Costa growing increasingly more frustrated, and in-turn more aggressive, in the role striker role.That frustration threatened to explode when he was cynically brought down by O’Shea, perhaps retaliation from the earlier tangle, with the Spaniard incensed when the Irishman was only shown a yellow card.The introduction of Blues legend Didier Drogba with 15 minutes left seemed to boost Chelsea’s attacking threat, but the veteran forward failed to really test Pantilimon after some neat link-up play.Sunderland threatened to snatch all three points with a late flurry of efforts in the final ten minutes but lacked the necessary clinical touch, with substitute striker Jozy Altidore forcing Chelsea to scramble clear after darting in the box and Johnson twice firing just wide from promising positions.And while Chelsea also pushed for the winner with a series of corner kicks in the final moments, the referee’s whistle soon signalled a hard-fought point for both teams. 1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa struggles against Sunderland last_img read more

Irish Wheelchair Association launch ‘Angels’ campaign in Donegal – Pic Special

first_imgThe Irish Wheelchair Association launched their national fundraising campaign ‘Angels’ on Wednesday last as they held a karaoke night. The event took place in the Irish Wheelchair Association’s Community Centre, Glenview, Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny.The beloved Angel pins and other Angel-themed products will be sold by volunteers throughout County on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November 2019. Irish Wheelchair Association’s Angel fundraiser will help provide a range of essential services to people with physical disabilities from its community centres in Donegal and across the country.Irish Wheelchair Association provides a diverse range of services supporting people with disabilities in their personal development and community life.In 2018 alone, Irish Wheelchair Association provided over 1.3 million hours of Assisted Living Services to 2,246 adults and children across Ireland and almost 80,000 days of services in community centres nationwide.Its fleet of 119 buses provided people with disabilities with accessible transport throughout Ireland to connect them to their communities. Mary McGrenra from Irish Wheelchair Association in Donegal explained: “Irish Wheelchair Associations Angel Appeal is our largest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised from our Angel’s Day campaign help us support people with physical disabilities within our community.“We provide essential services to people with disabilities that facilitates independence, improves quality of life and supports them in accessing education, employment and participation in community life throughout Donegal.“Volunteers will be selling Angel pins outside all ALDI stores and in various other locations throughout the county. If you meet our volunteers please purchase an Angels pin or make a donation to ensure people with disabilities can enjoy equal rights, choices and opportunities and live their lives independently.”This November Irish Wheelchair Association is asking community groups, organisations, businesses, and schools in county Donegal to volunteer their time to assist with the Angels Appeal.There are lots of ways to get involved; including volunteering to sell Angels pins/products or hosting a coffee morning during November. To learn more about how you can get involved in Angel’s day please email [email protected] visit www.iwa.ie/angels or contact Caroline Boyle on 074-9177448 or email [email protected] Wheelchair Association launch ‘Angels’ campaign in Donegal – Pic Special was last modified: October 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)last_img read more

Reading should have won – Stam

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesReading boss Jaap Stam felt his side should have beaten QPR at Loftus Road.Danny Williams’ first-half goal earned the Royals a deserved point and they created a number of chances in the second half.“I think we should have won it,” Stam said after the 1-1 draw.“If you look at the game and how we played, we should have scored a second goal.“They tried to make it difficult for us by pressing us high up the pitch, but there was still a lot of space for us.“When you give the ball away and then concede a goal it makes it difficult, but we came back well and managed to get an equaliser quickly.“We kept searching for the second goal in the second half but there was always a threat from QPR, who are a strong side and have physical players.“In the second half, though, with the chances we created, and sometimes should have created, we should have scored and that’s the thing we didn’t do well.“We defended well, we attacked well at times, but I think we should have scored in the second half and won the game.” See also:QPR v Reading: as it happenedQPR poor again in draw with ReadingQPR went all out to win – HassebainkQPR to assess Hall injuryQPR v Reading player ratings Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

R33bn upgrade for South Africa’s ports

first_img4 May 2012 Port operator Transnet Port Terminals will spend R33-billion (US$4.3-billion) over the next seven years on upgrading and expanding South Africa’s ports, as part of a massive state-led infrastructure drive aimed at boosting the country’s economic growth. The R33-billion capital expenditure will form part of state-owned Transnet Group’s R300-billion (US$39.1-billion) expenditure on port and rail capital projects until 2018/19. Unveiling details of the expenditure in Durban on Thursday, Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa said Transnet’s new market demand strategy “has major implications for our division’s responsibility to facilitate unconstrained growth, unlock demand and create world-class port operations through improved efficiencies.Boosting port competitiveness, efficiency “It entails an acceleration of our capacity creation programmes at all our major terminals, to ensure that we are able to grow the economy and make the ports as competitive and efficient as possible,” Socikwa said in a statement. Seventy-one percent of the R33-billion spend will be on port expansion projects, while the remaining 29% will go towards “capital sustaining projects”, including the replacement and refurbishment of equipment, Socikwa said. The expansion projects will see major increases in the container handling capacity of the ports in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and Ngqura outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.Container handling capacity Durban Continer Terminal’s Pier 1 will see its capacity grow from 700 000 to 1.2-million TEUs by 2016/17, while its Pier 2 capacity will expand from 2.1-million to 3.3-million TEUs by 2017/18. The Ngqura Container Terminal, which has been earmarked as a transshipment hub, will be expanded from 800 000 to 2-million TEUs by 2018/19. Container capacity is also being created in other terminals, such as the Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf Terminal, through the acquisition of new equipment, including as mobile cranes, and various infrastructure upgrades.Bulk handling capacity The bulk handling capacity at Ngqura, Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, and Saldanha in the Western Cape will also come in for major expansion. R3.7-billion has been set aside for the ageing Richards Bay Terminal, with investments in mobile equipment, quayside equipment and weighbridges fast-tracked for 2012/13, and safety-critical, environmental and legal compliance projects also in the pipeline. R1.2-billion will be spent on creating new capacity, including new storage areas, at Richards Bay, while Transnet also pursues the reengineering of the port to create additional capacity for bulk products at the terminal. Saldanha’s iron ore bulk facility, which has undergone significant expansion in recent years, will be further expanded, taking its capacity from 60 to 82 million tons per annum. Additional manganese capacity will be created by relocating the existing, 5.5mtpa export facility in Port Elizabeth to a new two-berth manganese facility at the Port of Ngqura, boosting capacity to 12 million tons per annum from 2016/17. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

20 Girls Bright Rainbow Small Hair Elastics/Bands IN8146 – Better than paying for delivery

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10 months agoREVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic deal

first_imgREVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have scrapped their option for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard.BILD says in talks with Borussia Dortmund to sign Christian Pulisic, Chelsea agreed to write off their first refusal clause for Hazard.BVB see Hazard as a replacement for Pulisic and weren’t prepared to sell the American to the Blues unless they agreed not to compete for the Belgium international.Hazard confirmed recently, “Yes, Chelsea has a say in what happens to me. But that’s governed by the clubs.”However, the Blues will now allow BVB to move for the midfielder without any counter offer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CBS Reportedly Snagging ESPN Announcer To Eventually Replace Verne Lundquist On Top CFB Broadcast

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)CBS reportedly has its replacement in place for Verne Lundquist on its top SEC game broadcast. According to Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, long-time ESPN announcer Brad Nessler will be leaving the network for CBS. He’ll call NFL games until Lundquist retires, when he’ll then become the play-by-play man for CBS’ top SEC game each week. Lundquist has called SEC games since 2000. Told Brad Nessler will leave ESPN and do NFL for CBS, until he takes over SEC for Uncle Verne.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 25, 2016Nessler has been calling college football games for ESPN since 1997. He’s been with the network since 1992.last_img read more