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By Gabriela BaczynskaScandal-plagued FIFA postponed the bidding for the right to host the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday and embarked on the search to find a replacement for outgoing President Sepp Blatter.FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said during an event in Russia that it would be “nonsense” to start the bidding process for the tournament for the time being.Meanwhile, FIFA said its executive committee would hold an extraordinary meeting in July to discuss “various dates options” for the Congress which will elect Blatter’s replacement.The FBI are investigating bribery and corruption at FIFA, including scrutiny of how football’s governing body awarded World Cup hosting rights to Russia, which won the bidding for 2018, and Qatar, which is due to host the finals in 2022.The extent of the turmoil engulfing FIFA was apparent in an emotional outburst by the usually composed Valcke, who said he was being destroyed by the media in his native France and gave a theatrical defence of his decision to sign off on a $10 million payment at the centre of the U.S. bribery investigation.Waving his pen in front of journalists, a visibly impatient Valcke asked: “You want me to take this pen and to hit my head and say ‘Hey! I have been stupid, I should have asked many more questions?”“You have decided that after Blatter I have to be next head to be cut?” Valcke said at a news conference in the Russian city of Samara, one of the 2018 host venues.Blatter tendered his resignation on June 2, four days after having been re-elected for a fifth term.He wants to remain in office until his successor is elected in order to carry out reforms at FIFA. But there have been widespread calls for him to step down at once given the gravity of the crisis facing the 111-year-old organisation.His announcement came less than a week after Swiss police staged a dawn raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich and arrested several officials on corruption charges filed by U.S. prosecutors in New York.On the 2026 World Cup, Valcke said: “Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed.”The decision on who hosts the 2026 finals had been due to be made in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he saw no threat to Russia hosting the Cup in 2018 and its bid was in line with the law.Valcke, Blatter’s right-hand man, said Russia’s plans were on track and there had been nothing in its bid to suggest it was not in line with the regulations.In Paris, UEFA president Michel Platini, holding his first news conference since Blatter’s resignation, welcomed the decision to postpone the bidding for 2026.“It’s normal. There was a process that was launched for a vote in 2017,” said Platini, who has become a leading critic of Blatter and FIFA. “There is no leadership at the moment, so it’s normal that it’s suspended. It’s good.”The German Football Association meanwhile came up with a radical plan for reform of FIFA that is likely to be resisted by many of FIFA’s members outside Europe.Its president, Wolfgang Niersbach, said Blatter was not doing himself or football any favours by staying on.Niersbach demanded a clean-up at FIFA, with an end to corruption and greater transparency. He also said FIFA’s voting structure should be based on the “size and sporting relevance” of its member federations.At present, each of FIFA’s 209 members has a vote, giving soccer powerhouses Germany and Brazil the same influence as tiny Pacific islands.On Blatter’s replacement, FIFA would not confirm a report by the BBC that the election would take place on December 16 in Zurich.Last week, Domenico Scala, head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee and the man responsible for overseeing the election, said it could take place any time between December and March. Four months’ notice are needed for a presidential election to be held.“It requires an extraordinary Executive Committee that needs to confirm a date and agenda for the extraordinary elective Congress,” a FIFA spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.“This extraordinary Executive Committee will convene in July, the precise date to be confirmed within this week. For this extraordinary elective Congress (to elect Blatter’s successor) there are currently various date options for discussion.”Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who lost to Blatter in the election, is tipped as a possible candidate while Chung Mong-joon, the billionaire scion of South Korea’s Hyundai conglomerate, is also weighing up a bid.In an early indication that the FIFA scandal is likely to have wider legal repercussions, the Dutch city of Eindhoven said it was considering suing FIFA to recover 1.5 million euros spent on the Dutch/Belgian bid for the 2018 Cup.A lawsuit could follow if the campaign is found to have been tainted by corruption, said spokeswoman Corine van der Putten.
Real Madrid’s first ever trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday will come as a welcome distraction to the European and Liga holders in the midst of their worst domestic run of results in five years.Sunday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Liga newcomers Girona saw them fall eight points behind arch rivals Barcelona in the standings, the biggest gap they have faced with a league leader since their final turbulent campaign under Jose Mourinho in 2012/13.Madrid were also defending champions in the Portuguese’s final campaign but came unstuck at the start of the season, dropping eight points in their first four games while Barcelona raced ahead, eventually finishing 15 clear of Madrid while Mourinho had an acrimonious split with the dressing room.The feeling in the Spanish sports press after Zinedine Zidane’s side threw away a 1-0 lead at halftime was one of resignation about Madrid’s faltering campaign, as the 32-times Liga champions have never managed to win the title after falling eight points behind the leaders.“Madrid vote no to La Liga”, ran a headline on the website of daily newspaper Marca, alluding to the political undertones of Sunday’s game at Girona, Real’s first trip to the troubled region of Catalonia since a banned referendum on independence on Oct. 1 sparked Spain’s worst political crisis in 39 years.Only Madrid’s goalscorer Isco and forward Karim Benzema were exempt from criticism in Marca, which criticised the team’s usual talisman Cristiano Ronaldo for only scoring once this campaign and called out Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and captain Sergio Ramos for unconvincing displays.“Isco is out on his own”, ran the cover of newspaper AS, while daily ABC described Madrid as “apathetic”, calling the defeat the team’s worst performance since Zidane took over at the club in January 2016 and began a winning cycle that has yielded seven trophies.The French coach said Real had lost the game due to two lapses of concentration in the space of four minutes which lead to Cristhian Stuani’s equaliser and Portu’s winner, but denied there was a problem with the team’s attitude.“What I’m most annoyed about is not killing the game off when we had the chance to do it,” the coach said in a news conference after Girona snapped Real’s record run of 13 consecutive away wins over the course of two seasons.“I’m not worried about a lack of intensity nor enthusiasm, these results can happen in the league but we’ll keep on working hard. I’m not worried. We didn’t expect this after winning four games in a row but we still want to win the league.”
By Sudipto GangulyMELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Frenchman Lucas Pouille tamed big-serving Milos Raonic 7-6(4) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-4 in the Australian Open quarter-final to advance to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday.The Frenchman, 24, took the first set with a brilliant forehand pass against an advancing Raonic in the tiebreak and converted his only breakpoint opportunity in the second set with a measured backhand lob before two winners and two big serves gave Pouille the second stanza.The 28-year-old Raonic made former top 10 player Pouille pay for wasting four breakpoints by winning the third set tiebreaker but the Frenchman broke the Canadian again in the fourth, converting his third matchpoint to seal the contest in just over three hours.Pouille will meet the winner of the last quarter-final between top-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori of Japan for a place in Sunday’s final.
And there was a brilliant third place in his Formula One debut for McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, 21, who became the first Danish driver ever to reach the podium.McLaren’s Jenson Button and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished fourth and fifth, ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari.But there was no joy for Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, and Mercedes’ 2008 winner Hamilton, who both retired early as this year’s widespread mechanical changes took their toll.Formula One has switched to quieter, turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engines this year with hybrid components that will help them to keep within a newly introduced fuel cap of 100 kilos (about 135 litres).At the start, Rosberg swept to the front from third off the grid and he safely held Ricciardo at bay by 24.5 seconds to give Mercedes the first win of the season.“I took off from the start like a Silver Arrow and after that the car was really quick today,” said Rosberg, whose father, Keke, won the 1982 world championship.“The whole team did such a good job on it. It was a really good engine, not much problem with fuel consumption and the reliability was great.“It was such a reward for all the team’s hard work to dominate in such a way in the first race of the season.”It was Rosberg’s fourth GP win and his first since Silverstone last year.But while Mercedes celebrated Rosberg’s win, they lost race favourite Hamilton on lap four lap due to a lack of power. Vettel went out shortly afterwards in his first retirement since last year’s British GP.Ricciardo replaced Mark Webber at Red Bull this year and achieved what his high-profile compatriot could not with a podium finish at his home GP, in his first drive with the world constructors champions.“If I look back to where we were three weeks ago this has definitely exceeded my expectations,” Ricciardo said.“We had never done a race distance up until today, so we didn’t have much confidence that we would see the chequered flag let alone finish in a podium position and we can make a lot of progress from here.”Denmark’s Magnussen also got on the podium in his first GP race for McLaren, who failed to finish in the top three all last season.“I just can’t believe it. It’s not a win but it definitely feels like it and the team has been coming off a difficult season and they’ve made this rookie feel really comfortable,” Magnussen said.Fourteen cars of the 22 finished the race, which had its hair-raising moments on the opening lap.Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi came off together at the first bend and were out of the race, while Vettel was slowly away and struck trouble at the rear of the field.Stewards said they would be launching an investigation into the Massa-Kobayashi collision.The Mercedes team told Hamilton he needed to retire on the second lap, but quickly amended the message to “stay out” on the track.But Hamilton only lasted another lap before he came into the pits and his under-powered car was taken into the team garage with his race over.Vettel followed Hamilton out of the race, retiring on his fifth lap with mechanical problems.Finland’s Bottas scraped a wall and lost his right rear wheel on the 10th lap, bringing out the safety car. He limped back to the pits for new tyres and rejoined the race to go on and finish a creditable sixth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MELBOURNE, March 16- Nico Rosberg opened Formula One’s new era with a dominant victory at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday as world champion Sebastian Vettel and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton were early casualties.Rosberg, whose Mercedes team have come out strongest with the sport’s new hybrid technology, led from start to finish and took the chequered flag 24.5 seconds ahead of Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull debut.
The stocky midfield star, who became the first Kenyan to score in the UEFA Champions League when he netted the first goal in his former Scottish club Celtic’s 2–1 stunning win over this season’s finalists Barcelona in 2012 said he is eying on making an impact in Europe once again.“It means a lot going back to European football because it’s been two years since I played there. I’m glad to be in it and hopefully we will do well in the qualifying rounds.“I did it at Celtic and it was great. It feels good to be back again this time with an English Premier League team. I’m looking forward to it,” Wanyama, who rediscovered his scoring touch under Koeman, netting three in the EPL, told.The Kenya captain will see his team enter the Europa League at the third qualifying round, needing to win two (two-legged) ties to qualify for the group stages.The midfield enforcer who was awarded by the club for his impressive performance said transition from former manager Mauricio Pochettino to Koeman had been smooth and everyone in the team is showing commitment as the Saints disproved naysayers.“We have a good relationship with the manager and always work as a team. The spirit in the team is great; everyone works hard to improve in every game so it’s great playing as a family.“The President’s award means a lot to me, we have been doing very well and everyone did well. I’m grateful to have received the award,” Wanyama who joined Southampton in 2013 on a Scottish transfer record of 12.5 million pounds stated.The younger brother of 2010 Champions League winner Macdonald Mariga, who was sidelined for two matches in January after limping off with a hamstring injury picked in their third round FA Cup 1-0 win at Ipswich, revealed the knock made him return stronger.“We play a lot of games and it’s always difficult to be injury free, sometimes you can be lucky but I was unlucky. I’m happy I’m fit again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama (left) in action against Swansea City in an EPL match. He’s eying a long Europa League run with the Saints.NAIROBI, June 5 – Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama is hopeful his English Premier League (EPL) side Southampton, will reach the group stages of the UEFA Europa League when the Saints return to European competition for the first time in 12 years next season.Wanyama, who saw his side handed qualification thanks to Arsenal’s 4-0 FA Cup demolition of Aston Villa, told Capital Sport the team under the tutelage of Dutchman Ronald Koeman has adapted to his philosophy and are aiming at improving their seventh finish in the EPL.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro issued a statement today to respond to a report on Wood Buffalo National Park and the effect Site C could have on the park.The report was done by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) about its Reactive Monitoring Mission to Wood Buffalo National Park.BC Hydro says they were disappointed that the report did not have all of the facts.“We’re disappointed that the report chose to disregard evidence that found Site C will have no measurable effect on the Peace-Athabasca Delta (PAD), which is 1,100 kilometres away from the project. During the environmental assessment of Site C, BC Hydro commissioned studies from leading experts to evaluate the potential downstream effects of Site C. In all cases, the studies concluded that the project would have no notable effect on the PAD. An independent Joint Review Panel reviewed studies and submissions on downstream effects from BC Hydro, government agencies, Aboriginal groups and stakeholders. In addition, two days of public hearings were held on the topic.”Advertisement – Advertisement -The Joint Review Panel issued a report back in May of 2014 that stated: “The Panel concludes there would be no effects from the Project on any aspect of the environment in the Peace Athabasca Delta, and a cumulative effects assessment on the PAD is not required.”“It’s unfortunate that the WHC/IUCN report chose to ignore details about the federal-provincial environmental assessment process for Site C. By doing so, the report presents an incomplete picture of Site C and the PAD.”
Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of completely ignoring apprenticeship programmes over the past four years.Charlie McConalogue TDThey also claim that Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan is trying to win back support for her party by promising to extend the scheme to new sectors.New figures released to Fianna Fáil through Parliamentary Question reveal that the number of apprenticeships fell by 30% between 2010 and 2014. The party’s Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue says these figures are a damning indictment of the scant attention given by this Government to the apprenticeship programme.“Successive Ministers have been shockingly slow to realise that an apprenticeship system is vital in dealing with Ireland’s acute long-term unemployment problem. However, it appears to have fallen off the Government agenda and has only resurfaced now that a General Election is on the horizon.“While Higher Education will continue to be the primary pathway for young people to skilled employment, it does not suit everyone and employers value vocational training. However this Government has failed to build on the programmes that have been offered to date and have allowed participation to fall off without introducing any changes to the existing programmes or expanding them until now. The demand from the technology and business sectors has not been fully utilised or valued and its role and contribution is not well understood by this government.”He added that while the proposal by the Apprenticeship Council to expand apprenticeship categories is welcome, the announcement is a drop in the ocean of what is required to deal with what is fast becoming Ireland’s largest economic problem. “Government, education providers and industry must work together to ensure these new apprenticeship areas are fast tracked immediately,” he said.GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETELY IGNORING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 2nd, 2015 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) Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalfianna failTD