Rio Olympic head Nuzman formally charged with corruption

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nuzman was charged by Brazilian prosecutors Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, and running a criminal organization. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Carlos Nuzman, the head of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been charged by Brazilian federal prosecutors with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and running a criminal organization.Brazilian prosecutors announced the formal charges on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Papa Massata Diack, Lamine Diack, former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, and businessman Arthur Cesar deMenezes Soares Filho were also charged in the filing.Nuzman resigned last week as the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. He has denied any wrongdoingand wrote in his resignation letter that he was “unjustly implicated.”The filing says Nuzman has undeclared assets in Switzerland, including 16, 1-kilo gold bars.“While Olympic medalists chased their dreams of gold medals, leaders of the Brazilian Olympic Committee stashed their gold in Switzerland,” prosecutor Fabiana Schenider said when Nuzman was arrested.The day after the Olympics ended, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach presented Nuzman, and former Mayor Eduardo Paes, gold “Olympic Orders” for their role in running the Rio Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “These were marvelous Olympic Games,” Bach said. “The Olympic Games Rio 2016 have shown the best of the Cariocas (Rio residents) and Brazilians to the world.”Prosecutors wrote in court documents that “There is robust evidence that Carlos Nuzman, as head of Brazil’s Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 organizing committee, had an increase in his total assets that is incompatible with his declared assets. On the other side, there are elements that suggest there was embezzlement of taxpayer money that was destined to the referred Olympic entities.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 75-year-old Nuzman was arrested two weeks ago and is being held in prison.Prosecutors also filed corruption charges against Nuzman’s right-hand man at the Rio Olympic organizing committee, Leonardo Gryner.In the filing, prosecutors said the two “promoted, formed, financed, and integrated a criminal organization aimed at committing the crimes of corruption and embezzlement in detriment of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Olympic Committee and the organizing committee of the Rio 2016 Olympics.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBrazilian and French authorities say Nuzman helped pay $2 million to Papa Massata Diack to win votes to stage the 2016 Olympics.In the vote in 2009 to pick the host city, Lamine Diack, Papa Massata’s father, was a powerful IOC member from Senegal with sway over the African voting bloc. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Sanitation Crisis Hits Slipway

first_imgNear the historic Providence Island in Monrovia is a community that has experienced and continues to go through the hurdles of poor sanitation.Slipway Community is amongst several slum communities in and around Monrovia lacking safe drinking water as well as improved sanitation and hygiene facilities.Slipway, with a population of over 15,000 inhabitants, often suffer the effects of a poor drainage system, garbage pollution and open defecation.With the rainy season having set in, the situation has gone from bad to worse, reaching crisis point.The community has been placed under the spotlight due to said crucial sanitation issues, as part of the Exclusive Media Focus on Sanitation by the WASH Reporters& Editors Network of Liberia, with support from WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone.During an assessment visit to the community, residents complained about the lack of hand pumps, public toilets and a conducive and hygienic environment.The majority of the community’s residents are said to be using the Du River as a public latrine.Most of the residents build what are known as “goal post toilets” on the river, where they go to defecate, thus polluting the river.A resident told WASH R&E of a recent drowning in th commnity. A boy slipped and fell into the river while using a goal post toilet on the Du River.The residents, however, said despite the risk they continue to do so because there are no other options.“We have to stand in long queues, especially during morning and evening hours, awaiting  others to come out of the few toilets to also have access”, a resident, Cecelia Nyenpan, disclosed. “We the women and children arethe worst victims,” she pointed out, describing the situation as embarrassing.The issues of open urination and defecation is seriously contributing to the unsanitary condition in the community.Many houses in the areas were constructed without taking into consideration the importance of toilets, resulting in open defecation and the throwing of feces everywhere.“During night hours, plastic bags are used by some residents to defecate; and [they are disosed of] in the open, at times in the drainage,” Rufus Towerson, a prominent resident informed the WASH Media Network.According to Mr. Towerson, feces bags often land on the zinc roofs of houses; and when the rain falls, the water is even used by some residents for cooking.He also attributed the poor sanitary condition to those residing upwards of the Crown Hill community, who lack toilet facilities too.Mr. Towerson noted that these individuals defecate in plastic and throw the feces from the top of their community into Slipway which is located beneath Crown Hill.This practice, Towerson pointed out, poses a danger to the residents as well as the environment in which they live, especially during the rainy season.WASHR&E also gathered that due to the clogging of the drainage system in the community, when it rains, many parts of the community get flooded, making life unbearable for the  residents.Access to safe drinking water is another factor hampering the lives of residents in the area.Residents informed the WASH Media Network that many of them have to walk across the Gabriel Tucker Bridge connecting Central Monrovia to Bushrod Island, in search of safe drinking water.The Slipway Community does not have access to safe drinking water and lacks hand pumps facilities as well.Many of the pumps provided by a few nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are damaged due to poor maintenance, lack of community ownership, or increased pressure by users.The residents told WASH R&E they usually buy a gallon of pump water from the Clara Town Community between50  to 75L$, something they described as very expensive and unbearable.Slipway residents are therefore appealing to the Government of Liberia and partners in the WASH sector to provide water and sanitation facilities for them.They also appealed for assistance in addressing the sanitation crisis, which could result in a health crisis if nothing is urgently done to address the situation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Under pressure: AG activates Judicial Review Act

first_img…Nandlall lambasts Govt for wasted money, judicial resources After court battles and much criticism, Government has finally brought the Judicial Review Act – which will allow members of the public to seek redress for court judgements and decisions by public officials – into force.An order signed by Attorney General Basil Williams was gazetted earlier this week, revoking a previous January 2019 commencement order. According to the new order, the Act took effect from July 31, 2018.Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George had ordered the AG to enforce the Judicial Review Act by July 31, 2018. At the time, she was ruling on a legal action brought against the State by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall.Nandlall subsequently approached the courts to file contempt proceedings against his successor. The former AG had contended that William’s delay to bring the Act into force was in violation of the Chief Justice’s ruling.Commenting on his predecessor finally bringing the Act into force, Nandlall noted that this will only be a mitigating factor as the contempt of court has already been committed due to the delay.According to Nandlall, it is up to the High Court to determine how it will treat the contempt proceedings. That being said, he lambasted the Government for allowing time, millions of taxpayers’ dollars and precious judicial resources to be wasted in a futile legal battle.“There is absolutely no justification for the Attorney General to take so long to do the right thing.I was forced to write a letter, file legal proceedings which the AG defended rather than concede; when the CJ ruled rather than comply with the ruling, he appealed. Then filed an application to stay the execution of the CJ ruling and when that was thrown out, he issued an order to (activate) the Act as of January 1, 2019. As a result, contempt of court proceedings had to be filed.”“All of this could have been easily avoided. Instead, an immeasurable amount of energy, invaluable judicial resources, time and millions of scarce taxpayers’ dollars had to be spent in getting him to do the right thing. But they (Government) expect the teachers to accept that they do not have money to meet their demands.”The National Assembly had passed the Bill, and it was assented to by then President Bharrat Jagdeo, in 2010.The Judicial Review Act provides an avenue for relief if anyone considers a decision made by a public official, against them, is unfair. That relief includes the ability to seek to have decisions struck down and compensation paid.last_img read more

President pardons 5 female prisoners

first_imgIn the spirit of the festive season, President David Granger has extended his presidential pardon to another group of female prisoners.The five women from the New Amsterdam Prison, who benefited from this year’s presidential pardon and will be going home to their families are: 24-year-old Shellon David, 27-year-old Ronella Junor, 27-year-old Maxine Baird Sampson, 37-year-old Shabana Asgar, and 54-year-old Reina Vargas.According to the Public Security Ministry on Friday, the Head of State considered these women to be “fit and proper” to receive such pardons, which were done via powers under Article 188 (2) of the Constitution. The pardons will be effective from December 25, 2017. It was noted that these prisoners have each served a portion of their respective sentences for offences ranging from larceny and fraud to giving false oaths.The five beneficiaries were recommended by the Director of Prisons and were also reviewed by the Legal Affairs Ministry as well as the Public Security Ministry.President Granger started the pardon exercise back in 2015, mere days after taking office. However, he has faced much criticism over these pardons.He had pardoned over 50 prisoners on two separate occasions in 2015 – 40 for Guyana’s 49th Independence Anniversary and 11 for that year’s Christmas.However, no pardons were done during the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary last year, and President Granger had explained that this was as a result of the selected prisoners not fully meeting the criteria set out. The same obtained for the 2016 Christmas holiday as well.The pardoned prisoner programme is an initiative of the Guyanese leader to give young “petty” convicts a second chance at life. Initially, the criteria used to select the beneficiaries included prisoners who were facing short sentences; those who were incarcerated for petty, non-violent offences; and those between the ages of 18 and 24. However, this pardoning of criminals has caused and continues to cause uneasiness among Guyanese, especially business owners. Persons were also calling for the identities of these convicts to be made public, but it was explained that this would hinder the reintegration of these persons into society.last_img read more

Taylor Speedway hosts final races of 2016

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – It was a colder than usual weekend for stock car racing as the Taylor Speedway held their final races of 2016.The speedway’s previous rain out date on September 10th and 11th was itself rained out, capping off a rainier than usual racing season here in the North Peace.On Saturday, It was Anthony Seguin, Tyson LeClerc, and Alyssa Elliott taking the top 3 positions in the Junior Mini Sprints, while the Seniors were led by Keagan Wallace, Eddie Scarfo, and Cody LeClerc. Kaden Beebe was the lone entry in the 80cc Mini Sprint.- Advertisement -The Mini Juniors were won by Jesse Wassenaar, followed by Devon Beebe, and Dakota Krahn. The Adult division had Clint Mason as the top racer, with Jordan Harrison in 2nd. Tory Bodenham ended up placing 3rd.In the penultimate Sports class race, the finishers were Matt Burdock in 1st, Cam Cambell in 2nd, and Dave Devries in 3rd. Roger Bonneville was Sunday’s top finisher in the IMCA Modifieds, followed by Gord Beaumont, Matt Richards, and Dennis Wurst.Sunday’s races saw a few racers swap finishing places, with the exception of Kaden Beebe who was once again the lone 80cc Mini Sprint racer. Clint Mason took first once again in the Mini Adults class, followed by Harrison and Bodenham. Jesse Wassenaar also repeated his first place finish in the Mini Juniors, with Dakota Krahn repeating in 3rd. Daric McDonell finished 2nd.Advertisement Colton Beaumont took 1st in the Junior Mini Sprints on Sunday, while Anthony Seguin moved to finish in 2nd ahead of Tyson LeClerc. Cody LeClerc overtook Scarfo as Sunday’s top Senior Mini Sprint driver, followed by Carissa Elliott.Matt Burdock was usurped from 1st in Sports class by Wayne Dale. Burdock dropped to 3rd while Cam Cambell once again managed silver.Johnny Beaumont was the winner of the final IMCA Modified race, follwed by Matt Richards, Dennis Wurst, and Gord Beaumont in 4th.last_img read more

St. Paul, El Rancho CIF site, time changes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 11:00 a.m. St. Paul and El Rancho high school announced changes in their playoff games scheduled Saturday. St. Paul’s girls basketball game against Savanna in Division III-AA has been moved to Cantwell High School. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The starting time for El Rancho’s boys soccer game against Warren in Division III has been moved to 1 p.m. at El Rancho.last_img read more

Vettel spoils Hamilton’s home party with win

first_img0Shares0000Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel enjoyed his Grand Prix victory on Sunday at Silverstone.© AFP Andrej ISAKOVICSILVERSTONE, United Kingdom, July 8 – Sebastian Vettel opened a clear lead in the drivers’ world championship on Sunday when he wrecked Lewis Hamilton’s home-race party and claimed an impressive victory in a thrilling British Grand Prix.The four-time champion seized the lead at the start and fought back after losing the initiative during two safety car periods to register his second win at Silverstone and the 51st of his career. Vettel’s win for Ferrari wrecked Hamilton’s hopes of taking a record fifth win in succession and a record sixth overall, but the Englishman – who was last after a collision with Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap – produced a heroic drive to finish second for Mercedes.His team-mate Valtteri Bottas, on older tyres, led entering the closing laps, but was unable to resist Vettel or his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third. Bottas was fourth.It was Ferrari’s first win in Britain since 2011.Daniel Ricciardo came home fifth for Red Bull ahead of Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Esteban Ocon of Force India, Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Kevin Magnussen of Haas. Pierre Gasly was 10th for Toro Rosso.“The safety car spiced it up,” said Vettel, wearing supporting tapes on his stiff neck. “I had the advantage of the tyres, but it was not easy to find a way through.”Raikkonen apologised for his first lap brush with Hamilton which earned the 38-year-old Finn  a 10-second penalty.“It was my mistake,” he said. “I deserved the penalty, but I kept fighting.”On another sweltering afternoon in central England, with a track temperature of 53 degrees Celsius (127 degrees Fahrenheit), the drama began immediately. As the lights went out, Vettel made a near-perfect start to pull clear into the lead followed by Bottas.Hamilton, from his record 76th pole, appeared bogged down as he responded and was instantly in a scrap for third with Raikkonen, who collided with the Briton under braking into Turn Three.Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track. He was 19th and last, Brendon Hartley having failed to start in his Toro Rosso.“I think my car’s broken,” said the defending champion as he reconciled himself to a charge through a field shaken by the opening lap incidents.He was soon up to 16th and by lap nine he was eighth, but some distance from Vettel, who led Bottas by six seconds on lap 12. Verstappen and Raikkonen were third and fourth with Ricciardo fifth.– Furious finale –Unexpectedly, Ricciardo made a second stop after 31 laps, lifting Hamilton to fifth as the Australian rejoined sixth, but on softs.A furious finale to match the frantic first lap looked certain when Ericsson then crashed at Turn One.The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton.After their strategic fiasco, in Austria, this was a bold move by Mercedes who took first and third on track with used medium tyres, but without the benefit of fresh “soft” tyres.As at Spielberg, Hamilton was concerned by the decision.© AFPThe final stages of the British Grand Prix were a duel between the two Ferraris and the two Mercedes with Sebastian Vettel coming out on top.© AFP Andrej ISAKOVIC“There is no way I can compete with new tyres,” he said. “You are the fastest by miles, so don’t give up. It’s all there…”When the Safety Car came in, Bottas surged clear while Hamilton defended from Verstappen before Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean collided at Copse, triggering another Safety Car.On re-start, at Stowe, Bottas pulled away. Hamilton stayed close in third, hoping for a chance.As they headed into the final five laps, the top four cars were separated by only 1.6 seconds with the two Red Bulls in pursuit until, on lap 47, Verstappen spun at Club and Vettel squeezed past Bottas, at Brooklands, to seize the initiative.In a final flurry, Hamilton passed Bottas for second and Raikkonen beat his compatriot to the final podium place.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LAPD work schedule questioned

first_imgWhile police officials said last week that Los Angeles is on track to have fewer than 400 murders this year for the first time in more than 30 years, Perry said homicides in the Newton Division have increased 19 percent in the past year – including three shootings last month. The council panel, which has authorized a review of Los Angeles Police Department staffing needs, expanded the scope of the report to include what would be needed to require full officer staffing at all divisions in the city as well as the number of officers assigned to special duties. “We have more than 9,500 officers now, the most in city history and, yet, we have fewer cars on the street,” complained Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired LAPD sergeant. “Officers are afraid to put out a call for assistance or help because they don’t know if anyone will respond.” Zine said he believes hundreds of officers have been taken off the streets to deal with special duties related to a federal consent decree, homeland security and other issues. But Perry and Councilman Bernard Parks blamed the three-12 program for a reduction in the patrol force. Painting a picture of a city in terror despite reductions in crime, a Los Angeles city official called Monday for a review of a controversial police work schedule and its impact on getting more officers on the street. City Councilwoman Jan Perry took her complaints about the schedule – under which officers work three, 12-hour days – to the council’s Public Safety Committee. “I recognize this is not just a South Los Angeles problem, that it exists in the Valley and the eastside,” Perry said. “But I have families that live in fear. That they tell their kids they can’t ride their bikes in their front yards in the afternoon. That their kids sleep in bathtubs so they don’t get hit when someone drives by and shoots into their house. “The crime statistics don’t tell the story. When I hear crime is down across the city, I know it isn’t in my district where entire neighborhoods live in fear – where gangs run the parks and deal in drugs with immunity.” “You have cut your patrol force by 35 percent,” Parks said. “It is something we warned about.” Parks was police chief when the so-called 3-12 program was put into effect in negotiations with the Los Angeles Police Protective League by former Mayor James Hahn. At the time, he said it was a political decision. “We can still change it,” Parks said. “I think what we are talking about was very predictable.” But Chief William Bratton said he had no intention of abandoning the schedule. “It’s not the best program in the world and it’s not the worst,” Bratton said. “It is an essential element to our recruitment efforts.” Tim Sands, president of the Police Protective League, also defended the program. “Flexible scheduling is a success and those who say otherwise are pushing politics and not safety,” Sand said. “Officers working three 12-hour shifts … are working the same number of hours a month as officers working a traditional schedule. Flexible scheduling has increased officer morale and improved retention and recruitment.” Zine also cautioned that any effort to change the compressed work schedule could have other implications. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Officials apprehend alleged drug dealer

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A suspected drug dealer was arrested after two months of eluding sheriff’s deputies. Luis Martinez, 23, had been sought since deputies found a stolen gun and drugs during a search in November of his Lasker Avenue home, said Sgt. Kyle Bistline, leader of Palmdale’s Partners Against Crime unit. “He wasn’t there, but found at the location was a large amount of methamphetamine and a gun. When we found him this time, once again he had a large amount of methamphetamine and a gun,” Bistline said. Martinez, an ex-convict and reputed gang member, was arrested Friday afternoon in Lancaster in a car deputies stopped near Avenue L and 20th Street West, after getting a tip he would be in the area. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Martinez was booked for a warrant charging him with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a stolen gun from the November search at his home, deputies said. He was also booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a concealed firearm and other drug and firearm offenses from Friday’s arrest, deputies said. last_img read more

GAA News: Urris 16s face Cloughaneely

first_imgUrris 16s face CloughaneelyMATCH “N” WIN: September 15th: No jackpot winner –numbers drawn: 6, 10, 20 & 22. €15 winners:Rebecca Doherty C/o Denise Doherty, Chapel Glen.Barry Walsh, Ballyliffin.Sara Harkin, Tullagh.Danny Mc Laughlin (Master), IOD.The Golden Girls, C/o Bingo.Jackpot next week €1,900. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to who support the club in this weekly draw.CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St Mary,s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. CLUB MERCHANDISE: Please check our Facebook page for the link to all current available O’Neills Gear for Urris GAA for adults and youths. Prices reflected are only if ordering from the O’Neills site as they include postage and packaging. Contact Donal Kelly for all orders and cheaper prices on 0876461707. Next order being placed at the end of September!…/…/ireland/urris-gaa.htmlSTUDENT BURSARY SCHEME 2016/2017: The National Student Bursaries Scheme 2016/17 is now available online for applications,…/national-student-bursaries-scheme-2016/ or see details on our Face Book page.U13 Girls: Our girls travelled to Downings on Saturday but had no luck on the day. Next match is on October 9th at home to St Eunans. Until then training for our U13 girls every Tuesday & Thursday in Straid from 6pm to 7.00pm.FIXTURES FOR WEEK AHEAD:Sunday: U16 boys away to Cloughaneely at 5.30pm .As fixtures may change for various reasons please check our Facebook page daily for times etc. GAA News: Urris 16s face Cloughaneely was last modified: September 19th, 2016 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