WARNER’S INDICTMENT The disqualification leaves Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani and Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden as the only candidates. Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, CONCACAF’s president from 1983-2011, was indicted by a US grand jury in New York City last May on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering. He is fighting extradition. He was succeeded by Jeffrey Webb, who headed CONCACAF from 2012 until he was indicted last May. He pleaded guilty November 23 to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and agreed to forfeit more than $6.7 million. Alfredo Hawit of Honduras replaced Webb and was indicted in November. He pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count each of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice. CONCACAF said Luis Hernandez of Cuba and John Krishnadath were running for FIFA council member from the Caribbean, and Pedro Chaluja of Panama was running unopposed for council member for the Caribbean. Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos, elected as the Caribbean’s member of the FIFA executive committee last July, is running for CONCACAF’s female member of the new council against Joanne Salazar of Trinidad and Tobago. FIFA says Gordon Derrick, the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, has failed an integrity check and won’t be allowed to run for president of CONCACAF, the sport’s regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, said in a statement yesterday that Derrick had been disqualified, but added that “for privacy reasons, we are not in a position to go into further details.” Derrick also is president of the Caribbean Football Union. In November 2011, FIFA’s ethics committee gave Derrick a reprimand and fined him 300 Swiss francs (then US$328) as part of sanctions announced for “apparent violations” of its ethics code that occurred at a CFU meeting on May 10-11 that year. Football officials were alleged to have been offered or to have received $40,000 cash payments there during Mohamed bin Hammam’s campaign for FIFA president. FIFA did not specify the violation Derrick committed. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and member of FIFA’s ruling executive committee, which is being renamed the FIFA council.
AirAsia A320 The multinational search team looking for Indonesia Air Asia flight QZ8501 which disappeared Sunday with 162 aboard has found debris and bodies in the Java Sea.Search teams found the debris trail for the plane 10km from its last known position, south-east of Belitung Island in the Java Sea. Altogether 12 helicopters, 11 planes, and 32 ships from Indonesia Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the US are involved.There were 162 passengers and crew aboard doomed flight, including 16 children and one baby. AirAsia confirmed there were 154 Indonesians, three South Koreans, two French nationals, one Singaporean, one Malaysian and one Briton on the plane. The first hint that the plane had been found came mid-afternoon but the evidence was far from convincing with photographed debris resembling timber floating in the water. Shortly after officials announced objects resembling an aircraft emergency slide, plane door and dozens of smaller white items had been spotted.Any doubts however doubts were quickly dispelled when an Indonesian Air Force official identified a human body in the sea. A search plane also saw a “shadow” on the seabed believed to be of the missing Flight QZ8501, National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told a news conference in Jakarta.The Indonesian warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 3 bodies.Indonesian officials have asked relatives of passengers for DNA samples to help identify the victims.WORLD’S SAFEST AIRLINESMH370: MALAYSIA REJECTED EVIDENCEFlight QZ8501 was operating between Surabya and Singapore on Sunday morning when it disappeared in bad weather just 45 minutes after take-off.Severe weather impact is thought to be responsible for the apparent loss of the six year old aircraft. A leaked radar screenshot from AirNav Indonesia, the air traffic controller, obtained by AirlineRatings.com shows that the A320 had critically lost 200km/hour in airspeed and it could no longer sustain flight at the altitude it was flying.Air traffic controllers lost contact with the A320 just five minutes after crew requested a deviation of their flight route to avoid storms. ATC denied the pilot’s request to climb from 32,000ft to 38,000ft but agreed to 34,000ft but just minutes later the ATC radar plot shows the A320 at 36,300ft and climbing.One former A320 pilot who spoke to AirlineRatings.com said the A320 was flying far too slow when it disappeared and it “may have been in a stall.”“Flying slow at high altitude is very dangerous,” said the pilot. Just after the radar plot was taken the transponder signals disappeared indicating a catastrophic failure. The former A320 pilot said that the crew may have been deceived by the aircraft’s radar, which was not the latest model available and may have flown into the centre of a thunderstorm and been hit by a massive updraft. The latest radars are called multiscan and automatically detect thunderstorms.However the plane’s commander Captain Iriyanto was a 20,537 veteran of which 6100 hours was with Indonesia Air Asia. The co-pilot was Rémi Emmanuel Plesel, who had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.Divers are expected to examine the fuselage which lies at a depth of 45m on Wednesday December 31 and the recovery of the black boxes is expected to be swift.
Patna, Oct 28 (IANS) Star defender Surender Nada was on Sunday appointed assistant coach of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) outfit Haryana Steelers, whose Head Coach is Rambir Singh Khokhar.Nada, who was injured in the Steelers’ opening game this season, will lend his expertise off the mat for the remainder of the ongoing sixth season.This change in leadership was prompted due to the resignation of previously appointed Assistant Coach Narender Kumar, who had to return to his post in the Services.Delighted at his new role, the former captain of the Steelers said: “Injuries are always part of sport and I am aware of that. However, post injury I was determined to stay associated with the team and it was decided that I join the team as mentor and adviser.””I would specifically be working with the defenders for the rest of the season, as that part of our team seems to be slightly unsteady this season and I am hoping that years of experience and knowledge as a strong defender would be beneficial to the team,” Nada added.Nada, who was injured during the opening leg of the tournament in Chennai, has been working with the team of experts at Inspire Institute of Sport in Bellary post his surgery for a broken arm. He rejoined the team in Pune and will continue with his recovery with the team’s sports therapist while on the road.Head Coach Khokhar also highlighted the benefits Surender would bring to the team: “Surender has been one of the strongest defenders in the country and we could not have found someone more appropriate to be working with our team.””He is highly respected by the boys, having been a part of the team since the last season and I am sure he will have a strong and positive influence on the boys,” he added.–IANSdm/kk/shsadvertisement
Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Toucan Rescue Ranch and The Tico Times! Via Toucan Rescue Rach. Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado offered a message of support to the United States following Saturday morning’s mass shooting that left 20 people dead and many more injured.“We express our condolences to the United States in the face of the unfortunate events in El Paso, Texas,” he Tweeted. “In times when hate, division and violence emerge, our response must be the search for peace.”Hours later, a second gunman killed nine people and injured dozens in Dayton, Ohio.While this news doesn’t directly affect Costa Rica, many Tico Times readers (and our staff) either live in or have ties to the United States.From our office in San José, we wish all of you a safe and peaceful Sunday. Pippin the sloth. Photo via Toucan Rescue Ranch. A sloth giving love to its stuffed animal, a monkey, at the Kids Saving the Rainforest center in Costa Rica. Via Janine Licare Photography Anakin relaxing in the grass with his favorite blanket. Courtesy of Sam Trull (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times) Facebook Comments Related posts:Slothy Sunday: A baby sloth is born Slothy Sunday: Overcoming adversity Slothy Sunday: Saving sloths together Slothy Sunday: Five ways you can help sloths
Telenor-owned DTH operator Canal Digital lost 3,000 subscribers in the second quarter to end June with 934,000 customers, down from 952,000 year-on-year. However, revenues at Canal Digital grew by 1% from NOK1.109 billion (€141 million) to NOK1.119 billion for the quarter, thanks to higher ARPU.Telenor Broadcast overall – including Telenor Satellite, conditional access provider Conax and infrastructure provider Norkring – also saw revenues grow by 1% to NOK1.667 billion. Telenor Satellite saw a 1% fall in revenue thanks to the phasing out of the Thor 2 satellite, while Conax saw growth of 14% thanks to increased smartcard sales, although margin fell due to lower prices, resulting in flat EBITDA growth.Overall Telenor Broadcast turned in operating profits of NOK392 million, up from NOK347 million.On the fixed line side, Telenor Norway had 526,000 TV customers at the end of June, down 1,000 quarter-on-quarter. Telenor Sweden had 289,000 TV customers, also down 1,000 quarter-on-quarter.
Russian service provider MTS lost 12% of its pay TV subscribers last year, potentially knocking it out of the list of the top three fixed line pay TV operators in the country, according to the latest figures from iKS Consulting.MTS had 2.58 million TV customers at the end of 2013, down from 2.94 million in 2012, according to iKS, as reported by Vedemosti.MTS said that the fall was largely attributable to a dropping off in the number of people taking its social TV packages via collective antenna systems as the operator migrated services from analogue to digital.According to iKS, MTS now has over 600,000 digital subscribers, triple the amount at the end of 2012, meaning that the proportion of digital subscribers in MTS’s base is higher than that of other fixed line providers.The operator said that its TV ARPU grew over the same period.According to iKS Consulting, the pay TV market in Russia grew by 16% last year, with total sales of RUB54 billion (€1 billion). The research group predicts that grow will slow to 11% this year as the market reaches maturity.According to the group, satellite TV operator Tricolor TV remains the market leader with 10.1 million subscribers, growing 14% last year, followed by Rostelecom, which also grew by 14% to reach 7.51 million. ER-Telecom is now snapping at MTS’s heels with 2.57 million subscribers, up 9%, followed by satellite TV player Orion Telecom, which saw 89% growth in its base last year to reach 1.98 million. Akado and VimpelCom make up the top seven, with 1.13 million and 1.04 million TV customers respectively.
Netflix has ordered its first Chinese-language original series from Taiwan, a “jailbreak thriller” named Bardo.The eight-episode series will become available to all Netflix members worldwide at the same time, but the official date has not been annoucned.Netflix is teaming up with prodco IFA Media and writer/director Sam Quah to produce the show.Bardo follows the journey of Ah Quan, a good man who has descended into crime awaiting execution. Netflix describes the title as a “jailbreak thriller with a karmic dimension”.Frank Smith, executive producer of Bardo, said: “Taiwan’s film and TV industry is full of amazing creativity and Sam’s a new Asian talent who is open to pushing the boundaries and trying new things but with a strong insight into local and regional themes.“The combination of this range of skills from across the region and the chance to work with a global platform like Netflix that is producing amazing content we’d all love to create, made this a great partnership for IFA. The story itself is steeped in local realities and dilemmas but the approach, the script and the dramatic feel is something completely new.”The move sees Netflix invest in further global productions after announcing new moves in Latin America and India earlier this week.