Disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter investigated by FBI over $100m ISL bribes scandal

first_img Sepp Blatter 1 Sepp Blatter is being investigated by the FBI over the 100million US dollar ISL bribes scandal, according to BBC Panorama.Panorama said that during the 1990s, FIFA’s now defunct sports marketing company ISL paid that sum in bribes to numerous officials including former FIFA president Joao Havelange and Brazil’s former FIFA member Ricardo Teixeira, who was indicted by US authorities on corruption charges last week.According to Panorama, a letter apparently written by Havelange suggests Blatter, who is currently suspended from his position as FIFA president, was aware of the payments but took no action.The letter quoted by Panorama says: “I emphasise that Mr Blatter had full knowledge of all activities” and was “always apprised” of them.The letter is included in an FBI request to the Swiss authorities for help with their investigation, asking for the ISL file and the request states “among other things, the prosecutor is investigating Havelange’s statements implicating Blatter.”The programme, to be screened on Monday, also claims Qatar spent £117million on its 2022 World Cup bid.It quotes former England 2018 bid chairman Lord Triesman saying he was given the figure by sources close to British intelligence.Triesman said: “I was told by two sources that have always been very reliable with good information, good intelligence that the sum that Qatar had spent on their bid was £117million.”England spent £21million on its bid for the 2018 World Cup and the USA about £10million on its 2022 bid.last_img read more


first_imgIRELAND’S leading postmaster has called for both An Post and the Government to bring in new security measures to stop post-office operators in Co Donegal becoming the victims of tiger kidnappings.Brian Cannon, President of the Post Masters Union, said more has to be done to protect people rather than post offices during the recession.Mr Cannon, who is based in Leitirmacaward, said raiders are will to take people hostage for just a few euro. “The bottom line is that people are desperate for money and they will go to any lengths to get it.“Post officer operators are sitting ducks and security measures really do need to be tightened or we are facing more and more tiger kidnappings,” he said.Mr Cannon, whose post-office has been in his own family for 100 years, said that he personally has had to stop taking early morning walks because he feared being kidnapped.“I had to stop taking my walks because there was that worry there that I might become a target. I just couldn’t do it anymore. “And I know that my fellow post-officer operators around the country feel the same. They feel that vunerability and it has to be stopped,” he said.He said there was a range of practical steps which could easily be introduced to ensure1,100 postmasters of their families do not become the next victim of violent gangs.“I am not going to tell the Gardai what to do because this is their business but we fell there are measures which can be introduced.“A simply phonecall each morning from the Gardai to local postmasters could be a very small but significant way of telling if there is something wrong.“We have security measures in place for the actual post offices themselves but we need to concentrate more on the people running them,” he said. Mr Cannon was speaking at the opening of a two day conference of Post-Masters Union of Ireland which started in Letterkenny yesterday.More than 100 delegates from across the country are expected at the conference whose theme is Open for Business.General Secretary Brian McGann told the conference that the union’s 1,100 members are more than willing to utilise the new technology installed in local post offices recently.He added that this technology can be used to extend a range of services including allowing people to pay motor tax and a range of other services. “The technology is there are we want to embrace these services because we fell the post office has so much more to offer the customer,” he said.*ALL PICTURES BY CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYEndsDONEGAL PRESIDENT OF POST MASTERS UNION DEMANDS PROTECTION FROM TIGER KIDNAPPINGS was last modified: May 1st, 2011 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:Brian CannonPostmaster’s Unionlast_img read more

‘Newcastle MUST be relegated to rebuild for the future’ – David Ginola

first_imgNewcastle favourite David Ginola believes the Magpies need to be relegated from the Premier League to ‘start from scratch’ and build a better team for the future.Rafael Benitez is yet to taste victory as manager as the Tyneside outfit came from behind to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with derby rivals Sunderland on Sunday.The result, which made it five games without victory for Newcastle, left the team 19th in the Premier League table and three points from safety.With eight games remaining, and a trip to face relegation rivals Norwich on the horizon, Newcastle will face a nervy end to see if they can avoid the drop.But ex-Toon forward Ginola insists a return to the Championship would be a positive step for the club.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breafast, Ginola said: “I would like to see Newcastle stay in the Premier League, but on the other hand I think going down to the Championship could be good for the club.“They need to go back to scratch, they need to start all over again. For many years Newcastle has been in a situation like this and at some stage they need to realise that things need to be dealt with properly.“They’ve brought in Rafael Benitez, but if they’re relegated at the end of the season he will go. Who is going to be their next manager?“So please Newcastle United, let’s go down to the Championship! Let’s start again, let’s have a manager for the next five years, let’s work on the academy and bring some talents from the academy into the first-team.“Forget about just trying to stay in the Premier League. If you do this, you’re going to be stronger over the next five years.”last_img read more

Man City to beat Real Madrid and seal Pellegrini v Guardiola final? – Coral DD

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us the latest ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-finals, as Manchester City take on Real Madrid in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium.The Blues are 15/8 to win at home and take a lead into the return leg, with Real 7/5 favourites and the draw at 12/5.Could Manuel Pellegrini face his replacement Pep Guardiola and his Bayern Munich side in the final? City are 2/1 to get past Real to the San Siro, with the La Liga giants 11/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Poland v Portugal: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_imgEvery Goal, Every Game, Every Day – Listen live hereAt Euro 2016, 24 nations have been whittled down to eight, which means we’re finally at the quarter-finals stage of the tournament.Poland have made it to this point having finished second in Group C, behind Germany, and they then defeated Switzerland in the round of 16 on penalties, as the match finished 1-1 after extra-time.Their star of the show so far hasn’t been Bayern Munich hotshot Robert Lewandowski but Grzegorz Krychowiak, while Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszczykowski has netted twice and grabbed one assist in their four games.The Poles will be up against a Portugal side who are stuttering and stalling their way through the tournament.Fernando Santos’ side snuck into the round of 16 as one of the best third placed sides, after finishing behind Hungary and Iceland, where they defeated much-fancied Croatia 1-0 after extra-time.Cristiano Ronaldo is sputtering into life in France, while Renato Sanches’ display from the bench has pushed him into a starting role this evening.Confirmed teams:Poland XI: Fabianski, Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk, Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Maczynski, Grosicki, Milik, LewandowskiSubstitutes: Szczesny, Cionek, Jodlowiec, Linetty, Stepinski, Wawrzyniak, Peszko, Salamon, Zielinski, Kapustka, Starzynski, BorucPortugal XI: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Eliseu, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Renato Sanches, Adrien Silva, Nani, RonaldoSubstitutes: Lopes, Bruno Alves, Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Eder, Vieirinha, Danilo Pereira, Rafa, Quaresma, EduardoLIVE on talkSPORT: Poland v Portugal – click here for live commentary from the Stade Velodrome in Marseille at 8pm (BST) on June 30, 2016. Poland v Portugal: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT 1last_img read more

Balotelli latest: Newly-promoted Serie A side launch move for Liverpool misfit

first_img Mario Balotelli is back at Anfield…but for how long? 1 Serie A new boys Crotone have launched an ambitious move for Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli, according to the promoted club’s president.The Italian striker is back at Anfield following last season’s miserable loan spell at AC Milan where he managed just one goal in 20 league outings.As a result, the 25-year-old, who has scored just one Premier League goal for Liverpool since his £16m move in 2014, missed out on a place in Italy’s Euro 2016 squad.He has two years left on his Anfield contract but does not appear to fit into Jurgen Klopp’s plans and is expected to leave this summer.As talkSPORT told you this week, Sampdoria are hoping to lure Balotelli back to Serie A but now they will face competition from another Italian club.Crotone, who were promoted to the top flight having come second in Serie B, want Balotelli to spearhead their first ever season at Italy’s top table.Speaking to Gazza Mercato, club president Raffaele Vrenna said: “I’ve got to admit that I have called his agent Mino Raiola to talk about Balotelli.“Crotone has the ideal surroundings for a young talented player to grow and show himself off.“We could be the right place to relaunch an incredible talent like Balotelli, who has unfortunately had a couple of seasons which were not particularly inspiring.”last_img read more

3rd quarter foreclosures hit record high

first_imgDoug Duncan, the association’s chief economist, said that foreclosures and late payments are likely to stay high or get worse in the coming quarters. The mortgage meltdown has hit financial companies with billions of dollars in losses from bad subprime mortgage investments. Some lenders have been forced out of businesses. The situation has elevated the odds of the country falling into a recession. It has roiled Wall Street and has offered lots of fodder for Democrats and Republicans to blame each other for the mess. Against this backdrop, the Federal Reserve next week is expected to slice a key interest rate for a third time this year to bolster the economy. Duncan said there were a host of factors to blame for the rise of foreclosures and late payments in the third quarter: broad-based declines in home values; the resetting of adjustable-rate mortgages to higher rates; the drying up of credit for subprime and “jumbo” mortgages, those exceeding $417,000; and economic weakness in some parts of the country. California and Florida – the two largest states in terms of outstanding mortgages – were key drivers in the increase in the national foreclosure rates, the association said. The two states together accounted for 33.7 percent of the subprime adjustable-rate loans that entered the foreclosure process in the third quarter. The two states combined also accounted for 42.4 percent of creditworthy “prime” adjustable-rate mortgages that started the foreclosure process.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Home foreclosures shot up to an all-time high in the third quarter, fresh evidence of the problems afflicting distressed homeowners amid the housing meltdown. The Mortgage Bankers Association in its quarterly snapshot of the mortgage market released Thursday said that the percentage of all mortgages nationwide that started the foreclosure process jumped to a record high of 0.78 percent during the July-to-September period. That surpassed the previous high of 0.65 percent set in the prior quarter. More homeowners also fell behind on their monthly payments. The delinquency rate for all mortgages climbed to 5.59 percent in the third quarter. That was up from 5.12 percent in the second quarter and was the highest since 1986, the association said. Payments are considered delinquent if they are 30 or more days past due. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHomeowners with spotty credit who have subprime adjustable-rate loans were especially hard hit. Foreclosures and late payments for these borrowers also reached all-time highs in the third quarter. The percentage of subprime adjustable-rate mortgages that entered the foreclosure process soared to a record of 4.72 percent in the third quarter. That was up from 3.84 percent in the second quarter. Late payments jumped to a record high of 18.81 in the third quarter, up from 16.95 percent in the second quarter. The association’s survey covers more than 45million home loans nationwide. Homeowners with spotty credit histories or low incomes who took out higher-risk subprime adjustable-rate mortgages have suffered the most distress as the housing market went from boom to bust. Initially, low interest rates that reset to much higher rates have clobbered these borrowers. Analysts estimate that nearly 2 million adjustable-rate subprime mortgages will reset to higher rates this year and next. last_img read more

Ethics facade

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Freelance lobbyists, who get hired to represent all sorts of interests, must register in City Hall and disclose their affiliations. But the full-time lobbyists who work for any number of businesses, unions and advocacy groups are allowed to fly under the radar. Never mind that both are ultimately doing the same thing – earning their living influencing public policy. They’re different in the eyes of the city’s highly flawed ethics law, which regulates “lobbyists” in name only. It doesn’t have to be this way. In Sacramento, for example, in-house lobbyists are subject to the same scrutiny as freelancers. But in City Hall, there seems to be little interest in changing the law that lets the good many, if not most, influence peddlers operate unimpeded. Thomas Saenz, counsel to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, says that the city’s policy is rooted in the U.S. Constitution. “Every individual has a First Amendment right, and they don’t give that up by virtue of (serving) on a citizen’s commission.” But requiring lobbyists – be it the freelance or the in-house kind – to identify themselves as such is no violation of anyone’s free-speech rights. They can speak all they want, but we the public deserve to know who’s trying to influence our leaders, and how, so that we can bring that information to the voting both. The setting: The lobby of a Los Angeles City Council member’s office. Two influence peddlers are waiting – campaign donations and Laker tickets in hand – to bend the ear of one of L.A.’s lawmakers. Both are well-connected schmoozers paid to ply and manipulate our elected officials. But there’s a key difference: One is subject to strict city ethics and disclosure laws. The other isn’t. Or, to put it another way, we, the public, know what one of these influence-peddlers is up to – what he or she is selling and how it’s being sold. As for the other, we have no clue. The first influence-peddler is barred from serving on city commissions; the second is not. It’s a loophole so large as to render city ethics laws little more than an impotent joke – which, of course, was exactly the intent of city officials in enacting such flimsy protections in the first place. That kind of transparency – reported on a weekly basis – is the only way to bring any kind of integrity or honesty to city government. The public, which ultimately pays the bills, has a right to know about all special interests influencing the decisions in City Hall.160Want 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

Free Fuel Friday at Tinneys sparks excitement!

first_imgTinney’s Oil & Coal in Letterkenny & CPL Fuels are about to launch an exciting giveaway on home fuel tomorrow.The Bonagee suppliers are giving a free 10kg bag of Supertherm fuel to every customer who buys a Supertherm 40kg on Friday (23th November).Supertherm is Ireland’s fastest growing low smoke solid fuel.The offer begins at 12noon and runs until stocks last! Make sure to get down to the Tinneys Business Park in Bonagee, off the Port Road in Letterkenny, to bag yourself this hot deal. The offer is limited to 5 bags per person while stocks last. Strictly exyard yard offer only.For details on how to WIN 5 free bags check out our Facebook competition here: www.facebook.com/donegaldailySupertherm is Ireland’s fastest growing low smoke solid fuel. It’s perfect for use on open fires and glass fronted stoves. Supertherm combines all the traditional qualities of a real fire, is slow burning, easy to control and produces 80% less smoke and 20% less CO2 than house coal.Pink is the new black at Tinneys Fuels & CPL Fuels this month, where they are supporting the Irish Cancer Society with limited edition pink coloured 20kg Supertherm bags. When you buy a bag of the special PINK 20kg Supertherm not only will it help keep you warm this winter but you will also be contributing towards a great cause. Why Choose Supertherm? Great Performance Independent tests show that Supertherm® produces more sustained heat output and lasts significantly longer than house coal.  So whilst a bag of Supertherm® may cost more than house coal, you will use less to heat your home.Outstanding Quality Supertherm® is manufactured to strict quality control standards, using best quality bituminous coal and anthracite. Because Supertherm® is a manufactured fuel, consumers are guaranteed a consistent quality product with every bag and Supertherm® is readily available with no unpredictable interruptions in production.  The same cannot always be said of house coal which often varies in quality and burning efficiency from load to load. Better for the Environment Supertherm® produces 80% less smoke and 20% less CO2 than house coal and is approved for use in smoke control zones.Don’t forget to enter the Donegal Daily Supertherm giveaway at: www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFor more products and offers check out the Tinneys Oil & Coal Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/Tinneys-Oil-Coal… Free Fuel Friday at Tinneys sparks excitement! was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Bonageecpl fuelsfree fuel fridaySALESuperthermTinney’s Coal & Oillast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Leading nursing home requires full-time nurse

first_imgA leading Co Donegal nursing home is seeking a full-time, registered nurse to join their established team.Hillcrest House Nursing Home is situated in Letterkenny.Those applying for this position must have a current registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland. Experience in caring for older people or rehabilitation services desirable with a diploma or certificate in Gerontology and advantage.There will be an excellent remuneration package and terms of conditions of employment.For further details please email [email protected] or call director Anne Gallagher on 087 2584843.Job Vacancy: Leading nursing home requires full-time nurse was last modified: September 30th, 2019 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