1 FIFA latest: Presidency candidate excluded from election after failing integrity test The election for FIFA presidency has been reduced to six candidates after it was revealed one of the runners was excluded from the vote after failing integrity checks.FIFA’s electoral committee has announced that Liberian FA chief Musa Bility has not passed the test and is not eligible to stand, but is not making the reasons for his exclusion public.Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has passed the checks despite claims from human rights groups he was involved in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in his home country Bahrain.The other candidates cleared are Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, former FIFA official Jerome Champagne from France, UEFA’s general secretary Gianni Infantino from Switzerland, and Tokyo Sexwale, the former anti-apartheid activist from South Africa.The electoral committee will not carry out integrity checks on Michel Platini, the UEFA president who is currently suspended for 90 days pending an ethics committee hearing into a £1.3million payment he received from FIFA in 2011, until the disciplinary process is complete.The election of the successor to Sepp Blatter, who is also under a 90-day suspension, takes place on February 26.FIFA said in a statement: “The integrity check included a review of corporate records, litigation cases, bankruptcy proceedings, potential regulatory actions taken against the candidate and a review of media reports concerning potential red flags (fraudulent behaviour, match manipulation, human rights violations, etc.).“Each candidate was then asked to comment on the content of the detailed report produced.“The ad-hoc electoral committee did not admit the candidature of Musa Hassan Bility, in view of the content of the integrity check report relating to him. For reasons of protection of personality rights, the committee – while it has explained its considerations in detail to Musa Hassan Bility – will not comment publicly on the specifics of its decision.”The decision can be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Gardai in Donegal are hunting a gang claiming to be An Post employees who are trying to dupe elderly people out of their money.The gang are calling door-to-door in Letterkenny and asking elderly people to examine Euro notes at their property.Gardai believe it is an attempt to steal the cash or to then gain entry to the home for further opportunities to steal from the premises. It is understood a number of elderly people have already been targeted in the heartless scam.A spokesman for local Gardai confirmed they are carrying out a full investigation into the incidents in a bid to track down the bogus callers.The spokesman said “We have received reports of males calling to the homes of elderly people over the past number of days claiming to be working with An Post.“These men then say that they are there to check any Euro notes at the property. “These men are targeting the elderly in the hope that they can intimidate and deceive them.”Gardai have appealed to the elderly and to their neighbours to take certain precautions to stop them becoming the next victim of this gang.“Please inform any elderly or vulnerable neighbours and friends and ensure that they have a chain lock fitted to their door, that they never answer the door to anyone that they do not know, that they have their eircode taped beside their phone in the case they need to contact us to attend at their phone and also tape the number for their local 24 hour Garda Station beside their phone. “Keep an eye out for elderly neighbours and take note of any cars/callers in your area that appear suspicious. “All bogus callers should be reported to your local Garda Station and in the event that you do not know the number you can call Letterkenny Garda Station (Divisional Headquarters)on 074-9167100. (24 hours)” Bogus ‘An Post’ gang target elderly in Letterkenny cash scam was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 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:An PostcashdonegalGardailetterkennyscam
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It takes a lot of determination and a never-say-die attitude to make a comeback at the highest level of sport. Tarundeep Rai has accomplished that and will now compete at his second Olympics, eight years after he took his bow and arrows to the Athens Games.A career-threatening shoulder injury forced him to lie low for the best part of two years, and the archer from Sikkim had to start from the bottom of the pecking order. “I suffered a right shoulder injury due to overuse and was out of action in 2007 and 2008,” Rai told Mail Today after a training session at the Sports Authority of India, Eastern Centre.”It resulted from using a heavy poundage bow – 48lb instead of the 44lb I used earlier. It was done to counter the strong winds at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. We won the bronze medal, but there was this side effect. There was not much of physiotherapy support in those days, so we could not avoid the damage.”Rai gradually improved his performance after recovery. “There was no performance worth speaking for two years. By 2008-end, I had recovered strength in my shoulder. I made the ‘B’ team in 2009 and by the end of that year I had returned to the national ‘A’ team.”In 2010, he clinched a silver medal in the individual recurve category at the Guangzhou Asian Games. Now, the 28-year-old wants to excel at the biggest stage of them all.”The pressure got to me in Athens in 2004. I have learnt from that experience. We are ranked No.4 in the world and if we perform to our potential, we can have a good result,” the distant cousin of football star Bhaichung Bhutia said.advertisement”As far as the individual event goes, under the new ‘set format’, anybody can win. We have the ability to get a medal, but have certain weaknesses too. It’s all about the performance on the day,” Rai said.
Story Highlights According to Director of Child Labour in the Ministry, Sacha Deer Gordon, the initiative will entail creating vulnerability maps that highlight areas where child labour is suspected to be taking place, for monitoring and eventual action. She was speaking at a recent labour forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is intensifying efforts to curtail child labour in Jamaica through a ‘Risk Identification Model’ programme being implemented to identify communities where this illicit activity is occurring, in order to facilitate interventions.According to Director of Child Labour in the Ministry, Sacha Deer Gordon, the initiative will entail creating vulnerability maps that highlight areas where child labour is suspected to be taking place, for monitoring and eventual action.She was speaking at a recent labour forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew.Ms. Gordon said the system will allow the authorities to “identify the highest probability where child labour may occur, and in what sector”.She cited a recent Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) study that revealed an estimated 38,000 children are involved in child labour locally.The Director said once the victims are identified, “we put plans in place to interrupt that trajectory”, adding that steps are taken to monitor their recovery, because “we don’t want them to re-enter child labour”.Ms. Gordon pointed out that business owners employing children under age 13 to work in their establishments are in breach of the Child Care and Protection Act, which stipulates that youngsters up to the age of 14 years can only be engaged in “light work” for no more than 14 hours per week.The Act further stipulates that children, aged 15, can only engage in full employment if they have completed secondary education.“But they cannot be engaged in hazardous work [below] age 16… and it has to be done under supervision and with proper instructions,” she said.Ms. Gordon said the Government continues to discourage child labour, emphasising that “it is something that we are saying must stop”.Efforts to this end include the Ministry’s establishment of a National Steering Committee, which meets monthly and utilises various mechanisms designed to promote child rights.Child labour is a criminal offence, with penalties ranging from $250,000 or three months’ imprisonment to a maximum of $1 million. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is intensifying efforts to curtail child labour in Jamaica through a ‘Risk Identification Model’ programme being implemented to identify communities where this illicit activity is occurring, in order to facilitate interventions.