first_imgThe spotlight at next week’s FIFA Congress will fall on the presidential election – but the real key to the future of football’s beleaguered governing body is embedded in a document with the unglamorous title ‘Draft statutes – Congress 2016’.Drawn up over the last eight months, it suggests changes to stop the scandals that have left the organisation supposed to lead the world’s most popular sport facing its greatest threat for decades.The most obvious challenge is criminal investigations in the United States and Switzerland that have already resulted in the indictment of several dozen officials for corruption, many of them serving or former presidents of national or continental associations.US prosecutors have continued to call FIFA a victim of corrupt individuals. But if FIFA as an organisation were criminally charged, sponsors and other partners might be reluctant to do business with it.But that is not the only concern. In the last month, talk has resurfaced among Europe’s most powerful clubs of a breakaway European Super League, as well as complaints about the amount of time players spend with national teams.National team competitions depend on a calendar agreed between FIFA and the clubs, which commit to release players to their national teams on certain dates.If the clubs, which are always eager for more opportunities to play lucrative friendlies abroad, were to pull out, it would throw international football into chaos.There was similar discontent in the 1990s, when European football’s governing body UEFA became deeply critical of Joao Havelange, the Brazilian president of FIFA at the time.UEFA produced proposals that included handing more power to the continental confederations, rotating FIFA’s presidency and limiting it mainly to organising the four-yearly World Cup.Leading clubs including AC Milan and Manchester United then sought to build support for a breakaway league, and top players found themselves in a tug-of-war as clubs refused to release them for internationals.OLD AND NEW CHALLENGESFIFA’s response was to threaten national associations (FAs), clubs and players with suspension if they linked up with the proposed league, and UEFA quelled the threat by reorganising its competitions.But FIFA now faces similar challenges, added to the menace of match-fixing organised by illegal betting syndicates, all while trying to shake off a series of scandals that have seen FIFA president Sepp Blatter banned for ethics violations and cast a shadow over the awarding of at least three World Cup finals. Clearly, it cannot afford to get its reforms wrong.“If there is not a strong FIFA, football will be grabbed by a lot of people who have no interest in the game and want to use the game for other reasons – political, business or even criminal,” said Jerome Champagne, one of five candidates for president.The reform proposal on the table includes term limits for top officials, to avoid another 18-year presidency such as Blatter’s, as well as disclosure of their salaries.More radically, it would take responsibility for everyday business decisions away from the ‘political’ representatives of national associations. These would sit on a new-look 36-member FIFA Council, which would have at least six female members, and set a broad strategy for world football.Day-to-day management would instead pass to a new, professional general secretariat, more akin to a corporate executive board, which, like the Council, would be overseen by a fully independent Audit and Compliance Committee.The proposals also place a greater onus on continental confederations and national associations to police themselves.The 209 national associations, who ultimately hold the power in FIFA through the Congress, and vote for the president, are often seen as a significant part of the problem.LACK OF TRANSPARENCYMost of those indicted in the United States committed their alleged crimes while carrying out duties for their national FAs or continental confederations.In November, the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said the vast majority of FAs were failing to make basic information public, creating a potential breeding ground for corruption.“The (proposed) statutes do generally address the obligations of confederations to observe the FIFA statutes,” Transparency researcher Gareth Sweeney told Reuters, “but they do not adequately explain how FIFA can oversee the confederations’ and the FAs’ compliance.”“FIFA is effectively answerable to its Congress, but how transparent are its member FAs? It’s clear that has been inadequate until today.”Sweeney also bemoaned the lack of independent participants on the FIFA Council, whose members will all be elected by the FAs.“While that opportunity has been lost, the draft statute reforms do cover a lot of required checks and balances that could limit the type of corruption we have seen in the past.”Other critics believe the only way to deal with FIFA is to start all over again.“We believe they need to dissolve it, and by ‘they’ I mean the Swiss government, they have the power to do so,” said Jaimie Fuller, a member of the New FIFA Now campaign group.He said that FIFA’s failure to organise a presidential debate with the five candidates standing on Feb. 26, three of them with current or former ties to FIFA, showed a lack of will to reform.“If FIFA was genuine in saying they want to be a reformed organisation, they should have been conducting the presidential debate themselves; instead it’s the same the old system today, and this reinforces the fact they have no desire to reform,” he said. “It’s the same men doing deals behind closed doors.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Caledonia won silver while Wallis and Futuna won bronze.PNG came fourth in this event, conducted from the harbourside area.This has completed the Va’a finals. V12 and V6 relays will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday at Ela Beach.last_img

first_img“Unbelievable,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “This woman certainly knows how to win a race. It doesn’t matter if it’s in Australia at Commonwealths, Hungary at World’s or Japan at Pan Pacs. It is a mark of a true champion to be able to succeed in all circumstances.  Unlike some of the other events at this pan Pacific championships, the Pacific Rim boasts the top three women in the world in Kylie’s event, so this was like winning a world title.”Masse was named the top overall female swimmer as the championships wrapped up on Sunday. “It’s been a long year with a lot of racing, but I’ve taken a lot of things out of it, especially from the mental challenges I’ve faced,” Masse said. “Coming off of last summer and having a world record was a different, not mindset, but just different things in my head. I was facing some pressures, a lot of different media opportunities, which is awesome and all great to do and I love doing it, but it was more things added to my plate.”I’ve been managing all that and really just trying to stay focused and motivated,” continued Masse. “I’m still learning how to maintain good racing in back-to-back events and that’s something I need to get better at.”Incoming Varsity Blue Rebecca Smith claimed two bronze medals as a member of the 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relay teams. Recent Varsity Blues graduate Eli Wall picked up an eighth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke and a 14th place finish in the 100 breaststroke.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version TOKYO – University of Toronto Varsity Blues star Kylie Masse won a world-class women’s 100 backstroke race on Friday morning at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo.Masse highlighted a three-medal night for Canada. The 22-year-old from Windsor, Ont., who trains at the University of Toronto, went 58.61 for the win. Masse went in as the top seed, earning Lane 4 with a Pan Pacs record swim of 58.29 in the morning. She was second at the turn behind Australian superstar Emily Seebohm (58.79), but pushed past her and also held off American world-record holder Kathleen Baker (58.83).”That’s always the goal for me, I like being able to accelerate in my finish and come into the wall hard with a high stroke rate,” Masse said.The three medallists were the same at the 2017 FINA World Championships, which Masse also won, with Baker taking silver and Seebohm bronze.”It’s always a great race when they’re in there for sure. It’s great competition and we all push each other. We’re also friendly with each other in the ready room which I think is awesome. It’s awesome for backstroke moving forward to have that kind of competitive rivalry,” said Masse, who now holds the Pan Pac, Commonwealth and world championships. Story Linkslast_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’She also said her behavior was “a reaction to the persistent attack from the paparazzi” and she said “it’s trying at best dealing with their insistent intrusions.” Lavigne and Whibley married in July after having dated since early 2004. Lavigne is among the ensemble in Richard Linklater’s upcoming adaptation of the best-seller “Fast Food Nation,” about fast-food culture, due to open in November. She was also the voice of Heather the opossum in “Over the Hedge.” Her last album release was “Under My Skin” in 2004. Avril Lavigne has agreed that spitting at the paparazzi is probably not a good thing to do. Lavigne issued a statement apologizing after she and her husband, Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, clashed with some of the pesky photographers in Los Angeles. According to reports, Lavigne spat in two separate incidents last week. Lavigne apologized for her “behavior with the paparazzi.” However, her apology, posted on her Web site, indicated the words of regret were meant for her fans – not the paparazzi. She said she will always go out of her way for fans. last_img read more

first_img 1 REVEALED Holding appeared to injure his left knee Latest Football News Holding clutched his left leg as he fell and received treatment on the pitch.However, he could not continue and was eventually replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY center_img no dice ADVICE RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, ex-Leicester City star Robbie Savage predicted that Holding suffered ligament damage.He said: “It looks like knee ligament damage and the medical team were possibly doing tests on the side of the field.“He stood up and was in a lot of pain. It is a shame because he has been playing well.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Rob Holding left Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on a stretcher after appearing to injure his left knee.The 23-year-old came off worse following a collision with Marcus Rashford in the 36th minute of the Premier League match. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

first_imgThe North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all North Carolinians to be aware of the risk of Zika virus infection before traveling to Central America, South America or the Caribbean.To date, no cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in North Carolina.“Pregnant women are urged to take note of the recent CDC travel recommendations advising that travel to areas with active virus transmission be postponed if possible,” said Randall Williams, MD, State Health Director. “Suspected cases of Zika are now required to be reported. Our State Laboratory for Public Health is currently coordinating testing of Zika virus with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has a history of rapidly implementing testing for emerging threats.”Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infectious mosquito. Symptoms include rash and red eyes. Less common symptoms include fever, joint pains and muscle aches. Only about one in five people infected with Zika virus will show symptoms.A pregnant woman infected with Zika virus can pass the virus to her unborn baby. A serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes have been reported in some mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory recommending pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area with active Zika virus transmission. Women who are trying to become pregnant should talk to their doctors about the risk of Zika virus infection before traveling.State health officials are in constant communication with local health departments to work with health providers, including obstetricians and gynecologists, to ensure they have the latest information, as well as access to guidance and testing. Testing for Zika virus should be done for anyone who displays signs or symptoms within two weeks of travel to an area with active Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women who have ultrasound findings of microcephaly or other abnormalities, and have reported travel to areas with Zika virus activity should also be tested.While the primary mosquitos that carry Zika virus are not believed to be widespread in North Carolina, individuals are always encouraged, as a routine precaution, to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as:Wear insect repellent registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.Use air conditioning or make sure window and door screens are in place.Again, no cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in North Carolina to date.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#APIs#hack#news joe brockmeier 1 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Bidelman has also included sample code, tests and a sample app for testing out filer.js. Currently, the HTML5 Filesystem API is only implemented in Chrome, so you won’t be able to make use of filer.js in other browsers. If you’re not familiar with the HTML5 Filesystem API yet, there’s Bidelman’s book as well as a tutorial on exploring the filesystem APIs on HTML5 Rocks. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Eric Bidelman, an engineer on Google’s Chrome team, has released a JavaScript wrapper library for the HTML5 Filesystem API. Called filer.js, the library is available on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 License.If Bidelman’s name is familiar, it’s because he wrote the book on the HTML5 Filesystem API, literally. Bidelman also worked on the Python Client Library for Google Docs.The idea, says Bidelman, is to make the HTML5 API “more approachable for developers that have done file I/O in other languages” as well as making common operations like renaming, moving and duplicating files easier. To that end, the library uses familiar UNIX-type commands (cd, cp, mkdir, mv, rm and others) and accepts entries in several formats. Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee (SFC) began a markup of its tax reform proposal on November 13, starting a committee debate that is expected to last most of the week. Senate Republicans released a Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) description of the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill last week .Markup Kicks OffThe first day consisted largely of members’ opening statements on the GOP proposal. As expected, Republicans praised the measure while Democrats criticized it.“What started out as a promise of a significant middle class tax cut has become a multi-trillion dollar bait and switch. A massive handout to multinational corporations and a bonanza for tax cheats and powerful political donors,” SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said. In particular, Wyden criticized the GOP proposal for increasing taxes on the middle class. Additionally, Wyden condemned the GOP’s choice to craft a partisan bill rather than work with Democrats.Bipartisan IdeasIn his opening remarks, SFC Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Tex., stated that many of the tax reform provisions in the bill were proposals that Democrats supported in the past. He also pointed to a number of areas on which Republicans and Democrats agree. These areas include keeping deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions, as well as popular retirement savings programs such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).However, Hatch also remarked that it was “the Democrats’ own preconditions that kept them from engaging on tax reform. There was an open seat at the negotiating table; they collectively chose not to sit in it,” Hatch added. He made direct reference to an August 1 letter from 45 Senate Democrats listing “prerequisites to any bipartisan tax reform effort.”Changes to ComeHatch noted that the Chairman’s Mark, as originally introduced, would not pass Senate reconciliation requirements. Thus, the current tax reform proposals could not be permanent. “We are, of course, aware of this problem and are working to ensure that the reduce rates and additional reforms designed to bring investment back to the United States and create more American jobs remain in place past the 10-year budget window,” Hatch said.To that end, a modified Chairman’s Mark is expected to be released on November 14, according to SFC staff. Generally, modifications include amendments that were filed and other changes. As of the afternoon on November 13, 355 amendments had been filed. A full discussion of the GOP proposal is scheduled for November 14. JCT and committee staff will be present. While debate and votes on amendments could come as early as Tuesday, they are expected to begin November 15. The “goal” is to have the bill approved by the committee by the end of the week, SFC staff told reporters.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffWant to know more? Join Wolters Kluwer Principal Analyst Mark Luscombe on Nov. 29 for Tax Legislation Update: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a 2-CPE webinar from CCH® CPElink. Mark will present a complete discussion of the proposed legislation and its impact on taxpayers.Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgFor decades, anthropologists have tried to trace the patchy trail left by the earliest modern humans out of Africa. But they have been stymied by gaps in the fossil record or unreliable dates, especially in East Asia. Now, Chinese anthropologists report 47 teeth of Homo sapiens from a cave in southern China, dated to 80,000 to 120,000 years ago. If the dating is accurate, the discovery pushes back the appearance of our species in Asia by at least 30,000 years, wiping out a long-standing picture in which modern humans swept out of Africa in a single wave 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.“This changes everything. It’s the best evidence we have for modern humans in East Asia this early,” says archaeologist 
Michael Petraglia of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who was not part of the work but has long advocated an early migration out of Africa. Others question the dates. “This case is better than the previous similar claims, but it is not fully convincing,” says paleoanthropologist Yousuke Kaifu of the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo.Most researchers agree that modern humans arose in Africa and first ventured out of that continent into the Middle East about 120,000 to 90,000 years ago, as shown by skulls from Israel. But H. sapiens remains don’t appear in Europe, East Asia, and Australia until 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. Older fossils in Asia proposed as H. sapiens are controversial. 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Skeptics counter that other archaic humans could have made the tools, and that fossils are needed as proof.Hence the excitement about the teeth reported this week in Nature, from Fuyan Cave in Daoxian in southern China, about 600 kilometers northwest of Hong Kong. A team led by Wu Liu and Xiu-Jie Wu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing found small teeth with slender roots that barely differed from modern Chinese teeth. Indeed, the wear pattern and shape of the teeth are so modern that some wonder how they could be so old.The dates come from a small stalagmite, part of a flowstone that capped the layer holding the teeth. The team used the radioactive decay of uranium to thorium to date this stalagmite to 80,000 years ago—a minimum age for the teeth. Fossils of extinct elephants, hyenas, and pandas in the hominin layer are 120,000 years old at most, so the team concluded that the teeth are 80,000 to 120,000 years old, says co-author Maria Martinón-Torres of University College London.But the dated stalagmite came from a different trench than the teeth, and may be of a different age, says paleoanthropologist Russell  Ciochon of the University of Iowa in Iowa City: “The actual dates reported for Fuyan Cave are probably good but I doubt that the teeth are that old.”The authors insist that the stratigraphy in the cave is clear. Liu even argues that the find supports the radical—and minority—view that our species was born in China, not Africa. The discovery is likely to spur “a lot of debate,” Martinón-Torres says, “and force a new look at other alleged [H. sapiens] sites in China.”last_img read more

first_imgThe field of participating teams at the Lake Travis swimming relay in Austin, USA, last week included as big a name as cycling legend Lance Armstrong, but it was Delhi girl Meenakshi Pahuja who grabbed the limelight.Armstrong’s ‘SwimStrong’ team won the relay competition comprising about 15 sixman teams, but Meenakshi became the only individual to attempt and complete the herculean 12-mile open-water swim.Meenakshi braved winds that varied between five and 20 miles per hour and extremely choppy water to become the first Indian to complete the solo event with a time of seven hours, 10 minutes and 24 seconds, on a day that the organisers, American Swimming Association, called “perhaps the most challenging day in this event’s eight-year history”. The 34-year-old, who earlier this year had become the first Indian to swim 12.5 miles around Key West in Florida, said the achievements were all down to her quest for new challenges.”Every water body poses a different challenge – with the wind, the current, the tide, the underwater life. Key West was salty ocean water and had a risk of sharks, though I never saw one. At Lake Travis, I had to conquer gusting winds of about 20 miles per hour over the last two miles. There had been a drought in the area this year, but that day it was raining cats and dogs. Both were really hard swims, and it is not fair to compare one with the other,” she said.Meenakshi has to train herself and travel without a professional coach, with only her father or her sister to accompany her. Asked how she prepared for such demanding endurance races while living in a city like Delhi, Meenakshi said: “It’s a very demanding sport, but I can’t help it as it is a call of passion. Being a physical educationist, I have a strong background of training methods and sports science. My older sister is a doctor of naturopathy and always suggests the best protein and carbohydrate diet. If I had sponsors, I could have included therapeutics and recovery as well, but these swims are very difficult to pursue without sponsors. I have approached the Delhi government, so let’s see what happens.”advertisementMeenakshi was a dominant force at the national level in conventional swimming too, and believes the current crop of upand- coming swimmers can succeed at the highest level. “Swimmers like Prasanta Karmakar and Veerdhawal Khade are doing well, and the young ones are making waves at Asian championships etc too – the first time Indians have started getting that kind of exposure, which had been missing in times gone by. Mostly the teams were sent at no cost to the government, and obviously some of the best had to withdraw. I am happy to see that things are changing for the better, but the pace is still slow.”I would call the Indian swimmers talented and having potential, and now it is about nurturing that talent and keeping things like groupism and favoritism out of the equation. Honestly speaking, I would not say that swimming as a sport has progressed that much in our country, but surely swimmers individually have progressed,” she said.last_img read more