Rio 2016 venues to be included as part of ongoing corruption probe

first_imgThe investigation initially focused on transport and infrastructural projects associated with the Games, but is now set to include venues and services which have been financed with Government funds.This has grown out of the ongoing Operation Car Wash probe into corruption surrounding state run oil giants Petrobras.Construction companies paid bribes for inflated contracts with Petrobras, it is alleged, with leading figures across Brazilian society and politics having supposedly profited.Five companies implicated in that investigation are also involved in the Games: Odebrecht SA, OAS SA [OAS.UL], Andrade Gutierrez SA, Queiroz Galvao SA and Carioca Christiani Nielsen Engenharia SA.”It’s not just the physical works we’re looking at,” federal prosecutor Leandro Mitidieri told Reuters.“It is contracts for services, security, everything that used federal funds.”According to Reuters, investigators are due to scrutinise what happened to funding which had been designated to be used to help with the clean-up of Guanabara Bay.The controversial Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue has been among the biggest challenges for Rio 2016 organisers in recent years, due to water pollution concerns in the bay.The cleaning up of the bay was a major legacy commitment when they successfully bid for the Games in 2009, but several illnesses were reported after the Rio 2016 test event last August and concerns have remained over the water quality at the site.World Sailing claimed in March that they were satisfied with progress made by Rio 2016 at the venue.Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has repeatedly insisted that the Olympics is free of any corruption, but others have been highly sceptical.Operation Car Wash has also been particularly damaging to the country’s reputation.It is considered among the biggest scandals in Brazilian history, with numerous major business and political figures implicated.Any proof of wrongdoing would mark a major blow to the country, which is currently in political turmoil following the Brazilian Senate voting to proceed with an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff, which will see her miss the Rio 2016 Olympics.Senators voted 55-22 in favour of the move, meaning Rousseff is automatically suspended for 180 days.She is accused of “fiscal irresponsibility” for allegedly trying to manipulate budget gaps during the 2014 election, but denies the claims.last_img read more

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Hunters to host Seagulls tomorrow

first_imgThey left late, but the unbeaten run at home remained intact against Souths Logan last weekend and they will be hoping for that to continue this weekend against Wynnum Manly.They also hold a handy home record against their opposition, having won both of their past encounters in PNG.However, despite losing their past two games on the trot, the Seagulls have a positive outlook about their chances of becoming the first side to come home with two points this season.Hunters coach Michael Marum said he was pleased with the way his side had been progressing in the season and was confident of springing the upset.“I’m actually pretty happy with the way we’ve been playing at the moment and we’re all looking forward to the challenge this weekend,” he said.“Our boys always love the opportunity to get away as a team and there’s no better game than playing at home.”Hunters co-captain Noel Zeming scored two late tries last weekend, including the all important match- winner against a somewhat unlucky Magpies side.That gave Zeming 18 in total for the club, which saw him pass Willie Minoga (now with Townsville) to become the club’s fifth leading try scorer.The match is set at 3pm tomorrow at the National Football stadium in Port Moresby, when the two teams go on head to head.Caption: www.qrl.com.aulast_img read more

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Welder charged for escaping from Police, relieving cop of weapon

first_imgA welder on Wednesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with five charges including robbery and escaping from lawful custody.Ceon Lampkin of Lot 33 Leopold Street, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty where the charges of assault, robbery and escaping lawful custody were read to him.It is alleged that Lampkin on April 16, 2019, at Main Street, Georgetown, attempted to commit a robbery on Jasira Allen.On the said day, at Main Street, Georgetown, the defendant allegedly robbed Janoy DeSantos of a handbag, among other items valued at $13,000. The prosecution’s case stated that the defendant tried to escape but was apprehended by public-spirited persons and handed over to the police.It was further alleged that on the same date, while being transported from Brickdam to Diamond Police Station, Lampkin jumped out of the police vehicle at High Street, Georgetown, and tried to escape. He was, however, apprehended a short distance away.During his re-apprehension, Lampkin allegedly assaulted two police officers and attempted to relieve one of the ranks of his service weapon. The man was then shot in his left side abdomen by the police rank during the incident.The 27-year-old was then taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.In court on Wednesday, Lampkin admitted to the escaping from lawful custody charge but denied the other charges.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant is known to the law, he is a flight risk and the serious nature of the offences.In a bail application on his own behalf, Lampkin told the court that he was riding his bicycle along Main Street, Georgetown, when heard DeSantos scream “thief”. He said that was when he saw a few individuals running in his direction. He added that the persons began to beat him mercilessly and kept him until the police arrived.In a plea of mitigation, with respect to the escaping from lawful custody charge, Lampkin said that he escaped from the police vehicle since the ranks were hitting him to his head with their weapons. He denied that he attempted to relieve the officer of his weapon.Magistrate Faith McGusty upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded the man to prison. The case will continue on May 15, 2019.last_img read more

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‘The sky is the limit for Manchester City – they could get Lionel Messi next!’, says ex-Premier League boss

first_imgAfter confirming Pep Guardiola will become their next manager in the summer, Harry Redknapp believes the sky is the limit for Manchester City.The Blues revealed the Spanish boss will take charge when Manuel Pellegrini’s contract runs out at the end of the season, in a move which was announced earlier than expected.And ex-Premier League boss Redknapp believes the former Barcelona boss will lead the club to new heights, including possible Champions League glory and the signing of even more world class players.“Pep Guardiola will know how to get the balance right there,” he told Drivetime. “You would certainly imagine he’ll bring in one or two big players in.“Could we see Lionel Messi come to the Premier League, obviously he had a great relationship with him when he managed him at Barcelona.“You wouldn’t put anything past Manchester City. They’ve got the resources to do whatever they want, almost.“You look at the training facilities there now. It’s incredible the setup there now and just how far they’ve gone with it all.“The sky is the limit for them. They’ve gone for the top manager and now what they need is a Champions League win somewhere in the next couple of years.“I’ve got a feeling they will be up there challenging for that on a regular basis. They have a really great chance of winning it in the next two or three years.”last_img read more

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Concussion forces former PL defender into retirement

first_img Andy Wilkinson 1 Former Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has been forced to retire from the game following a head injury suffered a year ago.The full-back suffered concussion in an FA Cup tie with Blackburn in February of last year and has been forced to call time on his career at the age of 31.Wilkinson, who made 194 senior appearances for the club he joined from Stoke’s academy, has been suffering with a number of symptoms since the ball struck his head from close range and ongoing problems have forced the one-club man to call time on his career.“Over a year on from the injury there are still a lot of things going on with my brain, my vision, my neck – all sorts of different symptoms – and even if tomorrow I woke up fine and the specialist did say it was fine to play, the risk is far too high,” said Wilkinson in an interview with Sky Sports News.When he suffered the injury Wilkinson played on, explaining: “It was just volleyed straight at my temple. It shook me and I sprinted back and I just completely lost my right peripheral vision.“Just getting back into the team I wanted to carry on and didn’t let anyone know and played most of the game without being able to see much to the right.“As time went on I suffered with other things – vertigo, nausea, balance problems. Then problems mentally with anger, feeling a bit depressed.”Wilkinson, who has problems with depth perception, added: “I’ve got to retrain all my ocular motor system to get back to normal.”Stoke had given Wilkinson a short-term contract in July of last year but after three trips to see a specialist in the United States he has decided to retire.The club have offered him a testimonial and he plans to donate the money raised to local charities and research into concussion injuries. He also hopes to have a career in coaching. West Brom boss Tony Pulis was previously Wilkinson’s manager at Stoke and paid tribute to the defender.“Wilkinson reflects exactly what the place is about. He was an honest hard-working person who gave just about everything, and I mean everything, in training, in games,” said Pulis.“Whatever you asked him to do, whether you asked him to do any functions around the town, he never ever moaned or groaned. He would always do everything to the best of his ability.”last_img read more

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`Brokeback Mountain leads Academy Awards field with 8 nominations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The cowboy love story “Brokeback Mountain” led the Academy Awards field Tuesday with eight nominations, among them best picture and honors for actor Heath Ledger and director Ang Lee. Also nominated for best picture were the Truman Capote story “Capote”; the ensemble drama “Crash”; the Edward R. Murrow chronicle “Good Night, and Good Luck”; the assassination thriller “Munich.” The Johnny Cash biography, “Walk the Line,” considered a likely best picture nominee, was shut out, though Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon earned acting nominations for the film. George Clooney picked up two nominations, as supporting actor for his role as a steadfast CIA undercover agent in “Syriana” and best director for his Edward R. Murrow tale “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Along with best-actor contender Ledger, and directing nominee Lee, “Brokeback Mountain” scored nominations for Michelle Williams as supporting actress, Jake Gyllenhaal as supporting actor and Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana for their screenplay adaptation of Annie Proulx’s short story.last_img read more

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FUNERAL OF PENSIONER WHO DIED IN FIRE TAKES PLACE FRIDAY

first_imgThe funeral of a Donegal pensioner who died in a housefire is to take place on Friday.Josephine Higgs, 76, died, when fire swept through her home in Creeslough in the early hours of Tuesday morning.Neighbours managed to pull the well-known widow form her home but she died at the scene a short time later She will be laid to rest after 11am Requiem Mass in St Michaels Church, Creeslough.A widowed woman, she is survived by her two sons Brian and Colin and ran a hairdressing salon in the village for many years.A full investigation is now underway to establish the cause of the fire.  FUNERAL OF PENSIONER WHO DIED IN FIRE TAKES PLACE FRIDAY was last modified: December 31st, 2014 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:CreesloughdeathdonegalfirefuneralJosephine Higgslast_img read more

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SMALLER SCHOOLS ATHLETICS FINALS ANNOUNCED

first_imgAllianz Cumann na mBunscol Athletics for Small Schools 2104.This year Cumann na mBunscol is celebrating its tenth anniversary of Athletics for Small Schools.The event has grown steadily over the years and this year 36 schools have entered. The committee has decided to run the event over two days so that as many children as possible can enjoy the events.Day 1 for 4-teacher schools only will be held on Wednesday 11 June on the recently opened Ben O’Donnell track in Lifford.Day 2 for 1, 2 and 3-teacher schools will once again take place on the Aura track on Wednesday 18th June.Any new schools wishing to enter should contact donegalprimaryathletics@gmail.com for full information and entry forms.  SMALLER SCHOOLS ATHLETICS FINALS ANNOUNCED was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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

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Welbeck remains in hospital with ‘significant’ damage to ankle

first_img 1 Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck faces a lengthy spell on the sideline due to the injury suffered against Sporting Lisbon.Welbeck was carried off on a stretcher in the first half of the Europa League draw and the Premier League side described his ankle injury as “significant.”The 27-year-old continues to be assessed, with the Gunners set to provide a further update on his condition in the coming days.“Danny remains in hospital and will continue to be assessed,” the club posted on arsenal.com on Friday afternoon.“A further update will be issued over the next 72 hours.” no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Welbeck has endured a wretched injury record during his career with knee issues costing him months on the sideline.His latest setback comes after he landed badly on his right ankle having jumped for a header in the 25th minute of the Group E encounter at the Emirates Stadium.The 27-year-old received oxygen on the pitch and had his leg in a protective brace as he was taken off.Gunners head coach Unai Emery admitted after the goalless draw – which assured Arsenal’s qualification for the knockout stages – that Welbeck’s injury weighed heavy on his players.Team-mate Rob Holding has backed Welbeck to make another comeback and insists the Arsenal players will rally around their colleague.“I didn’t see it because obviously I’m at the other end of the pitch so I didn’t see exactly what he’d done,” he said.“But Danny is a tough lad so if he’s on the floor, I know its something serious and he’s gone off to hospital now and we’ll see what happens.“He’s been so unlucky with injuries over the past few years but he’s a good character and got a good set of lads around him so we’ll lift him up and get him back as soon as we can.“He can come back strong.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The referee hurries on the medical staff as the severity of Welbeck’s injury is quickly established RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY ADVICE REVEALED shining Most Popular In Football Arsenal cult hero, Perry Groves, told talkSPORT the club should offer Welbeck a new one year contract.“It would just take all the uncertainly away and that would help his rehab on the mental side of it,” he said in reference to the fact his current deal is up next summer.“He’s a wealthy boy now, it’s nothing to do with that, but for his mental well-being.“I think it would be magnificent gesture from my old club if they offered him a new contract.”last_img read more

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Captain Denis Onyango attends first Cranes training ahead of Tanzania game

first_img Tags: Denis OnyangotopUganda Cranes Denis Onyango (right) and Salim Jamal Magoola during Tuesday’s morning session at Namboole (Photo by FUFA Media)TOTAL AFCON 2019 Qualifier (Group L)Uganda Cranes Vs Tanzania Taifa StarsMandela National Stadium Saturday, 08-09-2-2019 04:00pmThe Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango has joined camp ahead of the AFCON qualifier game against Tanzania on Saturday.The Captain started training on Tuesday morning along with Allan Kateregga and Derrick Nsibambi with whom they arrived Monday night.Tuesday’s training was attended by 20 of the 24 payers that were listed on Monday morning by head coach Sebastien Desabre.The session lasted an hour with main focus on ball work and stamina.After the session, Tadeo Lwanga said he is excited that he was among the chosen players and he promised to work hard to keep the slot.“It’s every player’s dream to be called for national duty and am going to work hard so that I keep up my slot, Tadeo said.Meanwhile, it is full camp at the Jokas Hotel, Bweyogerere where the team is camped following the arrival of Yunus Sentamu, Faruku Miya, William Luwagga Kizito and Moses Opondo on Tuesday early morning.They will conduct another training session on Wednesday with the rest of the team.Uganda Cranes players who trained on Tuesday morning:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (El Meriekh, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda)Defenders: Denis Iguma (Kazma FC, Kuwait), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa) FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood, Egypt), Murushid Juuko (Simba Sports Club, Tanzania), Denis Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El Geish, Egypt)Midfielders: Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamo, Zambia), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Khalid Aucho (Un-attached), Moses Waiswa (Vipers Sc, Uganda)Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba SC, Tanzania), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda)Comments last_img read more

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