LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has seen “no evidence” so far to support allegations of possible bribery in the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Games, an IOC spokesman said yesterday. The IOC said it has applied to be a party to the investigation by French authorities into corruption in track and field that could spread to possible bribery in Olympic bidding. The IOC said it was in “close contact” with French prosecutors, who have been investigating bribery and money-laundering involving doping cover-ups at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The Guardian newspaper reported yesterday that the prosecutors have widened the probe to include the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. “The IOC has been in close contact with the French prosecutors since the beginning of this investigation last year,” the Olympic body said in a statement. “The IOC’s chief ethics and compliance officer had already asked for the IOC to be fully informed in a timely manner of all issues that may refer to Olympic matters and has already applied to become a party to the investigations led by the French judicial authorities.” IOC spokesman Mark Adams, speaking to reporters, said no proof of any Olympic wrongdoing had been uncovered to date. “At the moment, there is no evidence,” he said. “We have the structure in place. We have an independent ethics commission. But so far there is no evidence. When we get evidence, we have shown we will act on it. “It is any easy thing to talk about, but no one has any evidence,” Adams added. “There is nothing that has been put forward to us. At the moment, there is nothing to act on.” The Guardian reported in January that it had seen leaked e-mails linking the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack to alleged “parcels” to be delivered to six IOC members during the bidding for the 2016 Games. The British newspaper said the e-mails were sent by Papa Massata Diack to a Qatari business executive in May 2008. The Qatari capital, Doha, was bidding for the 2016 Olympics at the time. The Guardian said the email suggested that six people, referred to by their initials which corresponded with six IOC members at the time, requested “to have their parcels delivered through Special Adviser in Monaco”. The paper said the “special adviser” was believed to be Lamine Diack, who was then an IOC member. The Guardian said it wasn’t known whether any “parcels” were sent. In any case, a month after the email was sent, Doha failed to make the list of finalists in the 2016 bidding. Papa Massata Diack was banned for life by the IAAF ethics commission in January for corruption and cover-up allegations linked to Russian doping. He has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Papa Massata Diack is also wanted for questioning by prosecutors in France. Interpol has issued a wanted notice for him to face corruption charges in France. The elder Diack, who headed the IAAF for 16 years until he stepped down in August, is accused by French prosecutors of pocketing more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million) from bribes in exchange for covering up doping cases, mainly involving Russian athletes. Lamine Diack resigned as an honorary IOC member in November, a day after he was provisionally suspended by the IOC executive board. He served as a full IOC member for 15 years until 2014.
(Cont’d from a few weeks earlier.)The next day, the NPFL resorted to the odd but not infrequent military tactics of using human-waves. This time it hoped to overpower its enemies not with the arms and ammunition it could bring to bear but with the number of men whose bodies, probably defenseless, could take as many bullets as possible until the Freeport was captured. Because the NPFL seldom had paramedics on the front and neither was it equipped with ambulance nor stretcher-bearers, and the fact that NPFL troops knew little or nothing about first-aid treatment, this tactics soon proved a massacre. One after another NPFL fighters, many of them poorly armed, barefoot, clad in no more than the shirt on their backs, soaked to the skin and shivering in the rain on that crucial day of August 1990, were mowed down by ECOMOG and INPFL fire. When a couple of ECOMOG fighter aircrafts, dispatched from Sierra Leone, appeared over the battlefield, it was clear they would all be slaughtered. But as though driven by an irresistible urge, drugged, unafraid, the NPFL fought on.By the afternoon more than a hundred NPFL fighters, among them a number of little boys had entered the Freeport of Monrovia. There they would remain for perhaps an hour or so, until they were captured, forced to retreat, or killed. But while they stayed alive, their courage was unbelievable. When their ammunition ran out, something which the NPFL had already encountered from the outset of the fighting, a few fighters, wielding machetes, confronted the INPFL and ECOMOG troops and was able to inflict losses before they were killed. The Freeport of Monrovia, Charles Taylor had reminded them over and over again, was the lifeblood by which his rivals — the INPFL and now ECOMOG force — were able to sustain the conflict against him. But once the port was captured, this war the NPFL had fought from the jungles of northern Liberia to the capital city, Monrovia, would immediately come to an end, resulting in a triumph for the NPFL and ultimately in the turnover of private properties to its fighters. Hence the courage of these young men and child soldiers; many of them poorly trained, uneducated, and all too ready and willing to be used like a huge but depleted ammunition dump thrown into the war in order to ensure victory. And what could have been straight out of a storybook but was as real as the war itself, was the story told of an NPFL fighter, no more than a young man of eighteen years of age, who, impervious to bullets, had killed five ECOMOG troops with a machete and was captured only after a rocket propelled grenade had exploded a few yards in front of him. But although the concussion had knocked him senseless, the young man had sustained only minor injuries. By the following day the peacekeeping soldiers and INPFL troops had formed a coalition. INPFL units, which had been poorly equipped, were now heavily armed with more machine guns and mortars supplied by the ECOMOG force. Hundreds of INPFL fighters were seen dressed in bullet-proof vests, combat helmets, and brand new military boots and army uniforms. In some cases it was hard to even tell them apart from the peacekeeping troops. ECOMOG had, in fact, relegated its duty to a paramilitary force which, like many of Liberia’s warring faction during the course of the war, had its hands as yet stained with the blood of the Liberian people. A huge number of NPFL rebels, many of them only child soldiers, were slaughtered. By the time the INPFL were joined by more ECOMOG troops with their war tanks and heavy guns, the NPFL was in full retreat while the pair of military aircrafts hovered overhead and the bombs fell one after another.The day following the NPFL retreat, which came at about six on a Friday evening, hundreds of their wounded, covered with blood and parts of their bodies smashed to pieces, were brought into the Freeport and put into an annex of the ECOMOG clinics. Emeka had, along with a few army doctors, already done a number of serious cases, many of them having to do with wounded ECOMOG soldiers. Now he was working on that side of the clinic in which the rebels had been brought. There were almost a hundred or so, some no more than ten and twelve years of age. Their arms and legs had been blown off, their faces disfigured by splinters, their mouths showing only the teeth while others suffered from shell shock. Some of the wounded were already dead before they were attended by the doctors. Their eyes, which were sometimes left wide open when they died, could barely expressed the profound depth of pain and suffering which only they could have known and felt. Emeka stood bent over a rebel boy, probing with a scalpel into a wound on the boy’s left arm. The boy was breathing faintly and lay unconscious on the table. Emeka removed from the wound a piece of shrapnel, which was about seven inches long, and put it into a disposable metal container set on the floor next to the table. Then he began to rub ointment on the wound, from which blood flowed freely, until the blood stopped coming altogether. The wound he covered with an adhesive plaster. And then he took some bandages and began to wrap them round the boy’s arm. As he did so, Emeka looked attentively at the boy’s face. He was dark-complexioned, thin and small, with kinky hair and bushy eyebrows, and looked not more than thirteen or fourteen years of age. His lips and fingers were stained black. On his breath Emeka could smell a faint trace of marijuana. Looking down at the boy, Emeka felt himself struck with sadness, for at such a tender age he would have been at school in Nigeria or possibly playing football in the field near his father’s house. Perhaps also he would have just frolicked around until it was time for his bath, after which he could have either gone to bed or sit with a group of neighbors’ children, listening to an old woman, who lived near his father’s house, tell spider’s and turtle’s stories. But here was this Liberian boy — so young and already a hardened killer. Where are his people, his father and his mother or maybe one of his relations?Probably they had all been made homeless and, like many others, would be hunted and killed for no other reason than because they were innocent. Now this child, robbed of his childhood, would doubtless remain dispossessed forever, thought Emeka. Shaking his head, Emeka finished bandaging the boy’s arm then moved on to a table opposite, on which another NPFL fighter, one side of his buttocks sliced off by shrapnel, had lost consciousness and was being attended by a Ghanaian and another Nigerian army doctor.For days following the NPFL’s failed attempt to capture the Freeport of Monrovia, a wave of anger swept through the ECOMOG force. The Ghanaians blamed the killing of some of their troops by the rebels on the Nigerians, who in turn blamed the killing of their men on the Ghanaians. The Nigerians made scathing allusions to how EMOMOG force commander Lieutenant-General Quainoo days before the NPFL attack, had been seen in covert conversations with INPFL commander Prince Johnson, whom the Nigerians claimed couldn’t be trusted. The Guineans, the Sierra Leoneans and the Gambians, seen as the lesser of the two peacekeeping forces, pointed accusing fingers at both and said that the Nigerians and Ghanaians had colluded with the INPFL and NPFL and given them arms and ammunition. There was talk of relieving of his post General Arnold Quainoo and that all important positions in the peacekeeping force were henceforward not to be held by Ghanaians and Nigerians. A few blows were exchanged, shots were fired into the air, and more than once there was talk of abandoning the peacekeeping operation altogether. All the ECOMOG contingents kept to their own headquarters. A few guard posts were abandoned. Even when they went to stand sentry at the main gates to the Freeport, men who once had been comrades would not exchange so much as a word among themselves and had taken to regarding each other with suspicion. The Guineans, the Sierra Leoneans and the Gambians, however, were drawn much closer together, feeling that they had been marginalized and used as scapegoats. Such was the complaints, anger and frustration among the troops that soon their chagrin was heard at ECOWAS headquarters in Abuja. A hasty meeting was called and a resolution to improve all aspect of communication and logistic among the troops was drafted. At the end, it was concluded that the peacekeeping operation to Liberia, though dogged by a number of obstacles and a recent insurgency attack, was worth the salt and could therefore not be abandoned. During this time Prince Johnson would pay frequent visits to the ECOMOG headquarters at the Freeport of Monrovia. Often he came five or six times a day. Pointing out to the peacekeeping troops their weaknesses and lack of restraint, Prince Yormie Johnson — musician, maverick rebel leader who foundGod in Nigeria and subsequently became a pastor, kingmaker of Liberia’s 2011 presidential and legislative elections, an alleged war criminal now Nimba County Senator — would warn that if they were not careful they would all be slaughtered. Nearly routed by the NPFL, as it were, and knowing quite honestly that they would have fared worse had they not formed a quick pact with the INPFL, the ECOMOG peacekeeping troops couldn’t but regard Johnson with a breath of gratitude. It was such that the man became in their eyes something of a demigod. Whenever he visited they would open the gates wide. Johnson would march in with his boys and their weapons loaded and the rebels would have their cars crammed full of looted items.The peacekeeping troops were, of course, doing the looting as well. Indeed there no longer seemed any pride among them.One night, having stood sentry at one of the main entrances to the Freeport, Emeka was returning to his quarters. Suddenly he heard the angry voices of men in the darkness. One of the voices was that of a Nigerian soldier, the other, a Gambian, the third, a Sierra Leonean, and the fourth and fifth, a Ghanaian and a Guinean soldier. Just behind a shipping container, they could be heard violently arguing over something or other, the Guinean soldier in French and the others in Pidgin. The voices grew louder and louder. It seemed almost as though the ECOMOG soldiers, alone with themselves in the darkness, would fall to blows.Inching his way towards the voices and as quietly as possible, Emeka rounded the container then put on his torchlight. There, a few yards in front of him, stood the peacekeeping troops, holding between them a large and brand new refrigerator atop which were four or five cardboard boxes containing television sets and cooking utensils. When the beam of light shone in their faces, they froze. For a moment, nobody spoke; Emeka said nothing. Then the ECOMOG soldiers dropped the refrigerator and the boxes and took to their boots, with the helmets of two soldiers falling from their heads, and disappeared into the darkness. For a long time afterwards Emeka would remember how astonished they had been, like Mary and Magdalene on finding Christ’s tomb empty. The incident would become a famous joke told at ECOMOG headquarters.To be cont’d.Copyright © Saah Millimono 2016About the author: Saah Millimono is the author of Broken Dreams, which was awarded the Short Fiction Prize of the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings. His first novel Boy Interrupted was awarded 2nd Place for the Kwani Manuscript Project, a one-off writing prize for African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora. He is currently at work on his second novel, which explores the root causes, some of which were not only the direct result of misrule but also the social disparities and perhaps even prejudices that existed both between the indigenous and Americo-Liberians, which triggered the Liberian Civil War. It is also the overlapping stories of three very different characters caught in the conflict and forced into situations that are as sweeping and heartrending as the war itself. He has written for the Daily Observer and the Guardian (UK).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A father of two is now dead while another man was admitted a patient at the Suddie Regional Hospital after the boat in which they were travelling slammed into a tree at Grant Friendship, Lower Pomeroon, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), in the wee hours of Tuesday.Dead is 25-year-old Renny France also called “Kelly”, a miner of Friendship Canal, Lower Pomeroon River, while the injured man was identified as 27-year-old Dennon Lyte also of the said address. Based on reports received, at the time of the tragedy, the wooden boat was captained by Lyte.While information about the accident remains sketchy, it is believed that due to poor visibility, the captain collided with the tree. As a result of the impact, France was thrown overboard and sustained serious injuries about his body.Lyte also sustained bodily injuries. However, upon hearing the impact, residents in the area rushed to investigate. The two men were rescued by the residents and taken to the Charity Hospital where France was pronounced dead on arrival.Lyte was transferred to the Suddie Hospital where is was admitted. France’s body is at the Suddie Hospital mortuary awaiting an autopsy. France leaves to mourn his wife, two children and other relatives.
The EnCana Events Centre will be re-scheduling the Reba McEntire concert, originally set for Sunday June 20th.At this time the new date has not been set, but should be announced shortly. The concert has been postponed because of scheduling conflicts.Anyone who purchased tickets for the original date will still be able to use them once the new date has been announced. Once a new date has been announced, refunds will be available for three weeks at the point of purchase.- Advertisement -Keep watching this page for updates or listen to 100.1 Moose FM.
LONG BEACH – The new owners of the Ice Dogs have taken a “throw it at the wall and see what sticks” kind of philosophy in regards to promotional dates. “Thong Night” went over OK, and even American Idol reject, William Hung, wasn’t too bad. But Wednesday afternoon’s “Lunch with the Ice Dogs” didn’t stick even a little as club drew the worst crowd in its 11 seasons in Long Beach. Despite falling behind early and having to hold on late, the Ice Dogs (20-30-3) used another of their games in hand to claw back within six points of idle Victoria in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Conference. The Ice Dogs, who still have three games in hand on Victoria, also moved into a tie for ninth place with Utah, pending the Grizzlies’ game late Wednesday night. “We’ve been playing pretty well and are very much alive,” said Ash Goldie, who recorded a hat trick for his team-leading 24th, 25th and 26th goals. “Our attitude is like every game is a playoff game; it’s do or die.” Even though the Ice Dogs might look like world-beaters early in the day, they didn’t come out strong Wednesday. In fact, the Thunder took a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds in on a goal from Tim Sestito. It served as a wake-up call. From there, the Ice Dogs allowed just one more shot in the first period and took over on the scoreboard. Brandon Schwartz evened the score at 3:09, Goldie netted his first of the game 4:52 into the second, and Jeff Mason made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 13:14. “That’s a tough one 23 seconds in,” Adduono said. “After that, we settled down and played like we needed to play.” However, the Ice Dogs did manage to stick it to the Stockton Thunder, 5-3, before an announced crowd of 531 at the Long Beach Arena, snapping a three-game losing streak and, in the process, making up a little ground in the ECHL Kelly Cup playoff chase. “We practice really well (in the mornings), so I was hoping the (noon) game time would be good for us,” said coach Rick Adduono. “This was a game we needed to win.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Gylfi Sigurdsson will only be allowed to leave Swansea for a £50million fee Swansea have put a £50million price tag on Gylfi Sigurdsson.The move comes as the Icelandic playmaker continues to be heavily linked with Everton and Leicester.Swansea remain determined to keep hold of Sigurdsson, who was named the club’s player of the year for the second successive campaign last season.The 27-year-old scored nine league goals and had 13 assists in a team which spent the entire season battling against relegation.It was understood Swansea wanted at least £40million if they were to sell Sigurdsson, but that figure has now been revised with transfer fees spiralling this summer.Sigurdsson has three years left on his contract having signed a new deal last August.He has scored 30 goals in 112 games since the Swans signed him from Tottenham for £6.8m in July 2014.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins revealed in February that Sigurdsson was the subject of “substantial offers” during the last transfer window, with interest understood to have come from both home and abroad.Sigurdsson said at the club’s end-of-season awards in May that he was happy at Swansea and would only leave the Liberty Stadium if the club wanted to sell him.Everton have spent big in the summer transfer window so far with Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Henry Onyekuru, Nathangelo Markelo and Sandro Ramirez joining their former player Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park.The Toffees’ coffers are also set to be swelled by the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for an initial £75m.Leicester have also been strongly linked with Sigurdsson, particularly as Riyad Mahrez’s future has been in doubt after the Algeria international expressed his desire to leave the King Power Stadium.Swansea midfielder Jack Cork, meanwhile, is in talks to join Burnley, a club where he has had two previous loan spells.Cork, 28, has played 80 league games for Swansea since joining from Southampton in a £3m deal in January 2015.But he lost his first-team place as Swansea secured their top-flight survival under Paul Clement.And Cork’s game time could become even more limited following the £11m signing of Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa.
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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Newhouse had been in and out of state prison since age 18 for drug-possession and drug-sale convictions in Kern County and for parole violations, state Department of Corrections records show. Newhouse’s most recent conviction was in January in Kern County for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon, records show. He was released on parole Oct. 4. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 firstname.lastname@example.org LANCASTER – A convicted drug dealer, paroled from state prison last week, was found shot to death early Thursday in front of a Lancaster apartment complex. Ruben Newhouse, 27, who deputies believe had been living in Palmdale, was found shortly after 2 a.m. lying near the curb in the 1300 block of West Avenue J-2, authorities said. “We don’t have any witnesses to the shooting yet,” sheriff’s homicide Detective Donna Cheek said Thursday. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots, then the sound of vehicles driving away, Cheek said. Newhouse was found lying on the parkway in front of one of a row of apartment buildings on Avenue J-2.
“We’re going to do that every time,” Bruich said. “We feel like our defense is strong enough to keep them out of the end zone.” Fouch finished 21-of-28 for 186 yards with four TDs and an interception. YUCAIPA – Although Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich was not happy with his team’s running game, sound passing and strong defense were enough for the Wildcats to hand Yucaipa a 27-7 loss in Citrus Belt League play Friday night. REV set the tone with a strong scoring drive in the first few minutes of the game, lasting until 2:55 in the quarter. The Wildcats gambled on fourth-and-3 from the 8 and it paid off when quarterback Ronnie Fouch found a diving Lance Evboumwan in the end zone. “They knew a lot of stuff we were going to do,” Bruich said about Yucaipa coach Scott Pearne, who formerly coached at REV. “That is why we changed things up a bit. And we knew some things about them, too.” Bruich said his team will continue to work on its running game in the final three weeks of regular season. “Right now it’s hard to get up every day and play flawless,” Bruich said. “But we’re making strides and we’re getting things done.” The Wildcats host winless Fontana next week while Yucaipa will face A.B. Miller. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Yucaipa quarterbacks Zach Hafner and Pierre Girtley combined for only 37 yards. In the second quarter, Fouch hit Isaiah Burel for a 21-yard scoring pass. The two teamed up on a 9-yard TD in the third quarter. Burel finished with nine receptions for 94 yards. Chris Polk caught Fouch’s final TD on a 1-yarder in the final quarter. REV finished with 12 first downs and 289 yards of total offense. The Thunderbirds (1-6, 1-3) had six first downs with 92 yards on the ground and got on the scoreboard late in the game. With only five minutes remaining, Yucaipa’s Josh Soldo recovered a blocked put and ran it in for a 35-yard TD.
Declan Bonner will have some talking to do at half-time as his side trail Derry by TWO points at half time in the Ulster MFC semi-final. Donegal have been poor in the opening half and Derry are full value for their two point half-time.Derry have dominated the middle sector and have used that dominance as a platform to launch attacks.Donegal started slowly in their victories over both Tyrone and Armagh and Donegal supporters will be hoping they can blow Derry away with another improved second-half display. Donegal have quality all over the pitch and have strength and depth on the bench.Bonner may utilize the options available to him to give Donegal an extra kick in the second-half.Half-time score Derry 0-05 Donegal 0-03 ULSTER MFC SEMI-FINAL: DONEGAL TRAIL DERRY BY TWO POINTS AT HALF-TIME was last modified: June 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DerrydonegalGAAnewsSportUlster MFC