Kuwait launch $1 billion lawsuit against IOC

first_imgThe Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) were suspended by the IOC in October for “undue Government interference” only three years after the lifting of a similar suspension shortly before London 2012.Sheikh Salman claims, however, that the ban was unfairly put in place and that an “appropriate probe had not been conducted”.The development marks the latest in the ongoing saga which has seen Kuwait athletes banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games under their own flag.They are seeking to reclaim damages from the IOC following their “outlaw” from the international sports scene as their football federation is also suspended by FIFA and 15 other International Federations (IF).”It’s totally unacceptable that Kuwait is treated in this unfair way and barred from international sports activities without any appropriate probe being conducted,” the Information Minister told the Kuna, the official news agency of the Kuwaiti Government.”From the very beginning Kuwait did it its utmost to prevent the IOC suspension and showed a sincere desire to co-operate, but all to no avail.”We sent a UN-sponsored delegation to Geneva to explain to the sports body that the Kuwaiti government by no means intervenes in sports activities.”However, we were put in an embarrassing situation in the eyes of the international sports circles and looked as if we were outlaws.”Kuwaiti athletes’ hopes of representing their nation at Rio 2016 all-but ended last week when the rights of all sporting officials and athletes to take independent opinions and actions were curtailed following the passing of controversial new Statutes by the National Assembly.Under the new measures, the Public Sports Authority (PSA) gain the power to dissolve all sporting bodies including the KOC, as well as assuming control over all appointments and financial matters.Those who refuse to comply could face jail terms of between one and three years.The new Statutes, which have been described as threatening to human rights, were proposed by PSA head Sheikh Salman and were approved by 40 of the 46 members of the National Assembly.It effectively dismissed any chance of Kuwait’s suspension from the IOC being lifted before Rio 2016, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for August 5.Sheikh Salman came under fierce criticism from opponents of the Statute amendments, with some claiming the nature of the proposals was “unconstitutional”.”There is only positive interference in the form of support and backing for the sports bodies meant to promote the Olympic movement,” added Sheikh Salman.”Looking ahead, we stress the need for a common stance and cooperation involving all concerned parties without excluding anybody. All of us have to put the higher interests of Kuwait above all other considerations, spare no effort to promote sports and bring back the youth to the international sports events.”The news will also prolong Kuwait’s period in the sporting wilderness as the Government still have the power to dissolve the country’s sports federations, including the KOC.This is all seemingly connected to a personal feud between Sheikh Salman and his cousin Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti IOC member who is also President of both the OCA and the Lausanne-based Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).”This case is now in the hands of the court and we look forward to the outcome with confidence,” an IOC spokesperson told insidethegames.insidethegames has contacted ANOC for comment.last_img read more

CPL sensation Shamsi in for injured Badree

first_imgMUMBAI, India, (CMC):South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has been drafted into the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad for the rest of the season to replace injured West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree.The 26-year-old, who has played 68 first-class matches but is yet to represent South Africa, has gone straight into the final XI for RCB’s game yesterday against Rising Pune Supergiants.Badree sustained a shoulder injury in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in Kolkata earlier this month against England and has failed to recover.”RCB is pleased to have signed in SA’s left-arm chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi for injured Badree,” RCB chairman Amrit Thomas said.”He is highly skillful, with a lot of variations, and has had success in SA’s domestic cricket as well as in the CPL this year. While we will miss Samuel Badree, we are excited about the variety that Shamsi brings to our bowling attack.”Shamsi is known to Caribbean fans, having proved a sensation in the Caribbean Premier League last season, snatching 11 wickets for new boys St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.Badree, meanwhile, is the second West Indies player to be forced out of the IPL with injury after fellow Trinidadian Lendl Simmons was also ruled out for Mumbai Indians with a back injury.last_img read more

House Rejects Konneh’s Plea for Time

first_imgAttempts by Finance Minister Amara Konneh to ‘buy time’ regarding his appearance before the Legislature has been rejected.Konneh was summoned by the House of Representatives to appeal before that August Body on the 13th and 15th of May, to answer to many questions relating to the Liberian economy.However, the Finance Minister communicated with the House requesting that he (Konneh) appear just once – on May 15th only – to respond to inquiries from Capitol Hill.In his letter addressed to Madam Mildred N. Sayon, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Minister Konneh argued that as Finance Minister, he has a “very busy schedule with other issues of national concern,” and as such, he will appreciate if the House could stick to a single date to allow him address all the concerns about the state of the Liberian economy.The House angrily rejected the request and demanded that Konneh make a double appearance next week.In legislative assembly Thursday, May 8, Plenary took serious exception to the Minister’s appeal , stressing that the status of the economy remains very uncompromising and, as the Legislature, there is a need for immediate action to save the State.Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been longing for the removal of Konneh and his team, a system they believed is responsible for the continuous budget shortfalls Liberia is faced with regularly.Konneh has, in turn, blamed the Legislature for the budget shortfall.He accused Capitol Hill of projecting additional revenue after the Executive had already drafted and agreed on the National budget.  But lawmakers harshly reacted to his comments, stressing that the Minister’s assertion is false and misleading.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stakeholders participate in oil and gas regulatory workshop

first_imgAs Guyana continues to prepare for first oil, regulations must be in place to ensure there is smooth functioning of the oil and gas industry. To this end, several key stakeholders are participating in a workshop aimed at providing an overview of the use of standards and recommended practices in the industry.Director of Standards of American Petroleum Institute, David MillerThe two-day workshop commenced on September 12 and saw representatives of from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), Department of Energy (DE), Civil Defence Commission (CDC), ExxonMobil, Hess Corporation, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and other key agencies being engaged in the interactive session.Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI), International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), Americas Director, Wafik Beydoun said the organisation of the workshop was as a result of the request from the DE and GNBS.He explained that IOGP does not develop standards, but rather combines standards from various institutions to establish recommended practices. Beydoun also noted that the company “works with API in trying to make standards more homogenous so that countries like Guyana can benefit”.Participants at the two-day workshopThe IOGP Director emphasised that with Guyana poised to begin oil production in early 2020, it is important to host workshops of this nature. He noted that they should be held at frequent intervals to help key stakeholders understand the complexity of the regulations. “The landscape of standards and best practices is complicated, and that is what we’re trying to show in this first workshop”.Over the two days, the participants will be exposed to areas such as metrology standards, use of standards by regulators, standards of adoption among several others.David Miller, Director of Standards, American Petroleum Institute, told DPI that the participants will be briefed on the standards of the API Committee on petroleum measurements. He explained that API publishes 180 standards in manual petroleum measurement which is used for worldwide custody transfers. “Anytime you move gas from one point to another, you have to measure it and demonstrate what is coming off of the rig going to the ship, what’s going to the ship to the platform etc. So, these standards help the industry do that accurately and safely”.Miller noted that emphasis will be placed on crude lifting, which is, bringing the oil and gas from the deep-water wells. “We have a series of standards specific to offshore crude lifting that you would account for all those different streams because oftentimes you’ll have different regulatory agreements for how oil is treated and how gas is treated”.The workshop continues today at the GNBS training room.last_img read more

Province working to repair Peace roads

first_imgThe Province is working to restore access to various routes across the Peace that were severely damaged by the three-day significant rainfall event.It says 58 different sites on more than 40 roads were damaged, including the Dawson Creek Dangerous Goods Route, Braden Road, Moberly Park Road, Highway 29 and Highway 97.- Advertisement -On Highway 97, alone, there are more than 16 different areas that were either damaged or washed out.Although there are no estimates as to when Highway 97 may be open again, the Province estimates it could take several weeks to repair all the damaged sites.Minister of Transportation and South Peace MLA Blair Lekstrom says staff from the Ministry are currently working on a plan to repair Highways 97 and 29. Lekstrom visited the area over the weekend, and again on Monday, and remarked the storm was unlike any event he has seen in his lifetime.Lekstrom also acknowledged the work of Ministry staff and contractors who worked through the weekend to clean up from the massive storm.Advertisement Wildmare RdChetwynd ClosedHayward RdChetwynd ClosedMoberly South RdMoberly Lake Open to Single Lane196B Landsfreid RdTomslake Limited accessBig Bam RdTaylor ClosedAdvertisement A full list of road closures in the Peace River Region as of 6 a.m. Monday can be viewed below:South Peace:Hwy 97Closed between Chetwynd and MackenzieHwy 29Closed between Chetwynd and Hudson’s HopeAdvertisement 217B North of #10 Willow ValleyGroundbirch ClosedStewart Lake Rd 275Stewart Lake Closed223 RdRolla/Dawson Creek Closed208 Rd – Dangerous Goods RouteDawson Creek Closed243X RdProgress ClosedAdvertisement 255 RdProgress ClosedBraden Rd.Sunset Prairie ClosedLandry Rd.Rolla ClosedNorth Peace:Rd 118A Haagsman RdHudson Hope ClosedBison Rd 109 Cecil LakeWashout Open to Single laneMorley Clarke Rd 250WFort St. John Open to Single laneBison Rd 109Cecil Lake Open to Single laneHarmon Rd 177ACecil Lake Open to Single laneCypress RoadPink Mountain Closed271V RdGround Birch ClosedWrangler RdGround Birch Closedlast_img read more

Kerry promotes environmental book during stop in Pasadena

first_imgnonfiction books. Kerry said he hopes the book will encourage individuals to minimize their “carbon footprint,” whether it’s through the use of energy-efficient lightbulbs, driving less or other measures. The appearance contrasted with his October visit to Pasadena City College, where he made a blooper about education and the troops in Iraq at a campaign stop for then-gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. “If you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well,” Kerry said at the rally. “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” The joke reportedly was supposed to be, “You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.” PASADENA – With his new book in tow, former presidential candidate John Kerry was in town Monday, making his first public appearance here since his infamous “botched joke” about getting “stuck in Iraq.” The Massachusetts senator stopped by Vroman’s Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of his new book, “This Moment In Time: Today’s New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. “It represents our hearts and our guts,” he told a crowd of about 100 people. “This book is a celebration of what a lot of Americans are doing on their own, some of whom are fighting their own government to get things done.” The book has reached No. 28 on the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover Commentators have pointed to his unfortunate remarks as helping undo his bid for the presidency. The senator steered clear of political issues this time around. Prior to his arrival, audience members were instructed to only ask questions about the book, not about politics. During his talk, Kerry spoke of the world being at a “tipping point” not only with regard to global warming, but with other issues such as overburdened fisheries, contamination of oceans and rivers, and toxins in commercial products. He criticized the Toxic Substances Control Act as not going far enough to protect consumers, requiring them, rather than manufacturers, to provide proof of harm. He also said the U.S. government is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The solution, he said, comes in part from the actions of individuals, innovation, corporate incentives and commitment from political representatives. “Is this so big that you just have to hunker down at home and eat ice cream and watch TV?,” he said. “No. We can all reduce the carbon footprint … and we need to seize the opportunity.” His book drew inevitable associations with former Vice President Al Gore and his Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth.” Kerry said his work on the book began before that movie came about, and he pointed to the fact that he attended the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. It was also a cornerstone in his campaign for president in 2004. Teresa Heinz Kerry was scheduled to appear, but was not feeling well, Kerry said. Kerry announced in late January he would not be running for president in 2008. He will run for re-election to his Senate seat from Massachusetts next year, and said that he has not decided who to support for presidential election. patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want 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

Britain’s Labor Party loses its grip on Scottish Parliament

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – In a historic reversal, the separatist Scottish National Party emerged Friday as the biggest political grouping in Scotland, ending 50 years of dominance there by the governing Labor Party and redrawing Britain’s political landscape. The result was the most startling among a series of regional votes across Britain on Thursday, as Prime Minister Tony Blair began a long and choreographed farewell to British politics. The outcome represented a sharp rebuke to Blair and a troubled, embarrassing debut for Gordon Brown, a Scot who is expected to become Britain’s next prime minister. Although he was not a candidate, Brown, currently chancellor of the exchequer, had traveled to Scotland to campaign vigorously against the Scottish National Party, staking his prestige on a Labor victory. As the results were announced – after a chaotic night in which tens of thousands of Scottish ballots were ruled invalid – Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Party leader, hailed the “wind of change” in Scottish politics. “Never again will we say Labor has a divine right to rule Scotland,” he said. “They have no moral authority left to govern.” With all votes counted in the balloting for the 129-seat Scottish Parliament, the Scottish National Party increased its seats to 47 from 25, while Labor fell to 46, down from 50, according to the BBC’s tabulation. The Scottish National Party’s other gains were at the expense of smaller parties. The outcome meant, however, that no single party could dominate the Scottish Parliament without forming a coalition. It was not clear on Friday how that coalition might take shape. In a further setback for Labor, the opposition Conservatives expanded their position significantly at elections for local councils, claiming support outside their traditional heartland in the prosperous south of the country. With votes counted from most of 312 local councils, Conservatives had won about 5,000 of the 10,500 seats up for grabs. Both Labor and the smaller opposition Liberal Democrats lost heavily in the English local council voting. “We’re the one national party speaking up for all of Britain,” the Conservative leader, David Cameron, declared. “I think we can really build from this point, really go forward.”last_img read more

Newcastle transfer news: Magpies handed boost in race to sign Ligue 1 star

first_imgNewcastle United’s pursuit of Montpellier midfielder Ryad Boudebouz has been given a boost after Lyon chose to pull out of the race for his signature.The Algeria international is expected to leave Montpellier this summer, with the French club looking for in excess of £13m in order to part with their star asset.Boudebouz has no shortage of potential suitors with Newcastle, Lazio and Bayer Leverkusen all keen.He had also been attracting attention from Lyon, but according to Foot Mercato, the French giants have decided to pull out of the race to focus on alternative targets.The attacking midfielder was in fine form for Montpellier last season, scoring 11 goals in Ligue 1 and providing nine assists. 1 Ryad Boudebouz in action for Montpellier last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal NY senior team recorded a second championship loss yesterday, losing 0-9 to 3-08 to Kerry.However despite the defeat, the NY GAA format of each team playing each other twice  Pat McGill’s side are still in the fight for silverware.Donegal take on Cavan  at 6.30pm, in the first their first clash with the Breffni boys. DONEGAL NY SENIORS STILL IN CONTENTION FOR SILVERWARE DESPITE KERRY DEFEAT was last modified: June 2nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:DefeatdonegalKerrynySeniorslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Athletic club’s annual start to the year – the 5 mile race from, then back to, Aura Leisure Centre- was on Sunday, in near perfect running conditions. The ‘Black and Amber 5 Miler’, which attracted an excellent field of 118 runners, was won, in convincing style, by Keith Shields, of Foyle Valley AC, in a time of 25.27. He was followed by Adam Speer and Mark McPaul, both Finn Valley.The 1st LAC runner home was 4th placed Pauric Breslin, running 27.58. Sean McFadden was just behind him, with Raymond Birch and Barry Meehan also recording sub 30 minutes. Darren Price and Ciaran O’Donnell, both benefitting from the months of dedicated Marathon training that they undertook in the build up to the Dublin Marathon, had excellent runs and were closely followed by Marcus McClintock. Paul Cosgrove started 2015 the way he’d finished 2014, by smashing his existing 5 mile PB by over a minute, to record an excellent time of 31.25. Paul has been reaping the rewards of his hard training over the past 2 years and 2015 should be another great year for the Letterkenny based Galway man.Also finishing strongly were Garvin Walker, Mark Diver, Kieran Coyle Daniel Cullen and Barry Mackey, all of whom were sub 35.Richard Raymond, after a troublesome injury, made a welcome return to competitive action, with his time of 35.55 winning him 1st prize in the M60 category.There were excellent performances by many other LAC athletes- Seamus Morrison, Michael Galvin, John Hughes, Bernard McDyre, Ryan Hilferty, Fabian McShane, Cathal Roarty, Liam Tinney, Mick Doherty, Joe Higgins, Mark Gildea and junior men Donal McGinty and Sam O’Donnell. Several LAC women put in outstanding performances. 1st woman home was ever improving Sinead Peoples, in 33.19. Noreen McGettigan’s 33.52 gained her 1st prize in the W35 category. Next LAC woman was the in form Shauna McGeehan (34.00), followed by Frances Judge (1st W45) and Marie Boyle, both 34.01. Emer Gormley, back in Letterkenny for Christmas/New Year, on holiday from her teaching job in Dublin, ran 35.52.Other LAC women who had good runs were Patricia McKenna, Ciara Finnegan, Michelle Gillespie, Niamh McDaid, Amanda McGrath and Sinead O’Gorman. 2 LAC runners took part in Milford AC’s 3K last Sunday, December 28th. Adam Friel ran a time of 11.12, with Daniel Cullen finishing in 11.41.On New Year’s Day, 3 LAC runners were in action in the Raphoe 5K, all 3 gaining top 12 finishes. Peter McGinley ran 19.40 in a race won by Finn Valley’s Jack McBride in 16.45. Barry Mackey ran 20.19 and picked up first M40 prize, with Kevin Greenan running 20.20. Also, on January 1st, Hugh Gallagher ran 21.42 in a 5K in Sligo.The action will soon return to cross country. After a brief respite over Christmas/New Year. the Northern Ireland and Ulster Intermediate and Masters’ Cross Country Championships will take place, on Saturday January 17th, in Coleraine.ATHLETICS: LETTERKENY AC’S ‘BLACK AND AMBER’ A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: January 4th, 2015 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:Letterkenny AC noteslast_img read more