Greece suspends professional football indefinitely

first_imgBy Graham WoodMatches in Greece’s professional football leagues have been suspended indefinitely in a crackdown on violence, the Super League said on Wednesday.The move follows a pitch invasion at the end of the Athens derby last weekend and a Super League board meeting which ended in a brawl on Tuesday, with Greece’s recently-elected Syriza ruling party aiming to stamp out the problem of crowd violence.“What we have been informed is that the Super League and the Football League have been suspended indefinitely,” Super League president Giorgos Borovilos told reporters.“We have a new government who are looking to bring this subject up for discussion and implement state laws related to it.”Greece’s Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis met Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday to discuss the matter and held further meetings with Super League president Giorgos Borovilos.Borovilos said it had not yet been decided how long matches would be suspended and on what conditions they would resume, adding that “some things are not done in one or two weeks.“The government wants games to start again as soon as possible, but for that they want to see immediate reactions from all of us,” he said.“There will be further discussions between ourselves, the board of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) and the Football League where we will see how we can build legislative frameworks and implement security measures to ensure football is safe”.It is the third time this season that professional football in Greece has been shut down.Matches were halted for one week last September following the death of a fan after violent clashes at a third division match between Ethnikos Piraeus and Irodotos.The authorities then suspended games last November after Christoforos Zografos, assistant director of the Central Refereeing Committee (KED), was taken to hospital following a violent assault.Panathinaikos’ 2-1 derby win over Olympiakos Piraeus over the weekend ended with a pitch invasion after flares were thrown onto the field at various times during the match, one of which hit the Olympiakos midfielder Pajtim Kasamion the arm.Kontonis told national TV news channel Skai: “What went on during the (Athens) derby and what has been happening in other stadiums in the past has surpassed all limits… fans invading the pitch, throwing flares that are aimed to hurt people; all this is unthinkable and this situation cannot continue.“The government will not simply monitor these phenomena in silence. What happened yesterday shows the reality.“When we see this violence from the stadium go to a boardroom of a football institution, then you understand that the situation is completely out of control.”A Super League board meeting ended abruptly on Tuesday when a verbal spat between Olympiakos Piraeus president Evangelos Marinakis and his Panathinaikos counterpart Giannis Alafouzos sparked a violent scuffle with tensions high following the trouble at the Athens derby.The incident meant the meeting between the presidents of all Greece’s top flight clubs came to a premature end with Alafouzos telling reporters his deputy Vasilis Konstantinou suffered a cut lip from a blow by one of Marinakis’ bodyguards.“We were assaulted,” he said. “Mr Marinakis threw a glass of water at me and then his bodyguard threw a punch at Mr Konstantinou. I cannot believe that a Super League board meeting had such violence.”last_img read more

Hamilton beats the elements to seize pole in wet Hungary

first_imgFormula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday after a qualifying session with thunder, lightning and plumes of spray.The Briton’s Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas will line up alongside on the front row of the starting grid with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel behind them.last_img

‘Accountability will remain!’ – Williams rubbishes claims of lack of transparency in future JADCO closed door anti-doping hearings

first_imgJamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) chairman Alexander Williams said that he is “amazed” at the position held by some persons that transparency and accountability will be compromised in future anti-doping hearings, which will now all be held behind closed doors. “Are we saying that when a court hears a matter in camera, meaning it’s not public, is that the court is not transparent,” Williams asked. “When you have a rape or sexual offence case, if it is held outside of the public lair to protect witnesses, are they lacking transparency? I would say no. The issue of transparency does not depend on there being a public hearing.” However, Former JADCO executive director Renee Anne Shirley said she disagrees with the body’s decision. She was responding, on Twitter, to a letter to the editor published in The Sunday Gleaner yesterday, saying that transparent hearings should be JADCO’s default. “I have seen the usefulness of public hearing when an eliteath (elite athlete) took OTC (over the counter) cold medication to clear stuffy nose (which is not Prohibited out-of-comp) & small traces of PED (performance enhancing drugs) in med (medication) showed up in his sample taken next day after a race…UTech expert testimony helped explain this @ (at) hearing…,” Shirley tweeted. Shirley was explaining that many members of the public are unable to put verdicts into context unless they get an explanation of the reasons they were reached. Williams said that Jamaican athletes would actually be put at a disadvantage in open hearing settings, when other athletes in similar situations around the world have more privacy. He also responded to sports attorney Emir Crowne’s comments in last Friday’s Gleaner publication, that Jamaica was “ahead of its time” in having open hearing sessions, as most other countries do not. “Jamaicans didn’t have the advantage because we conducted our hearings in public,” he said. “It was because of the inspections which took place with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and they saw that our procedures were in the main, in line with their rules. They have done their investigations and have not found JADCO to be wanting.” TRANSPARENCY WILL REMAIN But he said that there is actually no issue of transparency as the media will still be able to get information on hearings. However, it will have to be after each session, rather than being let into the sessions to transcribe and record the events. “The public will have transparency,” he said. “The media will still cover these things. They will still go and ask questions of persons who exit the hearings. Given that they don’t act in certain parameters, they can speak to the press. That will continue and JADCO will still publish, as we’re required to do, the results of these hearings.” Attorney Patrick Foster said that he has no issue with this, as long as panel members spend the time explaining to the media the reasons for decisions reached, much like Shirley wants. “When the decision is handed down, the panel members should give complete and full reasons to justify the decision they have made, so that members of the media, and the public would be aware of the circumstances of each decision made by the panel. It’s important,” Foster said. Foster was the legal representative of Windies cricketer Andre Russell, during his whereabouts violation hearing brought about by JADCO in 2016.last_img read more

Mighty Sports inches closer to Jones Cup crown, but sweep still the goal

first_img‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division LATEST STORIES Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Eugene Phelps scored against the Koreans in Mighty Sports’ vital 89-82 win on Tuesday in the Jones Cup in Changhua, Taiwan. MSA PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Pilipinas resumes its gold medal hunt when it battles Indonesia on Friday in the 2019 Jones Cup in Changhua, Taiwan.Undefeated at 5-0, the country’s representative to the annual tournament only needs to win two of the three remaining games to capture its second Jones Cup crown but a sweep remains its ultimate goal.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Task of filling in for Jayson Castro adding more pressure to Kiefer Ravena’s return Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists “It would be nice if we reclaim the title via a sweep,” said team owner Alexander Wongchuking. “It’s sweeter the second time around.”Behind imports Renaldo Balkman and Eugene Phelps, Mighty Sports has won all its games with a margin of 22.6 points with the 89-82 decision over World Cup-bound South Korea the closest one yet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAgainst the Indonesians, the head coach Charles Tiu will likely give players like Fil-American players like Jason Brickman, Mikey Williams, and Jeremiah Gray a chance to shine.Mighty Sports goes for the clincher on Saturday against host Taiwan-A before capping its campaign against Taiwan B on Sunday. Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ View commentslast_img read more

Motorcyclists, When Will You Ever Learn—or Must GOL Permanently Ban You from Our Streets…

first_imgThe latest victim of Liberia’s motorcyclists’ recklessness that we know of is Victoria Keryibah, the Bahn, Nimba County, woman who recently suffered broken bones in a head-on collision of two motorcyclists on the Bahn-Bartuah highway.Alas, many people, including motorcyclists themselves, have died because of this reckless behavior. When, when, we ask in desperation, will these motorcycle riders ever learn?Very recently, weeks before Victoria met her unfortunate fate, a Monrovia motorcyclist ended up dead under a truck! What was he doing there? Who does not know that underneath a truck, whether moving or stationary, is a very dangerous place to be, no matter who one is? About three years ago a senior official of a bank, driving home through Congo Town, just minutes before reaching his residence, ran underneath a parked dump truck and was instantly killed. People had to use axes to break open the car to remove his crushed remains.And what were two motorcyclists doing in a head-on collision on the highway in Bahn? Do they not realize that a head-on collision of any kind, be it motorcycles or motor vehicles, is dangerous and even life-threatening? Look at what happened to Victoria, a mother of four, who is now stuck alone to care for her four children, her man having eloped, saying he does not want a woman in her broken-up condition!How much more damage, injury, disruption of people’s lives, livelihood, health and security must these motorcyclists be allowed to inflict upon our innocent people only because they want to get from point A to B fast and collect the fare? Just last week, a man and his driver, riding an SUV, came very close to fatally hitting a motorcyclist who abruptly swerved before the moving SUV. Only the SUV driver’s attentiveness and quick reflexes stopped him from running over this reckless motorcyclist. Is it even necessary or useful to ask this motorcyclist why he abruptly and without thinking swerved before a moving SUV that could have seriously injured or killed him? We know that this question is futile. But how many times must such a question be asked? Must this always be the nature of the beast—to drive thoughtlessly and recklessly, without any thought of the consequences, be they injurious or deadly?Chris Massaquoi, the former Police Director, tried to tame the motorcyclists by banning them from certain parts of Monrovia. Now the new Police Director, Gregory Coleman, and his Deputy for Operations, Abraham Kromah, who has been re-instated following his earlier dismissal on account of these same reckless motorcyclists, are now faced with the identical challenge: taming these unconscionable and ruthless motorcyclists. Look what they have done to Victoria!This poses yet another serious challenge to the Liberian government—to fix the country’s transportation system. Presidential candidates, we know that you would not want to play politics with this one—pandering to the unscrupulous and often arrogant sentiments of motorcyclists. But be careful. The monster may come back one day to bite you! The question is, how will you contain, deal with motorcyclists’ recklessness that seriously threatens and endangers precious lives?If you think this question is unnecessary, just wait and see.The plight of Victoria should be the first wakeup call to Director Coleman and Deputy Director Abraham Kromah. Abe, you have been there before and are once again facing the same monster, motorcyclists’ recklessness. The public awaits your response to this dangerous scenario that you know all too much about.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

African Decade support

first_imgWith the present activities focusing on giving meaning to the International Decade for People of African Descent, it might be useful to remember the efforts of the previous PPP Administrations to commemorate the prior “International Year for People of African Descent” (IYPAD) declared in 2011. This is against the background of persistent allegations of “race baiting” statements by former President Bharrat Jagdeo.Back in 2009, the United Nations had designated the year as IYPAD in acknowledgement of the historic injustices that had been inflicted on African peoples and on the need for the world to attempt rectification in the present. At the launching of the event, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had pointed out: “The international community has affirmed that the transatlantic slave trade was an appalling tragedy not only because of its barbarism, but also because of its magnitude, organised nature and negation of the essential humanity of the victims. Even today, Africans and people of African descent continue to suffer the consequences of these acts.”The PPP Government, through the Ministry of Culture, immediately organised a broad- based committee to plan a year-round roster of activities to give life to the declaration. In January, after the launching of the plan of activities, there were some accusations that the Government was excluding some organisations. President Bharrat Jagdeo’s Administration then granted million to the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) to support the organisation’s activities to mark the occasion. He did this even though ACDA has been one of the most independent organisations in the African community and has not been shy in criticising the Government on occasion.At the launching of the IYPAD commemoration at the International Convention Centre, then President Jagdeo had promised, “We will as a nation salute, honour and pay tribute to the people of African descent who constitute such a vital part of the fabric of this plural nation and we’re not just going to talk about it, but make sure that financially, the Government will support it.” In a very candid and forthright challenge, Jagdeo also declared, “When we come to the table, whatever differences we have, let’s talk about it here. If you feel that there are sections of the Government that do things that are inimical to the interest of people of African descent, bring it to the table, don’t stay in the corner and cry like a baby.”We believe the former President touched on the crux of the conversations that are presently swirling about his statements on “racial discrimination” against Indian Guyanese in New York. In a society that is racially “plural” as Jagdeo reminded us, we cannot escape the reality that one group or another will unfortunately read “racism” when the issue of race is invoked. But responsible leaders will have to be measured in their responses since the latter can also be dubbed “race baiting”. It is time that those who use our group identifications to divide us be rejected: there are still the disabilities consequent to slavery and indentureship in our midst to confront.As Jagdeo said back then, “This dedication of 2011 as the year for peoples of African descent was necessary because the world needs to yield itself from these afflictions in history, particularly the single affliction that is at the root of the ills suffered by Africans, that is African slavery.” But what should be appreciated is that the then President, as with the present one, sought to go beyond the identification and celebration of cultural survivals – important as those might be.In a landmark speech in 2007 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, then President Jagdeo became the first Head of Government of a Caricom State to officially, unequivocally demand reparations for the descendants of Africans against the European slave traders and owners. The support for reparations was once again articulated by Jagdeo at the 2011 launching of IYPAD and these actions should not be conveniently forgotten.last_img read more

Fort St. John Get Fit Challenge starts Monday

first_img If you have any questions about the City of Fort St. John Get Fit Challenge, email or call 250-787-7100. In order to take part in the Get Fit Challenge, visit and click register, or click here, or sign up at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, the Visitor Information Centre or the North Peace Leisure Pool.Once you register, you’ll receive an email message with details about how to complete the registration process and a direct link to the Get Fit website. After signing up, all you have to do is log on and track any activity you do on starting next Monday. That could mean walking around the block, swimming in the pool or cleaning the house; any type of activity will help you reach the goal of Mexico. When the 12 week program ends, one lucky person will win a trip for two to Mexico courtesy of Uniglobe Guardian Travel. This isn’t meant to be a weight loss challenge; it’s meant to encourage you to live an active lifestyle. You can sign up as an individual or as a team and teams can challenge other teams that participate.   Moose FM has already challenged the City of Fort St. John.- Advertisement – The cost to participate is only $25 per person, with $10 of that going back to two local charities, Kids Sport and Jumpstart.  Both programs help kids in our community participate in local sports.  The other $15, goes back to the company (12 Weeks to Wellness), that has provided the system we will all use to track our activity.   Anyone can participate, but only people over 18 can win the grand prize. Sign up today and start living an active lifestyle; if you’re already living an active lifestyle sign up anyway for great chances to win.Advertisementlast_img read more

Taylor Bridge deck welding taking place January 14 & 15

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace will be performing deck maintenance on the Taylor Bridge Monday night and Tuesday night January 14 & 15.Maintenance will begin at 7 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating traffic with up to 20-minute delays.- Advertisement -YRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates or you can call our after hours line at 1-888-883-6688.last_img

For now, a solid victory is good enough

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The victory left USC with a 7-2 record, expectant of inching up in the polls and clinging to its fragile, blurred BCS dreams. In their old world, the one where they were the Mighty Trojans and seemed incapable of walking without annoying swagger, they would have run over the Beavers, leaving them like so much road kill. In this world, winning a fairly business-like game will do just fine. The Beavers came in having won three consecutive games. They had the same 3-2 conference record as the Trojans. And were emboldened by the knowledge they had just beaten USC last season. The Beavers were no longer some automatic victory on the USC schedule, but a team to offer concern. It mattered not one twit, the Trojans riding to victory behind an absolutely sterling defensive effort and an offensive stretch in the second quarter that saw them score touchdowns on three consecutive possessions. It was a game they very much needed after last week’s sobering loss in Oregon and it left them hopeful that if they’re able to win their last three games – Cal, Arizona State and unpredictable UCLA – they may yet at least resemble the Trojans of yore. “We’ll see how we come through our last four games,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “And we’ll see who we are.” Saturday they were a team that relied on a dominating defense, one that harassed poor Beavers quarterback Sean Canfield until he probably wasn’t certain which sideline to head. The Trojans sacked Canfield nine times, and pressured him several others. Carroll had compared him favorably to Matt Leinart prior to the game, and at least he’s left-handed. He was also 11-for-25 for 85 yards and an interception. “The game was clearly dominated by what we did defensively,” Carroll said. “We just kept coming after them. “It was an overwhelming night for our defense. The defense has been playing well all season, and games like this should pop up.” The night also featured John David Booty’s return as the starting quarterback. Coming off his broken finger, he wasn’t exactly sharp, but played well enough to secure his position and quell any would-be noise by Mark Sanchez supporters. The USC receivers, showing there remains plenty of room for improvement, continued to drop several passes, but Booty completed 19 of 33 for 157 yards and two touchdowns. “He was a little rusty like you would expect from someone who’s been out three weeks,” Carroll said. “John David has to play better and we have to do a better job of catching the ball.” The running game was good enough, but it was the defense that clearly carried the Trojan night. A defense that was supposed to be the great force behind this team finally fully arrived, playing even more impressively than when it shut out an offensively inept Notre Dame team. “The great strength of our team is defense,” Carroll said. “If you play great defense and don’t turn the ball over, it can be tough to lose games. “I think this can really be a formula for us.” That would be, unfortunately, a reflection about both the defense and offense. This is sort of what this season has unexpectedly become for the Trojans, anyway, finding a way. Looking to establish an identity isn’t what they had in mind by the ninth game of the season, but it is their new world. Saturday made for a nice enough win, a little something to build on as USC goes about this strange “grind time” at the end of its season. Certainly some things went right for the Trojans that were outside their control. Second-ranked Boston College was exposed as another good team that had played an unimpressive schedule by falling to three-loss Florida State. With Oregon also knocking off previously unbeaten Arizona State, the Ducks should climb to third in the polls this week. Now if either Ohio State or LSU falters, Oregon is in strong position to move into the BCS title game. Which would free the Pac-10’s No. 2 to play in the Rose Bowl. USC has to win out, and simply see how the rest of it all plays out. A Rose Bowl berth is still a possibility, and there’s even a remote chance at the Fiesta. Of course, there is also the possibility of the Sun Bowl, or much less. It’s all very uncertain, all unlike anything the Trojans have known in the past few years, and very much where they’re at. On the plus side, at USC Carroll is now 21-0 in November. It’s what he calls “finish time.” Hope remains, however, even if it’s strange not to be more powerful than a locomotive. They don’t have to tower over teams, just beat them. Like Saturday. In this new land, that’ll be taken as progress. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Into their new world they strode, where bullets did not bounce off their chests and teams did not cower at their sight. The Trojans understood exactly what was going on, calling it unknown territory, that foreign land of two-loss teams. In this land you survive, do whatever necessary to keep moving forward, leaving the more grand aspirations to others. And the Trojans did enough on a cool, hazy Saturday evening at the Coliseum, overcoming Oregon State, 24-3, basically on the strength of their defense and an impressive offensive second quarter. last_img read more


first_imgAt Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference was Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland, Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council and Joy Harron, Donegal Tourism.Almost 200 delegates attended Donegal County Council’s ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ Digital Marketing Conference in Solis Lough Eske Castle yesterday.Organisers of the conference, Donegal County Council in association with Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism Ltd were delighted by the turnout and response to the event.Those who attended were hoping to gain an insight into digital marketing activities and how the Wild Atlantic Way touring route can increase visitor numbers in Donegal. Andrew Weld Moore from Facebook speaking at Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference organised by Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism.The innovative conference got off to an interesting start as attendees and businesses discovered a range of simple cost effective online marketing tips that could be applied to businesses to ensure positive growth.Crowds heard from an expert panel of speakers presented at the conference including representatives from Google, Facebook and two of Ireland’s leading digital agencies. Wolfgang Digital and Ambition Digital gave insightful and invaluable information on digital marketing and social media for businesses.The conference also featured practical case studies from Donegal businesses in the tourism sector that feature the Wild Atlantic Way in their marketing campaigns with great success.Speaking at the conference Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely said tourism is a hugely important to our economic growth and development in the county. “The Wild Atlantic Way is the perfect marketing tool to promote our fantastic county. This is reflected here today in the turnout of businesses who want to learn how to incorporate the Wild Atlantic Way into their marketing strategy to ensure lasting results for their tourism business. The information received here today is invaluable and we are keen to continue to work with businesses in the tourism sector to help increase visitor numbers to our county”.Speakers from Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference organised by Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism. Left to right Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland, Alan Coleman, Woolfgang Digital, Charlie Boyle, Customer Service Excellence, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Donegal County Council, Andrew Weld Moore, Facebook and Jill Robb, Ambition Digital. COUNCIL’S WILD ATLANTIC WAY DIGITAL CONFERENCE GOES VIRAL! was last modified: September 26th, 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:Donegal County CouncilSEAMUS NEELYWild Atlantic Way Digital Conferencelast_img read more