CONCACAF unveils new code of conduct

first_imgMIAMI (CMC):A new code of conduct was launched on Tuesday by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).The new code of conduct, assisted by an ethics hotline, sets new standards for organisations that provide a product or service to CONCACAF or to whom the Confederation makes payment.CONCACAF says all football, corporate, media and vendor partners will be responsible for adhering to these policies with immediate effect.”Our fans, players, sponsors and member associations count on us to conduct business using stricter ethical standards, and that includes our work with partners,” CONCACAF said in a statement.”This new code of conduct underscores our responsibility to substantially improve CONCACAF’s operations, while allowing the Confederation to efficiently fulfill our mission of advancing the game of football.”The code focuses on three main areas: legal and regulatory compliance practices, business practices, and labour practices and human rights.It requires compliance with the anti-corruption laws of the countries in which partners conduct business, including the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the United Kingdom Bribery Act.It also bans gifts and payments to executive committee members and CONCACAF employees, and restricts partners conducting business with any employee or representative who has a family member with a financial interest in the partner’s business.”The code of conduct also authorises the Confederation to audit its partners’ internal controls and operational effectiveness. Additionally, CONCACAF will set up a Partner Ethics Hotline to be overseen by the Confederation’s compliance team, where whistle-blowers can safely and securely report questionable behaviour or possible violations of the code of conduct,” CONCACAF explained.”All of CONCACAF’s existing partners are responsible for complying with the code of conduct and educating all employees and representatives who may conduct business on its behalf,” it added.last_img read more

Lara fails again

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE (CMC): Brian Lara’s struggles with the bat continued while former West Indies teammate Fidel Edwards bowled a poor final over as their Leo Lions went down by four wickets to Virgo Super Kings in the Masters Champions League yesterday. Promoting himself to the opening slot, the left-handed Lara managed just one before he was stumped off left-arm spinner Murali Karthik with the sixth delivery of the game at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Lara, who is captaining the side, now has scores of eight, nought, and one in his three innings. New Zealander James Franklyn top-scored with 44 from 33 balls with two fours and two sixes, while South African Johan Botha chipped in with 27 from 24 deliveries with two fours and a six. Lions were wandering at 102 for seven in the 17th over when Franklyn and Zimbabwean Heath Streak (21 not out) arrived to add 44 off 20 balls in an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership. In reply, Pakistani Azhar Mahmood lashed 48 from 28 balls with four fours and two sixes, while Neil McKenzie got 30 off 34 deliveries to put Super Kings on course for victory. However, they still needed 15 off the last over and Edwards managed just seven runs from the first four deliveries. Englishman James Foster then turned the game on its head when he blasted a six and a four off the last two deliveries to deliver Virgo Kings a dramatic win. Edwards went wicket-less from his four overs, which cost 41 runs.last_img read more

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Essequibo Coast farmer loses memory after accident

first_img…drunk driver in Police custodyThe family of a 53-year-old man is thanking God for saving his life, following a horrific accident on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), where he was struck down by a drunken motorcyclist.Valmeek Persaud, a father of three, who hails from New Road Charity, Essequibo Coast, was on Friday struck from behind by a motorcyclist, who was not only drunk but also riding without lights.Persaud, who farms for a living, will be forced to adapt to major changes, since he is currently nursing a fractured right leg, internal bleeding, brain damage, spinal injuries, a cut in his right eye and several lacerations about his body.The man, who lost some of his memory during the tragic accident, has been questioning his relatives about his whereabouts since he regained consciousnessValmeek Persaudand is having a difficult time adjusting to his new diet, since he has been feeding through a straw and has been banned from solid foods until recovered.Persaud was rushed to the Charity Hospital, along with the rider of the motorcycle. Persaud fractured his jaw and reportedly cracked his skull. He was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital as a result of extensive injuries.Prakash Persaud, one of the injured man’s sons, said he learnt that his father was on his way home during a heavy downpour about 19:00h when the motorcyclist struck him.The distraught young man told Guyana Times that his dad, given the memory loss, has been asking questions like “what happen to meh foot” and as they gradually try to remind him of the accident, he seems to be “coming around”.The man remains a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital. This publication was told that the driver is in Police custody.last_img read more

“Millers should not use farmers as a bank” – Holder

first_imgAgriculture Minister Noel Holder and Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) General Manager, Nizam Hassan, have finally responded to the growing concerns of stakeholders in the rice industry who are affected by non-payment from buyers in Panama.This swift response on Monday came one day after a report in Guyana Times that detailed the extensive delays regarding payments. However, in an article published by the Department of Public Information (DPI), it contended that Government was not responsible for farmers being owed for rice shipped to Panama.In fact, DPI quoted Minister Holder as saying while the rice industry is doing well, “millers should desist from using the farmers as a bank.” He explained that for the most part, transactions are done through an established letter of credit, noting that the Panamanian market offers a 30 per cent increase in price for rice.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder“Given the existing arrangement and the fact that it is not an irrevocable letter of the credit agreement, the millers evidently want to enjoy both sides of the coin. They want both the increased prices as well as the terms outlined in the line of credit agreement. Millers have the option of paying farmers from funds they have or arrange payments through established banking agreements and are urged to do so since the law stipulates that farmers are to be paid two weeks after paddy is supplied to the millers,” a section of the DPI report noted.GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan, who has not been entertaining calls from this newspaper for the past several months, also told DPI that “the Board is not in possession of the funds and is currently working with officials in Panama to ensure that the outstanding balance will be made available for payment at the earliest possible time.”The General Manager further told the Government’s official media outlet that millers are aware that when they supply the Panamanian market, they will receive payments from the GRDB when it is received from Panama. He added that the market with Panama is a Government market that pays a higher price, but, is however “sometimes” delayed due to “Government processes”.“Millers are owed for the two contracted supply – the last contract for 2017 and the first contract for 2018 and not for contracts for any previous years,” Hassan further told State media.It was further reported that many small millers, who supplied rice under the past two contracts, were recently paid by the Rice Board to the tune of US$1,270,901 from its own resources.“Additionally, GRDB recently received US$550,000 from Panama, which is currently being paid to millers.” The General Manager further pointed out that reports of millers securing private deals through the Mexican market has nothing to do with the Board.“Shipments to the Mexican market are done in a private capacity, henceforth; the Board is not handling any monies for rice supplied to that market,” Hassan asserted, which was understood and published by this newspaper.It was reported that many in the industry abandoned the 2014 Panama-Guyana arrangement after the GRDB was not forthcoming with payments. Sources indicated that millers secured private deals through the Mexican market and according to reports; one ship recently sailed to the Latin American country and another is reportedly on its way with rice. However, it is from these very deals that many farmers felt they could be paid, thus questioning why millers are reluctant to hand over payments,” this publication reported on June 17, 2018.These clarifications were repeatedly sought by Guyana Times but Hassan would often avoid calls. In 2014, Guyana inked a deal with the Government of Panama for 5000 tonnes of rice to be shipped there on a monthly basis. The recent non-payment is adversely affecting farmers across the country who said their ability to sustain their livelihood as rice producers is under threat.Millers alleged Hassan has been telling them he has to check with the Agriculture Minister to enquire about their payments.Guyana Rice Millers Association (GRMA) head, Leekha Rambrich observed earlier this year that even though the GRDB is accessing the money from buyers, the entity had an obligation to pay millers. “GRDB signed a contract with Panama to supply this rice and not the millers. And GRDB is responsible for paying the millers. So that question has to be referred right back to him (Hassan),” Rambrich stated in February 2018.Guyana exported some 540,000 tonnes of rice for 2017, which saw its highest numbers since 2015 when 535,000 tonnes was recorded. However, farmers have seen reduced earnings for their paddy with the loss of the PetroCaribe rice deal which was cancelled by Venezuela in 2015.last_img read more

Govt now engaging Indigenous residents on Amerindian Act

first_imgOver four years have passed since the APNU/AFC coalition Government promised the Indigenous community in Guyana that it would relook at sections of the Amerindian Act of 2006, which they were not satisfied with but to date, changes are yet to be made.President David GrangerThis failed commitment by the Government has resulted in severe hardships on the livelihoods of Indigenous folks throughout the country, many of whom have cried out in recent months, about the Administration continuously making decisions that affect them without any consultation.Adviser to the Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Mervyn Williams on Friday told the media that despite the Indigenous peoples’ complaints, the Government has not adjusted the Amerindian Act of 2006 since they are engaging the Indigenous communities about revisions.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock“That process has started, it is a wide and deep consultative process, we have been consulting in several regions of Guyana. We have not touched all of the regions and we are receiving representations and recommendations for, in some cases strengthening, in some cases excising, in some cases including new provisions in the Act. Some people believe that the Act should be repealed in totality while others believe it requires some adjustment,” he told a media conference on Friday. He added that from process information is presently being compiled.Mervyn WilliamsHe further stated that the relevant Government agencies are working on a draft of an amended bill to present to Cabinet for its consideration, which will then be presented to Indigenous stakeholders to allow them the opportunity of perusing it.However, Williams did not provide a date or deadline as to when a draft bill would be completed.Six weeks ago, the latest land tenure report, the third of its kind, issued by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) cited the present Administration’s failure to make amendments to laws regarding resource rights for the Indigenous peoples as a major factor for inherently limiting land tenure security across Guyana.“The Act fails to set out clear and fair rules for defining and agreeing on land titles and also lacks clear ways of resolving land disputes. The law gives overly broad discretion to the Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, which has resulted in land titling decisions that infringe upon Indigenous land rights, including titles…and titles that exclude key farming, hunting, fishing, or gathering grounds or important spiritual sites”.According to the document, the APNU/AFC coalition had promised that it would assist Indigenous folks and protect their rights but by failing to revise the Amerindian Act of 2006, it has done more harm than good.“Indigenous land tenure stem from the fundamental problem that the Government does not fully recognise the customary tenure systems of Indigenous peoples and the rights that arise therefrom,” it added.last_img read more

Oil and Gas Commission starts publishing more detailed enforcement reports

first_imgPreviously, the Crown Corporation published compliance and enforcement statistics annually, but left those details, as well as penalties and charges out. It will reportedly now release the reports annually.As for why the decision was made quietly, Chief Operating Officer Ken Paulson told the Sun that announcing its reports with “fanfare” would be “a little bit much”. He also added that it was always the commission’s intention to release the information. Included in the first report was an order issued to Nova Gas Transmission in the Fort Nelson area to stop taking water from a pit where there are minnows, as well Tervita for well pressure problems in the Buick Creek area.- Advertisement -To read the full Vancouver Sun article, click here.last_img

Croatian players will sacrifice World Cup final places if not fit – Dalic

first_img“Tomorrow is the World Cup final. Simply, the players know what that is,” Dalic said on Saturday.“One thing that brings me happiness is that all my players tell me if they are not 100 percent fit. They will concede they are not fit. They know what is at stake but if they are unable to give their all they will tell us. They have such an attitude.”Ivan Perisic, who scored and set up Mario Mandzukic’s winner in a 2-1 semi-final win over England, was among five Croatian players to miss training on Friday.“We have nothing to train. We need relaxation and rest to gain freshness for tomorrow,” added Dalic.“We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready. If not, I have great players on the bench who will be raring to go.”Thanks boss: Luka Modric hailed Zlatko Dalic’s impact in turning around Croatia’s fortunes © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVDalic, 51, was little known outside his homeland until the tournament, but has masterminded an incredible turnaround in Croatia’s fortunes.A team boasting the talents of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic were struggling even to qualify for the World Cup before his appointment in October last year.His first match in charge was a must-win qualifier away to Ukraine just to make it into a playoff where they beat Greece.“We are in the World Cup final. That was the influence of our coach,” said Modric.“Our qualification for the World Cup was in doubt and in the most important game, the first game, he talked us up to give us self-belief and self-confidence. He told us there were still good players despite this crisis.“Against Ukraine we got the result, we breezed past Greece in the playoff and a great deal of that is due to our coach. What I most like is his sincerity, attitude and approach to every single player. He’s shown his qualities not just as a coach but as a human being.”– ‘Seismic event’ –Croatia’s run to the final has restored the players’ status as national heroes back home after fans had become disenchanted by corruption cases blighting the game in recent years.Modric was even charged in March over alleged false testimony he gave in the case that saw Croatian football kingpin Zdravko Mamic sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.Modric’s indictment still has to be formally approved by a Croatian court and he is not currently facing arrest.And Dalic hopes that feel-good factor continues for a nation of just over four million people.“We can only be happy and proud that despite the crisis, Croatians have put aside the problems and the hardship,” said Dalic.“Win or lose, tomorrow there will be a seismic event in Croatia. Hopefully there will be four million people out on the streets celebrating.”Modric’s performances in Russia have seen him emerge as a strong contender to finally end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s 10-year grip on the Ballon d’Or.The midfielder also won a fourth Champions League in five seasons with Real Madrid in May.However, Modric insisted it is the collective prize rather than personal acclaim he is seeking on Sunday.“When you are mentioned in that context it’s very nice and pleasing but I don’t preoccupy myself with that,” he added. “What I want is my international team’s success, not individual awards.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Final hurdle: Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic could be forced into changes for Sunday’s World Cup final © AFP / Jewel SAMADMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 14 – Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is prepared to make changes for Sunday’s World Cup final against France if some of his players have not recovered from their exertions in reaching football’s biggest game.Dalic’s men have been forced to go through three periods of extra-time, against Denmark, Russia and England, to become the smallest country in 68 years to make the final.last_img read more

Gus Poyet appointed head coach of Real Betis

first_img Gus Poyet will be in charge of Real Betis for the next two seasons 1 Gus Poyet has agreed to take over as Real Betis coach for the next two seasons.The former Sunderland and Brighton boss left AEK Athens last month after announcing his intention to step down at the end of the campaign.His next stop will be the Primera Division, replacing interim Betis boss Juan Merino.A statement from the club read: “Real Betis have signed Uruguayan coach Gustavo Poyet as new Betis coach for the next two seasons.“Poyet will be one of the cornerstones of the new sports project headed by Miguel Torrecilla.“Real Betis want to especially thank the work done by Juan Merino and his coaching staff this season, who has managed to ward off the team from the lower part of the division.”Merino will lead the side for the final time in the season-ending clash with Getafe on Sunday, with Poyet due to be unveiled on Wednesday.You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.last_img read more

CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN – THE PICTURE THAT SEALS THE 20 YEAR SEARCH TO RECLAIM SAM

first_imgThe picture may look simply like two young boys posing happily for a picture with Donegal’s legendary All-Ireland captain Anthony Molloy.But on closer inspection it tells the story of two generations of GAA player – both in search of Sam Maguire.That’s because the little boy with the cheeky smile on the left is a certain Michael Murphy. Now just four days from leading his team into only their second ever All-Ireland final, the young Glenswilly lad looks no more than eight years old.And yet locals in The Glen say the young boy with the stocky shoulders was already eating, drinking and sleeping football.Molloy, McHugh, Boyle, Gavigan, Walsh, Reid and the likes were already his heroes.In his 23 years he has dreamt of one day lifting the GAA’s most famous piece of silverware high above his head. And now this Sunday he has the opportunity to emulate those names already etched in the history books.All of Donegal awaits……. CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN – THE PICTURE THAT SEALS THE 20 YEAR SEARCH TO RECLAIM SAM was last modified: September 19th, 2012 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALAnthony MollowCroke ParkdonegalMichael Murphylast_img read more