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Japanese Olympic Committee investigation team to hold first meeting

first_imgThe trio, made up of two lawyers and a certified public accountant but whose names have not yet revealed, will investigate a transaction from the Bid Committee totalling $2 million (£1.3 million/€1.7 million) which has allegedly-corrupt implications.It is thought the payment was made in two installments in 2013 before Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires.The controversy has surfaced as Black Tidings has ties to Papa Massata Diack, son of disgraced former International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack.French police are now studying the payments, made to Black Tidings head Ian Tan Tong Han, as part of their investigation into the disgraced Diack family, who are accused of using the same account to channel money received in return for covering up failed doping tests in athletics.JOC President and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda yesterday claimed the payment was deemed “necessary” by the Bid Committee.He admitted he was the one to sign off on the transactions but denied any implications of wrongdoing, though he has refused to explain them in detail, claiming he is bound by confidentiality.The JOC chief believes it was “done by the book” and was supposedly for consultancy work the company carried out.An investigation is also being conducted by Tokyo 2020, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has already vowed to fully co-operate with.Abe was a staunch advocate of the Japanese capital securing the hosting rights for the Games and met with Diack and other key officials during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013 when Tokyo was announced as the 2020 host.The IOC, keen to seen to be active in dealing with a problem which could represent the worse crisis since the Salt Lake City corruption scandal in 2002, have also insisted they will work alongside any investigation.They claim they will “continue to work to shed light on the matter”.last_img read more

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Stanley Toe Appointed LLA Executive Director

first_imgMr. Stanley Toe, 1st LLA Executive DirectorThe Board of Commissioners of the newly established Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has appointed Stanley N. Toe as the first Executive Director.According to a press release, Mr. Toe’s duties will include, among others, assisting the chairman in the day-to-day operations of the authority and ensuring the effective implementation of LLA’s programs in coordination with the Board.In his letter of appointment, the Board through its chairman, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, said it looks forward to working with Mr. Toe as the authority begins tackling the challenges ahead.Prior to this position, Mr. Toe served as acting executive director of the former Land Commission and held positions of increasing responsibilities, including program officer for land policy, senior program officer, acting director of the technical secretariat, and director of the Interim Land Task Force.In these roles, according to the press release, he was a driving force in the commission’s achievements of key deliverables, including the Land Rights Policy, the proposed Land Rights Act, the final Land Administration Policy, and the Act that Established the Land Authority.Born in Grandcess, Grand Kru County, Mr. Toe earned his Bachelor’s and Master of Public Administration degrees from Texas Tech University in the United States in 1983 and 1986 respectively, and served there as a teaching and research assistant at the Center for Public Service. He held senior technical positions at the former Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (MPEA), as chief of the public utilities section, responsible for development programs and projects in the telecommunications, electricity and water sectors, and at the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), as senior planning officer and manager for human resources in the technical and administration departments.During his over 15 years of tenure of public service at both the MPEA and the LTC, Mr. Toe attended short-term local and out-country courses and obtained certificates in project planning and telecommunications management.Since joining the land sector in 2010, Mr. Toe has participated in several technical training workshops in Liberia and study tours in West Africa on land tenure issues, and has attended high level meetings of inter-governmental agencies, donors, investors, and civil society on land and natural resources issues.He has made several presentations on land reform in Liberia, for civil society organizations, community-based organizations and universities, as well as at international meetings, conferences, and workshops, according to the release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Re-elected Liberals would still run big deficits, despite new taxes

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberals are promising that a re-elected Justin Trudeau government would impose new taxes on the wealthy, large international corporations, foreign housing speculators and tech giants to help cover the cost of billions in new spending and a tax break for the middle class.Even so, the Liberal platform released today projects another four years of deficits — $27.4 billion next year, falling to $21 billion by the fourth year of the mandate.However, it promises that Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio, already one of the most favourable among industrialized countries, will continue to decrease.- Advertisement -A re-elected Liberal government would impose an additional 10 per cent excise tax on luxury cars, boats and personal aircraft with price tags of more than $100,000.Tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook with global revenues of at least $1 billion a year would face a three per cent tax on revenue generated by the sale of online advertising and users’ personal data.Non-resident foreigners who own vacant property in cities like Vancouver and Toronto, where speculation is a concern, will also face a national tax.Advertisement And the Liberals would crack down on tax loopholes that they say allow large corporations to excessively deduct debt to artificially reduce the amount of taxes they pay.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Men’s Top 25: Pitt stays unbeaten

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! at 12 Pittsburgh 73, DePaul 65 Aaron Gray scored 20 points and Carl Krauser had 19 for the Panthers, who shook off a 13-point deficit to remain one of three unbeatens in Division I. Pitt (13-0, 2-0 Big East) went 20 of 28 at the free-throw line to DePaul’s 5 of 8. last_img read more

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COLÁISTE AILIGH PRINCIPAL AT ‘IRELAND-ST LOUIS’ CELEBRATION

first_imgA special reception has been held in Dublin to celebrate the visit of St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and a top level Business Delegation from that city.The reception was hosted by Mr Kevin F. O’Malley, Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland. Mr O’Malley, himself a St Louis native, also welcomed guests from Dublin, Galway and Donegal to celebrate the strong links between St Louis and Ireland.The reception was held in the Ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park. Photographed at the reception from left to right: Micheál Ó Giobuin, Príomhoide Choláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn, Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St Louis, Mrs Dena O’Malley, Mr Kevin F. O’Malley, American Ambassador, Mrs Helen Mc Glynn, Mr Joseph Mc Glynn, Honory Irish Consul, St Louis. COLÁISTE AILIGH PRINCIPAL AT ‘IRELAND-ST LOUIS’ CELEBRATION was last modified: May 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colaiste AilighSt Louislast_img read more

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GAA: JOE BROLLY’S BACKING OF DONEGAL LANDS HIM IN HOT WATER

first_imgHE’S no stranger to controversy, often tearing strips off teams he sees on The Sunday Game on RTE.Now former Derry GAA star and pundit Joe Brolly is at the centre of another controversy after backing Donegal to beat Kildare in the All-Ireland quarter final this Saturday at Croke Park. Brolly said that Kildare’s season would end this weekend.Racehorse trainer Ted Walsh hit out at Brolly during the Galway races (listen on the video above)Speaking during a break in racing, talk turned to Kildare’s upcoming game with Donegal.It seems Walsh, who is currently based in Kildare, took exception to Brolly’s comments regarding the county’s quarter-final appearance being “as far as they’ll go”.In response, he fumed: “I hope they ram it down Joe Brolly’s throat before the week is over.” Advertisement GAA: JOE BROLLY’S BACKING OF DONEGAL LANDS HIM IN HOT WATER was last modified: July 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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 GAAJOE BROLLYkildareTED WALSHlast_img read more

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FEARS FOR TOWNLAND NAMES AS GOVERNMENT ORDERS POSTCODES FOR EVERY DONEGAL ADDRESS

first_imgSeven-character postcodes are to be allocated to every home in Donegal by 2015.The system led to the disappearance of many townland names from every day usage in the North.In Derry the authorities have spent the past 10 years attempting to reverse the loss of the townland heritage by erecting signs. The new post codes will also mean there would be no hiding place for those hoping to avoid the new Broadcasting License which will replace the TV license and must be paid by every household, whether they have a television or not.Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said the move was an attempt to help emergency, postal, and “other service providers to locate households.”The postcode will be a seven-character code in the format A65 B2CD, with the first three characters relating to a general area or postal district in which the address is located.Around a third of addresses in the country are not unique, and in many rural areas in Donegal dozens of homes can use the same townland address. Minister Rabbitte said: “Most countries have had the benefit of such systems since the mid 1900s. I am very glad to announce that in making the move now we have been able to use the technology and systems available today to move to a next generation system.“The Irish code will be the first in the world to be unique to each individual address.” FEARS FOR TOWNLAND NAMES AS GOVERNMENT ORDERS POSTCODES FOR EVERY DONEGAL ADDRESS was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FEARS FOR TOWNLAND NAMES AS GOVERNMENT ORDERS POSTCODES FOR EVERY DONEGAL ADDRESSlast_img read more

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A FUN DAY FOR ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE IN BALLYBOFEY THIS SUNDAY

first_imgThe Donegal Vintage & Classic Car Club in conjuction with Spina Bifida, Donegal and Dooish National School, Ballybofey are holding a Vintage Car Show & Fun Day takes place this Sunday.Plenty of fun is promised this Sunday in Ballybofey.The event takes place at Harold’s Yard/Glenside Stores, Glenfin Road, Ballybofey from 12-5pm.There will be live music, a car boot sale, childrens’ fancy dress at 1:30pm, tea, cofee, refreshments, cake sale and shop. There will also be a gate prize, raffle draws, novelty events, face painting and baloon modelling.Birds of prey and model aeroplane display on ground. Clothing collection for recycling. Soapy water bucket challenge at 4:30pm. A fun day for all the family.A FUN DAY FOR ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE IN BALLYBOFEY THIS SUNDAY was last modified: February 25th, 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:Ballybofeydonegalfund daylast_img read more

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Man tried to open exit door on US flight

first_imgPassengers and crew aboard the Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators that 23-year-old Alexander Michael Herrera made “unusual statements” before trying to open the plane’s door, FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said.Flight 132 was preparing to land at Portland International Airport when the Arizona man set off an alarm by pulling the door handle in the emergency-exit row, Steele said.Witness Henry Pignataro told KGW-TV that a woman seated next to Herrera asked for help.“I put him in a choke hold and brought him down to the ground,” Pignataro said.Pignataro said he and another man held down the passenger and asked flight attendants for restraints. He said they brought three sets of shoelaces, which Pignataro and the other man used to bind Herrera’s legs.The flight attendants then brought extra seatbelt extensions, and the witnesses applied those to Herrera, as well.Pignataro said Herrera – listed as 100kg his booking information – was then placed into a seat, where he calmly sat “surrounded by big guys” until the plane landed only nine minutes behind schedule.Herrera was being booked into a Portland jail on a charge of interfering with a flight crew, and was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday before a federal magistrate.last_img read more

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South Africa ‘deserves to celebrate’

first_img25 April 2014 South Africa’s celebration of 20 years of democracy is hard earned and well deserved, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at a ceremony to mark the historic occasion at South Africa House in London on Thursday. “My gut reaction to this celebration is that we deserve it. We have earned it in many remarkable ways,” Motlanthe said. “We have earned this historic moment through the epochal struggles we launched to free the South African population from the clutches of a backward and indeed inhuman ideology.” Deputy President Motlanthe, who is on a three-day working visit to the UK, said that South Africa was a different nation to what it was two decades ago: “We are a shining example of what humanity can do to bring about a better world.”Big task The biggest task facing the country was to ensure a growing and prosperous economy to ensure a better life for all South Africans, especially those coming from a background of historic exclusion, he told the audience at South Africa House. “Without a growing economy to extricate South Africans from the abyss of poverty, unemployment and inequality, democracy holds no meaning. In fact, no democracy can survive under conditions of want, penury and social bleakness,” he said. Motlanthe said the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December last year, was underscored by the preamble of the Constitution: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white. This should not be seen as a facile slogan, he said. Instead, South Africa was a microcosm of the world, where people from all corners had chosen to live. “Similarly our anti-apartheid struggle was a broad front comprising members of all sections of our society.”Support All South Africans had a good reason to celebrate the benefits attained through freedom – and so do the people of the world as a whole, he said. The celebrations, however, did not represent the end of the journey but a start to address the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequity. Deputy President Motlanthe thanked the UK for joining in the celebrations of 20 years of freedom. He acknowledged the role played by the international community in the struggle for equality – as well as the importance of continued bilateral relations. The day 27 April 2014 will mark two decades since South Africans of all races voted in the country’s first free and fair election in 1994, ushering in a new democratic dispensation. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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