FIFA’s chief ethics investigator and ethics judge replaced

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANAMA, (Reuters) – The ruling council of world football’s governing body ousted chief ethics investigator Cornel Borbely and ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert yesterday in a move the pair labelled as “de facto the end of FIFA’s reform efforts”.FIFA had issued a statement yesterday saying Colombian investigator Maria Claudia Rojas had been nominated as the new head of the investigatory chamber with Vassilios Skouris of Greece, a former president of the European Court of Justice, put forward as head of the adjudicatory chamber.Several dozen football officials, mainly from Latin America, were indicted in the United States in 2015 on corruption-related charges, sparking the worst crisis in FIFA’s history.German Eckert and Swiss Borbely were at the forefront of efforts to clear up corruption in the organisation and had expressed a desire to continue the work beyond the end of their current mandates, which run until tomorrow’s FIFA Congress.But the decision not to nominate the pair for another term in their roles led to a strident response.“The impending non-election will set the work of the Ethics Committee far back and is de facto the end of FIFA’s reform efforts. It must be assumed that entire FIFA will suffer from this decision in the medium and long term,” said a statement from Borbely and Eckert.“The work of a credible and independent Ethics Committee is an important part of the FIFA reforms whose goal was to restore the trust of the public and other stakeholders.“Since 2015 the Investigatory Chamber has carried out 194 investigations and the Adjudicatory Chamber has sentenced more than 70 officials,” the statement added.Among the officials banned from the sport were former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Secretary-General Jerome Valcke.FIFA president Gianni Infantino was also investigated by the Ethics Committee but was cleared in August 2016.Current FIFA senior vice-president Angel Villar Llona was fined by the committee in November, 2015, for failing to cooperate with an investigation into the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.The FIFA statement on the council’s decisions made no reference to Borbely or Eckert nor was there any explanation for their removal.“The non-election will lead to long delays in current investigations and proceedings, and complicate the prosecution of violations of the Code of Ethics,” said the statement from the outgoing pair.“It appears that the heads of FIFA have attached greater weight to their own and political interests than to the long-term interests of FIFA. They have accepted jeopardising FIFA’s integrity, and, hence, the future of the game,” it said.The nominations of Rojas and Skouris, along with other proposed heads of committees, will be put to a vote of the full FIFA Congress tomorrow.The changes to the Ethics Committee follow the resignation of former reform and compliance chief, Domenico Scala, last year.He argued that the independent committees had been undermined by changes made by FIFA president Infantino, who denied the accusation.last_img read more

Grassroot group wants to change to 8th District

first_imgConcerned South Los Angeles community members hoping to effect noticeable change in the 8th Council District’s economy, education and public safety have organized a group to bring their needs to the forefront in anticipation of Tuesday’s City of Los Angeles municipal elections.Movement · Two members of the Eighth District Grassroots Rising spoke in January at the People’s Convention about community issues. – Murugappan Aroonachalam | Daily Trojan Eighth District Grassroots Rising is an organization of members within the 8th Council District, which includes the USC area, that hopes to improve conditions in the area. EDGR was formed by leaders of the MA’AT Club for Community Change, another local grassroots organization in South Los Angeles.The organization consists of leaders from local block clubs, neighborhood councils, social non-profits and other grassroots groups working together with area residents and businesses to demand a change in local government and district officials.Greg Akili, a field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and an activist with EDGR, has lived in neighborhoods around South Los Angeles for 35 years and has seen the area undergo several changes. He said the issues of most concern include improving public safety, setting up a stronger public education system and providing effective health care to local residents.Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, the founder of the MA’AT Club and an activist in EDGR, agreed the struggle for jobs is one of the most pressing matters facing the district. He added that USC, as one of the area’s largest private employee, can assist by stressing local hiring initiatives in its upcoming projects.The Rev. William Smart, another member of EDGR who lives in South Los Angeles and works for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, stressed the importance of grassroots organizations in accomplishing their goals. In a situation where elected officials are not accomplishing what the people of 8th District want, he said, the people must speak out.“Stop giving them a pass,” Smart said. “We need to make our demands clear and hold our leaders accountable.”With incumbent City Councilman Bernard Parks up for re-election in this year, the members of EDGR see the coming days as a perfect opportunity to spread the word about their desire for change in the community.To bring about the changes they believe are necessary for the 8th District, members of EDGR have been organizing local meetings of constituents and contacting their elected representatives.Akili said the area needs elected officials who will respond to constituents’ needs and work together with local residents to improve the communities of South Los Angeles in terms of both their economies and overall community development.“Planning decisions used to be imposed on residents and constituents, and we were treated as burdens or barriers rather than partners,” said Kevin Fridlington, a local resident of Leimert Park. “Our government has the responsibility to respond to us, the people, and we have the opportunity to make sure that happens with these elections.”Fridlington lived in Manhattan Beach and West Hollywood before moving to Leimert Park, and said communities such as those flourish because of their resident involvement and planning. He believes the communities of South Los Angeles have the potential to do the same if people can rise to the challenge.EDGR first came together in response to what many of its members saw as unfair hardships facing residents and stakeholders in the district, one of the poorest and most underserved in Los Angeles. They have focused on raising awareness about residents’ various concerns, which include the economy, education and neighborhood safety.In January, EDGR hosted a People’s Convention at the Galen Center that brought together leaders of various organizations and concerned residents. At the gathering, the group drafted a “People’s Agenda,” which listed the needs and priorities of the 8th District from the constituents’ point of view, and sent it to community leaders and government officials.“It starts with a set of demands,” Akili said. “The first demand for me would be engagement and action, because this leads to change. We have to hold each other and our elected officials accountable.”Despite the list of difficulties facing the residents of the district, Akili said grassroots organizations like EDGR have the ability to change the status quo for people who have grown accustomed to not having everything they need.“This community has a long and rich history,” Akili said. “We have succeeded, despite the fact that there may be some areas that we’re not always proud of. It’s that success that we have to build on.”last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal man who was in the audience for the controversial Frontline programme when a bogus Tweet ended Seán Gallagher’s presidential bid has claimed the debate was “strange” and hit out at how questions were asked.Seán Gallagher has called for an independent inquiry into the RTÉ Frontline debate during the presidential campaign and is to take legal advice over claims regarding the debate.But what a Donegal man has to say today may add weight to those calls – and they come from a supporter of Dana. Brian Flanagan, from Buncrana, of the famous Flanagans furniture business, said there was something not right about the programme.“I and my colleagues were there to support Dana and sat with Fine Gael supporters to the panel’s left. Having participated in two similar RTÉ shows I found it a strange experience,” he said.“Having driven down that evening from Buncrana we had been almost the first to arrive. Nobody seemed to be able to direct us. We were ushered into three different reception rooms in quick succession. No question cards were issued until I requested them. None were collected until we handed them in. I got the impression even then that we had driven 200 miles to sit as mere decoration.“All staff seemed strangely preoccupied and off-balance. “The programme was conducted in an infuriating way. The only questions that were taken were from the centre one of the three seating groups. The centre was populated by people in their late teens and early 20s. We heard from other participants that this was mostly if not all composed of Foróige youth delegation. Flailing our hands with outraged facial expressions was to no avail. No notice was taken of us.”Mr Flanagan, a long campaigner for Dana, said both her supporters and Fine Gael supporters were furious.“Both I and the Fine Gael supporters behind me ended up breaking the restraints of good manners by shouting queries verging on insults at both Pat Kenny and his floor manager during the ad breaks. But these top-of-the-voice insults were like water off a duck’s back to these guys,” he admitted.“Meanwhile, I was mesmerised at the technical detail of some of the book-keeping and accountancy questions that had been directed at Seán Gallagher by what looked like a 22-year-old.“Even when the programme was over, none of us realised the moment of what had happened in front of our eyes. I was reminded of the old adage: some people make things happen, some watch them happen and the rest wonder what happened,” said Brian in a letter to the Irish Times. RTÉ has set up a full editorial review to examine the production of live audience-based programmes in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Frontline presidential debate programme.In a statement last night, RTÉ said it had also begun a “personnel investigation” in connection with the broadcast of a bogus tweet during the debate.The broadcaster said it has invited former Head of News and Content at UTV Rob Morrison to assist in reviewing the issues in relation to the programme.Mr Gallagher, whose dad is from Co Donegal, had received massive support in this county. A former Fianna Fail supporter and fundraiser he is a personal friend of Charlie McConalogue, TD, and had helped launch his election campaign last Spring.Some supporters want to Presidential election re-run – although he doesn’t.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on STORM: DONEGAL MAN IN AUDIENCE DESCRIBES ‘STRANGE’ ATMOSPHERE was last modified: March 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:RTE/GALLAGHER STORM: DONEGAL MAN IN AUDIENCE DESCRIBES ‘STRANGE’ ATMOSPHERElast_img read more

How Much is Flickr Worth to Yahoo? Not Very Much (Updated)

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#web When an internal announcement leaked out of Yahoo last month that it was “sunsetting” popular social bookmarking service Delicious, that service’s users flew into a panic. Yahoo quickly backtracked on the plans and the service remains up and running, if minimally supported.Would Flickr survive the hemorrhaging at its parent company Yahoo? That was the next logical question. Today Flickr power user Thomas Hawk did a little investigation of how many $25/year paid Pro accounts and thus how much annual revenue he estimates Flickr contributes to Yahoo. Hawk’s methodology seems reasonable, if generous, and led to the conclusion that Flickr probably brings in around $50 million in annual revenue. Minus expenses, the profit it brings Yahoo is probably negligible. In other words, Yahoo has little economic incentive to support, maintain or grow one of the biggest photo sharing sites on the web and the place many of us pay to store our photos online. That’s cause for concern. Note:Former Flickr chief software architect Cal Henderson responds in comments below, saying that Hawk’s methodology is “deeply flawed” and that advertising makes up a large amount of Flickr’s revenue. So take the following with a grain of salt now that we’ve heard that from a former insider.Hawk’s methodology involved looking at Flickr’s last stated number of users from a year ago (40m) and decreasing that number by the 18% that the site’s publicly visible web traffic has since declined by. Then he did a search for two common names, John and Jane, and counted what percentage of the first 100 users with each name were listed as paying Pro members. This admittedly crude method led Hawk to conclude that an estimated 7% of Flickr users have paid accounts. That’s reasonable, if not high. (I’d perform a more extensive analysis right now, using the same method, if Flickr allowed for automated extraction of information from its site. It doesn’t though.) Put all the numbers together and you get about $50 million in annual revenue. “How profitable is Flickr?” Hawk asks after discussing hosting, office and staff costs, “Your guess is as good as mine. I suspect that after you back out all the costs on their revenue though that it’s not a meaningful or significant number for Yahoo.”As we wrote last April, when Flickr’s epic community manager Heather Champ left the company, Facebook has long been larger and now sees almost an entire Flickr’s-worth of photos (3 billion) uploaded to that social network every month.As we wrote yesterday when discussing Facebook’s crushing Google Reader in future of news reading, it’s clear though that Facebook has come up with a winning formula: emphasis on effective user experience, easy and meaningful social interaction, casual gaming and multi-media reading and writing, not just subscription like Google Reader offers. Facebook isn’t just photos like Flickr, it isn’t just newsfeeds like Google Reader. It isn’t just video like YouTube. It’s a whole lot of everything, with really easy publishing of updates and leveraging a big social graph holding it all together as glue.Should Flickr users be worried about their photos? In the short term, maybe not – but in the long term, something’s going to need to change. Either we all start storing our media in easy-to-use cloud systems, or we bend our knee to the mighty Facebook, or we come up with systems that make transfer of our digital assets between institutions as easy in the future as it is to move our financial assets between financial institutions today. (Look what Dave Winer made today, along these lines.)What’s wrong with the internet, though, if millions of people can pay $25 per year to store a visual catalog of the world and that’s not good enough, financially?Button photo posted on Flickr, under Creative Commons (one of the coolest things about Flickr), by user Poolie. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Shooting Too Much Coverage Is Bad

first_imgInexperienced filmmakers tend to shoot far more coverage than needed, and they suffer in the editing room as a result. Here are some reasons not to overdo it on coverage.Top image from USAFCoverage is one of the most critical components to any scene that you direct. Unless you’re shooting the next Birdman and want everything captured in one single take, you’re going to need just the right amount of coverage to give you options in the editing room. That said, there’s a point where too much coverage can be a bad thing, both on set and in the editing room.In my opinion, covering your scene well also means knowing when you’ve got enough coverage and should move on. When you’re first starting out as a filmmaker, it can be tempting to just keep shooting in order to protect yourself later on. That can be a very bad decision for a number of reasons.1. Your Actors Will Burn OutImage: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill filming The Wolf of Wall Street via IMDbNo matter how great the actors are that you’re working with, they’re still only human and will only be able to deliver a finite number of perfect takes. If you overwork them by shooting ten different versions of their closeups, they’ll burn out quickly and it’ll show in the work.You need to make sure that every angle counts. The last thing you want is to finally find the right coverage for your scene, but then not be able to get the performance you want since you’ve already beat it to death. Be selective with your coverage and avoid doing too many takes if you want to keep a scene’s energy alive.2. Your Edit Will Take Too LongImage from Peeping Tom ProductionEditing even the most perfectly covered scene can be challenging enough, but editing an over-covered scene can be an absolute nightmare. Too many options are never a good thing in the editing room, and one of the most obvious problems editors will face when handed more footage than they know what to do with is an unnecessarily long editing process.If you shot ten angles instead of the three that you really needed, you’re effectively asking your editor to sift through several times more footage, trying exponentially more combinations of edits than if you had simply gave them what they needed. This will mean they’re going to need a whole lot more time in the editing room… and in the end you’ll likely only use the three best angles anyways.3. The Edit Will Feel ConvolutedImage: Editors Keys Editing Keyboard via DorVal FilmsWhile a great editor will know when to use coverage and when not to, there are going to be times when even the best editor may fall into the trap of cutting too often.Whether it’s because the editor feels responsible for using certain takes (at the discretion of the director), or they need to tap into coverage to smooth over an edit, if too much coverage makes it into the final cut, things can start to look overdone very quickly. Some of the best edited scenes feature only two or three different camera angles, so unless you’re covering an action sequence (or anything else that really calls for a lot of coverage), less is always more.Got any filmmaking and video production tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Photo: FSU’s Rashad Greene Trolled Notre Dame With A “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” Instagram Post

first_imgFSU's Rashad Greene celebrates after beating Notre Dame.IG/_rg80_Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve had plenty of college athletes and teams send out celebratory tweets and Instagram posts. Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene took a slightly different tone for the holiday. Greene, who racked up 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns this season, posted a screenshot from Florida State’s dramatic 31-27 win over Notre Dame, a clear dig at the Fighting Irish.Greene caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame, and caught two big passes on what would prove to be the winning drive for the Seminoles. Well played, Rashad.last_img

Miss Lou Exhibition Opens at Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library

first_imgThe late Louise Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou) has been hailed an important cultural icon, whose work transcended barriers and changed the way the world saw Jamaica.Interim Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Orville Hill, said Miss Lou is a significant contributor “to Jamaica’s valid social documentary reflecting the way Jamaicans think, feel and live”.He noted that she is the “only poet who has spoken the truth about our society, in our own language”.“Through her poems, she was able to traction all the spontaneity and expressions of Jamaicans in respect of our joys and our sorrows, our religion and the philosophy of life that we live and so dearly cherish,” he said. “Her writings, which transcend poetry to include short stories, songs and scripts, changed the way people saw Jamaica and Jamaicans; her dialect captured the culture of Jamaican people,” he noted further.Mr. Hill said that Miss Lou was only 14 years old when she wrote her first dialect, and her writings, which included short stories, songs and scripts “changed the way people saw Jamaica and Jamaicans, and her dialect captured the culture of the Jamaican people”.He was speaking at the unveiling of an exhibition on the life and work of Miss Lou at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library on Thursday (September 7) to mark the 98th anniversary of her birth.Senior Librarian, Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, Debbie Bonnick, said the facility was happy to partner with the JCDC in staging the exhibition.“The collaboration is timely because the Jamaica Library Service is also tasked to promote authentic and transformational culture, and who is more authentic than Miss Lou,” she contended.The exhibit will remain open to the public throughout September. The JCDC has partnered with parish libraries across the island to stage similar displays during the month.The opening ceremony featured a bandana fashion show, showcasing the national fabric, which Miss Lou popularised, and renditions of poems written by the cultural icon.last_img read more

Cool weather continues to help firefighters working the Tommy Lake Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The cool weather continues to help firefighters working the Tommy Lakes Forest Fire.While the fire remains 20% contained, there was no growth of the fire on Friday even though the fire did not receive any rain. The cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity continue to aid fire suppression efforts.There are 216 firefighters building and reinforcing guard working to increase containment supported by 9 helicopters along with 20 pieces of heavy equipment. The Peace River Regional District has lifted the evacuation alert for a small area near the fire.The size of the fire decreased from 22,659 hectares to 22,583 due to more accurate maps.last_img