FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup ticket sales

first_imgThe legal action filed on Monday was “based on a breach of the law on unfair competition against Viagogo AG with the public prosecutor’s office in Geneva,” soccer’s world governing body said in a statement.“FIFA’s ultimate objective in the fight against the secondary ticket market is to prioritize the safety and security of fans and enforce a fair 2018 FIFA World Cup ticketing pricing scheme,” it said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFans who buy through unofficial platforms, including Viagogo, for World Cup games in Russia face being denied entry to stadiums.FIFA said it would cancel all tickets it identified as being traded through unauthorized sellers. LATEST STORIES Viagogo’s website was still selling World Cup tickets on Tuesday, including single seats for the June 14 opening game at more than double face value.A category 3 ticket, the cheapest available to non-Russian residents, for Russia vs. Saudi Arabia in Moscow was priced at 474 Swiss francs ($480). The same ticket bought originally through FIFA’s website would cost $220.A ticket in a corporate hospitality section for the same game at Luzhniki Stadium was priced at 5,460 Swiss francs ($5,530) on the Viagogo site.“Prices are set by sellers and may be lower or higher than face value. Prices exclude booking and delivery fees,” Viagogo notes on its World Cup sales page.An email seeking comment from the British-backed company was not immediately answered.ADVERTISEMENT A flag with the logo of the World Cup 2018 on display with the St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)GENEVA — FIFA has filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against online ticket platform Viagogo in its crackdown on unauthorized World Cup sales at marked-up prices.FIFA said on Tuesday it joined other parties filing criminal complaints against alleged “opaque and deceptive business conduct” by Viagogo in the so-called secondary market.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ratings for Game 2 of NBA Finals down slightly Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Viagogo is a platform for holders of tickets for sports events, concerts and shows worldwide to re-sell, typically at a profit. It has official commercial relationships with some sports teams.FIFA’s efforts to crack down on unauthorized ticket sellers requires World Cup host nations to enact new laws. Ticket scalpers were arrested in Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro at the past two tournaments.The latest legal step followed work with UEFA and the consumer protection agency for Switzerland’s French-speaking region to coordinate action against unauthorized platforms.In January, FIFA said it obtained an injunction in a Hamburg court to ban World Cup ticket sales through Viagogo’s German website.“Any violation of the injunction by the company would be punishable by a fine of up to 250,000 euros ($292,000) or imprisonment for up to six months,” FIFA said in January.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Hedges and Team Canada poised for 2012 Paralympic Games

first_imgFort St. John born athlete Bo Hedges will begin another hunt for gold tomorrow, along with his fellow wheelchair basketball teammates, when the preliminary round of competition begins. Hedges and the rest of Team Canada will begin the preliminary stage in Group B, with their first game taking place Friday, August 30 against Japan. The game will begin at 5:30 local time.The Canadian’s second preliminary game is one that Hedges said he and his teammates are particularly excited for. On August 31, Canada takes on Great Britain, a game that Hedges says he is extremely excited for because of the intense atmosphere playing a host team can provide. Canada vs. Great Britain will be taking place at 1:15 p.m.The quest for supremacy continues Saturday, September 1, when Canada takes to the hardwood against Poland. The preliminary match between Canada and Poland will begin at 1:15 p.m.- Advertisement -Sunday, September 2, Canada will face off against Germany at 7:15 a.m., then will get right back into action the following day, when they play their final preliminary game against the Columbians.Hedges, who competed with Canada to win a silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, says he is more prepared this time and the experience of Beijing is helping in his training.”Mentally I’m definitely more prepared. I know the rigors of the tournament and am more aware of the pressure that you put yourself under, so I’ll try to deal with that better and focus on the moment and not got overwhelmed by the end process and just work each day until the end goal.”Advertisement Hedges and Team Canada enter the tournament ranked seventh, a ranking that the point guard disagrees with. He says the team, consisting of nine returning players and three Paralympic Games rookies, should be slated in the top third or fourth spot. Canada’s Wheelchair basketball team earned themselves a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.last_img read more

Huskies Player of the Week: Oscar Burgess

first_imgHow long have you been with the Huskies?Oscar: “I’ve been with the Huskies for about a month and a half, two months now.”What position do you play?Oscar: “As of right now, I’m playing as a D-man.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This week’s Huskies Player of the Week is #8 defenseman Oscar Burgess.Each week, a different player from the Huskies will be interviewed.As part of a weekly feature, Oscar was met at the rink to talk about himself and his team effort.- Advertisement -Oscar Burgess Facts:Age: 17Height: 5′ 11″Weight: 170 lbs.Shoots: LeftHometown: Whitehorse, Y.T. How would you describe your style of play?Oscar: “I think I’m a playmaker, I just like to make quick plays and get out of our d-zone.”Favourite moment with the Huskies?Oscar: “Probably the bus trip after we swept Peace River at home, it was just great bonding with those guys.”Favourite hockey team?Oscar: “I’m a Calgary Flames fan.”Favourite player?Oscar: “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved Jarome Iginla. So I guess he’s my guy even though his number is getting retired this year.”Advertisementcenter_img What music do you like?Oscar: “I honestly listen to a bit of everything. Rap, country, rock, whatever.”What’s your favourite food?Oscar: “Sushi.”What do you hope for the future?Oscar: “I would like to advance to the next level of hockey, Junior A or whatever it might be. But I just really hope to get to that next level one day.”last_img read more

Eriksen double sends Spurs into FA Cup semis

first_img0Shares0000Erik Lamela curled in Tottenham’s second at Swansea in the FA Cup on Saturday© AFP Daniel LEAL-OLIVASSWANSEA, United Kingdom, Mar 17 – Christian Eriksen proved Tottenham can thrive without Harry Kane as the Dane’s double sent them into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win at Swansea on Saturday.With striker Kane sidelined for several weeks due to ankle ligament damage, Mauricio Pochettino’s side received an inspirational performance from Eriksen at the Liberty Stadium. The midfielder rose to the challenge with a majestic strike to open the scoring early in the first half of the quarter-final.After Erik Lamela increased Tottenham’s lead before half-time, Eriksen struck again after the interval to make it seven goals in 10 matches against Swansea.Tottenham, chasing their first silverware under Pochettino, are back in the Wembley semi-finals after losing to Chelsea at that stage of the competition last season.Pochettino was pleased with the way Tottenham took control without Kane and Dele Alli, who was only a late substitute.“If you watch the last three games, we won with a different starting eleven and now today too,” he said.“What is important is that everyone is available to play and the team is not affected by the names. We keep the same way, the same dynamic and that is so important.“It was a very good performance. We fully deserved the victory. Now, Wembley for the semi-final.”Swansea never got going on a freezing afternoon in south Wales and can now concentrate on trying to preserve their Premier League status.Swansea’s only chance to upset the form book came when they had an early appeal for a penalty turned down when Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm upended Nathan Dyer.But Tottenham were unruffled and quickly settled into a tempo that had the home side outnumbered and second best in midfield.The visitors went ahead in the 11th minute through a wonderful strike by Eriksen, although Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal appealed to the fourth official for VAR to overturn it.Carvalhal felt Martin Olsson had been fouled in the build-up, but there was no debate about the quality of Erikson’s finish as the Dane curled the ball past Kristoffer Nordfeldt from the edge of the box after being set up by Lamela.– Spurs stroll –Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min crashed the ball into the net off the underside of the bar in the 23rd minute only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, correctly concluded the officials in charge of the VAR technology.Eriksen then found himself in space again on the edge of the box, but his curling shot was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Nordfeldt.A second goal for Spurs felt inevitable and it arrived on the stroke of half-time.Once again, Swansea were chasing shadows and when Sissoko played in Lamela the Argentinian skipped past Tom Carroll and calmly passed the ball into the corner of the goal before Nordfeldt had time to move.Swansea made a change at the break, replacing Kyle Naughton with Luciano Narsingh, but the pattern remain unchanged as Spurs pressed for a third goal.Tammy Abraham might have pulled a goal back with a rare Swansea opportunity, but when Vorm parried a shot from Olsson, Abraham’s diving header flew straight back to the Spurs keeper.Nordfeldt then kept his team in the contest with a superb save to turn away Erik Dier’s goal-bound long range effort.Just past the hour, Spurs sealed the victory.The hard-working Lucas Moura played the ball back to Eriksen, who claimed a deserved second goal with a low shot from the edge of the box that had sufficient power to go through Nordfeldt’s hands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Los Angeles group helps students get into the musical spirit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Music classes at Blair School shook the room on Tuesday. Taiko drummers from the Los Angeles-based group On Ensemble visited with students as part of Pasadena POPS Orchestra’s outreach program. They pounded on taiko drums, made from animal hide stretched across a hollowed-out tree trunk, as POPS Music Director and Maestra Rachael Worby explained tempo and rhythm. “That was the most amazing thing,” said Kelsey O’Keefe, 16, after the class. “You never hear any of those instruments.” “I was excited to see what was going to happen today,” Desteni Smith, 17, said. The POPS presence is welcome on a campus that has a “very simple” music program, said Blair High Principal Rich Boccia. “It’s nice to get a taste of something \ otherwise never would have,” he said. The program follows 250 students from the 10th grade until graduation, Worby said. The objective is to build trust and a rapport with students. “So many nonprofit arts programs are what we call a drive-by education,” Worby said. “We’re in residence here. We don’t just visit.” The first year of the program introduced students to Western instruments; the second delved into melodies; and the third focuses on form and non-Western instruments. Other professional music groups that have performed include daKah Hip Hop Orchestra, Brazilian trio Falso Baiano, Diavolo Dance Theater and Adaawe Women’s Percussion. The goal isn’t necessarily to create musicians, Worby said. “One of the great challenges of getting kids to come \ at all is to get them to care about themselves first,” she said. “What we’re really looking for is to get into their guts through music.” The POPS program targets schools with “the biggest hill to climb,” Worby said. Similar programs are held at John Adam Middle School and the boys’ residential treatment center. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586last_img read more


first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 12/03/12Minor Board:Termon GAA would like to thank Kilmacrennan National School for the use of their excellent facilities over the last couple of weeks. Underage training resumes this Friday evening 16th March in the Craoibhin centre in Termon. 6 – 7pm. U6 & U8 Boys & Girls Squads will train between7 – 8pm U10 and U12 girls coaching will take place.8 – 9pm under 10 boys training will take place. 9 – 10pm U12 / U14 boys coaching.Registration for all minor boys & girls will take place between 6pm & 10pm in the Craoibhin during training.Ladies Board:Congratulations to Hollie McDaid, Lauren McElwaine, Caroline Gallagher, Niamh Kelly, Elaine Doherty and Roselean Gallagher who are part of Loreto, Milford school team won the Ulster final on Friday against Loreto, Cavan and also their manager Grainne McCafferty. All the best in the All Ireland Semi final this Friday.Commiserations also to Ashling Ryan, Aoife Ryan, Shannagh Kelly and Jamie Lee Murray who were part of the Loreto, Letterkenny school team who defeated in an Ulster final on Friday.The Junior Ladies are currently training every Wednesday at 8pm in the Craoibhin, Termon. All new players welcome. Contact Harry McGlynn on 086 850 0734 for information. Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in the Lagoon, Termon on Friday last. The winning numbers were 11, 15, 22 and 25. There were no match 3 winners. Bridget McBrearty, Martin Egan and John McGonagle won €10 each. Next week’s draw takes place in McClaffertys Churchill. Essie McGrenra and Paul Doherty are the coordinators. The jackpot now is €1950.Senior:The seniors defeated Glenswilly last Saturday in the Junior Gaeltacht at the Burn Road. They now play Downings in the next round. Club Social:A very enjoyable Club social took place last Saturday in the Lagoon. The club would like to thank Kevin Cassidy, our special guest for his attendance on the night.The winners were:Senior Men Player of the year: Shaun McDaidReserve Men Player of the year: Kevin McElwaineJunior Ladies Player of the year: Lisa McGlynnSenior Ladies Player of the year: Nicole McLaughlin.James Trearty received a special appreciation award for his work as Ladies Board PRO.Ladies Chairperson, Deirdre Gallagher was a very deserving Club Person of the year. Congratulations to all who received awards.MembershipAnnual Membership is now due for renewal. All players, managers and coaches must have membership to be involved with the club. Adult membership with lotto is €80 for adults and €60 for students. Anyone wishing to purchase a Club Donegal ticket which permits access to all men’s club games in the county free of charge can do so for €200 including your club membership. Contact Essie McGrenra for more details on 086 154 2045.Poker ClassicTermon GAA will be hosting a Poker classic in the Lagoon, Termon on Thursday the 5th April 2012 starting at 8pm. Entry €20. For more info contact Joe on 086 406 0633.GAA NOTES: TERMON was last modified: March 14th, 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:Termon GAA noteslast_img read more


first_imgThe Couch to 5K programme is back at at Letterkenny Community Centre!Due to the success of the last two Couch to 5K races, a new Couch to 5K programme will commence on Monday 2nd September at Letterkenny Community Centre running track.This 9 week programme requires no running experience which makes it ideal for complete beginners and everyone is welcome to attend. Classes take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm priced at €2 per class. COUCH TO 5K IS BACK AT LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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:COUCH TO 5KLETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRElast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI are at the scene of a road crash in Co Donegal this evening.The two-car collision happened close to the entrance of the Lagoon bar in Termon around 7pm.No-one was injured in the incident but Gardai later cleared the road and interviewed motorists and eye-witnesses. The road has re-opened to through traffic and an investigation is ongoing. GARDAI AT SCENE OF CO DONEGAL ROAD CRASH was last modified: August 25th, 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:car crashdonegalTermonlast_img read more

SA launches new companies commission

first_img20 April 2011 The new Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, and the new Companies Act that it takes charge of, will simplify company registration and modernise business administration in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Launching the new commission in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday, Davies said it would guide the implementation of South Africa’s new Companies Act, which comes into effect in May. “I’m satisfied that the commission is in a state of readiness,” Davies said. “When we bring into force this legislation, we will be bringing to South Africans top notch legislation.” “We need to move from where we are in the interest of good governance, and this piece of legislation will help us in this regard,” the minister said, adding: “As we implement, we will sort out any problems that may arise. We will learn by doing.” With significantly expanded functions and powers, the new commission will combine the functions of the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE) and Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro). Administrative functions currently assigned to the minister under the Companies Act are to be placed within the jurisdiction of the commission, which will act as an autonomous statutory body outside the public service. The Act also introduces a number of new responsibilities, which Cipro currently does not perform, but will be performed by the new commission. These include pro-active enforcement measures by way of compliance notices served on defaulting companies, investigations of all complaints and contraventions of the Act, and investigating the affairs of companies. Davies rejected criticism that the new commission would be Cipro, just under a new name. “Our intention is to actually ease processes, so it won’t be business as usual. We are aware that there will be challenges at first, but what we can assure businesspeople is that things will be totally different from now on.” The process of reorganising Cipro and retraining staff had taken more than a year of intensive work, according to the department’s deputy director-general, Zodwa Ntuli. The department’s former deputy director-general, Astrid Ludin, has been appointed to lead the commission and will be assisted by several deputy commissioners. Ludin said: “The challenge for the commission will be to make sure that we have systems in place that will ensure that we deliver on the simplicity that we promise to companies. Together, we will work hard to achieve an institution that will be a vehicle for business enterprises in this country.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Will the wheat acre decrease impact spring planting intentions?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA’s December 2015 survey of Winter Wheat Seedings, released on January 12, revealed that producers seeded only 36.609 million acres of winter wheat last fall. That estimate is 2.852 million acres less than seedings of a year earlier, 28.938 million acres less than the record seedings of 1981, the smallest area seeded since 2010, and the second smallest area seeded since 1913. The reduction in seedings points to a potential decline in winter wheat production in 2016. Production, however, will be determined by the actual level of seedings, the magnitude of harvested acreage, and the U.S. average yield.Seedings of hard red winter (HRW) wheat for harvest in 2016 are estimated at 26.5 million acres, 9% less than seeded last year. Fewer acres were seeded in all the major HRW wheat producing states, with record low acreage reported in Nebraska. Estimated seedings declined by 700,000 acres in Kansas and Texas and 400,000 acres in Oklahoma. Seedings of soft red winter wheat (SRW) are estimated at 6.72 million acres, down 5% from seedings of a year ago. Seedings increased in most of the SRW wheat producing states in the Corn Belt, but declined substantially in the Southeast.In contrast, seedings of white winter wheat are estimated at about 3.43 million acres, 1% more than the area seeded last year.The final estimate of winter wheat seedings often differs from the estimate generated by the December survey. In the 10 years from 2006 through 2015, for example, the final estimate exceeded the estimate released in January five times and was less than the January estimate five times. The largest negative deviation (actual less than the January estimate) in those 10 years was 991,000 acres in 2015, while the largest positive deviation was1.41million acres in 2013. The average negative deviation during that 10-year period was about equal to the average positive deviation, suggesting that the December survey provides an unbiased estimate of actual planted acreage. Based on the experience of the past 10 years, it seems very likely that the final estimate of winter wheat seedings for harvest in 2016 will be well below the seedings for 2015.In addition to deviations between estimated and actual seedings, the relationship between planted and harvested area of winter wheat has also varied from year to year. In recent history, the difference between planted and harvested area of winter wheat has ranged from 5.4 million acres (2010) to 12 million acres (2002). The difference was 7.2 million acres in 2015. Over the past 10 years, harvested acreage as a percentage of planted acreage has ranged from 75.5% (2013) to 85.5% (2008) and averaged 80.6%. The ratio was 81.7% in 2015.Finally, the U.S. average yield of winter wheat varies considerably. In the previous 10 years, for example, that average has ranged from 41.6 bushels (2006) to 47.3 bushels (2013). The average yield in 2015 was 42.5 bushels per acre, near the low end of recent experience. Odds would seem to favor a higher average yield in 2016. Based on actual average yields for the 30-year period from 1986 through 2015, the trend yield for 2016 is 47 bushels per acre.Assuming that winter wheat seedings are actually near the January estimate of 36.609 million acres, that 80.6% of the planted acreage is harvested (29.507 million acres), and the average yield is near the trend value of 47 bushels per acre, the 2016 crop would total 1.387 billion bushels. Production at that level would be 17 million bushels larger than the 2015 crop.Obviously, actual production could differ substantially from the projected level based on current calculations. The biggest factor will be weather conditions that determine the average yield of the winter wheat crop. There is always uncertainty about weather conditions, but expectations that the strong El Niño event will diminish into the spring of the year increases the level of uncertainty. Based on similar conditions historically, the greater risk for unfavorable weather conditions appears to be for the summer months, after the winter wheat crop is harvested. The next estimate of winter wheat seedings will be available with the USDA’s Prospective Plantings report to be released on March 31.The Prospective Plantings report will provide important information for spring planted crops as well. The sharp decline in winter wheat seedings has stirred some debate about how planting decisions for spring planted crops will be influenced if crop prices remain low. Some argue that the decline in winter wheat seedings is an indication that producers will idle some crop acreage in 2016 as a result of low prices while others suggest that the reduction in winter wheat acres opens the door for increased acreage of spring planted crops.last_img read more