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FIFA president now under criminal investigation over deal with Jack Warner

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Switzerland, Friday Sept 25, 2015 – As the extradition process for former FIFA vice president and corruption accused Jack Warner remains in limbo, the head of football’s world governing body is under criminal investigation in connection with a TV rights deal that he signed with the Trinidad and Tobago football executive 10 years ago.

FIFA headquarters was raided, the office of President Sepp Blatter searched and data seized today.

And the attorney general subsequently announced that his office had opened criminal proceedings into Blatter, is due to step down from FIFA’s leadership next February, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement or, alternatively, misappropriation.

It is alleged that on September 12, 2005, Blatter signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union, headed by Warner, which was “unfavorable for FIFA”.

“There is a suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA and/or FIFA Marketing & TV AG,” a statement issued by the office of the Swiss attorney general said.

Additionally, Blatter is suspected of a “disloyal payment” of two million Swiss francs (US$2 million) to President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini, at the expense of FIFA, which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002. The payment was made in February 2011.

Blatter, 79, was interrogated today, following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee.

The attorney general’s statement said Platini was also heard “as a person asked to provide information”.

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Jeffrey Webb

Former FIFA Vice President pleads not guilty – under house arrest

Jeffrey Webb

Jeffrey Webb

NEW YORK, Jul. 19, CMC – Jeffrey Webb, the former head of CONCACAF, the region’s governing body for football, was granted bail amounting to US$10 million and placed under house arrest when he appeared in court here on Saturday.

Webb, also a former FIFA Vice President is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connecting with the sale of marketing rights.

He was detained in Switzerland in May, along with six football officials before begin extradited to the US last week.

The New York judge who ordered to remain at home in a 20 mile radius of the court, also told the court that Webb’s movements will be monitored via and electronic tag.

He was also required to hand over his three passports.

According to court documents, the prosecutors allege that among the bribes Webb allegedly received was a US$ 1.1 million to award the marketing rights to a Miami based company for the 2012 CONCACAF Gold Cup and Champions league tournament.

Webb, 50, was banned by FIFA after he was indicted in May in the United States.

He entered a plea of not guilty to charges of money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering.

 

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Montserrat Under-23 Netball team - 2015

Six teams to vie for 25th OECS/ECCB Under-23 Netball Tournament Title

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This year, six teams will vie for the championship title in the 25th OECS/ECCB Under-23 Netball Tournament, which will be hosted from tomorrow by the St Kitts Netball Association in St. Kitts at the Pamela Tyson Netball Complex, Basseterre.

The tournament which runs from Saturday, July 18 to Thursday, July 23, 2015 is sponsored by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) official sponsor of the tournament since 1991, in collaboration with the OECS Commission.

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Montserrat Under-23 Netball team with their Coach – 2015

The Montserrat netball girls team which left here on Friday morning by ferry to Antigua with an onward flight to St. Kitts, will compete and mingle with teams from The Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Collaborating with the OECS Commission to stage this regional competition, the ECCB says in a release that its “continued sponsorship of the tournament demonstrates the Bank’s vision of fostering regional integration and its commitment to the overall development of the region’s young women through sports.

President of the St Kitts Netball Association, Mrs Juliet Hanley-Liburd, says the tournament will begin with an opening ceremony and a parade of the teams, while she encourages persons to come out to witness the games and be treated to talent, fun and excitement.

The ECCB release on the tournament also informs that “In keeping with its commitment to the overall development of the region’s young netballers, the ECCB incorporates a development session into the tournament. This year, Adviser in the Corporate Relations Department, Sybil Welsh, will engage the netballers in discussion on the topic: ‘Effective Communication’.”

 

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Montserrat Under23 Netball team prepares for OECS tournament

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Under 23 Montserrat netball sqad

Netball coach Miss Valerie Samuels has announced that the Under 23 netball sqad continues in training for the upcoming 25th annual ECCB/OECS Under 23 Netball Tournamen to be held in St. Kitts.

The Team is due to leave on Friday July 17, 2015 to return home the following Thursday 23rd July.

Coach Samuels said: “This is our 4th year of competition after being out for 16 years due to the volcanic crisis.

The Montserrat team comprises:

Valencia Allen (captain)

Amika Osborne

Tiffanny Skerritt

Zenique Leonard

Juana Osborne

Tezinia Woodley

Stevika Rodney

Davika Crichlow

Robyn Yearwood

Beanka Chambers

Kenisha Trotman

Shantial Campbell

Valerie Samuel (coach)

Mrs Sheryl White (manager)

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Bonaire foils Montserrat’s ascendency in CFU football

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Montserrat team

When the controversies go against you it is always so sweet when you go on to win. Only that going on to win eluded Montserrat as the least favourite or least known Bonaire prevailed to deny Montserrat a win it expected in the finale on June 3, 2014.

Caribbean Football Union football had come to Montserrat for the first time and the FIFA sponsored MFA (Montserrat football Assoc) Blakes football complex lit up to the ecstasy of the Montserrat bumper crowd which filled the stands on the nights Montserrat played, in the three-night competition.

1463968_10152193216775852_581697534629541779_nIn the end it was sour for the Montserrat fans which by far outweighed the rest, when Montserrat to their dismay was left goalless against the Bonaire team which never looked like a match for the Montserrat team, but used their planned strategy aided by what was commonly accepted and even acknowledged as a poor showing by the officials.

The tournament kicked of here on Friday 31 with teams from the USVI, Bonaire and the host Montserrat competing in group one of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifiers. Montserrat was for the first time hosting an international football tournament and both the Premier Reuben T. Meade and CFU President Gordon Banks-Derrick have been full of praise for the local effort.

One spin off is expected to be more sporting contact among Montserrat and the neighboring islands. During the opening game between Montserrat and the US Virgin Islands (USVI) Premier Meade announced that there would be confessions to make this proposed initiative a reality.

“This is why the government has taken the decision, not only in football but in all of the other sports and including school sports; that you must be in a position to bring other teams here. The other thing which we have done with cricket and we’re hoping to do it in football is that we’re looking at Montserrat p984117_10152193256125852_3006341348712530162_nlaying in the Antigua cricket league”

In the game proper Montserrat beat the USVI by one goal to nil to start the tournament on an impressive note for the host. Meantime on Sunday Bonaire beat the USVI by two goals to one in the second match at the Blake’s Football Complex.

This meant that the USVI had lost both of its games. Montserrat was hoping to keep its winning formula when they encountered Bonaire by at least one goal in the grand finale as it had turned out to be.

One miss after the other, mishaps and a disallowed goal which no one could figure out what the Montserrat infringement was that caused the disallowance. The match – nil, nil and Bonaire went through from the bottom having scored two goals in the competition.

As the Montserrat fans so too the footballers who looked fit and strong, but in end seemed to lack the finesse in their finish to actually put balls at the back of the goal.

 

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CFU football comes to Montserrat

FIFA---children-festival-(10)The Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) flagship tournament is set to kick off this weekend on Montserrat. The Men’s Caribbean Cup will run from 30th May to 3rd June at the Montserrat Football Complex in Brades.

The sporting event, which is being hosted by the Montserrat Football Association will feature three teams, the USVI, Bonaire and the Montserrat National Football team.

For the first time in the history of the tournament, one of the competing teams will get the chance to play in the COPA America Centenario in 2016, as well as provide an additional 5th Caribbean football team to qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Montserrat will open up the weekend tournament on the 30th of May when they take on the team from the USVI. The second night will see The USVI will play against Bonaire on the 1st of June.

The qualifying games will climax on the 3rd of June 2014 with Montserrat competing against Bonaire. All games kick off from 7pm.

The CFU has already named match officials including referees and match commissioners.

The flagship CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup forms part of the sole objective of the organization and its Executive Committee is to ensure that football remains on the minds, in the thoughts and on the lips of every Caribbean person in 2014 and beyond.

Pics of the stadium grounds

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MSS (I) Girls do it again – Cross Country Easter Monday Relay – Fire victorious for Men

   By Bennette Roach

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The MSS-I Girl team set the standard again, after setting a new record last year of 42:38 min clipping two mins off the record, this time on the reverse track set the record at 48:15 min.

In the Men’s event the Fire team outran their main rival Conscious Vybz who, winners of last year but this year, placing fourth out of five teams, while the MSS boys were displaced from their second spot to third by Gunners who was third last year.

The MSS girls fielded two teams with Team 2 placing third behind Conscious Vybz1 who placed second at 50:28. This year the Conscious Vybz team reversed positions with the Jamrock girls who placed second last year but relegated to last spot this year.

Conscious Vybz  female like the MSS this year fielded two teams placing second and fourth respectively. This year the cross country trail in reverse from last year where it began at Government Headquarters ending at Salem Park for the girls, it began at Salem Centre and ended at Little Bay playing field lengthening the trail.

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First place Men – Fire Team

IMG_9451For the men that was much longer as well. Beginning at Lookout last year to Salem Park, they began at Olveston Estate Drive to Salem Center, Hilltop, Arrow’s Manshop, Lookout Primary school and then to Little Bay.

Winning runners for Fire: Adrian Messam, Glenford James, Nichon Weekes,Michael Clarke and Jamal Halley.

This year the men with Fire coming in first place set a time of 1.36:13, separating themselves from Gunners by 40 seconds; MSS 1.41:50; Conscious Vybz at 1.43:45 and Police at 1.44:04.

Already the discussion is taking place that they should lengthen the girls’ race as the men’s race was almost an hour longer. The officials’ consideration is that the athletes are adequately prepared for regional competitions.

For the MSS winning team, the runners were in the order of the race: Jannet Turner from Salem to St. Augustine; Mikila Gittens, from St. Augustine to Hill Top (again considered to be the toughest leg, it being almost all uphill); Tajera Anderson, from Hill top to Lyme; and Samantha Williams taking it home from 6.34 a.m.  to Little Bay in a total time for their race of 48:15.

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L I Champions, Under-15 Cricket team return to Montserrat

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Under-15 cricket team – LI champs

The 2014 Under-15 Leeward Islands cricket championship was just completed in St. Kitts-Nevis. The Montserrat players returned home today by Ferry at mi-day.

The Montserrat Under-15 cricket team lost to Nevis and won Antigua, St. Kitts and Anguilla in good fashion.

They returned to a big welcome by parents and fans. The team travelled with Ben Greenaway, coach and Vickie Locker Asst. they both managed the players and reported they were most disciplined.

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CARIBBEAN ATHLETES TO PARTICIPATE IN WINTER OLYMPICS

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A number of athletes representing the tropical Caribbean region will participate in the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea city of Sochi in South-Eastern Russia from February 7-23.

Among the featured athletes from the Caribbean are a five-member Bobsleigh delegation from Jamaica, a husband and wife team from Dominica and athletes from the US Virgin Islands (USVI), the Cayman Islands and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Peter-Adam-Crook of the British virgin islands

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CEO of CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI), Larry Romany said it’s another moment of pride for the Caribbean to have athletes representing their national countries at the Winter Olympics and vying for medals.
“Our Caribbean athletes have demonstrated that they have an unconquerable spirit and it is this undeniable perseverance and grit determination that has put them at the top of their field and also for many individuals, to achieve personal excellence.
Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

Angelica Morrone and Gary di de Silvestri of Dominica

“We know our Caribbean athletes in Sochi will make us proud and it will be another unifying period for our region to support these exceptional athletes who spent countless hours working hard to qualify for the Winter Olympics,” said Romany.

Jamaica’s five-member delegation to the games are pilot Winston Watts, brake-man Marvin Dixon, crew members Wayne Blackwood, alternate crew; Thomas Samuel, coach, and Nelson Christian Stokes, Chef de Mission.
The Jamaican Bobsleigh team gained international fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta as underdogs among the professional and was the inspiration for the major motion picture, Cool Runnings.
jamaican_bobsled_teaUnited States-based Gary di Silvestri and his Italian-born wife Angelica Morrone di Silvestri who have Dominican citizenship will represent the island at the Games. Di Silvestri will take part in the men’s 15-kilometre classical race and his wife in the women’s 10-kilometre classical race.
Jasmine Campbell, representing the USVI, Dow Travers, the Cayman Islands and Peter Adam Crook, the BVI said they were all looking forward to the Winter Olympic s and doing their personal best to represent their countries.
“I will be going to the Olympics trying to ski my personal fastest, my personal strongest, my personal best. That is all I can really hope to do. The Olympics are also about bringing the world together in a community of sport and human excellence. It’s a time to transcend beyond differences and divisiveness. I will consider my time at the Olympics a success by doing my own personal best, while connecting with this very special community of athletes,” said Campbell who feels honoured to represent the Virgin Islands.

Jasmine-Campbell of the US Virgin Islands

Jasmine-Campbell of the US Virgin Islands

Born and raised in the Grand Cayman, Travers, 26, competed for the island in the 2009 Val D’Isere Alpine World Championships and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The eldest of three talented athletic brothers, Travers who lives and works full time in the Cayman after graduating from Brown University with a degree in Geology-Biology said he’s fully prepared for the Winter Games.
“I believe I am prepared and as ready as I’ll ever be,” said Travers who has been training in Aspen with his brother Dean under Coach, former Olympic skier, Jake Zamansky and the Aspen Valley Ski Club
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Travers who will be competing in the Giant Slalom said he has been training during the week and racing as much as possible followed by strength training in the gym.
Crook who lives in Utah said he is “excited and a little nervous” about his first Winter Olympics and representing the small mountainous island of Tortola.
“When people hear I’m representing Tortola, they always ask me if I ski there! Is there snow there! And then I have to explain it all over again,” said Crook who started competing professionally four years ago.
“It’s a small island and the support for me from the people there is unreal. My biggest goal at the Olympic is to make it through the final round. You never know what can happen. I’d just like to make everyone proud,” he added.
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January 30, 2014

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Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy jets off in style on the Caribbean leg

Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

Costa Rica is the first stop that the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca- Cola plane will be used. It will now carry football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world.

Jamaica Observer (By FIFA.com) – After a successful launch at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a bird’s-eye view of the iconic Estádio do Maracanã, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola jetted off to start its international tour by visiting Tahiti, Fiji and Vanuatu.

With three of 89 countries having already welcomed the trophy, it was now time to set off on the Caribbean leg of the tour.

In true superstar fashion, the most sought-after symbol of football had at its disposal its very own branded plane. This plane has started to carry world football’s most coveted trophy and the global trophy tour team all over the world, with the final destination set to be back in the FIFA World Cup host country to start its domestic tour.

The plane was first spotted when it landed in Costa Rica last Friday, where the trophy spent three days before heading off to an unprecedented 34 member associations from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

Joining the tour in five of the upcoming stops is former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Trinidad & Tobago forward Dwight Yorke, a man who has great experience winning trophies, with UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, and FA Cup titles to his name. Yorke was also captain of the Trinidad and Tobago squad during the 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign. He will be accompanying the trophy in Haiti on the 25th to the 27th of October, Grenada on the 28th, Suriname on the 29th, Guyana on the 30th, and finally in his home country Trinidad and Tobago on the 31st of October.

“Having won almost every trophy there is in my career, this is still the one that got away,” joked Yorke. “It’s just as surreal for me to have the opportunity to be so close to the trophy as I’m sure it will be for all the people that get the chance to see it on this worldwide tour. It really is the ultimate prize for any football fan or player. It’s a great opportunity and a joy to have it brought over to a part of the world that doesn’t often get these opportunities. I can’t wait to join the tour,” added Yorke.

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