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US, Swiss Timed FIFA Graft Raids

first_imgBERN, Switzerland — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world.They knew that the moment to strike would come when FIFA, the sport’s governing body, held its annual Congress in Zurich, gathering all of its top officials — including the main suspects in a far-reaching U.S. corruption probe.Any leak could have given the game away, allowing international soccer officials to scramble out of Switzerland or time to destroy important evidence before authorities could seize it.“It was a months-long planning. It was quite intense to try to find out what is the best moment,” Andre Marty, spokesman for the Swiss Attorney General’s office, told The Associated Press.“It was exactly today that most of the people of interest to the U.S. investigation and to the Swiss investigation are still in Switzerland.”The dual investigations have shaken FIFA, which has been dogged by corruption claims. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has sought to manage the allegations, going so far as to file a criminal complaint against “unknown persons” last November.That move followed then-FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia’s protest at how FIFA handled his investigation into wrongdoing during the votes to host of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup — which went to Russia and Qatar.Marty insisted that FIFA wasn’t tipped off that law enforcement officials would strike on May 27, conducting dawn arrests at the luxury Baur au Lac Hotel and raiding FIFA’s Zurich headquarters to seize electronic and paper documents.“It was quite important to have this coordination between the arrests on the one side for the American procedure, and the other side to get into FIFA and get all of the interesting data and information that we are looking for,” he said.For their part, Swiss prosecutors decided to act after the complaint from FIFA was backed up by what Marty described as “rather interesting bank documents” investigators obtained in recent months.“This led to the fact that we were convinced that we have to proceed with these criminal procedures,” he told the AP.Prosecutors planned on May 28 to interview 10 members of the FIFA executive committee who were members in 2010, when the vote on who was to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups occurred, he said.Marty declined to name them, but a review of the FIFA Executive Committee members present in 2010 and now produces 10 names: Michel D’Hooghe of Belgium, Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast, Marios Lefkaritis of Cyprus, Angel Maria Villar of Spain, Senes Erzik of Turkey, Worawi Makudi of Thailand, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, Hany Abo Rida of Egypt, Vitaly Mutko of Russia and Rafael Salguero of Guatemala.Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors are going after 14 people — nine current and former FIFA officials, four sports marketing executives and an accused intermediary — in corruption allegations spanning more than two decades and involving sums in excess of $100 million. Seven were taken into custody in Zurich.Unlike their U.S. counterparts, Swiss prosecutors aren’t yet investigating the possibility of bribery in the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Instead, they are examining whether members of the executive committee acted in the best interest of FIFA.Blatter isn’t one of those under investigation in the Swiss probe, Marty said. “As we are speaking Mr. Sepp Blatter is neither under investigation nor is he one of the persons we would like to talk to tomorrow,” he said. But he added that this could change.Switzerland has been trying in recent years to shed its reputation as a location for secret financial dealings; for example, it now cooperates with other countries investigating alleged tax cheats suspected of hiding money in Swiss accounts.“Be assured that the office of the attorney general won’t hesitate to investigate (anyone),” said Marty.“With these criminal procedures we are trying to underline the efforts of the Swiss authorities in the fight against corruption — international corruption even — and money laundering,” he said.___By Frank Jordans. Rob Harris and Graham Dunbar in Zurich contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Trudeau silent on genocide after accepting MMIWG Inquiry final report

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke after receiving the MMIWG National Inquiry’s final report Monday in Gatineau but did not acknowledge the Inquiry’s finding of genocide. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsDespite cries from the audience in the middle of his speech, Justin Trudeau did not utter the word genocide after being handed a copy of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ final report.On Monday in Gatineau, Que. the inquiry made its case for Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples — and the disproportionate violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples — as genocide.“This is genocide,” inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said during the ceremony, adding an “absolute paradigm shift is required to dismantle colonialism” in Canada.In its final report, Reclaiming Power and Place, the inquiry “draws a conclusion on the responsibility of Canada as a state for genocide under international law,” the 1,200-page document reads, explaining that “the definition of genocide in international law, as it stands, encompasses the past and current actions and omissions of Canada towards Indigenous Peoples.“Targeting victims in a gender-oriented manner destroys the very foundations of the group as a social unit and leaves long-lasting scars within a group’s social fabric. It is inherent to its destruction,” the report continues.“Unlike the traditional paradigms of genocide, such as the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the Rwandan Genocide… colonial destruction of Indigenous peoples has taken place insidiously and over centuries.”The report was leaked to media on Friday, and the case for “colonial genocide” made international headlines.But in his short speech to survivors, family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples, and Indigenous leaders, Trudeau only went as far as to call the report’s findings “challenging and uncomfortable.”As he uttered those words, one woman in the packed Museum of History’s Grand Hall yelled “genocide!” in an effort to prompt Trudeau to say the word.“This is an uncomfortable day for Canada. It is an essential day,” Trudeau continued in his speech. “We need to recognize the truths presented here, the truths you carry, the future you have reached out your hands to build alongside all Canadians.”Trudeau promised to “conduct a thorough review” of the report, “and we will conduct and implement a national action plan to address violence against Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ and 2-spirit people,” he added.“We will work with Indigenous partners to determine next steps.”Sarah Ponniuk, an Inuk elder from Nunatsiavut, said she was disappointed Trudeau didn’t acknowledge genocide against Indigenous peoples.Nunatsiavut Elder Sarah Ponniuk says it’s important that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledge the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples as genocide. Justin Brake/APTN.“To me personally it was important he say that,” said Ponniuk, who flew to Ottawa from Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the event. “It would have been very powerful for him to acknowledge it.”Asked if he thinks Trudeau should say the word genocide, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said, “I think everybody in Canada should accept the truth.”“Education awareness leads to understanding, leads to action,” Bellegarde said. “So we’ve got to keep pushing because really, that’s what it was.”Indigenous leaders were swift to respond to the report’s findings and its 231 “Calls for Justice”.“First Nations women’s voices must be centred in the decolonization of the nation to nation relationship and lead the national action plan to address the crisis,” Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said in a statement.“AMC will work side by side with the families and First Nations women leaders to work on a more just relationship with the federal, provincial and municipal governments moving forward.”Inquiry Commissioner Qajaq Robinson said that non-Indigenous people in Canada will have to confront the evidence now before them.“As a non-Indigenous person I have struggled to come to terms with my role in Canada’s genocide,” she said. “I have sat with feelings that I’m sure many of you non-Indigenous people in the room or watching may be feeling and sitting with right now: Shame. Guilt. Denial. That urge to say, ‘No, that’s not what this is. This is not who I am. I didn’t play a part in this. My ancestors didn’t play a part in this. We’re good people. No.’“But it’s the truth. It’s our truth. It’s my truth, it’s your truth,” Robinson continued.“It might challenge who we think we are, who we hope to be, but who we will be and who are are is ultimately defined by how we respond now that we know.”B.C. Premier John Horgan said in a statement Monday that the report “brings to the forefront the magnitude of the gendered impacts of colonial violence, one so severe the inquiry has called it a ‘Canadian genocide.’Horgan said his government “will be reviewing the report and recommendations in detail and considering them along with historic recommendations from survivors, families and communities, and the work currently underway in B.C.,” where the province has put into action a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The report is clear: thousands of Indigenous women, girls & 2SLGBTQQIA ppl were murdered or went missing in a Canadian genocide. We cannot deny this horrific suffering.Too many Indigenous women & girls suffered unconscionable violence & for too many, this continues. #MMIWG 2/3— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) June 3, 2019During the ceremonies Conservative leader Andrew Scheer tweeted about immigration and firearms legislation.Monday afternoon he issued a statement saying the Conservative “support the process of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples,” and that under his leadership “a Conservative government will develop and implement a National Action Plan, in partnership with Indigenous peoples, to advance reconciliation, address violence and achieve measurable improvements in the day-to-day lives of Indigenous women and girls.”He did not address the allegation of genocide.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh had originally planned an environment and jobs news conference Monday in Ottawa but cancelled it and attended the MMIWG ceremony instead.“The report is clear: thousands of Indigenous women, girls & 2SLGBTQQIA ppl were murdered or went missing in a Canadian genocide,” Singh tweeted Monday.“We cannot deny this horrific suffering.”Speaking to reporters after the event Monday, federal Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti the government will “leave the discussion of the actual use of the term genocide to academics and experts.Federal Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti said Canada will leave the discussion of genocide “to academics and experts.” Justin Brake/APTN.“What we have said today is we have a responsibility to the people, the families of survivors and the families of the women and girls who have gone missing. We have a responsibility to fixing this problem,” he said.National Inquiry Chief Commissioner told reporters after the ceremony, “We don’t need to hear the word genocide come out of the prime minister’s mouth, because the families, the survivors, have told us their truths.”Buller said she’s “glad people are having a conversation about genocide.”Marlene Thomas of Lennox Island First Nation, who is vice president of the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, told APTN after Monday’s ceremony it was “disappointing” Trudeau did not directly address the allegation of genocide in his speech.“Being the prime minister, he needs to listen to the people,” she said, adding an acknowledgement “has got to come from the Canadian government.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Butch Stewart getting into the cow business in Grenada

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppButch Stewart getting into the cow business. Not herding them, but cooking them and on December 12, Sandals will open its first steak house at its resort in Grenada. At one of his recently acquired resorts, LaSource there will be a restaurant called Butch’s Chophouse. You should see the cowskin-desgined caravan his marketing team is sporting in New York to promote the Sandals High Steaks Giveaway… you get it, high steaks! The sweepstakes invites the public to take a picture of the Sandals-branded SUV that has been moving around the Tri-State Area since Nov. 12. The pictures are to be submitted at Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #SandalsSteakhouse for a chance to win the free trip. There is no limit to the amount of entries one person can submit, according to Sandals’ and the contest ends Tuesday, Nov. 26. Obviously the steak house is named after Sandal’s chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart. Related Items:last_img read more

2019 Ram HD to offer a Sport package but dont get too

first_img Share your voice 52 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 26 Photos Ram,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 1:44 18 Photos 1 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader The 2019 Ram HD Sport loses its chrome and gains some attitude. Ram Ram’s 2019 HD pickup is a chrome-laden behemoth with 1,000 foot-pounds of torque that caused truck nuts to lose their minds earlier this week, but Ram left a little something out of its big presentation at the Detroit Auto Show: a Sport trim package.Now before you get all excited, Diesel Dans and Danielles, the Ram HD Sport isn’t some oil-burning Hellcat truck thing that can tow the moon out of the sky. According to a report by Autoblog released on Friday, it’s an appearance package, but if you’re the kind of person who can’t abide chrome on modern trucks, then it’s the way forward for you.First, to get the Sport package, you have to order your HD in Big Horn spec or better, tick the appropriate option box, and then you get to enjoy all of the body-colored bumpers and trim you can stand. Parking sensors are a part of the package too, so you will have a chance at least to not damage the hell out of your fancy, new truck when parallel parking it outside your local organic grocery co-op.Inside, the Sport package gives owners a black interior with CSI’s favorite trim material: piano-black plastic.The folks from Ram haven’t released pricing yet, so we have no idea what you can expect to pay for your vanity, though we expect it won’t be especially cheap. More From Roadshow 12 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Trucks Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 4 Comments Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comment More From Roadshow 81 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 69 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 71 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Share your voice Tags Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Ram HD brings a handsome face, 1,000 lb-ft of torque… General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 49 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Ram Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 10 Photos Tags Car Industry 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animallast_img read more

PM Hasina reaches Quebec

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Quebec on a four-day official visit to Canada to attend the Outreach Leaders Programme of the G7, the group of seven countries with advanced economies in the world.A flight of Air Canada, which left Toronto Pearson International Airport at 12:00pm (local time), arrived at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport at 2:00pm on Friday local time (12:00am on Saturday Bangladesh time).Bangladesh high commissioner in Canada Mizanur Rahman received her at the airport.Earlier, an Emirates Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Toronto at 9:30am local time (7:30pm Bangladesh time).Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau invited 12 world leaders, including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to take part in a special outreach session of the G7 Summit.The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.During her visit, the prime minister will join the outreach session at Quebec City on 9 June.On the next day, she will hold a bilateral meeting with her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Quebec in the morning and join a views-exchange meeting with Bangladesh expatriates in Toronto in the evening.Sheikh Hasina will also have a meeting with Canada’s special envoy on Rohingya crisis Bob Rae in Toronto on 11 June.The prime minister is expected to return home on 12 June.last_img read more

DC Association of Parliamentarians Celebrates Parliamentary Law Day

first_imgThe District of Columbia Association of Parliamentarians is celebrating its 46th Annual Parliamentary Law Day Observance. The forum will be held at the Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center, Building 211, on, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.The event will feature two presenters: Darlene T. Allen, Professional Registered Parliamentarian and the National Parliamentarian Association, Director of District Two who will bring both local and national information.   Following a lunch, John D. Stackpole, Ph.D., Professional Registered Parliamentarian and Certified Professional Parliamentarian will conduct a “Voting on a Three Way Decision” workshop.last_img