Brazil frees Ireland’s Mallon arrested in Rio Olympic ticket scam

first_imgA Brazilian court has authorised the release of Ireland’s Kevin James Mallon, a director of sports hospitality company THG who was arrested on August 5 for the alleged illegal scalping of Olympic tickets, the local G1 news site reported.Mallon was being held along with the former head of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Patrick Hickey, who is still detained in a Rio prison.Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) appeals court officials were not available to confirm the G1 story on Saturday.Brazilian police said earlier in August they uncovered emails between Hickey and THG executives discussing tickets they planned to sell at inflated prices, which would earn them as much as 10 million reais ($3.09m) in profit.On Friday, a source in the Rio state security services told Reuters that a Rio de Janeiro court will return the passports of three members of the OCI who will be allowed to leave Brazil.Meanwhile, Kenya has arrested three top members of its Olympic committee, a Reuters witness said, after mismanagement of the contingent nearly derailed the country’s participation in the Rio Games.The east African nation notched up its biggest ever haul of medals in Brazil but doping and organisational challenges had plagued its preparations in the run-up to the event.On Friday, chef de mission Stephen Arap Soi and assistant secretary of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) James Chacha were taken to a police station in Nairobi upon arrival from the Olympics, alongside the body’s Secretary General F. K. Paul, according to the witness.Another official, Chief Executive of Athletics Kenya Susan Kamau, told Reuters she too was questioned by police but shortly released.With six golds, as many silvers and one bronze medal, Kenya finished second only to the United States in the athletics table, making South America’s first Olympic Games its best outing so far.But its athletics pedigree has been tainted with up to 40 runners failing dope tests in the past four years.At the Games, Kenya’s Olympic committee sent home a sprinting coach after he was accused of posing as an athlete to doping testers. The coach said he had borrowed an accreditation pass to seek a meal in the athletes’ village.Kenya’s athletics manager was also sent home from the Olympics and is being detained while police investigate allegations that he had warned athletes before the Games about drugs tests in return for cash. He denies any wrongdoing.On Thursday, Sports Minister Hassan Wario said he had disbanded NOC-K and set up a committee to probe mismanagement. It will report its findings by September 30.last_img read more

Poll shows Clinton, Giuliani in the lead of their parties

first_imgDemocrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani are seen as their parties’ presidential front-runners among California voters, although Fred Thompson has eclipsed Arizona Sen. John McCain for second place in the GOP, a poll released Monday says. The statewide poll by the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University gave Clinton, the New York senator and former first lady, 37 percent, with former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Illinois Sen. Barak Obama, tied with 15 percent each. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, led the GOP field with 25 percent. Thompson, the former Tennessee senator who now appears on NBC’s “Law & Order” followed with 16 percent and McCain at 14 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trailed at 5 percent. Analysts said the survey was significant because it shows Thompson’s popularity rising even though he hasn’t formally declared his candidacy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Merck recalls possibly tainted childhood vaccines

first_img“It’s likely that there’s going to be a shortage of this product,” Kuter said, adding that the impact on the public is unclear because the other company making the vaccine in the U.S., Sanofi Pasteur, may be able to produce more.Health officials said they already are talking about prioritizing shots for American Indian and Alaska Native children, who are considered at higher risk for Hib-caused illnesses, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.Health officials said they did not know how many of the 1.2 million doses were administered to children.The recalled doses are considered potent, so children who got vaccine from the recalled lots will not have to be revaccinated, Schuchat said.Parents will probably be concerned, CDC officials acknowledged. Should the vaccine later prove contaminated, health officials believe most children will experience, at worst, a skin irritation around the vaccination site. Problems could be worse for children with compromised immune systems.Such problems would have appeared within one week of the vaccination, Schuchat said, adding that there have been no reports suggesting vaccine contamination so far.The contamination involved unspecified equipment used in making the vaccine, which involves taking concentrated Hib virus, diluting it and combining it with other agents. Kuter said that during a routine evaluation of Merck’s West Point, Pa., vaccine plant, a sterility test determined that the equipment was contaminated with a bacteria called Bacillus cereus, or B. cereus.It is a spore-making microorganism commonly associated with food poisoning and has caused diarrhea and vomiting in people who eat contaminated foods.“It’s one of the most common organisms” around, Kuter said.The recall is likely to heighten a debate over childhood vaccines and their safety and whether too many are required. Some parents are distrustful and suspect some vaccines of being linked to autism, although scientific studies have not shown such a connection.This week, New Jersey took a controversial step toward becoming the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers after a health advisory board backed new vaccine requirements over opposition from parents.Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., is one of the few drug makers that produces a significant number of vaccines.While the company took a black eye with its September 2004 withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx due to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, the company has been performing well recently. On Tuesday, it gave an upbeat assessment in its annual briefing for analysts.Five weeks ago, Merck reached a deal to settle up to 50,000 Vioxx lawsuits for $4.85 billion, an amount expected to save the company millions in trial costs.Its stock price has more than recovered from its post-Vioxx slump, a two-year-old restructuring plan is going well and profits are up. For example, Merck posted a 62 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as revenues jumped by double digits.The company also has had an impressive seven new products approved for U.S. sale in the last two years, including three vaccines: RotaTeq, to prevent an intestinal virus that is the top cause of early childhood diarrhea; Zostavax to prevent shingles, and Gardasil, to block the virus that causes cervical cancer.Merck shares fell 68 cents Wednesday to close at $59.72 before the recall announcement. The shares fell 12 cents in after-hours trading.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – More than a million doses of a common vaccine given to babies as young as 2 months were being recalled Wednesday because of contamination risks, but the top U.S. health official said it was not a health threat.The recall is for 1.2 million doses of the vaccine for Hib, which protects against meningitis, pneumonia and other serious infections, and a combination vaccine for Hib and hepatitis B. The vaccine is recommended for all children under 5 and is usually given in a three-shot series, starting at 2 months old.Drugmaker Merck & Co., which announced the recall after testing this week showed a sterility problem in a Pennsylvania factory, said concerned parents should contact their child’s doctor.“The potential for contamination of any individual vaccine is low,” said Merck spokeswoman Kelley Dougherty. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champDr. Julie Gerberding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, echoed that in a news conference.“This is not a health threat in the short run, but it is an inconvenience,” she said.Merck produces about half of the nation’s annual supply of 14 million doses of Hib vaccine.Barbara Kuter, executive director of pediatric medical affairs for Merck, told The Associated Press that because of the contamination, the company’s production line has been shut down for at least nine months.“Manufacture of vaccines is pretty complicated, and we have to basically make some changes in the process,” then get approval from the Food and Drug Administration before resuming production and shipments, Kuter said. Merck hopes to restart production in the fourth quarter of 2008, she said.last_img read more

‘Aston Villa have been shopping at Lidl instead of Marks and Spencer’ – Saunders

first_imgFormer Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders has had his say on the club’s recent demise, telling talkSPORT they are now paying the price for a lack of investment over the past FIVE YEARS.Villa are struggling in the second half of the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season, and things are looking bleak for boss Steve Bruce.There were encouraging signs following Bruce’s appointment in October, with the side unbeaten in his first seven games in charge – claiming four wins and three draws – but it’s been less rosy since.Villa have claimed just two points from a possible 27 in recent weeks, and Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle made it five straight losses for the West Midlands outfit.They are now just six points clear of the Championship’s bottom three, and Saunders believes the club’s lack of spending is to blame for their slump.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Villans star said: “What’s happened is there’s been a lack of investment into the team over the period of about five or six years.“You go back as far as James Milner and Gareth Barry leaving – they have never been replaced.“Aston Villa have been shopping at Lidl when they should have been shopping at Marks and Spencer.” Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce 1last_img read more

Pogba named in PFA Team of the Year, Hazard misses out and many are baffled

first_img REVEALED LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS “Nobody can tell me Pogba deserves to be in that side before Hazard!”#MUFC’s Paul Pogba is reportedly the only non Man City or Liverpool player to make this year’s PFA Team of the Year.But Ally McCoist says Eden Hazard should be in the side ahead of Pogba! 😡Agree? 🤔— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 25, 2019Pogba’s inclusion in the team will raise a few eyebrows as he has struggled for form for large parts of the season.Under former United boss Jose Mourinho the Frenchman was poor, but his form drastically picked up following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.His recent performances have again dipped as the Red Devils endure a terrible patch of form, with seven of their last nine matches ending in defeat.And ahead of their 2-0 loss to bitter rivals Man City on Wednesday evening, Old Trafford legend Roy Keane claimed the World Cup winner was a ‘big problem’ for United. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? whoops REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining no dice Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been named in the PFA Team of the Year, while Chelsea forward Eden Hazard misses out.The team was revealed on Thursday and is dominated by stars from title-chasers Liverpool and Manchester City. The PFA Premier League Team of the Year!#PFAawards | #TOTY— PFA | Professional Footballers’ Association (@PFA) April 25, 2019Four players from Jurgen Klopp’s side have been selected, including defender Virgil Van Dijk, who will be crowned Player of the Year at the awards ceremony on Sunday, as well as Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane.Five City stars feature, with Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Ederson, Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho given the nod by their fellow professionals.Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has not been included for the second season running, despite being a nominee for the main individual prize this term.So far this season, Hazard, who won the PFA Player of the Season in 2015, has scored 16 Premier League goals and is the most creative player in the league having recorded 13 assists so far.It’s also understood the Belgian is wanted by Real Madrid and is widely expected to make the move to Spain in the summer, bringing and end to seven years in the capital. How is Hazard nominated to be POTY but not in TOTY??… LOLquelle logic— (@god0fSauce) April 25, 2019 Pogba in team of the year, don’t make me laugh 😂😂😂😂😂— Utd 0 City 2 (@BobbyMancsScarf) April 25, 2019 deals “The guy is a talented boy, but we’re saying the same things over and over again,” he said.“The number of times I’ve seen him in games where he’s not sprinting back or running back. He’s talking about body language, throwing his arms up in the air, he’s a big problem for United.“I don’t know what he’s like around the training ground or when they travel, but he mentioned body language and pride, I don’t see it, I don’t see it in his performances. And my eyes don’t lie to me.“I’m not disagreeing he’s a talented player, but you need more than just talent. We talk about the real top players, the great players, they make their team better and they make their teammates better. He doesn’t do that. He plays for himself.”The team sparked plenty of debate on social media… huge blow Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star tense REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury There’s about 90 midfielders that have had better seasons than Pogba— jh⚒ (@joeharris06) April 25, 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City— Luc (@DailyRender) April 25, 2019The PFA will honour the players at its annual awards ceremony in London on Sunday, April 28.PFA Premier League Team of the Year 2019: Ederson (Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Sadio Mane (Liverpool).last_img read more

Andy Lonergan denied Liverpool debut as Adrian recovers from ankle injury

first_img Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta OFF 1 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up this week… LIVE on talkSPORT A fan collided into the Spaniard following his penalty save in Liverpool’s shootout win over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.Adrian’s absence would have likely seen 35-year-old Lonergan start in goal on Saturday, making him the oldest English debutant in the Premier League this century.The veteran goalkeeper, who played for Rochdale in League One last season, was signed on a short-term deal following Alisson’s calf injury.Explaining Adrian’s freak collision with the Liverpool fan, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said: “A supporter jumped over something, was chased by some security guys, slipped and kicked his ankle. It’s crazy. rookie error Getty Images – Getty “Yesterday it was swollen, today I spoke to him and he said ‘it’s much better than yesterday’ but we have to see. Apart from that it was a brilliant night for him, not only because of the penalty but also because of the game.“It’s crazy. We love our fans, no doubt, but if they could stop doing that. We played against City and someone ran on the pitch then. Against Norwich, there was someone as well. FAREWELL Adrian is filling in for Alisson, who is sidelined with a calf injury Norwich City vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 5.30pm) – talkSPORTReading vs Cardiff City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January on target New job LATEST LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Andy Lonergan has been denied a bizarre Liverpool debut against Southampton.Adrian, deputising for the injured Alisson, starts at St Mary’s, but had been a doubt with an ankle knock. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested stalemate deals Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship “It’s not funny. Like the girl in the Champions League final, she made money. What can we do?”In other team news, Sadio Mane starts his first game of the Premier League season against his former club.The Senegal international was only fit enough for the bench in Liverpool’s opening-day win over Norwich last weekend, but scored twice against Chelsea in midweek.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

2019 Swing for Certification Golf Tournament Hosted by the LPF to Precede NRF PROTECT

first_imgThe 2019 Swing for Certification golf tournament is set for Monday, June 10, at Coyote Hills Golf Club in Fullerton, CA, preceding the NRF PROTECT conference June 11-13.Hosted by the Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF), the event is open to all retailers and solution provider sponsors to benefit the Bob MacLea Scholarships for loss prevention and asset protection professionals who want to advance their careers through obtaining their LPQ or LPC certification. Proceeds will also benefit the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund.“The NRF leadership is proud of the partnership that we have developed with the LP Foundation,” said Robert Moraca, MBA, CPP, CFE, vice president of LP for NRF. “Both the NRF and LPF share a similar passion to harness retail loss prevention industry knowledge and dedicated LP professional volunteers to champion educational enrichment for the industry. This Swing for Certification event is a fun way to continue our combined desire for LP excellence.”- Sponsor – “The Loss Prevention Foundation is proud and honored to be hosting our second Swing for Certification golf event at NRF Protect 2019,” said Terry Sullivan, LPC, president of the LPF. “We are excited to again have the opportunity to raise funds for the Bob MacLea scholarships and the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund. We are welcoming all retailers and solution providers to participate in this networking golf event and are thrilled to be able to announce that we already have fifteen of our sponsors from last year returning and three new sponsors committed to this year’s tournament, with Vector Security Systems signing on as our Platinum sponsor for the second year.”The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. with lunch and a shotgun start. Prizes and awards will be handed out at a food and cocktail reception following golf. Coyote Hills Golf Course is located at 1440 E. Bastanchury Rd in Fullerton, CA, just seven miles from the Anaheim Convention Center, site of the NRF PROTECT 2019 conference.Join your colleagues for this opportune networking event by registering today at the “Swing for Certification” event website.For more information or to sign up as a sponsor, contact LPF President, Terry Sullivan at terry.sullivan [at] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

[Video] ORC Ring Suspects Stole over $2M in Products

first_imgFive people have been arrested and one is on the run accused of orchestrating a retail theft scheme across 14 Florida counties, stealing over $2 million worth of goods. The suspects, all from Tampa, were arrested following an undercover investigation among state and local agencies in Florida. Detectives said the individuals targeted the following stores: Burlington Coat Factory, CVS, JCPenney, Publix, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie, stealing items like razor blades, white strips, shoes, and cologne, among other items.Officials said the six suspects hit up to 10 businesses per day, between four and five nights a week, stealing between 10-and-$15,000 worth of merchandise a night, storing the stolen goods inside a cooler and making several trips in and out of the store. “This is unbelievable to me that they can go out like a swarm of locusts and steal so much in one night,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd at a news conference Wednesday… Fox35 Orlando Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Serial Shoplifter Busted after Hitting Same Store 2 Days in a Row

first_imgPolice in Framingham, Massachusetts, say a local woman shoplifted two days in a row at the Target store on Cochituate Road, making off with more than $1,400 in merchandise. Police arrested Sarah McWilliams, 45, at about 2:20 PM Thursday, charging her for incidents that occurred that day and the day before.On Thursday, store security called police and said they had caught a shoplifter trying to leave the store with a carriage full of items, according to a police report filed Friday in Framingham District Court. “They said that they caught Sarah McWilliams shoplifting numerous times from the store,” police wrote in the report.One of those incidents occurred Wednesday. During that incident, McWilliams stole almost $1,050 worth of items, including two fans valued at $450 each, a $30 scale and a $90 comforter, police wrote in the report… Metro West Daily News- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Reflections on Rancor in Political Discussion

first_imgUnfortunately, there is increased rancor in today’s dialogue about public policy. It is easy to find negativity from politicians, media, and even your friends and neighbors. It is rare to find positive, intelligent, forward-looking events and communities that offer public policy solutions.That’s where you come in. That’s where AFF comes in. And it is how liberty will rise above the noise to prevail in the long term.As I reflect on my six years with America’s Future Foundation, one point of pride is the nature of the people and events associated with it. I do not recall an ad hominem attack at an AFF program or a culture of rancor, even when the most divisive topics were discussed, including immigration and right-to-work. Young people are attracted by intelligent and positive conversation, even if they don’t initially embrace free market ideas.Eric Shierman’s account of the AFF Portland chapter launch confirmed this last week. He wrote,“I made it out to their first event this week and saw something you don’t see every day: a room filled with young people interested in limiting the size and scope of government… It was so refreshing to go to an event about politics that wasn’t filled with anger.”Together, we’ve created a network in 27 cities around the country that counters rancor by offering fun and unique events based on unifying principles: free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility. It provides a unique social community where people come back to learn more and gain valuable advocacy skills.AFF Austin leader Ellen Bartling explains,“The power of AFF’s approach is that it weaves intellectually challenging topics into having a great time; brings experts into more intimate social settings where beginner members feel free to ask earnest questions; and provides opportunities for both intellectual growth and practical, professional growth.”For more than two decades, AFF has incubated the talents not just of our members, but of our leadership as well. Former AFF executive directors and senior leaders now serve in executive positions at leading think tanks, activist groups, and in the private sector. Thousands of other AFF alumni are in positions of influence thanks to donor investment in their education and development.I’m the latest in this line of liberty advocates, and accepted a position as director of foundation relations with the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), starting September 5, 2017. It’s an incredible opportunity to grow their work to educate students for liberty and empower faculty to make long-term change on campus. This is a personal passion of mine, all the way back to my time as a Young America’s Foundation activist at Ithaca College.It has been an honor to serve AFF these past six years. I am proud of the growth of the organization and everything we’ve accomplished. It’s very exciting to think about all the talented people you and AFF have touched, and the impact they will have over the next 20 to 30 years in the world of ideas. This month’s chapter launches in Portland and Jacksonville are just the latest examples.The board and I are fully committed to finding AFF’s new executive director and equipping him or her with the tools necessary to bring AFF to the next level. Together, we can inspire the Millennial generation to embrace free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility. You can learn more about the search here.Again, thank you for your support, and I look forward to working with you in a new capacity soon.last_img read more