Scala quits as FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee chair

first_imgIn what represents a severe blow to President Gianni Infantino just three months into his tenure at world football’s governing body, the Swiss-Italian has quit an important role at FIFA after the ruling Council was granted the power to dismiss the heads of the independent watchdog committees without consulting its membership.The unprecedented move was approved at the Congress, the first to be held under Infantino’s leadership, with an overwhelming majority of 186 votes to one during yesterday’s meetingIt meant the likes of Ethics Committee Adjudicatory Chamber judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and Investigatory counterpart Cornel Borbély, as well as Scala, could be stripped of their positions based purely on the decision of the 37-strong Council.The sacking and recruitment of members of the respective Committees within FIFA is usually voted on at the annual Congress.Businessman Scala, an integral cog in the reform package passed in an attempt to clean up the battered image of FIFA, stormed out of the Congress yesterday when the item was successfully passed.It contradicts the pledges of independence within the corruption-plagued organisation, leaving the fate of three top officials in the hands of the ruling Council and not the 211 Member Associations.The motion had already attracted criticism following reports it was only added to the agenda at the last minute by Infantino, with the move handing him more power than his predecessors have enjoyed.In a statement, Scala launched a stinging attack on the measure, insisting it “undermines a central pillar of the good governance of FIFA and it destroys a substantial achievement of the reforms”.”It will henceforth be possible for the council to impede investigations against single members at any time, by dismissing the responsible committee members or by keeping them acquiescent through the threat of a dismissal,” added Scala.“The bodies are factually deprived of their independence and are in danger of becoming auxiliary agents of those whom they should actually supervise.”My resignation shall also be a wake-up call and shall give backing to those persons involved, who genuinely advocated for reforms until today.”I would like to prompt all of them: Keep going like this, FIFA needs and deserves your commitment and consistent action.”The agenda item was passed comprehensively and seemingly went under the radar of the electorate, who clearly didn’t realise the magnitude of the decision they had made. Infantino, a strong advocate of the reform process, which helped him in his bid for the FIFA hotseat, defended the decision of the Congress yesterday and insisted it did not contravene the independence of the watchdog committees.”If we don’t act we are criticised for not acting and if we act we are criticised for acting,” he said.“We are in a democratic process.“Today we had to dismiss several members, others are indicted and arrested – do we have to wait one year until the next congress to be allowed to dismiss them?”A rift between Scala, who was appointed to the independent role in May 2012, and Infantino had been lingering under the surface after the Swiss-Italian recommended the secretary general earn more in salary than the President.The former Audit and Compliance Committee chair had been an important part of FIFA’s attempt to clean up its image in the wake of a criminal investigation which has seen several top officials indicted and arrest on corruption charges by the United States Department of Justice.  In response to Scala’s departure, FIFA claim the Swiss “misinterpreted the decision” made by the Council while labelling his suggestions the independence of the body has been contradicted as “unfounded” and “baseless”.”FIFA accepts Domenico Scala’s resignation as Chairman of the Audit & Compliance Committee with immediate effect,” a statement read.”FIFA regrets that Mr. Scala has misinterpreted the purpose of the decision taken by the FIFA Congress.”The decision was made to permit the Council to appoint members on an interim basis to the vacant positions of the new committees so they can start fulfilling their roles as part of the ongoing reform process until the next FIFA Congress in 2017. In addition, the measure allows for the swift removal of members who have breached their obligations.”The Council fully respects the independence of the Audit and Compliance and the Ethics committees, and any suggestions to the contrary are without merit.”Mr. Scala has made unfounded claims which are baseless. FIFA is focused on reform and the path forward as evidenced by the appointment of a new FIFA Secretary General.”last_img read more

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Ferry operations resume

first_imgAfter a one week period to facilitate repairs to the Supenaam Stelling, ferries MV Sabanto and MV Kanawan has resumed operations.The two ferries ply the Supenaam/Parika route transporting people, vehicles and cargo to and from Region Two. However, operations were halted after the captain of MV Sabanto reportedly lost control of the vessel while mooring.Although the ramp is yet to be completely fixed, passengers and small vehicles have begun using the ferries again as they are able to moor. However, truck drivers/owners are at a great disadvantage since they have to wait long hours to use the MV Malali and MV Makouria ferries. Trucks have to wait in line for at least 4 hours to access these ferries.As such these drivers are calling on Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson to immediately intervene to have the repairs done as quickly as possible.On July 27, transport officials launched a probe into the crash which had resulted in damage to the back of the vessel and sections of the stelling. The incident occurred about 18:30h as the vessel arrived from Parika with hundreds of passengers and vehicles onboard.Persons who were on the ferry at the time of the incident began to panic as they were only able to disembark almost two hours later at 20:00h, while several vehicles were damaged as a result of the collision.While the probe is ongoing, owners of the damaged vehicles are demanding compensation.Authorities had warned that anyone found culpable for the accident will be sanctioned.last_img read more

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DDTV: HOSPITAL CHIEF SAYS IT WILL BE A LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY

first_imgManager of Letterkenny General Hospital Sean Murphy today outlined the long road himself and his staff ahead in trying to bring back the hospital to full working order.Thanks to DonegalTV for today’s interview. Simply CLICK to play.   DDTV: HOSPITAL CHIEF SAYS IT WILL BE A LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY was last modified: July 30th, 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)last_img

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr provides health update on Kevin Durant

first_imgOAKLAND — Forward Kevin Durant is day-to-day with a right ankle contusion and his status for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets is unknown, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday.Durant suffered the injury Sunday night in the Warriors’ 115-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns, landing awkwardly on his foot as he attempted to throw the ball through a double team.Durant stayed on the floor, but eventually … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

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Increased 2020 Flood Risk

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Bryce AndersonDTN Senior Ag MeteorologistOMAHA (DTN) — As central U.S. producers make plans to harvest corn and soybeans in a year marked by record rain and flooding, prospects already indicate the 2020 crop year could bring more of the same. That’s because one of the building blocks of spring flooding — ample amounts of soil moisture — is already in place.“We could easily have a high water event again next year,” said NOAA hydrologist Corey Loveland. Loveland is with the NOAA North-Central River Forecast Center (RFC) in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He made his comments following a webinar Monday on inland flooding.Loveland cited five “ingredients” in the flood recipe: 1. High soil moisture after the fall season, which can serve as a priming mechanism for flooding. 2. Frozen ground, causing late winter or early spring precipitation to run off instead of infiltrating the soil. 3. High snowpack, offering meltwater for flooding. 4. A rapid spring melt, causing snow to quickly turn into liquid and add to flooding. 5. Spring rain itself.The lead factor — soil moisture — is already in place ahead of the 2020 spring season. “Everything is saturated as we start to move into the cold season,” Loveland said. He’s been at the North-Central RFC for just over a year; however, he cannot remember a rain pattern like the Northern Plains and northern Midwest experienced in 2019. “What’s interesting is the amount of rain. Every time you think it’s drying out, you get … rainstorm after rainstorm,” he said.Loveland noted that flooding in 2019 likely set records for minor, moderate and major flooding in the North-Central RFC region, with minor flooding forecasts in effect for 96 consecutive days; moderate flood forecasts in effect for 94 consecutive days; and major flooding forecasts in effect for 51 consecutive days. “That’s got to be a record for our office,” he said.The four other factors besides soil moisture — winter temperatures, snowpack, spring melt, and spring rain — do not have to be too intense for flood threats to be significant in 2020. NOAA will publish its first National Flood Outlook in mid-March. Loveland is sure flooding threats will be notable.“Everyone throws in their forecast for snowpack, and right now it’s trending wet,” Loveland said. “Unless things change within the winter, we could easily get a normal to above normal snowpack this winter. Spring weather is the wild card, due to temperatures.”Bryce Anderson can be reached at bryce.anderson@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @BAndersonDTN(ES/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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How will self-driving cars handle the snow?

first_imgCameras on self-driving cars act as extra support to detect obstacles on the road. Manufacturers may place these cameras behind the windshield wipers or develop defrost mechanisms so that visibility remains clear even in the winter. Multiple sensors will help mitigate the danger as if one sensor becomes covered by snow or ice, the other sensors can compensate for it. The cameras will work alongside the mapping algorithms, lidar and radar to provide safety. Some manufacturers are taking the need for extra sensors a step further; Mercedes-Benz offers a car with 23 sensors that detect guardrails, oncoming traffic and trees so that the vehicle can travel without lane lines. Tags:#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Over 70 percent of the nation’s roads are located in snowy regions that receive more than five inches of average snowfall each year. According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 70% of the United States population also live in those areas.Suffice to say, driverless vehicles won’t matter one bit to Americans unless the cars can drive well in snowy weather. No one is likely to use a “fair weather” driverless car that must be taken off the road during the winter months.See also: Uber told to pull over self-driving fleet by California DMVIn recent years, we’ve heard about how storms and even snowflakes can challenge self-driving cars. However, technology is advancing and engineers are finding solutions that will allow driverless cars to operate safely in inclement weather.What we know about the tech nowIn the winter, snow and ice reduce pavement friction and decrease visibility on the roads. On average, over 1300 people are killed and more than 116,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy or icy pavement annually.Self-driving cars have the opportunity to save a lot of these lives, but only if they are capable of driving in snow better than we can. Driverless vehicles will face many of the same challenges that human drivers face in the winter: Slowing, turning and stopping the vehicle on icy streets will still be treacherous as snow tires and all-wheel drive can only prevent so much. Skids and spinouts will likely still occur.Furthermore, the snow and ice that gathers on driverless car sensors could create additional threats, as those sensors help the car see. While motorists also have to worry about visibility during storms, we don’t have to worry about snow or ice gathering in our eyes—we only need good windshield wipers. With automated vehicles, snow can cover up radar, camera and lidar sensors all at once, rendering them useless and leaving the car’s computerized eyes blind. Fortunately, there are solutions available that will help automated vehicles handle winter weather and deal with these challenges.How driverless car tech will combat snowHow will automated vehicles learn to drive in snow as well as humans can? Driving safely in wintry conditions often comes with experience. A new driver typically can’t drive as confidently in the snow compared to a driver who has years of experience with skids and spinouts in inclement weather. Technology will help solve this problem. While none of these self-driving car sensors are safe enough to use alone in the snow, they provide accuracy when operated together. Here are the four types of tech that will allow driverless cars to move safely on snowy streets.3D Maps are used in self-driving cars so that the vehicles are aware of where the roads are located and how to operate safely on them. Many driverless car manufacturers use precise mapping techniques, that include details such as the positioning of trees, signs, lane lines and curbs. The more a vehicle knows about the area, the more it can focus its sensors on detecting real-time obstacles like other cars or pedestrians. These 3D maps are helpful in fair weather, but they also have a unique advantage in the snow when used in conjunction with LiDAR technology. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… LIDAR technology works by using light beam detection to detect obstacles. The technology is very accurate and can see raindrops, snowflakes, trees and street signs. In snowy weather, LiDAR works with 3D mapping and compares the map from a clear day with that of the current road conditions. For example, if the street is covered in snow, the LiDAR scanner can still determine where the road’s lane lines are located. By using light beam detection, the car determines its distance from a visible set object—a stop sign or building—and then calculates where the covered lane lines are based on that measurement. Ford implemented this technology into their self-driving cars and other manufacturers will likely use it as well. Additionally, 3D mapping and LiDAR technology are able to determine whether snowflakes or raindrops are obstacles or not. When a laser goes through rain or snow, it may originally believe the drops of precipitation are road obstacles. However, with an algorithm, the car can check for the obstacle’s persistency. The laser will not hit the same raindrop or snowflake twice, and the vehicle is able to rule them out as road obstructions. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img Radar technology senses objects by emitting electromagnetic waves. It is not affected by snow or rain as much as LiDAR is because it does not involve light reflection. Radar can still detect moving vehicles, buildings and pedestrians in inclement weather which will help automated cars drive safely. However, many manufacturers are placing the radar sensors behind the windshield so that the wipers can protect them from snow or rain. If the sensors are outside the vehicle, they may become iced over and will no longer work. Seth Birnbaum A lot of the tech is still up in the airThere are many challenges that driverless cars still need to face before they’ll be able to operate in all types of weather. While technology is advancing, some factors about how driverless cars will operate in winter still remain unknown. Black ice and slippery side streets will remain a problem for automated cars, and snow tires will likely still be a necessity.While human operators often make decisions about whether it is safe to drive inclement weather, it is unclear how driverless cars will make that rather cognitive choice. If a passenger gets into the car to leave the house, will the vehicle say, “I can’t drive you there because the conditions are unsafe?” If there is a snow squall during travel, what will the car decide to do?Auto insurance will be especially important for self-driving vehicles during the winter months. As advanced as technology gets, ice will still be ice—skids, spinouts and rear-end collisions will likely still occur on the roads. Sensors that do get blocked by ice or snow will need extra protection and the vehicles will need to plan ahead for dangerous weather.Furthermore, will the vehicles be equipped with the technology that currently helps out human drivers? Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control have served humans well, but some of that software may not yet be available for driverless cars as the tech is sometimes made by third-party suppliers. So, while self-driving car technology is getting better at handling snow, it’s clear that we are still a long way off. In other words, don’t expect a driverless car to drive you through a blizzard anytime soon. Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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The ROI of Softer Stuff

first_imgRevenue improvement. Profit increases. Cost reductions. Efficiencies.These are all tangible, measurable improvements that your product, service, or solution can produce. They make it possible for you to generate and share an ROI with your client. As important as it is to produce a business case, these aren’t the only factors buyers consider when making decisions. They don’t move you to trusted advisor, consultative salesperson, and Level 4 Value Creator status.Trust is soft. There isn’t a great way to measure it. But without trust nothing that you present really matters. What do you believe your dream client believes the ROI on trust to be?Caring, like trust, is soft. Your dream client will never list “caring” in a row on a spreadsheet and score you against your competitor (they won’t do that with trust, either). But when your dream client makes a decision, how much they believe you care about them and their challenges is a factor they weigh heavily. If you don’t believe this is true, share with them how much commission you hope to make on their sale and see how it changes your relationship.Business acumen and situational knowledge (or in the common vernacular, insights) are too soft to be measured. But people in positions of authority value people with the ability to help them deal with their most complex business challenges. They value people with ideas. They trade lower price for greater insights. They trade a marginally better ROI for real relationships of value.Collaboration isn’t a metric (at least not one I’ve ever seen). But you are being judged by how easy you are to do business with and how open you are to helping your dream client adjust your solution to precisely fit their needs. They value your ability to help them build consensus, and they appreciate being armed to have high value conversations within their own organization.None of this is to say that your financial ROI isn’t important. It is important, and critically so in some deals. But so is the softer stuff that gives you the opportunity to better develop the ROI, to position yourself as the right partner, to drive a wedge between you and your competitors, and to frame your solution in a way that resonates with your dream client contacts. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Former Real Madrid Player Mesut Ozil Offers Himself to Barcelona in January Transfer Window: Reports

first_img arsenalbarcelonaluis figoMesut Ozil First Published: October 12, 2019, 12:17 PM IST Mesut Ozil, who formerly played for Real Madrid, has reportedly offered himself to Barcelona in the January transfer window. Currently, the star athlete is with Arsenal but he has not been having the best of times under manager Unai Emery and is looking for a way out.The 30-year-old, who has made only two appearances for the club so far this season, was on the bench for two other matches but has been kept out of the squad for the rest of the Arsenal matches. Manager Unai Emery has said he prefers players who give their all in training session and the thought is backed by club chief Raul Sanllehi. With such developments, the former Germany international may well be on his way out of Arsenal in the January window.Multiple reports have claimed that Arsenal are in discussion with Turkish side Fenerbahce for a possible loan deal which will see both sides split his enormous wages.According to reports in Spain, the experienced attacker has offered himself to Barcelona amid suggestions that the Catalan giants will look to sell Ivan Rakitic at the start of 2020.Furthermore, reports from Don Balon claim he is ready to take a cut on his current £350,000-a-week salary if La Liga defending champions do decide to get him on board.If the move does happen, it may be an added chapter in the controversial player moves between arch rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid. With Ozil now looking to make one of those switches, albeit not directly, we look back at a few controversial moves between these two Spanish rivals.One of the most controversial Barcelona-Madrid crossings was that of Luis Figo when he left Nou Camp and moved to the Spanish capital in a then-world-record £37.4 million deal in 2000.Bernd Schuster’s move from Barcelona to Real Madrid was much talked about as well as was Ronaldo’s move from Barcelona to PSV and subsequently to Real Madrid after five years in Serie A. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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