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Coco-Cola has issued a statement calling upon Sepp Blatter to stand down as the FIFA president.
The shock statement was soon echoed by fast food giant McDonalds.
Sepp Blatter has been under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities for a week now. Coca-Cola and McDonalds are concerned their brands may be tarnished by association.
Coca-Cola released the statement “calling for FIFA President Joseph Blatter to step down immediately so that a credible and sustainable reform process can begin in earnest.
“Every day that passes the image and reputation of FIFA continues to tarnish. FIFA needs comprehensive and urgent reform, and that can only be accomplished through a truly independent approach.”
McDonalds chimed in shortly after releasing its own mdeaia statement:
The events of recent weeks have continued to diminish the reputation of FIFA and public confidence in its leadership.
“We (McDonalds) believe it would be in the best interest of the game for FIFA president sepp Blatter to step down immediately so that the reform process can proceed with the credibility that is needed.”
Talking lawyers is one thing Sepp Blatter has been able to control for some time now. But when huge amounts of sponsorship dollars are calling for your head it’s an entirely different game.
But the FIFA president gave his typical response through his lawyers:
“While Coca-Cola is a valued sponsor of FIFA, Mr Blatter respectfully disagrees with tis position and believes firmly that his leaving office now would not be in the best interest of FIFA, nor would it advance the process of reform and therefore, he will not resign,” said Blatter’s New York attorney Richard Cullen in a statement.
Nepalese authorities have mandated a limit to the amount and experience required by climbers if they wish to attempt a summit of Mount Everest.
“We cannot let everyone go on Everest and die,” said the Nepalese Minister for Tourism in a statement.
“If they are not physically and mentally fit it will be like a legal suicide.
“The disabled or visually impaired people usually need someone to carry them, which is not an adventure. Only those who can go on their own will be given permission.”
Recently 17 Sherpas were killed by an avalanche triggered by a falling column of ice above the khumbu Icefall – a dangerous crevasse-riddled glacier.
The bans have found unlikely support from many climbers. Rex Pemberton summited Everest at the age of 21 in 204.
“To be honest,” he said to news.com.au, “there are people on Everest that should not be there.”
He points to the fact that everyone is at risk with an inexperienced climber in the group.
“You’re trying to pass them, or move around them, but they don’t have the necessary experience to manage the ropes in a dangerous environment. That can put others at risk.”
Everest is a byword for achievement. Because of this many overlook the very real risks incumbent upon those attempting to climb it.
“You’ve got to have experience going on that mountain,” Pemberton continues. “If you have brilliant weather and climbing conditions and a lot of support, you can get to the top with relatively little experience depending on your fitness level and mental strength. But if something does go wrong, it can go wrong quickly and that’s when experience is important.”
800 people attempt to climb Everest each year each of them has three support staff. It mightn’t sound much, but considering the climbing season is very brief and the climbs incredibly narrow the dangers multiply fast.
Guiding companies have been charging up to $100,000 per person to be ‘ushered’ to the summit. Most are serious climbers, but not all. For this kind of payday many less scrupulous businesses have been willing to take unacceptable risks.
To put the risks of climbing Everest in perspective: The most recent tragedy, where 16 Sherpas died – THEY WERE SHERPAS, people who did this for a living!
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in a New Mexico court on Wednesday.
He avoided jail time and was granted a conditional release with up to 18 months of supervised probation.
Because Jones avoided a felony conviction there are no travel restrictions placed on his personal work schedule.
He has, however, been sentenced to community service; the judge mandated he make 72 appearances speaking at local boys and girls clubs and schools in and around Bernalillo county, New Mexico.
In a statement released through his Public Relations team Jones aid:
“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me.
“My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others, and for that I am tryuly sorry, and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it.
“I apologise to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family, and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life.”
Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight title days after the accident and arrest. The UFC placed him on indefinite suspension. UFC boss Dana White was in attendance at the hearing on Tuesday along with Jones’ manager Malki Kawa.
“The UFC organisation,” says a statement on their website, “is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year.
“As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.”
Despite an obvious attack, on the part of Geoff Bellew, Justin Hodges has beaten a grade one dangerous throw charge and will be taking the field this weekend in the NRL Premiership grand finale.
Despite Aiden Guerra admitting to the judiciary that he jumped into the dangerous position to earn his side a penalty, Bellew did all he could to blame Hodges.
“He (Guerra) came here and spoke to the truth,” said Hodges.
“I didn’t ask him to come here and lie. He came here and told the truth.
“I said (to Guerra) after the charge that this is the way I felt about the tackle and if you feel the same you can come (and testify in my defence).”
Guerra did feel the same way. And he did testify in Hodges defence, claiming he milked the penalty by launching himself past the legal position for a tackle.
Asked how he hoped to win the penalty, Guerra answered, “by going above the horizontal – probably not the smartest decision.
“I thought there was a chance to gain a penalty, nothing was going our way. My aim was clear.”
Guerra admitted he “wasn’t thinking about the repercussions, more about the momentum of the game. I was in control of my actions.”
When he was challenged about the dangerousness of the action Guerra replied: “I am still able-bodied.”
Hodges stuck to his story, denying any role in Guerra’s head going into the ground.
But NRL judiciary chairman Geoff Bellew was like a dog with a bone and interjected several times.
“I grabbed the leg to stop his momentum,” said Hodges.
“He jumped out of my hands. I felt him jump. I knew he was going down, so I let go. I turned to the ref and said ‘he jumped.’”
Bellew went fishing: “Did you apply any force to Guerra’s landing?”
Guerra, “Was Guerra placed in a dangerous position?”
Hodges: “Not by me.”
Bellew became frustrated at this answer. Despite it being true, it wasn’t the answer he sought. Hodges admitted Guerra did go past the horizontal, but stuck to his story that he had no part in doing it.
Eventually the judiciary panel of Bronson Harrison, Chris McKenna, and Royce Ayliffe took 10 minutes to acquit Hodges.
Upon release of the news the Broncos went from $2 outsiders to $1.85 favourites.
Though anybody who knows the two sides will tell you the game is on a knife-edge.
Bellator bantamweight, Darrion Caldwell, nearly KOed two opponents at Bellator 143, on the weekend.
After defeating fellow bantamweight Shawn Bunch in an entertaining and gruelling fight Caldwell climbed the fence to launch himself into a backflip.
Unfortunately he landed on top of the camerawoman.
Caldwell moved to 8-0 after defeating Bunch; but his flying leap onto the camerawoman will drew a no-contest from the judges.
On Sunday night the UFC Fight Night main even between Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson is gathering attention.
Barnett is supremely confident of beating Nelson, even though he hasn’t fought in almost two years.
“I need to go out there and show that the shell of me that didn’t even show up to fight the last time, that’s not indicative of who I am.
“I’m not anywhere near the end of my career. Roy Nelson and I, on paper, could look like one thing to a group of folks, but I want to go out there and show who I am as a fighter.
“By going out there and not just beating Roy, but taking Roy out and takin him out quickly.
“I know Roy isn’t going to oblige in any way shape or form. The more you go out there and hit Roy and you try to beat Roy’s brains in, he’s going to come back, drop his body weight and try to land that big overhand right.
“I try to fight with a very high IQ. I can say all this and I can be as confident as I want to be, but whatever happens, I just want the best Roy Nelson to show up so I can go out there and beat him at his best. On his best day, he’s not taking me out.”
Barnett won a points decision over Nelson in a tight and brutal contest.
The NRL judiciary looks set to determine another Grand Final.
Brisbane Broncos captain Justin Hodges will have his fate decided on Tuesday night, as he and the club look set to defend a grade one dangerous throw for his tackle on Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra.
But it doesn’t look good.
Not because of the tackle – Guerra himself admitts he was off-balance and contributed to the fall that saw him topple past the horizontal – but because Brisbane have only a seven per cent success rate with the blatantly partisan NRL judiciary.
Queenslanders have long known and seen the Sydney judiciary protecting their own – consistently rubbing out players from teams north of the border, while expressing leniency for NSW clubs. It is an outrage that has existed for such a long time it has all but been accepted.
In fact, the last time the Brisbane club had a player exonerated by the NRL judiciary was Karmichael Hunt back in the year 2000 (Hunt has swapped codes three times since then).
The Brisbane club have virtually given up contesting charges, realising the futility of expecting fairness from the judiciary. The last time they fought a charge was in 2013. Just once in 14 attempts has a Bronco’s player been acquitted by the board.
Aidan Guerra has offered to support Hodges at the hearing. In an interview with Fox Sports he was asked if he jumped off the ground as Hodges had suggested? Guerra said: “Yep, it’s a bit like that.
“To be honest, I played for the penalty.
“If I tried my hardest (to resist Hodges and fellow Broncos defender Ben Hunt) I wouldn’t have got spear-tackled, but I got the penalty and I really hope it’s left where it is.”
Jonathon Thurston, Cowboys Captain said, “You want to play the best teams at full strength and he needs to be in that team for it to be at full strength. It would be a sad way to end his career (suspended from the grand final).”
In 1997, Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green (now 53) strapped himself in the Thrust SSC (Super Sonic Car). He flashed across the Nevada desert, in the U.S, to set the world land-speed record of 1,228 kilometres per hour, an achievement no one thought would ever be beaten.
Now Andy is working with aeronautic engineers to build the Bloodhound Supersonic Car; with the ambition of breaking the magic 1,000 miles an hour barrier.
Along the way he is hoping to inspire a new generation of engineers.
The first plan is to reach 800 miles an hour (1,287 kilometres per hour) next year in South Africa. Should that go as planned then the goal for 1,000 miles per hour will be set for 2017.
The Bloodhound SSC is a $32 million car that looks more like a spaceship.
It employs three power drives – a Rolls-Royce EJ200, a jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon; a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets synced together; and a Jagua V8 engine whose sole purpose is to drive the oxidiser pump.
“It’s an aeroplane, but on four wheels,” said Mark Blackwell, a project technician.
As stated previously, one of the main goals is to beat the 20 year-old record. But another strong motivation is to give kids around the world a taste of modern science.
Richard Noble explained to AFP how the Ministry of defence told them they have trouble recruiting engineers.
“In the U.S. during 1961 to 1972 the number of PhD’s achieved in science increased by 300 per cent.” This was primarily because of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Since then interest in science has dwindled.
But the Bloodhound SSC is hoping to change that.
Noble said footage of the car, and the maths and science relating to it, is being uploaded to a website available to students and teachers.
“Kids respond very well; (they) set up rocket clubs, (and) do more maths,” said Kirsty Allpress from the Bloodhound Education Team.
“What you’ve got here is an enormous global online game.”
At the heart of their search is an answer to the legality of a two million dollar payment from Blatter to the French football legend.
“Swiss criminal proceedings against the President of FIFA, Mr. Joseph Blatter, have been opened on September 24, 2015 on suspicion of criminal mismanagement … and – alternatively – misappropriation,” said a statement from the OGA, Switzerland’s Lawyer General’s Office.
Blatter (now 79) is in the process of handing over the reins of the world football governing body amid accusations of corruption.
The Swiss prosecutor said data had been seized and the FIFA President questioned. He is considered a ‘suspect’; while Platini is considered ‘a person called upon to give information’.
Platini, now 60, is the automatic FIFA vice-president as he has been head of UEFA since January 2007.
Blatter was said, by his lawyer Richard Cullen, to be cooperating with the Swiss authorities and that he was confident a review of the evidence would yield ‘no mismanagement occurred.’
The alleged $2.0 million franc ($2.9 million) is thought to have been made in February of 2011 ‘for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002’.
On Friday Platini said the money had been for ‘contractual’ work.
“Concerning the payment that was made to me, I wish to state that this amount relates to work which I carried out under a contract with FIFA,
“I was pleased to have been able to clarify all matters relating to this with the authorities. I also made clear to the Swiss authorities that since I live in Switzerland I am available to speak with them any time to clarify any matters relating to the investigations.”
Blatter is under investigation by US authorities for links with former FIFA vice-resident Jack warner.
It is being alleged that Warner used the Caribbean Football Union as a power base to which Blatter was suspected of contributing.
But Blatter’s lawyer, Cullen, said the contract was ‘properly prepared and negotiated’ by all FIFA staff required for such matters..
Warner is just one of 14 soccer officials and business executives expected to face US prosecutors. It will be alleged they were involved in more than US$150 million in bribes for broadcasting rights and marketing deals.
Reputed ex-mobster Danny Provenzano, 51, wants to take bare-knuckle boxing mainstream. He believes it can be turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry and capture the world’s attention.
In an interview with the Daily Mail Provenzano said, “Bare-knuckle boxing requires a lot more skill than gloved boxing. You’ve got to make sure every punch counts, otherwise you’rre going to break your hand.”
He went on to argue that bare-knuckle boxing is safer than gloved boxing, “There are a lot more cuts and bruises, but less long-term damage.”
The medical fraternity appear to be divided on this.
The argument goes like this: Gloves ‘cushion’ a blow allowing for more blows to be delivered during a bout. The more blows there are, the more damage is done to a fighter’s brain.
The other side argue that the greater impact of an ‘un-cushioned’ blow inflicts more trauma on the brain and substantially increases the chance of damage to a boxer’s hand.
What both sides agree on is that the sport already exists. Without regulatory oversight the combatants are without any protection other than their own fists.
Bobby Gunn is regarded as the best bare-knucle boxer in the world. In an interview with MMA Radio he announced that two states in the US are on the verge of legalising the combat sport.
“It’s going to be ground-breaking for the sport.”
Provenzano is working closely with Gunn to legalise the sport throughout the world. To that end they wish to organise a fight with high profile MMA fighter Kimbo Slice to grasp world attention.
“He (Gunn) is the poster boy of the bare-knuckle boxing world.”
While Kimbo Slice rocketed to fame with viral Youtube videos of his accept-all-comers street fights. Gunn won the first officially sanctioned bare-knuckle boxing match in 2011.
He said to barcrogt.tv, “I’ve been fighting since I was 6 years old. I do this for my family.”
While it was an underground sport promoters were happy to allow gambling. Their fighters stood to earn up to $100,000 for a high profile fight. But in a bid to have the sport legitimised they have had to eliminate this side of their events.
“We’ve taken a hit in the pocket,” Provenzano said. “But it will be worth it once we’re mainstream.”
In the space of a few hours yesterday Melbourne MMA fighter Daniel Kelly’s training regime changed dramatically.
Kelly was scheduled to face 84kg, 180 cm Brazilian submission expert Ricardo Abreu on November 15 at UFC 193.
But Abreu was forced to withdraw with what is believed to be an injury.
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva scoured the list of available fighters.
The man he found couldn’t be any more of a different opponent.
Florida-based Steve Montgomery is a towering 193cm tall, he fights as a welterweight at 77kg, and he’s a south paw.
Kelly took he change in stride.
It’s a completely different match-up, but we’re seven weeks out.
“There’s plenty of time to adjust what we’re doing so it’s fine.”
Within two hours of being notified of the change Kelly had already watched most of Montgomery’s fights.
“He’s pretty well rounded and has good knees in the clinch.
“He’ a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his striking is not bad.
“He’s from a very strong gym America Top Team.
“I’ve watched one of his fights and that’s obviously only happened in the last couple of hours. But we’ve got a fair idea already of what we’re going to do.
“I’ll just make sure I’m fit and strong and I’ll go out there and enjoy it.”
But Kelly was cautious about his new opponent.
“Montgomery doesn’t have the power that Abreu had and he doesn’t have the pedigree that Abreu has on the ground. He’s tall and because he throws good knees as well, I’ll have to be careful going to double legs, but I’ll find another way to make it my game. It’s a different match-up, but they’re all hard.”
Kelly has experience with southpaws. He knocked out Sam Alvey in the first round and won a unanimous decision over Patrick Walsh.
“This is the third fight in a row where I’ll be preparing for a south paw,” said Kelly
“I’ll just keep working and progressing on the stuff we’ve already been doing,