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Lance Downplays Chances at Tour de France

Lance Downplays Chances at Tour de France

first_imgIn an AP interview, Lance Armstrong downplayed his chances of winning the Tour de France in July, and that he’s willing to work for the others if Team Astana boss Johan Bruyneel asks him to.“I’m going to be very fair about it and respect (team boss Johan Bruyneel’s) orders and respect the team,” Armstrong said. “If that means supporting Alberto or Levi (Leipheimer) or whoever it is, I’ll respect them.”I know Lance’s mission in un-retiring is to increase awareness for cancer, but when’s he going to start representing Team Astana’s colors?You can see more pics from the current training camp on Astana’s site here and listen to a press interview here.last_img

How can we trust your data? MPs grill prosecution chief

How can we trust your data? MPs grill prosecution chief

first_imgAlison SaundersCommittee member Alex Chalk MP said: ‘How can we have any confidence in the future when you [or your successor] come to us with a whole load of data, “don’t worry justice select committee, we only had 20 this year recorded as disclosure failings”… but in fact it could be multiples of 20 because the data capture doesn’t work, does it?’Saunders replied: ‘And that’s why we’re absolutely looking at it again.’ The CPS chief explained earlier that prosecutors are asked to pick one of 28 ‘main’ reasons why a case has been stopped.She said: ‘There may have been a disclosure issue but at the same time it may have been that a complainant or a witness has decided not to support the prosecution and we dropped it because of that reason, or because there was something in the material which conflicted with evidence so it’s gone down as a “conflict of evidence”.’ Saunders said 28 reasons are too many to ask prosecutors to choose from. The CPS is reviewing the system to see if a ‘more sophisticated but simpler’ system is needed.Saunders agreed with committee chair Bob Neill that the criminal justice system owed victims and people who may have been wrongly charged an apology as a result of disclosure issues.The DPP said: ‘As I said before, I feel every single failure. It is not something that we want. We have been very clear about where our failings are, we will apologise for those. And what I hope is that the initiatives we have in place will make a difference.’Latest initiatives include a process where the disclosure officer and prosecutor agree, at the pre-charge stage, reasonable lines of enquiry. The CPS is also conducting disclosure-themed individual quality assurance reviews. The director of public prosecutions has told MPs that ‘every single’ disclosure failure weighs heavily on her – as a review published today suggests disclosure failings have jeopardised many more rape and serious sexual offence cases than Crown Prosecution Service records show.Earlier this year the CPS announced that senior prosecutors were assessing all cases in England and Wales where someone had been charged with rape or serious sexual assault after a rape trial involving student Liam Allan was abandoned following the discovery of text message evidence that had not been disclosed to the defence. The police and CPS apologised to Allan in January.The outcome of the review was published today. Chief Crown prosecutors identified 47 cases stopped between 1 January and 13 February this year that had issues with the disclosure of unused material. Only five were recorded on the CPS case management system which were classified ‘disclosure issues with CPS or police’.Members of the House of Commons justice select committee invited Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions, to acknowledge that the CPS’s ‘data capture system is not fit for purpose’.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

EU calls for DRC vote results to reflect people’s will

EU calls for DRC vote results to reflect people’s will

first_imgEU expands sanctions against DRC to 16 people US calls for credible DRC elections The European Union called on Friday for voting results in the Democratic Republic of Congo to reflect the people’s will at what it called a “historic moment toward a democratic transition”.Elections held last Sunday will determine who succeeds President Joseph Kabila, at the helm of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country for nearly 18 years.“The Democratic Republic of Congo is at a historic moment toward a democratic transition,” a spokesperson for the EU’s diplomatic arm said.“The EU joins calls from the African Union election monitoring mission and the AU commission chairman, among others, to ensure the upcoming results conform with the Congolese people’s vote,” the statement said.All of the DRC’s “political actors have a duty to contribute to the success of this transition in a spirit of reconciliation and peace,” the EU’s external action service added.African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat called earlier on Friday for the DRC voting results to be respected, as tensions grow over delays in the counting process.Three days before the elections, the EU lashed out at DRC’s decision to expel its ambassador, calling the move “completely unjustified”.DRC Foreign Minister Leonard She Okitundu had told the EU it had 48 hours to withdraw its representative in retaliation for sanctions against 14 officials, including Kabila’s handpicked candidate for the long-delayed vote.The election was the country’s first presidential ballot in seven years. It has not had a peaceful transfer of power since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960.Relatedcenter_img DRC opposition calls off talks with Kabilalast_img read more

AUDIO: NFF won’t set target for CHAN Eagles – Seyi Akinwunmi

AUDIO: NFF won’t set target for CHAN Eagles – Seyi Akinwunmi

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/SEYI-AKINWUNMI.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedNFF Chief Reaffirms Focus On AFCON Qualification At Eagles Squad UnveilingAugust 24, 2018In “National Team”Enyimba Captain Excited At Super Eagles CallJuly 13, 2017In “Nigeria”NFF To Unveil Major Sponsorship For Women Football – AkinwunmiDecember 24, 2018In “National Team” 1st Vice-President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, says the home-based Super Eagles have not been given a minimum target ahead of the 5th Championship for African Nations (CHAN) which begins in Morocco on Saturday.The Super Eagles play in Group C alongside 2014 winners, Libya, host of the 2016 edition, Rwanda, and debutants, Equatorial Guinea.Despite being one of the biggest football nations in Africa, Nigeria has failed to truly impress at this competition meant for only players who ply their trade in their respective home leagues. The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the first two editions of the competition and got knocked out from the group stage in 2016, with their best ever performance being finishing third under the late Coach Stephen Keshi in 2014.The Nigeria Professional Football League, from where Coach Salisu Yusuf picked the Super Eagles players, has experienced huge improvements and growth in recent years with more money and better organization introduced, prompting an extra level of expectation from many of the country’s football fans on the chances of the team to succeed in Morocco.In an exclusive interview withBusybuddiesng.com, Akinwunmi, who is also Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, said the NFF sent the team to Morocco “without giving any direct target,” but it is “going to try and win” the tournament.“We’ve planned to win, but if they don’t they won’t be castigated because of that,” said Akinwunmi. “We know it’s a competition and we are one of the competitors, but we go to competitions hoping and expecting to win.”Nigeria will play Rwanda on January 15 in their first game before taking on Libya four days later, and, then, Equatorial Guinea on January 23 in their quest to qualify from the group stage of the competition.The winner of the tournament will receive of 1.25 million dollars in prize money.last_img read more