Webb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”
A man has been booked for allegedly mowing down his 32-year-old uncle with a tractor in Greater Noida’s Rabupura on December 29, the police said on Monday.The police said victim Harveer Shah, a farmer, hailed from Chingrawali village in Bulandshahr. He was returning home with his friend Madan on a tractor after selling crops in a neighbouring village. Harveer was also accompanied by his cousin Sandeep who was driving another tractor.The incident happened around 8 p.m. on December 29, when the victim was hit by his cousin after which his tractor overturned. Harveer and Madan sustained critical injuries in the incident.“A police team rushed to the spot after we were informed about the incident. The injured persons were rushed to a hospital in Jewar, where Harveer was declared brought dead. Madan was kept under observation in the ICU,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, SHO at Rabupura police station.Popveer Singh, the deceased’s brother, has blamed Sandeep for Harveer’s death. A written complaint was also submitted to the police on Sunday afternoon.The police have registered a case against Sandeep under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving) of the Indian Penal Code. “The accused was booked based on the complaint and the primary investigation. Due action will be taken,” the SHO said.
It’s said only films and cricket unite India. In terms of pan-Indian recognition and affection, even Bollywood stands second to the country’s national obsession, cricket. Cricket cuts through barriers of region and language that this cultural behemoth cannot scale. It is why in a recent survey Sachin Tendulkar scored over Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan both on visibility and a “quality” index that ranked celebrities for reflecting virtues like trustworthiness and honesty. India is probably the only country where cricket is played on every street corner. The popularity of the sport in India has translated into the fact that the business of international cricket is dependent on Indian cricket. Some estimates reckon Indian cricket economy to be worth Rs 1,000 crore a year, driving between 60 and 70 per cent of the world’s cricket business. Cricket’s boom in the 1990s was closely linked to commerce. It is now a child of satellite television and free market, not only a popular and profitable sport but a brand; a financial force that supports an entire industry made up of players, officials, sponsors, television executives, event promoters, agents and finally the consumer, who cannot get enough of this product. Today, the Indians have lost their team sponsor due to a controversial contract devised to protect the sponsors of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC had to effect a compromise and amend its terms because the Indians, the big drawcard for TV audiences and advertisers, dug in their heels for two months and refused to sign the contract.Our cover story studies the turmoil and churning in the financial phenomenon that is Indian cricket. It is a multi-layered subject but one that is hardly studied in any depth. With the stakes getting higher and the World Cup around the corner, more tumult and intrigues off the field lie ahead. In a sign of the times, the story on cricket was put together by a team of four who among them cover politics, the media, business and sport. After all, today Indian cricket is not just a game.