Biden says he’s ‘not going anywhere’ after poor Iowa showing

first_imgBiden, 77, said every Democrat running for the House of Representatives or Senate this year would have to carry the label “socialist” if Sanders became the Democratic nominee. An independent, Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist.Buttigieg, 38, held a narrow lead over Sanders, 78, in the Iowa caucuses, according to partial results released on Wednesday. Problems with an app used for vote counting had delayed a final count. Warren, 70, placed third.There was more confusion later in the day when the party released new figures showing the four top candidates on roughly the same percentages, but then tweeted that there would shortly be “a minor correction to the last batch of results,” without giving an explanation.BUTTIGIEG AHEADAs of early Wednesday evening, the Iowa Democratic Party said 86.1% of precincts had reported their results, showing that Buttigieg, who would be the first openly gay US president if elected, had 26.7% of state delegate equivalents, the data traditionally reported to determine the winner. Sanders had 25.4%, Warren was at 18.3%, and Biden garnered 15.9%.Sanders was slightly ahead of Buttigieg in the Iowa popular vote, which is not used to determine the delegates who will formally choose the nominee at the Democratic National Convention in July.After more than a year of campaigning and spending more than $800 million, the results in Iowa had been expected to provide some answers for Democrats desperately trying to figure out how to beat the businessman-turned-president.But the delay has blunted the momentum of the state’s eventual winner. The partial results have been released in batches on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Iowa Democratic Party has not said when it will announce the rest.Buttigieg has argued it is time for a new generation of leaders and that his lack of experience in Washington makes him an ideal candidate to break the partisan gridlock there.But he might struggle to win in New Hampshire, where Sanders leads in many opinion polls, and in the next Democratic primary in South Carolina on Feb. 29 where Biden expects to receive strong backing from the African-American vote.Biden accused Buttigieg, 38, of being insufficiently supportive of the achievements of the Obama administration and cast doubt on his experience.“It’s a risk – to be just straight up with you – for this party to nominate someone who’s never held an office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in Indiana,” said Biden, who was President Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years.Jeannie Collins, 34, who works in human resources in Manchester, New Hampshire, said she was leaning toward voting for Sanders but agreed withBiden’s concern that the senator may be too left wing for many Americans.That concern was more likely to make her vote for Buttigieg rather than Biden, she said.“I just feel like it’s time for the younger generation. That’s why I really like Buttigieg,” she said. She described Sanders as “older but his views are younger.”Two other Biden opponents – Warren and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – released ads on Wednesday highlighting their ties to Obama in a move to pick up Biden supporters who may be reconsidering after his poor performance in Iowa.Warren’s advertisement about her creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during Obama’s administration uses narration from the former president praising Warren as being “very tough” and “one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class.”Bloomberg’s advertisement quotes Obama praising the former mayor’s work on gun control and education, saying he has shown “what can be achieved when we bring people together to seek pragmatic solutions.”Topics : Former US Vice President Joe Biden vowed on Wednesday to go on fighting for the Democratic presidential nomination despite what he called the “gut punch” he took in Iowa, where partial results show the political veteran lagging in fourth place.”I am not going to sugarcoat it: We took a gut punch in Iowa. The whole process was a gut punch,” Biden said in Somersworth, New Hampshire, where he was campaigning. “This isn’t the first time in my life that I’ve been knocked down.”With 86.1% of precincts reporting from Monday’s caucuses, Biden was behind Pete Buttigieg and US senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in the first nominating contest of the 2020 campaign. Biden, who bills himself as the most electable Democratic candidate to take on Republican President Donald Trump on Nov. 3, led many national polls in the run-up to Iowa and has a host of high-profile endorsements.But his campaign is in trouble.”There are an awful lot of folks out there who wrote off this campaign…They’ve been trying to do that from the moment I entered the race. Well, I’ve got news for them. I’m not going anywhere,” Biden said.In an unusually direct address, Biden took aim at Sanders and at Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, as he tried to recover ahead of the New Hampshire state primary next Tuesday.last_img read more

Japan ruling party launches race for Abe’s successor

first_imgTopics : Thanks to the LDP’s solid legislative majority, the race’s winner is certain to win a parliamentary vote on September 16 and be named the country’s next prime minister.The LDP race began after Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, abruptly announced late August that he would resign for health reasons.There is now speculation that the next prime minister may quickly call a snap election to shore up public support.Representatives for Suga and his rivals — former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba and party policy chief Fumio Kishida — formally registered their candidacies on Tuesday morning. At a joint event for the candidates, Suga said he had decided to run to help avoid a “political vacuum” after Abe’s departure, and that he would prioritize coronavirus containment while rebuilding an economy now in recession.Ishiba meanwhile pledged a “great reset”, and said he would “pour my whole body and soul into regional revitalization”.Kishida said he too would focus on balancing infection measures with kickstarting the economy, and vowed to build a capable team.”I would become a leader who does not seek to shine myself but to have each team member shine so as to have the best performance,” he said.The candidates will hold two public debates before the vote, which will poll LDP lawmakers and three party representatives from each of Japan’s 47 regions.A broader vote including rank-and-file party members was ruled out, with officials saying it would take too long to organize. ‘A regular person like me’ Whoever takes the top office will face a raft of challenges — from the coronavirus pandemic and a tanking economy to ensuring the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games can go ahead.None of the three candidates is seen as offering a policy platform that would differ significantly from Abe’s.Former banker Ishiba, 63, is popular with the electorate and consistently topped polls before Abe’s resignation.A defense policy wonk, he supports strengthening the role of the country’s Self-Defense Forces in the pacifist constitution.But he is still regarded with suspicion by some in the LDP because he left the party for a time, serving as an independent and then with a rival party, before returning.Kishida, also 63, was long viewed as Abe’s heir apparent and considered the prime minister’s favored successor.But he appeared to fall from grace more recently, with his proposal for a targeted stimulus being cast aside in favor of money for all residents, and Abe has declined to publicly support any one candidate.Suga, who until recently denied any ambition for the top job, said he decided to run to continue Abe’s programs, especially his economic measures.Raised in northern Japan’s Akita region, Suga put himself through night college by working odd jobs before winning a Yokohama city council seat, and mentioned his background in his comments Tuesday.”That a regular person like me can seek to become a prime minister, that’s exactly Japan’s democracy, isn’t it?”He has served as Abe’s closest advisor and a powerful enforcer of government policy, considered able to bend Japan’s vast bureaucracy to the government’s will.But while Abe rose to power by touting conservative policies including amending the constitution, little is known of Suga’s ideology.His policy interests tend towards the practical, including speeding up digitalization of government agencies, cutting the cost of mobile services and increasing foreign tourism. Japan’s ruling party on Tuesday kicked off the race to pick Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor, with his powerful right-hand man Yoshihide Suga commanding an all-but-insurmountable lead.Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, the 71-year-old son of a strawberry farmer, has already secured the support of major factions in the Liberal Democratic Party ahead of its leadership vote on September 14.But he isn’t running unchallenged, with a popular former defense minister and the party’s policy chief standing against him.last_img read more

‘You are not representatives of Papua’: Indonesia lashes out at Vanuatu at UN

first_imgAt the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Diplomat Silvany Austin Pasaribu said Vanuatu had an “excessive and unhealthy obsession” with how Indonesia acted and governed in its easternmost provinces and said Vanuatu’s actions were “shameful” and in opposition to the fundamental principles of the UN charter.“You are not the representatives of the people of Papua, and stop fantasizing about being one,” she said while representing Indonesia during the right of reply to a statement made by Vanuatu.“Papuans are Indonesians. All of us play an important role in the development of Indonesia, including on the island of Papua.”Previously, in an address during the general debate session, Bob Loughman – the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu – had called on the Indonesian government to address alleged human rights abuses against the indigenous people of Papua. Indonesia has lashed out at the Republic of Vanuatu over what Indonesian representatives say are its continuing efforts to raise “artificial human rights concerns” in Papua. He said that last year, leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum had respectfully called on the Indonesian government to allow the UN Human Rights Office to visit Papua. He said there had been little progress on the matter.“I, therefore, call on the Indonesian government to please hear the previous call of the pacific leaders,” he added.Read also: After a year of Papuan antiracism rallies, discrimination remains an everyday occurrenceIn her response, Silvany highlighted the principle of noninterference in the domestic affairs of other countries, which she claimed was the fundamental principle of the UN charter. She also called on the Vanuatu government to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries.“Indonesia will defend itself from any advocacy of separatism under the guise of artificial human rights concerns. Papua and West Papua have been irrevocable parts of Indonesia since 1945. […] It is final, irreversible and permanent,” she added.She said Vanuatu had yet to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination; the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural rights; and was not party to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.“We call on the government of Vanuatu to please fulfill your human rights responsibilities to your people and to the world,” Silvany added.The diplomat said accusations of human rights abuses in Papua were common on international stages.Topics :last_img read more

Danny Murphy urges Arsenal and Manchester United to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Mar 2019 4:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link998Shares (Picture: Getty)‘I think right now we are blessed in that area.‘This Wan-Bissaka, unfortunately for Palace fans, maybe they’ll keep him another year, it won’t do him any harm at all playing more games and getting more experience.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There’s a gaping hole at Man Utd for a right-back. Ashley Young’s done brilliantly, but he’s 34. Comment Wan-Bissaka is wanted by a host of Premier League sides (Picture: Getty)Manchester United could fill a ‘gaping hole’ in their team by signing Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to Danny Murphy.Wan-Bissaka has shot to prominence this season after breaking into Palace’s team and consistently impressing at right-back.Chelsea, Arsenal and United are reportedly interested in signing Wan-Bissaka and Murphy has backed the 21-year-old to make a big transfer in the near future.‘I do think this lad’s that special,’ Murphy said on TalkSport.ADVERTISEMENT Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to late win over SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:34FullscreenOle Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to late win over Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-reacts-late-win-southampton-1874566/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Has he overtaken Trippier or can he? He doesn’t play every week.‘He (Pochettino) switches between him and Aurier, he is not sure? Arsenal, their back four needs some improvement.’Wan-Bissaka’s talents have wowed Palace fans this campaign as the defender became the first player to make 100 plus tackles in Europe’s top five leagues over the weekend.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement The Eagles want to keep Wan-Bissaka (Picture: Getty)Palace have firmly steered themselves away from relegation trouble in recent months and beat Burnley 3-1 in their last game.United got a close up look at Wan-Bissaka during their recent game at Selhurt Park, and Palace are wary of the increasing interest in their star youngster.Wan-Bissaka is under contract until 2022 and Palace are determined to keep hold of him beyond the summer.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Danny Murphy urges Arsenal and Manchester United to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka Advertisementlast_img read more

Kenyan Athletes Endurance: No Quitting the Race

first_imgMarathon running often makes heroes – people willing to go beyond their limits, sometimes with fatal consequences. The experience of two Kenyan athletes has raised questions about what it takes to cross the finish line.last_img

MORE Power: No order to stop operation

first_img* transition period * maintain the status quo of theoperation so as to give time for MORE Power to orient / train / immerse itspersonnel before it fully takes control of the operation But Teodosio disagreed. * accounting Contreras came up with the order “dueto the parties’ failure to come up with an agreement and to satisfy theapprehension of the court, that led the court to issue the Addendum.” Therefore, he stressed, the status quoin the operation of the power distribution system remains. POWER IN THEIR HANDS. Personnel of MORE Electric and Power Corp. check the power substation on General Luna Street, Iloilo City after taking over the facility from Panay Electric Co. * inventory of real properties alreadyunder the possession of MORE Power ILOILO City – MORE Electric and PowerCorp. (MORE Power) has been operating the power distribution system here sincetaking over Panay Electric Co.’s (PECO)’s substations Friday last week. * install MORE Power which may deployits personnel to man and oversee the substations to exercise its possession andcontrol of the distribution facilities, but the operation should still behandled by PECO personnel who has the technical expertise * serve the writ in a peaceful manner * see to it that no PECO personnel inthe rank and file would be displaced during the transition period It contained guidelines on how to goabout enforcing the Writ of Possession to ensure the continuous supply ofelectricity in Iloilo City. These were: It dismissed claims that the RegionalTrial Court (RTC), Branch 23 ordered it yesterday to stand down. “MORE Power remains in full control,”said Teodosio.center_img * turnover of records like the list ofconsumers “Nagpapasalamatkami sa korte sa paglilinaw na dapat talaga ang may hawak pa ng operasyon ng electric distribution facilityay PECO. Nakita naman natin inthe course of the hearing kung paanopaulit-ulit subukang suwayin ng MORE Power ang nasabing direktiba ng korte,” said Atty. Estrella Elamparo,PECO legal counsel. “The court simply said we respect theAddendum. Sa Addendum naghambal ang court nga ang operation ihatag sa PECO personnel, indi sa PECO management.There is a difference between PECO personnel and PECO management,” stressedTeodosio. * documents relevant to the operationof the distribution system, among others In an order afterwards, PresidingJudge Emerald Requina-Contreras ordered both parties “to respect the Addendumto the WOP pending the court’s verification of the status of MORE Power’s andPECO’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) or until March26, 2020.” “Ginsunodsang MORE Power ang Addendum. Pareho mangihapon nga mga personnel ang naga-dutysa substations halin sang Feb 28. Pero nag-transferna ang ini nga mga personnel sang employment sa MORE Power, kag ini manang ginamandu sang MORE franchise law kagni Judge,” said Teodosio. In order yesterday, Contreras setfurther hearing of the expropriation case on March 26, 8:30 a.m. There was no order to return the powerdistribution operation to PECO, stressed Atty. Hector Teodosio, MORE Powerlegal counsel. What was stated in the Addendum? Any move of PECO to take over thepower distribution facilities will be resisted, he added./PN RTC Branch 23 heard yesterday PECO’sMotion for Clarification on the Feb. 20 Writ of Possession (WOP) which theformer issued in line with the expropriation case MORE Power filed againstPECO. * inventory of personal propertiesunder Category A As part of the addendum, the court alsoordered MORE Power and PECO to submit their respective proposals as to theirtimelines on the following matters:last_img read more

Kathy Root honored with RPM achievement award

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16) – The automotive racing world recognized one of its most accomplished members.Kathy Root, retired owner and president of IMCA and now chair of the sanctioning body’s executive committee received an achievement award, citing her dedication to short track auto racing, during the Racing Promotion Monthly workshops in Daytona Beach, Fla.“I enjoyed watching the growth of IMCA and knowing we were having a favorable impact on the racing industry,” said Root, the first full-time employee hired by Keith Knaack nearly 40 years ago. “I think Keith’s original goal when he developed the Modified was to keep racing an affordable hobby and we’ve always done our best to keep it that way.”“I’ve also enjoyed the friendships I’ve made and the people I’ve met,” she added. “There’s been a good bit of that.”Named president in 1990, Root guided IMCA through a sustained period of growth that continues into the organization’s 101st season.IMCA remains headquartered in Root’s hometown of Vinton and will see more than 9,000 drivers compete at sanctioned events in eight divisions in 30-plus states and Canada in 2016. The IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, the biggest dirt track racing event in the world, will bring nearly 900 of those drivers to Boone Speedway in September.A pioneer for women in the industry, Root traveled to tracks in many of those states and noted that while not everyone always agreed with IMCA’s rules, she was always treated with respect.“As IMCA grew, we were able to hire more employees and I traveled less. My main job became more administrative and less hands-on and in the field,” Root said. “I missed that and I still do. We have an excellent staff and they are responsible for much of our growth.”Her son Brett was named president of IMCA in January of 2015.“I don’t think enough people realize how important Kathy has been to the industry. She came to the sport as a production artist for a race paper and became the owner of America’s oldest, largest short track sanctioning body, which celebrated 100 years last season,” said RPM Editor Stewart Doty. “She’s passing the torch to Brett and we want to thank Kathy for what she has done and wish her well.”last_img read more

Sherwood rules out Lamela

first_img Roberto Soldado has scored just once since the turn of the year while Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli have shown only brief signs of their true potential. None of those players had previous experience of English football before signing for Spurs and Sherwood feels that is something that worked against both the club and their new acquisitions. He highlighted Everton’s business, which saw them sign England midfielder Gareth Barry and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on loan, as the perfect example of how to go about bringing in players to make a difference. “I am a firm believer that Premier League experience is key,” he added. “Yes, you can buy someone who has never played in the Premier League and he comes over and he is a revelation but its more of a risk doing that. “If you want to look at any team you’ve got to look at Everton and what they’ve done in the transfer market – It is second to none. “On Deadline Day they looked like an average side – all of a sudden they make three signings and it turns them into what they are now. “That’s the business that is done. It was very cute from [Roberto] Martinez and whoever was involved in bringing them in because whoever brought them in, certainly they were Martinez’s players he wanted. “You’ve got Gareth Barry with 534 games or whatever it is in the Premier League – crucial for any club. Lukaku was the best young player last season. He had that loan spell at Everton where he did brilliantly and he has it onto this year. “And then there’s Gerard Deulofeu who everyone knows is in development phase of football. He can be anything he possibly wants to be and he is showing that now, and the acquisition of McCarthy, they have certainly done brilliantly in the transfer market.” Tim Sherwood admits he does not expect record signing Erik Lamela to play again this season and believes the club should take a leaf out of Everton’s book when it comes to their summer recruitment policy. The 22-year-old Lamela was signed among much fan-fare last year, one of seven players who were brought in by technical director Franco Baldini and former head coach Andre Villas-Boas. But the former Roma man has been restricted to just 17 appearances in all competitions as injuries and a lack of form have meant his debut campaign at White Hart Lane will not be one to be remembered. Hip and back injuries have prevented Lamela from lining up for Spurs since the 3-0 win over Stoke in December and Sherwood has all but written off the Argentina international’s chances of returning this season. “He isn’t fit to play,” Sherwood said. “He’s been unfortunate with injuries and it’s a shame that he’s picked up the knocks because taking the settling in period aside, how are you meant to settle when you can’t go out there and perform because you’ve had this serious back injury? He’s probably not going to play this season.” Lamela’s World Cup place could also now be hanging in the balance due to his inactivity but Sherwood would have no qualms if Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella wanted to include the winger in his squad. “Like I say, he’s been out a very long time,” he added. “He’s going to need a pre-season before he can play. It’s up to their manager and if they think he needs to play any competitive games previous to that. “I think it comes down to how sought after he is out there by the manager. He needs the games doesn’t he? And next season he comes back in and he’s in a better place.” Lamela may be the highest profile of Spurs’ summer signings to find his first season a difficult one but he is not alone. Press Associationlast_img read more

Carver gives striker backing

first_imgNewcastle head coach John Carver is backing £5million summer signing Emmanuel Riviere to come good as he attempts to fill Papiss Cisse’s sizeable boots. The Frenchman has scored only twice for the Magpies – both of them in a 3-2 Capital One Cup victory at Crystal Palace in September – and has come in for some criticism from disenchanted fans. However, Carver said: “I will defend him, he’s one of my players. The one thing about Manu Riviere is he works his socks off. He keeps getting on the end of things, he keeps getting in the right areas and I’m telling you, before time it will come off. “Let’s judge him at the end of the season or in six months’ time. This is the first time he’s had a real run in the team, let’s not forget. He’s not played for the 90 minutes, but he’s had a right good go at it. “He’s got to convert the chances, I understand that, but let’s judge him in the future. I do think it takes guys time. “Players in the past have taken a bit longer. Yohan Cabaye took a bit longer, Yoan Gouffran – a lot of players took some time to adapt. Ask any Premier League manager and they’ll say the same thing. “It’s a different demand. It’s demands more than anything else.” Riviere’s cause has not been helped by the way 21-year-old Perez has started his career in the Barclays Premier League. He scored the decisive goal in his first league start for the club, a 2-1 victory at Tottenham on October 26 last year, and was also on target in each of the next two games, wins against Liverpool and West Brom. Press Association However, the last of his five goals for the club to date came against Everton on December 26, and Cisse has had to shoulder a significant burden since his return from the African Nations Cup. The Senegal international, who is to undergo a minor procedure on his troublesome knee during his lay-off, will not be able to do so again, however, until the final three games of the campaign after earning himself a lengthy ban following his spitting match with Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, and Carver has little sympathy with him. He said: “What he did was wrong, first of all, but it’s very difficult to act on a situation when somebody has actually done that to you, and until somebody actually does it to you, you don’t know how you would react. “I think I know how I would react, and I don’t think I would have spat in somebody’s face. It was an unsavoury situation, wasn’t it? Let’s be honest.” Carver will welcome Jack Colback back from suspension and Remy Cabella from a knee problem, but fellow midfielder Mehdi Abeid and full-back Massadio Haidara are out with thigh and knee injuries respectively. However, he will hope his depleted squad can take advantage of Everton’s midweek Europa League exertions, a situation knows only too well after Newcastle’s last dalliance with the competition. He said: “When you work so hard to get your team into a position to qualify for it and then you’ve got to play so many games that it’s detrimental to your bread and butter, which is Premier League football, it’s taking away from it.” The 25-year-old, who was drafted in from Monaco to help plug the gap left by the departures of Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong, is still awaiting his first Barclays Premier League goal after slipping behind youngster Ayoze Perez in the St James’ Park pecking order. However, Riviere has been preferred to the former Tenerife starlet in the last two games, and Cisse’s enforced absence as he begins a seven-game ban as his team-mates travel to Everton on Sunday means he is likely to be handed an extended run in the team. last_img read more

Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced – defence lawyers tell court

first_imgPARIS (Reuters) – Lawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client’s innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.French financial prosecutors on Wednesday sought a four-year jail sentence for Senegalese Diack, saying he and his son, Papa Massata Diack, were at the heart of a scheme that solicited bribes worth millions of euros from Russian athletes to cover up failed doping tests and allow them to continue competing.Prosecutors had sought a five-year sentence for Papa Massata Diack.Lamine Diack’s lawyers on Thursday said there were “no tangible elements” proving Lamine Diack’s participation in the scheme, and put the blame on his absent son.“One has to distinguish between the son and the father,” said defence lawyer Simon Ndiaye, adding that Diack’s main fault had been to hire his son as a marketing consultant for the Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), a position that he abused. The IAAF is now known as World Athletics.Stressing the fragile health of Lamine Diack, his second defence lawyer William Bourdon said: “Sending him to the jails of the Republic can only be a death accelerator”.This was the last day of the trial. The verdict is slated for Sept. 16.last_img read more