Key dates in Blatter’s career

first_imgA look at some of the key dates in the career of FIFA President Sepp Blatter:1936 – Born in Visp, Switzerland.1948-1971 – Player in Swiss amateur league.1956 – Becomes member of Swiss Association of Sportswriters.1959-1964 – Public relations official for tourism in the canton of Valais.1964-1966 – Secretary general, Swiss Ice Hockey Federation.1968-1975 – Director at watch company Longines S.A.1975-1981 – FIFA technical director.1981-1998 – FIFA general secretary.1998 – Elected FIFA president.2002 – Blatter accused of financial mismanagement by FIFA executive committee members. Criminal complaint filed against Blatter with Swiss prosecutors comes to nothing after Blatter is re-elected by beating Issa Hayatou of Cameroon in a vote.2007 – Re-elected unopposed.2011 – Re-elected unopposed after challenger Mohamed bin Hammam, a former ally, withdrew before being suspended by FIFA over bribery allegations.May 29, 2015 – Re-elected for fifth term by beating Prince Ali bin al-Hussein after reneging on pledge not to stand again.June 2 – Announces resignation plans as pressure mounts over escalating criminal investigations.July 20 – Exit date set for February 26 when the presidential election is due to be held.July 24 – Uses in-house FIFA magazine to say the governing body will support US and Swiss investigations “no matter how close to home those investigations get.”July 25 – Interrogated by Swiss federal police over alleged criminal use of FIFA money as office is searched and data is seized.last_img read more

Heavy winds turn deadly as fallen tree kills Guanacaste driver

first_imgOvernight Tuesday and on Wednesday morning firefighters cleared 16 different trees that had blown over and responded to 12 emergencies related to damaged power lines. The daily La Nación reported that 150 power outages were caused by heavy winds that also damaged roofs and blew over shipping containers.Gusts up to 100 km/h Un hombre falleció esta mañana, luego de que un árbol cayó sobre su vehículo.Barrio Cerros, en Liberia, Guanacaste. pic.twitter.com/DcosI1o0zd— Bomberos Costa Rica (@BomberosCR) February 10, 2016 What started off this week as complaints about unseasonably cold and blustery Costa Rica weather has turned deadly.A man was crushed to death in Liberia, the capital of the northwestern province of Guanacaste, on Wednesday when a sudden gust of wind blew a tree on top of his vehicle, according to the Costa Rican Firefighters Corps. Strong winds blowing across Costa Rica this week have downed power lines, knocked over trees and sparked maritime warnings over high winds and rough seas. Related posts:‘Extreme’ Pacific winds create dangerous conditions for boaters, swimmers Strong winds to hit Costa Rica again Thursday Big waves expected at Costa Rica’s northern Pacific, Caribbean beaches Strong winds expected over most of Costa Rica this week The National Meteorological Institute forecast gusts between 60 km/h and 100 km/h in the Central Valley and along the northern Pacific coast of Guanacaste this week.The Firefighters Corps recommended people make sure their roofs are well secured, especially if the roof is made with zinc sheets or tiles. Facebook Commentslast_img read more