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Friday, May 29, 2015

Sepp Blatter Elected For 5th Term of FIFA Presidency 2015

ZURICH—FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter won a fifth, consecutive term leading the embattled organization when his only opponent conceded defeat—but not before forcing a rare, second round of voting.
In the first round of balloting, FIFA members delivered a surprising rebuke to Mr. Blatter, 79 years old, who has presided over soccer’s top governing body for 17 years and went into the polls the odds-on favorite. The vote took place just days after the disclosure of a broad U.S. probe and more than a dozen indictments and convictions related to alleged corruption at the organization.

Mr. Blatter won 133 votes, seven shy of the two-thirds he needed to win the vote in the first round. His opponent, Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan won 73 votes. As FIFA organizers began to prepare for a second round, Prince Hussein conceded the vote, giving the election to Mr. Blatter.
Mr. Blatter has been at the head of FIFA since 1998 and remains hugely popular in most of the body’s 209 member associations. He wasn’t named in either probe.
He opened the congress with a 22-minute speech, comprising his most extensive public comments since the probes were launched Wednesday.
“Outside the stadium, there are no geographical limits, there are no time limits, and there is no referee,” he said. “There are more than a billion of us [touched by soccer]. How can one tribunal handle all of that?”

The crux of the problem, according to Mr. Blatter, is that “you cannot just ask people to behave ethically.”
Under FIFA’s ultrademocratic system, every country has the same vote, regardless of size or stature in world soccer. That European powerhouses such as England or Germany carry the same weight as soccer minnows such as Fiji helps explain why Mr. Blatter had won four terms before Friday, with widespread support from Africa, Asia, South America, Central America and Oceania.

Candidates require a two-thirds majority—140 votes—to win on the first ballot. If neither one obtains that many, voting proceeds to a second ballot where a simple majority will suffice.
Prince Hussein, in a speech in front of FIFA members ahead of the vote on Friday, said it “will take a committed leader to fix this mess we’re in.”
In response to concerns expressed this week by FIFA’s leading sponsors, Mr. Blatter on Friday reiterated their importance in providing the funds that FIFA then redistributes to associations all over the world. He singled out Coca-Cola Co., one of FIFA’s earliest sponsors in the game’s major expansion into television. “Without that partner, we wouldn’t be here,” he said.
The Swiss probe, in particular, centers on the awarding of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which are due to be held in Russia and Qatar, respectively. The process has been a magnet for controversy ever since it concluded in December 2010. FIFA even appointed former U.S. federal prosecutor Michael J. Garcia to investigate. His report, completed last fall, is still secret, but forms the basis of the investigation by Swiss law enforcement.
“If two other countries had come out of the envelope, I don’t think we’d have these problems today,” Mr. Blatter said.
“I accept that the FIFA president is responsible for everything,” he told the congress. “But I would like to share that responsibility with you.”



NEWS SOURCE : THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

LINK: http://www.wsj.com/articles/fifa-president-sepp-blatter-falls-short-in-first-round-of-votes-in-wake-of-corruption-scandal-1432918921

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lost Energies - Nepal Earthquake 2015

No matter, how big was the magnitude of Earthquake. Uncertainties is not the fault. Fault is what we have in our territory. Fault is what we have built in our lands.

What matters, is how much we invest on the strength of our heritages. Dharahara, which was reconstructed after the first Massive Quake of 1990. But there is a BIG question mark that why it couldn't resist the next Quake small in magnitude than that of previous one.

We would like to express my deepest condolence and sympathies to all the casualties of Massive Nepal Earthquake 2015.  Yes, we have lost thousands of energetic minds, thousands of our brothers, sisters and parents are lying on the bed at different hospitals.

We have lost hundreds and thousands of engineers, doctors, new borns, grown ups, experienced parents, really brilliant manpower within few seconds of destruction within the building. We would like to extend more sympathies and condolences to the residence of Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Bhaktapur and all nation !!! We are in grief nowadays.

The nation, which was resourced with historical monuments, handicrafts, natural beauties and many more is no more the nation of the same resource. We have lost the monuments of historical importance. We have lost our High Dharahara, Historical Durbar Squares, Temples and many more statues. Moreover, we have lost thousands of beautiful minds.

In upcoming days, we should keep in mind that if we have build strong houses, then at least we may not loose the people staying inside the rooms. We may not loose those brilliant minds who have been inside the house during the major shakes.


Millions of donation couldn't bring the lost life, but we can make our fallen nation stand up again. We can make the Dharahara rise again. We can re-built the durbar squares with modern architecture with ancient lives in it. We can make our upcoming generation, optimistic.

Despite the massive destruction, heavy death tolls, we can still make effort for good happenings in the future. Earthquake is not our fault, fault is what we have already mentioned earlier in the post. Fault is what we have built in our lands, how much we have spent for the uncertain natural destruction.

Stay Strong Nepal !! We will bounce back again !!
#StayStrongNepal #PrayForNepal




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