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USA Gymnastics board told to quit over abuse

Image copyright Getty Images The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has ordered the entire USA Gymnastics (USAG) board to resign by 31 January or lose status as a sports governing body. USOC outlined steps the board must take after ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years for sexually abusing young athletes. Five directors of the 18-member board have already resigned amid the fallout. Two Michigan State University (MSU) officials have also quit after the school became embroiled in the scandal. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis stepped down on Friday following reports that the school knew of the abuse claims but failed to take action. He said he was “brought to tears” as he listened to Nassar’s victims during his sentencing on Tuesday. ...

Trump to Seek $716 Billion for Defense in 2019 Budget, Official Says

By Anthony Capaccio and Erik Wasson January 26, 2018, 2:48 PM EST President Donald Trump will propose increasing total defense spending to $716 billion in fiscal 2019 in his budget request expected to be released in February, a U.S. official said, backing the Pentagon’s push for a major buildup. The funding would include $597 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget, with the rest going for its war-fighting account and to other government programs such as the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons program, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the release of Trump’s second proposed budget. The amount, reported earlier Friday by the Washington Post, is a sharp increase from the $668 billion Trump proposed last year for fiscal 2018 and offered as a placeho...

Twitter now lets advertisers sponsor publishers’ Moments

Twitter has added a new advertising product to its lineup. The company announced today it’s offering brands the ability to sponsor Moments – the “Stories”-like feature that includes a series of tweets, often including images, GIFs and video – from select publishers. The first Sponsored Moment is already live, Twitter says, and the feature is now broadly available to all publishers who participate in In-Stream Sponsorships worldwide. Currently, Bloomberg’s Moment about Davos is being sponsored by Bank of America – the first to publicly launch. However, Twitter says it had been testing the feature before today with select partners.Sponsored Moments give the advertiser the ability to add a branded cover image to the Moment in question, as well as insert their own brand’s tweets into the Momen...

Photos: Young lady raped and murdered in her hair salon; legs and hands found bound

The body of a hairstylist, Fatou Loum, was found in her salon at Kololi, Gambia, on January 24. According to online report, the young lady was raped and murdered inside her salon. Her legs and hands were tied together with pieces of clothes Spokesperson for the Gambia Police, who confirmed the incident said no arrest has been made yet.

‘We not charging 5k to be in a reality show by the Wellingtons’ – Banky W issues scam alert

Singer, Banky W has issued a scam alert to warn his fans and followers about a fake campaign on social media asking people to pay 5k to be in a reality show by the Wellingtons. According to Banky W, ‘I hear there’s yet another scam on facebook.. charging 5k to be in a reality show by the Wellingtons. Please ignore, it is a complete scam. Please DO NOT SEND ANYBODY ANY MONEY to be in any tv show or to join any label, It is a scam’.

Cedric Bakambu’s China deal may not be African record

Cedric Bakambu trained with Beijing Guoan this week even though his move has yet to go through Cedric Bakambu’s looming transfer to Beijing Guoan will not be an African record if the Chinese side can convince authorities the deal avoids tax rules. The DR Congo striker triggered his release clause from Spain’s Villareal when paying $50m, a sum that could double because of Chinese taxation. “Guoan are trying to see if that falls outside the jurisdiction of the Chinese transfer system,” said Bruno Leveel, who works closely with Bakambu. Africa’s transfer record is $67m. “They are still in negotiation about the tax but as soon as they have a decision, the contract will become official,” sports consultant Leveel, who works with Bakambu on image-related ...

Cape Town water crisis: Residents urged to turn off toilet taps

Image copyright AFP Image caption From next month residents in Cape Town will be limited to 50 litres of water per day Residents in the South African city of Cape Town have been warned to “save water as if your life depends on it” to avoid the supply being shut off. A severe drought has forced the city’s municipality to limit consumption to 50 litres (11 gallons) per person per day. Officials are urging people to switch off their toilet cisterns and limit flushing to conserve water. The head of the provincial government said if the taps ran dry it would be “the disaster above all disasters”. Helen Zille said it was still possible to avoid what has become known as Day Zero, when the water supply will be shut off. She said a full crisis could still be averted if...

Facebook lets you tip game livestreamers $3+

Facebook Live is launching monetization for video gameplay streamers, allowing users to tip creators a minimum of $3 via the desktop site. The amount Facebook will keep from these tips that it calls “fan support” isn’t clear yet. And right now, the contributor of the tips doesn’t get any special call-out or privileges, though Facebook tells me its considering different options for creators and gamers. For instance, it could have a special emoji Reaction float across the stream as a way to thank the fan who gave money. The monetization opportunity comes as part of Facebook’s new gaming creator pilot program, that tomorrow will start admitting a slew of influencers with high follower counts. Gamers who want to join the program can sign up to apply here. There’s also a big site full of best-p...

Serie A rejects offers for TV deal from Sky and Mediaset

Check out all the action from Serie A’s top four sides at the weekend, including Lazio’s resounding win to vault over Inter into third. The Lega Serie A have rejected bids by Sky and Mediaset for the broadcast rights to Italian football for the 2018-2021 cycle after neither were able to match their expectations. A statement published on the Lega Serie A website on Friday confirmed that private negotiations held with both broadcasters, who currently hold the rights for satellite and digital terrestrial until the end of the current season, have concluded without an agreement being reached. “With this procedure now over, none of the [broadcast] packages have been assigned,” concluded the statement. The Lega Serie A had set a target of €1 billion and 50 million for the ...

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Frank Lampard not interested in Oxford coaching job

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard wants to get into coaching. Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard would relish the chance to move into management one day — but insists the Oxford job is not on his immediate agenda. The 39-year-old, who also had a spell at Manchester City and then in Major League Soccer at New York City, has been linked with the vacancy at the Kassam Stadium following the departure of Pep Clotet. Lampard, though, confirmed while there had been some initial contact with the Sky Bet League One club during the summer, there was nothing currently on the table. “I spoke to Dave Jones, who works at Sky and is on the board at Oxford, in the summer about the job and that is far as it went. There wasn’t in it what has come out this week,” Lampard s...

How Real Madrid can get back on track

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