December 14, 2017

Exclusive: Canada’s CIBC plans U.S. listing of $2 billion Caribbean unit – sources

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By John Tilak, Matt Scuffham From Reuters TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.TO) plans to list its $2 billion Caribbean unit, FirstCaribbean, in New York, enabling it to exit a region where earnings growth has been slow, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week. Canada’s fifth-biggest lender, which will […]

2026 North American World Cup would reap big profits, says U.S. Soccer Federation president

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By The Associated Press From The Salt Lake Tribune Toronto • Outgoing U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati says a 2026 World Cup hosted by Canada, Mexico and the U.S. would financially be “by far the most successful” in tournament history. Speaking alongside his fellow federation presidents and bid committee executive director John Kristick in […]

Media members of CONCACAF to vote on their AWARDS

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CONCACAF are pleased to announce that the Confederation will once again recognize the outstanding achievements of players, coaches and referees from across our region with a number of awards based on performances in all CONCACAF competitions, for the year 2017. Media members [we are a member] will once again play a vital role in the […]

Football: FIFA corruption trial opens in New York

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 AFP From World Soccer Talk New York (AFP) – It was the raid that changed the face of the world’s most popular sport. Swiss police swooped in on a five-star Zurich hotel at dawn, arresting seven soccer officials at US request. Two and a half years later, the only defendants detained in the United States […]

Cayman Islands soccer ‘Groupie’ deserves time served, court told

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By Adam Rhodes From LAW 360 Law360, New York (October 25, 2017, 2:46 PM EDT) — Attorneys for the former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association have told a New York federal court that their client, a “sad, semi-retired” Peter Pan of a man, should be given time served for his role in […]

Ex-judge 1st sentenced in US in FIFA scandal, gets 8 months

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AP From The Indian Express A former judge who led Guatemala’s soccer federation has become the first person sentenced in the U.S. in the FIFA world soccer corruption scandal, getting eight months in prison. Hector Trujillo, 63, was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy […]

Cayman Islands FA Vice President denies corruption allegations

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By Andy Brown From Sports Integrity Initiative Bruce Blake, Vice President of the Cayman Islands football association (CIFA), has been released on bail after being arrested by the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 29 June. In a statement issued through his lawyer, Blake confirmed that he was the ’47-year-old male’ referred to in an […]

The Editor speaks: This bird is not singing

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Please see my last two Editorials on The Three Little Birds One of our three birds is not singing. Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) vice president Bruce Blake, the first of two local men arrested by anti-corruption investigators last week in relation to allegations of secret commissions and money laundering in relation to CIFA, has […]

The Pope, a £50m jet, the oligarch and the head of FIFA’s frantic fight to disprove links to Russian leader Vladimir Putin

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By ROB DRAPER FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY From Mail UK Bizarre tale might have brought down new FIFA head Gianni Infantino Curious case centred on lavish lifestyle including private jet to see the Pope  Complaint was filed that the jet owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov  Infantino did not initially inform FIFA’s compliance department about […]

The Editor Speaks: Will CIFA’s appointment of accountants make any difference to Cayman Government’s non support?

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The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) yesterday (Wednesday 21) June, 2017) announced the appointment of Grant Thornton as its independent auditor. In a Press Release from CIFA it said Grant Thornton will undertake forensic and financial statement audits of CIFA financial transactions and activity, as well as conclude the 2014 to 2016 audits. Grant Thornton, […]