FL. Historical Society recognizes Judge Hitt for his historical novel

first_imgFL. Historical Society recognizes Judge Hitt for his historical novel FL. Historical Society recognizes Judge Hitt for his historical novel The Florida Historical Society has honored Senior Judge Fredric M. Hitt with the Patrick D. Smith Award for Best Florida Fiction for his historical novel, Wekiva Winter.The award will be presented to Judge Hitt at the society’s annual meeting in Naples May 26 and is named in honor of the author of the Florida historical classic, A Land Remembered. Wekiva Winter tells the story of the struggle of the Timucua Indians to survive the European invasion of 16th century Florida, and is based upon Judge Hitt’s extensive research into early out-of-print records as well as the modern historical and archaeological texts. Between writing and working as a senior judge, Hitt spends his time as a speaker at historical and anthropological societies around Florida, lecturing on the Florida Indians and the early Spanish Missions.A list of retail stores and Internet booksellers stocking Wekiva Winter, and a list of Judge Hitt’s upcoming talks can be found at his Web site www.fredricmhitt.com. May 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Ex-FIFA secretary general, BeIN sports chairman go on trial over TV rights

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo idolises Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke Wenger: I am desperate to sit on bench again PSG consider selling Neymar as club chairman sends warning to players Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and the chairman of Qatar-based media group, BeIN Sports, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, went on trial in Switzerland on Monday.Both men were docked over the award of television rights for the World Cup and Confederations Cup. The 59-year-old Valcke, already banned by FIFA’s ethics committee for 10 years for ethics violations, has been charged with accepting bribes, aggravated criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents.Al-Khelaifi, who is also president of French champions Paris St-Germain (PSG) and a former Davis Cup tennis player for Qatar, has been charged with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.The 46-year-old Al-Khelaifi, who also sits on the executive committee of European football body UEFA, is regarded as one of the most powerful men in European football.Both men, who were present in court, denied wrongdoing and Al-Khelaifi’s lawyers have said that the majority of the case did not apply to their client.The trial in Switzerland, which is where FIFA is based, is expected to last until Sept. 25. The three federal judges are expected to deliver a verdict by the end of October.The Swiss attorney general’s office has alleged that between 2013 and 2015, Valcke exploited his FIFA role to influence some deals “to favour media partners that he preferred.”This is the award of media rights for various World Cup and Confederations Cup tournaments.Valcke also received exclusive use of a villa belonging to Al-Khelaifi in Sardinia for 18 months, it said.He made use of the property without having to pay a rent estimated at between 900,000 euros (1.07 million dollars) and 1.8 million euros (2.13 million dollars). Valcke, 59, was secretary general of world football’s ruling body for eight years until 2015, overseeing the organisation of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014.Swiss prosecutors have been investigating corruption surrounding FIFA since 2015, when the global football body became embroiled in the worst corruption scandal in its history.The scandal led to its President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini being banned from the sport, while several dozen officials were indicted in the U.S. on corruption-related charges.(Reuters/NAN)Tags: beIN SportsJerome ValckeNasser Al-Khelaifilast_img read more