FIFA head Blatter lashes out at corruption claims – National

SAO PAULO, Brazil – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hit out at critics who he says want to destroy football’s governing body.

Blatter’s comments to unspecified critics were made to Asian football officials on Monday following widespread allegations by The Sunday Times of corrupt payments by their former leader Mohamed bin Hammam.

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“I don’t know what the reasoning is behind this but we must maintain unity,” Blatter told the gathering of Asian Football Confederation members. “It is the best way to say to all the destructors in the world, they want to destroy not the game, but they want to destroy the institution.”

The British newspaper has reported that Bin Hammam paid millions of dollars to Asian and African officials, buying influence for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup campaign and his own FIFA presidential challenge to Blatter in 2011.

READ MORE: FIFA exec hits back at newspaper corruption claims

Blatter also reminded Asian officials of “Qatargate,” a series of reports by France Football magazine which aggressively questioned the integrity of FIFA’s World Cup hosting vote.

The FIFA chief, who is widely expected to stand for re-election next year, turned the criticism into an appeal for him to remain in office.

“We are in the situation where we need leadership. I still have fire inside me,” said the 78-year-old Blatter, who has led FIFA since 1998.

Asian officials stood to acclaim Blatter’s request for support, following an earlier ovation from African delegates.

WATCH: FIFA head Sepp Blatter responds to media questions following allegations that the 2022 World Cup vote was rigged. 

Minutes earlier, he promised FIFA member countries bonus payments from 2014 World Cup profits. The tournament revenue will approach $4.5 billion for FIFA.

“I am sure you will be very happy,” Blatter said.

In 2010, Blatter pledged FIFA members would each get $250,000 bonuses from the World Cup in South Africa, and continental confederations would get $2.5 million.

FIFA pledged a further $300,000 for each country in January 2011, four months before Blatter was elected unopposed. Bin Hammam withdrew when implicated by a FIFA investigation into allegations he bribed Caribbean voters.

After its meeting Monday, CAF published a statement threatening legal action against The Sunday Times, which claimed that officials from 30 African football federations sought and received cash, gifts and favours from Bin Hammam up to 2011.

The assembly urged the CAF board to “file a lawsuit, if necessary, so that the authors of this smearing and defamatory campaign against African football leaders are brought to the book.”

The statement praised Blatter for fighting against racism, and Hayatou for “transparent and distinguished leadership.”

In December 2011, IOC member Hayatou was reprimanded by the Olympic body for receiving 100,000 French francs (then $20,000) cash in 1995 from FIFA’s then marketing partner ISL. The agency later collapsed into bankruptcy and sparked a World Cup kickbacks scandal.

The IOC cited a conflict of interest for Hayatou who had denied wrongdoing.

Interim University of Saskatchewan president to slow TransformUS down – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s acting president has formally replied to an open letter protesting the TransformUS cost-cutting process.

The DefendUS group began circulating an open letter several weeks ago asking for signatures to help restore collegiality, transparency and meaningful consultation at the university.

The letter calls for the TransformUS process to halt and for a review of the school’s self-projected $44.5 million operating budget deficit by 2016.

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Former U of S president Ilene Busch-Vishniac was fired in May following outrage over the dismissal of Dr. Robert Buckingham, a tenured professor and dean who spoke out against the TransformUS process.

DefendUS stated they were “particularly alarmed” by the firing of Buckingham and the overall silencing of dissent among faculty and administrators.

In response to the letter, sent with over 1,000 signatures, the group received a response from the new interim U of S president Gordon Barnhart on June 6.

Barnhart stated in his letter the TransformUS process will now move slower and the school’s finances will be reviewed.

“We are committed to slowing down this process and taking time to deliberate carefully on what happens next,” said Barnhart.

“I, too, want to have as much information about our finances before we move forward.”

Barnhart also said he would like to take DefendUS up on their request for some type of public meeting in the near future.

“I myself want to talk to students, deans, staff and faculty members over the coming weeks. I think we need to speak to alumni, our board, council, senate and other stakeholders as well,” said Barnhart.

According to their website, DefendUS feels Barnhart’s reply is a good step towards meaningful consultation and ensures everyone feels heard.

“I think with the last administration, we would’ve been foolish maybe to expect a response. I think it’s a good signaling from interim president Barnhart that he’s open to dialogue,” said Dan LeBlanc, a DefendUS orgranizer.

“It’s very positive for us. We remain vigilant about it but we’re open to discuss and we think it’s a really positive step.”

DefendUS remains concerned the interim president did not reject TransformUS altogether, but knows change takes time.

Wynne softens tone, but keeps up attacks on ‘wrong-headed’ rivals – Toronto

Watch above: Why Kathleen Wynne is urging voters to question the motivations of her opponents. Alan Carter reports. 

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. – Premier Kathleen Wynne adopted a somewhat softer campaign tone Monday even as she kept up her attacks on her rivals, calling them poor choices for Ontario voters come election day.

Speaking at an elementary school, Wynne spoke at length about her political motivations as she touted the Liberal track record on education.

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It was as a young mother who saw the disruptions in the education system under former Progressive Conservative premier Mike Harris that she was driven to try to improve the system, she said.

The system, she said, is now under threat from her Tory opponent, Tim Hudak, with his pledge to cut 100,000 public-sector jobs.

“The reason that I’m in politics is that when it was tried before under Mike Harris, it didn’t work. It created chaos in the system,” Wynne said.

“That’s what motivated me then … and that’s what motivates me now. That’s why I’m in this.”

In pointed speeches over the weekend, Wynne characterized both Hudak and New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath as being reckless and misleading voters.

Read More: Here’s the issues that might make the party leaders regret being premier

She blasted their approach and platforms, and pleaded with NDP voters to side with her as the only way to stop Hudak.

She insisted they were scandalmongers and mudslingers for calling the Liberal government corrupt and dishonest over the gas plants scandal, which will cost taxpayers an estimated $1.1 billion.

On Monday, however, Wynne sounded a softer note as she reflected on a “very lively campaign” she said should be about more than tactics, strategy and politics.

She pointed to higher graduation rates and other education improvements that have occurred over the past decade under a Liberal government she only took over 16 months ago.

Hudak would undermine those improvements with a plan that “starts with cuts and continues with cuts,” Wynne said.

“It’s wrong-headed. I don’t believe it. We’ve seen it before.”

At the same time, she said, Horwath is simply “stringing together a bunch of disparate ideas” leading to a “real incoherence” in what the opposition is saying.

In Depth: Ontario Election 2014

Wynne said she wanted voters to understand the “stark” choice they have June 12. She said she saw no contradiction in saying she wanted to stay away from tactics and strategy while continuing to criticize her opponents and their platforms.

“This is an election campaign – it is a pitched competition between political parties,” Wynne said.

“There’s absolutely no doubt that there are two options facing people: One is Tim Hudak’s cut-and-slash agenda, and one is our plan, which would build the province up.”

At a later stop in Stratford, Wynne played up the importance of agriculture to the province and of bridging the urban-rural divide.

“There is only one Ontario,” she said.

©2014The Canadian Press

Human error behind duck-related road deaths: Quebec police – Montreal

MONTREAL – A police investigator said that human error was behind the deaths of two people whose motorcycle slammed into the back of a car as the motorist was allegedly helping some ducks.

Emma Czornobaj has pleaded not guilty to two counts each of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing the deaths of Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter, Jessie.

Watch: Duck trial continues

Witnesses have said the accused was tending to a family of ducks when the accident occurred.

A Quebec provincial police officer tasked with reconstructing the scene of the accident in June 2010 told the accused’s jury trial on Monday that Czornobaj’s vehicle was parked in the left lane of a busy highway south of Montreal but that she wasn’t in it.

Samuel Beaudet said Roy’s motorcycle was going as fast as 121 km/h at the time of impact and that both victims were wearing helmets that did not meet safety standards.

But the investigator said neither of those factors contributed to their deaths.

A jury composed of 10 men and two women is hearing the evidence.

Watch: Trial begins for reckless motorist who stopped for ducks

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Nigerian students overwhelmed to return to Canada to continue studies – Regina

REGINA – Two Nigerian students say they are overwhelmed to be back studying in Canada after being deported for violating visa rules by taking jobs at Walmart.

Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi have been readmitted to the University of Regina and both of their scholarships at the school have been reinstated.

“I’m still in shock that I’m here today,” Ordu said Monday on the university campus.

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“I’m still in shock that I can see the faces I saw a few years ago. I’m still in shock that I will be going back to classes, because I was on the verge of losing three years of education and I felt all hope was lost.”

Amadi, who is taking international studies, said getting an education is empowering, especially for women.

“It’s really important to me because when I go back to Nigeria, I would love to (impart) what I’ve learned here down to my country,” said Amadi. “I would love to serve as a role model to other people, other women and other people in general, who are going through similar situations and be of help to them whichever way I can.”

Ordu and Amadi were told in June 2012 that they had to leave Canada because they took summer jobs off campus at Walmart without proper student work permits. They only had social insurance cards that allowed them to work on campus and said they didn’t realize the mistake.

The Canada Border Services Agency said at the time that the responsibility to understand the limitations of working in Canada lies with international students.

The women took refuge in a Regina church for nearly 500 days before they agreed to leave Canada last fall.

University of Regina president Vianne Timmons said there was “relentless pushing behind the scenes” to get the students back.

“You know the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child?’ It took a village to get these young women back in Canada,” said Timmons.

“There were advocates in the federal government. The provincial government was a huge advocate. The NDP were advocates. All behind the scenes there was a lot of pressure that continued on, and I think that pressure helped make sure that this came quickly.

“And eight months may not be seen as quickly, but these young women may not have got a study permit to get back to Canada if we hadn’t kept the pressure on.”

Timmons said kicking the girls out of Canada was too severe a consequence.

The rules changed in January and what the girls did is no longer illegal.

“The fact that they persevered and advocated so hard, I think that was instrumental in changing federal laws. For these young women, I hope that they recognize that fight and that battle and that time they put in has changed it for other young people from other countries.”

The young women also said that getting an education is important, especially in light of the kidnapping of hundreds of girls in Nigeria.

Boko Haram militants shocked the world and caused outrage in April when they abducted more than 300 school girls in the town of Chibok. Some girls escaped by themselves, but an estimated 272 remain captive.

“It could have been me. I could have been studying in classes and that situation could have happened to me,” said Amadi.

“I feel really, really, really bad for what has happened to them and I’m really hoping that something good comes out of it at the end of the day.”

©2014The Canadian Press

Pinehurst No. 2 will be the true star of this week’s U.S. Open – National

To many, Pinehurst No. 2 is the masterwork of Scottish architect Donald Ross. Public golfers pay up to US$410 to be beaten up by the course, and to try, often without much success, to putt on its famed domed greens.

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But in reality, the course—which hosts this week’s U.S. Open and is regarded as “the St. Andrews of American golf”—is a supreme test of all facets of the game, which is why it is perennially ranked among the best golf courses in the world. And for this U.S. Open it has been tweaked by architect Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to create a more natural look, with wayward tee shots rolling into sandy expanses.

Already great, somehow Pinehurst No. 2 managed to get better and will appear quite different from 2005 when New Zealander Michael Campbell held off Tiger Woods to win the tournament.

Neither Campbell, who had personal issues and withdrew from the tournament, nor Woods, who is injured, will be in the field this week, but that means Pinehurst No. 2’s star turn is that much more important. The course will play an important role not only in the men’s event, but also in the Women’s U.S. Open, which for the first time will be played on the same course next week.

Graham DeLaet is the only Canadian in the field.

“It is a true test of all the parts of your game, more than any other course I’ve played,” DeLaet said. “Everything is a little scary once you get out on that golf course.”

For DeLaet, the course might play into his strength, which is finding greens, though the putting surfaces are notoriously difficult. What’s the winning score on such a beast of a course? DeLaet didn’t even want to hazard a guess, but admitted even par would be solid.

“If I see even par I’d be really happen and might even be drinking beer out of the U.S. Open cup,” he suggested.

Canadian golf architect Ian Andrew, a member of the American Society of Golf Architects, argues that Pinehurst No. 2 is the standard against which all golf courses are designed.

“It is almost the perfect example of what a golf course should be,” said Andrew. “It is difficult for the good player to score well there, but if the lesser player is not as aggressive, they can post a good number. The more aggressive you get, the nastier the punishment for failure becomes. It is a flawless course.”

Even before it gained international attention for hosting the 1999 U.S. Open, Pinehurst was recognized most for its difficult greens, which some characterize as unfair.

Unlike the majority of putting surfaces you’ll find on courses, which offer rolls within a subtly undulating surface, Pinehurst’s greens appear like inverted bowls, rounded at the top with edges that slide away. However, the greens at Pinehurst, which have come to be representative of Ross’ style, actually have little to do with the architect.

It was famed golf designer Pete Dye who first pointed out Pinehurst No. 2’s greens had evolved since Ross created the course in 1935 as a resort destination. Dye, who first played the course nearly 50 years ago, said the greens were far less severe than they are currently.

Dye’s notion was supported by a Golf Digest story by architecture editor Ron Whitten that suggested the greens had been altered several times over the past few decades, most recently by Rees Jones in preparation for the 1999 U.S. Open. Coore and Crenshaw didn’t tweak the greens, instead creating naturalized areas using native grasses.

Whitten argues that the greens built up over time due to maintenance procedures, but rather than having curved sides, as they do today, the fall-off areas were once more severe. A previous owner of the course, for reasons no one is certain of, used a bulldozer to smooth the edges and make the fall-off areas more curved.

“Those crowned greens are not really what [Ross] did anywhere else,” Dye said in the introduction to Brad Klein’s book Discovering Donald Ross. “This is because they’ve been top-dressed so much that they now look like perched-up angel cakes . . . So they are quite different from what Ross planned.”

The diabolical nature of the greens was highlighted in 1999 when the best golfers in the world last tested Pinehurst No. 2 under U.S. Open conditions. Most notably the troubled John Daly struggled mightily with the testy surfaces, and on the eighth hole in his final round, Daly lost it, taking a total of 11 strokes. Daly’s most notable meltdown on the hole occurred when he swiped at a ball that was rolling back off the putting area, incurring a two-stroke penalty.

Daly complained loudly after his round, saying the United States Golf Association, which sets up the course for the tournament, had gone too far.

“I think the USGA likes to embarrass people who play in this tournament,” he said.

Many have difficulty seeing the course as great. Rather, they view it as relatively straight-forward tee-to-green, with unfair putting surfaces.

Despite its detractors, Pinehurst’s greens were central to the drama of the 1999 U.S. Open, won by Payne Stewart. Stewart holed a remarkable, snaking 20-foot putt on the final hole to make par and win the championship, narrowly avoiding a Monday playoff with Phil Mickelson.

“I said to myself, ‘You’ve always wanted a putt to win the U.S. Open,’” Stewart noted following his victory. “I can’t describe the feeling in my body when I looked up and the ball was going in the hole. It was unbelievable.”

Expect more unbelievable moments this year, as the best in golf challenge what many think is one of the best and most difficult golf courses created.

2 Quebec jail breaks have 1 thing in common

MASCOUCHE, Que. — The prison breaks in both St-Jerome last year and in Quebec City over the weekend have one thing in common.

The type of helicopter used in both events appears to be the same: a Robinson R-44.

It’s one of the more popular choppers in the world and it’s find them at many airports in the Montreal area.

The type of helicopter used in both Quebec jailbreaks appears to be the same: a Robinson R-44.

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The type of helicopter used in both Quebec jailbreaks appears to be the same: a Robinson R-44.

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The type of helicopter used in both Quebec jailbreaks appears to be the same: a Robinson R-44.

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The type of helicopter used in both Quebec jailbreaks appears to be the same: a Robinson R-44.

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Tour companies have a preference for them, as they’re only 40 feet long, and pilots say that they can take off and land with ease.

Experienced helicopter pilot and instructor Stephane Grenier told Global News that they’re practical for getting in and out of “tight spots.”

“Fifty feet by 50 feet, we can land on that,” Grenier said Monday.

“If it’s not surrounded by tall trees we can land and we can take off from there.”

This is probably one of the reasons why the helicopters have been used in the daring jail breaks.

READ MORE: Massive manhunt for three inmates who escaped Quebec prison

Another reason is that they can hold quite a bit of fuel.

“The fuel tank of the chopper is 150 litres,” said Yves LeRoux of Mascouche-based Passeport Helicopters.

“It can fly for three hours with a full tank of gas.”

LeRoux said that he guesses the escaped prisoners may be hiding out in remote part of Quebec or in another province altogether.

“The chopper’s maximum speed is about 200 kilometres an hour,” LeRoux noted.

“After three hours, you’ve flown 600 kilometres straight line.”

Cybercrime costs global economy $445 billion a year: report – National

TORONTO – Cybercrime is a profitable industry.

According to a new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), cybercrime costs the global economy almost US$445 billion per year, putting it in the ranks of drug trafficking in terms of economic harm.

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The report, sponsored by software security firm McAfee, found that four of the largest economies in the world were the most affected by cybercrime.

Cybercrime is estimated to cost the U.S., Germany, China and Japan about US$200 billion per year combined.

READ MORE: Ethical hackers say government regulations put information at risk

The report breaks harm from cyber attacks into three categories – the largest being intellectual property theft, the second largest being financial crime and the last being theft of confidential business information.

Losses connected to personal information, such as credit cards, were among the largest categories, according to CSIS.

“Putting a number on the cost of cybercrime and cyberespionage is the headline, but the dollar figure begs important questions about the damage to the victims from the cumulative effect of losses in cyberspace,” read the report released Monday.

“The cost of cybercrime includes the effect of hundreds of millions of people having their personal information stolen.”

According to the report, by some estimates more than 800 million individual records were stolen in 2013, which would result in US$160 billion in losses on its own.

And 2014 has already been an eventful year for cybercrime and hacking scandals.

In April a flaw found in OpenSSL encryption technology dubbed the Heartbleed bug left millions of users worldwide open to hackers. Over 900 social insurance numbers were stolen from the Canada Revenue Agency as a result of the security bug.

In May, popular e-commerce site eBay was hacked, allowing attackers to compromise a database containing encrypted passwords and personal information for 145 million users.

The report calls on governments to start collecting and publishing data on cybercrime in order to help other countries and companies make better choices about risk and policy.

“Cybercrime costs are big, and they’re growing,” said Stewart A. Baker, a former Department of Homeland Security policy official and a co-author of the report.

“The more that governments understand what those costs are, the more likely they are to bring their laws and policies into line with preventing those sorts of losses.”

READ MORE: Law enforcement faces ‘enormous challenge’ in preventing cyber crime, says FBI director

CSIS came up with a range of estimates for the report – from US$375 billion to US$575 billion in total losses – by comparing published data on cybercrime from governments around the world and through interviews with officials in 17 countries.

The report also factors in the cost of recovery from cyber attacks.

Advocates say party leaders are ignoring health, education issues – Toronto

TORONTO – With the Ontario election campaign dominated by the Liberal government’s scandals and the Tories’ pledge to cut 100,000 public sector jobs, some worry that health and education, two areas of top concern to voters, have received little attention.

Funding for these sectors eats up nearly two thirds of all government program spending – $82.7 billion this year – and advocates for patients and parents say voters should know the main parties’ platforms before they cast their ballots on Thursday.

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“I think it is important for everybody to remember that there is a ton of politics in education, and when governments change – or the same government gets a new mandate – it often means many changes in education,” said Annie Kidder of People for Education.

“Eventually policy and politics has an impact on schools and kids.”

The Liberal campaign platform, based largely on the May 1 budget – which failed to get the support of the opposition, triggering the election – calls education “the most important investment government can make,” and promises to continue the 30-per-cent tuition rebate program for low- and middle-income students in post-secondary schools.

The Liberals would also allocate $11 billion over 10 years for new schools and repairs to existing schools, plus $500 million for maintenance at colleges and universities and funding to create spaces for 15,000 more undergraduate students.

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They would also provide $150 million to school boards to cover the costs of professional development for teachers, and purchase tablets, software, cameras and other learning resources.

Readers have to go halfway through the New Democrat’s platform before they find any mention of education, which includes promises to freeze college and university tuitions and make student loans interest free.

The NDP would hire 1,000 new health and physical education teachers over four years, plus 1,000 new educational assistants, and provide increased funding for school nutrition programs.

In contrast, the Conservatives would cut 9,700 “non-teaching” positions, including educational assistants, school psychologists and social workers, and increase class sizes and change full-day kindergarten so only a teacher or early childhood educator is in the class.

Read More: 90-minute leaders’ debate. No health care. What gives?

The Tories also promise to focus on basic math skills with more specialized math teachers and a return to teaching multiplication tables, and would offer financial incentives to get more people with math and science backgrounds into teaching.

The non-partisan Ontario Health Coalition is concerned that health-care issues have been virtually ignored during the campaign, and did not feature prominently in the platforms of the major parties.

“To be honest, these are the most shallow health-care platforms in the election that I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing this for 14 years,” said executive director Natalie Mehra.

“There’s not a lot of substance in them.”

The Liberals offer a “guarantee” that every Ontarian will have access to a primary care provider within four years, and say they will spend $750 million on home and community care over three years and increase pay for personal support workers.

They also promise to lower wait times for referrals to specialists, expand the scope of practice for nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals and increase funding for mental health and addictions. The Liberals also promise $11.4 billion over 10 years for hospital expansion and redevelopment projects.

The NDP’s health platform includes promises to create 50 new family health clinics, use more nurse practitioners in emergency rooms to reduce wait times, create 1,400 new long-term care beds and forgive medical school student debt for doctors who work in under serviced areas.

They party also offers a five-day “guarantee” for home care after a patient in discharged from hospital, and promises a caregiver tax credit of $1,275 a year to people who have to care for a family member.

The Conservatives promise to create chronic care centres of excellence and will increase home-based care for patients and expand home care and long-term care availability. They would also update the scope of practice for pharmacists, nurse practitioners and other professionals.

The Tories also promise more choice within OHIP funding so patients getting home care services like housekeeping and personal support could choose whether to have the government purchase home care for them, which is the case under the Liberals, or rather use the same money to hire the home care of their choice.

But the health coalition is concerned that the Tories would create so-called “hubs” – that she believes mean “mega-mergers” in Ontario’s hospital sector – an idea introduced by Hudak in his so-called white papers, released over the past year.

“Nowhere is their plan actually laid out, and on the (PC) website all those white papers have been taken down, so it’s almost a secret plan to really engage in the most massive restructuring Ontario has every seen,” said Mehra.

©2014The Canadian Press

Instant replay’s debut at World Cup marks end to goal controversies – National

WATCH: Arguments over controversial goals at the World Cup will be a thing of the past beginning this week when goal-line technology is used for the first time.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Was it a goal, or wasn’t it?

The question shouldn’t need to be debated in the next five weeks in Brazil, where goal-line technology will be used for the first time in a World Cup.

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Fourteen cameras — seven trained on each goalmouth — have been hung up in all 12 World Cup stadiums. The cameras will record 500 images per second, and a computer will digest the frames.

Within a second of a ball crossing the line, the referee’s special watch will vibrate and flash “GOAL.”

End of the debate? It should be. The designer of the system says 2,400 tests have been run in Brazil, without a mistake.

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“This is the future,” said Dirk Broichhausen, who heads the German company GoalControl, whose system will be used at the tournament and was demonstrated Monday at Rio’s Maracana stadium.

It’s also a type of technology that FIFA repeatedly balked at in the past. But the 2010 World Cup changed that when a shot by England’s Frank Lampard in the second round against Germany was clearly over the line, but disallowed. That goal would have tied it 2-2. Instead Germany won 4-1. And that helped end the indecision.

“Most of the time the referee doesn’t have the best vantage point for his decision – goal or no goal,” said Johannes Holzmuller, who heads a FIFA program that helped implement the technology. “The same applies for normal TV cameras.”

He said the human eye could record only 16 “frames” per second, no match for a high-speed camera.

Different types of goal-line technology have already been used in club football, including the Hawk-Eye system in the Premier League this past season.

Holzmuller said the GoalControl system had proved reliable, even if several of its seven cameras were blocked by players. Broichhausen suggested the system could not be hacked, and FIFA has repeatedly said it’s just another aid to help the referee.

“This system is not able to be manipulated because the system is off-line,”Broichhausen said. “Off-line means no internet connection. There is no possibility to manipulate or disturb anything.”

GALLERY: Is Brazil ready to host the World Cup?

This aerial view shot through an airplane window shows the Maracana stadium behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. As opening day for the World Cup approaches, people continue to stage protests, some about the billions of dollars spent on the World Cup at a time of social hardship, but soccer is still a unifying force. The international soccer tournament will be the first in the South American nation since 1950.

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The view from inside the Maracana stadium during a press tour this week. The stadium will host the World Cup Final on July 13.

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Work continues at the Arena da Baixada in the southern city of Curitiba. The host country had seven years to get ready for the World Cup, but it enters the final month of preparations with a lot yet to be done. The unfinished stadium was nearly excluded from the tournament by FIFA earlier this year.

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An aerial view of the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil from January. A worker at the World Cup stadium died on May 8 in an electrical accident.

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Members of the Homeless Workers Movement protest against the money spent on the World Cup near Itaquerao stadium which will host the international soccer tournament's first match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 15, 2014.

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Labourers work on constructing Terminals 3 and 4 at the Sao Paulo/Guarulhos Governor Andre Franco Montoro International Airport in October.

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This Sept. 11, 2013 file photo released by Portal da Copa 2014 shows an aerial view of the Galeao international airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A collapsed metal structure sits on the ground at the Arena Corinthians, known locally as the Itaquerao, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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This March 2014 file photo released by Portal da Copa, shows an aerial view of the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visits the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro in early April.

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Brazil’s previous World Cup champions, from left, Zagallo, Marcos, Rivellino, Amarildo who holds the World Cup, and Bebeto pose for a photo below the Christ the Redeemer statue at the launch of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The World Cup trophy sits on display during the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour at Maracana stadium.

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Popular demand: Star Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho is putting his Rio de Janeiro mansion on the rental market during the World Cup. The five-bedroom house is available for the first 15 days of July for $15,500/day.

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The system has tested perfectly so far. That does not mean it is perfectly accurate.

Like most engineering projects, this one has a margin of error. It officially measures correctly within a plus-minus margin of 1.5 centimetres ( 1/2 inch), but Broichnausen suggested the the real margin could be about 0.5 centimetres (less than 1/4 inch).

“All of these 2,400 goal incident were correctly recognized by the system,” Holzmuller said. “So yes, we can trust the system. We are sure it works 100 per cent.”