20th Ordinary Congress: Is LFA a Dictatorship?

first_imgNever in the history of Liberia for a Congress of the beautiful game of football to last for less than one hour and 30 minutes, especially with the crucial activities and financial reports, budget covering the next fiscal year, membership fees and proposals for a change in the statutes, amongst others.Perhaps, the scathing statement of ex-Inter star Luis Figo owing to his withdrawal from FIFA’s elections, that FIFA is a dictatorship – and by extension might have affected member countries – and the Liberia Football Association (LFA), too, is a dictatorship.The traditional presiding officer of the Congress – the President – Musa Bility domineered over the Congress, with a gavel in his hand as if he threw a spell on the 33 voting-right stakeholders at the 20th LFA Ordinary Congress, held at the PA’s Ribhouse in Sinkor–Lakpazee. The stakeholders were speechless as they bowed to the intimidation of Musa Bility, chastising and teasing them “they should have known better by writing on any item of the agenda before Congress.”The “Yes” or “Blue” cards overwhelmingly dominated the Congress and in less than an hour-and-a half, it was all over – and there was a rush of U$50 transportation and spicy food.Registration began at 8:00am, but the formal convocation of congress didn’t kick off at 9:30am as indicated but started at 10:46am, about 15 minutes after the president Bility’s arrival. Thirteen of the 15 Executive Committee members were present – Rochell Woodson and Cllr. T.C. Gould were absent.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr and the vice president for administration of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Cllr. Sylvester Rennie were part of the invited guests, while journalists were termed as observers.Congress opened with a moment of silence as an opening prayer – with a weird announcement from LFA Media Director, Henry Flomo, that in football, there is no religious recognized.Interestingly, Mr. Flomo forgot to know that football belief is subject to a country’s principal religion. In past congresses, Christian prayer was offered at the beginning and an Islamic prayer closed the congress – so when did Flomo realize that in football, there is no religion?Secretary General Alphonso Armah, in consonance of Chapter 19 of the LFA Revised Statute told the stakeholders that the Congress is an annual event.Cllr. Rennie of the LNOC hailed Mr. Bility for the level of progress made at the LFA and pledged the LNOC’s continuous support.The LFA boss thanked the stakeholders for their presence and said the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus, which claimed over 5,000 lives, was the delay of the 20th Ordinary Congress.Deputy Sports Minister Yonton praised the partnership between the Ministry and the LFA and urged Bility to inform the stakeholders about government’s financial assistance to the national football team.There was a unique video-highlight presentation of the 2014/2015 League and the games between Liberia and Tunisia and Togo – was sticky and messy.Congress was called to order at 11:10am by Bility.Mistakenly vice president of administration, Musa Shannon, during the vote of thanks, hailed Nimba United for their first championship as well as Mighty Dragons for the 2nd division title, but didn’t recognize BYC II – and humbly apologized during the 15 minutes break.Bility also thanked the three winning teams and pledged to support Nimba United in the CAF Club Championship.He announced that FIFA has approved the erection of the LFA headquarters – but didn’t state the amount, which was contributed by FIFA and pointed out that the football rivalry has shifted between IE and Barrolle to LISCR and BYC and then Nimba United and FC Fassell.He disclosed that the George M. Weah Technical Center in Careysburg is about 90% completed and would be functional before March 2016.He praised Chief Patron President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for instructing Finance Minister Amara Konneh to make about 70% of the expenditure for the game between Liberia and Guinea Bissau on Thursday, October 8 and also Cellcom for being a truthful partner.He said he is positive of Liberia setting another record of producing the President for FIFA.The president’s activities report, presentation and approval of the financial report and auditor’s report were also passed but Lemuel Sherman, who made the motion for these items to be opened for discussion, restated his motion for it to passed and placed into the archive when Bility’s compelled him to in accordance to the Statutes that items on the agenda should have been discussed through written application before the Congress.LISCR FC president Mustapha Raji, who raised the contention of Sherman’s motion that it be opened for discussion, was muted when Sherman apologized for the wrong motion.There was a heated argument between Raji and Bility on item “I” of the Agenda on the consideration of proposal of amendment of the Statutes and Regulations.Raji argued that there could be consideration of proposal of the amendment of the Statutes and Regulations if the agenda could have been opened for subsequent approval, and for stakeholders to make recommendations for their amendment, according to Article 35 of the LFA Statutes.The LISCR boss argued that the Statutes gave the right to 2/3rd members of the delegates to place items in the agenda or make some changes.Bility described Raji’s argument as “absurd” and said only 45 days to Congress, stakeholders should have written the Secretariat for proposal of amendment of the Statutes and Regulations.This is the first time for Bility to describe a stakeholder’s remarks as an absurd.According to Saturday’s agenda, there was no item for approval meaning that perhaps the EC resolved to delete an agenda item even though it’s usually part of FIFA and CAF’s agenda.The item for the LFA’s next congress was not also part of the agenda – the EC would make that decision.After Congress, Raji expressed his dissatisfaction to Bility – indicating that he was insulted publicly for trying to make a correction.Raji refused to receive the US$50 transportation for the clubs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FIFA allow Platini to attend UEFA meeting

first_img0Shares0000Michel Platini, pictured in August in Lausanne, is currently serving a four-year FIFA ban © AFP/File / Alain GrosclaudePARIS, France, Sep 12 – World football’s governing body FIFA has given the green light for disgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini to address Wednesday’s UEFA Congress in Athens, triggering anger in Germany.A source close to Platini, currently serving a four-year ban, said last week he would attend the meeting of European football’s governing body, when the UEFA executive committee will vote on his successor. “The FIFA Ethics Committee has informed UEFA that Michel Platini will be allowed to address the 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens on 14 September,” UEFA said in a statement.“A request for Mr. Platini’s attendance had been recently made by UEFA and we welcome this decision.”The decision did not sit well with Reinhard Grindel, president of the German football federation.“The UEFA Congress should showcase the programme of its new president and not the mistakes of his predecessor,” Grindel told German news agency DPA.“I would have preferred Michel Platini not to have put in an appearance. This Congress must focus on the future, not the past.”The former French international, a three-time European footballer of the year, is a key figure in the scandal that brought down FIFA president Sepp Blatter.Platini was on the receiving end of a suspect two-million-Swiss-franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) payment that Blatter authorised in 2011.FIFA has said the payment amounted to an ethics violation and has suspended both men for six years.Blatter and Platini insist it was a legitimate payment for an unpaid balance that FIFA owed the then-UEFA boss for consulting work done a decade earlier.Platini lost his CAS appeal against his FIFA ban earlier this year, but the court cut his suspension to four years.In Athens, the 55 UEFA member federations will vote between two candidates to succeed Platini: Aleksander Ceferin of Slovenia and Dutchman Michael van Praag.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Photo library: Cities 2

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Cities contact sheet (508KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: The city centreskyline, with the Noord Streetminibus taxi rank in theforeground. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: The city centre’sfinancial district. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Minibus taxis jamKlein Street in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Minibus taxis jamKlein Street in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageCITIES 2: {loadposition cities}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Thanksgiving. What Are You Thankful For?

first_imgThis Thursday is Thanksgiving. By design, it’s a time to give thanks, usually for such things as family, health, relationships, freedom, and prosperity. I am thankful for all those things, too. But then I was thinking, there has to be a lot of other things to be thankful for. My career came to mind. So, as I look back over 49 years in the business world, what am I thankful for? I’ve listed a few of those things below. Hopefully some of these things will apply to you, or you can learn from them.Good bosses. I recently wrote about characteristics of good bosses and bad bosses. Thanks for some; no thanks for others. But you can learn from both. Be thankful when you have a good boss.I loved what I did. In my whole career, I never had a job I really didn’t like. The lesson here is, if you don’t enjoy going to work every day, go find something you really like to do, quit, and go do it. You’ll be happier.- Sponsor – I had a loving and supportive spouse and family. My wife of 42 years has stuck by me through thick and thin. And, we are blessed with three wonderful daughters. Find someone who provides personal support to you in your career. It could be a spouse, a partner, or a friend. But find someone.I had people at work who believed in me. Some were bosses and superiors, some were peers, and some were subordinates. Find those who believe in you and stick with them.I’ve had some lucky breaks. Some was timing, some was from contacts, and some was just dumb luck. Speaking of contacts, develop them and stay connected. They can be of immense help if you ever have to “transition” jobs or companies.I worked for great companies. The three major companies I worked for were powerhouses in their industries. Those fortunate enough to work for great companies will probably enjoy better compensation over time. But they will also be proud of where they work. Choose carefully if you can. Always look to work for the best and most successful companies possible.I’ve had some hard lessons and tough breaks. Some were not my fault, but some certainly were. Fortunately, I learned from all them. As I look back, many of my hardest lessons were learned from being influenced by others when my gut told me it was the wrong direction or decision. If you are sure you are right, try to stick with it. It’s probably the right decision.Being fired. Sounds funny, but it’s true. I used to tell people who worked for me that you really haven’t faced reality unless you’ve been fired at least once. It happened to me three times—once as the result of a corporate merger, once as a result of a corporate buy out, and once as the result of one of those “bad bosses” I described in my earlier article. It makes you look in the mirror, reassess, and get your butt in gear. I learned from all of them. In my case, the first time I got a much better job. The second time, I got an equal job. And the last time, I retired. Getting fired happens. Be ready. Keep developing your skills and stay connected in your field. Friends and relationships will make it hurt less and make it easier to land on your feet. Unless, of course, you’re ready to retire.Developing lifelong friendships. I think I’ve said this before, but three of our closest friends (three couples) came from my first career job at Bullock’s Department Stores (now Macy’s) in Southern California. Best friends then and best friends now, 40 years later. Get to know your coworkers. Find ones you really like and stay connected.Teaching others and watching them grow. Some of the people who worked for me have gone on to become corporate directors, vice presidents, successful entrepreneurs, and even company presidents. It’s not only rewarding to find good talent and help them grow, it’s amazing to see where some of them end up. Try to identify potential talent and never stop teaching.Retiring with no regrets. I think that is a culmination of all of the career “thanks” I have talked about above.I surely hope you will realize some of these experiences in your career and learn from all of them. Happy Thanksgiving! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Alabama Announces Tax Relief for Hurricane Irma Victims

first_imgAlabama offers tax relief to taxpayers that suffered damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Taxpayers can file tax returns due on or after September 15, 2017, and before January 31, 2018, no later than January 31, 2018.To be eligible, taxpayers also must reside in areas designated as disaster areas by the federal government.To get tax relief, taxpayers should write “Irma Relief 2017” in red ink on any state paper return or report filed during the extension period. E-filing taxpayers can contact the Department of Revenue for filing guidance.Subscribers can read the news release on the department’s website at https://revenue.alabama.gov/2017/09/12/ador-providing-tax-relief-to-victims-of-hurricane-irma/.News Release, Alabama Department of Revenue, September 12, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

10 months agoMarcelo: Mourinho back at Real Madrid…?

first_imgMarcelo: Mourinho back at Real Madrid…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo was sorry to hear about Manchester United’s sacking of Jose Mourinho.Marcelo had some words of comfort for his old boss.”[His sacking] is a pity as he is a great coach and for him to be without a club is a pity,” said the Brazilian at a Club World Cup media conference.”It’s not for me to say if he should come to Real Madrid, but I really appreciate all he did for me at this club.”The 30-year-old emphasised the togetherness in the group when asked about the club’s success and what it stems from.”It comes from the union we have within the dressing room,” he added.”The base of team has been playing a long time together, which has brought us to where we are now.”But we still have a lot of hunger to win trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humbling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humblingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Mo Diame says the away fans deserved better after their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.Newcastle have not won at Liverpool since 1994 in the top flight but even with their side four goals down the fans still backed the players.Diame was taken aback by their support, and told the Evening Chronicle: “It showed how amazing they are and it shows how loyal the fans are.“We know as players we are at a massive club but it is massive because of them.“They are showing this week-in, week-out.“We just want to thank them and apologise for the result.” last_img

China not able to join CanadaUK coal phase out alliance McKenna

first_imgOTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says getting China into Canada’s international alliance to wean the world off coal power would be a huge win, but the world’s most populous country can’t make that kind of commitment right now.McKenna is in Beijing this week as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s China trade mission.She tells The Canadian Press she trusts that China is committed to climate change, has installed a significant amount of renewable energy, is cutting back on building new coal plants and is on track to meet its commitment to see its emissions peak before 2030.But while she has discussed coal with Chinese officials, getting them into the alliance is not on the table.“I just don’t think they’re in a position to sign on yet,” she said.Twenty nations signed onto the Canada-United Kingdom Powering Past Coal Alliance at the United Nations climate change conference in Germany last month. None of them are among the world’s biggest consumers of coal power, such as China, the United States, India, Germany and Japan.The goal is to grow the group to 50 within a year, but the 20 in the alliance right now are already among the world’s least dependent on coal, including five which don’t use coal at all.China is the world’s No. 1 producer and consumer of coal, consuming more of it than the rest of the world combined. In 2014, about 70 per cent of its power supply and 71 per cent of its emissions came from burning coal. There are nearly 4,000 coal-fired plants in operation across the country.Burning coal to make electricity is the single biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions from human activity, representing almost half the total production of carbon dioxide emissions in the world. A typical 500-megawatt coal plant produces the same amount of emissions in a year as 600,000 cars.About nine per cent of Canada’s emissions — and 10 per cent of the country’s electricity — came from burning coal in 2015, the last year for which emissions data is available. Canada intends to phase out coal by 2030, although agreements with Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia to make that happen are still in the works.The Paris climate change accord aims to keep risks associated with climate change from skyrocketing by limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The scientific analysis that informed the Paris agreement says developed nations have to be off coal by 2030, with the rest of the world to follow by 2050, if there is to be any chance of meeting that target.McKenna acknowledged having China at the Powering Past Coal Alliance table would be hugely beneficial to bringing the rest of the world into the coal-phase out plan.“Maybe at some point they will be ready, but ultimately every country has to figure it out,” she said.Canada and China released a joint statement Monday on climate change reaffirming both countries are committed to the Paris agreement. The statement talks about “reducing reliance on traditional fossil energy and transitioning to clean energy,” but never mentions coal.Catherine Abreu, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, said while China should get credit for agreeing to cancel more than 100 planned coal plants at home, Chinese companies are still one of the biggest players in building coal plants internationally.Germany’s Urgewald environmental group tracks coal plants and says there are 1,600 new plants being planned in 62 countries. Chinese power companies are behind 700 of the plants, and about 140 of those are not in China.Abreu said if Canada and the United Kingdom want their anti-coal alliance to have a real impact, they need to have difficult conversations with China about cutting back its international coal plant construction plans.“That is something that China can absolutely make a move on and that Canada should be having a conversation about.”— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

We Dont Know How Well The NBAs Concussion Tests Work

Klay Thompson, the star shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors, unambiguously took a knee to the face in the team’s Wednesday night game against the Houston Rockets. After that, everything got a little muddled — not only for Thompson, but also for the doctors who are being asked to explain why their test didn’t keep him out of the game.The team’s doctors gave Thompson a concussion evaluation after the injury and cleared him to return to the game. Thompson didn’t get to play (he was still bleeding and wasn’t allowed on the court), and now that looks like a lucky break. In a postgame interview, Thompson said he was “feeling a little dizzy,” and the team confirmed that after the game, he had concussion-like symptoms and will need to be retested before he can play in future games.The NBA concussion protocol requires any player who is suspected of having a concussion to have an immediate neurological evaluation. The NBA uses both a modified version of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) and the Cogstate Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT). And according to their clinical trials, both tests do pretty well at detecting concussions accurately.The SCAT combines the results of tests of balance, cognitive function and other concussion indicators into a single score. According to a 2015 study, the SCAT has a sensitivity (successfully detecting concussions in people who really have concussions) of 96 percent. The NBA’s modified SCAT is probably somewhere in the same ballpark, but it’s hard to know for sure because the league hasn’t made public its modifications to the test. The study used a threshold of a 3.5-point drop from an earlier, baseline SCAT score to identify a concussion. If the NBA uses a different figure or focuses on a SCAT subscore instead of the overall figure, the accuracy of the test might change.The CCAT is a computerized test (you can try out a practice version here) that gives players four tasks (sort cards by color, remembering which cards you’ve already seen, etc.) and checks to see if they do badly on at least two of the challenges. According to a 2014 study, the CCAT successfully flags 96 percent of players who really have concussions.So, if the tests are pretty accurate, why wasn’t Thompson identified as possibly concussed until after the game?It’s hard to say, especially without information on the NBA-specific protocols, but sometimes tests are less accurate in real life than they are in a trial. Or a concussed player could just be unlucky; 5 percent or so pass a screening test in error.If Thompson hadn’t mentioned that he felt ill, questions might not have been raised about whether the test failed. Players are a check on the test, but they may not feel free to speak up if they’re passed in error.What happened to Thompson is a reminder for the NBA to audit its methods to make sure that the assessments it is giving players are working as well as they did in the clinical trials. That way, players can trust their doctors, and the fans can trust the league.Update (3:25 p.m., Friday, May 29): On Friday afternoon, the Warriors said Thompson had suffered a concussion, and would not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA’s concussion protocol guidelines. read more

Volleyballs Mari Hole finds home at OSU

It took 7,596 miles for Mari Hole to find a school that felt right to her academically and athletically, but both she and the rest of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team agree it was worth every mile. The first 5,323 miles took place when the junior outside hitter left her hometown of Oslo, Norway to play at UCLA. The last 2,273 came when she decided to transfer to OSU after her first two years. It was all a part of an unusual journey for a girl who did not even start playing volleyball until six years ago. Hole said she played soccer and skied growing up but got into volleyball eventually because her mom’s side of the family plays. It eventually led to her decision to come to the U.S. “My mom played a year at Hawaii back in ‘86 or something so I kind of always heard of the possibility and she always talked about it so I decided to give it a try,” Hole said. “I was lucky enough to get a scholarship.” Hole now leads the team with her 282 kills and 323.5 points, both fifth-best in the Big Ten. It was the perfect addition for the 13-6 Buckeyes who lost 802 kills and 41 percent of their points from their two senior outside hitters last year . “It was kind of just like a big deep breath-and-relax kind of thing because we were kind of short on outside hitters,” senior libero Sarah Mignin said. “We really didn’t have any experience so having a player who did play in a big conference in the Pac-10 really helped us.” Hole was an All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention in her first year at UCLA but a change of coaches and several other factors led to her decision to transfer. “I wasn’t too happy about my athletic situation and then academically there wasn’t anything I really wanted to study and I was kind of done with the culture there,” Hole said. “So it was kind of one of those things I decided to give something else a try.” Coach Geoff Carlston was looking for a player at the time, said he heard through the grapevine about Hole and got an official release to start talking to her. “We had the stats and saw a little bit of YouTube video but it was mostly just talking to people,” Carlston said. “We hadn’t seen her a lot because she didn’t play a lot her sophomore year.” Hole narrowed the transfer down to four schools that she visited and said academics played a major part in where she looked because UCLA did not have a major she wanted to do. Both Hole and fellow junior and outside hitter Emily Danks said Hole’s visit to OSU went really well. “I remember we were sitting around at someone’s house watching “The Bachelor” and just hanging out and everyone just thought she was the coolest girl ever,” Danks said. “We were all here coaching camps one night and Jayme, our assistant coach, came running down the ramp and said Mari is committing and it was like a big celebration.” Danks, Carlston and Mignin all agreed Hole is leader on the team and a big part of their success. “The kids love her and she feels really comfortable here,” Carlston said. “She’s just a great student, works hard, just everything across the board. We couldn’t ask for a better person to join our team.” Comfortable is the key word for Hole. Hole said she never felt that way in her two years trying to transition from Norway’s culture to the West Coast culture of Los Angeles and of the U.S. in general. “In Norway since it’s such a small sport, it isn’t a business,” Hole said. “Just to realize how big the sport really is. How much people put into it and how the support system around it is a big difference.” Because of its low popularity in Norway, Hole said volleyball was played more for fun, but now after two years she is used to the system and how it works here. “The more comfortable I get,” she said, “The more confident I get as a player and that’s when I play good.” The biggest challenge Hole still faces in the U.S. is missing her family back in Norway, with whom she is very close. “I love being home, so it’s never fun leaving,” Hole said. “That will probably never get easy, but it’s kind of one of those things when you get th read more