Swiss agree to extradite Costa Rican in FIFA case BERN, Switzerland (AP): Switzerland’s justice ministry yesterday granted an American request to extradite former Costa Rican soccer federation president Eduardo Li in the FIFA bribery case. Li was ousted from the FIFA executive committee two days before he could take up his seat after being arrested on May 27 in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel along with six other football officials. Li can appeal against the extradition order at Switzerland’s federal criminal court within 30 days. Force India, Sauber in F1 complaint BRUSSELS (AP): In a challenge to Formula One’s status quo, Force India and Sauber lodged a complaint with the European Union yesterday, charging that the sport’s rule-making and revenue-sharing mechanisms are unlawful, unfair, and harmful. “We have received a complaint and will assess it,” an EU spokesman, Ricardo Cardoso, said. The move, long expected, represents a challenge to the dominance of F1’s major players and teams. It gives voice to smaller teams’ assertions that they cannot compete effectively because they don’t have an equal say or equal revenue. Ronaldinho parts ways with Fluminense RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho has left Rio de Janeiro club Fluminense after only two months. In a statement, the club said the former Brazil and Barcelona star was leaving “amicably and by mutual consent”. The 35-year-old attacking midfielder failed to score with Fluminense and was frequently jeered by the club’s fans. Cavendish joins Dimension Data JOHANNESBURG (AP): Former world cycling champion Mark Cavendish has joined South African team Dimension Data. The British rider signed a three-year deal with the Pro Continental team, which is currently named MTN-Qhubeka, but has secured a new sponsorship deal from 2016. The team also announced the arrival of Cavendish allies Mark Resnshaw and Bernhard Eisel. Cavendish, the 2011 world champion, recently underwent surgery on his left shoulder following a crash that ruled him out of the road cycling world championships in the United States.
This month, our focus would be on the urgent need required to place emphasis on social human security. To most of our followers/readers and sponsors, you will recall that one of our cardinal advocacy programmes is to call on the Government of Liberia (GOL) to place additional emphasis on social human security through increase in budgetary allocations to health, education, food security, housing, basic social infrastructure like water, electricity, drainage and good roads.The call for this shift in paradigm, even though prophetic, cannot be more needed than this moment in time and as the country grapples to put in place post Ebola recovery programmes following the unnecessary lost of lives, livelihoods and erosion of gains in efforts directed at peace consolidation and sustainability.As you are aware, fifty-one countries formed the United Nations in 1945 following the myriad of documented and undocumented atrocities of the Second World War. One of the four goals of this august body was to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. Our piece for this week is intended to provoke GOL into action.Liberia, as one of the founding members of the United Nations, recognizes a universal “Responsibility to Protect” and has a duty, not only to ensure that much emphasis is placed on social human security, but has a primary responsibility to protect its own citizens, including taking preventive action through putting in place internal capacity to deal with humanitarian disasters. We need to advocate for disaster response plan to incorporate how quickly and thoroughly we as a nation respond to epidemic and natural disasters.An adequate assessment of how well we were able to successfully combat Ebola is yet to be published but the reality on the ground as we implement post Ebola recovery programmes is grim. Over the coming months, we (the Liberian public – particularly youths) would like to have a synopsis from principal stakeholders (MSF, Save the Children, Amnesty International, GOL, Ebola Survival Network, UNMEER and others) in the Ebola control and prevention efforts.These reports would help deal with the clarifications of values, address rumors and alleviate fears as well as anxiety among young people. The financial cost for curtailing this disease is high; however, the cost to social human security would continue to outpace everything else if nothing is done to improve our social systems. We have the opportunity to make these adjustments and this is the right time to invest more in social human security.To ensure that we are totally free from Ebola, we need to take our place in history and put in place permanent systems; the kind of social systems that would not only enhance the development of our country but ones that would be able to withstand epidemic such as Ebola. We also need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- The Right to Protect Public Health”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following a successful holding of the first steering committee forum in Monrovia by members of the Liberia Post Accession Plan (LPAP) of the World Trade organization (WTO) and members of the 53th National Legislature, two foreign companies have expressed interests to invest in the country’s economy.The two companies are Webb Fontaine Group (WFG), set-up in Ivory Coast, with headquarters located in Dubai and Switzerland, and the Inspection and Control Service (ICS) Company of India with a sub office in Nigeria.According to the chief executive officer of ICS, Mr. Infan Sarfraz, his interest to invest in Liberia is to help enhance revenue collection under the WTO process.He said if accepted by the government through the LPAP steering committee of the WTO to do business with ICS, there would be no project failures or significant delays because of technical issues in their projects.“My company provides e-Government solutions designed to facilitate trade and enhance customs and tax revenues,” he said. “Through its flagship product, MicroClear®, ICS offers governments a platform for multi-agency collaboration that facilitates paperless cross-border trade, speedier customs processing, and more transparency and visibility, while still maintaining appropriate controls and security.”Mr. Sarfraz, who has investments in West Africa, said he would love to jump-start his investment in Liberia, adding, “We would be glad to be given the green light for commencement in the areas mentioned.”He said the company also offers logistics-related services in emerging markets, including industrial real estate management, ground handling and airport services, customs modernization, and remote infrastructure and life support.The company also has two main lines of business. Through its Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business, ICS works with companies in diverse industries and markets to move, manage, and distribute the goods that underpin global commerce, he added.For his part, Pushpa Joseph also spoke on his company’s (WFG) activities and its deep interest in investing in Liberia.Mr. Joseph said if accepted, his company will submit a draft business proposal within three weeks, operate for six months and open a window for market. He said the group has many offices around the world as well as research and development centers in Europe and Asia.“Webb Fontaine offers advanced e-Government solutions to modernize government agencies and facilitate international trade,” said Joseph.He said WFG company is particularly specialized in providing integrated platforms for the Single Window for Foreign Trade (GUCE), complete solutions for the automation of commercial procedures as well as the implementation of goods valuation analysis based on the most recent procedures.Earlier, the Minister of Commerce Axel Addy thanked officials of the two companies for their interests to come to Liberia.However, Minister Addy informed the steering committee of LPAP of WTO about the two companies in the country and what they can do to impact the process and enhance revenue collection if given the opportunity to serve.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A joint-mission comprising representatives of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) have ended a three-day visit to the country during which discussions were held with the relevant government authorities and an agreement reached after a series of technical meetings to propose a revised financing arrangement for each contributing donor.The revision came about following the winning contractor’s bid offer for the Gbarnga-Salayea Road Project. The mission also reviewed with the Government’s possibility of the usage of the surplus for Section-2, Salayea-Konia 50.2km stretch of the road.During the Joint Arab Mission to the country from November 13-15, the team reviewed progress made by the GOL in the procurement of the civil works contractor of Phase 1 of the Gbarnga-Salayea 81 km segment of the road.According to the Aide Memoire signed at the end of the visit, in order to facilitate the ease of attributing financing commitments, the entire “Gbarnga-Konia-Mendikoma Road Project” has been restructured as follows: Phase 1: Gbarnga-Konia Road (131km) and Phase 2 Konia-Voinjama-Mendikoma Road (143 km). Phase 1 is divided into two sections: Section 1 is Gbarnga- Salayea (81 km) and Section 2 is Salayea-Konia 50km. While Phase 2 comprises four (4) sections which include: Section 1 Konia-Barzewen (26km), Section 2 Barzewen-Voinjama (38km), Section 3 Voinjama-Kolahun (42 km) and Section 4 Kolahun-Mendikoma (37 km).The Aide Memoire further mentions that “it is proposed to include Phase 1 (Section 2): Salayea-Konia to the current loan agreements of SFD, KFAED, OFID, and BADEA.” Additionally, the Memoire states that “the total updated cost of this Project (inclusive of the suggested Section 2) is estimated to be about US$ 82 million.” The Memoire further outlined a schedule of preliminary activities ahead of the commencement of construction in February 2018 and sets completion of Phase 1 (Gbarnga-Konia) of the road in November of 2020.Moreover, the Memoire clarifies that all the recorded recommendations contained in it are subject to clearance and approval by the relevant GOL authorities and the management and Boards of SFD, KFAED, OFID, and BADEA.The Acting Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Alvin E. Attah, who along with Public Works Minister Gyude Moore, signed the Aide Memoire on behalf of the Government of Liberia, underscored the objective of the project as being crucial in the Government’s vision of enhancing socioeconomic development in the framework of developing the transport sector with particular focus on developing, expanding and integrating the country’s road network.Meanwhile, the Mission visited the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) and the National Port Authority (NPA) where other projects are being vigorously undertaken.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Raja goalkeeper Anas Zniti has gone 461 minutes in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League without conceding a goal © AFP/File / Fadel SENNAJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 23 – Enyimba of Nigeria must succeed where five other clubs have failed if they hope to shock hosts Raja Casablanca of Morocco on Wednesday and reach the CAF Confederation Cup final.Raja goalkeeper Anas Zniti has gone 461 minutes in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League without conceding a goal after letting in one in a qualifier last March. Since Nouadhibou of Mauritania breached the Moroccan rearguard, Zanaco of Zambia, V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo, ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast, Aduana Stars of Ghana and CARA of Congo Brazzaville have failed to do so.Enyimba fell 1-0 at home to Raja in a semi-final first leg won by an Abdelilah Hafidi goal so they must score at least once at the 60,000-seat Stade Mohammed V to salvage the tie.Given that the Nigerians have scored just four times in six away CAF matches and their leading scorers have notched only two, the odds are stacked against the Aba outfit.Raja could meet group opponents V Club of DR Congo again in the two-leg final as the Kinshasa side have second-leg home advantage after forcing a 0-0 draw with Al Masry in Egypt.AFP Sport previews both second legs in a competition guaranteed to have a new name engraved on the trophy as none of the semi-finalists have lifted it before.V Club v MasryAll is not lost for visitors Masry as they boast a 13-match unbeaten Confederation Cup record stretching back to March when they lost narrowly to Green Buffaloes in Zambia.Coached by Egypt legend Hossam Hassan Masry boast a 13-match unbeaten Confederation Cup record stretching back to March © AFP/File / PABLO PORCIUNCULAThe Port Said outfit coached by Egypt legend Hossam Hassan also did not concede a home goal so a score draw in the DR Congo capital would take them through to the final.However, first-time semi-finalists Masry will need mental strength to survive at the Stade des Martyrs, one of the most hostile football environments in Africa.Up to 80,000 supporters could attend and virtually all of them will be willing V Club to reach a third CAF final.V Club won the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1973 and were runners-up in the same competition — now called the CAF Champions League — four seasons ago.Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele is the V Club star having notched nine goals en route to the penultimate stage, including four in a match in neighbouring Congo Brazzaville.Raja v EnyimbaRaja rank among the most successful clubs in Africa, winning five CAF competitions, including the Champions League three times.Raja possess two deadly sharpshooters in Mahmoud Benhalib, the leading Confederation Cup scorer with 11 goals, and Mouhcine Iajour (R) © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENBut it is 15 years since they lifted an African trophy, beating Coton Sport of Cameroon 2-0 on aggregate in the last final of the now defunct CAF Cup.Boasting a squad littered with Moroccan internationals, they have been favourites to win the Confederation Cup this year since surviving a qualifying round scare from Nouadhibou.However, there is a glimmer of hope for twice African champions Enyimba as Raja have blown hot and cold at their Casablanca fortress.The Moroccans were held 1-1 by Nouadhibou and 0-0 by V Club and an anticipated goal deluge against CARA never materialised as they scraped a 1-0 win.Raja do, however, possess two deadly sharpshooters in Mahmoud Benhalib, the leading Confederation Cup scorer with 11 goals, and Mouhcine Iajour.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Ricardo Mannetti was unimpressed with the nature of Namibia’s third successive defeat © AFP / Khaled DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Jul 1 – Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti conceded his team were “not good enough” to compete at the Africa Cup of Nations after their campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat by Ivory Coast on Monday.Drawn in the toughest section of the competition alongside the 2015 champions, Morocco and neighbours South Africa, Namibia’s first finals appearance since 2008 saw them exit without a point from three matches. “Our best is not good enough. We had at one stage the best players on the pitch, technically gifted … I think we still have a long way to go. It’s not good enough at all for this level,” said Mannetti.“We cannot lose concentration, make silly mistakes, high school errors, and obviously against a team like Ivory Coast you will get punished.”Max Gradel’s first-half effort and a Ryan Nyambe own goal put Ivory Coast 2-0 ahead in Cairo and although Joslin Kamatuka pulled one back for Namibia, late goals from Wilfried Zaha and Maxwel Cornet ensured the Elephants finished second in Group D.“I think there was a stage where we made Ivory Coast look very, very average, and then there was a stage where Ivory Coast made us look like schoolboys. How do you get those two contrasting things in one game? As far as I’m concerned, it’s just immaturity from our side,” said Mannetti.“We have to improve our quality levels.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Local business man Donal Skelly launched a prank on social media last night promising to drive Pokémon enthusiasts around areas of Donegal where there may be a high concentration of Pokémon dwelling.The popular game uses your phone’s camera and location to track the elusive little creatures. When you come across one, you throw a pokéball at it and hope you can catch it. Over 100 million people have downloaded the game.As the game relies on the gamer’s ability to travel, many report weight loss due to playing! In his status, Donal said; “To save so many people getting knocked down crossing roads and falling of cliffs trying to catch Pokemon, I am starting Pokemon Go Tours”. The status was extremely popular, with hundreds reacting to it.Today Donal told Donegal Daily; “It’s only a joke because so many do it and it winds up those that can’t stand it, but you never know it might take off”. There might just be a gap in the market! Donal and a venonatPokémon Go Prank sweeps Facebook was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donal skellydonegalpokemonpokemon goPrank
La Puente vs. Covina at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. The Warriors and Colts meet in a rematch of last year’s Week 0 blowout win by Covina. Covina has high expectations this season, courtesy of its speedy offense. But the Colts are breaking in a new QB tonight in Mike McDonough. La Puente enters its second season under coach Ed McMillon. The Warriors went 4-6 last season and barely missed the playoffs. Tonight’s game marks the return to action for Covina running back/linebacker Art Combest, who could blossom into one of the better players in the area. Bottom line: Colts coach Darryl Thomas gave McMillon a rude welcome to San Gabriel Valley football in last year’s 41-14 win. The Warriors are probably a bit better entering 2005, but so are the Colts. They have too much speed for La Puente to deal with this early. The pick: Covina. Bassett at Monrovia, 7 p.m. Olympians coach John Paredez Jr. makes his debut tonight. He is Bassett’s third coach in as many seasons. Monrovia owns one of the better quarterbacks around in junior David Potts. The Wildcats had little trouble with Bassett in a 60-7 victory. Bottom line: There’s no doubt the Olympians have had this game circled on their calendars. Bassett appears much more equipped to handle the Wildcats’ speed this year and the Olympians offense shouldn’t fine things as difficult this season against a brand new Monrovia defense. But still, making up 53 points is a lot to ask. This one will be closer than last year, but the Cats still win. The pick: Monrovia. Duarte vs. Marshall at PCC, 7 p.m. The Falcons’ talented roster makes its debut tonight against a Marshall team that posted a shutout in this game last year. Duarte receiver/defensive back Corey Fluker is a player to keep your eye on and he alone is worth the price of admission. Falcons coach Wardell Crutchfield didn’t do as well as he would have liked in his first season. Duarte’s 3-7 record was well below expectations. Bottom line: Marshall appears to be a shell of last year’s team entering this season. That’s bad news for the Eagles, who must cope with a veteran Duarte team seeking revenge and feeling excited about this season. A few big plays by Fluker ought to be enough for Duarte to start its season in style. The pick: Duarte. Azusa vs. Beckman at Tustin HS, 7 p.m. Beckman makes its varsity football debut tonight and the fledgling Irvine school opens with a lot of excitement. Temple City alumnus Brian Mustain, who coached locally at Wilson, is the Patriots’ head coach. Patriots running back D’Amato Tyson, is the son of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Azusa enters the season with a ton of optimism after making the playoffs a season ago. Bottom line: Don’t be fooled by the fact this is Beckman’s first varsity game. The Patriots are very talented and hail from the tough Pacific Coast League. They’ll be ready for life under the lights. This is a deceptively tough way for Azusa to start the season. The pick: Beckman. Rancho Alamitos at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. An angry group of Dons start the season on a quest for respect after posting a 1-9 record last season. Sierra Vista has a veteran team back for coach Ralph Moreno, and the Dons hope the combo of QB Miguel Parra and receiver David Lazaro will do some damage. Bottom line: This is a very difficult opening assignment for the Dons. Rancho Alamitos was 6-4 last year, played in a tough league and expects big things this season. The pick: Rancho Alamitos. Cathedral vs. Workman at La Puente HS, 7 p.m. Talk about a bad way for the Fred De Lilio era at Workman to begin. Cathedral has been one of the Southland’s most successful programs in recent years. Bottom line: Workman will be improved this season, but it may not be visible tonight. The Phantoms offense can light up the scoreboard and it will be tough for the Lobos to keep up. The pick: Cathedral. — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As if the Lancers didn’t need any added pressure, the Orange County Register this week ran a Serra League coaches poll in which the Lancers were voted the top team in the league. There is good reason for the optimism. Amat returns one of the Southland’s best linebackers in Jonathan Cornell and a third-year starting quarterback in Daniel Robles. A season fraught with high expectations begins tonight for the Bishop Amat High School football team. The Lancers open the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the area and renew their rivalry with former Del Rey League foe St. Paul. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Amat. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Lancers also have other key returnees from last year’s team, which underachieved with a 6-6 record. St. Paul enters tonight’s game with a lineup that will look totally different from the one that finished 8-4 last season. The Swordsmen return only a handful of starters for legendary coach Marijon Ancich. Bottom line: Last year, this game would have been interesting. This year, there’s just no way the Swordsmen can hang with Amat. Not in the first game of the season and not while breaking in so many new faces. Amat’s running game has several different threats, thus making the offense very difficult to control. Defensively, Cornell figures to be all over the field, giving St. Paul’s new skill players their welcome to life under the lights. The pick: Amat.
The touchdown celebration dates back to 1965, when New York Giants receiver Homer Jones caught an 89-yard touchdown pass on the first play of a game and punctuated the deed by spiking the football in the end zone.That’s according to a 2009 Bleacher Report story, and I think we should stick with it.Since then the TD two-step has become one of the foremost examples of cultural and artistic expression in the world. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile …
Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – One of his former teams just started a coaching search. His other former team has no clarity on when it will hire a new general manager or trade its star player.DeMarcus Cousins does not need to worry about the Sacramento Kings’ dysfunction after experiencing it for 7 ½ seasons. He no longer has to play the what-if games with the New Orleans Pelicans, …