CAF Chooses ‘The Gambia’ for BYC’s Home Ground

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has preferred Liberia’s football giant, FC BYC to make its rival club’s country, the Gambia, as its (home) neutral ground, to play their return leg in the preliminary rounds of the CAF Club Championship.CAF’s suggestion on the new ‘neutral ground’ is owing to the unstated withdrawal of the Mali Football Association (MFA) to host BYC and Real de Banjul match on Sunday, March, 1.The information was disclosed by the Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Alphonso Armah in an exclusive interview over the weekend.Liberia’s representative FC BYC, in the first leg with Real de Banjul of the Gambia, was forced to 1-1 pulsating draw in the capital city of the Gambia. The Liberian side raised the curtain in the 3rd minute through Lamin Jabateh, and the host rotated the score in the 83rd minute.The LFA’s chief scribe said the notification from CAF in choosing a country for the 2nd leg is in consonance to the completion of the first round of the CAF Club Champions’ preliminary stage.The football house spokesperson said the LFA in collaboration with FC BYC (popularly known as the Blues) has already confirmed their participation and have proposed two dates, one as an alternative.“Upon the notification from CAF, the LFA in consultation with FC BYC confirmed the venue and our participation, and proposed Saturday or Sunday, the 7th or 8th of March for the match,” Mr. Armah said. “We are awaiting confirmation for one of the dates for the Blues to honor their return call.”This information might cancel-out reports that Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe is in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast to negotiate with the Ivorian FA, to use their country as a neutral ground for the Liberian side to host its counterparts.The Malian FA agreed to use their country as ‘neutral ground’ for the Ebola-hit countries but later announced, cancelling the arrangement on Monday, February 23.Accordingly, Liberia’s Fassell FC and the Guinean outfit, Horoya AC played their home-and-away game in Bamako, Mali, which ended 1-1 and 3-3 respectively — the narrow and tear-jerking results sent FC Fassell parking.CAF in its fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) delocalized games in Ebola hit-countries — which meant affected countries must seek neutral ground.Meanwhile, most football pundits have expressed dissatisfaction over the selection of the Gambia to serve as neutral ground for the Liberian football giants, owing to the fact that the rival club, is from the Gambia.They want the LFA to appeal to CAF to either increase the match officials to at least six persons or change the venue to promote fairness and transparency in the game.“It will be a blow if the LFA doesn’t ensure that there is fairplay in The Gambia,” Sylvester Diggs said.  “Playing our home game against a Gambian team in their own country needs a miracle — but another way to get a miracle will be if the LFA should act for a fair game.”Casey Manneh said: “The LFA needs to act responsibly to put CAF’s feet in the fire, to scare the Gambians out of any cheating scheme.”It may be recalled that Liberia’s second giant FC Fassell was eliminated from the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup, in BamaKo, Mali, in a 4-3 aggregate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Under 400 of 7000 UG students voted in UGSS elections

first_imgAlthough the University of Guyana (UG) has more than 7000 students, it was announced at a recent installation ceremony, that under 400 students participated in the election process to select a new President for the University’s Students’ Society.New UGSS President, Devta RamroopThis is according to a Registrar, Dr Nigel Gravesande, who shared remarks during the brief ceremony convened at the University’s Turkeyen Campus.“Student governance here at the University of Guyana generally goes unnoticed by the average UG student but your efforts are felt everywhere on our two campuses and four centres… having less than 400 students participating in a democratic process that involves in excess of 7000 students needs us to urge and work assiduously to do better next time,” he said.Gravesande told Guyana Times that the number of students who participated in the election process happens to be about the same each year, although he hopes the number of voters can be increased.“I wanted to see much greater involvement in the democratic process, its important and I hope that as the years go, progress that we would have a larger turn out to select the representatives that will lead the governance structure of the students,” the Registrar added.He said he believes it is because the students try to stay focused that they choose not to participate in such events, although it does not take away their focus.Nevertheless, the University had its new President of the student body sworn in. Elected to serve was Devta Ramroop of the Faculty Natural of Sciences. Along with her, several other representatives were elected to serve in various capacities.Ramroop will be responsible for making representations on behalf of her fellow students at decision-making meetings and at other forums.She was also elected to serve in the capacity of a faculty representative in Natural Sciences.She was warned by the past President of the UGSS that she will no longer have time for herself as it will go towards the development of the University, even as he congratulated her.While giving her remarks, the newly elected UGSS President expressed how happy she was to be appointed to the position, as a female.According to her, “In recent years women throughout the world have been tirelessly working towards breaking the glass ceiling. At nearly every decision-making firm in our country, men have been the dominant voices, I mean nothing is wrong with that but today I stand on the strong shoulders of two females Presidents before me… the 16-year drought is finally over.”Ramroop said she hopes her sincere service will embolden others to rise to take up the challenge as well.last_img read more

Exclusive – Hazard has to be player of the year, says ex-Chelsea ace

first_imgTommy Langley has told talkSPORT Eden Hazard has to be the player of the year.The Belgian ace has been in superb form for Premier League leaders Chelsea all season, and former Stamford Bridge favourite Langley is convinced he should be rewarded for his performances.Langley told Extra Time: “Hazard is almost unplayable, and if he doesn’t get player of the year I’ll be gobsmacked.“Harry Kane has been tremendous for Spurs, but if you look at Hazard week-in, week-out you must look at him admire him like you do with Messi and Ronaldo. He’s up there with them.“If he doesn’t get player of the year it will be wrong.”last_img

Commentary: Dorrell’s tenure is coming to an end

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThese are the faithful, the fans who are with the Bruins through thin and thinner.An educated guess is they should have taken a moment to bid farewell to Karl Dorrell.Dorrell has had ample time in five seasons as UCLA’s coach to demonstrate his strengths and weaknesses. His record makes it clear the balance is not in favor of strengths.This said, it must be clear that only three opinions count, those of Dan Guerrero, Pete Blackman and Dr. Gene Block.Guerrero is UCLA’s athletic director. Blackman is UCLA’s administrative vice chancellor, emeritus and special assistant to the chancellor for intercollegiate athletics. Guerrero reports to him. Block is UCLA’s new chancellor. The clock was ticking toward the end of UCLA’s home season in the Rose Bowl. Season ticket holders were bidding farewell to one another.“See you next year,” one fan said to his neighbor in the stands.“Yeah,” came the reply. Block has not been on campus long enough to have a track record. The suspicion is the athletic department is not a high priority and that he will defer to Blackman and Guerrero.Blackman does not take prisoners. He is not a patient man. While Guerrero is patient, he has not been shy about making tough decisions as athletic director at Cal State Dominguez Hills, UC Irvine and now UCLA.Dorrell’s run is coming to an end for a number of reasons.His body of work is below standards set by Guerrero when he was hired.His teams are consistently inconsistent. In a season made extremely difficult by injuries, it is not possible to ignore losses to weak Utah and Notre Dame teams.His recruiting, generally ranked good, has produced 13 wins against 11 losses over the past two seasons.His constant harping on the time needed for players to understand his complex offense indicates lack of understanding how to tailor his playbook to his players.His trail of fired coordinators is a matter of concern.How about the fact that a UCLA win over USC coupled with an Arizona win over Arizona State catapults the Bruins into the Rose Bowl game?Don’t hold your breath.USC figures to win Saturday at the Coliseum.The Trojans have the searing memory of their unexpected 13-9 loss to the Bruins a year ago, when safety-turned-linebacker Eric McNeal, the pride of Serra High, leaped, tipped and intercepted a John David Booty pass to snuff out a late Trojans rally.They have demonstrated, after winning national championships in 2003 and 2004, the degree of difficulty of remaining on top in college football by finding ways to knock themselves out of the box three years in a row.So this is a team with a chip on its shoulder in the face of accusations it is a dynasty gone soft.What about Dorrell’s accomplishments?When hired at UCLA, he was charged with cleaning up a program Albert Carnesale, then the chancellor, and his senior staff considered blemished. They lost confidence in 1999, when 19 football players were nabbed using disabled parking placards. It was downhill from there for Bob Toledo as Bruins coach.Dorrell has avoided scandal. Unfortunately, with the exception of his 10-2 record in 2005, he also has avoided winning at beyond a mediocre pace.In his chosen profession, good guy gets him a pat on the head and a buyout.What if he somehow wins against USC and goes to the Rose Bowl?In such a case, it would be hard to argue if he is retained.But an argument is in order.Start with his firing is inevitable. So it might as well be now.The more time you have to watch Dorrell, the more he looks like Bill Barnes, a nice guy who did not get it done for UCLA.Barnes was interested in hiring Jim Powers, the creative Santa Monica College coach, to run his offense. What Barnes was not interested in was turning Powers loose. Powers shrugged and remained at SMC.Dorrell, forced because of injuries to Ben Olson and Pat Cowan to go with Osaar Rasshan at quarterback, did not tweak the offense to take advantage of Rasshan’s athletic ability. Inflexible should be his middle name.He worries about little things, such as which days which players should talk to reporters, and misses the big picture.Like Pete Carroll, the USC coach who was fired in New York and New England in the NFL, he needs to move on to get another chance to get it right.Granted, this has been a haunted college football season around the country. But if Guerrero is as tough as J.D. Morgan, the legendary UCLA athletic director when Guerrero was an undergraduate, he’ll turn Dorrell into a Bruins ghost.Mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMairead McGuinness with Patrick Butterly at the weekend conference.AIB has told Donegal farmers that efficiency and cash flow management will be key for 2015.And the bank said it maintains a positive medium-long term outlook for the agri sector for Irish farmers in 2015.Farmers at the well attended event.AIB Agri-Advisor Patrick Butterly said: “We are finding that many farmers are considering how best to position their farms for the future. Some are expanding, some consolidating, and some focused on improving on-farm efficiencies.” “Irrespective of future farm plans, managing farm cashflow will be essential, as volatility is the new norm and should be factored into all plans, both long and short term. I would encourage any farmer contemplating farm investment or seeking additional working capital to make early contact with their bank to see how best we can support your individual needs,” he continued.AIB last year announced a €500 million fund and a doubling of its Agri-advisor team to greater support the investment and working capital needs of the Agri-sector at farm level.Butterly was speaking at AIB’s ‘Prospects for Irish Agriculture’ seminar which took place at the weekend in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey.The free seminar was open to AIB and non-AIB customers, with other speakers on the night including Mairead McGuinness, MEP. DONEGAL FARMERS WARNED THAT CASH FLOW MANAGEMENT VITAL TO 2015 SUCCESS was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:AIBcash managementdonegalfarmerslast_img read more


first_imgSeamus ColemanREPORTS in Britain today are again linking Seamus Coleman with a summer move to Manchester United.The Killybegs man has been a star performer with Everton this season.Reports say David Moyes is prepared to pay the Merseysiders Stg£20M for Coleman and a further Stg£25M for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw – taking the total spend to £45M (€54M). Coleman is a Man United fan but is said to be very happy at Everton who are looking more likely to be playing in Europe next year than the Old Trafford side.The Toffees travel to Spurs today where Coleman will make his return after a hamstring injury. SEAMUS COLEMAN TO BE PART OF MAN UNITED €54M TRANSFER BID – REPORT was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:evertonman unitedseamus colemantransferlast_img read more

Boxer, Angelides oppose Prop. 73

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and California Treasurer Phil Angelides came out Monday against an amendment to the state Constitution that would require doctors to give parents or guardians written notice 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor. The two Democratic politicians said Proposition 73, which is on the ballot for the Nov. 8 special election, could eventually erode reproductive rights won under Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973. “This proposition is designed to make it difficult for young women to get the medical attention they need at a very difficult time,” Angelides said during a news conference at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. If the proposed amendment passes, girls would not need consent from an adult to obtain an abortion. But sponsors hope the notification requirement would reduce California’s teen abortion rate, the fourth-highest in the country, by involving parents in the decision. “This is about notification, it’s not about consent or overturning Roe,” he said. “It doesn’t help voters when elected officials don’t take the time to read the specifics.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Opponents argue that the kind of open communication Proposition 73 is supposed to foster is neither appropriate for all families nor reason enough to limit abortion access. Many teens already talk to their parents about pregnancy, said Norma Jo Waxman, a San Francisco doctor and professor. Angelides said he is very close to his three daughters, but “can’t imagine compelling them to talk to me about this difficult a subject.” Arguing that anti-abortion activists are using the parental-notification requirement as a first step toward outlawing abortion, Boxer pointed to language in the amendment that defines abortion as a procedure that “causes the death of the unborn child.” That wording is unnecessary, politically loaded, and “sets it up to overturn Roe v. Wade in our state,” she said. Stan Devereux, a spokesman for Yes on 73, said Angelides and Boxer were trying to energize their political base by “turning this into a debate about Roe v. Wade.” last_img read more

Closing date extended on Meenadreen Windfarm Community Benefit Fund

first_imgThe Energia Meenadreen Windfarm Community Benefit Fund is inviting applications from community groups and charitable organisations to avail of grant funding.The closing date for applications has been extended to Friday 13th July 2018.The Fund was established in 2015 to support community based projects that make a difference to the people of Meenadreen, County Donegal and provide added benefit to the local community. The Community Foundation for Ireland welcomes applications to this Fund from community groups and charitable organisations based in the local area.This year grants will be awarded to organisations focusing on:Projects that will promote community development and will positively impact and benefit those that live in the local area Projects that promote teamwork and engagement with the community in responding to the opportunity presented by the Community Fund Community safety projects Projects promoting energy efficiency and awareness or aiming to reduce energy consumption Projects that demonstrate excellence Project addressing sustainability of energy or the delivery of an important community serviceThe Fund opened for applications on Friday 8th June.To apply please complete the Community Foundation for Ireland’s online application on For further information and to find out if your group or project is eligible to apply, please contact Sara Stokes on 01-8743808 or sstokes@foundation.ieDetailed conditions and criteria of the scheme can be found on from 8th June 2018.All applications must be received by the Community Foundation for Ireland by 4pm on the Friday 13th July 2018.Closing date extended on Meenadreen Windfarm Community Benefit Fund was last modified: July 6th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:energiaEnergia Meenadreen Windfarm Community Benefit Fundfundinggrantlast_img read more

R-Value Scammers Sued By the FTC

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Here at GBA, we received our first inquiry concerning Insultex housewrap on July 31, 2015, when Marcus Sheffer questioned the validity of Insultex’s R-value claims.Insultex is a plastic housewrap distributed by Innovative Designs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company offers two versions of its housewrap, at a price that is from two to nine times higher than the price of ordinary housewrap. One version is 1 mm (0.0384 inch) thick; according to Innovative Designs, this product has an R-rating of R-3. That’s R-78 per inch.The second version is 1.5 mm (0.0576 inch) thick; according to Innovative Designs, this product has an R-rating of R-6. That’s R-104 per inch.The Insultex document that includes these outrageous claims, titled “Insultex House Wrap R-3 and R-6,” is available for viewing online. (It’s also reproduced as Image #2, below.)For years, Insultex has been sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s; both of these distributors repeated the outlandish R-value claims.Responding to Marcus Sheffer’s inquiry on GBA last year, I wrote, “Unless you are talking about aerogels or vacuum insulated panels, the laws of physics limit the maximum R-value of a material to about R-5.6 per inch without encapsulated gas, or about R-7.5 per inch with encapsulated gas. … The R-value claims that Insultex is making for its product are preposterous. It’s a total fraud.”On that same Q&A thread, a GBA reader named Jeff Cooper commented, “You’re the first anywhere online to give potential buyers of Insultex the understanding they need to avoid wasting their money by assuming that Insultex would have to be be legitimate because they would otherwise be exposed to too many legal perils, especially as their product becomes widely known by being sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s,… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Ex-cricketers, politicians slam BCCI’s decision to resume cricket ties with Pakistan

first_imgBuckling under the relentless pressure applied by Pakistan, India has finally decided to de-hyphenate cricket from terror and get on with the game. On Monday, the BCCI agreed to host three ODIs and two T20s between the two archrivals. The short bilateral series – the first in almost five years – will begin towards the end of December and be over in January 2013.But the decision, taken by the BCCI’s powerful working committee, has driven a deep wedge between the heavyweights associated with the gentleman’s game including ex-cricketers and politicians. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar for one did not mince his words.”Recently, we had an extradition from Saudi Arabia which has confirmed their (Pakistan’s) role in 26/ 11. Yet you want to play cricket with them,” he said acerbically. India had snapped cricketing links with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.”Being a Mumbaikar, I feel what is the urgency when there is no cooperation from the other side?” the original Little Master of the game remarked, though adding in the same breath: “I respect the BCCI’s decision, though I may not agree with it.”Former Team India member and MP Kirti Azad also slammed the move. “I’m opposed to the series. Mutual trust is lacking between the countries. They should not play even at neutral venues,” Azad pointed out.Mixed reactionsFor their part, political parties appeared to be caught on the back foot. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said: “We maintain that politics and cricket should not be mixed.” AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh was more unequivocal: “The match(es) should be held. Cricket match(es) will help improve Indo-Pak relations.”advertisementHowever, the party’s Maharashtra unit took a diametrically opposite stand. “The BCCI must consider the people’s sentiments,” state Congress president Manikrao Thakre said in Mumbai. The Samajwadi Party’s unit in the state concurred. The Shiv Sena, always vociferously opposed to Indo- Pak cricket matches, stuck to its guns.Back in Delhi, the BJP’s response was lukewarm. Party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said: “The Pakistan cricket team had come to India earlier for the World Cup. The team of terrorists involved in the 26/ 11 attack should also be brought to India.”But Union minister and IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla justified the move, observing: “The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has been very persistent about resuming cricketing ties. We have played against Pakistan after the 1971 war. In fact, (even subsequent to) the Kargil war in 1999… we played a series in Pakistan.”Indeed there have been several attempts by the PCB in recent months to convince the BCCI because the contests featuring the two teams are a huge hit with fans and set the cash registers ringing. The question now is has the BCCI given in to the power of pelf, overwriting public sentiment?Furthermore, the board’s conciliatory approach appears to be in stark contrast to the aggressive tone in which Pakistan high commissioner Salman Bashir spoke on Sunday. He described as “incredible” and unbelievable” allegations that any Pakistani state agency was involved in the Mumbai attacks.Divulging more details, Shukla revealed that he had spoken to Union Home minister P. Chidambaram who said his ministry had no objection to the resumption of cricket. He further disclosed said that the ministry of external affairs, too, had given the green light.Too much cricket Unlike Gavaskar, another India ex-captain Bishan Singh Bedi welcomed the proposed series, saying: “It will generate a lot of interest and goodwill.”All the same, the spin legend expressed concern about the timing of the matches. Gavaskar, whose millions of fans included the late Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq, felt India were playing a lot of cricket in the upcoming season and a new series would only put more pressure on the players. England are scheduled to arrive in India for a Test and T20 series before going home for Christmas.They would be back to play five ODIs, scheduled to take place from January 11. The India-Pakistan series will be squeezed into the Christmas break.The BCCI thumbs up for the bilateral series was widely welcomed across the border. PCB chairman Muhammad Zaka Ashraf, who calls Indian board president N. Srinivasan his “bada bhai”, told the media in Lahore: “We are delighted with this invitation and see it as a big ice-breaker in revival of bilateral ties.”Pakistan ex-skipper Javed Miandad, too, struck an optimistic note: “I am really happy because the PCB chairman has been making hectic efforts. This will not only be great for India and Pakistan, but for world cricket as well.”advertisementFormer Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas was also upbeat: “This should have happened earlier because when these two teams play the world watches.”Aamir Sohail, who used to open the batting for Pakistan, said: “You have to move on. I’m a huge fan of Indian cricket.”The proposed five matches – three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals – are likely to be played in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi, though both the venues and dates have still not been finalised.last_img read more