Preparing for Afcon 2017: The Beginning

first_imgLFA President Musa Bility may have the ability to dream big and like many other ambitious persons, need to be told that there is a price to pay if any ambitious project would become successful.At the recent take-all at the LFA elections, he told visiting CAF member and others in Buchanan that Liberia would be at the finals of the African Cup of Nations in 2017.Today, the presence of many radio stations make the transmission of information widely achievable but the question is how many remember what was said yesterday to hold speakers accountable for their actions? How many remember correctly what was said at the last LFA elections?So with the dismissals of the senior and junior national teams from all CAF and FIFA competitions, Musa Bility now has the chance to make his dream come true if he plans properly, with 2017 Afcon as his target.The national team represents Liberia at the Afcon and the World Cup levels. There are also the Under 20 and U-17 versions where several West African countries have made major achievements.In fact Nigerian and Ghanaian junior national teams have made great impacts that they are always mentioned by FIFA and CAF, and less successful nations have been asked to emulate their examples. In fact most of the players who have succeeded in the junior World Cup levels have moved up to Europe.How come that Nigeria and Ghana could do it and we are not able to do it? What is the problem? Do we not have more soccer talents in this country? Admittedly, a country that could produce super stars like George Weah and James Salinsa Debbah should be able to produce more.True, there are abundant of players, skillful ones, too who, when properly groomed, can make all the difference. Please note I said when they are properly groomed. But the problem is, due to circumstances of war and its resultant negative impact, many young boys are active in what their brothers in the last generation waited till they were mature enough to get involved: women and booze.For example, if a member of the U-20 national team has a child, it means that the LFA will have a problem to request discipline from him. After all he is a father and a parent and not a child anymore. And there is a level that a coach or an administrator can instruct him to accept discipline, which is the case of the Liberian experience. How do you instruct a man with a family, though 18 or 19, to be told how much he would be paid, without the player requesting how much he must be paid?The impossible issue here is that such a player would need funds for his family before embarking on any assignment abroad. Since many a young player is no longer a child but a parent, it means if Bility’s LFA will be successful in preparing a team for the 2017 African Nations Cup, then his best bet will be in the younger generation.To begin with, the LFA must recruit from the lower divisions to build a team for the next two years. And with all due respect the recent document prepared by its technical department under Henry Brown must be followed to the letter.It is extremely disheartening that despite many skillful young players in Liberia, we are not able to gather the best for the defense of the nation in soccer. Team Bility must begin the new transformation from the beginning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Process dripping with suspicion – Rohee

first_imgParking meter fiasco…Jagdeo says Govt concerns hypocriticalOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) said it has joined with all Guyanese in rejecting the “selfish and anti-people measure by a few hard-nosed, hard-ears bureaucrats at City Council” to have parking meters installed in Georgetown. The Party said the plan must be shelved and be left to “rest in peace.”The party’s General Secretary Clement Rohee said on Monday that the Council has been totally dismissive of the outright rejection by the overwhelming majority of citizens of Georgetown, and their representative organisations as well as members of City Council.He said some members of the Council have become enthralled by the magic of the parking meter as a means of making money at the expense of citizens of Georgetown.Rohee said that his party has also noted the total lack of transparency in the public bidding and tendering process of the choice of vendor of the parking meters: “The process is dripping with suspicion. More so, since the address of the head office of the vendor in Manhattan is non-existent, this smacks of the trail of the vanishing vendor.”The party, he told the news conference, objects to the $500 per hour parking fee and finds that an 08:00 to 16:00 hours Monday to Friday employee, who owns a car and works in the city, will have to foot a $4000 perClement Roheeday or $80,000 per month parking bill.“The PPP finds this unacceptable and it must be rejected by all right-minded Guyanese.”According to him, the Granger administration cannot escape responsibility for this “catastrophic debacle” on the part of their “satraps ensconced at City Hall.”Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change Government is being hypocritical in all of this, as it is now crying foul at the City Council, when it has been doing the very same thing.“The parking meter issue is another fiasco sanctioned by this government… the city council has hand-picked a few contractors, given them work with no bills of quantity, prepared no public tendering process… how can they then lecture the City Council on lack of transparency, when they have been doing the same thing,” he told Guyana Times Monday.He said the government, while in opposition, campaigned on the grounds that the PPP/C lacked transparency in its actions and that it was corrupt.“They promised to do a better job and what we are seeing is a systematic violation of all of our tendering procedures and all the tenets of good governance,” Jagdeo said.last_img read more

Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday

first_imgFort St. John City Council will be holding a brief Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. There are six delegations scheduled on the agenda. First up is accessibility activist Lori Slater, who will be representing the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion organization. Michael Stephenson is scheduled to talk about the Fort St. John Lions Club regarding the Youth Jam Can Curling.- Advertisement -Representatives from the SPCA will also be talking to council at 3:40 P.M. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and the community is invited to attend. For the full agenda, Click Herelast_img

Baraza eyes history as Sofapaka hunt Shield

first_img“Everyone wants to make history and for me, this is a motivation to make sure the team does well. I would be very proud if we achieve that and win this title. If we win it as a team, it will not merely be my effort but that of the team,” Baraza said.Sofapaka take on National Super League (NSL) side Stima in Narok in Sunday’s late kick off, with the hope of going all the way to the final and breaking a four-year trophy drought.With the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title seemingly away from their reach, the FKF Shield looks a more achievable silverware target for Batoto ba Mungu and this will be a crucial match for them.Sofapaka strikers Umaru Kassumba, Piston Mutamba and Stephen Waruru celebrate one of the goals in their 3-0 win over Baba Dogo United in the FKF Shield Round of 32 match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We haven’t given up on the title yet, because Gor might lose their matches at hand. You never know. But, this is our chance to win a trophy and we will give our all. It has been four years without a trophy and we have a chance to win one this year,” the coach noted.They will be up against former KPL side Western Stima, a side that is currently doing well in the NSL and are placed second in the standings behind leaders Ushuru.Baraza expects a tough duel against the powermen and has hinted he will field his strongest squad.“If you look at how they are performing in the NSL then you know they are not an easy team. Even when they were in the KPL, they were always a tough team for us so we are not taking this game lightly,” the tactician added.Sofapaka will miss the services of keeper Wycliffe Kasaya who picked up a groin injury in their last league match against Sony Sugar, Umaru Kassumba will miss after picking up a knock in training while midfielder Bernard Mang’oli has a stomach bug and will be unavailable.In the early kick off at the Narok Stadium, four-time champions Tusker FC will take on Bungoma SuperStars with Robert Matano also in the eye of history.Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano (right) confers with his assistant Charles Okore during their Kenyan Premier League match against Wazito on April 25, 2018 At Camp Toyoyo. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMatano has reached the last two finals, winning last year with AFC Leopards while in the preceding year, he lost to his current employers by a solitary goal in the final. He looks to become the first coach to reach three consecutive finals and the first to win back to back with two different teams.The brewers are having an indifferent season in the league and they are placed ninth in the standings with 30 points, a massive 19 behind leaders Gor Mahia. A charge for the league title looks like a mirage for the 11-time champions.Matano will now look to make an imprint in the cup competition, though he has admitted it will not be an easy outing against the little known Bungoma.On Saturday, last year’s losing finalists Kariobangi Sharks will face Modern Coast Rangers at the Mbaraki Complex in Mombasa as they look to head into their second consecutive final.Head coach William Muluya will be heading into this game beaming with tides of confidence picked from their run in the KPL< including last weekend’s emphatic 5-1 win over Tusker FC.In the other matches, non-league side Friendzone which is composed of a host of former players will take on Eldoret’s Riverplate while in the late kick off at the Narok Stadium, Kenya Police will take on another non-league side Leysa.FKF Shield Round of 16 fixtures:Saturday: Kariobangi Sharks v Modern Coast- Mbaraki, Friendzone v Riverplate, Kenya Police v Leysa (Narok Stadium)Sunday: Vihiga United v Ulinzi Stars (Mumias), Tusker FC v Bungoma Superstars, Sofapaka v Western Stima (Narok Stadium)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza issues out instruction to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20- Sofapaka head coach John Baraza will be chasing history when he leads out his side for their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield Round of 16 tie against Western Stima on Sunday as he looks to be among the few coaches to win the title both as a player and coach.Baraza has been at the heart of all three Sofapaka conquests in the domestic cup in 2007, 2010 and the last title in 2014 as a player and now, he wants to translate that piece of form as a coach.last_img read more

Serena return highlights challenges facing tennis-playing parents

first_img0Shares0000Back with a bang: Serena Williams made a winning return to Grand Slam tennis after a complicated pregnancy © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONPARIS, France, May 30 – The return of Serena Williams to Grand Slam tennis after pregnancy has dominated the early headlines at the French Open, but there are plenty of other players who have seen their careers changed by parenthood in recent months.Williams’ comeback has highlighted the fact that women who return after having a child are treated the same way as those sidelined by injury. The 23-time Grand Slam champion has seen her ranking slip to 451 and is unseeded in Paris, a decision criticised by many, including Serena’s long-time rival Maria Sharapova and even US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka.Serena herself, though, has never publicly called for a change to the seeding rules, instead saying the biggest difference for her since becoming a mother is wanting to get away from court a bit quicker.“The biggest difference is definitely that I’m semi on time (for her press conference) today, two minutes late, because I want to get home and see Olympia, because I have been here all day,” she said after her first-round win over Kristyna Pliskova on Tuesday, her first Grand Slam match since the 2017 Australian Open final when she beat sister Venus while two months pregnant.Serena’s fellow former world number one Victoria Azarenka was forced to miss the majority of last season after becoming embroiled in a custody battle over her son.With a current ranking of 84, Azarenka was beaten in the first round at Roland Garros by Katerina Siniakova.Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella incredibly played while four and a half months pregnant at Wimbledon last year, having found out she was expecting a child just before going out on court.“It was a real shock. My whole body was sweating and I was shaking but we were happy straight away,” Minella, who also lost in French Open first round, said last July.– Ferrer points out the negatives –With the demands of touring the world while playing a very physical sport, parenthood can also have a big affect on the top male players.David Ferrer, who blew a two-set lead against fellow Spaniard Jaume Munar to lost in the Roland Garros for the first time in his career, pointed out that being a father isn’t all fun and games.After all, even 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer suffered a knee injury while running a bath for his twins in 2016.“Being a father is very nice, but it also has drawbacks,” said the 36-year-old Ferrer. “It makes me laugh that many parents only talk about the beautiful, but it’s also hard and there are sacrifices.”Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, whose second child was born before the French Open, doesn’t necessarily agree with Ferrer.“I see it as an enjoyment, although sometimes it’s tiring, but sometimes there are tiring things that give you energy,” said the world number 75, who will face sixth seed Kevin Anderson in the second round on Thursday.Azarenka was keen to highlight the physical changes that make a successful return to tennis more difficult for mothers than fathers, while Williams feels that an added emotional attachment brings its own difficulties.“Men don’t go through the whole physical experience of becoming a parent,” Azarenka said.Serena, who suffered life-threatening blood clots after giving birth, added: “Emotionally I think it’s different, because, you know, I’m so emotionally attached to my daughter. Dads are, too, but I actually breast fed for a really, really, really long time, and so I just had this real connection with my daughter.”The 36-year-old Williams has been very open about becoming a parent, with HBO filming four-part documentary ‘Being Serena’, while her daughter Olympia already has a growing social media following.But some players, like Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, would prefer to just talk about tennis.“That’s a private thing,” said the former French Open semi-finalist when asked about his newborn baby.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Woman makes final cut in national essay contest

first_imgWHITTIER – Surfing the Net a couple of weekends ago might make Whittier resident Nora Flores $10,000 richer. The 23-year-old receptionist said she was looking for information on the Univision Web site when she came upon an essay contest. “I had always wanted to enter one, and the theme of the essay interested me,” Flores said Wednesday. What she stumbled upon was the DeVry University’s “Mi Gente Con Mente” essay contest. Devry is sponsoring a contest by the Latino social network that asks entrants to answer “What is the value of a higher education and how is it important to the Latino community?” One of the more than 400 contestants included Flores, who is attending Fullerton College full time and is a sociology major. “I never thought I’d be a finalist, especially since I didn’t give it much thought after I wrote the essay,” she said. All 10 finalists will each receive $1,000, and the grand prize winner will receive $10,000 toward an education. The winner will be determined by public voting, which began Sept. 14 and ends Sept. 30. The winner will be announced Oct. 8. Flores estimates she took about 30 to 40 minutes to write what education means to her and the Latino community. “I just started typing in the box, and then I submitted after reading it once and making one or two changes,” she said. Her answer to the question is personal, she said, unlike some of the other nine finalists. “I spoke from the heart about what education means to me and my family,” said Flores, who is the first in her family to attend college. She wrote that education is only a word for some, while to her, like so many in the Latino community, it is the answer to questions about a successful future. Flores’ parents, Catalina, 47, and Benjamin, 48, both dropped out of school before they reached high school, but they have always stressed the importance of an education. “They work so hard for our family, but cannot afford to send us all to college.” She has two younger sisters, ages 21 and 10, and a younger brother, 16. Flores has a full-time job at a local business to pay for college. She is like so many young people trying to pay for an education, which is why DeVry is sponsoring the contest. “Unfortunately, there is much concern about Hispanics being underserved by the traditional college system,” said DeVry University spokesperson Dan Dement. “It’s DeVry’s goal to empower Latinos to seize educational opportunities wherever they may be to make positive impacts both in their communities as their own lives.” It’s also a way, he said, for the school to give back to a community that has supported it for a long time. “DeVry is the leading producer of Hispanic graduates earning bachelor’s degrees in the field of computer and information sciences in the country,” Dement said. And because of the support of her family, Flores will not quit school no matter the outcome of the contest. “I hope people vote for me,” she said, “but I will be in school until I get my degree.” She wants to use a sociology degree to go into the human services field to help others find their way. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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

American Cinematheque fetes Julia Roberts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Moviegoers are eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the career of this beloved actress and we are looking forward to thanking her for all that she’s already given us.” Roberts’ portrayal of crusading legal advocate “Erin Brockovich,” won the actress an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The actress’ film credits also include “Pretty Woman,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Mystic Pizza.” Other notable Cinematheque Award recipients include Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Sean Connery, and Al Pacino. Today’s awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel will be broadcast in December on AMC. BEVERLY HILLS – Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts will receive the 22nd American Cinematheque Award today at the Beverly Hilton, honoring her contributions to the film industry. Presenting the award will be Roberts’ co-star in “The Pelican Brief,” Denzel Washington. Roberts was the presenter last year when George Clooney was honored by American Cinematheque with their 21st Award. “Julia Roberts is a true movie star who has delighted audiences and critics in so many pictures,” said Rick Nicita, Chairman of the Board of the American Cinematheque. 160Want 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_imgWell done today to Aidan Gillespie, Rosses AC Club Captain who won Gold in the Long Jump and Bronze in the High Jump in the M40 category at the World Police and Firemen’s Games at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. ROSSES’ AIDAN WINS TWO MEDALS AT WORLD POLICE AND FIRE GAMES was last modified: August 6th, 2013 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)last_img


first_imgNorman the racing greyhound who was found with his ears hacked off this weekIT’S enough to make the blood boil in any decent human being.Norman the racing greyhound was found this week in the North with his ears hacked off by its owner who an animal charity branded as ‘scum’. Traumatised Norman underwent surgery on Friday for the horrific injuries he sustained at the hands of mindless thugs.On Saturday, Norman arrived at the Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary for some rest and recuperation.The sanctuary has been flooded with messages of love and support for Norman.George Anderson of the sanctuary said: “He will be going into the isolation area until his injuries heal and to give him time to settle as he is quite stressed after his terrible ordeal.“I understand that many people will want to see him but I would ask all you wonderful people who have shown so much compassion to understand that he will need time to recuperate.“A huge thank you to everyone who has shown such compassion for Norman.“Thank you from everyone at Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary and we will keep you all up-dated on his progress.”Police in the North have appealed for information following the sickening attack on Norman, particularly from those in the world of greyhound racing.Officers were horrified to discover a greyhound dog had its ears cut off.The PSNI received a call out shortly before 8pm on Monday, June 24 to the scene of a dog in distress on the northern outskirts of Belfast.Norman was found this week by police in the North in a traumatised stateWhen they arrived officers discovered a former racing greyhound had been abandoned.But to their horror they noticed its ears had been hacked off to remove the birth and registration tattoos that allow greyhounds to be traced.The distressed and shocked animal was taken by police to nearby veterinary surgeons where it was treated for its injuries.Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary chair George Anderson described the dog’s injuries as “absolutely horrendous.”“I wouldn’t even call the people who did this animals – an animal wouldn’t be so cruel. They are the scum of the earth as far as I’m concerned,” he said.Mr Anderson said that when the dog’s injuries have healed the sanctuary will try to find him a new home.ANIMAL LOVERS FURY AFTER GREYHOUND FOUND WITH ITS EARS HACKED OFF was last modified: June 29th, 2013 by cassoscoopShare 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:ANIMAL LOVERS FURY AFTER GREYHOUND FOUND WITH ITS EARS HACKED OFFNORMAN THE GREYHOUNDlast_img read more

Champ Car adds some star power

first_imgThe curtain finally rose on the partnership between Cedric the Entertainer and HVM Racing. A conference call with reporters Thursday morning announced the deal to create CTE Racing-HVM, a move that the principals hope will help the Champ Car team secure sponsors as well as diversify the paddock. For the final two races of this Champ Car season, only the No. 4 car driven by Fabrizio Del Monte bears the name of CTE Racing-HVM. Next season, the entire two-car team will fall under the banner. The announcement had been postponed on more than one occasion, including two weeks ago at the race in Las Vegas. A veteran of such films as “Barbershop’ and “Johnson Family Vacation,” his hectic filming schedule was cited as one of the reasons for the delay. In one of the rare times he’s hasn’t been on a set over the past several months, Cedric said he caught the racing bug at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. “I looked at that and saw the potential in the series,” said Cedric the Entertainer, whose real name is Cedric Kyles. “I met one of the owners of the series at that event. I just saw that Champ Car was growing. There was a lot of growth potential and opportunity there.” There he ran into Champ Car’s last remaining celebrity owner legendary actor Paul Newman. The series counts late-night host David Letterman and late NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton as past owners. But unlike that group, Cedric won’t be considered an owner. “I’m here to participate in helping to gain funds here,” he said. “I did not … (put) any of my own money into the situation. We are going to make sure we have a winning team here, any way necessary, to make sure we have a top team.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Still, Cedric said this partnership is more than just business. “I think it would be only natural for me to look for opportunities to increase the minority participation here,” he said. “Not be a martyr for it, but definitely look for the opportunity to introduce some minorities.” The team had ties to Mexico through its former sponsor, Herdez. But when the Mexican food company pulled its sponsorship dollars, the team had to look at creative ways to secure funding. “Cedric’s group brings a whole heap of resources and contacts and their own marketing that more than doubles what we have,” said Keith Wiggins, managing director of HVM Racing. “Those deals have been bubbling, as well. There’s going to be a lot more momentum now after today’s announcement.” One avenue the team will explore is promoting Cedric’s upcoming movies on the car., 160Want 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