8 Counties Donate 225 Acres for Football Academies

first_imgThe chairman of the LFA sub-committees and associations, Mr. Wallace G Weiah, has said that eight counties have donated 225 acres to the LFA to build football academies in the country.Weiah said each of the eight counties, except Bong provided 25 acres, while the rest offered 50 acres.The counties include Grand Gedeh, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Sinoe, Maryland and River Gee, he told journalists yesterday in Monrovia.Weiah, who is also chairman of Beach Football, said the academies will improve health and combat diseases and promote gender equality in football.He said sometime this week a technical committee would be in central and southeastern Liberia to conclude plans with authorities in Bassa, Rivercess and Grand Kru.He indicated that authorities in Nimba and Lofa are on the brink to make their disclosure, but clarified that Montserrado and Margibi will not benefit because of the Careysburg technical center and FIFA’s goal project in Kakata.Communication Director Henry Flomo confirmed the donation, but added that the LFA awaits the deeds to legitimate their offer.He revealed that amongst the eight counties, Grand Gedeh is at the verge to complete its deed and disclosed that the technical center will be named in memory of President Samuel K. Doe in accordance to their wish.He indicated that the blueprint for the academy has already been made and each football academy, except for Bong County, is estimated at about US$350,000.Flomo said the LFA intends to solicit funds through fundraising, FIFA, and the Liberian government.Meanwhile, the ground breaking of LFA’s headquarters, to be named after George M. Weah, along with a bronze statue is set to be done sometime this month.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt’s full flip-flop mode

first_imgDear Editor,First their resignation was accepted with immediate effect, then portfolios to be handled by stand-ins, now earlier position recanted and resignations not effective immediately.In full flip-flop mode reminiscent of the passage of the no-confidence motion, more chaos is being created since some portfolios were already distributed.Oh, what a tangled web.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img

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Murdoch’s plan for Journal

first_imgLike any close reader of The Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch has his opinions. “I’m sometimes frustrated by the long stories,” he said, adding that he rarely gets around to finishing some articles. The editorial pages? He likes them but would like to see more political coverage in the news pages. “I might put more emphasis on Washington,” he said. He’s not a huge fan of the Saturday Journal launched in 2005, but he would continue it and look at converting its Pursuits section into a glossy weekend magazine to compete with The New York Times’ Sunday magazine. And while he’s no technology geek, he also said he regularly reads the paper’s technology columnist, Walter Mossberg, although he added: “I don’t say I understand it perfectly.” Most readers just write a letter to the editor. Murdoch made a $5 billion offer to buy the Journal’s parent company, Dow Jones & Co. To do that, he must first win over the Bancroft family, which has controlled Dow Jones for the last 92 years and has so far resisted all of his overtures, in part because of concerns about what he might do to the Journal. He insists he won’t meddle in the journalism or slash-and-burn the staff. “We’re not coming in with a bunch of cost-cutters,” he said, but added: “I’m not saying it’s going to be a holiday camp for everybody.” In an interview in his eighth floor office in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, Murdoch, who occasionally glanced at his notes on a single page of yellow tablet, waxed on about his plans to invest in the company’s journalism, including rebranding the forthcoming Fox business channel with the Journal’s name. He also spoke of his family’s commitment to preserving the paper’s heritage and, perhaps more surprisingly, with sympathy for the Bancrofts in light of the position his offer has put them in. The family has said that 52 percent of its votes oppose Murdoch’s offer. They have not answered any of his invitations to meet with him and his sons, James and Lachlan, and a daughter, Elisabeth. “My real intention is to try to get a meeting, not to impress them with my charm – if I have any – but to impress them with the intentions and feelings of my adult children,” Murdoch said, trying to assuage concerns about succession at the News Corp. as he leaned back on his taupe sofa. While he said he still has hopes to address the family as a group, Murdoch said he did not personally plan to start to lobby any individual shareholders on the fence. The Bancroft trusts, representing three dozen or so members of the family, own 24.7 percent of Dow Jones’ stock but control 64.2 percent of the votes through supervoting shares. With many other shareholders in favor of his bid, Murdoch might only have to persuade a handful of family members. “I don’t want to be in a position of putting one Bancroft against another Bancroft. I’m not in the business of stirring up trouble in the family,” he said, though that appears to be exactly what he has done. “Our understanding is that there are several members of the family who have not made a final decision,” he said. “I think the next step for us is to be patient – and to be available at anytime should they respond to my suggestion for a meeting.” And if a large majority of the family ended up clearly rejecting his bid? “It would be ugly – depending on your perspective, it might be admirable too,” Murdoch said of the way the family would likely be perceived. “I think it would cause quite a lot of argument.” Murdoch has long coveted The Wall Street Journal. He said he decided to finally make a formal bid after years of flirting with the company. His offer – worth $60 a share, a whopping 67 percent premium – was meant “to get the attention of the owners,” he said, while acknowledging that even some of his own board members who unanimously supported the proposal shared the view that it was “insanely high.” Murdoch needs to win over not only the Bancroft family but members of The Journal’s newsroom, many of whom hope to fend off his bid. Murdoch said that if it were legally possible, he would rechristen his planned Fox Business Channel with a name with “Journal” in it. While Murdoch went to great pains to explain that he sees himself as a lifelong newspaperman who learned journalism from his father in Australia, he also implied that his reputation as an interloper owner was overstated. He said he is not involved with the news operations of the higher-end newspapers, although he takes a closer role in tabloids like The Sun in London and the New York Post. And he said he would propose to the Bancrofts setting up a separate board for the newspaper that would be mandated with ensuring its editorial independence, as he has had in place since he acquired the Times and Sunday Times in 1981. Although he said that he hoped to make money off his $5 billion investment, Murdoch said, as he did in his letter to the family, that being part of his larger global company would allow the company to invest for the longer term. He talked about revitalizing The Journal’s editions in Europe and Asia, which have been depleted of resources. He also suggested that globalization would make The Journal even more important internationally.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

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Arsenal’s Maitland-Niles makes racism claim

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles says the racist abuse he has received is “disgusting” © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 12 – Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles claims he has endured similar racist abuse to Manchester City star Raheem Sterling.Sterling allegedly suffered racist taunts from a Chelsea fan during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The shocking incident has reignited the debate over how to tackle racism in football after the sport struggled for decades to eradicate the problem.Now Maitland-Niles has revealed his own disturbing experience of racism.Asked if he has been on the receiving end of racist abuse, the 21-year-old replied: “Yes, I have. Not at a professional level but growing up in the youth ranks.“I think it’s disgusting, honestly. I really do credit Raheem for coming out and standing up for himself and other players and speaking about it.”A week before Sterling’s incident, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a banana skin thrown in his direction as he celebrated in front of Tottenham supporters after opening the scoring in the north London derby.England Under-21 international Maitland-Niles said his own encounter with racism came during his time in Arsenal’s academy.“It was pretty much similar to what Raheem got to be honest,” he said.“I literally went out to pick up the ball for a throw-in and there was a bit of racial abuse behind me.“What can I do? I just got on with the game, as he did. It hurts. It hurts me to talk about it.“It hurts to think about it. But I think that’s why it’s so important that we need to get rid of it from the game.“It’s not just footballers who need to be on board with it. It’s everyone else: the press, the media and the staff as well.“To me, responding to it is scoring a goal to put their team down. I only thought they were doing it because I was having a good game.“I guess that’s one way of them sort of trying to knock me off my game and make me feel uncomfortable about myself. But to be honest, I just try and play my football and not really say much about anything.”Maitland-Niles revealed he informed football authorities of the incident, but nothing was done.“At the time, I just spoke to my dad about it and he did sort of give me the heads up and showed me a few things about racism before my time, when I was playing football, just as there still is in the game now,” he added.“As we’ve seen, from Raheem Sterling coming out to speak, so like I said before, I think we just really need to put our heads to it and get it cut out as soon as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Loney continues his power surge

first_imgJ.D. Drew unexpectedly had bolted over the winter, exercising the escape clause in his contract, and he took one of the club’s most potent bats to the free-agent market with him. Thus, in an attempt to make up for that loss of power, the Dodgers re-signed Nomar Garciaparra last November to be their primary first baseman, giving him a two-year, $18.5 million contract. Although no one was willing to admit it at the time, that all but sealed Loney’s fate, at least where the season-opening roster was concerned. Ultimately, it didn’t matter that he lit up the Grapefruit League because he was at a stage of his development where he needed to play regularly, and that wasn’t going to happen in Los Angeles. So after taking his aforementioned two days to stew, Loney set about trying to change perceptions. He didn’t really change anything about his approach, which is as good a reason as any why he never hit another home run after that season-opening dinger despite playing at Las Vegas’ hitter-friendly Cashman Field. But what Loney did was maintain a professional work ethic and a consistent, mechanical swing. The result was that he finally did get the call to the majors on June 10. Since then, he has batted .322, slammed 16 doubles and 11 home runs, become a fixture in the everyday lineup and planted a seed in the minds of club officials that perhaps he can develop into some semblance of a traditional, power-hitting first baseman. “Right now, the home runs are just happening,” Loney said. “I won’t ever try to hit home runs. I’m just trying to put the sweet spot of the bat on the ball.” So far in this critical, late-season series with San Diego – a series in which the Dodgers could inch to within 11/2 games of the wild-card-leading Padres if they can win tonight’s rubber game – Loney has utilized that sweet spot well enough to go 6-for-9 with two home runs, four RBIs and four runs scored. Meanwhile, his 11 homers this season have come in a total of 79 games, and they are almost double the six homers Garciaparra has in 113 games. And don’t forget, it was Loney’s emergence that forced Garciaparra across the diamond to third base. “He has always been that type of hitter,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “But in the short period of time I have known him, he has never gotten to where he thinks he has to hit home runs, because he isn’t reading all the articles saying he needs to be a power-hitting first baseman. He is just putting good swings on the ball, and he is hitting every ball that he hits hard. “When a guy is seeing the ball as well as he is and making as good a contact as he is making, there is no telling what he will be able to do.” If Loney can continue to hit this well, it will give the Dodgers (76-69) renewed hope in the hunt for a playoff berth. Although they remain tied with Colorado for third in the NL West, six games behind division-leading Arizona, the chase for the wild card suddenly doesn’t seem so daunting. Chad Billingsley (11-4) held the Padres to a run on five hits over six strong innings. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Dodgers first baseman gets single, double, homer in victory over the Padres. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER Lorenzo Bundy wasn’t expecting to have James Loney on his Opening Day roster. Bundy, after all, manages the Dodgers’ triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, and given the spectacular spring training Loney had just put up, triple-A was the last place anybody expected to find the highly touted first base prospect. Mostly, though, it was the last place Loney expected to find himself. “He was disappointed, and we understood,” Bundy said Wednesday night, just after Loney had singled, doubled and hit his fifth home run in the last six games to lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres before 43,699 at Dodger Stadium. “But we always have what we call the 48-hour cooling-off period. You have that much time to be (ticked) off, but come Opening Day, you start working. “So on his first swing of the season, he hit a home run. I asked him where that came from. He said he just wanted to show me he could do it.” That swing was symbolic for the line drive-hitting Loney, who probably would have been the Dodgers’ Opening Day first baseman if not for the long-held perception that he didn’t have the power the Dodgers needed from their corner infielders at that particular time. last_img read more

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Young declares for NFL Draft

first_imgYoung maintained during the season that he would like to return for his senior year, but said his Rose Bowl performance put him “over the top.” “Hard work has paid off a whole lot,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonYoung was spectacular in Texas’ 41-38 Rose Bowl win over top-ranked USC on Wednesday, and he would have been a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy had he decided to return. The versatile quarterback accounted for 467 yards against USC – 200 running and 267 passing – and ran 8 yards for the winning touchdown with 19 seconds left. Young thanked many people, including his family and coach Mack Brown, who was at a coaches convention and could not attend Sunday’s news conference. He specifically thanked Brown for “helping me become a better man.” Young ends his career at Texas with a 30-2 record – the best in school history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AUSTIN, Texas – Vince Young is headed to the NFL. The Texas quarterback, who led the Longhorns to their first national championship in 36 years, announced Sunday he would make himself eligible for the April draft. last_img read more

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Arsenal enter race to sign Newcastle star Moussa Sissoko – talkSPORT sources

first_imgArsenal have entered the race to sign Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko.Despite Magpies boss Rafa Benitez insisting he wants the French international to stay, the Toon hierarchy are resigned to losing Sissoko this summer after he impressed for France during Euro 2016.The 26-year-old has made it clear he wants to stay in the Premier League, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Crystal Palace, managed by his former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, all showing interest.And now Arsenal have also showed interest in signing Sissoko, however talkSPORT understands the Gunners are not prepared to meet Newcastle’s £35million valuation.The Tyneside outfit bumped up their asking price following the player’s performance in the Euro 2016 final for hosts France, but Arsenal’s valuation is nearer the £20m mark.Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund were thought to be in pole position to land the Frenchman and looked prepared to match the Championship sides valuation.But Sissoko recently told France Football that his ‘priority is to stay in England’, meaning he is likely to choose a Premier League club over a move to Germany.Sissoko joined Newcastle from Toulouse in 2013 and has made 117 appearances scoring 11 goals. Newcastle United star Moussa Sissoko is wanted by a number of Premier League sides 1last_img read more

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Survey reveals that Irish people love dogs more than their kids!

first_imgAccording to a survey conducted by Purina, the majority of Irish people love their dogs more than their children! The study by iReach for Purina as part of their support for DSPCA’s ongoing Pet Adoption Drive looked at how Irish life is centred on our furry friends, and results are surprising.69% of Irish families surveyed claimed that having a family dog makes a house a home, compared to 55% who said children make a house a home.A whopping 97% of dog owners admit to speaking to their pooch; the majority, 60%, admit to using a ‘childlike’ voice when speaking to their dog. 68% of those surveyed claim that dog ownership can make a potential date more attractive (sorry cat people).Half of those surveyed opt for human names when naming their dog, whereas the other half rather traditional doggy names.15% own up to the fact that their dog is more welcome in the bed than their partner, with 16% allowing their furry friend to sleep at the bottom of the bed.Survey reveals that Irish people love dogs more than their kids! was last modified: December 6th, 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:childrenDOGDSPCAfamilykidlast_img read more

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DONEGAL RALLY: RESULTS TO STAGE 6 (PART 1)

first_imgResults for Donegal International Rally, 201117th June to 19th June at LetterkennyRUNNING – Last updated: 16:08 on 17th June to Stage 6Results for the International categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS6RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev11Tim McNulty/Paul KielySubaru Wrc6O/A6:37.50:0049:10.626Alistair Fisher/Rory KennedyFord Fiesta S20004O/A6:57.10:0049:59.20:48.60:48.632Derek McGarrity/James McKeeSubaru Impreza6O/A7:08.10:0050:35.01:24.40:35.843Daragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaidSubaru S12617:01.60:0050:36.71:26.10:01.75149Kevin Barrett/Sean MullalySubaru Wrc627:12.50:0051:17.82:07.20:41.169Donagh Kelly/Kevin FlanaganMitsubishi Evo9417:27.10:0052:25.23:14.61:07.478Alan Ring/Adrian DeasyMitsubishi Lancer427:28.80:0053:19.04:08.40:53.8824Seamus Heron/Gerry McVeighToyota Corolla637:31.60:0053:22.84:12.20:03.8910Philip Morrow/Johnny HartMitsubishi Evo9437:22.40:0053:27.14:16.50:04.3104Garry Jennings/David MoynihanMitsubishi Evo 9447:31.40:0053:32.04:21.40:04.91132Denis Biggerstaff/Karl AtkinsonSubaru Impreza647:45.00:0055:01.95:51.31:29.91223Pat Kirk/Peter WardMitsubishi Evo9457:38.50:0055:25.96:15.30:24.0Results for the National categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS6RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev114Daniel McKenna/Andrew GrennanFord Escort14O/A7:13.60:0051:21.5221Damien Gallagher/Mac WalshFord Escort14O/A7:22.80:0052:14.70:53.20:53.2325Barry Meade/Eamonn HayesFord Escort Mk214O/A7:26.20:0052:22.81:01.30:08.1419Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrityFord Escort1417:29.50:0052:42.01:20.50:19.2520John Dalton/Gwynfor JonesDarrian T90Gtr1427:23.90:0052:47.71:26.20:05.7617Manus Kelly/Donal BarrettFord Escort1437:22.90:0053:05.71:44.20:18.0737Eugene Ferry/Derek HeenaFord Escort1447:32.50:0053:17.51:56.00:11.8828Brian Brogan/Damien McGettiganFord Escort1457:29.20:0053:21.01:59.50:03.5926Paul Harris/Gavin HarrisFord Escort1467:32.90:0053:28.82:07.30:07.81029Martin McGee/Damien FlemingFord Escort1477:34.20:0053:33.42:11.90:04.61134Samuel Kelso/Gareth DohertyFord Escort1317:40.40:0054:01.32:39.80:27.91216Rodney Wilton/Conor McMahonFord Escort1487:27.00:0054:14.32:52.80:13.01330Adrian Hetherington/Gary NolanFord Escort1497:37.20:0054:16.92:55.40:02.61433Geoffery Dolan/Conor MurphyTalbot Sunbeam1327:47.90:0054:46.93:25.40:30.01535Ivan Stewart/Timothy DugganEscort Cosworth1517:39.60:0054:50.63:29.10:03.7DONEGAL RALLY: RESULTS TO STAGE 6 (PART 1) was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal rally resultslast_img read more

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