Can National County League Change the face of Soccer?

first_imgLiberia Football Association President Musa Bility may have been prevented from contesting the February 26 FIFA presidency, but he is not at a loss of ideas that could change the face of Liberian soccer.But what is the value of ideas if they are not examined and at least tried? Liberian football has had several competing challenges. It started from the loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in 2002 when there was a clear chance of Liberia qualifying for the Korea/Japan World Cup.Liberia had humbled the Black Stars in Accra 3-1 and for the first time in history the gods of football had prepared the way for Liberia to appear in the World Cup.Sadly, the return leg at home exposed Liberia’s unpreparedness; fate decided otherwise, and Ghana won 2-1.“It was the end of the progress of Liberian football,” admitted journalist William Q. Harmon, a community soccer coach. “Liberians lost interest and that defeat affected their passion for the local game.”Liberian football was set for a dangerous course, and thereafter successive presidents of the Liberia Football Association were set to face the most difficult problems imaginable.Mr. Edwin Melvin Snowe (now Senator) was president of the LFA at the time and Mr. Musa Bility took over from him. Bility is a businessman and despite the challenges, he was convinced that he could turn things around for the best.But aware of the mess at the time, he told the whole world that Liberian football was dead, and promised to revive it. Though he knew that the easy access to European football would make the job difficult, he held on to the belief that he would make some progress.CommercializationBility has not been successful to get the Senate to appropriate more funds to develop football. His trump card was to use the business community to change things around.The idea of commercialization is the result, but there were not many foreign businesses interested in putting money behind local football. Previously, Lonestar Cell MTN put its weight behind the national team but later withdrew and Bility managed to get Cellcom GSM to now put money behind the national team and the regular league. Can we honestly say that Bility has failed to commercialize football?Youth FootballSince 2010 the Liberia Football Association has waited for the implementation of the Club Licensing System (CLS) to develop youth soccer. The CLS is different from the five-year youth program developed by Henry Browne’s Technical Department at the LFA. The CLS requires first division teams to have youth teams.Browne’s Technical Department successfully carried out for the first time a regional 3rd Division Championship throughout the country. The finals were held in 2013 in Monrovia. National County LeagueIt is this part of the development that I am convinced Bility recently made a passionate appeal to the Ministry of Youth & Sports to turn the National County Soccer Meet to a National County League that the LFA, not the government, would manage.If we are serious about developing talents, if we are serious about moving our youth football to another level, it would make sense to reconsider Bility’s recommendation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Phagwah is on March 12

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to an article appearing in sections of the media on March 2 under the caption “Dharmic Sabha’s Grand Phagwah Mela and Bazaar set for March 4”. In that article, it was erroneously stated that “Holika Dahan, or the Burning of Holika, will be observed by mandirs countrywide on Sunday, March 12th, on Purnima or full moon night…and Phagwah or Holi will be celebrated on Monday 13th.”This is, first of all, very misleading. Mandirs countrywide will not be celebrating on the abovementioned dates. Only those affiliated to Dharmic Sabha might be doing so, and not all of them. Editor, I crave your indulgence to briefly explain the rules and methods employed in arriving at the correct dates. Holi, or Phagwah, is celebrated on the first day of the month of Chaitra. It is usually the day after Holika Dahan (Burning of Holika). Establish the date for Holika Dahan and we have determined the date for Holi, or Phagwah.All Texts declare that Holika Dahan is performed on the night of the full moon. The duration of the full moon in Guyana is from 10:53 a.m. on Saturday March 11 to 10:53 a.m. on Sunday March 12. This can be verified from all Panchangas (Astrological Charts) as well as NASA. The full moon is therefore present only during the evening of Saturday 11th March. It is not present on the evening of March 12. Holika Dahan, (Burning of Holika) will therefore be on the night of Saturday March 11. The night of Sunday March 12 is not full moon.The first day of Chaitra will commence at 10:53 a.m. on Sunday March 12, and will end at 11:21 a.m. on Monday March 13. HOLI, or Phagwah, in Guyana will therefore be on Sunday March 12. The second lunar day of Chaitra begins at 11:21 a.m. on Monday March 13. Monday 13 cannot be Holi.Yours truly,Pt. R. BalbadarPresidentSanatan VaidicDharma Pandits’Sabha, Region 3last_img read more

Albouystown men cross charged for maliciously wounding each other

first_imgTwo men who ended up injuring each other during a scuffle were charged for maliciously wounding each other when they appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday last.Neville Everley and Colin Cooper appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly to answer to the charge which stated that on October 22, 2017, at James Street, Albouystown, both men unlawfully and maliciously wounded each other.However, Everley was also slapped with a second charge which stated that he used threatening behaviour against Mark Paul on the same day at the same location.The court heard that the two men who are known to each other were involved in an argument which escalated into an altercation.As a result of that altercation, both men sustained injuries about their bodies. The matter was reported to the Police and they were both arrested and charged.Magistrate Daly granted bail to Everley in the sum of ,000 for the two charges against him. Cooper was granted ,000 bail for the wounding charge.Both men are expected back in court on October 30, 2017 and were placed on a bond to keep the peace pending the outcome of the matter.last_img read more

Burnley agree fee for Middlesbrough striker

first_imgBurnley have agreed a £1.5million fee to sign Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, talkSPORT understands.The Clarets appeared to be losing patience in their chase for the 25-year-old but have now revived the deal.Jutkiewicz joined Bolton on loan in January and scored seven goals in 20 games for the Trotters, who were also keen on bringing in the striker.Derby were also understood to fancy bringing in the Southampton-born forward but it appears that Burnley have won the race for his signature. 1 Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz is close to joining Burnley last_img read more

Driver pleads not guilty to fatal collision

first_img The charge stems from a July 25 collision on Lambert Road, west of Mills Avenue in the county area of Whittier. According to the California Highway Patrol, Serrato was behind the wheel of a 2007 Toyota Matrix that struck Martin Granado of Whittier who was walking north across Lambert Road, outside a crosswalk. The Matrix was heading west on Lambert at about 40 m.p.h., CHP officers said. Serrato was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury or death. Granado, who was a linebacker for California High School, died of his injuries later at UC Irvine Medical Center. After the Thursday arraignment, members of the Granado family stood outside the courthouse and prayed. They declined comment. Serrato who later walked out with a group of supporters didn’t say anything when asked for a comment. “Not at this time,” said one of the women who accompanied Serrato. She didn’t identify herself. Serrato’s lawyer, Stephan DeSales, said his client is single mother who works a couple of jobs and is a full-time student. “The young lady I represent is a very nice person,” DeSales said. He said they’re still investigating the facts of the case. “We’re still getting information,” he added. Granado was the second member of his family to be killed in a traffic collision this year. His father’s cousin, Ralph Granado of Covina, was killed by a hit-and-run driver July 20 on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway, west of Sunset Avenue in West Covina. Ralph Granado, 55, was on his motorcycle when he was rear-ended by a Toyota Yaris and knocked off his bike. As he tried to get up, he was run over by another vehicle that fled the scene. He died at the scene. No arrests have been made in the case. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER- A Pico Rivera woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing a 15-year-old pedestrian while driving drunk. Melissa Serrato, 27, will return to Whittier Superior Court Nov. 26 for a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors charged her with one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. If convicted, she faces a minimum sentence of four years or a maximum of 10 years in state prison. Serrato remains free on $100,000 bail.last_img read more

Fasten your seat belts! Liverpool legend Dalglish expects thrilling ride under Klopp

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool supporters will love Jurgen Klopp.The 48-year-old cut an impressive figure during his first press conference as Reds boss on Friday as he described himself as the ‘Normal One’.The German, who has signed a three-year deal to succeed Brendan Rodgers, outlined his title ambitions and vowed to bring ‘full throttle’ football to Anfield.Fans were certainly impressed with the former Borussia Dortmund boss – as was Dalglish, who is expecting a thrilling ride with Klopp at the helm.The Liverpool legend, the last manager to bring the league title to Anfield back in 1990 and a winner of six league titles and three European Cups with the Reds as a player, said: “I just heard Klopp’s press conference and he sounds very, very impressive.“I think the supporters will need to fasten their seat belts – I’m sure they will really enjoy him,” said Dalglish.“He seems to be somebody who’s not in love with himself, which the Liverpool supporters can relate to. I’m sure they will take him to their hearts. He’s described himself as ‘the normal one’ and that will do them fine because they regard themselves as being pretty normal.“I don’t know him – I’ve only seen snippets on TV or radio but he came across very, very well this morning and I think that augurs well for everybody.”Klopp’s reign begins with a difficult trip to Tottenham a week on Saturday, followed by home outings against Rubin Kazan and Southampton in the Europa League and Premier League respectively.Dalglish added: “He’s got off to a fantastic start but it’s a really difficult run of games coming up and I’m sure, as he said this morning, he is going to work as hard as anybody else and if everybody works together it’s not rocket science – (if) everybody works together you’ve got a much better chance of success.”last_img read more

MLB NOTEBOOK Pirates fire Tracy after dismal year

first_imgFrom news services Jim Tracy was fired as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday after two seasons filled with long losing streaks and little discernible progress. Tracy’s patience and back-patting weren’t enough to turn around the Pirates. He produced records of 67-95 in 2006 and 68-94 this season, the shortest run of any non-interim Pirates manager since Bill Virdon was fired late into his second season in 1973. “What we needed to do is change the culture here to a culture of success,” new team president Frank Coonelly said. “We needed a new direction and a new focus.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTracy’s departure and that of three in the baseball operations department means the Pirates will have new front office and on-field leadership in 2008, headed by Coonelly, General Manager Neal Huntington and a still-to-be-hired manager. Coonelly and Huntington took over last month, and spent the five days since the season ended weighing a decision on Tracy. Tracy’s departure appeared imminent since former general manager Dave Littlefield, who chose Tracy two years ago, was fired Sept. 7. Tracy was to make $1 million in the final year of his contract. Coaches Jim Lett, Jim Colborn, Jeff Manto, Jeff Cox, John Shelby and Bobby Cuellar were not fired but encouraged to seek other jobs. The new manager will have the choice of keeping any of them. Huntington said the team has an “internal list” of potential managerial candidates. “We’re not married to a date,” he said. “We need to do our homework, and when the right candidate presents himself we will know.” Also let go Friday were senior director of player development Brian Graham, who once worked with Huntington with the Indians; scouting director Ed Creech and director of baseball operations Jon Mercurio. Huntington suggested the Pirates’ inability to draft and develop prospects, and evaluate players at all levels, created the shake-up. Around the leagues Athletics: Third baseman Eric Chavez will have back surgery next week and is expected to be ready by spring training. The injury-plagued six-time Gold Glove third baseman had surgery on his right shoulder early September. His back surgery will be Tuesday in Los Angeles. Mariners: Manager John McLaren will have an almost completely new coaching staff in 2008. The Mariners announced that third-base coach Carlos Garcia, pitching coach Rafael Chaves, bench coach Mike Goff and bullpen coach Jim Slaton will not return next season. Additionally, first-base coach Gary Thurman will return to the Mariners minor-league staff. Thurman joined the major-league club in July after McLaren was named manager and Goff became his bench coach. Mets: Pitcher Tom Glavine declined his $13 million option, making himself eligible for free agency. The 41-year-old lefty, who got his 300th win this year, gets a $3 million buyout in addition to his $7.5 million salary this year. Orioles: Vice president of baseball operations Jim Duquette resigned after two seasons with the struggling franchise. Duquette’s responsibilities diminished greatly when the Orioles hired Andy MacPhail as president of baseball operations in June. Padres: Outfielder Milton Bradley was fined but not suspended for his confrontation last month with umpire Mike Winters. Winters previously was suspended for inciting Bradley. White Sox: The team shuffled its coaching staff, letting third-base coach Razor Shines go and reassigning bullpen coach Art Kusnyer within the organization. Yankees: Public address announcer Bob Sheppard will miss the division series because of a bronchial infection, ending his streak of working 121 consecutive postseason games at Yankee Stadium. Sheppard, who is in his late 90s, said doctors are monitoring his progress.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

On deadline? Writer’s block? Time for … The Plagiarizer

first_imgSomedays it’s hard to be a columnist. Your head feels empty of all but stupid one-liners. You can’t even work up a decent irritation over the antics of those rascally politicians in City Hall or on Capitol Hill. The only things on your mind are, well, nice thoughts like fluffy bunnies and group hugs and warm doughnuts. On days like those there’s really only one thing to do. And that’s when crafty writers turn to The Plagiarizer (TM). This is a program created specifically for the occasionally lazy or harried writer. It takes any professionally written article and, through the cunning use of synonyms and adjectives, makes it totally one’s own. Theft of intellectual property was never so easy! No longer will journalists worry about getting fired for stealing the written work of the their peers! If only Jayson Blair had used this innovative tool – instead of stealing the work of a former co-worker – he might never have been caught making up stuff in his New York Times stories. If Stephen H. Dunphy of The Seattle Times had used The Plagiarizer when he lifted information from other journalists, he might not have been fired. Perhaps it’s aggregated phylogenetic characterization, but I don’t desire alien syndicates, especially ones with connections to Oct. 12, jogging anchorages on the landmass North America, Central America and South America. It ain’t Shakespeare, but it is easy and will get your editor off your back. For those who think they simply need to use Babelfish’s online services to translate the column into Spanish and back into English for a new, legal version, it doesn’t work. Here’s what you get using that same Dowd column: He is enough to make him for those gnarly nostalgic dock workers of the union in “In the coastline,” those that hung above for rats in the hooks and cleared the occasion of Marlon Brando of being to affirm-ah. He is perhaps corporative racial to outline, but nondesire the foreign companies, particularly with connections to the one of Sept. 11, working American ports. That’s just ugly. There really is only one Plagiarizer. And once you find out how easy it is to rely on someone else’s hard work and original reporting, you’ll never go back to the drudgery of coming up with your own ideas. And why not? There isn’t an idea that hasn’t been thunk up before. For your copy of this program, just send a cashier’s check for $10,000 to Bad Reporter Corp., C/O Mariel Garza, Los Angeles Daily News, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. Act now and we will throw in a complimentary copy of The Fabricator, a program to get you through those tough deadline days when only the impossible-to-trace made-up information will do! Note to humorless lawyers: The preceding was parody. Please don’t sue me. Mariel Garza 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant It really works. Take any previously published column or article, like this excerpt from a recent piece by The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, and run it through The Plagiarizer. In minutes you will have a distinctly different version. Just consider the opening of Dowd’s column before The Plagiarizer: It’s enough to make you nostalgic for those gnarly union stevedores in “On the Waterfront,” the ones who hung up rats on hooks and took away Marlon Brando’s chance to be a contend-ah. Maybe it’s corporate racial profiling, but I don’t want foreign companies, particularly ones with links to Sept. 11, running American ports. Now, take a look at Dowd’s column after The Plagiarizer: It’s sufficient to make one recall those twisty brotherhood dock workers in “Atop the Waterfacade,” the ones who displayed rodents on sharply bent devices and retracted Marlon Brando’s opportunity to become unidentified word or slang. last_img read more

Sanchez and Ozil sit out as tepid Arsenal defeated by Bournemouth

first_img Jordon Ibe scored the winning goal for Bournemouth 1 Jordon Ibe’s first Premier League goal for Bournemouth condemned Arsenal to a 2-1 loss on the south coast, with Alexis Sanchez conspicuous by his absence.Ibe’s first strike for the Cherries in 46 league appearances sunk the Gunners, who leaked two goals in five minutes in this turnaround defeat.Callum Wilson’s third goal in four league games had Bournemouth level after Hector Bellerin handed the visitors a lead they could only squander.The defeat, and its manner, proved another blow to Arsene Wenger, with the Arsenal boss now resigned to losing key attacker Sanchez in the January transfer window.Chile hitman Sanchez did not even travel to the south coast, with Wenger telling Sky Sports before kick-off “we left him at home because of the situation”.Manchester United appear ready to pip neighbours Manchester City to the 29-year-old’s signature, with Arsenal already having confirmed he will not sign an extension to his Emirates Stadium contract that expires in the summer.How Arsenal missed Sanchez’s incision as they missed out on what should have proved a regulation win. Now their prize asset’s Gunners career may well end on 60 goals and 25 assists in 122 Premier League appearances.Jack Wilshere’s masterful performance against the side he represented with aplomb on loan last season all wound up for nought as Wilson and Ibe pinched the Cherries a priceless victory.Arsenal slipped to five games without a win in all competitions on a frustrating afternoon for the north Londoners.Neither side boasted the requisite rapier edge to break the deadlock come the interval.Ainsley Maitland-Niles came closest, whipping the ball against the bar. But the Arsenal full-back endured a roasting defensively as Ibe had his way.Asmir Begovic emerged one of few men in credit at the break, palming away Alex Iwobi’s deflected strike and later denying Danny Welbeck with the forward clean through on goal.Referee Kevin Friend hardly covered himself in glory in a muddled first half either, booking Dan Gosling for a dive after Shkodran Mustafi had clearly made contact.The day’s arbitrator awarded Simon Francis a cheap yellow card when Welbeck milked minimal contact – and then the officials failed to spot Iwobi’s handball in deflecting Ibe’s cross.The rebound fell to Fraser, only for Calum Chambers to conjure a fine sliding block.Arsenal’s renewed purpose after the break yielded quick dividend, Iwobi feeding Bellerin and the Spain full-back drilling past the luckless Begovic.Iwobi’s slide-rule pass left Daniels in no-man’s land and Bellerin took full advantage, though Begovic so nearly rebuffed the drive.Just when Arsenal looked to dominate possession and coast to the win however, they switched off and were duly punished.Lys Mousset flicked a return pass to Fraser, who whipped in a low early cross and Wilson nipped ahead of the onrushing Cech to level for the Cherries.A mere five minutes later, the Gunners trailed. Wilson received Adam Smith’s lofted ball, turned, laid off to Ibe, and the ex-Liverpool man blasted home what turned out to be the decisive goal.last_img read more

Sligo hurlers make winning start to Nicky Rackard Cup

first_imgSligo hurlers began their 2019 Nicky Rackard Cup campaign on Saturday with an impressive 2024 to 1-19 win against Louth in Dowddallshill, near Dundalk.Louth has not been a happy hunting ground for Sligo hurlers in recent years – but here, Daithí Hand’s racked up an impressive score to collect their first points in Group 2 of the competition.last_img