PNGFA to introduce FIFA Club Licensing System

first_imgThis came about after FIFA, in collaboration with Oceania Football Association this week held a workshop on club licensing in Port Moresby.The purpose of the workshop was to inform NSL Club’s franchise owners about the introduction of the FIFA Club Licensing System in PNGFA that will introduce a set of minimum criteria into regional and domestic competitions from 2016 and 2017, respectively.Nineteen members of the current and interested National Soccer League (NSL) clubs attended the workshop.FIFA’s Senior Manager of Member Associations, James Johnson said FIFA’s Club Licensing System is based on five key points: sporting, personnel and administrative, financial, infrastructure and legal.“These aim to safeguard the credibility and integrity of club competitions while improving the level of professionalism within the football family and promoting transparency in the finances, ownership and control of clubs,” said Johnson.He said at the end of this process, the benefits for clubs, leagues and member associations are numerous which include higher level of club management, better level of home-grown players, and ultimately better level of the national team.last_img read more

Eriksen brand and Conte continues to pull his ears

first_imgEuropa League* Data updated as of February 21, 2020 He played the whole game, being the first time since he signed for Inter that he was more than an hour on the grass. And despite his goal, his coach, Antonio Conte, still demanding “much more”. If a few days ago he said he was not going to hit him between the headlines arguing that they got the leadership of the A series “Without him”, at a press conference yesterday he explained that despite his good performance he needs to improve a lot: “He did well tonight, but he has a lot of work to do and can do much, much better.” Apparently the coach thinks that he is still lacking in rhythm when distributing the ball and considers that it is far from the best level shown in the Tottenham: “I am happy for the goal, which always helps me to have more confidence, but I need to rediscover the tempo and intensity so strong I had in the games in previous years.”The Italian coach thinks that the Danish midfielder is not one hundred percent, but is aware that it is a football player who makes a difference and that can bring interesting things to his team, either as part of the initial eleven or leaving from the bench: “He is still not totally fit, but we are not in a hurry and we are not anxious about it. We know that we hire a player who can increase the quality level from the first minute or from the bench. I think the best for Inter and for integrating a player in the best possible way, wherever it is, you have to think about other things. Undoubtedly, he can do much better, as well as the rest of the team. I think it is the best for Inter. It is different from others ” .He regretted having been in tow during the first half, allowing his opponent to dominate the game, although he did like what he saw in the second half: “The tempo was too slow in the first part and we adapted to the way Ludogorets wanted to play. After the resumption we changed the pace and intensity, moved the ball faster, scored two goals and created other opportunities.”Finally, he explained that the Europa League will serve many players who do not usually enter the rotations to have minutes, since they play a lot in the Italian championship and can not get the same eleven both during the week and on weekends: “Our trip in the Europa League will have rotations and we will use this tournament to give game time to those who have not had much place. We will not forget that it is a competition that can take you to affect you physically and mentally and if you think about playing with the same team on Thursday and Sunday. “ Inter Milan won their corresponding Europa League match yesterday against Ludogorets 2-0. Romelu Lukaku closed the meeting for his own, but minutes before it had been Christian Eriksen who, with a shot from the front of the area, managed to open the can by signing his first as much as an interist. 24last_img read more

Alas, Road Warriors know they have a long way to go after opening win

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend NLEX was the first team to get eliminated from playoff contention and the Road Warriors used their early exit to their advantage as they were able to prepare early for the season-ending conference.“It’s important for us that we’re able to prepare as early as June 7. The other teams were going on vacation but we were already practicing and building our chemistry.”The locals were able to familiarize themselves with Fuller, who, at the same time, had an early grasp of his role and coach Yeng Guiao’s system.The result was a 112-104 win with Fuller dropping 30 points and 20 rebounds. “We just really need to be consistent. It’s okay to be happy with one win but we cannot enjoy ourselves too much. It’s just the start,” Alas stressed.ADVERTISEMENT Lady Maroons out to prove they can compete even sans Bersola, Tiamzon LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas stood out with 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench, acting as the spark plug for NLEX, which won only two games out of the possible 11 in the Commissioner’s Cup. “We’re happy we got the win but it’s just one game and we need to be consistent,” said Alas, who played inspired basketball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Road Warriors also started the Philippine Cup with a victory but went on to drop 9 of their next 10 games.“We shouldn’t be confident that we won tonight. We need to continue to improve.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX had the kind of start it was looking for after a big victory over Alaska to open the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night.Import Aaron Fuller made quite a first impression in his PBA debut, but it wasn’t just him who delivered for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View commentslast_img read more

Muslims End Ramadan

first_imgLiberian Muslims, like their counterparts around world, yesterday ended the annual fast of their Holy Month of Ramadan, by offering prayers for peace and solidarity among Liberians. They gathered at their various mosques and centers in and around the country early Wednesday to offer prayers to Allah.Speaking to reporters, the Chairman of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheikh Omaru Kamara, called on Liberian Muslims to aid the government in protecting its citizens from violent extremism that is threatening peace and security around the world.Sheikh Kamara called on Liberian Muslims to resist violence as a means to solving problems, but rather promote peace, in order to move the country forward.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in an Executive Mansion release, thanked Liberian Muslims for fasting for peace during the Ramadan. She called on Liberian Muslims to join other Liberians in praying for peace in Liberia.The President further stated that all religions practiced in Liberia have major roles to play in promoting peace and unity, especially following the drawdown of the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar Calendar. During the month long fast, Muslims are required to show kindness to others, including non-Muslims, and other living creatures. They abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs (including sex and smoking). Meanwhile, several non-Muslim Liberians identified with the Muslim community celebrating the end of Ramadan. Bong County District #3 Representative, George S. Mulbah, presented several bags of rice to the Muslim Community in Bong County. Former lawmaker Kuku Y. Dorbor also presented several bags of rice to the Muslim community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 plead in MySpace extortion attempt

first_imgDeputy District Attorney Jeffrey A. McGrath of the high-tech-crimes unit said the system could have been used by stalkers trying to locate MySpace users. The men sold access to several codes to computer users, who could then apply it to their own MySpace sites. The codes enabled the users to see how many people had accessed their MySpace site, as well the visitors’ e-mail or IP addresses, McGrath said. Employing that kind of Web site traffic monitoring violates MySpace’s rules. The men boasted they had about 85,000 registered users of their tracking program, but investigators have not determined how many e-mails and other data the users were able to cull, McGrath said. The plea bargain, also agreed to by Paul L. Gabbert, attorney for the young men, severely restricts their access to computers, limits them to one e-mail address each, and requires that they do 160 hours of community service and pay MySpace $13,500 in restitution. Two young New York men who were accused of trying to extort MySpace.com by developing code to track users pleaded no contest Monday in Los Angeles to illegal computer access in a bargain with the prosecution. Two counts of attempted extortion and another illegal-computer-access count were dropped in the deal, which gave the defendants three-year probationary terms. Each had faced up to nearly four years in prison. Shaun Harrison, 19, and Saverio Mondelli, 20, of Suffolk County, N.Y., were accused of demanding $150,000 as a “consulting fee” from MySpace. The pair were offering the code as a service on their own Web site for $29.95 and claimed to be developing an unbreakable version. The popular MySpace social-networking site is supposed to provide anonymity, but Harrison and Mondelli were offering a means to acquire e-mail addresses and Internet Protocol addresses of users, the prosecution said. Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau told the defendants that if they violate their agreement, they could go to prison. She said they will be subject to search of their computer systems at any time, and they may not access MySpace.com directly or indirectly. The defendants stood before the commissioner and acknowledged the terms of the agreement, but neither spoke other than to answer “yes.” Outside court, Gabbert said the agreement came from “the recognition that they are young and made a mistake and to give them a second chance.” He said they set up their business right out of high school and are now going to college. “They will continue to be creative and not transgress the law,” he said. McGrath said the young men, who were extremely proficient in Macromedia Flash technology, were discovered by the operators of MySpace and were sent a “cease and desist” order by e-mail. Macromedia is now part of Adobe Systems Inc. The pair sent a reply saying, “We will neither cease nor desist” and announced on their Web site that they were developing an even more sophisticated system that would soon be for sale, prosecutors said.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

Allegri irritated by criticism as Juve fail to kill off Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri (C) insisted people should “realise that winning is not normality, it is extraordinary,” following a 2-2 draw with Spurs © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Feb 14 – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted he would not be getting depressed despite criticism at failing to land the killer blow against Tottenham in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash in Turin.“If anyone thought that Juventus would win 4-0 this evening he was way off track,” blasted Allegri, after his more experienced side threw away a dream start with two Gonzalo Higuain goals inside ten minutes to end with a 2-2 draw in front of their frustrated fans at the Allianz Stadium. “The Champions League is a dream and an objective, but winning it is not easy. I think people have lost some objectivity here. Juve play to win, but they are not the favourites. You can’t reach the final every year,” said Allegri.Higuain got the first goal after 73 seconds, and minutes later added a second from the spot after Ben Davies’ foul on Federico Bernardeschi.But Harry Kane revived Spurs hopes after half an hour, with his seventh goal in the competition this season, rounding flattened goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.Higuain missed a second penalty before the break following Serge Aurier’s reckless challenge on Douglas Costa to keep the English side in the game.Christian Eriksen’s (C) second-half free-kick completed a stirring 2-2 Spurs comeback against Juventus © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOChristian Eriksen scored Tottenham’s second goal from a free-kick after centre-back Giorgio Chiellini fouled Dele Alli, sending it low past a wrong-footed Buffon, leaving all to play for in Wembley on March 7.“It’s like we lost 8-0 — good doctors are needed, not one, but many very, very good,” Allegri berated journalists at the post-match press conference.“Football is like this, we went from 3-0 to 2-1, we had a 3-1 penalty and instead Tottenham equalised 2-2,” explained Allegri of the game. “I believe the lads are putting in a fantastic season, but that’s a long way off thinking they can win a last 16 match by a 3-0 scoreline.”– Three-pronged attack –Juventus are bidding for a seventh straight Serie A title this season, and are just one point off leaders Napoli. They are also in the running for a fourth straight Italian Cup, and to reach the final of the Champions League for the third time in four years.“People must realise that winning is not normality, it is extraordinary,” continued the former AC Milan boss.“I will not accept that tonight’s 2-2 draw could depress the Juve fans. There are some scary ups and downs in the mood here.“This really irritates me, because people have no idea of how teams function. The primary objective is the Scudetto: it’s not easy. Then we’ll try to go forward in the Champions League.“It was always 50:50 with Tottenham and it still is.”Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said his side “showed character” in a competition where their best finish was the semi-finals in 1962.“We’ve shown great personality against a team that has played two finals in the last three years, my players have been fantastic.“Now it’ll be like a final in London.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pearce on Sturridge’s contract and Balotelli’s struggles

first_imgLiverpool Echo reporter James Pearce has told talkSPORT he expects Daniel Sturridge to sign his new deal at Liverpool in the coming days.The England striker, who has been injured for the majority of the season so far, is set to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal with the Reds after scoring 32 goals in 46 games for the club since his move from Chelsea.And Pearce also passed comment on the performance of Mario Balotelli in their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel.He believes the Italian striker is a world away from the player Brendan Rodgers believed he signed and feel his dire display against the Swiss side is one of the major reasons why the Reds struggled at St Jakob-Park.last_img read more

RPV school apologizes for graduation-cap flap

first_imgGUNS: Principal has agreed to measures to ensure dispute over toy figures won’t be repeated. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER A Rancho Palos Verdes elementary school has acknowledged it was wrong when it forced fifth-graders to remove the rifles of toy army men from graduation caps in June. Cornerstone Elementary School Principal Denis Leonard has also agreed to measures that district leaders said would prevent a repeat episode in 2008. This fall, Leonard will set up a committee of parents, teachers and students to review district policy and bring military representatives on campus to “present educationally beneficial perspectives of the military,” according to a statement posted to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Web site. Students returned to the school Sept. 4. The committee will review the district’s zero-tolerance weapons policy cited by administrators in June as justification for Leonard requiring 11 students to clip off the plastic weapons of 2-inch soldiers glued to mortarboards used in a promotion ceremony. Leonard again declined to respond to Daily Breeze calls to discuss the matter, but Superintendent Walker Williams said the district hoped to avoid further problems. “We don’t want to repeat mistakes or offend people,” Williams said Tuesday. “We didn’t intend to offend.” The district’s public apology, which was posted on the Web site in late August, acknowledged that “students maintain certain free speech rights in the school setting.” In July, Williams and other district officials met with Glen Nakata and his 12-year-old son, Austin, one of the students asked to remove the plastic rifle tips. “I’m glad they’re taking these steps,” Nakata said. “It is beneficial that these kids learn about the military.” Nakata’s son now attends sixth-grade classes at Palos Verdes Intermediate School. Also this summer, an attorney representing the National Rifle Association reviewed the district’s policy banning firearms from campuses. Long Beach attorney Chuck Michel said he told the district it couldn’t ban plastic army men. “The NRA was looking into what the school district had done,” Michel said. “This school district recognizes that they don’t have any reason for doing this.” Michel said the issue should be included in the district’s dress code, rather than its zero-tolerance weapons policy. Christine McNamara, whose son Cole was also asked to remove plastic rifle tips, again scolded the district. “What will happen next year?” McNamara asked rhetorically. “We’ll see how they apply zero tolerance and how they exercise good judgment.” In June, the district supported Leonard’s decision to direct the students to remove the plastic rifles. In enforcing the decision, the district cited its Safe Schools policy and the federal Gun Free Schools Act of 1994, a federal law designed to remove firearms from schools. A teacher at Cornerstone started the mortarboard tradition about a decade ago. About 60 fifth-graders participate by decorating the hats to reflect their future career goals. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com 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

Daniel Sturridge must improve his attitude, claims ex-Liverpool star – it’s the H & J podcast

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City set to mull utility fee hikes

first_imgA Los Angeles City Council committee will discuss a proposal today to increase the Department of Water and Power’s base rate for water and electricity. Base power rates will rise 9 percent by July 1, 2009 in a series of three increases that will generate $183 million over the next three years under a proposal approved by the Water and Power Commission earlier this month. The electricity bill for the average residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours a month will increase about $1.75 per month effective Jan. 1 under the proposal, which must be approved by the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to take effect. The commission will also consider a proposal to increase residential water rates by about $1 per month beginning on July 1 in both 2008 and 2009. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The electricity rate increase is needed to pay for the utility’s Power Reliability Program, which is intended to upgrade electrical infrastructure, DWP officials said. A substantial portion of the infrastructure was installed between 30 and 70 years ago. The DWP has not increased its base electric rates since 1992. The power system supplies 19 percent more electrical energy now than it did in the early 1990s, according to the utility. The council’s Energy and Environment Committee will meet at City Hall at 8:30 a.m. The proposal the committee will review incorporates a plan to charge many households in the San Fernando Valley lower rates for electricity during the summer compared with the rest of the city, on the grounds that those who live in a hotter climate deserve a break, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move has been greeted skeptically by four City Council members who represent low-income neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Mountains, who questioned whether it would reward a section of the city with large numbers of single-family homes, according to the newspaper. 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