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County Meet: Full Lists of Groups

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports has for the second time since the inception of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf administration, left-out athletics in the County Sports Meet – the nation’s premier state-run sports event. In the 2006/2007 County Sports Meet, athletics was absent owing to technical reasons, and this year – 2015/2016, athletics is also out owing to technical reasons – specifically the lack of track and field facilities with the country’s only Sports Complex – the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex under renovation. “So instead of five disciplines, there would be four disciplines – football, kickball, basketball and volleyball,” Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr., announced yesterday in a press conference in Monrovia. This means that over 200 participants, primarily youth, will not be able to showcase their talents in athletics – an exclusive collection of sporting events that involve running, jumping, throwing, and relays. The kick-off of the 2015/2016 County Meet is also shifted from Tuesday, December 2 to Saturday, December 12. “The new date is as it is according to the new plan of the County Meet to ensure its success,” Min. Yonton said. Howbeit, traditionally after an “undisclosed draw” Minister Yonton further announced the group stages, putting to rest speculations over who will stand against the County Meet’s elite and who would be the underdog in a group as well as which group would be the “Clash of the Titans” or the “Unworried.” The preliminary rounds will be played in the leeward counties.Group IThe draw produced a particularly thrilling lineup for Group II, with the defending champions, Grand Bassa County taking on Bong County – the 2008 winner as well as River Gee – the 2009 runner-up and Sinoe (the underachiever). Buchanan, the host of Group A, would also serve as the host of the official opening program of the 2015/2016 County Meet. Football pundits have tipped the host and Bong County to qualify for the “Big 8” if both countries could replicate their forms.Group IIGroup II will see a mouthwatering showdown with Nimba (1978, 1979, 2010 and 2011 winners as well as 2014 runners-up) against Grand Cape Mount County (2013 winners). Other members of Group II, Maryland and Bomi Counties wouldn’t prove too difficult to allow the ‘champions’ to emerge from Group II. Though Bomi has a winning record in 2009, Cape Mount’s title of 2013 surpassed it. Sanniquellie, Nimba County is the host.Group IIIAmongst the four members, Grand Gedeh County, 2007 and 2010 runner, who is also the host, the foremost contender for one of the two seats for the “Big 8.” The remaining three counties – Lofa, Rivercess and Grand Kru are equally and significantly threat to each other and expect a titanic tussle for the second qualifying spot.Grand Kru County won the County Meet in 1974, 1977, 1985 and 1987 – but since the 1990s, Grand Kru has been struggling. River Cess was crowned champions in 2007 – the first edition of the Sirleaf’s County Meet and emerged runners-up in 2008, but Lofa County’s highest performance in the County Meet was in 2004, when she settled as runners-up.Group IVMargibi and Montserrado would stand an excellent chance of outweighing Gbapolu to gain qualification, but the Bopolu boys – the 2004 winners – could pull-out a surprise if any of the favorites show complacency. The finals of the kickball and football editions of the 2015/2016 County Meet would be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium while the basketball and volleyball versions would be held at the Sports Commission on Broad Street. It may be recalled that the outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 caused the cancellation of the County Meet. The games bring unity of purpose and they transcend tribe; ideology and county boundaries. With few more months to the County Sports Meet, there is already heat around the country, where one could again have a sense of belonging besides the national football team. It has always been that effect on every team on the field during the County Sports Meet, where spectators behave and think that the team represents them – their family and county. The County Meet, launched in 1956, is held annually in the spirit of unification.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Di Maria ‘very happy’ at PSG, unlike United

first_img0Shares0000PSG midfielder Angel Di Maria flashes two thumbs up as he poses next to a poster during his official presentation in Paris on August 6, 2015. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, April 11 – Ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to Manchester City, Angel Di Maria insisted he is happy at his current club and had a little dig at his former employers.The Argentine winger will return to Manchester for the Champions League quarter-final against United’s derby rivals on Tuesday, but the former Benfica star has little love for his previous club. “It’s not nice to say certain things, but it’s more that they didn’t let me settle properly than I couldn’t settle,” the attacker told the BBC of his time at Old Trafford.“I started a game in one position, then the next game in another. I scored goals playing in one position, then suddenly the next game I was picked to play in a different position.”The 28-year-old was also full of praise for current manager Laurent Blanc, especially in comparison to his time under United boss Louis van Gaal.“From the beginning he was clear where he wanted to play me and has never changed his mind,” Di Maria added. “He gave me total freedom to move where I needed to move. I’m very happy here and it wasn’t the case over there.”Di Maria has already bagged nine goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 this season. PSG head into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with the aggregate score locked at 2-2 , although Blaise Matuidi and David Luiz will both miss out due to suspension.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wenger tries to calm Sanchez & Ozil fears

first_img“Eighteen months is quite long in football. These players have 18 months, they will be staying 18 months and, hopefully, much longer,” said Wenger.“I don’t believe that it is a problem.” He added: “A contract is between two parties and on my side the best position is to achieve it early.“You have to accept that negotiations are private and secret and we don’t have to explain what we do with negotiations.”Asked if he is willing to break the club’s wage structure to keep the players, Wenger replied: “Like always we will do the maximum of what we can for every single player.”Chile international Sanchez has 11 top flight goals so far this season and is the joint leading goalscorer in the Premier League along with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.Newspaper reports suggest he is a target for the Blues and a Chinese club.“Why should you go to China when you are playing in England?” said Wenger.“We live in a world where the great players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil earn a lot of money and have the privilege to choose where they want to play.“The commitment of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil is absolutely total and I’m very pleased with that.”By BBC0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sanchez has 11 league goals this season and Ozil has four. PHOTO/BBC.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 8 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club will do the “maximum of what we can” to keep key forwards Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in north London.The pair have been linked with other clubs and, with 18 months remaining on their Arsenal contracts, are in talks with the Gunners about new deals.last_img read more

FKF, KPL finally agree cost of 18-team league

first_img“We had an agreement after the final meeting and everything is now sorted. We will put in an extra Sh38mn to fund the two extra clubs and we have committed to do that. So from this season, we shall have 18 teams in the Premier League,” Football Kenya Federation Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi said.The costs will cover the monthly grants for the two new teams Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt FC as well as referee costs, operational costs and the financial implications on the other 16 clubs following an additional four matches each.“Apart from ceding our license fee from KPL, we are talking to our various sponsors and also look at our own accounts so that we give out that money annually,” Muthomi added.The consensus finally brings to rest the issue of expanding the league which first came to fore under the regime of Sam Nyamweya in 2015.The new administration under Nick Mwendwa pressed on with the desire to expand the top tier but an injunction by KPL from the tribunal stopped the discussion of the same during last year’s Annual General Meeting.But, the tribunal ruled that it was in FKF’s jurisdiction to determine the number of teams in the league and ordered the two bodies to sit and agree on the modalities. Having failed to agree on the financial modalities at first, the tribunal chose to mediate and had the ground breaking meeting last Friday going well above four hours.FKF CEO Robert Muthomi (right) exchanges pleasantries with Muhoroni Youth chair Moses Adagala. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, the exact number of teams for this season’s league will be known on Wednesday after the FKF Club Licensing Committee makes its verdict on the documents re-submitted by Muhoroni Youth, Thika United and Sofapaka.The three clubs were given a second chance to submit their documents after their initial papers were rejected having failed to meet the legal and financial criteria of the licensing rules.“At the moment we can’t say exactly what will happen because the deadline is tomorrow. On Wednesday we will know the way forward. Maybe it will be 18, maybe less,” Muthomi noted.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF Lawyer Ken Ochieng makes a point at the Sports Disputes Tribunal as his KPL counterpart Geoffrey Obura listens on January 24, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 30- Finally, Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League have agreed on the costs of adding two more teams into the top tier league, a burden that will be borne by the federation.After a meeting between finance committees from both sides, a final figure of Sh38mn was reached at, with the first meeting mediated by the Sports Disputes Tribunal last week having primarily settled for a rough figure in the region of Sh36mn.last_img read more

Webcasters, music industry in talks over royalty rates

first_imgThe fee, which is separate from royalties, had been a sticking point for large Internet radio operators such as Oakland-based Pandora. A panel of three copyright judges set new royalty rates for the industry in early May and designated that the first payments under the new structure would be due on Sunday. Many Webcasters have said the new royalty rates are too onerous and would put them out of business. Some small Webcasters have already shut down. Last week, online broadcasters failed to convince a federal appeals panel to put off the date for the scheduled increase. As a result, the Webcasters are required to make royalty payments retroactive to Jan. 1, 2006. Still, it’s unlikely Internet radio fans will see a wave of Webcasters closing down this weekend, industry representatives and some broadcasters said. LOS ANGELES – Negotiations between Internet radio broadcasters and the recording industry intensified Friday, as a government-mandated deadline neared for higher royalties to be paid to music companies and artists. National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting had a “productive meeting” early in the day with SoundExchange, the music industry group that collects and distributes royalty payments to music companies and recording artists, NPR said. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting also made a payment for an undisclosed amount to SoundExchange and said it was confident public radio stations could continue Webcasting for the next three months as negotiations continue. Meanwhile, some of the biggest commercial Webcasters said they welcomed an offer from SoundExchange that would cap the fees they pay for operating multiple channels at $50,000 a year, if the operators agree to provide more details of the music played and step up efforts to stop listeners from copying songs. Informal discussions organized Thursday by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., resulted in no concrete agreements but left Westergren and other commercial Webcasters with the understanding that the Sunday deadline was not going to be enforced – providing good- faith negotiations continued. 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

‘I felt humiliated by Newcastle’ – Revitalised Hatem Ben Arfa

first_img1 Hatem Ben Arfa has revived his career with French side Nice Hatem Ben Arfa has lifted the lid on his time at Newcastle United and claimed he was ‘humiliated’ by the club.The France international was dropped from the first-team to the reserves and he eventually had his contract terminated in January 2015.Since then the attacking midfielder has gone on to shine for Nice though and he scored 18 goals last season.The 29-year-old is now being linked with a summer move to Barcelona and he admits it is a long way from his ill-fated time at St James’ Park.“In 2014, Newcastle sent me to the reserves for two months,” Ben Arfa told Journal du Dimanche.“I was called up normally for training, I would get changed in the senior squad dressing room, but then I would work with the youngsters on some remote pitch; you had to walk a long time to get there.“The club also invented a story that I had put on weight to harm me when I had not put on weight. I felt very humiliated, but this episode taught me patience.“Six months later, when my contract with Nice was not approved, I had a desire to throw the towel in.“But that feeling only lasted for ten minutes, because I had not yet accomplished everything that I wanted. It was impossible for me to finish like that.”last_img read more

West Ham transfer news: Hammers flop Simone Zaza set for loan move to Valencia

first_imgWest Ham flop Simone Zaza is on the verge of completing a loan to Valencia, despite the shock departure of their former coach Cesar Prandelli.The Italy international was sent back to Juventus half way through a season-long loan in east London after a miserable spell with the club.Despite his poor form in England, Valencia were among the clubs interested on securing his services for the second half of the season with no obvious route back into the first team at Juve.And now Cope Valencia are reporting that the La Liga sign have won the race to land him this month with a loan deal until the summer most likely.Zaza’s compatriot Prandelli quit the club after just 10 games last month and it was thought that his departure may scupper Valencia’s move for Zaza.But it does not appear as though that is the case with the striker close to agreeing to the switch, which could be made permanent in the summer.The 25-year-old played a total of 11 times for West Ham, with five of those as sub, and failed to score a single goal. Zaza was sent back to Juventus half way through his temporary deal 1last_img read more

Is Dunn’s Resignation the Knockout Punch for Best Buy?

first_imgdave copeland Related Posts The resignation of Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn last week could be the start of a massive shift for not only Best Buy, but for big-box retailers across a wide range of sectors.“This is not the end of physical media sales, but that will become a minority niche business,” said Marty Wolf, a merger and acquisitions adviser. “Retailers in general are going to have to realize that retail space in many circumstances is becoming a showroom for the Internet – or retailers need to make the space an entertainment and services facility as Apple has done.”Along with last week’s announcement of Dunn’s resignation, Best Buy said it would close 50 of its stores. Dunn was a 26-year veteran of the company, and while some allegations of an affair have been raised since he stepped down, most company observers are speculating he was primarily forced out because of his inability to convert the e-commerce business quickly enough to compete with Amazon.In many ways, Best Buy became a victim of some of the very technology it used. Visitors to its retail shops could instantly comparison shop with tablets and smartphones.“Dunn’s successor will grapple with consumers’ growing comfort in making purchases with smartphones, sometimes inside of Best Buy stores, as well as the popularity of buying from Apple Inc. and Amazon,” said Adam Hanft, CEO of marketing firm Hanft Projects. “That is the triple demon that they face. They get foot traffic, but they’re not converting that into sales because people are in there with their iPads seeing if they can get a better buy.”Perhaps ironically, Best Buy had started to position itself for the shift, acquiring mindSHIFT for $167 million to extend its business further beyond retail. But that may have been too little, too late.“The company could not move fast enough to transform – even as it is closing stores, the market could not wait,” Wolf said.Dunn joins a string of high-profile CEO ousters in the tech sector, according to Bobby Zafarnia, president of Praecere Interactive. He pointed to HP and former CEO Mark Hurd, Yahoo and former CEO Carol Bartz, and Olympus and former CEO Michael Woodford as recent examples.“There’s the larger narrative of CEO resignations in the tech and retail industries that results in tremendous negative attention for the company, hurting investor confidence in Best Buy,” he said. “Whether it’s the company that faces scrutiny, board of directors or CEO’s behavior that’s in question, the scandal is what will always dominate the headlines until a new leader is installed and profits are back on track – and that’s never an overnight development.” Tags:#e-commerce#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Air India Plans to Spread Its Wings in Africa, Scandinavia

first_imgAir India aims to provide point-to-point connectivity to African and Scandinavian regions, where it currently does not operate. Related Itemslast_img

Paratici: ‘Juve not interested in Rakitic’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Juventus are not interested in Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, assured director of sport Fabio Paratici, but he believes Matthijs de Ligt “will become the best defender in the world.” The Croatian international has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou this season and has been repeatedly linked with moves away, specifically to Juve and Inter. “We have a great team and are not looking for reinforcements at the moment. We are strong in every position,” Paratici told ESPN. The Juventus chief was then asked to comment on Patrick Kluivert’s remarks that De Ligt regrets his €75m move to the club last summer. “I don’t see it like that. He will soon become the best defender in the world.”last_img read more