‘I Didn’t Go to CAF for Endorsement,’ Says Bility

first_imgThe President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility has clarified that his meeting with CAF, which was declined – was not about CAF endorsing him.Bility said though it was a privileged to have had the opportunity to talk to the entire CAF executive committee, to answer questions – concerns, admirations – all the issues that are wrong with football, – but it was considered only an opportunity to explain his platform for the football top post.“I did not go to get a unanimous vote. I was given an opportunity to explain and lay my platform. That’s why I went and I’m happy I got it,” Bility told BBC Sport last Thursday. Last week, CAF has declined to back LFA president Musa Bility in his bid to become Fifa president. Bility, 48, is one of four men set to stand in next year’s election to replace incumbent Sepp Blatter. “The CAF executive committee decided unanimously not to give Musa Bility the support he requested,” CAF stated. Bility is only the second African ever to make a bid for the job. Bility has stated his belief that “this is Africa’s time” to take the lead in world football but his lack of support from his continent’s football governing body will be a blow to his candidacy.Bility has had a difficult relationship with CAF in recent years. In 2011 Bility declared he would vote against Blatter in that year’s Fifa elections, in contrast to most of his African colleagues.And in 2012 he – and the Liberian FA – took a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over changes to the way Caf elects its president, which favoured incumbent Issa Hayatou. The court twice ruled against the LFA and then in 2013 Bility was banned from all football activity by Caf after the governing body said he “had violated statutes relating to the use of confidential documents.”Bility needs the written endorsement of at least five football associations to get onto the ballot for the election to choose a replacement for outgoing president Sepp Blatter on 26 February. The deadline for candidates to register is 26 October. However, Bility has told BBC Sport’s Piers Edwards that he will give his salary to charity if he is voted in as the head of Fifa. Brazilian Zico, Frenchman Michel Platini and South Korean Chung Mong-joon are the other names in the frame to stand in the 26 February election. BBC Sport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana’s exceptional performances

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana’s exceptional performances and achievements at the recently held Carifta Games in Curacao must be lauded; the team of young athletes has made us proud.Likewise, Government must be commended for its unprecedented initiative of providing scholarships for the successful Carifta Games team. This augurs well for the future, and can serve as an inspiration for up-and-coming athletes.It is hoped that these young people would not squander this opportunity, but would make full use of the scholarships while at the same time enhancing and furthering their athletic abilities.Maybe someday in the not-too-distant future these athletes would be in the Guyana contingent to a Commonwealth Games meet, or ultimately the Olympics. Congratulations, and continued successes to the Carifta team and all who worked to ensure success.It is important for all to remember that this is not the end, but is rather just the beginning.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

Mousa Dembele has no chance of playing against Huddersfield, says Spurs boss

first_img1 Mousa Dembele is out with a foot injury Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has rendered Mousa Dembele’s chances of facing newly-promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday “impossible”.The 30-year-old has been sidelined with a foot injury and was not included in the Spurs squad for last weekend’s trip to West Ham.And with Pochettino still unsure on a return date for the Belgium international, the Argentine admits it would be “impossible” for the midfielder to feature against the Terriers this weekend.“It’s impossible for him to play,” Pochettino said.“We hope that it’s not a big problem but he needs time to recover.“I don’t know how long he will be out for and we need more information from the doctor.“We will see what happens in the next few weeks.”last_img

Giggs’ brother stars in advert poking fun at Man United legend’s affair

first_img Giggs spent his entire career at Man United, winning numerous trophies and playing 963 times Giggs is now manager of Wales, having played for them 64 times during his playing career Rhodri Giggs has put the fallout with his brother, Ryan, behind him by starring in a Paddy Power advert.The brothers fell out in 2011 when the former Manchester United star’s secret eight-year affair with Rhodri’s wife was exposed. 3 Introducing our new #PaddysRewardsClub ambassador, Rhodri Giggs.Loyalty is dead. Live for rewards. pic.twitter.com/WWSBgeFrna— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 8, 2019 3center_img Giggs had an eight-year affair with his brother Rhodri’s wife, which was exposed in 2011 “I’m Rhodri Giggs, and I want to talk to you about loyalty,” he begins in the video.“I’ve lived a loyal life, always drank in the same pub.”He is then asked if he would like a pint of bitter to which he responds, “not anymore, Pam.” 3 The advert is littered with references to the affair – too many to mention – with Rhodri suggesting he supports anyone but Wales and is a Manchester City fan.Ryan spent his entire career at Old Trafford and won the Premier League 13 times and the Champions League twice, while he played 64 times for Wales and is now their manager.last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Hull close in on Celtic target, André Gomes in demand

first_imgElsewhere, across the city, Rangers boss Mark Warburton has insisted that his young players would reap the rewards of a loan spell in England.And further afield, André Gomes is wanted by a host of top European clubs, including Manchester United and both El Clásico sides. It’s all in today’s Transfer Talk.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hopes relationship with Valencia’s Peter Lim can lure André Gomes to Los Blancos. Celtic are the flavour of the moment, with players past, present and potentially future involved in the day’s transfer rumours.Former Hoops loanee Jason Denayer is the subject of interest from Arsenal as Arsène Wenger looks to bolster his back-line.Meanwhile, Galatasaray right-back Martin Linnes has talked up fellow countryman Stefan Johansen as speculation mounts over the Norwegian’s Celtic Park future.Speaking of right-backs and the Celts are still after Euro 2016 star and Reading player Chris Gunter but could lose out to Hull who are also interested. last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Stokes offer, United defender to Ukraine

first_imgThey say good things come in threes and that could be the case for Anthony Stokes as he contemplates a hat-trick of spells at Hibernian. The striker has long been linked with a move back to the Easter Road side and reports now suggest he has been offered a “take it or leave it” deal. Meanwhile, at the club they beat to the Championship title last season, Coll Donaldson could be on his way out of Dundee United.The defender has been linked with a move to Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv. In Europe, Francesco Totti finally confirmed his retirement from playing football. He had left us all wondering whether he would finish his career at a club outside of Italy but instead he has taken up a director role at Roma. And PSG are said to be willing to pay a £195m release clause for Neymar. No bother, just crack open the piggy bank.last_img read more

Levein: Hearts players beat Hamilton’s ‘combative’ style

first_imgThe livid Accies midfielder let rip at Walker after accusing him of a dive, but Levein was pleased to see his man stand firm.“That’s a rather frightening prospect,” he said about the head-to-head with MacKinnon. “When you come to Hamilton, that midfield area is the most combative of the game so you have to stand up and be counted. It wasn’t just Jamie – they all did that.“It was a scrap at times but from our point of view, we know now if we have to dig deep, we can.“Jamie was brilliant. I said to him after the game that his performance was fantastic. He set up Ross’ goal by a great bit of skill in midfield and worked his socks off.”Canning confessed he was just as upset with his side’s sluggish start as he was with referee Bobby Madden’s decision to hand Hearts a penalty for an Ioannis Skondras’ challenge on Esmael Goncalves midway through the first half.“I was so angry after the game,” he said. “You can’t give anyone a two-goal start in this league.“It’s so frustrating coming away from a game like that. It was a good performance but ultimately you need to win the game when you’re playing well.“I didn’t think it was a penalty. I thought the ball was there and Ioannis put his body across Goncalves and was strong enough to come away with it.“But Bobby seemed to think there was a kick on the calf by Ioannis. If that’s the case I’ll hold my hands up, but at the time I didn’t think he did.” But the visitors clung on for the former Scotland boss’ first win since returning for his second stint in the Hearts dugout last month.“That was a typical away match in the Premiership for us, so we had to be gritty, determined, focused – all the things that make good defenders,” Levein said.“It was good to see them digging in when needed. I was disappointed last week after drawing with Aberdeen. This time I’m thrilled.”Levein made special mention of Walker after he was caught up in a furious spat with Hamilton’s Darian MacKinnon. Hearts boss Craig Levein praised Jamie Walker and the rest of his team for battling to victory in the face of Hamilton Accies’ “combative” style.The capital side claimed a 2-1 triumph at New Douglas Park but were made to fight all the way by Martin Canning’s tireless Accies.Boyhood Hearts fan Ross Callachan marked his second start for the club with a dream goal three minutes in before a Kyle Lafferty penalty put them in control.When Hearts switched off after that spot-kick, however, Accies capitalised with a Rakish Bingham goal and then push Levein’s men all the way.last_img read more

International class set for Donegal Rally

first_imgWith just under two weeks to the 2018 Joule Donegal International Rally in association with the Pulse Venue and The Mount Errigal Hotel things are really starting to heat up and it’s not just the weather!! Accommodation is at an absolute premium all across the county, with Hotel beds, Bed and Breakfasts and Air BnB’s all at capacity, it’s looking to be a bumper year for revenue coming into the local economy.The entry list has a truly international feel this year, with crews coming from all corners of Ireland and the UK as well as the United States of America, Canada and Australia. Just some of the crews making the trip this year are; first time navigator Balmore Hernandez he is travelling with all his family from San Francisco to co-drive for Joe Whyte in a historic spec Mini. Tony Quinn from New Zealand is returning from New Zealand once again and this year he is bringing one of his own cars a VW Polo S2000, he will be co-driven by Glenn Alcorn, Glenn is a Leitermacaward native living and working now in Western Australia. Scotland is particularly well represented this year with eight crews making the ferry journey across to rally in the Hills of Donegal.The route for this year is as follows; Friday sees the crews leave the Mount Errigal Hotel and tackle the stages of Breenagh, Cark Mountain and Letterleague, these stages are repeated twice with centralised service in the council yard in Letterkenny. Saturday and Sunday once again sees centralised service in Milford. Saturday morning will see the crews traverse the Carnhill and Knockalla stages then into service and repeat the stages. In the afternoon Gartan and Trentagh are on the menu for the competitors again these are repeated with a service in between. Sunday has the classic stages of Fanad, Atlantic Drive and Glen repeated before the winners and the remaining crews make it back to the finish ramp at the Mount Errigal Hotel at 5.30pmlast_img read more

December 2014 User Experience and Web Professional Events

first_imgIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with colleagues. It takes time to find interesting local events. And if you’re new to the area, where do you start? I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list of southeast Michigan web professional and user experience events for December 2014. Whether you’re a user experience professional, designer, developer, programmer, project manager, content strategist, social media professional, or digital marketer, you’ll find some events to interest you.With the end of the year, this month’s calendar feature many holiday mixers and networking opportunities. Holiday mixers are a great way to meet new people working in your field of interest and catch up with friends/colleagues you haven’t seen in a while.Celebrate the Holidays MixerDate: December 2, 2014, 5:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Conor O’Neill’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to Conor O’Neill’s)Cost: Free (pay for your own food and drink)Celebrate the holidays with members of Michigan Computer Human Interaction (CHI)Southeastern Michigan Society of Technical CommunicatorsMichigan Usability Professionals’ Associationat their year-end holiday mixer in downtown Ann Arbor. Wear a user experience t-shirt, technical documentation or conference t-shirt. There’s no reserved room or purchased food. Members will meet in the bar, order food from tables, and shared stories of successes and failures in their work projects. Drupal Meetup–Year End MixerDate: December 3, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pmLocation: Ann Arbor SPARK Central in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to SPARK)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredJoin the Michigan Drupal Web Designer & Developer Meetup for their year-end mixer with Brad Czerniak giving a short presentation on extending the webform module. You’re invited to enjoy drinks and networking with other group members.Mobile Year in ReviewDate: December 8 2014, 5:30pm to 12:15amLocation: Macomb-Oakland University(OU) Incubator in Sterling Heights, Michigan (map and directions to Macomb-OU Incubator)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredWhat happened in mobile in 2014 and what does the future hold? Join Mobile Monday Detroit for its annual meeting where organizers Glenn Everitt, Randy Nunez, and Linda Daichendt will review Mobile Monday Detroit events of the past year, as well as highlight key industry issues of 2014, while looking at what we can expect in 2015. Note the new location for Mobile Monday Detroit.Sudo and UNIX/Linux Milestones in 2014Date: December 9, 2014, 6:30pm to 8:45pmLocation: Farmington Community Library in Farmington Hills, Michigan (map and directions to Farmington Community Library)Cost: FreeAt the December meeting of the Michigan!/usr/group Unix user group, Michael Lucas’ talk “Sudo: You’re Doing it All Wrong” will focus on some of sudo’s lesser-known features. Leaders Craig and Jim will discuss past milestones in the UNIX and Linux communities, as well as what to expect in the future. Social Media Club Detroit Holiday Party 2014Date: December 10, 2014, 6:00pm to 9:00pmLocation: Firebird Tavern in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Firebird Tavern)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredShare the holiday spirit with your Social Media Club Detroit colleagues with an evening of appetizers, open bar, and good conversation. Bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots.December Casual NetworkingDate: December 11, 2014, 5:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Falling Down Beer Company in Warren, Michigan (map and directions to Falling Down Beer Company)Cost: Free, register online For their December Casual Networking event, IT in the D is partnering with Michigan Friends of Education–Operation: Kid Equip for a holiday fundraiser. Stop in to enjoy networking and meeting new people working in the technology field, and bring an unwrapped gift/monetary donation to benefit the IT in the D cause for the year. Detroit UX Holiday MixerDate: December 18, 2014, 5:30pm to 8:00pmLocation: St. Cece’s in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to St. Cece’s)Cost: $5.00 , pre-registration requiredOur Detroit User Experience group is ending the year with our annual holiday mixer at St. Cece’s. Join us for networking, food, and our first book gift exchange! Bring a bring a gift-wrapped UX-related book (new or used), and exchange it for another wrapped book! Think of it as passing great knowledge along, and hopefully getting some in return. Hope to see you at some of the events this month!It’s impossible to include every event. If you have any events to add to the calendar, I’d love to know about them! Feel free to share them in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedDecember 2016 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat user experience (UX) and web professional events are happening this month in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio? If you work on the web, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find…In “Calendar”December 2018 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be challenging to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and web…In “Calendar”July 2014: User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list of…In “Calendar”last_img read more

Airbus BLADE hopes for cut-through on wing efficiency

first_imgOne of the laminar wings in the BLADE projexct. Photo: Airbus The Airbus BLADE project may not have may not have produced the prettiest wing ever designed and it certainly isn’t the work of art gracing the Airbus A350.But if the Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe can achieve its aim of reducing wing friction by 50 per cent and carbon dioxide emissions by 5 per cent, it will provide a handy weapon in the fight to reduce aviation’s ecological footprint.READ: PLane makers face new environmental standards.Two transonic laminar outer-wings have been attached to Airbus’ A340 Flight Lab in what the manufacturer says is world first and the test aircraft took to the air this week.  It will perform around 150 flight hours in the coming months.Laminar Flow might sound like a name for a progressive rock band but it refers to the state in which a fluid or gas travels smoothly or in regular paths.On aircraft, this means a smooth airflow over the wings that makes them more aerodynamic and therefore more efficient.It has been a holy grail of manufacturers but laminar wings have not been used in commercial aviation because the technology up to now was not mature enough and had not been flight tested.The arrival of new flow simulation tools has given the quest a big boost.The extensive modifications to the A340-300 test-bed aircraft, which is packed  with flight-test instrumentation,   were made over the course of  16 months in Tarbes, France, with the support of Airbus industrial partners across Europe.“We began by opening the flight envelope to check that the aircraft was handling correctly,” said Airbus flight-test engineer Philippe Seve.“We achieved our objective to fly at the design Mach number, at a reasonable altitude and check everything was fine. We also checked that the flight-test instrumentation) was working as expected, to identify further fine-tuning for the next flights.”A small team of specially-trained pilots, test engineers and flight test engineers prepared for months prior to the first flight, spending time in a simulator and familiarizing themselves with the flight-test instruments.Teams from Bremen, Germany and Broughton, UK worked on the outer wings with a team from Stade, Germany, installing infra-red cameras.Airbus for the first time is using a testing method involving hundreds of points to measure the waviness of the surface to help engineers ascertain its influence on the “laminarity”.The tests use infrared cameras inside the pod to measure wing temperature, an acoustic generator which measures the influence of acoustics on laminarity and an innovative reflectometry system, which measures overall deformation in real-time during flight.They aim to be able to measure the tolerances and imperfections which can be present and still sustain laminarity.“To this end, Airbus will simulate every type of imperfection in a controlled manner, so that at the end of the campaign the tolerances for building a laminar wing will be fully known,’’ the manufacturer said.last_img read more