CAF presidency to be limited to 12 years

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidents will be limited to three four-year terms with effect from the 2017 elections, the organisation confirmed Monday.There has been no limit previously with incumbent Issa Hayatou leading the African body since 1988.The 70-year-old Cameroonian has not indicated whether he will stand for re-election, but would be expected to retain his position should he do so.In charge for 28 years, Hayatou is the longest serving CAF boss. Deceased Ethiopian Yidnekatchew Tessema was president for 16 years from 1972.CAF spokesman Junior Binyam told AFP the change, announced during an extraordinary general assembly in Cairo, brought the African organisation in line with world governing body FIFA.The three-term ceiling will also apply to CAF executive committee members. Share on: WhatsApp Assembly delegates voted 32-16 against a Djibouti motion that CAF presidency candidates should not be restricted to executive committee members.CAF second vice-president Almamy Kabele Camara of Guinea and executive committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana were voted on to the FIFA Council (formerly executive committee).Camara received 37 votes and Nyantakyi 31 to fill two vacancies with executive committee member Ahmad, a single-name Malagasy, getting 30.Other Africans on the FIFA Council are Hayatou, Egyptian Hani Abo Rida, Constant Omari from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tunisian Tarek Bouchamaoui and Burundian Lydia Nsekera.last_img read more

Thurston County Adopts Ordinance to Advance Youth Health

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by TOGETHER!Thurston County became the first jurisdiction in the state to adopt a marijuana- and- alcohol-focused “social host ordinance”, a model policy to help prevent underage substance abuse and improve public health and safety. According to the most recent (2014) Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), more than half (56%) of Thurston County 12th graders who drank alcohol got it from a friend or at a party.Limiting access to alcohol and drugs helps prevent youth use and related harms, but parents also play a huge role. The new ordinance sends a message that while the majority of Thurston County parents already actively prevent underage drinking and marijuana gatherings on their property, all parents and caregivers are expected to do so. “Parents matter,” says Meghan Sullivan, Executive Director of a youth-focused agency, TOGETHER!. “This policy is another reminder of the import role parents play in their kids’ lives. Ask them where they are going, who they will be with and whether or not an adult will be present. Tell them regularly that you don’t approve of them using alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.”The ordinance also aims to address other factors affecting a youth’s decision to stay substance free. About one third (32% of 10th grade and 36% of 12th grade) of Thurston County high school students say laws and norms are favorable to substance use (HYS, 2014), a risk factor for youth use and related problems. Further, public and traffic safety were also considered. Aside from alcohol, marijuana is the most frequently-occurring drug used by drivers involved in deadly crashes in our state (Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 2015). Twenty-nine percent of Thurston County 12th graders report they’ve ridden in a vehicle driven by someone who had been using marijuana (HYS, 2014), and among those who current use marijuana, that number sharply increases.In 2016, TOGETHER! partnered with County Commissioner Bud Blake to create a plan for introducing the model policy concept in Thurston County, building upon a foundation laid by Rainier, Mercer Island and other communities. On Tuesday February 28, the Thurston County Commissioners took a step to adopt the policy, which takes effect 30 days later. “I’m excited that Thurston County is taking a leadership role in encouraging responsible behavior with our youth. We hope parents and adults will use this as an opportunity to talk with kids about their expectations.”Other key partners include Commissioners Hutchings and Edwards, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and Thurston County Drug Action Team. Social host ordinances are an effective environmental policy for communities interested in reducing underage drinking and marijuana use supported by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.TOGETHER! is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to serve youth and families in the South Sound and beyond with a mission to advance the health and well-being of all young people. TOGETHER! offers direct service youth programs, mobilizes communities through coalitions, advocates for healthier laws, norms and systems and promotes health through community and individual education.For further information, contact, Johnna Knoerr, Program Director at 360-493-2230 ext. 110 or jknoerr@ThurstonTOGETHER.org.last_img read more

Clemente Villaverde: “VAR makes football more fair”

first_imgParty controversies: “I’ve always said that for the VAR, we have to learn to live with him. It makes football more fair. He always has the difficulties of the interpretations that can be done, but you have to get used to it”Analysis: “There is a lot to analyze, it has been a crazy game at many times. The never giving up and knowing that we could hurt them against and in transitions has been key. We have taken advantage of it and we have come more whole in the end.” The counselor and spokesman of Atlético has analyzed the shock before the cameras of Movistar. Keys: “Believing that it has been possible to take advantage of the game at all times. There have been phases in which we have been pressured, but the team has maintained the idea of ​​rapid transitions, which was the way to hurt Barça.”Messi motivated: “Talking about Messi is always broadening excellence. I was much more motivated today. People here instead of encouraging the team encouraged Messi, always borders on excellence and is a problem for the one in front of him.”Final without champion of League and Cup: “We have a new format and four very important teams are the ones that have arrived. In football, those who compete best come to the final and those have been Atleti and Madrid.”last_img read more

Roger Martí against himself

first_imgHowever, at 29, Torrent’s is aware that today’s work will be tomorrow’s reward. He has experienced it in his own meats. With several fronts open ahead this season, the striker is not carried away and takes advantage of the forced stop to try to go one step further in his preparation, polishing details that escape in the heat of the season. Even in double session. He, better than anyone, knows what it’s like to exercise alone with the goal of becoming stronger. He already did it after his two knee operations, recovering from the cruciate ligament at each joint in 2014 and 2017. A circumstance that has forged Roger a character and a fighting spirit that is reflected on the field of play and in his career.Always trying to excel the striker is two goals away from equaling his best year in the First Division, the 13 of last season and, on the horizon, are Arouna Koné’s 15 goals in 2011-12, the top scorer granota in a course in the elite.With 28 goals, he is six to catch up with José Luis Morales (36) as the top scorer in Granota in First. Also, with one goal Roger will equal Vicente Latorre (51) as the second all-time leading scorer in all categories. José Paredes holds the honor with 68 goals. The current ‘9’ is already in the 21st century.Reasons and motivations are not lacking for the ‘Gunman’ to work piece by piece during the break and return to competition with gunpowder ready to continue beating records in Levante. “Your only limit is you” (your only limit is you), say the message in the personal gym where Roger Martí spends his days of confinement preparing for the return of the competition. To the ‘Gunman’ of Levante, top national scorer along with Gerard Moreno Y Lucas Perez, the coronavirus crisis has arrived at the best moment of his career. A dry braking.last_img read more

Spotlight on Old Trafford

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):The final round of international fixtures in 2016 did no favours for managers of some of the English Premier League’s title hopefuls.Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, in particular, will vouch for that ahead of the renewal of their often-heated coaching rivalry.When Mourinho’s Manchester United and Wenger’s Arsenal meet at Old Trafford tomorrow for the standout game in the 12th round of matches, there could be some major names missing because of injuries sustained on international duty.United captain Wayne Rooney has caused a furore by being photographed, looking bleary-eyed, alongside some guests at a wedding party taking place at the England team hotel last Saturday. But by then, he’d picked up a knee injury during England’s 3-0 win over Scotland the night before, causing him to miss Tuesday’s match against Spain, and Rooney is now doubtful for the Arsenal game.SERIOUS DOUBTSIt was the last thing Mourinho would have wanted, considering he is already without suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and centre backs Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling, as well as having serious doubts over the fitness of midfielder Marouane Fellaini and full backs Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia.Wenger, meanwhile, will ask Alexis Sanchez for an honest assessment of his fitness after Arsenal’s star forward sustained a hamstring injury while away with Chile. Sanchez missed a draw against Colombia, but returned for the 3-1 win over Uruguay on Tuesday, although his right leg was heavily strapped for the match.Sanchez isn’t due to return to Arsenal’s training base until today and the match against United is a lunchtime kick-off.”What I will consider is the risk of injury, because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury,” Wenger said yesterday. “I’ll consider the way he feels as well. On that front, you depend on the honesty of the player, how they feel and how they recover.”Wenger will be careful about overloading Sanchez, who has scored eight goals for Arsenal this season from his new position as converted striker. This time last year, Sanchez picked up a hamstring injury following a gruelling run of back-to-back games for club and country and ended up missing the next two months, which proved to be a huge blow to Arsenal’s title hopes.KEY PLAYER INJURIESLiverpool and Chelsea, the Premier League’s top two, could also be counting the cost of the recent international games after injuries to key players.Adam Lallana, one of Liverpool’s quartet of sprightly forwards that has been in devastating form this season, hobbled off during England’s game against Spain and is a doubt for the leaders’ trip to Southampton.As for second-place Chelsea, Diego Costa was ruled out of both of Spain’s games during the break because of groin injuryand Eden Hazard limped off during Belgium’s 8-1 win over Estonia with an apparent calf injury. It isn’t yet clear if either Costa or Hazard the scorers of 15 league goals between them will be fit for Chelsea’s match at Middlesbrough.Palace have conceded 10 goals in their last three games and have not kept a clean sheet in the league all season. In terms of points per game (0.73) in 2016, Alan Pardew’s side is the worst-performing team across England’s four leagues this calendar year.Probably, then, the last team they would want to see arriving at Selhurst Park tomorrow is Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Man City side. Star striker Sergio Aguero will be raring to go for City, having failed to start for Argentina in either of their World Cup qualifying games over the international break.last_img read more

Lady Falcons, Lady Tams stay alive, force KO duels

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It was a morale-restoring win for the Lady Falcons, who suffered their first defeat in the conference at the hands of the Lady Maroons last Wednesday.Earlier, Celine Domingo fired 19 points to power FEU to a 22-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20 triumph over University of Santo Tomas in their best-of-three semis series. Jerrili Malabanan added 17 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’FEU and UST also collide in a Game 3 of their semifinal duel on Sunday. The winners will meet in another best-of-three championship series starting on Wednesday.Kyle Negrito also starred for FEU with 12 points. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award NSAs take heed: How did golf do it? Eliminate politics, lobbying, says golf chief Lorenzo Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson and Far Eastern University turned back their respective opponents Saturday night to schedule sudden death showdowns for Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference finals berths at Filoil Flying V Centre.Adamson dusted off its Game 1 defeat to get back at University of the Philippines 25-23, 25-19, 25-21, to forge a deciding Game 3 for their semifinal series on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Miner remanded on gun, ammo charges

first_imgA 32-year-old miner of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, was remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on charges of possession of firearm and ammunition. Carl Carter pleaded not guilty to both charges which stated that on October 8, 2016, in Georgetown, he had in his possession a .38 pistol and four matching rounds of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence.Defence Attorney Mark Waldron made an application for reasonable bail claiming that his client is a father of three. However, the Prosecution contended that the defence counsel has not highlighted any special reasons for bail and as such objected .The prosecution further stated that the defendant is currently on bail for a matter of the same nature before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.The defendant was refused bail and will make his next court appearance on November 2, before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.last_img read more

Liberia Dedicates U$6M Emergency Operating Center

first_imgAs part of the rebuilding of Liberia’s health system following the Ebola outbreak, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has turned over a newly erected Emergency Operating Center to the Ministry of Health (MOH).The center is located opposite the MOH and adjacent to the TB Annex at 72nd Junction. It is meant to enhance collection of data and information about Ebola and other life threatening diseases.According to CDC Country Director, Desmond Williams, the center will be a place to train health workers to be adequately prepared for outbreaks and surveillance.He said prior to dedicating the center yesterday, about 30 health workers were trained there in Epidemiology.Mr. Williams said at a press briefing that CDC spent US$6 million to erect the structure.He also indicated that US$75.7 million has been invested in the counties for operation of emergency centers.In separate remarks, US Ambassador Deborah Malac and officials at the Centers for Disease Control said the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program provided US$100 million toward the fight against Ebola in West Africa.Ambassador Malac said the newly dedicated center is now the final home of the Emergency Operating Center having operated in a temporary facility in Sinkor for a year and a half.A representative of CDC, Jeffrey Bryant, in his remarks expressed delight over the construction of the center and attributed the success to the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program.He said the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program was very timely in responding to their request for help to West Africans affected by Ebola when they at CDC expressed the need for a quick emergency response and intervention to the outbreak.Also making remarks, Brennan Banks, Deputy Director for Programs at the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program said the center has several pieces of equipment, including computers which will help Liberian medical personnel to quickly respond to data gathering and training of local staff to address disease outbreaks.He hoped that the center will be an establishment of excellence for all Liberians to benefit.In her words of gratitude to the US Government, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn said the erection of the center is in compliance with the consensus reached with partners to revitalize the health sector.Dr. Dahn said the Ministry has developed nine pillars, among which are the erection of the Emergency Operating Center, training of competent health workers, establishment of public health facilities and information gathering and data collection.She underscored that the US Government has been working along with the Ministry of Health in implementing the plan to rebuild the collapsed health system.The support is evidenced by the establishment of Emergency Operating Centers in all of Liberia’s 15 counties, said Dr. Dahn.She further indicated that the dedication of the center put government under obligation to make budgetary allotment for its operations.Meanwhile, the CDC also pledged to support government through the Ministry of Health to ensure that technical equipment and training are provided to get Liberia prepared for any emergencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another Manager Split Likely

first_imgAnother manger-artist split seems likely, this time around from the movie industry as undercover reports emerge that tension is now rife between comedian John and Paul and their manager Dream Debo over a bad deal.The report said the rift came after the comedians gave their manager US$5,000, which included their transportation, food and lodging fees for a movie trip to Nigeria that he promised them.The report added that after their manager Dream Debo received the money, he informed them that the trip would be on June 17, but since then the trip has not materialized.“Few days or weeks later after the comedians came to the conclusion that the trip was not going to work, they asked their manager to refund the cash, but it has not happened,” a source close to the issue told LIB Life.Continuing with the report, it said from the moment John and Paul asked their manger to return their money, he began avoiding them, not even answering their calls. That was the beginning of rift leading the duo to consider ditching him as their manager.“From where it stands now, I think the comedians and their manager of over two years cannot just work together easy because there is no trust. Thing has broken down, love has died,” our source explained. When LIB Life contacted the comedians, they confirmed the undercover report, but said they cannot make any comments for now, until next week.As For Dream Debo, LIB Life contacted him but the interview did not metalize as promised. We are hoping to get his side soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fire Claims 28 at Islamic School in Paynesville

first_imgBodies of the 28 Islamic School fire victims, prepared for burial. President Weah: “It’s disastrous, painful and it hurts.”A major tragedy hit an Islamic community school in the clustered Bassa Town settlement in Red Light, Paynesville City, where at 26 Islamic students between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age and two instructors, met their tragic demise in a house fire.Frantic efforts by neighbors and other residents to extinguish the blazing fire proved fruitless as the fire engulfed the entire school building. Two students, who were fortunate to escape death, are reportedly seeking medication attention at the JFK Medical Center, eyewitnesses said.The Madrissah Islamic school, situated very close to a mosque established by members of the Fula ethnic group, hosted the 26 male students as a day care and boarding institution.According to highly placed security sources, the fire disaster or tragedy occurred at about 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, after a heavy downpour of rain that fateful evening.During a prompt visit at the scene, President George Manneh Weah said it is unfortunate for someone or people, especially children, to die in a fire disaster. “We want the family to know that the government is with them and will do all to establish the cause of the fire outbreak.“I want to encourage them to have strength, because when one person dies, it’s painful. With this saga, it’s disastrous, painful and it hurts,” President Weah said.President Weah, Rep. Thomas Fallah and other government officials visit the scene of the fire disasterThe cause of the fire has not been established. The Liberia National Police and National Disaster Management Agency are investigating the incident, a statement from the Executive Mansion says.However, Prominent residents of Bassa Town community, in separate interviews with the Daily Observer, alleged that the Liberia Electricity Corporation transmission lines connected to the Islamic School and Fula Mosque were faulty and caused the fire. Other sources say the school was connected to “community current” — someone who owns a large generator and sells electricity to subscribers in the neighborhood.As news of the fire tragedy broke out on radio and social media, thousands of Liberians flooded in and out of the scene of the fire disaster.Almost all of the children’s bodies were burnt beyond identification, except through highly specialized medical examination by expert medical specialists.Madrissah Islamic school students and their teachersAt the scene, all the parents and relatives of the deceased students were seen weeping and wailing as the bodies were pulled out of the debris of the totally destroyed school building.Some of the relatives, mainly members of the Fula ethnic group, described the incident as an irreparable loss. They however prayed and offered supplications that Allah (God) grant the innocent Arabic students some beautiful places in Heaven and bring comfort to the hearts and souls of the bereaved parents and relatives.“We are indeed in disbelief and total shock that such tragedy and disaster have snatched our beloved, brilliant and promising Arabic school children forever from the face of our troublesome planet, Earth,” said Madam Salimatu Bah, mother of three of the deceased boys.“I definitely have hope that our children are now going to meet and rest with our mighty Allah in paradise, where I believe there is no sorrow and grief like such a fire disaster,” Madam Bah added.Scene of the fire disasterDuring the transfer of the bodies of the deceased into a Ministry of Health pick-up, hundreds of weeping and wailing men and women swarmed the vehicle and it took security personnel almost 45 minutes to get through the massive crowd of people who wanted to take a glimpse of the corpses, which had been collected in black bags.A Madrissah school is an Islamic institution where students assemble to study and memorize the Holy Qu’ran in Arabic for a certain period of time.According to sources close to institution the students had already completed memorizing the entire Holy Qu’ran as one major requirement of the Islamic school.The bodies of the deceased, once gathered from the scene, were bagged and taken for final prayers at 2:00 p.m. today, September 18, at the 17th Street Mosque in Sinkor, Monrovia. They were subsequently interred at the Muslim graveyard in Gaye Town, Old Road community.The prayers for the victims were attended by several dignitaries, including political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress, Alexander B. Cummings. Mr. Cummings extended sympathy to the families, while describing its as a national tragedy.Meanwhile, Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), in a statement posted on its website, express sorrow over the tragic deaths of the children.“The Mayor, City Council and employees of the City Government of Paynesville mourn the tragic death of at least 26 pupils and two instructors of the Bassa Town Quranic Recitation Center located in Paynesville City,” the statement said.Alvin Worzi contributed to this story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more