Mussenden charts course for CONCACAF presidency

first_imgRocked by the recent FIFA corruption scandal, regional football authority, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), will continue its push towards turning a new page with upcoming elections for a new president.Long-time Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden is looking to be the man to lead the confederation into a new age of transparency, credibility and growth and has been taking this message across the region as he drums up support ahead of the May 12 presidential election.CONCACAF has long held significance in FIFA’s corridors of power, but as a wide-ranging investigation revealed, many within the organisation played major roles in under-the-table operations.The organisation’s last three presidents, Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit, have all been indicted by the US Department of Justice. Webb has since pleaded guilty to racketeering, money laundering and racketeering charges.Mussenden, who distanced himself from the culture that clearly existed in the previous dispensation of regional football leadership, believes his experience in football administration, coupled with his base as a former Bermudian attorney general, would serve the region well.”I have been the president of the Bermuda Football Association for a number of years, so I have been around a number of years, and I have been encouraged by presidents of other countries, who have asked me to consider running,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.GREAT CONSIDERATION”I have given it great consideration, and I have seen how the previous presidents and general secretaries operate and I thought that with the right effort, the right support and with my background in legal affairs and football, that I could be an effective leader,” added Mussenden.”We took some serious damage, but from the bottom, there is only one way to go and that is up. CONCACAF has started the process with the reform package that we have been through over the past few months. We have been working on changes to our statutes to bring in greater checks and balances,” he said. “That is the first and early step in us working hard to demonstrate that CONCACAF can be one of the greatest confederations in FIFA, but also that we could be a credible organisation in the eyes of the people in our 41 countries.”Mussenden, an attorney-at- law, promises, if elected, to transform the organisation into an effectively run body with strong marketing, communications and tech-driven execution, while crucially committing to put into good use some US$10 million, which is being withheld as part of the ongoing corruption investigations.”Funds that have been seized and due to be returned … I understand that a significant amount of that will be due to CONCACAF as the victim and the money that comes back to CONCACAF, whatever it is, I think it should be used for development,” he said, before outlining his planned breakdown.”Thirty per cent should be used to develop various programmes, 20 per cent should be divided on a needs basis between the three unions, and the other 50 per cent should be divided equally among the 41 countries of CONCACAF because it should have been delivered to those countries in any event, and I will pledge to put this forward if elected,” noted Mussenden.COACHING EDUCATIONMussenden is also hoping to improve coaching education across the region and outlined plans to introduce a multi-tiered licensing system similar to that which exists at UEFA.He is also promising to work to ensure that the region continues to produce top-class referees and assistant referees, even as he underlined the need to pay close and immediate attention to bringing the confederation in line with best practices.The candidate says he has received encouraging reception from the various associations and believes he will get their support when voting begins.”I have had great encouragement from countries across the board and I feel very confident about the support … I have a good plan, I think I can get the respect of our member associations, I can get the respect of the people that we have to do business with and the region on a whole,” Mussenden noted.The CONCACAF presidential election will take place in Mexico City on May 12.last_img read more

GFA clubs commit to supporting GFA-IMC mandate

first_imgMember clubs of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) expressed readiness to support the work of the recently-installed Interim Management Committee (IMC).This commitment was made during a successful meeting with Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde on Wednesday last at the Sleep Inn International Hotel, where the members were formally introduced to the IMC members.In his introductory remarks, IMC Chairman Trevor Williams expressed willingness to serve in his capacity and advocated an open engagement approach to enable aGFF President Wayne Forde flanked by members of the IMC and GFAmutually-beneficial relationship.President Forde, during his presentation, assured the members that the appointment of the IMC was in complete alignment with the GFF’s statutes. Additionally, he informed the members that the GFF Executive Committee, CONCACAF and FIFA were aware of the efforts by some to destabilise football in Guyana and, as such, the international football governing bodies were consulted on all important constitutionally sensitive decisions of the GFF.Forde outlined the level of support the members would be given in the coming months that would allow them to organise the critical developmental competitions and improve the administration of the sport.A GFA Competitions Committee was appointed by the members that will commence the organisation of competitions immediately. More details will be released in the coming weeks.last_img read more

City must be brave for Liverpool mission – Guardiola

first_imgHowever, City’s chances of landing a first ever Champions League crown were likely dealt a fatal blow when they conceded three times in 19 minutes first-half minutes to a rampant Liverpool at Anfield in the first leg last week.And they were even more porous as United fought back to turn the game around in a 16-minute spell just after half-time as a Paul Pogba double and Chris Smalling’s winner handed United a famous win.“Contratulations to United. Now we will try, if we are brave enough, to stand up again and focus on Tuesday,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.With City still boasting a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League despite their first home league defeat of the season, Guardiola showed his priorities lay with the Champions League before kick-off.Kevin De Bruyne, City’s leading candidate for player of the year awards, was left on the bench alongside strikers Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero.– No case for City defence –However, even their firepower will count for nothing if City defend as they have in losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.And Guardiola admitted the way his side are built to play on the front foot could leave them exposed to an away goal that will almost certainly seal Liverpool’s place in the last four.“Today United didn’t shot one time in the first half. Second half they arrive twice and score two goals.“It is tough sometimes mentally. We are a young team and a team to create sometimes, not to defend.”In a recurring theme of his near two-year reign in charge of City, Guardiola also lamented his side’s inability to take their chances at the other end as Raheem Sterling missed two glorious opportunities to extend City’s lead with the score at 2-0.However, inspired by Barcelona’s remarkable comeback from a 4-0 first-leg deficit to Paris Saint-Gemrain, Guardiola — a Champions League winner as both a player and a coach at Barcelona — insisted that a remarkable comeback is possible if City are clinical on the night.“In football anything can happen. It is the first time we lose two games in a row, first time in the season it has happened and now we have to recover, try again, come back to basics and win games,” added Guardiola.“I tell them we are going to try guys. I was a football player, I know how they feel and how uncomfortable a situation it is. Like all the season I like to be with them and nothing else.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guardiola celebrates City’s second goal against Man Utd, but they ultimately crumbled to a 3-2 defeat. © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 8 – Manchester City have to shrug off the body blow of letting a two-goal lead and the chance to win the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United slip to raise themselves for a Champions League rescue mission against Liverpool on Tuesday.Victory against United would have seen City crowned champions of England for the fifth time, and they looked well on course to do so in the sweetest style in Saturday’s Manchester derby as captain Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan propelled them into a richly deserved two-goal half-time lead.last_img read more

MAN TO STAND TRIAL ON DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH CHARGE

first_imgA Lifford man has been sent forward for trial at the local circuit court on a charge of dangerous driving causing death.David McCauley, 33, appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning.The charges against Mr McCauley relate to the an incident on October 29th last at Magherasollus, Raphoe. Garda Inspector Denis Joyce indicated that the DPP had directed the case go forward for trial on December 8th next.Mr McCauley, of Drumleen, Lifford, is also charged with a range of other motoring offences which will be dealt with in January next.MAN TO STAND TRIAL ON DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH CHARGE was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dangerous driving causing deathDavid McCauleydonegallast_img read more

Giants start slow, come back, lose anyway to Reds

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants overcame their first-inning woes Saturday night and even managed to take the lead, but it wasn’t enough as the Cincinnati Reds made Derek Dietrich’s run-scoring bloop single in the seventh inning stand up in a 5-4 win at Oracle Park.The Giants held a 4-3 lead following a three-run fourth inning, erasing an early 3-1 deficit, and had a bullpen rested and ready to finish things off after Jeff Samardzija lasted only four innings.Then Eugenio Suarez hit a 429-foot blast …last_img

At Last! Streaming Media App Orb Launches Mac Version

first_imgTags:#mobile#music#Product Reviews#Video Services#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout One of Orb’s best features is the OrbLive iPhone application which connects with your home computer over the internet to provide access to your media library of audio, video, and photos. Through the mobile application, you can access any of your media files and play stream them over either a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. In the Windows version of the software, PC’s with TV tuner cards can also connect you to live, streaming TV in addition to the other shared media saved on the PC’s hard drive.To some extent, Orb competes with Apple’s own offerings since it provides access to music and video from either a desktop computer or an iPhone. That’s why it was somewhat surprising that Apple ever approved the company’s iPhone application to begin with. Even more surprising is that they allowed it to function over 3G when similar products – like Slingbox’s SlingPlayer for iPhone, another live TV streaming app – are restricted to Wi-Fi only. center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App We had almost forgotten about Orb, the media-sharing software that lets you stream video from your home computer to your iPhone or any other internet-connected device. In fact, the last time we had even looked at the application was November of 2008 when the company announced an update to their iPhone application which allowed you to stream live TV over the 3G network. At that time though, the desktop software portion of the Orb product was PC-only. As in Windows PC-only. Today, that has changed. Orb for Macintosh has finally been released so Mac OS X users can now stream their media over the net, too. Orb is a desktop software program that facilitates streaming of personal media over the internet. Once installed and configured, you can access your home computer’s content library from any internet-connected device. The software easily achieves what many other technology companies are still figuring out how to do – make your media available anywhere and everywhere on any device you use with minimal effort on your part. sarah perez No Live TV for Mac Users YetUnfortunately, the Mac version is debuting without the live TV streaming functionality. According to Joe Costello, CEO of Orb Networks, support for live TV support will be added in subsequent versions. In the meantime, however, Mac users can install the Orb software to stream music, photos, videos, home movies and webcam feeds stored in iTunes to their iPhones or to any other internet-connected device including netbooks, notebooks, media players, game consoles and more. All that’s needed is the new Mac OS X desktop software (works on OS X Intel 10.5 or later).Those interested in trying out the new Mac version can grab the installer from here: orb.com/en/download_orb. For now, the Mac software is available in English only. last_img read more

Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9 “I know the crowd wants to see a knockout … but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I’m the best. I’m here to stay. I’m here for a reason,” she said.Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed ‘Bullet,’ is 14-3.The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief.“I don’t agree with the decision at all,” Shevchenko said afterward, adding: “I won this fight.”She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, “I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above).”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:25Manny Pacquiao signs deal with Japan MMA promotion Rizin but won’t fight01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding It was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunez took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016.The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues.Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey.Also on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0.No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round.Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his Sledgehammer nickname, lifting up and pile-driving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision.Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Amanda Nunes, top, of Brazil, and Valentina Shevchenko, of Kyrgzystan, battle during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta — Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215.“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,” Nunes said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight, fight!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNunes, nicknamed the Lioness, raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict.She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike — and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Sore knee could sideline Cavs’ Shumpert for another week

first_imgShumpert is averaging 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 18.2 minutes for the Cavs, who are just 3-4 and take a three-game losing streak into Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.The 27-year-old Shumpert has made one start as coach Tyronn Lue has been forced to juggle his lineups because of injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShumpert is in his fourth season with Cleveland, which acquired him during the 2014-15 season in a trade with the Knicks. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on October 25, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cleveland Cavaliers reserve guard Iman Shumpert could miss another week with a sore right knee.Shumpert sat out Sunday’s loss to the New York Knicks and underwent an MRI on Monday. The team says tests didn’t reveal any structural damage, and he will be out five to seven days while undergoing treatment and rehab.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PSG, Bayern advance in Champions League; Man Utd must wait View comments MOST READlast_img read more

SC go ahead for One State One Vote policy in BCCI

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) The recommendations by Justice R M Lodha panel do not affect the composition of state cricket associations, the Supreme Court today said while upholding one state one vote policy suggested by the committee reducing the role of five full members to associate members.A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur also directed that three cricket clubs each in Maharashtra – Mumbai Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association, Vidarbha Cricket Association, and in Gujarat – Gujarat Cricket Association, Baroda cricket Association and Saurashtra Cricket Association – would enjoy full membership on rotational basis annually.It also made it clear that this arrangement of rotational membership shall continue till the time the clubs/associations come together to form a single entity, if such a unification was to ever become a reality.The apex court accepted the panels recommendation that reduces Railways Sports Promotion Board, Association of Indian Universities, Services Sports Control Board, National Cricket Club (Kolkata) and Cricket Club of India (Bombay) from full membership of BCCI to the status of Associate Members as they do not have a specific geographical territory.”Recommendations made by the Committee do not interfere with or alter the composition of State Cricket Associations. Individual citizens who came together to form State Associations have not been asked to discontinue nor do the recommendations impose upon their members an obligation to associate with others with whom they dont wish to associate.”Composition of the State Cricket Associations remain unaffected, and so does the right of those forming such Associations under Article 19(1)(c) of the Constitution,” the bench also comprising Justice F M I Kalifulla said.advertisementRegarding the one state one vote policy as recommended by the committee, the bench said it has “a two-fold impact on the current state of affairs in BCCI”.”This is a measure which has been recommended with a view to structurally streamline the BCCI to make it more responsive and accountable having regard to the aspiration of different regions for an equal opportunity to participate in the growth and promotion of the game in the country.”The fact that clubs including the Railways Sports Promotion Board, Association of Indian Universities and Services Sports Control Board do not represent any region nor do they receive any monetary benefit is, in our view, a good enough reason for converting their full membership to associate membership,” it said while clarifying that the right to vote will remain confined to full members representing definite geographical regions or territories. (More) PTI AG MNL SJK RKS SClast_img read more

Sony working on Xperia X Ultra with no bezels, ultra-wide screen like Galaxy S8, LG G6

first_imgSony is reportedly working on a new smartphone, dubbed – Sony Xperia X Ultra. This is probably not the first time you must be hearing about the handset. Renders of this Xperia phone has been making rounds on the web for quite a long time. A new leak provides a detailed insight of the Sony Xperia X Ultra and the specs that the device is expected to come packed with.As per the specifications, the upcoming Sony Xperia X Ultra is expected to come with a 6.45-inch full HD display along with an aspect ratio of 21:9. This probably indicates that the Xperia device will sport a much bigger screen than that of the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, and LG G6. To recall, the Samsung smartphones – S8 and S8+ sports an aspect ratio of 18:5:9, while on the other hand, LG G6 comes with an aspect ratio of 18:9.Also Read: Sony Xperia X Ultra with 6.45-inch ultra-wide display, 19MP camera spottedLeaks also suggest that the Sony Xperia X Ultra will come with bezel-less design. Furthermore, the smartphone is expected to come loaded with dual-stereo speakers. This indicates that the smartphone will provide great musical experience to the consumers. This Xperia smartphone, like the rest, will also be IP68 certified. This means that the device will be water and dust resistant.The new leak also reveals some key specifications of the smartphone. The Sony Xperia X Ultra will is said to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC along with Adreno 512. The smartphone will furthermore come packed with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The company can also bring variants of the smartphone. Furthermore, the smartphone also features a capacitive button for navigation.advertisementOn the camera front, the Xperia device is expected to come packed with a 19-megapixel camera on the rear panel and a decent enough 13-megapixel selfie shooter. The rear camera is also expected to come with features like — laser autofocus. The camera seems to be pretty much similar to that of the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs.Also Read: Android O Beta coming soon, confirms GoogleFurthermore, the Sony Xperia X Ultra is also expected to run on the latest Android Nougat operating system. The smartphone is said to come with a good battery set up. Sony Xperia X Ultra will be backed by a decent 3050mAh battery which is further said to be paired with USB Type-C port and Quick Charge 3.0.No other details on the specs front have been revealed about the smartphone. The upcoming Sony Xperia X Ultra will be announced in two colour variants – red and grey. While Sony might eventually announce several other colour variants as well. If the rumours are to be believed, there are chanced of a dark grey colour variant as well.last_img read more