UEFA approves video review for Champions League next season

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco loses to Mono Vampire in Fiba Asia Champions Cup opener Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Video review is used for four potentially game-changing incidents: awarding goals, penalty kicks, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.The lack of video review in this season’s Champions League was highlighted last week when Cristiano Ronaldo was given a red card for the first time in the marquee competition. He was handed a direct red card after he ruffled or tugged the hair of a Valencia defender who he appeared to believe had fallen to the ground too easily.Without video images to consult, the referee consulted with his assistant behind the goal before sending off the Juventus forward.UEFA’s disciplinary panel met Thursday and decided Ronaldo should serve only a mandatory one-game ban for a red card with no additional punishment.UEFA’s introduction of video technology next season leaves unclear the future of those extra assistants beside each goal. That system was promoted by former UEFA president Michel Platini, who strongly opposed giving referees technological aids.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Referee Silvio Mazzoleni points to the penalty spot during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Fiorentina, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)NYON, Switzerland — Video review will start being used to help referees next season in the Champions League, after the technology makes its UEFA debut at the Super Cup.The UEFA executive committee also decided Thursday to approve the video assistant referee system for the 2020 European Championship and the 2020-21 Europa League.ADVERTISEMENT 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 The first UEFA game using technological help for referees is expected to be 14 months after FIFA introduced it at the World Cup in Russia. On Aug. 14 in Istanbul, the Super Cup game will pair this season’s Champions League and Europa League winners.The timetable was hinted at last month by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who has been more skeptical than FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino about the readiness of match officials to use the often-controversial protocols.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We are confident that introducing Video Assistant Referees in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient and successful implementation,” Ceferin said Thursday in a statement.On a breakthrough day for the system, the Asian Football Confederation said it wanted to use video review at “some games” in next year’s Asian Cup. That tournament will be played from Jan. 5-Feb 1 in the United Arab Emirates. View commentslast_img read more

SOEs Urged to Prioritize Financial Reporting

first_imgState Owned Enterprises (SOE) in the country have been urged to prioritize the use of strategic management and financial reporting in mitigating potential risks associated with noncompliance within the sector.Making the call yesterday at the climax of a two-day strategic management and financial reporting workshop, Mr. Siafa Chowoe, Unit Director of SOEs at the Ministry of Finance Development and Planning (MFDP), said the event is intended to address the planning and reporting requirements as prescribed by the Public Financial Management (PFM) Law and to develop a way forward in mitigating any potential risk associated with noncompliance by SOEs. Mr. Chowoe said the event was also aimed at strengthening the capacity of SOEs where there are gaps in terms of making their financial reports in various ministries and agencies in the country. He said the PFM Law requires SOEs to submit quarterly and annual financial statements as well as their entity’s strategic plans to the Minister of Finance and Development Planning.Chowoe explained that the workshop discussed the PFM Law and Regulatory requirements as well as the risk of noncompliance. He said that challenges faced by SOEs in the implementation of Sections 43-46 of the PFM Act of 2009 were also discussed.Explaining further, Chowoe said his unit is the point of focus to collate, analyze and interpret financial and strategic plans submitted by SOEs to the MFDP with a goal to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of the PFM Law and its regulations.Moreover, he said that submission of SOEs strategic plan, annual financial plans and periodic financial performance reports remains a challenge due to either misunderstanding or capacity gaps.The two day event, he added, will improve efficiency and transparency to strengthen financial reporting within three years, focusing on strategic planning and annual budgeting.For his part, Liberian economist Samuel Tweah said SOEs play a critical role in the development of the nation’s economy and therefore need urgent attention by all. SOEs have accounted for 11 percent of the public wage, he explained, thus contributing 4.3 percent to the country’s budget in the amount of US$22.6 million in the 2015/2016 fiscal year; while in Sierra Leone it accounted for 5 percent of the public wage bill.He further stated that total expenses for all SOEs in 2014 amounted to US$33 million, which accounts for 13 percent of the public wage bill. SOEs are also expected to embrace the new standards of methods regarding strategic management and financial reporting.The two day workshop brought together government employees, and was organized by the MFDP SOE Financial Reporting Coordination Unit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 ex-FIB Staff Surrender to Court

first_imgMore than two months after running from persecution, two of the 10 persons accused of stealing over US$1.2 million from the First International Bank (FIB) have ‘voluntarily’ turned themselves over to Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice.The two who turned themselves over on Tuesday were Africanus Freeman and Jerman S. Tegli. Another co-defendant, Benyan Dadzie, was already in custody, having been arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police, (LNP) in the City of Paynesville.The accused were former employees of the FIB, but were said to have violated the bank’s policy thereby reportedly committing series of thefts.Despite their decision to turn themselves in ‘voluntarily,’ Jermaine Tegli, former head of operations and Africanus Freeman, former cash officer, were sent to the Monrovia Central Prison by Judge Peter Gbeneweleh.The accused could remain in jail until another bail is filed on their behalf.The defendants were escorted to the court by their legal team, who could not prevent Judge Gbeneweleh from taking his action to send them to jail.The action followed several hours of closed door negotiations between lawyers representing the accused, and the County Attorney for Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah in the office of Judge Gbeneweleh.Family members of the jailed men were also seen in tears outside the courtyard, doing everything legally possible to convince an insurance company to file their bond to have them released from the Monrovia Central Prison.They were among the ten ex-employees who were charged in 2014 by the Liberian government with the commission of crimes of money laundering, theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and forgery.Shortly after they were charged, the accused went into hiding immediately after their release on bail. The bail had been granted through a bond file by Sky Insurance Company.According to the court document, some of the accused are still at large and the court has therefore declared them wanted.The first indictment, according to the court document, stated that “between the periods of January 2012 to February 2013, the defendants allegedly used withdrawal slips, approved, signed and in some instances not signed and without the knowledge and participation of the customers, diverted an amount of US$1,220,028.54 from the bank.”“Co-defendants Jermaine Tegli and Africanus Freeman, without any authorization, fraudulently used the bank’s manager’s checks account to withdraw the total amount of US$1,102,859.21,” the court document further stated.It noted that further, “Co-defendant Africanus Freeman, who served as cash officer, posted an amount to the system in excess of the amounts actually paid to MoneyGram and Western Union’s customers, and thereafter, converted the amount fraudulently, posted, which caused the bank to lose US$1,269,102.75.”Co-defendants Tegli and Freeman converted to their own use and benefit the amount of US$8,924.29, which was in the custody of co-defendant Roberts Cummings as a teller. The money was illegally withdrawn and paid out to co-defendants Freeman and Tegli upon their request for an I-Owe-You (IOU) transaction basis.Those arrested are on record dating as far back as March 21, 2013, while counting money collected in the vault; the defendants allegedly took US$248,309 and L$40,349,285 (equivalent to US$576,418.36 at the rate of L$70), which went missing from the bank’s vault.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mourners Urged to Make Use of Talents from God

first_imgThe late George GmahActing Senior Pastor, Elder Felix N. Tiepoh, told the family and sympathizers at the funeral of the late George J. Gmah last Saturday to make use of the talents God has given them to ensure that their eternity is secured, even before the end of their lives.Held at the Emmanuel Temple (Independent Pentecostal Church of Christ) in the Borough of New Kru Town on Bushrod Island, Monrovia, Elder Tiepoh reminded the mourners that the deceased cannot be helped by their tears.On the theme, ‘What Have You Done With What God Gave You,’ Elder Tiepoh examined Matthew 25:14-30, where the Bible reports the story of a man who was about to travel abroad that summoned his slaves, and entrusted his belongings to them.Elder Tiepoh said: “He gave five talents to one, two to another, and one to still another, each according to his own ability, and he went abroad.” He explained that the one who received the five talents went and did business with them and gained five more. Likewise, the one who received the two gained two more.“But the slave who received just one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them,” he said, adding that those who made use of what they received were rewarded and the one who did not make use of what he received was described by the Master as “a wicked and sluggish slave.”The scripture, as read by Elder Tiepoh, said: “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundantly. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him, and throw the good-for-nothing slave out into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and the gnashing of his teeth.”Tiepoh encouraged the mourners to ensure that they keep God in their lives. “George Gmah came to church even when he was sick,” he said, “and while your tears cannot help him, we should know that his future is with God.”He told the family to take heart and read Ecclesiastics 12:1-8, emphasizing that they should remember God when they are healthy, before worse days come.Elder Tiepoh also called on his listeners to be each other’s keeper, by sharing what they have with those who lacked them. He said when those who have assisted those who don’t have, “they do it for Jesus Christ,” as quoted in the Scriptures.The late George J. Gmah was born on March 6, 1947 and died after a brief illness at the Redemption Hospital on February 23, 2017. He was 70 years old.Burial took place at the Johnsonville Cemetery, outside Monrovia. Survivors include daughters Ms. Saviour Gmah, Ms. Victoria Gmah, son Theophilus N. Gmah, Jr.; grandson Theophilus N. Gmah, III, and a host of other relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gun, ganja, ecstasy unearthed during Police raids in Bartica

first_imgA miner was arrested after he was found to be in possession of an unlicensed magnum pistol at a business place at Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). Based on information received, a party of Police ranks acting on information went to the business place and conducted a search during which the weapon was found on the 28-year-old miner of Karasabai, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).He was arrested and is being processed for court. Meanwhile, a 34-year-old miner was taken into Police custody following the discovery of 42 grams of cannabis and 28.3 grams of ecstasy in his possession.According to reports, Police ranks were performing duties in Bartica and while in the vicinity of Third Avenue, Bartica, the man was seen acting in a suspicious manner; thus prompting the Police to conduct a search on his person.He remains in custody and is expected to make his court appearance today.last_img read more

Sugar still viable from economic perspective – Opposition Leader

first_imgWhile Government claims that the sugar industry has decreased in value from a financial outlook, Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has positioned that the industry is a vast contributor from an economic perspective.Jagdeo, at the recent press conference, identified several ways in which the economic value of sugar is still viable, especially with the ripple effect it created in other sectors.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoHe said this could have been realised earlier if Government had opted to conduct the economic feasibility study, which was suggested. The closure of the estates, he examined, came at a greater cost than keeping the factories alive.“Sugar is still viable from an economic perspective and not necessarily from a financial perspective because of the multiple benefits that are associated with sugar from the linkages to the taxes to the NIS to the drainage and irrigation services which still have to be funded.”“We argued for an economic feasibility study. This is not a financial feasibility study. This is about people’s lives, their contribution to the economy…Had they done the economic feasibility study that we had asked for, you would have seen that the cost of closure is greater than the cost of keeping sugar going,” the Opposition Leader added.A scene from one of the several protests former GuySuCo workers mounted against the GovernmentThe four estates: Wales Estate on the West Bank of Demerara; Enmore in Demerara; and Rose Hall and Skeldon in Berbice, were closed less than two years after the coalition Administration took office.According to the former Head of State, the closed sugar estates can be sold to investors but these stakeholders are not willing to make an investment presently.The Opposition Leader shared, “He [President David Granger] said people don’t want to buy the estates but they’re selling off the scraps and assets without telling us…It’s not that people don’t want to buy the estates. It’s just that they don’t want to invest now in Guyana with this bunch of incompetent people running the show.”Just last month, he had argued that the coalition Government failed to make fact-based decisions for the sugar industry. During an address to the Association of Concerned Guyanese in Toronto, Canada, he acknowledged that sugar needed transitional help but added that the Government’s approach was anything but transitional.Recently, it was announced that more than 660 hours of downtime at all of the three remaining factories in the sugar belt has resulted in the second crop production plummeting.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) had said that the Albion Estate factory was experiencing its worse performance in the longest of time. In fact, the Union noted that the problems at that location are so acute that the Corporation has lost some three weeks of operations.According to GAWU, the performance of the factories, as it has lamented before, brings into question the efficacy of the industry’s factory operations department.“That department’s skills, we gathered, has been augmented in recent times as several new recruits were engaged. We hasten to wonder what have been their collective contributions in assuaging the situation and trying to bring some semblance to the difficulties that are being faced at this time. The situation for the Union and the workers are very much concerning and disconcerting at the same time,” the missive stated.The Union went on to point out that this situation has been especially hard for the sugar workers. It noted that the poor reliability of the factories has seen workers on many days not being offered work.It added that this makes a bad situation worse as they have been struggling with the declines in their nominal and real pay and that the inability to work every day for them and their family, especially as they approach the year-end season, must be distressing.Bearing in mind the most recent performance, the Union has now estimated that the industry’s second crop production by December 20, will reach 60,236 tonnes sugar with a total deficit of 16,107 tonnes.last_img read more

BCB congratulates Roger Harper

first_imgThe President, Executives and members of the Hilbert Foster-led Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) have said they would like to offer profound congratulations to Roger Harper, former Guyana and West Indies Test cricketer, on his appointment as a selector for Cricket West Indies (CWI). “The appointment of Harper is welcome by the entire county, and we are confident that the selection of West Indies teams would be done on merit”, the BCB personnel have said.Roger Harper: appointed Selector for Cricket West Indies“West Indies Cricket needs all of the leaders, especially selectors, to be professionals; and in Roger Harper we have the complete product with a long (and) distinguished career on and off the cricket field. Harper was a highly successful captain of Guyana for several years, and also served as vice captain of the West Indies team under the great (Sir) Vivian Richards. “After his playing (career) ended, Harper earned respect as a coach for the West Indies and Kenya, while his performances as President of the Georgetown Cricket Association is only surpassed by the BCB in Guyana.Roger Harper is widely respected as a disciplined, knowledgeable and fair person. “For many years, Berbicians have watched on as players like Veerasammy Permaul, Anthony Bramble, Erva Giddings, Tremayne Smartt, Romario Shepherd, and even Devindra Bishoo, have been treated unfairly by selectors, who seem more interested in selecting players from one country. The BCB would like to recommit itself to working along with every legally recognised stakeholder to develop our cricket to its highest level in the West Indies.Hilbert Foster: BCB President“Congratulations are also extended to the other newly appointed selectors. We are confident that the four selectors would work together and take West Indies Cricket to a new level”, the BCB have said.last_img read more

Robin Hood, Balboa help Klopp passion shine at Liverpool

first_imgIt hasn’t always been a such a smooth ride since Klopp arrived an Anfield two-and-a-half years ago.Indeed, even in the aftermath of a 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of hitherto tournament favourites Manchester City, Klopp warned the clock was ticking on his promise to deliver a trophy within four years of taking charge.Early in his reign Klopp at times bemoaned the subdued atmosphere in modern English grounds, even at the mythical Anfield, compared to his grounding in Germany’s Bundesliga.By contrast, Anfield will be at fever pitch on Tuesday to try and inspire the five-time European champions back to club’s football’s biggest game in the Kiev final on May 26.“The Champions League nights are special for the fans too,” Liverpool’s talisman Mohamed Salah — who has scored an incredible 41 goals in his debut season for the club — told CNN. “You can feel it on the streets.“The atmosphere in that first game against Man City was the first time I had really seen something like that.”Premier League champions City’s evisceration by a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes was just another chapter in a long history of famous European nights at Anfield.“The Liverpool fans, they all believe ‘this is our competition’,” recognised City boss Pep Guardiola afterwards.But it came on the back of a rallying cry by Klopp for his players not to be intimidated by Liverpool’s history in the competition, but to make memories they too will be remembered for.– A mirror image of their manager –Liverpool’s high-energy style that even City couldn’t cope with is a mirror image of their manager on the touchline.“If something is important to me, I cannot hide my feelings. When I’m happy everyone can see and it’s the same when I’m angry,” Klopp told The Big Interview podcast.However, Klopp’s revival of Liverpool has come from far more than rabble rousing.His fluid 4-3-3 system has brought the best out of a prolific front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who have combined for 83 goals this season.“I think Jurgen is a master to buy players with what he really needs for the way he wants to play,” said Guardiola, who has suffered more defeats in his career to Klopp than any other manager.Most impressively of all, Klopp’s management has also ensured that Liverpool’s flurry of goals hasn’t dried up despite losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million ($199 million) in January and not buying a natural replacement.Instead just over half of that fee was spent on Virgil Van Dijk to bolster a defence that often let Klopp down in his first two years in England.Since the £75 million Dutchman was recruited, Liverpool have conceded just once in four European outings.Klopp has also learned from his own mistakes. The intensity of his demands left Liverpool drained in the second-half of last season after a promising start to the campaign.This season no manager has rotated more than Klopp in the Premier League with the payoff that his side remain the sole English representatives in the last four.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at times bemoaned the subdued atmosphere in modern English grounds, even at the mythical Anfield, compared to his grounding in Germany’s Bundesliga © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – A confessed admirer of the underdog tales of Robin Hood and Rocky Balboa, Jurgen Klopp is probably uncomfortable with Liverpool’s status as strong favourites in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma.However, it is testament to how far the German has revitalised a sleeping giant on the European stage that Liverpool’s first appearance in the Champions League last four for a decade is met with such expectation.last_img read more

The Horse Ranch to host open house and fundraiser in support of Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Association

first_imgThe Horse Ranch open house and fundraiser is taking place on November 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 9404 – 243 Road in Baldonnel.For tickets and more information, you can visit eventbrite.com. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Horse Ranch, of Baldonnel, will be hosting an open house and fundraiser.Taking place on the evening of November 22, the open house and fundraiser will feature a live music performance by Fort St. John’s Mason Young.In addition, to live music, you will have the opportunity to watch Glenn Stewart’s Horsemanship Demonstration with his Dream Team.- Advertisement -Also available is a Silent Auction and door prizes.Tickets for this event are $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under, and $40.00 per family.All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Association.Advertisementlast_img read more

West Ham to face Andorran side FC Lusitans in the Europa League

first_img1 West Ham United players celebrate West Ham will face FC Lusitans of Andorra in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.The Hammers will compete in Europe for the first time since 2006 after they qualified via the fair play league.And they will visit Andorra on July 2 for the first leg before hosting their opponents at Upton Park in the return match on July 9.Elsewhere in the draw, St Johnstone will play Armenian outfit Alashkert FC, and Aberdeen will do battle with Shkendija from Macedonia.last_img read more