Today, the Ministry of Youth and Sports is expected to rule in the protest against Grand Bassa County following the submission of findings by the Protest and Grievance Committee of the Liberia Football Association.The ruling was held at the LFA headquarters on Benson Street over the weekend by the Grievance and Ethnics Committee, under Mr. Benedict Yarsiah and Ansu Dorley.Nimba County has protested the fielding of alleged four illegal players from Bassa.On Thursday, Nimba County Administrative Manager Musa Kromah complaint in a letter to the Ministry of Youth and Sports that Grand Bassa County played four illegal players which included Trokon Jackson, Sekou Bayoh, Jerry Wleh and William Freeman.In the protest, Nimba County argued that Trokon Jackson with jersey number 22, is registered with a playing card# 12 with the name on the game’s sheet as Zizue Kollie, who is a 1st division player for Gardnersville FC, in the 1st division League.The protest further said that goalie Sekou Blayoh – wearing jersey # 1, is a national team player, who plays for Mighty Barrolle, a 2nd division team; and Jerry Wleh (jersey # 3) is banned by the Liberia Football Association(LFA) for double registration with ELWA United and Hope FC.There was absolutely nothing said about how player William Freeman was an illegal player.“Mr. Chairman …this is a gross violation of the 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet which contradict article 12 section 14 of the National County Sports Meet which speaks about player eligibility,” Kromah wrote.“No former or current national team player is allowed to partake in the national county sports meet; no former or current 1st division player is allowed to play in the National County Sports Meet in the football category; and not more than three 2nd division players should be registered.”Unconfirmed reports filtering in from the Protest Hall at the LFA said Nimba County may have won the hearing.Reports said Nimba County was represented by Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe and Floyd Tomah – Chairman on the County Steering Committee; while Grand Bassa was represented by Cllr. T.C. Gould and Superintendent Designate Levi Dermie, who is also Chairman of the County Steering Sports Committee.It may be recalled that on Wednesday at the crowded ATS, football defending champions, Grand Bassa County whipped Nimba County, 4-2 in a lottery shot, after a 33-minute of pressure and entertaining football.Wednesday’s goalless extra-time game in conclusion of Tuesday’s 90-minute match which was postponed owing to poor visibility, determined by referee Sam Kortee, the players and Match Commissioner Yanqueh Borsay.Meanwhile, reports gathered indicated that Grand Bassa County may file an appeal to the Appeals Committee, headed by Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe if the result favors Nimba County.Other report said Grand Bassa County might issue a writ of Injunction on the National County Sports. But interesting with the presence of Justice in Chambers, Justice Kabineh J’anneh and the Chief Justice, hailing from Nimba, many are wondering whether a ‘football case’ will be accepted in court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
22 February 2012 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and South Korean multinational steelmaker Posco signed an agreement in Johannesburg last week to cooperate on business development in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the year-long memorandum of understanding, the two organizations will work together closely to identify and pursue investment opportunities in manufacturing, mining and infrastructure in the region. The IFC said in a statement last week that the pact reflected “the growing interest of international project sponsors in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the IFC’s increasing involvement in South-South investment – projects executed in Africa by companies from newly developed countries or other developing countries. “Such investments encourage smoother capital flows and promote high standards that are critical for Africa’s economic development.” Young-Hoon Lee, Posco’s senior vice-president and head of strategy, said Africa was an increasingly important part of the global economy. “Posco and its affiliated companies have a growing interest in finding new investment opportunities in Africa in the steel manufacturing, natural resource development, infrastructure, energy and information technologies sectors,” Lee said. Saleem Karimjee, the IFC’s country manager for southern Africa, said the IFC wanted to help investors from other dynamic, rapidly growing economies to find opportunities in Africa. “The IFC has a strong presence across the region, experience in a range of sectors, global expertise and high standards that can help our partners succeed in profitable and sustainable businesses in Africa,” Karimjee said. Posco is one of the largest steel production companies in the world, involved in engineering and construction, power generation and natural resource development through its various subsidiaries. Last week’s meeting in Johannesburg, where the MOU was signed, was followed by joint sessions on the manufacturing, mining and infrastructure sectors. “Staff from both organizations will maintain close contact over the next year to explore opportunities for joint business development,” the IFC said. SAinfo reporter
A workshopper assisted CIO Tomiaki Tamura to scoop Passion Fruit Sorbet for desert. Chef Ali Sadiqi planned the menu for the dinner following the concert which included: Chilled Avocado Soup, ThaiLemongrass and Mussel Soup, Southwest Chicken Salad, Dilled Seafood Salad, Curried Red Lentils with Raisinsand Capers, Indonesian Tempeh with Peanuts and Pak Choy, and Arcosanti Bakery Pesto Swirl Bread. Planning Department Manager Nadia Begin and Paolo Soleri chat with a concert-goer.Also pictured, Site Coordinator Mary Hoadley. August 17, 2001Every summer Arcosanti hosts The Young Composers Workshop – a chance for youngcomposers to work withprofessional musicians culminating with a concert in the Colly Soleri Music Center. Pictured: The California E.A.R.Unit – who have been the “ensemble-in-residence for the workshop” since 1995.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] Earlier in the day, Workshoppers helped the cafe to prepare hors d’oeuvres for the event. Workshoppers Mary and Julia served appetizers during intermission.
The number of digital TV homes around the world will double between now and 2017, according to the latest report from Digital TV Research.The forecasts, which cover 80 territories, say that the 2017 total will rise to 1.3 billion and that, at that point, global digital penetration will have reached 86.7%.Of the 648 million digital TV homes to be added between 2011 and 2017, 259 million will come from digital cable. Homes taking DTT but not subscribing to cable, DTH or IPTV will bring in a further 174 million, with pay DTT adding five million, according to the report. Pay IPTV will increase by 114 million, with pay DTH up 66 million and free-to-air DTH 31 million.Pay TV penetration (analogue and digital combined) reached half of the world’s TV households by end-2010, and will rise to 63% by end-2017, according to the report. Pay TV penetration at end-2017 will range from 87% in North America to 22% in the Middle East and Africa. Pay TV penetration will remain highest in the Netherlands, at 99.5% by end-2017. However, China will have the most pay TV subs, at 315 million by end-2017, followed by India with 145 million, according to the report.Simon Murray, report author, said: “There were still 714 million analogue TV households by end-2011. However, this total will fall to 202 million by end-2017. Analogue penetration will drop from 51.4% at end-2011 to 13.3% by end-2017.”
BT Sport’s Champions League presenter teamBT added 97,000 TV customers in its fiscal third quarter, taking its total to 1.4 million. The company said that viewership of its BT Sport offering had increased by 46% thanks in part to coverage of Champions League and Europa League football.BT said that 20 football matches recorded peak concurrent viewing above one million viewers between August and the end of the year, compared with only 12 for the previous season. The majority of both consumer and commercial BT Sport customers take the full range of the company’s sports channels, according to BT.BT also saw a strong boost to its mobile numbers, with 300,000 new mobile customers added in the quarter. Overall, the telco added 6,000 customers, the first growth in its consumer base in over 10 years, compared with a decline of 60,000 for the same period last year.BT Consumer posted a revenue increase of 11% to £1.2 billion (€1.6 billion) for the quarter, including a 23% increase in broadband and TV revenue. Operating costs increased by 12% thanks to BT’s investment in rights for BT Sport Europe. However consumer division EBITDA grew by 8% to £250 million.“BT Consumer had a standout quarter, increasing its overall line base for the first time in well over a decade and capturing 71% of new broadband customers. Good customer growth in broadband, TV and mobile helped to grow ARPU by 7%. Customers like what we’re offering, whether that’s superfast broadband, Champions League football or mobile data bundles. BT Global Services also did well with good revenue growth in continental Europe and Asia,” said CEO Gavin Patterson.BT took the opportunity to defend the record of Openreach, its infrastructure arm now subject to numerous calls from rivals to be subject to a forced sale. The telco said that the growth of broadband usage during the period of Openreach’s existence had been explosive, and that the group had now deployed fibre to over 24 million premises from a standing start in 2009, including 500,000 homes passed in the third quarter.BT itself added 250,000 fibre customers in the quarter, taking its retail base to 3.7 million, with 46% of the company’s broadband customers now on fibre.“Fibre is underpinning the growth at Openreach with almost half a million premises taking up the service this quarter via dozens of service providers. The fibre market is highly competitive and growing all the time, which is great news for the UK economy. Our superfast fibre broadband network is available to well over 24m homes and businesses. We will help take fibre coverage to 95% of the country by the end of 2017, with plans to go even further. Our G.fast trials are progressing well. The UK is poised to take the important journey from superfast to ultrafast broadband and BT is well placed to lead the charge,” said Patterson.The results came as BT completed the acquisition of EE, bringing Deutsche Telekom on board as a shareholder, and announced a new operational structure with EE retaining its brand in a separate division under Marc Allera.