LFA to Enforce CLS, No Financial Distribution to Clubs

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association will enforce CAF’s Club Licensing System in the 2015/16 soccer league, stakeholders who attended last Saturday’s Interactive Forum at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium were told.LFA President Musa Bility, responding to enquiries from participants, said it is not the duty of the association to provide money to support member clubs.“We are the regulators of football,” Bility said, “and our role is to ensure that we regulate and provide standard that will improve on the overall development of the game.”President Bility’s clarification stemmed from inquiries by several clubs, including LISCR FC and Nimba United FC for the need to get some financial support in the wake of the Ebola virus disease that affected the clubs.Bility said funds received from FIFA are exclusively for development purposes and not for clubs.He noted that the LFA made it clear to teams at the last Buchanan Congress that FIFA would provide U$750,000 financial assistance to the association.“The money is a special bonus from FIFA and the LFA is using this money to construct our national headquarters,” he told the gathering.So far, he said, “We have received $250k of this amount and purchased two pieces of land in Congo Town. We will use the remaining $500k to commence the construction of a $738k LFA HQ beginning February and we also received $100k from CAF towards this project.” Regarding the Financial Assistance Program, (FAP), from FIFA, he said it is the only revenue available to the LFA for the smooth running of the day to day operations of the Liberia Football Association.“We have no intention to distribute this money to clubs. In fact this money comes to LFA quarterly and we are yet to receive the first batch,” he said.He noted that concerning Cellcom GSM sponsorship money 45% goes towards prizes for clubs at the end of the season and the other 55% is used partially to finance the league hoping that the clubs registration and penalties will fill in the gap. The LFA, Bility said, “has no extra money to give to clubs. What we have done in the last four years is to put the LFA under great financial stress in order to assist the clubs.”He, however, pointed out that almost all the first division clubs still have enough credit with the LFA to register for the upcoming league. Bility reminded all club presidents that under the new clubs licensing regime the LFA too has obligations it must meet to carry out to a certain standard. “We will not abdicate our responsibilities to support clubs. It is expected that everyone desiring to own a club must have the finances to do so or disregard the quest.”Without pulling punches, Bility declared, “The ownership of clubs is a commercial venture that yields direct benefits to the clubs NOT LFA. We are the regulators of clubs not administrators.”He said the LFA will make all clubs in the 2015/16 seasons live up to at least twenty five percent requirement demanded in the Club Licensing System.The Club Licensing System demands every team to have, among other things, a youth team, a specified amount in its bank account, an office, and contract agreement with both players and technical staff.Bility said to get a good soccer league, players, coaches; medics and referees must receive necessary support, pointing out that the LFA is prepared to have a minimum number of clubs to ensure that a standard is set for the league this year.The forum had a team of panelist who provided overviews and answered questions in their respective areas. The areas included issues on coaches, referees, medics, and club management.The forum was organized by the technical department of the LFA, and its director Henry Browne earlier explained the importance of those involved in football meeting to exchange ideas to get some clarifications before the league proper.Coach Gabriel Johns discussed issues affecting coaches, relations with referees and clubs’ presidents. It was noted that because the roles of club officials are not defined, there are always overlapping their functions to tell coaches what to do during the process of a game.Bility pointed out that such development comes because of the coaches’ fear of failure, and assured all those involved in the game that the LFA demands clubs to sign contracts with coaches and their players to minimize some of the inherent overlapping of functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bul vs Vipers: Vipers seek proper rehearsal for Champions League return leg

first_imgVipers lost to CS Constantine in their last competitive fixture (Photo by Vipers Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueBul FC vs Vipers SCNjeru Technical Center, JinjaWednesday, 19-12-2018 @4pmNJERU – Vipers SC will be hoping to return to winning ways when they travel east and take on Bul FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday afternoon.The Venoms are on the back of a 2-1 loss to SC Constantine of Algeria in the CAF Champions League but will be confident as they are still unbeaten in the League so far.At the start of the day, they sit six points behind leaders KCCA FC with Javier Martinez’s side having three games in hand. A win for the Venoms on Wednesday will most definitely serve as a morale booster ahead of their return leg clash in the Champions League.However, it will not be a walk in the park as they have won only one of their last three visits to Bul.For the home side, they come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw away to Kirinya JSS in the Jinja derby.Peter Onen’s side have been performing fairly well so far, having lost only three of their first 11 and none in the last three.Having lost only one of their first six home games, they will be confident they can get something out of the game.What the Coaches are saying:Peter Onen, Bul FC.“It is a game we are going to approach with a lot of caution.“Whenever we draw away from home, we come back and win in Njeru.“It is a run that we want to maintain.“We are going to work extra hard so as we overcome our opponents and continue the march up the table.Javier Martinez, Vipers SC.“Bul is a strong team and we are not taking them lightly.“Each game is a final for us and we will go out to fight for victory in Njeru.Team News: Third choice goalie, Derrick Ochan is expected to start his first league game for Vipers with Bashir Ssekagya and Fabian Mutombore out injured. Ssekagya limped over during Vipers 2-1 loss away to CS Constantine in the Champions League while Mutombora has been out of action for over a month.Steven Mukwala is ruled out while Thomson Sefu and Bashir Asiku could be selected in the match day squad. Tadeo Lwanga and Geoffrey Wasswa will return to the starting line-up after missing the trip to Algeria due to suspension.Match Facts:This will be the 15th top flight meeting between the two sides ever since Bul gained promotion in 2011.In the first 14, Vipers have won 7 and lost only 2 with the other 5 ending in draws.Bul have won only one of the 7 home fixtures against Vipers with the victory coming four years ago in a 2-1 result.Last season, Vipers took 4 points off Bul including one in the 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.Bul head into the game having lost only one of their last 9 league games (W4 D4). The loss came in their meeting away to Mbarara on the 13th of last month (1-0).At home, Onen’s side have lost only two of their last 14 fixtures (W8 D4).For Vipers, they are currently on a 26 match unbeaten run in the league (W20 D6). The last team to topple the Venoms was URA on 28th of November 2017.Away from home, they have gone 12 matches minus defeat (W6 D6). Their last loss was the 3-1 defeat to KCCA in November 2017.Comments Tags: Bul FCJavier martinezStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

Sony Digital Paper: A Step Forward in the Digital Transformation Process

first_imgMolekule Air Purifier: Small in Stature, Big on… Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite Canvia Digital Art Turns Home and Office Walls … Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Blueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H… Where to BuyYou can buy Sony’s Digital Paper at retailers, including Amazon, WalMart, and Best Buy.Overall ImpressionsOn the positive side, Sony’s Digital Paper looks cool and offers beneficial functionality and benefit. It also gives us a glimpse of the digital future and how we can bring others who prefer paper into the digital environment. I like the clear resolution and full-page viewing as well as the sleek design. It comes in under a quarter of an inch thick and makes it easy to carry with me wherever I go.This technology needs the backlight; hopefully, that will be in an updated version.  With the high price tag of around $700 for what essentially is a read-write PDF tablet, this is a “nice to have” but not a “need to have” gadget. However, sometimes watching their website can get you in on their sales — I recommend this. Other model prices are — CP1 $499 and RP1 $599. Related Posts HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 USB-C Hub The idea of paper being digital may sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but not to Sony. They’ve introduced a digital paper solution. As a tech lover and advocate of the digital transformation of businesses away from paper processes, I had to try it out.What is Digital Paper?The digital paper takes the ease of reading and writing on real paper and combines it with the efficiency and convenience of digital features. These features include easy sharing across devices (PC, Mac, or mobile device) via an app, searchable document capability, and secure document encryption. It has a paper-like texture but offers the precision capability of a screen as well as easily stores for reference and review at a later date. Plus, you can highlight, write, or erase just as you would do with regular paper.Sony offers two main sizes of digital paper. The 13” letter size works best for when you want to read, annotate, or take notes on full-size pages while the more compact, lightweight 10” notebook size is more convenient for portability.Digital Paper FeaturesWith a WI-FI or Bluetooth connection as well as the desktop or mobile Digital Paper App, you can sync documents with a computer or mobile phone, so it’s easy to share these documents with other devices and cloud services. You get a certain amount of local storage, which allows you to store thousands of files. It has a 2.0 GHz CPU and 16GB of internal memory (11GB free out of the box), which means it can hold approximately 10,000 PDF files.Even though you want to share with certain people, you also want to protect that digital paper, so it uses password encryption technology as well as AES 128 data encryption.Other features include the ability to view two pages at once plus you can zoom into the text by circling the area. You can also copy and paste text throughout the document by using the same tool.It has a long battery life. The digital paper can go one week on a single charge or up to three weeks if you aren’t using Wi-Fi. When you plug in the Digital Paper tool, an LED light on top will show you when it’s charging.Some Issues to NoteDespite the many benefits this device offers, there were some missing features. First, I can’t search any of my handwritten notes to find something I need. It only lets me search for phrases or words that are part of the original document text.Second, the stylus could be better. The stylus does look nice and is lightweight, but the button on the side that I need to press to erase or highlight with doesn’t work well. I find myself erasing or highlighting more than I intended, which creates more work. I had to slow down to make sure no mistakes were made, which felt unproductive.Third, while the software is easy to use, it could do more. To sync files to my desktop, I had first to install Sony’s Digital Paper app on my computer. Then, I have to use a USB cable, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth to upload the files. Once I connected to a known W-iFi network, fortunately, it continued to recognize it, so I didn’t have to plug it into my computer each time I wanted to do a sync or file transfer. However, if you need to switch locations continually, it’s a lot more work to sync or do a file transfer.Fourth, I can share documents to third-party cloud services like Dropbox and Google Docs, it’s not integrated into the actual device, so I can’t send them directly. Thankfully, there is now a mobile app; this process makes the product seamless and so much easier.last_img read more