Infantino says FIFA can afford Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding FIFA is heavily focused on two future World Cups at its annual congress even before the 2018 tournament kicks off one day later.Infantino will ask members for permission to open talks on adding 16 more teams to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Hosting 48 teams could mean sharing games with other Middle East nations to find up to four extra stadiums Qatar currently does not plan to build.“Whether this is possible to be done only in Qatar, of course, is a question mark,” Infantino acknowledged, adding Qatar was never formally asked to host a 48-team event alone.Any consultation on the 2022 World Cup must reach a decision by FIFA’s June 2019 congress, he said. The one-year deadline would begin during a blockade of Qatar begun one year ago by regional rivals including Saudi Arabia, who in that time have seemed more influential in FIFA’s business.“I think I have good relations with everyone in the (Gulf) region because I focus on football, and not on politics,” Infantino said.However, Infantino insisted his Club World Cup proposal — part of a $25 billion offer by unidentified investors to back new FIFA competitions — was “nothing to do with Saudi Arabia.”He said other investors have approached now it is known FIFA could enter a 12-year partnership with commercial interests to run the club event, and a global Nations League.“It’s fantastic,” Infantino said. “We should be proud and happy for that. We need to get away in FIFA from having just one tournament, one month, every four years and thinking that this is enough to develop football in the world.”The $25 billion offer is on hold until after a Russian World Cup that Infantino said has only “minor, minor things” left to organize.“I have never seen a country that has done so much for welcoming the fans as Russia is doing,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Fifa President Gianni Infantino, center right, watches the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)ZURICH — FIFA can afford to have Morocco host the 2026 World Cup, according to President Gianni Infantino, even if the rival North American bid promises billions of dollars more in revenue.Ahead of next week’s vote by FIFA member federations in Moscow, Infantino said on Monday: “FIFA can afford whatever the congress decides.”ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img 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 evaluation team also emphasized a significant overall risk posed by Morocco’s plan to build or renovate all of its stadiums, almost all team training sites, and many hotels.“What our task has been is to make sure the process is as objective, as clear as possible, and to highlight the pros and the cons of everything,” Infantino said.Up to 207 voting federations, many of whom rely on the $1.5 million annual grant promised by FIFA over the next four years, can ignore the panel’s work.Infantino would not be drawn on whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s public comments could be a factor in the June 13 poll — either driving voters toward Morocco, or winning them with veiled threats of consequences for countries not supporting the American bid. FIFA will publish how federations voted.“I hope when they vote they think what is best for football, definitely not on other subjective criteria that they might have for themselves,” Infantino said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I don’t feel old,’ says birthday boy Nadal after 900th win “We have to live with that and to make the best of any decision which is taken,” said the FIFA leader, who Moroccan bid leaders have publicly suspected of favoring the joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid.In a FIFA panel’s evaluation of the candidates, the North American bid got the only maximum mark for its tickets and corporate hospitality sales plan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownA difference in projected ticket sales of $1.3 billion between the two bids helped lead the report to note “significantly higher” forecast revenue of $14.3 billion from North Americans and $7.2 billion from Morocco.“Money is one element (but) not the only element” in the report, Infantino said, revealing that FIFA will top $6 billion income during the four-year financial period for the 2018 World Cup. 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Firestone’s Laudable Initiative—A Harbinger of Things to Come?

first_imgThe Firestone Plantations   Company has continued to play an important role in Liberia’s education. After many years of inaction,   they finally took over the Harbel High School, whose students have been winning national prizes.  It was, unfortunately, not the company but the Liberian government under President William R. Tolbert, Jr. that built the plantation’s first secondary institution.  A few years ago the company finally took it over, and since then it has fared prominently in the National Exams.  We hope the company will in the near future provide its primary and high schools with libraries, laboratories and best teachers to further prepare its students for excellence.This, however, is not what       prompted today’s editorial; but the announcement yesterday that the company had awarded 41 highly  competitive scholarships, mostly in higher education, to  students at Cuttington      University (CU).               The vast majority of these   students are registered to study Science, especially Agriculture, Biology and Chemistry.  This is encouraging because Firestone is an industrial company; and though its operations, after nearly ninety years, are still only extractive, yet its sponsorship of Agricultural and Science education may be a sign of things to come.  Should these students do exceptionally well—and we fervently pray they will—the company may be encouraged to send them on to graduate school, some of them to study Agricultural and Industrial Engineering.  By the time they return, the company may have decided to attempt some manufacturing operations, using their rubber, at long last, to make added value products—rubber bands, gloves, footwear, masks, etc.The company has already started a minor manufacturing  operation—producing from its old rubber trees wood for furniture making.  We think this is a good beginning which we hope will stop at nothing until it starts producing first class furniture in Liberia and fulfill Finance Minister Amara Konneh’s dream of exclusive purchasing of home-made furniture for GOL offices.But Firestone’s graduate students, who would have received their beginning in Science at Cuttington, could go on to encourage the company to enter the rubber industrial field, and one day begin making tires for West Africa’s automobiles.  We are sure the company would find the market lucrative enough to warrant such a revolutionary venture.  Liberia, as a founding member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and an excellent neighbor, would find it easy to sell tires to the 16 ECOWAS member states and beyond.We hope that these Firestone students will read this Editorial, determine to take their studies very seriously and start dreaming BIG for the industrial development of their country.  We pray, too, that many of them will recognize what God in history has often done with ONE person—to undertake great things for Him, for humanity and the world.  Remember Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph the Dreamer, Moses, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela.  Remember Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, and the Wright Brothers, inventors, respectively, of the first telephone, automobile and airplane.  Remember Harvey Firestone who, despite his shortcomings, created a company that for nine decades has consistently remained   Liberia’s biggest private employer. Remember Steve  Tolbert who, despite his faults—and we all have ours— created to date the largest and most successful Liberian-owned industrial enterprise—Mesurado—selling fish in refrigerated trucks and providing protein to people throughout the country; supplying chickens and eggs,  making oxygen, acetylene and other gases for industrial operations; supplying aluminum and other building materials; and shipping shrimps to Japan and other international markets.  All this, remember, was accomplished by God and ONE man.So we pray that these Firestone students—yea ALL other Liberian students—will take life very seriously—and their studies, too—so that one day they, too, may become men and women of ACHIEVEMENT, like all the others mentioned above.Liberia needs men and women who will make a difference by creating enterprises that, like Firestone who helped these students, will employ thousands and industrialize Liberia. They can do it!  Liberia has the resources—human and material.  All we need is ONE man or woman to take the initiative and do what other ONE men and women have done for their God, their   countries and the world.One last thing: Can Firestone begin thinking of starting a Medical School and Schools of Agricultural and Industrial Engineering at Cuttington?  Cuttington has the land—1000 acres and the Bong people could give them more land to further fulfill the immortal dreams of Bishops  Samuel David Ferguson and  Bravid W. Harris—two other ONE men that made and continue to make a difference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teachers warned against calling children “dunces”

first_img…CEO calls out UG on “breaking spirit”“You cannot be a teacher, you cannot be an educator and you see people as no good, misfit and dunces,” said a passionate Chief Education Officer (CEO) at the opening ceremony for a three-day workshop, which will focus on the new curriculum at Regency Hotel, Georgetown on Wednesday.The CEO, Marcel Hutson, said he believed that too many teachers these days adopted the posture of being judgmental and tended to say things to children that could lower their self-esteem and affect their learning ability for good.According to him, teachers should be more considerate of their students and develop lesson plans, along with other teaching resources that will benefit all ofChief Education Officer Marcel Hutsontheir students, regardless how of fast or slow they may learn.“It has to do with the methodologies, the strategies and all of that, and I hope that even as we write we would consider these methodologies and strategies and so we have to move away from abstract teaching and teaching that is done in a vacuum and, therefore , our children are not learning,” he said.Hutson added that teachers too must be in love with their jobs as otherwise the drive to see children succeed would not be there, resulting in children not being encouraged to excel in their studies. It was on this note that the CEO shared details on his recent visit to Jamaica, where he learnt that in Finland and Singapore, persons are not given the position of a teacher merely because of their educational achievements. In fact, he said that interested persons there are screened to see whether or not the individual’s attitude, personality, and character are fit for the job.He explained that he personally heard educators calling their students “dunce” among other hurtful things and reminded teachers that “we have to be facilitators and the creators of learning”. It was because of the hurtful things that are said to students, even at the tertiary level, persons could be scared away from pursuing their studies, he said.“One person said to me, and I say this without any apology, it was a person who completed a doctoral degree, said I did not go to UWI (University of the West Indies) because I did not want people to fatigue me … I have done a masters with people at Nova University in the United States and in conjunction with the University of Guyana (UG) and I could tell you that there was a difference in the approach of the two groups’,” he related.According to the CEO, the lecturers at the US university were “creators and facilitators of learning”. While not saying much about the local University, he just pointed out that “if a person enters an institution and the first thing is that somebody will greet you and say “you see you with that attitude you will never graduate from here”, right away the spirit is broken”.last_img read more

Trackers succumb to Gold

first_imgThe Midget Tracker-Flyers handled Maroon, but not Gold, in a 1-2 weekend against the Calgary Edge teams.The NEBC and Yukon squad began the weekend in style, with a 3-2 overtime win over Edge Maroon, on Friday night at the North Peace Arena.  Brett Roulston fired a scorcher over Calgary’s goalie Lewis Libin’s shoulder in the extra frame, to give the Tier 1 Midgets their first win over an Edge team this year.Daylen Pearson and Logan Daneluk scored the regulation goals, while Ryley Carter turned away 20 shots for the win.- Advertisement -On Saturday, the Trackers took a shot at Edge Gold, but couldn’t dig out of a 4-0 hole, in a 6-2 final.  Tyler Akeroyd and Cody Poggenpohl scored for NEBC in a losing effort.Ryley Carter got to start his third game in a row on Sunday in Dawson Creek, in the rematch against Edge Gold, but Edge goaltender Archie hall bested him by one save, in a 4-3 Edge win.The Trackers got within one goal with five minutes remaining, but couldn’t jam in the winner, despite a late powerplay opportunity.  Tyler Akeroyd led the way offensively on Sunday, with two goals and an assist.Advertisement The Tracker-Flyers play a pair of games in Fort McMurray next weekend.last_img read more

H1N1 vaccinations expand in the Peace

first_img*First responders…*Health care workers deliving acute, long term, and home care…as well as public health, services…*And, Household contacts…of infants younger than six months, and individuals with compromised immune systems.Locally, another clinic for these priority groups is scheduled for tomorrow, from 10am to 7pm at the Pomeroy Hotel ballroom.Advertisement Northern Health has confirmed that as of today H1/N1 vaccination eligibility in the local authority has been expanded to include people in all age groups with chronic health conditions.In addition, all children from 6 months to 18 years are now considered, to be in the eligiblity category.This is in addition to:- Advertisement -*Pregnant women…*Persons who live in remote and isolated communties or settings…*First Nation’s reserve residents…Advertisementlast_img read more

Stars, Tridents in return bottom-of-the-table clash

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…It’s a battle of the last placed teams as St Lucia Stars and the Barbados Tridents lock horns in an interesting encounter at the Kensington Oval Ground at 14:00h today.The Stars, who were in last place for most of the tournament following the 13-match plus losing streak, have now been pushed up to second to last with the Tridents sadly slipping to last place following a nightmare past few games.Qais AhmedKieron Pollard’s men will want to capitalize on the Tridents’ recent 8-wicket loss which they suffered at the hands of the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Friday night. To date Pollard, Andre Fletcher, Rakeem Cornwall, Lendl Simmons and David Warner have all scored significant runs, and could use this chance to further impose themselves on the wounded Tridents.Guyana’s bowlers exposed the Tridents’ top order, but a strong comeback from Steve Smith; Nicholas Pooran; and Shai Hope, who has been the core of the batting throughout the tourney, helped Barbados to a decent batting total. Smith will again be looked upon as he scored 40-odd in the last match; so, too, did top-scorer Pooran, who continues to dig the Tridents out of a hole.Opener Dwayne Smith has been in good form, while the big man Hashim Amla has been short of runs on this Caribbean tour, but could come alive at Bridgetown.The Tridents will not worry about their bowlers, who have been in menacing form, especially Pakistanis Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Irfan; while off-spinner Ashley Nurse has been providing impetus with bat and ball.The Stars have suffered in the past primarily because of their mixed bowling. Their last few games have seen an expose of their true talent, as Kiwi pacer Mitchell McCleneghan and left-armer Obed McCoy have been making steady inroads.Windies T20 specialist Kesrick Williams and Cornwall’s off-spin will also add significant fire-power to the attack, while leg-spinner Qais Ahmed will provide his usual bag of tricks.The last time these two sides met, more than 400 runs were scored, and the Tridents racked up the highest score in the tournament – 226 — to beat Barbados by 38 runs in the end. Pollard slammed a ton, while Fletcher, who hit 80, was in his zone as they mauled the Tridents.Both sides will be playing for their lives, with the Tridents having more to play for, having hovered in the higher levels of the points table earlier in the tournament.last_img read more

Arsenal told they will have to stump up £32m to sign Porto star

first_img Jackson Martinez 1 Jackson Martinez will only be allowed to leave Porto if a club pays his £32m buy-out clause, according to the Portuguese club.The Colombian striker has been linked with a move away from Porto this summer after a stunning two-year spell in which he has scored 46 goals in 60 league games.Arsenal, AC Milan, Roma and Valencia have all been credited with an interest in the forward.But despite knowing they could make a huge profit on the £7.7m they spent to sign him from Chiapas two years ago, Porto are adamant they do not want to sell.“Jackson will only leave Porto for his release clause,” Porto director general Antero Henrique told O Jogo.That means that if Arsene Wenger does want to make a move he knows the price he will have to pay – and having spent a similar sum luring Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona that could prove a huge stumbling block to any deal.last_img read more


first_imgTEN people have lost their jobs at wholesale food business in Convoy.BWG Foods says it’s closing its business formerly known as Morris Brothers.It says 17 of the 27 staff are being transferred to its Value Centre business in Letterkenny but that 10 other members of staff will lose their jobs. In a statement to Donegal Daily, a BWG spokesman said: “Redundancy packages are being offered to those ten employees whose roles are not being transferred.”BWG only bought Morris Brothers last May for an undisclosed sum.Wholesale grocery business Morris Brothers had been operating in Convoy since 1952.Fintan and Joseph Morris and their staff will kept on with the business after the buy-out. Morris Brothers had serviced more than 450 retail businesses across Donegal, Sligo, Cavan, Mayo and Roscommon before the buy-out by Dublin-based BWG.At the time of the buy-out Leo Crawford, group chief executive of BWG, said: “It’s a statement of intent that we are growing our business.“We’re reasonably pleased with how the business is trading but the grocery sector is not a market showing growth.“The question is, have we reached the bottom or not? I wouldn’t say with 100 per cent certainty that there will be a recovery next year.”The news came on the same day as it was announced 36 jobs in Creeslough are under threat after the Lafferty family placed their bar, shop and service station in examinership. HEARTACHE AS CONVOY LOSES COMPANY AND TEN JOBS AFTER 60 YEARS IN BUSINESS was last modified: March 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:convoyHEARTACHE AS CONVOY LOSES BUSINESS AND TEN JOBS AFTER 60 YEARSlast_img read more

SAG pact will give cable voice actors hike

first_imgActors who perform in such basic-cable animated programs as “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Boondocks” will receive a 20 percent increase in residuals under the terms of a tentative contract agreement reached Tuesday between negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild and producers of those and other shows. The contract, if ratified, would mark the first improvement in the residuals formula for these performers since 1990. The 20 percent figure is based on the initial run of a program followed by an average of 25 reruns. SAG President Alan Rosenberg said an “important victory” was achieved because the guild stood together as a united group of actors during negotiations with major producers including Walt Disney Pictures and Television, Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network. “The performers who work under these contracts have waited a long time for these well-deserved gains, particularly in the area of residuals,” Rosenberg said in a statement Tuesday. “… We were able to improve this contract, which affects mainly working-day performers, for the first time in almost two decades.” SAG’s national board will vote on ratification at its April 21-22 meeting. If passed, the new contract would be retroactive to Jan. 1 and run through June 30, 2008. The deal could potentially result in more covered work for SAG members because of a new understanding that all animated productions produced for basic cable would be covered by the contract. Previous industry practice relied on contracts for single productions. The new residuals formula for shows made directly for basic cable would jump from 12 percent to 17 percent of a voice performer’s minimum, which is currently $716 for a four-hour session. The residual pay would go down to 1.5 percent of that minimum for the 13th airing and each airing after that, but the payout could be considerable for performers since episodes of the more popular animated programs on basic cable can run 100 times or more in a single year. Loren Lester, who chaired the committee that began negotiating with producers in January, called the proposed deal a “significant win” for the actors who do voice-over work. “We were successful because we possessed a strong negotiating team comprised of an activist committee of working actors,” said Lester, who also cited supported guild leadership and SAG’s professional staff that included chief negotiator Sallie Weaver. Weaver said Tuesday that the deal comes at a critical time with cable being such a burgeoning industry. The agreement for basic-cable animated performers comes just a day after it was announced that SAG members have overwhelmingly authorized union leaders to call a strike, if necessary, in its continuing negotiations with producers of live-action basic cable shows including “Monk,” “The Shield” and “The Closer.” Voting took place last week during SAG caucuses held in San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, New York and Hollywood. “Member turnout was tremendous,” Rosenberg said in a statement this week. “An inspiring range of actors – from high-profile performers who star on their own shows to rank-and-file members who struggle to qualify for health insurance – stood side by side in solidarity.” SAG leaders have vowed to play hardball in their bargaining of the basic-cable contract, which they believe is inadequate considering the growth of cable and the fact that the current wages have been in effect for 16 years. Under the existing contract, which expired Feb. 28, actors are paid 12 percent of the minimum pay for the first repeat of a show with the figure going down to 1 percent for the 13th rerun and any repeats thereafter. The producers are currently offering 17 percent for the first repeat showing down to 1.5 percent for the 13th and all subsequent reruns. “We will continue to fight for a fair contract,” Rosenberg stated. “And, as is always the case, we hope to avoid any work interruption in pursuit of that equitable deal.” Negotiations on the live-action basic-cable contract resumed Tuesday. (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Celtic vs Suduva: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won FOOTBALL LATEST 1 What time is kick-off?The game will be played this Thursday August 30.Kick-off is at 8pm in the Scottish capital.Ovidijus Verbickas levelled up the scores in the first meeting after Olivier Ntcham had put the Hoops ahead after just three minutes.How can I watch the game?Unfortunately this one isn’t going to be broadcast live in the UK.BT Sport will be showing every Europa League game from the group stages onwards. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Getty impact What is the team news?Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, McGregor, Brown, Ntcham, Johnston, Griffiths, SinclairSubs: Bain, Izaguirre, Gamboa, Hayes, Christie, Rogic, ForrestFK Suduva: Kardum, Svrljuga, Gajduchik, Jankauskas, Zivanovic, Slavickas, Acevedo, Cadjenovic, Offenbacher, Cicilia, GotalSubs: Aleksandrov-Ridley, Cinikas, Leimonas, Kasparavicius, Matulevicius, Verbickas, Vezevicius Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Rodgers will want his side to get the job done Celtic will be looking to join Glasgow rivals Rangers in the Europa League group stages when they face Suduva in the second-leg of their play-off at Parkhead.Brendan Rodgers’ side were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers so will be eager to finish off the job against thew Lithuanian champions after securing a 1-1 draw in the first-leg. possible standings silverware highlights smart causal last_img read more